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

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

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

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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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

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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!

Christmas Vacation 2016

Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

If you follow along on my Instagram, you know that we just took a 10 day vacation to Savannah, Charleston, and then New York! It was so much fun- and I thought you might like to see some of our favorite moments!

To get to New York, we took the Amtrak from Deerfield Beach, Florida. We stopped at Savannah for two nights, then stopped again in Charleston for two nights. Then got back on the train to New York for a week!

Here we are at the Deerfield Beach Amtrak station! Training is a lot different than flying in many ways. But one thing we noticed is that there is not much security. We didn’t have to go through any metal detectors or get screened for anything. Our bags weren’t screened either. It’s extremely low key. Can’t decide if that’s a good or a bad thing LOL.

Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

Inside the train was pretty cool too! There are lots of different cars. Lots of them are the coach seating, but there are also sleeper cars, a dining car, a cafe car, and sometimes a business class car. We sat in coach one trip, but then upgraded to business class!

Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

Our first stop was Savannah, GA. It was SO beautiful! Here are some of my favorite photos from Savannah!Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!
Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!
Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

So many memories made in Savannah! We were only there for 2 days, but we crammed a whole lot in. Then we headed back to the train station. We had a 2 hour train trip to Charleston. Even though Savannah and Charleston are very similar, I think I liked Charleston the best. The houses were full of charm, and the whole city had all these little alleys that were so fun to walk down. We did a lot of walking and exploring in Charleston! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

I am soon in love with the beauty of Charleston. I’m telling you- every where you look, there was so much charm. After our couple days in Charleston, we hopped back on the train (this was our 3rd time, now) for a FOURTEEN hour train ride to New York! This was a loooooong day on the train, but Gracie actually loved the train. She did so great. She had room to move around. She watched movies, played with toys, ate lots of snacks. It helped having family, too, so she could go back and forth with different people. Overall, she did great. I am so proud of our little traveler!

Anyways, here are some photos from New York!! We had such a blast. It was absolutely FREEEEEZING. I grew up outside Chicago, so I know cold. But after living in Florida for 5 years, I am SO not used to it.

My favorite parts of New York:

-Flatiron Building

-All the festive holiday markets ALL over

-The Rockettes!!!

– The Rudolf play (Gracie loved this!!!)

-Nutella Cafe in Eataly!

-The Rockefeller Tree (even though it was CRAZYYYYY)

-Seeing the Today Show!

-American Girl Doll Cafe!

-Top of the Rock (amazing views!)

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Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

If you made it this far- thanks for reading! I know this was a super long post, but I wanted to share some of my favorite moments. It truly was a great trip and I miss it!!!!!! I love being able to capture some of the memories with my camera and share on my blog. One day Gracie will be able to read all about her adventures :).

Where should we go next?!