Traveling tips for your summer vacations with kiddos

Recently my family and I traveled to Austin, Texas. It was our first big trip as a family of three and Eleanor's first time flying. I was little hesitant because I wasn't sure how Eleanor would do on a plane and being away from home for so long. However with a little planning ahead we were able to have a great trip. So today I want to share with you some things I learned while traveling!

1. Plan ahead what everyone will wear

Comfy clothes are a must on trips but practicality is just as needed. Going through security can be a daunting task especially when you have little ones. I made sure that Eleanor had clothes that were easy to get on and off and didn't have any buckles or things that would go off in security. She wore a simple little dress that was perfect for the trip. For me it was important that I wore something that I could easily breastfeed her. A button down shirt was great because I didn't need to lift up layers upon layers to be able to feed her. 

2. Bring new books/toys/shows/movies

On road trips when I was younger I remember my mom always had a little special something for us on our trip. It usually wasn't anything extravagant but it was fun for me as a kid to have a new little toy, movie or book to explore when we were on the road. For Eleanor I got her some new books and downloaded her favorite show from the Netflix app. Her Usborne books were a hit. She loved having something new to look at and it was easy to stash in our bag. It doesn't have to be anything expensive but having something new (could be from the dollar store) is a sanity saver. 

If you are interested in some great books for your road trip or travels this summer check out Usborne books! They have something for every age! You can shop my link here or if you are interested in earning free books by hosting a party comment below and I will be sure to get in contact with you :) 

3. If you are staying with friends or family ask to see if they have extra carseats, strollers, and pack n' play.

One of the best parts about our trip was the fact I knew I didn't need to worry about the carseat, stroller or pack 'n play. My sister, Amber had extras of all these for us and it was such a lifesaver. If you are able to check with family or friends to see if they have friends or family willing to let you borrow those big items so you don't have to worry about checking them when you fly or stuffing them in the back of the car. 

4. Pack smart

It is so easy to over pack especially when you are a new parent. I packed Eleanor's bag multiple times before I finally knew exactly what I needed. One thing we decided to do that was a big help was that we only packed enough diapers and food for the flight going to Texas. We knew a Target was close by and could stop and pick up a pack of diapers and get her food for the week there. It saved us a lot of space, which was really helpful.

5. Dont stress

It is so easy to think about all the things that could go wrong with your trip and stress about it. I know the stares that other travelers give and how unnerving it can be to have a crying baby in public. However when you keep calm it helps babies and kids know that everything is going to be alright. Other passengers can wait, it wont hurt them when you have to take the extra moment to calm yourself and your kiddos. Don't stress about other people around you and what they might think. And remember if the lady in front of me could travel with 5 children ( all under the age of 9) by herself you can do it too!

-Sarah

When it seems impossible.

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Is God stirring in your heart about moving somewhere else, starting a business, maybe changing jobs... something that just feels heavy on your heart, but seems impossible to accomplish??

I just wanted to tell you today that when things seem impossible that is when you must move forward. When things don't make sense, it makes sense to the One who's putting it all in place. 

He loves you more than you love yourself. Trust Him. So, if you're feeling uncomfortable, if you're feeling anxious and worried about what's to come. Be encouraged. Because something amazing is about to happen. 

Don't settle for comfort in this life.... live for eternity with Jesus. He wants you to trust Him. Now let it go, and relax in His arms. He's got this; and is preparing amazing things for you. 

 

" Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Eph 3:20

Life (Before the "Shake Up")

Draw a line with me. 

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Where would you put your line? 

 

We all have a line in our lives. A line that separates the life we lived before and after a "Shake Up" moment. 

 

A "Shake Up" moment is that moment in your history where time tends to slow down and speed up all at once. It's a moment that changes everything. A moment that we either relish in or recoil from. 

 

Most "Shake Up" moments aren't positive.  

 

I could probably name some of these defining moments in those who are closest to me.  

 

For my husband, his "Shake Up" moment was collapsing twice in a period of nine months, without warning, in 2014/2015. 

 

I can guess my parents moments quite accurately. They've had more than one each.  

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For me, there's life before anxiety/panic and life after. 

 

I won't lie to you, I still find myself trying to pull myself back to that "Shake Up" moment with a giant eraser. My attempts to remove it from my life are futile, at best. It's just there. This big red, fat reminder that I used to be "x,y,z" and now I can't even sit comfortably at a restaurant for twenty minutes without nearly jumping out of my skin.  

 

Where do you find yourself right now? If your "Shake Up" moment was positive, well, I guess you don't think much about going back. Instead, you're rapidly running thru life towards the next "Shake Up" moment. Next time, life may not be so friendly. 

 

If you're like me, you may find that you have a heightened sensitivity to what life was before the "Shake Up". Tangible reminders of life before are hard to take in. Photos, videos, trinkets, and mental treasures seem like they were from another life, another galaxy, even. 

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But do we really, deep down, want to go back?!

 

Maybe.  

 

Maybe so.  

 

And maybe not.  

 

But we do.  As long as we could take the beauty we've acquired on this side of the "Shake Up" with us.

 

I don't know. I wish I really knew what I really wanted.  

 

I want the past to be the present, with the current present to stay present. I want them blended like a smoothie. With extra mango. 

 

Its hard. It's hard to not let the "Shake Up" moments define us. Because, they certainly leave their mark on our lives.

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How do you deal with your "Shake Up" moment(s)? Do you find it hard to keep moving forward? Do you look back too often and long for what used to be? Share with me below!