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Free Forest School

I shared a post about Free Forest School back in September. If you haven't heard about it yet you can get more information here. It is such a fun adventure for your little ones where they can play with other kids outdoors or just explore on their own. And it's a bonus for moms as it gives us a good 2+ hours to just let them roam and get all their energy out.

Today was another beautiful day. A little chilly but for some reason little man wanted to take his boots off and get in the water. He didn't last long since the water was "too cold," as he tells me. Although it was a small group today, it was still a lot of fun playing in the creek, climbing trees, fishing for leaves with sticks and it is no shocker that my kid was extra silly. Here's his fun from today's Free Forest adventure.

I also get asked all the time where I get his cloths so I've tagged his outfit details below. The star pants below are 40% off today + an extra 20% off with my referral code (you must click on the link to get the additional 20%).

red jeep shirt  |  gray hoodie  |  blue vest  |  green pants  |  boots

 

Hi! I'm Hyun Ah and the photographer behind this site. I've created this page to personally share with you my life and travels since so many of you have allowed me to be a part of your family and photograph some of the best moments in your life. Follow along as I explore the world through my toddler's eyes and mark things off my bucket list. 

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Dads Are More Fun

I headed out of town this past weekend and left my husband with the kid. I knew little man wouldn't miss me as much because dads are just more fun. And just to show you how much more fun they are, here are a few photos from when my husband drew a mustache on my sons face and even allowed little man to draw on his face. Um...NO! Thank goodness for washable, scented markers

And yes, the kid prefers to just wear underwear. Who needs pants, anyways.

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Hi! I'm Hyun Ah and the photographer behind this site. I've created this page to personally share with you my life and travels since so many of you have allowed me to be a part of your family and photograph some of the best moments in your life. Follow along as I explore the world through my toddler's eyes and mark things off my bucket list. 

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Toddler Life in Cincinnati

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We're still adjusting to life in Cincinnati and we miss NC EVERYDAY but one thing that I love about the new city is that there are so many things to do with a toddler. See what little man and I have explored in the past week.

Free Forest School
I discovered this outdoor adventure through a Facebook moms group. We meet every Monday and Wednesday and let the kids just explore nature - creeks, puddle jumping, trail walking, bug picking and more. Rain or shine we still meet! Rain boots are highly recommended and all ages welcome. 

Free Forest is available in over 30 cities in North America. Visit their website to get more information. Seriously, it is worth checking out!

And bring extra clothes for the car ride home - full speed running through a slippery puddle when I told him to be careful and walk, oh well. All boy and I love it!

shark pants  |  t-shirt  |  hoodie  |  boots  |  sunscreen

Cincinnati Zoo
We basically live at the zoo. It's less than five minutes from our house and we visit weekly. We immediately signed up for the one year membership when we moved here. Along with the membership we're able to get free parking, free admission, unlimited train rides and merry-go-round rides, discounts to all the shops and food, and even discounts on face painting. Our pass even allows for one free guest every visit. You can even bring in your own food, stroller friendly and a great way to get in your workout - the hills are steep and will tire out your toddler!

The best thing about the zoo is that I can let him loose and let him navigate the place since he knows where his favorite animals are located. Sometimes we stop by the monkeys and do downward dog (no idea) and lick posts (so gross).

Most of the time we'll stop for ice cream because I can't say no and it's hilarious to see him devour it.

Then this happened... he stood and sat by the stairs by an underground tunnel for at least 30 minutes just listening to his echo over and over and over again. It was hilarious to hear him say "ahhhh" at all different pitches just so he could hear his echo.

And we NEVER leave without riding the train. I hope he always remembers his fun childhood.

Touch a Truck

Little man is obsessed with all things car - police, fire, dump truck, digger, you name it, he wants to see it, ride it and touch it. When I found out that there was an actual event to physically get in these cars and pretend to drive them I couldn't wait to take him. Whoever came up with this idea is a genius! 

shirt  |  shoes

There's still so much more to explore in Cincinnati. Now that it is officially fall and my favorite season of all time, I can't wait to continue to keep my kid outdoors. 

 

Hi! I'm Hyun Ah and the photographer behind this site. I've created this page to personally share with you my life and travels since so many of you have allowed me to be a part of your family and photograph some of the best moments in your life. Follow along as I explore the world through my toddler's eyes and mark things off my bucket list. 

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Greece

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My husband and I finally took a trip to Greece. You will fall in love with their culture and you will dream about their food EVERYDAY! Plus, the views are truly amazing! Here is the itinerary we followed. If you have a husband who has to have every piece of the vacation planned out in advance and does not like to wait I highly recommend booking your trip with a travel agency that is familiar with Greece and also hiring private transfers everywhere.

Day 1 - ATHENS

We finally landed in Athens and had a private transfer take us to our hotel. Once we arrived to our hotel at check-in we asked for adapters for our phones and were able to get two. We thought about relaxing and catching up on sleep but we knew we only had less than a day in Athens. We were walking distance to everything including some souvenir shopping. Be prepared to bargain with the shop owners in Athens. Paintings are everywhere, some will look like real hand paintings but pay close attention, a ton of them are definitely not hand painted. We paid 50 euros for our painting that was originally priced at 100 euros. 

We headed back to the hotel to wait to be picked up by our tour guide for our half-day sightseeing tour. Transfer from your hotel to the tour and back are included in your tour. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and so friendly. The people of Greece are just very friendly people and you will pick up on that immediately. The tour included a drive by the Greek Parliament, a site visit to the Panathenaic Stadium (not to be confused by the Olympic Stadium) and an amazing tour by foot through the Acropolis. It was amazing to touch and physically see that part of history. Wear tennis shoes during this tour, it is extremely rocky and there are marble floors at the Acropolis. You'll also get to see a ton of olive trees.

Once we returned from our tour the hotel recommended dining at Manh Manh. The hotel called and made a reservation for us.  Bring cash for this restaurant. The food was amazing! 

Day 2 - SANTORINI

The next morning we had another private transfer take us from the hotel to the ferry to head to Santorini. You can also fly to Santorini from Athens which will save you a lot of travel time. The ferry that we took was not a speed boat so it took about 7 hours to get to Athens to Santorini - there were 3 other island stops along the way. I believe the speed boats save you 2 hours of travel time. We upgraded to Business Class which I highly recommend because we had plenty of space to relax, spread out and even take a nap. There is also access to the outdoor deck if you want to sit outside and soak up the sun or just enjoy the views. Plus it was really quiet compared to the Economy Class tickets. I believe Economy Class tickets are around 20 euros and Business Class is around 50 euros.

We finally arrived to Santorini. Be prepared to experience chaos as soon as you get off the ferry. There are people standing everywhere with signs to pick up people who have scheduled private transfers, hotels who are picking up guests and if you do not have any transfers scheduled there is another huge line you can stand in to get a transfer. You can also take the local bus which will cost you 2.50 euros. The local bus is clearly marked but fill up quickly. Our private transfer cost around 28 euros. Your drivers do not expect a tip but of course is appreciated. I have read that 1 to 2 euros is an acceptable tip. 

We arrived at our hotel at Senses Boutique. The hotel is located in Imerovigli which is about a 15 minute walk to Fira (the capital of Santorini) and about a 5 hour walk to Oia. The hotel is very small with limited guest rooms. There is a nice pool with lounge chairs with a beautiful view of the water. We had breakfast every morning with these views (see photos below). Breakfast is included in your stay. I still dream about the greek yogurt that I had for breakfast every morning - so creamy and so thick.

The only thing we couldn't see from our hotel was the sunset but we were walking distance from the perfect location to see the sunset. You could also see Oia from this sunset location in Imerovigli. It's located near Astra Suites where we originally wanted to stay but was already booked. We personally thought the location of Imerovigli was perfect. We did notice that Oia was much cleaner but there were definitely more options in Imerovigli. 

We had nothing planned for our first day so we just relaxed by the pool until dinner. The hotel made reservations for us at Anogi. It was our favorite restaurant that we tried so we went back twice. The service was amazing! I felt like we sampled a good portion of their menu - tzatziki, grilled octopus, their house red wine that they made (1 liter only cost 13 euros and you have to try it), lamp shank, mussels, you name it, we tried it. The prices were extremely affordable. I believe the most expensive thing we got off their menu was around 15 euros. And whatever you do, your must try dishes in Santorini are definitely their greek salad (you'll never have anything better because of their sweet tomatoes that are locally grown), tzatziki, greek yogurt and their house wine. Be prepared to be served HUGE portions.

Day 3 - SANTORINI

After breakfast outside our patio we walked down to the bus stop to be picked up by our wine tour transfer. While we waited for our transfer we saw this truck selling fresh fish to locals with his megaphone.

The Santorini Wine Adventure is the best tour I have ever taken on a trip. The wine tour included transfers to and from your hotel, wine tasting/pairing (one of the best pairings I've ever experienced) and a tour of the vineyards. There were 3 winery stops total. The wines in Santorini are different but I thought most were very good. The grapes are also grown differently than what I am used to seeing back in the U.S. Due to high winds the grapes are grown closer to the ground and surrounded by bushes/vines so the grapes do not blow away. I was a little hot in the long dress I wore so I would recommend something more light to wear during your tour.

After the tour we went back to the hotel to change and then headed down to Fira to explore the shops and grab something to eat. It is a short 15 minute walk. Wear tennis shoes. It is a rocky walk down to Fira from Imerovigli. I slipped walking through the shops wearing sandals. We also weren't able to bargain with the shops in Santorini compared to Athens. We found this amazing bakery called Kalimera. The shop owner was extremely nice and invited us in to try his chocolate pastry. It was so good. Just a simple flaky chocolate pastry. We went back twice and one night the owner himself sat with us and gave us free beer/wine as he talked about Greece and where he would recommend us to visit other than Santorini. He even asked why we visited Santorini because there are no beaches here and the sunset is just another sunset. I laughed because honestly, I couldn't agree with him more. As beautiful as Santorini is I can't say we would ever come back to Santorini. It was a little over crowded for me and extremely hot and their tourist season just started when we went in June. Maybe we came at the wrong time and if we do come back another time we'll get a different experience? But he did mention Zakynthos and we can't wait to visit! But please visit Kalimera in Fira and try their chocolate pastry and take a little break outside their back patio. We did try their local beer and I wasn't a fan.

We had dinner later that night at The Athenian House. Our hotel made reservations for us but we ended up at the wrong restaurant and just stumbled upon The Athenian House. It was the priciest restaurant that we ate at in Santorini but had the best view. The food was amazing, the portions are smaller than the typical Greek meal but we still left full. Their speciality cocktails were very tasty too. 

Day 4 - SANTORINI

After another breakfast on our patio we went back to Fira to do a little more sight seeing and shopping. We did a lot of walking on this trip but it was much needed after feasting for days. You can ride the donkeys through Fira but please do not ride those poor donkeys! 

Later in the afternoon we had a sunset tour scheduled. Again, the tour provided the transfer from our hotel and back. I have to say that the sunset tour is a must during your visit. We did a semi-private tour with Santorini Yachting Club. The tour included transfers, food, alcohol (beer and wine only) and a stop to the hot springs. The water was a little too dirty and warm for my liking so I swam back and do not wear a white bathing suit because it will get ruined. We also made a few stops to see the Red Beach and White Beach and swam in the water which was super salty and cold but you have to get in to experience it all! The final stop was to see the sunset. To get 10% off simply email Labrou Vera (sales manager) at sales2@santoriniyachtingclub.com and just mention my name - Hyun Ah Perez.

Day 5 - SANTORINI

We had nothing planned for our final day in Santorini but I knew I wanted to make the long walk from Imerovigli to Oia. It took us about 5 hours. We did stop several times to take in the views and take photos. I would highly recommend this walk but you must wear tennis shoes. It is very hilly and rocky. There are very few small shops (maybe 2) along the way where you can purchase water. Bring snacks, water and wear sunscreen! There are no bathrooms along the walking trail.

Once we got to Oia we immediately noticed how much cleaner and more open it was compared to Imerovigli. We explored a little and then walked down to a restaurant that was recommended by some new friends we met on the sunset sailing tour. We ate the biggest lobster and pasta dish, ever! I can't say I recommend this restaurant because of costs and taste. After lunch we took a cab back to Imerovigli. It cost about 28 euros to get back. There are very few cabs in Santorini, I believe 29 cabs all in total and are expensive. But my husband didn't feel like waiting for the bus. The bus is very cheap in Santorini costing you 2.50 euros and air conditioned.

We ate our final dinner at Mama's, which came highly recommended but the food was just okay there so I would not recommend it. 

Day 6 - ATHENS

We had a private transfer take us to the ferry from the hotel. We wished we would have just taken a flight out of Santorini back home. The 7 hour ferry ride back was exhausting. We didn't get back to our hotel until late but did end up dining at our hotel's restaurant on the roof and had this amazing view.

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Greece was an incredible experience with an amazing culture and the best food. We'd love to go back to visit other parts of Greece but Santorini wasn't at all what I expected. If I were to do it all over again, I'd do a day in Athens to see the Acropolis, spend 2 days in Santorini doing the wine tour in the morning and then a sunset sailing tour in the evening, walk to Imerovigli to Oia and then head to other parts of Greece. I wanted to fall in love with Santorini but it just wasn't at all what I expected.

 

Hi! I'm Hyun Ah and the photographer behind this site. I've created this page to personally share with you my life and travels since so many of you have allowed me to be a part of your family and photograph some of the best moments in your life. Follow along as I explore the world through my toddler's eyes and mark things off my bucket list. 

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by Hyun Ah Perez

Brooklyn

I visited one of my closest girlfriends in Brooklyn to celebrate my birthday back in May. I was lucky enough to also have another girlfriend back from Charlotte visit at the same time. It was a long overdue girls weekend! I wasn't sure what to expect of Brooklyn bc I'm not the biggest fan of NYC but I'm always up to visit a new city. And to my surprise, I loved Brooklyn - the food, the vibe, the street art/artists, the laid back energy. It was more of my pace and I can't wait to go back. 

My favorite restaurant was Cafe Mogador. I loved it so much that we went back twice. I still dream about their Halumi Eggs dish and fresh pita bread! 

During my visit I was able to connect with a model/actress out of Brooklyn and an amazing make-up artist out in NYC that were willing to help me with a project that I was working on to bring awareness to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thank you Sarah Moliski and Chris Lanston for helping me with this project! If you're ever in NYC and need an amazing make-up artist I highly recommend Chris. I was lucky enough for him to make me over the night that we celebrated my birthday and I could not believe the transformation.

Of course we did a little shopping and my girlfriend wanted us to go by one of her favorite designers store. We were lucky enough that the designer herself, Meg, was in the store that day. She was pretty much a bad a** chick who was super cool and even took some time to talk with us and allowed me to take photos to add to my blog. I love when a designer only creates a few pieces of each design and once it's gone, it's gone. I purchased this dress and this top and they both went with me to Greece - post coming soon. P.S. You can order online!

We ended the trip exploring in and around DUMBO. Thank you, Elizabeth for having us!!!

 

Hi! I'm Hyun Ah and the photographer behind this site. I've created this page to personally share with you my life and travels since so many of you have allowed me to be a part of your family and photograph some of the best moments in your life. Follow along as I explore the world through my toddler's eyes and mark things off my bucket list. 

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by Hyun Ah Perez

Hunter Boots

My kids obsessed with boots and we've done a lot of exploring in them - rain or shine. I recently purchased a new pair bc I was tired of seeing him in the same colored boots everyday. When my blogger friend posted that Hunter Boots were on sale I clicked her shared link quickly! The boots below are still currently on sale. Here are just a few of my favorites as I followed along his adventure of exploring the neighborhood. I will forever be thankful for my neighbors that not only adore him but allow him to destroy their yards and pull their flowers.

 

Hi! I'm Hyun Ah and the photographer behind this site. I've created this page to personally share with you my life and travels since so many of you have allowed me to be a part of your family and photograph some of the best moments in your life. Follow along as I explore the world through my toddler's eyes and mark things off my bucket list. 

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