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The Fine Art of the Perfect Family Getaway in Soutern California – Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach is an ideal retreat for families. You get what you pay for – five star service and a luxurious experience. The hotel is not cheap, but if you’re a hotel junkie like me, you’ll stash your cash and come back for sure… My family LOVES the beach and most of our family trips are beach getaways…Besides sun, sand and sea, the Montage has a realm of fun family activities and programs, right at the resort. We never wanted to venture out!  A beautiful  tortoiseshell colored bunny rabbit was always hopping around the pool area…We named the bunny, “House.” They said it’s their house bunny, so the kids said, “Let’s name him HOUSE!” So I called him “Hugh Laury” instead.

When my hubby and I wanted some time alone, we had Paintbox and Paintbox Petite at our disposal. It’s an amazing exclusive children’s programs that celebrates the art of being a child. And boy do they LOVE children…Paintbox is specially designed for children ages 5 to 12 and 2 to 5 respectively, The kids were running around all day, keeping fit, doing crafts and constantly engaged by the sweetest staff. Stacey, one of the Paintbox leaders, greeted our kids at the pool while we were swimming. Now, if that’s not door to door hospitality, than what is? All the kids at the hotel were smiling and having a blast.

I could go on and on about our stay, but I made a video to show our true affinity for the resort. The dinner, lunch and breakfast were all 5-star cousine. The staff were on top of everything. I’ve never been to a hotel were they actually treated us like we lived there. Just looking at the home page www.MontageLagunaBeach.com is enough to make anyone go and visit. It’s serene, classy and luxurious. Their slogan is more than true..

“A hotel is where you visit, the Montage is where you live.” Wow. We’re thinking of an excuse to go back real soon!

This is a perfect getaway for the day too. Check out the “Moms Chilling for the Day” Video. You’ll be sold for sure…

The Go-To Mom Productions was given a complimentary stay. Kimberley Blaine will only promote, endorse and support companies she believes to have the highest standards in products and/or services that contribute to the well-being of families with young children.

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Dancing with Mickey Mouse, Keynote Speaking and Eating at Epcot!

It was not only an amazing experience for me to attend the Disney Social Media Moms conference as a key note speaker, but it was such a warm and humbling experience as an attendee because Disney always wins my heart over. Even at a corporate event like this, the room was filled with love and admiration for families and children. Any time a character came into the room or a video was displayed about the creation of Disney, my eyes teared up. I now know whenever I am in a room of Disney promoters, I will need a handful of tissue to capture my emotional tears.  It is such a delight for me to help moms and their blog presence via video. Having Sony there to run the Handycam contest was so thrilling because I was asked to speak on their behalf about how we use the camera at TheGoToMom.tv. After my official duties were done as a speaker, I jumped into comfy clothes and indulged myself with the many wonders of the world by going to Epcot.  I was joined by my Canadian mom ambassadors, UrbanMommies and yoyomama. We giggled, we took pictures and we shared insights about our Disney experience together. I was so honored that Annmarie from yoyomama was able to grab my Handycam and capture me dancing with Mickey and Minnie at one of our dinners. She did such a great job and wasn’t even in my vlogging workshop! I want to thank the Disney World PR team in particular for always “getting it” and seeing social media moms as their #1 mouthpieces. And for always making us feel like princesses. As a social media mom, it is my honor to help preserve Walt Disney’s dream in letting everyone know that Disney World and Disneyland are “the happiest places on earth.”


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