A text, a smile
Stay a while
Books and food
In the mood
Around the bend
Feel the scend
A text, a smile
Stay a while
Books and food
In the mood
Around the bend
Feel the scend
Hands down, this is the most lightweight sunscreen I have ever used. Apply liberally before going out–the result is soft, fragrance-free, protected skin with no white cast. Feels like water going on and washes off easily with a normal cleanser. Some sunscreens double as makeup primers–this is not one of them. This is perfect for no makeup days (which is about every day for me) and if you do wear makeup over this, give it ample time to dry beforehand.
Innisfree (as well as Nature Republic) is South Korea’s version of Origins. The company prides itself as being a proponent of skincare and makeup made with natural plant-based ingredients.
The sun rises with your smile
Holding you longer a little while
In my dreams your laugh echoes
All while you play with your Duplos
Bright light in a chaotic world
Next to you I am curled
Fiercely protective of you I am
Mama bear to my little lamb
All my hopes and dreams for you
Spectacular, if you only knew
But for now, nap your little nap
(Wish I could freeze time with a snap)
For soon, you’ll be a tall, handsome chap
And I’ll be a little, old sap.
Our trip to Tokyo was fantastic. With that said, we did learn a lot in terms of what to pack for future international trips. Domestic travel with a baby is easier (traveling with a baby is never EASY) because you can almost always stop by a local Target at your destination to pick up any items you didn’t pack and/or forgot to pack. Unless you are traveling to see family and/or friends (which usually makes it easier to access baby items as things will probably be ready for you upon your arrival), international travel (especially if your destination is one where you don’t speak the language) can be tough on finding the right baby supplies for your little one. Here are my must-haves for international travel:
(1) Cell Phone Case with an Attached Clip–A cell phone case with an attached clip may not seem very useful when you’re at home but when traveling with a baby, anything that can facilitate being hands-free is a winner. Since I usually don’t wear outfits with pockets, my case allowed me to attach the phone onto the stroller (and that’s how I carried my phone during the entire trip). Having the clip also made my phone very accessible for taking photos and pulling up any necessary apps (like currency converter, Google Maps, etc.).
(2) Travel Stroller–Unless I am mistaken, the only travel stroller on the market that is able to be compacted into a carry-on small enough to fit into plane overhead compartments is the Babyzen YOYO Travel Stroller. This was a LIFESAVER. Light enough to be carried with one hand and yet sturdy enough to hold a child of up to 50 pounds. Many people would argue that it’s easier to check a stroller with your other large pieces of luggage rather than lug it around as a carry-on. I would agree with that if you have a non-stop flight, are traveling extremely light, and are unafraid of your luggage getting lost during transit. Since I prefer to have one layover per flight (easier to grab a bite to eat, use the restrooms, stretch your legs, etc.) and have had my luggage lost a couple times during previous trips, I was unwilling to risk any mishaps by checking our stroller. Plus, it felt great to be able to put Max in it right way after holding him during our entire flight (each way).
(3) Organized Diaper Bag–I’ve tried several diaper bags and, by far, the Skip Hop “Chelsea” Diaper Bag is the best for traveling. With the usual baby stuff compartments, this bag also has two zippered compartments (one small and one large–perfect for things like your wallet, house keys, passport, flight itinerary, etc.). An added bonus: handles AND a crossbody strap. Need I say more?
(4) Baby Toiletries–In general, diapers and baby powder/cream are easily accessible in most places (especially if you’re traveling to another developed country) via full service drugstores (ones that have pharmacies). So, packing just enough of these items (plus a few extras) for the flight should be enough until you reach your destination. However, for things like baby shampoo, baby soap and/or body wash, it’s best to pack more than you’ll need for the entire trip. This will minimize your baby having any allergic reactions to other cleansing products. Plus, using (and smelling) familiar products will likely be a comfort to him/her in an unfamiliar environment.
(5) Double Amount of Formula and/or Baby Food–If you’re breastfeeding, you can cross this off your list. I initially wanted to pack just enough baby food for our flight but after doing some research on Japanese brand formulas and packaged baby food, I discovered that a couple brands had recalls due to radiation contamination. That was enough for us to pack enough formula and baby food for the entire trip. Packing your own ensures that your little one will avoid any food allergies. For travel, I’m a big fan of packaged food brands like Plum Organics and Ella’s Kitchen (as they’re disposable, easy to feed, and don’t spoil as easily as homemade food).
(6) Pacifiers–Max does not use pacifiers on a regular basis because I’m afraid they’ll make his teeth come in crooked. However, pacifiers work wonders on a plane! They serve two purposes: help to calm your baby and lessen the pain in his/her ears during flight. Enough said.
(7) Washable Toys–Bring several toys that are easy to pack and easily wiped and/or rinsed clean. This one’s self-explanatory.
(8) Baby Wipes–You can never have enough baby wipes. Ever.
(9) Anti-bacterial Surface Wipes–These wipes come in handy for wiping down public changing tables, toilet seats, airplane seats/headrests/tray tables, etc. You get the idea.
(10) Extra Change of Clothes–Self-explanatory
(11) Inflatable Baby Tub—This was also a lifesaver during our trip. In addition, be sure to pack a plastic cup to use as a rinsing cup.
(12) Tissues–What would you do without them?
And last, but certainly not least, a kid-friendly hotel. What does that mean? That means that your hotel must, at bare minimum, be able to provide a safe and clean crib.
Once there was an old lady
Who looked like my grandma maybe
She’d take a bite
Of children’s toes
And a nose
If it’s past your bedtime
And you hear a chime
It’s old Mrs. Creet
Looking for something to eat
Don’t let her catch you
Awake or she’ll chew
Your toes and maybe your nose
So hurry and doze
Off to deep sleep
And as you count sheep
Out will creep
Old Mrs. Creet
When I was a little girl
Not yet a woman of the world
I dreamt of becoming an artist
During my childhood darkest
When I was a teen
Wearing tight blue jeans
My only thoughts
To escape every night fought
Through college I went
Suffering every torment
Not getting a PhD
To the world I went to see
Sold clothes at a department store
Dressed men with clothes galore
Wanted more and more
As it was getting to be a bore
So a business woman I became
On this earth to stake my claim
Caught up in a destructive game
Burnout and lots of shame
You pulled me from the Lost and Found
At a time when I nearly drowned
Rescued me from The Life
That brought me so much strife
Given me more hopes and dreams
Than I had ever dared to dream
So your queen I did become
From the ashes I had come from
All of this would have been enough
As dreams are made of this stuff
A man like you there is none
And then you gave me a son
As a bonus to your gift
Now the days are all so swift
A man, you are an exception
My only soul redemption
Happy Valentine’s Day
I wouldn’t have it any other way
Second holiday of the year
With our son, our newborn dear
Magical forest your dark hazel eyes
Who knew we’d have an angel in disguise
You’re his and mine
Our stars have aligned
So thankful I am for you
There’s nothing I won’t do
So eat and sleep, sweet love
There’s nothing I’m more proud of
For you have made this holiday
Surpassing a thousand bouquets
Since I’ve run out of my trusty La Mer lip balm, I’ve decided to give Mustela’s Hydra-Stick a try. This, my friends, is great for both mama and baby. Lightweight, creamy, and, best of all, works to keeps lips and cheeks soft (plus, it’s hypoallergenic). Surprisingly, it’s a bit more creamy than the La Mer balm. Max was getting little flakes of dry skin on his cheeks and the Hydra-Stick took care of it straight away. Verdict: perfect for dry winter skin and/or chapped lips and/or cheeks.
Bracing ourselves for sleepless nights, D and I ordered three Zipadee-Zips before my delivery date. Although the item isn’t recommended for newborns, I thought I would try it out on Max, anyway, and to my pleasant surprise, it actually helped to extend the length of his sleep. According to the founder and inventor of Zipadee-Zip, Stephanie Parker, babies have the Moro or “startle” reflex and this item helps to soothe and/or lessen that effect. Zipadee-Zips are roomy and comfortable pajama/sleeping bag alternatives for babies and I look forward to Max growing up with them. Verdict: Baby registry-worthy.