New York City with a Toddler: Day One in Brooklyn

New York City with a Toddler: Day One in Brooklyn

Jordan and I love New York City. When we decided to take a family vacation during Phoenix’s fall break, NYC was our first choice. We come alive in big cities. Toddlers never stop moving, so we never considered going to the mountains or the beach. Honestly, bringing Phoenix to the ocean seems like a lot of work!

We broke our trip up into three sections: two nights in Brooklyn, three nights visiting family, and another three nights in Harlem. Let’s dive into our first day in New York City with a toddler, including choosing where to stay, flying with a toddler, and the pros and cons of using Airbnb.

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Twenty-Four Hours in Chicago Part TWO

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Twenty-Four Hours in Chicago Part TWO

I really can’t emphasize enough how beautiful Chicago is in the summer. I do not miss the endless winters, but I miss Chicago in the summer. A vibrant energy, after being cooped up all winter, is unearthed. We experienced near perfect weather during our twenty-four hour stay. Chicago gets humid in the summer, but we were quite fortunate!

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Twenty-Four Hours in Chicago Part ONE

Twenty-Four Hours in Chicago Part ONE

Jordan and I decided to visit our families in Chicago around Phoenix’s first birthday months ago. Chicago comes alive in the summer, which is why it’s our favorite time of the year to visit! I thought it’d be nice for Jordan and I to get away for a night, but I didn’t know if it’d actually work out. Thankfully, Phoenix started sleeping through the night a few weeks before, so I felt pretty confident we could make it happen!

Keep reading to see how we spent our twenty-four hours in Chicago!

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Exploring Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine

Cincinnati | Over-The-Rhine

A few weeks ago Jordan, Phoenix, and I spent a long weekend in Cincinnati. Cincinnati holds a special place in our hearts. When we were dating, Jordan and I visited Cincinnati several times a year and still manage to go back every couple of years. Usually, Mount Adams is the Cincinnati neighborhood we explore but this time we stayed in Over-The-Rhine.

This part of town is experiencing a major revitalization (you can visually see where you it still needs work) and is now home to lots of fun little shops and restaurants.

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San Francisco | On A Mission

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. To start at the beginning click here.

San Francisco The Mission District

When Jordan and I stay in San Francisco again, I want to spend more time in the Mission district. After our brunch date with Kelly at Plow, Jordan and I made an ill-advised decision to walk to the Mission. You might think a two-mile walk wouldn’t be a problem. You would be correct. Except walking two-miles up San Francisco’s hills when you are also 30 weeks pregnant is another thing!

Suffice it to say, we walked very slow.

San Francisco The Mission District

San Francisco The Mission District

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My First Mother’s Day

First Mother's Day

I never want Phoenix to feel like he “completes me.” My conversations with God (when we were trying to get pregnant) often were me confessing   my feeling that I wasn’t sure a childless life would be enough for me. A spouse or child will never fulfill anyone, but coming to that realization isn’t easy.

All of this plays into my first Mother’s Day.

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Rainy Days in Franklin, Tennessee

Rainy Days Exploring Franklin Tennessee

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In my recent reader survey, more travel posts were mentioned as something you wanted. Specifically, travel related to Nashville! Jordan and I enjoy discovering new areas of town, but we also gravitate towards the familiar especially when we don’t have a lot of time.

If you come to visit (within my long list) I’ll suggest eating at one of our favorite restaurants, Burger Up, and spending a morning in downtown Franklin, TN.   Continue reading “Rainy Days in Franklin, Tennessee”

San Francisco | Brunch at Plow

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

San Francisco Street

After exploring San Francisco by bus, we met fellow blogger, Kelly, for brunch at Plow on our last full day. Afterwards, Jordan and I spent the afternoon exploring, shopping and eating ice cream in the Mission district. As always, we took too many photos to put our day all in one post. First up, brunch at Plow!

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San Francisco’s North Beach

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

north beach

Jordan and I ended our bus tour in North Beach, the “Little Italy” of San Francisco. Between recommendations from my sister-in-law, a Lyft driver and tour bus guide we knew this was where we had to eat dinner. Jordan and I ended our bus tour with time to kill so before dinner we perused City Lights Booksellers and a few local shops.

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San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury Neighborhood

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

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After exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and The Palace of Fine Arts, Jordan and I spent a few hours in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood. We ate lunch at a local cafe, browsed inside a lot of quirky stores and of course bought a few records at Ameoba. It’s not an outing without a trip to a record store!

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