The Blog is Back

My last post was LJ’s 1st Birthday so to say I have been a blog slacker is an understatement. LJ is a big sister now to 6 month old Emmy and I’m looking forward to carving out a little time & space on the blog again to record our happenings out here on Long Island, and wherever we may go. Happy to be back! 

Full disclosure: I forgot the password to the blog and after a couple attempts, I gave up for 18 months. 

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6 months of Emmy

6 months of Emmy

Happy 6 Months Emmy!

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Happy Birthday LJ!

Happy one year to the happiest, craziest, cuddly, pointing munchkin that there ever has been. And no…she doesn’t like cake.

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Travels with Munch – How To Pack

If there was ever a 10 month old that knew how to travel economically, LJ’s got ’em beat. Its not easy to pack & travel with a baby, but its not as hard as you think. You just need a strategy!! We just spent 5 glorious days on the sunny sandy beaches in New Smyrna Beach Florida with LJ’s Mimi, Papa and Auntie Roo Roo, and here’s how we got it all from JFK to MCO and back…

In the airport, you are allowed to carry on a diaper bag for the baby IN ADDITION to your own personal carry on and personal item. That’s 3 bags! Use them all! This is how we did it. LJ, in Ergo Carrier on me. BOB Revolution with a Mommy Hook, with diaper bag/mommy’s purse, and 1 large LLBean bag. We checked 1 suitcase for baby+mama’s clothes. This meant that I could bring one more bag on the way home, in case we did some shopping (which we did!) When you get to the airport, take out your credit card, license and boarding pass and keep those in the zippered pocket on your carrier. Push your carry-ons on the stroller, right through security. You have to get everything up on the security belt BEFORE removing the baby (and baby’s shoes which is insane) and then take off carrier, put it on the belt, and carry your baby through the metal detector.

What about the liquids? You CAN carry breastmilk, formula, water, yogurt, applesauce, ANYTHING you need for the baby right on to the plane. You just need to have it out and let them test it. We bought these cool Similac Powder packs that work like Crystal Light. Its easy to find bottled water whenever we needed it, and I didn’t need to bring an ice pack. VERY easy.

In our diaper bag (which isn’t a diaper bag at all, but just a nice tote that I love), we also carry a toddler spoon, a pack of Table Toppers, a small Ziploc of Plum Organics Super Puffs, and our SkipHop Pronto changing pad. As soon as you get on the plane, put a Table Topper on your tray table. Less germs.

We gate-checked our stroller. Our BOB Revolution was amazing on the beach. We loaded it up with the beach chairs and cooler, and spent the whole day in the sun. We brought a Baby Beach Tent, so we had somewhere to change her while we were down on the beach, if she needed it. We also used the BOB for all beach naps.

Some final baby travel tips:
+ Make sure you only bring what you absolutely need on the plane. With the extra charges these days for checked luggage, its not worth packing what you can just buy! This includes diapers, wipes and formula.
+ If renting a car, consider renting a car seat as well. This is a personal choice that we made, but since we weren’t going to be doing a ton of driving once we got to our resort, we felt comfortable renting a car seat rather than schlepping our Britax Marathon. We ended up with a really clean Evenflo that was just perfect for the week.
+ Ask before you go about travel cribs or pack ‘n plays. Most hotels and resorts have them available. We have a KidCo Peapod that we’ve been using since LJ was 1 month old, and its super light and easy to throw in a carry on. I do have to pack a sheet for it though.

Bon voyage!!

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We love Nunley’s!

Who doesn’t love flying horses?! Nunley’s Carousel, created in 1912 by the Stein and Goldstein Artistic Carousell Co. of Brooklyn New York, was previously a main attraction at Nunley’s Amusements in Baldwin. My husband can remember going as a kid to the amusement park, but it shut down in 1995. Nassau County to the rescue! The carousel was purchased as an historic artifact and is now part of Museum Row in Hempstead.

all strapped in!

We had the place to ourselves on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and we couldn’t have had more fun. At $2 a ride, we just had to try out a few of the 41 horses (and one lion). Each horse had a unique name and was christened with a bronze name plate. The music was just what you would expect from a carnival ride, and LJ loved petting her horsie’s mane.

birthday horsies!

They do birthday parties, which might be right up this little girl’s alley. They also sell a 15 ride pack for $20. Not a bad thing to keep in the car, and take a quick spin through Nunley’s whenever we’re nearby. Its like an Easy-Pass for your flying horses. We love it!

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Thanksgiving in April

I’m always looking for new things to feed LJ so that she can be exposed to lots of different textures and tastes and really learn to love food (just like her mama). I can see us in another year or so, cooking together in the kitchen all day, just like I do everytime I am with my mother. Its just something we Hudson women like to do. Stand in the kitchen and cook. And sip vino. Or apple juice, in LJ’s case.

thanksgiving in a cup

I bought some ground turkey, and wanted to make something for LJ and the adults. I cooked it in a pan with some salt and pepper, and let the fat drain off in a collander. For the adults, I boiled some pasta, added sauteed leeks and green peas and a touch of ricotta then added some of the ground turkey. I added some herbs de provence to the leeks while they cooked, and added some fresh basil at the end. For LJ, I ground the turkey in the food processor once it was cooked, and added it to some of her pureed green beans. It was like a little mini Thanksgiving dinner! Turkey and green bean, hooray!

The funny thing is, LJ must not metabolize tryptophan like the rest of the world. The girl was off-the-wall-so-excited-to-be-only-in-a-diaper-head-butting-the-couch all night long. What a turkey!


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SkipHop PlaySpot Hits The Spot

It would be great to have a spot for LJ to play while we’re cooking dinner in the kitchen. Its hard to keep her in the living room in the back of the house, with the gate up, and be so far away from her. Half the time she stands at the gate and yells for us, and the other half the time she’s climbing onto or under something that she shouldn’t. But mama’s gotta cook and the jumperoo is so passe in our house! So, we got the Skip Hop Playspot yesterday and I am already loving how it works in our kitchen area.

spots are the new black

It comes with 20 tiles that you can remove and customize in any way you want. I only used a 4×4 grid for the kitchen, so I am going to take the remaining 4 tiles and make a small mat for LJ to sit on by the back slider. Its non-toxic, which is great and really colorful. She got pretty psyched to sit on it 🙂

I love my mat! But I don't love pants


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