Why Did We Decide to Travel?

Waseem and I have loved travel for pretty much forever. We each grew up in families that moved around a lot and enjoyed spending summers abroad. To us, it had become more normal to be on the move than it was to stay put in one place for more than about 3 months at a time.

Soon after we first got married in Upstate NY, we moved back home to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with the mindset that settling down there and working for a few years would help us save up some money to start our lives together. After living and working in Saudi Arabia for three years, we decided it wasn’t really the best fit for us. As a labor and delivery nurse working in one of the biggest hospitals in the city, the large workload due to under-staffing, and the lack of appreciation for nurses slowly started to drain me. Waseem had also been working for a non-profit at the time that had stopped paying it’s staff for months, and didn’t look like it was going to anytime soon.

In the meantime we were at the beginning of starting our own little business in our kitchen making beard oil. Waseem started growing a beard at the time and was having a hard time finding the right oils to keep it moisturized and well kempt. When we did our research and found that there really was a gap in the market, and beard oil was hard to come by in one of the hairiest countries known to man, we decided to give it a try and make our own. We’re going on three years now, and we can’t imagine our life any other way. It’s not easy owning and operating our own business, but it sure does give us the flexibility we need to travel (and we loooove to travel!). We’re lucky enough that we can be pretty much anywhere and still be able to get things done for Diggn’ It as long as we have some internet.

Meanwhile we decided to start our family, and our little guy Zayd came along June 2017! He was really the one who gave us the push to do some traveling. No better time than the present to seize the moment and take Zayd on some adventures before having to be more attached to a single location when school starts one day. Bali it was! Since we’d visited Bali a couple years ago and loved it, we knew that was where we had to go. So we packed our bags and headed to the beautiful Island to enjoy more quality time together and just slow down our fast paced lives being in cities and what an adventure it was!


If you’re interested in our favorite family travel tips, click here.

19 Best Places to Eat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

While we were in Ho Chi Minh City we found some really great restaurants and cafes. Here are the ones that made our list!

If you’re interested in our list of the best restaurants in the beach town Nha Trang, Vietnam click here.

 

CUC GACH QUAN

 

Waseem and I kind of stumbled upon this Vietnamese restaurant while exploring a neighborhood and I’m really glad we did. From the outside it looks like a home and once you go inside you understand why. This restaurant has two buildings, across the street from each other. The buildings used to be home that have now been converted into restaurants. The menu was extremely long so we asked our waiter for some help with what to order and she recommended some really great dishes. Nothing disappointed. You basically order a big bowl of rice and a few dishes to mix with the rice. Definitely worth checking out. A little on the pricier side for Vietnam but we’d go again.

Price: $$$
Must Try Dish: Egg Tofu
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


RICO TACO

 

This is a really really adorable (and delicious) Mexican restaurant! The food is so fresh and colorful. Basically exactly what you would picture a good Mexican restaurant to be. They have happy hour daily with some discounted dishes and drinks and they give you a bowl of popcorn! We will definitely be visiting this place again before we leave this city. So worth it.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Fish Burrito
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


PHO 24

 

Pho 24 is a chain that you’ll see pretty readily all around the city. When you’re a tourist I think it’s a bit harder to try the Pho from the little Mom and Pop restaurants with the plastic chairs on the side of the road. This place is a good option if you’re looking to test our some Pho. Their soups are pretty flavorful and affordable. It’s also good to know the flavor will be consistent at any of their branches. Maybe one day we’ll get the courage to try some street-side Pho but until then this is a great option. Oh, and we had it for breakfast.

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Beef Balls Pho
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: No


THE VINTAGE EMPORIUM

 

Great little place for breakfast. The decor is really unique with a vintage feel, and very pretty tiles on the ground. The food was delicious. We had the shakshouka and the french toast. Oh and definitely try their hot Vietnamese milk coffee, it comes to the table in their traditional coffee making pot and is brewed right in front of you.

Price: $$
Must try Dish: French Toast
High Chair: No
Staff Love Kids: Yes


KING KEBAB 

 

For a quick, delicious, on the go meal, check out King Kebab. It’s in the Backpacking district so there’s lots of action in and around this area. From the outside this doesn’t really seem like a place we would have been interested to try out, but the food definitely makes up for the less than exciting interior. They have plates and sandwiches too. This is another place we’ll probably visit before we leave, especially since you don’t really see kebab places so often around here.

Price: $
Must try Dish: Beef Kebab Sandwich
High Chair: No
Staff Love Kids: No


CAU BA QUAN

 

Waseem and I heard about this restaurant after watching the show Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix. We thought we may as well check out the places he visited on the show especially this one cause the food just looked so good! Well, we’re really glad we did. If we didn’t see this place on TV we would have never checked it out. The place looks very ordinary from the outside with the typical Vietnamese restaurant plastic tables and chairs but the food definitely makes up for the boring cub appeal. We ordered exactly what Phil did on the show and it was all really good. The Cajun shrimp platter was so flavorful and the happy salad was unlike any salad we’d ever tried before. Oh, and every time we saw a foreign couple sit down, we knew they definitely Netflix-ed and Chilled haha Give this place a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Price: $
Must try Dish: Cajun Shrimp Platter & Happy Salad
High Chair: No
Staff Love Kids: No


THE SNAP CAFE

 

We checked this place out because we wanted to see what District 2 was like. We stopped by here for breakfast before checking out the Vincom mall that’s just around the corner. I have to say the English muffin egg sandwich was a bit tasteless and disappointing but the coffee was pretty good. I usually wouldn’t put a place like this on my list since I didn’t really enjoy the food but they had an extensive menu so I’d be willing to give it another try and also I think this place is worth checking out if you have kids. It’s actually very nicely done with a small village feel and lots of little shops in the entryway to the restaurant. But the main reason I’d go back to this place is the really nice sized playground they have in the back. You can sit at a picnic table and do some work or just enjoy a coffee while your kids play on the jungle gym right across from you. Great little place to check out, just skip English muffin egg sandwich!

Price: $$
Must try Dish: Vietnamese Milk Coffee
High Chair: Yes
Staff Love Kids: Yes


B.O.C Homemade BBQ

 

We were heading to another restaurant nearby that ended up not having food that night so we decided to have dinner at this place instead. The food was very good. Unfortunately a couple of the dishes we wanted to order they didn’t have. The outdoor seating, music and overall atmosphere of the place was great though. The BBQ people were eating looked delicious and the place was pretty happening for a Wednesday night at 6:30 (Yup, thank you Zayd haha)

Price: $$
Must try Dish: Mac n’ Cheese
High Chair: Yes
Staff Love Kids: No


BELGO THE BELGIAN BREWERY

 

Really yummy Belgian restaurant in the heart of district 1. We had Belgian frites, Fish fingers and a Belgian waffle and everything we so so good. The overall vibe of the place is very upbeat and happening. Waseem and I felt like we were out at a nice lounge for the night (even though Zayd was sitting at the table with us in the highchair). The decor is pretty cool too. They’ve got a motorcycle hanging from the ceiling and some top hats as lamp shades. Great interior and great overall feel and really great food! We felt like we went to Belgium for dinner.

Price: $$
Must try Dish: Frites
High Chair: Yes
Staff Love Kids: Yes


PHO THIN HA NOI

 

This restaurant serves a Northern style Pho from Hanoi. We’re still not sure how the taste differs from Pho that’s from Ho Chi Minh City but it was definitely delicious. The broth was very flavorful and the Beef Steak Pho we ordered wasn’t as fatty as the beef sometimes is. It’s a bit hard to find this place so I’ve linked the location in the heading on google maps. I’ve also added a picture of the front so that it’s easy to spot. It is right next to a supermarket.

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Beef Steak Pho
High Chair: No
Staff Love Kids: No


PHO HOA PASTEUR

 

This Pho place ranks as one of the best places to enjoy Vietnam’s famous noodle soups. It has been run by the same family for generations and the broth recipe is a family secret. The restaurant is pretty big with a two story dining room and ample seating. It’s usually on the busier side and seems to be popular among locals and tourists alike. The Pho was really flavorful and filling as Pho usually is. Not sure I can tell the difference between amazing Pho and really good Pho yet but this place was one we’d have again.

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Vegetarian Pho
High Chair: No
Staff Love Kids: No


NONLA GUYS

 

We stumbled upon this place while walking down an alley in the backpacking district. It’s a very cute little Mexican-Korean fusion restaurant. We ordered some food to take home and the staff immediately stood out as very helpful and attentive. The Vegan Tofu Burrito was very flavorful and not grotesquely huge like typical burritos can be. We’d stop by this place again if we were in the area. 

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Vegan Tofu Burrito
High Chair: Not sure
Staff Love Kids: Yes


MAM VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

 

This is a really delicious Vietnamese restaurant with lots of sharing style dishes. We found this place the day we arrives in the city right after dropping our stuff at the apartment. It was down the street from us and luckily also across the street from the must try LA VIET CAFE (great place to pick up an iced Vietnamese coffee after you have lunch here). A little on the pricier end for a Vietnamese restaurant but you won’t be disappointed. They close at 2 pm though so grab some lunch here. On the weekends they are open for dinner and their pretty lanterns outside are lit up at night!

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Stir Fried Beef with Celery and Leak
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Yes!!! (One of the waitresses played with Zayd throughout our entire meal)


SUSHI NHI

 

This cute little Sushi joint is located in Japantown, an area with tons of great little hidden Japanese restaurants. We heard about this place through a food blog I found and decided to give it a try because it had great reviews and also was supposed to be some of the most affordable sushi in the city. We got there at 5pm and were immediately asked if we had a reservation. We didn’t. Luckily, we arrived as they were opening (They’re only open for dinner) and were able to find a table pretty quickly. We were warned though, that we should definitely make a reservation if we decided to come again. The food was delicious! Really fresh fish and yummy rolls. Waseem and I love Sashimi specifically so we ordered a bunch. The food was so good we kept the menu nearby and kept ordering more food! The best part was getting the bill and having it come up to less than $20! And we had ordered so much food! Needless to say, we went back again before we left Saigon. A must visit if you’re into sushi or Japanese food in general. The menu is extensive with bowl and meats and soups as well.

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Tuna Sashimi
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: No


BURGER JOINT SAIGON

 

This place makes one of the best burgers in Saigon. Each burger is made to order and in my opinion is the perfect size. They have the option of a double patty, a single patty or a patty and a half. The meat is so flavorful. They also have some of the best french fries in the city. Thin and crispy just the way we like them. Zayd had his first burger ever here, he loved it. We went back a second time!

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Jalapeno Burger
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


PHUONG MAI VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

 

One of the days we were in Saigon it was pouring rain and we needed to grab some food near the apartment we were staying at. Waseem got on his phone and quickly found this vegetarian place down the block from us. The place was pretty busy so we were lucky we found a table. We ordered an assortment of things so we could try it all. Everything we ordered was really great. It’s the best when you find a vegetarian place that has good food and doesn’t make you feel like you missed out on having meat for that meal. The food here is so flavorful and really anything you order on the menu is a hit. We checked it out another time and it was just as good and just as crowded. Also, this place has a meditation room upstairs that’s free and you can check it out before or after your meal.

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Pineapple Fried Rice / Beaked Tofu
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: No


BANH MI 362

 

Banh Mi 362 is what I call the “Subway” of Saigon. Except, we don’t really ever eat subway. This place though we had almost every other day on our trip! Something to mention is that it’s a franchise so you’ll be able to find it all over. For anyone who wants to eat Banh Mi Sandwiches but is a bit weary about going the fast food, little old lady street cart route, this is a great option. We loved the prices as well as you can get a sandwich for about $2 bucks. Score! Quick, delicious and budget friendly, you’re definitely speaking our language.

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Fried Egg Banh Mi / Meatball Banh Mi
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


CONG CAPHE

 

We didn’t know this Cafe was a franchise when we first found it in Nha Trang, Vietnam, there are a few branched around Ho Chi Minh City though. They don’t have their hot coconut coffee in HCMC unfortunately but the cold coconut coffee is really worth a try as well. Although, it feels more like you’re drinking a frappuccino than a coffee. Still delicious and we’d definitely recommend.

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Iced Coconut Coffee
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


LA VIET CAFE

 

We found this coffee shop the day we arrived in Saigon and we’re so glad we did because we’d stopped by there almost every day since! The cafe itself is really nicely put together and almost feels like a trendy cafe in Brooklyn with it’s wood, leather and tweed furniture and coffee roaster in the front of the room. It feel very hip and the coffee is so good. They also have some breakfast items that are delicious.

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Iced Coconut Coffee
Highchair: No
Staff Love Kids: Kind of


If you’re interested in our list of the best restaurants in the beach town Nha Trang, Vietnam click here.

7 Best Places to Eat in Nha Trang, Vietnam

If you’ve already checked out our favorite places to eat in Bali, (Ubud and Canggu) Here’s our list of the best places we found to grab a bite to eat or have a refreshing drink in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

CONG CAPHE

 

Unfortunately we found this cafe the day before we left Nha Trang. It’s the cutest little place with a real Vietnamese feel. The Olive green colors, the vintage Vietnamese clothing hung on the wall and the flower pattern pillows feel like something out of a movie. The first day we checked this place out we tried their signature hot coconut coffee and it’s fantastic, perfectly strong and just sweet enough. We also tried another one of their signature drinks, the cold coconut Vietnamese coffee. So good. Can you tell we love coconuts?

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Coconut Coffee
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


LIVIN COLLECTIVE

 

I’d been telling Waseem that I really wanted some BBQ for months! (We didn’t have any for the entire time we were in Bali) We were so glad when we found this place on TripAdvisor. The food was delicious! Finally some great comfort food. The restaurant is nicely set up too with outdoor picnic tables and some great music, a really nice overall vibe. Plus this was the only place we found in Nha Trang with a high chair so needless to say we were all pretty happy about that.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: BBQ Chicken Platter w/ Mac & Cheese
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


ALPACA

 

It was a nice surprise finding this healthy cafe. There unfortunately aren’t many healthy options in Nha Trang. Love the decor and overall feel of this cafe. The alpaca illustrations on the outside and inside add a nice colorful feel and the food was delicious. We had some great fish tacos and a very flavorful salad and gnocchi dish. Also a pretty big plus to this place is the fact that they have a small children’s kitchen play area on the second floor. Hours of fun!

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Fish Tacos
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of (This restaurant has a play area!)


KIWAMI SUSHI

 

Another cuisine we hadn’t had in months, sushi! So naturally we went looking for it when we got to the beach town with fresh fish being sold on every corner. This tiny little place is only open for dinner and gets pretty busy. Their sushi was delicious and really fresh. The chef kept coming to our table and interacting with Zayd which was pretty adorable. It was even sweeter because he didn’t speak any English and was interacting with him in Japanese. Definitely glad we chose this sushi restaurant over the other one down the street. It’s a little pricier than others but it’s worth every penny.

Price: $$$
Must Try Dish: Spicy Salmon Roll
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


MIX RESTAURANT

 

The last day we were in Nha Trang we had a sick baby so we couldn’t really go out to eat. While I was home cuddling our baby boy, Waseem went out hunting and grabbed us some chicken sandwiches from this super popular Greek restaurant down the block. The chicken sandwiches (Souvlakis) we SO good that we decided to pick up a couple more sandwiches from there for dinner. This time we tried the smoked tuna Souvlakis and damn were they good! We’d never tried smokes tuna and having it in a sandwich seemed absurd! So glad we tried them and if we were there a few more days we definitely would have had them again. Also, on a side note, the restaurant was so busy, the line to sit at a table was around the block!

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Smoked Tuna Sandwich
High Chair: Not sure
Staff Loves Kids: Not sure


RAINFOREST 

 

This has to be one of the most uniquely designed restaurants we’ve ever been to. It has a tree house feel with a big tree in the entryway, a huge wooden slide from the second floor and lots of swinging benches around picnic tables throughout the place. We weren’t so impressed by the food we ordered but the yogurt with fresh fruit we got for Zayd we delicious. Also, everyone around us seemed to be having coffee or tea so I think this would be a great place to take a break during a day of sightseeing and enjoy a really strong but yummy Vietnamese coffee.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Yogurt w/ fresh fruit
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


YASHODA INDIAN RESTAURANT

 

The food at this restaurant was on point. We’d been looking for Indian food for a while and this place definitely hit the spot. The interior is very bland and boring and almost felt like we were in a school cafeteria but the food makes up for it. If you’re looking for a good hearty Indian dinner, this is the place to check out. Oh, and they had one of our favorite dishes that we always have a hard time finding, Palak Paneer. Yum!

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Palak Paneer
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: No


Check out our favorite places to eat in Bali in Ubud and Canggu.

Our Best Family Travel Tips

We’ve been traveling for a while now and we’re definitely not experts, but we’ve picked up a few things along the way. Below are our top travel tips.

1. Always try to stay at AirBnbs
We’re not really the hotel-staying type. For starters we definitely need accessibility to a kitchen since we’re always on the move and we have a young child. We’ve been using Airbnb since 2014 and have stayed in more than 25 different homes all over the world! (Berlin, Amsterdam, Beirut, Chicago, Bali, Vietnam and Dubai to name a few!). I’ve become such a pro at researching and booking places on Airbnb that I would say out of the 25 different places we’ve stayed, we’ve only really had bad experiences in maybe 2 of them. When you stay in Airbnbs, it feels less like you’re visiting and more like you’re living there.

2. Enjoy some Pb&J sandwiches! 
It’s not practical to eat all our meals out, not to mention that it can become pricey. Waseem and I usually have about two meals a day, breakfast and an early dinner. Zayd I would say has two big meals also but does more snacking throughout the day than we do. Peanut better and Jam are the two first things we buy at the supermarket when we first arrive in a new city. Sometimes it’s hard to find healthy options but we do our best. We usually put some banana in our pb & j sandwiches as well to add some more sustenance. Luckily Zayd’s not allergic to anything so peanut butter is something he’s been introduced to since he was about 8 months old and he loves it! I would say we have at least 3-4 sandwiches a week. They’re a great easy go to and can be packed into a day-pack and enjoyed on the go!

3. When shopping less is more (and bring a camera)
It can be tempting to buy all kinds of souvenirs when traveling. From pretty rattan bags and colorful sarongs in Bali to cute wooden clogs in Amsterdam to bags and bags of delicious coffee in Vietnam! Because Waseem and I try to travel as compact and light as possible I would say we take more pictures of things we may want to buy rather than actually buy them. Most of the time you get excited when traveling and buy things in the spur of the moment that you may use on your trip, but these purchases actually end up sitting at the bottom of a closet back home. Every once in a while we’ll make the odd cute baby Bali tourist shirt for Zaydo but I find that the next time I’m packing to move on to our next destination, the shirt for example will only bother me when I have to find room for it. We generally will take pictures of things we may want to buy and veto actually buying them!

4. Use packing cubes, lots of them
I’m a bit OCD when it comes to packing for trips. It usually takes me the entire day before our flight to organize and pack our suitcases. I generally like everything to be in an order that makes it easy to pack and unpack. Our Eagle Creek packing cubes have been absolute life savers! First thing I do is layout all of our clothes in neat piles on the bed. Then, I’ll designate packing cubes for each pile and roll the clothes into them so they fit perfectly. Finally, I’ve started using post its and writing what’s in each pack to label them (okay, very OCD). I find that this makes it really easy to unpack at our next destination. Unless we’re staying somewhere for a week or more I’ll keep the clothes in the packs and just lay them out on a surface making it easy to find things we’re looking for. If we stay somewhere for longer than a week, I will sometimes unpack the packs and put our clothes in a closet. Definitely wouldn’t be able to pack and unpack as much as we do without these amazing cubes! They are truly life savers.

5. Keep Zayd’s sleeping arrangement as consistent as possible
When we decided we were going to start traveling I knew I had to find a travel cot that was light and easily portable for Zayd to sleep in. At around 6 months we moved Zayd from sleeping in the Chicco Next2Me Co-Sleeper to a crib at the foot of the bed so he wouldn’t see that we were in the room with him and want to wake up and play. It worked! After lots of research we decided to go with the Phil & Teds Travel Cot. It’s the lightest cot on the market weighing less than the baby (it only weighs 6 lbs!) and is just the right size for any bedroom you end up in while traveling. It also comes with a compact self inflating mattress pad. I love that Zayd is always sleeping in a familiar spot. It really makes it easy to be moving around as frequently as we are. The first night sometimes takes him a little time to get comfortable as he sees the room is different, but shortly after that he’s fast asleep and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. We also bring along Zayds nest from Etsy. I love it but really wish I had purchased a nest from this amazing company LoveBirdsSewingCo. Their nests are absolutely adorable! Such beautiful patterns and the fabric seems to be extremely durable for indoor and outdoor use. I will definitely be investing in one of these if and when we decide to grow our little family! You can also check out their Instagram account here.

Long-term Travel with Baby

No matter how you travel, travel is never “easy” when you have a little one. Between making sure Zayd’s fed, slept and bathed it’s really a full time job and a lot of the time it feels like that’s all we ever do! But, it’s also amazing! We don’t get to do as much of the touristy/sight seeing things couples who are traveling without kids get to do but, we do get to experience the joy of seeing the world through Zayds eyes. Instead of going rafting we go to the kiddy pool at water parks. Instead of going to fancy restaurants, we go to more family oriented ones that have kids play areas in them. Instead of checking out night time safaris, we go to zoos during the day. All still fun activities, just tweaked a bit.

We’ve been traveling since Zayd turned 11 months old. Bali had been a dream for us for the last few years (since Waseem and I checked it out summer of 2016) and we knew we had to go back. (Check out our favorite places to eat in Ubud and Canggu, Bali) After Zayd was born and we spent the beginning of his life between Toronto where he was born, New York where a lot of my family is and Saudi where a big part of Waseem and my family and friends are, we decided it was time to hit the road and try out this whole travel thing.

One of the most important things for us when it comes to travel is to travel as light as we possibly can and to have the most compact and functional products for our trip. From our luggage and packing cubes from Eagle Creek to our super light and comfortable Xero Shoes, to Zayds travel cot and portable high chair from Phil&Teds and really lightweight stowaway fold-able stroller from BabyZen we really wouldn’t be able to travel as easily without them.

More on our favorite travel products to come. Happy traveling!

6 Best Postpartum Products

When I was getting ready to have baby Z, I spent so much time figuring out what all the best baby products Zayd would need were and where I was going to get them all from. This took up so much of my time that I didn’t once think about myself and what I could possibly need after my birth. Luckily, a very close friend of mine who had just had a baby, came over and gave me an entire box full of things I would need for my recovery. If it weren’t for her, I would have forgot about my needs entirely. For that I will be eternally grateful. Here is a list of the things she gave me and a few more that I think are a must have when you’re freshly postpartum.

For a list of my favorite pregnancy must haves click here.

 

TendHer Reusable Perineal Cooling Pad for Postpartum and Hemorrhoid Pain Relief

 

Behold one of the best things invented for postpartum pain relief! I didn’t actually use these exact ones (I used disposable cooling icy pads) but whenever I can advocate for reusable products I do. I was one of those people who barely thought of what I would need after birth and just focused on all the different things my new little addition would need. Luckily, I a very dear friend of mine gave me a whole bunch of products just for Mommy! Icy pads were one of them and let me tell you, they are a lifesaver! Anyone who is pregnant should definitely stock up on some of these before the big day. They make recovery a lot more bearable.


FridaBaby Fridet, The MomWasher

 

This product is a must have for every new Mommy. It soothes the hurt and cools the sting when you pee. It provides effective, continuous, gentle water pressure right where you need it. When leaving the hospital new Moms are usually given a peri bottle which technically has the same function. This bottle however is considered an upgrade. It’s got a more gentle spray that’s also angled, and the top comes off and can be stored inside the bottle and in a travel bag for when you’re not at home. This bottle will put you on the road to a speedy, relatively less painful recovery!


Bamboobies Washable/Reusable Nursing Pads

 

These are the softest most absorbent nursing pads out there! Oh, and they’re washable and reusable which is a huge plus in my book. Safe the planet, save your wallet as well! If you’re the Mommy who leaks a lot while nursing these are a life saver, and if you’re a Mommy who doesn’t leak at all, these are also a life saver. They’re made of bamboo velour, cotton and hemp fabrics so they can absorb quite a bit. They are so soft that they soothe any sore or cracked nipples as well. You can easily wash them in the washing machine. The pack comes with 3 sets of regular pads (heart shaped) and 1 set of heavier overnight pads (round shaped).


Tucks Medicated Cooling Pads

 

Tucks cooling pads are specifically made for hemorrhoids and they work great for that. They also work great for new Mommies who are healing from the pain of childbirth. Whether you need them for the former, the latter or both, these things are magic. The pads are very thin and round. They really are cooling and help a lot with any burning or itching you may have. I also like the idea of just laying a pad down in your underwear as you go about your day. They really do feel so nice and cool and they definitely take the edge off.


Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream 

 

Any new Mommy knows the pain of breastfeeding for the first time. It feels like your nipple are just always going to be sore and you’re just going to have to live with it and bite your tongue every time your baby goes in for the dreaded latch. Luckily Mom’s don’t have to suffer anymore. This 100% lanolin cream is the best way to soothe those sore, chapped nipples! It’s as thick as Vaseline so it creates a barrier between your nipple and your nursing pad stopping the friction. It’s also pretty amazing how quickly this stuff heals, it almost feels instantaneous! The best part is that it’s 100% safe for baby so there’s no need to wash it off before your next feed. I’d have a couple of these, one next to my bed and one in my diaper bag. You really can’t have enough. (I hear some people even use this stuff as a lip balm it’s so good!)


Sitz Bath with Flusher Basin

 

Sitz baths are great for postpartum Moms who have had episiotomies, tears or hemorrhoids. Hospitals usually give them to their patients to take home with them (if you have a hospital delivery). It’s basically a bowl you sit in that sits over your toilet and is filled with a mixture of warm water and Epsom salts. Epsom salt is great at healing cuts, reducing inflammation and even reducing pain. This specific Sitz Bath is better than your typical one because it comes with a manual pump to help gently flush and clean the area. There’s also the option of having the water come out from the front or the back of the tub. For added soothing, add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil to the bath and enjoy how nice and tingly your bottom feels afterward!


If you enjoyed this list and would like to check out my must have pregnancy products click here.

 

8 Best Pregnancy Products

Here’s a list of my favorite pregnancy products that I used like crazy and would not have been able to live without. For a list of my favorite Postpartum products click here.

Rainbow Light Prenatal Vitamin & Rainbow Light Omega Fish & Flax

 

These are my favorite prenatal vitamins. I started taking them as soon as we decided we were going to try to get pregnant.  I like that it is considered a food based multivitamin as apposed to a synthetic based one. Food based vitamins will absorb into your body much better than synthetic. Another reason I like this company is the fact that it only requires you to take one pill a day – Two if you’re taking one Prenatal and one Omega fish & flax.


Earth Mama Organics

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This company has the most amazing products! Literally anything you purchase from them smells unbelievable and feels so nice. They have a whole range of products for pregnancy as well as products for postpartum and baby as well. I specifically used the belly oil after I showered and whenever I felt the dryness of winter and it just made everything better. It’s a bit of a problem though because it can become an addiction, so watch out!


Hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge

 

I would not have been able to be pregnant without this pillow! I used it every single night since I was about 4 months pregnant. It’s soft on one side and memory foam on the other. I found that having this small wedge under my belly really took the pressure off my back. It is also small enough to just pick up and move over when you switch sides at night – much easier to manage than a large body pillow typically used in pregnancy. I love that it comes with a travel case and can be rolled up and stuffed inside. I used it on the plane, on the couch and even sitting at my dining room table. It would be one of the first products I recommend to anyone who’s pregnant.


Motherhood Maternity Seamless Nursing Bra

 

This is a very comfortable pregnancy/nursing bra. I only used these while pregnant and nursing. I love the fact that they don’t have an underwire but are structured enough that you feel supported while wearing it. The fabric is nice and soft and very comfortable to sleep in as well. I would only take these bras off to shower. The hook opens and closes very easily with one hand which is very convenient for night time nursing sessions.


Women’s Under Bump Maternity Panties

 

Soon after I got pregnant my underwear started to bother me. I just felt like it didn’t fit right, and the longer I waited the more uncomfortable they became. I was so happy when I ordered these and they fit perfectly. They rested right under my little bump and made it so that I didn’t even feel like I had them on. They are cotton so very breathable and super soft. They come in cute colors too. When it comes to maternity underwear there’s also the option of the underwear rising over your belly but for me these were a more comfortable option because I was almost always wearing pants that went over my bump when I was out.


Bracoo Maternity Belt

 

This is the maternity belt I used starting from my second trimester onward. It immediately made it easier to go for longer walks without feeling like my belly was weighing me down. It did a great job reliving the pressure off my back when I had it on. I really liked the size and portability as well. I would just always have it with me even if I didn’t feel like wearing it some days. The fact that you can adjust it from the front and from the sides was a huge plus. It hugged me in all the right places and fit really snug. It was basically like a bra for my belly! Highly recommend.


Large Exercise Ball/Birthing Ball

 

Having a birthing ball that you spend some time sitting on everyday is a great way to prepare for birth. Since there is no back on a birthing ball, it will force you to sit up straight, this will in turn strengthen your back preparing you for labor. They also help open the pelvis, and loosen the ligaments. What’s great about them is that you can use them in lots of ways, sitting at a table having a meal, folding laundry, or just watching tv. They are nice and soft on your bottom so they actually feel very comfortable. I spent about an hour or so a day on one of these guys and I truly believe it helped prepare me for the relatively smooth labor I had.


Make My Belly Fit Jacket Extender

This is one of the most (if not the most) genius product out there for pregnancy and postpartum parents. If you live in a place that gets cold (and will be pregnant during that time) this is a must have. It’s basically a strip of fabric that attaches to your winter jacket that makes your growing belly fit inside it. Since I was going to be in Toronto during the winter time while I was pregnant I couldn’t imagine spending money on a maternity winter jacket so I was over the moon when I stumbled upon this awesome idea! It’s really well made with a fleece attachment you can affix to the inside or remove when it’s not so cold. It also has snaps on the sides to change the size as your belly grows. It may seem a bit pricey but whats great is that you can also use it after your baby is born as some extra warmth over a baby carrier. It’s also really well made and can be used for consecutive pregnancies so in my opinion that makes it worth every penny!


If you thought this list was helpful and would like to check out my favorite postpartum products click here. 

 

13 Best Places to Eat In Canggu, Bali

In the span of three months my family and I spent about a month in Canggu. During that month we ate out once a day (usually an early dinner) and tried as many places around where we were staying as possible. We stayed in three different Airbnbs in three different areas so we really we able to try a variety of restaurants. Here are our top picks in Canggu. If you’re looking for our top restaurant picks in Ubud you can find them here.

 

WARUNG DANDELION

 

This adorable restaurant feels like something out of a fairy tale. It is designed so beautifully. It’s only open for dinner (it opens at 5pm), and the lighting is on point. Little string lights and lanterns all around. It has a rustic old library feel with lots of wood elements everywhere. The staff is all so welcoming. They asked us all our names and remembered them every time they brought us a dish. The food is traditional Indonesian and it’s delicious. To top it all off they had a little shed with bunnies in it. Needless to say Zayd loved them!

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Ahi Tuna
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


MOANA FISH EATERY

 

This place is probably the most delicious fish joint in Canggu and possibly Bali! Great food, great atmosphere and great service. This restaurant that makes you feel like you’re sitting on the beach somewhere in Hawaii. Lots of chandeliers made out of shells hanging all around and a great big beautiful tree smack in the middle of the place. The fish is so fresh you feel like it just jumped out of the water. If you’re planning on having dinner there I highly recommend you call and make a reservation ahead of time as it can get pretty busy. Definitely don’t miss out on eating here while in Canggu.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Crispy Eggplant Topped with Herb Tuna Avocado
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


LA CASITA CAFE AND PLAYGROUND

 

This cute little place is has a pretty rice field view. It also has a play area with a small wooden house and toys for kids as well as really yummy Peruvian food. Nice chill vibe. Great if you don’t have kids but even more great if you do and they can walk already and make use of the playground that’s right next to the dining tables.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Ceviche
High Chair: Yes
Staff loves kids: Kind of


SECRET SPOT

 

Really cute little Cafe with a small cozy attic. Great breakfast and coffee. It’s also a really nice place I imagine to sit and get some work done on a laptop. Chill working music.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Dragon Berry Smoothie Bowl
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: No


THE SAVAGE KITCHEN

 

We enjoyed our dinner here very much. Appetizer was yummy too. Nice outdoor seating area with really great lighting and music. It’s in a courtyard with a few other restaurants around so if I imagine you could split up and eat in different places if you all couldn’t agree on just one.

Price: $$$
Must Try Dish: Coconut Chicken Burger
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: No


SUNNY CAFE

 

Cafe with a vintage 50’s style flair. We checked this place out twice, both times for breakfast. When you walk into the place is makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. I felt like I was sitting in my Grandma’s kitchen as a little girl. Lots of vintage items like radios, TV’s and record players. Even the music is on point. The breakfast food is delicious and they have very good coffee.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Smashed Avocado
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


BUNGALOW LIVING

 

This place is a cute little cafe inside a home-ware store. It’s got such nice curb appeal in terms of house decor I was so mesmerized by their window displays that I had no idea they also had a cafe in the back until the morning we were leaving Canggu. Great spot to grab a quick bite like a pastry and a morning coffee. When you’re done you can take a walk around the store and appreciate how beautifully decorated the place is.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Almond Croissant
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


PIZZA FABBRICA

 

Yummy yummy pizza in a hip and happening restaurant with nice views and open airy windows. This is the type of vibe you want to be surrounded by while enjoying delicious pizza. This is a pretty big restaurant situated on a corner with a small rice field across the street. The menu has an extensive list of pizza and calzone options. Definitely recommend this place for a fun night out!

Price: $$$
Must Try Dish: Melanzane Pizza
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


STRAWBERRY FIELDS

 

This place is a MUST try while in Bali. It has two locations, Seminyak and Canggu (Kuta Utara area). If you’re looking for a fantastic burger that both looks and tastes fantastic this is your place. The burgers are names after movies and each one has its own twist. Also, check out their Instagram account and prepare to drool. The restaurant decor is also really fun.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Le Big Mac Burger
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: No


CINTA CAFE

 

A nice little place for breakfast with a view of the rice fields. They have an extensive menu but we only tried their breakfast. Cozy and casual with a nice upbeat vibe to it. Oh and a great breeze off the fields.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Banana Pancakes
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


MILU (by Nook)

 

We stumbled upon this chic little place while taking Zayd for a walk around the neighborhood and I’m so glad we did! From the outside it doesn’t look like a place you have to check out but if you look through the front door while passing by you see the rice field view. We decided to check it out and so glad we did. The ambiance is amazing! It has indoor and a large outdoor dining room as well. Super cutely decorated with all sorts of rattan objects throughout the area. The food options were plenty and varied from Asian to Italian to Indonesian. Definitely recommend checking this place out. It would be nice to visit for sunset.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Tuna Ceviche
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


NOOK

 

This place is happening! Pretty big restaurant with outdoor seating. Beautiful rice field view. Loved the decor and the vibe. We had lunch and breakfast here. The breakfast was better than the lunch but what we ordered for lunch was still tasty.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Brioche toast with Banana and Nutella
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: No


TETSUO (by Nook)

 

Absolutely one of our favorite restaurants in Canggu! The food, the atmosphere, the service. This place is right across the street from Nook and is owned by the same people but it is far superior. It’s Japanese, Asian and Vegan. They offer vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian dishes. Really delicious.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Tuna Poke Bowl
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


You may want to also check out our favorite places to eat in Ubud ,Bali.

Also, check out our favorite restaurants in the beach town Nha Trang, Vietnam.

19 Best Places to Eat in Ubud, Bali

Ubud is definitely one of the best places to eat in Bali. You can pretty much find any cuisine you’re looking for including various vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Canggu is also a great places for good eats. Check out our favorite restaurants in Canggu here.

 

TACO CASA

 

Our favorite Mexican restaurant in Ubud. This place is nice and laid back just like you would want it to be. A mix between a fast food joint and one a little more upscale. The food is delicious and the staff is really friendly and accommodating. We have lunch at this spot at least once a week. If you’re looking for your fix of Mexican this is your spot. Nothing too fancy but all the hearty goodness you expect in a nice big burrito.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Wet Burrito
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


THE ELEPHANT RESTAURANT AND BAR

 

A super yummy vegetarian restaurant with the best view in Ubud. The big open windows let in a really nice breeze and the food is just the cherry on top. Delicious vegetarian food it may even make you consider cutting out/cutting down on meat in your life!

Price: $$$
Must Try Dish: Zucchini Spaghetti with Lemon and Capers
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


BALI BUDA

 

Another one of our favorite little places that we frequent quite often. Healthy delicious food that hits you with less guilt than if you had the same food at a different spot. All the food on the menu is good and they have breakfast as well. Most options can be made gluten free or vegetarian. We also love the fact that they have a small play area that we can set Zayd down in while we look at the menu.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Zucchini Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: No


CLEAR CAFE & SPA

 

When you first see this place the door immediately grabs your attention. It’s a round door that feels like you’re visiting a hobbit home. After leaving your shoes in a cubby at the front door you walk inside. The decor is really cool with a fish pond along the entire side of the room and a spiral staircase right in the middle. They’ve got some cozy floor seating with cushions and some high tables. A cool glass bridge Zayd enjoys walking back and forth on and a firefighters pole on the second floor as a quick way to jump the bill! The food is absolutely delicious with tons of options it’s sometimes hard to decide!

** Also, we haven’t had the chance to try it but there is a spa inside this restaurant. I imagine it would be perfect to get a massage and then have a bit to eat afterwards. The spa menu looks awesome too!

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Ikan Asli
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: No


WARUNG FALAFEL

 

I have to confess that I’ve been really put off falafel for a few years now so I was not excited to try this place at all when Waseem suggested it but man was I surprised. It’s a quick bite to eat joint that’s located in the Ubud Market area. You choose your bread and then you pick your fillings. This is the most delicious falafel sandwich I think I’ve ever had! And I’m Arab! It’s one of those places I know I’m definitely going to miss when we leave Bali.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Falafel in Pita
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: No


WATERCRESS

 

THE BEST BURGER IN UBUD! We’ve only been here for the burgers and really, there’s no other reason to come! (I mean I bet all the food is good but the burger is just thaaaaat good!)

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Burger
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


WARUNG HANA

 

This is a pretty good Indonesian restaurant. It’s got two floors and some outdoor seating upstairs. There’s a small play area with a slide for kids. Chill vibe and super affordable. It located a bit outside of the center. I don’t think I would go out of the way to go to it but if I found myself in the area it’s definitely a good lunch/dinner option.

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Tempura and any Prawn Dish
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


JUICE JA CAFE

 

Only ever ordered delivery from this restaurant but it was really good! It’s got vegetarian food. The ingredients are all so fresh and so tasty. I think they also have an option of a week long juice cleanse you can do. 

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Healthy Whole Wheat Mie Goreng
High Chair: Don’t know
Staff Loves Kids: Don’t know


WARUNG THOR

 

This place was right down the street from our villa so we had it a bunch of times. It has very good brick oven pizza and some pretty good pasta dishes. It even has some Asian Teriyaki type options. I’d definitely try it out if in the area.

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Vegetarian Pizza/Aglio Olio Spaghetti
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


ODETTE

 

Delicious restaurant. Perfect for a nice big hearty western style breakfast like eggs benedict and tasty lunch options like a Banh Mi or a duck sandwich. They have really good pastries too and sourdough bread that we lived on while living in Ubud! They also have a really pretty outdoor garden away from the main street with a pretty big coy pond and lots of greenery.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Salmon Eggs Benedict/Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


BARONG BRIDGE CAFE

 

This place has a really awesome green view and really delicious food! Anything you order on the menu will be worth it. It’s got some indoor and some outdoor seating. The outdoor area looks out on a very pretty palm tree view. The only problem is, it’s a pretty noisy spot if you choose to sit outside. In our opinion, the food is so good it’s worth it.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Coconut Curry/French Onion Soup
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


LABAK SARI RESTAURANT

 

Hands down the BEST Indonesian food we’ve had anywhere on the island! Totally worth going out of your way for! I would go at the beginning of your trip because guaranteed you’ll love it so much you’ll want to be able to have it again before you leave. This place is nestled in the quiet of the rice fields, away from the hustle and bustle of the center of Ubud. It’s a tiny place with lots of plants all around. The food is spectacular and the prices can’t be beat! Definitely definitely go here!

Price: $
Must Try Dish: Eggplant dish/Chicken Curry
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


MONSIEUR SPOON

 

Nice place for breakfast. Has really tasty baked goods. They have an all you can eat breakfast buffet on Sundays.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: French Toast
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: No


PHO HWITTA

 

Delicious Vietnamese Pho joint. Great place to grab a quick yummy bowl of Pho. Located right on the main road you can eat your bowl of goodness and do some people watching as well.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Vegetarian Pho
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


MOTHER at WAMM

 

Asian, Vegetarian and Vegan. The food is delicious and the decor of the restaurant is really nice and unique. It’s also located in a quiet area overlooking a nice soccer field. Great spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and grab some tasty healthy food.

Price: $$$
Must Try Dish: Jack-fruit Curry
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


HABITAT CAFE

 

Great breakfast spot right next to the monkey forest. Would be perfect to grab some food and then head over to check out the monkey forest for a few hours. The place has got a nice bamboo feel to it and also has a cozy seating area out overlooking the street for people watching.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Egg and Cheese on Croissant
High Chair: Yes
Staff Loves Kids: Yes


WHO’S WHO

 

Delicious little Belgian Cafe. It’s located right in the busy center of town but down a little alleyway that makes it quiet enough to escape the craziness and maybe even get some work done. Tuna tartar was amazing and by far the BEST Iced coffee I think I’ve ever had in my entire life. It’s a home-made recipe with cinnamon and cacao. It’s worth checking this place out just for the coffee! I would even swing by there and get it to go.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Ice Coffee/Tuna Tartar
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


KAGEMUSHA

 

The best Japanese food in Bali! This place is a must try! It’s hidden away down a little walkway that you would never know existed unless someone told you about it. So there are no tourists there which we really liked since it’s been super busy around town these days because of high season. They don’t have sushi as you would expect a Japanese place to have but they do have bento boxes, rice bowls, and tempura options. The food is so delicious we had to go back a couple days in a row. It’s also super affordable! The food is really fresh and they use lots of local ingredients in their dishes. Craving their food as I write this post. Can’t wait to go back!

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Assorted Fish Tempura/Fried Chicken
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: Kind of


MUSE CAFE & ART

 

This is a little gem with unbelievably delicious food. They’re doing a soft opening at the moment and it is so worth giving it a try! It got breakfasts and main dishes. We had some Indian food cause we haven’t really been able to find good Indian since we got here and it was very good. We also had a salad that I think was possibly the best salad I’ve ever had, really filling too. It’s in a quiet area amidst the trees and situated a bit higher than the street so you kind of get that jungle feel. It’s also nice not to see the cars and bikes go by.

Price: $$
Must Try Dish: Rainbow Salad
High Chair: No
Staff Loves Kids: No


For a list of our favorite restaurants to eat in Canggu, click here.

If you’re thinking of checking out one of Vietnam’s most famous beach towns Nha Trang, click here for our favorite eats!