A First Aid Kit: Travel Edition

In a few days, my little family will be headed across the country to celebrate the wedding of my sister-in-law. We are all super excited, but I am also dreading the packing process.

Can somebody else just come over and make sure we have packed every single thing we may need? I just know I will forget something essential, like the girls' flower girl dresses.

With a 1 year old and a 3 year old, my packing list is about a mile long. Oh yeah, and we are flying… normally this would be a welcomed change, but I'm so not looking forward to being inside a small space with 2 crazy girls that don't always act like little angels in public. Plus, how am I suppose to pack everything we need into 2 pieces of luggage?! No, really. How?

I figured I would start with something easy and work my way up to packing our main luggage. Without a home base, we will need a stash of first aid items to help mend little boo-boos and soothe tiny tears.

Many of these items are not needed for everyone's travel first aid kit, but they are essential for our travels. Purell and wet wipes are a must for anybody traveling with small children, as are tissues. My oldest has eczema that randomly flares up, so we always travel with some sort of hydrocortisone cream and a thick lotion. Another essential that every parent should carry while traveling is a thermometer and children's tylenol. I have too many extra thermometers from buying one while traveling because somebody gets a fever. I also always throw in adult tylenol because momma always gets a headache while traveling.

Last, but certainly not least, band-aids and neosporin. BONUS: Band-aids can double as stickers to occupy restless toddlers on long plane rides.

Now that that's done… I guess it's time to stop procrastinating and start packing all of our clothes. So many clothes.

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Making Lists + Getting Things Done

For a second, I thought that my wishes for warmer weather had worked since it was sunny and in the 60s all day today. Then I turned on the news and caught the tail end of the weatherman forecasting 3-8" of SNOW tomorrow! Pure craziness!

While we are probably set to stay inside for the rest of the week, I'm going to put my to-do list out there and hopefully become disciplined enough to check everything off:

  • Edit + Upload Winsley's recent weekly photos
  • Finalize plans for Winsley's birthday party (see my inspiration board here)
  • Contact a few people about blog collaboration projects
  • Finish Installing Blog Designs (talking to you Sarah)

Not a whole lot on my list, but these are all things that have to be done sans kiddos. Late nights and busy nap times are in store, but I will be so relieved when everything is complete at the end of the week.

Happy Monday!
Linking up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes today.
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Lovin' Bloglovin'

I am sure everyone that doesn't have to work today is enjoying nice weather and a day on a boat somewhere, but I thought I'd share a little info about blog following with those of you who are stuck at work and wasting time by blog reading. Er, I mean, reading work related blogs to increase their productivity.

Anywho, there's this thing called bloglovin' that many bloggers have quickly joined and encouraged others to join. I joined it in the beginning, but kept quiet because I wasn't too sure about it. I wasn't ever into Google Reader, so I wasn't the least bit concerned about it leaving the blog world (although some people were incredibly upset).

Well, now that I have been using bloglovin' for a while, I am hooked and I want everyone I know (including you) to join in on the fun. It's basically a site where you can add all of your daily reads and it will tell you when your listed blogs have new posts or articles. It's pretty much changed my life. Before I discovered this thing, I would visit my favorite sites a bazillion times a day to see if they had anything new up yet - exhausting AND a big time waster!

There are so many features that I have yet to explorer, but one that I love is that you can categorize the blogs that you read. Another feature I'm diggin' is the little preview of each blog that you see right in your bloglovin newsfeed. I'm not someone who loves reading about giveaways (am I the only one?), so  I simply click "mark as read" when I see something about a giveaway and wait for the next post to visit my favorite blogs. No more time wasting! Also, they have a smartphone app. Yeah, I can now read my favorite blogs whenever I get a free moment wherever I am - like when both kids fall asleep in the car and I don't want to wake them up to transfer them to their beds. I can just sit in the car and entertain myself with blogs. I'm in love!
Go check it out and don't forget to add Kimchi & Sweet Tea to your bloglovin' newsfeed. You're welcome!

Have a great weekend blog friends!