Top 5 Must Have Items for Traveling with Kids

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We recently got back from our Florida vacation! I am ready to go back already but I figured I would share my top 5 picks for traveling with two kids under 5 in the meantime. These simple items were all things I was glad I bought or prepared ahead of time. I’ll be sharing more of our vacation this month, with posts about our Disney trip and our experience at Legoland!

1.Dockatot and Travel bag- I’ve talked about why we love the Dockatot in this post and it proved to be amazing for traveling. We loved having Marley nap in the Dockatot and I really think she slept so well while traveling because of this comfort. The travel bag was amazing for keeping it clean during travel and it was easy to check. The straps were the perfect length to throw over our shoulder or carry by hand. Such a worthwhile investment if you plan to travel with your Dockatot. The additional carry bag is only $60 which I found more than reasonable. This will definitely not be our last time using this!

#travel #toddlers #dockatot

2. Snacks- This one may seem simple but it was seriously KEY to our kids happiness while we were traveling. I over packed on snacks and I’m so glad I did. I also packed some small suckers for the kids on the plane and this helped with their ears. Some suggestions include- crackers, protein bars (we love this brand), fruit gummy snacks, and pretzels. Literally, our snacks went wherever we did (plane, restaurants, beach, and the amusement parks)

3.Penguino Travel Boxes- I let the kids open these special boxes before we left for vacation. The boxes were packed full of fun items to keep the kids busy while we were on the plane or eating at restaurants. We had everything from coloring and stickers to a small container of molding putty. Our kids loved the creative items included in their boxes and it was curated specifically for their age and gender.

  #musthavetravel #travelwithkids

4.Cheap sippy cups- Before we left for vacation I stopped at target (obviously). I picked up two $3 sippy cups and told myself if we left them behind it was fine. I chose cups that had straws and were easy for us to pack, they also had a cute Disney character on each. The cups actually made it home with us! It was so nice to be able to pour juice or water in them to keep the kids hydrated in the hot Florida sun.

#travel #kids #toddlers

5. TSA Pre-Check Boarding- If you have the extra funds for TSA pre-check I HIGHLY recommend it. It costs $85 a person and you just apply online and then go to your local airport to finish the registration. It is good for 5 years and kids under 13 fall under you so no need to sign them up separately. This cut down IMMENSELY on wait time for us at airports. Also it was amazing not having to take shoes off or electronics out of our bags. With two kids and plenty of bags and backpacks, this expense was well worth it. Especially if you are flying into or out of a very busy airport like Orlando International. I can’t tell you how glad we were that we took the time to apply for this.

#travelwithkids #babycantravel

Forever 21 Dress Picks

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Spring & Summer = Dress Season!

I am all about finding pretty & affordable spring fashion this year. I recently hit up my local Forever 21 and was so impressed with their dress selection. I’ve snagged quite a few of these for myself and wanted to share some that are still on my wish list. These are perfect options for date days/nights, weddings, casual hot days, vacations and even as swim suit cover-ups. Basically, you get some great all around dresses that can be worn multiple ways. Don’t forget you can shop all of my favorite picks this season for the kids and yourself by clicking on the shop my style link.

Affordable Spring Dresses #forever21

Listed below in order from top left to right

1// This gingham button front dress is a perfect everyday dress! Could be ideal for a memorial day party and dressed down with simple slides or a neutral wedge.

2// I own this striped dress from Forever 21 (seen here on my Instagram page) and love it! I wore this recently to a gender reveal party and it was perfect. I chose to pair it with a jean jacket and these sandals from Old Navy.

Affordable Dresses from Forever 21

3// A simple yet cute black dress (I own this in two colors, can’t beat the $11 price!) I think this is the perfect date night dress. The simple colors make it so easy to pair a statement necklace, shoes or bag with!

4// This yellow flowy dress is screaming summer to me! I think this is one I’ll be living in during the warmer months.

5// I am loving how popular the gingham print is this season! There are so many pretty options out there with this pattern. It really looks good on everyone IMO too! I think this baby doll dress could even work as a maternity dress or possibly pair with a cute pair of denim shorts.

6// This long blue and green maxi is one of my favorite finds from Forever 21 recently. I love the colors and the pattern of the lines is so flattering. The model has this paired with strappy sandals and I love that! I could totally see this being worn as a bathing suite cover up too.

7// Can we just talk about how stunning this long blue striped dress is? I have a few weddings this season and this one will definitely be making an appearance to one of them. Perfect dress to make a statement and would really look great on any body type! Such a steal at less than $60!

8// At only $16 this cute off the shoulder dress is perfect for spring and into summer. This little number is already packed in my luggage for our upcoming vacation. I can’t wait to rock this by the pool and into the evening. It comes in a few colors too!

Reducing Your “Cotton” Footprint

Talking about the importance of Earth Month and why I am choosing to embrace it with my children. #fashion #secondhandfirst #ThredUP
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Talking about the importance of Earth Month and why I am choosing to embrace it with my children. #fashion #secondhandfirst #ThredUP

 

We are well into April aka Earth Month! In life we often get so busy we forget about important things like doing what we can do to help reduce our carbon footprint. I know that as a mom, I want my children to grow up in a less polluted world. We are making sure to talk to our children often this month about what we can do to help keep our environment clean for them and for future generations!

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One way I choose to help reduce my own carbon (or Cotton) footprint is to shop online, rather than at big box stores. ThredUP is a great place to start and get some shopping done if your looking for stylish eco-friendly looks for the family. I can buy for myself and my children while sitting in my home! Thus reducing my need for and dependence on fossil fuel.

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ThredUP is putting a focus on Earth Month with their Project Re:Made Tee-Shirt line. So what is this amazing line? It is Inspired by art that makes us rethink our views. Team ThredUP has commissioned 12 artists (whom they mostly found on Instagram!) to create artwork in response to the statement “Climate Change is Not Real”. The creations are a mix of cute, funny, ironic, and provocative tongue-in-cheek response to climate change denial. We then screen-printed the works onto secondhand white tees from our inventory and will be selling them starting on April 17th. All net proceeds benefit carbon offset non-profit Cool Effect who is fighting hard to reduce carbon pollution.

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