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Passports with Purpose Ends Today!!!

December 13th, 2010 by bsmith | No Comments | Filed in Legoland, Passports With Purpose

Jared and Destiny are Big LEGO Batman Fans, LEGOLAND, CA

If you want to win my LEGOLAND Getaway or any of the other amazing travel prizes including vacation packages, i Pads and more visit the Passports with Purpose Website and make a donation!

If you win, you can make a loved one’s dream come true this Holiday Season.  If you donate, dreams will also come true for a family in India.  They will finally have the dignity that comes with a home of their own.

Happy Trails,



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Passports With Purpose:Win a Legoland Adventure and Help Build a School in Cambodia

December 8th, 2009 by bsmith | 6 Comments | Filed in Legoland, Passports With Purpose

Passports With Purpose-Every Child Deserves a Great School

 A few years ago on a Vegas getaway with my husband, I picked up a life changing book.  Three Cups of Tea  by Greg Mortenson chronicles Greg’s experience as a mountain climber recovering in a small village in Pakistan.  He  promises to build a school for the village, and his new mission leads to the building of schools throughout Afganistan and Pakistan.  Greg talks a lot in his book about the transformative power of education, and how he believes it will bring peace to the region.  He explains that the education of girls can make a major impact on the community since in Afgan and Pakistani culture women tend to stay within the community, while men leave for greater economic opportunity.  Mothers in this culture have a strong influence on their children’s decisions including the one to join organizations like the Taliban.  Pick up Greg’s book  Stones into Schools  for someone on your Christmas list.

This year, a group of travel bloggers is coming together for Passports with Purpose a fundraiser to build schools in Cambodia,  another part of the world that is desperately in need of educational opportunity for young people.  The non-profit American Assistance for Cambodia  is dedicated to improving life for the youth and rural poor of Cambodia.  For a ten dollar donation to this worthy cause, you receive one entry for one of a large number of great travel blog giveaways from around the world.

Since I think that American Assistance for Cambodia is a fabulous cause, I contacted LEGOLAND California and they generously donated four park hopper passes to this great theme park in Carlsbad, California.  These tickets will allow you to check out the kid friendly Sea Life Aquarium and see the amazing models of LEGOLAND.  I will also throw in a copy of The Unauthorized Legoland Guidebook  so you can be prepared to enjoy every minute of your LEGOLAND adventure.  (If the winner is located outside the US, I will provide you with a PDF copy of my guidebook or you can pick up a copy when you reach Carlsbad).


Since you may have quite a journey to get here to sunny Carlsbad, the elegant Sheraton Carlsbad Resort located next to LEGOLAND has generously donated a certificate for a two night stay at their hotel.  This beautiful hotel has its own private entrance to LEGOLAND.  Be sure to check out the LEGO  flower bouqet in the lobby.  It was constructed by the talented LEGO Master Builder Gary McIntire.

Sheraton, Carlsbad

This total Legoland Adventure Package is worth more than $700! 

Passports With Purpose kicked off last week, and has already collected the $13000 needed to build a school, but there is still work to do.  The group  is trying to raise an additional $13000 to fund a school nurse, water filter for the school well, and a “victory garden” which will allow the students to have a healthy lunch at school daily.

Click here to make your donation to Passports With Purpose today.  A ten dollar donation will give you a great chance at winning the Ultimate Legoland Adventure.


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And the winner is…

October 4th, 2009 by bsmith | 2 Comments | Filed in Family Adventure Guidebooks
Destiny Picks a Winner

Destiny Picks a Winner

Well, I decided to include my daughter in the fun of picking a winner for the Family Adventure Guidebooks Birthday Blog Giveway.  I cut out strips with everyone’s comments.  She folded each one handed (note the cool green cast), and then we put them in her cowboy hat. 

She drew a name and it was Michael who proceeded to jump around his apartment doing a happy dance when he found out.  Stay tuned for a guest post on Legoland for grownups.  I’m really looking forward to a fresh perspective on the subject that I know so well.

Thanks to all who entered and to Beth Downing at Legoland California for providing the tickets.  This is a  very generous company.  Legoland hosts a yearly fundraising day for the Carlsbad Educational Foundation… a great opportunity for discount Legoland tickets.

Looking forward to another year of blogging.  Need to start thinking about next year’s birthday giveaway.

Happy Trails,



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Travel Bargain: Kids Visit San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park for Free in October!

October 2nd, 2009 by bsmith | 3 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Hi All,

The photo upload function on my WordPress blog isn’t working, so there will be no Photo Friday Post this week.  If anyone has a solution to this problem let me know!

In the mean time I am heading to the San Diego Zoo tommorrow.  We are bringing five kids ages 13 months, 4, 4, 5, and 10 so wish us luck!  Seriously I can hardly wait.  I chose this outing for my out of town friends because kids get in free in the month of October.  Zoo membership is cheap and tax deductible, so we may go ahead and get the family membership and use the free tickets on another day.  If you are visiting San Diego this October, be sure to take advantage of this amazing travel deal!

Tommorrow is the last day of my Legoland pass giveaway.  We will be choosing a winner on Sunday.  I was going to post a picture of the name being pulled out of a hat, but without photo upload capability you may just have to trust me. 

Happy Trails,



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Photo Friday: Happy Birthday Family Adventure Guidebooks!

September 17th, 2009 by bsmith | 17 Comments | Filed in Photo Friday
Legoland or Bust

Family Adventure Guidebooks

Last Sunday Family Adventure Guidebooks celebrated its  first birthday.  It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging for over a year.  You can read my historic first post “Don’t Forget Your Shoes” here.  It is still one of my favorites!
What was started on a whim as a way to promote my book, has become a source of great  joy for me.  It has given me a chance to make some really wonderful virtual friends around the world as well as opening up new opportunities.  Thanks to Travel Savvy Mom, TrekarooWandering Educators, San Diego Bargain Mama, and Best Kid Friendly Travel for reviewing my book and/ or giving me the opportunity to guest blog for your sites.   
I hope that my readers have enjoyed the Smith Family’s Adventures this year.  I look forward sharing more with you in the future!
This Friday I wanted to share some of my favorite photos and to announce the Family Adventure Guidebooks Birthday giveaway: 4 tickets to my favorite theme park Legoland, California!  Legoland, which turns ten this year, generously offered four parkhopper tickets.  Click here  before October 3rd to learn more about how to enter.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from our adventures this past year:
Destiny at Bates Nut Farm, San Diego, Ca
Ken Splashes Down in Golden Nugget Shark Tank Pool
jared-battles-the-dark-side2 Justin Above Fort Point,  San Francisco, Ca

As always, I am grateful to Delicous Baby for her Photo Friday Blog Roundup.  Stop by and see what my fellow travelers have been up to.

Happy Trails,


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