Friday Favorites: On A Jet Plane


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Today’s the day! We are heading out later tonight for our big {baby-free} trip to South America.

I’m a little nervous and pretty anxious about leaving little man but I’ve been way too busy the past week to really think about it too much. I think since we spend all day, everyday together this will be a good little break for me {I need it!} and I think it will be good for Brooks in the long run, because he has been very attached & clingy lately. Plus, he’s obsessed with my parents so I know he’s in the best hands.

I’ll obviously be sharing my thoughts on leaving my little man for the first loooong time later on the blog, but until then, I’ll leave you with a few things that have caught my eye that are necessary for any upcoming trip! Check out my favorites & let me know what you think!

Leaving on a Jet Plane

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What are your favorites to take on any trip?

Please share!


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Also, don’t forget to enter my Beau & Ro Travel Bag Giveaway !


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Must Have’s For Traveling with a One Year Old

Ok, so tomorrow Charles & I leave for 10 days away! We are headed down to South America for his brother’s wedding in Chile! We visited Chile in 2013 & had a great time. This trip we will be there for all the wedding festivities. It will be so fun to see a wedding in another language, in another country. The last wedding we went to like this was in China – and it was all sorts of awesome! I have some posts scheduled while we are gone but will be checking in with updates from our trip as well, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I am looking for book suggestions for the trip – since this will be my first long trip baby-free {little man is staying at our house with my parents!} I’m sad to be away from him for so long & be so far away at the same time, but I think it will be good to get away.

So -> Anyone have any awesome books you’ve been reading lately? Please share! I want to get caught up on reading this trip!

Since I am currently in the process of packing all the things for OUR upcoming trip, we leave tomorrow {ah!} I thought it would be fun to share with you our must have’s for traveling with a one year old from our recent trip down to Naples, Florida!

And for my other Baby Travel post, check out my Must Have’s for:  Traveling with an Infant / Baby Beach & Pool Essentials / Traveling with a Baby

For this trip, we were lucky enough to be able to send our carseat & pack n’ play down with my in-laws when they drove, so it was much easier, but obviously those are essentials too. Side Note: for #9, my in-laws picked it up while we were down there, but it was necessary for a pre-walker! Here’s what else we brought & loved for this trip ->


Traveling With A One Year Old

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What are some things your little one can’t live without when traveling?

Please Share!



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Beau & Ro Travel Bag Giveaway


Today – in honor of my upcoming trip, which I leave for on Friday {Ah! Someone come help me pack} I wanted to share with you the perfect travel bag that I have stumbled upon! Beau & Ro Bag Company is the maker of the clutch that converts to a belt bag and a tote that converts to a backpack. Pretty cool, right?


The bags are exclusively made in New York and it’s a great fit for the travel-loving, adventure-seeking, style-loving person in your life {or for yourself!} The styles come in neons, waterproof, calf hair, metallic leathers, cable knits and more!

I love the look, the functionality and the versatility of these bags! Plus they are just so fun to wear and they come in so many fun pattern & style options!

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I was sent the The L.A. Lady – Blonde to try out and it’s all sorts of awesome. I love the denim chambray coloring along with the brown leather and gold buckle. Plus the inside features a gorgeous floral pattern & pockets.


Up for grabs today is your very own Beau & Ro Bag Company Travel bag! Perfect for any special upcoming trips or just for everyday use too!

Leave a comment letting me know what Beau & Ro bag is your favorite to enter & check out the rafflecopter giveaway below too:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

tote and clutchGiveaway ends Sunday, February 22nd / Winner will be notified via email

I was NOT compensated for this post.

But I was sent the bag, shown for review.



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At Home With Graco

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This past week I had a little Day Date with my little man.

We attended the #AtHomeWithGraco event in Philadelphia – this was my first At Home Party with the SITS Girls and it’s pretty cool because there were similar events happening the same day in San Diego, Dallas & Atlanta!

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I was pretty pumped to be able to attend this event because not only am I am big fan of Graco products, but I was also excited to be able to bring my little man with me to the event. Babies were required to attend! It was fun for me to meet some new blog friends in the area and to be able to check out some new baby gear!


Food & coffee for the mamas and lots of toys for the littles!

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Each #AtHomeWithGraco party focused on a different new product. We got to try out the Graco® Pack ‘n Play® Playard Nearby Napper™ which is something I totally wish I had when Brooks was a little babe!

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This bad boy is so much more than a pack n’ play or a play yard. It’s like 6 pieces of baby gear all built into one awesome product that has so many pieces you will inevitably need with a new little one in your life.  The coolest part about this product is the easy-switch reversible seat -> you can use the inclined napper or flat nest bassinet in or out of the playard. How amazing is that? It totally saves you from having to buy something to rest your baby in!


The seat becomes a portable rocker with soothing, two-speed vibration and an engaging mobile to keep baby content. The removable, full-sized bassinet and roomy pack and play playard allow it to truly grow with baby from newborn to infant to toddler. The extended use changing station (up to 30 lbs.) and integrated storage help make it a joy to use! Seriously, why was this not made a year ago?! Would have made my life so much easier!


When I first saw this product in action I was totally impressed. As someone who lives in a home with limited storage space, I am a big believer that all baby gear should have multiple purposes! How smart is Graco® that they made a pack n play with a changer, a bassinet, a napper and a rocker all in one?! I love everything about it!


To see my favorite part of the pack n’ play in action, check out my little YouTube video. I apologize in advance for the shakiness, we had some technical difficulties!

Also I was really digging the Trinidad pattern – A fun, bright geometric print in Kelly green, gray and white goes perfectly alongside solids of the same colors. So perfect for a boy {I would pop the gray or the green!} or a girl { I’d pop some purple or gray!} Gender neutral coloring at it’s finest!


By far the coolest part about attending this event & seeing this brand spankin’ new gear in action was the fact that Graco® totally spoiled everyone who came! This awesome company sent us home with the Graco® Pack ‘n Play® Playard Nearby Napper™ {which is what we got to check out today} AND we also received the gear that was being tested out at the other #AtHomeWithGraco parties too – the Graco® Swivi Seat™ Highchair and Graco® Simple Sway™ Swing

Now all I need is another baby to put in all this awesome gear!


Thanks to the lovely folks at Graco® & the lovely ladies at The SITS Girls for an awesome event!


What would be the #1 thing you would want in new baby gear?

Please share!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco®.

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