Monday, November 28, 2011

Project Nursery Article


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Holiday giving is in the air, and while I was pondering my list for my kidlets, I had a childhood flashback—my little brother, probably the age of two, going wild for “woof woof” his favorite toy. Woof Woof was a 1968 Fisher Price Beagle pull-along wooden dog that was placed under the tree. He loved this timeless dog, and we had it for years. My daughter, like her uncle, is completely dog crazy. When she was about six months old, I bought her a Follow Me Domino toy dog that barks and plays musical tunes when moving around the floor. She still screams with delight when this little pooch is in motion. Needless to say, this toy remains a huge hit and makes one terrific present for kids 6-24 months.
Follow-Me Domino Dog
The Sing Along CD Player is a popular item in my household when we host playdates. It’s karaoke for toddlers—gotta love that!
All three of my kids adore musical instruments—they make great gift choices, and I have a soft spot for giving them. My three-year-old just received this guitar.
Never out of style and always a crowd-pleaser, you really can’t go wrong with an activity cube. Toddlers love them.
B.Zany Zoo Activity Cube
What toys do your kids go bonkers for? I’d love to hear them.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Parrot Cay

Last week I celebrated my 10-year anniversary with my husband at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos and it was pure bliss. Here are a few snapshots of paradise. I highly recommend this resort. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Project Nursery Article

I wrote this article for Project Nursery.  The girls over there have a fantastic site. Please check it out. 

Traveling with Children: How to Stay Sane

Temper tantrums at customs. A baby that screams for six hours straight. A toddler that won’t stop kicking the seat of the passenger in front of them. Strangers giving you the stink eye. Becoming a casualty of projectile vomit from your sick child. These are a few of my travel experiences that I hold near and dear to my heart. Let’s face it, traveling with children has its moments and can be tough on parents and children, but it hasn’t stopped my husband and our three young children from our globetrotting adventures. Here are some of my top tips to help you stay sane the next time you fly. Bon voyage!

For long flights, I always choose a red-eye. My kids (fingers crossed) always seem to fall asleep immediately once we take off—gotta love the white noise. When we fly to France, I make sure that Maeve, my 17-month-old, and Graham, my 3-year-old, skip their afternoon naps. I always pick flights with few connections—nonstop work best with my family. Do yourself a favor and dress for comfort on travel days for both you and the children. Pack an extra set of clothes for your baby in your carry-on. Wet clothes are no fun! Airplanes tend to be cold, so bring an extra sweater for the kids. Car seats may seem like a bulky carry-on and just one more item to add to the pile, but a car seat is much more comfortable for your tot than a seat designed for an adult.
A light umbrella stroller is a must! I’m still using my Maclaren Quest for Maeve—the same one my eldest son Liam used six years ago. It’s clocked some serious mileage and is still going strong.

I always throw my ERGObaby carrier into my suitcase for Maeve. It allows me the option of wearing her while keeping my hands free—perfect for subway rides.

Keep your children entertained with a bevy of options: portable DVD player, iPod or iPad, Nintendo DS (Liam’s favorite), books, stickers, crayons and coloring books. My clan enjoy the oversize headsets, plus they just look cool.

Be sure you’ve packed the “must haves” for your carry-on bag: a hearty supply of snacks that aren’t super messy, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues, diapers, rash cream, ziplock bags, sippy cups, formula, extra bottles, pacifiers (a favorite in our home), Tylenol/Motrin and any special medications your child may need.
Do you have any travel tips to share with our readers? If you do, I’d love to hear them.

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