Traveling with a little one sometimes brings lot of challenges. For example, the first time I ever traveled for an extended weekend getaway, I was feeling overwhelmed. The number of items the baby “might need” grew into a small hill and at one point, looked like it was twice the size of the luggage I had on hand. Since then, I’ve learned what things my baby absolutely needs and has to be packed and what I can count on buying when getting to the travel destination.
One thing that has been a challenge is the sleeping situation with an infant. Foreign environments are one thing but sleeping in a foreign bed hasn’t always been the most positive experience for my son. Somehow, he always knows – even when half asleep – that he isn’t at home. More often than not, my son’s ended up in the bed with me since he didn’t like foreign bed. One challenge, now that he’s much older, is the amount tossing and turning he does while asleep. I recently discovered these inflatable travel bed rails, and let me tell you, it’s made things much better. It gives him his space in my bed and still allows me some undisturbed sleep away from his flailing arms and legs.
I love that the entire set up is compact – the two rails fit into a small pouch and the pump is lightweight and easy to use.
I can easily inflate both rails and slide them underneath the fitted sheet to create a space that feels safe for my son.
Now, everyone can be well rested and ready for some family vacation time.
I love this product so much that I’m giving away a pair to one lucky reader. Let me know what challenges you’ve faced traveling with an infant or why these travel bed rails are a must have for you! Be sure to enter using the widget below!
This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate
Tags: #momlife, The Shrunks, travel bed rails
October 5, 2016
Sunset – the most gorgeous colors!
The grounds at the Hilton Waikoloa Village
Enjoying a Hawaiian style breakfast
Trekking out to the black sand beach
Can’t forget the malasadas!
Enjoying the pool’s waterfall
Taking in the sunset
It’s been a while since we took a vacation and this one is the first long one post-baby. Let me tell you, it’s definitely a different kind of pace to travel with a small child but it was well worth it! We’ve visited Oahu and Maui before so for this vacation we set off to the Big Island. We wanted a place that was baby friendly so after much research we stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village hotel. Let me tell you – the hotel is huge. To get around the property you can walk, take a tram, or canal boat. There are plenty of pool areas for you to use and lots of food choices. You could come to the hotel and never have to leave!
One of things on our to-do list was to get some authentic food. Things I would recommend trying out:
• Tex Drive In: great for breakfast or lunch. Also, try the malasadas.
• Hawaiian Style Cafe: the portions are gigantic – definitely, order less and share!
• Shell gas stations or 7-Eleven: hear me out – they have onigiri style sushi. Reminds of when I was in Japan eating these! They’re the perfect size to grab for on-the-go trips and that means you can try different fillings.
• Original Big Island Shave Ice: a small size is pretty generous, especially if you get snow cap toppoing. If you prefer extra fine shave ice, this is your spot!
• Anunue Shave Ice: In contrast to Original Big Island Shave Ice, the shave ice here is the usual courseness. Tried the ube flavor ice cream under the shave ice – loved it. All under $5!
Unlike Oahu or Maui which are more commercialized, the Big Island has pockets of this. Thus, there was quite a bit more driving involved to get around. We did manage to drive the Kapoho Kalapana Road – a very scenic drive along the shoreline. We did get to see Kalapana black sand beach but not before taking a short hike from the parking lot to the actual “beach.” It was a very short shoreline and not exactly the kind you go and lounge around at. We did pass (but didn’t get a chance to stop by) the Mauna Loa chocolate factory. Hiking to see the Akaka Falls was quite short but it felt much longer due to the intense heat and humidity but the sight was quite beautiful.
The trip was very fun and relaxing, and I can’t wait for our next adventure!
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June 17, 2014
I’ve been fortunate to have been able to travel to different places around the world. Of these places, there’s always something about a beachside destination that screams relaxation and vacation to me. One of my favorite places to date has been to Santorini: a Greek island that was formed from the remnants of a volcano.
There’s something about this place that keeps me in awe of its beauty. Perhaps, it’s the perfect, intense golden sunset. Or, maybe it’s the atmosphere: the white homes and their unique blue domes. Or, maybe it’s the excellent cuisine. It’s definitely a summer destination I think everyone should experience once in their lifetime.
If you’re thinking of visiting Santorini (or any beach destination), here are some of my packing essentials. First off: skin protection! Can’t be too cautious so sunscreen is a definite must-pack. Have a large-brimmed hat and colorful sunglasses can also help to protect from the damaging rays. Don’t forget to stay hydrated by packing a cool water bottle. And of course, the most important thing: a cute two-piece bikini! A matching cover-up and slide-in sandals are essential when you want to go out to eat. Lounging around the beach on a cozy beach towel is a perfect time to catch up on reading magazines, painting your nails, or snapping some memories. Stuff all your beach essentials in a bright bag and you’re all set for some R&R!
What’s your favorite beach destination?
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May 26, 2014
Those of you who follow me on Instagram saw that last week I was in New York City. It was a short trip consisting of wandering around different neighborhoods, people watching, and an unhealthy amount of eating (that’s what makes it a vacation, right?). It is a place with so much to offer and with each trip I take there, there’s always something different to explore and see. The city that never sleeps and indeed earns its reputation as being the center of the world. Here are some photos I took with my phone – hope you enjoy!
Happy Memorial Day!
Tags: food, New York City
April 16, 2014
Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. Whether the trip is a local weekend getaway or to another country, I always look forward to new experiences and memories. Of course, being on the road means maximizing the number of outfits I can wear and minimizing the number of things I need to pack all while keeping comfortable and still feeling stylish. Spring break is upon us now and a lot you might be heading out for trips. I know it’s definitely the commencement period of travel for me. Packing smartly saves you from the pain of having to carry heavy luggage and also allows you a little extra room to pack back some keepsakes from your trip.
Chambray shirt // Peach striped tank // Fuschia chiffon blouse // Merci graphic sweater
Black flared skirt // Gold belt // Denim jeans
Hot pink belt // Nude strappy stilettos
Mint green shorts // Black strap sandals // Bow ballet flats
I’ve picked 10 pieces, including footwear. This packing list is great for a locale that is warm during the day and that could get cooler at night. I’ve picked pieces that can be dressed up or down without too much effort. Practicality is also a key component of packing – think if you’ll be lounging around a lot or if you’ll be out and about and require outfits that can accommodate that. Here are some outfit ideas I came up with that could make at least 10 different looks:
The combinations are always endless – it simply starts with picking a few key pieces and letting your creativity take over! Where’s your next destination and what are you packing?
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