We recently posted about our Ski Trip with our 19 month old Leo. Being from Texas, We needed to buy some warm clothes for this trip. With our trip being the first weekend of March, we were able to snag a lot of good deals during February as stores are closing out more of their winter gear.
I bought better quality stuff for our son, basically everything from LL Bean! Snowsuit, boots, hat mittens! I bought some wool from Ella’s wool to wear as base layers. I also bought a nice on-sale toddler jacket from Macy’s to throw on when we were just going to a restaurant, not to play in the snow.
Since we didn’t go skiing, I bought some on sale snow boots, and they worked great. I bought some cute sweaters on sale at Kohl’s, and I had some leggings to layer under jeans. I think everyone needs a quality snow jacket and some boots! We definitely brought more luggage than usual.
My husband loves the cold, so in early March he was okay even without a jacket. He definitely needed it sometimes though, like during the Sleigh Ride.
I brought my BOB stroller for snowy hikes, but that was unnecessary. My son really likes walking on his own, so I wish we just bought our typical GB Pockit travel stroller that we love and left the BOB at home. We definitely needed an SUV for all of us and all of our luggage! We rented through Hertz with our AAA membership discount which includes a free car seat rental. I really enjoy having this basic membership (just for me, not my husband).
WHERE WE BOUGHT CLOTHES:
LL Bean! (My son’s mittens, hat, boots, snow suit)
Ella’s Wool (My son’s base layers- we wore the same couple things every day!)
Kohl’s (My sweaters, hat, pants)
Academy (Had an amazing sale on winter gear at the end of February- Magellan brand!)
Macy’s ( My snow boots, my son’s black jacket)
Amazon (waterproof mittens for my son)
Burlington (My husband’s Sperry Duck Snow boots and snow jacket)
Note: We really bought too many winter gloves. We didn’t wear them all that much. You just need one pair
As a mom and wedding photographer, I actually decided not to ski. I just really need my legs to work. Haha! I’m a previous athlete but I’m kinda clumsy, so even more reason to sit out this time!
We traveled to salt lake City from Houston on Southwest Airlines (our Fave airline). My 19 month old Leo sat on my lap with my mom and husband sitting in the row with me.
We rented a car at the Salt Lake City airport using our AAA discount on Hertz (and a free car seat with AAA membership). Renting an SUV worked well for us.
We drove 45 min to Park City, staying at the Sundial Lodge. Our room is a suite that had a kitchen and fireplace. The kitchen is so nice with a toddler. This place looks like it also has a lot of condos or vacation property. They are nearby some decent restaurants and ski lifts, but there’s not big lobby to hang out in. I had a picture in my head before coming of a big lobby where I would sit by the fire and drink warm possibly alcholic beverages. There is a big open courtyard with firepits, etc that has some appeal. My husband ran to the nearby Walmart in the car and picked up snacks (fruit, etc) and water . We checked in and went to dinner at the Red Tail Cafe. The food in Park City is pretty expensive. At the red tail we had the beef short rib and salmon and were pretty pleased with that.
There’s probably better food out there but this was decent for being walking distance from the hotel.
We were exhausted from travel, but the next day we woke up refreshed to a beautiful winter wonderland outside. There’s free public buses that run all over town but we drove our car as that was really easy for us to leave when it was way past nap time and not wait for the bus.
Luckily we had no issues finding parking etc. Everyone was out skiing during the day, so the town was pretty open. We ate some pastries at the Windy Ridge Bakery for breakfast – highly recommend. I recommend Windy Ridge for pastries and Atticus coffee on main Street for coffee! We love our lattes.
We returned and ate at the windy Ridge Cafe (next door to the bakery) for lunch which has a great salad, soups and sandwiches. Our favorite items were the simple salad called mixed greens, the red trout sandwich and the corn chowder. Main Street is so cute and fun.
We came back to hotel to freshen up then left for our train ride on Heber Railroad. I wasn’t sure if we even wanted to go on this train and ended up rushing to make it, and waking up my son way too soon from his nap. I knew Leo loved trains though. We boarded and it was hot with all the windows up and children crying. I was filled with regret trying to quickly take the Winter clothes off my son and myself. Once the train started, my son’s eyes lit up pointing and saying choo choo.
My husband figured out how to open the one hundred year old train windows and things were looking up. We loved the train horn sound, we saw cows and horses outside in the snow. Once we were further down the was a very kid friendly train robbery. I think the guys help keep the energy up when there might be a lull in the ride. We didn’t have much of a lull though. We saw lots of wildlife on our 90 minute ride. We saw tons of deer. We also saw some less common wildlife of bald eagles and a coyote running across the Frozen Deer Valley reservoir. My son was able to see everything too.
They have all the typical things too like snacks, restrooms and a gift shop. The train was a thirty minute ride from town Adults were $20 and my son was free. This was the highlight of our trip. If we didn’t see all the wildlife, I don’t know if it would have be as fun, but I think it would still be worth it. We went the first weekend of March.
I really wanted to go to Gorgoza park for toddler tubing, but it is closed for renovations as it is becoming Woodward park. Maybe look into what this has to offer if you are traveling after fall 2019.
The next morning we went back to Main Street to eat a great breakfast at the Bridge Cafe and grill. Highly recommend. This is also a great spot to people watch skiiers coming down the slopes. We ordered a lot of different breakfast items and loved them all.
Our hotel offered fireworks on Friday night and my husband picked up delicious Thai food Togo from Thai ….
A lot of restaurants are really busy for dinner when all of the skiiers are back. Making a reservation might be helpful, but they intimidate me as I can never predict my toddlers nap times when traveling.
We booked a horse drawn sleigh ride for Saturday night . We wore our warmest clothes for that. This was great timing as our son was just starting to get excited about horses. It was very chilly, so 30 minutes was the perfect amount of time.
Wish we could …
Depending on your child’s age, I think dog sledding at Luna Lobos or another highly rated place would be so fun. They are pricey and ask your weight, but I hope to do that some day. I think 19 months is still a little young for the dog sleds. They do offer kennel tours but book Luna Lobos early!! They book up!
High line distillery- this is 21+ only but the food and drinks look awesome
We ate at Red Iguana 2 in Salt Lake City on our way out for excellent Authentic Mexican Food and Mole sauce! It was my husband’s favorite place we ate, and we never eat Meixcan food outside of Texas!
The book I have read that had the biggest impact on my parenting style was Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross. This book gives very practical advice to create a simplified life that is so amazing for your child. This book really changed my perspective on parenting. The tips are simple and easy to understand, but sometimes a little bit harder to put into practice.
This is a book I want to read over and over again to keep reminding myself how to help my child by simplifying our lives and focus on what is most important. The book encourages increasing time together without TV while minimizing clutter, too many toys, etc. I listened to this book on audible, and I am so happy I did!
I want to recommend an amazing program on feeding your child when they turn six months of age. First Foods + Beyond was created by a super smart Mama whose skillset is in reading through medical research. She has done all the research and put together a simple plan for a new mama for what to feed Baby day by day with recipes included. It is super easy to follow, and I would highly recommend Megan Garcia’s first foods program when trying to decide what to feed your child. This was a huge value to me. With a 6 month old baby, I barely had any time or energy to devote to researching what or how to feed my child. It was really important to me to start off my baby boy with the healthiest foods possible. I also wanted to properly introduce allergens. Megan Garcia gives you tips and specific brands on a calendar with when and what to feed your baby when they turn six months old.
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The Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet and Shou-Ching Jaminet is the best “diet” book I’ve ever read! I put “diet” in quotes because this is the only diet that I feel that I want to stick to and can continue doing in the long term.
This book is about eating tasty foods and not starving yourself by calorie counting. This diet makes total logical sense to me, and is backed by scientific research. This book is not well-known, and it’s very technical and takes a lot of attention to read through, but the Jaminets understand that not everyone is a medical science researcher. They give a summary of what the take aways are for every chapter. Even though some of the minutiae of the science was a little over my head, I think seeing information backed by science is exactly what I needed to see to change my own health decisions. The Jaminets have a website full of information that you can see without paying for the book, but reading the book really helped change my mentality. They descrive diet, food, and health without the perspective of only looking skinnier, instead describing health with a perspective of trying to live as long as possible at the highest quality health possible!
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This perspective is the only diet that I found satisfying, and I don’t feel like I’m starving all the time. This book totally turned what I thought I knew about healthy eating on it’s head. I think many diets just encourage you to limit your calorie intake, overwork through exercise, and it can actually leave you with a nutrient deficient body and end up hurting your health!