Staycation: Our 4th of July at the Omni Carlsbad


Girl wearing Ginham Bardot dress walking down Spanish tiled stairs at the Omni La Costa

Keeping it Simple, Sorta

We nearly stayed home, and forwent all the Independence Day festivities - yet it was scorching out, we had an impending move/brewery grand opening - and decided we could use a little getaway before the madness ensued. 

I wanted somewhere that catered to both adult's, and kids - and immediately thought of the Omni La Costa , as they have an entire pool area dedicated to little ones. . Thankfully, with only two day's to spare - they had room availability, so we swooped in and snagged it !

Of course I hit up Target before we went, and purchased this ever so festive yet resort-like gingham off the shoulder dress! The leopard slide's were a no brainer - because I refuse to wearing anything aside from slide's, and they were under $20. I linked my entire look below - just click photo's to purchase. 

 

Poolside Bite's at the Omni La Costa

Poolside Snack's

What I loved about the pool, was that it was shallow enough that Stella could independently play - while our lounge chair's were within a few step's from her. Also - the pool is full service, with staff eager to take your drink/ food oder . . The negative's , it was SO busy. Duh, major holiday! It was so busy that we had to wait to get into the pool area, and basically hunt for seat's for a good 20 minutes. . Also, to be totally honest - the food was definitely a pass. It was super expensive, and we got served stale pita chips, stale corn chips, and just an overall lack luster experience . . I'd recommend to buy snack's at their cafe and bring it, or even better - hit up a grocery store (so many close by) and bring your own in a little cooler with yummy stuff (I will be doing this next time!)

Beautiful tropical landscape and colors at the Omni La Costa
Vintage red mustang parked outside the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Toddler girl and baby sister laughing in bed

Nap, Than Party

After spending the day by the pool, we took to our room's to nap (well, everyone BUT me - of course!) . . While they slept peacefully, I snuck off to make a reservation at the main on site restaurant . My goal was to get a table facing the firework's - and to time it perfectly with when they happened. Mission accomplished! We landed a stellar table, with great views - and since both girl's napped - they were awake to participate.

Girl wearing gingham bell sleeve dress holding flowers
Poolside toddler and baby essentials flat lay

Poolside Essentials

I just recently discovered water wipes, and I am OBSESSED! Perfect for cleaning sticky hands - or messes. Unlike my other favorite Seventh Generation wipes - these don't leave lint. So you can totally wipe a stain off dark fabric (aka your car seats!) .

Also - Lola is totally teething , so those little wafers are a must. They are kind of pain - because I always will find a little piece stuck to me hours later . . Lol. Yet, it's worth the stickiness - as it seems to be one of the few things that will keep her content these days. . and of course I have hand Sani on my at all times! Seem to be sticking to this honest company one lately. 

Red Gingam Target off the shoulder Bardot dress with summer accessories flat lay
Adorable sleeping baby wearing retro sunglasses and a lemon swimsuit

Next Time, I'm Heading to the Spa

All in all - it was a super quick, but great little getaway! It is literally 5 minutes away from our house - which is even better. The beautiful Spanish style architecture , and the endless tropical foliage definitely make's the Omni prime for some Instagram moments! It's a great place for families to take solace - and next time I hope to relish in their spa amenities (hello Chopra centre!)

Look out Youtube!

I wanted to make a little keepsake for my family, so I used the 8mm app to record some vintage footage. I decided to upload it youtube for you all to check out, and hopefully it will inspire you to make some of these for yourself! Let me know what you think, and I'd love to hear your summer plans! Where are you headed?

Our First Family of Four Trip: Camping & Closing Escrow on Valentine's Day


Toddler Baby Girl Smiling in Vintage Trailer at the Holidays San Clemente

We have been itching to take a family trip since before Lola arrived - yet decided to wait, because well - there's not much a large pregnant lady can do. .

At first, I loved the idea of heading to the mountains and playing in the snow . . but than Christmas past, and so did my affinity for all things cold! Thus, it was between a seaside adventure - or a Palm Springs retreat. . And the seaside adventure seemed the right fit - as it was both relaxing, and less of a drive. This trip would not only be our first as a family of four, but it fell right while Jame's was closing escrow on the Brewery.

Flash back two years ago - when Stella turned one, and I so badly wanted to rent a vintage trailer for her party . . In my obsessive googling search , I came across The Holiday's Campground - to which a fleet of Shasta Airflyte's in various colors grace the campgrounds at San Clemente beach. It was so instagrammy, and just the right amount of "roughen it" - that I immediately had to put it on my bucket list.

So, this Valentine's when I was thinking of a way to celebrate that was both local and low key - The Holiday's fit the bill perfectly!

My hopes was for us to have a relaxing getaway before things truly got crazy with the opening of the Brewery, but having two little ones - and an impending Escrow with documents needing to be faxed/ signed (as we were literally hitting the road), caused for a late check in . . Yet Andy, the owner - was both super understanding and accommodating to us - and made sure we had everything we needed to make our short stay a success.

2015 Shasta Airflyte Interior - The Holidays Campground SanClemente State Beach.jpg

Our Cozy Sleeping Quater's

We chose the "Drifter" to rent - which included a full bed,  and two twin beds. We invited Daddy to sleep with us, but he claims we are all bed hogs - so off to his twin bed he went! Note; My husband is always cold! It is winter here in Southern California, and although that doesn't mean snow - it does get very chilly at night & early morning (especially by the sea) . I was worried he would freeze his butt off, but these spiffy little trailer's came with all the modern amenities - including heat, which we took full advantage of at night!

Sisters Camping In Shasta Airflyte at the Holiday's Camground in San Clemente State Beach

The full size bed was more than enough for the three of us, we were warm and cozy snuggling together while we heard the wind whistle through the trees outside. 

Sisters Camping In Shasta Airflyte at the Holiday's Camground in San Clemente State Beach
Interior of 2015 Shasta Airflyte at the Holiday's Camground in San Clemente State Beach
Mom Nursing Baby In 2015 Shasta Airflyte at the Holiday's Camground in San Clemente State Beach

Lola spent the majority of her time attached to me, nursing - of course. So the bed (that was originally a dinette) stayed permanently configured as a bed while we were there . . it made for the perfect hang out nook for her, while we watched Stella play in the dirt with her toys right outside the trailer . . 

Toddler Girl Camping In Shasta Airflyte at the Holiday's Camground in San Clemente State Beach

Stella the Rebel

Stella was enamored at the fact that the great outdoors were just a step outside "her house" and was constantly trying to escape. She's such an adventurous little thing! All she wanted to do was dance to Beatle's songs, and "talk" to the birdies. . Oh to be two again!

Newborn Camping In Shasta Airflyte at the Holiday's Camground in San Clemente State Beach

Lola, The milk monster

Lola could have cared less where we were, as long as the boob followed . . Can you tell by those chubby cheeks that she's well fed? Lol!

Family Walking at Dusk at San Clemente State Beach California

Close,  but no cigar

I probably shouldn't admit this, but even though our trailer was on a bluff right next to the beach - this is as close as we got! Since we arrived so late the first night, we really only had one full day - which we spent puttering around San Clemente. By the time we got back it was late & chilly, so we went for a sunset stroll down the path. 

Family at Sunset at SanClemente Sate Beach California

The walk was absolutely beautiful! It is such a unique park being elevated on the bluff, offering such a breathtaking view of the ocean. . Also, the vegetation surrounding the path - as well as the rock formations at the bottom of the cliffs were just begging to be pictured! 

Young Family Standing on Clff at Sunset at San Clemente State Beach California

Since we had such a short stay, I am already thinking of an excuse to go back. . ! This time, I would make sure we could get there early - and stay at least 3 days to fully soak in the vast park. . Also, there are so many paved trails/pathways to bike on! I will definitely be bringing Stella's scooter and a wagon next time we come!

Ps - let's talk camping fashion . . is that a thing? I basically just packed my comfiest (but still cute) clothes. I love this yellow cardigan I scored on sale from Old Navy, I wore it the entire time! My trick for making department store duds look a little more fashion forward: size up ! My cardigan is an XL, and I totally would have bought an XXL (if it were in stock) to achieve that oversized free people look. . Shop my outfit below1

Cliffs and Railroad Tracks at San Clemente State Beach
Cliffs and Train Tracks at San Clemente State Beach at Dusk
Dad and Daughter in Cliff at San Clemente State Beach at Dusk
Mom and Babies Standing on Cliff at San Clemente State Beach at Dusk
Newborn at San Clemente State Beach at Dusk

Watch Our Trip In Motion

We had the pleasure of having Jose, from Praise Media come and film us - and we will totally treasure this little keepsake he made for us. Take a look and give him a shout if you want something similar of you and your tribe. . Ps, try not to cry - because I totally did!

48 Hours In Palm Springs PT.I : Making Ourselves At Home


A Much Needed Adventure . .

I've lived in Southern California for 7 years, and for that entire duration - have been meaning to get my butt to Palm Springs. . ! We've been itching as a family to getaway, yet with life & busy schedule's haven't managed to for over a year. To be honest, we haven't had a major getaway since having Stella - and even still, the furthest Jame's & I have travelled together was a road trip to his home town in Santa Cruz. .  So, It's safe to say - we are due for some adventure!

To be honest, I love mini vacations. They don't require much planning - and if they are the bonus of being a mini vacay + a short distance road trip, a small chunk of free time is all you need! This is exactly how our '48 hour's in Palm Spring's ' trip was born . Jame's had a few free day's, the weather was bearable,  we found an awesome Airbnb - and most importantly ; we were going to beat the Coachella rush (that was to flood desert within the next few weeks). 

When in Palm Springs, wear pink . 

As soon as our adorable little bungalow was confirmed, I began pulling the most flamboyant and colorful dresses out of Stella's closet - because, Palm Springs! Looking back, I'm not sure where exactly I though we would be showcasing all these dud's, but more is more - and options are always welcome!

After packing up all of our pool accessories, sunscreen, and colorful attire - we were ready to hit the open road! Before putting the sprinter into drive, the husband so sweetly asked me "Do you want the windy way, or the not so windy way" ? .  He know's me too well. I get motion sickness very easily, so the boring no so windy way - was my choice! The drive from the San Diego coast was pretty mundane, until we got closer to Palm Springs - and drove through miles of wind turbines ( I would have taken picture's, but Stella was of course having a melt down at that very moment)

Our Digs

Yay us, for scoring big time on our very first Airbnb stay! Although Palm Spring's has plenty of resort-style hotel's, the appeal of having our own private space, was huge. 

The bungalow we chose, was new to the site - and we even snagged a "grand opening" special. It was tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood - yet a close drive to everything. 

The house itself was very clean, and bright. It had a minimalist design, with modern touches. The perfect retreat from the scorching Palm Springs sunshine.

Having our own kitchen was a major plus - as having to lug a toddler out to every meal, or trying to strategically pack those impossibly small mini fridges with snacks - was a feat I'd rather avoid. . A major plus, the kitchen came suppled with all the necessities to whip up something tasty. There were even spices, and cooking oils. . The owner's truly thought of everything!


 

 

Grocery Store Haul

Our Check in was 4, and we arrived slightly before than. There was a grocery store nearby, where we grabbed the perfect poolside snacks - and stocked our full size fridge.  .  On one hand, not having to cook or clean on vacation is a plus, yet eating every meal out is expensive - and somewhat cumbersome with a toddler. I loved being able to buy organic, and healthy & easy snacks for us - it truly made the stay that much more relaxing, and made the bungalow feel like our home away from home.

A Night in

We had no plan's this evening, other than relaxing at the house by the pool - and we stuck to that plan!

It truly is beautiful at night in the desert, especially in Spring. . As it's still warm at night (not super hot), and the sky is lit up on full display for your viewing pleasure!

We all slept peacefully, and had big tourist plans for day two!

(Look out for Part. II)