” Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with a child’s eye – it is very beautiful .”
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Summer. A word that is so magical as a child. School uniforms now hang at the back of the closet and have been traded for the new daily outfit : swimsuits. Goodbye to homework, hello to running around barefoot outside with friends until the sun dips behind the ocean.
A swimsuit brand who is really setting a style trend for this summer season is SEAESTASURF . The brand’s focus is to make suits for littles ( & recently for father’s as well ) that is comfortable + stylish. Each pair of board shorts is made out of 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled polyester. Not only will littles look hip while hitting the waves but they will be repping a brand who is helping the planet as well x
Designer // SEAESTASURF
If your looking for a break from the heat of summer, then grab a seat (or 5) on the discounted Icelandic airline, WOW, and give your fall wardrobe a trial run as you circle the magical isle of Iceland.
Day 1: Adjust in Reykjavik
Day 2: head out of town! Spend some time exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Day 3:head to northern Iceland. Make a stop at the Skagafjordur tourist information center to explore the earth sheltered building and have a pic-nic. We also found Icelandic poppies growing across the street. If you aren’t familiar with seals, you could stop at the seal center.
Day 4: Akureyri Take today easy, maybe go horseback riding and grab a milk shake at Kaffi Ku-a local dairy farm. Definitely explore Kjarnaskogur -a large city park in Akureyri with multiple play grounds, trials and streams.
Day 5: Akureyri You have options- explore lake Mývatn or the small coastal towns around the area.
Day 6: head East making sure to stop at the smelly and vibrant geothermal fields. It is well worth the side trip to Borgarfjardarhreppur to look for puffins!
Day 7: Egilsstaðir. Have another low key day at a farm stay. Build some fairy houses and throw rocks in streams. Grab some delicious food at the nearby organic farm.
Day 8: Make your way South. This is a long drive with few accommodations. Prepare yourself and plan lodging early. A camper van would come in handy here. Everywhere in Iceland is so beautiful that anywhere you can turn off is a great place to stop and break up the journey. However, the glacier lagoon is a must see!
Day 9: explore the South of Iceland. Top picks: The beach at Vik and the waterfall Seljalandsfoss that you can walk under.
Day 10: Golden Circle. The geysers and the hot rivers are favorites among children. Grab a place with a hot tub for some low key unwinding.
Day 11: Reykjavik. Take a day to explore the city. My children wanted to walk through the ice cave at Perlan multiple times!
Day 12: Say your goodbyes and grab some food for the plane.
If you have a couple extra days try getting to the wilderness center thats a bit inland from east Iceland, or you could try to fit in the arctic fox center in the west fjords.
Favorites among the children:
- Getting an up close look at the puffins at Borgarfjardarhreppur
- Walking around in patches of snow along the road
- Building fairy homes
- Throwing rocks in streams
- River Swimming
- Exploring Kjarnaskogur -a large city park in Akureyri
- Climbing on top of earth sheltered buildings
- Ice cave at Perlan
- Getting splashed as you walk behind the waterfall
- Hestaleiga in Akureyri has an excellent horseback riding option for very young children.
Things I’d skip:
- Borgarnes: the cultural center is expensive and the audio guide will not hold the attention of small children. If you are really interested in the viking past and traveling with 2 adults then try checking it out while the other adult walks down the nearby boardwalk with the children.
- The “Farmers Market” in Borgarnes is more just a storefront with local items and local meat. Nothing that caught my attention.
- Looking for puffins in coastal N. Iceland. Its a long drive out of the way to the puffin spots, and the location on the east gets you much closer to them with safer viewing points.
I always opt for 1 or 2 locally made artisan goods rather than gobs of imported kitschy stuff.
- Crafting wool
- Sweater or other knitted goods
- Wooden animals
- Felted animals
- Sheep skin
Restaurants are very expensive. Book lodging with kitchenettes and cook at home or make picnic lunches whenever possible. Opt for skyr (Icelandic yogurt) at breakfasts and maybe some sheep cheese for meals to still get that local food excitement.
Though we did not rent a camper van, there are some larger options available that would make a memorable and enjoyable experience.
I think Airbnb is a game changer for traveling families and I usually book all my stays this way. Utilize smaller places with sofa beds rather than multiple bedrooms to save money. Sometimes you owners are even able to put in a port a crib for you. Here were a few of the airbnbs we stayed at:
- Top pick: Ellen’s farm stay in Gíslastaðir (East Iceland). A very relaxing farm with a creek, horses, and friendly pup. Ellen was very accommodating, especially in regards to our baby. She brought in a port-a-crib, a high chair, and put away in small hazardous items through out the home. There were toys for our other children and an art table with paints, canvases, and brushes. ( https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2611203 )
- Top pick: Siggi’s apartment in reykjavik that my children still talk about! There were 3 bedrooms in addition to the family room and kitchen. There was also a nice size yard with a trampoline, plenty of free parking on the street, and a child’s room with fun bunk beds, toys, and a swinging chair. Close to Perlan in a quiet, family friendly neighborhood ( https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/23284671 )
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It’s officially our first summer here in Arkansas and we are enjoying learning and experiencing being in the South!
We traded our dry desert climate (in San Diego) for a lush humid one and we are (trying) to appreciate everything that comes with this climate. Summer storms (my favorite!), chasing fireflies and my uncontrollable curls.
One thing we all do miss is our pool and my little fish were excited about the chance to check out Wild River Country in North Little Rock!
We haven’t explored much because of our farmhouse renovation so this was a welcomed break!
Wild River Country is Arkansas’ largest water park with over 12 slides! Perfect for summer fun, parties and a break from the heat. They have a fun lazy river which I could easily stay in for hours, cabanas perfect for your next party and a sweet tad pool perfect for the little ones that want to get wet but don’t know how to swim.
I would recommend getting season passes so that you can enjoy the park all season long. Also take a look at their event calendar as they do a lot of activities throughout the year!
I will be writing about my trips to Wild River Country through the upcoming months and I even have a cute video to share with you!
Until then, enjoy these images!
With summer practically here, we can hear the beach and pool calling our names — can’t you? With all that fun, one needs fun apparel and accessories as well.
So bring on all the colors,
and all the eye-catching patterns,
and let’s pair it all with glasses which reflect the sun in rainbow colors!
Now these are outfits one can happily wear all summer long.
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Spring has sprung and not far around the corner is the much anticipated Summer..Which means it’s about that time to pack your bags, load up the family, and head out on an adventure ! Every good trip brings joyful memories to cherish for a lifetime but it is important to help have smooth sailing on that vacation one brings the right gear. Pops of color for the accessories, a stylish backpack to help carry a large variety of yummy snacks + toys + colorful rocks found along trails + etc , stylish hats that protect one’s skin from the harsh yet welcomed sun, and boots that are made for walkin’ . With those items and an adventurous spirit you are destined to have a fabulous adventure !
“They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world” – What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
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