Traveling Toddler Favorites

It’s been awhile since I have done one of these and since we have been doing quite a bit of traveling lately I figured we should share some of our favorites for the car. I like to find toys that are on the smaller side but will still entertain Parker for awhile. Then throughout the trip I had him new ones as he gets tired of other ones. Some are quite some are loud which keeps him occupied longer so I don’t mind.

We have been using the Laugh N’ Learn Laptop and Puppy, who we call Tinsle, for quite awhile now. The vTech firetruck and helicopter since the summer and the rest are fairly new. These lovely toys kept P busy on our 6 hour trip to TN and our usual 5 our trip to NJ for Christmas.

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I keep all of Parker’s toys and other winter essentials in a Thirty-One Super Organizing Tote behind the seat where his carseat is. It’s the perfect size and makes it easy to throw everything in for an appointment or playdate. 
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Now it’s your turn! How do you keep LO busy in the car? What has been your longest trip and how did you survive? Inquiring mommies would like to know!

The Clueless Chick: Review & Giveaway

For me, preparing for a trip, party or life event starts with research and checklists. It makes the experience my enjoyable and smooth sailing. Sometimes I will search on Pinterest and Google for tips and sample checklists to get me started. The only thing better than a checklist is a book of checklists!

Jennifer Durbin, author of Tips for The Clueless Chick, has done just that. Although she calls her books, “life’s contemporary CliffNotes for the modern woman!”, even as a practiced checklist maker I found them very thorough. I was first introduced to her work while attending The Baby Ladies Baby Shower in Chicago this past July. Jennifer was gracious enough to put one of her books in our goodie bag! I was so excited when I received an opportunity to review all of her books and offer an awesome giveaway to my readers.

Pregnancy is an exciting and stressful, sometimes overwhelming experience. There are so many books available that is could make your head spin. What I love about Jennifer’s book is that she breaks everything
up by trimester giving you only the information you need at that time.

The Tear it Out and Take It with You! section is great for on the go. Some of the checklists include questions for your prospective doctor, registry must-haves, things to take to the hospital and getting ready for recovery.

Being prepared while traveling with a little one is very important. We have taken trips with P over the last 17 months but it has usually been to family or friends houses. When Rob gets home from deployment, we will going to Disney and I am so excited to have this guide to help me make my checklists. 
Jennifer walks you through what you will need based on your destination and length of your trip. I know eating out and on the go was the hardest to figure out in the beginning. Just when I thought I had it down, he reached another milestone and we had to start all over again 🙂 She also goes through tips on traveling without your baby, travel safety and traveling outside of the country. 

Jennifer’s tips for party planning are fantastic. I love hosting guests but always find myself stressed out and over thinking too many aspects. She breaks the process down to include party planning, co-hosting, etiquette, logistics, budget and even steps on going green. At the end she offers sample party lists for a variety of parties.

One of my favorite tips is to always take pictures of all your hard work before your guests arrive. It’s a great way to remember what you did and where all of your time went during the previous weeks and months.

Overall, I love how Jennifer has found a way to provide a ton of helpful information in compact books that are easy to understand. These books make great gifts for first time or even new mom. One of my favorite perks are the tip cards she has in each book.

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You can purchase these books for $9.99 each or buy all three for $24.99 in her shop or on Amazon. Jennifer also sells a few other items including a Diaper Cake Kit and Pregnancy Notes. You can check them out here


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Tipful Thursday

Today’s Tipful Thursday topic is, favorite car toy. What is a must have toy for your little one in the car that makes the trip a little easier?

It’s important to Rob and I that P get use to riding in the car so that we can travel anywhere we want while he is still young. The best way I know to do that is get him in the car everyday, even if it is a short trip. It’s still a little hard to drive around with P by myself but certainly not impossible. We have had our fair share of emergency stops along the highway to reinsert the paci or for a top off. When it is the three of us driving, Rob or I will sit in the back to make things a little easier.

I can’t imagine what goes through a two month olds mind, but a few weeks ago we realized that P needed something to stimulate him while in the car. We saw these little bugs in Toys R Us and decided to give them a try. They are light weight and move very easily while the car is in motion. P loves watching them swing about and I can assume he likes the sounds they make as well. For us, these were a GREAT find!

This product is cost effective and worth price, is durable and made of strong materials that I imagine will hold up through multiple children, extremely useful and readily available at TRU, Amazon and other locations.