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Five things…

18th July 2013

…to remember when traveling with an infant.

First Flight

On our trip to Maine, I learned a few things about traveling with a baby on an airplane. It is so different than driving. I had to pair down and only bring the essentials and even then I still felt as though I had too much. It was easy having R with me to help out, but L and I are going to be making an airplane trip solo soon and I need to rethink a few things.

1. Toys, Toys, Toys…keep them distracted. We bought L some new “airplane” toys for our trip to Maine and she was so enamored with them the whole flight up, but by the time we boarded to head back home she was already bored with them. Note self: Save some for the trip home. 

2. Pack as light as possible. I had a diaper bag and another bag that held my breast pump and computer…both were bulky and I wished I had somehow consolidated. I will need to consolidate for the next trip so that I only have one bag to worry about + L.

3. Babywear. I usually wear L everywhere except for walks around the neighborhood or long days out, so I opted to not even bring a stroller and just wear her. Best decision ever. I can’t imagine having one more thing to worry about. If you realize you must have a stroller upon arrival, you could always pick up a 20$ umbrella stroller.

4. Breastfeed (or bottle feed) when the plane is taking off and landing. We had a bottle of pumped milk on standby in case L did not want to breastfeed (she gets squirmy when there is a lot going on). She fell right to sleep as we took off and was pretty happy the whole 3 hour flight.  We brought the boppy pillow and it really helped keep her comfy while eating, napping, and playing.

5. Change their diaper before boarding. I know accidents happen and you might HAVE to change their diaper while in the air but the changing table is super tiny and dirty. I was trying to keep her little hands from touching everything while changing her diaper on a fold down table over the toilet in a tiny, tiny, bathroom. Not fun. Change before, unless necessary.

Also, I brought disinfectant wipes to wipe down the area we were seated in (windows, table, arm rests etc.) because airplanes are covered with germs and L has some grabby hands. She of course wanted to touch everything and I was glad that I had wiped them down.

Thats all…for now.


Five Things…

27th June 2013

…I have learned since becoming a Mom.

This Face

1. Things affect me differently now. Stories of tragedy that have hit an unexpected family wrecks me, and I hug my girl a little closer and longer.

2. I sometimes feel like the nap-time nazi, as though my #1 mission every day is to get this baby to NAP!

3. There are some rather bland and uncreative children’s books… I mean really, how hard is it to write a children’s book? This is Ted. Ted is a Rhino. The End.

4. I google EVERYTHING. What did Mom’s do before the internet?

5. I love taking note of every new sound and movement, and how in the blink of an eye or a turn of the head, my sweet gal is growing up right in front of me and I can’t slow it down… I can only take notes and cherish every.single.moment.

Five things I have learned since becoming a Mom.

4th June 2013


sweet girl.

I am learning something new every single day about being a Mother and each day keeps getting better and better. I have decided to start posting regular lists of the things I am learning. Feel free to add yours as well, I would love to hear!

  1.  Every Mothers experience is different, don’t compare yours to theirs…it will make you crazy.
  2. All baby (how to) books contradict one another and mess with your head…I find that I am better off just going with the flow and allowing my motherly instinct to kick in and do its job.
  3. I believe that Chick fil a was created for Moms, you know, those who do not want to handle getting everything/everyone out of the car for lunch (especially when it is raining or they are napping)…also, it is the only fast food place I will go to. Double also, their parking lots are great for nursing…I know I am not alone in this.
  4. A smile, giggle, or laugh from my girl can make any day brighter and is an instant mood lifter.
  5. Since becoming a Mother I have become so much more patient in every situation  and have learned to just slow down and enjoy those in between moments.

New Venture

19th July 2011

For as long as I can remember I have been saying I needed to get a voice-over demo recorded so that I can book more vo jobs. I even added it on my list of things to do before turning 30, giving myself a deadline. I am happy to announce that I can now cross that off of my list. I not only recorded a demo, but had a website made, and headshots done. My new site is up and demos are being printed as I type. I am super excited about this new and exciting little venture in my life.

I hired the lovely and talented Sabina of Design Garden to design my website. She did a fantastic job at expressing who I am throughout the site, giving it a personal touch. I am just so happy with how it turned out. Go have a look and tell me what you think.

Soul Surfer.

6th July 2011

Life has a way of sneaking by and before you know it the year is over. Okay, the year is not over, but I feel like mine is about to end in 2 months when I hit the big 30. I made a list almost a year ago of the things that I wanted to do before I turned 30, and well, the thing with lists is that they can sometimes get put off. I recently revisited mine and realized that I have done a lot more than I thought I had, and this past weekend I checked off number 19. I finally got up the guts to learn how to surf.

The waves were small and clean and perfect for learning. I put aside my fear of sharks and paddled out with a friend of ours. You will be happy to know that I got up on my first try! It was so much fun. I was smiling, laughing, and I rode that wave almost all the way to the shore, and I later found out that your not supposed to do that, but I had a blast. I went back out and did it again, fell a few times and got back up and loved every single minute of it. I was so proud of myself.
BoardLearning to surfLearning to surfProud surferhappy surfer

Dancing On The Brain

26th January 2011

Dancing in the moonlight 2

As you know Ryan and I started ballroom dance lessons in November. Update? We love it and we’re kind of getting good at it. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to dance with my husband and here we are. Dancing weekly, together. Last night we had a test of sorts to see how far we are progressing and if we are good enough to advance to the next level. I am happy to announce that we passed! So we are, in fact, good enough to move on to the next level. I think I can happily cross this item off my list, though we will continue to dance and learn and get even better. Have you ever thought about ballroom dancing?

Here is why you should:

  • You will challenge yourself and learn a new skill. Men love a challenge and new skills.
  • You get to be close to one another. Really close.
  • You will have a hobby to share together that you can do anytime, anywhere. Think, dancing in the moonlight or the living room, yeah.
  • You get to gaze longingly into the eyes of the one you love as you are led around the dance floor. It really doesn’t get better than that.
  • The rest of the world melts away when you are dancing. Seriously, it melts away. It’s a total stress buster.
  • You have an excuse to dress up and dance, and your skirt twirls around you. Who doesn’t love to twirl and dance and dress up?
  • You will both look awesome on the dance floor at weddings and parties. You will be THAT couple. The ones who can dance.
  • It is exercise, though it won’t feel like it. Well sometimes it will feel like it, but is that really such a bad thing?
  • It is fun and you will smile. A Lot. Try to not smile while you are twirling to fun music with the one you love. You can’t.

Now grab your significant other and go sign up at the nearest studio.

Image: Dancing in the Moonlight by Hobbesgirl.

31 things I love about Him

4th January 2011

It is my husband’s 31st birthday today, and in honor of his birthday I decided to list 31 things I love about him. Happy Birthday my sweet man.
Grand Canyon Hike

  1. He is a God fearing man.
  2. His love for others.
  3. His dedication.
  4. His warm smile.
  5. The way his eyes light up when I walk into the room.
  6. His work ethic.
  7. That he always has a backup plan…for the backup plan.
  8. His sense of adventure.
  9. The way he calls me his sweet lady.
  10. His independent spirit.
  11. His voice.
  12. That he is always willing to try new things.
  13. The way the simplest of things make him so happy.
  14. The fact that his favorite sport is surfing, and he does it so well.
  15. That he always knows the right thing to say.
  16. I love the way he holds my hand.
  17. He cherishes his friendships.
  18. He cherishes his family.
  19. Nothing can get him down.
  20. He is a provider.
  21. He is resourceful.
  22. He is diligent in everything he does.
  23. He is thoughtful.
  24. He enjoys life.
  25. He is opinionated, in the best possible way.
  26. He makes every moment better.
  27. Through good and bad his love never changes.
  28. I love and admire his ambition.
  29. I love his laugh.
  30. I love that he makes me laugh.
  31. I love the way he loves me and I am so glad he was born.

Getting into the spirit…

1st December 2010

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. Our weekend was pretty much awesome. I cooked alll night Wednesday and alll day Thursday and then enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving feast with family. The next day we woke up early to drive North for my 10 year high school reunion. Yes, it has been 10 years. So weird. The evening was actually fun and I was able to catch up with some old friends. It was a short trip and we returned home on Sunday along with the rest of the east coast seeing as how it was bumper to bumper the whole way. We listened to Christmas music the entire way down and it put me in the Christmas spirit. I want to enjoy every little thing that Christmas has to offer this year, starting now. I want my head full of jingle bells and our home full of decorations. If there is a Christmas event going on, I want in on it. I am also planning on watching all of my favorite Christmas movies. So I have created a list of my favorites for you.

Favorite Christmas movies:

The Nativity Scene

The Ultimate Gift

Holiday Inn

A Christmas Story

It’s a Wonderful Life

Love Actually

The Holiday

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?

P.S. Pictures from the weekend are coming soon, it is a busy week.

Looking forward

19th October 2010

Oh my, I have been so busy. Is it the weekend yet? I have not even stopped to sleep. Ok that is a lie, I slept for like 4 hours last night. Right now I am being fueled by way too much coffee and the fact that very, very soon I will be taking a much anticipated trip. I love having things to look forward to and right now I am looking forward to marking #9 off of my 29 before 30 list. Yep! Switzerland! We may not make it to Paris…but going on a girls trip to Switzerland has me beyond excited. I think it finally hit me today because it is almost time. Finally.
Painted Steps

I think having something to look forward to is important and helps weather the everyday. I am all for the spontaneity that life brings but a few scheduled to do’s on the calendar help me to look forward from one thing to the next.

Here is my current “looking forward to” list:

  • Switzerland!!!
  • The new dance classes I am taking with Ryan.
  • Celebrating 3 years of being married to my amazing husband come November.
  • Thanksgiving with family.
  • My 10 year reunion.
  • Decorating for Christmas
  • Heading home for Christmas.
  • Christmas, duh.
  • Ringing in the New Year with my favorites.

Not looking forward to:

  • Having my wisdom teeth taken out between now and the end of the year.
  • All of the things I need to get done before I leave for my trip.

What are you currently looking forward to? or not looking forward to?

29 things to do before I turn 30.

10th September 2010

My birthday was wonderful.  I had a lovely evening with my favorite person, my husband, Ryan.  We reflected over the past year whilst enjoying an amazing French dinner.  It has been a good year.  We talked about our plans for the future, and I thought about my list.  I thought about what I would like to accomplish this year, my last year in my 20’s.

Here is what I came up with:

  1. Visit a retirement home and make a new friend.
  2. Organize our bedroom closet. Done and done.
  3. Learn to mambo, tango and waltz. I am currently learning all of these dances, along with salsa, rumba, foxtrot and hustle.
  4. Finish my voice-over demo. Demo recorded, website made.
  5. Record a song that I am proud of .
  6. Organize our photos. They are all on hard drives.
  7. Paint more. Sure did, but would love to pain even more.
  8. Go on a picnic. 08/08/11 – Picnic in the park at Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC.
  9. Go on a girls trip to Switzerland and Paris. Two weeks spent in Switzerland with side trips to Italy, Germany and Austria!
  10. Perfect my French, so I can say I speak two languages.
  11. Ride my bike more.
  12. Get rid of useless clutter in our home and donate. It felt so good.
  13. Organize a Women’s retreat. I took my high school girls to the beach for a weekend retreat, which totally counts.
  14. Get up early and drive to the beach to watch the sunrise. Got up at 4:45am and drove to the beach for Easter Sunrise service.
  15. Go somewhere exotic with Ryan. 08/07/11, Tickets booked for a trip to Costa Rica.
  16. Camp under the stars. Best thing ever.
  17. Learn to sew. Sewing machine and materials are acquired, now I just need to learn.
  18. Become scuba certified. Certification course is purchased, now I just need a free weekend.
  19. Surf with Ryan (who is an amazing surfer). 07/02/11, I have found a new hobby.
  20. Get to work on an idea I have for a documentary. Proposal written, working on a plan of action.
  21. Take a photography class and challenge myself to be better. I assisted a friend on an engagement shoot, super fun.
  22. Try to sell one of my paintings. (See #7)
  23. Get completely out of debt. (We are well on our way, so this is not far fetched) All that is left is the cars, and I call that an accomplishment.
  24. Learn to quilt after learning #17.
  25. Write a children’s book and dedicate it to our first child.
  26. Spend an entire day reading, drinking tea and just relaxing. 12/11/10 I might make this a habit.
  27. Attend a really great concert. I had the chance to see and meet Civil Twilight. Those guys are so talented.
  28. Take a train ride somewhere nearby and spend the day there. Took a train ride from Switzerland to Germany & Austria.
  29. Write a little note, letter, and/or card to the people I love and send it to them…IN THE MAIL. They are in the mail.