Did you September is Walmart’s baby month? It’s 30 days where Walmart offers savings on hundreds of items online at Walmart.com. Shop Best of Baby Month here.
Since The Weaver family has been traveling quite a bit recently I wanted to take this opportunity to share 5 Walmart items that we love traveling with because they just make the traveling life so much easier!
Traveling Changing Station – Who knows where you have to change your cutie? Whether it’s a public restroom, backseat of a rental car or the airplane restroom, have no fear for all the germs because this traveling changing mat will put your mama mind at ease!
Diaper Sacks– Speaking of airplane bathrooms, don’t be that person that changes their baby’s number 2 diaper and just throws it in the trash for everyone to suffer, lol. These bags are so nice to throw in your purse or diaper bag. Everyone will thank you.
Frida Baby Skin Soother – I used to pack our baby wash cloths and then discovered this! OMG, not only does Landon love it but you don’t have to dirty the hotel wash cloths or pack any! It dries super fast and you can even say goodbye to your wash cloth laundry at home too!
Umbrella Stroller – This under $25 stroller was a life saver on our cruise! We have another stroller but it’s a little bulky and heavier so bringing this super lightweight stroller that is easy to stow away is so nice!
Sound Machine – This one is nice because it’s super small and easy to pack! There are several different sounds but the white noise is Landon’s favorite because it sounds like the desk fan we use at home , lol!
If you had to pick your top 2 baby must haves when traveling, what would they be?! Drop them in the comments below!
Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post! As always, thoughts are my own.
It’s no secret that I LOVE New York City. I remember going to New York for the first time when I was working as an Assistant Buyer and thinking “I belong here”. 🙂 A city with implants from all over the country, a city that never sleeps with an endless amount of restaurant options and coffee shops? Umm, yes please!
Fast forward to 2019. I still have a tremendous love for the city but me in 2014 gallivanting around the city doing whatever I wanted when I wanted is much different than making sure your toddler is having just as much fun while not interfering with nap time 🙂 so today I am sharing 8 fun things to do in New York City with your toddler as well as delicious kid friendly restaurants Brandon and I enjoyed and also toddler approved!
8 Things To Do In New York City With Your Toddler
Visit Central Park – If you followed along on our recent trip to New York, you saw that we made a trip to Central Park almost everyday! We stayed at the Parker New York Hotel (which I would highly recommend) and it was like 2 blocks from Central Park which worked out perfectly. We would walk there and let baby Weaver run free. Did you know that there are 16 different playgrounds in Central Park? In addition to the carousel, horse carriage rides and zoo, this 800+ acre park is perfect for toddler fun at no additional costs.
Time Square Characters – No matter how many times I have gone to New York, I always feel like my trip isn’t complete without a visit to Times Square. We took our little guy there to see the street characters. He enjoyed stalking Elmo from afar but I don’t think he could grasp why there were so many elmos and minnie’s in one place. LOL
M&M World – While you are in Times Square make sure you stop into M&M world and taste all of the fun and different flavors. I mean who doesn’t enjoy chocolate? I know i do and baby Weaver definitely did too!
Visit The High Line – I am laughing as I type this because I read on so many sites that The High Line was a must see and also kid friendly. And it is, however you should probably go on a day that it isn’t snowing LOL. I promise it wasn’t snowing on our Uber ride there, or else I would have saved it for another, sunnier day! It has great views of the city, stroller friendly and a ton of seating areas and grassy areas where I could totally see enjoying a picnic with your family would be so much fun! When we went, it started snowing and Brandon was like “great idea babe” lol. The next time we go in warmer weather I’ll definitely be taking the family back and I’ll show him it was actually a great idea 🙂 Fortunately, baby Weaver fell asleep on the ride over to The High Line so he actually slept in the stroller with his warm blanket while Brandon and I walked (in the snow) and took in the views. The High Line is actually a mile and half long park designed around a no longer in use railroad track.
Ice Skating – This was one thing that we had on our list but didn’t end up doing. If you go during the ice skating season, skating would be fun in Central Park, Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park.
Visit One World Observatory – This is another stop I always make an effort to see when in New York. The top of the One World Observatory is the highest view point in New York City and offers spectacular 360 degree views all over Manhattan and beyond but also so many emotions go through my mind when visiting the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. They have done such an amazing job honoring those who perished and the heroes who responded. Seeing the architecture of the One World Observatory and The Oculus is mind blowing. You can pay your respects and take in the architecture designs while your little ones enjoy the outdoors. The Oculus also has a ton of shopping and restaurants.
Coney Island- It was way too cold for us to take a trip to Coney Island while were there but in warmer weather, this would have definitely been a stop for us! Coney Island is filled with different attractions for all ages, rides and carnival food! Basically a toddlers dream come true!
City Treehouse – Typically this is not something we would do when visiting a new city but one of the days we were in New York the wind was brutal and we wanted to take baby Weaver somewhere to play that wasn’t a crowded museum. I’m so glad we gave City Treehouse a chance. They had a “treehouse” with a slide, interactive water activities, an art room, a baby room with instruments and a room that was set up for gymnastics type play with a soccer goal and basketball hoop. Baby Weaver loved it and not gonna lie we kind of did too, haha! When no one else was in the gymnastics room Brandon was kicking the soccer ball so hard into the goal baby Weaver literally laughed like it was the funniest thing he had ever seen in his life. Like who is the bigger kid here? 🙂 This place is located in Chelsea so we were able to walk to delicious restaurants from there.
Toddler Approved New York City Restaurants:
One of the things I enjoy the most about traveling, is trying out new restaurants! On this trip I felt like we were on a burger tour, lol, but honestly not mad about that. Baby Weaver has been really into hamburger patties and fruit lately. Basically that’s all he wants, haha. I remember walking into 5 Napkin Burger and Brandon saying “this boy really likes his $15 burgers” LOL
Black Tap NYC – holy smokes, WORTH.THE.HYPE! This place always has lines out the door but we decided to go the day it snowed and got right in. The midtown location was also one street over from our hotel. We ordered The Greg Norman burger, Fruity Pebbles shake and Brooklyn Blackout shake. Yes, yes and yes. I would 100% wait in line for that.
Made in New York Pizza – you have to have New York pizza when you are in New York City and this place does not disappoint. I had the white pizza and I’ve been thinking about it every since!
The Burger Joint– This place was actually located inside of our hotel so we ate it a few times when we just wanted to grab something fast. Simple menu and good burgers. I love how it is decorated very speakeasy-ish. It’s actually hidden behind floor to ceiling curtains in the lobby of the Parker Hotel.
5 Napkin Burger – Brandon and I shared the 5 Napkin Burger which had imported gruyere, caramelized onions and garlic aioli and the Truffle Burger which has taleggio, porcini ketchup, a fried egg and black and white truffle butter. In other words these burgers were the bomb.com. Baby Weaver had a $12 Just the Beef burger and loved it lol.
Other places we ate at and enjoyed but I wouldn’t exactly say they are the best places for a toddler are below. I mean they are “kid friendly” but probably not a toddler favorite, if you know what I mean. Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, Brunch at The Plaza & Norma’s, dinner at Fogo de Chao.
Actually to be honest, I was the only one who liked Le Pain Quotidien, lol. The latte and avocado toast were so good. Brandon’s reaction was “I don’t like places that just make basic things sound fancy. Just tell me it’s scrambled eggs and cheese”. LOL
I hope this post is helpful in planning your trip to New York City! Let me know if you have any questions!
I can’t believe it has already been 2 weeks since our girls trip to Charleston. We had such a great time and came back with so many memories! If you are looking for a place to visit with your gal pals I would highly recommend Charleston. Today I am sharing where we stayed, where we ate and what we did! Oh and all of the outfit details, of course!
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It was my first time in Charleston and I always heard about how charming it was and now I totally get it! It was one of the most charming cities I have ever been to and I would go back in a heartbeat. Also, my middle brother was born there so before I left for the trip my parents were telling me all of the things they remembered from there so as we biked through the town I just imagined them walking through the city with my brothers as kids and that made this trip that much sweeter.
Where We Stayed:
Zero George hooked us up with the private Garden Suite which was just about as charming as the whole city of Charleston. We had our own little house that was complete with a living room and I can’t forget about the complimentary wine, cheese and 24 hour espresso service! I cannot recommend Zero George enough. The staff was so kind and accommodating. The property was as cute as can be and so close to everything that we were able to bike from the hotel to all of the spots we wanted to see. Oh and the pre-dinner cocktails we had at Zero Restaurant + Bar were pretty great too. 🙂
What We Ate:
Aside from eating all the cheese boards and drinking all the coffee from Zero George, we stopped at a few delicious hot spots during our girls weekend in Charleston.
Breakfast at Millers All Day – I had the frittata which was yummy and the restaurant reminded me of a place you would see in Palm Springs. So cute!
Dinner at Husk – I had the NC Chicken dinner which was okay. Honestly, I think this restaurant is a bit overrated as it is always on everyone’s top places to eat in Charleston and apparently it’s super tough to get a reservation there. For that reason, it’s worth saying you’ve been there but if you can’t get a reservation during your visit to Charleston, don’t feel too bad.
Dinner at The Darling Oyster Bar– OMG, I wish I had a picture of the crispy fried chicken that Margret and I shared. It was SO good and one plate is definitely plenty enough for two people! The atmosphere was super cute and the cocktails were legit.
Sweet Treat at Jeni’s – We stopped by during our bike ride back to the hotel to satisfy our sweet tooth cravings. I had the salted caramel ice cream and it was delicious!
What We Did:
I loved that we walked and biked through Charleston all weekend. The only time we took an uber was to dinner each night because it was pretty chilly at night. Zero George provides first come, first serve, complimentary bikes which was another plus from our hotel stay. I would recommend biking or walking through the city because there are so many charming houses each way you look and that is the only way you can take it all in. FYI- you can get fined $500 for biking on the sidewalk. I wish someone would have told us the first day, haha.
King Street – surprisingly we all had intentions of shopping but I think only Jessica bought something. We sure did window shop in Gucci though but we all came out empty handed. King Street has a ton of chain stores as well local boutiques.
Charleston City Market – The city market is a must when visiting Charleston. Such a great place to grab souvenirs as all of the items found at the Historic Charleston City Market are certified authentic Made in Charleston items.
Republic – Our sweet new friend Hillary recommended that we go to Republic for some night life fun. If I’m being totally honest, Rebekah and I were just trying to run into the Southern Charm cast, haha. We actually got there right after dinner which was probably pretty early #momlife but Republic ended up giving us bottle service which started that visit off pretty great and we got to dance the night away.
The Battery – The gorgeous and huge houses along the peninsula are definitely a must see. Apparently these homes were built by some of the wealthiest families in the city and I’m not surprised.
Waterfront Park and Pineapple Fountain- I am so glad Margret brought us by here on our last day. It was just a quick stop on our bike ride back to the hotel but the fountain is always something I see on Southern Charm so that’s pretty important to me, haha! This area has a great view of the harbor and would be such a great spot to let your little one run around if traveling to Charleston with your family.
Rainbow Row- The iconic Charleston site is a series of houses near the water front painted bright pastel colors. Again, another charming stop and must see in the city in my opinion.
If was such a fun weekend with some of my favorite mama’s and I would totally go back to charming Charleston in a heartbeat!
Pin this post if you have a girls trip to Charleston planned for the future!
We stayed at the boutique Ambassador Hotel in downtown Tulsa and we could not have been happier! The 55 room hotel is located inside one of Tulsa’s most historic buildings. The décor is so chic and modern all while still having an old romance feel. The staff was so kind, helpful and got us checked in and all bags up to our room so quickly when we checked in at midnight!
As soon as we walked into our Ambassador Suite I was immediately delighted! The luxurious décor continued onto each of the rooms and I was so happy to see that there was a separate living space from the master bedroom. With our little one going to bed so early, it’s nice to have that extra space when Mom and Dad want to stay up enjoying room service from The Chalkboard restaturant that was also located inside of the hotel.
Clearly baby Weaver and I were enjoying our relaxing and jumping time on these comfy beds!
Also, if you travel with your fur babies (I wish Brandon would agree to take Tex and Cali with us!), the beautiful boutique hotel is also pet friendly. Baby Weaver was having a ball with some of the pups we ran into in the elevator and lobby!
Since the hotel is in downtown Tulsa, it is the perfect location considering it was only a short drive to most of the popular sites I’ll list later on in this post. The hotel also has various meeting rooms, a fitness center and a complimentary shuttle service.
If you are looking for a first class hotel in Tulsa, I highly recommend the Ambassador Hotel!
What To See In Tulsa:
Center of the Universe | We parked and walked up to the “Center of the Universe” to find we passed it up, haha! Surprisingly there were no signs or anything saying “you are here” so just note that once you park, you have to walk a short distance to the actual spot. There are no signs so just keep your eyes open 🙂
Tulsa Zoo | A must do when you have your little ones
Discovery Lab | This was such a fun space and perfect for an afternoon when it was pouring outside. We were able to let baby Weaver run around and play with all the cool things. It’s sort of like a small scale children’s museum.
The Gathering Place | Holy Smokes!! You guys, this is a definite must see! One of my work colleagues who used to lived in Oklahoma told me that this place had just opened and I am soooo happy we were able to go. I will link their official site here. Even if you have just a few hours in Tulsa this should be the one place you go! This riverfront park was way more than we thought it was going to be!
I know you aren’t going to believe this but I only stopped to shop in one area of Tulsa. Utica Square. We were so busy trying to see all the local things in 2.5 days that we really didn’t have time to shop much!
Lastly, this isn’t technically a Tulsa, Oklahoma highlight but I do want to mention our new stroller that we took on this trip which made traveling a lot easier. I know the description says it’s super lightweight but no joke when we were at the airport I kept looking inside the stroller to make sure baby Weaver was there! It was so light I felt like I wasn’t pushing anyone LOL! This new jet stroller by Silver Cross was made for jet setting kids in mind! It folds to a compact size so small that you can even bring it onto the plane and stick in the overhead bin.
I hope you enjoyed this Tulsa round up. Please let me know if you have any other questions!