Last month Adam and I took a trip two Napa with two of our dearest friends. Adam was the best man in Jerod and Meg’s wedding and they invited us a long weekend to keep the celebration going. Jerod is like me, a planner, and put together the most amazing itinerary. He found the perfect Air BnB, set up amazing tours and made sure we didn’t go hungry. I came back seven pounds heavier and pretty darn snobby about what I drink (kidding, I still love Black Box).
I learned so much about wine, the different soils, that the reason I hate Chardonnay is because of Lactic Acid (that milky, thick taste) and that honestly an $11 bottle of Kim Crawford and a $45 bottle of Illumination really aren’t that different. A good Chardonnay is basically priceless to me at this point and tried some Red Blends that were unreal.
October 25th: Calistoga / Downtown Napa
Chateau Montelena (Calistoga) (1:00PM)
This was our first stop and it was a very traditional walk-in tasting. It lasted about thirty minutes and was very educational. We didn’t have the personal experience we did at many of the other vineyards, but it was a great first stop. Especially for Napa newbies! We learned a lot about tasting properly and what to look for in a glass of wine. The grounds are spectacular. It is literally a castle and makes for some beautiful photo ops.
Lunch: Lovina or Brannan’s Grill
We stopped for a quick lunch at a road side BBQ place and it was fantastic. However, both of these places came highly recommended.
Tank Garage Winery (Calistoga) (3:00PM)
This was an awesome experience! We learned so much about the winery and the story of two best friend’s opening it together was really fun to hear. I also loved learning about the story behind each wine label. The wines weren’t my favorite. However, the old gas station turned into a tasting room was pretty cool. It was such a down to earth vibe and we had great conversation with the people running it!
Dinner: Morimoto (Napa) (8:00PM) (C)
The Waygu beef was dumb delicious and the halibut seriously blew my mind. Top notch food. Our server was fantastic, until she wasn’t, but the food was everything we expected.
October 26th: Napa Valley / Silverado Trail
Breakfast: Model Bakery (Oxbow)
We ended up having Buchon (we couldn’t wait for dinner)!
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (Napa) (11:00AM)
(Tour and Tasting )
This was one of my favorite tours. Meg and Jerod are in the wine club at Stag’s Leap so we had an incredible experience. We were in a small group of 10 and got to sit in the private tasting room overlooking the hillside. The wines were fantastic and the tour guide, did a great job. They even broke out a special bottle for Meg and Jerod to celebrate their wedding!
We loved their Sauvignon Blanc and ended up buying a bottle to drink that weekend.
Lunch: Redd Wood (Yountville) (12:30PM) (C)
Highly recommend for an adorable pizza place. The salads and pizzas were insanely delicious and they have Peroni, if you need a break from wine!
Merryvale Vineyards (St. Helena) (2:00PM)
(Signature Tasting )
This was seriously such a beautiful vineyard. The grounds were gorgeous and the wine was really great. It also is in walking distance from downtown St. Helena which I feel in love with. I ended up scoring an amazing Reiss blazer at a vintage shop. The shopping in St. Helena was wonderful and the shops were so welcoming and warm. We stumbled upon a husband and wife’s new bar and got an awesome tour. It was an old bank and the vault was turned into a tasting room.
Exploring St. Helena is a must!!
Dinner: Bouchon (Yountville) (6:00PM) (C)
We’ve been to the Bouchon in Las Vegas, but knowing the garden our veggies were sourced from was across the street was so cool. I got the Steak Frites and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. The steak tartare was also, insane. If you go to Napa and wan’t amazing food, but don’t want to spend $325 on lunch at French Laundry - GO. HERE.
October 27th: St. Helena / Napa Valley
Quintessa (St. Helena) (10:30AM) (C)
(Quintessential Experience )
This was our splurge tasting of the trip. And I would have paid double for the experience we had. We had a private tour with Nacho, the assistant wine maker’s son. We drove up the side of the vineyard in a ATV and pulled up to a glass treehouse. We sat in a glass room a top the vineyard with views that looked like they were out of a painting. I can’t even put into words how special this was and we were treated to four bottles of unreleased wine to take home.
Domaine Chandon (Yountville) (12:15PM)
If you’re looking for a PARTY, it is here. Lots of mini dresses, lots of sequins, lots of 21st birthdays. We found a table, bought a bottle of Rose and left. The grounds were pretty, but pretty sure I saw PBR cans in the trash!
Lunch: Mustard’s Grill (Napa) (1:30PM) (C)
Iconic and amazing.
Dinner: Bottega (Yountville) (8:00PM) (C)
We had a fantastic experience here. Jerod and I did get into a tiff over the wine (sorry, i love you), the recommendation from the sommelier ended up being insanely delicious and our meals were so, so, so, so good.
It has admittedly been a whirlwind fall for the Grimm’s. We met new friends, watched two of our dearest friends get married, traveled to Napa and have the next three weekends booked solid.
Fritz is now nine months (his well child appointment is this week), but I did have a nurse weigh and measure him when we took him in for an ear infection and he is 87% for height and 86% for weight. He was a tiny newborn, so I am so happy to see him growing like crazy! He is doing his own version of crawling, pulling himself up and sleeping in his crib. He loves chatting, saying “dada” and “hey” and is getting the hang of waving. His biggest milestone has been going from crawling to sitting in one fluid movement, his balance is getting amazing!
While I think a Fritz update was overdue, it’s not why I sat down to write! As a first time mom I am definitely not a source of expertise, but I am finding my footing where it matters.
I’ve really enjoyed chatting with new(er than me moms) and soon-to-be moms about what we loved, hated and couldn’t live without product wise. I do not take it lightly that my friends and even some strangers trust my opinions and ask for them! I’ve become passionate about what has worked for us and am always doing my best to find safe products for our family (I have a baby monitor review coming soon! We’ve tried three thus far and I’m hoping we found the ONE).
My friend Carly and I were chatting on Instagram stories about daycare. She has the sweetest new baby girl who will be going off to daycare soon and she asked, “What do I bring?!?!!!!” I remember feeling totally overwhelmed the week before we sent Fritz. Where do I find labels, what does he need, will they be able to mix my breast milk with formula? I texted Miss Rachel the week before and we hopped on the phone to talk about what Fritz needed. I shared it with Carly and we both immediately thought “ummmm this would be a good blog post!”
As a first time mom you do your best, but are constantly questioning if it was right. While everyday is different, this is what we do for Fritz!
Diapers: I typically order a months worth and daycare stores them. If we run low Rachel lets me know on his daily report.
Wipes: We stock up on these at Costco and they last forever. I usually give Rachel two packs when Fritz is running low. Extras are stored at daycare in his cubby.
Formula: Miss Rachel lets me know when Fritz is running low and I supply another carton. We use Costco formula and love it. I label the top with “Fritz Grimm” and the date I deliver it.
Food: Fritz is now at an age where he can eat what the other kiddos are having, just more mashed up. When he was an infant I brought baby food because I wanted him to have organic purees. I also pack him snacks like Mum Mums, puffs and pouches. I update his snack haul about once a week! I eventually want to pack him bento boxes!!!
Backpack: I do bring this with everyday! I keep a wet bag (this is a lifesaver) in it for soiled clothes and drooled through bibs. I like to do his laundry at home. I also keep his outdoor suit, an extra hat, sunscreen and extra toys in here. I also keep a portable white noice machine in his backpack incase he is having an off nap day or the other kiddos are being loud.
Bottles: I have an additional set of Dr. Brown’s bottles that are kept at daycare. His teacher washes and drys them.
Extras: I try to keep his cubby full with three extra outfits, two blankets, (literally) 10 pacifiers and a ton of burp clothes.
Drop Off: This was one of the parts of daycare I didn’t really understand! I now can’t get in and out quickly because Rachel and I could chat forever (we adore her), but since Fritz is still in his infant carseat I carry him inside in it. I take him out, slip my shoes off, and put his carseat in its dedicated area (they have to be behind a baby gate so the kids can’t get to them). I keep his winter coat in his cubby, but keep his blanket, an extra paci and Sophie in his carseat so they are ready to go after work.
This is the thing:
I have a baby.
I work in Digital Marketing + Advertising
I AM VERY EASILY INFLUENCED.
AMAZON PRIME IS LIFE.
So this happens: You find yourself ordering A L L of the things. BONUS: I also find great deals on Amazon. I've gotten lucky with some really nice quality pieces that aren’t name brand, but feel identical to items I’ve spent a lot of $$$ on!
I got Fritz these shoes for family photos. His mocs are too small, his Addidas aren’t appropriate and his Old Navy high tops have seen better days. These were $6.99. Look like a $60 pair I was eyeing and will photograph SO well.
One of my favorite mamas (and humans, and bloggers, and bosses) posted about her sweet girl’s toys. Then I decided to make an amazon order and purchased this guy. However, I would HIGHLY suggest heading to Meg’s blog and checking out what Nell loves. We also ordered the rattle she posted about (I’m not using an affiliate link, because Meg deserves ALL the credit for that one and you need to click through on her post - - - NOT SORRY, LOVE YOU). Fritz played with the rattle for a solid TEN minutes before he moved on to this toy, that is like a baby jackpot, in baby minutes. We are huge fans of Manhattan Toy and Fat Brain Toy.
This one is short. I decided all of my refrigerator magnets needed to match. Because we now have ARTWORK from a CHILD. I ordered these. They were $8.99 and my life is now much better.
Will drooling ever stop? Will it ever lessen? Will there be a day when his shirt is not completely soaked? Will he ever fall asleep on my arm and it not be a giant puddle of baby spit? There is no end in sight, we need more bibs. I hate patterns, but love stripes! Easy to mix with a variety of outfits and worth the price. I HAVE tested a few brands and I really do think Copper Pearl Bibs absorb the most. I really want to try this brand next, I love their burp cloths.
*Full disclosure. The links in this post are affiliate links.
There has been A LOT of baby content in the last few months, so to break it up I thought I would share what I’ve recently purchased!
Technically, I didn’t purchase this EXACT Teddy Bear coat, but I can vouch for it. I bought a super pretty one from Zara in a light brown (I can’t find it online) an it is a bit more structured than the Uniqlo one. I’m debating returning it and going for the Beige version. It is lined and a little floppy and SO soft. Get it, please.
This was another UNIQLO score. It was my first time shopping in the physical brick and motor store in Chicago and they have so many great staples. This was $29.90. For my normal fit I probably would have gotten a medium or a large, but sized up to an XL for a my boyish fit. I’ve worn it three times since I purchased it last week and honestly, might need a few more. I washed it on the “hand-wash” setting on our machine with Dreft and it honestly smelled like burnt hair afterwards, but kept its shape and looks good as new!
There are my favorite jeans of all time, the AG MIDDI ANKLE I have a black and blue pair (both distressed). They hit me higher than just a mid-rise and have a lot of stretch, but aren’t SO tight. They also have REALLY small ankles, which I need. I’m a little bit worried that AG is going to stop making them, because they are sort of hard to find online. I actually ordered a pair from Amazon of all places!!!
Here is a look at everything I wore last week in Chicago! I snagged the photos from my Instagram so you could see sources!