baby k’tan weekender bag

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Since having Carter we’ve become very picky when it comes to choosing which bags we travel with.  It has to fit all of her things + some of mamas, fit underneath the seat of the airplane, keep her food cold and have a changing pad. 

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We found the Baby K’tan Weekender bag + haven’t looked back since. It met all of our requirements plus some! 

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The weekender bag has so many great amenities for parents of little’s like an easy access wipe dispenser, a padded nylon changing pad, and a full size insulated cooler packet! A big bonus for us is the padded tech pocket which makes it easy for us to travel with our laptops. 

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If you’re a mama that travels a lot like we do, this bag is a dream that you must try! 

 

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carters first birthday

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The days leading up to Carters birthday were busy so we didn't have much time to stop and think about the fact that we were soon going to have a ONE year old! We decided for her first birthday we would have a party in California to celebrate.

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When we were planning the party the first thing we established was that we wanted to hire vendors so that the decor, cake + food was taken care of. We were flying in from Disneyland the night before and really wouldn't have any time to put things together.

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The theme that we went with was Carters Pink Paradise. When we took her to Hawaii for the first time she played her little heart out at the beach all day long, ate too much shave ice + really just fell in love with the island life so when choosing a theme we knew it had to be some kind of paradise party!

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We filled the house with Hawaiian food from L &L Hawaiian BBQ, sweets from Paper Heart Patisserie, florals by Mignon Floral Co., signs by David and Leanna, enamel pins from Ways and Means/Studio Mega and topped it all off with shave ice from Kona.

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Carter swam most of the day with family, ate some yummy food + then dug into her cake. She was a happy girl until it was nap time! We loved every part of the day + was so happy to celebrate our happy little bug with family + friends.

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hawaii with a little

Ariel + I have gone to Hawaii together for the past four years. It has become one of our favorite places to travel to. We love being able to just wake up and head to the pool or beach and relax. This time definitely looked a little different than the previous times that we have gone since we now have a little one but we still had so much fun.

We were a little worried about bringing carter since she’s nine months old and is such the little mover but honestly she was great the entire time and I think she loved it more than we did!

Where we stayed:
We stayed at Aston at Papkea Resort in Lahaina. It was super convenient with Carter because she had plenty of room to crawl around on the ground and we didn’t have to worry about her getting hurt. The other thing that we loved about the condo was that we could cook meals – it’s not always easy going out with littles!

Beaches we loved:
Honokowai – My absolute favorite beach for anyone traveling with little ones. The beach has a coral/rock wall that protects babes from the surf making it easy for them to sit in the water and play without mama having to worry. The other bonus about the beach was that there are place to eat right across the street which made our beach days easy.

Spreckelsville Beach – This beach is a little bit of a drive from where we stayed on the west side of the island but it was absolutely beautiful and had so much sand for the littles to run around on. We also saw turtles here which was really neat!

Black Rock Beach – If you’re looking for a beach that had shade this one is great! We were able to setup carters little tent underneath a tree so that she could take a nap in there and not get over heated. Also there are lot of places to get lunch just walking distance from the beach.

What we brought:
Tent – This little tent is super easy to fold up + pack to bring with anywhere. We used it next to the pool + at the beach. Carter took most of her afternoon naps in it + played in it when she was awake. It has a cool pocket on the side of it which we stored our phones and keys in which was great.

Pool Floaty – We ended buying one at target and it worked great. Carter could lounge + we didn’t have to worry about her getting burnt since it had a shade. 

Sunscreen – This an obvious but we brought a ton and a few different kinds. We tried a lotion and honestly getting lotion on a baby every few hours wasn’t easy. We ended up using the spray and it was great.

Clip on chair - We bring this chair with us almost every time we travel. It clips on to tables and counters easily. We didn't need to bring it to restaurants because Maui has the best highchairs but we did use it in the condo.

Swim Diapers - Love the reusable ones! These are our favorite. Word of advice - size up!

We’re by no means experts at traveling to Hawaii with little ones but wanted to share what we did that worked for us. If you have any questions we’d love for you to reach out + ask! We’re happy to answer them. Aloha!

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