A beach trip with baby

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Recently, my husband played a soccer tournament in Virginia Beach. This meant bringing out little one to the beach with us. Traveling to the beach, with a baby, is SUPER DIFFERENT than when it was just you and your significant other. Prepare yourself and you will have a FABULOUS weekend like we did! And don’t worry, there will be more pictures at the end!

Here are some tips I learned alone the way…

  • Re-evaluate what your expectations are for the trip. If you expect to sun bathe and read book while listening to the ocean, you’re gonna be miserable. Your baby is gonna need you attention ALL DAY LONG. This isn’t a bad thing, it just may not be what you are used to. He may or may not like the sand. He may love water at home but then think the ocean water is too cold. You have to just roll with. He may try to eat sand or seashells. My little one absolutely WOULD NOT put his feet on the sand, even though he can walk. He would crawl in it but if you tried to walk him over to the sand, holding onto his hands, he would pull both feet up and just hang like a monkey from a branch of a tree. He also frequently changed his mind on if he wanted to play in the sand, water, or on mommy’s lap. But it was amazing to sit back and watch him take everything in.
  • Baby powder helps get rid of the wet sand that’s hard to brush off, but don’t let your baby inhale it!
  • Remember your baby will need a nap! You may want to cool off to in the room so it isn’t a bad time to take a break.
  • Lather on your sunscreen! No one like being sun burnt. And it is SO MUCH HARDER to take care of a little one when you’re not 100%. I used California Baby sunscreen since it doesn’t contain chemicals for Landon and applied in 30 minutes before we went out if the sun.  We were lucky and no one got burnt!
  • Figure out shade for your baby! We got a shaded pool that he cool splash around in. At nap time we even tried pouring the water out and laying down towels so he could take a nap there. Unfortunately, he never falls asleep in anything other than a crib, pack n play, or car seat. He squirms around like crazy when its nap time. A umbrella would work to. For our set up, we had a battery powered pump to inflate and deflate our pool. We would use a sand bucket to get water from the ocean for him to splash in and let him pour it into the pool at his own pace. This worked wonderfully and he played all day (for the most part)
  • Come to terms that your nights may end much earlier. We had my sister come with us to help, but felt guilty leaving her by herself in the room (while Landon slept)…so our nights out ended around 8pm. Such a big change!
  • Stay at a hotel or place ON THE BEACH.  You will be packing so much stuff with you, you are gonna want to be close.  Some of our essentials swim diapers, wipes, snacks, bath toys, large sand bucket, sippy cup, sunscreen, our baby pool (to provide fun and shade), towels, neat sheet, bottled water, and our inflater/deflater.
  • When in doubt of how to entertain your baby, DIG A HOLE.  Yeah, it’s that simple.  Bring a bucket of water up.  Instant entertainment for the young ones!
  • Get a beach bag and make your husband carry a backpack.  You are going to need help to carry all your baby essentials.
  • Consider water shoes.  Think about being the parent, you may have gradually stroll across HOT, HOT, HOT sand.
  • If your baby has never been in sand, maybe try a sand box out before you go to the beach.  You’ll know what to expect then.

That’s all the tips, I have!  What do you guys do to make things easier?

Here’s the photos I promised:

The ocean and all the Fields
The ocean and all the Fields
My twin sister looking GOOD :)
My twin sister looking GOOD 🙂
Finding Shade in the Hot Sun
Finding Shade in the Hot Sun

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Playing while daddy was scoring soccer goals.
Playing while daddy was scoring soccer goals.
When at the beach why not get twin tattoos that only last a week....
When at the beach why not get twin tattoos that only last a week….

 

Our family at dinner
Our little family at dinner
Twin Love

 

After a nap
After a nap
Hanging with Dad
Hanging with Dad
My Sand Soccer Champion
My Sand Soccer Champion
Co-ed winners
Co-ed winners

 

 

A Bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas

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Recently, I went to Vegas for a close friend of mine’s bachelorette party. It was a great weekend! We finally had time to catch up and party like we pledging a sorority again, lol. The trip started off a little rocky with our flight to Vegas being delayed 4 hours due to weather. However, for the most part, everyone was pretty chipper. It felt like a total party plane. There was a group of guys clearly going for a bachelor party and they drank at every opportunity. Vegas was a lot of FUN but I definitely can tell I am getting older. I actually lost my voice before I even got off the plane! This led everyone in Vegas to think I partied like a rock star every night and that out of the group I was the party animal. So not true!

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Anyways, since we were there for a bachelorette party we of course did pool parties, clubbing, etc. We also attracted a lot of attention wherever we went by having our bachelorette wear a sash wherever we went. This was a good thing because it led to free drinks and VIP treatment. Who doesn’t want a bachelorette to have a good time? NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT WEAR 15 PIECES OF BACHELORETTE MEMORABILIA AT ONCE. Keep it tasteful, you want to say I’m here to have fun…NOT I’m a billboard of male genitalia. Even if you are a big group of girls coming for a bachelorette party, do not expect to get in to places free. We didn’t pay any cover the whole weekend but we had some very resourceful girls planning our trip and they did their homework weeks before Vegas.

The Bellagio Water Show
The Bellagio Water Show

How to get in free?

Talk to promoters BEFORE you get to Vegas! This will ensure you have lots of places you can go and not pay any cover. In Vegas, most places charge women cover. You can find promoters online through twitter, facebook, or even instagram (search #vegas or #whateverclubyouwanttogoto). Promoters can get you on the guest list so you don’t have to wait in the main line and don’t have to pay. The only downside is you usually have to get to clubs early. But many places make up for that too, with an open bar for women during the earlier hours. If you don’t meet promoters ahead of time, you will run into them on the strip or in hotels. The advantage of talking to them before Vegas is you can make sure you are working with a GOOD promoter that is getting you into the HOTTEST clubs.

The girls before TAO
The girls before TAO

How to manage expenses with a large group?

When you are with a big group sometimes its hard to keep track of who-you-owe-what; between hotels, meals where the restaurant doesn’t split the check, cabs, etc. For this problem, we used a new app for iPhones called Splitwise. It is amazing at tracking all the expenses and then helping you settle everything at the end. Seriously, if you have an iPhone and travel in groups GET.IT.NOW!

Other Advice?

  • Buy a case of water and leave it in your hotel room. You will want in when you’re feeling the effects of the night before.
  • Don’t expect to go to bed before 5am. The casinos in Vegas pump oxygen into the casino to help keep people awake and spending money. This is great in the fact that you will not feel tired, really at all. But much later that day you will realize you haven’t slept in so many hours your math is failing you. Not good if you do any gambling.
  • I highly recommend TAO Nightclub at the Venetian. A lot of fun, and just upscale in general. Plus they have women in bathtubs as you walk in and women in these boxes inside the doors that is just HOT.
  • Gamble a little while in Vegas, maybe only a few dollars at the penny slots. The casinos in Vegas are something you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Don’t expect casinos to be smoke-free. I know most states have laws for restaurants and other public places to be smoke free. Therefore, I was surprised to be around people smoking. I just didn’t think about how different places have different laws.
  • CVS on the strip had cheaper liquor than the ABC store. While there stock up snacks. Trust me you’re gonna want them and much cheaper there!
  • If you are staying on the strip, stay at a hotel that has a night club you’re interested in going to. This eliminates cab fare for a night.
  • Expect to walk a lot, I suggest staying in the middle of the strip. It should save your feet some.
  • Go out and enjoy all the different shows! They are free and fun!
  • Food is expensive everywhere, so be prepared to spend money, even at cheaper establishments.

If you have other questions let me know! What are some of your ways to save money on trips?