Five Favorites: Baby Items, Part Two

What a difference another six weeks makes!

favorite baby items, part two

I feel like once Cecilia hit two months, she was a whole different baby and went from really being a newborn to an infant. I know that doesn’t sound like much of a change, but it totally was! I feel like after the two month mark, everyday she wakes up she does something new or something better than she did the day before. While I’m still loving all the baby items I wrote about in part one of my favorite baby items, now that Cecilia is six weeks older, I have a whole other list of favorites to talk about now that we’ve moved into infant-hood!

Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags - The double zipper on these bags is what makes them better than others I’ve tried. I tried the Medela ones, and each bag leaked. Boo! These have been fantastic and no leaks so far! One thing I have found is that the measurements on the bags is a bit different than what my bottles measure, so I make sure to measure in my bottles then write that measurement on the bag versus what the bag says.

The Boppy Pillow - So I wasn’t a fan of the Boppy in my first round of favorites, but I love it now. I still don’t use it for feeding, but now that she’s older, I use it to prop up Cecilia while she’s lounging on the couch and for tummy time. My husband even likes to use the Boppy as a cushion for his back when it baby isn’t using it and said we should just keep it for ourselves once she doesn’t use it anymore :)

Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe Play Mat – This mat is where Cecilia does all of her floor time playing (you can see a picture of her on it here). It plays music, lights up, has a squeaky toy built in, a bunch of hanging toys and a mirror. When we put her on the mat and turn on the music (Mozart and nursery rhymes are the two options we have to choose from), she starts smiling, cooing and kicking her feet. We’ve named all of the animals (I call them her friends) and have fun playing and talking with them multiple times each day. This mat is also great for tummy time because she loves to look at herself in the mirror so having one on the mat encourages her to lift her head/neck higher.

Dapple Dish Soap (fragrance free) - LOVE this soap! When I first started washing bottles and pump parts, I used my regular dish soap. After just a few days, I noticed the bottles started to smell like the dish soap. Ick! There was also a thin layer of milk residue lining all of my bottles even though I washed them multiple times to try and get it all off. I found Dapple on Amazon, bought it and loved it! It got rid of the build up with just one wash and within a couple of washes, the dish soap smell was no more. An added bonus is I found out they sell this at Target, so I can pick it up an extra bottle whenever I’m there!

Pottery Barn Kids Chamois Stroller Blanket – Holy soft blanket, Batman! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blanket. I tell my husband at least once a week that I wish they sold one in my size. I’m tempted to buy four of them and sew them together so I can have one for me to use when I curl up on the couch. This blanket is so soft and is actually really easy to get stains out of – even on the white side of the blanket – which is a bonus for anything for babies. It’s available in a ton of different colors to match any nursery and can even be personalized.

There you have it – another round of baby item favorites! Stay tuned for the next edition in a few weeks!

Disclosure: This was not a sponsored post and I have no affiliation with any of these companies besides the fact that I use and love their products :)

Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Can we say new favorite book?

book review: the girl on the train by paula hawkins

I finished The Girl on the Train a few days ago…at 1am. You know it’s a good book when you’re at a time in your life when you have an almost three-month-old and sleep is at a premium and you stay up until 1am to finish a book. A few nights ago, I even stayed up for an hour after my 3am pumping session to read. That, my friends, is how you know you’ve found an excellent book.

I first heard about this book when Reese Witherspoon mentioned it on her Instagram account. A few days after that, I came across the book again when someone mentioned it was the new Gone Girl. Done. I bought right then.

The story is told from the point-of-view of three different women – Rachel, Anna and Megan. Rachel is a divorced alcoholic, Anna is Rachel’s ex-husband’s new wife with whom he had an affair with while he was married and Megan is a neighbor from down the road. The lives of the three woman overlap in different and unexpected ways. Each of the women are deeply flawed and have lives that aren’t what they seem to be on the outside. This book isn’t as much of a thriller as Gone Girl until the end, but it doesn’t disappoint. The story is incredibly intriguing, but for most of the book, you’re not really sure where it will go and how it will end. For some books, that can be a total turn-off, but not for this one; the intrigue keeps you sucked in and the shocking end is the huge payoff. Stories can often get muddy when you go back and forth between different narrators, but Paula Hawkins does this seamlessly without feeling like you’re missing out on details. The voice of each narrator is strong and I didn’t feel like I was aching for one person’s side of the story to end, so I could get back to another’s.

The Girl on the Train is incredibly addictive and one I highly recommend. This novel is the Paula Hawkin’s debut and I look forward to reading more from her in the future!

 

Monday Musings

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How was your weekend? Saturday Cecilia and I ventured to IKEA (the second time in as many days) to get a cabinet to organize her closet. Then yesterday we had a packed day with going to a late breakfast, visiting Cabrillo Monument and then spending the afternoon having lunch and catching up with our good friends and their two kids.

During lunch I had my first margarita in one year! Actually, I thought about it and it was my first mixed drink in almost a year, too. Needless to say, I only drank about a third of it. Lightweight, party of one!

So, one of my new favorite things to do with Cecilia is to wear her! My husband wore her quite a bit when she was a newborn, but now I’m getting into it. We were gifted a few different wraps and carriers when I was pregnant and I’ve been giving them all a whirl the past week or so. She absolutely loves them so far and always ends up taking a nap when she’s in it, so it’s an added bonus for mom!

With Cecilia in her Moby wrap, I’ve taken trips to Target, Michael’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and IKEA (twice!) this week. At each store her eyes were huge with wonder (and I’m sure some overstimulation). I’ve found, though, that the bonus of shopping with your child is that when you’re talking to yourself at these stores, you don’t look crazy, you just look like you’re talking to your little one. So, things like, “oh shoot, I forget to get the ‘xyz’” or “where the heck are/is the ‘xyz’” are totally acceptable to say out loud. Also, when a Britney Spears song comes over the speakers, it’s totally cool to sing out loud because it looks like you’re singing to your child. I love being a mom :)

Okay, okay. Time for weekly thoughts on Mad Men. Is it just me or does everyone else feel a little uneasy when Glenn Bishop is in an episode? Ever since he was little, he’s given me the creeps and the scene between him and Betty was no different. I thought the episode was better than last week. I think with four episodes left, we’re going to start getting to the good stuff next week!

I’m loving the new season of Real Housewives of New York so far! Having Bethenny back has totally changed the dynamic of the group. And Kelly Bensimon is going to make an appearance this week! EEK! While she was so awkward on the show and totally not likable (at least to me), I’m kinda looking forward to seeing what happens.

So, you’ve seen the new Star Wars trailer, yes? I got chills when I saw Han and Chewie at the end. Christmas can’t come soon enough.

Cecilia and I have been going to Stroller Strides for a few weeks now and we’re still loving it. I love getting outdoors to work out and meet other moms in the area and the baby loves getting her morning naps in in the stroller. The group I’m in also has playgroup twice a week where they do different crafts and activities and I can’t wait for her to get older so she can take part!

So, if you follow me on Pinterest, you saw that I posted a link to the article Ten Cookbooks Every Cook Should Own. Um, I want them ALL. Especially this one, this one and this one.

A reminder that my online Stella & Dot trunk show is still open! Follow this link to take a gander at some drool-worthy jewelry and buy some gifts for yourself or for Mother’s Day, graduation or just because!

love.

Okay moms and dads, I’m sure you can relate to most of the things on this list. Yes?

love

I’ve been a huge ball of love and mush for daughter since the day she was born. Sometimes I look at her and cry because she’s so freaking cute and I just love her so much.

I want to cuddle my baby all day long from now until forever. I know I should just cherish these moments (and I am), but I’m already dreading and sad for the day when she’ll be too big (or too cool) to cuddle with me.

I already miss the day when she won’t fit nicely on my chest to fall asleep and it hasn’t even happened yet.

I could stare at her all day long. I’ve memorized her entire face and all her hilarious facial expressions.

I love the sound she makes when she sucks on her hand.

I love her crazy hair and that it’s the first thing people notice and comment about. I thought she had a lot of hair when she was born (and she totally did) but when I look back at pictures of it she has none compared to now. It stays down for about two seconds when she’s in the bath or just coming out of one, but then it goes back to sticking up. Her crazy awesome hair completes her perfect personality.

Her cry breaks my heart. When she had her first cold and felt so miserable, there are times when she’s was so congested and just started to cry and look at me like she’s saying “help me, mom!” It hurt me that there was nothing I could do to instantly heal her. Sometimes when she’s fussy from being tired or having a little gas, she sticks out her bottom lip and pouts when she cries and it kills me. I never want her to be unhappy.

Every night before I fall asleep, I look at all of the gazillions of pictures I have of her on my phone. I’ve seen them all so many times, but I just can’t get enough of them.

I love our impromptu dance parties. She loves everything from The Rolling Stones to Miley Cyrus and The Beatles to Nicki Minaj, but I think her favorite thing is the silly faces I make while I’m singing the songs to her.

I love how she wakes up every single morning with a huge smile on her face and without a care in the world.

I think I’ll cry happy tears for an hour the first time she says “mama.”

Monday Musings

monday musings - raspberry ricotta cake

How was your weekend? Is the weather where you are as gorgeous as it is here in San Diego?

I made the raspberry ricotta cake in the picture above this weekend. It turned out really well and was soooo easy. It’s definitely going in the “make again” pile. You can find the recipe here.

Did you watch Mad Men? What did you think? I thought it was a little slow especially since only five episodes are left in the entire series, but still entertaining. I think because it is going a little slow, it leaves me wondering every Sunday night how things are going to wrap up. Maybe that’s Matthew Weiner’s plan :)

I made the slow cooker beef stew I mentioned here again and I think I liked it better this time then last. The first time I made it I had a 3-week-old baby and was in a complete haze, so I think this stew was bound to taste better this time around now that I’m more rested. The only thing I did differently was that I didn’t add the frozen veggies – it was still delicious and filling.

Since my body has acclimated to getting little sleep, I now have the energy during Cecilia’s naps to do things around the house and read. I got back into reading The Girl on the Train and I’ve been totally sucked in. If I had the time, I’d never put it down. It’s getting dangerous if I read a little before I got to bed because I just want to keep going, but can’t because I know the little one will wake up in a few hours.

Are you watching the show Lip Sync Battle? I told you last week it was my new favorite show and this week’s episode rocked. It had Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt facing off. Now, I’m not generally an Anne Hathaway fan (although I did like The Devil Wears Prada), but she absolutely killed it. You can see what I mean here. Also, I’ve decided I want Emily Blunt to be my BFF.

Since I wrote my post about my March Bluum Box, my daughter has fallen even more in love with her Angel Dear Blankies. It is the sweetest thing. I’ll put it in front of her and she’ll totally cuddle it and rub it up against her face. Seriously cute.

Do you love Stella & Dot jewelry as much as I do? Do you still have gifts you need to purchase for Mother’s Day? If so, I have an online trunk show going on right now! You can shop this link and purchase some gorgeous jewelry and bags!

March Bluum Box

Boy do I love a monthly subscription box.

march bluum box

Since I’m trying to lose some of my baby weight before I start buying clothes and using Stitch Fix again,  I found a monthly subscription box filled with fun things for the baby and me. Similar to Stitch Fix, when you sign up for Bluum Box, you fill out a profile for your baby and let them know the milestones your baby is hitting on a monthly basis in order for them to customize your box a bit more. Along with that you can specify the types of things you’d like to see each month and whether or not you’d like a little surprise for you, too. All boxes are priced at a flat rate and if you sign up for a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription, the price is even lower than if you just purchased a one-off box. Woohoo!

march bluum box

Here’s a rundown of the cuteness that was in my and Cecilia’s first Bluum Box…

march bluum box - angel dear blankies

Angel Dear Blankies (Yellow Cyclops and Pink Robot)
The box came with two of these adorable blankies. They are super soft and really adorable. The box arrived the day of Cecilia’s 2-month checkup and first round of vaccines and she instantly grabbed on to the pink blankie when I put it in front of her. It warmed my heart to see and I can’t wait to see her grow even more in love with these sweet things.

march bluum box - satsuma designs

Satsuma Designs Organic Baby Scratch Mittens
These are so soft! Unfortunately we never used mittens on our baby. Not only did we keep her nails trimmed as much as possible, we were told by our lactation consultant that the hospital discouraged mittens in order to encourage skin-to-skin contact between the baby and parents and help the baby to learn how to self-soothe. These do feel really nice, though, so I’m sad I won’t be using them.

Satsuma Designs Organic Terry Wash Cloths (2 pack)
These are pretty much the super soft mittens in wash cloth form. I’m looking forward to using these for bath time since they’ll be nice on Cecilia’s sensitive newborn skin. I might even use them for myself!

march bluum box - jean pierre regenerating pomegranate cream
Jean Pierre Cosmetics Regenerating Pomegranate Cream
This was obviously the gift for mom. I’ve only used this cream a couple of times since I’ve gotten it, but I like it. My skin has been pretty dry lately and it was a great moisturizer and made my skin feel really healthy and soft. It also smells great, so that’s a huge plus! I generally find skin products I like and stick with them forever, so I never would have sought a product like this out, but I’m glad I found it and I may add it to my skin “routine” if it continues to help!

Overall, Bluum Box was a fun treat. The box also came with a $40 coupon for HelloFresh, so it ended up that I paid $23 for the box and got products that retailed for just over $100 (including the $40 coupon). It was nice to also find new companies who sell quality baby products that you won’t find at big box stores. I signed up for a 3-month subscription to try it out, so stay tuned for more!

Do you get any monthly subscription boxes? Which do you like?

Disclosure: I was not paid by Bluum Box to write this post, but if you click on one of the links above and sign up for three or more months, I do receive a referral credit toward future monthly boxes. All opinions are my own.

 

Monday Musings

monday musings

How was your weekend? Did you do anything for Easter? I celebrated by finally taking all of our Christmas cards down. Ha! We also had a lovely picnic in the park, enjoyed the beautiful weather we’ve been having and had Cecilia FaceTime with family members.

I’m finally getting back to cooking at home and I love it. Saturday I made a leek, bacon and pea risotto I modeled after one I had on our honeymoon in Italy then Sunday I made this pasta e ceci and this garlic confit toast. Both were good, but the garlic toast rocked! I’m a sucker for garlic bread and I easily could have eaten the whole baguette I made of it.

I spent a lot of my weekend waiting, not so patiently, for the Mad Men premiere. I’m normally underwhelmed by the premieres because there is so much time that lapses between seasons that it takes a while to catch up and set the scene with all of the characters that I feel like absolutely nothing happens. I was slightly underwhelmed by this premiere, too, but when I look back on it, quite a bit happened and I think the “scene” was set faster than in seasons past. The best part to me was seeing the (brief) return of Rachel Menken Katz played by Maggie Siff. I LOVED Sons of Anarchy so it was great to see Tara Teller on TV :)

This week marks the official start to baseball season!!!! Who else is as excited as I am? I don’t make it to too many Padres games, but try to make it to as many Oakland A’s games as possible. Their schedule is one of the first things I check when I plan trips home to the Bay Area to visit family. During my summers home from college I went to so many games, I pretty much lived at the Oakland Coliseum and I’m hoping to show the baby my old hangout this year!

Last week, Cecilia and I did our first Stroller Strides class! We loved it! And by “we loved it” I mean that I had a great time getting back to working out and meeting other moms and she had a great time sleeping through the whole thing. Seriously, she woke up for about two minutes to see what was going on then went right back to sleep.

I got my haircut last week and it feels great. I got rid of about six inches and lots of the bulk. The gal who cuts my hair had a baby this last Thanksgiving so all we did was talk about childbirth and our babies. It was lovely :)

Not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a Bravoholic. I love and watch most every show that’s on the station – especially the Housewives  shows. I watch them all except for Miami and Atlanta. I stopped watching New York for a while, but now that Bethenny is back on, I may give it a go for a few episodes to see how I like it. Anyway, the Beverly Hills reunion episodes are airing now and they’re super juicy! Normally the first of the two or three parts is pretty lame, but not this year. It was drama! I can’t wait to watch the rest!

Did you catch the first two episodes of Lip Sync Battle? Can we say “new favorite show?!?!”

My daughter now smiles like crazy and is starting to coo and laugh. It is my everything.

The Baby Weight and Why You’ll Never Hear Me Say “I’m on a diet”

Let’s talk baby weight. Specifically, losing the baby weight.

the baby weight and why you'll never hear me say "i'm on a diet"

I wouldn’t say losing the baby weight stresses me out…yet. But in that same vein, I can’t wait and am excited to start working out again. I was medically cleared to start working out two weeks ago, but haven’t yet had a chance to get a formal one in, though the little one and I try to get in a good walk each day.

Before getting pregnant I was always active. The nature of my job was active, so I was constantly on my feet, moving around and lifting. I’ve been a runner since high school and was doing it on a regular basis pre-baby in addition to taking classes at a pilates studio in my neighborhood. Before I found pilates, I was a Bar Method devotee (I went 4-5 times a week) for two years. Being active has never been about losing weight for me, but more about being healthy and feeling good about myself.

I’ve never been a fan of formal diets and don’t really “believe” in them unless medically necessary. That is my opinion and I know that not everyone thinks that way, and I completely respect that, but they’re just not for me. I’m an everything in moderation (including moderation) type of gal. Am I always able to follow that? Of course not. If I want chocolate cake, I’m going to eat chocolate cake. If I have a late night hankering for french fries, I’ll get them (that is if I’m able to get myself out of the house and drive to get them). Of course, I’ll try not to eat that ENTIRE chocolate cake or get late night french fries every night, but if I do, I don’t make or let myself feel bad about it, I just try to make better choices the next day.

To me, all food is to be loved and enjoyed and you should never feel guilty about enjoying it. I also don’t like depriving myself of any certain foods or saying “oh, I CAN’T eat that.” This is even more important to me now that I’m raising a daughter. I want her to have an active lifestyle and a healthy relationship with food. I don’t want her to grow up hearing me say that I “can’t” eat something I clearly want. I love food and I want her to love food with no guilty feelings ever attached to it.

Checking into the hospital to have Cecilia, I weighed in at 142 pounds. This means I gained 35 pounds while pregnant. Leaving the hospital I felt great. I thought I’d still have a huge baby belly, but it didn’t look or feel as large as I thought it would. My belly pretty much looked and felt like a deflated balloon. I actually thought soon after giving birth that I’d gotten back into my pre-pregnancy shape because I felt so great. It wasn’t until I tried to put on the largest size pants I have that I realized I still had quite a bit to go. How much? At my six week postpartum appointment I weighed 123 pounds, so I’ve got a little over 15 pounds left.

As I said before, losing the weight doesn’t currently stress me out. I have a ways to go before I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and even though I’m not completely satisfied with how I look, I’m not down on myself for the extra weight I have on me right now – I GREW A HUMAN BEING INSIDE OF ME for goodness sakes. How can I feel bad about the body that accomplished that amazing feat and brought me the most perfect little girl? I can’t. I won’t. No way.

This week I’m starting to work out again in a bid to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape, or maybe I should say to a post-pregnancy shape I’m comfortable with. I say that because I know my body won’t ever be the same after all the miraculous things it has done the past year. I actually am starting to realize that I love that it won’t ever be the same. I have a few stretch marks (nothing major) and that wonderful linea negra that some women develop while pregnant, but I now wear them with pride for my daughter who one day will hopefully look to me as an example of health, strength and love.

Monday Musings

monday musings

How was your weekend? This weekend marked the beginning of my husband’s spring break, so we had lots of family time and did a lot of relaxing. Ahhh…

Have you seen this Tom Hanks video? I LOVED it. I realized while watching it that I’ve seen a TON o’ Tom Hanks movies and pretty much liked them all. I could watch this over and over again.

This week, Cecilia and I are going to our first Stroller Strides class! It will be my first time working out since she was born (besides our daily walks around the neighborhood), so I’m a little scared, but mostly excited. I’m looking forward to meeting new moms and babies and hopefully make some friends for the two of us! I’ll let you know next week how it went.

I haven’t gotten a haircut since early September and I’m totally due. I have an appointment this week and I can’t wait for a new ‘do! While I was pregnant, I swear not one hair came out of my head in the shower or while I was brushing. Because of that I have SO MUCH and something needs to be done about this mess. My hair is also super long right now and the baby is starting to grab it when I have it down. She’s little, but she’s strong, and it can be painful so I’m looking to go a lot shorter.

Also about my haircut – the gal who’s cut my hair for the last few years just had a baby girl in November, so I’m sure all we’ll talk about is our kids and I can’t wait. Talking babies is my current favorite topic of conversation :)

Any Easter plans? We don’t have any as of yet, but my husband generally worked Sundays in the past, but this year he doesn’t so I’d love to cook up a great Easter meal for us. I’m currently brainstorming recipes, so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

Even though Cecilia has no idea what’s going on this Easter, I bought her this basket and this basket liner (personalized with her name of course). You can find a picture of it on my Instagram. Call me crazy, but I’m also going to buy things to fill it with, and then, of course, open them all up myself and pretend she’s really excited about it.

Do you have go-to shows that you’ve already watched in their entirety, but that you go back and binge watch on Netflix? My shows are Gilmore Girls, Mad Men and The West Wing. I’m currently binge watching Gilmore Girls for the billionth time.

Speaking of Mad Men - less than one week until the premiere! Eek! It’s bittersweet since this is the last season, but I’m looking forward to see how the series ends.

Where to Stay: Italy

In March 2011, my husband and I went on our honeymoon to Italy. We were gone for about two weeks and visited Rome, Siena, Cinque Terre and added in an impromptu overnight trip to Florence. I think about this trip incredibly often because of the wonderful memories it holds for me. Anytime I know someone is planning a trip to Italy, I tell them a bit about ours and let them know of our favorite places we visited and where we stayed in each city. I loved each of our hotels and highly recommend them to anyone planning a trip to the country. They were all well priced for down season and situated in great neighborhoods. Below are some pics of our trip and more details about our recommended hotels!

where to stay: italy

Veneto Palace (Rome) – Loved the location of our Rome hotel! We were able to walk everywhere (except for Vatican City which was only about two miles away) and got a room upgrade once we arrived, so our room was incredibly spacious. The hotel is about 1/8 of a mile from the Spanish Steps, a little more than a 1/4 mile from Trevi Fountain and just under a mile from the Colosseum. Termini train station is also close by which is a huge plus if you’ll be hopping around from city-to-city once you’re in Italy. The only thing I didn’t like about the hotel is that they didn’t offer complimentary early check-in. Our flight arrived in Rome in the early morning and we were hoping for an early check-in to get some rest, but would have had to pay a hefty fee for it even though our room was ready. I understand not being able to check-in hours early, but even after we left for a little walk and grabbed some lunch and came back 45 minutes before check-in, we were going to be charged. They did hold our bags for us, though, which we appreciated.

where to stay: italy

Hotel Athena (Siena) – So, Siena is my second favorite place in the entire world (my first being San Francisco). I could write a whole post (or like 500) on how much I love it. I found this hotel through an internet search and it was a great pick for us. The hotel is a 5-7 minute walk to Il Campo (the heart of the city) down the most wonderful roads I’ve ever walked. There are great restaurants and shops along the way and one of the best meals I’ve ever had was close by (more on that to come in a separate post). We didn’t get to enjoy the terrace while we were there (it was pouring rain), but we did have breakfast in the restaurant one morning. The staff was incredibly kind and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again or recommend it to anyone planning a trip to Siena.

where to stay: italy

Hotel Ca D’Andrean (Cinque Terre) – This hotel is located in the village of Manarola. It is up a large hill, and if you’ve ever been to Cinque Terre, you know that vehicle traffic is very limited, so you have to lug your bags up said large hill. When we did it, it was pouring, so it was quite the adventure. The rooms here are comfortable and the staff was great. I honestly felt like I was staying in a room in their home. From the looks of the website, the hotel has been renovated since we stayed and the rooms look like they’ve gotten an upgrade. Several other friends who have visited Cinque Terre have stayed there, so it came highly recommended to me for the location and the price. I must also say that the staff are incredibly flexible. High season here begins after Easter and we were there about a month before that. It was pouring rain, so all except one of the trails that connects the five villages were closed as were many of the restaurants and shops. Because of this we decided to leave a night early and head to Florence and the owner did not charge us for the night we didn’t stay there, even though we told him we were willing to pay for it. When we stayed here four years ago, we had to call to book our reservations, but by the looks of the website you can do so online now, so that’s an added plus!

where to stay: italy

Bellevue House (Florence) – Since we made a last minute decision to visit Florence, we made this reservation hours before arriving to the hotel.  We found it in Rick Steve’s Italy and were not disappointed by our room. It’s a third floor walk-up (meaning, no elevator), so come prepared for that. There are only six rooms at Bellevue House and we stayed in this one. The room was huge and the hotel is walking distance to the Duomo, the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and the city’s main train station. The man running Bellevue House while we were there was a delight and even told us to make sure he was there when we checked out so he could say goodbye and wish us well. We’ll definitely stay again should we find ourselves in Florence in the future.

Well, there you have it. I hope my walk down memory lane can help you in future vacation planning!

Ciao!