Air Travel with Kids

Traveling with kids is awesome, but without sounding too negative, it is also hard work.

Over the past three years we have done numerous trips with Isabella (now 3.5 years) and since Cooper (10 months) has been born we’ve done two with two kids. We’ve made some rooky mistakes, and we’ve had some disaster flights. Such as when Isabella was 13 months old, tired, and needed to sleep, but wouldn’t on me. After screaming down the plane, she finally fell asleep on the floor of the plane by the cockpit toilets and exit. Thankfully the airline staff were amazing and let her sleep there – while we sat with her to ensure no one stepped on her. Now, that was stressful!

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Top tips for traveling with kids.

Try to book seats with the bassinet for babies. We fly Wellington to Brisbane often which is Virgin Australia 737-800 which doesn’t have bassinets.

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We are traveling long haul when Cooper is 14 months, we have booked him a seat and plan to take his car seat for him to sleep in overnight on the plane. I’ll blog more on that later in 2017 once I can comment.

Fly around sleep schedules. We have always opted for day/early morning flights for our Noosa holidays, as the kids would have a small nap on the plane, and then a long nap on the car ride from Brisbane to Noosa (1.5-2 hours).

Prepare your toddler my talking to them about what is happening and what is expected of them.

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Ditch the nappy bag and opt for a backpack for handsfree juggling.

Pack your backpack with lots of large snaplock bags. Categorise your items, for example, a nappy change packet, toy packet, snacks, change of clothes, muslins etc. That way when you are digging around in the bag everything is contained and easy to find.


Baby carrier, again, handsfree. Don’t bother with a stroller to the gate if you can. As one less thing to manage.

Brings me to my next tip. Purchase a buggy/stroller bag like this one here. Place the buggy, spare nappies, food and extras in the bag. We take enough nappies and food to get us through the next day only, knowing that we will get to a supermarket pretty promptly on arrival. Less things to take.

Food. Food. Food. Take lots of snacks on board. Take a variety of favourite snacks and new snacks for entertainment.
Treats/bribes. For the toddler, what really gets them going? For our girl it is Kinder surprise eggs and lollipops. Use them as bribes or positive re-enforcement.


Lollipops are fantastic for descent to assist with un-blocking ears and keeping them quiet in their seat.

iPad with a NEW movie, and noise cancelling headphones. We didn’t use the iPad on our most recent trip, but it has been known to be a life saver. Such as below, when Isabella was having a melt down, so she lay on the floor with the iPad only to promptly fall asleep… with it on her face.

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Money. On Virgin Australia you can buy food. Take the time with your toddler to look at the menu, peruse, get them to say the names of all of the things, and then pick something to buy. Press the call button, give the toddler the money, and get the toddler to buy their snack. Again, a little experience that can buy you time.

Nappies. For wriggly babies, take both pull ups and normal nappies. Pull ups are great if they are wriggling in the bathroom change area.

Feeding cover. Feeding covers are great for on the plane, I would imagine even for bottle feeding Mum’s, as baby can sleep in the dark underneath the feeding cover without plane distractions. I got mine from Breastmates.

Prepare toys. Wrap up old and new toys in gift wrap to buy time. Look for little and light toys like these ones.


Change of clothes of the kids, and yourself. A tipped water will ruin your trip, a poo explosion, or, you may lose your luggage. Pack a spare pair of underwear and contact lenses if need for yourself also, as you can generally cope wearing the same clothes as yesterday.


Lastly, prepare yourself and your traveling companions mentally. Having a chat about a plan of attack is worthwhile. But then, completely forget about it and relax. The nature of traveling is that often things are out of your hands. A delayed flight, or an unexpected cancellation. Or, simply, your child does not do well on the flight. All of these things are better managed if you are relaxed and calm.

Have fun, it’s such a treat to get away as a family, I know we always return with a renewed family connection and the kids learn and develop with each trip.

Good luck

CW x

 

cleantreats.co – No Bake Treat Mixes from yours truly xx

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It’s been a long time coming, but I’m excited to announce the launch of cleantreats.co

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Over the past three years I’ve been busy with my babies, with a short stint back at work in between, but, I knew I wanted to do something with food. Clean food, quickly and easily is something that I’m incredibly passionate about (and enjoy). Which, is how the idea for cleantreats.co came about. I started using my premixes myself, and the more I spoke to people, it became obvious that they would benefit and enjoy my no bake treat mixes too!

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cleantreats.co sells packets of No Bake Treat Mixes to make at home. Refined sugar, dairy and gluten free, the #cleanballs are perfect treats for busy, health conscious people.

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Please pop over and check us out on Facebook and Instagram.

www.cleantreats.co

9 Months In, 9 Months Out

Strangely, our littlest bebe, Cooper, has grown, and he is now nine months old.

Cliche I know – but where has the time gone?!

9 months in vs 9 months out, seemed like a great opportunity to reflect on the journey and changes.

9 months in.

I was a nervous wreck during the first few months of my pregnancy having suffered a miscarriage prior to conceiving Cooper. I immediately stopped training at the gym as soon as I found out I was pregnant again, and didn’t venture back until around 15 weeks pregnant. Even then, my training had to change (due to nerves AND ability).

My body (and mind) responds well to strength training (dear I say it a female lifting heavy weights!) but, no longer could I train this way. My Personal Trainer Rose Watson guided me, we modified training, and continued to train up until 36 weeks pregnant. Lots of safe core work, wide squats, posterior chain work. Anyone who has had a baby will understand what I mean by the ‘bearing down pressure’ became too much – it was time to stop and rest. Which, by the way, is hard to do when you have a toddler also!

You can read more on my pregnancy here (just scroll down a little)

Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing for some people, hideous for others. Personally, I loved how my body felt and looked while pregnant…my cute little basketball bump and booty gains 😛

However, it wasn’t all easy sailing. Perhaps due to my body composition, training, diet, or perhaps due to the way I was carrying Cooper, the midwife was often worried about his size. We had growth scans throughout the pregnancy to check how he was doing, and, every time we left the sonographer’s room with reports of a perfect healthy sized baby.

My due date came around, so, we went out for dinner. I ate a huge bowl of risotto, some of Isabella’s pizza, and then two magnum ice creams when I got home (OMG!), my body must have known it needed the fuel. Five hours later, Cooper was born naturally, with no drugs. 6lb, 12oz. Read my birth story here.

This was COMPLETELY different to Isabella’s pregnancy and delivery. During her pregnancy I put on quite a bit of weight, and endured a 32 hour labour. Had an epidural at 26 hours, and, she was 8lb, 4oz. So, when Cooper popped out, they were surprised by his size (6lbs 12oz). A few hours later we headed home and began our life as a family of four.

9 months out

Cooper was a sweet little baby. After we got over the initial stages of establishing breastfeeding (hello four hour feeding sessions!), he settled well into morning and night. Two days post delivery we went out for our first walk, and at five days postpartum I started the Pregnancy Exercise Birth 2 Fit Mum programme.

The Birth 2 Fit Mum programme is AMAZING for recovery and information. Too often (it seems), women return to fitness having not repaired their abdominal separation or strengthened the pelvic floor. I simply followed the exercises; pelvic tilts, leg slides, hip raises etc.

9 weeks postpartum I returned to the gym with my Personal Trainer Rose Watson. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. Confidence was low, body confidence even lower, and ability poor. It was really tough mentally to carry on when I had been the fittest, and, probably, in the best shape of my life pre-pregnancy.


Then, we bought a new house, sold our (old) house, had Isabella’s 3rd birthday party, went on holiday. You get told “you can eat whatever you want, you are breastfeeding”….HELLO WEIGHT GAIN. 8kg in fact! I should have known this would happen as the exact same thing happened after Isabella’s birth (but it was more like 12kg).

Diet was reined in, and set, goals revisited, and I was finally able to commit to two personal training sessions per week meanwhile exclusively breastfeeding Cooper. That’s a challenge on it’s own with my hungry boy!

Little Cooper was a quiet, cuddly wee boy. Plunket would have liked to have seen more weight gain, but he’s improving so that’s great. He got into solids at five months, and within a week was on four meals per day (hungry boy!). Cooper found his voice and confidence at about seven months old, and since then, he’s been a rocket…

He loves kumera (well, any food), standing up, crawling, his Mummy & Daddy, absolutely adores Isabella (you should see the way he smiles at her!), and his black Labrador brother Duke.

Physically, I’m slowly returning to what I was, though, I don’t think it’ll ever be the same. My body is different, plus, I’m a year older. Clean eating and being prepared with meals has been so incredibly important this time around, our busy family life has left little time for much else. Keeping on top of food and having clean treats available has been a priority for our family.

This is another reason why I hope to start my new business around clean treats soon – more on that later.

I’ll also be blogging about how I lost 10kg postpartum as soon as I get there (great motivation).

2017 holds lot of promise and excitement as we continue on as a family of four.

Here’s to 2017 (oh, and no more babies! :P)

CW

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Wholefood Pancakes

As requested….my wholefood pancakes recipe… enjoy!

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch Himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (butter is fine also)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 – 1 cup almond milk (dairy milk is fine also)

Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. In a separate bowl mix; half the milk, eggs, honey and coconut oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients then allow to settle for a few minutes. If mixture is hard to stir, add the remaining milk so that the mixture isn’t too thick. Heat pan with either coconut oil or butter, and pour in a soup ladle amount into pan. Flip once looking cooked. These pancakes will not ‘bubble’ as much as traditional pancakes.

Serve with your choice of toppings; nuts, coconut chips, berries, banana…you decide. But, of course, warm 100% pure maple syrup is a must!

Double the recipe if you want leftovers for lunchboxes, the freezer etc.

Enjoy xx

Chocolate Mousse

You will never know you are eating beautiful avocado with this dessert – it is so chocolatey! It is also a great way to get greens and healthy fats into kids.

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2-4 medjool dates, pitted and soaked
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • Small amount of vanilla bean paste (optional)

Place all ingredients in food processor and blend. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving. Serve chilled with your favourite toppings; chia seeds, coconut chips, cacao nibs or fresh berries – you decide!

Makes six small servings.

Our Mermaid Turns Three

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Isabella the mermaid is turning three…

Our eldest baby turned three, and there was no better way to celebrate than to get friends and family together in the new house, for a mermaid party.

People must say I’m crazy; we have a nearly four month old, we’ve recently sold our house and have moved into a new house two weeks ago, yet, I decided to “go all out” on a mermaid themed party. But here’s the thing…. I need “projects”! A creative outlet…something to do…plus, life is boring if it’s too easy!

The food, the cake, the decorations…

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The end of an era…we say goodbye to our first home

This home will always hold a special place in our hearts. With so many milestones and memories created here… Newly married, bringing home Duke (our black lab pup), renovating, developing the house and gardens, Mike’s 30th, numerous birthdays and parties, and, for both of our children it’s the only home they know.

But, all good things come to an end, and a new adventure awaits us. A new home, a new place to create memories…and more space! Yippee!

In commemoration of the move, here are some home highlights


After: New Resene colours for the exterior. Weatherboards “Quarter Craigieburn”, Windows “Double Alabaster”, Accent “Iron Sand”
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Quick 27 Minute Fat Burner

With a newborn, a toddler, a house on the market, and trying to get organised for the new house, life is a little crazy!

So, when you don’t have time, it’s best to find a quick way to get in exercise.

I’m training twice a week with my PT Rosalie Watson for one hour when I have a babysitter (my Mum or hubby), but I was able to squeeze in a quick workout while my Mum watched the monitor (Cooper slept), and Belle was at daycare.

All it took was 27 minutes! And, I got the text saying Cooper had woken up just as I finished – perfect!

Here it is, it consists of three circuits, always using the step. I had to stop running about halfway through as was starting to trip (hello fatigue!), so just increased the box height and stepped up and down as quickly as possible.

  • Step run up and down, 1 minute
  • Press ups (knees) 10-15

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What I know now about Abdominal Separation (Diastasis Recti) during pregnancy

I’m putting a disclaimer right up the top. Please note, I am not a physiotherapist or personal trainer, I am simply sharing what I’ve learnt from my recent pregnancy about Abdominal Separation (Diastasis Recti) prevention and care.

Diastasis Recti is something I feel passionate about – particularly that there could be more awareness of the effects on a woman’s body during and post pregnancy.

This blog covers; what is Diastasis Recti, how to use your body and exercises to do, and avoid.

The following blog will cover how I’m repairing Diastasis Recti, so, FOLLOW my blog by clicking FOLLOW at the bottom right of this page to receive notification of when the next post is up. There will be free exercise examples and resources.


What is Diastasis Recti (DR)?

Definition: Diastasis recti is a fairly common condition of pregnancy and postpartum in which the right and left halves of Rectus Abdominis muscle spread apart at the body’s mid line fascia, the linea alba.

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Cooper has arrived!

Little Baby Cooper Westbury has arrived and, we are totally smitten…we are now a family of four!  Here’s a quick update on the labour, meeting Isabella, and our first 48 hours.



Cooper was born after a fairly straight forward natural five hour labour, and weighed in at 6lbs 12oz (3040 grams) at 2.43am. We’d been out for dinner that night, and then all of a sudden when it was time to go to bed I realised I was in labour…it kind of caught us off guard.

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