Life. It throws curve balls.

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First off I apologize for the long gap in my posts on here. A lot has happened. I had another beautiful baby, Ellis, who **Gasp** is almost 1yr old. I moved from NY back to LA. My son, Bastian, turned 2. My dogs have both passed away. My Grandmother who helped raise me passed away. I sadly discovered the person I married was someone I never in a million years thought he would be and thus had no choice but to end a marriage. My boys and I are big church goers now. I have neighbors, who are actually my friends and they are amazing. My favorite thing to do now is go to Malibu with my boys and just play on the beach. Life. It throws curve balls at you.

I hadn’t written on here partly because once I became pregnant with my second child I was beyond busy. I was still working a PT job from home(in between breastfeeding, doctor appointments and taking care of my first son full time) and to be honest I just simply wasn’t eating out as much. I remember a mom on here posted to let her know how dinning out is when he becomes a toddler. I fold. You got me. TotsNtables does not exist. It’s NewBornsNtables with first time eager moms. Toddlers and Tables Do Not Mix. I repeat Do Not Mix. Add another baby in there, aside from the awful seating space in NYC or even a suburban Denny’s for that matter, and you’re up the creek.

I’m writing again because I want to still document our journey, even though it didn’t end up as planned. That’s parenting right, being able to be flexible and change the game when you have to.

So buckle your seat belts. It’s gonna be a bummpy ride.

Cafe Cortadito!!! Attack of the #LES #EastVillage #BabyHaters #HatersGonnaHate #TaylorSwift #NOTStrollerORBabyFriendly

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

Riding Dirty(1)- #HATER #BabyHaters The do not have #highchairs are #not #strollerfriendly (they wanted us to park the baby and the stroller on the other side of the fence. He’s a toddler- and a human, he eats with us. Table for 3 please.  

The Spot “Cafe Cortadito”  East Village, LES, Union Square, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City, NYU

  • 210 E 3rd St
    New York, NY 10009
  • Food:  No cule bc they hate us.
  • Price: N/A
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square, NYU

“Put some South in yo Mouth.”-  Big Apple BBQ

Houston Here We Come! #BabyBashandBling #Parenting #BabyExpo #Houston #Pregnant #Babies #HoustonMoms #HoutonFamilyTips

I’m excited to share that Bastian and I are Southern bound to Houston, Texas for the Baby Bash and Bling Expo being held at The Hotel Derek in the Galleria area of Houston. I’ll be hosting the event, so stop by and say hi and share your #parentingtips with me!

Here is a LINK to more info on the up coming event, which is on June 6, 2015 starting at 11am.

When I was pregnant the first time around I went to every and any event to prep for the baby and learn as much as I could. I think expos and these new parenting events are a great way to educate yourself about what’s new, and meet other newbie parents who are going on a similar journey.

Baby Bash and Bling Expo June 6, 2015 Hotel Derek Houston, Texas

Baby Bash and Bling Expo June 6, 2015 Hotel Derek Houston, Texas

Mighty Quinn #EastVillage #NYU #NYBBQ #BBQ #ManhattanBBQ #Ribs

Mighty Quinn

Mighty Quinn

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My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

Strollin(5)- We went on the early side, so it wasn’t that crowded and I will say the host was so friendly and sweet, but it’s not the most stroller friendly when around dinner time. It’s order your food and bring to your table style, so it can get crowded and if you have a big stroller there isn’t a lot of room if you want to keep it at the table. It’s also communal seating except for a few 2 tops and a few 4 tops. The was, OK. I’ve had way better BBQ in NY so this will be my last time- too much better food in the city to try. 

The Spot:  “Mighty Quinn”  East Village, LES, Union Square, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City, NYU

  • 103 2nd Ave. New York, NY  (212) 677-3733
  • Food:  Average
  • Price:  $-$$ Fair prices. Read more on Yelp! 
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square, NYU

BIG APPLE BBQ 2015 

A side note on a family, fun thing to do in NYC that’s free to walk around and take in all the smells of different BBQ from all over NY and the US. There are tons of prizes, giveaways and cooking channel stuff going on, with live music, a beer garden and TONS OF BBQ!  The average pricer is like 10 bucks a plate at each plate- it’s great to go in groups and just sample small bites from a bunch of different places.

“Put some South in yo Mouth.”-  Big Apple BBQ

The #MeatballShop Flop #buzzKill #Bam #Lame #NotCool #Balls

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

Riding Dirty(1)- This was our 3rd attempt to eat at The Meatball Shop in the Lower East Side. I love it here and hit it up a few times before I had Bastian. Always packed but always a great meatball. We had been turned away 2 times before but it was on a weekend so we didn’t let it bother us b/c it’s to be expected. However, we go on like a Tuesday EARLY around 430pm with ZERO seats outside taken, and ask if we can sit on the patio- they actually said no, we can’t have our stroller in there bc it’s a fire hazard. Don’t ask me how, as the table we were asking to sit at blocked no entrance or exit path, no other tables were behind or in front it was all by itself in a corner. So we got the balls to go, and literally sat at a bench right across the street looking at the empty patio tables- strange but I wanted that meatball and just walked 2 miles for the 3rd time, I wasn’t taking no this time, especially when the joint was EMPTY. Lame. Baby haters. 

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The Spot:  “The Meatball Shop”  East Village, LES, Union Square, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City

  • Food:  Obviously I love the food, and got it to go even though the Baby Haters snubbed us a 3rd time. Lame.
  • Price:  $-$$ Fair prices for a good meatball. Read more on Yelp! 
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate…shake it off.“-  Taylor Swift 

The Brazen Fox Kitchen & Craft Bar #NY #Brunch #NYBrunch #BabiesWhoBrunch

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

Rollin- They were not packed at 1230pm on a Sunday brunch because the venue is so large with an upstairs and downstairs, so there was zero wait time, and they had high chairs that fit the high top tables(a reason I always passed on the place before). Food was great. 

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The Spot:  “The Brazen Fox”  East Village, LES, Union Square, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City

  • 106 3rd Ave
    New York, NY 10003  (212) 353-1063
  • Food:  The food was really great. We all got breakfast sandwiches of different types and they were all really tasty. Not the most kid friendly choices for them to eat, but Bastian still really enjoyed the seasoned potatoes. I would pack an extra snack and something to eat for the little ones, or ask for just plain over easy eggs etc.

    My friend, Kyra and Bastian.

    My friend, Kyra and Bastian.

  • Price:  $-$$ Super affordable and on Brunch days it includes drink cocktails. Check out Yelp!
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square

Be brazenly, passionately, defiantly you. Every damn day.“-  Collin Wright

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort #Cancun #Mexico #Resort #NYQuickGetaway #WeekendGetaway #WinterBreak #PalaceResorts

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Moon Palace Golf & Spa 

This is my first real “travel” post with the blog because this was our FIRST FAMILY VACATION. Waahooo!!! We were nervous about a lot of things…the flight, the room, the food and how baby B would adjust to all of this as a full on walking/running toddler. I’m going to cover it all and more, so sit tight.

The Flight:  We flew United and let me just say, I’m still dealing with the annoying and poor customer service. We had ordered the in flight videos via direct tv, were charged and they didn’t work on the entire flight- the stewardess said we had to just call customer service and get it refunded. 30 min after a chat with customer service, it’s still not refunded and not even given a “sorry”. This was the flight there so we were still in good spirits because we were headed to MEXICO!! Bastian was great on the flight overall, no meltdowns. Fidgety but good. My arms were KILLING. This made us realize that at this point he needs his own seat, space etc for future flights, it’s just better for everyone. On the way home we were at the airport 4 hours early bc in Mexico they recently changed their time zone to EASTERN, yes- and United didn’t feel like updating or letting us know on our online boarding information. I also talked to a rep about this, and how annoying it was not having updated info via email or something when traveling internationally with an infant- again, nothing just “oh wow that sucks”. I hate United. Jet Blue, where are you. I miss you. Virgin, you goddess, I will never stray again. PS- side note, one time my tv didn’t work on Jetblue and they comped my WHOLE ticket. Take notes United– you be trashy not classy.

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Cancun, Mexico

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Cancun, Mexico

The Stay:  Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort located just 10 min from the airport, was a beautiful oasis. We stayed in the Moon Palace Grand section which is located on one of the far ends of the resort. There are a total of 3 sections; Nizuc, Sunrise and Grand. We explored each of them, and found the Nizuc was very “Vegas” in style in the lobby and pool areas with people crowded around having fun day and night. The Sunrise section which is on the other far end of the resort had the best Kiddie Pool, and seemed to be the loudest. They were all amazing though. Grand was by far the nicest and most spacious, quiet, with older couples, and newlyweds to small families with new babies(like us)! We never had a problem getting a spot by the pool at Grand, service or towels (which can be a bit of an issue at the larger sections which is to be expected because they are 20 times bigger in size).

Waterslide at Nizuc section #MoonPalace #PalaceResorts

Waterslide at Nizuc section #MoonPalace #PalaceResorts

There is an amazing waterslide at the Nizuc section of the pool, which we spent a day at, and is neatly located right next to one of the indoor play yards for kids. You can drop off your child 4 and up or stay with them and play if they are younger. We loved this option right before dinner because it would give B some time to get his energy out so he would be more mellow at dinner. They are open till 10pm and have nightly activities for the kids as well. There are 2 of these at the resort first at Nizuc(where we went) and another larger one is located at Sunrise but we didn’t see that one first hand.

Our trip was short, only 3 nights, so we were trying to cram everything in as fast as possible. I would suggest staying at least a week to really relax and take it all in, the resort itself is so huge, you can spend the first 2 full days just exploring and discovering the grounds.

The Room:  We stayed in one of the larger suites which included a dinning room, living room, bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 2 walk-in closets, a bar area w/ another fridge and microwave, spa shower, jacuzzi off the balcony and a beautiful balcony overlooking the below aqua suites. The suite was huge, like bigger then our NY apartment huge. We miss it. The design was spacious and really just allowed for you to expand and take over the space. This was ideal for us because with Bastian, he was able to sleep in the crib, which they provide, in another room. He slept AMAZING there. 3hr morning naps, 4hr nightly naps and waking him up at 830/9am so we could start our day. The space is perfect for a family. I think the living room couch folds out as well, but I’m not sure, so this would be great for maybe a sitter, or grandma traveling with you to help ;0). Next time.

The products in the room are all Chi hair and body products…Including a flatiron and hairdryer. They were great. Love Chi. 2 robes, 2 slippers, a fully stocked mini bar with Absolut Vodka, Captain Morgan, Bacardi, and Jack. Then there were plenty of mixers, like OJ, Cranberry, different Canada Dry Seltzers, Coke and Sprite- you name it. They also have fresh fruit displayed with bottles of Champagne, wine, nuts and crackers on the dinning room table upon arrival.

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Master Bedroom.

 

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The patio over looking the Aqua Suites below.

 

 

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Master Bath facing bedroom and patio.                                              

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Master shower.

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Master Bedroom from Patio.

 

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Master Bedroom looking toward patio.

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Living room and Dining room.

 

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The Beach:  The beach is not the reason you come to Moon Palace to be honest. It’s still a beach, and beautiful, but the water isn’t what you expect for Cancun. It’s location is more rough causing more turning of the sand and seaweed to wash up on shore. They rake it several times a day, but it doesn’t really help. The water is much like the east coast in the US so  just go in expecting that. However, looking out there are patches of the crystal clear blue water that is beautiful, and some folks down by the Sunrise section can actually swim out to those clear spots and it’s shallow enough for kids too…you just have to wade through the murk to get there. I’m a chicken and couldn’t do it. At the Grand section, there is a fantastic VIP area for those with Black, White and Grey wristbands. The daybeds are so comfy, with towels nicely displayed and ready to sit on, with fantastic service right to the side. Perfect.

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The Bracelets:  So when you arrive you are given your colored bracelet for the All Inclusive access to everything. They are grouped by colors so the staff can identify why you are there. From honeymooners, Groups, Travel Agent Listing, Specials, VIP, Reviewers, Residents or Founders- whatever there are a lot of colors. We had Black Bands which was VIP and pretty much same as the White and Grey bands- that allows you to access private sections of the beach, have driver transports to different sections for dinners, 24 hr room service, top shelf liquor and I think some other perks like a free massage or special seating at the nightclubs. We didn’t do much other than just layout and eat.

The Staff:  I have never been so impressed by staff members at a resort or hotel. People who genuinely want to help you and make sure you have a good time. Our concierge Gerado was amazing. He was so sweet, to making sure Bastian had a crib setup in our room, from setting all our dinner reservations and travel to the different units. He was great. Everyone tries to greet you by name when they see you. Gerado always greeted me by my name every time we passed each other. It really makes you feel welcomed. Everyone was like this. They are also the most understanding and helpful with babies- they get it. When we have to pickup and leave asap at dinner, they get it and wrap it up asap..they are always offering different types of food or kid friendly options to keep them happy. I was really just blown away by how sweet everyone was- maybe bc I’m from NY and most hosts, and servers hate babies. Ha. Here they were happy to accommodate us with our BIG a@# Stroller and a highchair. Very cool.

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The Food:  I’ve been to all inclusive resorts before in Jamaica where all I ate for a week was French Fries and Bread. No joke. The food here was a HUGE step above any other cruise, or all inclusive place I have ever been to. Now, it’s not the top NYC restaurant(my husband the food snob), but I have to say it was all very good. Some of the buffet items may need a little salt or salsa to spice it up, but other than that, the quality and taste was all really good. I love the juice bar for breakfast and the made to order eggs is by far the way to go. We took advantage of the room service to save on time our first breakfast and it was great, but the buffet is just as good if not better. For dinner the best spot was the Mayan place on the golf course- about a 5min golf cart ride from Grand. Riviera Maya– you have to have a reservation and they are not joking about this- we had a slight hiccup but they managed to accommodate us and it was worth the wait, the food was the best we had in Mexico at the resort. I would get the seafood or ask your server what they recommend. The Pobalno soup was also amazing. Yum. For lunch by the pool at Grand- check out Los Tacos– best tacos I had, and they are made to order. Super spicy and so freaking tasty. Los Caporales– the Mexican spot located in Nizuc was also amazing- fresh guac and chips, with an amazing shrimp dinner. I was beyond stuffed. I loved this place.

Overall:  A

I miss it and can’t wait for our next adventure. I was beyond impressed by Palace Resorts as a whole and another special shoutout to Cessie and Gerado, who really took care of us. Mexico and Moon Grand we miss you!! Thanks for an amazing winter getaway!!!  xoxoxoxoxox The Ruhlin/Margolies Clan 

Check out more info on Palace Resorts:  Tripadvisor, Orbitz, Company Website