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A Look Back at 2017

Like many of you, I’m spending today reflecting back on 2017. At this time last year, our family was trying to balance a newborn and toddler while settling into our new home. We also were nervous for our first family trip. To say that it was a stressful time would be an understatement!

However, today I’m feeling very thankful that my kids are healthy and usually have a smile on their faces. My boys have developed a special bond and that makes my heart happy! My youngest is not quite walking, but he is a stealthy crawler and will dart across the room if he thinks food might be available.

And in terms of my blog, things are going great! If you haven’t already, follow me on Instagram and Facebook. It’s the best way to find out about upcoming giveaways. And subscribe to my blog!

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2017:

Pacific Northwest Adventures

San Juan Island, WA Trip with Kids

Washington State is known for the gorgeous scenery. San Juan Island is one of our favorite places in the Pacific Northwest.

We brought our baby and toddler there last year to explore the island and look for whales!

San Juan Island Excursion Whale Watching Boat Trip
Our baby made a fantastic sea captain on a family trip to the San Juan Islands in Washington State! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Semiahmoo Resort & Spa in Blaine, WA

For our first adventure with a baby and toddler, we headed to Semiahmoo Resort & Spa near the Canadian border.

We were thoroughly impressed with all the amenities for families with young children. We’re hoping to head back with other families for an epic trip later this year!

Semiahmoo Resort & Spa in Blaine, WA is an ideal family trip vacation spot outside of Seattle
“I can see Canada from here!” Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Long Weekend at Seabrook in Washington State

Our family had been hearing about Seabrook for the past few years. It’s the new “it spot” for Seattle-area families. Let me tell you, it lived up to the hype!

Seabrook, WA is a top pick for a family trip in the Pacific Northwest
Located just a few hours from Seattle, Seabrook is an ever-growing community featuring vacation homes, shops, restaurants, outdoor fire pits and more! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Oregon Zoo in Portland, OR

Have you ever seen a Rhino? We got to see 2 Rhinos for the first time in our lives at the Oregon Zoo. They are currently expanding the exhibit area, so we can’t wait to go back!

Oregon Zoo Rhino in Portland, OR
Holy Moly! That Rhino is HUGE! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Girls Trip to Bellevue, WA

I grabbed some of my closest Mom friends for a weekend getaway to nearby Bellevue, WA. We stayed the W Bellevue and watched a Bad Mom’s Christmas.

It was the perfect way to bond before the holidays!

I couldn’t get over how awesome this mini-bar item was! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Top Family Trip Experiences

Paris, France with Young Children

My favorite trip from 2017 was our trip to Paris! I spent my 18th birthday there and hadn’t been back since.

The trip was everything I had hoped it would be (except for the biting cold) and we made the best memories!

The highlight was watching our son play with the toy boats at Luxembourg Gardens!

Toy boats at Jardin du Luxembourg was a highlight on our family trip to Paris, France
One of our favorite memories of our trip was getting to play with the vintage toy boats at Jardin du Luxembourg. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Disneyland Resort with a Baby & Preschooler

We had a family wedding in Malibu, CA last summer so we decided to head down a few days earlier to hang out at Disneyland!

We brought my Mom along for her first family trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth and it was the smartest decision!

Disneyland Resort with Preschoolers tips for your next Disney family trip
My oldest waited in line twice to meet Moana and she was by far his favorite character! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Hawaiian Cultural Tour on Maui

I’ve taken my kids to Maui 3 times and by far the coolest thing we’ve done on a family trip is the Maui Nei Tour of Old Hawaii.

My kids got to make their own ink for wooden stamping, pound taro root to make poi and weave their own lauhala bracelet. Well, we had to help our baby quite a bit, but our preschooler held his own!

Poi Pounding at Maui Nei Cultural Tour on a recent family trip
This was my 10-month-old’s favorite activity we did on Maui! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Warehouse 3540 on Kauai is a Hot Spot for Moms

My Mom lives on Kauai and I’ve visited 30+ times. Just when I think I’ve been everywhere, she suggested we check out the fairly new Warehouse 3540.

Let me tell you, I was blown away! Not only did I get to peruse the adorable boutiques set up for Moms and kids, but I devoured the tastiest burger I’ve ever had.

Plus there was amazing shave ice and they offer story time for kids!

Boutique shopping at Warehouse 3540 on Kauai is the ultimate stop on a family trip to Hawaii
Aren’t these the cutest swimsuits? Such adorable options at Workshop! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Coolest Products

Panda Village Bamboo Blocks by Lakeshore

Lakeshore sent my son this set of Panda Village Bamboo Blocks for him to try out. It quickly became his favorite item.

We ended up donating it to his preschool so even more kids could benefit from learning spacial awareness. It’s at the top of my list for preschooler gifts.

Lakeshore's Panda Village uses eco-friendly bamboo blocks
My preschooler was simply giddy while he created his ideal Panda Village. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Inglesina Travel High Chair

With my oldest, I tried feeding him on my lap when he was a baby and we were traveling. That was messy and quite frustrating for both of us.

This time around, I tried out Inglesina’s travel high chair. It’s amazing! Not only does it fold up to make it easy to pack, but it’s good for babies AND toddlers!

This Inglesina Travel High Chair is a packing essential for any family trip with a baby or toddler
I loved that I was able to feed my baby outside with minimal effort. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Gunapod Luxury Bamboo Duvet Sleep Sack

If there was one product I’d encourage any new parent to get, it’s this sleep sack. My son has used it every single day for the past 8 months. We just upgraded to the next size up.

I kid you not, he holds perfectly still when I zip him in it. I think it’s because it’s incredibly soft and cozy. We always pack it for our family trip.

Gunapod Luxury Bamboo Sleep Sack is perfect for babies and toddlers and is a family trip packing essential.
I love this gender-neutral sleep sack design because it makes it easier to pass along to another family! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Board Books for Your Tiny Globetrotter

I love kid books. We may have a problem at our house of too many books.

However, the ones I reach for the most are the My Little Cities board books. We have the San Francisco, Paris, New York, and London books in the series. They are brightly colored with fun graphics and simple text.

My preschooler likes to “read” them to his baby brother.

My favorite part about the My Little Cities series is how my oldest was able to “read” the books to his little brother. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Lumaprints Metal Photo Print

We love displaying photos of our family trips around our new home. Out of all our photos, this metal print from Lumaprints gets the most attention. And it’s not just the family trip photo in front of the Eiffel Tower.

I’ve had friends take this print off our wall so they could marvel how lightweight, yet durable it is. People love the crisp/clean look. And we love it, too!

Lumaprints metal prints highlight this family trip to Paris
This metal print from Lumaprints is easy to hang and looks great on a gallery wall. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Did I miss one of your favorite posts? Tell me in the comments below!

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.


  1. These are adventures to be treasured! You have been to so many interesting places over the course of 2017. I would love to have an Inglesinga travel high chair for my little one!

    • marciecheung Reply

      The high chair has come in handy so many times! It can clip onto any table or counter top!

  2. Wow looks like you had a great year with your family 🙂 full of lots of fun and adventure.

  3. What amazing adventures for your kids to share with you. Your two already have more passport stamps than many Americans and look like they love every minute of it. It’s so awesome to expose children to new cultures at such a young age.

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s been a priority in our family to expose our kids to other people and places. So far, they are loving it!

  4. These tips are so useful for traveling with kids. It’s amazing how the toy boats fascinate kids when in Paris! My daughter loves watching Moana at the moment, I’m sure she’d line up again and again to see her!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Moana is on repeat at our house! Yes, the toy boats are always a hit! There are a few places in Seattle that have them, so we’ve been taking the boys to watch them!

  5. Wow, what an awesome year! The zoo closest to us has rhinos so we’ve seen them a few times, but I definitely have not been to France or Hawaii. How cool that you got to take your kids!

    • marciecheung Reply

      You are so lucky that your zoo has rhinos! My oldest talks about our Paris trip almost daily!

  6. What a great year! Travel is such a great way to bring families together.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Howdy Idaho! I went to school at WSU so I have fond memories of Moscow, ID!

  7. The Metal Photo Print looks amazing, especially from such a beautiful location like Paris! Great to see how much fun you had in 2017 and also how much you have seen. So many interesting places,,, and probably the best is that you do this all with the whole family, I guess the kids love it too.
    And also its cool to see that you have so many books – in my opinion one can never have enough books 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      I can’t stop buying these cute travel books for my kids! Plus, it’s cute that they recognize so many famous landmarks now!

  8. Looking back is so much fun, I did the same and creating the post brought back so many good memories. Your travels of 2017 look great and your picture from the Eiffel Tower is amazing by the way! Hope you will have as much fun in 2018 as you did last year!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I’m really excited to see where we end up in 2018!

  9. Hanna - Platforms and Pacifiers Reply

    These look like some AMAZING trips!! What some amazing memories you have created! Also I LOVE the clamp on high chair! We have the exact same one (ours is even red!) and I’ve used it for two kids! It’s in my top 5 must haves for baby!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s seriously been a lifesaver! And I can’t believe how little room it takes up!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I can’t wait to read about your adventures! You always have such beautiful photos 🙂

  10. Its such a coincidence that I just returned from my trip to Portland and now I see some more options to go back. Congrats for awesome 2017 and best for 2018. The zoo looks like a great option, I am surely visiting it the next time. Just to share I saw snow in Portland this Christmas and we went upto Mount Hood . I love pacific northwest 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      We had our first White Christmas in the PNW in years and years! It was quite magical and I’m so stoked you got to experience it!

  11. Wow! Beautiful memories from amazing trips! Travelling with two little ones is not easy but I’m glad you’ve made it so much fun. This is a very helpful post for people travelling with kids. I loved reading your thoughtful reflections on 2017. Your family photographs are equally beautiful. Love the cute little sea captain. 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks for your support! It’s a lot of work, but I look back on last year and it makes me smile!

  12. Abhinav Singh Reply

    I am happy to know that your kids are doing great health wise and are bonding. This is all that matters! I am against captive animals so the zoo doesn’t excite me. San Juan island is my kind of thing. I can laze all day here.

  13. I can’t wait to have children and take them travelling with me and my husband. Sounds like that you had a great year and that everything worked out and that your young children are bonding how sweet. It is good to have some time out to and glad to hear you go to the away with your friend and saw Bad Moms Christmas movie.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I’m really glad my kids are pretty adaptable to new environments! We’ve been having a lot of fun exploring together!

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