Thursday, January 12, 2017

What to Pack In Your Diaper Bag When Traveling

Road travel

Spring and Summer is right around the corner, and with that comes...vacation time! Woohoo! So much time and planning goes into vacations, but when we get to the diaper bag we often find ourselves at a roadblock of what to pack. I know I do.
I'm hoping this post will help some of you parents out there pack a great diaper bag for travel!

Of course your list may vary depending on age of your children, your needs, individual baby needs, etc., but these are the things I never leave without. There are some items that stay in my diaper bag everywhere I go, and then you will see the things that come especially useful while traveling. Because let's face it while we are on a plane or in a car we can't have a big suitcase sitting right there packed to the rim with all of our needs (even if your like me and you would like to). The most we have room for is our diaper bag. So let's dive into it shall we?




::MUST HAVES::
  • Diapers or Pull-ups (amount varies on length of travel time so use your own judgement here)
  • A pack of Wipes (using a pack over a box will save space and you won't have to worry about the box somehow getting smashed)
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Two spare sippy cups or bottles. (I would say just one would be fine, but there have been plenty of instances where I have been glad to have a back-up to the back-up. Babies and toddlers like to throw stuff.)
  • A bit of coconut oil if your breastfeeding. (This is in case of dry or cracked nipples and a lactation consultant told me about this after I delivered. It is completely safe for the baby and you, has natural antibacterial and healing properties, and works wonders. I was very skeptical until I tried it. I just put some in a travel size bottle the same size you would use for shampoo. These can usually be found in a 3 pack at any dollar store, department store, or major retailer for under a few dollars.)

  • A spare outfit
  • A changing pad if your child will still fit on one.
  • An extra pair of socks
  • A small blanket (one that won't take up too much room in your bag)
  • Some baby books! We love board books and never leave without at least 2. The interactive ones that are touch and feel, lift the flap, etc are often the most entertaining.
  • A couple of little toys. For us this is a play Elmo phone, and a musical set of pretend keys).
  • A favorite stuffed animal. (Traveling can be overwhelming for your little one and they like the comfort of holding onto a favorite stuffed toy).
  • Small first aid kit (mine just has Neosporin, character bandaids, like 2 alcohol wipes, and some guaze). This is mainly for toddlers, older kids, or even yourself.
  • Disposable little trash bags for soiled diapers. They usually even carry these in little clip on tubes that just clip on the diaper bag.
  • A gallon of bigger size Ziploc bag. This takes up almost no space at all, fits in the bottom of the bag, and is great for soiled clothes or bibs.
  • Bibs if your baby is still wearing them. (Disposable ones are our favorite for travel. Simply soil and toss)
  • Disposable place mats. (These are fantastic for stopping at a restuarant).
  • Burp cloths
  • Travel infant/toddler spoons and forks if baby is eating table food. (Don't use these in the car obviously and use them supervised of course, but if you stop at a restaurant You will need these. I take at least 5 of each because my daughter is in the throwing at stage right now. That's usually enough for at least 2-3 stops.)
  • Infant fever reducer like infant Tylenol or infant ibuprofen.
  • Thermometer
  • A book for you to enjoy during any nap time for baby.
  • Your cell phone charger. I keep mine in a side zipper pocket.
  • Snacks (cheerios, goldfish, Puffs, Yogurt Melts, Applesauce or other little squeeze pouches, stuff like that)
  • A bottle of water
  • Nail clippers
  • Your wallet
  • Your keys


I usually throw in a couple extra things as well for my older kiddos too. Like an extra baggie of snacks for them too, a book for them and a travel activity pack for them, etc).

Traveling with kids on an airplane


Now for airplane travel some of these items may not be allowed. It's important to check with your preferred airline on their rules. Here is an interesting article about carry on bags though that may be helpful if you choose to go the flying route.

There may be some of you out there that are already panicking because maybe you have never had to pack a diaper bag before or packing for a trip just intimidates you. Don't be alarmed, we have all been there! Here is a handy how-to.

Now let's talk about types of diaper bags. We currently use a backpack styled diaper bag for travel because my husband carries it a lot and he prefers the backpack style.
Travel diaper bag

 I do have to say it is a lot more easier to manage in some cases. It also frees up the extra space under our stroller for anything we purchase like souvenirs, items from shopping, etc.

Any style can work, it just depends on what you pack, who will be doing most of the carrying of your diaper bag, your preferences, etc. Like I said everyone's needs and likes differ. Just don't go too crazy. Make sure your zippers aren't bursting or anything. It's important to pick a diaper bag with a lot of compartments and space. But not something so big you are going to struggle carrying it. Make sure you find your match. I have been guilty of those things myself time and again. :)

Once you find your right fit for a travel diaper bag make sure you have a handy checklist of items you want to pack. Make your list and check it twice! That way you have less to worry about, and will feel more certain you packed everything you wanted to pack.

Is there anything you must have for your travel diaper bag? And feel free to comment down below with any tips you would like to add to this list. We would be happy to hear them.



Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Nakturnal. All opinions expressed are solely my own. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Marked In Ink



::Product Description::
Megan Massacre, one of the most popular tattoo artists and reality TV stars with starring roles in TLC's NY Ink and America's Worst Tattoos, brings her wildly popular art style to a coloring book.

Tattoo artist Megan Massacre invites adult coloring book fans into her whimsical world of sugar skulls, sailing ships, mermaids, owls, and more. Now you can add your own bold, vibrant colors to her signature edgy and artistic tattoo designs--and tear each perforated page out for display!

::My Thoughts::
This is a fantastic adult coloring book. The images are very well drawn, very interesting, and definitely creative.
The pages are also perforated so you can easily tear them out of the book. This comes in handy especially when you want to color with marker. The pages are one sided so I highly suggest when using marker that you rip the page out first. Some of the markers I tried bled through despite the fact that the paper seems to be of very good quality. Each page is nice and thick.
Just be careful because you want to make sure you have the opportunity to color every page without having to worry about colors bleeding through. This will vary depending on if you are heavy handed or not so just make a note.
I absolutely love this coloring book! I of course love adult coloring books in general because they help relax me. It is a great way to de-stress at the end of a hard day or week. It's also another great way to get creative with your imagination.
I am so enthralled with this particular book because of the different art that is throughout. It has a variety of pictures to choose from. I also find it so fascinating that these are actual tattoos and you can color them however you wish. Megan Massacre the artist was actually on the TV show NY Ink. This is her first adult coloring book, and I definitely hope to see more from her!
Some of the pictures are an easy color in while some are more intricate and take more attention to detail. You can use a variety of tools to create the colors and effects you want. Gel pens, crayons, markers, ink joy pens, colored pencils (my go to choice), or a combination of a few different tools which gives a really cool effect.
I definitely recommend this coloring book if you love to color. You won't be disappointed.

I rate this book 5 stars.
Check out this book on Amazon


::Product Details::
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Clr Csm edition (August 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399578773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399578779
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews 


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a blogging for books member in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday 11/21/2016

Hello all! How is everyone? I apologize for my very long absence. As you all probably know I have been active on some of my social media just not all. We have had a lot of changes in the previous months, and a lot has kept me very busy. We moved, the kids have been more active in school, school has been more demanding than usual, and the hubby's work schedule has been quite a mix. So I finally feel like I have the chance to breathe again! Sometimes we just have to unplug for awhile to get our bearings, get back in touch with ourselves and family, and just refresh.
I do want to start my first blog post back with a Happy Homemaker Monday. This is Thanksgiving week and while I will be trying to play catch up I will also be very busy this week. As I'm sure you all will. I hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving! If you would like to join in Happy Homemaker Monday go on over to Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and link up your post on Sandra's linky.


Photo Credit: Sandra @ familycorner.blogspot.com



::As I look outside my window::
It is sunny but cold. There are leaves on the ground, one of the kids chair's looks like it has blown off the patio so I will have to get that right after this post.


::Right now I am::
Sitting on the couch typing up this post real quick before I get started on my evening duties.


::Thinking and pondering::
About how life can be so very hectic and demanding. We get so caught up in all the demands plus the day to day that before we know it the days have passed, our children are getting older, we are getting older, and we are stuck wondering where in the world the time went. I have felt there a little lately. As I said the last few months have been a tad crazy. I'm determined to slow down no matter what and just enjoy more than I have been.


::On my bedside table::
Nothing at the moment but some adult coloring books. All of my books are still packed up waiting to be unpacked.


::On my TV::
Gotham
Jane the Virgin
Gilmore Girls
Vlogs


::Playing on the radio::
Not playing the radio at the moment.


::On the menu for this week::
Monday- Grilled Cheese, Broccoli, and Fried Apples
Tuesday- Spaghetti & Cheesy Toast
Wednesday- Oven Baked Chicken, Salad, and Apple Slices
Thursday- Thanksgiving Dinner (I will not be making the entire meal this year for Thanksgiving. We are only making a few things and we will be going to my mom's to enjoy this year's Thanksgiving with family. I will list the things I will be making first, followed by the other things we will have on the menu. We have a lot of people coming this year so it will be a big dinner and others are bringing some stuff as well.
What I'm making: Ham, green bean casserole, oreo truffles, deviled eggs, BBQ Smokies, stuffing.
What else we will be having which others are bringing and my mom is making most of it: Oven Roasted Turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, rolls, veggie, cheese and cracker tray, fruit salad, Pecan Pie, and Pumpkin Pie. 
There will also be an assortment of homemade candies. My mom makes candy and cookies every holiday and packs up little goody bags for everyone to take with them when they leave. It's something that I'm going to start doing when we host and let the kids help. We usually always have made cookies to give others, but I haven't done the candy except maybe once or twice.
Friday- Leftovers
Saturday- Family movie night we will be having a Goonie Themed Movie Night and ordering pizza, having Lay's Potato Chips, Pepsi, Baby Ruth's, etc. Definitely not the healthiest meal, but a lot of fun for the kids.
Sunday- Homemade Cheeseburgers and Fries


::On my to do list::
At this point in the day I have mostly done everything. I am joining in with this post very late in the day. I am about to help the kids with their homework, and do the lunch dishes left in the sink (our dishwasher is on the fritz and so I have had to hand-wash everything and we can't get it fixed until the week after thanksgiving. Speaking of hand-washing dishes does anyone out there still hand wash their dishes? If so do you prefer sponges or dish cloths? I'm just curious I have used both before, but so many say that dish cloths are a lot better and more sanitary.  I need to start dinner, and re-organize a few things in the living room to get ready for the Christmas Tree. I'm hoping to get that up the day after Thanksgiving.


::What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting, or creating::
I have been coloring with colored pencils in my adult coloring books. I find it VERY relaxing and therapeutic. I also need to sew my son a cape for his Grover Stuffed Animal. 


::My simple pleasure::
Playing board games with my family.


::Lesson learned this past week::
Age doesn't measure maturity.


::Looking around the house::
The kids have strewn their backpacks wherever so I need to have them put them in their place. They are revved up this week in anticipation of the holiday. :)


::Prayer list::
Some family and friends that are going through a tough time right now. Especially this time of year. As much as we all look forward to the holidays remember there are a lot of people out there that find this time of year a real struggle. Especially when it comes to finances. I know we have been there ourselves and could very well be there again at any given time. Regardless of the reason just think of all those out there that could be having a tough time and pray for them.


::Bible Verse / Devotional::

Saturday, September 3, 2016

My Little Prayers




::From the back of this book::
The bestselling My Little® series, with more than 2 million copies sold, is a compact collection of books that will have a big impact on the hearts of your children. My Little Prayers will help you introduce your children to prayer.
My Little Prayers teaches children both classic and modern prayers surrounding subjects such as mealtimes, bedtime, playtime, time with God, and others as well as prayer for times when children are fearful, happy, or sad. New illustrations in the same perfect format for the small hands of your toddlers and preschoolers make My Little Prayers a wonderful gift for a variety of occasions, and it is just the right size to tuck into a birthday gift bag or Easter basket.
Children will learn a big lesson from this little book: that we can talk to God any time we want and that He always listens.


::My Thoughts::
This is such an adorable children's book. This has great prayers for everything, and they are easy to remember and repeat. The book is small enough for your child's hands to hold easily, and it makes it the perfect little gift as well. This can be great wrapped, in a gift bag, in a stocking, an Easter basket, etc. I love the illustrations in this book! The pictures are so well done, and colorful. This is sure to capture your children's attention, and a great guide for them to learn many prayers. There are so many great prayers packed into this little book. There are prayers for feelings whether your little one is feeling scared, happy, sad, etc. There are also prayers for mealtimes, bedtime, playtime, God time, etc. It just goes to show you can pray and talk to God whenever you want. I definitely recommend this book for your little ones. All three of my children love it. Prayer is big in our house, and even my oldest son who is almost nine likes to read the prayers, and has learned quite a few of them. My five year old is often reading through the prayers, and my one year old loves it to be read to her as well. I can't rave about this book enough. It is fantastic!


Find it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble



::Product Details::
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reissue edition (May 3, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718040198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718040192





Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Review on Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice's Adventures



::About the book::
Follow the White Rabbit into this imaginative adult coloring book inspired by Lewis Carroll'sAlice's Adventures in Wonderland, featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings by acclaimed artist Amily Shen. 

Meet the Cheshire Cat, attend the Mad Hatter's tea party, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts in this evocative tale that invites you into a strange and beautiful new world of coloring.



::My Thoughts::
I am a huge fan of adult coloring books. I have been since they came out. Coloring has always been a passion of mine, and as soon as "adult" coloring books came out I was smitten. They are more intricate and challenging, and a great way to just decompress while expressing yourself artistically. Coloring is a great stress reliever, and a great way to unwind.
I was even more excited when I seen there was a coloring book inspired by Alice's adventures in wonderland! It has everything that a fan of Alice in Wonderland could want! You get the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and tea party, the Queen of Hearts, Alice, etc. The artist of the book has taken a much more updated look than other Alice in Wonderland coloring books I have seen. She is definitely dressed more stylishly than I have seen her. There is even passages from the original book scattered throughout. They are not big so they do not take up too much of the page which I really appreciate. The pages are thick and durable. While coloring I had no trouble with bleeding through of any kind. I mostly use colored pencils to color in my coloring books, but in this one I also used pens, markers, and colored pencils. The book is broken up into chapters so you can work on a page at a time, a chapter at a time, however you want to do it. It's almost like reading the book through your coloring which is something I haven't come across so far.
This book also has a dust cover which is durable and nice. This is definitely a good buy if you are a lover of adult coloring books. Some of the pages are more challenging while some are more novice, but either way you look at it nothing is taken away from the beauty of the pictures. Each page is beautifully designed, and this has become one of my favorite coloring books so far. I will definitely be on the lookout for more coloring books by this artist, and I recommend this artist and book highly. You will have hours of coloring fun with this lovely book.


::Find this book on::
Amazon    Barnes & Noble


::Product Details::
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Clr Csm edition (April 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399578463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399578465


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a Blogging for Books member in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Behemoth Dinosaur In The Land of UZ



::About the book::
The behemoth walks to the well to get water and sees his friend Job. Job becomes excited to see him and hugs him. Many villagers want the behemoth out of the village. But at the end, everything changes.


::My Thoughts::
I love dinosaurs, my kids love dinosaurs, and let's be real who doesn't love dinosaurs? So I was quite excited to get the chance to review this book. I thought it would be fun for my kids, and so we got to try it out.
This book is great whether you speak English or Spanish because it has translation for both. It's rare to see a bilingual book so this is a nice feature. This is good to know before you start reading the book so you don't get confused.
The story is kind of hard to follow, and doesn't really capture the readers interest like it should. Still it has possibilities, and if you have a young one that uses a lot of imagination then really it isn't all that bad. It isn't something I would say run and purchase right away, but everyone is different. What we may not have liked, you may. So you will have to use your own judgement on that. I don't think we will personally read this story again. It was kind of a once and done for us. It was hard to follow, there were some grammatical errors which is fine for me because I know what the writer means. However, it's not so fine when you have a young reader trying to make sense of the words themselves. This is a great little story to learn more about Job, I just didn't feel many other lessons were present in this book.
I do like that finally there is a book that mixes Dinosaurs with the Bible. This will engage young readers attention. However, I just overall felt like the book fell kind of short.

If you would like to get a copy to read just click here

::Product Details::
  • File Size: 4103 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WestBow Press (July 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LO3RRA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled 


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a BookLookBlogger in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

ICB Princess Bible


::About this bible::
This beautiful Bible for your little princess features a lavender cover with intricate pearl design.
Does your little princess love all of the popular princess animated programs, birthday accessories, and princess accessories? Now you can get her excited about God’s Word with her very own pretty princess Bible! This new Bible features the easy-to-read ICB® translation with larger type for easy reading. The text includes bold subject heads, more than 300 highlighted key verses, and full-color inserts of Bible study helps.
The new Purple Pearl Princess Bible will make a wonderful birthday, baptism, or Sunday school graduation gift to celebrate the precious princess in your life!


::My Thoughts::
This is really a must have Bible for your little Princess. It is sturdy, pretty, purple, has little pearl embellishments, texture, glitter, and even has a crown on the front of it! There is a purple ribbon to hold the readers place, and a page where you can "present" this bible to your young one. It has a place for name, and all. This makes it a great gift to give. This Bible is just all around adorable.
The terms are easy for younger children to understand, and there is so much this bible offers. It offers an index, dictionary, maps, verses to remember, etc. This Bible includes the old and new testaments as well so no worries on that front. I get frustrated at times when I find only one or the other.
It is geared for younger girls around third grade and up. Of course this depends on your child's reading level, and if you will be reading along as well. I never like to go off age recommendations alone since everyone is different. It is worded so that it is very easy to understand for young children, without leaving anything important out. This is a big plus because usually when re-wording things, especially any bible, it can be easy to leave things out. This book does not do that.
The bible keeps with the princess theme throughout so you will find lots of fun pages inside. Most of all the pages are extremely thin, as all bible pages are, so this would maybe not be the best fit for a very young child. Very young children can get kind of rough with the pages. It is a hardcover book which is wonderful, and will hold a lot better vs one with a paper cover. It also adds a lot of elegance which I appreciate.
This is just a lovely book for any little girl, filled with God's word, and just a way to show them they are all God's Princesses.


Get your copy today!


::Product Details::
  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 1312 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 9, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718088751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718088750


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a BookLook Blogger in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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