You do You | Helipcopter Ride with @IFLYHELI

This past Friday morning, Blake and I had the most amazing experience. We were given the chance to ride in a helicopter with our friend York, and Blake’s big brother Steven came along as well. Some of you might be like, “What’s the big deal? I’ve been in a helicopter sooo many times,” and some of you might be like, “Are you crazy, you have two babies and that is super dangerous and selfish!” Let…
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Flying with Babies (Newborn-6 Months) | Tips and Tricks-for twins, too!

Flying with Babies
I put together some things that have really helped me with flying with the twins!! Hope it helps you, too ;). Baby-carrying stuff There are lots of different ways you can do it – with twins it’s more complicated logistically ;). With one baby, you’d be able to take more to the gate, but here’s how we do it with twins: we check the car seats and then use our double umbrella stroller to take…
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Easter Sunday 2018 at the Montage

Easter Brunch at the Montage in Laguna Beach - Orange County
The past few years, Blake and I have spent Easter on our own. I hate spending holidays away from family, so you can imagine how excited I was this year when I realized that not only was it our first Easter with Romy and Piper, but my sister and her family would be in town for it! And an added bonus – it also happened to fall on my sister’s birthday! She’s an April Fools’…
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Hiking Tiger Mountian | Poo Poo Point

Last week while we were home (well, my home) in the Pacific Northwest, my Mom took us all on one of her favorite hikes, to Poo Poo Point. Poo Poo Point is a peak on the west side of Tiger Mountain, with an amazing view of Issaquah, Lake Sammamish, and Bellevue with a bit of Seattle if you look hard enough ;). My mom told us that the name Poo Poo Point came from the sound…
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Newport Beach Staycation | The Resort at Pelican Hill

This past weekend, we had the best little staycation at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach. I promised that we’d go to Pelican Hill more in this post, and we’ve been making good on that promise! As I discovered in the post I mentioned, it really is so accessible to locals and such a great place to get away. So when I knew an old friend was coming into town for the weekend, I hurried and…
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California Poppies | 2017 Superbloom

Jen Hawkins among California Poppies
Yesterday, my good friend Courtney text me and asked if I wanted to go have a picnic in the poppies with her.  If you haven’t heard, there is a major “Superbloom” happening in California, due to all the rain we’ve had.  This means that the wildflowers, including the poppies, are basically exploding across hills and valleys like I’ve never seen before.  Apparently people are coming from all over the world to see the Super Bloom of…
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Europe Winter Road Trip | Hallstatt, Austria

This rainy day is motivating me to post about another stop on our Europe road trip that I haven’t talked about yet: Hallstatt, Austria.  Hallstatt is one of the places that you see a photo of (probably on Pinterest) and think, “I have to go there someday.”  I know this because that’s exactly what happened to me ;).  Hallstatt is said to have the most beautiful lake in the world, and the village is actually…
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Hahnenkamm | Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbuhel Travel Guide by Jen Hawkins on Palms to Pines
One of the main reasons we decided to go to Europe was to watch my brother’s race in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Steven is a downhiller on the US Ski Team.  Downhillers are the fastest guys on the team – they pretty much tuck straight down mountains as fast as they can (aka, they’re a little nuts). Steven spends every winter season in Europe racing on the World Cup Ski Racing tour, where he’s currently ranked 6th in the…
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Europe Winter Road Trip | Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald | Jen Hawkins travel guide on Palms to Pines style blog
Grindelwald Grindelwald is a magical little town located in the heart of the Swiss Alps/Berner Oberland.  (And yes, Grindelwald is also the name of a wizard in Harry Potter, which proves the name is special in itself!)  We ended up in Grindelwald because we have friends that live there, and I’m so so glad we did. I feel like Grindelwald is really underrated, almost a secret well-kept from potential tourists. It ended up being the most…
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Dressing for Snow | Proper Layering

Jen Hawkins guide to layering for cold weather | Palms to Pines style blog
I’ve loved seeing messages from people in response to our Europe trip, it’s so fun to connect over travel! I’ve been cracking up because one of the questions I’ve been getting the most is, “Aren’t you cold?!” The answer is both yes and no, and the question inspired me to finally post about something I’ve been thinking about for a while: dressing properly for the cold ;). YES it was cold, and there were times…
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