Posts Tagged ‘traveling’

Adventures in Gulf County, Florida

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

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Hey, guys! I have been traveling non-stop lately. Working on preparing a lot of posts. But in the meantime, I’d like to bring your attention to an amazing contest being run by Gulf County of Florida and the Gulf County Adventure Guide.

This post brought to you by Visit Gulf County. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Art of Making a Baby.

Fall is in full swing across the country, and the colorful leaves dancing outside your window, the smell of pumpkin, home-baked cookies, and candy all serve as a reminder that it’s time to embark on an autumn adventure. For young families wondering where to find their adventure for this fall, we come with a solution: explore Gulf Country this fall, enjoy the pleasant weather, and go on a journey that you will all remember and want to repeat every year. There is something for everyone, and the activities you can choose from are practically limitless, making it the perfect destination for some family bonding and tradition-making this fall.

On traveling solo, sleep and being away from Lexi

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Daily, FOR MOMS, Fun as a Toddler Mom, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, Parenting, TODDLER

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As I am sitting here at 11:40 pm on a Wednesday night, two days late on my promised (to myself) weekly post, trying to decide what I can write about that I have the inspiration for and doesn’t take literally 4-5 hours to complete (writing to formatting to photos). I have a few drafts started but it’s all informative posts that really need some time put into them.

So the easiest, I thought, would be what I personally consider (harshly put) “useless babble”, but people seem to like. I have trouble writing posts that I don’t feel in some way benefit the reader, aside from photo posts or travel posts-I am sucker for those.

So that being said, how about we talk about a huge change that has happened in my and Lexi’s life: having to and being able to leave her with her dad and travel (for work or pleasure) solo.

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:

Disney at 10 months: Trip #2

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

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I am having Disney withdrawals, hence the recent need to catch up on Disney posts from the last 2 trips.

It happens every summer. We can’t go in the summer due to heat and crowds so we wait till September, but in the meantime it’s killing us not to be able to just grab Lexi and go there for a weekend or so.

I am incredibly curious to see how different the trip will be with Alexis being 19 months old. I know she will probably be unstoppable like the last trip at 12 months (coming soon), but I wonder if she’ll be more interested in attractions this time.

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.