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Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

We just got home from our amazing beach vacation in New Smyrna Beach! Donovan is 2 months old + we started to get a bit of cabin fever so we made plans for a 5-day getaway to New Smyrna Beach (3 hours north of us). We found the perfect house for our family + Dave’s parents and sister! It was even more beautiful than we could have even imagined, so I had to share it with you guys! The funny thing is that the house was so beautiful that we never really left it for the whole 5 days LOL!

We rented it from VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner). Here’s the link to rent it!

The house is super modern + has an amazing curb appeal! Here’s what it looks like from the street:

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

And here’s what it looks like from the ocean. I did mention it was oceanfront, right? It’s literally ON TOP of the water. When the tide is high, there’s barely any sand so it feels like you are actually in the ocean.

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Gracie loved when it was lower tide so we could play in the sand. She LOVED playing on the beach.

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

The inside was INSANE. Every part of the house is custom built. The walls are curved, and the furniture fits perfect with it. There are four floors – separated by this gorgeous spiral staircase. There is also an elevator!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

My favorite part was the view. Every where you look, there was the ocean. There are huge windows that just stretch across the entire house. It’s breathtaking. Not a bad view for work.

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There are three bedrooms, each with a king bed and a bathroom. The master bedroom is on the third floor and has an awesome bathroom and amazing views!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

The top floor has an amazing patio deck with views of both sunrise and sunset!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

We loved the huge white kitchen! We cooked EVERY meal at home! That’s a first for our vacations!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Every morning we drank our coffee outside watching the waves + surfers!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Then we would hang out on the beach, play board games, or just stare at the view. Walks on the beach were fun- all the homes were fun to look at!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

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If you are planning a trip to New Smyrna Beach Florida, I highly recommend checking out this VRBO rental! It was amazing, and we made memories that will last a lifetime!

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Happy first vacation Donovan!

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Summer With Baby

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I cannot believe June starts tomorrow! Summer is HERE! This year, we have a few trips + activities planned for this Summer and I am so excited! Gracie is almost 2 and she’s really starting to enjoy our short vacays! We just recently went on a long weekend beach trip and I’m ready to share some tips + tricks that we learned. Hopefully it will help your summer trips go more smoothly! We all need more of that. LOL.

*This post is sponsored by Pampers + Babies “R” Us, but all opinions, photos, and video are my own! *

TIP #1 – Go to Babies “R” Us before your Summer getaway! They have everything you need from sippy cups, to insulated cooler bags, an endless supply of Pampers diapers, and even Dreft detergent to help get out those pesky vacation stains! I love Babies “R” Us because it really is a one stop shop for all Gracie’s needs – especially stocking up on diapers.

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Watch this video to see some of my favorite Babies “R” Us essentials for Summer!

TIP #2 – Go with the FLOW. On vacation, it’s good to have a plan not necessarily an itinerary. When the days are TOO scheduled, it leads to stress. Have an easy-going plan, and be okay when it has to change. Gracie was NOT supposed to find this puddle of water and get soaking wet in her clothes, but it’s okay. We took her back to get changed + bathed and then we went on with our night! That’s the fun part about vacation!

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PS- Gracie was wearing Pampers swaddlers during her little *accidental beach swim* and although her diaper was full it actually still wasn’t LEAKING. I swear these things are magic. You’ll always find these in my diaper bag.

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Summer Essentials with Pampers and Babies R Us! Summer with a baby - www.gracefulmommy.com

TIP #3 – Get a hotel room or a house with a washer + dryer. Okay, no one likes to do laundry on vacation. But you know what’s worse? Doing loads of laundry when you get home. I always like to book our trips with a washer + dryer. Gracie is a messy girl and always gets stains on her gorgeous vacation clothes. When we are done for the day, I use my Dreft stain remover to get out the tough stains. Then I wash her clothes with Dreft detergent and they look like new!

TIP #4 – Wear baby out. LOL. I love this about vacation. All the beaching, boating, and swimming wears Gracie out so MUCH. She always sleeps really great on our getaways. Sometimes she’ll sleep till 11 AM. I’m not even kidding. It’s GLORIOUS. We always make sure to put a dry Pampers Swaddlers on her at night after her bath. Pampers Swaddlers have up to 12 hours of overnight protection – which helps Gracie sleep even longer. I also love the color changing strip on these diapers. It helps to know when she’s gone when we are out and about on vacation.

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Summer Essentials with Pampers and Babies R Us! Summer with a baby - www.gracefulmommy.com

TIP #5 – Have fun! Seriously, enjoy this time with your little ones. Make time for adventures + take a million photos and videos. Have you ever thought about this? You only have 18 SUMMERS with your little one before they are off on their own. EIGHTEEN. Make the most of it!!

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Spring Travel with Carter’s

Ah! Spring is finally here! Okay, so yes.. I live in Florida where we have summer all year. But still, we love when the seasons change because that means our outfits change :). Springtime means cute floral, preppy, fun, colorful outfits! The place I turn to for all of that is CARTER’S!

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

P.S.- This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

We have already taken our first Spring Vacation. Earlier this month we went to Sarasota, FL for a little beach getaway. Of course we only packed Carter’s outfits because they are perfect for spring, but also incredible easy to travel with. Carter’s makes perfect sets- outfits that come with more than one piece and go together perfectly. It takes the guess work out of packing. No more trying to match the perfect pieces together. Just go to Carter’s and pick out a few sets and you’re good to go.

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

I also love packing with Carter’s for our spring travel because most of the outfits go with one another. You can mix and match to get more outfits. I love all the new floral patterns they offer. So springy!

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Another thing we picked up from Carter’s is a beautiful Easter dress for Gracie. This is her second Easter so we wanted to be sure to get her a cute dress that she can wear this season. This Floral Sateen Dress is GORGEOUS on Gracie. I love the simplicity of it, yet it looks fancier than her other clothes. Perfect for her Easter dress :). Find it, HERE.

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie loved watching the sunsets at Sarasota! I’m so excited to print out some of our photos from our Spring getaway and put them all over the house to remind us of our fun trip! Thanks Carter’s for the GORGEOUS outfits!!

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Find all the outfits, here.

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Spring Travel with Carter's! Adorable outfits, perfect for packing light this Spring Break. Read more on Gracefulmommy.com

Here is a little video to inspire you to pack light with Carter’s adorable Spring outfits!