Top 20 Tips for Travel with Baby

Traveling has always been a passion of mine.   When I got pregnant in 2015, I knew I wanted to share lots of trips and adventures with our little man, and baby or not. Before Max was a year old he completed more than 12 flights, including a trip from the US to Italy.   While having a baby may slow things down a tad, with a bit of planning and a can-do attitude, I promise you can do it too!

Below I have updated a post I originally shared on the blog last summer, sharing my Top 20 travel tips for flying and traveling with baby.  This original post is geared for babies one or under, but I’ll be doing a follow up post this fall about travel with toddlers too!

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1. PLAN IN ADVANCE

Weeks ahead of time I start making packing lists. Rushing to pack mommy, daddy and baby (not to mention other kiddos) the night before sometimes can’t be helped, but odds are you will forget something.  Make a list and create a small staging area in a closet or spare room where you can start to collect those things you want to make sure you remember.

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2. PASSPORTS AND PASSPORT CARDS

For international travel baby will need a passport, which will be good for 5 years. You will also want to get the passport card for baby as a form of identification. Although the card can only be used for international travel to a few select destinations, you can throw this in your wallet and use for domestic travel to avoid lugging around a copy of the birth certificate or passport in your things.

3. STROLLERS ARE YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND

Take a stroller that that’s easy to use and comfy for baby, and sturdy enough to haul things around the airport.  If you don’t have the stomach to gate check an expensive stroller for fear of it getting damaged, then don’t bring it.  Its not coming in the cabin with you, but you can take it through the airport with you and check it at the gate. You will need to stop at the desk at your gate to get a tag to check your stroller.  When you get on the airplane you will fold up the stroller and leave it at the end of the gate right as you board the plane, and it should be waiting in the same general area for you when you disembark the plane.  The stroller is a great place for baby to nap while you enjoy a museum, seeing the sites, or use as a place to feed baby.  It’s also an excellent caddy at the airport.  It can be hard to manage getting all that crap through the airport, so I would wear my Baby Bjorn Carrier with Max and dump the diaper bag and carry on bags in the stroller. (Side note, Baby Bjorn is also a must have getting on and off the plane with your bags.)

A favorite stroller related packing hack of mine is to attach a large stroller organizer to the back of the stroller to stuff some emergency changes of clothes, some food and a plethora of diapers, which can save a fair amount of room in your carry on bags.

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4. BABY BACKPACK AND CLUTCH

The days of a big handbag are now replaced with a diaper bag, but I still need someway to organize my necessities (wallet, phone, lipgloss, hair ties, sunglasses), so I use a small clutch to contain all my clutter and then stuff it into my carry on or diaper bag. I highly recommend a backpack diaper bag because you can wear it, keeping your hands free for holding your baby, carry on, pacifier, tickets, folding your stroller, car seat, and well, you get the point. :-). There are lots of cute ones out there, but I’ve coveted my husband’s Diaper Dude bag I bought him last year- it’s the most practical and comfortable hands down.

5. CHANGE OF CLOTHES

As a general rule, I pack 2 outfits a day for baby, assuming we will have a food or butt disaster at some point :-). Make sure to pack a few onesies in your diaper bag or carry on so you can do a quick change, or aren’t left scrambling if your luggage doesn’t arrive with you.  Remember to bring plastic bags to put the dirty stuff into (doggy doodoo bags or produce bags are a good because they wrap around what’s inside pretty easily), although if it’s too gross and just a basic onsie, you may just want to cut your losses (no need to carry poop with you for a full day if you aren’t returning to your hotel). Also pack an extra shirt for mom and dad in the event that the baby messes spill over on to you (which they often do).  You don’t want to start a flight for New York to Rome with baby poop on your shirt for the next 7 hours. No bueno!

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6. DON’T STRESS!

A lot is going on at the airport, but try not to get stressed or rushed. There are lots of people without babies who fumble about and take forever to board. Don’t let anyone rush you or make you feel bad. You paid for this flight, and just because you take longer to unpack or may have some crying here or there, its OK.  Other non-baby passengers can do the same thing.  That guy farting up a storm across the aisle or teenager with headphones blaring for the world to hear can be far worse!!  If your baby is a good mood when you board, let him baby smile and flirt with the other passengers around you. That way he’s that cute baby who just happens to be crying later on.  And quite honestly, I have found most other passengers to be very understanding and helpful, with one college girl even offering to “babysit” on the plane for us on our flight to Italy last year!  If someone does give you a hard time, just turn the other cheek and pay all your attention to cuddling and caring for baby!

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7. CAR SEAT

You can use a TSA approved car seat on the plane if you buy a ticket for baby, or you can have a lap child up to 2 years of age. If you intend on getting a car when you land, you will need a car seat, so you will need to bring one along or rent one from the rental car company. Car seats can be very heavy, so I recommend investing in a lightweight travel car seat that’s easier to bring through the airport.  I bought this Costco Carseat  that was recommended for travel on a number of websites – we still love it today.  Keep in mind, you your baby a ticketed seat, your little one it is required to sit in the car seat or an approved harness like this one. Install the seat the way you would in a car- rear facing is ok!!  Car seat hack: Buy a container of bungee cords (which can also be super helpful around the house), and use those to attach your car seat right over a wheely carry on bag – no carrying or lugging anything awkward then!

8. BASIC BABY STUFF

Don’t bring 50 bottles with you – you can only use one at a time. I’d recommend maybe 2 bottles in your carry on and then maybe another one in your checked bags if you are nervous. Always have a fresh bottle or sippy cup ready for takeoff and landing- keeping baby swallowing often will help regulate the pressure in ears during takeoff and descent. Remember, anywhere you travel will generally have bottles and diapers. Anything that you can buy locally, leave at home and take only the travel day essentials with you. If you need a specific formula or medicine, make sure you bring along.  Bring pacifiers, one or two small toys and a book – babies don’t need a huge variety to be happy. I highly recommend stocking up on a few of these Baby Rings too.  They have great textures and colors for baby to play with, look at and chew on, and you can also loop some of their favorite smaller toys or pacifiers through one end and attach the other to you, the stroller or the baby carrier – that way when baby chucks that toy it won’t land on the dirty airplane or airport floor!

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9. SEAT OR NO SEAT

As a general rule, I’ll fly up to 3 hours holding a baby in my lap on a plane, but after that I’ll purchase a seat. Some airlines offer reduced fare for babies, so be sure to call and ask the airline to see what they may offer. Another plus of buying the extra seat is two more possible bags you can carry on board (although that also means two more bags to manage through the airport). If you don’t buy a seat, you will still need to check baby in and get a boarding pass to proceed though security and onto the plane. Even if you don’t buy a seat, still bring that car seat and ask to see if there are any open seats – you can possibly get that baby in a seat free of charge!

10. DOWNLOAD

On whatever mobile device you may have, download some visual apps to distract baby, and some noise maker apps to help sooth baby wherever you travel, and some more interactive ones like the Sesame Street app.  These days, we don’t leave for a trip without our Ipad filled with Moana, Secret Life of Pets and Trolls. Remember to bring your charging cord in your carry on to power up in the airport, and a few battery backups if you have a long flight!

11. RENT A CAR

After flying somewhere new, taxis and trains can sound appealing especially in Europe, but with a small baby and lots of baby gear I think renting a car is the best way to get around on the ground after you get to your destination. Make sure to get one big enough for your stroller and extra baby bags. Having a car will allow you to stop when baby needs to stop and take a break, or have baby’s diaper changed, and is less stressful than trying to rush baby, stroller and a million bags on and off a train before it takes off for its next stop.

12. PACKING CUBES (AND NOT JUST FOR BABIES)

These things are amazing for travel with or without babies, but are especially nice for corralling all the little tidbits like socks, washcloths, onesies, food packets, ect. It allows for easy categorization and organization, especially if mixing mommy and daddy’s clothes in the same cases.  I have found the ones on Someebags to be really nice and have several – they also have lots of other great diaper and travel bags as well.

13. ACCOMMODATIONS

Stay close to the sites you want to see so you can make pit stops back at the hotel pretty easily for meals or naps if you like. It’s also nice to have someplace where baby can crawl around in the grass at the end of the day and stretch this legs. Staying in a rental house or apartment is ideal so you can have access to a kitchen and more space to move around. It’s also great to have a separate sleeping area for parents and baby, and a bonus if there is a washer/dryer inside. If choosing a hotel, call ahead to make sure they can help provide a crib and the room will be big enough. If you are driving (or don’t mind lugging one more item when you fly), I recommend bringing your own portable crib, that way baby has the same bed night after night and you know it’s clean.

14. INFLATABLE TUB

This is a great option to help contain a young baby in a clean space. It’s a good idea to bring along when traveling in Europe, because not all hotels will have a bath tub.  This one is less than $10 and packs easily!

15. BLANKETS

I usually being a soft snuggle blanket to help Max fall asleep and cuddle with, and an when he was tiny, an old swaddling blanket or two for something to put down on the ground when baby needs to stretch his legs.

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16. CHANGING DIAPERS IN EUROPE

Get ready to change baby anywhere and everywhere. In countries like Italy, there are not as many public bathrooms with changing stations readily available. Get a cushy changing mat and get ready for some baby buns in the piazza. No one seems to mind at all, but it becomes a little bit more tricky when changing a diaper explosion.  Just bring lots of things to lay baby on, as well as wet wipes.

 

17. DOCTORS AND MEDS

Before leaving, try to locate through your doctor, recommendations from locals, or even the internet, a pediatrician and/or hospital in case baby needs to go to the doctor. My doctor said if you are flying blind, generally speaking she would recommend going to a university hospital because they tend to have better care and services. Bring a digital thermometer (I like the ones that you can scan their ear or forehead) so you can easily check if baby is just tired and a little off or actually sick. Always have a fever and pain reducer like Tylenol or Advil on hand, some teething aids, and a nasal bulb. If going to a foreign country, also bring any other regular meds with you that baby often takes because it can be difficult to find the same brands that you are used to, not to mention trying to figure out the dosage. In addition to his ear infection, out little dude also got pinkeye, and trying to find drops was crazy (we eventually did succeed in convincing a pharmacist what to give us after going to med school at WebMD). Another great thing to take along to help with dehydration if baby isn’t eating or has tummy issues are these easy to pack powder packets of Pedialite.

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18. FLIGHT TIMES

Try to book your flights that work well around baby’s schedule. While you may be up for a 6am flight, baby might have different ideas woken up at 3am from a cozy snooze to get ready and packed in the car. if traveling internationally, doing an overnight flight where baby can sleep most of the time can be great!!

19. TIME ZONES

When we flew to Italy the time difference was 6 hours ahead of our usual time zone. Max slept most of the way over on the flight, but his schedule was still a little off those first few days. The first night it was tricky to get him to go down to bed because for him it felt pretty early to him, but night by night we backed it down a little, and by the 3rd night he adjusted and seemed to be sleeping and napping close to his regular schedule. On the return he seemed to bounce back in a couple of days as well. Pushing the bed times back or forward just a little for a few days should help them adjust to the new time, and they will be sleeping well before you know it.  If only changing an hour here or there, I’d recommend sticking to their regular schedule to make it easier on everyone on vacation and upon return.

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20. GREAT EXPECTATIONS

It is good to have realistic expectations before embarking on a trip with baby and plan accordingly.

If you are day dreaming of a relaxing trip to the south of France, it is healthy to embrace the fact that as you bask in the sun of the French Riviera, you will be trying to balance a glass of rose in one hand as you apply copious amounts of sunscreen on a wiggling little critter with the other, desperately looking for shade, lugging a beach bag and a diaper bag, chasing baby around quickly blocking baby’s attempts to eat yet another pebble on the beach.   This year, you will not be the person on vacation sipping delicious cocktails, gazing out at the sea for hours on end, drifting in and out of a lovely sleep while reading their new favorite summer novel.  But that’s OK, because you are an amazing mom or dad who is still rocking a vacation in the south of France and having a great time with your kiddo.  They are only little for such a very short time…

Get ready. Babies can cry, get tired, get cranky, require extra equipment, and can get sick (ours got a double ear infection and cold when we went to Italy). That being said, I would take a vacation with baby over staying at home any day of the week.  Hands down. I am so excited to share this planet with my little dude and watch him experience all the amazing things this world has to offer. I will never forget watching him crawl around in the grass under a giant lemon tree in Tuscany, watching the world whisk by him in a busy market in Florence, sitting at an Italian restaurant teething on a hunk of delicious crunchy bread, and going for a boat ride on Lake Como. Vacations, big or small, are moments for families to come together and make memories, and I promise as soon as you are back you will forget the hard parts (well, for the most part anyway), and just look back at those photos and smile.

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To make it easier on yourself, pick an itinerary that is more suited for a baby lifestyle. Choose one or two key places and set up camp for a few days at that destination to minimize unpacking and repacking your and baby’s things. Pick a few items on your agenda that are must see and leave the rest of your schedule open for walking around and just taking in the sights, or playing at a park. A more relaxed itinerary will lend itself to a more relaxing trip for the mommy, daddy and baby.

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Safe Travels!

Weekly Look | Tie Dye Shorts

As a toddler mom, comfort and practical fabrics have taken a front seat, but I’m a firm believer that those choices don’t have to be at the price of looking stylish.  You can pull off an simple yet sophisticated look by just pairing a few staple pieces together with a smart jacket or statement piece of jewelry.


Admittedly these shorts by Splended are officially “last season”, in that yes I purchased them last summer, but they are every bit on point this year too.   They are still available in several sizes, which I’ve linked here. The steel blue-gray color is are a great neutral tone that go with almost anything, but the tie dye pattern makes them really fun.  The shorts generally run true to size, but the waistband runs a little on the tighter side.  Since they are a lose fitting short, if between sizes go up one size so they are more comfortable for day to day wear.  They are an appropriate length to wear to a company picnic or summer outing, but short enough to be fun and flirty.  if you want to take them up a notch, the waistband folds over easily go up an inch or two for a sexier look.

I paired the shorts with a cropped tank and drape front off-white jacket from Anthropologie that I already had in my closet.  I linked a very similar one here that here that is really cute too.  I wear this jacket all the time with jeans and sleeveless dresses. The loose draped front makes it a touch more casual and easy for summer, which I really like.  



This summer I’m also wearing the heck out of this silver tone pendant from Lucky Brand, which always has fun boho pieces of jewelry that are right up my alley. This particular piece is under $50 and looks great paired with my favorite maxi dresses and tunic tops, and the tassel is definitely trending right now. 

SHORTS | PENDANT NECKLACE | SIMILAR JACKET

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Weekly Look | Red Swing Dress

We’ve had a couple weekend getaways and vacations so far this summer, including our trip to Rosemary Beach last month.  I’ve taken this swing dress from Abercrombie on every trip.


This dress has a great flow to it, and the pleats dress it up just enough.  It is a perfect day to night dress for vacation, and I’m planning on taking this on our next trip to Italy for sure. Plus, it doesn’t wrinkle at all when packed!  I’m 5’8″ and swearing a size medium tall because the small is just a little too snug around the arms and a bit on the shorter side.  If you are 5’6″ or less the small regular would be just fine.





This dress is also a perfect excuse to wear these adorable pom pom sandals from Chinese Laundry, which are on sale now for less than $40.


Swing Dress | Similar Hat | Sandals

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Rosemary Beach, Florida’s Little Known Gem

Last year a work trip brought me to the beaches of the Florida panhandle for the very first time, and there and then I decided I had to come back someday with my family.

There is an easy low key vibe that’s perfect for relaxing with a beer at a beach bar and listening to country music, and the water was a brilliant aqua color that I had only seen before in the Caribbean. While browsing on Instagram one evening I saw a photo of a building lined street that looked like it was from a little town on the coast of Spain, but when I read location tag it said Rosemary Beach, and we decided that would be our next Griswold style family vacation.

Rosemary Beach is a neo-traditional community constructed as a planned resort development in 1995 by the Rosemary Beach Land Company. This 107 acre community is situated on the Gulf of Mexico between Panama City and Destin along a stretch of road known as Scenic Route 30A. It’s about a 30-minute drive from the closest airport in Destin, but we made the trip by car from Orlando in just under six hours.

The community is anchored by Main Street, donning shops, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops that are located in these beautiful 3-5 story buildings with elaborate balconies flanking the street facing facades. From an architectural standpoint, think Charleston meets St. Augustine meets a small village in Spain… To the north of Mainstreet are shops and restaurants around North Barret Square, and to the south of Mainstreet you will find beach cruiser bikes scattered over a large green that leads to the boardwalk path leading to the Gulf.

The clean lines of these greens are so appealing, and a really fun place to blow bubbles or throw the football with friends. And while many homes in the community have pools there are four community pools in each quadrant of Rosemary Beach, so there will be one close by at all times. I’ve included a link to community map here for your reference.

On the eastern corning of where Main Street meets the green you will find The Pearl hotel, with its distinctive black and white awnings.  This hotel has prime location, trendy rooftop bar, and that comes with a price tag of summer prices near $500 a night, but you will be in the middle of it all. We didn’t stay there, but enjoyed a dinner at the hotel restaurant name Havanas, though also comparatively expensive.

The main draw in Rosemary Beach is, you guessed it, the beach!  The beaches are wide enough to be fun but manageable to navigate and the sand is to die for.  I don’t usually swoon over sand, but it was powdery soft and almost kind of sweaked when you walked.  It was really nice for the kids to play in, and never seemed to get too hot.  My husband got a new beach game called Poleski that we played for hours- the basic premise is that you try to knock off a plastic bottle off your opponents pole with a frisbee.  I’ve included a link to the game here too.

The water was pretty amazing, crystal clear and depending on the day, a brilliant blue or green.  There were thousands of live sand dollars scattered across the sea floor, and tons of fish, crabs, and even a few tiny sharks.  (They didn’t hurt anyone, but they were there and they swam right by.) The waves were big enough to be fun on most days, but still pretty manageable for little ones to play in.

I rented a paddle board for the week, and I also liked using to bet to try to catch little fish with my niece and nephew.  My husband and brother in law would snorkel most days, and would fish in the early morning.

Aside from the beach, the main draw of Rosemary Beach for me was just wandering the narrow streets enjoying the architecture and discovering live music along the way.

Most folks that vacation in Rosemary Beach rent houses. You can go directly to the community’s website for information on rentals, or find one of many rental companies on-line. We had a total of 13 people in our party, so we rented a 3 story beachside house and the adjacent carriage house along the path that lead to the beach. Many homes have a main house and a garage with carriage house that can either be rented together or separately. I’ve included some photos of our house below:

If you are traveling as a couple or small family, renting a smaller carriage house can be a great option to have the benefits of a living area and kitchen of a house without the hefty price tag of a big house.  Book several months in advance if you can, as availability in peak vacation periods is limited. That being said, if you have a flexible schedule you can be put on a list for cancellations and get a really great deal on a house at a fraction of the cost when renters back out at the last minute.  The community pools, fitness center and entrance gates to the private beaches all require gate codes, so make sure you obtain those from your rental company.  Many of the houses have electronic key codes that will be emailed to you prior to your check-in date, so you can just arrive at the house and go instead of going to a rental office and standing in line with 50 other people checking in at the same time.   Bikes, paddle boards, kayaks and grocery services are available through a concierge service, but ask what is included in your house before buying anything else a la cart.  Bikes, beach chairs, boogie boards and beach carts may be included as part of  the cost of your rental.

Aside from driving to the local Publix or a run to the Doughnut Hole for a dozen doughnuts, you don’t need a car to get around Rosemary Beach proper, as most people walk or ride their beach cruisers everywhere. Parking is always pretty tight, so make sure to ask ahead how many private parking spaces you will have allocated to you, as driveways are small and streets are narrow.

Some of the restaurants can be a little bit pricey, so we bought groceries and cooked dinners at home most nights.  A few evenings we would stroll downtown to get ice cream for desert at The Sugar Shack or the equally cute and slightly cheaper Sweet Peddler, located in Seacrest Beach just a short walk down the road.

Outside Rosemary Beach, the long stretch of  Route 30A is filled with one adorable beach town after another, including Seacrest Beach and Seaside Beach, which is where the movie The Truman Show was filmed. Another newer community is Alys Beach, with streets donning clean white buildings and a more tropical vibe.

I’m a little photography obsessed, so I was going a little camera happy the entire trip.    I could take a thousand photos of that water and still feel the urge to keep on clicking – it’s just so beautiful.  Then, well, the architecture!  Whether for your own photo album or on a Instagram, don’t miss these photo worthy locations on your trip!

1.  The Eastern Green.

2. The Western Green.

3. The Pearl Hotel.

4. A Stormy Beach Day.

5. A Sunny Beach Day.

6. The Coquina Pool Entrance.

7. One of a Hundreds of Pretty Staircases.

8. A Killer Sunset (or two).

9. Rosemary Beach Post Office.

10. A Photo of the Whole Family together.

 

Weekly Look | Off the Shoulder Ruffle Dress

With summer coming to an end in just over a month, lots of fashion bloggers are already posting lots of fall outfits. As much as I love curling up in a cozy sweater, I live in sunny Florida where we have warm weather for another couple months, so I wanted to share a few more of my favorite looks for those hot days still ahead!

This off the shoulder dress comes in a few colors, including this refreshing sea glass look, and it is less than $60.  I’m 5’8″ and wearing a size medium because this particular dress doesn’t come in long sizes, but otherwise I would have ordered a small.  It’s great for vacations, dinners out, baby showers and almost any event you can think of, and I love the soft ruffles at the top! This dress is super easy to care for, always important to me as a momma of a toddler…

I’m wearing it with one of my go to shoes for this summer, this Dolce Vita stacked  heel sandal.  I can wear these all day long and pick Max up with ease and carry him around. (I actually had these on when I picked him up from daycare today!)

Dress | Sandals | Hat |Similar Sunglasses | Fragrance

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From Toddler to Talker

I know some toddlers who could recite the entire alphabet with ease before 18 months, and other ones who literally said no words until after two years of age. Every child’s development path is different and each kiddo learns at his or her own pace.  We are somewhere in between the two extremes at our house, but in the last few weeks it’s been really exciting for us to watch Max’s speech development continue to grow.

Yes, parents of older children, I fully understand that someday in the future talking back will happen too, but I can’t wait to hear more about what Max thinks about and feels, and the ideas floating around his inquisitive little head.For quite some time he’s nailed the basics, “yes” and “no”, and other basic words. He has asked for all drinks by asking for milk (“Meelk” as he pronounces it), and “Cracker” has applied to all food.  But more and more, Max is asking for specific foods by name, like apples and packets.  And when he sees steam coming up from a meal we are cooking or can feel the heat coming out from the oven he will point and then dramatically pull his arms back yelling “Hot-a!  Hot-a!  Ouch! Hot-a!” (I think that may be my favorite.)

But the really neat thing most recently is watching Max start to experiment with constructing sentences, and learning more complex communication.

(For details on Max’s outfit and links to buy, click here.)

On Monday, the 10 minutes immediately following dinner went something like this:

“Mimi, up… up… up…” pulling me toward our staircase (I’ve never been mom or momma, just “Mom-mom” or “Mimi”).

After we got to the top of the stairs, he ran down the hall to the door of his bedroom with me following closely behind, politely asking “Open?” once he arrived. I opened the door, and he ran to his crib to crab his giraffe Wubbanub pacifier from the side (his favorite friend to fall asleep or relax when he’s tired).  As soon as he picked up his pacifier, he told me “all done” and walked back out the door.

We started back downstairs, counting the steps as we descended.

We sat on the sofa for a minute watching the dogs play with each other, but then Max grabbed my finger and pulled, telling me “Mimi go, go outside”.

As he walked to toward the front door he said “outside bubbles”.   I thought this was so cool because he remembered that we left the container of bubbles outside on the front porch, notwithstanding the fact that we had been on vacation and it had been nearly two weeks since we last sat on the steps to our porch to blow bubbles together.  Knowing that he remembered where we kept the bubbles after such a long time is not big deal, I understand, but realizing that his memories are building and how much he is learning was really cool to me.

We walked outside on the porch and Max picked up the container of bubbles from the table as I sat down in one of the comfortable wicker chairs to watch him play. Max blew one or two bubbles, but he stopped and just looked at me.  He grabbed my finger again with one hand and with the other pointed to the stairs on our front porch, and hopefully asking “Sit, Mom-Mom, sit?”

I looked at those big brown eyes, and gladly obliged, happily watching my little nugget smile with pride or gasp in delight at every single bubble he blew.

I know these are such simple things, and nothing out of the ordinary for any child, but when it is your little baby, somehow they become the most special and amazing accomplishments in the world.

I am in no rush for my little man to grow up, but I am so excited to get to know the little person that is inside that brain of his.   He has been the greatest teacher so far in my life, and I can’t wait for him to tell me even more.

Weekly Look | On Vacation Time


A pair of linen pants will go a long way in vacation, or if you just happen to live in Florida like I do.  I picked up these olive cropped linen pants this summer for our trip to Rosemary Beach, though I think these may be my new go to resort wear for travel everywhere.



The pants come with a flat front, pockets and stretch waistband in the back, so they are really comfortable.  They fit true to size, but if between sizes order down because of the stretch in the back.  I’m 5’8″ and wearing a size small. These pants also look fantastic with heels and detailed top for a night out.  (I’ve also included a link to similar pair of pants below too just in case your size is sold out.)

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Cropped Pants | Similar Pants |White Camisol | Soludos Espadrilles | Fedora

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A Few of My Favorite Things – Packing Tips for Your Next Beach Trip

We’ve been planning this trip for several months, so I’m super excited to finally see the aqua waters and beautiful soft beaches in gorgeous Rosemary Beach.  Yay!


Packing for the beach can be overwhelming, especially with a toddler, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite things we managed to stuff in the back of the SUV…


1. Favorite Game, Rummikub.
Rummikub comes with us on all beach trips, and I even have it downloaded on my phone to practice for our beach trips, lol.  It’s a game where you try to get rid of your tiles in runs of numbers in the same color, or the same number in different colors.

2.  Favorite Sunscreen, Neutrogena Beach Defense.

This sunscreen goes on silky smooth, and feels like you are wearing nothing at all.  I don’t reapply nearly as much as I should and still never get burnt at the beach with this stuff!

3. Favorite Shoes, Sam Edelman Slides.

These Sam Edelman tan leather slides are my new go to shoe for everywhere, not just the beach.  They go with every outfit and look suspiciously like the Hermes slides that I’ve been stalking on Instagram for the last year.  Plus they are on sale now for under $60.

4. Favorite Jewelry, Kaia Tassel Necklace.

This fun multicolor tassel necklace makes even a plain old white tank super fun, and dresses up any sundress for a night out.  The wood beads make it extra beachy too!

5. Favorite Stroller, Uppa Baby G Luxe Umbrella Stroller.

This is my favorite day to day stroller, and hands down my favorite stroller to travel with.  It is very lightweight and closes up easily, has a great sun shield, storage underneath, and it folds so compact it is easy to pack for trips.  The seat adjusts so that it almost lays out flat, and the flap in the back lets air in keeping baby cool.  Max has slept for hours on end in this thing!

6. Favorite Shirt, Abercrombie V Neck Tee.

Over the last couple of months I think I’ve bought this Abercrombie tee in at least six colors.  It’s a nice fitted cut without being too tight, and v  neck is really flattering.  Even better, they go for under $20!

7. Favorite Beach Towel, Target.

The thing I hate about gigantic beach towels is that it’s hard to carry enough for the whole family without them falling all over the place.  These towels are big enough to get you dry but not too bulky, and they are less than $10 at Target.

8. Favorite Hat, Merona Panama Hat.

This Panama Hat by Merona is lightweight and comfy, plus it packs really well and pops back into shape after being mushed in a beach bag.  Plus, it looks adorable with plenty of outfits (especially on nieces), and it’s under $15 at Target.

9. Favorite Kid Clothes, Toms Paseo Sneakers.

Max’s grandma bought his his first pair of high top Toms when he was just learning to walk and they are still a favorite.  We recently got these Toms low top sneakers and love them just as much.  They Velcro under the lace holes on both sides so they are really easy to get off and on, and they wash and air dry well.  Max has the next size up waiting for him already too.

10. Favorite One Piece, Navy Deep V Ruffle by Abercrombie.


I’m usually a bikini girl, but it’s nice to have a one piece on hand too.  Sometimes I don’t think one pieces are quite as flattering on me, but I happily wear this deep v one piece by Abercrombie around all day.  The deep v it just a little bit sexy, and the and ruffles help hide any imperfections.  It comes in classic navy and red and is on sale right now for only $25.


After our trip, I’ll be putting together a blog post about our trip and visiting Rosemary Beach.  Check out my photos on Instagram for photos for a sneak peak of our trip!

Weekly Look – Deep V One Piece

Only have time for a mini post this week because I’m on vacation in Rosemary Beach, but I had to share the details for this new one piece bathing suit that is on sale now for less than $25.   It comes in classic colors like navy and red, and the ruffles and so pretty and feminine…


 

** Since the original post, I had to go back and pick this up in the red too – it’s just too good of a deal to pass up!

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Weekly Look | Boho Skirt

I’m a sucker for a flowy, feminine boho skirt.  They are so versatile and transition easily from day to night, which is perfect for summer vacations.


This new maxi skirt from Gap fits true to size and has just enough fullness to make it fun without being clumsy.  The open stitched detailing around the knee gives you a little breeze on hot days, but this color will easily take me into fall when I pair the outfit with slouchy sweater or jean jacket.


I wore the skirt with my favorite blue bandana scarf and this Gap navy cami that goes with everything.  It runs a little large, so I recommend order a size down.


I am 5’8″ and wearing a size small in the skirt with flats, so the length runs a little bit longer than average but its perfect  for my height.  A cute pair of wedges or stacked sandals would help make up any difference.


Boho Skirt | Navy Cami | Bandana Scarf | Bracelet | Necklace | Earrings

 

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