Tips for Traveling with a Baby

Post by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

traveling-with-a-babyThese days, unless you are a celebrity mom like Queen B, flying with your little ones can seem like an impossible and terrifying task. This past week I had the pleasure, yes I said “pleasure”, of flying to New York for Fashion Week with my daughter Zelda as my fashion partner in crime. This was however, the first time I would be traveling alone sans dad or nanny. At first, I had visions of an uncontrollable baby and angry looks from fellow passengers, but the more I planned ahead of time, the less likely it looked anyone would have a complete meltdown. Flying with babies will never be a walk in the park, but by preparing ahead of time with some traveling with a baby tips and pointers below, you can help to alleviate some of the stress and keep your sanity! Tips for Traveling with a BabyTraveling with a Baby Tip 1: Heels and Wheels

There is nothing like trying to fold up an overly complicated stroller while all the other passengers look on or having it tip over from the million bags we now have to bring to house all of our child’s needs. My Orbit stroller has saved my life! Look, I know it carries a heavy price tag but I also know I can open and close it with one hand which is super convenient when you have a baby in the other arm. Also, by the time you buy a snap n’ go, street stroller and travel stroller, these combined are the same price as one good one.

Tips for Traveling with a Baby - StrollerTraveling with a Baby Tip 2: Anti Baby Carriers!

It may seem like an easier alternative than a cumbersome stroller but if you are traveling alone, it is near impossible unstrap and strap yourself with any type of baby carrier. It can feel like a straight jacket!

Traveling with a Baby Tip 3: Keep Germs at Bay

Planes are some of the germiest places and are not always wiped down as thoroughly as we would hope. To keep babies and younger children from getting sick, swipe a bit of Neosporin under their nose, as to protect them from airborne germs. I would also suggest completely wiping down with those trusty disinfective wipes all parts of your seat (trays, seat belts, headrest) before getting everyone settled. It takes only 2-seconds and remember…we’ve all seen someone change a diaper on those tray tables!

Traveling with a Baby Tip 4: Shut It!

Many young babies and children have trouble with the varying air pressure on the plane and it can really hurt their ears. Unfortunately, not every individual is sympathetic to this so bring a tube of earplugs to pass around to your fellow passenger to help lessen the noise. They will appreciate the gesture!

Traveling with a Baby Tip 5: Bring an Arsenal of Plastic Baggies

…And fill these bad boys with snacks, toys and shiny objects. Don’t wait till you arrive at the airport to buy snacks for your baby, because most likely there will not be a lot of choices that your baby can eat. Also, don’t think his favorite rattle will be enough. Bring some items that have been hiding at the bottom of your toy bin – they will be new again to your excited little one!Tips for Traveling with a Baby - EntertainmentCorri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

DIY Paper Floral Wreath

Post by Lidy of Hello Lidy

DIY Paper Floral WreathHey everyone! I’m so happy to be back to share with all of you an easy and springy DIY Paper Floral Wreath! It’s so simple and even a great little project to do with your little ones.

DIY Paper Floral Wreath

DIY Paper Floral Wreath Supplies:

  • Die-cut Flower Shapes
  • Embroidery bamboo hoop
  • Hot glue gun
    DIY Paper Floral Wreath Steps

DIY Paper Floral Wreath Steps:

  1. Simply organize your die-cut flowers in the pattern you would like.
  2. Once you are happy with the design, begin hot glueing the flowers to your hoop.
  3. Allow to dry completely. Be sure to not press too firmly, the paper could easily crumple.
  4. Continue steps 2 & 3 until your hoop is completely covered.
  5. Simply pull a piece of ribbon or yarn through the adjusting screw at the top, tie securely. Hang on your wall or door!

DIY Paper Floral Wreath It definitely feels a lot more like spring in our home! I made this paper floral wreath to add some bright and happy colors to our white walls. It’s so pretty and the colors make me feel so happy after a long winter! You could easily grab a larger hoop to make a bigger statement! I think it would look great above a fireplace or even an entryway mirror.

What are you doing to get your home all ready for spring?

XOXO, Lidy

Lidy is the face behind Hello Lidy: a blog focusing on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces while keeping up on current trends and designs. Lidy and her husband have three adopted toddlers.

Party On: Easter Egg Hunt

Written by Becca of CAKE. | events + design

Meri Meri has created some Easter designs that are absolutely party perfect with Land of Nod’s style. So for this month’s Party On board, I’m incorporating them with green + orange accents to help you plan a very hip Easter Egg Hunt…

Party On: Easter Egg Hunt

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Color Palette: spring green // carrot // sky // cotton
Party Invitation: available here

Here are my 10 tips for hosting a Hip Easter Egg Hunt:

1.  Obviously, bunnies are a must. Pull together an eclectic collection like this bunny lamp and place them in unexpected spots.

2. This green campaign desk is my favorite piece of the season and would make an ideal buffet or treat table (I’m thinking make your own Benedict bar!). You can open the drawers a bit to hold all your plates and flatware.

3. Establish boundaries for the Easter egg hunt ahead of time and mark them off with pretty party garlands.

4. For the egg collection, try totes or shoppers in place of traditional Easter baskets – and reuse them all season long.

6. Reward the sharpest little eyes by hiding special surprise eggs in sneaky spots, or create a scavenger hunt and offer clues to finding them.

7. For an outdoor egg hunt, throw down blankets in the grass so that when kids are done hunting, they can get right down to the business of opening their eggs.

8. If you have mix of ages, let the younger ones hunt first.  Then set up a more challenging hunt for the older kids and designate the parent with the best voice (or accent!) to read classic bunny stories like the Beatrix Potter collection or the Velveteen Rabbit to the littles.

9. You know everyone is will want to capture their children in Easter attire- so hang a simple photo backdrop using a patterned sheet or curtain panel.

10. True, you don’t need to do favors after an egg hunt, but these Meri Meri Easter cookie cutters are kind of begging to be used.  So either bake up some fun cookies for dessert, or send one home with a few mini eggs in clear bags tied up with a bow. It doesn’t get much cuter than that.

And if you need an invitation to coordinate, I happen to have just the thing in my Etsy shop.

The Party On series offers inspiration for family friendly parties, featuring items from The Land of Nod that can be incorporated into both your event and your home.

Becca Gorski lives in the SF Bay Area, is a working mother of two, and moonlights as an occasional designer / blogger / celebration maker. You can find her creative ideas on CAKE. | events + design, and her line of merry happy party printables on Etsy.

Spring Reading

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine 

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  • Lulu and Pip, an endearing tale by the author, photographer and artist who brought you Kiki and Coco in Paris.  This one has a Northern California twist to it.
  • Flashlight, an engaging book for exploring the wonder of night, nature and art.  With your flashlight, of course!
  • Opposites, from the Touch Think Learn series, which uses an important, hands-on aspect of learning–the tactile modality–to give life to a child’s first pairs of opposite words.
  • Telephone, a hilarious story about a message that goes topsy turvy as it makes its way through a group of birds (not unlike the fun game you might have played in elementary school).

Happy spring and happy reading!

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.