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?