NYC Tourist Travel Guide NYC Tourist Travel Guide

I have gotten countless of emails and tweets and questions about my recommendations about where to go and what to do if you’re coming to New York City! I’ve been jotting my notes down for the past month and am finally putting it together for you all. These are all the spots I like to take my family and friends when they are visiting 🙂

All are, of course, from my perspective and according to my opinion. I’m sure there will be LOTS of people to give you lots of recommendations, but these are mine 🙂 

Montauk!! Montauk!!

Over Labor Day weekend, we were able to drive to Montauk! I’ve always wanted to go here because it’s a super famous beach town in the Hamptons and there were lots of hot foodie spots I wanted to hit.

Well, the weather was pretty awful when we were there and only got one mildly dreary day out of the two we stayed. We were supposed to stay three days since it was a long weekend, but after a dash board light popped up in our van and our last day was more scheduled rain, we thought we should travel back a day early just to be safe and to miss the traffic heading back into the city.

Overall, Montauk is a beautiful cute beach town that revolves around the ocean. We went out to eat quite a bit and were not impressed at all with the food which was too bad considering how darn expensive it all was, but oh well. It is what it is.

We did get a good day and a half though, and these are the pictures from those days. Even though the food and weather was disappointing, it was so nice to have an extra day to spend together as a family. I love these people so much!!

Algonquin Park Algonquin Park

I’m finally getting around to blogging about our trip to Algonquin Park!! Yay Canada! 

Ever since I was a teeny tiny baby, my parents have taken me and my siblings camping at Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park. Tradition!! Every summer we would go here without fail. 

Like you probably saw on my Instagram stories a few weeks ago, my little family (plus the rest of my five siblings and their families) traveled back to Canada to surprise my Mom for her last day of work as she heads into retirement. She had no idea that we were going to be surprising her, let alone camping with her and EVERYONE a few days later! This has never happened before and many of us have not been back to Algonquin Park since we were in high school. Needless to say, we all were pretty excited to show our kids around the park and create lots of memories! 

District of Columbia!! District of Columbia!!

Finally getting around to sharing our photos from our trip to DC! It was a bit of a whirlwind, but we were so happy to have a change of scenery, get out of the city for a time and feel like we had a bit more space. Plus we got to see a lot more Gordon, which is never a bad thing 😉 I drove my kids down Thursday morning and we hung around until Monday. In that time, we saw a few sites downtown, checked out Georgetown, ate some very good food, swam nearly everyday at the hotel pool and visited the spot where Gordon and I got married, nearly 10 years ago!! Holy.moly.

Here are the photos we took! As usual, you can find my banter and commentary throughout these photos and our links, recommendations and details of where we visited at the bottom of this post.

Top of the Rock Top of the Rock

A few weeks ago, we went to the Top of the Rock! My kids kept wondering what “the rock” was because their understanding of a rock is a rock…like from the ground. So, we tried our best to describe it as a really tall building! Brooke understood, Blake couldn’t care less and Eddie was desperately trying to escape any way he could figure out how. Sooo, that’s pretty much how our evening went.

Here are a few photos we snapped from the top! We were the only family with little little kids there, so we felt a little out of place, but we’re getting really good at standing out instead of blending in. And all the blue shirts we were wearing was a total coincidence. Ha!! Get more details and recommendations at the bottom of this post, as usual 🙂

Statue of Liberty Statue of Liberty

Oh haaaay Lady Liberty!

Earlier in the week, we went to see the Statue of Liberty! My kids have been wanting to do this for a while (Blake mostly wanted to just go on a boat, Brooke was excited to explore the island.) So off we went to feast our eyes on this green copper beauty.

It was quite busy when we went and there were a lot of international visitors that I wasn’t expecting (how I forget that New York is *always* filled with tourists, I’ll never know…) but we were able to easily make our way around the pathway to view the front of the statue and then back to where we began again. 

Eddie loved NOT being in his stroller, so once we let him loose, he was walking all over and making friends with strangers. Again, more asian people came up to us and in their broken english commented on his curly hair and big blue eyes. Haha! Yes, he’s adorable 😉

Anyways, these are some of the photos we snapped from that visit. More details and links are at the bottom of the post.

Parliament Hill Parliament Hill

Over the weekend before we drove to NYC, we were hanging out with my cute family and decided to take Gordon to see the Parliament Buildings (and eat ribs at Ribfest) in Downtown Ottawa. There were a lot of Vegan protesters on Parliament Hill (who were very…how should I put this…passionate about Ribfest), so I didn’t get as many photos of the actual Parliament Buildings as I’d like, but there are lots of Eddie 🙂 My younger sister took the older two on a different adventure, so that’s why they are practically non-existent in these photos.

Our NYC Bucket List! Our NYC Bucket List!

Since I like to procrastinate in getting the last few details of this move together and I google all things New York late into the night (a bad habit!!) I decided a few weeks ago to start a Family NYC Bucket List. Actually, it started with my kids asking questions about our new home and sort of evolved into a bedtime ritual in place of a story (because all the books are packed).

“Tell us something else we can do in New York!”

Explain explain explain.


So, here is what we have on our list so far. Please tell us more if you have other ideas!


A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend a Disney Event in Orlando because I became a Disney Social Media Mom this year. WHAAAAAAAT?

Anyways, these are the photos from that trip. We were able to spend a few days at Disney World and then go on a Disney Cruise to Castaway Cay! It was amazing to escape the freezing cold winter weather and warm up in sunny Florida. Plus that humidity worked wonders on Eddie’s hair! That kid just kills me with cuteness. Read through our experiences or just scroll to the bottom for my recommendations, as usual 🙂

Family Ski Trip! Family Ski Trip!

We just got home from our wonderful ski trip at Deer Valley Resort and already we’re picking up again, catching an early flight today and flying out to Orlando to spend a few days at Disney World! But before we go, I wanted to be sure I wrote up a quick post about our trip because it was wonderful and memorable and so so much fun! I wrote a little bit about it here, but this is the official post 🙂

As usual, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for links and recommendations.

NYC Day 3 NYC Day 3
NYC Day 2 NYC Day 2
NYC Day 1 NYC Day 1
Oahu Part II Oahu Part II

Here are the last of my Hawaii photos! You guys have no idea how hard it is for me to sit down and edit all of these photos and then decide between the thousands which ones I’m actually going to share! You’ll probably see some very very similar photos. That’s because I didn’t want to choose between them all so I didn’t! HA! These were taken on the last few days of us being in Oahu. We went to the North Shore and Pearl Harbor! It was pretty awesome and we seriously wished we had more time to enjoy. Maybe next time….without the kids. {But don’t tell them!}

O’ahu, Hawaii O’ahu, Hawaii

I can’t believe it’s taken me THIS long to edit all these photos from our Hawaiian vacation! I published the first half of our trip to Maui here a few weeks ago, but for whatever reason couldn’t get around to editing the rest of my 1200 photos!

So, these pictures are from the first few days on O’ahu. We were lucky enough to stay at The Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko’Olina. Our suite was so so gorgeous and we felt completely at home there. Our children especially slept really well {except for Eddie who was a little all over the place with his sleep schedule} and loved every part of the hotel…so much so that they were complaining when we had day trips planned to other parts of the island! Ha!

I have nothing but good things to say about The Four Seasons and we really do try to stay at that hotel whenever we’re traveling. Like to Las Vegas. Or Seattle. After showing my kids these photos, they are ready to go back again!

As usual, if you want all the details of this post, scroll to my list at the bottom.

Best Food in Maui! Best Food in Maui!

There was so much good food we found in Maui! I was expecting to enjoy the beautiful state and the relaxation that comes from a vacation, but not all the good food!! Gordon and I were pleasantly surprised at how truly delicious everything was. From the pineapple and coconut to the amazing pancakes with coconut syrup, everything was so so tasty! There were so many of you that gave us long lists of recommendations but we could only make it to a few spots and these were it! I cross referenced your lists with yelp and created a master list that we worked from. Scroll through to see all the yummy photos, and as usual, all the restaurant links and info is at the bottom of this post 🙂 Happy Monday!

Maui Maui

Hi Friends!

I’m finally FINALLY getting around to posting some of my photos from our trip to Hawaii! We had such a great time, especially in Maui. Since I literally took 1000+ photos, I’ve been having a hard time narrowing them down! But here are a few that I took for the first 5 days we were on this family trip.

A little background: We left Portland on a Saturday afternoon and arrived in Maui at our hotel around 6, which is 9pm our time. After a few google searches, we decided to stay at the Sheraton Maui. After I initially posted our first Hawaiian Instagram photos, I didn’t realize how many of you have stayed at this Sheraton and gave this property glowing reviews! Like, I got emails and comments galore! So, we were thrilled to be staying in such a beautiful place, and it really was so beautiful! My kids were in heaven, as you will see.

These photos are mostly of what we did in Maui {swim, swim and swim some more}. I’ll be doing another post with a lot more food with our eating guide 🙂

The Redwoods! {and Double Peanut Granola Bites} The Redwoods! {and Double Peanut Granola Bites}

This post is sponsored by Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter.

This past weekend, my little family and I had the opportunity to travel down to California to visit the Redwood National Park. Sometimes we get the hankering to get the heck outta town and hit the road. Since we live in Oregon and have been to every National Park in this beautiful state, we decided to head even further south to the Redwoods. We have always wanted to take our children here and we finally had the opportunity to make it happen.

YOU GUYS. You hear about the Redwoods and you see pictures but holy cow, these trees are HUGE. Like, the park rangers totally weren’t kidding.

We arrived late Friday night, so we rested up and got a nice early start Saturday morning, thanks to my children’s internal clocks waking them up and therefore all of us up at 6am. Ew. So we grabbed a little breakfast and headed over to the visitor’s center to pick up all the maps they had {hello no cell service}. We set out with a very loose plan and hoped for the best. The best adventures and memories are made when there are no strict plans! As we found hikes and different trails to explore, the trees kept getting bigger and cooler! Take a look at these pictures I snapped.

And, as expected, the trees are bigger and more beautiful in person.

More Paris!! More Paris!!

You guys, with this pregnancy brain I have, I completely forgot I have a zillion more photos to share with you from when I was in Paris this past Fall! It took me a while to get through my 1000+ photos I took {yes, I literally took over one thousand pictures!} but I powered through and made it happen. Hope you enjoy 🙂

Portland Guide: Food Carts Portland Guide: Food Carts

I’m so excited to be sharing with you all another installment of my Portland Guides today! This time I took my whole family out on the town to get some of our favorite food cart foods! There will probably end up being 1 or 2 more of these videos because Portland is KNOWN for food carts and there are close to 1000 of them in our small little city.

For this video, I picked out some of our go-to spots because we know and love them well 🙂 As I’ll explain in my descriptions of each food cart, but fyi, each one is found as a part of a grouping or ‘pod’. If you google said pods, you’ll find them {and directions!} no problem.

Favorite Foods I Ate in Paris Favorite Foods I Ate in Paris

When I went to Paris back in October with Amanda, Sommer and Stephanie, there were so many parts I loved about the city! I’ve been wanting to post all of my photos weeks ago, but was hesitant to do so, in light of what happened to that beloved city. So, this is me celebrating everything wonderful about Paris. I think its about time I shared these photos and everything I loved while visiting.

This first post is all about the amazing food I ate there! {Typical for me…I think of my stomach first 🙂 } I’ll also be talking about my favorite stops and where I stayed, so keep your eyes peeled for those posts.

Skamania Lodge {Stevenson, WA} Skamania Lodge {Stevenson, WA}
Girls Weekend in Vegas! Girls Weekend in Vegas!
Portland Guide: NW 23rd Portland Guide: NW 23rd