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Comforts™ Diapers

I’m excited to introduce Comforts™ Diapers from Kroger family stores. As first time parents, we went through a lot of different diapers before figuring out what works best for Jayce. It was a trial and error process since there’re so many diapers out there. I’m here to share what features we look for in diapers and why we love Comforts™ Diapers in our household.

Comfort: Since Jayce lives in diaper 24/7 so we wanted to make sure it’s soft and comfortable. Because baby skin is extra sensitive, diaper can cause allergic reactions and diaper rash which are painful for both babies and parents. Comforts™ Diapers have really soft outer cover and feel. They stretch around the waist band which is great because his waist won’t be restricted after feeding. They also stretch around leg cuffs and tabs for better fit.

Leakage protection: You have no idea how many clothes and sheets we had to change out because of a leaky diaper. Having to do that in the middle of the night is no fun. These diapers have day and night leakage protection.

Wetness indicator: Some diapers do not come with wetness indicator on all sizes which is crazy because I have hard time telling if his diaper is wet just by touching it. Unless it’s full, sometimes it’s difficult to know. Diapers aren’t cheap so you want to get the most out of it. Comfort Diapers come with wetness indicator on all sizes.

Comforts™ Diapers are also affordable. You can buy them at your local Kroger family stores. Click here to find the latest coupons for additional savings. Thank you so much for Kroger company for sponsoring this post!

Life Style Travel

First Family Vacation

Today I’m sharing photos from our first family vacation as well as our favorite places to eat and visit. This early summer, we took a road trip and spent the weekend at one of our favorite cities, Portland, OR. Portland was perfect because it’s only about 3 hours drive from where we live. Since it was our first time traveling with a baby we wanted to go somewhere close by. Good thing we drove because we packed so much stuff for Jayce that if we were flying we would have needed like 5 suitcases just for him. I'll share tips for traveling with a baby in another blog post.  

We started our trip on Friday morning after breakfast. We had a late start because of last minute packing and getting Jayce ready. Our first stop was at the Point Defiance Rose Garden. I’ve been wanting to visit this beautiful rose garden for a while. It worked out with our trip because it was on the way. See my full post here.

After the rose garden, we stopped at a rest area and drove straight to Portland. We hit rush hour traffic in Portland which added like an hour to our commute. Our plan was to have a late lunch in Portland and dine at Pok Pok. We’ve been wanting to eat at Pok Pok for the longest time due to recommendations from friends and amazing reviews on Yelp.

We arrived at Portland around 3:00 pm. We were tired from sitting in traffic and summer heat, especially Jayce. We decided to do a take out and eat at our hotel. Based on Yelp reviews, the restaurant gets super busy around lunch and dinner time. They only accept reservation for parties larger than 6. The restaurant is pretty small so it’s best to go around non-peak hours. We had  their famous Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, Kung Op Wun Sen, and Thai iced tea.  All the dishes were so delicious. I highly recommend Pok Pok for amazing Thai food.

Our dinner for that night was delicious ice cream from Salt and Straw. We got there at a good time and didn’t have to wait long. The line was wrapped around the shop by the time we got our ice cream. There were so many great flavors to choose from. Being a coffee lover, I went with Coava Coffee & Cocanu Craque. It had a creamy coffee flavor. It was so good. Jayce was eyeing it so hard.

After dinner, we decided to walk to the International Rose Test Garden. It was about one mile walk from our hotel but going uphill the entire way so it was a good workout. The rose garden was so beautiful. It’s a rose heaven there.

Our hotel was located at the Northwest neighborhood also known as Alphabet District. Our hotel has a full kitchen which was so useful because we were able to make hot water, clean Jayce’s bottles, and store and heat up Jayce’s food. This was our first time staying in the Northwest neighborhood and we loved it. This charming neighborhood is so close to downtown and has so many great restaurants and shops within walking distance. I love being able to walked around the neighborhood to explore. Sorry I forgot to take photos of our room right after we checked in. It got too messy to take photos afterwards.

We started Saturday morning with an Oregon hazenut latte from Barista. Then made our way to Blue Star donut. I had their choclate crunch donut and that was soo...good.

For lunch, I was craving for some hot soup and ended up discovering Boxer Ramen on Yelp. I had Tonkotsu Shio with pork belly and Jimmy had Shiitake Shoyu. The broth was flavorful and pork belly melted in my mouth.

After lunch we ended up heading back to the hotel to rest up so Jayce can take a nap. We headed back to the International Rose Test Garden to walk around the garden since we didn’t have a lot of time to spend on Friday. We spent a couple of hours walking around the garden and admiring beautiful roses.  I’ll share photos from the garden in an upcoming blog post.

We had sushi for dinner at Bamboo Sushi. The service was fast and the food was decent. We ate pretty quickly and headed back to the hotel because Jayce was getting tired. Sorry for the bad quality photo. It was dark in the restaurant and we were in a hurry to eat.

We wanted to visit the zoo on Sunday after breakfast but there were several protests scheduled that day in several locations in downtown area and we decided to play to safe and headed out of downtown first thing in the morning. We stopped by Pine State Biscuits for breakfast on our way home. I had “The Reggie” which has fried chicken, bacon & cheese topped with gravy. Jimmy had “Steak Club” with seared flank steak, blue cheese, heirloom tomato and butter lettuce.

We ended our trip with a visit to Cathedral City park. We took a nice stroll around the park to walk off the breakfast and enjoy some fresh air. The scenery is beautiful. The view of St. John’s bridge is so cool. Tihs park is a must see when you’re visiting Portland. It’s hidden in the residential neighborhood. Our GPS took us to the park without any problem. We walked our way up to the hilly part of the park to get up right underneath the park to take photos with the cathedral-like arches as a backdrop.  

Thank you so much for visiting!

 

Life Style

Picnic at a Park

Can you believe fall is less than 3 weeks away? We’re doing as many summer activities as we can before summer ends. It includes visiting a beach, brunching outdoor and having picnic at a park. Family picnic at a park is my favorite summer activity. We had our first family picnic at the beginning of summer. Check out my post here.

Jayce loves the outdoors. He gets so happy when he knows we’re getting ready to go out. He’ll hang out around his stroller to make sure he doesn’t get left behind. It’s so cute and funny. We’re lucky to live by beaches and parks. Lake Boren park in Newcastle is one of our favorite parks. The park has a playground area which Jayce loves. He isn’t old enough to play with most  of the stuff there but he loves sitting on the spring ride and watch the older kids play.

We love packing up our favorite snacks to enjoy an evening out at the park. We usually start with a stroll around the park then off to the playground. Then we’ll find a spot on the grass or one of the picnic benches to take a snack break. What’s great about picnics is that they’re so easy to plan. There’re so many different picnic food you can bring but we like keeping it light with fresh fruits, cheese, crackers, nuts and drinks.

Since we’ve been picnicking so much this year I've been making a list of picnic accessories I’d love to have to complete my picnic scene.  Here’re the items on my list:

  1. Picnic basket
  2. A bigger cheeseboard
  3. Cooler bag

If you love picnicking and want to find out what accessories are out there, check out lovepicnics.co.uk for a full range of picnic baskets and accessories.

Thank you so much for visiting.  Thank you Love Picnics for sponsoring this post.

Fashion

3 tips for getting your wardrobe ready for Fall

I’m partnering with J.Jill to share how I’m preparing my wardrobe for fall. Summer is still going strong in Seattle but fall will be here before we know it. The days are getting shorter and nights are cooler. There’re so many things I love about fall. My absolute favorite part is fall fashion. Here’re 3 simple steps to get your closet ready for the upcoming season.

  1. Rearrange Closet: Put away your summer clothes to make room for fall clothes. I’m still going to keep my floral pieces in dark colors because they’ll transition well into fall. I used to store my summer clothes in the garage but now that I have more closet space, I place my off season clothes on higher shelves. That way everything I need for the current season are right there in front of me (petite girl’s problem).
  2. Assess your wardrobe: I’m kind of a neat freak and hate a messy closet. At the start of every season, I go through and donate clothes I haven’t worn in a couple of years. That way my closet isn’t cluttered with clothes I don’t wear anymore. It’s so much easier to see what I have and assess what I need.
  3. Plan out new addition:  I’m a planner by nature. I have a list for pretty much everything from wardrobe planning to spring cleaning and meal planning. For this fall, cardigans are on top of my list of items to purchase. They are my favorite layering piece. What’s great about cardigans is they come in variety of styles, colors and materials to choose from. They’re easy to style. These beautiful cardigans from J.Jill are my newest addition. They’re beautiful and versatile. Both cardigans will look beautiful with leggings to jeans and dresses. What I love about J.Jill is that I can always count on high quality and great fit.  The fit is perfect for my extra petite frame. I’m wearing XSP for both pieces. I always have issue with sleeves running long on me but both pieces fit me perfectly.

The red yarn topper is an eye catcher. The color is rich and perfect for fall. It’s warm and cozy like wearing my favorite blanket. It has a nice weight to it but not heavy. The sweater has room to stretch so I can layer it over another sweater on really cold days. I paired it with a little black dress for a Sunday brunch and took it off when it got warmer in the afternoon.  

Outfit:
Cardigan: J.Jill c/o
Dress: Loft
Bag: Prada Saffiano Cuir Twin Bag
Shoes: old (similar here)

The double faced black/camel cardigan is so soft. It’s a great transition piece from summer to fall. I wore this to a coffee meet up with my sister. I went for a casual look with a white top and high waisted jeans. This cardigan is perfect is layering over lightweight blouses because of its slimmer cut.

Outfit:
Cardigan: J.Jill 
Top: Express (similar here)
Jeans: Gap (similar here)
Bag: Prada Saffiano Cuir Twin Bag
Shoes: old (similar here)

Thank you J.Jill for sponsoring this post! Thank you so much for visiting.

Fashion Life Style

Happy 1st Birthday

Dear Jayce,

I can't believe you are officially a toddler. I will always remember the first moment I laid my eyes on your sweet face and whispered to you “Welcome home baby. We've waited so long to meet you”.  You were perfect in every way. From that moment I knew you’ll always have my unconditional love.  

The first month of motherhood was an adventure learning to change diaper, figuring out how to breastfeed you and trying to function with just 3-4 hours of sleep. I remember the first time I had to change your diaper without daddy and it was on backward. I laughed so hard when I found out. The first time I had to take you to your doctor’s appointment by myself and I couldn’t open the stroller but was too embarrassed to ask for help. I ended up carrying you inside.

This first year was exhausting yet so rewarding. Before you came into our lives, there was nothing that can wake me up in the wee hours of the night. Now a little movement from you and I would jump out of my bed to run to you. I remember the first time you slept through the night, I woke up multiple times to check on you. 

You've brought so much love and joy into our lives. You make everything in my life more meaningful. I never knew how much I can love until I met you.  Always know that you are also surrounded by so many people that love you. Daddy and I will always be here to guide and support you. We love you so very much, Jayce! Happy first birthday my love!

Thank you so much for visiting!

My outfit:
Dress: Loft

Jimmy’s Outfit:
Top: H&M (similar here)
Jeans: Levi’s

Jayce’s Outfit:
Top: Old Navy (similar here)
Bow tie: H&M (similar here)
Shorts: Old Navy (similar here)