Top 7 Cities In Mexico For Families On Vacation To Visit

Mexico as a country features some of the world’s premier vacation destinations. The first thing that comes to mind might be Cancun and spring breakers or a honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas. Yet many of Mexico’s cities are also great for family vacations. When you are planning to travel abroad to Mexico, consider these top 7 cities to visit with your family.

Cancun

Cancun isn’t just for spring breakers. In fact, you don’t even have to plan your trip over spring break. While there, you can swim with the whale sharks, visit an underwater museum, snorkel a shipwreck site and coral reef and much more. The top-ranked place of interest in Cancun is Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. This church is great to visit on vacation to enjoy a service with your family.

Tres Rios Ecopark, Playa Delfines and Zcacel Beach are the next three places of interest that are on many people’s vacation itineraries. What would you and your family be looking to do in Cancun? The Mayan Museum of Cancun would be an interesting place to explore. You can find The Mayan Museum on Quintana Roo Boulevard, and you get to take a nature walk among the ruins. Now that’s a museum experience, wouldn’t you say?

Cabo San Lucas

Just like Cancun isn’t just for spring breakers, Cabo San Lucas isn’t just for honeymooners. It can also make for a nice family vacation destination. The #1 thing to do in Cabo San Lucas is to enjoy what’s known as Lands End or el Arco de Cabo San Lucas. There is a landmark rock formation to mark the spot, and it’s said to be a very popular place for both snorkeling and whale watching. The scene there at Lands End in general is said to be quite breathtaking, too.

As for beaches in Cabo San Lucas, one of the best to visit is Chileno Beach. It’s also a great place to go snorkeling, and people enjoy swimming there as well. There is no shortage of beaches and natural attractions to visit in Cabo San Lucas. Another popular destination is a natural landmark formation known as Pelican Rock. This is another are like Lands End that is known for being great for both snorkeling and whale watching. Socorro Island and Puerto Paraiso Mall are two other places of interest.

Mexico City

What would a list of cities in Mexico for families to visit be without Mexico City? Mexico City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, and it is of course the capital city. The top attraction to consider visiting there is the National Museum of Anthropology. The museum is enormous and features quite the comprehensive collection. Are museums your cup of tea? Let’s look at what else you can do in Mexico City.

You can visit Chapultepec Castle, go shopping at Coyoacan, check out the National Palace and more. Mexico City has a rich history, so you’re going to find many landmark sites there, too. These historical places of interest would be great to visit to get to know more about the city’s culture. Some of them you want might to visit include Palacio Postal, Cineteca Nacional and the Paseo de la Reforma.

Cozumel

The next popular family vacation destination in Mexico to explore is Cozumel. The #1 attraction in Cozumel is the Pearl Farm. The Cozumel Pearl Farm is in a protected area, and you access this attraction by boat. A visit there is said to be unique, educational and relaxing. Snorkeling is one of the popular activities to enjoy in Cozumel in general, and some other places you might want to check out include Santa Rosa Wall, Palancar Reef and Columbia Reef.

That’s not all either, so if you have even more time, check out San Francisco reef, El Paso del Cedral Reef and Playa El Cielo. Now this next place of interest is really going to be the icing on the cake. How does a visit to The Mayan Cacao Company sound? This interactive experience is educational, fun and of course going to result in getting to eat some delicious chocolates. In fact, the place has 13 chocolate flavors and features other cacao products for sale, too.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is the next top family vacation destination to discuss. Its #1 ranked attraction is the El Malecon Boardwalk. You will find places to shop and great restaurants there, as well as entertainment. El Malecon Boardwalk is also said to be a great place to simply enjoy taking a walk and looking out at the ocean.

Galleria Dante is a great art gallery to check out. You have the opportunity to purchase art there as well, so it’s not just an art museum type of gallery to browse. While in Puerto Vallarta, you might also want to check out Old Vallarts, Caballito, Act II Entertainment Stages and more.

Acapulco

Acapulco Mexico is up next, and just like Cancun, the city’s top-ranked place of interest is a church. Capilla de la Paz, which translates to Chapel of Peace is on a seaside cliff. There is also a 130 foot cross in front of the chapel, which is a sight to see for sure. People don’t talk about enjoying services there, so it’s about the tour and the views. Other great places of interest in Acapulco include El Fuerte de San Diego, Punta Diamente, Barra Vieja Beach and Costera.

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is known for its beautiful Playa Norte, and there is a sea turtle sanctuary there, too. Check out Punta Sur, Captain Dulche’s Museum, take a dolphin discovery tour, stop by El Farito and more. Isla Mujeres would make for a nice relaxing family vacation that is a little different from some of the other places mentioned.

Where are you and your family going to be headed? There are quite a few more top family vacation destinations in Mexico that you might want to consider. These are some of the more popular cities, however, and they would certainly make for some great adventures.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Practically Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

Losing someone you love is one of the hardest things anyone can go through in life. Realizing that this person you care about will no longer be around can be a heart-wrenching thought, and the prospect of having to carry on can initially seem nigh on impossible. However, one way of getting through this period of time is to take practical measures to help sort out the necessary things that need to be done and give you the time and peace of mind to grieve properly.

This guide will walk you through the three most important things you can do right now to make this difficult time go as smoothly as possible.

Getting them justice

First of all, if your loved one was undergoing medical treatment before they passed away and there is a suspicion of medical negligence having led to their death, you must get in touch with a trusted medical negligence inquest solicitor to help you find out exactly what happened and if you have a claim. This is an important thing to do because:

a.)    It will get your loved one justice, and

b.)   The compensation can help take away the financial burden of paying for the funeral.

The thought of the person you care about going before their time is not a pleasant one, but it is imperative that you get them the justice they deserve to help you and the rest of the family get closure and heal.

Resting in peace

The most pressing practical matter in this scenario is, of course, planning the funeral. This is a task that needs to be done quickly and requires a lot of organization, which is not the best task for someone like yourself who is grieving.

One way of making this process easier is to use a funeral planning checklist which you can methodically work your way through and rest easy that you haven’t forgotten anything important. For example:

  • Find out if arrangements were made ahead of time by the person who passed away
  • What elements need to be included? – Were they religious? Are there family traditions? Did they want to be buried or cremated?
  • If you are going to have a viewing- What clothes would they want to wear? What photo will be best for the mortician to use?

Don’t lock it all away

Of course, the practical planning will help you to relieve some of the stress and give you some peace of mind but the ultimate goal of dealing with these tasks is so that you can allow yourself to grieve. Learning how to grieve properly is vital to getting through this period in your life, so here are some tips so you start off right:

  • Allow yourself to feel it- although the emotions are not pleasant, burying them deep down will not help you.
  • Try to focus on the good times – as they say, ‘don’t be sad because it’s over, be glad because it happened.’
  • Talk to other members of your family and keep the lines of communication open

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

It’s that time of year! Full steam ahead to the holidays! I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite gifts for the holiday season. Check out all of these awesome gift ideas that your friends and family will surely love!

 

 

Gifts For You Now 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for a unique personalized gift, you must check out all of the holiday gifts from Giftsforyounow.com. They offer a variety of gifts including personalized ornaments, picture frames, T-shirts, pillows, flags, stockings and much more! I have many of their items and the quality is great, and the shipping is fast. Prices vary.

 

 

RoosterFin Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board games are always a hit at the holidays. RoosterFin Games offers many educational and fun family games that you cannot find in stores. My family and I enjoy these games for our weekly game night! Plus the site always offers free shipping. Prices vary. Use Code: MOMHASTOWORK for 25% off any purchase! First come first serve, expiration is 12/22/18. Link to auto add code to cart: https://roosterfin.com/discount/MOMHASTOWORK

 

 

Lauren Conrad Jewelry 

 

 

If you are in need of a jewelry gift that won’t break the bank, I suggest Lauren Conrad’s Jewelry Collection from Kohl’s. I love her jewelry, so classy at affordable prices. Plus, you get Kohl’s cash with each purchase! Prices vary. 

 

 

Oxyfresh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for naturally safe and environmentally friendly dental hygiene products, look no further! Oxyfresh offers a Mouthwash and Toothpaste that are safe and free of harmful chemicals, dyes and harsh alcohol. Plus, the products taste great and don’t irritate my gums like most toothpastes and mouth wash does. They also offer wellness products for the whole family, and also pet products! $14.95 for the mouthwash and $14.95 for the toothpaste. 

 

 

Bullsitoys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bullsitoy offers many fun children’s items to stuff those stockings with! My favorites are the Squee-Zoo-Balls which are super soft and plush and come in a variety of cute animals, Squish Ums! Yummy Series 2 which are fun blind bags containing scented snack squishy type toys, and Goo Lab which is putty that glows in the dark and does not leave behind a sticky mess! These toys can be found at Target locations. 

 

 

Radz

Kids always want candy in their stockings for the holidays! Check out the cool candy collection from Radz! Radz Twistz are a perfect holiday treat that come in cute holiday packaging and features exclusive holiday flavors. Radz Foamz come in a variety of characters (Unicorns, Emojis, DC Superheros) and they are not only blind bags, but each one is squishy and include candy! So fun! Prices range from $2.49-$4.99 and can be found at various retailers such as Target and Walmart. 

 

 

Cry Babies Doll

Have a little one that loves baby dolls? Cry Babies are so fun! It cries when you take out the pacifier, BUT it also cries tears!! Perfect for any one that loves to play with dolls. 5 different style dolls to choose from! You can find this doll at Amazon for $29.99.

 

 

 

Whether you are shopping for a child or adult, they are sure to love any of these gifts!

Happy Holidays!!

 

*I received some of the above items to review for the Holiday Gift Guide. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Kids will have a Fun and Spooky Halloween with BREAKFAST MONSTERS! Mini Plush Collectibles

 

Looking for a fun Halloween collectible and/or Halloween craft for your kids? You must check out Heidi Kenney’s BREAKFAST MONSTERS! Mini Plush blind box collectibles! Blind boxes are such a hit right now, kids will love these!

About BREAKFAST MONSTERS!: 

Introducing Breakfast Monsters by Heidi Kenney – Super Impulse has partnered with the notorious artist behind the successful YUMMYs™ line (which had captured the attention of the likes of Seth Rogen and Emma Stone!) to bring this new line of cute and spooky food plush items, Breakfast Monsters! They come in a mystery cereal box, with 9 soft and squishy plush options to choose from.

 

These are so cute and spooky for halloween! They are plush and soft, and come in 9 different varieties. Each come in a little cereal box and also a blind bag inside. Kids will have so much fun opening them and collecting them all. Perfect to give out as class halloween gifts as well!

 

You can also make these into fun Halloween crafts such as Halloween hanging garland, or even Halloween key chains or necklaces!

 

 

You can purchase these creepy breakfast pals over at a Target store near you!

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Seaworld Orlando’s 2018 Halloween Spooktacular is Happening Now!

SEAWORLD ORLANDO’S 2018 HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR RETURNS

Popular Daytime Halloween Celebration Returns Weekends September 22 – October 28

 Halloween Spooktacular returns to SeaWorld Orlando this fall on September 22. Guests of all ages can join everyone’s favorite furry friends from Sesame Street as The Count, Elmo, Abby and others take the stage in “Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween.” Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party and meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea. For this special event, children can dress in their Halloween costumes and take part in fun-filled trick-or-treating in the park.

The daytime Halloween fun takes place every Saturday and Sunday starting September 22 through October 28, 2018 and is included with park admission. Event hours are 11 a.m. to park close.

Halloween Spooktacular Highlights Include:

·        Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween

Celebrate a Spooktacular Halloween at SeaWorld with The Count, Elmo, Abby, and the rest of your Sesame Street friends!  The Count is feeling lonely this Halloween, and it’s up to you and the loveable monsters from Sesame Street to get him into the Halloween spirit.  Batty bats and spooky skeletons join the fun in a song-filled stage show that invites you and your family to dance, play and sing along.

·        Trick-or-Treating

Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies. Each sea-themed, trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites. Please join us in our efforts to protect our seas by bringing a reusable bag or Halloween bucket from home for treats. We will have an assortment of reusable bags, for $0.99 and up, at select locations.

·        Pets Ahoy Halloween

Guests can enjoy a special Halloween version of this side-splitting show with surprise twists, and a cast of unlikely characters that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end.

 

·       Halloween Dance Party

Children join under-the-sea friends for a Halloween Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air.

·        Mermaid Grotto

Meet a mystical mermaid from an underwater world of fantasy. Capture the amazing moment with a Mermaid Photo Package, available for purchase at the park.

Upgrades to Your Spooktacular Day at Seaworld

 

·        Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast

Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast features a delicious buffet enjoyed with the furriest characters in town. This breakfast is a fun-filled experience sure to delight kids and parents alike. Starting at $14.99 for kids and $29.99 for adults, reservations can be made online, at the Information Counter or by calling (407) 545-5550.

·        Reserved Show Seating: Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween

Enjoy a reserved seat at a showtime of your choice for Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween show at SeaWorld Orlando. Priced at $10 per person, guarantee a seat for a showtime of your choice.

Best Way to Play:

 

For Spooktacular event days on Saturdays and Sundays through October 28, children between the ages of 3 and 9 will receive a free ticket when a full-paid adult single-day ticket is purchased.

Just Around the Corner:

 

·        SeaWorld Orlando’s Praise Wave

Praise Wave, the popular Christian music event, returns for a second time in 2018 offering guests a day of fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. The live concert events will take place on Saturday, September 15 featuring Michael W. Smith and Saturday, September 22 featuring Newsboys.

·        SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday traditions are made, with delicious food, stunning live shows, delightful holiday shopping and joyous entertainment. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration brings together family fun and holiday traditions on select nights, November 17 – December 31, 2018 and is included with park admission.

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets and passes, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow SeaWorld Orlando on Facebook,Instagram and the SeaWorld Orlando Blog for the latest park updates and information.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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