When I was younger, I always used to make fun of my mom for her collection of pointy-toed shoes. Once I started working, I realized that they were the easiest way to pull an outfit together, and I grew my collection of pointy-toed heels. I still have some of those, but I don't wear them nearly as often now.
When I got pregnant with Caleb, pointy-toed flats became my go to shoes for work. And now that I'm home, I slip on a pair whenever I want to feel put together but still comfortable. The collection is always growing, and I have some in every price range.
They easily make a blah outfit chic and way more polished. They're appropriate for nearly every situation, and I'm more stable on my feet, which is a necessity to run after my little guy.
The ones pictured above are my favorites! From top, clockwise: Valentino, Dr. Scholls, Nine West, BCBG (similar here and here), Old Navy (similar here).
When I first started this blog, this was one of the things I most wanted to do with my readers... share places I love and have enjoyed with Caleb. I can't believe now is when I'm finally getting around to it! I haven't been to every single place on this list with Caleb, but I did get a lot of suggestions from other toddler mamas in one of my mommy groups. So if we are recommending it, you can bet that they are places we have taken our kids!
If you're from Miami, most of these places probably won't come as a surprise to you, but you might not have been to all of them. If you're not from Miami, but have been considering making a trip down here with your kids, know that South Beach isn't the only part of Miami that you can visit with kids (nor should it be the only place you visit!).This list isn't totally comprehensive, and I didn't include areas like Little Havana or Wynwood, which have their own attractions, some appropriate for kids and others not necessarily. I focused on places that really are entertaining and captivating for kids.
Without further ado, here's MY-ami!
1. The Beach
You can't mention Miami and not think of the beach. So that's why it's first on the list. Kids love the beach and can be entertained there for hours at a time. There is always the miles of beach on Miami Beach, although during peak tourist season parts of the beach can be particularly packed. South Pointe Park is a great option - there is a splash pad area that is great and some lush green areas as well. The biggest downfall here is that parking can get pricey and the walk to the beach from parking is a long one. If you've ever been to the beach with kids you know how much stuff a day at the beach requires, so this might not be the absolute best option.
One of our favorites because it is far away from all the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach is Matheson Hammock Park. Tucked away in the back of the park is a man made lagoon which is fed by the bay. It's lined with palm trees, has lifeguards, and parking is easy and close to the sand (and cheap!).
South Point Park
1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Admission: Free (Parking fee varies, however)
Matheson Hammock Park
9610 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL
Admission: Parking Fee About $5.00
If your kid loves trains - take them to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum! They have old trains that are no longer in use. Caleb loves climbing into the cars and running through them. At Christmastime they do a really cute Polar Express activity (we haven't done it yet but will probably do it this Christmas). They also have special activities throughout the year and Thomas comes to visit, too!
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
12450 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177
Admission: Adults $8.00, Kids (ages 2-12) $6.00
3. The Zoo
Once your kids are old enough to recognize animals, Zoo Miami is the place to go. The zoo is huge and has some beautiful areas. Get ready for some walking! They have family bikes you can rent as well and tour the zoo that way. There are two splash pads and tons of cool animal exhibits. One of our favorite things to do when we go there is to feed the giraffes. It's $3 and you get lettuce leaves to feed to them.
The zoo and Gold Coast Railroad Museum are actually located on the same property. The zoo is massive but the railroad museum isn't, so you might be able to squeeze both in on the same day, but I wouldn't recommend it.
12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177
Admission: Adult $21.95, Children (ages 3-12) $17.95
4. Miami Children's Museum
We haven't been to the Miami Children's Museum in a while, but this is an awesome place to go anytime, but even more so when the weather is crummy because it's indoors! They have tons of exhibits, where they focus on dress up, on careers and occupations, and loads of sensory activities. They have seasonal exhibits which are always filled with activities as well.
Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132
Admission: General Admission $20, Florida Residents (Must present I.D.) $15
5. Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a beautiful botanical garden filled with lush vegetation and greenery. I actually haven't been here with Caleb but I was there last week for a photo shoot and all I could think while I was there was that it would be the perfect place for Caleb to run around. There are wide open spaces and plenty of interesting things for them to look at. It also has so many incredible photo opportunities!
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156
Admission: Non-member adults $25, Children: 5 & under FREE, 6-17 $12
6. Pinecrest Gardens
Another place with lush greenery, Pinecrest Gardens has a lot more areas geared towards kids. They have a playground, a petting zoo, and a splash pad. Its much smaller than Fairchild and comes with a smaller price tag. We have only been for a birthday party and haven't really experienced all that the Gardens have to offer, but it is certainly somewhere we will be going back to!
11000 Red Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156
Admission: General Admission $5
7. Knaus Berry Farm
Knaus Berry Farm is open seasonally from November - mid-April. When they are open, they make these incredible cinnamon buns and outrageous milkshakes. Lines can get pretty long, but when you taste one of those buns you will know that your wait was worth it. Take a bunch to go. You can also go strawberry picking here. I actually remember going here when I was younger - it has been around since the 50s and remains family owned and operated. If you can make it out here before they close for the season, definitely do!
Knaus Berry Farm
15980 SW 248th Street, Homestead, FL 33031
8. Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
We haven't been to the Perez Art Museum Miami with Caleb. I'm not sure that the museum itself would entertain him for too long. But the draw of PAMM is that they have lots of family friendly events. The park outside is also so inviting for kids, and has amazing views of the bay, along with this incredible breeze. If you can swing it, enjoy lunch at their cafe, the food is delicious and it's such a relaxing environment.
1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Admission: Adults $16, Children (under 6) FREE, (7-18) $12
9. Robert is Here Fruit Stand
Similar to Knaus Berry Farm, Robert is Here is only closed in September and October. They specialize in rare and exotic fruits, but also have milkshakes and produce. They also have a petting zoo and a splash pad, as well as picnic tables. They have grown so much that they now have live music on certain days of the week as well!
Robert is Here Fruit Stand
19200 SW 344th St, Homestead, FL 33034
Admission: Free, Prices vary
10. History Miami
Truthfully, the last time I came to History Miami I was probably in elementary school! But it is a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, and it has all kinds of exhibits that are meant to preserve the history of none other than, MIAMI! It's actually somewhere I would probably take Caleb when he is a little bit older, but it's still a cool option and an awesome way to learn about Miami's history! I'm actually really intrigued by some of their upcoming exhibits and may try and convince the hubs to do a date night there. ;)
101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130
Admission: Adults $10, Children (6-12) $5, (6 & Under FREE)
A few bonus spots:
For those of you who live closer to or north of the Dade/Broward County line, I had some amazing suggestions as well. I'll just list them below along with links to their home pages.
And there you have it! A list of all things Miami for kids. Pin it, save it, let me know what you get to! I can't wait to hear all about your Miami adventures! Go ahead, make it YOUR-AMI!
P.S. I have to give a special thanks to my mommy group, who supplied me with a lot of the ideas you read about in this post! You girls rock!
Friday is St. Patrick's Day already. I can't believe we are halfway through March! I shot this look with Lauren of Laurel Creative and knew I wanted to post it this week. I know I mentioned in a previous post about how I couldn't believe some people make such a big deal about St. Patrick's Day, but the truth is, I grew up in a Catholic school run by Irish nuns (our team name was the Celtics). St. Patrick's Day was always a cause for celebration, and because I have been very close to some of those Irish Catholic nuns, it is a day I hold dear to my heart - just not for the reasons of green beer and leprechauns that everyone is all about now.
Truth be told, I may not even really celebrate the day. I will think of those Sisters of Mercy in my life fondly and I will say a prayer for them. But I will most certainly wear green!
I wasn't too sure about this outfit when I first put it on, but then I actually went crazy over it. I'm excited to wear it somewhere now! I like how the top balances out the skirt, and I love these lace up heels that my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas. I like that this dressier outfit is infused with some color, so it's fun while still being sophisticated. I paired it with a double layer choker and a simple envelope clutch that I've had for probably 10 years (don't ever get rid of classic pieces - they can always be used!).
And if you're not into St. Patrick's Day at all? This is a great spring outfit, and I'm so ready for all the pastels and brights and skirts and dresses that come along with spring!
Top: New York & Company (Similar here)
Shoes: New York & Company
Choker: New York & Company
Bracelets & Purse: my own
I know I've mentioned being acne-prone before, but I'm not sure how in depth I've gotten. When I was nearing the end of high school, I started suffering from painful cystic acne. I bounced around a few dermatologists over the next couple of years, but my acne ended up so bad that I went on Accutane when I was 19. I was seeing a dermatologist who was pretty young and listened to me, but I was having to go in at least once a month to get my cysts injected with steroids to bring them down.
I'll never forget the day I showed up to the office, in tears, with what can only be described as a unicorn horn growing out of my forehead, and begged him to help me. We had discussed Accutane before, but I wasn't convinced and my mom had major reservations about my starting it. Long story short, he convinced me to try it, but also made me promise to go see my Ob-Gyn to see if we could figure out what was causing it. I did go see my gyno, who diagnosed me with PCOS and prescribed birth control to control my hormones. After three months of Accutane, my skin was pristine, and the birth control helped me have minimal breakouts.
Fast forward a few years, we decided we were ready to start trying for a baby, and I got off birth control. My skin went wild. Obviously, my issue is majorly hormonal and in large part due to my PCOS. During pregnancy my skin was pretty clear, but postpartum and during my 21 months of nursing, it was horrible. I went to a dermatologist here and there but never with much regularity, and usually when I needed a shot for a cyst.
Back in December, I went to see a dermatologist whose office I had been visiting for years, but had never seen him. He recommended a 10% benzoyl peroxide wash and a facial. Under my insurance (United), facials for acne treatment are covered at 100%.
So the first part of my skincare routine is now a monthly facial at the dermatologist's office. I typically go a week after my cycle to extract any pimples and also get injections for any cysts I may have.
My daily skincare routine is actually fairly simple. I still get breakouts, especially right around my period, but there are far fewer cysts than there ever have been.
I use the 10% BP Wash once a day, typically when I shower. If I don't shower first thing in the morning, I will just rinse my face with water. If I am wearing makeup, I make sure it comes off before bed, always. I use Garnier's Micellar Water. This stuff is awesome and gets everything off your face, without leaving it feeling stripped and dry.
I moisturize every morning and every night. I use this Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Creme.
Once, maybe twice a week, I use Murad's Skin Smoothing Polish after I wash my face.
Sunscreen. I cannot stress this enough. Living in South Florida, I know way too many people who have had scares with skin cancer, and aside from a few years in my youth when I thought being tan was equal to being gorgeous, I have spent the rest of my years covering up my skin, even to the point where I have been made fun of at the beach! (Side note: at the beach, I wear full coverage sunscreen, makeup over that, and a hat, and I try to stay under an umbrella for a good majority of the day.) For everyday, I use a tinted moisturizer with SPF 20.
For an extra treat, I really love Sephora's face masks. I typically buy 2 or 3 that I feel could address different issues I have, and keep them on hand for when I feel like my skin needs some extra TLC.
I also try to let my skin "breathe" a couple days a week, which means no makeup (yikes!). I never would have done this when I was working, but now I can. What I did do when I was working was wash my face as soon as I got home from work so my skin had a little break for a few hours.
And there you have it, friends. How I keep my acne under control!
I may be late to the game, but I'm on a little bit of a rose gold kick lately, and I can't get enough of it. So this edition of Friday Faves is dedicated to all things rose gold.
I already told you about these jeans - they have a few rose gold details, including some metallic thread detail, rhinestones where some of the rips are, and rose gold buttons. Love them!
These shoes! I had been on the hunt for rose gold shoes but hadn't found anything I was really crazy about. I found these, and bonus for them being on sale when I ordered them! (They still are on sale, btw.)
My AppleWatch - I've talked about my watch before but I really get so much use out of this thing.
This coin purse. I'm all about minimalism these days, so I only keep what's absolutely necessary on me. My license, a couple credit cards, health insurance cards, and some cash. That's all I need, and this little wallet fits all of those perfectly. Find a similar one here. I bought it at a little shop in LA, but I've linked a similar one here. It's a little bigger, but still has the same look.
This candle from Bath & Body Works. It's called Tobacco Flower and it is AMAZING. I don't like fruity smells so I was a little hesitant because it had the word flower in it, but oh my goodness is this my new favorite! And it's also on sale! I actually just ordered more (shhh).
Happy Friday, friends!
*This is not a sponsored post.
I'm always interested to hear what other parents consider their absolutely must-haves. For some parents, it's certain toys, for others it's a food product. Our top must-haves in our house vary, but these are the things that have gotten the most use in our house over the course of the last 2 years. I'm including links to the products to make for easy shopping (I got you).
And there you have it! The items we absolutely cannot live without in our house!
I'd love to hear your must-have items - leave them in the comments section below!
*This post is not sponsored.
A couple of weeks ago someone posted a photo on Facebook, asking how many other moms looked like a hot mess while their little ones looked photo shoot ready every day. So many other moms commented (myself included!), "Yes!" "That's us over here, too!" "Heck yes, everyday!" It got me thinking about how often I really put together an outfit for everyday. It's definitely NOT everyday!
I would say that 80% of the time I am in yoga pants and a tee shirt with some funny mom quote. And that's fine, because why am I going to waste a cute outfit if I'm not going to really see anyone that day? But there are days when I have stuff to do. An appointment, lunch with friends, whatever - and I want to look put together. Actually, this week I spent more time out of yoga pants than in them, but I would definitely say that's a rarity! Anyway, on those days, I want to look cute and put together, but I also need to be ready to chase this guy around, because let's face it - just because I have stuff to do doesn't mean he's going to behave perfectly.
So here's a look that you can put together in a hurry, when you need to look put together, but still be comfortable enough to chase after your kids.
I'm a jeans girl. I will probably always choose jeans over anything else if I know I won't suffocate in them. They're easy, and if you get the right pair, they are comfortable and flattering and make you feel good in them. I typically have 2 or 3 pairs in rotation, including a pair of "nice" jeans that I save for the weekends. So this was an easy look to put together once I threw the jeans on. It's just a sleeveless tank with a pretty chiffon detail at the bottom. I think I paid $5 for it at the New York & Company Outlet last summer. The lace bomber jacket and jeans are from New York & Company (the jacket is actually on sale right now and the jeans are buy one get one 50% off), and I ordered them recently. I love the feminine, yet laid back feel of the bomber jacket, and it makes me feel put together. Jackets are always an easy way to polish or update a look, and this one is no exception. The other thing I love about jackets is that they help to cover up any problem areas (or perceived problem areas, right, ladies?).
I paired this look with a statement necklace (that I also got from New York & Company, years ago), my beige Vauva Pack (so I can be hands free), and a comfy pair of pointy toe flats. Pointy toe flats are another one of my favorite ways to dress up a casual look. They pair great with jeans of all lengths, so they are definitely a go to when I want to look a little more chic than when I am in my sneakers.
There you have it - easy, comfy, and put together! It takes just as long as it does for me to put on yoga pants and a tee shirt, and I don't feel like a slob if I run into someone or end up having an unplanned lunch with a friend. And as usual, my makeup gets done in the car, and is very basic.
Get your style on, momma.
This post is not sponsored. I actually really love New York and Company and could probably be a spokesperson, but I bought all the pieces here and received no compensation for them.
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A Miami wife and mom documenting her days with her toddler and all that comes along with it.