Last of Hawaii, long overdue

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So, I wanted to get the rest of our Hawaii trip on here to look back on in the future. Seeing as how it’s now February, and we went last August, I’m a little behind. But, these photos are from our last couple days on Maui. We did some exploring, sought out some delicious banana bread (it’s a big deal in Hawaii), and saw some incredible sites. Get ready some some major green and blue!

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Last of Hawaii, long overdue

Baby Can Travel…Guides!

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Shortly before our trip to Europe, the folks at Baby Can Travel asked me if I’d be interested in one of their travel guides for review. Lucky for me, they have guides on both London and Paris – perfect! Let me start by saying I was pretty excited when I first discovered Baby Can Travel. I was searching high and low for tips on traveling with a baby and found a couple of their blog posts, as well as their Pinterest page, full of resources. Turns out they’re a couple who, like Steve and I, told themselves they wouldn’t stop traveling once they had a baby. So, hooray for traveling with babies!

Baby Can Travel has guides for a few different cities, each with tips and tricks on traveling with a baby, as well as info on the specific destination. My first thought when reading through the ones on London and Paris – Wow, these are thorough! Any question or concern you may have about traveling with a tot is covered in these guides. From pointers on what to pack, to dealing with jet lag, hotel vs. apartment stay, and of course, baby friendly attractions – it’s all there.

Because we’d already done a little traveling with Adeline before, and I had already done so much research and planning for this trip prior to reading these guides, we were pretty much already set. However, if you’re in the early planning stages of taking a big family trip, these guides could be a BIG help – especially if it’s your first time traveling with a baby. That being said, you can find their travel guides here. Thanks a bunch to Baby Can Travel!

Baby Can Travel…Guides!

Bluebonnet Days

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The lack of winter around here seemed to make this year’s bluebonnets pop up even earlier. I’m not sure how long the tradition of taking bluebonnet photos has been around (I’m guessing a while), but I absolutely love that it hasn’t gone away. We live in this constantly changing world, this alllways evolving place, but people still pull over on the side of the highway to take pictures with the bluebonnets. Am I making sense? It just makes me happy. No matter what’s going on, no matter how different we all are, we can count on a tradition like this.

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Bluebonnet Days

London & Paris with Baby, Oh My!

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We’re officially taking our first trip overseas as a family of three. It’s now less than a month away! Our flights are booked, apartments reserved (woohoo, apartments this time!), and we’re doing all the research we can to ensure Adeline’s first flight goes as smoothly as possible. I’ve asked Steve more than once, Are we crazy for doing this? It does feel a bit crazy to me and I think to him, too. But we told ourselves that travel wouldn’t stop once we had a baby. We’ve been saving up our miles since before I was pregnant, and it’s time to use them! The skinny on our chosen destinations:

London: Our first trip overseas was to London, and we loved it! I remember the people being so friendly there, and it’s absolutely a baby and kid-friendly place. I cannot wait to take Adeline to Hyde Park and see her run (err, teeter?) around. We’ll be in London on a Saturday this time, so Steve and I are both looking forward to hitting up the famous Portobello Market in Notting Hill!

Paris: Because…PARIS, you guys. *heart eyes* Ohh, I am such the cliched sucker for this city. Give me the Eiffel Tower, adorable flower stands, banana-Nutella crepes, ALL of it. Seriously, I could go on…and on. This will actually be our third time in the City of Light, and I’m telling you, it just never gets old to us. Plus, Paris in the spring sounds like an absolute dream…“When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise.” -Henry Miller

Europe is understandably on high alert after the terrible attacks in Brussels. These events are no doubt alarming to travelers, but we won’t let them hinder our plans. The way we see it, there’s probably no safer time to go than now.

While we’ve been lucky enough to visit London and Paris before, it’ll no doubt be a different experience this time around. I cannot wait to take in these places through Adeline’s eyes! I have a list about a mile long on my phone of things to do and see. ALSO…see above – baby’s first passport! Proud to say I took a pretty decent photo. ; )

 

London & Paris with Baby, Oh My!

Pretty Morning Light

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I’m trying to use my “real” camera more these days. The iPhone, along with some great photography apps, just make it way too easy! I’m lucky to have pretty much the cutest subject for photos, ever. The light in Adeline’s room in the morning is won.der.ful. DREAMY. Consider me a gorgeous light fiend, addict, what have you. I took advantage of it today and snapped a few photos with my Nikon, while she flipped through some of her books.

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Pretty Morning Light

The At-Home Parent Life

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During my pregnancy, I had a lot of questions: Is the baby healthy? How will breastfeeding go? Am I eating too much chocolate?! Probably the biggest question of them all was, Should I go back to work or be with the baby full time? I was very lucky to have that option. That didn’t mean we wouldn’t need to budget and scale back a bit, but we could make it work.

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The At-Home Parent Life