*Photos by betsnewman
Happy Monday. I have swing music playing in our clean living room with our bags already unpacked and I am feeling like it is indeed a happy Monday. Last Friday we headed west to Marina Del Rey and stayed at the Jamaica Bay Inn- the cutest spot right on the beach. When we arrived to the hotel it was pretty late at night and pitch dark outside so we went straight to our room. Lila was so excited to be in a new place and wanted to explore so badly. I told her in the morning we would make sure to explore every inch of the place but that she had to go to bed. When we woke up in the morning we went straight to our balcony and realized how beautiful the grounds were. The sun was shining bright and you could smell the ocean breeze- it was pretty fantastic.
For breakfast we ordered room service and watched Disney Channel with Lila on the bed. If that’s not vacation I don’t what it is! After breakfast we got dressed and walked around the grounds and then the beach. There was an adorable playground right there on the beach and we had to tear Lila away from it. When we all have worked up an appetite from playtime we took a short walk back to the hotel restaurant. That restaurant became a quick favorite of mine, their fish tacos I am already craving again! After lunch at the hotel we checked out the gorgeous heated pool with a view. Lila absolutely loves to swim and the temperature of this pool was beyond. When we were done at the pool we went back to the room and gave Lila a shower and got her in cozy clothes hoping we could get her to take a nap, since she got all of that exercise at the pool.
Later in the evening we stayed in the room since it was dark outside. What’s up with it getting dark at 4 o’clock these days?? The room was so cozy it was really easy to just hang out and lounge. We brought a small backpack of activates for Lila to do and play with so she was happy just to have music on and coloring with her toys around her.
I definitely did not miss home this trip. Something about those ocean ions just keep your mind at ease. I also loved our morning walks around the hotel. It was such a beautiful place to explore and experience. I already want to come back to just to get those fish tacos and go on a walk through the sand with Lila.
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It’s #NationalBundtDay! But if you are cake fanatic like me then you might have already known that. 😉 I am spoiling myself today with the cake flavor that I wait all year for, Pumpkin Spice! And our friends, Nothing Bundt Cakes are spoiling YOU today with FREE Bundtinis (bite-sized Bundt Cakes) between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at select Los Angeles locations. If you can’t make it in today. No worries. I’m giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky winner on Instagram. Click here to enter.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and sometimes it is way to easy to get sucked into the holiday. This year I am doing best to not forget to look my left and look to my right, at the two most important people in my life. Lila is growing so fast that sometimes I want to stop myself from blinking. In my opinion she is at the perfect age. She is so fun to be around and so good at making an ordinary day feel special. I love that about her. She makes a simple trip to the grocery store a special adventure. Sometimes we are pirates looking for the perfect oranges and sometimes she’ll have a brilliant idea where we have to rush to the coffee shop to hide from the bergens.
I will take any excuse to have a relaxing afternoon with my girl. I hope everyone gets to enjoy a slice of cake outside in the sunshine today!
At our city hall you have a 50% chance of spotting a princess. 😉
Happy Monday Friends!
I mean- Tuesday. Happy Tuesday Friends!
After lunch on Saturday we Lila wander around and spent seriously like an hour at this little spot. She loves splashing the fountains and there’s lots of kids and dogs running around so she has a great time just walking from fountain to fountain doing her thing. I love days where we have nothing to do and can just pick a spot to hang and follow Lila’s lead.
Tomorrow I’m sharing Lila’s ‘Montessori style’ closet. So check back for that! Thanks for reading.
doin’ that insta story!
Greetings from the LA County Fair!
It was our first time at the LA fair and it was a blast. All of the attractions were beyond magical to see. Especially when the sunset turned the sky to dusk. Everything lit up and I felt like I was in the fair in Charlotte’s Web or something. I went to the Ventura County Fair a few times before, and this was like 100 times better at least. The attractions and halls were so perfectly detailed. We loved the Alice and Wonderland hall, especially the live rabbits at the Mad Tea Party. There was a Dinosaur exhibit where you got to walk through the dinos and Lila loved it. Even though she wanted to be held the whole time. Last thing that stuck out was the live animals. This part usually bums me out at fairs, but I kid you not these animals were fineeee. Every animal had tons of space and a trainer watching over it. There were lemurs, peacocks, giraffes, monkeys, alligators, parrots- I mean it was crazy. We had such a fun family night and I can’t wait to come back next year. Are you going to the fair this year? Let me know in the comments. 🙂
*Thank you to the LA County Fair for generously sponsoring this post. We had the best time.
Yesterday we attended this Bold Pas, which featured art installation throughout they alleys of old town Pasadena. It was so much fun and we took way too many photos. I decided to turn into 6 posts, so I cleared my calendar for this week and you’ll be seeing a new set of photos everyday this week. See you all next week for the same ol same ol. 🙂
Today me and Lila had a girls morning and then we met up with Hubs and his friends for a yummy treat of hot cocoa ice cream. A lovely lazy Sunday if I do say so. I hope everyone is having a great weekend.
Good Morning Friends!
Last night was a very special night because it was *drumroll please* Date Night! Jake and I almost never go out just the two of us. In fact it’s mid July and we have only been out just the 2 of us one other night this year. Needless to say, this date night was long over due.
I have been wanting to see Baby Driver since I saw the preview and finally Jake asked for a date night enough times that he wore me down. We decided to see it at iPic since it’s more than just a theater but rather an experience.
From the moment I walked in I was instantly relaxed. The lighting is rather dim and there is a nice aura about the place. We checked in at the concierge desk and she kindly escorted downstairs to the lounge and theater area. As you can see from the photos above there is an entire lounge area where you can sit, talk, and order food/drinks before or after the movie. I loved this area and it was the perfect place to grab a drink and talk a bit before the movie.
When it was time to be seated for the movie the manager on duty kindly walked us to our seats and gave a tour of the sitting area. Our seats were waiting for us with pillows and a fleece blanket. How awesome is that? I always wish I had snuck a blanket into the theater before so this was like a dream come true. I was also impressed with the amount of storage available. There was a place for my purse and everything.
We ordered food before the movie started and they brought it out to us in courses during the movie. It seriously couldn’t have been better timed how they brought it out either. First, when the previews were starting an attendant brought each seat their bag of popcorn (the best part!) Then as the movie was starting our drinks were delivered. I got a coke and Jake got an orange cream and they also brought us each a water. It was so nice having a ice cold glass to drink from instead of a paper cup. A few minutes later our appetizer was brought out, warm pretzels with mustard and jalapeño cheese. Yum! Towards the middle of the movie we were brought tater tots and sliders. I was so full off eating my entire popcorn, but these tater tots couldn’t keep me away. I never realized how much I loved tater tots before. The sliders were super yummy too! When the movie was ending is when our dessert was brought out, Smores a la mode! It was so delicious and the perfect thing to end the movie with. Our waitress was also the nicest girl on the planet. I wanted to give her a hug at the end because she was seriously a rock star and made our night unforgettable with her attentiveness to making sure everything was perfect for us.
On our walk back to the car I couldn’t stop smiling. It was by far the best date night we had gone on since having Lila. Also something about walking through the One Colorado alley at night with the twinkling lights gives me the kind of magical feeling you get around Christmas time. We might just have to make date night a more regular thing. Oh and Baby Driver did it not disappoint. If you haven’t seen yet runnnn to theaters. Literally stop what you’re doing and go to the theater. IT’S SO GOOD.
*This post is in collaboration with iPic Theaters Pasadena. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
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Last night was a very special night because it was *drumroll please* Date Night! Jake and I almost never go out just the two of us. In fact it’s mid July and we have only been out just the 2 of us one other night this year. Needless to say, this date night was long over due. — I have been wanting to see Baby Driver since I saw the preview and finally Jake asked for a date night enough times that he wore me down. We decided to see it at 🎥@ipictheaters since it’s more than just a theater but rather an experience. — On our walk back to the car I couldn’t stop smiling. It was by far the best date night we had gone on since having Lila. Also something about walking through the One Colorado alley at night with the twinkling lights gives me the kind of magical feeling you get around Christmas time. We might just have to make date night a more regular thing. Oh and Baby Driver did it not disappoint. If you haven’t seen yet runnnn to theaters. Literally stop what you’re doing and go to the theater. IT’S SO GOOD.
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Welcome friends! I’m Celeste. Wife to Jake and Momma to my little lady, Lila. We love and live in sunny Los Angeles, California. You can find us wandering around town coffee in one hand and camera in the other.
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