Wednesday, September 18, 2019

5 TIPS for flying Solo with Kids!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

5 TIPS for flying Solo with Kids!

So this weekend we took a quick trip back home to visit family and I ended up flying home with all 3 kids, STANDBY (so no seat until boarding time and then they give you what's available and you hope to be seated by your kids if they can swing it) flying HOME by my self with all the luggage and carry ons. Although this is not my ideal flight I've gotten used to flying with kids. I am not a person who travels A TON but when I do it's ALWAYS with kids. We have gone to Hawaii, Disneyland and back east with little ones so I know a thing or two about how to keep your sanity. I realize this will be different for everyone but in my experience it's most about survival and keeping everyone happy! It mostly sucks for mom but you know as long as you get there in one piece it's a success! I have done a couple posts like this before that I will tag at the bottom of this post but here's a few tips!




1. Check all the luggage you can and only bring on what you need. Big kids can bring a back pack full of essentials and then a large bag for baby and other needs! Diaper bag shouldn't have too many toys or "coloring" items because they tend to get dropped on the floor a lot. I like the water pens where you just need one and they flip it open and use the water in the pen and it colors it for them. You can also bring sticker books but in my personal opinion a DVD player and snacks is LIFE.

2. Bring your stroller or baby carrier ALWAYS. Never try to just carry a baby or toddler and all their stuff through the airport and traveling. Often times they will let you walk through the metal detector with the baby still on you(while in carrier) so you won't even have to take them off. Most strollers can go through metal detector or they will do a quick search of it and wheel it through. Takes two extra seconds and it's worth it. When you get to the gate ask them to gate check it and they will give you a tag and you leave it folded up at the door of the plane and they have it waiting there for you when you get off the plane. EASY.

3. Bring a carseat on the plane in their own seat if you have a busy body. It really helps to keep them still! They have to have their own seat for this but it's awesome. We reclined Dash's back last year and strapped him in and he watched movies and ate snacks till he fell asleep! It always depends on the baby and if you want to buy them their own seat.

4. ALWAYS bring your own snacks and headphones for kids - try to stick to dry ingredients and fruit pouches. (And empty water bottles or sippy cups to fill up once you get through security) Fresh fruit often get smashed and warm so I try to stick to easy snacks like pretzels, crackers, large apple slices, nuts, beef jerky, a treat for bribing and good behavior. It keeps them busy even if they're not too hungry! Nothing worse than not having headphones for kids so make sure they all have their own pair, even if they have to share a screen and get a headphone splitter. We use a DVD player, tablet, our phones with the alaskaapp, or on long flights you can rent a digiplayer which is always nice too!

5. STAY CALM and LEVEL HEADED. It's so easy to turn everything into a panic at the airport. It's very stressful and we are always so worried about the people around us, what they think, if our kid is being loud, if we are taking to long to get up. Just chill out! Who cares what people think and chacnes are they have been in your position too. Your kids will sense your anxiety and it will be worse, trust me! Take deep breaths and stay in the game. I know it sounds silly but we've all seen the mom losing her shit on her kids and losing their attention and respect in front of everyone. Speak softly and quietly to them even if they are having a melt down and just continually keep trying different things and realize that it's hard traveling for little ones too. I stood in the back of the plane keeping Beck entertained for almost 2 hours on our flight to Hawaii and wanted to cry but it was worth it and I kind of had no choice haha.


Above anything else I just want to encourage you because it's worth it and you can do it too! If a stranger offers help just take it and move on. It feels awkward at first but so is trying to bend down with a baby in a carrier and a suit case that fell over or a toddler with an untied shoe. Just take the help and keep going!
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Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday Favorites: Amazon!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday Favorites: Amazon!





1. THIS silicone phone case that replaced the one I had for over 2 years

2.  I got a NEW RUG for my lash room, it was only $50!

3. THIS was probably my favorite purchase in months. It has made laundry a breeze!

4. I have taken this MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENT for 4 years and I have never slept better. It relieves stress, achy muscles, and is 100% natural. Pregnant women you need this!!

5. Just reordered my favorite microfiber WASH CLOTHS! Can never have enough for taking makeup off
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Mini Laundry Room Makeover: On a BUDGET!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Mini Laundry Room Makeover: On a BUDGET!

So the laundry room got kind of out of control and although I'm good about doing it everyday, the room was cluttered and disorganized and it was making it hard to stay on top of things. I truly believe we function better and get more done when our homes are clean and organized. One thing I've learned over the past few years is that it doesn't matter your budget or your space, you can organize your space with things from the dollar store and it will make your space function better and you'll be proud of it and much more likely to keep it clean and organized.

With that being said here's a mini makeover! We're renting and on a budget so I got a few things that would make this space work better without changing the room or doing any real construction. Everything was around $100 and I can honestly say this room has stayed spotless since we organized it.


AFTER

 

 BEFORE



The wall paper is removable and so cheap! I got it on sale on amazon HERE.

The laundry bin has changed my life. I love it so much. Please get one!! HERE.

The baskets were Walmart for like $8 each but I can't find them online. similar HERE.

The canvas was a HomeGoods find and was broken so I got it even more on sale. Originally it was like $65 and I ended up getting it for $25 and my dad glued the broken piece back together and now you can't even tell!

I love using powdered detergent and I think it lasts longer. I started putting it in a glass jar HERE a few years ago and I love the functionality AND the look of it so much. You can put gel packs in these too!

I always get the best faux plants from Ikea, HERE.

Lastly, I quit buying all fabric softeners, and dryer sheets. Limits toxins and saves us some money. So I use THESE dryer balls with a little essential oil on them instead! I keep them in a basket on top of the dryer ready to go.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Where to Find CUTE AFFORDABLE athletic clothes

Monday, August 26, 2019

Where to Find CUTE AFFORDABLE athletic clothes

So I have struggled off and on with my fitness journey the last 7 years but one thing I can say for sure is I am ALWAYS more motivated to workout if I like what I'm wearing and it's comfortable. I have worked out in my pajamas and sponsored nike cheer outfits and I will admit when you look good, you FEEL GOOD. The last couple months I have been working out in whatever I had. I have lost some weight and nothing fit or was outdated so although I could workout in my baggy random clothes I had I decided I needed a little reward for my hard work! Over the last week or two I went around trying to find some new workout clothes that were cute but most importantly affordable!





 1. AMAZON! I discovered this brand on Amazon through a few influencers that swore they were lululemon dupes. I ordered a few things from them and I have been so impressed. The quality is great and they have all different kinds of fits and styles which I love. I need a shorter legging and I love that they have different inseams on their leggings so you can choose your length!




 2. WALMART believe it or not! The shorts in the picture above were under $10 at my local walmart. They have tons of cute bras and light weight tanks and tshirts too. I would definently recommend checking them out in store, I hadn't ever shopped for workout clothes there before but I have been impressed.




 3. TARGET a no brainer but truthfully their new JOY LAB brand is amazing. The styles and colors are unique and super flattering as well. They have blush tones, greys, navy blues, all the popular trendy colors. I picked up a couple of tanks in the clearance section for $7!(Wearing one in the picture above) I ALWAYS check the sale rack for clothes before I do anything and its the same when I shop for athletic wear.





4. FOREVER21! A new favorite, my girlfriends at the gym kept showing up with the cutest new tops and sports bras all from Forever21! And they're soooo cheap too. They're constantly having sales to so lookout for that! They have lots of different styles and you take a risk ordering online but they have way more options and sizes than instore so check them out!
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Favorites: Amazon!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Favorites: Amazon!






1. I got this pair of sunnies but then my friend Kate had THESE ON at the pool so I immediately got them too. I love how over sized they are!

2. This bra! I have heard great things about Jockey and sadly since I quite nursing and starting exercising none of my bras fit me! Good problem but also a little sad too haha

3. My favorite dry shampoo! I ran out of it in 2 weeks last time, so stocking up!

4. I found my favorite brand of baseball hats  HERE! I wear them all year long but especially in the summer in the sun or to weekend soccer games. Some of you asked about my all black black dodgers hat in a instagram story, you can get it on amazon!

5. This gold coin necklace set! I had been looking for a good one and realized I didnt want to spend a lot of money on a trendy piece so I found this set on amazon and it looks great with all my band t shirts and dresses!

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