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    Tips for Taking a Baby to Disneyland

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    First, let me start by saying that if I only had one child and that child was a baby, I would NOT take that baby to Disneyland until he or she were two or older. Disneyland with a baby isn’t all that fun, honestly. But since we have an older child who loves Disneyland like Pooh loves honey, we decided to brave the happiest place on Earth with a 3 month old in tow for his 4th birthday. I expected to miss out on a lot of the riding, but I thought at least the baby would sleep a lot in the stroller and we would enjoy the day. I was wrong. Some babies probably would do that, but my kids just aren’t great nappers unless they are in their own beds. I know this about my kids, and you’ll know what your baby can handle. If you decide to do it, here are some tips for surviving the day with a baby in tow.

    1. Bring LOTS of diapers, a full pack of wipes, and outfit changes.

    Babies always blow out when you most need them not too. For Calvin, this always happened when he was in his car seat for a while, and our Disneyland trip was no exception. Plus, as soon as your baby senses you’re away from home for the day they’re gonna start the poop extravaganza. We used seven diapers and two outfits while we were there. FYI—the children’s care center does have this stuff for sale in a pinch.

    2. Bring a wrap or baby carrier, even if you are bringing a stroller (and definitely bring a stroller!)

    You can ride most of the rides while baby wearing as long as there isn’t a height restriction. Plus, wearing baby gives him a stroller break and lets him look around when awake, and may help him sleep as well. I loved having our Ergobaby 360 on hand and Calvin really did love the stroller break.

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    3. Where to nurse, if you like privacy.

    There are a couple of nursing centers in the family center in both Disneyland and California Adventure. But you can’t take your stroller in, even if you are alone with a baby and need stuff with you. I split up from my husband and needed stuff to both nurse and for diaper changes, so it was a little frustrating for me to have to carry all of that plus the baby by myself. This is a policy I think Disneyland should rethink, although I understand their reasoning behind it (in reality there was only one other mother in there and would not have been a traffic jam of strollers they were looking to avoid). I nursed Calvin there once, but mostly just found a spot wherever we were. It was easier for me to have the stroller close by. Also, the children’s centers close at 8:00 p.m. My favorite quiet nursing spot was under the Hungry Bear Restaurant by the water in Critter Country in the Disneyland Park. It was quiet and mostly empty with a nice view of a duck pond.

    4. Park in the main Disneyland structure

    …and take the tram to the park since you can ride in the last two cars without folding up your strollers. We’ve always parked in the Toy Story lot and bused over, and it didn’t occur to us until it was too late that we’d have to schlep two kids, two folded strollers, an infant seat, and all of our stuff onto the shuttle. It was a huge pain in the ass. So if you park in the Toy Story lot, try to bring as little gear as possible (yeah, right), or park in the main Disneyland structure and take the tram.

    5. If you are taking two kids (or a baby and another child), try to take two strollers.

    My husband and I found it really helpful to take two separate strollers so we could split up when we needed to (which happened quite a bit). So Calvin rode in our UPPAbaby Vista with his Mesa infant seat attached, and Charlie rode in our UPPAbaby G-Luxe umbrella stroller. While we have the piggyback board for the Vista, a full day was too long for Charlie not to have a seat in the stroller, and because Calvin was a bit high maintenance the ability to divide and conquer was definitely a lifesaver.

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    Now that summer is over and Calvin is older, we’re ready to try Disneyland as a family of 4 again. If you have any tips for taking a one year old to D’land, I’m all mouse ears! :)

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    Rustic Sundance Wedding

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    The second this submission landed in my inbox, I fell in love with both the wedding and with Sundance (and I’ve never been!) I swear I can feel the warm sun and the crisp fresh air and smell the pine through the gorgeous images. It seems like the perfect place for a rustic wedding. Even better, it is a place the couple loved and where they got engaged. The adorable pup is just the icing on the wedding cake.

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    The bride says the first look was one of her favorite parts of the day and that the couple loved having those first moments just between the two of them. It also allowed for more time to spend with their family and friends later.

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    I’m sort of obsessed with these stunning yellow bridesmaid dresses. They are so modern and chic and contrast really well with the rustic setting and decor. Rustic Sundance Wedding | Logan Walker Photography on Oh Lovely Day Rustic Sundance Wedding | Logan Walker Photography on Oh Lovely Day Rustic Sundance Wedding | Logan Walker Photography on Oh Lovely Day Rustic Sundance Wedding | Logan Walker Photography on Oh Lovely Day Rustic Sundance Wedding | Logan Walker Photography on Oh Lovely Day

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    The color palette and wedding design were inspired by Sundance itself. The couple tried to bring the outdoors in for their reception, incorporating the natural color palette of the setting and adding other rustic elements and personal details.

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    Don’t you love all of the rustic details and the pops of color? The yellow and lavender, along with all the natural green is just a gorgeous combination. And the couple’s pup Trooper stole the show — such a cutie. Local to Sundance or thinking of having your own destination wedding there? Be sure to check out all of the vendors below. Congrats to Nicole and Nick on a stunning wedding and, even more importantly, on your marriage!

    {Vendors} Photographer:  Logan Walker Photography / Venue & Catering: Sundance Mountain Resort / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: BLACK by Vera Wang / Floral Designer: Foxglove Flowers & Gifts / Officiant: Rev. Anita Gordon and Rev. Craig Gordon – Utah Wedding Minister / Makeup Artist: Signaturebrides / DJ:Snappy Little Numbers / Cake Designer: Natalie Gray with The cake market / Dress Designer:Wtoo Watters (from  / Wedding Planner: Annie Kosmicki (a friend) / Rentals: Moon Light Holiday Lighting / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu’s in Denver, CO

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    Calvin’s First Birthday Fiesta

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    We recently celebrated Calvin’s first birthday with a fun first birthday fiesta. He and his buddy Shayar turned 1 within a couple days of each other, so my friend and I decided to co-host a joint party for the both of them. It was so fun to plan a party with a friend and to celebrate two boys’ birthdays at the same time. We wanted to keep things small and simple but also thought a fiesta theme was the perfect way to add fun, color, and of course, tacos to the backyard gathering.

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    I was super excited to finally have an excuse to include Si Paletas in a party I threw. Jennifer was our wedding photographer and has documented our family ever since. She’s also half of the brilliance behind Si Paletas, the original artisanal popsicle creator in the LA area. They were a huge hit with little kids and grown ups alike. We also had My Taco Man cater the party so we didn’t have to worry about preparing or serving food. They set everything up, serve the food, and clean up, leaving you with any leftovers. Plus they provide soda, water, and hot dogs for kids too. And it is delicious!

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    Another huge hit with the kiddos was the piñata — and the candy that came out of it. Between that, a small bouncy house for the bigger kids and a mini-ball tent for the littles, and a coloring table the kids were well entertained.

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    I also made 24 funfetti cupcakes (half with chocolate and half with vanilla frosting) for the bigger kids. Even with popsicles and treats, kids expect birthday cake! I am a bit obsessed with these photos that Jennifer took of both of my kiddos eating their cake. I never realized they have the same eye color :)

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    Calvin is in shock that his buddy was not interested in his smash cake. Cal be like “are you gonna eat that, cause if not I’ll totally take it off your hands.” And he had a major sugar coma afterwards. It’s a tradition to use the giant cupcake pan for first birthday smash cakes in our house. For Charlie’s first birthday I made a sugar-free cake. Calvin got boxed funfetti with regular sugar-filled icing. As it should be :)Calvin's First Birthday Fiesta | Oh Lovely DayCalvin's First Birthday Fiesta | Oh Lovely DayCalvin's First Birthday Fiesta | Oh Lovely DayCalvin's First Birthday Fiesta | Oh Lovely Day

    We got pretty much all of the fiesta details and decor in the piñata district in downtown Los Angeles, and it was all way more affordable than buying online. The serape blankets, for example, were like $15! The big piñata and mini-pinatas, serape runners, maracas, and the papel a picado flags were all bought there (I think the store was Amazing Pinatas).

    I highly recommend throwing your own fiesta — the details and food possibilities are easy and endless. Check below for full source and vendor details. We loved all of the vendors we worked with and highly recommend them.

    Sources/Vendors: Photos: Jennifer Roper / Popsicles: Si Paletas / Taco Catering: My Taco Man / Serape blankets and runners, papel a picado flags, maracas, pinatas: Piñata District in DTLA/ Cactus balloon (we got 2) / Giant Cupcake: Funfetti cake with vanilla frosting made with this pan / Ball pit tent and balls (we bought a set of 200 but you definitely could include more!) for babies / Bounce house / Calvin’s high chair / Calvin’s outfit: hoodie, cacti shorts, denim moccs (he was supposed to wear this romper but the USPS held it hostage and it didn’t arrive in time), cacti diapers (not pictured but adorable) / Calvin’s 1 Crown / Charlie’s cacti tank / My dress / My sandals (from last season)

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