Airstream Park Family Vacation

 
Lot801 baby and toddler Palms Jogger organic pants
Lot801 baby and toddler Palms Jogger organic pants
Lot801 baby and toddler Palms Jogger organic pants
Lot801 baby and toddler Palms Jogger organic pants

Doing it for the ‘Gram is always on my mind. Whether a family trip or work event, I am always on the lookout for the perfect location in order to get the perfect shot. That’s why when a family friend told us about this super kitchy Airstream park in Santa Barbara, I couldn’t get to my phone soon enough to book that shit.

I couldn’t wait to get up to this upscale trailer park to get so much great throwback content as well as shoot my post for Lot801. The icing on this cupcake was that they were dog friendly too. Finally, a family trip where I could capture these sweet and brief moments where Annabelle is still small enough to take anywhere and before baby number 2 comes and our lives are turned upside down.

Usually when we go on a trip, the leaving part is the most stressful part of traveling. This time, however, it was earily calm and organized. I should have realized that this was not a good sign, like when they said on Sex & The City “The worse the wedding, the better the marriage”, I should have realized the rest of the trip was going to be a disaster.

But, we packed up the car anyway and headed north to the sleepy beach town of Santa Barbara. After 5 hours of LA traffic, we arrived at our new abode and settled in. All was well, then the evening hit. Annabelle decided sleeping was for rookies and proceeded to have one of the most incredible tantrums I have ever seen.

After she finally settled down and fell asleep, the hubbs and I sat in the dark for a few hours (since there was only one itty bitty bedroom that was now occupied by an even smaller toddler) watching Netflix on my phone.

When we finally decided to go to sleep, the dogs decided to get horrifically ill and have diarrhea every hour on the hour. Along with that, when the dogs weren’t shitting on the astroturf right outside our room, Annabelle was waking up crying because she had developed a cold that inhibited her pacifier from staying in her mouth.

Seriously, just FML.

So after the disastrous night and not being able to leave the trailer for fear of the dogs getting sick all over the faux wood, we decided to cut our losses and head home.

Overall, the trip was an epic fail without even some amazing pics to make everything all better. But you can’t win them all and we will just have to chalk this one up to being just another funny/awful family vacation.

 

Summer Pesto

 

There are a few foods that scream summer to me: ice cream, fruit infused water, and pesto. I know it kind of sounds weird- but I think it symbolizes summer to me because of how simple it comes together with no cooking (which means no heat- yay!), and the fact that it tastes just as good at room temperature as it does hot- making it a summer must! Pesto is super versatile, super customizable, and family friendly. My family has never turned down a pesto centered meal!

Lot801 summer pesto recipe

A good pesto recipe needs to be well balanced since a little too much/too little olive oil, pine nuts, or even parmesan could make it a recipe for disaster. Here’s my go-to recipe:

2 cups fresh basil leaves

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup pine nuts

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4-1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

In a food processor add the garlic clove and pulse a few times until chopped. Add pine nuts and pulse until the pine nuts and garlic are incorporated. Then add the basil leaves, packed in tight, add olive oil and process until combined. If you have a mini processor add half the leaves and oil, process until fully combines, and repeat with remaining basil and oil.

Add a pinch of salt and pepper, and pulse one or two more times. Then, add 1/2 of the parmesan and pulse a few times only until combined. Add the rest of the parmesan and repeat. Make sure you don’t over pulse the parmesan because the blades create heat and could begin to melt/degrade the parmesan.

Now that you’ve got the perfect pesto recipe you’ll want to slather it on everything- so here are a few tips to keep your pesto from feeling stale:

Add a dollop to soup:

I’ve added a spoonful of leftover pesto (fresh or frozen) to butternut squash soup, chicken noodle, and even my fave tuscan bean and spinach soup. It can turn a boring dinner into a luxurious meal worthy of being the main course at Sunday supper. 

lot801 summer pesto soup recipe

Make it the base of your pizza:

This particular recipe (found here: http://www.babycubby.com/baby-cubby-blog/3-kid-friendly-easter-appetizers-parents-will-adore/) uses asparagus instead of basil for the pesto but is the perfect appetizer for your next gathering or a sneaky way to get your babe to eat those greens. 

lot801 pesto pizza recipe

Spread it on toast and top with an egg:

This is my go-to lunch or snack with any leftoverpesto in the fridge. The softer the yolk, the better. 

lot801 summer pesto toast with an egg

Add it to your empanada (or egg roll, or wonton, or calzone, or …)

Pesto + Salmon - whodathunk? Toss pesto with whatever leftover cooked veggies and meats to create a quick lunch or app for you (or the family). Recipe for these empanadas can be found here: http://thisishowimom.com/pesto-salmon-empanadas/

lot801 summer pesto empanada recipe

 

You could also toss pesto with a grain salad, spread it on a grilled cheese, drizzle on your salad, or spread on your caprese sandwich- the possibilities are literally endless (and entirely delicious). 

-Christine (make sure to follow Christine on Instagram HERE)

 

Moving With Toddlers

 
Lot801 baby and toddler organic palms joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler organic palms joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler organic palms joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler organic palms joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler organic palms joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler organic palms joggers

We just moved into our new place! And here's our new couch from IKEA, which is the only place that's not a disaster area in our new house. I can't wait until it's all cleaned up and organized so I can decorate! 

One thing I can say is if you're moving anytime soon, try not to do it in the summer. Moving in 90 degree weather is not the best. But moving in general is not the easiest. Especially with a toddler. He tries to get into anything and everything as well as want your attention while you're trying to move boxes and stuff around from one place to another.

But he's had so much fun running around and eating all the treats we've been bribing him with or giving him to cool off from the summer heat. We have not had the best diet the last two weeks. But at least we're all getting fed. 

If you're planning on moving soon and have toddlers. Make sure to have toys and lots of snacks and it shouldn't be too bad. We've also been treating ourselves with ice cream or smoothies lots and also to cool down.

Another thing that has helped a bunch is letting him stay with grandparents for a bit. He has fun while we get things done!

-Bri (make sure to follow Bri on Instagram HERE)