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 began packing Mahkai’s lunch a couple of weeks ago and have seen changes in his after school hunger, his bowl movements and as an added bonus he loves to carry his cute lunch box that I purchased at Kroger. Packing a lunch can be time-consuming to some but it’s so worth all the benefits like knowing exactly what your toddler is consuming.
I start by packing Mahkai a AM snack: granola bar and oranges
For lunch he has: chicken nuggets and steamed broccoli and carrots, with an Honest juice
Pm snack : Apple sauce and graham crackers
Bonus Snacks: pretzels and fruit snacks
I also always make sure my little guy has water to hydrate and I label it with his name, Each snack and meal is labeled to help his teacher, left up to any child or toddler they would just eat all the snacks from their lunch and toss out the food …… I did it growing up (sorry grandma). That’s all for Tips Tuesday be sure to share the tea.
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.
This week we are going to focus on Couponing. I never realized how much I could save by couponing until it was time to buy diapers.Now I use coupons for everything food, household goods, and even clothes . Here are a seven of my tips and tricks to getting all of our house hold needs using coupons.
- Get the news paper.
- Grab Scissors
Now that the easy part is out the way let’s get to couponing.
3. Have something to store coupons in, rather its a binder or a simple folder.
4. Have your shopping list handy- This helps you to know which coupons to look for.
5. Stacking Coupons for online Purchases- this always comes in handy when shopping at Carters. Why not use a 50% off and a 20% off at the same time.
6. Become a member- Rather its Costco, Randall’s or Kroger those points add up and check their weekly ads.
7. Coupon Websites to use: Coupons.com Couponmom.com & Coolsavings.com
BONUS: Get the app 51 Check out, you can gain a percentage of the money you spend back. Drop your Coupon tips below.
For the entire month of February MomTea will be focusing on money-saving tips for the everyday mom. From grocery store, and taxes all the way to personal saving habits.We are going to be saving the coins in 2017. First up is Grocery Shopping.
- Make a list- This helps me save time as well as stay organized.
- Bring Reusable Bags- This helps me not to over buy, most times if we have tons of bags food simply goes to waste
- Timing- Pick a shopping time when there wont be large crowds, avoiding crowds allows you to shop in peace and not rush
- Plan ahead- Planning meals ahead helps you to have all the ingredients ahead of time.
- Coupons/ Deals- Look for the savings and the deals, Our personal favorite is Kroger not only do we gain points towards gas but the app allows you to upload coupons right to your Kroger card.
- MOST IMPORTANT SET A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT- If it’s not in the budget put it back even if its your favorite cookie or pastry.
If you have any grocery tips please drop them below. Be sure to Share Tip Tuesday.
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.