It’s funny for me to reflect back before having twins thinking that it would be really easy. I figured you would just synchronize feedings, changing, sleep times, etc and it would all be a breeze. Boy, was I wrong! Fast forward 2.5 years later, it was time for a proper vacation to truly take a break and recharge. I totally needed it for my own mental peace of mind and to be a calmer version of myself for my kids. Thanks to my MIL, we were able to take an entire week off kid free.
Enter in our trip to Maui. The first time we went to Hawaii, we went to Kauai. Coming from Houston, it just seem like a hassle to get to HI being 9+ hours with minimal affordable options for nonstop flights. Therefore, we usually just went to Mexico which was less than two hours away.
Now that we live on the west coast, Hawaii is the tropical destination of choice. I now see why, and already dreaming of my next trip back. It’s only a five hour flight with a three hour time difference.
Our quest for adventure continues in the Pacific Northwest. This time, we decided on Victoria, B.C. It’s a quaint town off the southern tip of Vancouver island, and also happens to be the capital city of British Columbia. What attracted us to Victoria was the British charm without the flight to the U.K. I must preface with saying that the sites and activities we visited can be enjoyed with or without kids.
Our philosophy is that we love traveling so much that we aren’t going to stop just because we had kids. They’re just going to have to come along with us, and enjoy the ride. We still go to museums, tour castles/old homes (one of our fav activities) and nice meals that aren’t necessarily kid friendly. I can share my tips on how to go out with minimal stress.
Going to the spa is such a treat not only for your body but also your mind. I usually go to the spa for massages or body treatments, but wanted to start the new year with a rejuvenating facial. Since moving to Seattle, I have spent a lot of time researching and reading reviews on spas in the area, services provided and amenities offered. I was constantly coming across Penelope and the Beauty Bar, so I knew I had to plan a day.
I invited my friend Nadia along with me to experience the Penelope Signature Facial and Jade infrared pod session. As we arrived to the Fairmont Olympic hotel, the valet greeted us, and took my car. We entered the hotel, and took a left towards the spa.