Growing up I spent many holidays in Los Angeles with my family. I remember when we all packed up and went to Disney the only problem was I was afraid of rides and characters at the time.
My little one has had an obsession with Mickey Mouse since he could stand and we had already went to Disney on Ice countless times so what was next? Disneyland. Off we went on a 6am flight landed at LAX breakfast then on to Disneyland. What was even greater is that our tickets to the park where free talk about a savings and they came with fast pass so no waiting in line.
The park had plenty of rides for my little one who is thirty five inches tall. From turkey legs to the tea cups we had a blast. So much of a blast I looked into his stroller at only 7pm and he was sleeping mouth open and all.
I left the theme park with memories to last a life time. To see his smile and him jumping for joy was well worth the exhaustion that my body is feeling right now. Now we are on to Knotts Berry Farm to see Snoopie.
I must admit that this is something that you can’t prepare for, something you could never guess was coming. To see a city that have grown to love over the past seven years under water still doesn’t feel like reality. Not being able to go to the grocery store, school or down the road due to flood waters. Hearing tornado sirens all through the night, the amount of uncertainty that we’ve experienced these past five days. Being a young mom to a toddler and remaining calm in the situation but I’m forever grateful.
To see a family with a young child carrying everything they own in a pack and play my heart broke into pieces. I will never take the simple things for granted. Which brings us to today we have gathered our family we will volunteer. We will help in any way to rebuild our city and we will continue to pray. Yes many can not donate this we understand but if you can pray or even be a helping hand. hoUSton will show this country how to come together no matter race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. For all those who have reached out thank you.
Father’s Day is that special day sat aside for dads. I’m more of the creative type who puts a lot of thought into gifts. We must give credit where credit is due the role of a father is so important in a child’s life for little gents the father can be a role model and for little ladies he’s a a first love. You don’t have to splurge to get a thoughtful gift that dad will enjoy and cherish here’s a few tips.
1. Hand crafts aka DIY- Last year we made Dad a story booked filled with meaningful photos and went with a super hero theme for the captions. The total cost of the project was less than $10. There’s tons of DIY gifts on Pinterest.
2. Cook- a way to a mans heart is through his stomach make dad a nice brunch or a big dinner.
3. Groupon- if dad likes kick boxing, movies or rock climbing there’s always deals on groupon.
4. Sports Tickets- if dad likes soccer, basketball or even football stubhub comes in handy with affordable tickets, some baseball games as low as $11.
5. Customize it- It could be a tie clip, watch case or even jewelry the little extra touch goes a long way.
6. Be sure to plan ahead- the more time you put in the better the gift will be.
7.Give dad more attention than mom the entire day, not only will it make mom jealous but dad will feel appreciated.
Ultimately don’t be the last min card from the grocery store type of gift. These were simple tips to help get the creative Father’s Day ideas going. So what are you getting DAD for Father’s Day?
Even though this wasn’t our little ones first flight it was hands down his most active. His first flight he slept the entire flight. Now that he’s approaching two that’s changed the plane seems to be one big playground for him. Here are a few tips for traveling with a toddler.
1. Backpack- Kai is at the age where he wants to be independent so we pack him a small backpack full of snacks diapers and small toys.
2. Headphones- I found the perfect headphones for toddlers at Five Below.
3. Crayons and Coloring book- It was easy to fold down the eating tray and allow him to use it as a desk to color away.
4. Download Movies in advance- The week of our trip I downloaded 5 movies to his IPad of course “Minions” made the cut.
5. Book flight during nap or sleeping times- This works for us Kai naps between 11am-2:30 roughly every day. His bedtime is 9:30pm so we travel during those hours he’s relaxed and sleeping soundly.
6. While walking through airport or aircraft Daddy led the way Kai followed and I held down the back this way toddler can run ahead or fall behind airports can be hectic. With the system of one parent infront and one in back it allowed us to stay together as well give our child some independence.
7. Airport Stroller- I will never take our nice jogging stroller to airport simply because things can get lost and I’d rather it be something cheap and inexpensive as well as the cheap strollers are more portable.
8. Lastly pack a small snack for each out of the flight- 4 hour flight I’d pack a granola bar, yougurt, veggie sticks, and fruits. Food is a distraction.
9. Pack toddler bags in advance- toddler clothes and gadgets are easier to forget because they are smaller packing ahead allows you to be organized.
Traveling with a young child or a toddler can be unpredictable the best thing to do is make little one as comfortable as possible. If none of these tips help order a wine and plug your ears. That was just a joke. Enjoy your travel and be sure to like and subscribe to our blog.
When are you having another baby? If I had a dollar for each time that question is asked I’d be one rich momma. Its like once you have one baby then “BABY FACTORY” becomes painted across your forehead.So I guess its time to let the cat out of the bag.
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When I got pregnant with Kai it wasn’t planned. Before we left the hospital the nurses joked “We will see you all next year”. Before having a child I always dreamed of having children back to back so that my kids could be close in age. Then came Kai my adventurous dare-devil, who makes me questioned if I could add-on a brother or sister. How would he adjust? Is he to young? Are we ready? All of these questions and the only one I can truly answer is “Are we ready” yes and no. No matter if you read or take classes the only thing that can prepare you for becoming a mom/dad is the journey I’m not knocking the books or parenting classes they help. I mean Google helps.
So now Kai is approaching two transitioning from baby to toddler, when will his title change from only child to big brother?Well family planning is the route we are taking. I have so many goals to accomplish before adding another bundle of joy. Kai wont be an only child but it will be a few more years of him getting all the perks of being the first-born/only child. The pressure is on with so many of my friends and family expanding, seems like everyone around is going to the double stroller. The decision to have more children shouldn’t be based on the “norm” or planned upon when others think you should have another. If you want a wait a year or ten years in between children do what works for you, everything doesn’t always go as planned. So for now the baby factory is closed until further notice and I will be enjoying the journey of terrible 2’s very soon.
No one wants to be that mom who always has the messy car. Truth is I was once that mom. It was bad, I literally was moving things out the way to get to things. Between putting crumbs everywhere and the toys being on the floor the Mommy Mobile was born. So one day I found the solution to my problems while casually shopping at Ross. Car Organizer, which holds my little ones IPad as well as his toys. Here are a few other tips for keeping organize while on the go.
- Making it a habit to get a CAR WASH- Even if it’s a simple run through the cheap care washes attached to gas stations. Kai enjoys watching the bubbles being swished across the car during car washes.
- Car organizer- Amazon, Ross and Target have them for a reasonable cost.
- Snack Time- Now that Kai is a little older I will allow him to have car proof snacks, meaning nothing sticky and hard to clean.
- Don’t get lazy- I found myself leaving things in my car out of pure laziness, now I make it habit to declutter.
- Lastly appreciation I buy my car little nick nacks to keep it up like car fresheners.
Taking a toddler on a business trip can be a little stressful. I decided to let Kai tag along with me for a trip to Austin and what started as business led to adventure time at the Dinosaur park. Here’s my tips to traveling with the little ones while on business trips.
- Hire a nanny/babysitter I decided to take our babysitter on the getaway with us, she was able to provide care and entertainment while I attended the conference.
- Plan ahead- I planned for the road travel well ahead, stocking my car with water, snacks and a fully charged iPad loaded with Netflix, Hulu and games.
- Packing- The trip was short and even though we live in Texas I checked ahead for Austins forecast so that I was able to pack accordingly.
- Hotels- I requested to be in a corner room so that we wouldn’t have next door guest bothered by the noise that young children can make.
- Reward- Kai was so well-behaved that I decided to take him to the Dinosaur Park before hitting the road to return home. Lets say he was more than happy to see the giant Dinosaur replicas and he didn’t hold back in the gift shop.
By planning ahead the trip was a true success,I was able to be oraganize and get work done but also enjoy my down time with my little one.