International Travel With A Toddler

Sounds scary, I know and  now imagine flying with your one year-old by yourself! I can’t tell you how many nights before our departure I had been laying in bed thinking how I was going to survive those 10 hours stuck on a plane with my quite active baby. I had spent time reading other posts and with great relief I can now share my own successful story about our international travel with my toddler and hope you can find my tips and tricks useful if you have an upcoming trip!

The reason for another trip by myself to Germany from Dallas, TX was a family reunion/ trip for my grandparents 80th birthday last year and I’m so glad my husband encouraged me to go. The first time I took Luca was when he was only 5 months old and he slept a whole lot more than now. But honestly it went better than back in October! Here are seven tips that made the traveling so much easier for me, Luca and everyone else on the plane 🙂

  1. Snacks: The power of food is incredible! At the time of the flight some of his favorite foods were (cut) grapes, strawberries, pouches, and puffs. I found it helpful to place snacks in this Munchkin snack cup which make it more interesting getting food out and helps with food spillage! Anything that would occupy Luca for even 5 minutes is a win!
  2. Fly over night: I know, some flights are set for day or night but if possible choose a flight in the late afternoon! We departed a little after 4 pm and spend about 2 1/2 hours playing, snacking, eating dinner, getting “bed-ready”  and going to sleep at the usual bed time. We got very lucky with having two extra seats next to use so Luca slept for a good 5 hours and only woke up an hour before landing. I actually got to eat dinner in peace and watch a movie!
  3. Window seat: We actually didn’t get to sit by the window but I know he was so interested in seeing what was going on outside the plane. It worked out well for us sitting in the middle with two extra seats but that’s not the norm. I had booked his ticket as a “lap child” which you are able to do until your child is two years old and was worried I’d be stuck with him on my lap for the whole ride (which did happen on the way back home). But if you are on a full plane having the window and the view as a distraction can be helpful!
  4. Blanket fort: As mentioned before on the plane ride home we didn’t get so lucky and were stuck in the middle row in the very center seat, and I thought this is never going to work out! Luca is usually very active and loves crawling, scooting around and can’t get enough from walking alongside me. But when it was time for his nap and everything around us was still bright, noisy and cramped it was a good option to hold a blanket over us to create a calmer and darker environment. And lucky enough we had two successful naps on my lap during a 10 hour flight that left at 11 am.
  5. Night time routine: Another trick that worked out really well for our over night flight was keeping our regular bed routine. Leaving at 4.15 pm left us with exactly 3 hours before bedtime. We played, snacked, and had dinner, and then “got ready for bed”. We went to the lavatory, changed into Pj’s, brushed teeth and back in our seat I nursed him and he fell right asleep. I held him a little longer than usually to make sure he was deep asleep and moved him on the empty seats next to us.
  6. Favorite lovey/ stuffed animal: That’s probably a no-brainer but being in a new environment with lots of new noises, people and smells can be difficult for the little ones, so bringing something familiar like a stuffed animal, favorite toys, or loveys can comfort them.
  7. Child friendly music, TV show or game on iPad/iPhone: This is my last point because I only wanted to have that option as “if nothing else helps” and emergency. We don’t allow any screen time on the TV or phone but I was willing to make an exception if there were to be a meltdown. Luckily we didn’t even use my phone at all on the way to Europe, only going back to the States he watched the first part of a Curious George and sort of played with the apps. What was helpful were these LilGadgets headphones for children and the following apps: Little Fox, Bloom Tunes, and My First Words available in the App Store.

I hope you find this post helpful for an upcoming trip! Let me know if you have anymore tips and tricks we have another trip coming up in July with my husband’s family. Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

xoxo, Lisa

Memorial Day Weekend Outfit

As I’m trying to get my life together post vaca (it always takes me days to finish laundry, putting things back and emptying the suitcases with the little one jumping around – not easy) I wanted to share one look I wore in Italy that’s just perfect for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend! I’m looking forward to some much needed family time as my husband couldn’t join us for our trip to Europe.

This dress is super comfy and perfect for barbecuing, sipping drinks, and chasing after your kids! It’s labeled as a ‘mini’ dress but being 5’4 ft it’s the perfect length for me. The dress has a round neck, tiers and the cutest frilled elbow-length sleeves. I’m wearing the white and red, but it’s also available in white and blue!

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The most beautiful pine tree lined road to the Tuscan city Bolgheri

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One of my favorite statement necklaces!

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My go-to comfy white sneakers from Superga, an Italian shoe company

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Still dreaming about this heavenly gelato!

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Outfit details:

Dress: Zara

Sunnies: Betsy Johnson

Sneakers: Superga available at Target

Necklace: old Forever 21 necklace but similar Sugarfix one available at Target

Shoulder purse Louis Vuitton

Hope you guys will have an amazing long weekend!

xoxo, Lisa

 

Summer Lace Romper

Happy Monday, everyone!! Hope you guys had a great weekend and have been enjoying these gorgeous sunny days. I’m always on the hunt for cute but also functional outfits, and rompers are honestly sometimes tricky with their fit. But I have found an amazing one and wanted to share with you a new brand I’ve discovered and I am absolutely in love with! It’s a great quality, an amazing price and the romper has intricate details like the lace up top and on the bottom trim. The texture and material are so soft!  Tanapama has the cutest Spring and Summer pieces that will elevate your style guaranteed. Go and check them and enjoy 20% off with my exclusive code “lisaschober”. I’d love to hear what your favorite item is!

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Romper: Tanapama

Sandals: Target

Necklace: Amazon

Sunglasses: Betsy Johnson found at Nordstrom Rack

Here’s to a great start in this new week!

xoxo, Lisa

12 Month Update

The day of Luca’s 1st birthday has come and went by so quickly and now it has already been a week that we have a one-year-old! I’m still a little in denial but he’s proving me every day that instead of my little baby boy I am a mom to a sweet toddler now! It’s so crazy to me how fast this year went by.

Luca’s actual birthday was last Thursday which we ended up at the doctor’s office with his second ear infection 😦 Luckily we got rid of it just in time for his birthday party on Sunday which I will put a blog post together hopefully this weekend. The hubby has officially left the house for a bachelor weekend and I’m hoping to get all things crossed off my to-do list – we will see how much I can actually accomplish. Stay tuned!

Latest tricks: Walking like a champ but still need a finger or something/ someone to hold onto for security (I’m blaming it on being sick twice in the last month which somewhat caused a setback); he does really well when he is unaware that he is actually walking and has done 8 steps all by himself so far, not that I’m counting and have my camera in my hand at all times… He also manages to feed himself with a fork when food is on it.

Daily routine: For just two days last week got a major scare thinking he was done with his morning nap but thankfully he is back on track with his sleeping schedule. waking up around 7 am, morning nap around 9-9.30 am, afternoon nap between 1 and 2 pm and bedtime at 7.30 pm. We still love going to our Mommy and me class, run errands, take Henry to the park or to the lake.

Foods: We have started giving him probiotics to build up his immune system again after getting sick twice and having to take antibiotics for 10 whole days and I just mike it in his pancakes or eggs for breakfast. It has only been a week though so I am not quite sure there has been a difference. For lunch and dinner, we always try to give him fruit first like cut grapes (current favorite!), strawberries, bananas, pear, or kiwi. then usually follow with bread with cream cheese, noodles, veggies, soy in form of vegan hot dogs, sausage or tofurky (all available at trader joes), and sometimes add apple sauce or yogurt at the end.

Favorites: Along with his birthday he was showered with new toys and the ones he’s been playing with the most are his Lego Duplo sets, a little tikes guitar (similar one here), a school bus, and still Mr. Bear (his giant stuffed teddy bear).

We’ve been enjoying having my mom in town from Germany, but we will take her back to the airport tomorrow. And then in just less than a week, we will start Luca and I will start our journey back to the homeland as well. I’ve been really nervous about this flight for several reasons. For one I am once again flying by myself and have Luca on my lap during the whole 10-hour flight, and additionally, he has become so active, he can never sit still or will fall asleep on my without being extremely tired or nursed. Planning on writing a post about our flight experience no matter the outcome.

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Day at the Zoo with Omi (German Grandma)

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Loved watching the chimps

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New Hippo compound

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Such a happy boy!

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Up close with the Giraffs
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So mermerized by the cheetah!

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Hope everyone will have a wonderful weekend and happy Cinco de Mayo!

xoxo, Lisa

Luca’s outfit: -shoes: Converse, jeans: Old Navy, t-shirt: Zara, striped long sleeve: GAP, fedora: Target

My outfit: jeans: Current & Elliot, tassel t-shirt: SheIn, sunnies: Betsey Johnson

Spring Fashion Favorites

So excited to share two of my favorite outfits for this season with you! I had the pleasure to team up with a local DFW photographer and it was so much fun to shoot these. Unfortunately, we picked the windiest day to take pictures and a lot of them looked all crazy with all my hair in my face. But take a look! I’ll try my best to include links for my outfit details!

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My blouse was from Zara but is already sold out, but here are some similar ones from SheIn  and Zara’s, and another one from SheIn.

Mid-rise pink skinny jeans also from Zara.

My heels are from the Target and Altuzarra from a few years back, they are so comfy and I always get compliments on them! Here are some similar ones from Target and Nordstrom.

My 2nd outfit is a little more summery with the cutest navy gingham (yes, again!) and eyelet detailed skort perfect for running after your little 1 year old lol!

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Cutest lace-up faux suede sandals from Target.

And here the navy skort from Zara’s but is once again already sold out so here’s something similar I found and it’s on sale!

Hope you enjoyed this post and are enjoying the rest of your weekend!!

xoxo, Lisa

2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

First apologies for my absence, I know it’s been far too long but life has been busy! My sister from Germany was in town a few weeks back, I’ve been planning this once small and intimate birthday party for Luca, which has turned into a 30+ guests affair, my mom has been in town for said party and then we have our trip for a family reunion in Italy planned for mid-May! Through all this craziness I just wanted to share my favorite easy-peasy 5-minute breakfast I make at least 3-4 times a week for Luca and he just loves it!

You need: (makes about 3-4 pancakes)

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs

Mash banana and mix in with well-whisked eggs, I like to use ripe bananas for their extra sweetness. Heat up a small frying pan and lightly coat with oil or butter (I like to use coconut oil!). Pour banana-egg-batter into pan and wait for little bubbles to appear, then flip! Top with berries for some extra vitamins and voila you’re all done! No need for any syrup because the sweetness of the bananas is enough for baby’s little taste buds. They are naturally dairy and gluten-free and so easy to make!

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Let me know if you or your littles ones enjoyed them!

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

xoxo, Lisa

11 Month Update

It feels like I just sat down to write last month’s update on Luca and once again I’m asking myself where time has gone!? We’re officially in his birthday month (April 1st) and I’m silently freaking out because I have like not even started with the party planning besides pinning a million unrelated things on Pinterest – oops.

Latest tricks: now only wants to walk everywhere either being held with one or two hands and my husband is convinced he’s taking steps with him (I’m more thinking he’s just stumbled and fell forward because I wasn’t present). He is finally showing interest in books and will pull them out of his shelf and just sit there and try to flip through it its adorable! Luca also has mastered feeding himself more less and does not want to have anything to do with mommy’s homemade purees anymore, pouches are ok though lol.

Daily routine: He still wakes up at around 7.30ish and I immediately nurse him and follow up with breakfast (see at foods). Afterwards we usually play until around 9 am and I will put him down for his nap (usually about 1 hour). The time before lunch we spend by going to the park, going on walks, playing with Henry or running errands. Lunch time is usually around 12.30 and then he goes down for another nap between 1 and 2 pm, even though we have been struggling the past few days to stay down and been all cranky and tired in the afternoon (another growth spurt?), who knows. About three times a week we go to a mommy and me class at the Little Gym which he loves going to and play with other kiddos. We nurse again around 4 pm and after more play time or errand running we put dinner on the high chair tray by 6.30 pm. Bath, story time and bed by 7.30 pm.

Foods: As mentioned we’re done with the purees, even though he still loves pouches and little organic apple sauce cups from Trader Joe’s. In the morning, we almost always do little pancakes (1 banana 2 eggs fried in coconut oil), and I’ll give him some blueberries until they are done. Blueberries are his favorite for sure! Also, loves blackberries, kiwi, bread wither lightly buttered or vegan cream cheese spread, tofu, pear, zucchini, rice, carrots, peas, butternut squash, yoghurt with fruit puree, eggs, bananas.

Favorites: His new obsession is this same sized stuffed bear that as always been in his nursery but just now caught his attention and he LOVES throwing himself on him and hugging the bear it seriously is the cutest thing! Still loves petting Henry and Lilly (our dog and cat), playing with blocks, enjoys Lego Duplo, books (especially the ones where you and open things and are interactive), looking out the window and playing hide-and-seek/ peek-a-boo under his crib.

We had my sister visit from Germany last week and he had such a great time with her and we’re so excited to be seeing her again the beginning of May! First my mom will come for his birthday the end of the month and we can’t wait for her to be here! It’s hard for me to have them so far away but the makes the reunions so much sweeter.

Thank you for stopping by and checking in on the blog!

xoxo, Lisa