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About Highlights Along the Way – Travel & Entertainment

Kate and family

Thank you for stopping by Highlights Along the Way.  We are a family fun, travel, and entertainment site and we love to highlight the things that make us happy here.  Follow along as we try out new things in our new home in Los Angeles, California! – we love to share about new movies, cartoons, things to do in Los Angeles and beyond.  I am excited you are here and I hope you find it to be a fun and happy place!

*Update 8/2020* – Things have changed a lot here! We moved from San Diego to Los Angeles this summer.  While our blog used to cover a little bit of everything, we now are focusing mostly on travel and family friendly entertainment. We hope to still keep you up to date on new movies, TV shows, and fun things to do in Southern California.  The kids are bigger and I am working mostly as a freelance illustrator.  I would love for you to check out Kate Ham Art and keep me in mind for for your children’s book!

Thanks for letting me introduce myself.  My name is Kate and I am mid 30 40 something.  I was born and bred in San Diego and while  I deflected to Los Angeles and Orange County briefly in my twenties, I think I am a San Diego lifer. Just kidding, we are back in Los Angeles.  My former claim to fame is San Diego Deals and Steals – a deal blog that morphed into more of a lifestyle/healthy food/travel/family/ mommy (ish) blog – hence our reorganization here.  I love a good deal, mainly so I can splurge elsewhere.  I love Disney…. like a lot.  The only thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a Disney animator – not just an animator, but a Disney animator.  I like to think I could still do that like once all my monkeys are grown up and leave the nest….we shall see.  In the meantime, I have found hanging out at Disneyland and introducing Disney movies to my kids is a lot of fun.  I love crafts, yummy healthy (ish) food, travel, decorating, and watching our kids grow into big people!  I’m a work in progress.  My plan is to someday be fancy and poised….. we’ll see.

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Photo by Limelife Photography

I am married to the funniest man I know.  We met in a little animation trade school many moons ago as students.  We’ve been married 13 years and we have packed quite a bit into those years!  Four moves, brain surgery (his, not mine, mine is in fantastic shape – his needed a tune up!), three babies, a couple trips around the globe, a stint in NICU…. boy are we tired.  The sexiest thing he has ever said to me is “I just want to be a better husband and Daddy.”, especially since he was already a pretty awesome both.   Don’t get me wrong, we have our moments, I’m not one of those bloggers that spends a lot of time giving out marriage advice – we are both strong willed, sensitive, and at our core; emotionally introverted – so we sometimes need a reboot. Read “we need a vacation so bad”.  I feel beyond blessed to share this journey we call life with him! Harry is an artist, teacher, author, and web designer.  He enjoys fishing, drawing, surfing, traveling, and the occasional ridiculously dark beer.  He is also my tech guy here!

We have three fantastic kids.

Catching Up With Kate

I don’t use their names on purpose and I am very protective.  They love that Mommy blogs about things they are interested in, but they also appreciate I rarely blog about them.  I will not share their secrets, their struggles, their embarrassments, or even most of their achievements.  I won’t share their schools or after school activities.

While they are often seen in our blog, this is not our family’s reality show.  They didn’t sign up for that, and I seriously don’t think anyone wants to read that.  I am a Mommy and I do a lot of fun Mommy things that many have found useful when I blog about them.  You will find lots of fun tips on products, birthday party ideas, kid friendly recipes, family travel, DIY costumes, and lots of free printables that have all been tested behind the scenes by my helpful bunch!