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Ashley, Me, Myself & I, Travels

A Dry Baby Is A Happy Baby Tips for travelling with a baby

Guten Tag from Germany.  After a 20 hour travel day from door to door, we finally made it to Germany to see Jeremy.  As you all know, I am down an arm at the moment, so my mom came with me to help us out for a few weeks.  Travelling with a baby is never easy, but with one arm it would have been impossible. Here are some tips (including my favourite Pampers diapers!) that helped me get through the flight, as well as how I am dealing with Olivia’s jet lag. Hopefully these will help any of you travelling with babes over the holidays.

  1. Keep Baby Dry—this is most important!  We all know a wet baby is a cranky baby, so I use Pampers Swaddlers to keep Olivia dry and happy.  I love Pampers Swaddlers because they are a blankie soft diaper and have a unique absorb away liner, which keeps wetness and mess away from the baby’s skin.  Swaddlers also have the wetness indicator, which changes colour making it a breeze to check her to see if she needs a change when we’re in public.
  2. Let There be Light—I learned my lesson the hard way on my last trip to Germany.  I arrived at noon after flying all night, and promptly took Olivia to bed with me in a dark room for 8 hours.  A 6 hour time change is never easy to combat, but I’ve learned that light makes all the difference.  It took me two weeks to get her back on track after mixing up her day time and night time. I now make sure to keep her in the light all day, even for naps, and the dark for the night, even if she wakes up. Dimming the lights when you’re getting your baby ready to sleep, lowering them more and more as bedtime approaches is a great way to create a soothing atmosphere. It’s amazing how much faster she adjusts to the new time zone just by light and dark.
  3. Keep it Cool—Olivia will not sleep if the room is too hot or too cold.  Each baby works differently, but for Olivia the cooler the better.  I keep her room at 18 degrees and I put her in a sleeper and sleep sac. Rule of thumb is to dress your baby in no more than one more layer than you would wear yourself, based on the room temperature.
  4. White noise—I don’t know anybody who doesn’t sleep a little better with white noise, and this goes for baby too. Babies sleep better with the washing machine or the vacuum running, so feel free to go about your regular routine during naptime or after bedtime. I use a fan on high facing away from Olivia to keep her sleeping soundly all night long.
  5. Relax!  Babies pick up on our anxiety and frustration.  If I’m stressed out, Olivia feels it, and the last thing she will do is go to sleep.  Just know that you are doing a great job, and enjoy every minute with your beautiful baby.

Pampers has some great resources with more tips on how to keep baby sleeping peacefully.  You can visit them here:

I will let you know how our jet lag goes, but so far it is looking great! 
-Ash
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Me, Myself & I, Travels

Our Budapest Adventure!

We are back from 5 days and 4 nights of the greatest BabyMoon anyone could have asked for.  Budapest straight up stole my heart.  I also ate some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life, and am actually afraid to step on the scale after 5 days of pure straight binge eating.

Where to Stay:

Hotel Parlament****  which is part of the Continental Group. The Continental Group also owns Palazzo Zichy, and Hotel Moments Budapest. 

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Hotel Parlament is located on the Pest side of Budapest, which is the ‘fun’ and more lively side, so obviously a perfect fit for me 😉 

This is the nicest hotel we have ever stayed in and we had the most beautiful room.

Funny story, Jeremy put the wrong address in the GPS , and when we arrived at what we thought was the hotel, we were terrified because it was in a super rundown area with houses with bars on the windows.  I was like, NO CHANCE we are staying anywhere near this area.  Finally we were smart enough to check the address again, and realized we weren’t even close to the hotel. I’ve never been so relieved haha.  When we finally pulled up to the real Hotel Parlament, we were SO happy.  The staff was so friendly, the breakfasts every morning were delicious (and free!)

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and the location was perfect to tour all of the best areas of Budapest without having to drive anywhere.  If you are ever in Budapest, you HAVE to stay here!

What to Eat:

Breakfast: 

I found our Hotel Parlament**** breakfast to be better than any place we went, including a Michelin Star Restaurant.  

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Lunch: 

Hotel Araz (Araz Restaurant):  The Hotel itself is really cool, and located in District 7 (the Pest Broadway Area).  It was an old bath house from the 1900s that they redid, but yet still managed to keep some of the original decor.  We took a tour of the Hotel and it was gorgeous, with a cafe, infinity pool and spa, gym, and delicious restaurant.  Jeremy was brave and tried the Hungarian Specials:

Goulash Soup

Goulash Soup

Mangalitza (Traditional Hungarian Pork)

Mangalitza (Traditional Hungarian Pork)

I had:

Farm Chicken with Creamy Potatoes

Farm Chicken with Creamy Potatoes

Both of us LOVED the lunch so much that we even asked for a picture with the Chef (who just happened to have the coolest hat on I’d ever seen)

Chef

We would definitely have come back here for dinner had we had more time, but the lunch is perfect because it is quick, has great prices, and incredible food.

Lucky 7 Burgers: Although we didn’t have time to eat here, I really wanted to check it out and have heard amazing things.  Next time we go, we will definitely make it in for lunch.

Dinner:

If you are in Budapest, you MUST eat at Es Bisztro at the Kempinski Hotel.  Firstly, the location is amazing, and right outside there are lots of high end shops, as well as little local sellers with different foods, drinks, and souvenirs.  

Jeremy again was more adventurous than I was and had:

Spring Pea Veloute with Goat Cheese Crisp

Spring Pea Veloute with Goat Cheese Crisp

 

Herb Rib eye Steak. (this was the best steak he has ever had)

Herb Rib eye Steak. (this was the best steak he has ever had)

I opted for a much more Americanized meal:

Burrata and Heirloom Tomato for my starter

Burrata and Heirloom Tomato for my starter

 

... So I got Fried Chicken Fingers and Fries. Don’t judge me.  It was amazing.

… So I got Fried Chicken Fingers and Fries. Don’t judge me.  It was amazing.

The atmosphere is really cool in Es Bisztro It is casual, hip, but also had live classical music playing.  A really cool vibe!

Dessert:

BITE: The closest thing I have found to Cinnabun in Europe.  It was so good, that we got 8 to go the day we left.  The workers actually had to ask us several times how many we wanted, because I’m pretty sure they’ve never seen two people ask for 8 of them before.  I don’t regret that decision at all.

What to Do:

Our absolute favourite was our Authentic Hungarian Cooking Class with Kitchen Pixie We were picked up at our hotel by Gabor, and taken to a beautiful building from the 1900’s.  Inside we met Marti, and for the next 5 hours we made great friends with these two, while learning to cook real Hungarian food.  I am not a huge fan of cooking, but somehow these two made it one of the most fun experiences we have had!  

Our Menu

Our Menu

 

We were supposed to be cooking….

We were supposed to be cooking….

 

Us and Marti

Us and Marti

 

Us and Gabor

Us and Gabor

 

I currently hold the record for highest crepe toss at Kitchen Pixie I dare any of you to go and beat it!

Finished Product! 

Finished Product!

 

We will truly never forget this experience.  If you are in Budapest, I highly suggest doing this.  It is so amazing to sit and talk with Hungarians about their culture, and lives, and we truly felt like this was the truest Hungarian experience we could have had.  They also do Market Tours, Wine Tastings, and will also make private lunch or dinners for you and your guests.

Szechenyi Baths and Palmahaz Spa: The Szechenyi Baths are one of the most famous things to do in Budapest.  There are 15 indoor pools heated naturally from an underground well, and two giant outdoor pools.

The gorgeous building was built in 1903 and has a rich history, especially of pools, that were built specifically for aristocrats.  

Because I’m pregnant, I couldn’t go in the pools because I didn’t want to risk hurting the babe, but Jeremy had an amazing time switching from pool to pool, and trying out the many different Saunas.

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The highlight for me, was the Palmahaz Spa They have a gorgeous relaxation room upstairs which is covered in greenery.  You almost feel like you are in a jungle.  

greenery

Here we relaxed in hammocks, and got massages together.  The whole day was truly blissful.  If you want to experience a Hungarian gem, you must go to the Szechenyi Baths and Palmahaz Spa, and ask for the tour from Palmahaz!

Silverline Cruise with Folklore Dancing: Budapest at night might be the most beautiful time.  

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Jeremy and I had a blast on this cruise.  The music was beautiful, food was really good, and my favourite part (of course) was the Folklore Dancers.  I love seeing different cultures style of dance, since I grew up as a dancer.  

It was super entertaining and they even had Jeremy and I up on stage dancing at one point!  I’m sure the audience loved seeing a 6 month pregnant girl in a tight black dress and 6 inch heels bouncing around hahaha.

EUrama Tour: Your classic city tour, but with a more personal feel.  Our guide Aggie, was knowledgeable, funny, and spent 3 hours telling us all about the city and answering any questions we had.  I’d suggest doing this the first day of your trip so you know what areas you want to spend more time exploring!

At the beautiful Chain Bridge on our tour

At the beautiful Chain Bridge on our tour

Royal Thai Massage: Another fantastic afternoon spent relaxing.  Jeremy and I got traditional Thai massages, and it was romantic, and soothing.  They were really gentle with me and conscious of my pregnancy, and I felt like a million dollars after.

royal-thaiThe Spa is located in a mall as well, so you can get some shopping in before you get pampered. Best of both worlds!

All in all, I give Budapest a 10/10.  Aside from a minor knee injury (which actually had me limping around for 2 days and then magically got better… so bizarre, I will tell you about it in my 23 Week Pregnant Video Diary) the trip was perfect.  I will definitely be seeing Budapest again, and hope that this inspires some of you world travellers to go visit it yourself!

Love Ash

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Me, Myself & I

Earth Day Friday!

Currently: Sitting on the floor trying to organize everything for my taxes… It’s the actual worst job in the world. SAVE ME!

Wearing: Grey Nike Sweats and a Blue Tank

Eating/Drinking: TinyTea from Your Tea. I’m on day 2 of my detox and dreaming of a large cheese pizza

Plans for today: Taxes for the next couple of hours.  I have to get a run in today, and then a candle lit (earth day so we are turning off the lights) movie night with my sister-in-laws!

Currently Watching: 48 Hours Hard Evidence.  I don’t even know why I watch this because every single time I convince myself that there is a murderer in my house.

Current Stress:  I’m hungry.  Taxes suck.  & Oakley is currently experiencing Paraphimosis.  I won’t get into detail about what that is because it’s SUPER disgusting, but I have a feeling I will end up at the vet at some point today.

Cuddling with: Oliver and Oakley

Doggies

Hair: High bun

Make up: None

Voila 🙂

PS Remember it’s Earth Day!  Do your part to show the earth we love it! (Plant a tree, Turn out the lights, Make sure your sink isn’t leaking, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Go Meatless for a week etc.)