Staycation in Los Angeles


Last weekend we packed our bags and hit the road. While we love to travel, this family getaway was less than 30 minutes away. At 34-weeks pregnant, a staycation seemed to be the best way to get some quality family time and make a few more memories as a threesome. We stayed at the Residence Inn LAX and had a blast.

Family Staycation Ideas

With Harlowe’s wild mane, you’d think she’d been on a cross country flight, but nope! She’s just a Leo with a penchant for styling her own ‘do.


After we checked in, we went to our room to change in to swim suits. The art throughout the hotel is LA themed with an emphasis on aviation since it was so close to the airport. Harlowe really liked that you could peek at LAX runways from one of the windows. We liked the full-service kitchen with residential sized appliances and table for four. We had dinner in our room that night, but in true-to-me fashion, we got food from one of the on-site restaurants. Who wants to cook on vacation?!

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My husband takes most of the photos for the blog which is why he is never in them, but we managed to get him in one this time! Of course, he took it. Side note: this was his 2nd selfie ever. His 1st was also part of a trip diary!

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Next stop was the pool. As a former swim instructor and coach, I thought I could definitely teach my own children to swim, but I was wrong. I don’t think Harlowe or I have enough patience with each other for me to teach her water skills. I ask her, “Can you blow bubbles like a fish?” and she’s like, “No, mom. You blow bubbles.” After a few failed attempts at coaching her through water skills, I decided to get her swim lessons outside of the family and reserved our pool time together for fun. It’s been easier on all of us. 🙂

LAXAX - Fire Pit

We had some quality time at the fire pit after our swim so we could warm up!

what to pack for staycation

My essentials for one night are pretty lean (by my standards). These organic cleansing towelettes from Acure are the best travel companions because they don’t leak and I can use them on the kiddo when she inevitably gets a little messy. I take them with me when I travel, run errands or go to the gym. No matter where I go, I like traveling with this Brush On Block. This one is great because there is no tint, so it’s another product that can be used on the whole family. I’m trying out this gorge ‘I’ll make you look amazing daily spray‘ and am not yet sure about it. My hair didn’t seem AMAZING after using yet (read: frizzy), but I’ll give it points for adorable packaging and note that I didn’t style it with heat tools after use, so it deserves another chance. 
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We ended the day by taking Harlowe to see her first-ever movie in a theater. We saw Minions since it came out that day. KW and I were bored, amused and gluttonous (ahhh, popcorn!) while Harlowe was riveted. She loved every minute of it which of course, is all we wanted. When we got back to the hotel she fell right asleep… as did we.

Huge thanks to the Residence Inn LAX for a fantastic stay! Such a fun and relaxing trip!

What I Wore:

What Harlowe Wore:
outfit 1: Eberjey dress from Gilt, J.Crew shoes from ThreadUp
outfit 2: Rags to Raches romper
outfit 3: Kate and James tank, Old Navy shorts, Tom’s shoes

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  • honestly, b.

    That sounds like such a fun little getaway, especially before the arrival of your new baby! The hotel you stayed in seems wonderful. Perfect for a staycation 🙂