Mom Things, Travel, Uncategorized

Vacation Preparation Tips

Did you know that using hand sanitizer does NOT remove allergens from your hands or any other surface? It basically moves the allergen around. The only way to remove an allergen is by washing it away with soap and water or by using a sanitizing wipe.

I’ve started to think about what we’re going to be doing on our vacation and the types of bags I’ll be carrying around with my kids. For day-time I’m going to be doing a lot of walking with them, so I usually pick a light-weight cross body bag so that my hands are free to hold theirs (awwwwwwwe).

If we’re going to be out all day without any stops, I may use a backpack or light weight tote/catch-all to carry some emergency snacks, books, and a change of clothes for them.

Today, we stocked up on safe snacks that are purse friendly. Here’s a classic stand-by for us that I’ll be using on vacation.

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  1. Epi-Pen twin pack
  2. Chewable Benadryl
  3. Individually wrapped anti-bac hand WIPES (I carry a lot of these)
  4. Luna Bar LemonZest flavor is made on a dedicated nut-free line. It also has a lot of good vitamins in it, so I don’d mind if we sub this for a meal/snack.
  5. Mom essentials, lip gloss, cards, keys + phone. This purse has a separate built-in space for credit cards, etc. It’s one of the reasons I chose this bag, it fits all of my Mom Essentials + Allergy Meds and a snack.

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Our trip starts off with a short car ride, no snacks needed. Then we take a train, which will be super fun for my little guy. For the train, we’ll eat some pre-packed snacks before checking into our hotel. Our hotel is aware of our allergies and is quite accommodating. Since we’ll be in a bigger city, our food options should be OK with allergies, although I never take any chances, and will have a full array of stand-by snacks and alternate restaurants to choose from.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something!

Travel, Uncategorized

Disney Reflection

It’s easy to just assume this was the worst vacation ever and that we will never spend this much money at Disney again. Yes, the latter is true. But, there were some huge moments during this vacation that I will never forget.

  1. We were all a team and never wavered, never fought, never cried. We were adults about every shitty situation that came our way and we dealt with it. How you deal with things sets the standard for children and how they will someday deal with life events on their own. It’s life. Stuff happens.
  2. My kids showed exceptional kindness and caring toward each other while they were BOTH sick.
  3. Magic Kingdom day was AMAZING, and worth every penny.
  4. I will not take my kids back to Epcot or Hollywood Studios until they are teenagers. It’s just not worth it. They enjoy MK so much more.
  5. Everything can be better with coffee or Kim Crawford (white wine).
  6. When in doubt, Kim.
  7. Disney food is pretty darn good and the magic band makes life so stinking easy while on vacation.
  8. “Mom, you hold my hair, I’ll hold yours.” Chloe and I with upset stomachs.
  9. Date night at Epcot was extremely romantical and worth the price of admission.
  10. Girls brunch at Cape May Cafe was wonderful, especially meeting ALL the favorite characters while eating Mickey Mouse waffles!!!!

I’ve eaten so much food this trip that I look like I’m 4 months pregnant. I’m not. Don’t worry. But how can you NOT eat Mickey Waffles and fresh Sushi everyday?! There is something special about them. When in Rome. Back to healthy eating when we get home!

This trip would have been a LOT different if the kids would have been healthy. And for the record, the kids usually do not get THIS sick. We’re talking fevers and lots of vomiting, followed by upper respiratory symptoms. It was the whole ball of wax, totally unexpected. They usually get colds, that at most last a few days, then they are totally fine again, sometimes even the next day. This virus knocked them down. They didn’t leave their beds for days.

We ended up cramming in our Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom days into 3 days in a row, which pooped all of us out, it was too much. Ideally, the way we planned it anyway, was one park every other day, with relaxation on the other days.

There is so much more to see and do than Disney. I think we’re done with Disney for quite a while. If I add up all that we have spent at Disney and the resorts over the past 6 years, we definitely qualify for Disney vacation Club Platinum status. Which makes me sick. Flying to Orlando is easy, and there is a lot to do. Lego Land, Crayola World, Sea Aquariums, Fan Boat Rides through the everglades, the beach. And I wont stay on-site at Disney again. For the price, it’s just too much. We’re staying at Homewood Suites, very close to Disney, for a fraction of the price of a villa at WDW. It was fun, but there are lots of places to have fun at. It’s the people that we’re with that make the trip fun and worth it, not a fancy hotel.

Next trip will be to Mexico. A beach. Dranks. More beach. Sleep. And  kids club. Oh, and health! If you don’t have your health, you have nothing.