Where To Stay & What To Do In Northern Bali

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Bali offers some of the most breathtaking natural beauty we’ve ever seen.  We just returned from there and our heads are still spinning from all the stunning sights.  Read on for highlights of the Northern Bali region.  (We’re going to have to break this trip up into multiple posts because there is just that much goodness.  Plus we packed in so much traveling ALL over the country!)  You’ll want to bookmark this site and hit all these spots in order to not miss a thing

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Amongst the rolling hills, lush countryside, and plantations you’ll find lots of options but we loved Munduk Moding Plantation.  And not to tout how right we were but it was voted best Eco-Luxury resort in Indonesia in 2016 by the World Luxury Hotels Association!  And that incredible pool was voted one of the best 10 Infinity pools in the world in 2014.  Can you see why?

I wanted to take a million photos here hoping to capture and steal some of that beauty as my take-home souvenir.  The sunsets and sunrises are remarkable being that you are so high up in the clouds.  You won’t even believe your eyes as you look out into the mountains and walk the edge of this pool.  You’ll feel a million miles away from home here and so close to heaven.  It is truly awe-inspiring and meditative.

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What a treat it was to live (albeit briefly) amidst the Balinese jungle and on a coffee plantation in the clouds.  It was SUCH a special hideaway.  It had that exotic appeal with their traditional architecture along with luxurious touches like flower buds scattered through our high-end suite.

And I was happy to find that the resort offered so many family-friendly activities (like kite making and flying, Balinese dance and costume making, bamboo weaving, towel artistry etc.)  Plus in the evening, there are children’s TV shows and movies followed by a fire pit and marshmallow roasting.  Who knows, you might even get some quiet time to yourself with all these activities to keep the kids occupied!

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The food on-site was a yummy mix of local favorites mixed in with more familiar options which pleased the whole family.

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And the complimentary tours around the grounds allowed guests to bird watch, stroll through the coffee plantation and gardens and learn all about the making of coffee.  I can’t go a day without coffee so I was fascinated!

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It was so fun!   There was also a highly rated spa on the resort’s premises but we were too busy exploring the area to have time to sit around getting massaged haha!


We couldn’t resist hiking through a natural waterfall (there are several in the area).  If you do this, we recommend hiring a local guide (they can be found at the entrance of the waterfalls) for super cheap. Trust me, you’ll have more fun if you can let someone else do the navigating.  Note stairs are sometimes steep and slippery when wet.  I would not recommend this for kids 5 and under since the trek is at least 20 minutes each way unless your child really likes the stairmaster.

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Also, a must – stop near the hotel is Wanagiri, an Instagram-able swing lookout with breathtaking views  of the Twin Lakes.

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If in the area, you must also stop by Ulun Danu Bratan Water Temple in Tabanan.  Here you can take a memorable swan ride through the lake to enjoy the mountainside’s picturesque views!
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And then visit the many surrounding gates and temples on premise!
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Along the way, you’ll want to stop and stare at the beautiful rice plantations and maybe check out the millions of monkeys roaming the mountainside.  There is so much natural beauty to see along the way!
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Based on this recap, what would you most like to do or see while in the Munduk Northern Bali region?  Stay tuned for more Bali highlights (focusing on other regions) coming soon!  And let me know what else you’d like to hear more about!
Thanks to Munduk Moding Plantation for hosting us!  We had the most memorable time with you!

Baby Magic Announces Brand News with Breakfast, Bunnies and Blooms in NYC

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As a mom, you lean on brands that your you, yourself, and your mom have known and trusted when choosing products for your baby.  And Baby Magic is one of those brands that has been a mainstay in so many families from generation to generation.  That classic pink bottle and uniquely soothing scent brings nostalgia to so many including myself.  So when I was invited to a special blogger event hosted by Baby Magic, I was happy to attend and learn more about their latest offerings.

                                                                                                                 nyc bloggers, nyc blogger moms, mom bloggers, nyc mom bloggers, momtrends event  Here are my 3 takeaways about Baby Magic’s brand expansion and its biggest evolution in 65 years:
  1.  Baby Magic is embracing the ever-growing parental consciousness about the ingredients in baby products.  In response to parents’ needs and desires, they’ve reformulated their products to exclude sulfates, mineral oils, dyes, parabens, phthalates, talc, and lanolin.  Parents will love their gentle, safe, skin-loving ingredients while still being able to rely on the same quality and care that Baby Magic has always been known for.  baby magic event, baby magic press, baby magic pr, nyc bloggers, baby magic review
  2. The enhanced formulation now comes in 3 popular scents!  There’s original baby, sweet buttercup and lavender lullaby.  I know so many parents who love the original baby lotion scent so much that they regularly use it on themselves, not just their kids.  Would you?  To celebrate the launch of the new scents, Baby Magic’s event had us use lavender while learning to arrange our own floral bouquets! Lavender as you may know helps lull little ones to sleep and what parent couldn’t use a little help with the bedtime routine??
  3. There’s a new look and feel featuring a new brand mascot and a new brand ambassador!  I was expecting to see lots of pink at this event remembering their classic pink bottle but their new bottles are white as you can see (which I love even more) and the new lineup features an adorable bunny!  So at their event, we all got to cuddle some real live bunnies while catching up with one another over breakfast.                       baby magic lotion, momtrends event, nyc bloggers, nyc blogger moms, blogger event Also newly associated with the brand is Carolynne Harvey, sleep expert and author of Dream Baby Nights.  Carolynne will be working with the brand to share her advice on providing quality sleep, care and comfort for babies.  She is available for media activations and parenting expos featuring Baby Magic and I couldn’t help but ask her for tips and tricks on sleep training my HUSBAND haha.  Because sometimes it’s not the little babies but the bigger babies that give us the most challenges with regards to bedtime routines, and differing views on sleep needs.  The struggle is real.   Can anyone relate with me on this one??                                                                                                                                             dream baby nights, sleep expert, baby magic event, baby magic, baby magic pr, baby magic lotion, mom blogger, nyc mom bloggers

All in all, it was a wonderful event!  I learned so much about all that Baby Magic has to offer.  If you want to learn more about the brand and its new product click through their website here!  And if you want to see more from this event, click DowntownChicMom’s event recap here!

Thanks to MomTrends for hosting and organizing the event!  View more of the other MomTrends blogger events that I’ve attended here!

As always, though this is a sponsored post, I only support brands I believe in.


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