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Change of Plans

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If you guys follow my Instagram Stories, you would have seen that we were in the process of planning a trip to Italy for the end of September. We hadn’t booked our tickets though because we needed to figure out exactly how long we wanted to go for & exactly which cities we wanted to visit this time around.

Well, we’ve had a slight change of plans & are so excited about it because one of my best friends is now getting married the end of September in New York! While they’ve been engaged for a little while, they hadn’t set a date yet because of their work schedules. I’m so happy that we didn’t book our tickets to Italy (we would have obviously canceled them for the wedding) & I’m beyond excited to see two of the best people I know get married!! If you saw my Instagram Stories, you know that I’m going to be a bridesmaid & our boys are going to be ring bearers & I got all teary eyed when I opened the package asking us! I’m such a sap when it comes to things these days (having 2 kids & crazy hormone changes will do that to you haha) 🙂

With that said, we will now be in NYC the end of September & will plan for Italy at a later date. If you are from Italy or are very familiar with the weather, when would the next best time be to go to Rome & the Amalfi Coast? Should we wait until the end of Spring/beginning of Summer 2018?

ALSO, since we won’t be going to Italy, we’re planning another trip somewhere tropical & warm for October or November. What are your guys’ favorite tropical destinations?!

Best Food Venice

Best Food in Venice, CA

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We’ve been exploring as much as possible lately & one of our favorite places to go nearby is Venice. There is such a great vibe in Venice because there are so many different types of people in the area. We love to walk down Abbot Kinney for amazing restaurants & some of the cutest shops you’ll ever find. I’ll be honest though, when exploring any area, my favorite thing to experience is the food 🙂 So, I decided to share some of our favorite places that we can’t stay away from because they are THAT delicious!

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1.) Gjelina – This is a favorite of locals & visitors alike because the food & ambiance are incredible. This is perfect for meat-eaters as well as vegetarians, which is nice because there is something for everyone. I highly recommend the pizza but I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on their menu.

2.) Salt & Straw – I might have cried happy tears when Salt & Straw finally made its way to LA from Portland. This is hands down one of my favorite spots for ice cream! The Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate, Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and the Honey Lavender are just a few of my favorites. I have never known anyone who has tried this place & not fallen in love.

3.) Cafe Gratitude – Don’t be afraid of this plant-based menu! I honestly can’t get enough of this place & would eat here daily if I lived nearby. I love the Squash Quesadillas, Mexican Bowl, Veggie Burger & Corn Tacos!

4.) Moon Juice – One of my all-time favorite places for smoothies & juices. I love their Strawberry Almond Milk, Custom Smoothies & their different “Dust” has become an obsession, I use them almost daily at home! Pop in for a juice or smoothie & head down to the boardwalk/beach, you won’t be disappointed!

These are obviously just a few of my most frequented places in Venice because there are SO many more amazing places to dine but I hope you enjoyed hearing which spots are my favorite!

20 Small Ways to be Healthier in 2017

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One thing about being a mom, or a working woman in general, is that health can unfortunately fall to the end of the priority list. I try to eat clean for the most part, but I’m also too lenient with myself. Since I want to raise health-conscious boys and feel good for myself, I’m incorporating small things throughout my day that lead to improvement. Every little thing counts when it comes to health, and by starting small, hopefully these turn into bigger habits. Here are 20 things I’m currently working on:

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2.) Drink a cup of water right when I wake up.

3.) Start with 10 minutes of exercise 4x a week, and increase the time gradually.

4.) Keep healthy backup options in our freezer (brown rice and veggies for stir fry, whole wheat bread and tortillas, ground turkey (or veggie crumbles) for pasta, frozen kale for smoothies, etc.).

5.) Sip on hot lemon water in the morning before eating.

6.) Add vegetables to each meal.

7.) Save sugar for a couple times a week.

8.) Make a big healthy crockpot meal each week, freeze leftovers.

9.) Meal plan.

10.) Stretch with the boys.

11.) Drink sparkling water instead of soda.

12.) Swap a lettuce wrap for a sandwich once a week.

13.) Try a new fitness class once a month. Perfect for a date day or time with girlfriends!

14.) Use Instacart for healthy ingredients if I can’t get to the grocery (instead of takeout).

15.) Set an alarm for every hour to get up, walk around, have some water.

16.) Do morning dance parties with the boys to get moving. Or whenever we need energy.

17.) Take a daily probiotic and vitamin.

18.) Use less salt.

19.) Read motivational blogs or listen to podcasts when I’m feeling lazy.

20.) Prioritize sleep! Set an alarm for an hour before bed to turn off tech, do my nightly routine, and get into bed with a book.

What small things do you incorporate to feel healthy? I’d love to hear in the comments below! 

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Storm Jonas

NYC Blizzard

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When we heard the blizzard was going to hit NYC, we were actually pretty excited. While most were trying to catch flights out of town or go into hibernation in their apartments, we were ready to have some snowball fights. This was the first NYC blizzard we have experienced while actually living here (duh, we have only lived here for 2 1/2 weeks) but it’s actually the second blizzard me & Adam have experienced here in NYC. It’s honestly incredible to experience because the whole city shuts down & you are able to just walk around in the middle of the streets while it’s snowing down on you!  We were staying in a hotel at this time so we would run outside & play for 10 minutes & then run back inside to get warm (our SoCal blood clearly isn’t used to cold weather :)) We had so much fun & will look back on these photos years down the road & remember our first crazy week living here in NYC with the best memories. I hope you guys enjoyed these photos & that those of you who experienced storm Jonas were all safe. Thankful the weather has warmed up now!

Four Seasons

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara

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*The Room:
We stayed in a 1 bedroom villa overlooking the golf course & it was absolutely beautiful. From the clean aesthetic of the decor to the beautiful rolling greens, it was glorious. The whole setup was one that made us never want to go home.

*The Service:
I honestly was blown away by how accommodating every member of the Aviara staff was! Not only were they willing to help in anyway possible, they were incredibly kind to our 2 year old, Kannon. It’s rare that you find an entire community of people that are that sweet to toddlers. Most places look down on bringing children & I was beyond relieved to see Kannon interacting with everyone at the resort! Plus, they have THE most amazing place for kids to hangout called, Club 760. They have Wii’s, puzzles, books, cars, movies & more to entertain kids of all ages. Kannon was in heaven!

*The Spa:
Who doesn’t love a relaxing day at the spa? The Driftwood Spa offers a plethora of services & the environment is very relaxing. I received the Mother to Be massage & I loved it. I also loved the products they sold. I bought a coconut Argan oil spray for my growing belly & have been using it everyday since! I can’t wait to go back & try out their different services when I’m not pregnant!

*The Food:
I think the food was my favorite part.. & that’s not just because I’m pregnant! We ordered room service both mornings as well as lunch one of the afternoons & everything we got was delicious. Here are my favorites from In Room Dining- Fresh juices (the orange & the green were my favorites), Buttermilk Pancakes with berries baked inside, Protein Power Smoothie, Grilled Cheese B.A.T. (We got it without the bacon).

*Seasons Restaurant:
This restaurant deserves its own category because it was THAT good!! They serve farm-to-table cuisine & literally every single thing we tried here was incredible! The menu changes with the seasons but trust me when I say, EVERYTHING is amazing. If I could eat here for dinner every single night of my life, I would!

I hope you guys enjoyed this little recap of our trip. Sorry it took so long to get it up for you all. With being so sick & then the big move to NYC, life was a bit hectic for a while. I’m so excited to be back blogging full time though & I can’t wait to create a ton of new content! Let me know if there is anything specific you want to see & I’ll get working on it 🙂

So Young

SoYoung

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Sorry for being MIA! I’ve had very limited access to Internet or cell service & the posts I had scheduled to go live decided to malfunction! I swear something like that happens only when you are relying on it the most haha. All in all though, this trip has been incredible & extremely liberating. Being a blogger, we are constantly on social media/the Internet & I’m thankful for the time I had to just be with my family instead of checking my phone throughout the day. With that said, I’m so excited to start sharing some fun photos with you guys!

These photos were taken in Canada at Lake Louise, which is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. It literally took my breath away & I continually stated the entire time we were there, just how pretty it was. If you’re looking for a place to explore in Canada, I highly recommend going here, you won’t be disappointed!!

On another note, how adorable is this fox backpack & dinosaur cooler!? When Kannon saw these, he got so excited & these were his two favorite choices. I honestly am obsessed with this brand & want everything they have. I secretly got this dinosaur for myself.. Cause lets be honest, cool moms carry dinosaur coolers! 😉 Plus, they have diaper bags & lunch boxes as well as backpacks & cooler bags so they’re perfect for both you & your little ones. I’m so excited I’ve teamed up with SoYoung to bring you guys an exciting giveaway on my Instagram tomorrow, so make sure you’re following along!!!

Bay Clubs

Bay Club Happy

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Happy Thursday! If you guys follow me on Instagram & Snapchat (Username: sheridangregory) then you saw that we spent my birthday weekend down in San Diego. If you don’t follow me yet, head on over & start following so you don’t miss out on some fun photos!! I had the opportunity to spend the weekend with The Bay Club & other crazy talented bloggers/photographers & to say we had fun is an understatement! This was my first experience with The Bay Club & I honestly am obsessed. We got to attend fitness classes & do so many fun activities while we were there, it was the perfect weekend. I am so excited for the Los Angeles location to open because they have so many activities for all ages & there really isn’t anything like The Bay Club here in Los Angeles! I hope you guys enjoyed all of our photos from the trip! We were all definitely BAY CLUB HAPPY!! 🙂

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Pool Day

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As I’ve said before, Kannon is such a little fish & just loves the water so much. Whether it be the bath, the ocean or a swimming pool, he is in his element. We honestly had so much fun having a pool day that none of us wanted to leave. I grew up in Arizona where the Summer’s are HOT to say the least & you were required to either be in an air conditioned building or to have a pool day so you didn’t overheat. So for me, a pool day with the family is always a fun time & brings back a plethora of fun memories growing up.

Don’t mind my glasses in the pool haha! My eyes are still recovering a bit from overuse of contacts so I try to not wear my contacts as much as possible. I will say though, that wearing glasses in the pool with a two year old who loves to splash is an interesting experience. I think I would have been able to see better without my glasses altogether as opposed to having water droplets covering the lenses the entire time 🙂 I hope you enjoyed our pool day photos & a little snippet into our trip. Love you guys!

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Rancho Bernardo Inn

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If you follow along on Instagram, you know that we’ve been on a little getaway in San Diego at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. It’s always so nice to just getaway for a few days & we are so lucky to have so many incredible places to visit just a few hours away. The Rancho Bernardo Inn is such a beautiful property & so amazing for Kannon since they have a “Kids Rule” program! If you’re heading to San Diego this Summer, definitely check this place out because it’s perfect for everyone since they have a nice golf course, swimming pools, amazing food & an incredible spa! This week is already off to an amazing start & I can’t wait for the rest of it since it’s my birthday this weekend! Eek, I’m going to be 25!! Make sure you’re following along on Instagram for all of the fun celebrations 🙂

Surf & Sand – Laguna Beach

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^The view from our balcony

^Sprite has never looked so good 🙂

 ^Post massage & hot oil scalp massage

Relaxing in the beautiful spa

^I don’t think you could ever get tired of this view!

^Smoothies by the pool

Dinner at Sapphire was SO good!!

 The best apps & mocktail

 Breakfast overlooking the ocean (insert heart eyes emoji)

I’m so excited to recap our little getaway to the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach! As you all can see by these photos, the hotel is incredible. With breathtaking views, friendly staff & amazing food, we had the best time. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Southern California, I highly recommend checking this one out. We had Kannon with us & he loved it just as much as we did. We honestly never wanted to leave but then again, who can blame us!?

Splashes Restaurant: This is the restaurant located in the hotel. I had the pleasure of eating here for breakfast, lunch & dinner (not in a row :)) I loved every meal & if you are in the area, go stop in for a meal overlooking the ocean or lunch by the pool. The Belgian Waffle for breakfast was so good & I’m still daydreaming over the nachos I ate by the pool. Dinner is just absolutely incredible, Chef David Fune is insanely talented & I love his approach to imaginative & healthy food.

Aquaterra Spa: The spa might have been my favorite part of the whole trip. I went in for the Body Buff 90 minute treatment & it consisted of a full body scrub, a full body massage & a hot oil scalp massage. That may have been the best spa treatment I’ve ever had! I also enjoyed the jacuzzi & steam room after to relax even further & I loved every second of the whole experience.

Soul Project: I had the opportunity to head across the street & check out this amazing shop (& make custom tote bags with a photo that I took myself!) that has the coolest concept that you guys can read all about Here

Sapphire Laguna: We took a short stroll down the street to eat at Sapphire & I was blown away by the food. They have such an eclectic menu with foods from all around the world. Here are some of my favorites: Hong Kong Style Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Ricotta Gnocchi & for dessert, the Banana’s Foster Bread Pudding was amazing!

We honestly had the best trip to Laguna Beach & the Surf & Sand Resort. It was perfect in every way & we can’t wait to go back again one day!

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