Monday, September 1

Weekend Fun :: Labor Day Weekend

This past weekend was spent hanging out with family. My cousin and her family drove up to spend Labor Day weekend with us. It was a great way to say goodbye to August and to welcome September.

The little one watching one of the rides at the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.
Saturday was spent at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. It was a nice sunny day, perfect weather to usher in the weekend. The little peanut went on some rides along with her cousin and had a blast. We ended the day with having tri-tip and sausages. Along, with lots and lots of chips and dip. 

Sunday was spent in the city. We had brunch at Squat and Gobble in the Marina District and walked over to Fisherman's Wharf. We decided to be tourists and took the Duck tour. As described by the hubby, it seemed like a parody of an actual tour. If you want good fun, this tour is not bad. The little peanut enjoyed it. The kids on this tour enjoyed it immensely, since they were able to man the duck and drive it around on the water. Did I mention, it is both a land and water tour? It runs for 90 minutes, which gives you a good overview of the city. We had Captain Dan as our tour guide. 

I hope you all have a great Labor Day and I'll see you soon. 

Sunday, August 24

{Family} :: Tips for Traveling with Baby or Toddler

It's been awhile. A long while. But, here I am again (crossing fingers that I won't disappear again for a long time).

For today's post, I'd love to talk about traveling with a baby or toddler and would love to hear your tips. We just got back from a weekend in Ventura visiting family and the little lady has become an avid flier. Granted, this was the little one's 5th time being on a plane and the first time was when I wrote this little post.

During this last flight, we learned how different it is to travel with a baby versus a toddler. The first time the little one flew was at five months and now at 14 months, she has flown many more times than I did when I was her age. 

Here are some tips that I'd like to share that have helped us travel more smoothly:

At the airport

1. When going through security, I always carry my little one in a carrier. I use a Tula, but you can use a similar one like an Ergo or Baby Bjorn. With carrying the baby, your hands are free to handle documents and tickets and sometimes security lets you through faster. On the upside, I don't have to take my shoes off but you do get another round of security check. 

2. Snacks and water bottle within easy access. We always pack snacks for all of us to share and bring an empty water bottle with us. This was a great tip from friends and one we've adopted.

On the plane

1. If traveling domestically in the U.S., babies fly free until they are two. They just sit in your lap. If you are traveling internationally, you have to pay some extra taxes for the baby, but it is much less expensive than buying a full ticket. We paid roughly $250 in taxes for the little one when we traveled to London. You could also purchase a full ticket for your baby and have them in a car seat next to you, if your budget can fit it in. We got lucky, we got three seats for the three of us. 

2. Always try to fly during naps or bedtime. Flying with a sleeping baby is a million times easier than flying with a baby or toddler, who wants to play for the entire flight. This last flight was from Burbank to San Jose, which took one hour, but the little lady did not want to settle down. She contented herself with playing with the window shades and pulling the magazines. That only lasted for the first half of the flight. (Note: Bring more activities and toys to occupy the little one for times when they are awake and alert, especially on long flights.)

3. Feed during take-off and landing, or just around when they start changing the air pressure in the plane (which we've found out on a few flights that it bugged the little lady). Babies don't know how to pop their ears, so it helps to offer a bottle or nurse on the plane. On the recent flight to Burbank, the little one was drinking Jamba Juice and did not need to nurse as much. If anything, just offer something for them to drink, since swallowing some liquids will help ease ear pressure. 

What to pack or not to pack

1. Depending on your destination, a travel crib is necessary. We use the 4moms Breeze playard and it is amazing. It is very easy to pack and unpack. If you are traveling internationally, you can request for a baby cot. We did this on our trip to London. It was convenient not having to worry about checking in a travel crib at the airport and lugging it around London. 

2. Order or buy diapers at your destination. Just pack enough diapers or wipes or whatever else you need during the trip. It makes it easier to not have to pack everything. On the plus side, you get to discover local stores where to buy necessities. We've been doing this since we took our little one to London. 

3. Car seat and stroller. 

We are planning a trip to New York soon and would love to hear tips and suggestions as to where to take the little one. 

Happy travels!

P.S. For more tips, see here.

Monday, June 23

{Weekend} :: Tahoe or Bust

This past weekend was spent in Tahoe with friends. (Shout-out to Sarah from A Passport is a Girl's Best Friend

It was a nice quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Saturday, June 14

{food diaries} :: Eggs 'n Things, Honolulu

Let's talk brunch. It's the best of both worlds - you can get both breakfast or lunch, depending on what you feel like.

The hubby and I are big on brunch food. So, for the first full day we had in Honolulu, we decided to try Eggs 'n Things. Eggs 'n Things has three locations in Honolulu and went to their flagship restaurant on Saratoga Road. It was just a few minutes walk from the hotel that we are staying at. Walk score = 100. Everything within a one mile radius is walkable. (Note :: The restaurant name is also the same name as another restaurant in Camarillo, CA. But, it is not the same.)

photo credit (Eggs 'n Things)

Eggs 'n Things has been around since 1974 and was opened by Jerry and Jan Fukunaga. They wanted to use fresh ingredients, have reasonable prices and to treat everyone like Ohana or family. There is often a line outside the door, so they suggest on their website to get there early. We got there around 8:30 am and waited for maybe 30 minutes to get a table.

Restaurant sign

Store-front as well as where to check-in to get a table

Specials from Friday
We kept ourselves occupied at their store while we waited for our table and to get away from the random sprinkling of rain, where they sell anything from placemats to stickers to coconut syrup to even kona coffee butter. I know! Kona coffee butter. We decided to get some goodies to take home with us on our way back to the mainland. Mostly, some coconut syrup for the hubby and kona coffee butter for me.


The restaurant, itself, is located on the second floor of the building. Once you check in, you get a buzzer, and once it buzzes, you just go up the landing and be greeted by the hostess and brought to your table.

We ordered the following from their menu: Banana Nut Pancakes, Hawaiian Loco Moco, Kona Ice Drip Coffee and fresh POG. The little peanut also enjoyed the food that was ordered.

Banana Nut Pancakes with Coconut Syrup

Hawaiian Loco Moco

This place is definitely on my list of places to eat at, while in Oahu. For more information about Eggs 'n Things, you can check out their website here.

{Photo of the Day} :: Waikiki Beach

The view from our hotel room of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head from our recent trip to Oahu. 

Wednesday, June 4

{Wanderlust} :: Bali

Would it not be amazing to swim in this pool while enjoying this view?

The Viceroy Bali is located in Bali's "The Valley of the Kings" in Ubud, Bali. Check out their website here.