Hilton Anaheim: Our Favorite Southern California Destination

We are back from a whirlwind trip to Orange County, California with our two little dolls. We enjoyed fun with our family, the beach, the Dana Point Harbor, Disneyland, and a day trip to Glendale.

Without question, our favorite place to stay in Orange County is the Hilton Anaheim. The location is perfectly convenient to the beach and dozens of fun Southern California activities. It is also walking distance to Disneyland! There are so many things to consider when choosing a hotel for a family getaway. A big deal for us is the pool, since we do not have one at home. The pool at Hilton Anaheim is a paradise for little ones and adults alike. They love the slide and the fun water features. We love to relax in the sunshine! The rooms are obviously very important for family stays as well, and these contemporary rooms are beautiful and updated. Most importantly, they are spacious enough for all of the kids stuff. The staff has always graciously provided a pack and play upon request.

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We are also big fans of the hotel’s restaurant, specifically at breakfast. The buffet is a terrific option for the whole family. Mom and Dad enjoy the made-to-order omelettes. There is also french toast and waffles available upon request. The Mickey Mouse waffles are a big hit for our little ones! Another big decision factor when choosing a hotel is the fitness facilities. We definitely do not want to break up our routine. We are pleasantly surprised by the large and awesome facility available at Hilton Anaheim.

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Squeezing The Last Drops of Fun Out Of Summer

August is near–and we are determined to live it up for every single day of it! Read about some of our favorite tricks to enjoy the last days of summer!

 

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AListBaby Loves Magic Merlin Sleepsuit

There is nothing more wonderful than a new baby in the house! And a new baby that sleeps for extended periods during the night? That is just heavenly. Our little princess struggled with sleeping on her back because of her startle reflex. Her little arms were waking her up. At three months, we knew it was important to have her laying flat on her back, in her crib (actually a pack and play in our room), with no blankets or bumpers. We asked around, and many of our online friends suggested the Magic Merlin Sleepsuit! Our friends at Magic Merlin were kind enough to send us one. And guess what? We have used it EVERY night since they sent it to us. It has been nearly two months now. We love it. She sleeps for 4 or 5 hour stretches at a time…which we consider great for a nearly 5 month old. When she is getting drowsy in the evening, we put her in the Merlin, then nurse her until she is VERY drowsy, near sleep, then lay her on her back to sleep. The suit resembles a little space suit! It looks a little thick at first—but that’s why it works. The weight of it keeps baby girl from startling herself awake. The “stiff” arms are what really helps her, I believe. We will graduate to the larger size in time. In the meantime, we are enjoying restful nights! We keep in in lightweight cotton jammies under the suit, she prefers that to a onesie. And we keep it cool in the house. She has never been too warm in the suit. We love it!

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Please note: We did receive a free Magic Merlin. All thoughts are our own–we truly recommend this product.

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Sensational Summer Cakes

We have all of the best dessert recipes for your summer celebrations!

 

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Baby Hospital Bag Must Haves

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Baby girl is arriving any day, and we have her bag all ready to go.
I want to share our must-haves!

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We are taking this stylish SkipHop Studio Select diaper bag with us. We love all of the pockets. We can wipe it clean. AND it looks good! The pewter color adds a splash of fun to any outfit.

Her sweet going home outfit is from Biscotti–so soft and absolutely beautiful. The quality is remarkable, and this is a unique piece that will be a timeless treasure.

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We think these Satsuma Designs newborn mittens are the best on the market because they stay on little hands so well, and there is no velcro to get snagged on precious little outfits.

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We are big breastfeeding advocates, and we are taking our Medela Freestyle pump to get the milk flowing while we are at the hospital. This is a trick we learned after baby #1 when the milk took a while to come in.
The freestyle is great for busy mamas on the go!

The Medela lanolin and gel pads will be heaven sent! Oh, the pain of those first few weeks of nursing.
We will have two sets of these…one for upstairs and one for downstairs.

The Medela breast pads are of course a necessity, too!

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And our blankets are Aden and Anais bamboo! They feel heavenly.

We think this little girl is in great shape. And it feels good to be packed and ready to roll!

Sweet Chocolate Treats for My Love

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It is almost Valentine’s Day! Mr. AList deserves some special treats this year because of all of the hard work he has done getting ready for baby girl #2! We will meet our little princess in just a few short weeks. Chocolate is Mr. AList’s favorite treat, so I have been on the hunt for some delicious options! It is going to be a special sweetheart’s day!

 

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Disclosure: We were compensated for sharing these yummy chocolate desserts with you!

The Perfect Baby Book

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We are busy, busy preparing for baby girl #2! One of the must-have items before the birth is a perfect baby book. I want to record her precious moments from the get-go. And the hospital captures the baby’s hand and foot prints in the book, which is so sweet. So as I prepare my bag, the book is a must. During my search for the ideal baby book, I am looking for a few things:

1.) Girly cover and text

2.) Space to capture monthly milestones

3.) Sections to write details about the family–including mommy and daddy, as well as the family tree

4.) Plenty of spots for photos

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Thankfully, I found the perfect baby book with CRGibson! The Bella memory book meets all of my requirements, and it even has a spot for a baby photo on the cover. The quality is exceptional–a step above other books I have seen while on the hunt. The paper is thick and the book is sturdy. That is important to me, as this book will be around for a LONG time, I hope. Our little one will be the star of her own book. We cannot wait to meet her!

Disclosure: We received the book at no cost from CRGibson. We know you will love this one!

Preparing for Baby Girl Number Two

Our hearts are filled with joy and anticipation as we prepare for baby girl #2 at the AList house! I have just made my hospital bag list, as our precious girl is set to arrive at the end of February. Baby girl is actually getting her own little bag, with essentials such as blankets, hair accessories, a nail file…and OF COURSE her coming home outfit! We are thrilled that she will wear a gorgeous design by Baby Biscotti. We love the soft pink color, and the sweet butterfly. The attention to detail is incredible. The soft tulle embellishment around the waist looks like a little baby tutu. We know our precious girl will feel like a queen in this outfit, and we will treasure the memories of her in it. DSC_0869

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