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January 2018

MAMA, TRAVEL

7 TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH 4 YEAR OLDS

30th January 2018
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Traveling with four year olds is a lot easier than traveling with 18 month olds – they’re a little more self sufficient, their attention spans are a little longer, they don’t need nappy changes, and they have their own seats.

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Here are 7 tips for making traveling with kids a breeze:
  1. Talk about the travel part of the trip as an adventure. Involve them in discussions and plans, such as how you’re going to get to the airport or when you’re there let them hand in their own tickets, that make them feel like a valuable part of the trip. Even going through the metal detectors is fun for four year olds.
  2. Cheska gave my girls one of these backpacks for their second birthday and we’ve used them for every trip since. They’re big enough to fit their essentials, but small enough to carry the bag themselves.
  3. Pack a lunch box for each child for the trip. Variety is key – smaller amounts of more items. I always include one or two treats too. These lunchboxes go into their backpacks, and they can get them out whenever they want. They love the autonomy, and I love not having to depend on airplane food. The variety keeps them interested. Even if you’re not traveling over a meal time, it’s a good call not arrive on the other side with hungry small people.
  4. Create a little tradition at the airport. Something you always do while you’re waiting for your flight that your kids look forward to and feel part of, whether it’s watching planes take off of getting a bag of popcorn, to avoid just waiting.
  5. I always pack a little bag of toys in my girls’ backpacks that they only see when they’re traveling. My girls’ bags still have a little travel doll and it’s blanket, and a toy airplane that have been in there since they were babies. I’ve recently added another doll and little pony. Avoid tiny pieces that can disappear into the void.
  6. Stickers and a notebook. I say no more.
  7. This is a recently established tip which came about through experience. Black leggings are a winner for travel. They hide things. When I flew home in December our flight was over dinner time. I had brought heated-up melazane onboard for my girls (not advisable). While eating, one of the containers was knocked and I watched in slow motion as it somersaulted down onto my one daughter’s lap. Needless to say I wished they had been wearing black.

We would love to hear your top tips so let us know in the comments!

 

Going on a trip? Here are our:

MAMA, PLAY

#kimmyandbearwraps

29th January 2018
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If you know anything about us you will know that we love wrapping gifts. It’s almost as important as what is inside. Check out our hashtag #KimmyandBearWraps for gift wrapping inspiration.

It was hard to choose but here are some of our favourites:

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EAT

DID SOME ONE SAY CHOC-CHIP COOKIES?

24th January 2018
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My girls and I made the most delicious choc chip cookies on Saturday. We used the choc-chip cookies recipe from Real Food, Healthy, Happy Children by Kath Megaw (such a great recipe book with tons of easy ideas for littles).

 

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There are three reasons why I love this recipe:

  1. They take 10 min to make and 10 min to bake
  2. You can make them your own by using the recipe as a base, and switching out or adding in ingredients
  3. They are really delicious and gooey

 

There was one strange thing with the recipe, it said the batter would make 48 and we got about nine. I am sure it is meant to say 4-8 because who wants 48 cookies anyway?

 

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1 free-range egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp coconut oil

A pinch of sea salt

2 tbsp xylitol

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup almond meal (ground almonds)

1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts (I didn’t have these so we just left it out)

1/4 cup cacao nibs (we replaced this with actual chocolate chips, because, well, chocolate…)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the egg, then add the vanilla, coconut oil, salt, and xylitol.
  3. Mix in the baking soda, almond meal, macadamia nuts and cacao nibs.
  4. Using your hands, mould the cookie dough into small balls and arrange on the baking tray, flattening each one with the palm of your hand as you go. Bake for 10 minutes.

Best served hot (because of the oozing chocolate) with a glass of cold milk.

BABE, READ

5 OF OUR FAVOURITE BOOKS AT THE MOMENT

23rd January 2018
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We have shelves and shelves full of story books but somehow favourites are favourites and those are the ones we read over and over. Francie Sugar (who is 2 years and 9 months old) got a whole lot of new books this holiday, some of which have made it onto our favourites list. Here they are:

1. The Everywhere Bear, Julia Donaldson

We love reading all about Everywhere Bear’s adventure,  spotting the bear on each page, laughing at which book the teacher is reading to the children (one of our other favourites) and of course the rhyming is always great too.

2. Gotta Go, Buffalo: A Silly Book of Fun Goodbyes, Haily Meyers and Kevin Meyers

Francie finds little goodbye sayings like “See you in a while, crocodile” hysterical at the moment so this book is right up her ally. We know them all off my heart now so when we say goodbye to anyone it’s a long rhyming farewell. The book is lift the flap too which is always nice.

FYI: I found this one on Amazon but ordered it through Exclusive books, it took a couple weeks but it worked really well.

3. There’s a tiger in the Garden, Lizzy Stewart

There are so many things that we love about this book: Jeff the giraffe, the grumpy polar bear, spotting the tiger and of course the last page is the best!

4. Pretty much any book by Sandra Boynton especially Pajama Time, Barnyard Dance, Belly Button Book and Thirteen Animals

These books are such fun, catchy and pretty funny too. We know them off by heart and are known to bust out a few moves for the Barnyard Dance and Pajama Time.

5. Thank you Bear, Greg Foley and Good Luck Bear, Greg Foley

The sweetest stories about a bear and a mouse and what friendship is. These books are heartwarming!

DIARY, MAMA

HELLO THERE 2018

21st January 2018
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Hello lovely readers. We are back on the blog (and trying to figure out how it’s already the last week of January!). I love the energy brought on by a new year – that blank diary waiting to be fulled by any story you want to live, the focus of renewal, improvement, and creation, and a fresh start or reset in the way you approach your day-to-day life.

 

We have a lot of exciting dreams for our business, and this year we hope to materialise a few. We have great content and collaborations planned for the blog, a new collection for Kimmy & Bear Clothing, and are already working on projects for Kimmy & Bear Spaces. The consulting side of what we do really took off last year, and we aim to grow that side of our business too.

 

On a personal level I have a million ideas dancing around in my head of what goals I want to accomplish, projects I want to complete (such a planting my veggie garden), and habits I want to adopt (using as little plastic as possible falls under here, as does being more present). I usually take the whole of January to think about these and solidify them, so my new year unofficially starts in February.

 

May you have a good year. May you live it as fully, bravely, and as beautifully as possible. May you spread hope, appreciation, compassion, patience, forgiveness, and love where you can. And may you be kinder than you have to.

 

Photo by Emma Jane Nation

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