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Tips for Flying With a Toddler

 Disclaimer: I am not a travel expert and all of my flying experience with my child has always been through Delta Airlines, I am not familiar with other airline child polices or procedures. This post was not SPONSORED by Delta in anyway, this is all from my own personal experience and opinion

We just returned from our four day mini-trip to visit some family in Minnesota. The flight was about 3 hours, and though  this was Hudson's 8th time flying, it was his first time since he has learned how to walk and become MUCH more independent
Flying with a toddler/baby isn't easy or wonderful, but it also isn't as scary or crazy as sometimes we may think it will be. These tips and tricks have come from experience of flying over the past year and half and each time I think it gets a little easier for the both of us. 

1) Relax
First and foremost, just try to relax. Kids can feel when we are tense, and when we are tense they are tense. I am the worst at this, my anxiety is always high while flying, and it becomes even higher when you are stressed out about how your child is going to act sitting in a super small space for a long period of time. Believe me it's a huge stressor but just try to stay positive, and make it a positive experience for your child as well. 

2) Request comfortable seating.
Every time I fly I approach the flight desk when arriving at the gate and I inform them that I am traveling with a child and would like to request an open seat next to my seat if possible. This allows you more room to move about if your child is wiggly while on your lap, it allows you to keep your bags on the seat during the flight to help you grab items easier, and it also allows extra room for your child to play. There has never been a flight where I was not granted this option. However, flights do get overbooked and jam packed, so this may not always be the case. 
During these requests Delta attendants have also upgraded my seat to economy comfort on multiple occasions to allow more room as well. Seriously, I cannot say enough good things about this airline. They are so child friendly. 
I have only flown Delta my entire life, but I am sure other airlines are just as accommodating for children/parents as well. 
3) Bring Entertainment
Toddlers obviously need to be entertained. So bring books, your ipad with their favorite movie, TV show, or games. Bring their favorite toy, ANYTHING that will keep them busy and hold their attention.
Our last two flights we had TVs on the headrests in front of us, this allows us to watch Zootopia and keep him entertained for most of the flight.
4) Snacks/Drinks
My toddler likes to eat. So snacks really kept us sane on the last flight. Grapes, fruit, goldfish, crackers anything that is easy to handle and keeps their little wandering hands busy will do! I also suggest bringing milk/water/juice for them, especially to drink during take off to help protect their ears with the elevation change. 
5) Ignore the Negative Nancy's
I think the biggest stressor for me while flying is the people who consistently complain about having to sit by a baby/toddler during the flight. On our flight home yesterday two fellas made it very clear they did not want to sit by us. One even wishing the other "luck" on having to endure a toddler the entire flight..
Well, guess what. My toddler slept, and those two disrespectful dudes quietly enjoyed their in flight free movies with no distraction from us. 
I could obviously tell they were not parents because they would have known that flying with a toddler is stressful as it is without people being rude or disrespectful.
I promise that these people are not on every flight and that the good always outweigh the bad.
Each flight Hudson makes at least 3 friends who keep him busy and entertained and who truly enjoy his presence. So don't let the bad apples ruin this experience for anyone in your party. 
6) It's Okay if It Doesn't Go Perfect
If your baby screams the entire flight (this has happened to us too) just keep your cool and try to calm them the best way you know how. Feel free to walk the aisles a bit if need be. Flying and sitting for a long time is stressful. A baby screaming may sound loud to you, but the loud white noise of the plane helps drown it out to others. Apologize to those around you just to be courteous but I promise you most will smile and tell you "it's okay" that they have been in your shoes. 
Have Fun and Good Luck! 

#FitnessFriyay: A Inspirational/Fitness Link-Up (#2)

Happy Friday, or I should say FriYAY!

So as I stated last week we are going to do a little fun and fitness link up here every Friday, if you missed the post you can catch up on the main mission right here!

This has been an awesome week for me! I started a cleanse last Friday which really the only "rule" of the cleanse was absolutely NO caffeine. So no Sweet Tea, no iced coffee, no soda. Which all of that was really good because I saved money by no daily Starbucks trips, I quit soda completely, and I drank a CRAP ton of water which is something I have always been horrible at. 

The cleanse went well. I ate 6 small meals throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as 2 snacks and really did not even work out because I am trying to get eating right down first as this is my BIGGEST downfall. 

So as for my results...I lost 7 pounds! Just by cutting out soda, eating right, and taking the cleanse 2x a day for 7 days. 7 pounds is a small number in my grand scheme of 50 pounds, but it's almost 10% of my goal in one week. I get most of it is water weight and that I need to start my workout regimen this week to keep up with my progress. I am just excited because all know that "diets" suck and falling off the wagon happens QUITE often (at least for me) but this early success was just extra motivation to keep trucking and keep making progress!
Hopefully next week I'll have some progress pictures to share! 

If you are interested in the cleanse I did you can purchase it at Complete Nutrition or from their online shop, here!

So how did your week go? Big goals? Little Goals? Progress or a fall back? We are all in this together and the only thing we should all bring to the table is to try our best and encourage one another!
If you would like to share your journey with me (and others) I would love for you to link up a blog post, an Instagram feed, or just maybe even one Instagram picture to share your progress with us!

***I was experiencing an issue with my account to create a proper link up. While I work on the problem please leave your link in the comments below** Sorry for the inconvenience I will have it fixed by next week. ****

Hello, Beautiful! {Hello Bliss Box}

Snail mail is like my love language.
I love handwritten notes, cards, and of course, packages.

Sometimes I choose to buy stuff online JUST so I can anticipate the arrival. It's weird, I know.

So anytime I find a new subscription box service I am ALL about it.

If you are not aware of what a subscription box service is, it is a monthly box shipped directly to your doorstep and it is usually filled with 3-6 special gifts that relate to that month.
There are clothing, makeup subscription boxes, boxes designated to babies and dogs, but there is one box I recently found that kind of just rounds all the bases and fills my Mama heart.

Hello! Bliss Box is a monthly subscription box designed to celebrate woman and MOMS. Yes, they embrace motherhood and fill the box with items they know that Mamas will LOVE.

I received my first box in July, and let me tell you, I LOVED it all. The gifts were vibrant, colorful, upbeat, and things I will actually use! There was jewelry, there was home decor, there was uplifting messages, there were kid safe products, and the best part of it all is they partner with small shops and small entrepreneurs to fill these boxes. So not only are you getting a great deal, you are supporting small businesses!

Hello! Bliss Box July Edition Included:

Lavender Insect Repellent by Naked Botanicals an all natural way to protect yourself from those little pests we call mosquitoes, The ingredients of this repellent is literally witch hazel, purified water, and essential oils. Um, yes please! 

A beach inspired hand towel handmade by Primitives by Kathy because who doesn't need a little tropical bliss in their kitchen? 

beaded bracelets by Hello! Bliss Box ahhhh, you guys. The picture does not do them justice, they are gorgeous, and very well made! This was my favorite item in the box! 

"Indian Summer" handcrafted soy candle by Lola's Handcrafted. it truly smells amazing AND it is handmade by a local family owned business located in Tampa, FL (about 45 minutes from me) How cool is that?!

In every Hello! Bliss Box  you will also receive a 5x7 print that you can hang in your office, on your fridge, or anywhere you need a little pick me up each day! 

My second box is already on it's way, and I CANNOT wait for it arrive and see what is inside!
So ladies/Mamas, do yourself a favor and treat yourself, or friend to one of these amazing boxes, you will NOT be disappointed. 

and one last snapshot because well...#momlife