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June 11, 2018

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5-Year Anniversary Staycation

Photo: Andaz Scottsdale

Balance. Like most things in life, I've found that the key to success in our marriage, journey through parenthood and time spent traveling is balance.

It's not always easy to achieve – since Roselyn joined our family, I admittedly haven't been great at prioritizing time for Ryan and I. Though I look forward to our date nights and the quality time we spend together, it's still very difficult for me to leave Rosie. So, like most parents to young children, we don't get out as often as we'd like.

Thankfully, we have incredible grandparents, family and friends that worked together to make it possible for us to have a staycation in Scottsdale to celebrate our 5-year anniversary and the 12 years we've spent together!







We had a great time at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa – a mid-century modern resort near Camelback Mountain and Old Town Scottsdale – and can't wait to return.

Upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised to find that Andaz had upgraded us to their Saarinen Bungalow after hearing that we were celebrating our anniversary. They even took the time to send over a complimentary Cabernet Sauvignon and dessert as well!

We had an incredible stay at Andaz Scottsdale and it was great to have time to spend together without rushing through a conversation or meal. Though we missed Rosie so much and were looking forward to coming back home, we also realized that we need to make time for ourselves as well, to be the best parents to her that we can be.

We're looking forward to having dinner at home with Rosie on our anniversary tomorrow and to what the next 5, 10, 15+ more years will bring.

Happy Anniversary, Ryan! I love you. Here's to many more!

May 25, 2018

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Better Sleep With the Newton Baby Crib Mattress


Baby crib mattress courtesy of (c/o): Newton Baby

Although I spent most of my pregnancy designing and prepping Roselyn's nursery, I didn't initially put as much thought as I should have into the baby crib mattress that she'd frequently be using.

It wasn't until after she had already arrived that I began regretting my decision to purchase a common foam/water-resistant mattress and began researching higher-quality options.


My research led me to the Newton Baby Crib Mattressa 100% breathable, recyclable and washable mattress that features a Wovenaire core – which is 90% air and 10% food-grade polymer to provide the comfort of foam and latex without any of the drawbacks. There's no chemicals or toxins!

The lightweight mattress is then quilted together using comfortable 3-D Spacer Fabric for maximum airflow which helps regulate body temperature and breathing, keeping baby asleep longer at night.






As Rosie was delivered early and experiences complications that impact her growth and sleep, we've always been concerned about the amount and quality of sleep she gets. That is why we were so excited to try the Newton Baby Crib Mattress and are very happy to share that it exceeded everyone's expectations!

Because it seemed too good to be true, we took the #Breathe2BelieveChallenge to confirm that we could breathe through every part of the Newton Baby Crib Mattress (spoiler alert: you really can!) The mattress has also been independently tested, showing that a baby can get 97% more air while breathing through a Newton Baby Crib Mattress compared to traditional crib mattresses.



Since we've had our Newton Baby Crib Mattress, I can honestly say that everyone has slept better. Rosie is much more comfortable being able to breathe through the mattress and sleep on her stomach at night. Ryan and I can also rest easy, now that we have peace of mind that she's experiencing better, healthier and safer sleep.

I would recommend this mattress to any expecting family or friend. You can find out more about the Newton Baby Crib Mattress, including more information about designs, style and safety, here.


Sources:

(Grey) Newton Baby Crib Mattress: Newton Baby

Blog shared in partnership with Newton Baby. Product choices and opinions are my own.

May 6, 2018

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How to Fly With a Toddler


I've said it before and I'll say it again – traveling with a child isn't always easy, but it's always worth it!

We've confidently been taking Roselyn on flights and road trips since she was three months old and she has been a great travel companion thus far. We recently had the opportunity to take her with us on one of my work trips to Seattle and although we were excited to visit our home, we were also nervous about traveling with a toddler on an extended flight.

We thankfully had more positive than negative experiences during our travel days, but there were moments when we were "that family" on the airplane desperately trying to soothe their toddler to sleep.

We relied on suggestions from fellow family travelers to ensure a positive and successful flight with our toddler and we've put a list of their tips together today:

How to Fly With a Toddler



Baby carriers make travel days easier and more efficient in so many ways. For us, it's the quickest way to get through security at the airport (TSA allows parents to wear their children through security) and it's also the quickest way for us to get Rosie to sleep on me on the plane (parents can wear their children throughout the flight, with the exception of takeoff and landing).

2. Choose the right flight and time.

If you're like us and know that your toddler needs a full night of sleep and a morning nap in order to make it through the day without a meltdown; then choose an afternoon or early evening flight. It's so important to schedule the right flight and time according to your toddler's routine, or else you'll be setting yourself up for failure before you even take off.

3. Have multiple forms of entertainment.

Whether it's electronics, post-it notes, soft toys or all of the above –having multiple forms of entertainment is a must for traveling toddlers. We quickly realized that Rosie had a 15 minute attention span for each form of entertainment, so we broke our flight down into increments and prepared for new forms of entertainment for her for the duration of the flight time. We know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time until age two, but if all else fails, we found that an episode of our favorite "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" can really change the outlook of the flight around.

4. Have snacks.

The great thing about toddlers is that they often see food as entertainment too! We brought along Rosie's favorite finger/snack foods that were both easy to eat and healthy, which included organic food pouches, teething wafers and yogis.

5. Walk the aisle (but don't disturb the flight attendants).

It's healthy and necessary for toddlers to explore and move around, but it's unfortunately just not possible on an airplane. You can walk the aisle of the plane with your toddler to get out some wiggles if needed, but be sure to do it around flight service so you do not disturb your flight attendants – they have jobs to do too!

We understand that every toddler and his or her needs are unique, but hopefully these tips will make for an easier flight for you and your family during your upcoming travel day!


(Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy these photos of our time in Seattle, if you've made it this far!)











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