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User Image lajollamom Posted: Nov 18, 2017 5:43 PM (UTC)
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Breakfast in Albuquerque is one of my favorite meals.
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We're here in partnership with @AlaskaAir and you can see perhaps my favorite (so far) breakfast dish on their feed right now where you can also follow our adventures.
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A highlight is definitely the avocado toast but everything has a bit of New Mexican flair from the pinons in the hashbrowns to chili in the sausage.
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And, there is always huevos rancheros for the win, right? #weekendwanderer #iflyalaska #visitabq #thepreferredlife
Hotel Chaco really blew my daughter away with this unexpected Harry Potter/Albuquerque-themed amenity at check-in. If you #VisitABQ, as we are in partnership with @AlaskaAir (you can see even more of our trip on their IG account, too, through this weekend), put this new boutique hotel on your list.
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My favorite line in their letter to her is "The Ocarina flute will cast a sleeping spell on your parents (just like Fluffy)!" You can see the entire letter in my stories. We heard that seven staff members contributed to it.
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How's that for a great family-friendly hotel? #WeekendWanderer #iflyalaska #thepreferredlife
User Image lajollamom Posted: Nov 17, 2017 2:06 AM (UTC)
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So excited to share what we’re up to in partnership with Alaska Airlines. The three of us hopped on the super-easy direct flight from San Diego to Albuquerque (a bit over an hour and you're there)!
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Over the next few days I'll share we do and why you need to go (much food is involved). You can also follow our adventure at @AlaskaAir and in my stories. Stay tuned! #WeekendWanderer #iFlyAlaska
User Image lajollamom Posted: Nov 16, 2017 5:26 PM (UTC)
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My daughter took over my @cutiescitrus partnership to create "You've been Gobbled" baskets featuring the kid-favorite clementine. I had nothing to do with this other than serve as the driver to the party store (details on the blog). Do you know what "going gobbling" is? #ILoveThis #100DaysofSunshine #ad
True story (#ad): I'd just traveled 24 hours from Buenos Aires to LAX via Lima. The lounge was closed so, needing a little pick-me-up, I went to the little to-go cafe in the commuter terminal where I was delighted to see (and buy) a travel pack of BROOKSIDE Acai & Blueberry flavors. And, I was even more surprised that on my flight from LAX - San Diego, the snack basket the flight attendant passed around had BROOKSIDE in it.
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So, definitely think of this dark chocolate snack when you travel next! What has been your favorite adventure this year? #trybrookside ✈️
User Image lajollamom Posted: Nov 13, 2017 8:21 PM (UTC)
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New on the blog today is a long list of holiday gift ideas for tween girls that I put together in partnership with @SimonKids! Chosen with feedback from my own tween, these ideas will encourage her to dream, do, create, and live her best life whether she is an athlete, likes to craft, or needs a little bit of inspirational room decor.
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And, with its cute storyline and positive messaging, The Littlest Bigfoot series is a great choice for girls in need of new books. What's on your tween's gift list this holiday season? #LittlestBigfootSeries #ad 📚
User Image lajollamom Posted: Nov 9, 2017 7:30 PM (UTC)
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AD: Lunch date at home with my husband featuring my first go at this easy niçoise salad. A steak-heavy diet in Argentina has me wanting to #eattherainbow. I brought home roasted garlic, pickled peppers, marinated mushrooms and olives from our local store's olive bar. The rest is also pretty simple.
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Boil and/or steam purple potatoes (my new fave), green beans and hard-boiled eggs in advance. Cut up heirloom tomatoes, onions, avocado and bread. Rip open a bag of #StarKistSelectsEVOO Mediterranean Tuna (we hadn't tried this before and it's pretty tasty--> http://izea.it/al7FssC ) and a bag of arugula. Place meat and veg on a cutting board so that very little wood shows. Pour rosé. Take photo. Eat! The leftovers are just as good the next day.
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User Image lajollamom Posted: Nov 6, 2017 4:17 AM (UTC)
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User Image lajollamom Posted: Nov 4, 2017 7:20 PM (UTC)
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GIVEAWAY: Rubio's fans, it's Surf & Turf burrito time (hello, langostino lobster with basil butter and toasted cheese on the tortilla). We stopped in the other day to try it and you can, too, especially if you win one of the two $40 Rubio's meal vouchers that I have to give away! #ad
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🍴To enter🍴
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1. Follow @lajollamom and @rubioscoastalgrill
2. Tell us what you'd pair with your Surf & Turf burrito
3. Bonus entry: Tag a friend (leave a separate comment)
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#RubiosMoments
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(This #giveaway ends on November 6 at 9:00 a.m. PT and is not associated with Instagram or Facebook. Must be 18 or older to enter, a resident of the U.S. and live near a Rubio's, of course. Void where prohibited.) Good luck!
User Image lajollamom Posted: Nov 3, 2017 3:09 AM (UTC)
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My picks for best Hong Kong luxury hotels have been a topic of probably 100 emails to readers this week who are planning spring break and summer vacations (good on them for getting a head start).
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@mo_hkg is one of our favorites as many of you already know. I first pushed my daughter in a stroller over this walkway when she was two weeks old. We stay here every year and it was one of our social hubs when we lived in HK. It has the appearance of a business hotel (my husband lived here for a month before we were officially transferred to HK) but the truth is that they are very good with kids. My daughter has always loved it and we'll be back in March!
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Have a favorite Hong Kong hotel? I'd love to know what it is. 🇭🇰#LJMMandarinOriental #tbt
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User Image lajollamom Posted: Oct 26, 2017 1:02 AM (UTC)
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I need to tell you about the steak and Malbec in Buenos Aires.🍷
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It's everything you'd suspect it would be, especially at @FSBuenosAires. I'd just landed and was exhausted. My server could tell so guided me toward what was probably one of the best meals I've ever had. Rib eye with chimichurri sauce, lots of bread and regional dips, salad and Malbec. Crazy good.
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Do you know what else Argentina does well? Ice cream (due to Italian immigration during the 19th century) and churros. They're even better together. So, plan to eat steak, churros and ice cream while drinking Malbec and then hit the gym when you get home. #YOLO #LJMFourSeasons #FourSeasons 🇦🇷
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User Image lajollamom Posted: Oct 24, 2017 3:11 AM (UTC)
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Welcome to Faena Buenos Aires! It's the hotel of fashion designer Alan Faena and decorated by designer Philippe Starck so needless to stay it's a stunning property with lots of red and flair, even at the pool! I was super impressed by the food, too.
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It's in the Puerto Madera neighborhood which seems pretty up-and-coming. I was able to walk to the sights at Plaza de Mayo and the pretty Avenida de Mayo in addition to the Puerto Madero shops and famous Puente de la Mujer bridge. It has a completely different vibe than the Recoleta neighborhood where I was initially. Which you choose is up to you! 🇦🇷 .
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User Image lajollamom Posted: Oct 20, 2017 10:10 PM (UTC)
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YOLO. When in Argentina, you must eat. And, when in Argentina by yourself, it's O.K. to have churros and Malbec for lunch especially in a historic tango cafe (voted one of the most beautiful in the world) in Buenos Aires. Right?
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I took a lot of food photos. I used to not show them because Instagram tends to favor blues and greens but whatever, I travel through food, too, so stay tuned for more. #TGIF #lifewelltravelled 🍴
User Image lajollamom Posted: Oct 19, 2017 2:25 PM (UTC)
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One of the 32 different birds we saw on our bird watching trip with Clark Adventures in the Reserva del Huaico in Salta. Man are birds difficult to photograph! Before you know it, they're done. We saw parakeets and toucans but I wasn't fast enough to catch them!
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We did not spot any jaguars but they live here, too. I can’t remember what kind of bird this is. Do you know? #ATWS2017 #VisitSalta 🐦
User Image lajollamom Posted: Oct 17, 2017 8:01 PM (UTC)
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Hello from Salta! I'm here for the #ATWS2017 conference and this is the view of the city from my hotel room.
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Have you been to Salta? It's in the northwest corner of Argentina, about 2ish hours by plane from Buenos Aires. It's a good base for an incredible amount of activities including bird watching (which I did yesterday), wine tasting, cycling, salt flats, and more for the outdoor enthusiast. But, I'm here to learn about the latest and greatest in adventure travel. More soon... #VisitSalta
User Image lajollamom Posted: Oct 17, 2017 1:17 AM (UTC)
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The former Álzaga Unzué mansion is where the suites at @FSBuenosAires are located. It's a beautiful French-Renaissance style building as you can see.
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Let me tell you there's a lot to love about his hotel. They did a good job of weaving in Argentina's passion for polo very cleverly and subtly into its design. I'll show you how soon!
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Have you been to Buenos Aires? What did you do? I found it a super fun spot for a quick layover and plan to return. #LJMFourSeasons #FourSeasons 🇦🇷
User Image lajollamom Posted: Oct 15, 2017 3:02 AM (UTC)
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The best remedy for a long flight? A massage. I had one at @FSBuenosAires today in addition to cryotherapy for tired legs. It was COLD but I feel miles better.
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This hotel is not a bad place to cave up for a few days prior to a conference. I'm unusually without my family. While I strongly prefer to be with my sidekicks, I did sleep until 9:00 a.m. and eat only ice cream for lunch among other semi-lazy and indulgent things that I might not have been able to have pulled off otherwise.
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Also, tomorrow (Sunday) is Argentinian Mother’s Day, in case you want to celebrate!😉 #LJMFourSeasons #FourSeasons
User Image lajollamom Posted: Oct 14, 2017 6:30 PM (UTC)
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If a list of the world's prettiest cemeteries exists (it must), I'm sure La Recoleta is one it. The most famous person buried here is Eva Perón though her tomb is quite simple looking from the outside. However, I read she's buried 15 feet underground with multiple trap doors to prevent potential disturbance. I took one quickie iPhone photo of it (it's in my IG stories) before a giant tour group came over and it became difficult to see.
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Many of the mausoleums are immaculate (I witnessed a few cleanings, hence the brooms pictured here) while others have fallen into disrepair. At any rate, this is a must-do on a Buenos Aires itinerary (as is ice cream... more on this later). 🇦🇷
User Image lajollamom Posted: Oct 12, 2017 3:33 AM (UTC)
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I’m on the beach in La Jolla here but headed to Argentina for a conference tomorrow. (#Ad) My key travel companions this time are my camera gear and jewelry (swipe to see more of it).
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They make me look good because I'm way less organized than I appear at times. I partnered with @benbridgejwlr to write about tips for working stay-at-home parents because I could use WAY more advice for staying sane and organized.
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What are your best tips for balancing work and family?
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(Photo credit: Natalie in San Diego for @Flytographer... more about this fab shoot later.) #forlifebenbridge
User Image lajollamom Posted: Oct 10, 2017 3:11 AM (UTC)
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Can you go to the beach in San Diego in winter? I've been emailed this question more times than I can count in the last week. Here's the answer: YES.
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I think we just use the beach differently in winter. Wetsuits are necessary for water sports (and I tell people that kayaking the sea caves, surfing lessons, SUP, etc. are year-round things to do). The tide pools reveal themselves during daylight hours and are super cool. We go to play in the sand and walk without worrying about wearing swimsuits. You *can* sunbathe if the sun is out and the weather is warm enough.
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How do you use the beach in "cold weather" months?🌊🏄‍♀️🏊