My husband and I are going on a trip in a few weeks to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. It’s something that we have been wanting to do for a while, but with the pandemic, we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to get away this year. Luckily things are all working out for us and we have planned a trip to Las Vegas.Read more
1.) A Tote Bag– As a mom, I can’t think of anything more useful than a giant tote bag. The bigger, the better. I always like to bring a tote bag as my carry on when flying because it’s like bringing an extra suitcase. One thing that’s great about a large tote bag is that you can throw a smaller purse inside and still use the tote as your personal item when you’re flying and bringing your suitcase as a carry-on. This bag above is from Rock Paper Flower’s Jute Tote Bag collection. I love the whale tale print on the bag, but sadly they are sold out on this print, but they do have some other great prints worth checking out.
2.) A makeup/cosmetic bag– I always need a safe place to transport all my make up and this adorable pineapple print is the perfect travel makeup bag. It’s large enough to fit all my makeup, brushes and then some. I’m still debating on whether I want to keep it as my go to makeup bag or use it daily as a purse organizer.
3.) Small pouch- I don’t know about you, but I’m always losing all my stuff in my tote bags. Having a little pouch to organize all your important things in your purse is extremely helpful. It’s nice to have a safe place to keep your keys, passport and credit cards. I love this black and white wavy stripe canvas pouch. This is now going to be something that I use daily in my purses.
4.) Comfortable Travel outfit- Lastly, but not least, I always need to have a comfortable travel outfit. This black and white palm print kimono is perfect to wear as a comfortable travel look. I love how it looks over leggings and a tank top. The best part about this kimono is that it’s totally versatile. It’s great to wear on travel days, but it also makes a great bathing suit cover up. It would also look great layered over a dress.
Even though I plan on using all my new travel accessories now, it makes me really excited to plan our next “real vacation”. What are some of your must have travel items?
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When I look at other people’s vacation pictures on Instagram, it always looks like they are having so much fun with their little ones. After our trip, I’m wondering how many of those photos are real or are those stressed-out parents trying to have fun? During our week trip, Jack had his good days and bad days. He was extra clinging with me and wanted nothing to do with everyone else unless I wasn’t around of course. He had a good amount of toddler tantrums over nothing. Only a couple days after getting to the ocean, Jack got congested really bad and ended up with a bad cough, which made for a couple long nights. I had imagined that I would be spending my days building sandcastles with Jack and taking walks along the beach collecting seashells with him, but I quickly learned that wasn’t going to happen. Jack was terrified by the loud sounds of the waves and he hated the feeling of the sand. I spent most of my days in a kiddy pool on the deck watching the rest of the family boogie board in the ocean.
I was extremely grateful for everyone who helped watch Jack a little so I could get a break here and there. Kevin and I were able to go on an adult-only wine tasting trip one of the days and all the adults got to go out for dinner one night while the grandparents watched the grandkids. That was really nice.
Overall it was a really fun family trip. Seeing my niece and nephew enjoying themselves and remembering how my sister-in-law used to be the one with little kids staying back while everyone was having fun made me realize that it’s now my turn. I’m the one with the little kid, so family vacations might be a little more stressful for me now, but that’s okay. One thing that I decided to do when traveling with a toddler is to just lower my expectations of what fun is. I know that my vacations will not be like the relaxing ones of the past, but there is a new kind of fun for me. I enjoyed watching my little guy look out at the ocean and listening to him learn new words like “ocean animals”, “sea nettle” and “succulents”. I loved watching his face when we got on a boat for the first time to look for dolphins. I know one day when he’s independent and off doing his own thing, I will miss the days of when all he wanted was to be with mommy.
Here are some pictures from our trip. Just remember these are the pictures that I am choosing to share. I’m not sharing the pictures of Jack crying because of the sand or the 100 selfies we took together while everyone else was off doing their own thing. But those are just the realities of vacations with a toddler.
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|My view from the kiddy pool!|
|My little family|
My husband kept comparing Jack to a dog that needs lots of space to run around and play and that was the prefect comparison. Jack brought out all of his toddler 2 year old behaviors. He tried running away from us through a busy casino, threw stuff at us and screamed when we were eating in restaurants and he tried running off into the pool on his own. He basically did everything he could to give his parents a heart attack. He acted like we have never taken him out in public before. My husband kept saying how nice it would be if we left Jack at home with someone. Yes, it would of been nice to spend one on one time with Kevin, but we are at this stage in our lives and we just need to embrace it. Does having a 2 year old make it hard to relax and enjoy yourself when you go out? YES! Do I wish it was just the 2 of us still? NO!
5.) Travel Size Wipes- Wipes are a must and the more the better. I use wipes for everything with Jack. My friend had sent me a care package from The Honest Company right after Jack was born, so I have lots of travel size wipes. An awesome thing about the Honest company is that you can send away for a free trial kit with only having to pay for the shipping. They will send you a bunch of samples, so you can load up on some travel size wipes and other fun travel size products for the next time you fly.
I had never vacationed in Las Vegas before, but ever since I moved here, I feel like my life has been one long vacation. (At least on the weekends that is.) I definitely have some favorite spots in the Las Vegas Valley that I love to go visit. Here are some pictures from the last year and a half of my time exploring our new home.
|The view standing in front of The Bellagio looking at the fountain and the Pairs Las Vegas.|
|Same view, during the fountain show.|
|Last fall we discovered this park in Boulder City overlooking Lake Mead with wild bighorn sheep grazing.|
|A view from Lake Mead National Recreational Area|