Eight Ways to Travel with your Kids to Keep Calm and “Carry On”

Happy March Break to all! Although we are not heading south this month, I absolutely love traveling with my kids and thought Id share some of my fav tips to keep calm and “carry-on.”

  1. Keep Calm and the Carry On: Kids only get a carry-on bag. Yup- that’s right!  I can’t stress enough how much this can change your life.  When down south, kids spend 90% of this time in their bathing suits and you can recycle several shorts and T’s throughout the week’s duration. (assuming its just for a week). Next, bring your own mini bottle of washing detergent and a scrub brush just in case. Check out this article by The Mommy Insider for her picks for the Best Rolling Bags for Kids.
  1. Pack like a PRO: Keep it simple, and pack darker colored T’s as they will hide the stains, shorts or dresses with pockets, so they can stash some mini cars, cards or poly pockets.  These will provide a small window of entertainment, albeit small, but as parents – we’ll take anything!
  1. Beach Bags for all: Find your kids a small beach bag so they carry their own #*it to the beach. Even if they are still in a stroller, giving them a sense of ownership for the items they want to have at the pool or the beach is a great lesson to instill at any age.
  1. Snack Master:General Mills Cheerioes, as photographed for WikipediaI like to manipulate my kids into having downtime by using snacks- really …really… small… snacks.  Never leave for vacation without 2-3 plastic sandwich bags or a few small Tupperware containers.  At the breakfast area, they’ll be the typical selection of cereals and this is the time to stock up.  Think about it, why give them a single granola bar, when you can give them 100 Cheerios? The smaller the snack, the longer the time it will take your kiddos to consume. Quick, grab the Kobo and everyone relax on those blue beach loungers:)

5. Holy Sheet- Ask your Chambermaid for an extra sheet.  My kids again, love to snack and since they burn so much more energy while on vacation, snacking before breakfast and bedtime is a regular thing for us. Put down the extra sheet over the bed so all the crumbs, cracker bits, and any sand can easily be scooped up and shaken outside. This tip is especially important to avoid all ant and cockroach visitations.

  1. Download: One of my favorite things to do is download a series of songs to help motivate my kids to move faster or head to bed.  My kids love Enya and will tolerate Jazz and Classical music before bed and we carry on with this routine while on vacation.  To create an upbeat vibe, I love to use Score 1 on the Mission Impossible soundtrack.It’s a blast to watch the kids react to the music as they get ready for the day or for family dinner. (Personally, I have this song on my iphone and it’s a track to listen to if you’re in a hurry and need to get a few things at the grocery store- so fun!)
  1. Let there be Light– Kids love to explore so pack a few mini flashlights or even better head lights.We often go bug hunting or for a walk on the beach after dinner, so these really come in handy.  Not to mention you’ll be able to see your kiddos when they run a head of you in the dark.  Try the Coleman venison here available on Amazon. fridayblog-2

8.Tune in and TV Out– As I look back at the few times we have traveled as a family, the moments I treasure the most are when we eat together. It’s a real treat to go to a restaurant without having dozens of TV’s, unnecessary noise and images distracting from the family narrative. To cultivate more of these memories, bring along a few card games, and invest in those mini travel games to keep everyone talking.  “Eye spy with my little eye”, a family that looks connected, happy and rested.  Have a great March Break to all.

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Written by Holly MacLean, B.A, B.ED, Mother of two, Energizer Bunny Owner of the Wee Urban Ltd, Toronto, Canada

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6 Organic Snacks for Kids

organic snacks for kidsIt’s back to school time, which means you’ll spend a portion of your morning packing lunches. If you’re like many houses in the world, your pantry is jammed with individually packaged lunchbox-sized snacks that aren’t as healthy for your kids as you would like. Fortunately, there are many organic and natural snack products available for your kids, you just have to look a bit harder. Here are six of my favorite organic snacks to offer your children.

1. Quinn Popcorn

These popcorn snacks come in a variety of interesting flavors, like maple & sea salt, or parmesan and rosemary. They are organic and non-GMO and they come in a biodegradable bag. They use a fake butter flavor, so there are no preservatives or additives. They come out to about $2.50 per package, which is a little more than I’d like to pay for a one-time snack, but the health benefits are worth it, I think. You can get them at Whole Foods, Amazon or Abe’s Market.

2. Giddy Up & Go Granola

This granola-based cereal packs a ton of protein and MUFAs that your kids need to start their day right. It’s the cleanest form of breakfast energy you can give them. It’s not bland like many organic cereals, either. They use organic agave and nectar to sweeten it just a tad for kids. You can find it at Whole Foods.

3. Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt

There’s still a bit of summer left, so your kids might enjoy a frozen treat when they arrive home from school. Unlike most frozen snacks, however, these Greek yogurt pops don’t come laden with high fructose corn syrup. They also use hormone-free milk. It’s a much healthier alternative to ice cream or even traditional frozen yogurt snacks with an overabundance of sugar. You can find them at Whole Foods, Safeway and Costco.

4. Way Better Snacks

It’s hard to find an organic potato chip, but your kids will probably ask for them because all their friends have chips in their lunch bags. Way Better Snacks uses organic whole grains, sunflower oil, and quinoa, among other healthy ingredients. They come in several flavors that are low-sodium, no cholesterol, no sugar, full of MUFAs, and gluten-free. Admittedly they’re pricey at $3.50 per bag. You can get them at Whole Foods, Wegman’s and some specialty grocery stores.

5. Silly String Cheese

The perfect on-the-go snack for toddlers will always be string cheese. It’s easy to carry, unwrap and eat, and it doesn’t make a mess. Organic Creamery’s Sill String Cheese is low in fat and cholesterol, full of calcium and protein, and made from organic milk. They come out to about a dollar per tube of cheese, so the price is good. You’ll find them at most natural food stores and of course Whole Foods.

6. Organic fruit and vegetable medley

The simplest and healthiest snack you can provide your kids will always be a selection of organic fruits and vegetables that you purchased, chopped and packaged yourself. You don’t have to worry about excessive sugar, fat or pesticides in their food. You can get them in any local supermarket and there’s a fruit or veggie that even the pickiest of kids like. (They also don’t make a mess, which is a win in my book.)

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Tips for Creating a Well-Balanced Meal Plan for Toddlers

well balanced meal for toddlersIt’s no secret that toddlers can be picky. I’m sure that you have had nights where your toddler refuses to eat his carrots! This is fairly normal for that age, so don’t freak out that your toddler seems like the only one who won’t eat their veggies. All you have to do to fix this problem is to get a little creative. Here are five tips for creating a well-balanced meal plan for your toddler so that they will get the nutrition they need:

1. Make sure it consists of the right foods

When planning your toddler’s dinner, you should make sure that you include a grain, veggies, fruits, milk and protein. These are necessary nutrients for a healthy well-balanced meal.  One meal I know my toddler will eat is chicken, a protein, with a yummy fruit salad, a slice of whole grain bread and a glass of milk. Normally I have carrots and dip as a dinner before snack. This is a great way to get almost all of the important food groups in one meal.

2. Pre-dinner snack

Like I previously stated, I am a big fan of the before dinner snack. One tip I have is to make sure it is a healthy light snack. Oreos, chips or cookies is not a good choice. Carrots, sliced apples, strawberries or celery are good choices. Make sure to choose a snack that they don’t eat often, so that they can get those nutrients too.

3. Always include milk

Milk is so important for a growing child. It helps to build strong bones! Try to always have them drink milk for lunch and dinner. If they aren’t big milk fans, add a tiny squirt of chocolate syrup. All kids love chocolate milk! You can also incorporate milk into their diet by putting it in their morning cereal or oatmeal.

4. Protein + veggies

One great way to get protein and veggies into your child’s diet is by having sandwiches for lunch. Make sure that you make the sandwich on whole wheat or grain bread. You can use any kind of high in protein meat that your child likes, and then top it off with veggies. Sandwiches are great, because they won’t even notice they are eating vegetables.

5. Apples and peanut butter

Protein, check. Fruit, check. Yummy, double check! Apples with peanut butter are a creative way to get your child to eat some healthy foods. Slice the apples into finger-sized bites and apply as much peanut butter as your toddler likes.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.