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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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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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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Palace of Fine Arts

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.

Palace of Fine Arts

It is strange to write these California posts and see my pregnant belly now that Phoenix is 16 weeks old! I look at pictures and then look over at my son and think to myself, “It was you all along.”

Now being in the throes of newborn land, I am even more thankful Jordan and I went to California for an extended vacation. I look forward to sharing stories from our adventures with Phoenix, especially this trip since he was there too!

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Taking San Francisco by Bus

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 Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

After our first full day exploring San Francisco, Jordan and I realized my energy level was tapering off. Hello third trimester! We still had a lot of ground to cover, but we quickly realized our game plan had to change. So we did something we’ve never done on vacation, ride a hop-on-hop-off bus tour!

Usually, in large cities, we opt for walking or public transportation though I will say San Francisco’s public transportation isn’t the easiest to maneuver. We thought riding the bus, would not only give my legs a break, but be a new and interesting way to hear facts about the city. And we were right!

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The Mill in San Francisco

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 our time admiring the Painted Ladies, Jordan and I needed a coffee (i.e. bathroom) break. After performing a quick Google search, I found plenty of coffee shops the next block over. We settled on the Mill in San Francisco which is part bakery, part coffee shop and completely adorable.

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A Full House in San Francisco

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.

Painted Ladies San Francisco

Oh, San Francisco. I’m not completely sure what to think about you. On one hand, you are breathtakingly beautiful. From oceans to mountains to old Victorian homes, it al paints a serene picture. On the other hand, you are difficult to maneuver, expensive and your homeless population is widespread.

After visiting a large city, Jordan and I like to compare and contrast them with one another. So, while San Francisco loses points on the public transportation front, it does win in many other areas; especially with its historic landmarks. Those are worth seeing.

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Weekend Links / / Perfect Snugapuppy

Weekend Links Baby K'tan

Currently I’m sitting on our couch while baby Phoenix naps in his Snugapuppy bouncer. A friend loaned us their bouncer and in the last few days Phoenix has preferred to nap this way. Speaking of sleep (in addition to tracking his feedings) on Wednesday I started tracking naps. I figure by tracking, I’ll start to notice Phoenix’s own natural rhythm. For instance, his first sleep of the night is his longest stretch. The past few days he’s slept from 7pm-11pm. This is our best chance for sleep too!

We have friends in town this weekend. I’m excited to spend time outside of the house and for them to meet Phoenix! The hardest part of these past two weeks has been being (mostly) housebound. This was necessary, as I’m recovering from surgery, but I’m feeling the itch to explore. I’m hoping the humidity will begin to break soon so we can go on daily walks without melting!

Onto the links!

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San Luis Obispo

The Madonna Inn

Even though technically the drive from Los Angeles to San Fransisco is only six hours and easily done in one day, Jordan and I split the drive into two. San Luis Obispo is the perfect middle point which made it an ideal place to spend our one night on the road. Despite SLO sort of being in the middle of farmland, it’s a college town and has a lively and thriving local community.

(Fun fact: Jamba Juice began as a senior project from a graduate of California Polytechnic Institute!)

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