Traveling Mamas

Inspiring you to explore our world

  • Matthew McConaughey announced yesterday on his website that his girlfriend, Camila, is three months pregnant. This means that their window of opportunity for planning a Babymoon is slowly closing. They have passed the first trimester, where travel isn’t recommended, so this gives them three to four months before the end is near…….the end of life as freewheeling travelers.

    But what is a Babymoon, you ask? A Babymoon is the last travel hurrah for an expecting couple before another being is added to the relationship. Here are some of TravelingMamas.com picks for Babymoons:

    Jamaica

    The Grand Lido Resort and Spa in Negril is an all inclusive resort offers 24 hour room service, prenatal spa treatments, a 30 minute personal training session for dad, and the in room bar is stocked daily with pickles, chocolate bars, and ginger ale for mom.

    Mexico

    Las Ventanas al Paraiso in San Jose del Cabo beautifies mom and distresses dad with prenatal massage, luxury accommodations, and even a gift for baby.

    Canada

    E’Terra in Tobermory, Ontario offers extra pillows for mom’s comfort at night, special treats to satisfy cravings, spa treatments for mom and dad, fitness advice for before the birth and after, and they even offer a cooking class on how to make your own babyfood and healthy eating during and after pregnancy.

    Charleston, SC

    This destination offers various Babymoon packages at local hotels and inns, such as Planters Inn and Andrew Pickeney Inn.

    California

    Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa in Sausalito offers Babymoon packages for short or longer visits. The packages include a private picnic, parent-to-be spa treatments, and special treats for Mom and Dad.

    The Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach offers a baby moon getaway that includes a basket of diapers and a onesie, an evening treat of Baby Brickle ice cream, breakfast in bed, and a commemorative bottle of wine, for after the birth.

    These are just a few of the many Babymoon packages offered around the world. If you have a favorite hotel, be sure to inquire about available Babymoon packages, or make your own. Before traveling during pregnancy, consult your physician.

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  • I was watching CBS this morning and they interviewed Heidi Roizen, an entreprenuer and the brains behind SkinnySongs, a new cd to help lose weight. One of the songs really clicked with me when I read these lyrics:

    “About six months back, I took one helluva trip
    had a swank vacation on a big cruise ship
    but later all my friends sent their photos to me
    and I sure didn’t like, what I had to see”

    You can listen to Who the Hell is That?, sung by Rachelle Byrne.

    I thought this CD might be a good choice for a Traveling Mama (hello, me) who needs to shed a few pounds before her next trip. If you would like to learn more about SkinnySongs, be sure to visit the website, or you could purchase the CD by clicking below.

    Buy SkinnySongs now!

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  • Yesterday I was browsing website designer portfolios when I came across Hungry Suitcase.

    Sammy the Suitcase helps you plan your trip by what you place inside of him. He even has sarcastic or humorous comments to make, depending upon your item selection. I didn’t even realize what company it was for until the end, when my vacation choice was determined. Whoever came up with this marketing site for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines should be commended. They certaining were reeling me in!

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  • The Bucket List, a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, opens in theaters nationwide today. The premise of the movie got me to thinking about MY Bucket List.

    When I was in high school, I made a list of all the places I wanted to see and all the things I wanted to do. I wrote that I would NEVER have children (ha!), I would be a musician performing on stage (was halfway there), and I would be rich enough to see the world (yeah,right). X, X, and X on those items. However, being a travel expert may not make me wealthy in liquid assets, but it sure has brought me riches in other ways.

    I am very fortunate to be a TravelingMama, and to have taken hang-gliding lessons, jumped off of a building, traveled to a foreign land (alone!), and just made such wonderful friends all over the globe. And half the time my kiddos get to go along, too.

    Gosh, now I need to make a new Bucket List. What’s on yours? Oh, and if you get a chance to see the movie, let me know how it is.

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  • One of my favorite online stores, FredaLA.com, is conducting its unique “Success Is in the Bag” handbag recycling program — which collects ‘gently owned’ handbags from across the country, donating them to women in sponsored upward mobility programs.

    So far, FredaLa.com has donated more than 1,000 handbags. I think I’ll go through my closet and do a bit of spring cleaning to send a few bags their way and then order some new travel items with the merchandise-credit for donating. Woohoo! I already have some of their crazy-cool luggage tags hanging on my suitcase (Thanks, Freda!) Maybe I’ll get one of those weekender bags that all the celebrities carry.

    To donate handbags: Mail new or gently used handbags with your name and email address to: FredaLA.COM (Attn: La Posada) 9903 Santa Monica Blvd #349 Beverly Hills, CA 90212. You may donate as many bags as you like; however, you will be sent a maximum of three (3) $20 merchandise-credit Gift Donation Codes per household. Gift Donation Codes will be sent via email or regular mail. Gift codes have no cash value, may not be combined with other Gift Donation Codes, free shipping or other promotions. Bags collected through the program are donated to the female residents of shelters and transitional homes, including but not limited to New Economics for Women’s transitional homes for pregnant teenage mothers, such as La Posada in Los Angeles. FredaLA.COM can not cover the cost of shipping. Please allow 4-8 weeks for processing of your donation and receipt of your Gift Donation Codes. www.FredaLA.com or (888) 987-5678.

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