Our Trip To LA and Disneyland

*Today’s post is sponsored by iFLY luggage, 2weeksnotice clothing, Olivia James Apparel, and Aloft El Segundo LAX. This post contains affiliate links. As always, thoughts and opinions are mine.

Words can’t even express how much I loved taking this quick road trip to Los Angeles and Orange County with my husband! We had an incredible time and took a much-needed (and super short) break for some adult time together. It has taken me way too long to get this post up about our trip (a little under two months), I know—it’s ridiculous! However, I’m a wife and mom of two, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, I’m in school getting my MBA, I’m working & blogging & writing, and let’s just say I’m permanently exhausted!

But against all odds, I’ve finally completed a mini summary of our trip to LA & Disneyland, and some of the outfits I wore. There’s also a video of our trip above! If you want to skip ahead in the vlog to our arrival at Disneyland, it’s at 6:28!

SATURDAY

After several long hours in the car, we arrived at Aloft El Segundo LAX and immediately went to enjoy some time outside and by the pool.

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I’m wearing this dress from Olivia James Apparel. It’s no longer available in the color I’m wearing, but it IS available in heather grey and it was on sale the last time I checked! I also bought this hat for the trip, I love the blush color. It’s now sold out but you can go to the website and sign up to receive an email when it’s back in stock!

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Our Trip To LA and Disneyland - emilybogner.com

While we were outside, the hotel turned on the amazing outdoor fireplaces and even though it was cold, I wasn’t ready to let go of this dress-wearing weather so in the picture above I’m wearing this dress from 2weeksnotice clothing (last time I checked, it was on sale for $26!). It was rainy much of the time we were there, but when I’m traveling I get in that vacation mindset where I want to pretend it’s warm even when it isn’t! I have my resort-ready clothes, and my swimsuit, I’m not just gonna let them go to waste, right? I have to wear them! Tell me I’m not the only one :).

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On Saturday night we went to Koreatown and had dinner at a restaurant called Quarters Korean BBQ, it was delicious and I’d definitely recommend it! I’m wearing this black midi dress with the emerald green lace “Lindsay” kimono that I received from LuLaRoe consultant Jacci Britzzalaro. In case you can’t tell from the pictures we had a lot of fun even while we were just waiting for our table!

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Our Trip To LA and Disneyland - emilybogner.com

SUNDAY

It rained a lot when we went to Disneyland, but it didn’t put a damper on our day! One of my go-to outfits if I can’t decide what I should wear is a white top (whether it’s a tee/blouse/statement top, whatever) and jeans so I went for minimal and comfortable when dressing for Disneyland and wore this v-neck tee and these amazing skinnies, and a red hoodie from Evy’s Tree that they don’t have anymore unfortunately. I also wore these sneakers because I knew we’d be walking around all day. They are ridiculously comfortable!

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details: white v-neck tee (currently ON SALE for $7!!) | the skinny in denim | sneakers

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Our Trip To LA and Disneyland - emilybogner.com

Every time I watch the video from our trip to LA and Disneyland, I get a huge urge to go back! I miss it so much and I definitely miss living so close to it! If watching our adventures in Disneyland doesn’t make you want to go right now, I don’t know what will! 🙂

 MONDAY

Finally, I can’t talk about our trip without mentioning the new luggage Max found at the end of his Disneyland birthday surprise scavenger hunt! These bags are amazing and we both loved all the pockets, compartments, and features of our suitcases from iFLYluggage. Also, I love that the color is unique! When we use them on a flight, I think it’ll be easy to spot them when we go to pick up our baggage.

I chose a super comfortable outfit for our drive home, this sweater is classic and warm, I like the white band around the neckline and sleeves. I love these high waisted distressed knee jean leggings and wear them a ton. The ones I’m wearing are petite, but when I bought them they also had them available in regular sizes! Again, I’m wearing these sneakers because gosh darn it they’re REALLY that comfortable and they’re cute too. 🙂

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details: knit sweater | distressed knee jean legging | sneakers

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I hope you enjoyed experiencing Disneyland with us on our first trip there together! Do you have a favorite trip you’ve taken recently? Share it in the comments along with why it was so special for you!

Xx, Emily

 

Custom Phone Cases That Are Stylish Too

*Today’s post is sponsored by CaseApp. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have been in need of a new phone case so when CaseApp reached out to me, I said absolutely! On the CaseApp website there are plenty of options for custom phone cases (that are stylish too). Their amazing marble-print phone cases immediately caught my eye. In fact, they have a few different types of marble-print cases so it took me a little while to pick which one I wanted. I’m glad I decided on this one–it was exactly what I was looking for to freshen up my phone for a new season.

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Custom Phone Cases That Are Stylish Too - emilybogner.com

Custom Phone Cases That Are Stylish Too - emilybogner.com

But as I mentioned before, something I really like about CaseApp is that they give you the option of designing your own phone case. I spent some time on their site checking out the different ways I could customize a case–I could’ve gotten the white marble-print with pink (my favorite color!), or I could’ve done a combination of black, white, and gold in a fun design. I was surprised at the number of choices available!

Designing a Phone Case

My husband’s phone case was also in need of some freshening up—it was plain and broken at the bottom so he wanted a new one too! It was fun creating a custom iPhone case for him. He requested that I put a couple of his favorite pictures of me (the ones he picked are actually some of my first blog pictures) and then he picked some favorite pictures of our kids for me to put on a case for him. He loves it! I even got to write a little note for him on it. This is such a great gift idea with both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up!

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Custom Phone Cases That Are Stylish Too - emilybogner.com

Custom Phone Cases That Are Stylish Too - emilybogner.com

Max loves having pictures of us on his phone so he can see us whenever he wants wherever he is. If you know me, you know I love personalization because I feel like there is a certain special sentimental value with personalized gifts that makes people remember them for years to come.

Ready to create a custom phone case of your own? Use code EMILYBOGNER20 to get 20% off at caseapp.com! This code is valid until April 17th, 2017.

If you were to create your own phone case what would you put on it?

Xx, Emily

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Packing a Diaper Bag with 2 Toddlers

As a mom I’m always on the go and when I feel like there’s no way I could get any busier, I do! It seems like my to-do list just keeps growing and growing, which is why I’m happy to have my JJ Cole Caprice bag—a diaper bag that can handle my busy schedule.

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I love that this diaper bag has plenty of storage space as well as pockets and compartments to carry everything I need, and it’s stylish too, which is a win! Plus, it’s versatile—this tote bag can be carried by its’ handles or by its’ shoulder strap. One of my favorite things about it is that it has stroller straps that make it possible for us to easily attach it to the stroller (I have been wanting a diaper bag with this capability!).

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Packing a Diaper Bag with 2 Kids - emilybogner.com

And in case you need another reason to check out this JJ Cole diaper bag, here’s one: it’s a neutral color, so my husband doesn’t mind carrying it one bit!

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When it comes to packing a diaper bag, we have a system down. With our first son, we overpacked every time we left the house because we just knew we needed at least two or three extra outfits, five diapers, wipes, a nursing cover, and a handful of burp cloths for three hours of church or two hours out and I’m not exaggerating at all. If you’ve read my post on creating a sleep routine, you know my oldest had reflux, which meant constant spitting up so we literally had to have all of the above. Packing the bag for two toddlers looks quite a bit different.

Packing a Diaper Bag with 2 Toddlers:

1) Diapers – we pack a couple diapers in each child’s size.

2) Baby Wipes

3) Cups – our kids can use regular cups at home (yay!) but when we’re out and about, these are easier for us to use for water.

4) Snacks (not pictured)

5) Extra Outfits – we try to pack one extra outfit for each child. Depending on weather, we might bring two sweaters or jackets. Right now it’s warm outside so the boys can wear a shirt and shorts or a romper.

6) Blankets – we often pack a blanket for each child just in case they want one in the car.

7) Books (not pictured) – we often take board books with us wherever we go. That way, we have something to entertain the kids with if necessary.

8) Bandages & Antibacterial Ointment – I always like to be prepared with bandages and antibacterial ointment just in case. Thankfully, we haven’t needed to use the stash in the diaper bag yet!

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Be sure to check out Babies R Us for all JJ Cole products!

Xx, Emily

5 Indoor Activity Ideas for Rainy Days

*Today’s post is sponsored by Trademark Innovations and Smiling Tree Toys. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Do your kids whine when they’re stuck inside all day? Right, neither do mine. But just in case you have a rainy day (we’ve been having a lot of those here in Northern California recently!) or a snow day, and are stuck inside, here are some indoor activities we do to help the day pass more smoothly and happily . . .

1) Hang out in a Teepee – We were so excited to receive this canvas Teepee from Trademark Innovations, and my hubby, who grew up loving cowboys, was even more excited when we found out it was in a cowboy print. The Teepee makes any activity that much more fun for them (especially activities #3 and #5).

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2) Build a fort – I loved building forts as a kid. We’d get all the couch cushions, pillows, blankets, and sheets we could find and put together huge tented forts that we’d play all kinds of games inside or lay under on a movie night. My kids are still a little too young for this activity, but I can’t wait to build forts with them when they’re older.

3) Read – Days that are filled with rain and snow are perfect for reading! Are your kids sick of all the books you have? Start a rainy (or snow) day collection of books—books that you only take out on a rainy (or snow) day! That way, it will be a treat when you bring out those special books.

4) Make Believe – When we are stuck inside all day, we play lots of make believe! We pretend to be dinosaurs, lions, or dogs—I love that we get to use our imaginations together!

 

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5 Indoor Activity Ideas for Rainy Days - emilybogner.com

5) Puzzles – Our little guys like these wooden name puzzles from Smiling Tree Toys, they put all the letters in, then dump them out and do it all over again!

What are your favorite indoor activities for rainy days or snow days? Share them in the comments!

Xx, Emily

Aloft El Segundo LAX

I’m thrilled to have Aloft El Segundo LAX sponsoring today’s post because our experience staying with them was so fun and unique. From the modern décor and bright colors to the incredible outdoor area and stocked gym, you’ll see why I think this is a great spot to stay, especially when flying into LAX.

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So many people frequent Los Angeles, whether they’re on a work assignment, a weekend getaway, or passing through before heading to another destination, it’s definitely one of the places to be. Aloft El Segundo LAX is conveniently located next to the airport (and it didn’t bother us a single time during our stay).

We loved the hotel . . . see it for yourself:

Did you see the amazing outdoor area in the video? Right next to it were doors that led to our suite and other rooms on the same floor—I loved this easy access to the great sitting areas and outdoor fireplaces.

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The Suite

Inside our room, the urban vibe continues with vibrant colors, space, and plenty of comfortable places to relax.

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Remember the doors I talked about before? This is one set of the doors that lead outside and if you look closely you can see the pool area.

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Aloft El Segundo LAX - emilybogner.com

The hotel lobby at night! Love the way this sign is lit up.

Aloft El Segundo LAX Amenities

If you don’t know already, I love a good gym. And a good gym on a trip makes me happy . . . very happy. The gym at the hotel had towels, yoga mats, and get this: they even had disposable headphones available for guests! The room was big with several machines, weights, medicine balls, and exercise balls. Plus, major bonus: you can go to the gym 24/7. And they have light meals available 24/7 near the lobby. Then there’s the amazing pool area. You can check out the bar and lounge in the hotel lobby, plus they have live music some nights.

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Inside the gym space (for a better look at the gym be sure to check out the video here).

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A variety of food available 24/7 near the lobby.

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The amazing pool area. To get a better look at the pool area check out the video here.

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Final Thoughts

We truly enjoyed staying at Aloft El Segundo LAX and would love to stay there again in the summer time so we could take advantage of that amazing pool area! The staff was courteous, kind, and helpful. The room was comfortable, spacious, and clean. The amenities? Amazing! I’m a little bummed that we didn’t get to spend more time in that gym though. Still, we sure enjoyed hanging out by the outdoor fireplace at night.

What do you think of Aloft El Segundo LAX? Have you visited Los Angeles or are you planning a future trip? If you have any questions or if you enjoyed this post, I’d love to hear from you . . . leave me a comment!

Xx, Emily

 

 

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