Author Archives: Andi Perullo de Ledesma

About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

Kleynimals Baby Flatware

Review: Kleynimals Baby Flatware

Kleynimals is a new baby brand to me that I have quickly fallen in love with. The collection consists of innovative stainless steel products with adorable animal faces that every child would get excited about. Best of all, Kleynimals, was created by a mom, they are an environmentally friendly and non-toxic, dishwasher safe, and are proudly made in the USA. It does not get much better than that!

Kleynimals Baby Flatware

Meet Eli the elephant, Gus the Giraffe, and Leo the Lion. Please take a moment to watch this video to learn more about the labor of love that is Kleynimals and how they were able to expand their product offerings. It is extremely inspiring!

Kleynimals Baby Flatware

Joaquín was sent their three piece baby flatware set. It could not have been better timing, as we are in the midst of teaching him how to eat by himself. Eating by yourself is such a big milestone and now we have a gorgeous baby feeder spoon, baby spoon, and a baby fork that we can keep forever to mark this special occasion. Not to mention he loves using them!

Kleynimals Baby Flatware

Kleynimals Baby Flatware

Kleynimals Baby Flatware

Kleynimals Baby Flatware

Kleynimals Baby Flatware

What is your favorite baby milestone? How do you plan on commemorating?

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

How To Plan Your Road Trip Across America

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Road trips can give you loads of great memories (and hopefully photos) that you will cherish for the rest of your life, but those great memories can easily become terrible ones if you do not plan the trip properly. One major point to remember is that you will be in a confined space with other people for hours at a time — this can be remedied slightly if you rent a bus from GOGO Charters Las Vegas, but even renting a larger vehicle will not change the fact that you and any friends who are along for the ride will still be confined to it for hours.

Step One

The first thing to do is work out what kind of trip you want to take. Do you want to take in major cities? Small towns? Historical monuments? The best restaurants? It does not need to be set in stone, but having a basic idea of what you want to do and the order in which you want to do it will help avoid any scheduling arguments down the road.

Step Two

Make a point of stopping at welcome centers and rest stops on the highway rather than simply passing them by. The staff there will be able to answer questions and give travel advice and news, and the centers themselves will often have brochures and maps, which can help you when traveling. Rest stops are also handy for bathroom breaks.

Step Three

Pack a cool box with some drinks and snack food. If you break down at any point, having food and drinks available to you will be helpful in keeping you calm. Alternatively, having a fully stocked cool box will allow you to cut down on meals, since you can take advantage of picnic areas rather than stopping at restaurants. This will also allow you to take in some scenery.

Step Four

Join an association, which provides roadside service, such as AAA. This will give you access to people who will pick you up and tow your car to a repair shop, as well as possibly offering other perks which might come in handy.

Step Five

In the days of iPod, headphones, and car music systems, which will synch with anything on the planet, it may not seem important to plan a music mix, but the gesture will still be appreciated. Since you will be sharing a fairly confined space for long periods of time, it is important to make sure that everyone’s tastes are considered. If you are bringing children, either let them have a part in creating the music list or make sure that they have good headphones so everyone can listen to their own music in peace.

Step Six

Make sure you have an up-to-date map. Not only will this allow you to plan your trip more effectively, it will also keep you straight during the trip itself. Yes, a Sat Nav is a good tool, however it can run out of power or malfunction. Paper maps will not do that, so get yourself one!

Angara

Celebrating Mother’s Day With Angara

I have butterflies thinking about celebrating my second Mother’s Day. My first Mother’s Day was so magical and I know with all of my heart this coming one will be too! For this Mother’s Day, I have teamed up with one of my favorite jewelry companies, Angara, to create the perfect piece of jewelry to honor this incredibly special day.

Angara

What better way to keep the two most important men in my life close to my heart, than with a family tree pendant that includes all three of our birthstones?

Angara

Angara only uses genuine and natural gemstones that are mined from the earth with AAA quality. I chose to have my pendant’s metal set in 14k yellow gold, but you can also choose from  silver or 14k white gold. Also, you can select up to 5 gemstones. An 18″ chain is shipped for free with the pendant.

Angara

Traditionally, birthstones are gemstones associated with the months of the year. Each gemstone is attributed to various qualities, symbolizing the specific month of birth, according to the Gregorian calendar. My birthstone is a ruby, Joaquín’s is a garnet, and Lucas’ is alexandrite.

Angara

As previously mentioned in another post, Angara lives and breathes gemstones and fine jewelry. They are family owned and have been in the gemstone business for three generations. As with a traditional family jeweler experience, they will work with you to find or create the jewelry piece of your dreams.

They guarantee exceptional value and quality and will refund 110% of the purchase price (up to an additional $250 refund), if any accredited jewelry appraiser values the piece for less than 125% of the purchase price or writes that the craftsmanship is not of exceptional quality. If you do not love it, simply send it back in its original condition for a full refund within 30 days. Angara’s jewelry is meant to last for generations.

Do you not agree that the family tree pendant would make the perfect present for Mother’s Day? I know I will be wearing mine all the time. Do not forget to use MOM10 at checkout for 10% off + a free gift!

Four Of The Most Beautiful Photographs You Will Take In Canada

I love photography, but I think that people spend far too much time these days snapping pictures of things that do not really matter that much. In the Instagram-obsessed society we live in, I am also guilty of taking every opportunity to get my phone out and capture a humorous passing moment.

As a budding photographer though, I like to use my skills and equipment to capture those moments that I want to treasure forever. A picture says a thousand words, and from some of the travels I have been on, I could definitely write a 1,000-word blog post or two on some of the incredible experiences I have had.

I have been thinking a lot recently about places that I would like to go to over the next couple of years and one place that really stands out to me is Canada. It seems like every city is a photographer’s dream!

In this post, I would like to share a few of the photogenic spots I have found that I will be visiting one day to photograph:

Niagara Falls

This has to be the number one place in Canada for a stunning photoshoot, particularly in the evening when the surrounding falls view area is lit up beautifully and the lights set into the Niagara Falls themselves turn them from extraordinary into spectacular! In fact, the views in this area are so stunning that you would be able to take a Twitter-ready picture just from your hotel room if staying at this hotel in Niagara Falls.

Banff National Park

Every corner you turn on the hiking trails around Banff lead you onto another unrivalled view of towering mountains with snowy peaks, set off far into the distance above luscious, dense forests. Lake Louise, in particular, is one of the most photographed beauty spots in the area, thanks to its crystal clear waters that reflect the alpine scenery like glass. Aside from that, there will be plenty of wildlife shots too, seen as Banff is home to a variety of different species, including elk, bears, and woodland caribou.

Yukon

If it is untamed wilderness that you prefer, then look no further than the Yukon. Here, the best time to shoot is at night. Not only are you able to take pictures of vast, snowy landscapes and the starry skies that are untouched by the glare of florescent lights, but you might even catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis too. Those glorious green and purple shimmers across the sky would make for an incredible photograph!

Toronto

After those wild landscapes, you will probably want to finish off your portfolio with a city scape photograph of one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Toronto’s nightlife will be obvious even from a distance and completely recognisable to anyone given the presence of the iconic CN Tower.

I hope these photograph locations give you some inspiration for your next trip. If you have been on any photogenic trips recently, let me know all about it in the comments!

Corfu

Gorgeous Greek Islands To Spend A Family Holiday On

You cannot beat the charm of a Greek Island for a family holiday. Islands like Corfu, Rhodes, Santorini, and Crete are blessed with warm weather, historical sites, inspiring views, and activities that all combine to make for a memorable family holiday. This is a look at what makes these islands so great for a family getaway.

Corfu 

In Avlaki, in the north of Corfu, it’s all about families having fun on the water. The waters are calmer, which makes it an ideal area for kids to learn to windsurf or sail a dinghy, or even just go for a gentle swim. If you’re staying in the center of the island in Agios Ioannis, a little west of Corfu Town, you can take the kids to Acqualand waterpark and splash around in the sun all day. Fish spotting is also a fun activity you can do with the kids in Corfu. The Kalypso Star is a glass-bottomed boat that leaves the harbor of Corfu Town, giving you the chance to see marine life from a different vantage point.

Corfu

Rhodes 

Rhodes offers families a combination of nature and history to enjoy. The village of Lindos is extra safe, because being pedestrian only, there is little traffic, if any at all. Kids will be mesmerized by the Acropolis, which stands tall overlooking the village. They will also enjoy the donkey ride up the hill on which it stands. Go early to avoid both the crowds and the high temperatures at midday.

The opportunity to explore nature comes in the form of a visit to the Valley of the Butterflies, in Petaloudes. From June to September, the butterflies come out in force, delighting the tourists with the vivid colors. This trip is also ideal if you are looking to take a break from the coast.

Santorini

It’s all about the views and exploration in Santorini. One good way to do this is by taking a walk down the magical hidden pathways and the stairwells of Oia and appreciating the views from among the gleaming white houses. Take some time to have a nice meal in one of the fine restaurants and also visit the maritime museum in Oia to learn a little about Santorini’s seafaring past.

The other way to explore Santorini and marvel at the splendid views is to take the cable car, which runs every 20 minutes, from the old port to Fira. You can also make this journey on donkey back. These options will allow you to take in some of the glorious views along the way.

Santorini

Crete

Crete is a perfect place to holiday with the family, especially because of its aquariums. In Heraklion you can visit the modern Cretaquarium, where you can see lobsters, octopus, sea horses, and turtles. If you are staying in Hersonissos you can see pythons, crocodiles, giant turtles, and other sea creatures at the Aquaworld Aquarium.

Of course, this is Crete and there are plenty of lagoons and nice beaches that accommodate families to a tee. The Balos Lagoon is one of the best, because of its shallow waters, ideal for children of all ages to bathe in, while Elafonissi Beach is clean, has shallow turquoise waters, and is family friend with changing facilities, chair and umbrella rentals, and toilets.

Crete

The different Greek Islands are an excellent choice for your Greece holidays. A stay on them is truly relaxing for all of the family!

Images by matita2073snowfish2014, and Sarah and Jason, all used under Creative Commons license.