OUR TRIP TO CLEVELAND

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A few of my favorite shots from our weekend in Cleveland with my best girl Lauren and her kiddos. We flew in on a Wednesday so I left Lucas home with daddy and made it a girls trip with Sol. The purpose of the trip was to attend Lauren’s very first art show in collaboration with her son Keegan. The show was pure magic and I am so happy we were able to attend. I’m so insanely proud of my best friend.

We spent the rest of the time together exploring Cleveland, thrifting, and just hanging out. And drinking wine. Lots of wine ;). I can’t wait for our next trip together – we are waiting for you in NYC!

JUST THE TWO OF US | CASAMAGNA MARRIOTT CANCUN RESORT

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Two weeks ago Lucas and I headed back to Mexico for a special mama and son getaway. It was just what we needed – it’s been so long since I’ve had this much one on one time with my boy. With the hustle of every day, taking care of kids and tending to everyones needs, you can forget how important it is to nurture the individual relationships you have with your children. I was craving alone time with Lucas and when the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort invited us to experience their ‘Just the Two of Us‘ package I was thrilled! The weeks leading up to the trip Lucas couldn’t stop talking about the pools (I had shown him photos of the resort) and how excited he was to be on the beach. 

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THE BEACH TULUM

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Tulum. A dream come true. Ivan and I planned this solo trip in March and we had been counting down the weeks until July – I still can’t believe it came and went. It was just what we needed as individuals and as a couple. We had no real agenda. All we wanted was to be together and enjoy each other’s company. The beach, margarita’s, and sleep (OH THE SLEEP) were amazing bonuses. We stayed in The Beach Tulum and it was perfection.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PART II – SEA HORSE RANCH

IMG_0360Part of the excitement of our family vacation was the anticipation of the beach portion of the trip and getting to spend a few nights at Sea Horse Ranch through Kid & Coe, located in Cabarete with easy access to Sosua beach (Ivan’s favorite).

As some of you may know, I’m the community manager for Kid & Coe – an amazing site and service catering to family travel with some of the most beautiful properties around the world. To say I was stoked to finally get to experience booking and staying in a Kid & Coe property first hand would be an understatement!

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PART I – SANTIAGO!

IMG_9636 We just arrived back home to NYC from our family holiday to The Dominican Republic and this pregnant mama is achy, exhausted, and deliriously happy. My heart is content and I have a tan to boot. I mean, what could be better than that?

Ivan’s father retired to the DR about two years ago after working for over 40 years in New York. This trip was a special one because he was turning 70 and we wanted to share in the festivities. Not only that but Ivan’s birthday falls on the exact same day with his brother’s happening only days before. It was a Vargas birthday extravaganza if you will.

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DECEMBER IN FLORIDA

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We’re in Florida! Again! Can you tell we really love it here? We arrived Tuesday morning and were greeted by a house decked out in Christmas decor. My aunties know how to do the holidays right! Lucas is loving every bow, wreath, and blinking light. It has been such a pleasure relaxing on the back deck with just a light sweater and taking in all the sunshine. Sorry NYC. We all needed a break from the cold. Oh. Those wreath photos above? I woke up with this idea that I just knew would be perfect. Lucas poking his head out of a giant wreath? Adorable! Wrong. Total fail (especially the part where he flung the wreath across the grass..) but either way the photos still make me smile. We still have another week in the sunshine. Another week of thrifting, relaxing, more relaxing, and family time. The best. Happy Holidays from Clearwater! 

MAGIC

I’m a lucky girl. Florida means family for me. And this lady is my long distance sister. And those adorable boys of hers? They are my world. We talk on the phone. We face time. A LOT (oh hey husbands, sorry about that ;). But there’s nothing like seeing those beautiful faces in the flesh. We got to spend one glorious day together sharing lots of laughs and piña coladas. It was also the first time our significant others got to meet and it just solidified everything in a way. Does that make sense? I hope so. Either way, I’m missing my babes but I treasure the memories we got to create and I can’t wait to see  my clan again in just 4 short months. Hip hip to magical friendships. 

SUNSHINE FOR THE SOUL

^^Thanks Mom. For the photo and the thumb print ;)^^
I’m torn. I am missing this beach and that pool something fierce. However it has been such a pleasure sleeping with the windows open the last few nights and feeling the cool breeze fill the room. I not so secretly adore NYC Fall! Autumn lovings aside, we had the best 10 days filled with hot Florida sun and lots and lots of time spent by the water. There is something about the beach that fills my soul with an overwhelming sense of calm and peace. Clearwater, we will back before you know it. 

FLORIDA HANGS | WE’RE BACK!

Clearwater, Florida. You have my heart forever. I have been traveling down to the Sunshine state to visit my aunties since I was a baby and Lucas has followed suit. We spent the last 10 days soaking in lots of family time, backyard hangs, and endless hours sans shoes and pants. What’s better than a toddler running around with a garden hose and thinking it’s the best thing ever? Not much I tell you. We all had such a wonderful time and it was a much needed break from reality. I apologize in advance for the photo dumps coming your way this week. 

We were greeted at the airport by a familiar crisp breeze and it looks like Fall will be arriving right on time. Summer you were so good to us and you will be missed. Now bring on the pumpkin spiced lattes!