Let’s Go Glamping

With Labor Day fast approaching (or as I like to call it, my original Due Date) I know so many will be heading out into the great outdoors.

Personally, I have never really been one to have much opinion on camping. While I love being outdoors, around a campfire, eating burgers and smores the whole sleeping in a tent, showering (if you are lucky) in a bathroom out of a horror movie (lets not even mention peeing in the middle of the night) are major turn offs. Having a baby threw any slight desire to go camping right out of the window. Our little babe has been a sound sleeper from the beginning, all safe and warm in her own environment (ie pack n play or crib). I cannot fathom trying to get her (now almost two self) asleep in a tent. The only exception I will make is if my parents come along and bring their trailer.

With all that being said- one thing I want to do, no NEED to do, is go Glamping.

I cannot even. How amazing to sleep in a totally glamorous Airstream? Or a teepee large enough to fit a four post bed? This sounds much more like a weekend getaway sans babe (hm, third year anniversary idea?!)
 

And can you image the outfits?

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| DRESS | CROP SWEATER | ARMY PANTS | JEANS |

Why is this not happening? I think a little plotting planning may be happening.
Have you glamped?

Weekly Distract // Vegas Getaway

Well… it is officially back to reality after my Vegas getaway. The workweek has set in- but at least the sun is beginning to shine and I can get back to my much loved lunch time hikes around the vineyards.
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(Wynn Buffet. Do it!)

Rose. Rabbit Lie. Las Vegas’ newest, 53 million dollar (yes… I said 53 Million!) experience. It is your typical nightclub/lounge/dance party/show with a whole lotta yummy food. This place pulled out all the stops- down to the silverware. Gorg. We missed our dinner reservations due too many flight delays but were still able to sneak into the music lounge for a little late night menu (duck fat fries- caviar flat-bread- doughnuts- what, what?! O M G I didn’t even mention the Brussels Sprouts!) I want to go back. Now. And maybe even dance the night away next time. And eat. Much more eating.

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Unroll.me. Can you believe my inbox actually looked like that?! To be honest- that is three different emails. But no one person should have that many emails. Do I really need to be subscribed to multiple Victoria’s Secret emails (and you know they send roughly 3 a day!) What is a girl to do?! Turn to Google- of course! I stumbled up Unroll.me which let’s you basically bulk unsubscribe or get one nice pretty email a day with all your random offers. Genius. Sign me up. Love it. This morning I had four…count them four… emails waiting for me instead of 400. A marketing team’s nightmare. A saving grace for me!

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Books. I just actually purchased two books on Amazon. I would love to be able to tell you the last time I read a book was last month. Um. It was two years ago. While pregnant, on the beach. And it was fabulous. I ordered Gone Girl (jumping onto that bandwagon) and Tori Spelling’s new book Spelling It Like It Is (because I have to. No matter how much makeup she wears. She’s my girl.). Hoping that I might actually make the time to read them- even if it just means on our next road trip.

Buckle Toys. My child is obsessed with buckling things. She has to help with the car seat straps, the high chair straps, cart cover straps. Ugh. Obviously this is a safety hazard as we can’t leave her unbuckled just so she can play with them! This  toy is now on rush order to our home! Enough buckles so mom doesn’t have to attempt to reach into the back seat to unbuckle every five seconds. Smartest invention ever.

Ulta. I need a serious trip to my local Ulta. After following a couple different beauty blogs and other similar posts I realize I am majorly lacking in the fun beauty products department. What is on my list? A dotted eye liner, a bright pink blush, a fabulous leave in conditioner, a killer primer and a great makeup remover. If I am really feeling spunky maybe even a BB cream I keep reading so much about. I am sure my list will keep growing but a girl needs the essentials!

Recap San Francisco Anniversary

Anniversary San Francisco style was a success. Fueled by too much alcohol and a very early (accidental) bedtime. I have checked off a few more places from my San Francisco To Do List, and added a few new ones for a future trip. (More on that to come!)

This also marked the first time we left the babe behind and went off the two of us. Some may think that is insane seeing as she is 14 months old. Others will probably be shocked that we left her so young. To each their own about this one. Our philosophy has always been wanting to create a life for our family of three that was full of adventure, fun and love. It is our favorite thing to take her to the places we love as well as explore new ones together. But everyone needs time to enjoy being adults without a diaper bag. I am glad we had it and was just as happy to get home.

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We stared our evening off right with some amazing ice cream. Dessert before dinner. Because we can. If you haven’t been to Bi-Rite Creamery it is worth the hype. So many flavors I could have easily filled up on samples. I choose Salted Caramel and Vanilla Honey Gram. So good.

After sitting in the car eating or ice cream, wondering why it took us so long to go there- it was too the hotel- and to the bar for a couple drinks before getting dolled up and deciding where to go to dinner.

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I am not usually one for selfies. But, I did take a quick snap of my outfit in the bathroom mirror. I opted for my new amazing vegan leather leggings and a slinky black top (from ASOS, linked HERE). If you don’t have a pair of leather (vegan) leggings, get some. Now. You will feel fierce! (And even more importantly comfortable!)

I had scoured the internet for the top sushi restaurants all week prior only to have the hubs tell me he would rather something a bit more warm and filling. We walked down the street to a random hotel restaurant Jasper’s Corner Tap simply because it was nearby and had made a top ten list on some random Google search for “Best Fish and Chips”. (Side note: The Codmother is thee best in the city- but not a romantic dining spot!) It turned out to be really good with a great vibe. Get the pulled pork shoulder appetizer. You won’t be sorry!

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Next on our stop (within walking distance) was down the street to a speakeasy I have been waiting to go to since I learned it existed. Bourbon and Branch seems to be the spot for that prohibition vibe! I didn’t reservations (loser!) so we made our way into the library and downed some pretty amazing (and strong!) Cucumber Gimlets. Yum. I didn’t snap any pictures, not sure if that was against the “rules.” Next time we will be making reservations for sure!

At this point my adorable Aldo booties were killing me (keep in mind we literally walked no more then 3 blocks!) so we headed back to the hotel. I laid down for all of two point five seconds and was out like a light. There were dreams of infomercials in my head. Woke up to the sun shining- an absolutely incredible morning in the city. One for the books! Wandered around the Farmer’s Market at the Pier Building and soaked up some sun.

Of course we already have plans to go back before the holidays are over with the babe and explore some more yummy places to eat- and enjoy the Christmas feel of San Francisco.

Help me add to my upcoming San Francisco Bucket List? Where is a must to add to keep us on our toes?

Anniversary (Sexy) in the City

Today is my second wedding anniversary. Time has flown by. Seriously fastest year ever. Our first anniversary we had a two month old on our hands and celebrated only with a little cake from the baker who made our wedding cake; a much tastier tradition then sticking anything in the freezer for a year! Needless to say, it was not the most romantic of days.

Which is why I am so over the moon excited to plan plot some much needed husband/wife time. We spent a great deal of our relationship running off to San Francisco. We dated there, almost got engaged their (bad planning on my part, oops!), were married there and now take our little babe on all sorts of family friendly adventures that San Francisco has to offer. Only fitting we should spend a weekend soaking up some City time.

Unfortunately this time of year is insanely expensive, so we will be going a bit after our actual anniversary. Which is no bother to me because it just means spending the actual day with our family of three. And there may be cake. Correction, there will be cake.

We tend to stay in Union Square at a wonderful hotel in the center of it all Parc 55. It’s nice to be able to be waking distance from things like amazing shopping and restaurants. Not to mention some pretty beautiful city views. I want to do some of the things we have yet to do while there. Explore some new restaurants, see some new sites. All while wearing fabulous clothes. I have the perfect pair of Calvin Klein leggings, new booties, now I just need the perfect top. Or a dress. Or both.

FYI I am really horrible about putting outfit decisions/purchases off until the last minute. I shop best under pressure!

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Happy Anniversary to my love! And Happy 11.12.13 to the rest of you!

For the Love of Travel: Our Family Must Haves

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We knew even before we had our daughter we were going to have a lot of adventures with her. If simply didn’t occur to us that our love of exploring would ever exclude her. I have loved being able to show her from a very young age all the exciting things this world has to offer. At three months old she officially became our little traveler, and we haven’t stopped since.

To be honest, I have travel anxiety as it is. Then add a baby to the mix and you know there were some restless nights tossing and turning with thoughts like “Am I really going to take a baby on an airplane?!” With lots of reassurance from family, friends and our amazing pediatrician, I conquered my fears and have been able to let my daughter explore! It’s amazing to watch even a young baby’s eyes light up at new experiences. We took her recently to the California Academy of Science and you would have thought it was Christmas for us all. The squeals of delight over the floor to ceiling aquarium were beyond priceless.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some added stress with traveling. Packing has become a little easier as she is getting older, but there is always that fear of forgetting something. (I act like we are going to the moon without a local Target!)I think we packed everything including the kitchen sink for our first trip away from home.

Here are my top items we bring traveling with our babe! Notice they are pretty basic items, most of which are things you already use, just repurposed for on the go!

Make sure to check out the bottom for my Go-To tips and tricks which can be applied to just about any age group, including adults!

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|ONE| In the beginning the second we walked into the hotel room I wiped EVERYTHING down. I didn’t to set a toy on a nightstand without making sure it was properly cleaned. Now that she is older, I have relaxed a bit (growing immune system and all) and use this to keep her toys and hands clean between washing. The also come individually wrapped (here) which is a must have in our diaper bag. (We love these at home too!) And I can’t lie, totally used these after a round of spicy buffalo wings!

|TWO| When you need to put a baby down in a hotel room, you want a lot of options. It has been worth lugging this thing around for play and of course sleep. Also a great place to stash everything before the cleaning crew comes. I remember not being sure if I really wanted a pack n play, but now I am so beyond glad we actually have two!

|THREE| If you are taking long car rides the more little toys you can cram in your bag the better. When one is tossed to the floor out of boredom I am quick to have another. I try to pack an array from things that light up, make noise, have a part that spins, etc. for a little variety and our own sanity. Board books are another great option. When all else fails or you run out, don’t underestimate that little scrap of paper found in the bottom of your purse! Although we haven’t hit the toddler stage yet, I am already prepared with this list of kid friendly Apps.

|FOUR| Hotel carpet. Enough said. My parents scooped this bad boy up at Costco, but similar can be found on Amazon. We use it at home on the lawn, and on the floor while traveling. Now that she is mobile it has gotten more tricky keeping her on the blanket, but at least there is somewhere to lay out her toys and give her some time to stretch and move around a bit. I love using a moving blanket because of the durability and thickness. And I am sure somewhere out there in cyberspace are some fab color choices.

|FIVE| We try to get a new toy for traveling. Being in different, new surroundings with a child that is mobile usually means they will be potential breaking something due to lack of baby proofing. A new toy can give some distraction from Aunt Betty’s ceramic cat collection. The more bells and whistles the better! This toy has been amazing because now she can cruise around the room without having to crawl around on the floor.

|SIX| We like to make a lot of our own food while home, but on the go these are great. Target and Whole Foods usually both have great sales and I still feel that I am giving her wholesome food on the go. A pouch, an (optional) spoon and a bib and you’re good! And don’t think these stop once your child reaches their toddler years. These would make awesome mess free and filling snacks in line at a theme park or traveling by plane.

*TIP* Packing clothes was super overwhelming for me. How can I predict weather passed what I read on the weather app. To make it a little easier, and save me time when we get there, I fold a onesie or shirt over a pair of leggings, a pair of shorts and matching socks. I grab one out of the suitcase and am done. Then we layer with sweaters, hoodies and hats as needed. I tend to bring an pre-matched outfit a day, two pairs of pjs, and about 3 extra outfits for those just in case moments.

*TRICK* This works really well for any age group. Make a list of all the things you use or touch as you go about your typical day at home. For example, Mornings:

  • Washed bottles (Used: baby friendly dish soap, brush, dish basket, drying rack).
  • Made bottle (Used: bottles, baby water, formula, bottle warmer).
  • Ate breakfast (Used: dish, spoon, oatmeal, water, banana, silicon bib).
  • Play time (Used: board books, activity mat, teething rings).
  • Nap time (Used: pacifier, book, stuffed animal, blanket).

Continue on with the rest of your day. Now highlight all of the the “used” items you have listed . What can you cross off that you could easily live without while traveling? This will build your packing list and help you remember those things that you may have easily forgotten. I almost forgot all of my bottle washing supplies before I did this!

*TIP* Try to plan around the your normal routine as much as possible. I know this is SO much easier said then done. Be prepared to leave early morning and stop for your normal scheduled feeding. Take off shortly before nap time for a little play time before catching some Zzzz’s. This also goes beyond the actual travel time. I am convinced our little is such a good travel because we try our damndest to stick to our normal routine as much as humanly possible. Bedtime is bedtime regardless of where we are. Exceptions of course will happen, but traveling is overwhelming enough without an overly tired kid throwing a tantrum.

*TRICK* Research ideal places to stop. We discovered Raley’s grocery store has a little sitting area in their deli which makes a healthy pit stop for us, and little stretching room for the kiddo. (Not to mention a great place to grab anything you may have forgotten!) Know where you can find a bathroom and a Target (and a Starbucks for the parents) at all times!

Traveling does not have to be taboo once you have kids. If anything having our daughter has renewed our love for some of our favorite places. We have “been there done that” as a couple, now we are experiencing life all over again with our babe!

Enjoy, be safe, and remember to keep your arms and legs safety inside the vehicle at all times!