13 Things to do in Seattle with a toddler

Seattle is so pretty, even when it rains. They have SO many family friendly activities for both the indoors and outdoors.

  1. Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)– This is a fun museum for all ages. Currently, their exhibits include: David Bowie, Jim Henson, Jimi Hendrix, Star Trek, Seattle Seahawks (We  are 12). They also have a fun sound lab on the top level to get hands on experience. You can play drums, guitar, keyboard, and even sing in your own “studio”. Really cool!
  2. Artists at Play playground- Perfectly located right in front of MoPOP & the Space Needle in the Seattle center. If your kiddos need a break, let them run around and explore at this super fun park. There was a nice toddler area that our sweet little babe loved to climb and slide by herself. She also loved this rock chime nearby. You throw rocks and it would hit these chimes that make music sounds.
  3. Space Needle– You can’t not go to Seattle without seeing the Space needle! The views from the top look amazing, too!
  4. Kerry Park– For a classic Seattle view, check out Kerry park! Parking can be a little chaotic, but most people don’t stay too long so if you wait, someone will be leaving soon! There is also a cute park below Kerry park. Our little babe loved sliding down and meeting new friends there.
  5. Pike’s Place Market– This place is a must! Not only is the first ever Starbucks here, but they have best flowers for cheap! We bought a dozen sunflowers to give to our hosts for $10! What a deal! They were fun for props to take pictures around, too 😉 They also have the “flying” fish here, but we never saw it. We came multiple times, too, maybe we just missed it. There will be a line at the Starbucks, but if you order a pour over or drip coffee, you’ll get it way faster than ordering a latte. After you get your coffee, stop over at Piroshky Piroshky and order their popular smoked salmon pate and beef and onion piroshky. It won’t disappoint!
  6. Aliki Beach– For another beautiful view of the skyline, come check out Aliki beach. You can walk, jog, rollerblade, have bonfires, have a picnic, or just sit and listen to the waves crash in.
  7. Snoqualmie Falls– About 45 minutes from the Sea-Tac airport, and a short hike down. Our little babe didn’t want to be in an Ergo (roll eye emoji); she’s quite an independent little lady, as many are at her age. She walked down to the bottom of the falls with minimal distractions and only 1 fall when she ran too fast and tripped on a rock. The hike back is a different story! It’s steep, and she did not want to cooperate. She wanted to keep throwing rocks and go off trail. So, we waited at the lower parking lot while hubs hiked back up to get the car to come get us.
  8. Fremont Street– Cool neighborhood! Check out the troll that lives under the bridge & the Sunday farmer’s market.
  9. Gum Wall– Be sure to have some super bubbly gum to add to the wall and take some cool pics for Instagram 😉
  10. Museum of Flight– Check out all the different planes, Boeing field tours, pilot experiences- fun for all ages.
  11. Starbucks Reserve Roastery– First ever Starbucks roastery (currently will open 6 more with only 2 more in the U.S.A.). Pretty cool experience especially if you are a coffee lover. You can order a cold brew flight or a pour-over. While you wait, you can watch them sort the beans. You can also purchase beans from different parts of the world.
  12. Harbor Cruise– We went around Elliot Bay which was really nice. I thought we were gonna see the ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ houseboats, but we were on the wrong body of water- lol! Check out their tour on Lake Union and the Ballard locks.
  13. Gas Works Park– A former gas plant, it contains the remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the United States. Bring a kite, a blanket for a picnic, or read a book and enjoy the Seattle skyline.

We loved Seattle so much; we looked into the housing market- lol I’ve listed just a few things to do, but there really is something for everyone there.

Hope you enjoy!

xoxo,

mrsabbys

 

 

Paris, je t’aime

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Our time in Paris was made even more memorable by taking professional family photographs (BIG shout out to Alex Baranda Photography for gifting us such a special gift). I would highly recommend it, especially in the city of love. Our photographer, Nadia from Better Travel Photos, was so kind, patient with our very active 15 month old and knew a plethora of information about Paris even giving us recommendations on a place to eat.

You will never regret capturing sweet memories of your family. I can’t wait to hang these memories on our wall.

Xoxo,

mrsabbys

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Travel Diary: Disney’s Magic Kingdom

We booked our flight to go to Florida to visit my husband’s grandma and other family members who haven’t met our sweet little babe yet. While we were there, we decided to go to Disney since it was close by.  We only went to Disney’s Magic Kingdom for one day, but we ended staying there for 15 hours!

Nowadays, going any where with a baby takes a lot of preparation. I packed all her diapers, extra outfits and food the night before so we would be ready to go early in the morning. I, also, packed her Minnie Mouse costume which included a cute ear headband to match her outfit.

We got there an hour after the park opened with our matching t-shirts 😉 It just happened to be Mickey’s 88th birthday that day and we all got birthday buttons. I was overwhelmed at first because there were SO many people! We took a ton of pictures before we even made it to Cinderella’s castle. We bumped into a line to see Minnie Mouse and noticed it wasn’t that long so we got her first character autograph. We, also, waited in line for Starbuck’s on Maine st. 😉

I had already gotten our fast passes for the Jungle Cruise, so we headed to Adventureland first. Eloise’s first ride was a success! She was clapping, smiling and making happy sounds. I forgot my GoPro to capture it all, but it will be embedded in my memory forever. After the Jungle Cruise, we found more characters to sign her autograph book. Eloise also loved the carrousel! She was screaming of glee, and when the ride was over, she cried! Bless her heart! We wished she would’ve been awake for the Little Mermaid ride- Under the Sea- because she would have loved all the colors and songs. One of our friends recommended the Winnie the Pooh ride. She is so inquisitive, just looking and observing while Tigger popped out of nowhere! We, also, added Winnie the Pooh and Tigger’s autograph in her book. Of course we had to ride “It’s a small world” because I feel like that is a mandatory thing to do while at Disney. Eloise absolutely loved it! She smiled and looked in awe at every little doll. Our last ride was Peter Pan, which she was barely awake for. I couldn’t blame her because it was almost 11 pm! By the end of the night, we were exhausted, but we had the time of our lives!

We bought the Very Merry Christmas tickets, which allowed us to stay at the park until midnight, see Christmas shows, the fireworks and attend the Christmas parade!

If you ever wonder if you should take your baby, I hope these pictures will enlighten you. Seeing her reaction to the lights, songs, characters and even the fireworks made us glad we made our first family trip to Disney.

We were surprised Eloise didn’t cry at all when we took pictures of the characters. We saw some kids crying and running away when it was their turn. Also, it’s awkward when you speak to the characters and they are in their character. I don’t know what to say to them! Eloise fell asleep while seeing Princess Aurora and she said, “Oh, another sleeping beauty. She’s just waiting for her true love’s kiss.” I was like, “Uh, yeah her daddy’s.” Hubs and I, also, realized that we don’t know our princesses. We met Merida from Brave and never watched the movie so when she started talking about her brothers, we had no idea what to say.

We truly made magical memories at the happiest place on Earth.

Xoxo,

mrsabbys