Keeping It Simple

 
Lot801 baby and toddler summer cactus joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler summer cactus joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler summer cactus joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler summer cactus joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler summer cactus joggers

We live in a day and age where parents and children have access to the latest and greatest gadgets and toys. There are products out there that I didn't even think I needed as a parent! Before we know it our homes are filled with this toy and that product that will help solve all our motherhood problems. 

I mean how did our parents and we survive with out iPads and fidget spiners back in the day? For those of you who didn't catch that there was some slight sarcasm . We clearly got buy with out the flashy toys and coolest strollers.

Even those of us that grew up in places where the weather didn't always allow for outside play. We where forced to be creative and engage our minds more for sources of entertainment .

Don't get me wrong there are some genius inventions out there that have truly made great improvements in the quality of life of parents and kids. However to the new mama out there overwhelmed by the plethora of endless baby options.

Take three deep breaths and start with the basics. I to have to hold back from buying an over abundance of stuff. Kids should be outside being kids right. Breathing the outdoors air and exploring there surroundings. The biggest bonus to all this is while they are out exploring they aren't inside causing chaos and making a mess. Sounds like a win win to me am I right mama.

Little man styled in our Cactus Joggers HERE.

-Lisa (make sure to follow Lisa on Instagram HERE)

 

Milestones: Potty Training

 
Lot801 baby and toddler summer joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler summer joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler watercolor summer joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler watercolor summer joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler watercolor summer joggers
Lot801 baby and toddler summer joggers

Every milestone we take with our kids can be both scary and exciting. The main event that had my husband and I scared shitless, no pun intended, was potty training. The other milestones had all come and gone with loads of excitement, but the idea of having to teach someone how use their sphincter muscles and pee on command was terrifying.

I had heard so many horror stories of how it didn’t work, how their kids cried and fought every step, or how a kid shit on the floor in the middle of a supermarket (my personal favorite and a story told by my mom). All of these left me potty training gun shy.

I put off potty training as long as I could. I wasn’t going to push her into any developmental stage until she was good and ready and had shown me clear signs she was ready to get on the pot.

So when she started talking about poop and following me into anywhere that resembled a bathroom, I knew I couldn’t avoid potty training any longer. Here are our commandments that lent us to a successful and messy 3 days.

Our first commandment when entering into this wet and wild journey full force was to be COMMITTED. If we were going to do this, we were going to be prepared and fully committed. This means no baby potties and not pull ups: that’s how we roll.

Our second commandment was thou shalt be neked... that’s right, NEKED. It made so much sense to me that a toddler should experience all the senses while learning how to go on the toilet (I mean if we have to, then they should have to, too).

So we kept her the way she came into this world for almost the whole 3 days. Lots of paper towels and close to no contact with the outside world kept us clean and focused.

Lastly, our third and final commandment was: CANDY IS OUR FRIEND. I am definitely not a proponent of utilizing food as praise or taking the easy way out, but in this instance, I concede.

Candy is literally the worst thing you can put in your body, but keeping crap in there for too long can’t be good either. So, giving our little one the motivation to get her poop in the appropriate place just made sense and it worked.

Realizing that she would get a tiny sweet treat after each go kept her motivated and engaged in the process. Now, do all these commandments and commitments mean that she doesn’t pee in her car seat or in the middle of the driveway? No... So we keep laser beam focus everyday on the end goal and never let potty training fall by the wayside. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, even if the bathrooms were.

Little Annabelle perfectly styled in our Watercolor Leaf Joggers HERE.

-Chelsea (make sure to follow Chelsea on Instagram HERE)

 

Summer Travel Friendly Foods

 
5 summer travel friendly foods

 

Summer Travel Friendly Foods

Tomorrow my family and I will be traveling to Asheville, NC to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary and will be going by plane. Because of this, I’m spending the day not only packing clothes, but packing snacks and small meals to get us through the long day of travel.

Eating on the plane doesn’t just ensure we don’t spend $50 bucks on adult sized lunchables, it also helps us to be fully energized when we land and uses up some time on the plane (and when traveling with toddlers, you definitely want to use up as much time as you can!)

Besides packing a tupperware with crackers, mini brie balls, nuts, and raw veggies (cucumbers and carrots), I also swear by packing a tupperware with a light and filling bean or grain salad we can all share. Here are a few of my faves:

 

Chickpea Israeli Cous Cous Salad:

This combines everything my family and I love- Israeli cous-cous (which my toddler son and husband can eat by the pound), chickpeas, and lots of veggies. I like to include some fresh herbs like slivered basil or mint to remind you that you’re not eating airplane food.

The best part of this is I get to use up whatever I have in the fridge and ensure I don’t come home to a stinky mess. The couscous is a no brainer when it comes to cooking- just be sure to toast it in a bit of olive oil first to add texture and extra flavor. 

Chickpea Israeli Cous Cous Salad

 

Greek Barley Salad:

Feta is one of those cheeses that isn’t super stinky (especially the low and no-fat varieties) and can stand up to being out of the fridge for an hour or two. I used barley here for an added bite and to make the salad extra filling. Toss in some pine nuts for an added crunch!

Greek Barley Salad

 

Edamame and cranberry Cous Cous salad:

Want to avoid cheese altogether (I don’t blame you- you definitely DO NOT want to be THAT person on the plane), toast your couscous in sesame oil instead of olive oil and mix with edamame, cranberries, and slivered almonds for a sweet and savory mid-flight snack.

Bonus points if you pack a precut avocado to eat along with the salad. Yes, I have done this and yes, TSA allow this if you’re flying domestic. 

Edamame and cranberry Cous Cous salad

 

Leftover Lo-Mein:

A lo-mein is another great option, especially if you use a spiraled carrot or sweet potato noodle. The recipe for my go-to lo mein can be found here: http://thisishowimom.com/homemade-lo-mein/. Make an extra large portion the night before the trip, enjoy it for dinner, and pack the leftovers for the flight.

Regardless of whether you choose a beef, shrimp, or even veggie lo-mein, eating it room temperature will still be yummy and satisfying. Plus, because you made it at home with natural ingredients, it won’t stink up the whole cabin like bringing take-out chinese on board would.

Leftover Lo-Mein

 

Hydrating Fruit salad:

I’m not telling you to pack this exact bowl (although kudos if you do), but packing some extra juicy fruits and veggies (think watermelon slices, sliced grapes, red or yellow peppers, oranges, etc.) will ensure you never get dehydrated on the flight. 

Hydrating Fruit salad

I hope I’ve inspired you to pack some light and delicious meals on your next flight- but I can’t end this post without talking about some of the things you shouldn’t bring on board. Don’t be the person who opens up a tupperware and makes the whole cabin stink like cabbage, tuna (or any fish really), broccoli, blue cheese, or cauliflower. Just don’t do it.

As a person who has been forced to sit next to someone who thought it would be a good idea to buy a tuna sandwich at the newspaper stand before the flight, I can assure you- it’s never a good idea. Make smart decisions and you’ll land feeling energized, hydrated, and ready to explore your new destination.

Happy traveling!

-Christine (make sure to follow Christine on Instagram HERE)