Our Family Getaway to Monterey Bay

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As a native Californian, I have fond childhood memories of visiting Monterey Bay with my family. The sparkling navy blue ocean with waves rolling in, cold wind whipping through my hair, watching seals and otters, or following my dad along a well-manicured golf course–I love what Monterey Bay has to offer.

It was a dream come true to take my own children to this memorable place and at such a special time of year. Learn more about visiting Monterey Bay here, and keep reading to learn about our amazing trip to Monterey!

Monterey Tides

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We stayed at the Monterey Tides hotel, which was on the beach right next to Monterey State Beach – Seaside Beach, where we enjoyed playing. The hotel had no shortage of ocean views and it was relaxing to listen to the waves crash as we fell asleep.

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Ocean view from the Monterey Tides lobby

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Walking to our room

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Outside of our hotel room

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Enjoying beautiful Monterey State Beach – Seaside Beach

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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I’m not sure who enjoyed the Monterey Bay Aquarium the most, us parents or the kids! It was incredible! The moment we walked in there were exhibits all over the place. In fact, the most difficult decision was figuring out where to go first. Many of the exhibits are interactive–I got to pet a bat ray, and my oldest son held a hermit crab. Another exhibit the whole family enjoyed was a small hallway that imitated a tide with the water rolling over the glass around you. In spite of all the amazing things to look at and learn about, my absolute favorite was the Open Sea exhibit. It’s one million gallons of water with sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, tuna, and more. Our Family Getaway to Monterey Bay - emilybogner.comLittle E in front of the Open Sea exhibit

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Our Family Getaway to Monterey Bay - emilybogner.com

Our Family Getaway to Monterey Bay - emilybogner.com

The Kelp Forest exhibit

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G watching the fish swim by

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Cannery Row

After the Monterey Bay Aquarium closed, we spent some time in Cannery Row. We visited the Cannery Row Monument in Steinbeck Plaza and took a family picture in front of the beautiful ocean view. I absolutely love Dippin’ Dots, and when I saw that I could get it in Cannery Row, I just had to! Another delicious stop in Cannery Row is El Torito, I remember eating here with my family as a kid–sitting in a booth by the window, we watched seals and sea lions as we ate.

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Our Family Getaway to Monterey Bay - emilybogner.com

Our Family Getaway to Monterey Bay - emilybogner.com

Our Family Getaway to Monterey Bay - emilybogner.com

Vizcaino Waterfront Food + Drink

This restaurant is located on the top floor of the Monterey Tides hotel. It features a rustic look, fireplace, and has an upscale yet casual atmosphere. We had breakfast here one day and loved it. It was delicious and I’d definitely recommend it.

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Our Family Getaway to Monterey Bay - emilybogner.com

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Dennis the Menace Park

We were so excited to go to the Dennis the Menace Park with the kids, but they fell asleep on the way over there so unfortunately they didn’t get to enjoy it, but I was able to get a couple pictures of this fun park.

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Our Family Getaway to Monterey Bay - emilybogner.com

If We Had More Time in Monterey 

I love to plan family vacations and for our trip to Monterey, I had a long list of places I wanted to take the family and not enough time for it all. So, if we had more time in Monterey here are the places we would’ve gone:

  • Big Sur
  • Pebble Beach
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Lovers Point Park & Beach
  • Point Pinos Lighthouse
  • Asilomar State Beach
  • San Carlos Beach
  • Del Monte Beach

As you can see, we had an amazing trip to Monterey–it’s a great travel destination for your family this spring! Learn more about visiting Monterey here, and plan your family’s getaway to Monterey here. Have you ever been to Monterey? What’s your favorite place? If not, what places would you like to see on a Monterey getaway?

Xx, Emily

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Lip Injections at Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa

 

I’m excited to have Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa sponsoring today’s post because it was such an interesting experience to tour their office and surgery center to learn about the procedures and services they offer. I’m big on taking care of skin. It’s important to me to keep my skin clean and protect it from sun damage.

Unsurprisingly, BlackHawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa shared with me that one of the most popular skin services at their office is the HydraFacial, which includes hydradermabrasion, extractions, chemical peel, and improves overall skin health. Sounds amazing, right? I want to go back just to get a HydraFacial! Other popular procedures include tattoo removal, and MicroNeedling, which is a minimally invasive treatment that is supposed to trigger new collagen.

Lip Injections

When I visited the office, I also had the opportunity to get lip injections for the first time. Check out the video here, you can skip ahead to the actual injections if you’re interested in seeing what they’re like or you can watch my whole experience before and after. You might be surprised to find out I was nervous!

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Lip Injections at Blackhawk Plastic Surgery - emilybogner.com

The Office

The office is huge, with two waiting rooms (including one especially for plastic surgery patients), a surgery center with operating room, comfortable consultation rooms, procedure rooms, and a skincare station filled with products for clients to purchase.

Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa has an abudance of services from skincare to weight loss, and they have a mommy makeover too. Check out more photos of the office below.

Beauty Memberships

If you live in the Danville area, you can even take advantage of their Beauty Memberships which allow you to cover your treatments and products with one monthly payment, plus you get preferred booking times among other benefits!

If you could choose one service to do at Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, what would you try?

Xx, Emily

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The waiting room for the main entrance.

A consultation room.

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                       One of the procedure rooms.

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Room for CoolSculpting. 

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The waiting room for plastic surgery patients.

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The operating room inside the surgery center.

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The surgery center.

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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Packing a Diaper Bag with 2 Kids - emilybogner.com

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

Xx, Emily