Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mom Style: Airport

This is the first of the outfit posts I had mentioned doing. We'll see if it becomes a thing!

Airport travel is so tricky, especially with little ones. Outfits have to be chosen carefully. I'm serious! You should not wear a maxi skirt/dress unless you want to be felt up by TSA so my next best choice for comfort is leggings. Here's what I'm planning on wearing (after several days weeks of indecision)

Top: Old Navy similar // Kimono: H&M similar // Leggings: Old Navy // Sandals: Old Navy // Tote: Old Navy // Solly Baby Wrap in Castlerock

Some requirements: Shoes have to be easy to take on and off. Very light sweater for the cold plane (don't want to pack a bulky one that will never get used in Maui because it's like 80 degrees there.) Loose top that I can easily nurse Maddie in, if need be. Large purse to carry snacks, toys, etc. The Solly Wrap is going to get used as a scarf until I need to put Maddie in it.

Also I realize I'll be like a walking Old Navy ad. Seriously, where is my check from them?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

10 Travel Essentials for Moms

We leave Saturday for Maui so my brain is all packing, checklists, outfits, and dreaming of beaches. I had a post all typed up and somehow it disappeared into a black hole because Blogger didn't save it so I decided to do a new post and then maybe later the first post will come back to me (because I cannot for the life of me remember what I wrote...)

The last time we did a 5-hour flight with a baby and a newborn, I was stressing.  It ended up not being so bad because Maddie slept almost the whole time. But this time... we have 2 toddlers. Practically. Maddie will be 1 at the end of next month (!!!) and I'm pretty certain she won't sleep the entire time this flight.

These are a few essentials that I take every time we fly... whether it's a 1 hour trip to So Cal or a 5 hour trip to Maui.

10 Travel Essentials for Moms

  1. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blanket Even though the girls are way past the swaddling stage, these blankets are perfect for snuggling during a nap (if it happens) or keeping little legs warm on a cold plane. Plus they're lightweight and thin, so, easy to pack.
  2. Aden + Anais Burp Cloth  Although I always take a brand new pack of wipes, this is handy for cleaning any drink mishap or snotty nose plus it doubles as a bib so that pack of Go-go fruit squeeze that your 11 month is going to enjoy mid-flight won't end up on her darling travel outfit.
  3. Solly Baby Wrap  I have always taken a carrier (the Ergo) when I fly with the girls but this will be my first time taking the Solly. I've heard rumors that you don't have to take the baby out for walking through security and it's a lightweight fabric that breathes (these are the only 2 downfalls of the Ergo, which I'm packing in our suitcase in case we decide to do a hike and need to carry both babes. HAHAHAHAHA... Us hiking. On vacation. Oh I make myself laugh...)
  4. Skip Hop Backpack  Between the 4 of us, we have a TON of stuff to bring on the plane. Obviously. An easy solution is have Allie carry all her activities and snacks in her own backpack. She's actually pretty excited whenever she gets to use it because I hide it at home so it seems like a new toy. Plus she gets to wear a backpack "just like Dad's."
  5. OXO Tot Sippy Cup The airline usually provides a cup with a lid and a straw for Allie but having a sippy cup for Maddie is a necessity since she's getting to the point that a nursing cover is just something to swat at/pull away.
  6. OXO Tot Snack Cup Food in any shape/size/form is a necessity for a long trip, not just for the babes. The great thing about snack cups is that you can give Cheerios to a baby without worrying that the majority will end up on the floor.
  7. Melissa & Doug Lace Cards This is representative of all the activities I bring for the girls. I'd rather they not spend the entire time watching a movie on the iPad and I'm actually fairly certain that wouldn't even hold their attention for 5 hours. I usually hit up the $1 bin at Target for small coloring books, toys, stickers, window clings, whatever is small enough to keep them occupied. The iPad has been loaded with a few movies and apps in case we hit panic mode in Hour 4.
  8. Baby Jogger City Select Stroller I briefly considered getting a lightweight stroller to make travel easier but since they're so expensive, I decided against it. If I were flying alone, I would probably buy a lightweight stroller but since Brian will be with me, it's not too big of a hassle to break it down at the gate. So it depends on you. If you're the type to be easily stressed out, then spring for the lightweight stroller. But for a straight flight (no layovers/connecting flights), having a stroller that both babes can sit in makes life so much easier.
  9. Brica Car Seat Bag We have this car seat bag for Allie's toddler seat. True a strap has already broken and the bottom tore, but we duct-taped it and it works just fine. I also like that it has a zippered pocket for extra diapers, blankets, sweaters: basically bulky stuff that won't fit in the suitcase.
  10. JL Childress Stroller Bag We have this stroller bag to hold the stroller and pieces when we check it at the gate. It's survived a few flights already and still holding up pretty well. We have to remove one wheel to get everything to fit, but once we do it all packs up quite nicely. Again, if we had a lightweight stroller, I probably wouldn't need a bag but because ours has the second seat and we bring the car seat adapter, we need a bag to keep everything together. 
So there you have it. Now I have to get back to packing, checklists, outfits, and beach dreaming. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Floors and Star Wars

Guys. The floor is done. No more concrete. It took us (yes, I totally helped) working 11 hours on Saturday to finish but we did it. I don't have pictures for you (shocker) but follow me on Instagram and they'll pop up soon enough. I think.

We're nowhere near finished. There are a ton of little things that still need to be done and a whole bathroom that still needs to be gutted and remodeled but having the floor done gives us a whole new zeal for it. I finally feel like I can decorate and "move in" to our house. I also feel like I have to constantly be sweeping our new floors. Don't worry I'm sure that will wear off soon enough. 

I keep having these random things pop up in my head and think "that would make a good blog post" but by the time I actually have time to sit down and blog, my brain is empty and all I can think about is my ever growing to do list. So instead of wracking my brain for more blog content, I think I'll watch Star Wars (in honor of May the 4th be with you Day or something like that), eat some ice cream, and call it a night.