Thursday
May122016

Essentials for Airbnb Travel with Kids

Our G-Lite stroller in action.


Our Airbnb rental in Amsterdam.

We prepped ahead buying tickets in advance for the Rijks Musuem. 

 

Booking through AirBNB is the only way we'll travel with family (we've logged trips to Florida, Amsterdam, and Nantucket last year alone). Learn from our mistakes with these tips, tools, and products for safe and fun travel with your entire family.

First and foremost, if choices abound, look for houses that come pre-equipped with baby gear and communicate with the owner that you are traveling with kids. Confirm what they have on site. From gates, to cribs and highchairs, it is a world easier if you arrive to a spot with everything ready to go. If that isn't the case, opt for a light and easy to pack crib like the Lotus, from Guava Family.


It's kind of travel 101, but figure out what type of plug the country uses and stock up. Your phone chargers, the all important iPad, breast pump, or white noise machine will all need one. You can pack everything baby needs, but you'll need the right plug to make it run, or run the risk of burning it out.


What you gain in space, your own bedrooms and a full kitchen, you lose in staff. You'll need to do prep ahead of time or on site to research attractions, purchase tickets, book dinner reservations (looking for kid friendly spots is tough!) and get around. Our laptop or iPad is a MUST.


A light weight stroller is worth its weight in gold. You read that correctly. It is your best friend when days are packed with long walks site seeing, with little legs that tire easy and people who need naps on the go. We love our Uppa G-Lite for ease of travel and comfort for our daughter. When booking make sure to look for places with elevators, or easy access for strollers and all your gear. We just upgraded to the newly released G-Link double stroller, total game changer.


Is early check in available? Late departure? Can they be arranged? Is the place easy to find? Have VERY clear directions. Make sure you know when traveling with kids and tons of luggage what your options are. Otherwise, look for a spot you can store things (rail station? airport?) and make sure your luggage is lightweight, easy to use, and easy to see. 


Stock your phone in advance with apps relevant to your destination (subway, train, maps) and these amazing foreign phrase apps from Bravolol. You'll use them on the go endlessly. And they will save you from buying plastic bags when you really need baby wipes and can't translate Dutch *true story.


Will you be driving at your destination? Most car rental spots will allow you to rent a car seat for an additional fee and save you from lugging your own- be sure to check ahead. Some kids actually fly better in their familiar car seat, and if so, use this handy car seat tow to turn your car seat into an easy way to get your kid around the airport too. Our daughter loved this mode of transport.

 


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Monday
May092016

The Mom Wardrobe: Luxe Athletileisure

Check out The Mom Wardrobe: Luxe Athletileisure

by Noelani at Mode

 

Fashion and fitness unite!

Face it, you are wearing them a majority of the day. Make sure they are cool. And dare I even say it, sexy.

The yoga pant is on track to outpace the jean as daily wear across the country.....and for good reason. From the brand that launched the trend (with a cult following), Lululemon, to all the designer collaborations including Stella McCartney and Mary Katrantzou for Adidas to Mara Hoffman.

Work out gear is fun, comfortable, and can easily transition from the gym to post gym errands or even drinks (no, I'm not kidding here). This luxe gear makes a statement before, during, and after the gym.

 

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Thursday
Apr282016

Roasted Eggplant Hummus Recipe

 

Saying I make hummus a lot is like saying the pope is catholic. It has been known to happen. And it's got to stay interesting to stay in the rotation. 

Two weeks ago we dabbled with roasted eggplant. Last week it was beet hummus. All delicious. All healthy and filling. All perfect to bring to play dates with kiddos. Wine dates with moms. Or have on hand when friends stop by.

It's creamy, garlicky, earthy, and mellow. You can keep the flavor profile lower key for the little by roasting garlic, rather than using raw. I personally like my hummus on the spicier side, also easy to do by sprinkling some red pepper flakes on top when serving (or add the spice in the food processor after you've done the main batch and whip up a second for pals who like the heat!).

 

Roasted Eggplant Hummus

Makes about 2 cups

 

Ingredients

1 medium eggplant, roasted and peeled

2 cloves garlic (option to roast this as well for a mellow flavor)

2 tbsp tahini

1/4 cup good olive oil

juice 1 lemon (about 2 tsp)

1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and washed

salt and pepper to taste

red pepper flakes

 

Directions

Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in food processor. Blend until smooth, adding olive oil through top until desired consistancy reached. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve with olive oil drizzled on top and red pepper flakes if desired.

 

For more appetizers and bite check these recipes out:

Chinese Five Spice & Sriracha Deviled Eggs

Thyme Onion Tart

Spicy Whipped Feta

 

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