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Road Trip: 5 free things to do with kids in Houston

Free fun in Houston for families: Nature Discovery Center

Jennifer Patrick’s enthusiasm for life is contagious. When she’s in a room, people are drawn to her bubbly personality, wildly hilarious sense of humor, and kind and charming nature. She’s another of the amazing bloggers I’ve met through the SeaWorld Wildside blog ambassador program and she happens to have a handle on family fun in Houston (and beyond […]

Road Trip: 5 Free Things to do with Kids in Dallas / Fort Worth

Five free things for kids and families to do in Dallas and Ft. Worth

I met Courtney, with My Crazy Savings, through the SeaWorld Wildside blog ambassador program a few years ago. Courtney’s a mom to three girls and she’s a super savings wizard to boot. I knew she’d have great suggestions for fun things families can do in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. In today’s guest post, […]

Road Trip: 5 Free Things to do with Kids in Austin

Road Trip: 5 Free Things to do with Kids in Austin

San Antonio is a great place to spend your summer but, sometimes, it’s exciting to get out of town for a bit in search of new adventures. Austin is full of fun and funky kid-friendly things to do and, better yet, I know someone with the scoop on all that is FREE in Austin: Meet Heidi […]

First Look: Roa’s Aviary at Aquatica and SeaWorld San Antonio

First Look: Roa's Aviary at Aquatic at SeaWorld Texas

Disclosure: I’m a SeaWorld Wildside blogger. I receive complimentary passes for my family and other perks throughout the year. All opinions are mine. This weekend, SeaWorld and Aquatica’s newest animal interaction opens! Roa’s Aviary is home to 100 exotic birds (soon to be 300 as more birds are slowly added in to the aviary). Right now […]

Recommended reading: We’ll Always Have Paris, by Jennifer Coburn

San Antonio Mom Blogs Reviews We'll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of We’ll Always Have Paris for the purposes of this review. I did not receive any other compensation. This post contains an affiliate link. All opinions are mine. As a military brat, I grew up living and and traveling all around the United States. And, for three years in […]

The brand new Tower Creek at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

A visit to Tower Creek: the brand new section at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary entrance to this attraction, along with lunch. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions and photos (except for the aerial view of Tower Creek, which is property of Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch) are mine. If you’ve ever visited Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, you know […]

Enjoying Blastenhoff Beach at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels with elementary school-age kids

Blastenhoff Beach at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels for elementary-age kids

Disclosure: my family and I received free admission to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels but I received no other compensation. All opinions are mine. The highlight of our Spring Break so far was a trip to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, just 30 minutes north of San Antonio. This was the first year that a section of Schlitterbahn (Blastenhoff […]

First look at Zootennial Plaza at the San Antonio Zoo

Zootennial Plaza at the San Antonio Zoo

Hoping to avoid the Spring Break crowds at the San Antonio Zoo next week, the kids and I headed there yesterday after school for our first glimpse of Zootennial Plaza. It’s gorgeous and well worth the wait! But, before I show you how lovely Zootennial Plaza is, I’ve got to share our celebrity siting. We […]

How to spend Spring Break 2014 in San Antonio

Swimming with stingrays at Aquatica for Spring Break in San Antonio

The most family-friendly city in the country, San Antonio has more things to see and do than your Spring Break will possibly allow. With such a wide variety of things to do in San Antonio during Spring Break, you’ll need more than a week. May I suggest two weeks for fun and one to recover? […]

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels opens for Spring Break

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels for Spring Break

Disclosure: I’ve been invited by Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Resort to receive a complimentary, two-night stay. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are mine. Spring Break is just around the corner (What? I KNOW. How did that sneak up on us?!). With these last few months of crazy cold weather, not only […]

Birthday full of surprises at the Hyatt Lost Pines

Meet the longhorns at Hyatt Lost Pines

Disclosure: My family and I were invited to stay at the Hyatt Lost Pines. We enjoyed a complimentary night’s stay and a media rate for our second night in addition to a complimentary dinner and other amenities. I was not financially compensated in any other way for these photos or my blog post. All photos and […]

Tips for keeping your cool at SeaWorld’s new and improved, super-scary Howl-O-Scream

Tips for keeping your cool at SeaWorld's Howl-O-Scream Halloween event

You’ve heard the expression, “Do one thing that scares you every day.” When you attend SeaWorld’s Howl-O-Scream, you can cross that task off your list for life. This year, SeaWorld’s Halloween event is geared toward an older crowd (13 years and up) and it’s scarier (and more fun) than ever. The Howl-O-Scream experience is included […]

A day at the Lantana Spa, JW Marriott in San Antonio

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Disclosure: I was invited as a guest of the Lantana Spa to enjoy lunch, an express pedicure, and a swag bag with beauty samples. I received no additional compensation and all opinions are mine. Although the Lantana Spa at the JW Marriott San Antonio is the largest resort spa in Texas, the staff strives to […]

San Antonio mom blogger Holly Wakefield with Family Life and Travel

tips and secrets for the best deals for family travel to the Caribbean

This week’s San Antonio Mom Blogs’ featured mom blogger is Holly Wakefield. Want to be selected as a Fan of the Week? Like San Antonio Mom Blogs on Facebook and participate! Holly Wakefield and her husband, Micah, have lived in San Antonio for over 14 years. They created their website, Family Life and Travel, to share their family’s […]

AdventureCon 2013: SeaWorld brings Texas bloggers together

A Texas parenting blogger conference at SeaWorld and Aquatica

As a SeaWorld Wildside blogger, I was invited to AdventureCon for Texas parenting bloggers at Aquatica and SeaWorld Texas. I received complimentary admission to the conference which included food, drinks, quick queue passes, and free conference sessions. I was not asked to write, photograph, or film anything. All opinions are mine. Earlier this month I attended […]

Almost-free fun in San Antonio

kids amusement park and indoor shopping center inspired by Latin street markets

Today I’m guest posting for Heidi over at Free Fun in Austin about the Top Five Free Things to do in San Antonio. If you’re joining San Antonio Mom Blogs from Free Fun in Austin, welcome! And hurry on down to San Antonio to visit us, y’all. Here on San Antonio Mom Blogs today, I’m […]

Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Beach Resort and Indoor Waterpark

Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Beach Resort

Disclosure: I was invited by Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Beach Resort to receive a complimentary, two-night stay, two complimentary meals, and a swag bag. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are mine. My family and I spend a few blissful days on South Padre Island nearly every summer. In the past, we’ve […]

Replacing Buffett with the beach

Texas coast, beach, indoor and outdoor waterpark, South Padre Island

Disclosure: I was invited by Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Beach Resort to receive a complimentary, two-night stay, and two complimentary meals. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are mine. I was soooo excited about attending the Jimmy Buffett concert last night to reclaim an long-buried part of my formerly fun self. But, […]

Why swimming with stingrays is safe (and so much fun!) at Aquatica and SeaWorld

stingray safety at Aquatica in Texas

Disclosure: I participate as a SeaWorld and Aquatica Wildside blogger. My family and I receive complimentary access to the parks, in addition to other perks throughout the year. I was not asked to write about my experiences and the opinions are mine alone. Last month, SeaWorld San Antonio announced their 2013 Wildside Texas parenting blog […]

The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary

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A recent Groupon for the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary caught my attention so, along with some friends, my kids and I decided to check it out this MLK/Inauguration holiday. Maybe I should have kept the kids home for some important lessons about our country’s history and government, but we’d already had several conversations about […]

SeaWorld’s Grand Adventure Tour

swim with Beluga Whales, pet sharks, feed sea lions

Disclosure: As part of SeaWorld San Antonio’s Wildside Blog Ambassador program, I received an annual pass and my family received Fun Cards for admission to SeaWorld for one year. I also received an overnight stay in the Camp dorm, food, beverages, and promotional items to experience SeaWorld’s Grand Adventure Tour and Christmas Celebration. However, I […]

SeaWorld San Antonio at Christmas: Where the season meets the sea!

Reflections: Christmas carols at SeaWorld San Antonio

Disclosure: As part of SeaWorld San Antonio’s Wildside Blog Ambassador program, I received an annual pass and my family received funcards for admission to SeaWorld for one year. I also received an overnight stay in the Camp dorm, food, beverages, and promotional items in December to experience SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. However, I was not asked […]

Me, Ryan Gosling, and a Life Threatening Situation (sort of)

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Last July my girlfriend and I traveled with our children to South Padre Island for a relaxing beach vacation at The Pearl (review to follow–one day soon). As a mother, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. Having kids, and traveling with them, leads you to say on your toes. No problem. I get that. But […]

Lego KidsFest Austin, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2

Legos

Thanks to San Antonio mom bloggers Geekette Bits and A Thrifty Diva, I learned that LEGO KidsFest is coming to Austin at the end of this month (be sure to visit their sites and subscribe – they’re giving away tickets to the event!). Normally I would have thought, “Oh, Lego KidsFest. That’s nice.” Because I had no experience […]

The Santa Fe Children’s Museum

Santa Fe Children's Museum

During our recent trip to New Mexico, we visited the Santa Fe Children’s Museum (SFCM). At first, I was underwhelmed. The museum itself is small and the exhibits were all geared towards very young children. I worried that we’d made a mistake and that our seven-year-old would be bored. Thankfully, I was wrong. It’s true […]