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Spring Break in 30A

30A had been on my “dream trip” list for years before we finally decided to make it happen two weeks ago. I’d been to Destin, Florida many times but had never visited the little strip of beach just above it and we decided a road trip to the Sunshine State for our last family trip before the baby comes would be a Spring Break dream. Looking back on these photos even just one week later I realize how different everything is. In the midst of the global pandemic Covid-19 and under strict rules to stay home I’m just so grateful we had this sweet little trip to the beach. I’ll never forget it.

A Full Recap of Los Angeles with the Littles

I can’t wait to share more about why we were in L.A. in the coming months but it was such a treat to take the kids to L.A. twice in the past year (you can see our trip this past summer right here.) Stepping out of the airport to see that periwinkle blue sky and dry heat on your skin is pure gold. This was a bit of a work trip but we always manage to sneak in trips to our favorite spots.

Everything I’m Packing for my Surprise Vacation (Today!)

I turn 30 next week. In one way it feels a bit surreal and in other ways I feel like I’ve been 30 for years. To kick-off the occasion, O is sending me on a surprise vacation I had no idea about until a couple days ago. At the time I’m writing this I have no idea where I’m going but by the time you’re reading this i’ll be in the air and on my way! He gave me this as packing advice: pack for warm but not hot weather and pack for four days. That’s it! I’m a very strategic packer so this is almost painful for me but I’ve done my best and here is everything I’ve packed for this trip.

A Quick Weekend in New York City

We snuck away to New York this past weekend and it always leaves us feeling rested, recharged and so, so grateful for home. During our 7 years in Virginia we took full advantage of being a 2 hour train ride from the city. We’d drive to the train station in D.C, park our car and hop on the express as often as we could. Even though this weekend was one of our quickest NYC trips yet, here’s everything we squeezed into our stay.

How to Simplify the Transition Back to Real Life After Vacation

You’ve planned the trip. You prepped for weeks, packed, cleared out the fridge, ran the dishwasher and headed out the door for your vacation. Now you’re home and you’re tired and real life begins now. How do you help the transition from vacation to real life go as smoothly and simply as possible? I’m glad you asked. Here are the things I do before, during and after a trip to make things easier for myself when it’s all said and done.