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9 Tips for Airplane Travel With a 3-Year-Old


Here are nine tips that I have learned from traveling with my little Mia on airplanes over the years – this post is specifically about traveling with a 3-year-old.


1.   Layers.  Layers. Layers.  (Use layers for your child’s clothing).

Use layers for your child’s clothing to make sure they stay at a comfortable temperature. Airplanes have very unpredictable temperatures when on board – and trust me from experience that children are NOT happy when they are hot (I personally get very cranky when I am hot too). 


My advice: Put your child in a t-shirt, and bring a light jacket that they can wear over the t-shirt.  



2.  Use a scarf as a blanket.

A blanket is always good to bring, but one thing that I like to do in place of a blanket is to wear a scarf around my neck and then use the scarf for their blanket (to save space in the diaper bag).




3.  Surprise your child with a toy airplane.

If your child is afraid of airplanes or unfamiliar with airplanes, then going on the plane can become a lot more fun if you surprise them with them very own toy plane.  

TIP:  A lot of airports sell toy airplanes in the airport stores in the terminals.


Link:  Southwest Airlines Plush Toy Airplane with Sound 


4.  Do your “Ear Check” due diligence.

Ask your doctor what your options are to help relieve your child’s ear discomfort during the ascent and descent in the air.


5.  Consider using the Best Travel Potty ever…

The Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus Travel Potty has saved my sanity so many times while traveling with my potty-training toddler, and we still use it for traveling with our Preschooler.  It is amazing.  I never thought I’d be so passionate about a toilet seat in my life.  I would post pictures to show you how we use it, but that would be gross and my child would never forgive me.


6.  Bring Wet Wipes.

….because airplanes are dirty.


7.  Apps for Kids

Download age-appropriate apps for your child on your cell phone.  My daughter’s two favorite apps are “Make it Pop” and “Peek-a-Boo Zoo.”


8.  Find the “Family Restroom” at your airport.


Family restrooms are SO much better than the regular restrooms at airports – see the photo below for an example of the Family Restroom at LAX airport – this airport has child-sized toilets and child-sized sinks, which made me extremely happy. 



9. Look for pull-down step stools in airport bathrooms.

Some airports, including LAX, have stools that you can pull-down from right underneath the sink, which is fabulous for when your child needs to wash their hands (with this stool, you don’t have awkwardly lift your child up to the sink – it’s amazing).



Mommy New Year’s Resolutions – Share Yours Here

Here are six New Year’s resolutions that I play to implement into my life this year:

1)  To layout my outfit for the next day and my child’s outfit for the next day the night before.  I want mornings to be easier and go smoothly.

2)  To stop using my Pack N Play as a gigantic laundry hamper and actually stay on top of laundry. (This will be my greatest challenge.)

3)  To get my mommy first-aid inventory prepared for my growing, curious toddler by stocking up on all of the necessary first-aid items that kids need (band-aids of all sorts, disinfectants, wraps, etc.).

4)  To throw away mysterious Tupperware lids and free up my kitchen space.

5)  To utilize my slow-cooker crock-pot more often – it makes yummy food, saves time, and makes the house smell awesome.

6)  To take a relaxing bath at least 3x a week (at night, after kids are asleep).  A glass of Chardonnay may or may not be there with me.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions this year?  Share with us by commenting on this post!



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Activity Tables – Keep Your Baby Busy and Mama Happy

Laugh and Learn Activity Table,
by Fisher-Price

This activity table continuously provides so much entertainment to my little one. It has so many different settings – an even greater variety of those baby-toy tunes that can get stuck in your head! The variety of this activity table keeps my little one interested though. My daughter has loved this thing ever since she could sit up on her own. It has removable legs, so your sitting-baby can play with it, and then when our little one started standing, we just put the legs back on it and she loved it all over again! I love this thing!  We bought it on Amazon.com, but they have it at Target and at Walmart (and also at baby stores, such as Babies’R’Us or BuyBuyBaby).  

Here is the link to it on Amazon.com:   
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table

An Economical Bib That Saves Toddler Clothes

My one-year-old has recently decided that ripping off her old baby bibs is hilarious.  I knew the day would come.  I’m actually surprised she didn’t start ripping her bibs off sooner.  Sure, I could purchase bibs with a button snap that wouldn’t be quite as easy for her to rip off as the velcro bibs I currently own – but I’ve realized that baby bibs don’t serve their purpose anymore – they work that well at keeping her clean and protecting her clothes when she eats solid foods.  My washing machine is constantly busy! 


Solution:  Bibs with Sleeves.

Genius.

My friend found these bibs, made by Ikea, and they are just $2.00 each.  They have sleeves so your little one’s clothes are protected. Ikea doesn’t sell these bibs online, but Amazon.com now sells these on their website (link: Ikea Baby Bib with Sleeves).  


Since this post, we have evaluated other bibs for toddlers.  You might find the post Top 5 Baby and Toddler Bibs helpful.



Daily Mom Humor – Parents Get Grounded Too

“You think you’re going out tonight? You’re not going anywhere!” – Getting Grounded by Your Children – 


It turns out that parents get grounded too.  What do I mean by this?  I mean that if we don’t have a babysitter, then we are grounded.  

It’s a good thing I like to lay around my house and watch television anyways.  Parenthood has given me a great excuse for not going out and attending the social functions/obligations that I wouldn’t want to attend if someone paid me.

All you have to say is, “Sorry, we can’t find a sitter….”

It’s amazing.

I love parenthood.

But sometimes, I get grounded by my children, because sometimes, I actually do want to go out (hence the funny little picture shown above).

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Toddler Tessa Made the Local TMJ4 News Station! (Video)

Great Videos - of Baby

My inner “stage mom” need – which I never knew existed inside of me – has just been fulfilled.  Recently, our local news station asked its parent viewers to submit their video clips of their own kids that could potentially be featured on the local news broadcasts.  Per the suggestion of my mother, we submitted a video of our little toddler to our local new station that featured her playing in the snow in our backyard during her very first snow experience.  Oh yeah….AND AND AND.our little one’s video was chosen to be featured on the 9:00PM News and also the Morning news on TMJ4 in Wisconsin.  #Warmandfuzzies.

Proud Mommy Moment.

Sesame Street Videos – Best Of

My Favorite Videos for My Young Toddler

Call me a total nerd for loving these Sesame Street videos, but I do.  My friends make fun of my for actually enjoying myself when I watch Sesame Street, but I can’t help myself.  Can you honestly tell me that these two videos that Sesame Street put together are not extremely clever? Are these not catchy little songs?  I love that my toddler gets to watch a little of this each day.  Please note:  I understand that watching television is not recommended for children who are under the age of 2-years-old; however, I am perfectly fine with a little Sesame Street in my 18-month-old daughter’s life (Sesame Street has very little commercials and a very limited amount of scene-transitions when broadcast on our PBS television station). 


“Don’t Give Up,” by Bruno Mars (Sesame Street)
The first video features Bruno Mars singing the song “Don’t Give Up” – a very catchy little tune that encourages his listeners not to “give up – and to keep on trying.”  I’m not sure I would have recognized Bruno Mars until his appearance on Sesame Street, but I have to say, I am a huge fan of Bruno Mars now. 




“The Plain White T’s Song” – The Letter ‘T’ (Sesame Street)
The second Sesame Street video is called, “The Plain White T’s Song,” about the lovely alphabet letter – “T”.  



Other Great ‘Sesame Street’ Videos 
for Young Toddlers:


Learning About LettersSesame Street – Learning About Letters

The Best of Elmo:  Sesame Street – The Best of Elmo 



123 Count with Me:  Sesame Street: 123 Count With Me



Sing Yourself Silly:  Sesame Songs – Sing Yourself Silly!





What are your favorite educational videos or clips that you like for your toddler?

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Caprese Salad Recipe – Numminess Yumminess



Ingredients:

Caprese Salad with Pita Chips


  • Tomatoes – Vine tomatoes are great for Caprese Salad
  • Fresh Milk Mozzarella
  • Avocados – Such a yummy addition to the traditional Caprese Salad
  • Fresh Basil – “fresh” basil is key to deliciousness
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sea Salt  – It is very important to use sea salt (don’t use the boring kind of salt)
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Pita Chips (for dipping)
  • Optional:  Toasted Pine Nuts

Prep Time:

  • 15-20 minutes…….depending on how skilled and fast you are at slicing tomatoes, avocados and mozzarella

Directions:
Step 1 – Caprese Salad

  1. Slice tomatoes and mozzarella cheese in even amounts and spread them on a plate.
  2. Cut basil leaves into little ribbon-like slices and sprinkle them over the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese
  3. Slice avocado in medium-thin strips and place on the outskirts of your plate.
  4. Drizzle both the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar (65% olive oil and 35% balsamic vinegar) over your salad (be sure to drizzle – you don’t want to overdo it – you can always add more later
  5. Sprinkle sea salt and fresh ground black pepper over your salad, to your liking.
  6. Adding pita chips to this recipe seals the deal.  I spoon the salad onto each individual pita chip…so yummy.
  7. Optional: Toasted pine nuts can be a great addition.  If you choose this route, then make the toasting of your pine nuts your first step.

Caprese Salad with Avocado



Thank You Cards Made Easy

Thank You Cards Made Easy, for Those Post-Baby Presents

Throughout my pregnancy and after my little one was born, I was blessed to receive baby gifts from many people in my life – from my friends, to from my parents’ friends, to people at work. My list of people to write Thank You Cards to grew quickly, all the while I could barely keep my eyes open and hadn’t slept for longer than a 2-hour period for weeks, thanks to my hungry little newborn baby. I was lucky to sneak in a shower (as I often chose sleep instead).


Front of Card



Back of Card


Do You Type Faster Than You Hand-Write?

If you’re like me, you are faster at typing than you are at hand-writing.  I am of the generation where the art of hand-writing has been lost.  That’s perfectly fine with me.  I became stressed at the long list of Thank You cards that I needed to write after the baby came – I realize that may sound ungrateful and that may sound like a rather bratty thing to say, but I was so exhausted from the demands of my newborn and breastfeeding.  I was so tired.

Solution to Your Thank You Card Problem:  

Personalized Photo Cards With Typed Message (Shipping Included)


How To Do It: 

I used Hallmark.com to send my thank you cards (as low as $0.69/card from Hallmark), but there are dozens of other websites out there that offer the same service.
  1. Create an account at Hallmark.com (or another e-card website)
  2. Choose a template for all of your Thank You cards
  3. Upload a cute photo of your newborn to the cover of the card
  4. Edit the the custom message on the front of your card template
  5. Add a thoughtful “Thank You Message” to each person
  6. Add each person’s address
  7. Mark that you would like Hallmark to pay for your postage (if you want this)
  8. Hallmark (or other card company) will make your cards for you!
You use the same template for each of your cards.  All you have to do is add a custom message and address for each person.  What’s also great is that Hallmark saves each person’s address to your “Address Book,” so there is no need to fish for that person’s address the next time you need to send them a “thank you.”

The Hallmark.com website doesn’t exactly have the most user-friendly format ever (you may get annoyed but only a little), but Hallmark does have cards for as little as $0.69 each (the best price I could find for this service).  Here is a link to their website: Hallmark Cards.

Note:  

Some people (including my mom) think it is tacky to send a hand-written thank you card.  Personally, I disagree.  Plus, a typed thank you card is better than no thank you card (or a late one).

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