Simplify: Traveling with Baby

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If you’ve ever wanted to simplify your belongings and your life but thought to yourself, “I could never get there” or “I really NEED all this stuff,” then go take a 6 or 8 week trip. There’s nothing like an extended time away from home to make you realize what you actually need every day to not just survive but thrive.

We traveled for 6 weeks with a 3 month old baby. We packed two suitcases, 2 computer bags, a diaper bag, and a car seat. And no, we didn’t even use everything we packed, but it was pretty close. And yes, we bought stuff once we arrived at our destination. Namely, baby necessities and a few household items. Our goal was to make the day-to-day as normal as possible for our daughter, in order to make our lives easier (i.e. NAPTIME). However, despite our best efforts, traveling across time zones and being away during that dreaded 4 month Wonder Week/sleep regression is generally going to be a nightmare. Even our best efforts didn’t do much to help with that, but we survived.

Navigating airports, home rentals, cable car hills, and numerous skipped naps taught me a few things about simplifying travel with a small child. Namely, you really don’t need that much, but the few things you do need, you really will get every penny of use out of.

Top 3 Things to Take When Traveling with a Baby

1. Baby wrap or carrier.

LIFE. SAVER. If you only take ONE thing, take this. Child doesn’t want to nap, and you need to get stuff done? Child is unsure of new surroundings and needs to get used to environment? You desperately need to get out of the house? Babywearing is the way to go. ¬†Especially when going through airport security and a long flight. I prefer my Solly Baby wrap over a carrier, especially at the airport, because I was able to also carry a backpack without the straps from a carrier getting in my way. I also easily got a sweater or jacket on and off without looking ridiculous.

2. Lightweight stroller.

We decided not to lug our beloved BOB stroller with us, just because of its weight. Instead, we ordered a smaller, lighter stroller to be delivered directly to our rental and then flew home with it. And while I missed being able to run on days I was solo parenting, it was really nice to have something that maneuvered easily through city streets and hills without the added weight.

3. Sound machine.

A sound machine was not on my baby registry. It was not even on my radar, until I was reading something online and stumbled upon a blog post that highly praised the NEED for one. I immediately hopped on Amazon and bought that exact one, and its been amazing. It’s just enough white noise to drown out almost anything without being super loud. And no matter where you are, it makes the room your baby is sleeping in sound and feel like home. I honestly don’t know where we’d be without this item right now. Along with my breast pump, it was the only other thing I insisted upon having in my carry on vs checking because I could NOT risk it getting lost in transit.

How have you handled traveling with an infant? Any other must-have items you’ve learned about along the way?

 

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Be Present: September

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Happy September! August was a busy month with lots of moving parts, and with Fall and the end of the year fast approaching, things don’t look to settle down anytime soon. Last month’s goals were fairly ambitious, so September is about slowing down, simplifying, and focusing on what is most important. Namely, rest, family, and some big work tasks!

August in Review:

1. Clear out clutter.

This started out in one drawer in my kitchen, and slowly took over cabinet by cabinet, room by room. If we hadn’t used it since we moved in 2 years ago, out it went. So much open space everywhere now! Hopefully it stays that way for a while.

2. Start marathon training plan.

I’ve made progress since our California adventure with completing my couch to 10k plan, but I decided to completely forego a marathon this year. My heart just isn’t in it. And the thought of figuring out how to pump or nurse mid-race solidifies the decision to wait until breastfeeding season is over to tackle this goal again. I have signed up for an 8k in October and am now targeting a December 13.1 goal. Training plan is ready to go!

3. Batch cook meals.

This technically didn’t happen until this past weekend, but I am SO SO glad this got completed! I tacked 12 recipes over 2 days. I spent $140 and made over 50 individual servings for meals for the coming months. The last thing I like to do on busy nights now is cook, especially with trying to get a fussy, teething baby to sleep!

September Goals:

  • Read 4 books.
  • Update Celebration Nutrition services.
  • Carve out time for weekly self-care.

What are your big goals for this change of season? How are you slowing down and simplifying as we move toward the end-of-the year, holiday madness?

Friday Favorites: August

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I never really thought about meal planning before having a baby. I just did it. I enjoyed it, I got lost in however long it took to find recipes, write down ingredients, shop, prep, cook. Nowadays, I only cook on Hello Fresh nights. Unless its pasta or salad. My time is way too precious now, especially with running a small business. But my freezer stash is almost gone, I’m getting bored with my staple meals, and trying to slowly regain a piece of my old self in this new season.

Meal planning is meant to make our lives easier, not harder. Prepping on the weekend should make weeknights less stressful. Having a game plan should make the weekend planning less of a chore and more of an adventure. So where the heck to we start? I’m going back to the beginning and following these easy tips. And then starting with these fun, flavorful recipes.

Neat:

  1. Favorite Meal Prep Recipes: Summer 2017 // Three easy, repeatable options for busy summer days.
  2. 10 Ways to Make Healthy Eating Easier and More Fun // Eating well should be a lifestyle, not a chore.
  3. The Case for Meal Planning // It is possible to follow your body’s hunger cues and still prep and plan ahead.
  4. 5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me 5 Years Ago About Meal Planning // It can be quick, manageable, and even fun.
  5. Meal Planning Tips for a Healthy Vegan Diet // Ready, GO!

Nutritious:

  1. Corn and Green Bean Tomatillo Tacos // I cannot think of a better way to end summer.
  2. Cashew Coffee // WHY haven’t I thought of this before???? Amazing!
  3. Thai Quinoa Salad with Sesame Peanut Sauce // All the best things in one bowl.
  4. Hummus Heaped with Tomatoes and Cucumbers // Refreshing and filling.
  5. Autumn Glow Milkshake // Embracing the fall season in these 100 degree days.