Day Trip to Princeton, New Jersey

Day Trip to Princeton New Jersey

Oh, hey! It’s March, but I’m jumping back to October to continue recapping our New York City vacation.  One of the reasons I started blogging (five years ago!!) was to document my life. So even though I’m not able to keep up as quickly as I once did I don’t want to use that as an excuse to not document at all.

I have family in New Jersey, so to break up our week long trip we spent a few days with my family. One of those days we ventured into downtown Princeton, New Jersey.

Princeton University has an enchanting campus and the town has lots of little shops and restaurants making it a perfect day trip!

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New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

Early on in our New York City planning stages, Jordan and I knew walking the Brooklyn Bridge was a must! While in New York City a few summers ago, we only spent one afternoon in Brooklyn and ran out of time. No sleeping-in on vacation with a toddler, so we started the day with a low-key agenda of coffee, walking a bridge and pizza.

The subway station was about a seven minute walk from our AirBnB in Bushwick. We took the subway to Williamsburg, where we grabbed coffee and breakfast at Devoción’s café. This was after walking around in a few circles trying to find a coffee shop that was stroller friendly. The first place we went to (per a recommendation) was basement level.

Devoción's café in Brooklyn

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

I love frequenting coffee shops while on vacation. I don’t need fancy dinners, but I want need my fancy iced lattes and artisan avocado toast or chocolate croissant. Phoenix was very much ready for a diaper change and snack break by this point. I made sure to have plenty of pouches and little bites, but I also gave him our food.

DEVOCIÓN’s menu is small (no syrups, etc) but their espresso is creamy and delicious. For a Brooklyn establishment  it was roomy, clean and fairly baby friendly. Several babies passed through (including TWINS!). It was easy to keep our UppaBaby stroller next to us and even though patrons were working, no-one appeared bothered.

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

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After regrouping we walked a few more blocks to the ferry. Phoenix LOVED riding the ferry to the other side of the bridge. The ride itself was inexpensive and lasted maybe 15 minutes. I sat inside with the stroller, but Jordan took Phoenix out on to the deck. The ferry dropped us off in DUMBO — another part of Brooklyn we wanted to spend time in.

We walked down by the water for a bit. Jordan had to take a work call, so Phoenix and I found a nearby park to mostly stretch Phoenix’s legs. There are parks everywhere in the city. It’s really quite awesome.

Honestly, it took quite awhile to figure out how to enter the walking bridge portion of the Brooklyn Bridge. It felt like we were walking around in circles, but we eventually found it. The Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway begins at the intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place. Don’t do what we did and type in Brooklyn Bridge in your map app — it won’t take you to a specific entry point.

Toddler Travel in New York City

Toddler Travel to New York City

Walking The Brooklyn Bridge with a toddler

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Phoenix fell asleep, while we were walking the bridge, for about twenty minutes. He wasn’t happy when he woke up (that was his only nap of the day), so we didn’t make it all the way across. I did love walking the bridge, but in the future I’d consider going even earlier in the morning to beat some of the crowds.

We decided to attempt to eat lunch at Juliana’s Pizza (which is right around the corner). A line was formed outside the door, but, thankfully, we were seated within 30 minutes. To keep a meltdown at bay, Jordan walked around with Phoenix. I observed a family order take-out and eat their pizza on some nearby benches. Now, that is smart parenting!

By this point Phoenix was so over-tired. Basically as soon as our Margherita pizza and housemmeatballs arrived we paid and placed everything in to-go boxes. We knew we still had to walk back to the subway and travel back to our AirBnB. Phoenix is a trooper and sleeps pretty consistently at night…when he’s home. He doesn’t sleep well on the go, so while I imagined he’d nap more while walking the streets of New York he didn’t.

Phoenix is pretty flexible during the day, but we couldn’t quite adjust his bedtime. Everyday we planned on getting back to start the bedtime routine around 4 pm. Our AirBnB had a balcony, so after Phoenix was asleep we reheated our (incredible) pizza and finished the previous days’ bottle of wine.

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

^ Waiting for pizza!

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

^ On our leg back to the subway Jordan found THE street in Brooklyn. We had to stop and take photos. By this point Phoenix didn’t want to be in his stroller, so out came the Sakura Bloom Sling. 😉

New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge

Follow the adventure! Day One in Brooklyn.

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

Start here for part ONE.

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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