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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The only natural deodorant I use

When I decided to switch over my deodorant to a natural one I will admit I was nervous. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer (and eventually passed away) one of the first things I learned about was our bodies need to rid itself of toxins and how most deodorants prevented us from sweating.

Traditional antiperspirants contain aluminum which blocks pores, thereby preventing toxins from leaving the body. Some scientists have suggested that this may be a risk factor in the development of breast cancer. Random fact tidbit. Most people put 168 chemicals in their body every day. EVERYDAY! Yikes.

However being a woman I really didn’t wanna be known as that hippie with pit stains and smelly armpits. I may be from the PNW but it wasn’t a stigma I wanted my name associated with. I knew there had to be something out there that didn’t burn your pits like a lot the the natural ones do. Sidetone, its because of the baking soda in it. So steer clear of baking soda deodorants if you don’t want that. There are ways around it but lets be honest I don’t have time for an extra step. I wanna put on my deodorant and go.

Enter Kaia Natural Charcoal deodorant. If you go on their website this is one of the first things they talk about “Creating natural and minimalist products that benefit busy people is second nature to kaia naturals.” They are my kinda people.

The first thing I loved was of course the packaging. Made my neutral heart happy. Second was the smell. Can I be honest? I don’t think I have ever found a deodorant I have loved the smell of. They are all so artificial and either to girly, or just not my jam. The takesumi detox¬†Kaia deodorant that I use is Lime + Mint. Perfectly refreshing and super light.

I took their 30 day challenge and I kid you not, this is my favorite deodorant to use. I will not go back to the other brands. I don’t have any odor, and I can trust what I am putting on my body is safe. So back to the 30 day detox challenge. Here is what you can expect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I honestly was super nervous I would STANK. Either my friends were lying to me or my body did a great job of not embarrassing me. haha. I only had one day where I noticed a not friendly odor but I just reapplied deodorant and seemed to lessen.

You’ll notice the deodorant is gray. Honestly I was a little worried. I was definitely that person that emailed customer service and asked if it was going to stain my clothes or get on my clothes. They assured me it wasn’t a silly question and that it wouldn’t. Guess what? It doesn’t. It goes on almost clear like and I haven’t had any issues with staining.

So how does it work? Well the activated charcoal helps fight the odor causing bacteria meaning I stay smelling good AND the charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out the bacteria and toxins.

Since partnering with Kaia Naturals they are offering all my readers a 15% off discount. So get on it! Just type in “kymberlyjanelle” at checkout to get your discount.

Discount available until October 31st!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

 

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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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My favorite sleeveless front tie top

 

There really is no simpler way to put it but you need this top in your life for summer. Like right NOW. You can find it here at PINK BLUSH. Its the lightest tank I own, and it ties. ENOUGH SAID. I am wearing a small and it fits perfect. The buttons are fake but I actually like it that way. If you follow me on instagram (if you don’t come on over and say hi here: instagram.com/lifewithkymberly ) ¬†You’ve seen me wearing it a lot already on my IG stories. Pink Blush typically runs large and this shirt I would say is half a size larger simply because it ties in the front so it cinch everything in.

Picture taking care be awkwwwaaarddddd sometimes you guys, but when you feel amazing you just can’t hide it. Shine on ladies!!

 

Top ( Pink Blush $35) // Sunnies (Nordstrom Rack $10) // Shorts (Rock + Republic) // Hair Ties (Bela Bracelets)

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Bringing back the art of Thank you Cards with Basic Invite

Growing up writing thank you cards was a must. The day after a birthday or holiday we were sat down and given thank you cards to write in.

As I have grown up Ill be the first to admit I am not as good at it as I wish I was but I know the delight in receiving snail mail so I was determined to send out thank you cards. Its just harder now being a mom, but I know how much I appreciate a little thank you note when we attend parties. I of course used basic invite to create little mans first birthday invites for his WILD ONE birthday party.

So when creating his thank you cards I knew I wanted something more than just a plain white thank you card. Because as sweet as they are they usually get thrown in the trash a couple days later no? So I decided to use images from his Wild One Cake Smash that I photographed last month. This way they get a sweet little picture of him and a thank you card! Can you say genius?

Basic Invite is a little different than most printing companies. Not only do they allow customers to print a sample so you can see what it looks like they have almost unlimited colors! 180 colors to be exact. I didn’t even know there were 180 colors! With forty envelope colors your invites or thank you cards are going to be an exact match every time.

And one of my favorite features they collect addresses for you so you have them all in one place. This is something I love because other wise I have all my addresses in different spreadsheets and post it notes scattered around the house.

 

What about you? Did you grow up required to write thank you cards?

 

 

 

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How to style a long tunic for summer

This navy blue tunic from pink blush is so light and airy I LOVE it and I secretly got it for fall because of how long it is, but because its so light I wanted to try and style it for summer. So I knotted it AND moved the straps inside my shirt.

Here is how they advertise the tunic. And I will definitely wear it like this for fall, but for summer with shorts on it goes past my shorts but is to short to be a dress. 


Here is my version. What do you think? You’ll definitely see this shirts lots over fall!


 

My budding little photographer. He loves trying to say “cheese” and hold it up to his face so he can look through the peep hole.

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My favorite boyfriend distressed overalls

Really I get juices for him. Call it payment for hanging out while I am photographed or am photographing someone else. He LOVES his juices which is amazing because I grew up with my family juicing and love that its something I get to pass down to him. While he will never know my mom, he will know her love of everything healthy from me. (He is always fully aware of my ben and jerry obsession that my mom hated. haha)

Lets talk about these Pink Blush boyfriend distressed overalls for a minute though! They are life. Seriously. They’re fitted where they need to be and loose where they need to be. They are true to size. I am wearing a small and typically wear size 2 jeans. And they’re under $60. Win, win.




I cannot even stand the cuteness that is a pre-toddler drinking out of a straw. And yes, he is barefoot. I forgot his sweet little shoes in the car. Oops. For those in KC make sure you are hitting up T.loft (they have locations all over) and get one of these yummy juices. The Mean + Clean and Alive + Alert are my FAVORITES from T.Loft.

Seriously though. Go do yourself a favor and get these overalls. And these Bela Bracelets that I LOVE.  No more circulation getting cut off from hair ties!

 

 

Boyfriend Distressed Overalls: Pink Blush 

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