Recently our family traveled to Savannah, Georgia for an immediate family wedding. A private celebration to honor my brother in law and his new bride to be Jena. The destination wedding turned into a beach vacation getaway since Savannah Beach (Tybee Beach) is located a close 20 minutes away. This beach is secluded with few chain restaurants and 1 grocery store in town. Everybody knows your name and conveniently, there's a Pirate Fest every year. Movies are filmed here and Sandra Bullock owns a house along the coast, it was our perfect opportunity to unplug and mentally prep for the holidays.
My kids travel well now that they are a bit older - 5 and 3. Of course, when traveling with kids, you need to have no expectations. Delays, illness and weather are always out of your control but packing a plenty is what every parent must do when traveling. I have a few favorites of #CEOJack and #VPBailey that kept them busy during all the travel chaos. Keep in mind, every kids is different and these are products that simply worked best for our family of four. They are all products that I have personally reached out to obtain and/or purchased for my family because of brand loyalty and trust.
Leap Pad 2 - Bailey watched some shows, painted, played some games and the flight was over!
Crocs - My kids live in crocs in the warm weather. They receive a new pair every Christmas because they grow like weeds and there's so much wear to them. They are perfect for easy/on off during airport security and can be quickly removed when you reach your travel destination. Get Free Shipping on their website with orders $24.99+
Spbang snack pouch filled with Cheese-Its. This is a reusable snack bag that my kids love since it has an easy open/close latch. We had to take Bailey's in her ocean color, obviously! Dum dum suckers are a must and if you kids doesn't like to keep gum in their mouth for long, it helps with their ears.
Honest Company hand sanitizer. Nothing makes me cringe more than dousing sanitizer on my little ones hands that has alcohol contents in it. Honest has made a natural hand sanitizer that keeps moms at ease and is safe for kids. Boogie wipes help clean up the messes and keep sticky fingers and noses from spreading germs.
Of course Bailey cannot go anywhere without her "b". She has the Merry Cherry lovey by Baby Jack Blankets - one that I hand sewed for her and she has had since the day she was born. She managed to snuggle up on me during the plane ride and take a nap. I brought two loveys for "just in case".
Fast forward through an eight hour period of delays, missed flights, standbys and lost luggage. We have finally arrived at the beach!
I vowed to stay relatively unplugged for the time we were there - at least professionally - and I think I honored that. What I noticed about myself was when I was buried in my phone on the beach (reading my e-book of Gone Girl) it appeared to Bailey and Jack that I was working; so I saved the book club for later after bedtime.
I took the time to give my kids 100% of my attention in large increments; something that is very difficult to do when you are working from home and building your own business. Don't get me wrong, I spend a lot of time with my kids but a "vacation" to me is having my husband nearby so I can get work done.
I decided to play. Building sandcastles, chasing seagulls, walks on the beach, fighting ocean waves and throwing a football filled my beachside days. I was a better mom, wife and person because of it. Work waited patiently.
Playing on the #beach requires prep and great products. My #mominventor friends wouldn't let me head to the ocean without keeping my kids sun safe and equipped with some must haves for sand fun.
Bailey and Jack each received a new Swimzip swimsuit that keeps their fair skin safe from the sun rays. We love this company because of all of their assorted prints of fashionable, chic and safe swimwear. Our kids do not venture in the sun without it - we even have them wear it during fourth of July parade viewing. Visit www.swimzip.com to check out their goods and Fall Sale options. Get FREE SHIPPING on orders $50 and up with code “Ship50”.
Hello Beach is another favorite find of mine. These seashell totes are a must when collecting along the sandy shores. Each tote comes with the bottom created as a net to remove all sands. Eco friendly and a perfect size for little hands! Comes in a variety of sizes. Check out their website on how to get $10 OFF!
Last time we went to the beach, my in laws purchased a lot full of beach toys, all items we had to leave at the condo unit because there wasn't enough room in our suitcase. Packable Pails are perfect for stowing in your luggage because they collapse and condense. Bailey and Jack each received a pail and we made many memories with them.
Just take a look at this retail display of beach goods. Packable Pails makes everything clean, organized and it is a must have for traveling. Personally, I think these should be sold in every toy store and take over all the other cheap versions of beach toys. Not only mom loved, but this is #CEOJack and #VPBailey approved!
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Winner announced Thursday, October 23rd 2014. Good luck!
So there you have it, my favorite finds for traveling and parking it at the beach. Stay tuned for my next post to see which CELEBRITY MOM I met on the island and details on the custom creation I am currently working on for her daughter...
|Jack and Bailey patiently awaiting our goods from over seas!|