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First family holiday!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the long absence. After my last post where I was debating whether or not to go to Mexico this year, we actually did decide to do a last minute trip to Mexico! The days leading up to the trip were a whirlwind of preparation, getting my baby’s passport, packing, and stressing out. Let me tell ya, packing for a baby is a whole new ballgame. Diapers, swimming diapers, wipes, a million outfits, blankets and cloths….it was quite the process!

I have to admit though, plane rides are not fun with a baby. I don’t know how other moms do it, but I could not find a comfortable way to get her to nap or to nurse her on the plane. It was hot, the armrests were too high to be of any help, and every time she started to doze off the flight attendant or pilot would make an announcement and it would wake her right up again. Thankfully, it was just a 5 hour flight to Cancun so it wasn’t too bad. Now that I have that flight under my belt, a 1 hour flight to Calgary in a couple months to visit my sister will be a piece of cake.

We stayed at the Royalton Riviera Cancun and it was by far, the most baby friendly and kid friendly resort I’ve ever experienced. There were kids and babies everywhere.  We joked around that we could have a pretty decent ‘car show’ with all the makes and models of strollers that were there. The resort was also 15 minutes from the airport which was a huge bonus. I don’t know if I could have handled a long bus ride after the 5 hour plane ride with a baby.

I would highly recommend this resort to anyone travelling with kids but would still like to enjoy fine dining and good drinks. The food was excellent (much better than at Secrets or Dreams resorts that I’ve been to), there were plenty of bars with high-end liquor, and there was a coffee shop that rivalled Starbucks with excellent pastries and coffees. There was an amazing kids splash park that would keep any child entertained for hours, and there were plenty of cabanas and loungers with umbrellas so that you could keep your baby in the shade.

This isn’t a post about travelling tips with a baby because I am so new to this, but I do have two tips to share. These two things definitely made the trip so much easier and more fun for us. 1) We packed our DockATot. This ensured that our baby still slept in a familiar setting and that her sleep wouldn’t be disrupted. Baby E continued to sleep through the night with one night feeding and she had good daily naps. Her noon naps were often 2-3 hours long! Which brings me to my second tip. 2) Book a swimout room! When Baby E had her 3 hour naps in the middle of the day, my husband and I were able to enjoy the sun in our swimout pool right off our room. We dead bolted the room door to ensure that cleaning staff wouldn’t walk in and set up our baby  monitor. It was so awesome. Baby E was able to get out of the heat and nap during the hottest part of the day and we were able to enjoy the sun.

Travelling with a baby meant early mornings and early nights but we had a good routine going for us:

6:30AM – I would wake up, get ready, go get us a cabana in the shade, grab a coffee from the coffee shop and have some “me” time with my coffee and a book. The husband would sleep in with the baby.

8AMish – The husband would text me when the baby was up and I would return to the room to feed her and dress her while he got ready. We would then head to either the buffet or one of the a la cartes for breakfast.

9AM – 11AMish – We would hang out in our cabana, enjoy some drinks (the bar opened at 10AM), and people watch. Sometimes the baby would need a little cat nap so I would lay down with her in the cabana for a nice nap. After she woke up, we would change her into her swimming diapers and a swimsuit and my husband would take her into the kids pool.

11AM-12PMish – Around this time, the baby would start fussing and it would be time for her noon nap. It would also be getting super hot at this time, so we would head back to our room. I would feed her, change her out of her swimsuit and put her down for her nap in her DockATot. After she was down, my husband and I would head out to our swimout pool to float around, drink and read. The drink servers came right up to our swimout to take our drink orders so we didn’t even have to leave our pool. Baby E would always nap for 2-3 hours for this noon nap, so my husband would just grab some burgers and fries from the pool grill and we ate on our patio/swimout.

2PM-3PMish – Baby E would get up. I would feed her and then we would head to one of the a la cartes for a late lunch, then either back to our cabana for more people watching and swimming, or to one of the many outdoor bar areas to have some drinks and people watch.

5PMish – Time for another nap back in the room. This one is usually a short one, 45 minutes to an hour, so my husband and I would hang out again on our patio or in our swimout.

6PMish – Baby E would get up and we would head out to dinner. This resort doesn’t take reservations for the a la cartes, just first come first serve, and the restaurants opened at 6PM. We were usually there right at 6PM, so we didn’t have to wait for a table.

After dinner, we would head to the lobby to hang out and watch the entertainment. My husband would grab a scotch or cognac from the lobby bar, and I would grab a sparkling wine from the lobby bar and some pastries from the coffee shop. We would hang out until about 8PM and then it would be baby’s bed time.

8PMish – Back in the room, bath for baby, and bedtime.  Sometimes the husband and I would just go to bed too or read or watch movies in bed. Sometimes the husband would head to the sports bar for his “me” time and I would just read in bed.

It was such a relaxing holiday! I am glad to be home, but I am not enjoying the mountains of laundry that we’ve been doing! I’ve shared some pictures of our trip below. I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule of recipes soon!

Happy to be on holidays!


Napping hard in her DockATot


View from our swimout pool – and yes, I read Danielle Steel. I love formulaic, mindless reads on vacation!

My early morning “me” time with a coffee, a book and an amazing view.

Early morning poolside naps.

Afternoon drinks, people watching

Watching the Zumba class was pure entertainment

Swimout selfie

Pre dinner martinis at the martini bar

Pastry shop

Liquid lunch

More martinis

Breakfast with a view

Ice cream shop at the resort – too bad baby E and I aren’t doing dairy 🙁


Canadian Recipes/ Featured

Steak Tacos with Pico de Gallo

You guys, I am currently dealing with a first world problem. I cannot decide whether or not to take a hot holiday. My husband and I have gone to Mexico or Cuba every single winter since we’ve been together. However, this year is a little different as we have our little baby. When we had her, I had resigned myself to the fact that we will not have a hot holiday this year. But then I’ve had so many friends say that now is the time to go – I’m on mat leave with all the free time in world, it’s easier to travel with an infant who’s not mobile yet and is still breastfeeding, it’s easier to travel with one kid, etc. I’ve even had friends recommend great resorts in Mexico that are extremely baby friendly and provide essential items such as cribs, strollers, bouncers, etc when requested. And then of course social media – I long for a hot holiday every time I see pictures of my friends’ vacations on Facebook and Instagram.

Why am I hesitating? Well, the frugal, sensible side of me says that I shouldn’t waste money on a holiday when I’m on a maternity leave income. Also, even though we won’t be trying for another baby for long awhile, I’m worried about the Zika virus. And then there’s just the general anxiety of travelling with a baby – will she cry uncontrollably on the plane? Will she get sick in Mexico? Will I enjoy the vacation or will I just be worried and anxious about her the entire time?

I am still battling with this decision, and I’ve spent hours scouring TripAdvisor reviews of baby friendly resorts in Mexico. I’ve sent an email off to a travel agent listing my specific requirements (my budget, direct flight, short flight, baby friendly, quality food, etc). Let’s see what options she comes up with. I’ll make a game time decision if she comes up with a place that I can’t resist!

So with Mexico on my mind, I decided to make some steak tacos and pico de gallo for supper. This meal definitely hit the spot and it also earned rave reviews from the husband.

The recipe for the pico de gallo calls for cilantro, but as you can see from my picture, I didn’t have any cilantro in mine. My husband falls into the category of people who think cilantro tastes like soap. Our pico de gallo was definitely lacking because of that. Next time, I’ll make two batches – one with cilantro for me, and one without for him. This pico de gallo recipe makes  a lot, so be prepared to have some leftovers. I had scrambled eggs for breakfast for a couple mornings and had some pico on the side – so delicious!

pico de gallo

For the steak, I had bought a couple of top sirloin grilling steaks that were on sale. After being marinated and grilled and sliced against the grain, they were extremely tender and flavourful!

Serve with a cold Corona and dream of the hot holiday that you may or may not go on!

Steak Tacos with Pico de Gallo

Print Recipe
Serves: 4


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 packet fajita seasoning mix (I bought the Old El Paso brand)
  • 2 top sirloin grilling steaks (sorry, I didn't pay attention to how big they were!)
  • 1 package of corn tortillas (I bought the Dempster brand, small size)
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 4 large jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced
  • 4 large plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt





Combine the olive oil, vinegar and fajita seasoning mix in a large ziplock bag. Add the steaks and ensure that the steaks are fully coated with the marinade.


Seal and refrigerate overnight.




Remove marinated steaks from fridge and let come to room temperature, about 15 minutes.


Heat a large cast iron pan or skillet with 2 tbsp olive oil over medium high heat. When pan is hot, remove the steak from the marinade and place in pan.


Sear the steak by cooking each side for about 5-10 minutes. The steaks I used were pretty thick and I did ten minutes per side, and it was done to a medium rare (as seen in the pictures).


Once the steak is done, transfer to a large plate or cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes.


Slice steak thinly against the grain and serve in the warm corn tortillas. (I placed my tortillas on my grill top on medium-low heat for a couple minutes per side). Top with the fresh pico de gallo and enjoy!




Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Squeeze in the juice of two limes and add the salt.


Mix all ingredients together and add more salt if necessary.


Cover and refrigerate until needed.