four seasons aviara
Travel Inspiration / USA

My Instagram Summer :: Carlsbad, California

Busy mom of 4- you know the story. Most of the time, I feel like I am being pulled in 5 different directions. It is very important to me that I try to live life in the moment by being as present as possible with my children and my spouse. Not as easy as it sounds. Each person really does need that extra attention, and I work hard to give it to them. The twins are great fun, but they also require 100% of my time when I am out and about with all four kids. I often find myself struggling to spread the love when I’m in those moments, so I came up with the solution of occasional separate trips, dinners and events with just my older kids. These moments are really special to me, and I know my children benefit from the attention I am able to give them. Even if they have to share mommy with one other sibling. It’s much better than splitting it 4-ways!

Today is #IGTravelThursday hosted by Skimbaco Lifestyle, and I am sharing with you my 3-day trip to Carlsbad, California with my two older children. This was our great escape for the summer, together, and we had a truly memorable time. Thanks to our sponsors, Four Seasons Residence Club, Aviara, North San Diego, and LegoLand California.

Carlsbad, California#RSMLVCBad

Continuing on our journey, after visiting Telluride, we headed west. This time to the North County of San Diego, California to a quaint beach town called Carlsbad. My two older children and I were invited guests at the Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, North San Diego. A beautiful, luxurious family focused resort situated on the Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Preserve. The resort itself is actually a Four Seasons Residence, which means almost all units have owners. There are 246 villas on the property, each individually owned, and all are available to rent nightly*- just like any other hotel. We loved the amenities of the pools, fitness centers and cafes. I swear I had the best truffle fries in my life at the Summits Grill, I couldn’t get enough. Both children were also invited to attend Camp at the Kids Club 760, where they were treated to an Etiquette Class. During our stay, we were also invited to experience all three parks at LegoLand California. To top off our 3-day vacation, we enjoyed our last night’s dinner at Pizza Port, a serious local’s spot. My RockStarMom travel advice: At the end of your trip, make a picture book using on-line sites like Shutterfly.com. The books I have made for my children are some of their favorites, and they have fun reliving the memories with each other. 


*Unit availability based on occupancy at time of travel.

All photos taken with iPhone 4, using Instagram.



September 12, 2013 at 1:24 am

That’s so nice that you got to do this special trip!! I have only 3 kids, but I know exactly what you mean. I took my oldest on a trip to Paris alone this winter, and next year it’s the middle child’s turn to do a special trip. It does take effort to do these special trips, but I think they are so important for all of the kids get some special time. Thanks for joining us this week for IG travel Thursday 🙂

September 12, 2013 at 4:59 am

That’s a great idea to make the books for the kids, this is something I’d like to do once mine are little older. And four kids, wow! I’m just learning to cope with two 😉

September 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

Oh, that Four Seasons Resort is so close to me! I should check it out and come up with some excuse to throw the family in the car and spend a weekend there. For the truffle fries, of course 😉

September 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

Ohhh lord, what an inspiration you are to travel with 4 kiddos. WOW, just wow. And what a special treat to make them little picture books. That has got to be so fun for them to look back on, now and in the future.

September 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Are we on IG together? If not, I’ve got to get on your feed. You had me at Four Seasons residence club, and I don’t remember that beautiful red drink in my feed.

I know this was a great trip.

September 16, 2013 at 3:27 am

I am also trying to do the same and give them separate time, but I find it hard especially with my little twins… And I would love to have an etiquette class for my little ones, a great idea!

September 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

We were just in SoCal and crashed at The Montage! It’s such a luxurious place we visit every year. This time around we took our son to Lego Land – TWICE! The weather was perfect, no crowds and he had a blast!

September 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

My best friends live in Carlsbad! We’ve been telling them we’ll bring Erika over…it’s such a pretty area.

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