Take a Bite Out Of The Big Apple With Two Munchkins.Β 

Following your husband on his business trip to New York may seem like a good idea but it’s definitely a little tough. It wasn’t all smiles like the pictures show. 😜 

But, yes – I’m that mom that always says to bring and travel with your kids to show them the big world and everything out there. Experiences are so much better live. So, these two monsters definitely got to take in New York – the toddler way – it wasn’t at all like when I used to live here with all the HH, late hours out and about, and nice restaurants we ate at! #timeflies

We stayed at the Westin Grand Central – pretty nice and central spot to get around the city. They gave the girls little kid’s bags with goodies inside in hopes of keeping them quiet during their stay. The only problem we ran into was getting a fridge. Literally painful how many times we had to call front desk. 

P.S. we took a morning direct flight from CA (6 hour flight). It was easy for our 4.5 year old toddler but our energetic 13 month was a bag of tricks. No amount of milk and goodies could put her to sleep. She was just too excited. 

First stop was Cafe Zaiya for black sesame soft serve. Omg so good. Dinner followed shortly after at Vezza. You have to get the shroomtown pizza if you’re a mushroom fan – the best. Pizza is the classic New York style pizza with a thin crust. 

P.S. all my food links are usually to #yelp being my favorite app to use and I’m not just a taker, I’m also Yelp Elite! More reviews (usually short and sweet), go here

Amazing New York weather so we walked to seriously the best bagel shop called Ess-a-bagel. It was right by my old apartment when I lived in NY so had to take the girls there and we ate on the remodeled entrance. 


We walked on Park Ave to Central Park after a quick stop at the Plaza Hotel. There is a crazy big food court inside with lots of yummy eats. Definitely worth checking out. 


Central Park was packed as it was a gorgeous day. Too bad the fall leaves hadn’t happened yet (beginning of October) but beautiful nonetheless. 


Since we were already in the 70s and heading to the Children’s museum of Manhattan, we just had to stop at the BEST cookie bakery ever. Levain Bakery – you’ve fulfilled my preggo cravings. Thank you! 


πŸ“·: The museum was fun and not crowded (whew). It was surprisingly pretty clean and of course very interactive. Super good idea for the cold & rainy day. The girls are twinning in gap – It always seems I can find their sizes at Gap (they’re about 3.5 years apart). Any brands you recommend?

Weekend is now over and this is when it turns to just me and the kids (of course meeting up with friends and cousins!). 

Here’s a quick read along with pictures and recommendations (things to note) of the 4 days out and about in the Big Apple. They’re in order of how it played out since we know transporting 2 kids (plus gummy bear in the making) and one stroller isn’t exactly smooth sailing so you have plan so you’re not backtracking and uber-ing too much. 

  • Monday – We took the 34th Street ferry to DUMBO and it’s great!! Clean, good views, fast, and only $2.75 (kids free). If you’re looking for some trendy, hipster pictures – definitely come here. Family pictures would have been fun here but we will make do with kids twinning. 
  • We ate at Shake Shack for lunch, playground after, walked Brooklyn Bridge (the entrance is stairs – no ramp) to catch the amazing skyline, another playground before dinner at the absolute best pizza joint – Juliana’s. If you’ve heard/eaten of Grimaldi’s, this is actually the real original Grimaldi’s πŸ• pizza joint (Patsy Grimaldi sold the Grimaldi’s name awhile back to a customer). I was super excited to meet Patsy! Before heading back on the ferry, we had to have Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. So good! 





  • Tuesday – Because of the time change (3 hours), the kids got up st 10am. Yay for me! We did dessert before lunch with getting some shaved ice from Sweet Moment and then pork chop rice at a local hole in the wall joint (just ok, so won’t blog about it) since we were already in Chinatown. 
  • Super nice day so we walked through Soho, downtown, and union square before getting to my cousin’s place. Abigail couldn’t have been more thrilled to be reunited with them. 


  • Wednesday – we went to the ever so popular Totto Ramen (it is basically this one or Ippudo). Both yummy! After that, we went to the coolest park ever – Riverside Hippo playground up in the Westside (they have super charming brownstones).  Thank you @minicitybabes for the rec! 
  • We topped off the afternoon with treats from Doughnut Planet. P.S. we decided to take the bus up and probably not the best idea with a stroller as it looks like you generally have to fold it up. They are definitely not like the London buses I’m used to! 




    πŸ“·: she could feel how tired this bus ride was making me. πŸ˜‚


    • Thursday – I wanted to take the girls to see the famous #NASA Enterprise space shuttle and tell her this is what her grandpa did for work. Not sure if she got it, but she did think it was really cool to see all the airplanes, submarine, drones, and space shuttle. We headed to a very late lunch at Gotham West Market which is perfect for an indecisive group to meet with all the different food choices. 
    • Of course, an afternoon isn’t complete without dessert – cookies specifically so went to both Schmackery and Amy’s Bread (close to each other). We also got Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles to go to meet up with my cousin that picked up Momofuku Milk Bar for me. Yes – it’s the great cookie test for my favorite cookie bakery. Winner goes to Levain Bakery!!! 





    πŸ’Ÿ P.S. we used the Uppababy lightweight stroller on this trip and loved it. It sits higher up so babe can just sit in there at a table instead of a  high chair. It’s also nice and narrow to fit through tight spaces. Stands up when folded but I still have to master closing it quickly with the button and pushing the sides together. Overall, definitely worth it as you can recline for your little and yes she slept in it several times. #win

    Anyone want to follow this schedule? It’s doable and amazing when you can have sweets to consume. It would have been a lot nicer with a glass of wine to top each day off. πŸ˜‚πŸ·

    Cheers for now and part 2 of New York coming soon. xx

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    Vroom, vroom and off we go.Β 

    A little delay in posting our last minute road trip up to Santa Maria during the 4th of July long weekend but hey better late than never when it’s summer time and your littles are so active and having two is much harder than one. Ok, enough with the excuses. 

    Hubs wanted to demonstrate how eco-friendly his electric car is (ok, and save on gas!!) so we took his ride instead of my mom-mobile. 

    πŸ“·: everyone has a nice ride especially Addison with her #venicechild Kangaroo stroller. 

    We always like to travel with our kids and have them see the world as well. We kept it fair with an adult event and a kiddo event too. Our adult event was visiting one of our favorite wineries we are members at. #Foxen has 2 tasting locations so it’s quite the deal to be a member. Free tastings here we come! 




    πŸ“· πŸ’Ÿ P.S. We love our #venicechild stroller. All terrain and so easy to open/close. 

    We stayed at the quaint historic inn in Santa Maria. Renovated and definitely kept some of its charming appeal. We had some nice bay windows where the kids loved to stand and look outside on. The service was great and it was nice to walk around the hotel grounds. We wished we stayed longer to enjoy the pool. 

    The next day we headed to ostrich land (emus too!) in Solvang. It was so cute to see them and a little scary to feed when the signs were saying they bite! 


    πŸ“·: Fun fact: An ostrich egg is equivalent to approximately (2) dozen chicken eggs. 


    Good and quick trip in beautiful California (since we took the electric car, we just HAD to stop at the Carlsbad outlets πŸ˜‚). 


    πŸ“·: #electriccar #tesla #supercharge #carlsbad 

    P.S. You know you live in Southern California when your daughter starts to call palm trees beach trees. 

    5 Months Ago.Β 

    I can’t believe just 5 months ago we were living in London and traveling to all these amazing countries so quickly. I didn’t think I would miss living in Europe so much but I do – the ease of getting around without driving, getting a quick bite to eat, seeing gorgeous architecture with a snap of my fingers, or just hanging out at a park/cafe people watching with an afternoon drink. 🍷😎


    πŸ“·: My favorite jewelry store, Boodles. It’s a British company so I just had to get a piece before leaving. I think Britain is missing me as much as I miss living there because I sadly lost one of the earrings the other day. πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯ #timetogoback #boodles 

    Without a doubt, my hubs will always be Cali dude (although he can’t swim…yet) so our 2 year stint in London was a lovely break. Maybe in a couple years, another opportunity will come along and we’ll be out of the ‘burbs again. #fingerscrossed 

    When we lived in London, we quickly abandoned the stroller for Abigail and she learned to walk everywhere and loved it. She walked 7 miles one day with no complaints. Rain or shine. 


    So, now that we moved back to socal, I went on a mission to find the perfect stroller for me to use for Addison. 
    My requirements: 

    • 4 wheels (at least 2 in the front to go up and down the escalator even though you’re not suppose to)
    • maneuver easily with one hand while holding a coffee 
    • baby A can face both ways
    • car seat friendly
    • not too heavy
    • easy to close without feeling like you’re going to pinch a finger

    Easy right?!
    I came across Kangaroo by Venice Child and fell in love. The colors, the simple design, versatile, and all terrain really caught my attention and not to mention it was founded in California (home again). πŸ‘πŸ»


    We got our Kangaroo last week and wow I can vouch that it meets all my needs. 

    She can see the world just a little higher up and at 3 different inclines.



    We can definitely easily manuever it one handed, easily close it, change the recline positions and oh my you’ll have to stop and chat with people on how styling your babe is in it. 


    Most importantly, A loves it and makes sure it’s nearby. 😜

    So cheers for now as baby A was snoozing in her Kangaroo by Venice Child while mama wrote this. 


    P.S. The front bar can be removed. Also, when you’re packing away in your car, I found the easiest is to just take off the seat and pack separately from the bottom part. #soinlove

    Fun For All – Lake Tahoe.Β 

    Took a little bit of debate on where to go for a much needed family vacation with our fav’s, but we finally decided on Lake Tahoe. A lot of fun when your kiddos are close in age, the hubs are good buddies, and of course the mama is my good university friend (and bridesmaid!). #timeflies


    πŸ“·: the crew (kids are 4 years old, 1 year old, and 9 months)

    Lake Tahoe is a great choice since it’s only a short flight (approximately 1 hour from Orange County, CA) to take in the great outdoors, and also rotate with the boys to go to the casinos.

    We haven’t taken JetBlue since we left for London so decided on this airline based on them flying out of Long Beach airport – small and nicely renovated airport plus a great price point. They knocked it out of the ballpark with lovely, efficient service, good drinks and snacks. Alcoholic beverages were $7 (good selection of beer). #jetblue #love

    Got a rental car and of course had to do a stop at Costco – super close from Reno airport.

    • Traveler’s tip: Bring your own car seat if you want to make sure it’s clean! We also decided to buy another one we wouldn’t mind getting tossed around during transit.
    • Evenflo (toddler booster seat) 
    • car seat cover – this one is great (no wheels) and was only $9.

      After much thought into whether or not to get an airbnb, we decided to make it easy and stay at  Hard Rock this time around. It was “nice enough” since it was renovated a couple years back, spacious, good food inside, and a casino right downstairs.

      πŸ“·: Yes, she’s in Bebeaulait’s Muslin car seat cover & swaddle blankets. I love Muslin breathable fabric and highly recommend getting one for a car seat cover so your baby doesn’t get too hot in his/her car seat (also has a zipper to open/close if needed). Isn’t this print the cutest?!

      πŸ“·: Traveler’s tip – request a crib (they usually roll) instead of a pack n’ play – so much cleaner! Ask for some flat sheets/fleece blankets to place on the hotel room floor if you have a crawler in the house. Bring also a crib fitted sheet if you’re worried about their sheets on your baby’s soft skin.  P.S. Addison just pulled herself up for the first time here (9 months).

      πŸ“·: Across the street from Hard Rock is Edgewood where you can play golf. We took a walk there with the kids. It’s gorgeous!

      Day 1 – we went to Zephyr Cove to take in the lake and hang out at the beach.  We stopped at the market to get goodies.  They have grills there so we made s’mores!  Gorgeous and relaxing (not very populated) spot to play in the sand. I believe it was $8 per car. Oh yea, clean individual bathrooms.



      Day 2 we went bike riding around town and fishing at Sawmill Pond (kid’s fishing location).


      πŸ“·: Got a lot of questions about my carrier and I love my MiaMily carrier. So much more back support and a compartment to store a bottle, phone, diaper, keys, etc.


      πŸ“·: Caught 5 fish and brought them to MacDuff’s for them to cook 3 different ways! YUM! Pretty good deal as they provided salad and sides for $20/person. Get the bread pudding for dessert. #nomnom

      Day 3, departed Lake Tahoe and headed home. Sweet trip with our fav’s with a lot of memories always. The kids all got sick but hey what trip isn’t complete without that happening. 

      Cheers for now and thanks for reading. We love traveling with our kiddos and honestly it’s really not hard! #bringiton #travelwithkids 

      xx

      The Big 4!Β 

      I can’t believe I have a 4 year old. It doesn’t seem long ago when I was in college or even high school doing whatever I want. Now I have 2 littles to love and guide them to become well rounded sweet individuals. 

      Abigail has grown so much. She’s this crazy, sassy, and super affectionate little girl. She has a mind of her own and has a million and one questions about everything. From why does it rain to why does it get dark, she always keeps me on my toes on what’s is coming next. 

      πŸ“·: Before heading to school. She loves wearing her #jujube mini backpack everyday. #toddlerappeoved
      Abigail insisted on having a birthday party with her friends this year so we gave in. We decided to throw her a pizza making party because she loves to eat and play in the kitchen. California Pizza Kitchen hosts parties for kids and it’s awesome! They get to tour the kitchen, make pizzas (eat their creation), get a drink, and also dessert. What a tasty package for only $10/kid. 

      πŸ“·: CPK also got her a chef coat with her name embroidered on there. 


      πŸ“·: We also had an amazing cake created by the talented Jenteebakes – she lives in the OC.  

      Abigail had a blast. 



      We topped off her actual birthday with dinner with her fav’ buddy at our house. 


      Looking back.

      πŸ“·: Year 1. The cake banner and hippo was from a sweet friend that now has a event planning business for littles. Check her out if you’re a lazy planner like me. Little Confetti Company. 


      πŸ“·: Year 2. Roaming the streets of Islington, London. 


      πŸ“·: Year 3. Making wishes in London. 


      πŸ“·: Cheers to being 4 and looking forward to another amazing year. Mama and Daddy love you to the moon and back.

      It’s a “grand” life for A.Β 

      With my second little, it has been quite different in so many ways. My older little was in her own crib by 2.5 months, got pumped breastmilk along with formula, and slept through the night by 3 months. My second little, however, is still in our room, gets nursed along with formula, and still has yet to sleep through the night at 8 months! 

      One thing that has made the world of a difference in helping her sleep longer as a newborn is the dockatot. While we were living in London, we got the European version (where dockatot originated from) called the sleepyhead. This was seriously a godsend with sleeping in our cozy London flat and all the travels we did. We didn’t need to buy her a crib or borrow from the hotel, because this was perfect as she didn’t roll over until about 7 months. 

      We enjoyed it in all the countries we visited after she was born. 


      πŸ“· loc: Limassol, Cyprus 


      πŸ“· loc: our cozy London flat

      πŸ“· loc: Heathrow airport dockatot deluxe (fits easily on the stroller!)


      πŸ“· loc: Exeter, England

      Anyhow, we decided to upgrade to the Dockatot grand since she felt so secure and cozy in the deluxe. With the grand, she loves to sprawl out in it, sit up, and rest her head on the border. Hopefully, with this transition she will learn to sleep with her head at the top of the bed unlike her sister who does flips throughout the night.  We are also hoping this will ease her into the transition to her own room by 9 months. #fingerscrossed

      We also took the Dockatot Grand with us to Las Vegas since we drove and it was wonderful poolside. Many compliments on how portable and comfortable she looked in it. 


      So, yes Addison has a grand life with this upgrade. Check out the difference in size below. (It’s true when they say the deluxe will last your little until 8 months). 

      Cheers for now and yes dockatot has been a lifesaver. #baby #musthave

      A to the 4th.Β 

      The reunion of the kiddos this time around wasn’t as cool as going to New Zealand back in December 2016, but still a lot of fun to see them playing and conversing more with each other. They are growing up so fast!  When people said to cherish all the moments with them as it will fly by, they weren’t kidding. 

      With a short socal holiday, we managed to squeeze in quality family time, Angel’s game, Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Carlsbad outlets, and of course In n’ out. 

      Tips I got from these adventures: 

      • Stay at Legoland hotel to get the full experience along with free parking. Btw – new Legoland hotel opening 2018. 
      • Take the double decker bus at San Diego zoo if you’re looking to walk less and perhaps catch a glimpse of the animals.
      • Check out the adorable pandas at the SD zoo. Only 4 zoos in the world have pandas!
      • It’s still fun to go early to a baseball game (besides tailgating) with kids. Angels stadium is super nice and has lots of food.
      • Since you’re “rolling” with kids, you can pretty much bring any food/drinks inside the parks.  
      • Hmm – didn’t see any alcohol at Legoland. Plenty at the zoo and of course stadium. 
      • Go shopping after these adventures if you’re wanting to spend less $$. 😜


      πŸ“·: Getting a suite is a good option for a game for little ones to run around in. Suites include 12 seats. 


      πŸ“·: belated #nationalsiblingday


      πŸ“·: miniland of San Francisco is way cool. #mustsee





      πŸ“·: spend only $.51 for a small souvenir of animal penny. Located at the exit of the zoo. 


      πŸ“·: Feel free to brings snacks/drinks on the bus. It’s about a 35-40 minute ride. 

      Good times with the munchkins and family as always. 

      Cheers for now! 

      P.S. No socal trip is complete without #innout