Toddlers first road-trip: Our weekend in Sedona

Toddlers first road-trip: Our weekend in Sedona

by About Nikki
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My in-laws are awesome, and were kind enough to take us to Sedona for the weekend for free ninety-nine! They rented a home through Flip Key, and it was absolutely beautiful.

I was nervous about taking Charlie on her first road-trip because she despises her car seat. She gets bored within 20 minutes of being in it, and unless someone is back there entertaining her, you’ll have to listen to her Mariah Carey octaves for the entire ride. So knowing that this may pose some challenges, I started looking into ways to keep her pacified.

Magical toddler tools

I found an iPad holder for the car on Amazon, and it was a literal life-saver. The best $12.99 I’ve ever spent. I can’t sing enough praises about it. It took me 5 minutes to put together, and she was as quiet as a church mouse for 90% of the drive. I downloaded a few movies (S!ng is her current fave) some TV shows and we were golden. I’ve provided the direct link to buy the holder below.

The property itself was nestled up against the red rocks, so we had a stunning view outside on the back patio. They had a Jacuzzi, which I took full advantage of at night after the baby went to bed. You forget how many stars are in the sky until you have an unobstructed sight of them outside of the city. It was a much-needed weekend of total relaxation and unscheduled activities.

We browsed a few shops and ate on the patio at any restaurant we could. The food was great. In particular the chopped salad at the Open Range Grill & Tavern was to die for. Is anyone else as obsessed with chopped salads as I am? I can’t get enough of them.

The weather was okay – we’re still suffering over here in AZ so a high of 95 I guess is better than 110. The evenings were beautiful, I think it got down to 65 degrees at one point. I’ll take that any day.

All in all it was a wonderful mini-getaway.  Trav and I both agreed that we need to get up there more often, even if it’s just for the day. Charlie struggled to sleep well, but still had fun running amok. She woke up both mornings a little jarred by her surroundings (this was her first overnight away from home) but we were right there to reassure her. She’s a champ and it was awesome to see her experiencing everything for the first time. I think it’s one of my favorite parts of being a parent.

If you’re ever in Arizona, you should absolutely make Sedona a must-see spot. The red rocks are unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else – even being there as many times as I have, the view never gets old.

Until our next adventure!

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Nikki is a thirty-something-year-old AZ native girlfriend & mama who hopes to create a safe space for women; helping to cultivate honest dialogue and end the stigma surrounding maternal mental health.

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16 comments

Katie Werthmann September 19, 2018 - 6:48 PM

I’ve never heard of a chopped salad but it looks good! I’d love to see the red rocks area, I was just at grand canyon in July and only THEN heard more magical places in AZ!

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About Nikki September 19, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Oh my gosh, you would love them! They are so delicious. I haven’t been to the GC since I was a little kid! I would love to go back.

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Daneisha Smith September 20, 2018 - 1:23 AM

I’m so happy to hear that the ride to Sedona went smoothly. I have a toddler as well and I don’t have to imagine how things could have gone if it wasn’t for the tablet!!! We took a trip to Gatlinburg, TN a few weeks ago. It was a 4 hour drive and lets just say that it was not fun! My son whined the whole way there. I wish I would have had a good distraction for him!

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About Nikki September 20, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Thank you mama! I would love to take her on a longer trip, but I don’t know how brave I am yet; she does not love her car seat one bit. Get one of those ipad holders! I’m telling you it’s the best money i’ve ever spent.

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Shannon September 20, 2018 - 4:06 AM

That is one lucky kiddo! I’ve always wanted to go to Sedona! So beautiful!

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About Nikki September 20, 2018 - 6:01 PM

It really is! Crazy how beautiful the world is <3

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Tasheena September 20, 2018 - 6:09 AM

Sedona looks beautiful! Definitely a great pick for a first trip. And I think that I need one of those iPad holders! So smart and handy!

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About Nikki September 20, 2018 - 6:31 PM

We’ve used it since even on like short car rides if she’s fussy. it totally zens her out!

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Ntensibe Edgar Michael September 20, 2018 - 7:45 AM

Red rocks!!!! I really look forward to the day I’ll touch one.

Thank you, Nikki, for sharing. Much love.

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About Nikki September 20, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Yes! You will love them.

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Natalie September 20, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Looks like you had a great time! I have always wanted to visit Sedona! Also, we have that same iPad holder and you are totally right- life saver!!

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Safaecreations (@safae_taji) September 20, 2018 - 3:23 PM

that look so beautiful ♥ yes the part of the start i have the same feeling every-time i m out the city and start looking to sky

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ThrifDeeDubai September 20, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Looks like a fun filled adventure, lucky you!! That chopped salad is something I need to try!!
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Lauren September 20, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Wow! This looks like it was an absolutely wonderful trip and how exciting to travel with a little one! Love the photos!

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Kristina September 21, 2018 - 12:14 AM

Sounds like so much fun! I’ve never used Flip Key for vacation rentals. I tend to go the hotel route in *most* cases, but I’m down for a vacation rental depending on the area!

And sometimes I shame *myself* over how much screen time I allow the kids, but let’s be real— having an iPad can be a sanity saver. 😉

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Sarah September 23, 2018 - 1:58 AM

Looks so fun! Glad you guys enjoyed your time!!

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