Here are some things that are going along with us on our travels this summer. Things to keep us happy, safe, and sane!
You guys, I get so many compliments on these shoes. I love them. They are not only fun and funky, they are really comfortable and practical. I have walked all over the city in them, and the support and comfort cannot be beaten. They are also light, making it a no-brainer to throw them in the suitcase. I was sent this orange pair, but now I am tempted to buy them in every colour of the rainbow. Check them out for yourself at Uneek by Keen.
I find it tricky to pack for kids when we are travelling: how to combine comfort, fun and respectability?! I found an answer at The Children’s Place, where I stocked up on some new threads for summer. Your money goes a long way at The Children’s Place, and with clothes so reasonably priced, it’s easy to find the kids something new and special for a trip. I bought Youngest this Skylanders shirt, which he wore non-stop in the last weeks of school. The shirts I bought have held up well through many washes, and he got so many compliments, I even picked up extras as gifts for his friends.
Keeping kids occupied on flights and drives is one of the hardest parts of travel, and this deck of cards has been doing the trick. Personalogy is a situation card game that encourages discussion and imaginative thinking. It comes in two editions: one for adults and one for the whole family. I got a sample pack of the family edition, and I used it on a subway ride with seven ten-year-old boys heading to a movie. They loved it, and it kept them busy while we got from A-B. If anything, they were so eager that they rushed to get through the questions, eager to get to the next question rather than answer the “why” part of the question fully. Next time, we’ll have to reinforce the why component.
Staying sun safe has never been so important, but what do you do if you are super-sensitive to sunscreens? I have had the hardest time finding a sun screen for Middlest, who reacts with a rash to every single one. I think I have finally found an answer for my kid’s unhappy reactions to sunscreen with Aveeno’s Sensitive Skin line. We’ve tried it several times, and so far, so good! Peace of mind, finally, under the hot sun.
And speaking of hot, I am seriously in love with Consonant’s brand new dealkalizing deodorant. I was given a free trial with the purchase of their skincare products. As a lifetime user of anti-perspirant, I was really, really skeptical about switching to deodorant, but I tell you, this stuff works. I’m amazed at its odor-busting abilities, and I really haven’t felt like I’ve given up on anything with the switch. Seriously–magic in a stick.
Throw it all into a bag from Tom’s, and you will be doing good while looking good. Tom’s has an extensive charitable aspect to the business, and you can give the gift of maternal health and safe births with every bag purchased.