Mojo Travels~ Cabo!

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A couple of weeks ago we spent a long weekend in San Francisco for my sister’s wedding, you can read that post HERE. The morning after the wedding our family was up bright and early to head for the airport in order to reach our final destination on our vacation, Cabo San Lucas! Despite being tired from dancing the night away at the wedding, the kids were SO EXCITED to get Mexico.

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Cabo bound! The smile on her face says it all!

Each of the kids had their own Kindle Fires which they had downloaded books, games and movies on prior to our departure so they had plenty of entertainment. We stayed at Villa del Palmar in Cabo San Lucas in a two bedroom penthouse with an oceanfront view. It fit our family of five and my parents perfectly. The kids really loved the jacuzzi on the balcony, this along with having their own room with a TV was probably their highlight of our accommodations.

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Living their BEST LIVES at the end of the day watching a movie!

By the time we got to the resort, we only had a few hours left in the day but that didn’t stop the kids from taking a dip in the pool. We just grabbed pizza for them from the onsite Sports Bar for dinner.  It was good but the woodfired pizza at their restaurant, Tomatillos , is even better!

Day 2:

We woke up and the kids swam for a bit before we had lunch poolside. My parents were kind enough to watch Camryn during her naptime so Jared, the kids and myself walked along the beach towards downtown Cabo. Since it’s spring break time, things started to get a little more, shall we say “crazy”, as we started to get closer to the restaurants along the beach so we hitched a ride on a water taxi to get to the marina. I’m so glad we did that, the kids loved it! We stopped at Captain Tony’s and had a cocktail while the kid’s enjoyed banana smoothies. Once we got back to the resort the kids swam and swam some more.

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My parents offered to watch the kids that evening so Jared and I could enjoy a night out on the town. We made reservations at La Golandrina, which we’ve eaten at several times before. The ambiance of this restaurant is absolutely beautiful. The seating is outdoors and above you is a canopy of tree branches all strung with white lights.  So beautiful. Unfortunately, this trip the food was just subpar. I would definitely recommend going there for a cocktail and maybe an appetizer but save your dinner reservation for another restaurant. I would recommend Edith’s or La Casita, both are great choices!

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Day 3and 4:

More swimming…lots of swimming! HA!  I was so happy I had brought swim shirts along for both of the girls to wear, the sun is so intense and it definitely helped to protect their skin. There are a ton of cute suits at Target this season, I got this one for Cami!!

 

My favorite suit was this one from amazon. I have NEVER bought any article of clothing from amazon so I was definitely going out on a limb getting  a suit. I generally have to buy more expensive suits because I got a lot going up top, if you know what I’m saying, so I need suits with a little bit of support. This one shoulder ruffled suit was so cute. I love that you can wear it under a cute pair of shorts and throw on a kimono  and you’re ready to go get a quick bite or walk along the beach. I’m wearing my Rachel Zoe palm print kimono, though you can’t really tell it’s length in the photo, that I got from my Box of Style last spring. I looked everywhere but I couldn’t find a link for it. I really like this kimono from Nordstrom! It’s really reasonable too, oops, might have to get that one too.

 

 

Day 5:

The kids swam from sun up until sundown every day. We thought about taking them to go swim with the dolphins but they were more interested in swimming so we let them be. So much of the time I think we as parents work so hard to give them all of these “experiences” but they are often just content being right where they are. It really makes me feel overjoyed to think about how much fun they had just being together and loving life during our trip. Family vacays are a cup filler for me, for sure!

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On this day, Jared had actually surprised me by booking me a massage at the Desert Spa. I had never been to that spa before and it was so beautiful and peaceful, if it weren’t for wanting to get back to spend time with my family I would’ve stayed there all day! I had the deep tissue massage that day and went back the next day for a pedicure.

 

Day 6:

On the last night of our trip we met up with some friends of ours from back in Minnesota that were also vacationing in Cabo. One of my friends had set up a private boat tour to go whale watching. We had such a great time and ended up seeing 2 whales about a half an hour into our trip. It was a mama whale and her calf that we saw and they stuck around our boat for over an hour. It was so neat to watch them swim so close to the surface of the water. I got WAY TOO many pictures of our whale sighting. Ha! I mean how many pictures does one need of air bubbles coming up from the water?!   At least no one can say I didn’t take any pictures.

 

After the whale watching tour, our crew ate dinner at The Office on Medano beach. I’ve been there for lunch and dinner before, the food is always great and the atmosphere is perfect!

Day 7:

On our last day in Cabo, our departing flight was 2 hours late. I was actually more than happy to stay an extra two hours, which meant we had nearly the entire day to soak up some more rays and avoid re-entry back to reality just a bit longer.

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This trip exceeded any expectations I had of traveling to another country with all 3 kids. We had an amazing time and I would totally recommend this vacation to anyone, the kids are already asking “when can we go back?”. The answer…not soon enough! Good news is now that we’re back home, the temps are rising and the snow is melting. Praise the lord!

Thanks so much for reading, have a great day!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

 

 

 

 

Mojo Travels- San Francisco!

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I were  San Francisco bound for my sister’s wedding. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and we had such a great time exploring the city with the kids.

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Sorry Cami, when you’re trying to get all 5 smiling at the same time sometimes you take what you can get.

We arrived in San Francisco mid-morning and just like most places in the country, they were experiencing abnormally cold temps and increased precipitation. That didn’t hold us down though;  the kids were so excited to let loose some of their bound up energy. We thought we’d be fine in our rain jackets but about two minutes in, we had spent $20 on two giant umbrellas. #wellworthit

This jacket I brought along is my new favorite rain jacket. I love the color, fit and feel of this jacket!  I’m currently pretty obsessed with all things Athleta 🙂

Our first stop was Pier 45 and we were lucky enough to stumble upon a pop-up Old Fashioned Arcade museum. The kids had fun playing some games, my favorite was probably watching them play Wack-a-Mole. So funny!

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Our next stop was Fisherman’s Wharf. The kids really enjoyed Aquariumof the Bay, there were so many exhibits and sea animals to see.

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There are many shops and restaurants all along the wharf. The  docks lining the wharf are also home to hundreds of sea lions. You can see Alcatraz from the end of the pier too; despite being to San Fransisco many times I’ve actually never visited Alcatraz. Have any of you been and would you recommend a visit?

Probably one of the most memorable events at Fisherman’s Wharf  was Parker winning a giant stuffed animal out of one of those claw machines. I should preface this by saying that Jared’s dad has a serious affinity towards claw machines and whenever we visit Grandpa, he’s got a new supply of stuffed animals that he has won. When Parker initially asked to spend $3 on the machine I said no but after re-thinking it I thought it was a fine way to pass some time and who knows maybe he has a stroke of his Grandpa’s luck. Low and behold he won this beaut of a stuffed doll on the second try (same $3 dollars lest you think he swindled me out of $6 to achieve this big win)! He was so excited and Camryn was even more excited to win her special “dowy”, which she insisted upon sleeping with in the already tight quarters of her pack-n-play. HaHa!

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The last big adventure at the wharf was hopping on this two-story carousel. By the time we went on it, it was getting darker out and the lights on the carousel were so pretty.  Day 1 and already an unforgettable trip.

At the end of the day we headed back to the beautiful and ginormous mansion my sister and her fiance had rented to host all of the family who were to attend the wedding in a couple of days. Because our family is the largest, read nosiest, we were sequestered to the attic. The kids loved that big space all to themselves.  We enjoyed a dinner of Boudin’s Calm Chowder and sourdough bread, Boudin’s is a staple of San Fran. If you haven’t tried it, you should definitely make a visit if you’re ever in town.

The next day, we spent the morning at The Exploratorium. The Exploratorium is an interactive, hands on museum of science, art and physical movement. All 5 us found it interesting, there’s truly something for everyone. It’s fairly expensive to get in but they allow you to come and go throughout the day. The museum is on the Embarcadero and  close enough to other places of interest, like the Ferry Building ,to allow people to come and go easily .

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We had plans to eat at the Ferry Building but I wouldn’t take the kid’s there again to grab lunch. To be fair, we didn’t go to any of the sit down restaurants but looked at menus for the smaller grab-and go shops, the menus were a bit too “fancy” for our kid’s tastes. They may not have like the lunch fare but they certainly didn’t mind the ice cream at Gott’s Ice Cream!  So delish! After heading back to The Exploratorium for a bit longer we went back to the mansion for the rehearsal dinner.

The Grand Finale and last day of our trip was centered around the wedding of my sister and her now husband. Their day was absolute perfection and I was so honored to be a part of it. Delaney and I headed to my sister’s apartment bright and early that morning for hair and makeup. My sister is such a light in the world and it’s no wonder, her makeup artist is also a friend of hers. He was just the kindest, most talented human being, I had so much fun meeting him. I may just take a trip back to SF for him to do my makeup again!

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The wedding took place at city hall and my sister, I’m sure, was the most beautiful bride to ever walk those halls.

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Following the wedding ceremony, we went on a trolley ride through the city.

I’m not sure of the name of the reception hall, but it was such a wonderful evening. As most weddings do, this one went by way too fast. The weekend was magic and we enjoyed spending time with all of our extended family. I can’t wait to get back!!

Stay tuned next week, I’ll be taking about part deux of our trip. Cabo bound!!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

Mojo Travel~ Palm Springs!

I had visions of putting this post together on Monday, the day after we got back from a much needed girl’s weekend, however, jet-lag is real my friends! I’m just now KIND OF getting back into the groove of things but then again, lets be honest mommin’ ain’t easy and I rarely feel like I’m on top of my game. Ha!

This past weekend, I took a 4 day trip with a couple of my best friends from high school to Palm Springs, CA. This trip was YEARS in the making and we were so glad to finally be boarding our plane last Thursday evening with visions of late mornings drinking HOT coffee, uninterrupted dinners and endless time to catch up on ALL THE THINGS.

When we were contemplating where to go for this vacation, we had certain criteria that we wanted to fulfill. We wanted warmth, relaxation, the ability to do some outdoor exercise, shops and affordable to get to within the US. Even though the weather was 10 degrees colder than average, coming from MN we were more than happy to take in that 50 degree weather the locals were referring to as their “Polar Vortex”. I’ll show them Polar Vortex, just hop on a flight to Minneapolis and then your 50 degrees won’t look so bad!! HaHa!

Day 1:

When we got into the airport on Thursday night, we were all pleasantly surprised to see how small and easy to navigate the airport was. We rented a Mustang convertible, #weresofancy, and drove less than 10 minutes to get to our hotel.  Seriously, how awesome is that!!  We stayed at the Kimpton Rowan, which was absolutely stunning. I already had a love for this boutique hotel brand going into our stay. They’re known for their excellent hospitality and their attention to detail in all areas from the common spaces to the individual rooms. I love that they always have robes for you to use and this particular hotel had delicious orange infused water in the lobby.

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After we settled into our room for a bit, we went to dinner at Las Casuelas right in downtown Palm Springs. It was less than a 5 minute walk from our hotel. Even though it was Valentine’s Day they were able to find us a seat on their outdoor patio. Apparently, those locals just can’t hang in the cooler temps. 😉 They had outdoor heaters and we managed just fine! No pics of my dinner, #sorrytoohungry #storyofmylife.  If you ever find yourself in Palm Springs, the Enchiladas Suizas are to die for!

Day 2:

We woke up Friday morning ready to tackle the day. We got dressed for the day and figured we’d head down to the lobby and grab a cup of coffee. We were surprised when the concierge informed us that it was only 6:30am, oops, and they weren’t quite serving coffee  yet. Fortunately for us, we were right next to a Starbucks! #givemeyourcoffee  We also got coffee and a pastry at Koffi before setting out for the day. I love trying new coffee places, especially ones that are local.  This little place was really nice because there was a courtyard in the back of the coffee shop when you could sit and enjoy your beverages.

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In the days leading up to our arrival, Palm Springs had experienced significant flooding and the National Parks and many surrounding trails were closed. As we meandered around the city, we found a trail and took a hike up the mountain. It was so beautiful!

By the time we finished our hike it was late afternoon and we were STARVING!!  At the recommendation of our concierge, we hit up the Kaiser Grill and it was so good! We were still so full by dinnertime that we ended up just having desert. We ended up stumbling upon an amazing toffee shop called Brandini. The toffee was out of this world and was actually founded by two really good friends who have a knack for making amazing toffee. When they were in high school and trying to fundraise money for a school trip, their sales were such a huge success they ended up opening their own shop…and we’re super glad they did. YUMM!!  You only get a pic of the case, haha, because we devoured  (and split) the toffee ice cream sundae!

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Day 3:

This time, we started our day off with Coffee Bean coffee. I got a mocha, parting with my routine medium roast with a splash of cream, and it was excellent!

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We had plans to hit up Joshua Tree National Park, so before we headed out for the day we had breakfast at one of the Rowan’s restuarants called Juniper Table . I got the Chilaqiles and I’ve never had any better than the ones I had at this restaurant.

Joshua Tree was magnificent!

After we got home we were exhausted from a long day but pulled it together to head out for a nice dinner that evening. Well, we hadn’t planned on all of the resturants being filled due to Modernism week but as luck would have it we ended up at an amazing Italian restaurant. I had a super delish lobster pasta dish that was so good…I’m only sorry that at this point I can’t remember the name of the restaurant.

Day 4:

One of the locals had told us Palm Desert was a MUST SEE while we were in Palm Springs so we figured since we were so close we’d check it out. Honestly, we didn’t love Palm Desert. It was much more commercialized and a lot like home, minus the freezing temps with the added beauty of palm trees. We ate lunch, shopped a bit and then headed back to our hotel. Each of us ladies wanted to bring our kiddos back a little something from the trip so we ended up stopping at Balboa Candy Store. Balboa was such a cute, old-time candy store and the kids very much loved the little treats I brought back for them.

Us girls had the time of our lives on the trip. As childhood friends, this trip was probably the longest period of time we had ever gotten the chance to spend together in our adult lives and I think it meant the world to each of us to have this time. We hope to make this a recurrent event and heaven knows I love to get travel plans on the books so I’m betting we can make it happen again!

I’d love to hear from anyone else that’s been to Palm Springs, what did we miss?! And where should we go on our next trip??

P.S. We were gone over Valentine’s Day, when I got home at 2am on Monday morning this was waiting for me on the counter. Gotta say, it was good to be back home!

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XOXO,

Finding My Mojo