Mary Farah

Mary Farah
Mary is a California native with a diverse professional background. She's been a theatre tech, event planner, and even a grocery account executive for Ty beanie babies. She launched her website, Along Comes Mary, in 2012 and found her passion is travel writing. Since then, she's had incredible opportunities that include media trips and working on the board of directors for IFWTWA, the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association. Mary lives in Simi Valley with her husband, Michael, their daughter, Mabel, and two adorable dogs.

Take a Visit to Greenville, South Carolina

I always love visiting the South. I was excited to check off another city when I headed to Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville is continuing to make several “Best Of” and “Must See” lists and...

Organic and Affordable at Trader Joe’s

Over the years, my diet has drastically evolved. I grew up on diet sodas and fast food, then went vegetarian at 14. That only meant a steady dose of pizza. I used to drink...
Beach - weekend in San Diego with family and kids

A Weekend in San Diego: Your Family Itinerary

Looking to feel a million miles away yet only a few hours from home? I got the place for you. We just returned from an incredible weekend in San Diego. There was so much...

5 Solvang Shops to Support Local this Holiday Season

Looking for a fun day trip? We love to visit Solvang in Santa Barbara County. Solvang is about 90 minutes from me here in Simi Valley. Even less if you’re further in Ventura County....

Explore Philadelphia with CityPASS

Looking to head east for a family vacation? I highly recommend Philadelphia getting on your radar. I enjoyed a solo journey to the City of Brotherly Love but couldn’t stop thinking about how much...
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Two Words: Believe Survivors

(Author's Note: This story discusses rape and sexual violation. Please take care of yourself and read with caution or move on to another post.) The media has had all eyes on several cast members from...

Take a Road Trip to San Luis Obispo County

Spring break is here and summer is around the corner. This means vacation will be on a lot of families' minds. We’re lucky to call California home and that so many diverse getaways are...
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5 Things NOT to Say to a Pregnant Momma

Being pregnant brings out every emotion imaginable. I struggled with a lot of stress during mine. For the most part, I still feel in debt to those who helped and supported me during a...
Santa Barbara Coastline

What to do in Santa Barbara

I love poking around Santa Barbara. Whether it’s a quick day trip, pit stop, or overnight, the city is often called “the American Riviera.” After a visit or two, it’s easy to see why....

Go Back in Time in Flagstaff at Motel Du Beau

When I went to Flagstaff last spring, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I contemplated a bit (ok, a lot) whether to fly or drive. The thought of my first flight post-2020 gave me some...