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how to do disneyland with an infant | part two.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Yesterday I shared my best tips for bringing an infant to Disneyland and today I’m sharing the details of what I pack for my seven month old.

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | What to Pack | Ann-Marie Loves

Food + Supplies. Like I mentioned before, Briar is now at the age where we can alternate nursing with feeding her solid foods. The combination of the two makes for a pretty smooth Disneyland day. For a seven month old, I pack a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag of Cheerios, a banana, and a small bowl and spoon. The Cheerios are great for keeping her entertained while the adults eat or we wait in line. The banana is great for multiple meals throughout the day (I only cut off a small portion each time, mix it up in her bowl with a little water, and feed it to her with a spoon). I chose a banana over other fruits and vegetables because it comes in it’s own container, doesn’t need to be refrigerated, and can be easily mashed up. I also pack a small sippy cup that I fill with a little bit of water so she has something to drink when eating solids. And then of course, I bring two bibs, because it’s easier than changing her outfit fourteen times a day.

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | What to Pack | Ann-Marie Loves

Toiletries + “Just In Case” Supplies. The thing about babies is, you never really know what they’re going to do while at Disneyland. Will they have gas? Will they soil their clothes within the first five minutes? Will they (god forbid) get sick? Since I’m never sure what’s coming down the pike, I like to come prepared. For a full day at Disneyland, I bring a minimum of ten diapers and a travel-size pack of wipes. I keep these necessities (as well as a waterproof changing matsunscreen, and a million pacifiers) in a small zip bag that I throw in my backpack since I’m usually the one that takes Briar to the restroom.

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | What to Pack | Ann-Marie Loves

In addition to the immediate necessities, I pack a nose bulb, Boogie Wipes, gas drops, and Tylenol. Since I hope not to use these things but still like to have them on hand, I put them in a Ziploc bag and keep it in John’s backpack (where all of our non-immediate items hang out). I should also mention that I always have a bottle of Babyganics hand sanitizer in the pocket of our stroller caddy, because, well, GERMS.

P.S. In case you forget any of these items of simply don’t want to bring them, you can always purchase them through the Baby Care Center on Main Street.

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | What to Pack | Ann-Marie Loves

Clothes. So here’s the part of the packing where I inevitably lose track of time…baby clothes are just too cute! For a warm day at Disneyland, I bring two extra onesies, two pairs of leggings, a sweater or sweatshirt, extra socks, pajamas, a floppy hat, and sunglasses. I like to keep Briar’s outfits as fuss-free as possible, so I avoid anything with too many snaps or buttons. If I’m really on my game, I’ll change Briar into her pajamas before we head home so the transition from car seat to crib is as seamless as possible. I should also mention that I always pack at least two plastic bags (shopping or Ziploc) in case any items of clothing get wet…or worse (EEK).

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | What to Pack | Ann-Marie Loves

Carrier. I have a Boba wrap (shown above) and an Ergo and I honestly love them both equally. The Boba would be great if you want to pack light and plan on wearing your baby most of the day, so you don’t have to tie / untie the several yards of fabric over and over again. That’s what I used when Briar was two months old and just a tiny little thing. On the other hand, the Ergo is perfect if you plan on keeping your baby in the stroller during the majority of your trip since it can be easily taken on / off and stashed in the stroller storage compartment when not in use. I also find that it’s much easier to nurse in an Ergo than a wrap because I can loosen the straps quickly and snap the hood in place for extra privacy. No matter which carrier you prefer, this is one of the most important items you can bring to ensure a successful day at Disneyland.

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | What to Pack | Ann-Marie Loves

Toys. Disneyland is bright! And colorful! And stimulating! But sometimes it’s nice to have some familiarity on hand to keep your baby from completely losing her mind. I always bring Briar a handful of her favorite toys, but the clincher is, they have to be able to hook on to her stroller by way of this wonderful teething necklace. Not only do the toys remain in her stroller (and not on the ground), but she can also chew on the beads and soothe those poor little gums.

With a little planning and prep work, taking an infant to Disneyland is completely doable! I cannot recommend it enough!

how to do disneyland with an infant | part one.

Posted on: Monday, March 30, 2015

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | Ann-Marie Loves

I know, I know. The thought of taking an infant to an overpriced, overcrowded, overstimulating environment makes some people break out in hives. I totally get it. But I can also confirm that despite all of those things, it is 100% WORTH it. I’m a big believer in taking Briar (almost) everywhere I go, and as a result, she’s become my laid back, highly adaptable co-pilot.

Here are a few things I’ve learned about taking an infant to Disneyland:

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | Ann-Marie Loves

Plan meals ahead of time. Briar is now at a perfect stage where I can alternate nursing with solid foods, which makes the whole day so much easier than when I had to stop and nurse her every two hours. For a half day with a seven month old, I packed one banana (along with a small bowl and a baby spoon) and a Ziploc bag of Cheerios. Both of those foods lasted quite some time and kept Briar thoroughly entertained and satiated. I also packed a sippy cup that I would fill with water so she could take a few sips (slash pour the rest all over the place) whenever she had a solid food meal or snack.

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | Ann-Marie Loves

Bring the stroller AND the carrier (and grandma). When it comes to getting around and keeping your baby happy, you need options. Now that Briar is old enough to sit up and face forward in her stroller, it’s like a whole new world for her (and me!). We have a Britax B-Agile which I absolutely love because it’s lightweight, folds up easily, the seat can be adjusted upright or laid down with a simple pull, and the shade is huge (meaning my pale baby is safe from the sun / given privacy during naps). The stroller does the bulk of the work throughout the day, but when it comes to taking Briar on rides, nursing her on the go (it can be done!), or calming her when she’s fussy, that’s when the carrier comes in handy. I usually bring the Ergo, but I also love the Boba wrap as well. However, if I’m being honest, the best transportation of all is in the arms of Nana…always bring Nana ;)

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | Ann-Marie Loves

Skip the tram and walk. If ever given the choice to walk or ride, I always walk, because, well, I just like walking. However, this is particularly handy when you have a stroller in tow. The walk from the parking structure to the park gates is approximately 10-15 minutes and is much easier (in my opinion) than waiting in line for the front seats of the tram and having to fold / unfold your stroller. Consider it your warm-up for the walking marathon you are about to embark upon.

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | Ann-Marie Loves

Take advantage of the Baby Care Center. This place is amazing. There’s a private nursing area with comfy chairs, there’s a diaper changing station, there are high chairs, there’s a place to store your pump…Disney has thoroughly thought out the baby situation. I think my favorite part about it is being able to sit in a quiet, air-conditioned space with my little one, free from any distractions. Other great (semi-private) places to nurse: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the train, the back corner of Hungry Bear Restaurant, the Haunted Mansion, or any ride that you can wear your baby in a carrier.

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | Ann-Marie Loves

Bring comfort items. Since Disneyland can be incredibly stimulating, it’s nice to have comfort items at the ready for when your little one needs a reprieve. I always make sure that we have several pacifiers on hand (at least half of them end up on the ground), small toys that can be attached to the stroller, and a few lightweight blankets for nap time. Whenever Briar has had enough, I’ll take her to the Baby Care Center for a little peace and quiet or I’ll lay her in her stroller and pull the shades down so some of the noise and lights are blocked.

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | Ann-Marie Loves

Ride those rides! There are SO many rides you can actually take babies on. I have had an annual pass for years and I had no idea how many rides babies could board! I’m not just talking about Fantasyland rides, I’m talking about the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and any others that do not have a height restriction. The other great feature Disneyland offers for parents of babies is a Rider Switch Pass. Let’s say you and your significant other want to ride Space Mountain: you simply request a Rider Switch Pass when you get in line and then both of you can alternate riding with watching the baby. Win win, right?

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | Ann-Marie Loves

Pack lightly. Babies require a lot of stuff; the packing list alone can be intimidating! But it’s important to keep in mind that if you bring too much into the park, you’ll spend the whole day schlepping big bags in and out of crowds and lines and tight spaces, and really, that’s a huge buzz kill. After a handful of trips to Disneyland with Briar, I think I’ve finally figured out what works best for John and me: I bring my everyday bag (similar to this) to carry all the immediate essentials (diapers, wipes, pacifiers) and John brings a bigger backpack to carry the less immediate essentials (spare clothes, the camera, a bowl + spoon for Briar). We also utilize the storage underneath the stroller for bulky items, like the Ergo or our sweatshirts. Whenever we need to park the stroller to get in a ride line, we don’t worry about leaving anything behind because we keep almost everything on our person already. If you want to carry even less, you can always rent a locker or store extras in your car for later. (Tomorrow I’ll share all the details of what I pack!)

How to Do Disneyland with an Infant | Ann-Marie Loves

Roll with it. I’ve decided that you can look at bringing babies along to Disneyland in one of two ways: you can either look at it as a major hassle OR you can choose see it as a wonderful adventure for the whole family! I choose to view it through the latter perspective. There’s a lot of prep work that goes on, but it’s always worth it in the end! (Plus, babies are free until they’re three!)

sunday funday.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

On Sunday, I convinced John and my brother Andy to go with me to Disneyland, partly because the weather was springtime perfection, but mainly because I wanted to test my new 50mm lens in the most colorful setting possible. Mission accomplished.

Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Disneyland | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

As far as camera equipment goes, this macro lens is such a steal considering just how fantastic it really is! The sharp depth of field blows my mind every time… even if does force me to stand a mile away from my subject to get more than just their nostrils in the shot – ha!


workspace wednesday: what i do when i’m not at disneyland.

Posted on: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It came to my attention recently that it may seem as though all I do is attend parties, drink lots of coffee, and visit Disneyland on random weekdays. (Okay, so 2/3 of those things are pretty accurate.) The truth is, I have my hand in so many different projects at all times that I’m not exactly sure what my title is! I do lots of graphic design, crafting, working for Amy, photographing, stamp-making, scrapbooking for others, writing, and yes, lots of Disneyland-ing. Each day is completely different than the last and filled with it’s own unique set of challenges and rewards. If ever my multimedia design degree (the one that I had no idea what I was going do with when I graduated) came in handy, NOW is the time. I love when things come full circle.

Here are a few of the projects I’ve completed lately:

Rebranding + redesigning Two Peas in a Bucket.

Revamping The Style Eater’s blog.

Designing stamp sets for Studio Calico, including four for October’s Roller Rink kits, three for the Darling Dear mid-release, and one for an upcoming class.

I can honestly say that when I moved back home last March after being laid off, I most definitely did not know what I was going to do (and sometimes, I still don’t!). Freelancing is a mixed bag of tricks. It’s the best because I get to work from home and not wear makeup or brush my hair or put on real clothes for days at a time (or maybe I’m just a homeless person?!). It’s also the worst because there’s so much uncertainty and self-doubt that creeps in on a daily basis. But like all things in life, if you just trust that things will work out, they almost always do. So far, so good.

Quick Disneyland trip, anyone?



Posted on: Monday, June 11, 2012

By now it’s no secret that I enjoy a little Disneyland in my life. I realize this isn’t exactly earning me any street cred, but somehow I am okay with that.

I’ve been so many times (embarrassed to tell you the number) that my trips these days are usually centered around Instagramming. I love seeing familiar things in new ways and you really can’t beat the instant satisfaction that a cool filter and an inspiring social network provide. Plus there’s a geotag for EVERYTHING at DL (“Fantasyland Churro Cart”, anyone?), which makes it all the better. My camera app of choice these days is called Snapster. I love the wide range of filters and I love how easy it is to quickly import photos to Instagram. All the photos above were edited with Snapster and blurred up a little bit by Instagram. Tag-teaming at it’s finest.

Hate it or love it, there’s no denying that Disneyland has an energy all it’s own. And let’s face it, the people-watching is prime. There’s something so fascinating about what people wear to DL, especially when it involves high heels or workout clothes. I just can’t get enough…!




Posted on: Friday, August 12, 2011

The only thing worse than leaving your vacation: unpacking your vacation.

So I’m back from my weeklong vacation to California (which was the best ever) and I’m just now starting to get back into the swing of things.

Well, kind of.

If I haven’t taken a nap after work these past few days, it’s because I slept through my alarm clock before work and had to race to get out the door on time. Coming off of vacation mode and getting back into work mode is brutal, you guys! But tomorrow is Friday and this weekend is Craft Lake City so things are looking up. (p.s. every time I hear the phrase “things are looking up,” I think of this Kaiser Permanente commercial from a few years back. Was this just a CA thing or do other states know what I’m talking about? Oh, how I love that Pete Wiggins!)

Anyways, I’ve been plugging away (intermittently, but still) at the 30 Day Photo Challenge! Here are days 1-5:

Day One | Self Portrait: At Target in Simi with a tall nonfat iced caramel macchiato in hand. Yep, that’s about right.

Day Two | What I Wore: My new grey Vans at Disneyland.

Day Three | Clouds: Firework display at Disneyland last Saturday night.

Day Four | Favorite Color: Teal washi tape + orange scissors action on my desk.

Day Five | Someone I Love: And love him, I do.

April Adventures

Posted on: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

So many fun adventures lately, where do I start?

Two weekends ago, John and I flew home to see our families. And Disneyland.

We flew JetBlue there and I thoroughly enjoyed the Dunkin Donuts coffee + Real Housewives of NYC pairing.

And as if that wasn’t enough, because Long Beach Airport is such a tiny place, we got to exit the plane via STAIRS! How very 1960’s movie stars of us! I made John take a picture with me on the tarmac to celebrate our celeb status.

Oh, how we’ve missed this place! But I have to admit, absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder. There were new and exciting things we hadn’t seen before. And of course, there were are old favorites that never lose their fun factor.

The rest of the weekend was spent lazing at home with my fam. Amazing.

This past weekend, John and I drove down to Vegas to meet up with his parents. SO. MUCH. FUN.

I have to say that I was really dreading the 5+ hour drive, but it turned out to be beautiful! The hills and mountains are so green and lush right now and the baby cows…omg, don’t even get me started on how PRECIOUS they are! And they’re everywhere! The last time we made this drive was in July when we moved here, and at that time it was 1000 degrees out and we were under the gun to get to Orem for our apartment keys before the front office closed! Needless to say, my expectations for this trip were exceeded exponentially!

I can’t think of too many things more exciting than waking up in a different city and having the whole day to explore! Despite the fact that I had a bad cold that just wouldn’t quit (and wouldn’t give me my voice back!), it was such a fantastic getaway. I love spending time with John’s family. They are such good, fun-loving people…the perfect travel companions!

Now I get a week off until next weekend when I’m back in California! When did my life get so exciting?


Posted on: Thursday, December 2, 2010

California – how I have missed you and your people!

I always want to be westbound!

First off, the comings and goings of the trip went off without a hitch. Flights left and arrived on time, security was a breeze, getting to and from the airports was seamless. You would never have guessed it was Thanksgiving weekend.

I love this place at night.

And of course, my family and I went to Disneyland on Thanksgiving. We’ve been doing this since I was in junior high and it’s one of my very favorite things about the holidays, especially now that I live so far away (relatively speaking, that is). We had so much fun and it was the perfect opportunity to get face time with the parentals and brother. I love my family.

Friends ’til the end.

On Friday, my friends and I met for our annual Thanksgiving weekend reunion at Starbucks (six years running!). So good to see everyone. It’s amazing how we can go months without seeing each other and then pick up right where we left off when we reunite. I love my friends. And I love that after discussing Angie’s potential wedding plans, she goes and gets engaged that very night! Congratulations again, Ang! Can’t wait for the wedding!

The gang’s all here!

Default group shot pose. Everyone drops to the floor and gets their velveeta on.

Here are just a few of the 100’s I took – seriously, we got quite a workout in!

Late Saturday night, I decided that I wanted to take classy holiday portraits of the four of us. So we did the the old chins-propped-on-hands, building-a-world-class-cheerleading-pyramid, donning-Santa-hats-over-our-faces routine. You know, the classics.

Then someone suggested we take jumping photos and suddenly it was game-on. Legs akimbo, bodies diving across the living room, jumping off the couch, roundhouse-kicking the air…we were willing to risk our lives for the sake of photographic genius. We were in the zone. And oh man, do all of the photos make me LAUGH! The contorted looks on our faces when we jump is enough to make me laugh out loud as I write this sentence! HAHA!

And here’s when I realized I wasn’t in California anymore. Ha!

It took a good 30 minutes to clear the ice off the windows and warm the car up enough to figure out how to get it out of the spot (holy spinning tires!). I actually found it to be quite hilarious and fun and a good arm workout! I’m sure this is the first of many lessons that Utah will teach me in these coming months…

In My Happy Place

Posted on: Wednesday, July 7, 2010

In between packing and organizing and tying up loose ends on the moving front, I have been squeezing in as many trips as possible to Disneyland. So far I’ve been twice in less than a week, which just might be my personal record. Coincidentally, my annual pass expires the same week I am moving, so I am trying to milk that baby for all it’s overpriced but oh-so-wonderful worth! Here are some of the highlights:

I keep feeling an overwhelming mixture of sheer excitement and sheer panic over this move. The panic usually sets in when I’m trying to sleep and I start running through the seemingly insurmountable list of things I have to get done. The excitement sets in as soon as I wake up or read home design blogs or shop for apartment wares or think about how much I am truly looking forward to starting my new job or think about how insanely awesome it will be to begin this new adventure. So far the excitement is winning out over the panic by a landslide. And I intend to keep it that way.

I also intend to hit up the Land at least one more time :)

Happy Thursday

Posted on: Thursday, March 18, 2010

So as it turns out, this week has been quite good.

First off, I managed to track down this month’s issue of Creating Keepsakes and was psyched to see what was inside:

EEEEEEEEE!!! You would not believe how excited I was! And still am! I submitted it, along with a few other layouts, back in November, not anticipating it would ever be chosen. But when it was, I was blissfully surprised! Waiting to see it actually come to fruition has been the hardest part! I have a few more layouts that will be published in the coming months and I’m feeling super grateful for this funny little hobby called scrapbooking…

This past Saturday was my mom’s birthday, so the two of us spent some time in one of our favorite cities: Pasadena. I would pack up and move there in an INSTANT! Something about it really resonates with me. Maybe it’s because of the proximity to Dots Cupcakes. Quite possibly it’s because of the cupcakes:)

Then on Sunday, John and I woke up early so we could get breakfast at Disneyland! It turned out to be a gorgeous spring-y day and I got to wear my new giant hat!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

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