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Traveling Around Florida: Palm Beach II

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Florida, FUN TIMES, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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I have some interesting posts in the works right now (you can see a list on the side) but they need some photos to be taken, so in the meantime I’d like to finish posting about our short trip across the state.

You can read the beginning here (Palm Beach Part I), including the description of the resort we stayed at ( Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa )

The next few days were typical relaxation days. We woke up without having anywhere to go ( the advantage of a rainy day), had room service breakfast in bed, ventured out into the hotel. Later in the morning we both had spa treatments which is always a welcome distraction from our otherwise always busy days even on a mini-vacation. This resort is one of the few that offers an amazing Hydrafacial which I read about  too late to have one, which was a shame. Instead I had a standard Swedish massage and relaxed in spa amenities.

There was also some pool splashing. What I love about Marriott resorts (and I’ve stayed at a few after being impressed with this one) is that they have a beach style walk-in in pool which is great for toddlers and a waterfall feature. Alexis loves falling water of any kind, so it’s always a blast.

Some time towards the evening, we had an amazing dinner at 3800 Ocean restaurant with an ocean view. We even spotted a crazy surfer who was braving the high winds.

The rest of the day was spend hanging out in our huge room, making short runs to the beach in our pjs and attempting to get into the beachside Kid’s Club in the resort for some activities for Lexi.

Now onto the visual:

Traveling around Florida: Palm Beach Day 1

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Florida, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Continuing our travels around the state ( and soon to be extended to other states- first plane flight with energizer bunny- kill me!), recently we took a short drive to Palm Beach ( 2.5 hours to be precisely) for a couple days to relax and have some fun.

As it always happens we had big plans that may have included a drive-through zoo, a jungle island and a few other kid friendly spots, but due to the week of rains that this trip fell onto, all we got to do is stay at our hotel and explore it instead. Not that we had a problem with that.

The hotel we stayed at this time was Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, a resort located on Singer Island in Palm Beach. Actually, when we were looking to move to Florida, Palm Beach was one of our top picks because of how beautiful the area is.

Gaylord Palms Resort

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Florida, FUN TIMES, PHOTO, TRAVEL

I wrote a little bit about our trip to Orlando a few weeks ago, but today I’d love to share with you the beauty that is Gaylord Palms Resort.

We woke up the next morning and set off to explore the humongous indoor “jungle”. It was time to get some breakfast and since our favorite Villa De Flora was closed, we settled for a really nice decaf tea and pastry in the courtyard.

In case you’re wondering, Andrew is using the non-toxic natural hand sanitizing Cleanwell wipes to disinfect the table and Lexi’s hands.

It’s really hard to describe the hotel. It’s like a mixture of Disney intricasies, whimsical decorations, country swamp decor, twinkling lights, tuscan architechture, wet green jungle and the grandeur of a glass domed greenhouse.

 Where else would you find balconies overlooking the depth of the jungle? Or  a moss covered tree in the middle of a wooden swamp restaurant?

Or an ancient vine covered castle inside a resort?

Countless waterfalls and exotic plants?

And then you walk outside through the “swampland” area of the resort, past the tranquil looking spa, down the a few steps and through the glass doors, you walk out into the clean looking Arizona style pool oasis.

We didn’t spent much time at the pool, we didn’t have our swim suit with us, but Lexi started bouncing in Andrew’s arms at the sight of these little fountains covering the shallow walk-in edges of the pool. So we tried them out.

She was so hilariously focused on grabbing one of them. Fountains are fun :)

Besides the big kid friendly pool with slides and water features, Gaylord’s had an adult only area with cabanas, lounges and a rectangular pool. That’s the area you would usually see us hanging out at, sipping drinks and laughing at each other’s jokes. Not this time though. We looked at what 1 year ago would be “our spot” and happily took our beautiful and tired daughter back to the room.

I know we will continue visiting Gaylord Palms whenever we are in the area, whether it’s to have dinner, go to the yearly ICE exhibit with Lexi, or just show off this gem to friends out of state. I don’t know if we’d stay there again. Not because it wasn’t fabulous, but because I just can’t pass up staying on Disney campus whenever in Orlando.

Hope you enjoyed the photo journey through Gaylord’s as much as we enjoyed visiting.

Gaylord Palms: Alexis’ First Trip to Orlando – Part I

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Florida, FUN TIMES, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, TRAVEL

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When we were first invited to Andrew’s mom’s wedding reception in Orlando 3 months ago, our first thought was “Oh, we’d love to, but there is no way we can drive all the way to Orlando with Lexi”. That was a bummer, but it beat the prospect of a screaming baby in the car for 4 hours. As the time went on, though, and Lexi was getting more and more manageable at 4 months on, I was starting to think that maybe, just maybe, we’d be able to make that trip. We knew her problem was the carseat and we put all our hopes into the new roomy convertible car seat from Maxi Cosi. As I wrote before, the car seat worked out fabulously. The screaming fits ended as soon as we swapped our infant seat for this new cool (as in temperature-wise) and big Pria 70. So we tentatively told my MIL that it was looking like we could actually make it.

We were both super super super excited. Before Lexi, we’d take frequent trips to Orlando to just have dinner or walk around the parks, or see friends, as well as drive to Miami and other cities of interest in Florida. It’s what we did for fun. With Alexis being a very particular baby, especially in the first 4 months, and hating the car seat, we’ve put it all on hold, but we both couldn’t wait until we would go these places with our daughter.

Each one of us had our own concerns having never traveled with an infant. I was concerned about how she’d do in the car, how she’d fall asleep there, whether I’d be able to keep her entertained for the whole 4 hours. Andrew was really worried about what we’d do in the hotel, considering that at that time Alexis would only fall asleep while being rocked. But we went for it, figuring we’d play things by ear and do what we had to do.

With it being our first overnight trip and hotel stay, we packed everything imaginable, and his mom promised us a portable foldable rocker (which worked out FABULOUSLY, btw).