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7 Tips for Vacationing With Toddlers

Sometimes orange headphones are all you need to get through the flight. That and massive amounts of animal crackers. Thanks JetBlue.

Sometimes orange headphones are all you need to get through the flight. That and massive amounts of animal crackers. Thanks JetBlue.

Vacation planning can be intimidating even without a child. Add a child — particularly a small child — to the mix and the planning can become paralyzing. Here’s a quick list that has helped me make the most of our weekend visits to see family, or beach trips to get away from the daily grind.

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From new parent, to seasoned vet?

At birth, the world is before in ways we could have never imagined. Photo taken by: Emily Goodstein

At birth, the world is before us in ways we could have never imagined. Photo taken by: Emily Goodstein

What a difference a year (or in this case 19 months!) makes. There are moments in life when you realize just how impactful that moment in time is, yet you have no way of truly understanding the full effect the changes that will come will have on you. For me, those moments have been leaving for college, graduating from college, marriage and the birth of my child. I’m sure more moments are to come, but for now, I’m reflecting on what has changed for me in that most recent significant moment. A reflection from my son’s birth to now…

New baby: Bundle him up, take diaper bag filled with every possible thing you could ever need, bring two back-up outfits, text everyone pictures of his outing.
One year later: Throw a diaper, and if I remember some wipes, in my purse and grab him as we run out the door because we’re late, take selfie of his food all over me when sitting at stop light.

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Top five things to keep in mind when planning a first birthday party

Birthday cake is happiness at any age.

Birthday cake is happiness at any age.

Ah, the first birthday party. It’s a tone-setter, a significant moment in your life, in the grandparents’ lives, even in your friends’ lives. It says – look at us, we made it through year one! It’s a celebration of the triumph over sleep loss, stained clothing, and insane childcare bills. It’s that opportunity you have to breath for a second because your child is just mobile enough for you to be excited and want more, but not yet at full capacity so you can actually enjoy a sip of coffee again. (Don’t get too excited, that only lasts about one day.)

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A great dyi gift idea for toddlers

Fun, colorful and a great tool for helping the little tikes learn about local birds.

Fun, colorful and a great tool for helping the little tikes learn about local birds.

It’s a jungle out there folks. And no, I’m not talking about the wooded trails this time. I’m talking about the adventure that is trying to find just the right toy for the toddler in your life.

While it’s fun to shop and even more fun to play with the prospective toys, it is overwhelming to make a decision on what to give. Did you know if you search Amazon.com for ‘toys for toddlers’, you’ll get 60,996 results? That’s a lot of options to choose from! Then, there are the questions you start to ask yourself as you walk through the aisles or navigate the websites: Does the child already have this? Are they ahead in their development? Are the parents OK with plastic? So I got to thinking, there must be something I can do that didn’t make my head spin. And there was — birdhouses!

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Acadia, Maine – The Adult-Only Trip That Revived Us!

Our first morning hike - Joshua Pond.

Our first morning hike: Joshua Pond. See more pics below!

I know what you’re thinking – on a blog about hiking with a baby, why is she highlighting the greatness about hiking without one? Well, I’ll tell you why, because it’s just as hard.

Growing up, when I’d roll my eyes at my mom about some ‘dripping with love’ statement she’d make, she’d say, “Just wait, you’ll understand how much I love you when you have children of your own.”

Never was that more true, than when my husband and I said good-bye to our son for our first nights away from him to hike the outrageously beautiful mountains of northern Maine.

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