What We Wore – Hilton SanDestin Beach Trip

As a mother of 2 kids in my mid 30’s, the last thing I need to be doing is prancing around our neighborhood pool in a string bikini. In the past it was always so hard to find full coverage swimsuits made for fuller busts (DD and higher) but luckily so many brands are jumping on the bandwagon with more options. This past weekend we visited the Hilton Sandestin Resort (full blog recap coming soon) and I wanted to share what we wore 85% of  the time!

On Me: 

Plunge V-neck one-piece swimsuit – comes in 8 colors and sizes 1-16. I bought the red one and after wearing it this weekend I am seriously considering buying in the black! It’s such a classic style and super feminine without being matronly.

Fuller Bust Mesh Swimsuit – I love the additional strap in the front which gives this basic black bathing suit a little extra. The mesh detail adds dimension as well! A lot of the swimsuits on ASOS are made for fuller busts so you can select your actual cup size in addition to your suit size. I also bought this one which is a little snug, so I recommend sizing up one size. I’ll most likely wear this on our Spring Break trip in a few weeks!

Mama & Me Swimsuits – I couldn’t resist these adorable matching swimsuits and received so many compliments on them. The price point is amazing (thank you, Amazon!) and they shipped in 2 days. I wear an XL/12 in dresses and swimwear and the XL in this fit me great. Evelyn is wearing the 3T/4T and it was not too small (she is a 4T in clothing).

Leopard Cover Up – This cover up runs huge! I would 100% size down 2 whole sizes (I bought the 10 and could have worn an 8). Despite the size issue, I love the material and length and will definitely be wearing this more!

Star Cover Up – I just recently ordered from Nasty Gal and am loving everything they have. Especially since the whole site is up to 50% off!

On Evelyn: 

Yellow & Red Bikini – Evelyn looks great in everything, especially little bikinis, so suit shopping for her was such a blast. My love for Bang Bang Copenhagen runs deep and they just rebranded to Wauw Capow with even cuter kids clothes! Their kids swimwear is to die for!

Jelly Woven Basket Bag – This is also from Nasty Gal and only $10. It’s advertised for women but suits kids much better! I love that it can be sprayed off with water too if sand gets in it.

On Henry:

I love basic boy trunks and since Henry is almost 7, it gets harder and harder to find cute ones. I went with these CrewCuts and Volcom trunks from Nordstrom and then also got matching suits for him and Evelyn. Because let’s face it, this summer will probably be the last one that I can dress them the same, haha! Their matching suits are from Molo (his/hers) and since it’s a European brand they run small. I would size up 1-2 full sizes!

We leave for the beach again in just under 2 weeks and I have some other suits for the kids and myself that I will be sharing so stay tuned! Happy swimming!

 

100th Day of School Outfit

Earlier this week Evelyn had her 100th day of school! Her class participated in dressing up as if they were 100 years old and it was so adorable. Henry’s school hasn’t done this yet so it was really fun to get Evelyn’s costume together. One thing I love the most about special occasions is finding the perfect outfit and accessories. Luckily there are tons of inspiration pictures out there on Pinterest and Amazon has everything you need which can be to you in two days (in case you wait until the last minute like me).

Pearl Necklace – A staple item in this costume! You can get them locally at Party City, Dollar General and Target. I ordered ours on Amazon because of convenience.

Cane – This is an adult size cane and the rubber piece on the bottom comes off so you can cut the cane down to size. My husband did it with his handsaw but if you don’t have one you could go to your local hardware store and they can easily make the cut.

Wig – Evelyn’s hair is fine so I decided to go with a wig instead of curling. I had some trouble finding an actual wig made for 4 year olds so I went with this child/youth size. It was definitely a little big but I used some bobby pins to secure it underneath to her actual hair.

Knee High Socks – Read my in-depth post about my favorite brands here! You can also find flesh colored hose and put those on as well!

Shoes – Evelyn already had some Oxfords from Piper Finn which we used. I’ve seen 100 Day of School costumes with slippers and Mary Jane’s too.

Glasses – These were left over from my Harry Potter costume when I was professor McGonagall. They were another Amazon find and came in a pack of two slightly different glasses. They’re good to keep on hand in our costume bucket just like the wig and the cane!

Cardigan – Even though Evelyn has several cardigans, they don’t scream old lady. I love this white lace one with the single button. It fit perfectly under the collar of her dress (which was from Target last year and just a tad short!)

Has your child dressed up for their 100th Day of School yet? What pieces did you use to achieve their looks?

Disney Tips for First Timers

I’ve taken the kids to Disney twice now in under a year and while I am no expert, I want to share what I thought were the most enjoyable experiences (aka worth the money) and what wasn’t. Everything that I’ve highlighted below is something I always had questions about when I was planning our trips and also topics I’ve received the most questions on. So, let’s get started!

Last year was our first time going to to Disney as a family and we drove down from Atlanta (about 8 hours with stops and breaks). Henry was 5 years old and Evelyn had just turned 3. This year just Evelyn and I went after her 4th birthday and we flew down. The one year age difference was like night and day. She walked the entire time and was such a trooper! I didn’t have to bring or rent a stroller and all I needed was a small purse/belt bag to hold my phone, license, chapstick, sunblock, hand sanitizer and sunglasses. I didn’t need to bring any money or my camera since I had the magic band this year (more on those choses below). Not worrying about big bags, nice cameras and a stroller allowed me to always have one hand free to hold hers and also move through the park easier. If I could do the trip last year again, I would have waited until she was older. For me, 3 and younger is just too young. Yes, they get into the parks for free but everything that goes along with taking a baby/toddler in diapers to a theme park is just too overwhelming. As you can imagine there is a lot of standing, waiting and walking and young kids and babies just don’t have the attention span to handle that. Plus they are limited to the rides they can go on.

Clothes – If you’ve been following along on Instagram for a while than you know how much Evelyn loves her I Love Plum tutu’s. They come in a variety of colors and fabrics and have a built in leotard. They are lightweight enough for summer and can be layered with cardigans or sweaters when it’s cold. The past few months Target has been carrying some inexpensive Disney dresses and we brought 3 of those to bring with us. (Buy them here, here and here). Some other great basics to bring: black leggings, knee high socks, cute cardigans, lightweight rain jacket. I found these great Minnie shoes on Amazon for Evie and they were under $15 and super comfortable for her. I also brought her slip on gold glitter sneakers from Target which she wore most of the time and had no complaints. Luckily I am polka dot obsessed so I had tons of options to choose from. I mostly wore my favorite midi dresses from Target last year along with some comfy flats and flip flops. Since I had been Minnie Mouse for Halloween a few months ago I had some oversized mouse ears which I received a ton of compliments on. They are from Amazon, of course, and just under $11! My favorite place to find Minnie ears is Etsy and all the stores and shops within the parks have some really fun ones.

Gift Cards – One of the best things Disney did was to make their gift cards available at practically every store you go into. They carry them at grocery stores, Target, Home Depot, etc and they can be used anywhere in the park, to book special activities, restaurants and can even pay for your hotel (at a Disney property). I started planning this trip before Evelyn’s 4th birthday so when a friend would ask what to get her, I would say a Disney gift card. You can buy them in as little as $20 increments and they go up to $500. They’re perfect for grandparents to buy as well for Christmas gifts if you don’t need anymore toys and trust me, those Disney dollars aren’t cheap so be sure to stock up on them!

Airplane Bag – The flight to Orlando was Evelyn’s first flight ever! Granted the actual air time was only an hour and 5 minutes but I wanted to make sure she was prepared. I didn’t overpack but I also packed items that would be new to her and keep her occupied. I brought her iPad and headphones, her pretend makeup and makeup brushes, stickers, mini coloring books with the special marker that only colors on the paper, and an empty water bottle to fill up with milk after we got through security. She had a window seat both times and loved watching the plane take off. We also lucked out because there were TV’s in the headrests so she had access to a ton of kids movies.

Magic Bands – First and foremost, you are going to want to download the Disney World app on your phone and order magic bands once you’ve booked your hotel room. We didn’t order magic bands last year so having them this year for Evelyn and I was so convenient. The magic bands can open your hotel room (when you’re staying at a Disney hotel), access your photo pass when a Disney employee takes your photos and you can pay for anything at the parks by simply tapping your magic band at the register.

Disney Photo Pass – This trip with Evelyn I didn’t use my DSLR camera once. Even though I packed it, I left it in the hotel room the whole trip. I shot all the pictures on my iPhone 8 plus and had the Disney photographers take pictures of Evelyn with the characters on their professional cameras. There is no obligation to buy the photos they take and you can see previews of them in the Walt Disney World app before purchasing. Unfortunately it’s all or nothing and you cannot pick and choose which photos to buy. The cost of buying the photos is $69.99 if you only want one day of photos or $199.99 for you entire trip. This latter cost covers all photos taken within a 30 day time frame so even if you are there for 6 days or make 2 trips within a month, it’s still the $199.99 price. You can also wait a few weeks to pull the trigger on purchasing and they will stay in your account. For example I can purchase the pictures taken during our February 1-3 trip until March 19. Going this route is a great alternative to lugging your camera around and also allows you to get family pictures. There is no limit to how many pictures the photographers take so if you are serious about the unlimited purchase option, be sure to ask for a photo whenever you see one of the cast members around! Here is how the photos look in the app to preview before buying:

Hopper Park Tickets – This is a really cool ticket option if you aren’t going to be spending a full day at a single park. The hopper ticket allows you to visit all Disney parks in one day (or however many you want). If you want to do Magic Kingdom in the morning and Epcot in the evening, then this ticket is for you. They’re more expensive ($169 per adult vs. $114 for non-hopper ticket) but the best option if you want to visit multiple parks in a single day. With a 1 park per day ticket you can come and go in a single park as many times as you want. Be sure to look at the calendar online or within the app because the prices of tickets do vary depending on the day. Here is an example of the February prices:

Transportation – There is a vast selection of ground transportation around Disney. Starting with the airport you have several rental car companies, shuttles that run to the resorts and Uber family. There is even a Minnie Mouse van that will pick you up and take you to the airport if you really want to go all out, however that option is $150 each way. Within Disney world is the monorail that goes to the Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) and Epcot. It’s free to use and runs before the parks open and after they close.

Lodging – We stayed at The Contemporary Resort and loved how convenient the monorail transit system is there. It actually goes through the hotel which is impressive. There are several restaurants and it’s in walking distance to the Magic Kingdom (actually it’s the closest hotel to the Magic Kingdom!) The room was incredibly spacious and clean and would be perfect for a family of 4 or 5 (there was a pull out sofa bed). One thing that was kind of a pain was how far we were from the main hotel, buses, and monorail. I booked in the Garden Wing because the prices are cheaper and because I didn’t care about having a view for the fireworks (Evelyn is afraid of them). However I didn’t know how far the Garden Wing was from everything. Our room was also one of the furthest rooms down in our building so it added a ton of extra walking time on top of all the walking we had been doing. If I had to do it again I would book in the Main Tower!

DINING + FOOD

Nearly every restaurant in the parks and hotels are reservation only unless you’re getting snacks from a stand. The hotels offer room service too which is a Godsend when you just want to rest and not worry about trekking out with kids again. Evelyn and I had room service for 3 meals because of the timing (late at night/right before nap time). Honestly it was nice being able to rest and have some down time in between park visits. I have no idea how some families go all day long. No matter what your age, Disney is exhausting and you definitely need to rest!

Chef Mickey [located on the 4th floor of The Contemporary Resort. Mickey & friends character appearances] – This was by far the best dining experience we had during our trip, mostly because you get to meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto and Goofy. This breakfast beats waiting in lines outside to meet all six of them at various park location 1000%. Before seating there is a Disney Memory Maker there to take your photos with cute props. The food is endless buffet style and was really delicious. Evelyn and I ate breakfast there and we had no complaints. You will also have a server that brings you drinks, takes away dishes and makes sure all the characters visit your table.

Be Our Guest [located inside Magic Kingdom] – I made reservations here for lunch since we were going to be in Magic Kingdom and because Evelyn is obsessed with Belle. The setting is inside the Beasts castle but there is no appearance from Belle and the Beast only comes out for dinner reservations. However when we went to check in there was a line of at least 40 people waiting to be let in for lunch. These people had already checked in for their time slot and were waiting to get inside. I didn’t see what the point of making reservations was if I then had to stand outside in a line with a hangry toddler to wait for people to finish their lunch and have tables open up. I ended up cancelling our reservation with the hostess and we went back to the hotel and ordered room service and took a nap before returning afterwards.

Frozen Ever After Dessert Party [located in Norway in Epcot. no character appearances] – Even though this was cute and the desserts were delicious, I wouldn’t pay for it again (it was $126 for the two of us). The dessert party is at 8pm and Evelyn was already tired so feeding her a bunch of sugar on top of that didn’t help. I also noticed that she was the youngest child there and there were more adults than children. I think if you booked this for older kids who can handle their sugar intake at night it would be great. Another downfall for us: Evelyn hates fireworks and this dessert is timed to watch the fireworks from a special standing area at 9pm. Afterwards you get a fast pass to ride the musical boat ride at Frozen Ever After. Evelyn and I loved the ride but you can go on that anytime without having to purchase the dessert party tickets. The staff were so sweet and when I told them about Evelyn being terrified of fireworks, they escorted us down through the back entrance of the ride line right to the front so we could go on it. It was such a sweet gesture and I love how everyone goes out of their way to make every experience at Disney wonderful. note: advanced payment is required to book this! 

Perfectly Princess Tea [located in The Grand Floridian Hotel. Aurora character appearance] – By far the most expensive Disney experience we did ($336 for just me and Evelyn) but it was so worth it. The tea is located in the garden view tea room at The Grand Floridian Hotel and the valet cost is covered when you book. Reservations are needed for this tea and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. The setting is intimate and Evelyn was one of the 13 girls that attended the tea. The cast members make the girls feel so special and treat them like royalty from the second you check in. The girls are even announced like royalty before they enter the garden room. There is singing, dancing, live music playing and plenty of one-on-one time with Princess Aurora and Miss Rose Petal. All the girls each receive the following gifts: an 18-inch Princess Aurora doll plus accessories, a plastic tiara, silver princess link bracelet, fresh rose and a special princess scrapbook page “Best Friend” certificate for their new Aurora doll. As far as food goes, it’s hot tea for the adults and juice for the girls (both served in teapots) and light snacks. Definitely not enough for a meal and since the tea starts at 10:30, you’ll definitely need to have breakfast first. Strawberry cake is served afterwards and it was one of the most delicious slices of cake I’ve ever tried. After tea, snacks, cake and meeting Princess Aurora, the girls are led in a parade around the Grand Floridian lobby, then up to the second floor gift shop where a photopass photographer waits to take their picture. note: advanced payment is required to book this! 

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ [located at Disney Springs. no character dining] – On Saturday we met our friends at Disney Springs and stopped into Homecomin’ for brunch. The cheddar cheese drop biscuits were to die for and the Hush Puppy Benedict was so good I can’t even put into words. You can also get drinks to go from any restaurant and walk around with them!

Dole Whip – Not a restaurant but a Disney treat you have to try! While at Disney Springs we tried our first Dole Whip (mine was the boozy rum version of course) and they definitely lived up to the hype. who knew pineapple soft serve could be so good?

 

RIDES

Dumbo The Flying Elephant [Magic Kingdom] – This ride is great for smaller kids. We rode it last year when Evelyn was 3 and Henry was 5. You can adjust your altitude during your flight, so you can fly high or low. My husband, who is 6’5 can also fit in it so it’s perfect for parents too. If you’re lucky enough to have 2 adults with you, then one of you can take the kids into the circus play area while the other one waits in line. It’s also air conditioned so great for those hot Florida days. Unfortunately the kids cannot be in the play area without an adult, so you can’t wait in line and also go in the play area if you are flying solo with the kids.

Frozen Ever After [Epcot] – This ride was so fun and definitely my favorite! We’ve been back over a week and Evelyn is still talking about it. There were times that it went faster than the other rides listed here (and backwards!) but I loved it and Evelyn didn’t seem to mind!

It’s A Small World [Magic Kingdom] – You can’t come to Disney and not ride this. It’s such a classic and made for everyone no matter their age. It’s also one of the longer rides which is nice if you need a little break to relax in between all the park craziness!

Prince Charming Regal Carousel [Magic Kingdom] – Another great ride for all ages and the carven wooden horses are such a work of art. This line goes really fast since there are 90 horses on the ride so I wouldn’t recommend wasting a Fast Pass on this one!

Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid [Magic Kingdom] – All ages and all heights and super cute! Nothing scary and you get to sit in a giant seashell (who doesn’t want to do that?)

Mad Tea Party [Magic Kingdom] – Another classic ride which my kids love because they can control how fast the tea cups spin. I recommend not eating or drinking anything prior to this if you’re prone to nausea!

Have you taken your kids to Disney before? What did you love the most and the least? Let me know in the comments!

5 Ways to ​Make Hotel Sleeping Easier

This post was sponsored by Orkin Pest Control. All opinions and content are my own.

If there’s one thing I love, it’s traveling. It’s really picked up over the past few years and there is no end in sight. I wouldn’t have it any other way; I love exploring new cities, experiencing adventure and of course eating all the food. One of my absolute favorite parts of traveling is trying out new hotels. I’m a sucker for a new hotel stay and love spending a few days in a fresh, clean room. I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to make sure I have the most comfortable stay I can! 

1. Bring your own pillow – Unless you are sleeping in hotel beds more than you’re sleeping at home, you probably have a pillow that fits your head and neck just right. Unfortunately, not all hotels have the firmest pillows and no matter how many down pillows you stack on top of each other they never seem to make one firm pillow. Whenever I’m traveling by car I always bring my own pillow because it makes such a difference. If you’re short on space you can always try vacsacking your pillow and tossing it in your luggage! 

2. Sound Machine – I for one cannot sleep in complete silence and have to have white noise going or I will never fall asleep. If I have room to fit my Dohm sound machine I always bring it but if space is limited, I have an app on my phone and bring my JBL portable speaker. Not only can does it play my white noise at night but it’s also great for listening to music or podcasts. Having this speaker dramatically improves the sound of the white noise and all music. 

3. Check Your Bed/Linens – Even writing the words bed bugs sends shivers down my spine. Luckily to my knowledge I have never encountered bed bugs and believe it or not there are several practical ways to look out for bed bugs in hotel rooms and prevent them from coming home with you. Orkin Pest Control knows a thing or two about pest control, and with more than 100 years of experience, they are leaders in the industry. Upon arriving in your hotel room, use their S.L.E.E.P. tips below to inspect for bed bugs:

Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown insects that are about the size of an apple seed.

Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring and other furniture. Bed bugs give off a distinctively sweet odor some say is comparable to rotting raspberries.

Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. I always make sure to use the luggage rack and keep my suitcase off the floor and bed, especially when packing.

Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and once you return home from a trip.

Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home. The suitcase never even makes it past the laundry room once I return home. I immediately take everything out and throw it in the washer and promptly take the suitcase to the basement.

If you think you might have brought bed bugs home with you, I recommend contacting a licensed pest control provider immediately. The friendly professionals at Orkin Pest Control are my go-to. To get in touch with your local branch, call 877-284-7429.

4. Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – Lavender is one of my all-time favorite scents and is an excellent natural remedy to treat insomnia, ease anxiety, and relax the body. ​I’ve been using this pillow mist for years and it always helps me fall asleep faster on a trip, even if the hotel pillows are too soft 🙂

5. Speaking of Lavender, I use essential oils daily and one thing I never travel without is my ​Relax rollerball and Thieves essential oil. The rollerball helps to turn off my mind at night ​and give me overall emotional support. ​It’s great for kids and adults of all ages ​and definitely came in handy a few times when Evelyn was wound up on a sugar high during our Disney trip. ​I use 10 drops each of Lavender, Cedarwood, Copaiba, and Frankincense​​ mixed with fractionated coconut oil in a glass roller ball. [roller balls and the fractionated coconut oil can be purchased on Amazon]. Thieves oil is great for providing immunity support since we all know traveling can weaken our immune system. You can put a few drops on the bottom of your feet and on your spine. If you have space in your luggage I highly recommend packing a small diffuser and diffusing thieves in your hotel room!

Do you have any upcoming travel planned for the year? Let me know in the comments where you are headed!

The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot

If you’re a longtime reader of this blog, then you know setting up styled shoots and throwing parties is one of my favorite ways to unleash my creativity. Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday, after Halloween, and I love everything about love month. Give me all the pink and red hearts! Luckily throughout the years I have acquired tons of props, pillows, cake stands, etc. so when it comes to setting up a shoot or throwing a party, the only things I really need to get are balloons, flowers and food!

I knew I wanted to fill the floor with balloons because they are an inexpensive way to decorate, but the thought of blowing them all up made me want to pass out (literally). I headed to old faithful aka Amazon and bought everything I needed included a balloon pump. It’s only $20 and had 1,282 FIVE star reviews. It’s lightweight, portable and does a great job. Even if it goes out soon, I will happily buy another because the convenience and time saving capabilities is a game changer. I just found out about this balloon tying tool to save fingers. It’s been ordered so I will come back and update as soon as I test it out!

There are a ton of Valentine’s Day balloon bundles on Amazon and they’re cheaper then when you buy balloons separately. I ended up choosing this Love Bundle because of all the latex balloons that were included. I also loved the different shades of pink and various balloon shapes. Getting balloons filled with helium can get pretty pricey if you go to a party store, so I always take mine to Publix or Kroger and have them inflated. They charge a fraction of what Party City charges, especially since you are bringing balloons in that you already purchased. You can also visit any dollar store and purchase the red heart mylar balloons already inflated for only ONE DOLLAR. I bought those last year when I set up this adorable photo shoot with Evelyn. Mylar balloons usually last me at least a week or more so you can really get a lot of use out of them with various shoots.

My travel partner in crime Katie and I love working together and really are creative soul mates. You can see more of our collective work and shots on Instagram under the #chanelandkatiecreate hashtag. For this Galentine’s shoot we worked with the lingerie brand Lively who provided us all the adorable bralettes we are wearing. We love working with brands that are women owned and encourage body positivity. To add a special touch to the photoshoot, I ordered cookies with the Lively logo from Atlanta cookie artist Santini Mini Sweets. They were the prefect prop and also tasted delicious!

The table was the main centerpiece of the shoot and consisted of 3 pallets painted in white, light pink and dark pink. You can get pallets from anywhere, usually free, because most times businesses are dying to get rid of them. Save money on paint by going to your local hardware store and asking if there are any paint colors that were mixed incorrectly. They are usually very cheap and if you aren’t looking to match a color 100% they are perfect for paint projects. There are TONS of ways to reuse pallets on Pinterest if you’re looking for a fun DIY activity.

What is your favorite way to celebrate love month? Have you ever done a Galetine’s Day photoshoot? Let me know in the comments! I would love to see them! And if you need a fun brunch idea, check out my Babe Brunch!

Getting a Good Nights Sleep When You’re Not at Home

Last weekend we had our first out of town guest of the year. This was her first trip away from her family and kids in almost 7 years and I really wanted to make her feel at home. Hosting company and overnight guests is something I really look forward to. I love catering the room to whoever is coming and getting all their favorite snacks, magazines and movies all set up. And it’s always fun to enlist helpers like kids and pets to make sure things are moving along at an extra slow pace, haha!

Studies show your best night’s sleep starts with soothing colors and a comfortable, quiet, calming room.  I knew that new, soft sheets were a must when having company and my go-to for ultra soft sheets for a fraction of the price is Tuesday Morning. They have close-out deals from great brands including Peacock Alley, Charisma and Linea Casa by Sferra. It’s been cold in Atlanta and since we’re still in winter, I was looking for a lightweight flannel that didn’t get too hot but could also be warm enough to last until Spring. I narrowed it down to two sets: gray Peacock Alley Upcycled Eco Flannel sheets and white Charisma sheets with a swiss dot design. The Charisma sheets wound up on our master bed and we have been sleeping the best we have been in weeks. I don’t know what it is about fresh clean sheets but I always sleep like a baby once I put them on my bed. Sheets can be ridiculously over priced but with Tuesday Morning I’m able to purchase several sheet sets to keep on hand and not only rely on 1-2 sets which wind up getting old and worn.

In addition to the new sheets from Tuesday Morning, I also purchased a stonewashed coverlet just in case it got cold at night. I like having extra blanket options because they’re easy to store and easy to clean. There are a few other items which are a must for me when it comes to sleeping comfortably through the night!

Sound Machine – We have a white noise machine in every room of our house and I cannot fall asleep without it. Even if your guest prefers quiet, the option of having a sound machine is great to drown out any noise.

Diffuser – Sleeping in a new space and bed that isn’t your own can be a little uneasy since it’s not what you’re used to. I keep lavender essential oil next to the diffuser so guests can use it at will. Lavender is used for a majority of things but I like its properties that ease insomnia and restlessness. It’s the perfect oil to keep in your guest room!

Plush Robe – If you’ve visited a Tuesday Morning than you know that they sell much more than just amazing sheets. I found a Linea Casa by Sferra white robe for just under $40 (compared to the $125 retail value!) which I knew would be the perfect addition to our guest bedroom. It’s so soft and thick and I love the clean look of the bright white. I also couldn’t resist the savings.

Salt Lamp – To add to the overall ambiance and tranquility of the room, I have a salt lamp on the nightstand table which helps clean the air in your home, soothe allergies, boost your mood and of course help you sleep!

Snacks – No one likes to go to bed hungry, so stocking the guest room with snacks is essential for a comfortable stay and a good night’s sleep. I try and stick with easy to eat foods like nuts, popcorn, granola bars and dried fruit. And don’t forget to keep plenty of water and liquids so your guests don’t feel uncomfortable asking you for a glass of water at midnight.

 

Do you have any tried and true methods for getting a good nights sleep? Have you checked out the sheets at your local Tuesday Morning?

Where to Stay in Philadelphia

Last month a girlfriend and I met up in Philadelphia for a quick girls weekend! It was the first time for both of us and we were so excited to have some time together and explore the city of brotherly love. The Windsor Suites is centrally located and near so many amazing spots. It’s within walking distance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (and the famous Rocky Steps), The Rodin Museum, and The Reading Terminal. Given that my friend and I are both bloggers and love exploring and taking photos, the hotel location was perfect. You can read more our girlfriends guide to Philly over on her blog!

The rooms are incredibly spacious and the first thing I thought was how nice it would be for a family staying there. I always love having a kitchen to make traveling feel more like home! In addition to valet there is also a parking garage right next door to the hotel so you don’t have to worry about finding street parking. The weekend we were there it rained a lot but luckily the Windsor Suites has complimentary umbrellas which were a life saver. We also used Uber a lot and the drivers were so friendly and there wasn’t much traffic going anywhere so the cost wasn’t insanely high. Had the weather cooperated a bit more we would have walked everywhere. Philadelphia has some amazing restaurants and photo opts which you can read about here!

The views from our balcony were so beautiful and there is also a rooftop pool! I’m dying to come back just to swim because it looked like such a fun spot to spend an afternoon or early morning! There are two restaurants in the main lobby, a pub and an Asian restaurant which we totally ordered from at 10pm one night and it was SO good.  I also ordered food from the Irish pub when I first checked in. They brought it to my room while I was getting ready which was a huge time saver for me. I rarely eat before and during a flight so I’m always staving by the time I arrive at my destination. Not having food readily available makes me super hangry so it’s important for me to point out the room service, haha!

JeeYoung and I felt incredibly safe during our stay at The Windsor Suites and there was always someone at the bell hop stand. Your room key is required to use the elevators as well. Hotel safety is extremely important to me especially when I’m traveling alone or with a girlfriend so it’s always good to know how hotels operate before booking.

Have you ever been to Philadelphia before? Did you love it? Where did you stay and what did you do? Tell me all about your trip in the comments! A huge thank you to The Windsor Suites for hosting us and making us fall in love with Philly!

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