How to Plan a Weekend Away from Your Kids

January 3, 2017


New year, new things. Like guest posts! This guest post was written by Zack Andresen. You might know him as @ZackAndRaisin on Twitter or as Dad on Mom and Dad Made a Podcast, but above all, in our household, he’s Owen’s dad and my handsome husband. He makes us laugh, does the majority of the cooking, loves us like no other and brings home the bacon – we’re pretty damn lucky. When he’s not taking care of us, he’s usually writing or performing standup comedy around this big city we call home. Zack will be sharing some insight into his side of things around here from time to time – I’m talking about fatherhood, marriage, how bad my allergies are, how infrequently I wash my hair and all the other embarrassing things I’ve been hiding the past year or so. Hah! But really, he’s an incredible writer, my best pal and I couldn’t be more grateful to have him here. Today Zack’s sharing a few tips we gathered after traveling together (solo!) last week. Check it out.


Day Dreaming about the Greek Islands

July 7, 2016

Is it just me or is everyone on vacation but me? Haha. I’m not complaining, okay maybe a little bit, but life is wonderful and I’m as busy as can be work wise which I’m beyond grateful for. So back to complaining, seeing everyones photos on Instagram of their tropical vacations led me to browsing the internet for vacation rentals, which led me to Kid & Coe’s site, which lead me to all these gorgeous properties in the Greek Islands. I never knew I wanted to visit the Greek Islands until today but wow, I really want to go. Even if I never leave my rental. Hah! I have yet to stay at one of Kid & Coe’s properties, but what seems to be really incredible about them is that they are all family friendly. They have plenty of large and gorgeous properties like this, and some smaller ones as well. There really is something for every price point on their site. Book marking these for my future vacation to the Greek Islands, and then checking out some others for my next more than likely domestic vacation. 😉 Hope you’re all having a happy summer! Click each image to view the full property.

All photos via Kid & Coe.

Traveling with an Infant

February 10, 2016

After a couple of you asked about traveling with Owen I figured I would share our experience here. We’ve traveled to phoenix twice since he was born – once just before he turned three months, and once right after he hit the four month mark. We are taking him to Mexico with my family next month and I can only assume that traveling is going to get more and more difficult as he gets more mobile so if any of you have advice feel free to leave it in the comments. So far this has been our checklist.

1. Schedule a car service with a car seat & borrow one wherever you are traveling to. This obviously doesn’t work for everyone and isn’t available in smaller cities, but for traveling from New York to Phoenix it worked great.

2. If possible book an early morning flight. This works for our schedule, but may not work for yours. Each time we have traveled with Owen we have had to leave super early in the morning. I wake him up, feed him, and were on our way. He tends to continue to sleep through the drive to the airport, security and so on. Making our lives far less stressful.

3. Check your bag. I’ve traveled once with Owen on my own, and once with Zack and Owen. I can’t imagine having a bag either time. Check your luggage and simply carry on your diaper bag. The less bulk you have to deal with the better and trust me, it’s worth the $25.

4. As much as you’re concerned with what you need for your little one, think of yourself too. Dress comfortably. If you’re breast feeding wear something that makes this easy for you. I have worn my Solly Baby Wrap to the airport each time over a button down, typically with leggings (for comfort!) and shoes that are easy to take on and off through security. The wrap is especially helpful when moving from the cab through security, through the airport and to our seats on the plane.

5. Dress your baby for success, a.k.a. footsie pjs. This was a suggestion from my friend Claudia and I couldn’t recommend it more. Maybe it’s because Owen is in that stage where he wants to rip his socks off, but not having to wonder if his feet were covered and warm was perfect. Plus, throw an extra set in your diaper bag in case there’s a blowout or what not.

6. Breastfeed on demand if you don’t already, and during take off and landing. This kept O calm and happy on all four flights.

7. Bring two blankets. One to cover you and your baby, and one to drape over the carseat or arm rests on the plane. I’m not normally a germ freak, but this is the one instance I go a little crazy about.

8. Get to the airport early enough to grab a coffee if that’s your sort of thing, and bring yourself some healthy snacks – especially if you have a long distance to travel.

9. Change your little ones diaper as close as you can to your boarding time, and get your bag organized so that grabbing stuff while flying is as easy as possible.

10. Pack what you need, and only what you need in your diaper bag. Here’s what’s typically in ours while traveling.

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