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Our Family Vacation in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Vacation

We just came back from our family vacation to Rhode Island. This was our second time going and this time we went with a toddler and 6 week old in tow. Are we crazy? Maybe, but we had a great time. Today I’m sharing all about our family vacation in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island is a quaint little state in New England best known for it’s beaches (it’s called the Ocean State for a reason) and historic charm. It’s filled with beautiful coastal views and has lots of fun activities for families.

Where we stay

We rent a house in Bonnet Shores, which is a quiet residential neighborhood in Narragansett. Bonnet Shores has it’s own private beach for the neighborhood community and is my favorite beach in all of Rhode Island. Although there isn’t any parking which is one of the reasons why the beach is so quiet. But most homes in the neighborhood are a short walk or bike ride to the beach. I love all of the gorgeous homes in the neighborhood with the cedar shake siding and lined with bushes of hydrangeas. It’s our dream to own a home there one day.

Rhode Island Vacation

Find me at the beach

We hit up the beach in Narragansett almost every day. The Narragansett town beach is a public beach so it is a little busier but there are more amenities for the kids. Dude had a blast playing in the sand and riding the waves.

Rhode Island Vacation

I was a little anxious about taking an infant to the beach but Mav was a champ.  He even dipped his toes in a few times (gotta start ’em early).

Rhode Island Vacation

Travel Tip: In the summer, the Narragansett town beach has movies on the beach every Wednesday night. We headed on down with a few pizzas (and bottles of wine) in tow and watched a few of the volleyball games beforehand.

Rhode Island Vacation

The freshest seafood

If you head down to Point Judith you can charter a fishing boat and head out for a fishing excursion.

Here’s dude with his first fish he caught.

Rhode Island Vacation

There’s also a variety of shops to get freshly caught seafood. We always do a big seafood night to kick off our week.

Rhode Island Vacation

Day Trip to Block Island

We took the ferry over to Block Island for the day. The island has tons of cute shops and restaurants. You can also rent mopeds or bikes and ride around the island.

Rhode Island Vacation

Rhode Island Vacation

Memories to Cherish Forever

This year, my sisters and I surprised my parents with a family photo session.  Thanks to Cait Costa Photography, we were able to get some amazing photos we will truly cherish forever.

Rhode Island Vacation

 

 

If you are planning on heading to the beach with your little ones here are some of my favorite essentials:

 

Beach wagon – to help carry all of your necessities.

Family vacation to Rhode Island

Beach cabana – this was a lifesaver to keep the babe out of the sun and perfect for naps on the beach.

Family vacation in Rhode Island

Inflatable baby pool – This was such a great idea especially when going to the beach with toddlers. It was perfect for when the kids didn’t want to go in the ocean but wanted to cool off.

Our family vacation in Rhode Island

I shared my favorite Amazon bathing suits in my Friday Favorites blog post here

Family Vacation in Rhode Island

 

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Dino Roar Valley

Dino Roar Valley

Today we got to visit the brand new Dino Roar Valley in Lake George, NY. We are huge dino fanatics in our house so we were excited to check it out.

Dino Roar Valley

Dino Roar Valley features 20 life size dinosaurs that move and roar as you walk by. The tour is along a beautiful tree-lined pathway. It’s a nice, easy 1/2 mile walk and very stroller friendly. There’s also a spot for the kids to climb into a dino nest, dig for dinosaur fossils and attend a paleontologist workshop. It was a great experience and we had a blast.

Dino Roar Valley

Dino Roar Valley

On our way home we stopped at the Log Jam for lunch and then hit up some of the outlets for some shopping too.

If you’re looking for a little day trip, head up to Lake George and check out Dino Roar Valley. It opens this Memorial Day Weekend. It’s located right next to the Magic Forest where you can ride the ferris wheel and visit the petting zoo as well.

Click here to get your tickets

 

Dino Roar Valley

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Emegency Toddler Car Kit Essentials

emergency toddler car kit
This post is sponsored by Huggies but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This post also contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

 

Picture this – you run out to the store for milk, you don’t bring your diaper bag because you’re just running in and out. You pull into the parking lot at the store and realize your little one had a massive blowout. First of all, we’ve all been there.  I can’t tell you how many times this happened to me. If it wasn’t a diaper I needed, then it was something else – a blanket for the park, or a book or a toy to keep my little guy occupied while out in public.  That’s why I created an Emergency Toddler Car Kit, so that I am stocked and ready at all times.

 

Here are my Emergency Toddler Car Kit Essentials:

 

1.) Diapers – because you never know when there will be a blowout and it’s best to be prepared.

 

2.) Wipes – I use them for everything, from messy hands and faces to wiping off my counters. I love Huggies Natural Care Wipes. They’re 99% water based and are alcohol, paraben and fragrance free. Click here to buy some or head to your local Walmart.

Huggies Natural Care Wipes

 

3.) Diaper disposal bags – I keep these in my car and purse. And they are lavender scented!

 

4.) Hand sanitizer – It’s always a good idea to have on hand when traveling for after diaper changes, before eating or when out in public places.

 

5.) Spare change of clothes – I keep a pair of sweats/leggings, a t shirt, zip up hoodie, pair of socks and hat.

 

6.) Blanket – For the cooler months to keep warm and in the warmer months for picnics and trips to the beach and park. Love this one on Amazon

large indoor/outdoor buffalo plaid blanket

 

7.) Activity book – I have this one for my son and I love that it’s dry-erase. Just wipe clean and you can re-use. It’s a lifesaver when you have to wait somewhere and keep them occupied.

 

toddler dry erase activity book

 

8.) Snacks – because it’s no fun dealing with a hangry toddler.

 

9.) Drinks – love these cups as they are spill proof too!

 

10.) Sunscreen – When the weather gets nicer, we often stop at the park or playground. I love having some extra sunscreen in the car to reapply as needed.

 

11.) First aid kit – Because bumps and scrapes happen. This one is lightweight and compact.

 

Emergency Toddler Car Kit

 

Now you’ll be prepared for any road trips or just when out running errands with your little ones.

You can also check out my post on Must Haves for Your Baby.

 

 

emergency toddler car kit

 

 

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4 tips for planning your visit to the Ice Castles

ice castles

Last weekend we visited the Ice Castles in Lincoln, New Hampshire. The Ice Castles are man-made using over hundreds of thousands of icicles to create these breathtaking sculptures, archways and tunnels. It was absolutely beautiful, and definitely a must-see with your family in the winter time. I’m sharing some tips for planning for own visit.

ice castles

If you’re not in the northeast, Ice Castles also offers other locations including:

Dillon, CO, Edmonton, AB, Excelsior, MN, Lake Geneva, WI, and Midway, UT.

Here are 4 tips for planning your own visit to the Ice Castles:

1.) Buy tickets online and make reservations ahead of time.

You definitely want to buy your tickets online. You can buy tickets here.  We went at 1pm right when they opened on a weekend and it was super busy.  (I hear going during the weekday is the best if you can swing it). If you go later in the afternoon/evening, they have a really cool light display and light up all the castles.

We also made plans to stay overnight as it was a 4 hour drive for us. We stayed at the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites in Plymouth. It was an easy 25 minute drive from the castles.

ice castles

2.) Dress warm.

Inside the Ice Castles, it’s 15 degrees cooler than it is outside so dress warm. (One good thing is that it definitely wasn’t as windy once you’re in the castles). Dress the kids in snowpants and other snow gear so that they can get down and explore. They had lots of tunnels and a slide. And be sure to wear boots as it is all ice. (Get my boots here. I have them in wheat/black).

And check out these comfy sweaters on Amazon

ice castles

3.) Hit up the slide first

When you get there, they offer a horse and carriage ride that goes around the castles and the surrounding property.  We did that first and then went inside the castles. They also have a big slide. I recommend doing that first once you’re in as the line is long. And then go and explore. You can stay in as long as you’d like, but once you exit, you can’t go back in.

ice castles

4.) Take lots and lots of pictures

The photo opportunities are endless. They have lots of archways, a couple balconies, and even a little ice couch so bring your camera!

ice castles

ice castles

 

ice castles

ice castles

 

ice castles