From California to Colorado - by Emily Lawrence

by Guest Writer March 07, 2017

From California to Colorado - by Emily Lawrence

         

 

I’m not a professional writer/blogger, but I am a mom of 4 and I’ve been asked to write a blog post about my family trip, actually an amazing family trip that has raised the bar for all times.  The owner of cee cee & ryan reached out as a follow up after I sent her company an email about an impending family vacation with little ones.   She said she loved what I had to say and asked if I would share my story.  So, here I am writing about my experience.  With my youngest being 6 months old, I was in the market for a new diaper bag.  One that was more fashionable yet cool and functional.  As with most people, I was hesitant to purchase anything I can’t touch and feel.  Call me old fashion in that sense because my 13 year old buys anything and everything off the internet.  How she has so much confidence in making these purchases eludes me until now.  Taking a road trip with four kids from 6 months to 13 years old takes some mastering.  This was our first trip hitting the open road as a family in route to Buena Vista, Colorado from California.  I wanted a bag that could hold my little baby’s things as well as my things while still looking like I have some sense of fashion.  I came across cee cee & ryan baby bags while searching for my “perfect bag”.  They seemed like they were exactly what I was looking for in a new diaper bag.  When I reached out to them to see if there were any stores in my area that carried them they emailed me back within hours letting me know that there weren’t any stores close to my town and offered to assist me with any questions I might have.  Since I’m not a big internet shopper, and had yet to find anything I liked better, I asked away with every question I could think of that would help me decide if their bags would work for me.  If you don’t ask then you don’t know, right?  I was surprised to get a separate email and not from their info email but from someone with a name - from a real person with answers to all my questions and then some.  It turned out to be the owner of the company who was amazing and so sweet.  She actually took the time to ask me questions which was so amazing!  Now that is some major Customer Service!  Ultimately, she helped me pick out The Kennedy  which was the best choice I could have ever made thanks to her help.  This bag is so fashionable, clean looking yet with enough details to keep it modern and younger feeling.  It does not look anything like a diaper bag and the number of pockets it has is perfect for any mom, especially those of us who need organization in our lives.  Plus, my husband isn’t embarrassed to carry it out in public so I’d say that is a winning situation.  The outside of the bag has 4 zippered pockets on the front, one zippered pocket on the back and two side pockets that I use for my water and a baby bottle.  The inside has 3 elastic pockets for bottles, 4 pockets for wipes and diapers and room for clothes, etc.  There is a separate compartment that has a full length secret pocket that zips shut, a pocket for your phone, a snap over pocket for sunglasses or other items, a zip pocket and a claw clip that you can attach your keys to.  There is literally a place for everything to help you stay organized and when I’m meeting the girls solo it becomes an awesome tote purse.  And nobody is the wiser.  It’s my incognito super bag!!!  I am telling you that this baby bag is the only bag I will ever use and will ever need to carry my things and my children’s things.  It is perfection! 

 

        

 

The other thing I loved is the owner shared a little insight with me.  She also has a child and they travel for business as well as trips to see family.  She clearly understands a mother’s needs and a baby’s needs.  Comfort and organization means a lot to all of them when on the road and especially when flying.  She sent me a link to HappyLuxe.com and recommended the sleep mask, the wrap and the pillows.  Let me just say we all couldn’t be happier with her suggestion!  The sleep mask helped the kids nap while in the car as it kept the sunlight out and the pillows are not only darling for kids but also more comfortable than our expensive pillows at home. 

 

                

 

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the adult pillows.  They have pillow cases in great colors and the fabric is so incredibly soft!  I need sheets made in this fabric!  But, even better, we didn’t have to use the hotels pillows - which I never trust when it comes to cleanliness.  BIG PLUS with this mom.  The other item I bought was a brushed modal wrap which was pretty neat because it has this added feature in the neck where you can put a “heat activated warmer” keeping your neck toasty when it gets chilly.  But the wraps are super soft, cozy, pretty, perfect size and double as a blanket.  I ended up buying a few of them as gifts for friends and relatives and they love them as much as I do. 

 

This road trip ended up being an amazing travel experience with all of our extra goodies to keep us in order and keep us in comfort.  And, I have to say, that if you ever have a chance to travel to Colorado for a vacation, Buena Vista is stunning and you MUST stay at the Surf Chateau.  It sits right on the Arkansas River and it is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been.  The town is so cute, quaint and nothing but nice people everywhere.  You can venture out and explore nature, there are lots of outdoor activities for all, fishing at Cottonwood Lake, hiking trails and then there’s always heading straight up the mountain to the continental divide which was pretty amazing (but bring a jacket).  Buena Vista Colorado is a stunning, peaceful part of our country that has given me the most precious of memories with my family.  It’s a trip I will do again and again.  Thanks again cee cee & ryan for all your help.  I love my baby bag and I use it every day.  I also love when people are surprised to find out it’s a diaper bag because it is so nice!  Oh, and we still use our HappyLuxe products too.  The pillows are perfect for family movie night.  A Big Thumbs Up from The Lawrence Family!

 

   

 Fishing at Cottonwood Lake - Buena Vista, Colorado

 

 

 Arkansas River

 

 Arkansas River - Surf Chateau Top Left

 

 The Continental Divide - Cottonwood Pass

 

 

 Surf Chateau - Buena Vista, Colorado



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