Traveling with a baby (via airplane)

Max has been on 3 plane trips so far (to the Dominican Republic, to Salt Lake City, and Atlanta)… for a grand total of 10 plane rides! He’s got a few more planed this summer too. I’m kind of a baby plane riding pro these days! If you are traveling by yourself, my number one tip is to wear that baby (see #7)! I hope my traveling with baby tips via plane are helpful to other new mamas!

In case you missed it, here are my tips for long road trips with babies.

traveling with a baby

1. Dog bags: They are the perfect size for dirty clothes and diapers and whatever else the babe gets dirty! You could use zip lock bags or plastic grocery bags too, just make sure you have some kind of container with you to hold dirty stuff! You can get 270 dog bags on Amazon for 12 bucks (that’s 2 cents a bag)!

2. Nurse on take off and landing unless the babe is asleep, I don’t wake up sleeping babies for anything less than a fire, ha! Pacifier or bottle works too. I’ve heard that the sucking helps their ears with the altitude. True? Who knows? But, nursing always seems to make Max happy!

3. Bring at least 2 extra outfits for the baby: On our first plane trip, Max had an incident before we even boarded the first flight! I was so thankful I threw in 2 extra outfits! Plus the outfits are so tiny it doesn’t take up much space.

4. If you bring breast milk through security, only put 3 oz per bottle: If your bottles are over 3 oz, they have to test each bottle which wastes time at security.

5. Bring one diaper per 2 hours of travel time: Oh heck just bring like 20! I had a diaper shortage on our way home. It’s stressful, y’all. Don’t do it. And dont forget the wipes!

6. Check stroller and car seat at the gate: If at all possible, and especially if you are traveling alone with a baby, don’t bring the stroller and car seat. You can rent a car seat in a rental car! Or ask to borrow one form a friend in the city you are traveling to. But, if you must, you can check these items at the gate.

7. Wear the baby: I’ve done it both ways, and it was so much easier to wear the baby in the airport, especially if you are traveling alone. You don’t have to fold up anything or ask someone to hold baby at security. When wearing the baby back pack through security, they just test your hands for explosives. But, you do not have to take baby or backpack off. Going to the bathroom with a stroller alone is super tricky too. I use this baby backpack. Baby backpack allows you to have your hands free to hold your phone of coffee or whatever. Max loves his backpack, but only looking out, not facing inwards!

8. At check in, ask if there is a seat available with no one sitting next to you: It is greatness if you can get this! And they will happily give it to you if it is available. Whatever you do, avoid the middle seat! It’s super not fun with a baby in your lap.

9. A portable changing pad is a must (we use this one): You can use it in the airport to take baby out of the back pack and lay him on the floor. It’s also perfect for public bathrooms. Here we are stretching out on the airport floor.

traveling with a baby

 

10. Freezer packs for breast milk: If possible, make sure that your freezer pack is frozen, if it is not frozen it makes it more difficult to get through security. They claim it’s liquid and then have to do test on it.

11. Wear a nursing tank, skinny pants, a scarf, and slip on shoes: Nursing tanks just make breast feeding that much easier. I did one plane trip with a nursing bra and a button down shirt and it was way more work. Cuter outfit, but way more work! And the skinny jeans or leggings (with stretch) are to ensure a cleaner bathroom trip for you, ha! That way your pant legs don’t drag on the bathroom floor. You’re welcome! The scarf is to cover the boob when breast feeding or use to wrap baby if he is cold. I did a post pre baby about what to wear on an airplane, and this outfit still works great if you switch out the cozy t-shirt for a nursing tank!

12. Fly early or late: The goal is to try and fly when your baby is sleepy. We did an 8pm flight once, and Max slept the whole 4 hours!

13. Bring a pacifier: Even if your baby is not a pacifier baby, they might be on the plane! Maxwell doesn’t take a pacifier often, but he (sometimes) loves it on the airplane and in the car!

14. Call the airline ahead of time: I recently flew with Maxwell on Air Tran (a Southwest partner) and was told I needed a copy of his birth certificate or vaccine record! I had Andy text me a picture of his passport and that worked. But, just call to be safe.

Anyone else have any other tips for traveling with baby via plane? I’d love to hear…

What’s your decorating style?

Note: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.

Quick! What’s your decorating style? Today, right now, what decorating style best describes what you would like your home to feel like? I know, I know it is so hard to nail it down to just a few words. But given these choices, what would you pick?

  1. Casual, Pure, Rustic Chic
  2. Eclectic, Versatile, Unique
  3. Timeless, Tailored, Classic
  4. Streamlined, Functional, Sleek

For me, it was a tough choice between Eclectic and Streamlined. I think eclectic, versatile, and unique fits me best! I like to keep my options open, so unique basically means anything goes, right? Plus I’m lovin’ the sectional in this pic:

Check out Havertys Look Book for picture examples of the other 3 styles. Honestly, there are elements I like to all 4 of the looks! I seriously would not mind if the Venice Framed Art in the Timeless look appeared in my house, ha! Or that Avondale Trestle Table in the casual look! Come to mama pretty table! It’s good to know what style you lean towards, but also fun to mix it up. And looking at pictures always helps me get a better feel for what works well together.

decorating style?

1. Avondale Trestle Table (Timeless look)

2. Venice Framed Art (Timeless look)

3. Chase Mirror (Casual look)

4. Parker Chair (Eclectic look)

So, tell me… what’s your decorating style?

For more stylish inspiration, check out Havertys website, Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter! Or find a Havertys new year and check out the goods in person!

Visit Havertys.com for even more planning tools and to define your personal style.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.

3 amazing corn on the cob recipes

Note: This post is sponsored by Wayfair.com, but as always, all opinions are my own! 

The 4th of July might be my favorite holiday of the year! I know it’s come and gone, but I’m just sayin’. It’s low key, no presents involved, friends and family are all welcome. It’s just fun, sun, fireworks, water, and delicious BBQ all in one. What’s not to love?  Not to mention, we’re celebrating the anniversary of our awesome country.

As a kid, we always celebrated by grilling out with neighbors. And corn on the cob was/is one of my absolute faves. I like it just about anyway. My only request is no olives (yuck!). Another great thing about corn on the cob is it is made on the grill, which means Andy is in charge. Ha! He knows I love my corn on the cob and surprised me with 3 new concoctions! One sweet, one spicy, and one twist on the butter and salt and pepper original!

corn on the cob recipe

 

Here are the ingredients for each kurrrrn (we like to give the word a little more flavor too, ha!) shown above:

corn on the cob recipe

Corn #1: Sweet corn: Cinnamon and honey

Corn #2: Spicy corn: Olive oil, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese

Corn #3: Twist on the original: Butter and Tony C’s

Andy takes off the first few layers of the husks and then soaks the corn in ice water for 15 minutes or so. This is supposed to keep the kernels moist and the steam the corn inside of the husks.

Soak corn in ice water

 

After the corn’s bath, Andy puts all of the goods on the corn. He uses a cooking brush for the olive oil and butter and just generously sprinkles the condiments onto the corn. Then he wraps each corn lightly in tin foil and puts them on the grill for 15 minutes.

how to grill corn on the cob recipe

Then, un-warp your masterpieces from the tin foil (wait for them to cool down) and devour! Our fave was the corn #2 with the red pepper flakes and #3 with Tony C’s was a close second! The sweet one was yummy too, but next time Andy said he would switch the honey for brown sugar and a little butter.

corn on the cob recipe

Are you a corn on the cob fan? My mom doesn’t like it because the kernels get stuck in her teeth! But, that’s what floss is for, right? Do you love 4th of July? Have any other corn recipes I need to try? I’d love to hear! Be sure and check out all of the other favorite summer time memories over at Wayfair! Oh and if you want to win $100 to Wayfair.com, hop on over to my instagram!