Family Fun Vacation Part 1

Last week, our family headed down to Florida for an event-packed vacation filled with fun, family, and fashion. I’ll be splitting up the recap into three posts, of which, this is the first.

We started our trip in Orlando, at Universal Studios. We stayed at Universal Cabana Bay Resort, located in the heart of Universal Studios, Citiwalk, and Islands of Adventure. The compound was home to two other resorts, which also looked amazing. My favorite was the Loews Portofino, which is reminiscent to Italy. I highly recommend these resorts – they exceeded our expectations.

On the day of our arrival we just took it easy. We hung out at the hotel and then grabbed hibachi for dinner. At night, I dressed the boys in clothing from my favorite online boutiques: MinixstyleLadida kids, and Shan and Toad. In terms of footwear, Matteo wore his Adidas Stan Smiths (from J.Crew) and Chase sported Adidas Classics (from Nordstrom).

I wore a Century 21 top  (please note: I am lucky to have a C21 store that’s local; they offer designer exclusive pieces for 50-70% retail price. If you are in the NYC/Long Island area, make it your business to stop in!) Additionally, I donned gold J.Crew sandals and carried a Rebecca Minkoff bag (from Bloomingdales).

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In the morning, we headed straight to the Universal Studios park. We weren’t sure if Universal was going to be ideal for Chase (he is, after all, only 4 years old and 1 inch short of the 40-inch ride requirement). However, we went in with a positive attitude, and luckily, he made it on most of the rides. Our favorites were Despicable Me, Shrek 4D, and ET. After a morning of fun, Matteo was itching for some pool time. So we shuttled back to the resort for a quick swim. In the evening, we returned to the amusement park and ended the day at Citiwalk.

I planned the boys’ Universal outfits ahead of time (of course). I figured, when it comes to amusement parks, comfort is key. There was no way I was going to make my boys battle the heat in accessory-heavy outfits. So instead, we wore comfortable sneakers, Nike Dry Fit tops, and Nike shorts – my husband and I included. I managed to find all of the boys’ Nike outfits at Century 21 for half the price. I snagged their Nike shoes from Nordstrom, along with my own Flyknit Lunar 3 sneakers.

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We spent day three at Islands of Adventure. There, we met up with some family friends, which was definitely a highlight of the trip. Together we visited Seuss Landing and Toon Lagoon — this one was especially awesome for Chase; he ran through the water fountains while Matteo, Daddy and our other friends went on Dudly Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls). I think we all agreed that Posiedon’s Fury was our favorite – it felt like an ancient temple, and the special effects were phenomenal! It’s a total must-do!

Of course, aside from the amusements, I was really glad to see how well the boys got along. They’re all close in age; they also all happen to also be of Colombian and Italian heritage. Cheers to our friends; we shared laughs, a beer or two (wink) and some really fun family time.

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That night, we went to Mama Della’s for dinner and enjoyed gelato at the stunning Loews  Portofino resort. It was a gorgeous evening; and definitely one to be remembered.

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Overall, our time in the park was fun for the whole family. My husband and I are kids at heart, and we can’t get enough of heart-pounding thrills…we were glad to see our children share the excitement. We especially loved our quality time with our boys and we shared many great laughs with them!

To be continued…X

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