Travel

Our (very short) Day at Disneyland (+ 3 tips for your visit)

We had the best of intentions. Christian had already told me which rides he wanted to go on (he studied the map before we even left Brooklyn) and I was scoping out where we’d get the best treats. Our day started a little later than I wanted, but we still made it to the Toy Story parking lot at around 9:15am. We waited in a pretty long line to get on a shuttle to the parks, but then were finally on our way and made it to Disneyland by around 9:45. After a pit stop at the restrooms and picking up our media tickets (2 of our 3 one-day park hopper tickets were gratis, thanks to Disneyland but all opinions are my own), we were headed inside.

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Our first stop was to get our ears and have the kids’ hats embroidered with their names. It is only an extra $4.99 per hat for the basic lettering (which is still so nice)!

Choosing hats and the embroidery took about 30 minutes so we were finally off to have fun inside the park. We ran into Mickey, Pluto and Minnie right at the front of the Mad Hatter shop, which leads me to my first tip:

1. Wait for your fave character & follow them to their meet & greet spot. The characters come out of the big door right past the Mad Hatter shop and they’ll interact, hug, high five while they’re on their way to their meet & greet location. If you’d like to get an autograph and photos, it’s best to follow them so you’ll be first in line.

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Christian wanted to go to ToonTown first, but on our way there, we stopped to ride the Alice in Wonderland ride in Fantasyland. It was a bit dark and a little scary for Christian but we both enjoyed it. The wait was a short 30 minutes.

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Before heading to ToonTown, we wanted to let Elle get on her very first ride, so we took to the carousel, where we waited less than 5 minutes for our ride (which leads me to my second tip, below)! It’s hard to say whether she enjoyed it or not - she seemed a little confused about what was going on!

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2. Download the Disneyland app! The app has a map, along with ride wait times and you’ll be able to plan out where you want to go, which rides you want to get on and when.

We spent a little time over in Toon Town, where both kids got to run around and play, before going back to Fantasyland since Christian wanted to ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant (a fave of his from Magic Kingdom at DisneyWorld). This is, unfortunately, where things went downhill. While he and Dre were standing in line, I get a call from Dre that Christian is feeling sick and doesn’t look so good. I thought - he’s probably hungry, let’s go get some food. Which leads me to my third tip (that we didn’t follow!).

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3. Bring snacks! We had plenty of snacks at our hotel, but for whatever reason, didn’t bring any with us (besides Cheerios for Elle & my water bottle)! *smacks forehead* Fruit snacks, chips, water, granola bars - things that won’t go bad in heat.

My thought was, he’d eat, feel better, and we could continue our day. Boy was I WRONG! If you know Christian, you know he’s always happy, always smiling, always in a good mood. So to see him, at Disneyland - a place he’s been wanting to visit since going to Disneyworld last September - almost in tears because of his belly ache, hurt my heart to no end. I pretty much knew at that point that our day was over. We tried little things to make him feel better, like buying a bubble machine. His joy lasted long enough for us to walk into California adventure park, take a few pictures, and head back to the car.

I think I was the most devastated, because I know how badly he wanted to spend the day at the parks. And yes, I cried.

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Pabons in Hawaii

Pabons in Hawaii

Our long anticipated family vacation to Hawaii was a BLAST... for the kids. Before stepping foot on the airplane, I had some really grand plans. The content I'd be able to create, all the places we'd be able to visit (I had a list and some locations saved to an Instagram collection), our long days hanging out at the beach, mini hikes, cultural excursions, etc. Lemme tell you, NONE of that happened.

Travel in Prints: Bermuda

On (or around) my birthday, which is August 19th, I like to get out of the city and see a little something different. This year was no different. I enlisted a couple of girlfriends into taking  a quick jaunt with me to Bermuda!The idea of pink sand beaches really had me intrigued, and being that it's only an hour and a half flight from NYC, it was a no-brainer. Needless to say, it wasn't too difficult getting my girls to come along. ;-)

We spent most of our time relaxing on Horseshoe Bay beach (since it was so close to our hotel & absolutely gorgeous!), but we did get to venture into town for a bit.

Packing tips for Bermuda:

  • Lots of flowy, comfy dresses - the high was only about 78 while we were there, but it feels *much* warmer than that. I'd packed a couple pairs of pants for the evenings, but only ended up wearing a jumpsuit one night to dinner, because it was a bit rainy earlier in that day.
  • Bright & colorful swimwear! The beaches are absolutely stunning, and you'll want to take lots of pictures
  • Comfy walking shoes - we walked quite a bit around Hamilton one evening, and I had to switch shoes with one of my girlfriends because her feet were hurting towards the end of the night.

And now... pics. Enjoy!

Jumpsuit: Vêtu de Joy

Dress: Vêtu de Joy // Shoes: Shoedazzle

Travel in Prints: Aruba with HeyGorjess

The Summer '17 collection from Vêtu de Joy, is bright, fresh and suited for palm trees and tropical weather and will be released on their 2nd year anniversary, May 15, 2017. The team traveled to the cactus-laden deserts of Aruba to shoot travel and style-loving social influencer, Jessica Franklin (@heygorjess) along with Raushannah Kornegay (@simplyshannah) to showcase how limitless your style and your dreams should be. Shot by internationally published street style and portrait photographer, Denisse Benitez, (@thugnanny_) the pieces took on new life in this unsuspected setting.

Taking a temporary departure from their usual love affair with structural stripes, the newest collection combines their obsession with palm prints and vivid florals with stark white and sunset orange hues.With asymmetrical hemlines, strapless tops, and high slits that reveal elegantly, keeping the wearer both comfortable and sultry, they boast pieces that are colorful for those who love them and fresh, with clean and simple looks for others.

Vêtu de Joy is a Brooklyn-based online retailer, curated by Stylist Mikaela Pabon - wife and mother whose love of prints is both bold and tasteful, which shines through her selection of pieces.

The Kimono

The layering piece. Once I'm dressed, I love adding another piece to give my look that extra umph. In this case, it is this beautiful & vibrant palm print kimono that I just added to the shop. While I loved this monochrome romper all on its own, adding the pop of color (& you know me, it's a second print, which is an added bonus!) made me love it that much more. It was perfect for the intense Aruba sun and I loved that it would catch the wind just right for the perfect dramatic photo (because really, that's what it's all about, right?).

I was able to get some good wear out of on our trip, by wearing it with my tropical print bathing suit, too!

  

  

 

 

Pabons in Puerto Rico

One thing we love to do as a family is travel! My husband's family is from Puerto Rico, so we spend lots of time there, exploring the island and beach hopping. This year, we took the family to the Southwest side of the island, to a small town called Cabo Rojo - where Dre's father was born and raised. We don't usually go for more than 3-4 days, which is just enough time for a quick break from the hustle and bustle of New York. We stayed at Dre's uncle's house (which is sitting on the same land that he grew up on!), which is spacious and comfy - perfect for our family of 4. The best part is that we can go to the grocery store, pick up some fruits and other easy items to have breakfast & cook dinner at home.

We had about 3 days to explore, so our plan was to veg out on the beach for 2 of those days and explore for one. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans, so we ended up with only 1 beach day. Womp womp. That one day, we started off at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, which is an easy hike up to the southwestern most point of the island. It is incredibly beautiful, and definitely something I recommend to everyone who visits this side of the island. The day was a bit cloudy, but we made the most of it!

After taking a walk through the the Lighthouse, we went down to Playa Sucía and spent the rest of our day relaxing at the beach. It's one of those off-the-beaten-path places where you won't find too many tourists, but worth the extremely bumpy road and 10 minute walk (with beach chairs & cooler) to get to the beach. Beautiful views, soft sand, calm waters that are perfect for kids and inexperienced swimmers, and lots of secluded shaded areas for families to relax.

On our last day, we took a drive to Ponce and spent the day exploring. It reminded me a lot of Old San Juan with its colorful buildings and small town charm.