May The Force Be With Us. 

We (I mean Abigail) are super excited to go to Disneyland Paris for her birthday present this Friday (taking the Eurostar – a faster ride than driving to Vegas from SoCal). We are also to the moon happy this has gotten her to take showers instead of baths.

She’s got her Mouseketeer Scout bag all packed and ready to go with her essentials to the happiest place on earth.

  • #lovebooksbyAJ: sneak peek of H is for Hippo about special events during the year
  • Daylong sunscreen – my absolute fav’
  • Sunnies
  • Minnie headband which will get taken off quickly to wear a bow

Recommended product: Salt City scout bag

  • Biggest thing about this amazing mama/owner behind Salt Cities.  She’s also a company that gives back like me!  Besides donating their bows to a good cause, they also donate $1 from each sale to this great charity, Cranio Care Bears, that functions off donations from cranio families and good samaritans all over the world, along with the sales of cranio gear from their own shop. They work tirelessly to make sure that any family that wants a care package for their cranio baby gets one free of charge. Wow, can we say awesome?!
  • Check out her stylish products from bows, clothes, bags to swaddles – even one of my favorite, gorgeous Instagram mom’s (Amberfillerup) kids rocked her outfits and accessories!

Like before, I like to highlight some fun facts. These are about what makes the Paris park differ from the others. Facts courtesy of Pierre Michonneau from Buzzfeed. Love!

  • The Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris is the fastest of the five in operation. It is also the only one that goes upside-down.
  • At its opening in 1992, Disneyland Paris had trouble adapting to the local cultural traditions of France and Europe. For example, none of the restaurants served wine, which was quickly corrected. According to Philippe Gas, CEO from 2008 to 2014, the park had to learn to “remain Disney, while integrating with the local culture.”
  • The castle at Disneyland Paris is one-of-a-kind. At other Disney parks, the castles take on the appearance of those typically found throughout Europe, but in Paris they might suffer from comparisons with local European architecture. It was decided that the castle at Disneyland Paris would be deliberately fanciful, evoking the imagery of fairy tales instead of historical buildings.
  • The castle at Disneyland Paris is the only one of all the Disney parks to house a dragon in its vaults. This dragon, which moves and lets out the occasional roar, is the largest animatronic character in the park, measuring over 75 feet long and weighing over 5,500 pounds.

May the force bring us sunshine and sweet memories. 

📷 loc: Shoreditch next to the park as of May 14, 2016

📷: Copying her buddy – #hangingtough

One more thought, we did our research and decided on staying outside the resort since we would mainly just be sleeping at hotel after a long day at the park. After scouring hotels, we decided on this the Explorer Hotel based on a couple points.

  • Nice swimming pool/soft play.
  • It was decorated as if we are still the park.
  • Free shuttle to/from park.
  • More to come whether that be the truth. 

Thanks again for joining my blog and the birthday wishes to my bugaboo.  Cheers for now!

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Take Me Back to Santorini.

The perfect end to our Greece holiday was definitely here. If you’re going for your honeymoon, romantic getaway, or babymoon like us, stay in Oia.

📷: View of Oia in the distance.

📷: A little light #lovebooksbyAJ reading before heading out.

We couldn’t have asked for a better boutique hotel to stay at for the last two nights in Greece. It’s called Ikies traditional houses. I will say it took a bit to convince the staff to let us stay there as I didn’t read the “terms & conditions” – no children under 13 years old allowed. Oops!

📷: Boatman’s house studio

Travel recommended product: Daylong sunscreen. Don’t we hate rubbing it in with our wiggling toddlers? This one goes on quickly and easily. LOVE.

We also chose to rent a car to drive around Santorini as it’s gorgeous, peaceful, and really quite the landscape. I would definitely recommend doing this.

📷: Bunch of restaurants along here with a great view. You can walk down from the cliff but it is a lot of steps!

📷: Sunset view with #nofilter

As always, thanks for reading.  Cheers for now!

Baby #2 Announcement. 

It’s amazing how quickly a toddler learns and retains the information you give. We’ve been telling her she’s going to be a big sister for awhile now and also asking her if she wants a baby brother or sister. 80% of the time she will say baby sister and the remainder she will say baby brother (this is usually with Daddy present). I also wonder if it’s what we say last to them and they retain that “noun” and repeat that.

Anyhow, we took Abigail with us to get the ultrasound and she watched the monitor intently at its fingers, head, and heart until the technician asked us if we wanted to know gender. Oh yes please!

“It’s a girl!”

My husband’s face was definitely classic. I, on the other hand, was thinking they will be two peas in a pod (3 years apart) and I can dress and accessorize them in the cutest outfits.

With the finally fabulously warm London weather, we took this opportunity to snap some pictures in our neighborhood. Toddler & balloon love – can’t go wrong. I do wish I had the creativity and skills for some of these other to die for baby announcements. This was my favorite site to look at by pregnant chicken. Separated by categories – nicely done!

      

Cheers for now!