Victoria Schneider

Why We Chose To Travel With Our Baby

After we left San Diego, we spent a day driving up the coast to Malibu. Traffic was a beast, and when you’ve got a baby crying in the backseat, it can make things feel ten times worse. After an hour or two, we made it to El Matador Beach. I fell in love with this place when we went to Malibu two years ago, so I knew it would lift everyone’s spirits that day. It was overcast, but the sun started peaking through the clouds when we got there, which made it even more magical. Cove was so happy and kept waving at the ocean. As we walked around it started to sprinkle, but instead of running to our car, we just decided to dance in the rain (literally). It was such a fun memory and it helped put the traffic / travel trauma behind us. Afterwards, we had dinner at Malibu Farm, which was right on the pier and had such a beautiful atmosphere. It was a perfect way to end the day. Some days traveling with a baby can…

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San Diego Zoo – La Jolla – Scripps Pier

For the last half of our stay in San Diego, we decided to spend it at the San Diego Zoo and exploring the beaches nearby. We were so excited to take the boys to the zoo. The San Diego Zoo was also celebrating 100 years and was rated the best zoo in America. I was so impressed with it. We saw a grizzly bear fight, elephants up close & personal and the boys were in love with the polar bear that played in front of them. If you haven’t been and you are in the area, I highly recommend it, even if you don’t have kids. It’s just a really cool place to experience and its right next to Balboa Park, which was our other favorite. There are so many great beaches in San Diego too. We stayed right at Windansea Beach, but Pacific Beach, La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines are all beautiful and super close by. One of our favorite places in San Diego is Scripps Pier. We actually have a picture of it hanging in Cove’s nursery. We started our…

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San Diego – Balboa Park, Old Town & La Jolla

We just got home from my happy place, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about all the great memories we made taking Cove there for the first time. I plan on giving you guys a full tour guide with our top food and must sees for all our SoCal favorites, but for now, I thought I would highlight some of our days. I have always loved San Diego since my family took me as little girl. We didn’t get to see a ton in 2014 when we flew in, but we knew with all it’s family attractions, we definitely wanted to take Cove and experience it for a longer period of time. After the first day, which was spent mostly relaxing around the condo because lets be honest, traveling with babies requires some down time, we visited Balboa Park. It was such a beautiful place to walk around and see. There are all sorts of museums, gardens, play areas, and even the zoo. Our favorite was the Desert Garden, pictured below.

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First Halloween Part II | Baby Shark

I was so excited when I realized we would be celebrating Cove’s first Halloween in Laguna Beach! I am all about homemade costumes, which you can see from my previous post and Cove’s other Halloween costume, but I found this shark outfit and knew we had to let him be a little shark flapping around on the beach. When we tried it on at the store he was grinning from ear to ear. When we took him to the beach this time, he was so afraid of the sand. It was crazy because in Charleston he loved it. But hey – what shark isn’t afraid of being stranded on the sand?! Haha! After a while he got used to it and was giggling and throwing it up in the air. It was such a great memory for his first Halloween. I hope you guys have a great day dressing up and eating lots of candy. Happy Halloween!

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Franklin | Pilgrimage Music Festival

You may have read about out recent weekend getaway to Franklin, TN. While we were there, the city was hosting the second annual Pilgrimage Festival, showcasing amazing artists and local vendors. It was one of the nicest festivals we have ever been to. You could even ride your canoe or horse to the festival. How cool is that?! I think one of the biggest and most helpful features of the festival for us was that it was very family friendly. There were tons of families there and lots of options for people with kids. They even have a Little Pilgrims stage that has artists and fun activities for kids all day with a pirate playground. There were tons of people with wagons and strollers. Since we were traveling, we only brought our stroller and a blanket for us to sit on. It was perfect for Cove to play on and listen to the bands. (Also, because some of you may be concerned, we did not have baby headphones for Cove to prevent ear damage, so we made sure to sit far away…

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Franklin, TN | Travel Guide

It’s really hard to put into words how much we loved this city right outside of Nashville. I had a pretty good idea that Ian and I would enjoy our stay, but we didn’t realize just how much we would fall in love with the town and people. We headed up through the beautiful mountains of Tennessee on a Thursday morning, on the first day of fall. It was a perfect way to kick off the season. Tennessee’s rolling hills are unlike any other state. When we made it to our B&B, the Tin Roof Cottage, we instantly felt at home. Every single detail of this place was thought out and had a creative touch. Less than a mile down the road was the quaint town of Leiper’s Fork. We walked from our cottage through the downtown area full of antique and boutique shops. Each of the businesses is required to have a place for the community to sit and relax, so outside of every shop or restaurant you will see fire-pits, benches, and tables with locals gathered around chatting and…

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Mini Road Trips and Our Top Car Seat Picks

I honestly believe that fresh air and being outside can change your entire mood. Now that the weather is cooling down, we will be outside a lot more than just the evenings. This past weekend, we packed up the car and headed just north of our house to visit the lake. We didn’t have a lot of time since we had obligations that night, but just sitting by the water really calmed all three of us. One of the quickest ways to calm Cove when he is fussy is to strap him in the stroller and just take him outside for a bit. He gets so quiet and just soaks up every little detail the great outdoors has to offer. Visiting bodies of water mesmerizes him even mmore. We popped the trunk of the Volvo and just sat in the back seat sippin’ on coffee and watching the boats in the water. It’s so good for the soul sometimes to just pull off on the side of the road and take a minute to be still with one another. Life can be…

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San Diego Guys Trip

Some of my favorite trips are the last minute, spontaneous ones because we have to buckle down and get all the logistics planned quickly, then we’re off while still on the high / excitement of planning the trip. Now I love planned trips too (we typically have two trips a year that are planned months out), but there’s just something about jumping on a plane a few days later and throwing yourself into the flow of whatever happens, happens. It was just Jimmy and I for this trip though. You’ve seen him, Jen and their little guy on this blog a lot. Obviously their our best friends and we’re very close with them, so when Jimmy called me a week and a half ago and said he was flying to San Diego for 4 days on business and to pack my bags, I vetted it quickly with Victoria and 3 days later, we landed in the beautiful city of San Diego in my favorite state, California. We worked. We played. We drove around for hours in a Jeep Wrangler with…

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