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Quick Takes, Flying with Children Edition

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Ah, just joining the millions of voices on this topic, but I get asked often enough, so here goes. These are a few things that help us when we are traveling (specifically flying) with littles, which is pretty often. 

1. Car Seat Bag: We are fortunate enough to have a couple of carseats that my parents keep stored at their place so we haven't had to travel with the infant seat in a long time. Now that we're three kiddos deep, we have to bring a third carseat and we busted out this bag again. Sometimes they'll check it for free when you're checking in, otherwise, we bring it through security and gate check it there. The backpack straps on this bag make it easier to chase after children if you accidentally let them out of the stroller, you fool. I'm talking to myself of course. 

2. Double Stroller: Yes, we love our Bob Duallie, but it's such a beast, and I'm afraid they'll ruin it, which is kind of funny because I'm sure my children are going to destroy it any day now. But for this trip we found a double umbrella stroller (very similar to this one) on Craigslist and it was totally worth it. It's pretty bare bones, but when you need to move little people quickly and keep them contained, it works. 

3. Travel Mug: Once upon a time I used to get through security, pick up a magazine and a latte, and slowly sip it before and after boarding my flight because airport life sans kids is a breeze. Now there is no way I would dare carry one of those flimsy paper cups while trying to deal with one of our offspring. Insert travel mug. But it has to be spill proof like this one. I still get my latte post security-check-madness, but now I can drink it over the course of four hours and it's still hot, and it won't get knocked out of my hand and onto the airport floor. Win win win.  

4. Arts and Crafts: LOL not really, but the kids love vandalism, so lets try to rein it in a bit. If you haven't heard of the Melissa and Doug Water Wow! pads, go get thee a few. We have them at home, but I keep them stored away for desperate times and travel times. It's. Just. Water. So even if they sit on it, it won't saturate their pants with blue ink like the markers I stupidly bought for this most recent flight. Thank the Good Lord for Zote soap. Speaking of markers, I should have brought the Crayola Color Wonder because they are good markers that only color on special paper and we have them and I'm dumb for not bringing them. My children arrived to CA looking like little works of art.   

5. Sticker Books: I had to really let go and let God here, because I want them to place all the stickers in all the right places because that's what the instructions said to do and why don't you just get it? But you know what? I'm the grown up and they're just kids, so I let them pile the stickers high, high, high. Also, because they're not good at peeling stickers back, it takes them a long time and that's just what I want. Our kids liked this Finding Dory one, and the reusable sticker book by Melissa and Doug (it's just a little larger than I would like). 

6. Head Phone Splitter: Ah, the holy grail of plane bribes. If you have more than one child who loves the allure of the screen, you are going to want headphones for both kids, and this little gem. We just got a two way splitter, but they do make them for more, which we will probably need at some point. 

7. Sticky Bunnies: That's what my kids call them anyway. They're actually just Annie's fruit snacks, but they only get them at Nana's and when we travel. It's the ultimate bribe treat. Usually they are offered with a side of clenched teeth and loud whispers to plz b quiet.  

Head on over to Kelly's for more Quick Takes, and what not, ok? 

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Can a hashtag be a post title? Hmm. Many deep thoughts. 

Guys, blogging hasn't even been on the back burner. It's been collecting dust and grease somewhere behind the stove. Yes, yes, this is a garden update, but it's also kind of a life update, ya know? I'm just learning to create boundaries for myself, and when I'm getting overwhelmed by the day to day life stuff, I know I need to cut things out and trying to get a post hammered out is one of those things. 

Okay, lots has changed since my post from early April. First we got our fence installed. It's awesome and contains our children, and we've really been able to enjoy being outside with them. We've done loads around the garden beds, and we have many of them! I won't go into to too much detail, because I'm hoping I can write more later. 

Oh, and that blog title? It's a little hashtag I whipped up after obsessing over my friend Laurel's beautiful California garden. She was using Instagram stories to share her garden, and in an effort to make her share more, this little hashtag entered the scene. Mostly because Monday's can be really crappy, and gardening is just such a joy, I figured we should just make garden tours a Monday thing. Join us! Anna, Bonnie, Dwija, Rosie, Katie, and others have shared. It's fun to see what others are growing and learning from them. 

Okay, these photos are from April and May. I'll get June photos up in another post. 

It's so crazy to see how the raspberries looked a few weeks ago. They are much more abundant now. 

The lilacs are long gone, but they were so, so beautiful while they lasted. 

This mandarin lights azalea was such a surprise. The blooms are short lived, but really vibrant. 

Our window boxes got loaded up, and are looking very lush these days. 

Our veggie gardens have been planted too. We have bush beans, pole beans, three tomato plants, a zucchini plant, cucumber plant, and rows of carrots, beets, and radishes. Our boys love checking the beds to see what's gotten bigger, and they really love trying to pick things prematurely. We're working on it. 


Garden 2017: Part I

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It's that time of year again. Things are greening up around these parts. I was going to link to my older garden posts and thought I was for sure missing one from last year, but nope! I never wrote it. You can see a few photos on Instagram where we dug out the previous garden here and here, a view of our front planters here, and the literal fruits of our labor here and here. For our garden posts from previous years, check out this link here

Since this is our first year in this house, I think I will try and hold back from digging tons of stuff up and planting new things because 1. that's expensive and time consuming and 2. I really want to see what's going to come up this year. 

If you're able to identify anything, please let me know because I have no clue (for the most part). 

I know that this stuff in the photo below is sedum because we had it at our last place. 

Pictured below is a plant that covers a large area of our backyard, but some of it is going to get ripped out because we have two toddlers who are going to need their sandbox stat. 

I am so grateful that we own our home because this whole place needs a face lift. The amount of beige and brown and beige and brown and beige and brown is just driving me crazy. So these window boxes will get a fresh coat of paint and some pretty flowers. What are your favorite drought resistant flowers that would work in a window box? We've got western sun exposure here. 

I'm pretty sure this is a climbing rose and it needs some love. I've been reading up on how to prune them so lets just hope I don't kill it, mkay? 

Along the house in the backyard we've got hosta city, and with the amount of shade we get back here, this is going to be okay and probably go untouched. 

This little patch here is to the side of the roses and faces south, so I'm thinking depending on what comes up, we might try putting the vegetable garden in here since it gets lots of sun throughout the day. I'm thinking a couple of tomato plants, cucumber, carrots, and beets. 

I forgot to take a few photos of the porch, but there's a spot right below in the front where I think we'll put a few climbing plants so they can give some coverage when we're sitting around drinking our Jarritos tequila cocktails. I've got serious plans for that porch, you guys. Serious.