5 Family-Friendly Fiji Resorts

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I have been writing about Fiji as a vacation destination for a few months now as a result of our partnership with Fiji Vacations and putting together these dreamy posts have become almost torturous because it makes me want to go to Fiji SO BADLY!!!

Some might think Fiji is just a place for honeymooners or romantic getaways. It is. But did you know many resorts in Fiji also cater to families?

Best Family-Friendly Fiji Resorts

I asked Melissa, the owner of Fiji Vacations who has personally visited ever single resort in Fiji to share her opinion of her top 5 best family-friendly Fiji resorts. She knows what to look for because she has a young son and has traveled to Fiji with him numerous times. Here are her picks!

1. Castaway Island, Fiji 

Castaway Island Fiji Resort Kid's Club

Castaway Island Fiji

Castaway Island, Fiji is a pristine private island 4 star resort in the heart of Fiji’s Mamanuca Island group. The 174 acre island is covered in rich tropical rainforest and surrounded by white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and sparkling South Pacific waters.

Voted the BEST Overseas Family Resort by Luxury Travel Magazine, the Castaway Kid’s club (ages 3+ – FREE) is open from 9:00am until 10:00pm every day. The resort has a separate family pool area and great options for even fussy eaters.

“They just do a superb job at keeping adults and kids entertained and happy.”  ~ Melissa

2. Jean Michel Cousteau Resort 

Bula Club John-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji

John-Michel Cousteau Resort

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is located on 17 flourishing acres of a former coconut plantation tucked away on a private peninsula overlooking Savusavu Bay and the Koro Sea.

The Bula Club kid’s club is a free program featuring a full schedule of fun activities that encourage kids to explore the Fijian culture and environment. Bula Club has separate programs for children under 5 and those between 6-12.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is a great resort for discerning clientele that want an educational experience for their family. “~ Melissa 

3. Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa


Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, located on one of the world’s best beaches, offers five-star luxury on the white sands of Natadola Beach.

The property boasts 6 restaurants and bars, spa, golf course, 4 swimming pools and fabulous kids’ club.

Their Planet Trekkers Kids Club is designed to entertain young kids and has two distinct age groups for different activities for kids ages 3-7 and  8-12. Kids under 4 may attend Planet Trekkers in the company of a resort Nanny.

“I loved this resort because of the dedicated nanny service.” ~ Melissa 

4. Mana Island Resort Fiji


Mana Island Resort Fiji

Mana Island Resort is nestled between two of the best beaches to be found in the Mamanuca Group, situated in lush tropical paradise amongst white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.

Their Kids Club is open for 3 different sessions during the day where children get to experience Fijian culture, nature walks and traditional games. Ages 3 – 12 years.

The resort also offers a Mei Mei Centre for babysitting. Parents can take advantage of five FREE hours of babysitting per day for guests staying a minimum of 5 nights.

“Mana Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Fiji and this resort offers families a super affordable vacation in a 5 star location.” ~ Melissa 

5. Vomo Island Resort 


Vomo Island Resort

Vomo Island Resort has been considered the hidden jewel of the Fijian Islands with its peaceful ambiance and stunning natural beauty.

Consisting of 29 Luxury Villas and two private residences with private pools, Vomo Island Resort offers 5-star accommodations and service. Rates are inclusive of all food and non-alcoholic beverages during meal times, arrival wine, WiFi, daily laundry, non-motorized sports and daily snorkeling trips.

Vomo’s Kids Village is open daily and is Vomo’s dedicated facility catering to young guests. Accessed by a fun suspension bridge, the air-conditioned facility has a playroom for kids under 4, media room, undercover play areas, dress up and craft tables. Kids under 4 must be accompanied by a baby butler or nanny.

For children 10 years and above, Vomo now offers PADI certified diving course called the Bubble Blowers Course where experts will direct them through the steps necessary to learn to navigate the underwater world.

They have just gone through a major renovation and the resort is looking better than ever. Vomo offers some of the finest white sandy beaches along with their award winning 5 star service, this resort delivers one of the most upscale family experiences in Fiji!” ~ Melissa 

Contact Fiji Vacations for a Free Quote

Ready to price out a family vacation to Fiji for or Summer or Holidays 2015? Contact Fiji Vacations at 800.927.1923 or via their website. One of their Fiji specialists can help you plan the family vacation of your dreams! Why would you use a travel agent? Click here to learn more, and you will then be asking – why wouldn’t you use a travel agent?

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Take a Tour in BeautyLand

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This post is sponsored by CosmetiCare to spread the word about their free BeautyLand event on May 7th. 


As a blogger, when I get approached about sponsored campaigns and whether I want to take it on and write about it, I ask myself, “Does this interest me? Would it interest or be of value to my readers?

If I say “yes” to those two questions, it is a good fit.

Recently I was contacted about a campaign to spread the word about an event called BeautyLand hosted by one of Orange County’s leading medspas, CosmetiCare, and when reading about some of the services they offer and how two in particular have always interested me, I wanted to share this event with you.

For years I have wanted to learn more about laser hair removal but have never gotten around to investigating options. I have also been interested in IPL treatments because, thanks to 40 years in the sun, I have quite a bit of brown spots and discoloration and would love to even out my skin tone.

Both services are offered at CosmetiCare and the BeautyLand event will allow me to see the treatment rooms and get more information.

BeautyLand at CosmetiCare 

Love what you see when you look in the mirror.

BeautyLand is an Open House event where you can visit the medspa and tour the seven signature rooms to learn more about services for serious skincare results (while sipping on complimentary bubbly and nibbling on delectable hors d’oeuvres).

Through onsite demonstrations of non-invasive beauty treatments and techniques you can see how these treatments are used to correct wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, uneven skin tone and pigmentation, rosacea and more.

Here is just a sample of their different treatment rooms you can visit at BeautyLand.

Skin Care and Glow Room 

Discover aesthetic technology with instant results and zero downtime.

Fat Melting Room

TruSculpt is a 100% non-invasive body contouring option, again with no downtime.

Laser Room 

This is the place where they say painless laser hair removal takes place. I am intrigued by the painless claim, and would like to learn more. Especially before bikini season.

Freeze & Fill and more

Lots of options on how to fight wrinkles and signs of aging these days.

Care Credit Room

If you are curious about cost you can request no-interest financing in the Care Credit room and learn different payment options.

map BeautyLand Event Info 

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

1101 Bayside Drive, Suite 100
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Tours take place at 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

RSVP is required as space is limited and this is an adult-only event.

To sign up for a free tour, email inquiry@cosmeticare.com with your preferred tour time or call 949.273.2663.


Attendees will receive opportunity drawing tickets to win baskets overflowing with skin-care products and services valued up to $600 with each stop during the BeautyLand event culminating with a $2000 grand prize! I am taking the 4:00pm tour, hope to see some of my readers there!

$500 Giveaway!

Enter to win $500 worth of Spa Services for you at CostmetiCare medspa!

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Best Mother’s Day Brunches in Orange County

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Today I’d like to talk about where to go for the best Mother’s Day brunches in Orange County.  With our special day coming up on Sunday, May 10th, it’s time to start dropping hints and get those reservations made. So bookmark this post, send your husband the link, and let your family know that you’re ready to celebrate with mimosas, omelet bars, and fresh fruit!

Best Mother’s Day Brunches in Orange County 

And speaking of bookmarking a link, check out my Mother’s Day blog from last year – all about what mamas really want for Mom’s Day!

Here are some of my favorite brunch places:

El Torito Dana Point – This is a delicious, causal buffet in a kid-friendly environment, and sports a beautiful view of the Dana Point Harbor.
Reservations – (949) 496-6311

Laguna Beach Driftwood Kitchen – You will feel like you are eating on.the.beach here – the views here are incredible. And the food is amazing.  This is one of my favorite spots.
Reservations – (949) 715-7700

Rusty Pelican – I actually had my bridesmaids’ luncheon here many moons ago, and have always come back for special occasions.  This restaurant sits on the Newport Harbor (right off of PCH), and is so beautiful and relaxing. Love it.
Reservations – (949) 642-3431

Salt Creek Grille (Dana Point) – This is a great spot to bring the family – yummy food, relaxed dining room, and right off of PCH (on the east side).
Reservations – (949) 661-7799

Tustin Ranch Golf Club – I’m a little biased because this is where I had my wedding reception (again, many moons ago!), but we love the brunch here – absolutely delicious with a gorgeous golf course view.
Reservations – (714) 734-2111

Here are some places I’ve heard wonderful things about:

Back Bay Bistro (at Newport Dunes) – People tell me that their waterfront patio is beautiful, and the food is wonderful. Check and check!
Reservations – (949) 729-1144

Brio Tuscan Grille (at the Irvine Spectrum) – I’ve heard this is a great place to brunch and relax – looking forward to trying it soon.
Reservations – (949) 341-0380

Duke’s Huntington Beach (right on Huntington Beach) – Anything right on the beach gets an “A” in my book.  Plus, I hear the food is amazing.
Reservations – (714) 374-6446

Paul Martin’s American Grill (at the Irvine Spectrum)- My friends tell me this is a great casual place with good food and reasonable brunch prices.  Sounds good to me.
Reservations – (949) 453-1144

Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort (in Laguna Beach)- I’ve heard this is just a fabulous restaurant with an amazing ocean view and delicious food.  Can’t wait to try it!
Reservations – (877) 741-5908

Here are some of the top picks from web searches:

Still looking for some inspiration? Take a peek at these websites that have compiled some great brunch spots in Orange County.

– From Gayot:  2015 Top 10 Mother’s Day Brunch Restaurants in Orange County (CA) Area

– From www.orangecounty.net:  Mother’s Day Weekend – Things to Do/Brunch

– From Opentable – Mother’s Day Brunch, Lunch and Dinner Specials

– From localemagazine.com – Orange County Brunch Guide

– From wherela.com –  Find The Best Places To Brunch In Orange County

Don’t forget to call to make reservations asap…and also ask if there is a set menu or special available brunch times (since it is a holiday).  I wish you all a fabulous early Mother’s Day, and hope you get to enjoy your families and do what you love!

Please comment below with your choice for the best brunch places in OC!

Photo credit: FlickrCopyright All rights reserved by emilygang

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Hello Shea! Minted Birth Announcements

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 Minted is a Long Time Sponsor + Links are Affiliate Links 

In today’s world of instantly gratifying Social Media we know immediately when a friend has had a baby by their Facebook and/or Instagram update –  it is so sweet when newborn babies are filling my feed!  I have to say, in this sea of online images I truly love when I receive an elegant piece of mail I can hold in my hands, boasting a photograph of a beautiful baby signed by the proud parents (and sometimes siblings).

The announcement feels grand, and important, and it makes me feel special that I was included on their list.

Minted Birth Announcements

So when Minted reached out to me and offered Minted birth announcements for our bouncing baby girl (#3) I was thrilled, of course!  Minted has the sweetest designs, and I love that each one is offered in different color options.  Some of my faves are So Much Love To GivePetite Measurements, and Fancy Floral Frame.

The high quality product consistently delivered by Minted is unparalleled.  Their card stock is the thickest.  And yes, thickness matters.

After much deliberation, I chose Watercolor Bunting Birth Announcements in pink since we had been “not finder outers” this time around.


We had pictures taken by the amazingly talented Kristin Eldridge– watching her mold our sweet baby Shea into adorable little poses, softly patting her back to sleep when she stirred was awe-inspiring.  I wanted to take Kristin home with me!  We are in love with the images she captured of our Shea-Bear, and even more so with photographs of all three of our little ladies.

It was a must to include the backing option with a photograph so I could include Shea’s proud big sisters as well.


The FREE recipient addressing is seriously a lifesaver for me right now.  I had entered all of our addresses into Minted’s Address Assistant for our Christmas cards this year and so when it came time to figure out our announcements it was SO EASY!

And, actually there have been multiples times I have referenced the Address Assistant from my phone when I’m out and about and need a friend’s address.  So very convenient!


I am so excited for these to fill the mailboxes of our friends and loved ones!

Minted Nursery Art 

Minted also offers gorgeous nursery wall art.  We have the most adorable photograph I wanted to put in Shea’s nursery of  Shea and her Great Grandma Theresa Shea Paoletti the day she came home from the hospital.

The grin on Great Grandmas face is priceless, and Minted had the PERFECT nursery art design called Colorful Stages which allowed me to use my photo and include a caption to share the special relationship of Great Grandma and her namesake.  Surrounded by the whitewashed herringbone frame, I am slightly OBSESSED.


Minted is always offering helpful stylized tips like their Gallery Wall How To on their homepage right now, which I have to say, I am in love with a well done gallery wall, but find the project intimidating.

Love a deal?  (Yeah, so do I!)  Minted is always running promo codes and sending out artsy inspiration so be sure to subscribe for their email updates at the bottom of their homepage.

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i♥oc Giving Day Starts Today!

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Disclosure: This is sponsored campaign by the Orange County Community Foundation to raise awareness for the i♥oc Giving Day 2015. 

iheartoc Today you have the chance to be a part of Orange County history and your participation will make a difference. This first-ever countywide giving event, i♥oc Giving Day, has begun!!! Can I get a, ‘Woo hoo!!!’

But don’t read this and say, “I’ll do it later”, because this historical event is happening, like NOW! And only runs for 30 hours, through noon tomorrow, so seriously, the time to act is NOW!

The Orange County Community Foundation has a goal to raise $2M in the next 30 hours for local Orange County charities working hard right in our own backyard for causes important to our community.

If you feel the tug at your heartstrings today to support an Orange County charity and be a part of OC history (no gift too small), make the donation now.

The clock is ticking,  so –>click this link to donate, then share with your friends to join in the fun!  You will be glad you did – giving feels good.

Join OC History and Be a Part of  i♥oc Giving Day

1. Click here –> iheartoc.org website starting at 6am on April 21st through 12p on the 22nd and make a secure, tax-deductible donation to one of the participating local non-profits.

3. Spread the love! Share the #iheartoc movement and iheartoc.org website on your social media pages and inspire others to participate in this amazing community event!

Giving feeds the soul. I hope you will be inspired to give where you live! Off to make my donation….

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