The JetKids BedBox

 

BedBox in Blue c/o JetKids

If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram you saw that we traveled all over Italy, flew back to Atlanta then headed to Naples and Sarasota, Florida, for some extended family time. So after almost a month of traveling, we are finally home!

We’ve unpacked, finished laundry and I feel like I can now share with you how we survived international travel with a 22 month old. Knowing our flight times were reaching into the double digits, I reached out to JetKids about purchasing their BedBox product. I had seen the BedBox in a magazine a while back and after a quick instagram search I decided this was something we HAD to have! For those that aren’t familiar, BedBox is a ride on suitcase for kids that turns their normal airplane seat into a comfortable bed where they can relax or sleep and, as you can tell from Henry’s pictures, it worked great! Inside the suitcase you’ll find a foam mattress and side cushions plus extra room to pack a few of your kid’s favorite things. We were able to fit two blankets, two stuffed animals, pajamas and a change of clothes into the suitcase. The top of the suitcase pops off and turns over and extends to create the base for the BedBox and was super easy to set up even mid flight. After getting the BedBox in place, Henry instantly seemed happier to have a little more room for activities and I was happy that it discouraged him from wanting to climb all around the floor. Once we were settled in and overcame the general struggle of having a toddler on a plane (that should be a scary movie right?! Toddlers On A Plane… yikes!) Henry slept 7 hours out of the 8.5 hour flight. To say we were impressed was an understatement. Not only did the BedBox make it easy for Henry to fall asleep, it also made the rest of the flight enjoyable for us (and every other passenger on our flight!) On the return, Henry only slept 2.5 out of the 10 hour plane ride home but I’m not blaming JetKids. He still loved having his space to spread out and as far as 22 month olds go, he was very well behaved for the remainder of the flight. #proudparent

In addition to using the BedBox on the plane, we also used it on our 4 hour train ride from Venice to Rome. Henry didn’t sleep, but he enjoyed having his own place to settle into and watch movies. He also loved pushing it through the train stations and airports and provided him with some entertainment as we waited to board. Having said that, we felt there were a few design flaws that could have made it easier on parents when their kids weren’t riding or pushing the BedBox around. The carrying strap that is included never stayed secure when we adjusted it. We ended up having to knot the strap at two ends to make sure it would stay in place as we carried it through the airport. The other improvement we would suggest is to make the mattress cover with a zipper closure for a machine washing option. Currently it is suggested to hand-wash the mattress and lay flat, which I totally understand if you’re not near a washing machine, but with some of the spills we had, hand washing just didn’t get it clean. I ended up having to cut open the mattress cover, remove the foam padding and machine wash the cover..

The BedBox is priced at $200, but if you travel regularly with your kids, we definitely think it’s worth the investment. After all, I’m not sure you can put a price on a happy toddler… or his parents!

xo-

 

  

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D.C Adventures

 

We had a whirlwind of a weekend in D.C with my husband’s side of the family but it was so much fun and I still cant believe some of the things we got to do and see. My brother in-law works on Capitol Hill and my sister-in-law works at the White House so between the two of them we had some pretty incredible experiences! If you don’t want to read about what we did you can scroll to the bottom to shop what I wore throughout the weekend.

We kicked of our weekend with a private tour of the Capitol which included a visit to Speaker Ryan’s balcony which over looks the National Mall and Washington Monument. We also got a peak inside GOP House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office. One of my favorite Americana artists is Steve Penley and several of his works were in McCarthy’s office. My favorite was President Lincoln which sits behind his desk. I also loved the gigantic painting in their meeting room called Delaware- the only way they could get it into the building was through a window! After our Capitol tour the cousins were able to visit Vice President Pence’s office. We weren’t allowed to take any pictures but it was incredible to see where he works and small details like his desk phone which has speed dials such as the Situation Room, Oval Office and Royal Crown. We were also planning on seeing the West Wing, but due to August Renovations, we weren’t able to go in. We took a walk along the drive way and made small talk with some Secret Service guys!  We did get to visit the White House during after hours and were able to go bowling in the Truman Bowling Alley. It was a bucket list experience that I didn’t even know should be on my bucket list! It was so much fun and to be in the same space as past presidents and congressional leaders was so amazing.

On Saturday we took a public tour of the White House and it was wonderful to get a peak inside such a historical house. If you’re ever in the D.C area I highly recommend it! 

We ended our weekend with Sunday Brunch and celebrating the life of Erik’s Aunt and Uncle Monday Morning. They were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery and it was a remarkable service. So incredible to see all the men and women who gave their lives for our country and it truly gives you a whole new perspective of how blessed we are to live in a country with such freedoms. This is another must visit place if you’re ever in the area!

Capitol Tour

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Truman Bowling Alley

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White House

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Sunday Brunch

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To Travel

 Beach Shorts from Lilly Pulitzer {non maternity} and I can wear them with these Gap Tees for a casual look or dress them up a little with this J. Crew Button Up {also not maternity, I just sized way up} Dresses have been my best friend during pregnancy so I’m bringing some of my favorites like this t-shirt dresscotton 3/4 sleeve and this maxi dress {I’m normally an XS-S in Lilly, but sized up to a M for my bump and they fit perfectly} I’m also packing all the oversized scarves and using them as beach coverups. This one is perfect for turning into a wrap! I’m taking a hiatus from the blog while were gone so follow me on Instagram to see our hawaiian adventure! Also, check out what I’ll be wearing for our long day of travel below!

1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. {pants & top non maternity here & here }

 

Assisi

Out of all the places we visited in Italy, Assisi was my favorite. We just took a day trip to the city {about two hours from where we were staying} and I didn’t want to leave! I fell in love with the small streets, hilly city views, religious history and unbelievable architecture. Getting lost in Assisi was my favorite experience and if you ever have the opportunity to visit Italy, make sure you put this city on your must do list! 

New Orleans or Bust

Commander’s Palace. It’s located in the Garden District and if you haven’t been, I suggest getting to your reservation early and allowing time to walk along the streets {the houses are amazing, were talking #lifegoals} John Goodman lives in the area {it’s his favorite restaurant btws} so you can imagine! After dinner we headed to Sucré for French treats {they make the most amazing macaroons} then it was back to our hotel {The Roosevelt} for a night cap and much needed rest.  

Thursday was spent wandering the streets of the French Quarter and stopping at some must-do places for breakfast and lunch. Café Du Monde for beignets and café au lait. We choose to take our coffee and beignets to go and eat them in quiet Jackson Square park while listening to street music {it’s perfect New Orleans!} For lunch we went to Central Grocery for Muffulettas. They have the best in town and it’s been a family business since it opened in 1946. It’s a place where both tourists and locals flock to and theres almost always a line {but so worth it!} See more of my favorite eateries in New Orleans below and suggestions on where to stay if you plan to go!

To Eat & Drink

Commander’s Palace

Central Grocery

Coop’s Place

Café Du Mond

Stanley {for brunch}

The Davenport Lounge

Arnaud’s  Restaurant

ACME Oyster House

Antoine’s

Jacques-Imo’s Cafe

Willie Mae’s Scotch House

Sucré {desserts}

To Where Stay

The Roosevelt

Ritz Carlton

Sheraton

JW Marriott

W Hotel

Hyatt French Quarter

Hotel Monteleone

Arezzo

Buongiorno! What better way to end your week than with a little peak into Tuscany?! 

We traveled to Arezzo one morning for their famous antiques market. It happens the first Sunday of every month and started in 1968. Over 500 vendors spread out for the two day event and you can find anything from vintage Chanel bags to a wooden Pinocchio {like the one my husband wanted to go home with above!} There’s also amazing glasswork, lace, silver and art for sale but going to the market knowledgable is a must! There are so may stalls it can be a bit over whelming, and knowing the quality and authenticity of products will insure you’re going home with something of value. It was an amazing sight to see and the city of Arezzo was gorgeous all in it’s own. Over looking the beautiful Tuscan country side and strolling through the ancient streets of Arezzo might have been one of my favorite days! 

While we were visiting, the Saracen Joust took place. It only happens twice a year {once in June, the other in September} and we were truly surprised! There are four teams in the event, each one representing the different quarters of Arezzo. The tournament rules have been unchanged since 1677 and the event begins with a parade of the four teams through the Piazza Grande. Check out what I wore for our day in Arezzo here!

Rome

{Piazza Navona and the Fountain of Four Rivers}

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Ralph Lauren / Bottoms: Lululemon / Shoes: Adidas 

Her: Dress: J. Crew {similar} / Belt: J. Crew / Earrings: Mikimoto / Watch: MICHELE

Fresh off our trip to Italy and I’m already reliving it through our pictures! Rome was our first stop where we adjusted to the time change and spent two full days getting to know this beautiful city. We woke up super early {5am!} and were ready to go making it out of our hotel and to the Spanish Steps by 7:30am. We meet up with the rest of our family and hopped on our golf cart tour with My Best Tour.  We decided on this unique option because of the variety of people we had in our group. It’s perfect for all ages and ended up being the best part of our time in Rome. You’re able to get around the city quickly and see some amazing sights not accessible or viewable by foot or car. We enjoyed seeing the Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and tons of other historical sights and churches around the city! You can see my look and more of the Spanish Steps here.

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Spanish Steps

Dress: J. Crew {similar} / Belt: J. Crew / Earrings: Mikimoto / Watch: MICHELE / Crossbody: Louis Vuitton / Flats: Chanel

Buongiorno! It’s a beautiful morning in Città di Castello and I’m sharing my look from our first day in Rome! We weren’t too affected by the nine hour time change, but we did wake up at 5am ready to go on our first morning. The lighting was perfect and the Spanish Steps {Scalinata di Trinità die Monti} were empty of tourists so of course we took advantage! I couldn’t help but remember Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday {my favorite movie} and the Steps were just as incredible in person as I had seen in pictures. 

My luggage was lost as we arrived into Rome but luckily I packed a spare outfit in our carryon. This J. Crew dress is past season {similar here} but was perfect for the warm day and walking around the streets to explore. I love the lace in the dress and how it creates such a feminine look. I added a belt to my natural waist and looped it to give more detail. I purchased gorgeous Chanel flats before we left for our trip and although I was worried about wearing them all around the city {I didn’t want to ruin them!} they have been the most comfortable and durable shoes. If you’re looking for an investment piece or just want to treat yourself, you can’t go wrong with these flats. I choose a neutral so they would go with anything, transition into fall and am sure they won’t go out of style! Haooy lettura e arrivederci!

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Tips for Travel

Vera Bradley / Garment Bag: Vera Bradley / Carry-On: Louis Vuitton / Louis’ Bag: {similar}Lilly Pultzer

It’s been a month in D.C and we are headed back to the Pacific Northwest tomorrow! Living in a hotel has its benefits {who doesn’t like coming back to a clean room everyday?!} but I can’t wait to get home and sleep in my own bed! 

I’m sharing some of my traveling tips to help you pack for your next adventure and investing in good luggage and a garment bag is key {plus if you’re anything like me you always go home with more than what you brought!} I love Vera Bradley’s rolling luggage line. It doesn’t break the bank, is very well made and comes with a 5 year warranty just in case something does go wrong. 

When it comes to fitting all my clothes into one suitcase I pack flat. By folding my tops, bottoms and accessories flat, I’ve found I’m able to fit more and utilize other spaces in my suitcase {smaller gaps for workout clothes, hair products and costume jewelry} My luggage has amazing pockets, so my undergarments, shoes and clutches have their own place too!

If I have dresses, blazers and skirts that I’d like to keep from wrinkling at all, I’ll also pack a garment bag. They are great for keeping your clothes “wear ready” and usually have outside pockets you can utilize as well {like for shoes and more shoes}

A good carry-on makes your in-flight experience so much more enjoyable. The Keepall from Louis Vuitton is my favorite and holds all my essentials. I travel with a girly magazine, good book, laptop, pillow {yes, I bring my own everywhere!} and jewelry {never pack your good jewelry in your checked luggage} Finally, since we usually travel with our pooch he also gets his own “suitcase”. Lilly Pulitzer makes an amazing soft-sided insulated cooler that is collapsable. It holds Louis’ food, toys and treats plus it squishes in our luggage and has a strap and handle making it easy to carry. It’s also perfect for when we’re having dinner at friends and want to pitch in!

Enjoy these travel trips and start planning your next getaway!

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