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5 Tips for Traveling with 2 and 3 year olds

Saturday, June 10, 2017
We just got back from a weekend in LA that gave us a dose of sun and heat we've been craving in the midst of a gloomy/rainy New York spring.  A post about our stay at the SLS Beverly Hills is coming soon but wanted to share some tips on how we had a pretty stress-free trip that included another solo flight with toddlers, a mini-road trip, a sleep-deprived, jetlagged mommy, and some much needed pooltime!

1) First flight out. Even if its at 6am
I've given this tip on several of my previous travel blog posts and it still applies.  We had a 6am flight out of JFK which meant getting up at 3am so that we were in a car at 4am.  Winter actually woke up in the middle of the night and kept me company as I packed (yes I had a jam-packed work day and taught class and wrapped up some projects; so I didn't get to actual packing until like 11ish) so I let her stay up. I did take a min 45 min nap.  What happens is that on the flight, they'll be a little amped up from the whole airport episode but they're conked out less than an hour into the flight.  And they ended up waking up with about 90 min left to go which we filled with snack time, homework, and nick jr tv (yay jetblue)

2) Even with the time change, stick to the schedule
I don't know about you, but I have little energizer bunnies. They just keep going and going until nap time or bedtime and then its lights out.  So the day we got to LA was probably the longest waking day during the entire trip for them but the next morning, it was back to the same schedule. Nyla may whine when we've dipped into her naptime but I handle it like our walking alarm clock. Whine = you've got about 30 min until we've reached toddler defcon 5 meltdown to get these girls napping. This especially helps if we're meeting up with friends (like we usually are when traveling) who can't do an early dinner like we usually do.

3) Go-bags for everyone!
With both girls potty-trained I've ditched the diaper bag/super-sized totes. But that doesn't mean I've come prepared with distractions. These days, I'll carry an ipad, and a CHARGER which can fit in any of my purses along with a small wallet and any personal toileteries.  I'm making more of an effort to pare down on the big totes and opt for mini backpacks or smaller satchel size bags like this fun kate spade one I recently got on sale. Plus, who wants to lug a 10lb bag of STUFF anyway? not I!  Also I'm able to travel light since the girls have their own bookbags they WANT to carry. so in goes their stickers, mini notebooks, mini toys along with snacks.  Just be cautious of the weight your little ones are carrying.

4) No strollers ...but...I might sneak a bjorn
I've embraced Nyla not wanting to be in a stroller. Less gear to keep track of and it makes us so much more mobile. BUT one thing I will take (just in case) is the bjorn.  I know, she's too big to probably be in this thing but I will take a casual kick in the knee if it means I may have to make a dash to the gate to board our flight. And literally I brought this out of retirement for our flight to LA because it was just me and the girls. Terminal 5 is literally a madhouse (even at 6am) so it just makes it easier when I have one hand on our rolling carry-on (yes carryon for all 3 of us!) and one hand holding winter's hand.

5) #$*! happens. Just go with the flow.
Maybe its just the way I am, but we're pretty flexible when it comes to traveling with the girls. I'll always try to find things for us to do in case boredom ever sets in (and that means for me and P - NOT the girls lol).  I'm very open to late bedtimes, morning sleep-ins, or just scratching off the to-see list in favor of just lounging poolside while the girls splash away or just hitting up a neighborhood playground  (which actually ended up happening) to burn some energy.  This also happened with dinner plans when we went next door to Gyu Kaku (my personal favorite in nyc) for dinner instead of trying something LA-ish and local.  Sometimes doing something familiar —even in a new environment— is an experience in itself.  After all, isn't this a "vacation?"

Any tips you have? please leave a comment below!!

Happy Travels!

We're working on some things... but heeyyyy....

Thursday, April 27, 2017

We're working on a few posts! Be back soon!

April: Random portraits

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Our Sunday Best...

Monday, April 17, 2017
Our easter itinerary felt jam-packed this year but I think it was because I was rolling solo with the girls this past weekend while Mr was out of town on a business trip.  Fortunately HE was being extra glorious on sunday and graced us with the most amazing weather ever.  We were off to our regular morning service (but I knew it would be extra-packed) in our Sunday best. The girls had new lime green dresses from Cat & Jack at Target and denim mary janes from Children's Place. They were complimented all day - talk about a color pop!

Morning service was followed with a family celebration and easter egg hunt on the church grounds - and by grounds, i mean a cemetary.  I try not to think about (because it kind of creeps me out) but then again, it IS easter.  The girls were SO INTO the hunt and I appreciated that the church staff acknowledges this and has the older kids take found eggs (you turn them in for prizes) and re-hide them back out for the little kids to find. 

She's used to it.

Egg hunt prizes

We had about an hour and a half to kill before our brunch reservation so we walked around Brookfield place and then headed to Rockefeller playground and ran into the girls' best friend, S!

Then it was off to Atrio at the Conrad Hotel for their Easter brunch complete with easter bunny pictures, ANOTHER egg hunt, and donut decorating courtesy of Underwest donuts.  It may have been a bit too fancy for me to handle 2 toddlers solo but I did sneak in a brunch cocktail, and the girls (well, Nyla)  kind of comandeered posession of the easter bunny lol.   The all-you-can-eat brunch spread was delicious, and the staff accommodated me graciously so I think this may turn into an annual thing. Cheers!

decorating Underwest donuts

we took bathroom selfie curtsies :)

Waiting for Spring!

Sunday, March 19, 2017
 Waiting for Spring!

Weekend recap: Basketball Ballet

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
With Winter attending preschool twice a week, I've been trying to fill her off-days with activities. Much to our luck, it seems all the activities I would love to put her in all fall on her school days! ARGH! Since it's winter though, our weekends won't be spent picnicking or traveling so I'm taking our weekends to try out some classes.  So Winter's doing  basketball at 8:30 in the mornings (WHY... i don't even start work at this time...bye bye saturday sleep-ins) and ballet in the afternoons.  So far so good - I'm going to give both programs 2-3 weeks to settle in before I review them but here's some fun snaps and a video recap from the weekend!

Insomnia cookies, Artichoke Pizza, and a Piece of Velvet all within a 1-block radius of ballet class = WINNING for dinner!

Twinning at Sunday service

2017 goals: trying out new recipes - French style mussels with bacon and chorizo

Mom Monday: Jumping for Old Navy Active (video)

Monday, January 30, 2017
yep, me jumping
If you have followed my fitness journey back from my running days starting from 5 years ago, you'll know Old Navy has always been one of my go-tos for everyday fitness wear.  Awesome price point (and I don't mind a sweep of the clearance racks for great deals) fun prints and much better than you would expect quality is all about Old navy. I've seen how they've expanded their activewear collection and now, whenever I can bypass the kids section (which is never) and peruse active wear, I'm always wishing I had deeper pockets to scoop up just about everything. I'm especially a fan of the printed compression pants because they're a bit thicker than my nike/new balance tights which is great for the super cold outdoor runs but can also double as base under a solid or graphic sweatshirt and cool kicks for a downtown casual look.So when Old Navy invited me to check out the spring collection for their active wear line, I literally jumped at the chance.

hair and makeup - no thanks!
It was a fun event—perfect for a fitnessnista: a beauty bar, breakfast juice, instagrammable backdrops, and of course, the trampoline photo "booth."  Front and center was the active collection for the season. I am digging the athleisure pieces such as the  Go-Warm Front-Wrap Fleece Hoodie for Women  (I could wear this ALL DAY ERRY DAY)  as well as the fun florals that are so on point for spring. 
The gifting suite got me this wrap fleece hoodie (yaaasss) and this Fitted Go-Dry Cool Crossback Keyhole Tank for Women and  Go-Dry High-Rise Printed Compression Leggings for Women all in a super cute gym bag (sorry, not pictured!).  It was a fun event - check out the recap video:
Go check out Old Navy Active to inject a little color and fun into your fitness wardrobe.
Thank you to Old Navy for inviting me to the preview!

Happy Chinese New Year

Saturday, January 28, 2017

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