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 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...

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...

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...

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....

Coming to Terms with my Toxic Mother

I’ve always thought it’s fun to celebrate my half-birthday. I have never done anything extravagant. Just maybe buy a “treat” or choose the pricier drink at Starbucks that day. Moving forward, I don’t know...

Palm Springs Makes a Great Family-Friendly Weekend

Have you ever considered Palm Springs for a family vacation? I would not have thought the desert oasis screams “take the kids.” Known for its hip vibes and a haven for the LGBTQ community,...

A Toddler-Approved Stay at Hofsas House Hotel

Carmel-by-the-Sea has been a staple since I began dating my now-husband. Each getaway has found us staying with Hofsas House Hotel in the center of town. We’ve tackled bringing our two very energetic dogs,...

Outside the Box Creation – Kid Gift Idea

It’s no secret I love to travel. My goal is to see all 50 USA states and much more of the world. While I love all of the “usual” reasons to travel (new scenery,...
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