I’ve got to go check out Sweetpie Restaurant in the West Village just for the decor alone. Natalie posted the ice cream shop, and it looks like a magical little place where Alice in Wonderland would stop to get a slice of chocolate cake. Or maybe try a $75 ice cream sundae!
The other weekend was spent in Philadelphia. One of the perks of living where we do–so many cities and landmarks in driving distance. I had no idea Philly is known for murals. There are thousands of beautiful murals all around the city’s landscapes. We’d be walking and have to stop and admire the detail and sometimes try to figure out the meaning.
Have you ever tasted rootbeer-flavored cotton candy with homemade ice cream in the middle, making it a rootbeer float cotton candy? Or how about blackberry sorbet and homemade vanilla yogurt push-up pops? Or mint leaf chocolate ice cream sandwich? Or fig almond cream cheese danish? I know the list goes on but there were so many desserts that I can’t remember every dish we tasted while lunching at Bouchon in the Venetian Hotel. Oh my! The food was so delish that after I wanted to be a food connoisseur and only eat the best of the best. It’s all worth it.
For the 4th of July we headed to Cape Cod and enjoyed all that it has to offer–ocean breezes, miles and miles of sandy beaches, the smell of honeysuckle, poison ivy, lighthouses, seals, salt water taffy, wildflowers, salt ponds, charming quaint towns, fresh lobster, biking, homemade ice cream, cape house styles, sand dunes. This year we stayed just south of Provincetown so we could spend as much time on the National Seashore. Can’t go wrong with a vacation at the Cape. We had an awesome time.
A really good vintage shop in Las Vegas is The Attic. I use to shop there all the time back in the day…and before the store became famous and now charges an entrance fee. Ridiculous! But the clothes and furniture are pretty awesome.
We discovered Cape Cod this past holiday weekend and had a fabulous time. We are in love and vow to make a summer trip to the beautiful beach country every year. An item to bring is a bike, and it’s the best way to travel around the little towns. One day we took our bikes and a kid bike trailer and boarded the ferry to the island of Martha’s Vineyard. It’s was so fun riding our bikes (eventhough we got rained on) and a pleasant way to take in the beauty of the island. Very picturesque. We especially loved the town of Edgartown with it’s picture-book harbor, waterfront and white Revival houses. Actually all the towns in Cape Cod are very charming.
Every day we made a stop at each town’s local ice cream shop for a homemade treat. And on the way home I bought a box of homemade salt water taffy.
I must say, I’ve gone on quite a few long airplane flights with kids and ever time I feel like I master it a little more. And I’ve done it mostly alone. Seth flew out with us, and since we wanted to stay a little longer I’m flying alone with the kids. I’ll see if I can keep this up with a third child. Here are a few travel ideas that have been successful for us. And let me know any of your tips–the more the helpful.
- After checking in luggage, ask the airline counter attendant if you can have a family member escort you to your gate. My dad always comes through the gate with me and helps me so I can do last minute diaper/bathroom runs.
- Make sure you bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy.
- Pack more diapers than usual–same with wipes. Also a plastic bag for soiled clothes.
- Extra change of clothes or PJ’s if you are expecting them to sleep on the plane.
- Empty sippy cup or bottle (buy milk, water and juice boxes inside the airport). Plastic utensils.
- Purel or any kind of hand-sanitizer.
- Make sure kids are fed–nothing makes children grumpier than being hungry. I always pick up something in the airport or try to pack food.
- Snacks and lots of them. I usually try to pack every type of snack they usually eat–in addition I pack freeze-dried fruit, trail mix, oatmeal packets (get hot water on board).
- Candy–some parents might disagree with me because of the sugar high, but this is a huge treat for my kids since they usually don’t eat it. And once they know they’ll get candy they are responsive to my requests. Lollipops or gum are good for air pressure. Beforehand, I take Starburst and cut them in fours so they are easier to chew. Skittles or jelly beans are usually thrown in the bag.
- Beforehand, I buy a new small toy for each child and present it to them once we are in the air. It keeps them busy for quite some time. This time I bought Lucas one of the Matchbox travel pop-up car boxes with new cars–he was in heaven and seriously played with it for hours.
- Books, coloring books, playing cards, crayons, mess-free markers with pad, stickers with blank paper pad and play dough are always thrown in the bag. Stella loves playing with her vinyl stickers dress-up princess book.
- Portable DVD player with headphones and a selection of videos. I also buy a new video for them to enjoy.
- MP3 player loaded with their favorite songs. Kids can usually pick up how to work an iPod.