L É G R A N D

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If you find yourself in Salt Lake City, The Grand America is the only way to go! This hotel is by far the best the salty city has to offer!

Chase and I have always loved staying at The Grand! You can find us here after a Jazz game, sleeping in, getting Sunday Brunch, enjoying the spa and maybe a couples massage, and then hitting the pool! (They have indoor & outdoor so they’ve got you covered no matter the season!) We also love to people watch in the grand lobby. There’s often weddings, corporate events, cute ladies out for tea, and nba teams staying at the hotel which makes for an enjoyable time while waiting for your car! The lobby often has live music being played ranging from bands to harp, and there’s always an enormous bouquets of flowers who’s aroma fills the room!

The Grand life with Chloé was a little different but just as magical and luxurious as ever before! We made a stop to the in house toy store and just about died! Everything from the store, to the toys, to the window displays were to die for! The Grand America’s toy store is New York status if you know what I mean! We definitely got a few new toys for Chloé!

All three of us Allens enjoyed our vibrant, spacious room, the delicious room service menu, and a cheerful staff helping us with whatever we needed!

It truly was a staycation to remember! <3

If you’re wanting to go on a couples getaway, family trip, or treat yourself to a little me time, then The Grand is for you! Hoping to see you there ASAP! xx

C H L O É I N T H E C I T Y

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First trip as a family of three officially in the books! We took Chloé James to the city, it’s one of our very favorite places! Nothing really compares to New York City!

When booking this trip, Chase and I thought carefully about what we’d be doing and where we’d be staying in the city with a 2 month old baby girl! (We didn’t want her getting sick or too hot!) We found the PERFECT hotel to stay at though, the Intercontinental Barclay! It’s right on the line of being in mid town & the upper east side, so CLEAN! Our room was spacious and big! Much bigger than any room we’ve ever stayed in while in the city! (It was really clean and smelled amazing too!) The Intercontinental Barclay had a beautiful, spacious lobby with food right off to the side, a continental breakfast with all the options, and an enormous crystal chandelier that Chloé James loved to gaze at! (It was so cute!) The staff was incredibly helpful and so so kind! They always said hello to Chloé, helped us with our bags & stroller, and even got the elevator for us! (Talk about going the extra mile!) This hotel is also dog friendly! We thought about bringing PG with us but ultimately opted out considering it was our first time flying and traveling with a baby!

I’m not even going to lie to you guys.. I miss their bathroom! It was so beautiful! It had the prettiest sink, marble countertops, the cutest subway tile, and a mirror perfectly lit to get glammed up! #TakeMeBack! If you’re wanting to visit the city, Chase & I both highly recommend this hotel! Between the incredible staff, perfect location, and spacious suite, it was a 10/10 for us Happily Ever Allens!

Seeing Chloé in the city was honestly the cutest thing ever! You don’t see many babies in New York, so everyone who saw her lit up and smiled! She brought joy to so many New Yorkers! Chloé enjoyed Central Park, soho, the Brooklyn bridge, cab rides, lots of naps, and of course her stay at the Intercontinental Barclay! She also brought some zzz’s to the city that never sleeps! Poor baby girl was so tired! She’s little enough that she can snooze anywhere right now so Chase & I lucked out!

Where should we go next?! Drop a comment below!

Thanks for looking in our first trip as a family of 3! <3 If you want our full NYC HACKS & TRAVEL GUIDE, click HERE! We have previous blog post that we still swear by! xx

B E B E L E’ S E X E

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Baby Allen is a GIRL!!!! <3 Chase and I are so excited to bring this little angel into the world! I don’t know how or why but it gets that much better once you know what you’re having! 

Chase and I had our family over over for our baby’s gender reveal and it was so much fun!

Chases brother Travis and his fiancé Charles took charge and handled every detail from food to decor, to coming with me to to the ultrasound and planning the reveal for everyone, including us! (THANK YOU TRAV & CHARLES!!!! We love you!)

I’ve been feeling kinda sick still, (pregnancy is tough guys) so I’m going to keep the post short n sweet and add some videos! First is the ultrasound where you can see baby girl perfectly, and the other is our gender reveal! ENJOY LOVES! xx  

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Also, a huge shout out to my friend Natalie Mckell! She recently had a baby boy and has been my go to while being pregnant! She helped me find a doctor, helped me find prenatals to take, is always answering my pregnancy questions, and made some beautiful floral arrangements for the gender reveal and overall makes me feel like a million bucks! I love this girl! THANK YOU NAT for being such a good friend! ILYSM! 

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Also, I couldn’t have a shin dig w/ out these puppies! Cupcakes from the sweet tooth fairy! They’re my absolute favorite! <3 (I ate three that night!) Safe to say baby girl is a sugar-holic just like her moma!

Also, for outfit details, Pink Dress + Turtle Neck is from Soel Boutique! (In store!) Sweater dress is from Free People! And all baby girls clothes are from The Baby Cubby! We went shopping for her the day after we found out she was a girl! The Baby Cubby is the cutest baby store, and we honestly couldn’t wait to start getting some cute baby clothes!!!!  

Thank you all for your love and support! WE LOVE YOU! xx|HEA

B E’ B E’

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Guys, WE MADE DIS! <3 Baby Allen coming early June! We could not be more excited!!!! 

We had our first doctors appointment yesterday and everything went great! The doctor told us we’re 9 weeks along and all looks well! We were able to see the heartbeat which was absolutely incredible! Chase even started tearing up a bit, he’s already the best dad!

Truth be told, Chase has been ready to be a dad since the day we met! It was me that needed more time! I’ve always been terrified of giving birth and all the pain/complications that may come along with it, but this past year they’ve all faded away and I’ve felt strong and SO READY to start this journey! 

I’ve been pretty sick the last 2 months, but I can’t complain! I know so many women who have it 100 times worse than I do! So I’m extremely grateful and counting my blessings! (Also, shout out to all you working moms! I work from home and have been struggling SO BAD! I have a whole new appreciation for working women + moms. You ladies are the real MVPs!) 

My diet has changed so much in the last two months! I used to love eating healthy foods like spinach, avocado, broccoli, berries, and fish! Now I’m living off of sugared cereal and gluten free pizza! That’s about all that sounds good/doesn’t make me gag! I’m hoping in a couple weeks once we’re out of the first trimester, things start getting back to normal! 

Aside from my diet completely changing, some of the biggest challenges/changes I’ve experienced are constantly being tired/not sleeping well at night, and being “backed up.” It takes me days on end before I’m able to go to the bathroom! It’s awful. Nothing makes me feel more sick! TMI I know, but I wanted to share this in case anyone has some tips or tricks for me! If you do, PLZ SEND EM MY WAY!!!! <3 

 

We’ve had a lot of questions asking if this was planned and the answer is, kind of! We wanted to start trying this October, so we were truly over the moon when we found out! It was such a happy day! Neither of us really believed our eyes! We took 3 preganacy tests before we believed we’re actually pregnant! I always thought I’d tell Chase in a really cute and creative way that we’re pregnant, but it just didn’t turn out that way! Same with our family! We wanted to tell them all in a cute way, but it just didn’t happen! (SORRY FAM!) 

We’ve also been asked if we think it’s a boy or a girl! If we could choose, we’d love a boy first, but I have a hunch it’s a girl! And honestly, either way, we will be so so happy! Just hoping the baby is healthy, nothing else matters! We have names picked out for both genders, but we’ve been referring to the baby as “squish” and “chickie nug.” <3

 

Taking these pictures at the beach and visiting the doctor yesterday made everything feel so REAL. There’s been so much love felt, especially in these moments!  

 

So little “squish,” here’s to YOU! We are so excited to be your mommy and daddy! You are already SO LOVED and we can’t wait to meet you!  

xx| Mum & Dad