Stilettos and Diapers: July 2016


Family || Beach Vacation

Happy Wednesday from the beach! We're having a great time here with tons of sun, laughs and fun with family. Here's some of what's been happening so far!
That first beach nap! I feel like I've gone a little crazy with pictures of Lincoln, but I'm trying to capture those first moments! Besides, his brothers are very hard to contain for a picture while they're busy swimming and playing with their cousins!

My little sis, aka, my blonde twin.
I already got to sneak out for a date night with this guy. 3 years in a row for a date on the beach and it's a tradition I don't ever want to end!

We're so fortunate to have a place to be able to stay here in Florida and have been coming here for 10 years. It's the most relaxing place ever and the weather has been cooler than normal lately! I'm loving spending time with not just The Hubs and my boys, but my parents, siblings, nephews and niece, too! My last sis gets here tonight and we'll be here the rest of the week. Not sure when we're coming back yet, as I'm trying to milk a few more days out of The Hubs. Haha. 

Hope your week is going great! PS. I did pick up a couple more things from the Nordstrom sale, like this cute fall dress! If you haven't shopped yet, take a look before the sale ends!


Motherhood || Baby Gear Find: Maxi-Cosi Adorra

Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review
Today, I'm talking all about my new favorite stroller, the Maxi-Cosi Adorra. It is by far, my favorite stroller that I've ever had and 3 kids in? I've had quite a few. 

Pre kids, I don't think I ever realized just how important having an amazing stroller is. This one is really head and shoulders above all the others, though. The seat can be rear or forward facing, reclines fully for an amazing naptime and has a very large basket underneath. The handlebar also is telescoping to make it an easy push for my 5'2" self, or my 6'2" husband. 
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review

If space in your car is a concern, don't worry! This stroller features a one hand, compact fold that can be done with the seat in either position. The seat can also be taken off before you fold the stroller base, so that you have 2 very flat parts that easily fit behind the 3rd row of my car. 
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review
The travel system comes with the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max. It's the upgraded version of the one I used with Lincoln as an infant and is very lightweight. I struggle with pain from a previous back injury, so it's so important that I have the lightest infant seat possible, while still being extremely safe. 
Maxi-Cosi Mico Max

Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review
Lincoln loves his plush ride and I love that all that plush easily comes off to wash. Like those little shoulder pads that get dirty the easiest from snacking, they just velcro right off. 
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review

Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review, 10 months old
The best part? This guy LOVES it. His little propped up feet give me all the heart eyes!  
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review

Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review

Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review
A photo shoot is all fun and games, but here's some real life proof that this is one practical ride. We took the Adorra all over NYC, it's been the bed for many a pool side naps and now we have it at the beach in Florida. 
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review
Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review

Maxi-Cosi Adorra Review
Check out the all new Adorra from Maxi-Cosi if you're expecting or needing to upgrade your stroller! You won't be disappointed! 

This post is sponsored by Maxi-Cosi. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Fashion || Nordstrom Sale Work Looks and Best Under $50!

Today is the day that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public! Check out my post here for some of what I think are the greatest overall deals in the sale. Today, I put together 6 different work looks for you awesome working gals, plus a selection of my favorite things under $50! 

Regardless of what you're shopping for, I'd HURRY! Everything I bought when the sale started is already sold out. Whomp, whomp. I'm hoping they restock them during this next week! I have my eye on these gorgeous heels and I know I need to bite the bullet and do it! 

Click right on the item you like to get more info!

I can't help but get lost in the work appropriate clothing when I'm shopping. Even when I was working outside the home, I wore scrubs, so I've never had the "dress up" fun. But at least I can pick out some cute outfits for you who do dress up every day! 

Love this midi skirt and the cutouts on those shoes
This dress looks so comfortable, yet chic. 
For a more casual, yet dressed up look. Can't go wrong with snake print
Little black dress, super flattering and kicked up a notch with color block heels
A steal on these boots, paired with fall essential pieces
Feminine meets trendy with bows and peep toes
Like I said, you better hurry if something catches your eye. Prices go up August 8, but your favorites will probably be sold out before then! 

Happy Friday, y'all!


Travel Guide || Weekend in NYC with Kids

I know I've written a ton about our trip to NYC, but I've had a lot of requests for tips for traveling to the big city with our family. We definitely had several people shocked that we were taking the kids there, but we've been plenty of times before and it's a fantastic place to show your children! 
What to do in NYC with kids for the weekend
We spent a weekend there, from Friday afternoon until Sunday. I'm going to take you step by step through the trip, so if this is something you've been considering, you can duplicate it! 

Friday Afternoon:
We drove in from the New Jersey side and decided that our first stop before entering Manhattan, was Liberty State Park. It's the closest that you can get to the Statue of Liberty, without crossing the water, great place to let the kids run and play and a gorgeous city view, even when a storm is rolling in. 
Manhattan view from liberty state park

Liberty State Park

From there, we crossed into Manhattan and decided to splurge on dessert before dinner. Holey Cream makes the famous donut ice cream sandwich and we were ready for a sugar high!  
Holey Cream, NYC

Holey Cream, NYC
The original plan, was to then stop at John's Pizzeria, which is our favorite pizza in the city. We were a bit later getting in than we anticipated, so we decided that we would just go to our hotel, check in and have it delivered. Well, they don't deliver quite that far, so we went with Little Italy Pizza and it was pretty good. Not John's, though, so if we were doing it again, we would have picked it up on our way to the hotel. 

We stayed at the Omni Berkshire Place, which is located in midtown at 52nd and Madison, and is walking distance from Central Park. That is one of our requirements in staying in the city, since we love to get up and go walk over there. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and our room was a traveling family's dream. They have an Omni Kids program, which gave our boys little backpacks with crayons and paper, a fun straw, a card matching game and more. Callan played that matching game a ton on our trip!
Omni Berkshire Place, Where to stay in NYC with kids

Travel Tip: Parents should always have a balcony. Because nothing is better after a long day of traveling and being a tourist, than to put your babies to sleep and sip a glass of wine on the terrace. This view happens to make that even 1000 times better. 
Terrace view from Omni Berkshire Place
Our room had a spacious bedroom, where we could easily fit the pack-n-play (this is THE BEST travel one), our suitcases and still had plenty of moving room. Double Bed room Omni Berkshire Place
There was also a large living area with a desk and tv, perfect for us early risers to hang out in while we waited on the snoozers in the next room. 
Suite Living area, Omni Berkshire Place
The morning view, looking down on Madison Ave, was just as good as the lit up night one.  
Madison Ave view, Omni Berkshire Place NYC
Once we were all up, we headed over to Central Park. They boys rock climbed, ran and played. The park is filled with hidden little playgrounds, a carousel and even a zoo. You could literally spend all day there! 
Central Park Rock Climbing

Central Park with kids

Visiting Central Park with family

Central park Gapston Bridge
We limited our time to about an hour and headed off for some food. I grabbed a coffee from Le Pain Quotidien (58th St and 7th Ave) as we walked, then we ducked into Fresh & Co for a late breakfast. Their food is all from organic, sustainable, local farms and is really delicious! 
Fresh & Co, NYC

The next stop was Times Square! This was high on our boys lists of things to see. So sad that FAO Schwartz and Toys R Us are gone, though.  

Times Square Tip: You will see lots of characters that don't look quite like the original ones. Your kids will want their picture with them and then they'll demand you pay. You know, after you already got the picture. My advice? Skip it. You won't know what to do with the photos of the 'not quite normal' Mario and Luigi after your trip. 
Times Square

Times Square with kids
Hershey's Chocolate World is still there! We went in, got free samples and then the boys filled souvenir mugs full of chocolate. It smells amazing in there and they have everything chocolate you can imagine. 

Subway time! You can't see too much of the city, simply by walking. You can take a cab, but we had strollers and bags and I think the Subway is fun. Of course there are some strange people, but aren't there everywhere? Haha. We got on the red line at Penn Station and took it all the way to Clark St. in Brooklyn. Kids are free and you'll just need a 1 way ticket for the adults. 

Subway Stroller tip: One of you go through the turnstile closest to the handicap door. Then, slide the other person's ticket and spin the turnstile once more. Once you're through, open the handicap door so the stroller pushing parent can walk through. 
What's in Brooklyn, you ask? Brooklyn Bridge Park is so much fun. There is a huge green space, food, drinks and tons of special events. There's also a water fill up station, so don't throw out your empty bottles, just refill them there! 
Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park
If you're in the mood for a photo op, head over to Dumbo's Rainbow wall at Fleet Alley. It's beautiful! 
Dumbo Brooklyn, NYC
There's sure to be a hot dog cart on the way, so you can grab a quick bite. Everyone needs to eat a "Dirty Water Dog" at some point on the trip. New Yorkers have theirs with sauerkraut and mustard. 
Dirty Water Hot Dog NYC
Oh, and huge pretzels, too! 
NYC Pretzel Carts
Now it was time to walk the Brooklyn Bridge! I have to admit, it was scarier than I expected, as well as crowded. But, it's absolutely beautiful! 
Brooklyn Bridge NYC

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge NYC with kids

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge NYC with kids

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge NYC with kids

The bridge is just over 1 mile, so we were all a bit pooped afterwards. After watching some fun street dancing we took the Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Subway (there's an elevator in a cute little building in the middle of the park) on the green line to 51st Street. We were glad to get back to the hotel to put our feet up for a bit! 

Since our car was in the valet, it's walk, cab or Subway. The hotel has a restaurant, but it had just closed for renovations while we were there. It will be Bob's Steak & Chop House in September '16 and I hope to get back to try it! 

At the recommendation of the hotel, we walked just a couple blocks to Papillon Bistro. It feels very much like a bar inside, but they have some outdoor seating that is perfect for kids! Their food was delicious and they had a good sized wine menu, as well. 
Papillon Bistro, NYC, East Side Midtown
Side note: If you're going to NYC sans babies, go to Jean-Georges in the Trump Hotel. We went the day we got engaged and again for our 5th Anniversary. It will set you back a bit, but worth every penny!

Walk back to the hotel after dinner and take in the beauty that is sunset in Manhattan! 
Manhattan Sunset

Just a couple blocks away from the Omni Berkshire, is Ess-A-Bagel. If you have a NYC bagel on your list of things to eat in the city (which you should!) here's where you're headed for breakfast! They do only have a couple choices of cream cheese...not! 
You can order online, which I recommend, since it is a popular joint. Their iced coffee was a winner, too. 

Sunday morning is your time to drive in the city. It's the most quiet time and you can drive 4 miles in less than 15 minutes instead of an hour! We checked out of the hotel and drove down to Battery Park. Or you could have a cab bring you down. You can park and walk around to see a good view of the Statue of Liberty, as well as walk to see the 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street and the Charging Bull statue near the NY Stock Exchange. The new One World Trade Center is down there and is home of the One World Observatory, which is on the 100-102 floor of the building. It's open 7 days a week and you can buy tickets to go up for a great view of the city. 

Side note: Strollers must be folded up while using the elevators or escalators at the observatory. You can open them once you get to the top, but you may want to pack lightly that day! 
Battery Park with Kids
Other areas that I think are fun to drive through, but not necessary to walk, are China town and Little Italy. Walking 5th Ave is also fun, just more shopping geared than child fun! The best parts of 5th are very close to the Omni, so you could always get off the Subway a stop early and walk up. Or check it out on your Sunday drive. 

Next stop, some NY baseball! We happen to be NY Mets fans and love going to Citi Field for a game. This will take you out of Manhattan and into Queens, so we did everything we wanted to do before we crossed the Hudson. Sunday's are family days at the stadium, which means there is a giveaway of some sort and after the game, the kids get to run the bases! My husband totally freaked out that he got to carry our baby around and actually be on the field. It's quite a cool experience! 
Shea Bridge, Mets Citi Field with kids

Mets Citi Field with kids, Mr. Met, Family Sunday

Mets Citi Field with kids run the bases sunday

Mets Citi Field with kids run the bases Sunday
Shake Shack is a very popular NY burger joint and you can eat it right at the stadium! The line is usually long, so divide and conquer. Bathroom trips, seeing Mr. Met and checking out the gift shops should all be done while someone is standing in line, so we split time doing that. 

After our afternoon game, it was about 5pm. We packed a ton of fun into 1 weekend and I can't wait to do it again! 

Still nervous about the big city? Or any big city for that matter? Here are some tips. 

City Tips:

Make a plan. Just like any city, there are some more dangerous areas. As you can tell from my pictures, we didn't get into them. Make a plan of where you're going and don't venture too far off the path. I don't really like going out when it's too dark, either. We made a lot of our plans while sitting at a restaurant, so that we weren't standing on the street corner all confused. 

Don't look like a tourist. There are a ton of families that live in New York. They go out all the time with their kids, strollers and purses. But, they aren't standing still, staring into the sky with their cameras, fanny packs around their waist and cash in their pockets. Just be smart. Don't take out a huge map, use your phone discreetly. Pack your valuables deep in your diaper bag/purse, so they can't be easily grabbed. We absolutely take our camera and are snapping pictures, but try to do it where it isn't mobbed with people or in a suspect area. 

Obey the traffic signs. Wait for the crosswalk! The cab drivers are not going to stop for you to cross the street when it's not your turn, or if you're jaywalking. If you drive into the city, you'll understand. It takes awhile to drive anywhere!

We've been to New York City many times and have never had a problem. I think it's great to show your kids as much of the world as possible, so get out and explore! 

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