So far this month I have turned 33, spent the majority of the month on a legit vacation in Mexico and said goodbye to my maternal grandmother. It has been a blur. It has been beautiful. It has been sad.
On April 2nd we picked up and flew to Mexico for a last minute spring break trip that lasted a glorious 10 days. I celebrated my birthday reading Big Little Lies poolside under palm trees with the sun kissing my bikini clad body. We got home last Tuesday night and I woke up to the news of my Abuela passing during the night. Continue reading “life shit”→
I was in Mexico City all of last week for a team building session that brought the majority of the folks across the globe that work on our women’s business together. I began writing this on the flight home as I was filled with such pride and joy. One reason being because we got to spend time in one of my favorite cities, as a lady with Mexican roots it was really special to experience the city with a group of my peers, many who had not visited before, and watch as they all fell in love with the city & culture.
Most of all though I was surrounded by great people. All of whom either presented in our meeting space, or shared in conversation during meals and cultural experiences, inspiring presentations and thoughtful insights. All reminding me of the impact and opportunity we have as a brand and in our jobs. I know how fortunate I am to be working for the company I work for and that I count my coworkers as some of my best friends. My whole career has existed here. Fresh out of school, after a little jaunt living/working in Mexico, I started and since day one have known how fortunate I am to work here.
I was surrounded by the women, and a few good men, that I work closely with. People with such passion and ambition, optimism and excitement that is contagious. My pride in being a working mother was also highlighted. I love the duality I have as a working madre. Not that I am two different people or bipolar. But that I get to have more than one fulfilling thing in my life. I love my family, my friends, and I love my work. I love the lifestyle that I have chosen and the one that, to be honest, has been afforded to me by my work. I truly cannot imagine being happier, that is a lot to say (and swallow) and I pray not an invitation to immediate depression. But I felt such a sense of self, appreciation, power and authority for my life last week.
Enough of the gushing, I am on a major high right now and had to share.
As I noted on instagram, we did NOT travel light for our trip to LA. We knew we would not be keeping to just one part of town so with all of the activities and all of the driving the stroller and carseat were must haves. We lugged our own carseat and travel stroller- see post here for more details on that. But there were a few items that I thought would be nice to have so I went ahead and searched online for a resource that could provide us with some of our must haves. I found the site Bebegear and was impressed with their selection. Continue reading “bebegear for traveling families”→
Today is our last day in LA, over the weekend while Mo was napping and I was watching the VERY LONG Bruce Jenner interview (go bruce!) on demand I put together this little note of admiration for the Mountain Buggy Nano that has been such a trooper on our trip.
We received the Nano as a gift from my aunt. I put it on our registry after a little research on the subject of a travel stroller. We have the Mama’s & Papa’s Urbo2 as our everyday stroller but knew we would likely need/want a smaller model for our travels. I chose the Nano because of its minimal design and the fact that it folded up to the size of a briefcase when it was not in use: major points in my book.
The trip to LA was our first adventure with the Nano. I was hesitant to bring it but reminded myself that the sole reason of having the travel stroller was to in fact travel with it. So I brought it with and strolled little Mo around the airport prior to our flight. It was quite nice to have him off my person and just be strolling him around the terminal. My favorite feature, aside from the sturdiness, compact folding & carry strap is that ANY carseat can be attached to the stroller. I decided to bring our carseat on the trip and the Nano made this all the more easy. The Nano has a handy belt strap that allows pretty much any carseat to be attached to the bed of the stroller securely. I was able to easily place Mo, buckled in the carseat, into the stroller while we entered and exited the airport. I checked the carseat, free of charge- thx Alaska Air, with our luggage.
The Nano has put in some serious mileage on this trip and has held up super well. We are very happy with this guy as our travel companion. On to the next trip! Feel free to post or ask any questions in the comments below.
After sharing quite a few snaps of our travel down to Mexico last week on Instagram I was asked to do a little post on how I handled traveling with Mo. There are tons of more eloquent, detailed and likely helpful posts out there by way more saavy madres so I will do a quick hit list of what worked for us.
Minimal Luggage: Ever since I was a little traveler my family really urged the ‘only carry on’ philosophy when it came to luggage and ever since that has been what I do. But in the past few years Mike and I have begun to share one big roller suitcase so we only have one piece of luggage between us and can truly travel light after checking the bag. For this trip Mike was traveling separately from Mo and I so I shared the big roller bag with Mo and had one backpack as my carryon. While checkin in for my flight I saw a few other families with at least six bags between them for mother, father and child. I was quite pleased with myself for being able to consolidate our needs into one suitcase. So pleased in fact that I asked a random stranger to take the photo of me in line to check in at the airport. My awkward smile, greasy post pool complexion and the angle really aren’t doing me the justice I wish they were in the photo up top.
My Carry On: I used a backpack as my one carryon item and it worked out great. I wrote a few posts before about what kind of diaper bag I was going to get for us and truth be told we still do not have one we use. I have stuck to using the American Apparel clutch and am very happy with it. I threw that in the backpack for diaper changes and had water & snacks for me, a computer, and bottle & blanket for Mo in there. For this trip I ended up getting a Poler backpack that is pretty basic, lightweight, no fuss and easy to use. We are very happy with it and will continue to use it when we travel with Mo.
Travel Light for transportation: As I posted on Instagram I chose to not bring a stroller or carseat. Our destination was the beach and our purpose was relaxation so I assumed that we would not be doing much venturing outside of the condo and pool. I was right. I did however bring Mo’s favorite carriers. In fact I brought three carriers and was happy in doing so. I brought two Sollybaby Wraps- two just cause I liked having the different fabric & pattern options and then I brought our ring sling. I actually used both the Sollybaby Wrap and the ring sling for airport/plane time. While using one I had the other in my backpack. The Sollybaby was great for walking around the airport but before we boarded I swapped it out for the ring sling because that is easier for nursing. We did end up doing some walking about the city and used the carriers again for those excursions.
Travel light for naps & sleeping: A lot of people travel with or rent cribs or pack and plays for sleeping. Since Mo is still so small we knew we could avoid this and just have his sleep with us. It worked out really well and since he naps pretty much anywhere, as seen on my Instagram.
Board Early & Sit on the Aisle: In my not so distant non baby days I always say by the window and was always one of the last to board the plane. But now with a kid I choose a seat on the aisle so we don’t have to bother people when we need to get up for diaper changes or distractions. And I took advantage of the early boarding on our flight home because we were stuck with a window seat and I wanted to be able to politely persuade the aisle passenger to swap with us. It worked like a charm.
That’s what worked for us. If you have more burning questions feel free to ask them, but I would suggest checking out Naomi Davis’ posts on traveling with kids, infants and toddlers. She has lots of great advice especially for biger kids.
Spring break is something I have not participated in quite a while. After eight years in the corporate world I have not had the resources, time/money/foresight, to pack up and head somewhere warm for the week. But this year, baby in tow, we will be participating! We are taking off for Mexico this week with all of Mike’s family. Keep an eye out on instagram for some photos of our trip!
I have a few guest posts lined up to keep everyone entertained. Stay tuned this week for two more Five Things posts. Another Winter Survival Post from my friend Meredith in Boston and my good friend & fashion stylist Pauline will share her Five things for Spring.