My must haves for flying with a toddler

This will be his fifth flight and he has always done amazing traveling. I did a blog post last November when he was 5 months old on what helped that you can read HERE. Whatever you do, don’t forget the carseat backpack. It is a must. Especially since I currently travel solo with little man.

So when it comes to actually traveling. There a couple things I always suggest having “in case” they get bored of sleeping or staring at the person behind you ūüėČ

Now that little man is just over a year old I changed up what I typically have in my carry on bag because he will most likely be awake for a large duration of the flight. (*Update: He ended up just taking a 30 minute nap and was up for 3 hours. Everything listed provided MORE than enough entertainment.)

I always suggest dressing your little one in fleece, or two layers and make sure its comfy clothing. Planes are typically chilly so I usually put him in a fleece romper. This trip he will be rocking a one piece cat + Jack romper I got him and high tops.

 

 

For activities I scored these six books for $1 at a recent consignment sale. (New books + toys are always a great way to keep them enthralled). Also bringing one of his favorite books Babys first 100 words.

I bought a set of gel window clings from Targets dollar spot for him to put on the windows, or seats or whatever else his heart desires. (Some moms suggest stickers. Ummm, no thanks. I’d prefer not to spend half the flight peeling stickers off the seats ūüėČ *Update*¬†He LOVED these! I did have to remind him two or three times they were not for consumption but he caught on pretty quick when he saw how they stuck to almost anything.¬†

I splurged and bought him some magic markers + paper. This will actually be his first time trying markers. So I am hoping the appeal of something new will keep him entertained.

For teething I brought his favorite honeycomb goods teething bracelets and teethers. Along with his paci + “teddy” lovey.

 

Snacks. Lord knows he loves to eat so I am bringing a couple things. Cereal bars, puffs (aka baby crack), and a pouch. I will purchase a water bottle when we get through security for us to drink as well.

To keep germs at bay I have my thieves spray. Yes, I will be that mom that sprays the tray and seat with it. Cause lets be honest people with colds travel.

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Music Therapy class

I’ll admit I was a skeptic. Music Therapy for a one year old? He is developing well, I don’t see any issues that we need to deal with…Well, my skepticism quickly vanished the moment she walked in the door. Isaac was enthralled the moment she brought in all her instruments and stayed a foot from her the entire hour class. A FOOT you guys!! If you know my little guy you know he doesn’t just jump in sight unseen.


I keep looking around like is this seriously happening? Not only was he completely engaged it was responding to her and doing everything she was doing on cue. Which then of course brings on the mom guilt of wait am I teaching him enough? I had no idea he could do this! Music therapy isn’t just for kids with ‘special needs’. It is for ALL children and I am 100% a believer in it.

Music For Milestones Baby Playgroup is a unique, interactive music class with your child! This evidence-based program offers an opportunity to connect with your child through musical play, while also nurturing their early communication, physical, emotional, and social development. Activities include singing and signing, music exploration, movement, finger-play, instrument-play, and more! Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions, receive parent education, and actively shape the group based on the needs of their child and family! Music groups are led by a Pediatric, Board-Certified Music Therapist, trained in adapting music to fit the needs of each child, facilitate healthy attachments, and build early skills!

After our first class with him I instantly had to tell my friends about it because a) how does anyone get a one year old to sit for one hour and do everything they say and two, he LOVED it. She is a board certified therapist and has the sweetest disposition and lets be honest a beautiful voice that captures the kiddos attention.

 

The first years of your child’s development lay a crucial foundation for the years to come! You can enhance your child’s early learning in a fun way that will make a long-term impact!¬†Music Therapy is a powerful and non-threatening medium, where unique outcomes are possible. The brain processes music in both hemispheres, allowing Music Therapy uniquely to stimulate development in the whole child.¬†With young children, Music Therapy provides a unique variety of musical experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner that promote changes in a child‚Äôs behavior and facilitate¬†development of the child’s communication, social,¬†emotional, sensory-motor, academic, and cognitive skills. It involves¬†relationships that are structured and adapted through the elements of music to create a positive environment¬†that will foster¬†positive growth.¬†Music Therapy enhances the quality of life!

Music is highly motivating, yet it can also have a calming and relaxing effect. Enjoyable music activities are designed to be success-oriented and make children feel better about themselves.

 

I am doing a giveaway for a free MONTH PASS for one child on my instagram account. Head over HERE to enter.

 

Stepping Stones serves children in the Greater Kansas City area, offering services in Overland Park, Olathe,¬†Lenexa, Mission, Leawood, Kansas City, and Lee’s Summit. Sessions are typically held in the client’s home, daycare, or school environment.

Honestly KC mamas. Your kiddo is going to LOVE this class. Get them enrolled today. Classes are ONLY $15 per class or $100 for 8 weeks.

Time: Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am // Location: Home Holistic (7927 Floyd St, Overland Park, KS 66204) // Kristi at SteppingStonesKC@gmail.com

Magical sunday mornings …

Making memories with Isaac is at the top of my list when it comes to what I want him to remember me by. I want him to remember me as someone who always made room for new experiences and making the most out of the ordinary.

That is how some of my favorite childhood memories have been made. The big boxes we made into castles, the leftover fabric scraps my mom saved, the magazines I cut up and made into art, the scrap wood we made into bird houses…

This morning I woke up ready to have an amazing day. I am realizing more and more happiness and joy are a choice. It is a way of thinking. It is choosing to let go of the negativity in your mind and choose a better way. To believe that good will happen. We all have the opportunity to help make someone’s day bright or gloomy including our own.

Today was one of those days where time almost seemed to stand still and we were able to soak up every minute of every hour. It was dreamy honestly. We stayed in our jimmies extra late and it was glorious. Mainly because well is there anything cuter than a little pre-toddler in two piece jammies? I think not.

 

This photo below may be of my all time favorite pictures of him. This is Isaac. It is that perfect capture of his personality. I can just imagine when he is 5, 10, 15 taking the same candid capture. This inquisitive little boy who watches how things work and then attacks the task with gusto.

 

 

As I peeked outside I saw the morning light was streaming through some of our trees onto the driveway perfectly. So barefooted in our pajamas we trod outside in the perfect 70 degree weather. Some people would never post pictures of their driveway broken, cracked, with rocks everywhere but you know what? Our driveway is perfect. It provides him with trails (cracks) to follow, and thousands of toys (rocks) to play with. Who cares if your driveway has cracks, or if its brand new. Not me ūüėČ I’ve got more important things to focus on.

I had boughten some chalk from Target during their summer clearance because… HELLLOOOOOOOOOOO CHALK!

And decided this morning was the magical morning to introduce chalk to him. Mind you I had boughten enough chalk for an entire kindergarten class, but hey options. And well, I kinda forgot how many 64 is. Its a lot you guys. But look at all those color options.

So barefoot with the light shinning on our faces we played outside till we decided we should come in a get changed for church.

Mornings can be magical if you let them be. 

 

What are some of your favorite summer morning memories as a kid?

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Dealing with loss on the holidays

Well this year didn’t quite go as planned. The day started off storming.

Im talking thunder, lightning, torrential raining. The whole works. So a pool day was completely out of the picture. Little man goes to his nannies house on Tuesdays so while he played with her and her little one I went with one of my best friends and thrifted. Not before getting my Starbucks B+W Mocha though. The stormy weather and coffee in hand reminded me of fall and Ill be the first to admit I considered turning on christmas music. (Don’t hate me. Im just being honest)

So I do have to confess while I am HUGE on bargain shopping¬†I haven’t thrifted in probably years. I am actually shocked at this considering I grew up thrifting. It use to be one of my favorite things. However it can be SO HARD for me to hold back and not buy everything. Now especially with having a little one. I usually go through a process of putting things in my cart, staring at them. Then five aisles over realizing no I don’t actually love that. Even if it is $1 or $.050.


So what I didn’t know about fourth of July was that it is a HUGE day for people who do thrift. Why? 50% off EVERYTHING. I pulled up ten mins before they opened with the parking lot pretty much empty and within 15 minutes the parking lot was half full of thrifters! I had no idea!! Does anyone else here thrift on the fourth?? Well I am SO GLAD I went!!¬†I was able to find some super cute hoodies, and button ups for little man. That brown jacket you see in the cart I scored for $.99, a denim skirt for $2, and some jeans I am going to attempt to make into cutoff shorts. If the shorts turn out well I will do a DIY on them.

 

 

After I picked up little man we went home and just hung out at home. Because it was fourth of July I put his little outfit on simply for the sake of pictures. Cause come on you have to document this cuteness!! 

While we made the most of the day and he has no idea what he ‘missed out on’ with a pool day, bbq, smores, and fireworks theres a part of my heart that genuinely grieves. See fourth of July was one of the bigger family holidays in my family. My mom loved it, we would go to the beach with my grandparents, parents, and cousins. We would explore the beaches, eat to much watermelon and stay up late watching fireworks.

With the passing of my mom and my grandparents holidays are hard. But its honestly harder when I cannot participate in them. Because when we can do holidays I feel like I am able to continue the tradition of what those who are gone left behind. So today was hard. I wanted to be able to continue the traditions that my mom and grandma loved. I wanted to be in situations that reminded me of their laughter, and jokes. The inside jokes. To be honest this was honestly probably one of the hardest holidays to date since there passing because of this.

 

 

I would love to hear from others who have dealt, or are dealing with this!

Hope you all had a wonderful fourth. Stay safe out there!

 

 

 

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My favorite skin care product

I have been slowly working on switching out all the products we use for ‘clean’ products. If you haven’t downloaded the Think Dirty App I HIGHLY suggest doing so. Skincare has been something I have been slower to change over as I am super simple and honestly its hard for me to actually commit to a regimen. Insert SkinKC skin care line. Stephanie Skin KC is extremely knowledgable and truly LOVES what she does. Stephanie has created each of the products so if you are local to KC pop in the store and pick her brain about your skin needs. She will definitely help you out.

¬†Skin KC prides themselves on having a natural organic skin care line. The Skin KC products are made safely, with non-toxic, non-synthetic, anti-aging, exfoliating, cruelty free and vegetarian ingredients, contains free-radical ingredients, age-fighting antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatory nutrients, organic, all-natural ingredients, premium essential oils, powerful antioxidants, nourishing & organic, nut, seed, and fruit oils. She uses essential oils, so you know I was going to love them ūüėČ

This Anti-Aging Serum has become my FAVORITE skincare product. While my skin is extremely dry I was nervous the oil would make my skin oily or breakout. It does no such thing. Instead the anti-aging serum adds a glowy ageless look to my skin that I have been dreaming of.
Seriously, this is the first time I actually use a skincare product religiously.  Best part? Its under $35!

 

 

The next product I got was the apricot clay mask that can also be used as a scrub. We she told me they had dual uses I knew this was going to be my friend! Less products cluttering my bathroom drawers. This clay mask through is such a winner.

 

 

My outfit:

Top is PINKBLUSH (size small)

Shorts: Rock + republic

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Taking time to read

One of my favorite pastimes is reading. I definitely don’t do it enough for myself so when little man gets new books we try and spend time reading. He LOVES his books. Definitely just like his mama. Especially in the last couple months he is so drawn to his books and learning and doing what the books talk about. Talk about major heart melt ‚̧

 Lost my name has done a phenomenal job at creating books that are customizable and teach life truths, and remind children on their worth and work ethic. All things I can get on board with!

 

 

They have several other books as well. We also have have the little boy who lost his name book as well. You can read about that book here. 

What are some of your favorite books?

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Newton Baby Mattress Review

When we got everything for his nursery the one thing that we didn’t put a lot of thought into was definitely his mattress. Looking back I wish I would have! We bought the IKEA crib like most parents so we just bought the ikea mattress as well.

You guys I didn’t know any better. Now, I am kicking myself.

When our newton baby mattress came. My jaw almost dropped. The ikea mattress was like McDonalds compared to this steak dinner of a mattress. The IKEA mattress besides not being very “clean” was so flimsy.


 

I would honestly sleep on his Newton Baby Mattress. Hint, Hint. Can you guys start making mattresses for adults now? Not only are they “clean” meaning¬†Newton‚Äôs core is made of 90% free air – yes, air and 10% food-grade polymer. It‚Äôs all wrapped up in a breathable, three-dimensional fabric that provides comfort and unzips for easy washing. Newton contains no foam, latex, springs, glue, or allergens and is 100% recyclable.

(Little man is allergic/sensitive to latex so this is so important for us.)

I mean look at it. You can tell just from the pictures the quality is ten times better than our old mattress which was super flimsy and lacked any kind of support.

We got the white mattress cover (Did you notice the zipper? Yep, just zip it off and throw it in the wash! How easy is that! ) but they also have gray, pink, and blue!

Do yourself a favor and ditch that old baby mattress and get your little one a Newton Baby Mattress. 

100% BREATHABLE

Babies can breathe right through our mattress.

100% WASHABLE

Even the messiest baby can enjoy clean, pure nights.

100% RECYCLABLE

With no foam, glue, latex or springs, Newton is 100% recyclable.

Best part? They have a 100 night guarantee. Free shipping, free returns. I guarantee you though you will LOVE this mattress.

 

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Pool Must Haves

So I thought it would super fun to do a quick little summer pool must haves list.

My favorite book to read poolside: Wild and Free

Ladies this book has been WRECKING ME. Ill be totally honest I bought it and it sat in our house for months. Almost a year. I read the back cover and was like I don’t need this. I am the opposite of what this book is talking about. I assumed the book was for those timid and needing to learn how to express themselves or something. I honestly dunno. Well um, one of the authors pretty much was me and called me out on all my stuff like I couldn’t believe. So all that to say. This book is for me.

My favorite water bottle: My VS pink water bottle

My favorite chapstick: Babo Botanicals Tinted Gloss with SPF

Its a tinted gloss too! Honestly one of my favorites to apply. I love it so much! Its always in my pool bag. Oh, and it has 15 SPF so another reason its a must have on my pool days.

My favorite snack: Apple

Sounds lame, but its true. A sonic frozen strawberry lemonade though is a close second.

 

 

I have been trying out a couple new products for sun care as I have been searching for sun care that I love for myself. We use Babo Botanicals for the little guy. And I think I have found my two new favorites. I tried Alba a while back but it was way to gritty for me and honestly it doesn’t score as well on the Think Dirty app. Which if you haven’t gotten the app, do yourself a favor and get it. But when you do chances are you are going to wanna throw out almost everything in your house. ¬†And when you do you can check out my blog post on how to make your own DIY house cleaner.

My current favorite facial sunscreen is this Suntegrity 5in1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen

Its tinted (I use fair) and honestly looks more like makeup than sunscreen. Theres no grittiness and it kept my skin from burning. Its super light weight which I LOVE for my face. I was out in the pool for a couple hours and got wet and didn’t have any issues with burning.

 

 

 

My favorite hat + coverup: FRANCESCAS

Over the years I have found the place that you can tell sun damage from the quickest is my face HANDS DOWN. Sun damage meaning everything from wrinkles, to dry skin, to those wonderful wrinkles on the sides of my eyes from squinting so much. I remember someone once telling me you can tell the age of a woman by her neck. Thats where most women don’t apply lotion and it does get wrinkly. So lets be real, I apply lotion cause I wanna put that off as long as possible. haha. One of the easiest ways to keep my face from the sun is a hat. Best part is there are so many cute ones to choose from at Francescas. I’m obsessed with this “Hello Sunshine” one.

If you’re local to me (KC) make sure and head to the Summit Fair location and they will make sure and take good care of you. Just make sure and let them know I sent you. Just show them my blog or IG ‚̧

 

 

 

My favorite all natural sunscreen is Raw Elements Eco 30. It even comes in a plastic free tin. The consistency is just a tad thicker than normal sunscreens but its not gritty like the other natural sunscreens I have tried. Goes on super easy and is non greasy. Its water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Its kid friendly too meaning infants to adults can use this. With No chemicals or fragrances I can definitely get behind this brand! Go check out Raw Elements and make sure and let them know I sent you!

 

My favorite pool floatie:  A unicorn floatie. Because well, everyone needs a little magic in their lives. 

 

We all have our favorite things, so I wanna share mine and I would love to hear about yours at the end! Anything I need to add to my list?

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