Traveling with a Potty-Training Toddler

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Keeping a toddler confined to a bathroom requires lots of “stuff”

Now that it is summer (I don’t work in the summer…woohoo!) and Boo has been showing signs for months, we decided to take on the potty training challenge!  We opted for the 3-day boot camp style.  Basically, you lock yourselves in the bathroom on the first day (the entire first day), you leave the house for an hour the second day, you leave the house twice (for an hour) the third day, and voila!  The kid is potty-trained!  This is the basic plan we chose to follow – except we added a 5-hour road trip adventure to day 6!  Seriously, who does this?!

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Choosing Road Trip Stops for a Toddler

Toddlers have a lot of energy.  When they are strapped into a car seat for a good portion of the day, it is difficult to burn off that energy.  I get it.  Sometimes I just can’t wait to get out of the car to stretch my legs a bit!  Quality stops are necessary – especially on road trips that are going to take more than one day!

Recently, Boo and I spent two days driving to visit a friend in Indiana.    Sure, I probably could have made the trip in a day (10 hours of direct driving), but I was doing all the driving by myself and that would have meant a LOT of sitting for Boo.  So, I decided to make a trip of it!  Lots of fun stops and quality bonding time with my favorite tiny person!

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Updating Boo’s Travel Map

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Wow!  It has been awhile since I posted!  To be honest, with the end of the school year and various illnesses affecting any or all of us, we really haven’t done much adventuring.  After a fairly rough year, I really needed to escape.  Less than a week after school ended, Boo and I hit the road!  Not just one of those drive to your destination, do the vacation thing, and head home sort of trips, but an actual road trip!  Just the two of us! Continue reading “Updating Boo’s Travel Map”

My Favorite Feeding-On-The-Go Products

As a traveling family, feeding on the go is a given.  What we look for in these products is function, ease of use, and size.  All of these products have been thoroughly road-tested by us and proven to be effective and dependable!  Read on to learn more about our top picks! Continue reading “My Favorite Feeding-On-The-Go Products”

Longwood Gardens

DSC01827Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA is one of my reset places.  I can always rely on a trip to the gardens to simultaneously free my mind from everyday stresses and inspire me with a million and one ideas for my dream garden back home (even when I didn’t have a garden or home of my own).  Like Shenandoah National Park, Longwood Gardens is one of my most favorite places in the world.

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I Bought My Kid a Leash.

DSC01896Along with every other decision in the parenting world, parents walking their children around on leashes get judged.  “Why are you treating your child like a dog?”  Or “Stop being lazy and just watch your kid!”  Or even “You shouldn’t have children if you can’t handle them.”  You know the sort.  Anyhow, I bought my kid a leash.

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Travel Toys from Birth to 10 Months

As Boo grows up, her interest in toys grows right along with her.  We have moved through a huge assortment of car toys over the past 19 months.  Unfortunately, this means retiring some favorites as they no longer keep her interested.  Below are some of our favorites up until she was 10 months old. Continue reading “Travel Toys from Birth to 10 Months”