Happy 2017! First post of the year. I had planned to get on a schedule to post more regularly but shocker, that hasn’t happened just yet! We spent the first couple of days in the new year hanging as a family down at the bay and beach. It was so nice having the kids on break, no need to think about packing lunches, early bed time, getting homework done etc.. We mainly just hung out locally this holiday break, with the exception of a quick trip to Nevada to see family.
We recently got back from a family reunion on the east coast. We flew to New Jersey then drove a couple hours south to the Jersey Shore. I had no idea what to expect, I was envisioning, probably like most people who have never been, some variation of MTV’s depiction of the Jersey Shore. But I was pleasantly surprised! Turns out the Jersey Shore covers about 140 miles of coast line with many different beach communities throughout. We stayed in an area called Ocean City.Continue reading
The most kid friendly pool in all of San Diego, in my opinion. The main pool has a beach type entry.
Nice big lawn just outside the back patio. Perfect place to let the kids roam and wander while we drank coffee.
Oh ya know, just running bare foot in the grass, but seriously this dress is made for running barefoot in the grass.
Always happy in a white or cream colored dress.
Our little casa for the weekend.
My kids roll out in pj’s, maybe a little too much, but when it’s 7am and the kids have been up for an hour already, all you want to do is roll to breakfast and grab a cup of coffee as quick as you can, and this means sometimes you gotta cruise out in pj’s. Most of these photos are us just exploring the lush grounds at Paradise Point. I’ve blogged about this resort once before, but I can’t help it, it’s one of our favorite places in San Diego to get away for a weekend, and really feels like you’re on vacation.
Paradise Point is situated right on Mission Bay. There’s so much to do here. You can rent or bring bikes to go cruising around the bay, explore lots of little pathways through the lagoons, swim in a number of pools or climb to the top of the wooden and metal observation tower, which provides 360 degree views of the city. All of this while being surrounded by tropical gardens. It’s all a win-win.
We only spent one night and two days here, but that was plenty of time to get in a ton of swimming and actually a bit of relaxation. They have an excellent spa and offer a local’s discount. There’s also a number of places to eat here, Tidal, which has great seafood and is a fun place to get a little dressed up for, or the Barefoot Bar and Grill for a more laid back setting. We did Barefoot for breakfast and tacos by the pool for lunch both days. For dinner we ordered room service and ate al fresco on the back patio.
The kids were definitely not ready to go when it was time to head back home. And I don’t blame them. Paradise Point is truly a little getaway within the city. If you are ever visiting San Diego you should definitely check this resort out, or if you are a local and haven’t been, it’s definitely a great place to explore. Hoping to be back soon.
As always, thanks for reading!
Only three weeks to go and schools out for summer. Which means lots of summer beach nights. I like to keep it simple at the beach, and really just simple during the summer overall. So, it’s no surprise I reach for a maxi dress. I guess it’s kind of my thing. And something else that has become my thing is thredUP If you haven’t checked them out, you need to. thredUP is an online, super high quality, second hand store. There are so many current brands at really affordable prices on their site. I recently received this J Crew maxi dress in the mail and couldn’t be happier. It came packaged minimally but beautifully and in such great shape. (I’ve basically been living in this dress since I got it.)
I love how easy the site is to navigate and filter. Zara, Free People.. it’s all there! And what’s even better is that thredUP makes it super easy to clean out your closet. Simply order a Clean Out bag and they’ll ship it to you, you fill it up with items not working for you anymore (be sure to check which types of items they do and don’t take) and the bag gets shipped back, items put on sale and you can earn a payout from items sold. What could be easier?!
I plan on stocking up on many more dresses for the many long summer nights to come. My kids are now 6 and 4 1/2 and on the go, like all little ones, as I’ve said before, I need to be able get dressed and get going. There’s lots of sunsets to catch and shaved iced to be had!
Thanks for stopping by and reading,
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|My niece, Ella|
|Breakfast on the patio with my folks and sister’s family|
Happy New Year friends! I hope that the past few weeks have left you feeling rested and ready to take on the year ahead. This post is a tad late but wanted to share my review of our stay at the Rancho Bernardo Inn during the week of Christmas. This was our first time coming to RB Inn and I have to say, I was so pleasantly surprised. The Inn is about a half an hour from where we live in San Diego but felt like a total get away. We checked in for two nights with my parents and sister’s family.
During our stay there were all sorts of kid’s activities going on, decorating gingerbread men, Christmas carols on stage for the kids, checking out beautiful lights, a life size gingerbread house, and a movie by the pool complete with S’mores. Needless to say, the cousins were on little sleep and probably too much sugar for two days, but you have to just roll with it, right? That’s my motto anyway.
The Inn is much bigger than I expected, which is awesome with a group of wild children, lots of open space to wander, run and get lost in. Beautiful outdoor seating every corner you turn. There’s an adult pool and family pool, we spent time at the family pool which was heated and perfectly comfortable for swimming despite the cooler temps and even rain.
All in all it’s truly a magical place that we will most likely visit again next year and look forward to making it a tradition.
Thanks for stopping by and cheers to the New Year!
My daughter Fiona recently turned four years old. What a crazy fun age this is! Her personality constantly has me in hysterics. Especially the way she talks in all sorts of voices… has to be my favorite thing in the world. And for the most part she’s an incredibly happy person and oh so easy to please. It really is the simple things for her.
This year we had a mini celebration with family, prior to having a birthday party with friends. In another life I might be a baker, but today I’m just not, I’ve definitely made cupcakes with the kids before but on a whole, baking isn’t really my gig… so, store bought doughnuts it is! Pink flowers, a cupcake balloon the size of her body and we sang Happy Birthday in the morning, she was the happiest little girl.
As we got off the Sky Ride we totally lucked out, Santa had set up shop in the zoo, and there was no line… I don’t know how that could be but it was. The kids talked to Santa, told him they would be good and whispered their secret wishes for Christmas. Check that off the list.
|Rita’s equal yumm!|
|Hello kitty cat.|
|Love how vibrant the colors are and the uniqueness of each piece.|
|First official rock show for this little one. San Diego local’s: Grizzly Business|
This post is long overdue, things have been so busy around here since my son started Kindergarten. Call me naive but transitioning from three days a week of pre-school to 5 days of K has really kind of taken us by storm. During the summer we typically let the kids stay up a bit later on the nights that they didn’t have school the next day. Extra time at the beach or just more play time in the driveway. But as the days are slowly getting shorter I feel myself reminiscing for more summer nights even though I’m craving cooler days. Thinking more about how much I love our family weekends and how sad I will be as the kids get older and become more involved with school and friends. I know it’s only Kindergarten but it’s freaking me out.
These photos were taken in Little Italy during their annual Art Walk in early spring. It’s one of my all time favorite events in San Diego. So many different artisans come together to display their work. I’m always amazed at the amount of creativity and talent there is among artists. Walking the streets, looking at art, taking in the live music… it’s just a fun place to be.
So much change happening as we move into fall. I’m trying my best to take the transition in strides, just be in the present and enjoy all these moments. Looking back at these photos from earlier in the year though makes me smile and fills my heart. These types of family moments won’t always stay the same, but there will be more to come and for that I’m grateful.
Enjoy the first official weekend of fall and thanks for stopping by.
It rained like cats and dogs in San Diego last weekend. I don’t remember it pouring rain like this last year, but it was a great thing, California really needs it. Since we hardly have rainy days we took full advantage of being indoors in one of the many museums within Balboa park. I headed out with Fiona to visit the San Diego History Museum which currently has the Igenious! The World of Dr. Seuss exhibit on display. It’s magical if you haven’t been.
|Photo cred: My 3 year old!|
|Some of sort of crocodile or dinosaur in hand is a must.|