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This post is actually hard for me sit down and write to be quite honest. Having to put this into words has been one heck of a task. 

A lot has happened in the last several years with having two babies, moving into a new house, quitting the corporate day job, starting a blog, and a small Etsy shop. It’s overwhelming. It’s a LOT. And with zero family around to help, all of it just falls on me and the hubs. And I think, in March, it all fell apart and I’d hit bottom. I was in a bad place. A very dark place, where I was extremely unhappy. I was lost, felt like everything was slipping through my fingers, constantly feeling like a failure, and honestly felt that everything was unraveling. My husband had gotten busier with work, and I truly felt as though I just couldn’t do anything anymore. I had become snappier to friends, family, and my children. There was this negative cloud around me all the time, and it made me feel awful. I was exuding negativity, and I knew that I didn’t want to be that person.

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Mueller Farmers Market, Austin, Family, Kids, Toddlers

We wanted to get out, and enjoy the first day of October because the weather was too good to just stay inside! We decided to head to a local farmer’s market, which was an absolute B L A S T! There were so many activities for the kids, and there were a ton of vendors whether you wanted to buy fresh vegetables, drink amazing coffee or fresh juices, eat BBQ, listen to music, or even do yoga! The two things that the kids were super excited was the petting zoo, and the horse riding! It was soooo cute! They got to hold bunnies, turtles, birds, and a bearded dragon! And then of course, the icing on the cake were the horses. I mean, how can you beat horses, am I right?? 

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This post is a long time coming *insert giant eye roll*, especially given that it happened over three months ago! It’s embarrassing to be honest, but I still wanted to share because we had the absolute best time with our friends, and it made for such a memorable trip. 

This was our fourth time we’ve gone to Mexico! We’ve gone every year since 2014, when Aria was a mere 7 months old because it’s a direct 2 hour flight from Austin to Cancun! It’s hard to beat honestly!! Nonetheless, we stayed at Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmerelda, and the kids absolutely loved it. After staying at four different resorts, I think we’ve honed in on what we need out of resorts in order for it to be more of a vacation than just a trip, if you know what I mean! Because traveling with kids isn’t always a vacation.

Nonetheless, I think Aria and Rishi ask at least twice a week to go back to Mexico! Yes, still!! They remember it so vividly and it’s fun to talk about it and share the experiences we had together. Even though it’s no easy task to travel with little ones in tow, I honestly love it. I also highly recommend it.  A lot of people always tell me that the kids won’t remember, but my response is always, “I will!”. I want to create memories with them, even if it takes lots of effort, tears at the airport and the plane, and the stress of packing for tiny humans. #diaperstakeupsomuchspace I’ve learned so much from traveling with them, and what kind of patience it actually requires, and through that I’ve actually grown! Plus, hearing their little stories about what all they remember makes it worth it! Plus, they get so excited when we start talking about our next vacations!

Anyway…back to the actual resort…there were definitely a couple of cons, like the food wasn’t the absolute best given we’ve had some better food at other resorts like the one we stayed at last year which you can read about here, but the positives definitely make me want to go back there! 

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