I was always looking for something like this when I had tinies. What a great idea! It's a Hold it Baby and it is basically a bunch of straps that attach to one hub that keeps baby from dropping everything. Super important when you're trying to scrounge around under airplane seats for that favorite toy...
Monday, October 10, 2011
When I saw this headline over at Travel and Leisure, I thought it might be about pick-pockets or assaults, but it was in fact about the safety of the actual run-ways. I was surprised to find three airports I have flown from on a regular basis on the list. Are any of yours listed here? Travel and Leisure's Most Dangerous US Airports.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
I promised a review of these toys when I bought them a few months ago, so here we go! I bought all these things at a dollar store, so you're looking at 7 dollars worth here. (The pinwheels were three on a card.)
I didn't pack the Counting with the Count book because it wouldn't fit in ODS carry-on. The other coloring book was completely ignored by YDS who much preferred to spend his time drawing his own pictures on blank paper. Oh well...
The red pin-wheel broke before we even got on the first plane, but the blue one became a bone of contention among other toddlers in the airport lobby. A little squirrely to deal with because of the fragility, but a big hit.
The basketball games were a great way to transport crayons and the boys loved playing the game. But the very biggest hit was the keychain bracelets. Major love from both kids, and Mr. Three wore his to bed a couple of times!
I reviewed this stuff mainly to show that you just never know... Sometimes they like the weirdest things... That's part of what makes the searching fun!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
My criteria for airline amusement is it has to be small, quiet, relatively inexpensive (read: replaceable), and something that will pass inspection (no toy guns, things filled with water or gel, etc.) I love to shop educational toy stores because they usually have lots of small toys in bins for under $5 and small sticker books full of re-positionable stickers. Another favorite is the dollar isle at Target. You can find masks, crayons, wooden toys, all kinds of stuff if you keep your eye out. But, my all time favorite place for this kind of shopping is the party store. Talk about cheap! 20 plastic Slinkies for $2? Sign me up! It's also where I first found the best airplane toy of all time. I've since found them at Wal-Mart, Target, and Oriental Trading Co. but you'll always find them at party stores. Now, go forth and shop!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
We just got back from a trip to Hawai'i. I was really excited about this one since I had picked up this blog recently and I got "the big head," as they say in the South. Let's talk about all the rookie mistakes I made, shall we?
Rookie Move #1:
I didn't follow my list. I had things like sandals for the boys, ultra mega super absorbent leak-locking mattresses for me (with wings), and my "sights to see" list on there. None of these things made it into the bag. I had packed the boys some flip-flops so they were OK, but it would have been nice for them to have had shoes a little easier to walk in. Both of them had flip-flop related parking lot vs. knee interactions. We had to run to the store for pads, and I asked my neighbor/catsitter to send me my list in an e-mail. All things that were an inconvenience but not a big deal in the long run.
I didn't fully unpack in the hotel room. As a result, my husband didn't have a belt all week, and I forgot I'd packed dress shoes and wore flip-flops to a fancy dinner.
I didn't bring enough sunscreen. My youngest is allergic to most sunscreens and I didn't bring enough of the one he's not allergic to. The company has changed formulas so though I could find the "same" thing almost everywhere we went, we couldn't use it. I used something new on him and he ended up being itchy and swollen for three days. So, we spent a fair amount of time researching sunscreen ingredients, brands, and places to get them on our island. Poor little itchy kid... But I had packed Benadryl cream, so that was good.
And finally, Rookie Move #4 (it's a doozy):
I forgot the food bag. I did pack my beautiful, awesome food bag. I just didn't bring it. I realized what had happened when we got to the airport. I called our neighbors and gave them the perishable items. We ended up spending gobs of money on breakfast in the airport and buying meals on the plane. But over all, the boys did very well. I'm glad I didn't forget it when they were younger, but at 3 and 5 they did great.
The Good News:
Even though I should have known better, all those mistakes were just minor inconveniences. We still had a fantastic vacation!