Since I’ve done a packing for Florida blog a few times now ( last one with packing list click here 🙂 ) I thought I’d make this one short and sweet. When it comes to packing for myself and the kids, I always over pack. This time, I definitely made an effort to pack less and remind myself we have a laundry room there if need be. I have found that for the most part we are just hanging around in our bathing suits anyways. A couple new suits from Swimco, a few play clothes and a couple nicer outfits for dinners out is all we really need. I love the dress above by PinkBlush its perfect for going for a stroll, out for lunch, the colours scream summer! I love it! The girls and I were sent the beautiful activewear outfits above from one of our favourite companies Jill Yoga. These spring/summer inspired pieces are perfect for travelling, and playing under the sun! Jill yoga also just came out with bathing suits! Way too cute! 🙂
New to my packing list are Doterra Oils. This post is not at all sponsored by them, I just genuinely love using them. ZenGest I use for upset tummies, Terrashield is a good bug spray, the Bergamot I find the best to help in a stressful situation and OnGuard to keep us healthy while away.
Also new to my list are products sent to me from Jules Baskets! Jule’s sent me Farm to Face Vegan sunscreen, Coola body sunscreen, and Everybody Loves the Sunshine tanning oil. Really excited to try these products, and I’ll get back to you with my thoughts on each once I try them! 🙂
Orange Naturals is a company you’ve seen pop up on my feed over the last two years and I’m thrilled to be one of their ambassadors this year! I have never left on a trip without their bites and stings it has come in handy too many times. They recently sent me their cough and cold and although everyone is healthy now, you never know what the kids will pick up while travelling. I have it as backup. 😉
For the plane, I’ll be packing snacks, juice, little dollar store toys to keep them busy, hand sanitizer, wipes and a change of clothes! The babies have never had blow outs except for when we are travelling for some reason! :/ So now I know better to pack a couple extra items just in case.
I hope you all have a great week while we are away! Hopefully we will bring back the sun! 🙂 x0
Room for Play
I think designing playrooms has officially become my favourite space to design. Maybe it’s because I am now a mother, maybe its because it’s a space based on fun and creativity and a space where there doesn’t need to be any rules. As parents we know how quickly our homes can fill up with toys upon toys, the kids get gifts from family and friends, and as much as we swear we won’t do it we always seem to come across something at the store that would just be “so cute” for the kids or that the kids would “just love”. Either way, before we know it there are toys literally every corner of the house and the kids have basically taken ownership of every single room. The perfect solution – create a designated play room, or even just a designated play space within your home. This can be a room that is 100% geared toward the kids, where all the activities and toys can have a home, and where you can simply close the door when company comes over instead of running around like a mad woman trying to make the house presentable and avoid your guests stepping on various lego land mines.
I just completed the playroom for my girls in our own home and I had so much fun with this project and absolutely love how it turned out so I am sharing my design and tips with you today. Our home is designed and finished in a modern farmhouse style, and I wanted the playroom to look like it fit with the rest of the home. To achieve this I went with a monochrome colour palette to match the black and white and natural wood tones that we have throughout our home. White walls make a perfect canvas and backdrop to showcase the kids artwork which will hang from this wire curtain rod from IKEA, and one wall has been painted in black chalkboard paint to create a space with the girls can doodle. We also added an art table to the room to provide lots of opportunity for colouring and creating. I found classic foam floor tiles in black and white that i covered the majority of the floor with to create some comfort and cushion so the girls can spread out and play on the floor – these are awesome because they are also so easy to clean! An IKEA storage unit with easy to pull-out baskets at a low height means all the little toys and blocks can easily be stashed away and also easily be pulled out by the little ones without any adult help. A play tent with cozy blankets and pillows and a shelf full of books makes a cozy reading nook and a good space for some quiet time or a power nap. Last but not least I created a kitchen space to fuel that imaginative pretend play. I used a play kitchen from IKEA, as well as some simple shelving items and a small storage unit to create a kitchen corner that would feel like a mini version of a full size kitchen complete with farmhouse inspired accessories, a wall-phone, and some decorative items. All in all it’s a space that I’m pretty proud of and that I’m happy to show off, but if it is a disaster I can just pull the barn doors closed and hide it away!
A few tips to keep in mind when designing a playspace of your own:
– consider the overall theme of your home, and try to tie that into the kids space through colour palettes, accessories, and artwork
– storage is everything in this space and you want it to be easily accessible for the kids to get to what they want – and also ideally put it away! Something with pull out bins works really well because there are no heavy or challenging lids for little hands to open, but they are also great at hiding what’s inside
– consider scale – this space is for little humans, make sure everything they need is within their reach
– consider your kiddos and what they like to do and incorporate that into the space – my girls love to colour, read and play pretend in the kitchen so I wanted a space that made all of that possible for them
– create a multi-functional space – a room that allows for some artistic play, some pretend play, some quiet time, and open space for physical activity
– there will inevitably be spills and messes so keep that in mind when considering flooring – a washable area rug or foam tiles that can be wiped clean are both great options
Most of all – have fun with it! This is a room made for play after all, so let your inner kid out and create a room that your kids will be excited to claim as their own!