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Barefoot Blonde at Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland
^^David took this on his new drone that he is obsessed with!

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WHITE BLAZER AND PANTS: Zara // TEE: Shopbop (similar and less expensive here!) // FLATS: M. GemiΒ // SUNGLASSES: Le Spec // A’S SHIRT: Crew CutsΒ (on sale!) // A’S BOWTIE: Crew Cuts // A’S SNEAKERS: Zappos

I could seriously write a novel about how amazingΒ this portion of our trip was!!! I was super excited to stay here when I booked it but when we got there it was 10x better in person so we ended up paying for another night! Which by the way, I booked ours on Expedia or Priceline (cant remember which one) and it was cheaper than their actual website. But anyways we stayed at Ashford Castle in Cong County three days and two nights. We used the hotel babysitters and went horse back riding which was so fun, we walked around and explored the castle, laid in the grass and played for hours, ate endless croissants (they make them fresh and are THEE best I have ever had!!) and we had a picnic! A lot of you asked if we brought that picnic basket, no we didnt! The hotel had picnics for like $25 a person and they go set it up for you but if you go you definitely should do it because it was really tasty and fun.. minus I did get balsamic vinegar all over my pants.. but I was totally asking for that one by wearing all white to a picnic with a toddler. And back to hotel babysitters.. we didn’t know that hotels offered babysitters until about 10 months ago and since then we always ask and most hotel that offer activities will also have babysitters. Sometimes they are freaking expensive like $100/hr which we would never do because that is absurd but this one happened to be $15/hr which I think is totally reasonable and worth it. Sometimes escaping the kids for a couple hours on a vacation makes it really feel like a vacation.

Anyways – we uploaded our q&a to youtube so if you want to watch it the link is here. We did it spur of the moment and didn’t have long so its kind of chaotic ha but watch as little or as much as you want ha! xo

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  1. Love reading about your family’s trip to Ireland!! My husband just surprised me with a trip to Ireland for my birthday (we will be going in November). As I’m furiously planning, I’m debating if we should bring our nanny with us so that we can enjoy some pubs and adult evenings out on our trip. I see you were traveling with two little ones – do you have any advice on if you think you were able to fully enjoy Ireland without childcare or if you’d recommend to bring someone? I have a one year old son. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi, I love your blogpost and vidΓ©o, I’m doing an internship at the Equestrian centre you visited at Ashford, could you please contact me?? I would love to have your feedback about this activity on my report! Thanks again, keep doing some travel diaries they are awesome! XO

  3. Eu nΓ£o sei nem o que comentar, estou deslumbrada. Amo acompanhar a sua jornada e de sua famΓ­lia, vocΓͺs sΓ£o uma grande inspiração. Muito sucesso. Beijos do Brasil. | I don’t even know what comment, I’m dazzled. I love accompany your journey and your family, you’re a great inspiration. Much success. Kisses from Brazil.

  4. Omg Amber, you are so kiut, i Love youuu, you are my idol, Rosie Omg is a Queen ❀️❀️❀️ I Love your blog

  5. Hi! I really love everything about Your blog! ???? Such a beautiful family! You are my inspiration ???? I’ m very interested if You have a nanny, or somebody who helps you to take care of your kids? Xo

  6. Just gorgeous!! Love love love everything about your blog and adorable fan!! Where is your picnic basket and blanket from?!? We are looking for one and can’t seem to find anything good and those are lovely!????

    1. Thank you so much Chelsea!! And I actually don’t know where they’re from because the hotel provided the picnic essentials πŸ™‚ Thanks for the nice comment!! xo

  7. Hey!:) I have visited your blog and Instagram… I think your lifestyle is fabulous and you definitely know what you want! I admire you so much because you look drop dead gorgeous everyday and you make it look so easy! I was just wondering if I could know how you made everything happen… And what you studied in college (if you went to college).
    It might sound creepy.. Haha but I just want to be like you (really not trying to be creepy!!????)

    1. Thank you so much!! That is too nice of you!! πŸ™‚ And I actually graduated from cosmetology school but I also took some various college courses on the side. Both of which prepared me for what I am doing today. I got into hair styling (braiding specially) while attending hair school. I hope that helps!! xo

  8. That looks straight out of a fairytale! How lovely it must have been to spend a few days at a castle! Rosie’s little cheeks and smile just warms my heart. Such a lovely post πŸ™‚
    xo, Rowan |

    1. It was definitely a favorite so far!! And aww thank you!! She is too fun πŸ™‚

    1. Yes! Definitely put it on your list πŸ™‚ It is so gorgeous there!! Thanks for reading!! xo

    1. It really was one of the coolest places we have stayed, we loved it!

  9. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful castle. Loved the Q&A πŸ™‚ haha the harmonica, priceless

  10. Gorgeous post. πŸ™‚ What kind of widget do you use for Instagram on your blog? I love it!


  11. Oh wow! What an amazing location! No wonder you stayed for an extra day! So fun πŸ™‚

  12. OMG so beautyful pictures!???? You’re outfit is stunning like always???? Today I saw your Q&A video in your youtube channel ???? I laughed a lot on David and Atticus they were so funny ???????? And the harmonica???? made my day???? I hope I can see more videos from you ???? The vlogs are my favourite (sorry for my english) When I saw you’re anwsered to my comment I cried???? because you’re my idol and it meant so much for me ???? I hoe someday you will come to Hungary too ???? It’s a very small country but It’s very beautyful ???? It’s in the middle of Europe ???? Love your family ????

    1. Thank you so much Jacinta!! That is so sweet of you πŸ™‚ And yay! So glad you liked the video!! We would love to come to Hungary someday!! It would be so fun to meet you!! Thanks for the support!! xo

  13. Thank you for giving me such an inspiration to travel the globe! Everything looks too beautiful for words

  14. OMG that video is the CUTEST!!!!! I LOVE how candid this is!!!! you are beyond adorable πŸ™‚ :).

  15. My husband served his mission in the Scotland/Ireland mission. We are planning a trip next year! Will have to make a stop here; it’s absolutely stunning.

    What lens does David use for these beautiful photos? I love them all so much.

    1. No way!! What a cool mission! You two will love going back together πŸ™‚ And we typically use a 24-70mm lens but we also use our 20mm, 50mm and 200mm. I hope that helps!!

  16. I didn’t know hotels offered babysitting either πŸ™‚ I’ll be sure to ask about for my kids that on our future travels. Looks like your cute fam is having a blast!


    1. Thanks so much!! It’s been a fun trip πŸ™‚ And yeah definitely!! You would be surprised at how many hotels offer babysitting services πŸ™‚ It is so nice!

    1. Thanks Sydney!! We loved our time there!! It was everything I thought it would be and then some πŸ™‚

  17. I loved your Q&A! One of my favorite things about your blog is that you and your family are real, and honest about messes and spit up and real life! This sounds cheesy to say but I’ve tried to enjoy other bloggers and I really just can’t because their pictures feel a little too perfect to me (if that makes any sense…lol). For me, I just appreciate your honesty and can’t get enough of your blog.

    1. Thank you so much!! That is too kind of you! I am so happy you liked it!! It definitely gave a glimpse into our life which is totally not perfect πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  18. I actually just discovered your blog and instagram profile. Newbie! I love your aesthetic on here. I can’t wait to read more posts! P.s. your family is beautiful.

    1. Yay!! I am so glad you are following along now πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!! xo

  19. This place looks absolutely incredible! Your family vacations always look so amazing…love your bangs by the way!


    1. It really was one of the most amazing places we have stayed! We loved it πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment!! xo

  20. I think it’s SO awesome you travel so much with your family and give your kids these amazing experiences at such young ages!

    My question is – where does Chauncey stay during all of your trips!? He must be soooo excited to see you whenever you arrive home again πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Erica!! That is such a nice compliment!! They are great little travelers πŸ™‚ And Chauncey syays with a family in the city, probably getting spoiled πŸ˜‰

    1. Definitely add it to your bucket list!! We loved it so much!!

    1. Thanks Charlie! It was definitely one the coolest places we have stayed πŸ™‚

  21. Hi Amber! I’ve always wundered how old you were when you started this blog? And did you create it all by your own? How did you came up with the idea of starting a blog?
    xoxo Ella

    1. Hi Ella!! I believe I was 20! And yes, I created it on my own πŸ™‚ I started it when I went on a service trip to Fiji because I wanted a way to share photos from my trip with my parents and friends. When I got home from the trip, I continued posting on it and doing fashion, hair and beauty posts. xo

  22. WOW!!! Everything about this post is perfect!
    I am just wondering what is your number 1 suggestion for a place to visit. I am still a student, therefore on a strict budget. Any suggestions?????
    Love you and your family…
    Oh and another question… Where do you go to church in New York??

    1. Thank you so much!! Glad you like it πŸ™‚ And ahh that is so hard to say!! A couple of my favorite countries have been France and Italy! And I go to an LDS church building!

  23. Adore looking at your photographs. You have one happy family.

    1. Thank you so much!! These are definitely some of my favorite photos πŸ™‚

    1. It felt like a dream being there!! We loved it πŸ™‚ And thank you!! Glad you like that!

    1. It was so amazing there, we loved it!! Definitely add it to your bucket list πŸ™‚

  24. You are the second blog, out of the 2 blogs I follow on a daily basis, that has gone to this castle. I’m starting to think it’s a sign that I need to go here! As always, very lovely photos and family πŸ™‚

    Ashton | Instagram

    1. No way?! I definitely think you need to go now haha πŸ˜‰ Thanks for reading love!! xo

  25. Rosie and Atticus are so lovely, it seems like they are loving the trip. And it’s just me or Rosie is getting blonde hair? ????

    1. You are too kind!! Thank you so much!! And yes! It is definitely coming in lighter πŸ™‚

    1. Oh you are too nice!! Thank you! It gets me every time too πŸ™‚

  26. So magical!!! What an amazing and enchanting place!!! ???? Beautiful photos! Looking forward to more!! ❀️’d the Q&A video! Harmonica spit up and all!! They are cutest!! Loved seeing the real you silly and all!! And david too! Just the sweetest!!! I know probably a lot of people asked but I would love to hear more about that deodorant you were talking about. ???? My favorite post!!!! ???????? ya!!!! xoxoxo

  27. obsessed with these photos!! can you and david pleaseeeee make some travel diaries using his drone footage- that would be amazing to watch! xo

    1. Thank you Abby!! And yes!! We will definitely be doing some sort of travel video πŸ™‚ Stay tuned!

  28. One of my favorite places! Did you have a chance to fly the hawk? It’s such an amazing experience! Also, if you’re on your way to Moscow still, a great day trip is Sergiev Posad. It’s a UNESCO heritage site and really pretty!

    Stop by my blog and enter to win a $100 Sephora gift card πŸ™‚

    1. Right?! We were so sad to leave!! It was amazing there!! And oh awesome! Thanks for the tip! We will check it out!! xo

  29. Love your outfit! Do you mind me asking what size you ordered in the suit and pants (we’re the same height! yay tall girls)? I’ve never ordered from zara before and I don’t know how their stuff runs! Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you love!! And I got it in a size small. I feel like it was pretty true to size πŸ™‚ And yes, if you’re tall then the pants will come up a little higher than the model on their site. xo

  30. You guys look like you are part of a novel! The place looks lovely. You are so brave to ride the horse in a all-white-outfit! So chic!
    I loved the q&a. So funny with the harmonica and Rosie always looking happy. Such a cute family. Are you ever going to visit Asia? There’s so many places to visit here.
    Enjoy Europe!
    Carolina |

    1. You are too nice!! Thank you so much!! SO glad you liked the Q&A video too πŸ™‚ Thanks for watching!! And yes! We definitely will be going to Asia sometime.. hopefully soon!! Where would you recommend going? xo

      1. My top favorites here in Asia are Japan, Bali, and Thailand. And of course you need to come to Kuala Lumpur so I can meet you hehe jk! xo Happy Mothers Day πŸ™‚

  31. Loved this the horses and pictures were gorgeous! Also thanks so much for linking a video to your beauty products YouTube video I loved watching that and taking inventory on some of the products I might need to pick up! πŸ™‚ I would love to see an everyday makeup tutorial of yours sometime you always look so naturally beautiful and put together in all of your blog posts, while never wearing too much makeup! I need to know your secrets haha!

    1. Thank you so much!! I am glad you like the post πŸ™‚ And oh of course!! I hope it was helpful!! And that is a great suggestion!! I have had a lot of requests for that, so I need to get on it! Thank you for the sweet comment!! xo

  32. I love, love these beautiful pictures of all of you. How wonderful for us to see so many pictures of Rosie
    and Atticus growing. Fun to see you on horses! Poppie and I love being together all the time, and you get
    to do that too. I love these scenes; it helps me see where my ancestors lived!. Thank you, mom

    1. Aww you are too kind!! Thank you Joanne!! I know I will love going back and looking at these when they are older πŸ™‚ I love the name Poppie by the way, so so darling!!

  33. That castle looks like a dream! One more to add to my someday list πŸ™‚ And I just loved that q&a video — pretty sure I was smiling through the entire thing. Your babies are the cutest — harmonica, spit up and all! Loved Rosie’s face as Chauncey kept licking it πŸ™‚ Also appreciate how you didn’t edit out the silly parts — love getting to see the real you!
    Can you tell me a bit more about that deodorant you mentioned? Thanks!! xoxo

  34. Oh gosh what a beautiful place! Sounds like you guys are having the best time over there! I loved the q&a, I hope you do many many more I was laughing so hard! You guys are so much fun and it was so nice to see you all together in a video! I loved it!


    1. Thanks so much! We really did have such a great time! And you are too nice!! Glad you liked it πŸ™‚ It was fun to do something unedited. Thanks for watching!! xo

  35. I cannot get over how absolutely breathtaking all of these photos are! What an incredible place to visit. It is definitely on my must visit list now. πŸ™‚ And I had no idea that hotels offered babysitters either. That is so awesome! And yay for some time alone with your hubby. πŸ™‚

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  36. This pictures are amazing and I’m happy you’re able to do things like this with your family. I’m looking forward to watching your Q&A!

    stay styled,


    IG: stay_styled

  37. Love seeing you guys enjoy my homeland. Such a magical place! Not to be a pain, but the castle is in Cong in County Mayo. Cong is the closest town ????

  38. Amber that q&a was so freaking adorable!! Thanks for scoring it even when there was a lot going on, it’s so fun to hear more personal thoughts and such from you two! Love following along your gorgeous vacation. So jealous.

    Blessings the rest of the month

  39. I kept thinking wow I really love that white outfit, and WOW you are so brave wearing that with 2 babies!
    Honestly, I’d never look twice seeing it on the Zara website, but you make me want to buy it right this second! Great photos!

  40. Whenever I wear all white, I get stains on my clothes…and I don’t even have kids yet! lol. These pictures are so gorgeous and it looks like such an amazing place to stay!

  41. These photos are really lovely! Would love to stay at this castle some day.
    Also I watched your q&a video and didn’t mind watching the whole 20 minutes. I liked that it was kind of chaotic and spontaneous. Some really funny moments in it! πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll do more of this.

  42. Wow such a stunning place!!!Never knew Ireland could be so beautiful.I will be adding this to my bucket list! Your family in these pics makes this place look even more interesting!

  43. Loving your Ireland pictures!! My husband and I got married last May and did a self driven tour of Ireland. We absolutely LOVED every minute of it and have been dreaming about going back ever since <3

  44. These pictures are stunning and the scenery is just breathtaking, I bet you guys felt so royal being there πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read your itinerary, I need to plan some trips like this!

  45. When are you guys going to Iceland?! (from your Q&A) I’m going soon and I’m SO excited and now I’m looking forward to your posts from there!!!

  46. Amber you guys are seriously such an inspiration! Your family is amazing. I’d love if you did a post about how you stay grounded while traveling. For me, it can be stressful being away from routines and your normal eating habits. How do you manage to make it look effortless?!

    From Lexy with love

  47. Absolutely Stunning!! These pics are gorgeous and your Q&A video is preciousness!!!! I love how raw and real life it is!! Keep them up for sure! You all are the most adorable family πŸ™‚
    Terrell in OKC

  48. atticus is the most precious human being on this earth !
    I really adore your family so much, Rosie looks like such a delight:’) so lovely and oh my gosh, that smile!
    it’s incredible to me how at such young age you and David have made such a lovely and happy family. your children are really lucky to have you two.
    also, this trip looks like it gets better every day! that castle is gorgeous.

  49. R looks so so cute in headbands!! I love it. And k have to agree the croissants (or any baking for that matter) in Europe are 10x better than in NA. Jealous!!

    1. She uses a canon 5d mark iii with several lenses: 20mm, 50mm, 200mm, 24-70mm and a wide angle. And a program called Lightroom to edit her pictures.

  50. I’m a babysitter & I charge $15/hr for two kids. πŸ™‚ Totally reasonable!

  51. I CAN’T STAND IT!! YOUR KIDS ARE SO ADORABLEEEE!!! And you are so beautiful, as always! The picture of David with Rosie..its so cute! Sending lots of love from Indonesia ❀❀❀❀❀

  52. You look so gorgeous Amber! Love that cute one of Rosie in the air, her little outfit is the cutest! Hope you guys are enjoying your time in Europe! ????

  53. Oh Amber I’ve been following you for the last 4 years and love seeing every single picture you post and following along and your family adventures!! It’s so inspiring! I hope o can do something like this one day with my littles! Confession: I’ve also been waiting for this post to find out where your sunnies were from ???? So amazing as always! Love you!

  54. Stunning photos!!
    I have always wanted to stay in a Castle and I think you have brought the perfect one to me! So THANK YOU! You’re family is such an inspiration to what life can be like in the 21st century! I am so happy for you and all of your success in such few years.
    Keep up the beautiful work, and tell David I give him endless applauses for being such a loving husband, father, and a beautiful photographer!

  55. You should make a collage of all the pictures of the kids standing on David’s hands! Love the pics! Your family is goals!!

  56. Wow this is so amazing!! I hope to have a picnic right in front of a real castle on day πŸ˜‰ Btw, cutest family ever! <3

    xo Raina
    The Mama Queen

  57. Oh wow, what a lovely background! Have fun and be safe! Everyone looks great!

  58. Ah I would love to go there! Sooo nice that hotel babysitters are available and at the ready!

    Can you please share which drone David bought? And which camera lens is his go-to? πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much!

    xo E

  59. wow! this place looks like a dream! I am obsessed with those sunglasses! buying right now!

  60. Wowwwwww. I cannot stop looking at these pictures!! They are incredible. I love the drone one. How cool is it that hey have horseback riding and picnics. Sounds like paradise to me!

  61. I am so obsessed with your Zara suit you’re wearing! SO beautiful! And little Atticus with those sneakers…too cute!!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  62. Beautiful pictures! I need to add this to my places to go. Also, loved the Q&A. Xo, have fun on the rest of your trip ❀️

  63. I love these so much! We’re planning a trip to the UK next summer and I definitely want to check this place out! By the way what lense did you use for these photos? 85 mm?

    1. Ashford Castle isn’t in the UK. It’s in Ireland so you might have to take a flight πŸ™‚

      1. Oops! I thought all of Ireland was in the UKnbut apparently only Northern Ireland is! Thanks!

  64. What a dream!! I’m going to Ireland at the end of June and these pics are making my heart swoon. Hope you have a wonderful rest of your trip and can’t wait to see the rest of your pictures



  65. Seriously, ever one of these could be in a magazine. You guys are so cute. If I even had to take one family photo…I’d probably just stop at trying to pick out outfits that match/look good, haha. I know I’ve said this before, but bangs are just too cute on you. And THAT DRONE PIC!! You are going to have so much fun with that. Those are hard to control though! My Dad has one…he flies around the house lol, and it is not easy. Why are guys better at that stuff lol? Anyways, oh the castle. Um, yeah, very cool. I can’t even imagine how awesome that was in person lol. And how cute is the picnic! xx


  66. Oh my..!! πŸ™‚ You are like a princess and her family on a casual day! Sooo beautiful πŸ™‚

    1. Oh my goodness you are too sweet!! Thank you Zuzka!! πŸ™‚

  67. So awesome! I would love to visit there! The Q&A is too funny, Atticus is way too cute and Rosie with her spit up the whole time???? Loving it!

  68. Lovely place, would love to go there πŸ™‚ I know what you mean, you love your kids more than anything in the world but sometimes you just need a moment without them, which always seems like real vacation πŸ™‚