Our Little Summer Disney World and Beach Vacation


First, I have to say flying out of Indy Airport (IND) was the best airport experience I’ve had with or without a baby. Orlando (MCO) is always a total sh*t show, so Indy airport was a nice way to start the trip off. They have a great kids play area in the terminals, great dining options, super clean, not crowded even during high travel season. 


When we got to Orlando we picked up the Chrysler Pacifica (loved it, want to buy it😍) we rented and went to the hotel. We checked in, then headed to Disney Springs for the rest of the afternoon and evening. We love it there. We go even when we don’t go to Disney, so this wasn’t new to Bash and he did remember the awesome Disney toy shops. WARNING you will not be able to leave without buying something. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible. We came back here the last night of our Disney stay and ate at Morimoto. I would get reservations for this restaurant at Disney Springs as it’s delicious and a very popular choice for Iron Chef fans (like myself). 

The next day we drove to our character breakfast at Grand Floridian. The breakfast quality is definitely not what it used to be, but Bash enjoyed some of the characters. It might just be our 22 month old, but he did not care for the characters that are still “people”. I’m talking about Mary Poppins, Alice, the princesses. He literally told them no not when they said I’m so and so! He realized their faces were not like the actual movie characters😂  After our breakfast we went to Epcot and toured the world. If you have a little world traveler they may recognize some of the different country markers, like the Eiffel Tower. Bash loves Little Einsteins, so he even recognized the Great Torii and was very excited. We however did not find any Tokyo bananas in the Japanese market:( After we were going to ride the ferry over to Hollywood Studios to see some Star Wars stuff, but rain was coming at 4. We just went back to our hotel to chill for a bit while it rained. Then, we ended the night with the spectacular new fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. Almost Everyone clears out after the fireworks. It is an awesome time to stay!! It’s cooler and almost no lines! We were able to get Bash on the teacups and Dumbo before he fell asleep. We waited less than 5 minutes to ride them. Then while Bash was sleeping we walked around the castle, through it with the beautiful mosaics lit up at night and checked out some shops until close. 



The next morning we went back to Epcot to start the day. We went straight to the picture spot for Mickey, Goofy and Minnie because there is no wait first thing in the morning (usually). Then, we grabbed a Starbucks and hopped on the monorail to MK to ride some of the rides Sebastian would love. It’s a Small World was his favorit! He was in pure awe and it was super hot and super humid so the mostly air conditioned wait and entirely air conditioned ride was refreshing. Bash slept for a bit, so we watched a street performance and started lunch without him. After he woke up we finished eating and then watched the parade. The afternoon rain was back so we went back to shower and get ready to meet my family from Florida for dinner at Morimoto. We spent the rest of the night in Disney Springs. Bash danced with one of the kids dance entertainers, he fell asleep and we did our final shopping. The next day was the start of Disney Pride which gets a little crazy we decided we weren’t going to do another day at the parks and head to the beach early. 

We hit the road in the AM, stopped to meet one of my hubby’s old professors for lunch, and then on to Saint Augustine where we spent the rest of our trip:)

The beach, splash pad, dolphin watching, old town and Salt Water Cowboys were the kind of relaxing we needed after a couple hot days at Disney. Especially, being pregnant! 


Happy summer Travels! 

Babyjogger City Tour

Ciao!! 

We’ve been crazy busy here the past 30 days. We got back from Paris to immediately fly to Florida because my grandfather passed away after Christmas. We stayed a little longer to help my grandma settle into her new life. They were married for 56 years, and she has never lived alone:( 

Anyway, I wanted to at least post something about our trip, and I thought I would share our new stroller that made Paris soooooo much easier! The new Babyjogger City Tour. 

So Paris is narrow and small. Yes, I know it’s a “big” city, but for strollers it is small. The restaurants, cafes, doorways, walkways, crowds, it’s all narrow and small. This stroller has a tiny footprint. It’s also light weight, easy to fold and compact which is important for the train and all of the stairs in the city. Just because there is an elevator doesn’t mean there aren’t still stairs for you to tackle. This stroller makes that navigation a lot easier. It has a good recline (6 months +) and our son napped for hours in if. Also, the basket is pretty big for a compact stroller:) 
I will say it’s the hardest of all of my strollers to push, but this is because of the narrow frame. It’s worth the extra effort (which really isn’t bad, I could one hand push still) for the narrow frame and small footprint. 

The rain cover was also the worst of all my strollers. It took my son just barely nudging it to pop the bottom open. It didn’t let a lot of rain in, but it would be better if it attached better on bottom. 

The backpack feature is cool, but hubby mostly just carried it by side for a quick up or down. Was nice for the gate check, though. Also, good for the train bc we just held our son until we got back outside the station. 

The price is awesome in comparison to other compacts, but if this was my first travel stroller purchase I might opt for the new babyzen yo yo+ despite the much higher price. The City Tour is 6 months+ and the new Yo yo+ is newborn friendly with reversible seat and a bassinet option even<3 However, my babyjogger Vue lite would have been ok in Paris and has a bassinet insert, reversible seat and much lower price tag. But that Yo yo+ has me gaga, and I saw it everywhere in Paris. Definitely worth also checking out! 



Note we did a lot of walking and touring during nap and bed time:) LOUVRE DURING NAP TIME!! We got 2 1/2 hrs in with him sound asleep and then switched to babywearing. 

Buon Viaggio Amici!! 

Ireland with a 1 yr old

Well mates, we did 1 whirle wind week in Ireland with our now 1 yr old, and it was a fantastic trip! If you are looking for a vacation destination that is easy to take baby/toddler along Ireland is definitely a top pick. Lots of space (except on the roads) to breath and let little one explore. We only made it along the south from Dublin to Kerry and back to Dublin because we were actually there for hubby’s work. But, I imagine our experiences and tips could apply to the majority of Ireland. Don’t quote me, though! 

So, you are here to read what do to make it the most enjoyable trip. You have probably read my packing list. I have an ammendment to that list for Ireland and big stressor as well. 

AN UMBRELLA STROLLER ISNT GOOD ENOUGH! That’s right, as much as I love my baby jogger vue light, it’s not what I took to Ireland. There were too many occasions when sidewalks weren’t available or they were total crap, even Dublin! You will see everyone else using a full size stroller because the bigger wheels are absolutely necessary. So what stroller do I suggest? We took our Babyjogger City Mini GT and it was perfect. It is small, but durable and has great wheels. It folds with one hand for TSA, the plane and the small trunk of the rental car. More on the rental car after I stress…

BRING YOUR OWN BABY FOOD/SNACKS AND DIAPERS! Ireland has a very poor selection of products compared to US and other places in Europe. A waiter that wasn’t for our table actually made a point to come up to me and ask about our Puffs (Gerber’s life saving product for us) because they have nothing like it and always sees them on American mom blogs. I let her try them, she was in awe, and we had a long conversation about baby products in Ireland. If you are looking to open a store in Ireland a Gerber products store would be a huge success. I brought a ton of puffs, crunches and yogurt drops with us and we used every last one. I also brought some purées which was awesome when he was hungry off the typical dining schedule of Ireland. The diaper and wipes selection was also terrible, maybe the majority cloths? None the less, bring enough and use the empty space for souvenirs. 

The rental car situation. 

We drive manual/standard/stick whatever you want to call it at home. We are very used to it. If you are not used to driving manual, I don’t recommend doing so in Ireland. You will be driving on the opposite side of the road and car. This means Right is wide and left is tight. Just keep reminding yourself of that. The roads are extremely narrow. I mean extremely. The one way we live on is wider than the majority of two ways. If you aren’t used to a manual, you will have an even harder time getting around. Also, in our opinions the Irish are not patient people. They were not kind to driving slow or sharing the road on a super narrow two way. Just trust me, if your daily driver isn’t manual, pay the premium for the automatic. Driving was the only unenjoyable part of our trip because it was pretty stressful. 

That said, I do recommend renting your own car if you are leaving Dublin. It’s not so bad you shouldn’t drive, I just want to give a warning. Some of the best areas of Ireland can only be seen if you have your own transport. We stopped many times to see things we never planned, they just pop up everywhere there. Same recommendation on bringing your own car seat. The cars are typically smaller, pack accordingly. We upgraded to a Passat, so we had no issues getting two big cases, stroller and backpacks in the trunk. It was probably as big as we would go there as the parking spots and roads are narrow. 

Self-cater or Hotel

We had better experiences in hotels this trip simply because the way of life in the cottage we rented was so different from ours that it required more work than we prefer for a vacation. Our cottage was heated by coal stove, hot water and electric. They all had to be manually controlled and the hot water heaters and electric ones never really heated up. So we had to really feed the coal fire. That meant hubby going outside at 2 am to get more coal. That’s not fun in October with a 1 yr old. If it were spring or summer this issue wouldn’t have occurred. The hot water heater was fairly easy to manage, but silly me didn’t think about needing to turn it on for the laundry as well. Just keep these things in mind when looking for a self-cater option. 

The hotels didn’t have any of these issues, and we’re very accommodating and friendly especially when it comes to baby necessities. 

All of the places we stayed provided a travel cot. We had no problem getting a high chair at restaurants. We brought our portable one just in case, but the stroller fit in every place we went so we used the tray on it half the time. 

Trip highlights with baby

There were a few places that really had our little man excited, and that we also really enjoyed. 

The Irish National Heritage Site


just outside of Wexford in Co Wexford. Very cool to learn about the history of Ireland in the great Irish outdoors and Bash really liked looking at everything. The price was fair and if you’re hungry while visiting they have a cafe. 

Blarney Castle and Gardens


My husband carried Bash to the top of the castle with us. I would not recommend this if you have a squirmer or aren’t very strong. I never would have done it, and I was a nervous wreck the entire time up. The stairs are spiral, narrow, slippery (it was misting while we were there) and extremely steep! Bash loved it though, and in the end I am glad he got to go up because he was all giggle and excitement. Hanging your baby upside down to kiss the stone is frowned upon we discovered 😜. Jk we didn’t try! 

Killarney, Co Kerry

The entire town was great, obviously the national park and castle are the draw, but we had fun going into all of the great shops. Our hotel here was the best of the trip, The International. Lots to see and do, very friendly locals. 

Mahoney Falls


This was a last minute driving decision, and turned out to be one of the best places we visited. The trek to the falls is not easy. You will want to lock the front stroller wheel/s and keep a good hold. We back it down when we are feeling uneasy. Prevents baby from getting away from you. Definitely worth the effort, though. 

Dublin and Trinity College


Aside from getting bored at the old library seeing The Book of Kels, Bash loved Dublin. Maybe it is because we live an urban life so it felt more like home, but there is just so much to keep him entertained. We toured the Trinity campus, let him out to explore, then had many choices for dinner in that area. The best dining experience we had the entire trip was dinner at Farm on the patio. Bash stayed in his stroller and people watched, while we enjoyed a few courses completely undisturbed. The food was fantastic, the best we had in Ireland. They had a very nice family bathroom with a changing station, as well.

All the ruins along the way.


We stopped and saw many ruins and castles along the way. Too many to list, but getting out of the car was a relief for us and Bash. 

Pubs 


All the pubs are kid friendly until the night. You don’t have to feel strange about it because there will likely be other kids there as well. In the evening they can be very loud though, so we opted for restaurants or take away (carry out) for dinner. We very much enjoyed the Langton’s pub in Kilkenny for lunch. Spacious and there were quite a few children other children dining. 

That’s really about it:) Go enjoy the Emerald Isle with your little! 

Have questions or want to add something I left out? Leave a Comment!   

Seattle: the emerald city is perfect for the entire family!


Hello mommies and daddies! We just got back from a trip to Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula, and let me tell you, it was fantastic! There is so much to see and do for both little humans and big humans.


(^^our great hotel apartment, affordable with views of the space needle!!)

If you are looking for a vacation other than your typical beach vacation, I highly recommend Seattle. There is plenty to do in the city and around it. 

We stayed in the city, at the Hampton inn and suites. This location was ideal for us as it was close to some of the main attractions, like the Space Needle (which we had a view of from our balcony!), and offered a king bed apartment including a full kitchen, pack n play and high chair. There is also laundry facilities, which is always helpful with a bambino on board. Service was fantastic, breakfast typical and location spot on all for a reasonable price (parking is extra but also reasonable for a city). 

As for what to do around the city the options are endless and there is really something for every taste and interest. We did almost everything with our little (8 months old), but did spend one evening out on our own. 

Our top spots during a 4 day visit:

The Space Needle (save this for the nicest forecast on your trip!) Grab a table and some snacks and enjoy the view. 


The entire Fremont neighborhood visit the Fremont troll, ice cream at Molly Moons and pics with funny masks in the Archie Mcphees photo booth! 


The Pioneer Square neighborhood, get lunch at a food truck (many to choose from on week days), grab sandwiches to go from Salumi (Mario Batali’s dad’s place) for dinner later, check out the fun shops, play giant chess or ping pong  or go on the underground tour! We didn’t do this because we brought our stroller and heard it’s not really baby friendly, but if we didn’t have baby we totally would have! 


The EMP museum. A little overpriced, but if you’re a sci-fi fan it’s pretty cool and worth it. We are huge nerds, like whovian Trekky, cosplaying nerds. 

Day Trip to the mountains and Pacific. We did the Twilight Forks and La Push drive. Forks wasn’t as cool as I hope, but the drive was gorgeous. The beach was amazing. A true highlight! 


ADULT ONLY FUN

My mom came with us on this trip, so we were able to sneak away for a date night. Seattle has a pretty big burlesque scene, and we are always up for a new experience. We originally wanted to go to the pink door, but they were booked. We ended up at the Can Can seeing their French Kiss show. While it is more than just “dancing” it wasn’t fully stripping (I’ve never been to strip a club, but other sources confirmed) and it was very funny. Food was just ok, but I wasn’t expecting amazing. If it’s your birthday, beware!