Before I became a mom I think I really believed that my kids would be open minded, cultural, adventurous, healthy little foodies. I had visions of them raving about my kale chicken salad. Sigh. I was so naïve. Nowadays the only way I get any vegetables in my darlings is by sneaking spinach in their morning smoothies. And they only drink those about 2/3 of the time.
When my husband suggested I take a baby-free girls trip to escape the neverending Minnesota winter, I found it pretty hard to say no. However, I was still breastfeeding my youngest and not quite ready to be done, so I finally had to tackle pumping while traveling. Here’s the advice I would give a fellow mom looking to do the same thing.
Summer is a great time to take a vacation with kids: the weather is warm so you’ll save room in your suitcase, and your destination options are virtually unlimited. Here are some things I’ve learned about going on vacation with kids, including the must-pack essentials and ways to save time and money.
The first year with an infant is a crash course in transitions. Everything from sleeping and feeding to their physical movements and development are constantly changing. One thing that was really hard for me to get a handle on in the beginning was dinner time, but at 10 months old now, it feels like we have finally found our rhythm. I love the idea of a meal plan, but honestly it doesn’t work for us in this season of life. What does work for us is more of a capsule pantry approach. Having a well-stocked pantry, a refrigerator full of a handful of staples, and essential cooking tools that work for a myriad of meals means dinner is always just thirty minutes away.
After a long winter and wet spring, we’re doing a bit of celebrating here in Seattle as backyard barbecue season is in full swing! While many houses right in the city have relatively small yards, we make the best of our little patio with a simple grill, a sandbox for our son, a comfy outdoor couch, and string lights to tie the whole thing together. Before we had a rambunctious toddler, eating outdoors was a casual all-night affair, but now of course things are abbreviated and it takes a bit more intention and planning to pull things off successfully. Here’s what makes for a better barbecue and a good time for all in our house:
Whether you have a newborn baby or a busy toddler, bedtime is generally an all-consuming topic for parents. When we had a newborn I remember worrying about sleep all of the time. Now that we have a toddler, it doesn’t stress me in the same way, but many nights can still feel pretty stressful. After too long standing on the sidelines wondering what we were doing wrong, we got more proactive and deliberate about the bedtime routine. Here’s what works for us: