monterey bay!

hi friends, we’ve been spending some quality time in the bay area lately and it has been such a blast to rediscover childhood favorites through the eyes of my sweet little toddler daughter! this past weekend we had the chance to make a quick day trip out to monterey, california to visit the all time favorite monterey bay aquarium and check out a new restaurant! monterey bay/carmel area holds a dear place in my heart as we frequented many times growing up as a family and later when i would come back to visit as an adult with my then boyfriend, now husband. this past weekend i had the chance to invite my cousins along for some family bonding and my daughter had the sweetest time hanging out with her cousin and all her “friends” from the ocean! 🐟🦀🐳🐙🐡🦈🐠 tbh, the aquarium is one of my faves, but tickets are definitely not inexpensive so we ended up investing in a family membership. there are different types so definitely check them out and see if any of them are worth it! they are especially great if you are visiting with grandparents who happen to live in the area… we also liked the idea of an annual membership because even though we are not bay area residents we are in the bay area quite a bit through out the year visiting my family and love taking day trips to cities like monterey… so we knew we would want to be able to come back. most memberships pay themselves off after 2 visits and it allows us to enjoy our visit with our excited, yet young daughter without trying to cram in every exhibit or exhaust ourselves trying to spend the whole day out. for example, on this first trip with E, we spent a little over 2 hours really exploring the kelp exhibits (a fave), watching the penguins, meeting the octopus 🐙 (little e’s current sea creature obsession) and hanging out in the touch pools. we then decided to spend the rest of the late afternoon/evening walking down cannery row stuffing ourselves crazy with caramel apples 🍎 and candy 🍭😆… we also grabbed dinner at the cutest pizza joint just a short walk from the aquarium that ended up being quite the hit with both the adults and children! as always, here is a photo journal of our day trip!

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half moon bay

hi friends! a family favorite of ours is taking a day trip to half moon bay when we are in the bay area… it’s a place we’ve been going to for years since i was a little one and it has been so fun to take little e there with us now! today’s trip was to get lunch at sam’s chowder house – a very popular restaurant right off the coast.. try to make reservations if you can because it is always always always packed! after lunch we walked down to the beach and strolled along.. it was honestly the most gorgeous weather i have had in hmb in a long time and it made the afternoon so magical. little e also brought her little toddler bike and took that for a spin… we’re back at my parents this evening and enjoying a slow night outside in the backyard and just going through the pictures and reliving the afternoon. here is a photo journal of our trip!

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washington d.c.

hi friends! we got back from our short d.c. trip and had the most fabulous time. seriously, it is definitely the highlight of our mini travels for 2017.. let’s be honest. we basically hopped on the plane, got to baltimore pretty tired after a full week prior and sort of winged it. got some great suggestions to jump start my planning from friends.. and it was go go go for the 2.5 days we were there. here is a photo journal of our trip with some tips & reflections at the end! definitely looking forward to our next visit to d.c. and the rest of our mini jaunts lined up (hawaii, portland, santa barbara) over the next few months. happy traveling friends!

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disney: california adventures

so we just got back from our 5th (!!!!) disney trip to disneyland/california adventures this spring. we have been utilizing the southern california offer and the fact that sweet little e is under 3 yrs old to have disney adventures and mini staycations in anaheim this spring. this is the first year we are taking our daughter to disneyland..

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mini mel (mickey+minnie shoes) / birkenstocks (mama) / sunnies (mama)

we have had a blast this spring so far and are looking forward to our final trip next month before the summer heat really ramps up here in southern california..

read below for more pictures from our most recent visit to california adventures and some tips/tricks we picked up this season to make our d-land trips fun, pretty stress-free, and doable with a little 2.5 yo toddler! 🙂

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