10 things you need for a Road Trip with a Toddler

If I’m being honest, spending 5 hours in the car with two little ones is not ideal under any circumstances. Then when you consider the breaks to nurse, get out the wiggles, and use the bathroom (I have to admit that I am the guilty party here since my toddler isn’t even potty trained) it turns into more like an 8-hour trip. I can’t promise that these things will make it all rainbows and butterflies when traveling with a toddler, in your car, for hours, but I can tell you that these things made our road trip a lot easier and more tolerable.

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Sullivan’s Nursery Tour

I am so incredibly beyond excited to share Sully’s room with you guys. I poured my heart into this project. Mostly because I don’t think I was emotionally ready to have him in his own room since Elouise slept in our walk-in closet at our old place until she was 22 months. There were a few things I knew I needed in his room and then I kind of let the rest fall into place. I have always loved the look of “intentional clutter” but lately I’ve really been drawn to minimalist decorating. It’s almost more of a challenge because you really have to make the things you pick out count. I worked really hard to pull every detail together down to coordinating the two different colors of wood even into the tiniest details. I’ll share a little bit of insight as to how I pulled everything together below. I’ve linked everything at the bottom of the post for you guys and some of the links I’m sharing are affiliate links, so if you chose to buy something through them you’ll be helping support my family, which I appreciate more than you know.

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Photography Tips for a Cohesive Instagram Feed

I’m so excited for Week 3 of #TheMomBlogCollective because I’m answering questions that I get ALL of the time pertaining to photography. It seems to be a hot topic for the other talented mamas in this group also, so be sure to check out their tips, I’ll link them all below as usual. It’s still funny to me to consider myself a “photographer” but I totally am, and it’s definitely a skill that I had to practice at and am still perfecting. It’s one of those things that I think will always be developing and changing as I grow. That makes it more exciting though, right? Alrighty, let’s dig in.

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What I Packed for a Summer Vacation with Little Kids

If you’ve been here before you know that we recently had a family vacation. Five days and four nights of a whole lot of family fun and maybe just a little bit of chaos. I’m serious when I say it was only a little chaotic because we were prepared for just about any scenario while we were away. Luckily we didn’t have to worry about fitting everything onto an airplane, but we did have to endure a treacherous road trip (more on that here). Anyway, big thanks to American Tourister for sponsoring this post so that I can share my packing tips with you guys! Their Z-Lite suitcase was the perfect size for the things I packed for the kiddos.

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Just Keep Swimming

It’s no secret that my family lives for playtime in the pool. Daddy grew up surfing and I think his deep rooted love for the water lives on in both of the kids.  Although my summer activity of choice is snoozing in the sun (sun screened of course, duh) I will happily splash around even in the coldest water to bring a smile to my kids’ faces. Needless to say, picking a hotel to stay at usually involves some heavy research into the pool situation. We knew we’d love the JW Marriott Dessert Ridge because there were multiple pools, a splash pad, and a freaking lazy river. That was maybe my favorite part because I got to relax in my innertube while Elouise floated along in the current of the river. She felt like a mermaid and I can confidently say that we spent hours in there. Here are some photos from our pool time, obviously rocking our favorite family swimwear from Kortni Jeane.

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