Hey all! Happy Travel Tuesday! Hopefully you all had a great Easter weekend full of candy, family, and Christ! We had a pretty full weekend actually. The first in a very long time! Friday evening we took Kai to the mall to do a little bit of shopping. It was his first trip out of the house besides going to the doctor or my parent's house! He did so well, too. We got Shake Shack for dinner and popped in to a couple of our favorite stores, and he was an angel the entire time. On Saturday, we got to visit with some friends of ours who also just had a baby! It was so fun to catch up and swap baby stories. Easter Sunday was so wonderful for us. I put together Easter baskets for Kai and Wrigley and had so much fun doing it. I got Kai Sebastian the lamb from Cuddle + Kind, and I can tell he just loves him! We did our annual Easter egg hunt for Wrigley where we put a treat in little plastic eggs and hide them all over the house. He's so smart and finds all of them by himself and pops them all open to get the treat! It's so impressive. My parents came over late in the morning to also give Kai an Easter basket and spend some time with us. For Easter dinner, we went to my aunt's house and spent the afternoon with our big family. It was everyone's first time meeting Kai and it was so fun to see him interact with everyone. I hope you all had a great Easter weekend, too!
So I know we took our trip to Seattle awhile ago, but like I said in my Portland Travel Story post, I really wanted to share this trip with all of you. We went to some amazing places while visiting Seattle and it is honestly my favorite city in the US.
We drove up to Seattle from Portland and went straight to Pike Place Market. Like I said, Seattle is my favorite city in the US and Pike Place Market is my favorite place in Seattle. So basically my favorite place ever. We walked around a little bit and smelled the flowers and grabbed some fruit from a farmers stand when we first got there. Then it was time for lunch. One of my favorite places at Pike Place is Beecher's Handmade Cheese. You can see them actually making the cheese there in the shop! It is the original cheese shop and they have a nice selection of cheeses to choose from. They also have a cafe menu, so we love going here for lunch. I always get the mac and cheese. It is so creamy and rich. Caleb got a smoked turkey sandwich that was also delicious! Next on the list to visit was a French bakery called Le Panier. They have amazing macarons and other French pastries there. We stopped in and grabbed some treats to have for later at our Airbnb that we were staying at. Next to Le Panier is Turkish Delight where you guessed it...you can get Turkish delights and Turkish coffee. We of course got both! After our food spree, we went to a couple of shops like Sur la Table and Made in Washington. I love the Made in Washington store. I'm not usually a big gift shop person but this shop has the most amazing huckleberry salt water taffies. They are probably my favorite candy ever! So if you're ever at Pike Place make sure you grab a bag for yourself and me ;). We didn't make it to Starbucks this time but I'm a huge fan and think it's just so cool that the first Starbucks location is right there in Pike Place. A lot of people will tell you it's not worth it to wait in the long line to get a drink there and you can just walk a block and go to the location there to grab your coffee, but I think it's worth doing at least once. It's not just about getting a drink, it's the experience of being in their first shop!
After our afternoon at the market we made our way over to the Freemont area to check in to our Airbnb. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing there because #pregnancytales. For dinner that night, we went to my favorite food spot in Seattle, the Walrus and the Carpenter. They have the best oysters I've ever tried, and I was so sad I couldn't indulge in them this time around. All the more reason to go back again soon though! We still had a delicious dinner and then walked around the Ballard neighborhood afterwards.
Our second day in Seattle we actually spent hiking in Mount Rainier National Park, and I'm going to save that adventure for another post because with pictures alone it deserves it's own post! Before we headed out to the mountains though we stopped in at General Porpoise Doughnuts for breakfast. This was my favorite doughnut shop of our whole trip to the PNW! I loved everything about it from the doughnuts to the decor inside the shop. All their doughnuts are sugar coated and filled with cream or jelly. I got a strawberry cream filled doughnut that was seasonal and Caleb got the lemon curd doughnut. Both we're out of this world delicious! Their coffee was awesome, too. It was the perfect start to a very memorable day.
Our next day in Seattle was a full day of exploring. We had a quick breakfast at Cederberg Tea House in the Queen Anne area. It is a traditional South African tea house. Ashlyn and I found it on a list of the best bakeries in the USA and it was listed as the best one in the whole state of Washington, so we decided to check it out. It definitely didn't disappoint! My favorite thing we got was the Malva Pudding. Their big thing with it being a tea house though is Rooibos tea, which is caffeine free tea that is ground very fine and pulled through an espresso machine. I did not try the tea for a couple of reasons being I need caffeine in the morning and also I tried to stay clear of most teas while I was pregnant. Ashlyn tried it though and said it was really good!
Since we were in the area, we went over to Kerry Park for an amazing view of Seattle and the sound. You can see the entire Seattle skyline as well as Mount Rainier off in the distance on a clear day. We relaxed there for a bit then headed over to Salty's for their brunch buffet. We met up with some friends from California at Salty's and it was a very cool experience. They have a huge breakfast buffet and their restaurant sits right on the water. You can see seals flopping around the water from your table!
Our afternoon was really enjoyable, too. We did the espresso tasting at the famous Starbuck's Reserve Roastery. We also all tried their coffee cocktails, too, and I personally liked Caleb's the most. He got a play off of a Manhattan and it was so good! My favorite espresso was both the ones from the Congo. The Roastery is honestly one of my favorite spots in Seattle. They always have new things to try, and I love going back every time were out there. I can't wait till the Chicago one opens up!
We went to another favorite spot of mine for pre-dinner drinks at Needle & Thread. I was so sad that I couldn't order a cocktail with Caleb and Ashlyn, but the bartender graciously made me an amazing mocktail. The great thing about this bar is there is no menu. The bartender asks you a series of questions about what you like to drink and then crafts your perfect cocktail. Ashlyn and I discovered this place on our first trip to Seattle and we loved our drinks so much we just knew we had to take Caleb here. They both loved the drinks they got this time, too. The other cool thing about Needle & Thread is it is a speakeasy style bar. It's located on top of another bar called Tavern Law. You have to make reservations to get in to Needle & Thread and when it's your reservation time you enter Tavern Law, pick up a phone in the back of the bar and when your reservation is confirmed, you get buzzed in to a secret door where you can enter. I love bars like this because it's not just about the drinks but also the experience you get to have while enjoying a drink. After our time there, we walked over to Bar Melusine for dinner. This is a sister restaurant to Walrus and the Carpenter, so we knew it was going to be great, and we were right! I was boring and stuck with a burger and frites due to being pregnant but all the seafood looked delicious. I definitely plan on going back here next time so I can try the oysters and steak tartare!
Our last day we only spent the morning in Seattle and with it being a Sunday, we of course had to get brunch! We chose Westward for our last meal in Seattle and it definitely didn't disappoint. The restaurant is also located on the water (we have a thing for views ;) ) and the food was great. We got lucky and got to sit on the patio to enjoy the water and sun before getting back in the car for a long drive back to Portland. I got the Dutch Baby pancake and Caleb got the lamb shoulder hash. We recommend both! Both dishes were delicious and their lattes were awesome, as well. We stopped off at Pike Place Market one last time to walk through the fish market part of Pike Place since we didn't get to walk through it on our first day. We grabbed some snacks for our road trip and started our long trek back to Portland.
Instead of heading straight down Interstate 5 to get back, we got off once we hit US RT 12 and took it all the way to the coast. From there we drove down US RT 101 and stopped off at Cannon Beach. I'll share this part of our trip in another post, as well, as it was a full day worth of adventures!
Have you ever been Seattle? If so, I'd love to hear what your favorite places are in this beautiful city! Leave me a comment below and let me know!
Hey everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We had a nice one here at home again and Kai turned 2 months old on Saturday! Some friends came over for a movie day on Saturday and yesterday we had dinner with my parents at their place. They need their weekly Kai fix! Our little one had his 2 month doctors appointment today and he had to get his vaccinations at it. It was seriously awful, guys. He cried so hard and it broke my heart in half. Now we're battling a slight fever but it seems to be improving after giving him some baby Tylenol. We're just going to be snuggling and watching Toy Story the rest of the night. Anyways, it's time for another Little Kai Bear date! Happy 2 Months, little one!
Weight: 12.4 lbs
Height: 22 in
These last 4 weeks have honestly been so fun. We've really started to click with you. We understand you so much better and you're also getting use to the outside world. You smile so big now and I swear you're going to laugh soon! Sometimes you cackle/grunt when you smile, too, so I have a feeling it will be coming sooner rather than later. You're also cooing now and you have the cutest voice ever!
A big thing that's happened this month is you've finally noticed Wrigley. You actually look at him now and smile. You smile so big and it makes you so happy when Wrigley gives you kisses, too. There are times when Wrigley walks out of view and you actually start crying until he comes back. Now that my little one, makes my heart literally burst out of my chest.
You're really starting to grow! You've actually grown out of some of your clothes, which means mom gets to go shopping again! ;) You're able to hold your head up so well now, but sometimes you get tired and you head butt me and Dad. You really enjoy sitting up in our laps so you can see everything around you.
Your feeding and sleep schedule are really improving! You slept all the way through the night last night for the first time, too! A full 7 hours! Babywise is really working for us, little one! You love to take naps and you sure do love to eat. You still do your little snarl when you go to eat and it still makes me laugh every time.
You are such a happy baby. You really only cry when you're really tired or hungry. You recognize me and Dad and the sight of us seems to always calm you down when you're upset. You really look at us now and whenever we lay you down to change your diaper you always put the biggest smile on your face when you're looking at us. You love when we hold you, and I love our snuggle time more than anything else. We've started having snuggle in bed Wednesdays, which I can tell you love so much, too. We hang out in Mom and Dad's bed almost all day just snuggling and watching Netflix. I really look forward to this day together all week!
You are pure magic, Kai. You've brought more love and joy in to my life these past 2 months than I ever thought was possible. I love you always, my little bub.
Hooray for Friday, guys! I've been looking forward to this weekend all week because tomorrow Kai will be 2 months old! I've really been loving this newborn stage of us just staying cuddled up at home, but I'm also itching to get out. We haven't really taken Kai anywhere besides my parent's house to minimize the risk of him getting sick. The flu season is finally dying down and Kai's 2 month doctor's appointment is Monday. So, while I'm not looking forward to him actually getting his shots, I'm so happy he is going to have them now and be safe guarded from some terrible illnesses. We'll finally be ready to go on some adventures! Ever since I got pregnant I've been dreaming about how I want to make Saturdays be our "family day" where we all go out and do something fun together. I can't wait to go the museums, have picnics, go to the beach, hit up the farmers market, and so much more!
Speaking of Kai...I've got another Little Kai Bear post for you all today! Caleb and I (mostly Caleb ha!) worked so hard on making Kai's nursery perfect. We repainted the walls blue, replaced the doors, and Caleb put up the wainscoting. The theme for his room is Disney's Up + more Disney. We added some "Disney Easter eggs" as Disney themselves like to call them. If you don't know what I'm talking about, if you watch Disney movies (especially Pixar) you'll see little objects from other Disney movies within the movie you're watching. Well we did the same thing in Kai's room! I absolutely love spending time here with him playing and snuggling all day long!
Crib - Wayfair
Blanket ladder - Caleb
Shelves - Caleb
Stuffed animal basket - Michael's (similar)
Dog bed - Target
White teepee - Me (DIY post coming soon)
Adventure is Out There decal - Etsy
Cloud decals - Amazon
Automobile blanket - Minky Couture
White furry rugs - Ikea
Aviator helmet + goggles - Etsy
Mickey hot air balloon picture - Art of Disney at Epcot
Mini blue globe - Anthropologie
Toy Story toys - Disney Store
BB-8 action figure - this is actually a drink cup! Available at the drink cart outside of Launch Bay at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Elephant bookends - HomeGoods
Colorful flags - Me (DIY w/ felt, twine, and clips from Michael's)
Propeller - Amazon
Changing pad - Target
Changing pad cover - Target
Changing pad holder - Caleb
House/balloons wall lights - Ikea
Maui hook - Caleb
Glider - Target
Ottoman - Target
Up pillow - Etsy
Curtains - Target
Curtain rod - Target
Moses basket - Dua Design
Clouds crib sheet - Target
Letter blocks - Amazon
Diaper genie - Target
Dresser - Walmart
Diaper cart - Ikea
Wrigley - Not for sale ;)
Anything that isn't listed above was gifted to us, and I'm not sure where it was purchased. However, if you see something that you're dying to know where it is from and I don't have it listed here, please leave me a comment and I will try my best to track it down for you! The Up quilt was handmade by my best friend and the white bookcase was built by my grandpa. He actually made it for my dad and then my dad painted it white for me when I was a little girl. We currently have it switched out with this though, which we are using to keep Kai's burp cloths, bibs, and some small toys in it. Check out my Instagram stories for a walking room tour of his nursery with anything like that, that we've updated since shooting these photos!
Thank you to Brandie from Bourbon Oak Tree Photography for shooting some of these photos for us during our newborn shoot!
Button-Front Top: Urban Outfitters | Jeans: Gap | Bar Necklace: LuvLaceJewels | Disc Necklace: LuvLaceJewels
Kai's Outfit Details:
Flannel Button Down: Monica + Andy | Pants: Carters
Happy Friday or Friyay as I like to call it! I'm really looking forward to this weekend because Caleb and I are going on our first date night tomorrow since Kai was born! Today is actually our 8 year anniversary of us being together, so we're going to go out to celebrate tomorrow with a dinner date! Hopefully you all are doing something fun for St. Patty's Day!
So, I've definitely developed a mom uniform as of late. I'm so happy to be out of maternity clothes and getting back in to all of my regular clothes that I've been longing to wear again for so long. However, my newest challenge has been finding clothes that are comfortable and good for nursing. Well this top from Urban Outfitters has been my answer. I basically have it in every color, ha! It is so soft and comfy, and it's so easy to nurse Kai in. I recently bought these jeans from Gap, too, that I'm seriously loving. Even though I don't need to wear my maternity jeans anymore, I still don't fit in to my old jeans. Honestly, I needed new jeans before I got pregnant but it was just something I didn't want to accept and spend money on. Gap has been having some awesome sales lately, so I took full advantage of one of them and snatched up this pair that I'm wearing here as well as these. They are both so comfortable! Their new stretch technology they put in to their jeans is amazing. I don't mind wearing these jeans around the house and am able to maneuver around super easy in them to take care of Kai!
What has your uniform been lately? Leave me a comment and share your favorite picks for this season with me!
Caleb and I went to Italy a couple years ago for our honeymoon and one of the places we visited was the Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre is a very special part of Italy located on the northwestern coast of the country. We had the best time visiting and can't wait to go back some day and spend a few days there just relaxing on the beach, drinking wine, and enjoying the views! I want to share with you though some of the wonderful places we did get a chance to visit while we were there in a little quick guide. For reference, Cinque Terre means "five villages," and the five villages are Riomaggoire, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.
There are a few options for getting to the Cinque Terre from other parts of Italy. You can take a bus, a train, or you can drive. Driving is not recommended as parking is very limited in the area.
The best major city to travel to the Cinque Terre from by bus or train is Florence. You can take the Italia Rail from Florence to Riomaggorie and it takes around 2 1/2 hours. If you prefer a guided tour and getting there by bus, you can book a day tour from Florence. We personally chose this day tour through Florence Tasting when we visited the Cinque Terre. It was priced at €110 per person and lasts about 12 hours.
There are 3 options for getting around to the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre which are by foot, by train, or by boat.
One of the most breath taking ways to see the Cinque Terre is by hiking through the area. The best way to do this is to hike along Trail #2, which is the Sentiero Azzuro or Blue Trail. The trail runs along the coast and it will take you around 6 hours to get from start to finish. You can start either in Monterosso and head south or you can start in Riomaggoire and head north. You can take your breaks from hiking while exploring each of the towns.
The easiest way to get from town to town is by train. The train stops in all 5 towns as well as a town called La Spezia, which is just outside of the Cinque Terre and is known as the main hub. This is where any trains you take from outside the area like Florence would stop for you if you are wanting to visit the Cinque Terre. La Spezia is about a 10 minute train ride to Riomaggoire and each of the other towns are only 5 minutes apart. It is recommended that you get a Cinque Terre Card for €10 for a day because it will get you unlimited rides on the line that goes to all 5 towns as well as access to the hiking trails and some museums. If you buy a 1 time train ticket for €1.80, make sure you validate your ticket at the station just before you get on the train. This shows that you're using the ticket for this ride and it wasn't previously used on a different ride. If you don't validate the ticket before you get on the train though, the conductor will charge you a lot of money to do it on the train.
The last way to get from town to town is by boat. There are a few different options, too, when it comes to getting around by boat. You can take a ferry, a boat tour from Manarola or Riomaggoire, or rent a private boat. You can catch the ferry from Monterosso and La Spezia and it will drop you off at every town except Corniglia.
Things to Do
The village of Riomaggoire is known for the beautiful colorful houses you always see in photos of the Cinque Terre. The best views of them are from Trail 531 and Trail 2. The town has some lovely shops and places to grab a bite to eat, as well. We recommend stopping in to Giammi Cafe and having a cappuccino and croissants first thing in the morning. This is also the best place to take a boat tour from!
This is the Cinque Terre's most romantic village. It's on top of a hill and has great views of the water. If you take a boat tour from Riomaggoire, you will be dropped off in Manarola. It is a wonderful experience that we highly recommend! We loved doing the boat tour and exploring this little village on our honeymoon. Our favorite part of this village was just relaxing up on a high cliff and watching the sea. Another cool stop to check out in this village is the Chiesa di San Lorenzo, which is a beautiful church.
Head over to the lookout called the Bar Terza Terra for some amazing views in Corniglia. This is also a great place to grab some drinks and food to relax with while enjoying the views of the sea. Another great place for some beautiful views is the Borgo Storico di Corniglia. Bring your walking shoes though because this is a hiking trail and will require some walking up and down hills.
My personal favorite village, Vernazza is where you can get in some amazing beach time. A great place to grab some lunch is Belforte and if you're up for some gelato (who isn't!?) stop by Gelateria Vernazza. For some history, you can check out the Castello Doria, which is a watchtower that use to belong to a much larger castle. It costs €1.50 to enter and climb the tower.
To view some fine art, tombs, and a beautiful church, visit the Church of San Francesco and Monastery. The church sits up on a hill, so it provides for some great views, too. It's a bit of a climb to get to, but the Monumento a San Francesco is worth it. It is a beautiful statue and once you get to it you'll be provided with a breathtaking panoramic view. Bring your swimsuit and towel with you to Monterosso, too, so you can relax at Spiaggia di Fegina. It is supposedly one of the 25 sexiest beaches in the world.
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