The brand new Tower Creek at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (Win tickets!)

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 […]