“Single Mommy Mode”

It’s that time of month again. My husband is all packed up and ready to film on location. He is a very busy man and has a lot of work to do. My husband films and directs music videos and commercials and he is often asked to travel to accomplish his work. Baby and I stay home while he travels, or spend this time with my mom. I’ve been around people that don’t understand our dynamic or how he’s able to leave for work so much, and are even more confused because I support him and am used to it.

The constant thing I hear is “Oh, your on single mommy mode!” or “you’re like a single mom.” And although there is nothing wrong with single moms or being a single mom, these statements couldn’t be further from the truth. My husband and I are a team, aside from me being willing, he is a big part of why I am able to stay home, tend to our home and raise our son. My husband quite literally works his ass off to maintain bills and to care for his family and I work mine off raising our son as this is a full time job as well. We each play our position to keep things moving forward in our family unit.

So, I’m sure these people that unknowingly spew these comments, don’t mean any harm, But I just want to set the record straight. My husband is doing a great job at being a provider for his family while allowing me to do my job as a mother, teacher, blogger, momtrepreneur and anything else that comes my way. I 100% fully support him and his endeavors and he does the same for me. Besides, his frequent work trips means Malakai and I can spend a day or two at our favorite place… Disneyland! I know I am not the only one with a hubby who travels for work and maybe this hits home for you, and that’s good! We are women who devote our lives to our families and that should be celebrated, but the men who work hard and allow us to do what we choose should be appreciated and celebrated too! Give your hubby a big, fat open mouth KISS! xoxo

Quick, Delicious, Nutritious Breakfast Part 3

bananatrio When I was 18, I worked as a receptionist at a law firm. In the morning, I would get my coffee and a banana nut muffin the size of my head. No wonder I needed a second cup of coffee at 2:00 when I started crashing from my sugar, high. I will admit that I still get those baked good cravings when I see them in the bakery case at my local coffee shop. One day I stumbled upon a paleo friendly muffin that can be modified in a number of ways to suit your taste.

Add these to your week of quick, delicious and nutritious breakfast options, and you’ve got enough variety to make the whole family happy.

Banana Nut Muffins

Makes – 12

Ingredients:

2 ¼ c almond meal

3 T ground flaxseed

2 t baking soda

1 t baking powder

Pinch of sea salt

2 large ripe bananas mashed

2 eggs

2 T olive oil

¼ c local raw honey

½ c chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350℉. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray and line with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, flaxseed, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together mashed bananas, eggs, olive oil and honey. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Carefully mix together until well combined. Fold in walnuts. Here’s a tip.  Dust the walnuts with a bit of flour. They’ll remain suspended in the batter rather than sinking to the bottom.
  4. Fill in the cupcake liners with batter, about ¾ full.
  5. Bake for about 20 to 24 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

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In addition to adding some variety to your quick,  delicious, nutritious breakfast plan, these make a great afternoon snack when that sweet tooth comes calling.

blueberrytrioFeel free to get creative with these muffins. Replace the mashed banana with 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce for a base that will take just about any mix-in.  I like adding 1/2 c of frozen blueberries. Or get super healthy and add pomegranate seeds along with goji berries for an antioxidant boost.  Although this flavor profile may not be the most kid friendly.

There you have it. Three posts, one week of amazing nutritious breakfast options that won’t contribute to your insanity. In fact, you may find yourself a little more sane after fueling yourself and your family with a nutritious breakfast each morning.

A couple that plays together, stays together.

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Couple lip-synchs song from Disney movie Frozen.

 

       My best friend sent me this video today. It’s a couple lip-synching Love is an open door, from the ever-so-popular Disney flick Frozen. I was so happy watching it, I found it so cool that A, they knew the words to the song and B, that the hubby was on board and seemed so into it. Their daughter, however did not seem phased by it at all, and that cracked me up. Must be a normal thing for them. Anywho, I got to thinking, that in a relationship with our spouse, sure we go through tough times, times where we would rather strangle each other than whisper sweet nothings into each others ears, and it’s OK. It’s normal.

     Bad times are few when you have that person who is willing and able be silly with you, and do it on a daily. My husband always jokes and says that’s how he got me and keeps me. He’s never stopped joking and playing with me. Yes, we go through it sometimes, but I can honestly say he has kept me laughing hysterically with him more often than not, and we enjoy each other. Sometimes even when I wanna wring his neck, he can make me crack up and we’re all good. It’s very important to remember your first love, and what connected you as a couple. We have kids and get so over worked that we often forget to play with our spouse.

       I think this video is a demonstration of a fun, healthy relationship, and I love that they are obviously having a great time together. It’s very cool to watch. I always tell my husband I’m not his wife, I’m his eternal girlfriend, he agrees. It’s important to maintain that ‘fresh. new love feeling’. Date, Kiss, Love as often as you can. Be the example of a quality relationship to your kids because they are truly studying every move you make, and every word that comes out of your mouths. Be to your spouse what you want your child’s future spouse to be like with them, that way they know what to look for when they are at a courting age.

My Little family.. My LO already has a crazy sense of humor. Thanks to my hubby and I Lol
My Little family.. My LO already has a crazy sense of humor. Thanks to my hubby and I Lol

The Bare Boob! Sorta.

Healthy, normal nursing sessions.
Healthy, normal nursing sessions.

        I hear a lot of stories from breastfeeding mothers. I’m sad to say, the stories are of these moms getting ridiculed for nursing in public, with and without covers. I’ve nursed just about everywhere, the public restroom, the mall, restaurants, family parties and even in line at Disneyland. I’ve done so with and without a cover. I’ve received my share of dirty looks and faces of disgust, and while I’ll admit it was rather intimidating in the beginning, ask me if I care now? Not a bit, for one, the law is on the breast feeding mothers side and two, my son comes first before a strangers ‘comfort’.

       This is not an argument of modesty. I’ve used a cover in public while nursing, and it did not shield me from disapproving eyes. In the 1940’s and before, women could pull their boob out and feed their child in front of any and everyone, and no one would bat an eye. Now why is that? Because it’s normal, it was the only way to feed a child, formula didn’t exist. So why the uproar and bullying on women who nurse in public now? What’s changed? Years of formula pushing. Women were tricked into thinking their milk wasn’t good enough or that they were too busy to nurse, or that they simply couldn’t do it and shouldn’t try. Formula is normal, while nursing is a bit taboo, and should be done behind closed doors.

       I find it ironic that I get dirty looks for feeding my child at a restaurant, from a female who is wearing a push up bra and a low cut v neck shirt, when she is more exposed than I am. Funny how our society works. Breasts were made for baby. Yes, they can be used in a sexual way, but so can other body parts that are exposed on a daily basis. A nursing mother isn’t being sexual, or asking for attention because she chooses to feed her child where she sits. She is only using her breasts for what they were made for, and no baby should have to feed in a dirty, public restroom. Ever.

       I am not saying formula is evil, it does serve a purpose to the percentage of women who truly cannot nurse, or to the mother that chooses not to. But formula mommies don’t get dirty looks while giving their child a bottle. This post is meant to spread some awareness and compassion to those who may come across a mom with a screaming baby, reluctant to do what nature intended, fearful of backlash. We have to be the change we want to see in our world, And I, for one would love for women to bottle feed or nurse without fear! Celeb moms and mommies in general get heat for posting pictures of themselves nursing. Facebook takes down nursing photos, while leaving up the post of a scantily clad female “twerking” on a bar. This has to change.

Keep calm & Nurse On!
Keep calm & Nurse On!

To find out your states breastfeeding laws please visit http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/breastfeeding-state-laws.aspx

       

Going Back To Work After Baby

Let me give you a little back story on myself, I’ve been in the entertainment business since about age 6 both on the theatrical side and then the music side at about age 9. For a long time, ‘the biz’ was all I knew. I’ve had top of the line agents, I’ve traveled and I know what it’s like to have a teacher on set. I have some interesting projects…

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Let me give you a little back story on myself, I’ve been in the entertainment business since about age 6 both on the theatrical side and then the music side at about age 9. For a long time, ‘the biz’ was all I knew. I’ve had top of the line agents, I’ve traveled and I know what it’s like to have a teacher on set. I have some interesting projects under my belt and lots of great tales to tell. Flash forward more than a few years and I turned in my microphone and headshot for a sling and diaper bag.

Now that Malakai is 2 years old and not nursing nearly as much, I’ve gotten some freedom back. He’s becoming more and more independent and I am able to leave for longer periods of time. Enter cool film op. I am en route to shoot a small part in a huge movie franchise and it couldn’t have come at a better time, unfortunately, I cannot disclose which one just yet, but I am beyond excited. Although, I completely feel out of my element which is odd considering I’ve been here before. I just feel out of touch and well, like a mom. I’m thinking this opportunity has come at a great time to reintroduce myself to the things I used to genuinely love and do for myself and remember the joy I got out of working towards something.

Sure, there may be women there younger than me, who’s breasts never nursed a baby or who’s bum and tummy may be toner and more tanned than mine but you know what? I will never be as young as I am today, in this very moment again and I need to own it and give it my all for my sake and my family’s sake. I would rather say I tried than to live with the regret and the thoughts of ‘what if I had…’ I am jumping in whole heartedly.

I think these things are important. we are not ‘just moms’, we are strong, beautiful and creative and it’s time, at least for me, to get out of that funk and the thinking that our dreams and desires won’t happen and don’t matter anymore because we are mothers. We’ve grown life in our bellies didn’t we? We can do anything!

Wish me luck!

 

Doing something for me.

Being that August is almost over I wanted to put a goal out there into the universe. September 1st I vow to begin a new work out and healthy eating regimen. There will be daily fitness exercises and a meal plan. I was invited to do this with a fellow blogger and friend of mine and something just clicked. ‘….’

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Being that summer is upon us, I wanted to put a goal out there into the universe. Tomorrow I vow to begin a new work out and healthy eating regimen. There will be daily fitness exercises and a meal plan. I was invited to do this with a fellow blogger and friend of mine and something just clicked. I do everything for my son, husband and home and I think I deserve this time for myself to go all out for my health, fitness and for the body I want.Now after having a baby and breastfeeding I am actually at my high school weight, but everything seems to wobble a bit, and not in a good way. My goal is to be toned and strong for the lasting months of summer and I am excited to set the time apart for myself to make these things happen. There is no reason that I cannot have the body I want now. For me, it’s not about being ‘skinny’. Skinny doesn’t mean strong. I want to look toned and build stamina. I am even more excited to have my son witness this time for mama. I think it is important that we display a healthy lifestyle to our kids and start them young. I want him to have healthy habits and right now he is looking up to me and watching the choices I make. Don’t wait to do something for you. We mothers keep ourselves last on our list, let that not be the case, even on occasion. Set a goal and attain it, besides with everything you do, you deserve it!

How To Help Your Daughter Love Herself

KatLovePerfection is everywhere. Or at least the perception of perfection is everywhere. Models that have had every blemish, bump and dimple magically erased gloss the covers of magazines. There are ads all over the tv, radio and web for a magical weight loss pill or magic gadget that will smooth all our imperfections away. Easy access to media puts our children on information overload starting at a very young age.

How do you communicate to your daughter that perfect comes in all shapes and sizes?  How do you make sure your daughter loves her body? Below are some helpful tips to get you on your way.

  • Check yourself: You are your daughter’s biggest influence and she is watching you. I will admit that I’ve been guilty of standing in front of the mirror and criticizing myself, whether it’s my butt, my hips or those tiny wrinkles starting to creep up. You have to start with loving yourself before you can ensure your daughter loves her body. If she constantly hears you criticizing yourself (or others), it sets a precedent in her mind of what is acceptable and what is not.
  • Healthy Diet – Healthy Child: Although no one is perfect, childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country and goes beyond superficial imperfections. Childhood obesity wrecks our children’s bodies, health and self-esteem. As parents we are directly responsible for this. Ensuring your household lives a healthy lifestyle starts in the kitchen and goes a long way to setting your daughter, and the rest of your family up for success. Good nutrition affects the mind as well as the body. The best way to encourage our daughters to have a healthy diet is to make it your household norm. No double standards here. You can’t tell your daughter that sodas are awful and then sneak one yourself. Believe me, they know what’s going on. If all your daughter knows is how to eat healthy, you have a better chance of it sticking as she gets older. That means keeping the sugary, fatty, processed foods out of the house. It may take a little more time to prep and cook healthy meals and snacks, but your daughter will be ahead of the game when adolescence hits. She will most likely not need to battle an unhealthy weight.  As the hormones come a-raging (and they will) she will be better balanced.  Her skin will thank you for that healthy diet.  The chemicals, food dyes and sugars that you find in processed foods can affect her hormone levels.  Having kept that out of her diet will help her with hormone control which will ultimately help her with mood swings and the angst that can affect her self-esteem and self-image.
  • Healthy Lifestyle – Health Child:  Just as in the previous tip, living an active, healthy lifestyle starts at home when our daughters are young.  It’s easy to plop down in front of the TV after a long day.  Taking 30 minutes before or after dinner, however, to go for a family walk promotes communication and a habit to be active. Find an activity that your child loves. There are so many choices these days from soccer to basketball to yoga to dance.  Don’t pigeon hole your daughter by forcing her to be involved in a sport that you feel she should do. So, maybe you played volleyball in college and it’s your passion. Well, It may not be hers and that’s ok. Make the process of finding her passion fun for her. Give her options and let her try many things. Putting her into a sport or activity also puts her in a social situation where she can interact with other girls helping her learn teamwork. Being able to interact with other girls with many different personalities will help her be able to handle herself in different situations and aid in building her self-confidence. When we don’t have a sports commitment, Sunday is family day. Whatever we decide to do that day, a part of it needs to be active. So, whether it’s a bike ride, hike, playing at the park, or just a family walk around then neighborhood, an hour of that day is dedicated to being active. If being active is a normal part of your daughter’s life, she is more likely to grow up continuing the good habits you are teaching her.  Studies have shown that being active produces endorphins which are our “feel good” hormones.  Having a healthy body with a healthy dose of endorphins definitely helps in helping your daughter love her body and herself.
  • Genuine Praise: My daughter has extreme self-confidence when it comes to herself and what she is capable of.  I’d like to think that it’s partly because as parents we make a point to praise her when praise is due.  We are not the “everyone deserves a trophy” type. But when there is an accomplishment, then we lay on the praise. When praise becomes arbitrary, it loses its impact. It doesn’t have the same effect as when it has been earned. I know people will disagree with me here, but kids know when they’ve done something well and when they haven’t. The soccer trophy my daughter got when their team came in last place is not the same as the one she got when they won the championship.  She only has one on her dresser, guess which one that is? A trophy or a medal for everything reduces the value of praise when it’s genuine.  Thus, compliments aren’t taken as genuine if they are being doled out without merit. They become easier to dismiss rather than accept graciously.
  • Constructive Criticism is ok: After a particularly tough day on the soccer field when our daughter is just not on her game (and we are all off our game from time to time), we ask her how she felt about her performance. She will honestly tell us where she screwed up and how she can fix it next time. We support her and agree with her, letting her know we all have off days. She understands she is not perfect and when mistakes are made, that’s ok.  This tip goes hand in hand with the previous tip.  Balancing praise when earned along with gently helping her improve when improvement is needed helps her have the same balanced view of herself inside and out.  So, today is not a perfect hair day.  Oh well.  That’s what pony tails are for.  See where I’m going with this?
  • Get her involved: There are two organizations that I highly recommend for young girls.  The first is Girls On The Run.  It’s a social organization where girls between the 3rd and 8th grade get together and learn how to have healthy bodies and healthy minds.  They advocate fitness while working with the girls to be positive with themselves and others.  The other organization is Girls Inc.  They work with girls from 6 – 18, helping them become strong, independent, positive influencers.  Putting your daughter in an environment where healthy and positive habits are taught and encouraged will help her navigate through the negativity that will inevitably come her way.  These organizations will help give her the tools she needs to overcome the challenges that come with growing up.  She will also form life-long friendships with other girls who share her desire to be positive and exercise kindness.
  • You get involved: The best way to observe your child when not at home is to be involved in her extracurricular activities as well as at school. It can be difficult for working parents to take time off work to help out at school, but more and more companies are actually giving their employees time off specifically for school related activities. Oregon is considering passing a law making it mandatory for employers to allow PTO for school related activities. I am fortunate enough to be able to volunteer at my daughter’s school quite often. It’s eye opening to see how the kids act and dress at school. It helps keep me stay current on what’s happening with the other kids so I can better understand where my daughter is coming from. I do the same for her extracurricular activities.
  • Let her go: As our daughters get older they naturally start to pull away from us. During their adolescent years, it’s very important to allow them to become more independent while still keeping communication open. Part of loving herself is learning to become more independent and to succeed and fail on her own. This way she will take ownership of both her successes, and those times when she doesn’t quite succeed. Being able to graciously acknowledge a failure and the ability to dust herself off and get right back on the pony is an important skill in loving herself.
  • Communicate: As you let go, the line of communication needs to stay open. Make it a point to have one on one time with your daughter where there are no distractions from siblings, or household chores or homework. Go for a walk. Take her to her favorite restaurant. Whatever it is make sure you are in an environment where you can talk freely and then listen to what she’s saying. Self-doubt is a normal part of growing up, and even a normal part of being grown up. Having someone to talk it out with who will come from a place of non-judgement and love will help her get through those times.

In order for our daughters to love themselves on the outside, they need to love themselves on the inside too. You need to start when they’re young so that when adolescence hits, they’re ahead of the game.  When the hormones start in, and things start changing, there will inevitably be times of awkwardness and self-doubt. By following the tips above you can help your daughter get through those times and blossom into a self-confident, self-loving individual.

Taming The Sugar Monster

SugarMonster1 If my daughter had it her way, she would have something sweet for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. She’s our little Sugar Monster. When I asked her to pose for this picture on the left, I think she thought she hit the jackpot. And no, she didn’t get to eat all that. She definitely gets her sweet tooth from her mom.

A diet high in refined sugar and carbohydrates actually produce bacteria in our gut that overrides our nervous system to get the sugar it needs to flourish, hence, your sugar cravings. You know what I’m talking about. When you swear to yourself you will not eat that double chocolate brownie ice cream in the freezer, and then all of sudden you find yourself with your face in the freezer scarfing down ice cream straight from the carton with no idea how you got there. Wondering how that’s even possible? If you want the scientific explanation, give this article by UCSF a read: Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Mind? Hint – yes they do.

Here is some of strategy to tame our little Sugar Monster and her mommy’s sugar cravings.

  1. “No sugar before noon”: That may seem like a no brainer. When you really pay attention, however, it’s amazing how many everyday items have added sugar.  Boxed cereal is a huge culprit. I’ve already mentioned in another post how I feel about this breakfast food. It’s basically filler. Sure they add vitamins and minerals, but you can take a supplement in the morning if you want and skip all the other crap that’s in it. Nutella is a favorite in our family. Save the lecture on how horrible it is. I’m a first generation American with an Italian mother. We spent our summers in Italy and Nutella was a part of our day long before it made its way to the United States. And yes, it does taste different over there (in case you’re wondering). Despite my history with this sweet treat, it’s out too. Another morning favorite on these rainy, cold, Oregon mornings for my little girl is hot chocolate. Yep- out. Like the coffee shop run in the morning? It’s hard to find something there for a kid that doesn’t contain sugar. Just eliminating sugar in the mornings was a huge step to controlling our family’s sugar consumption.  Scrambled eggs with fresh berries and some sliced avocado makes a very nutritious breakfast that gives us the energy and brain power we need to make it through the morning.  For some other breakfast ideas, read my breakfast series.
  2. Sugar Free Lunches:  Step two in our effort to tame the sugar monster was to make sure her lunch was sugar free as well. A common school lunch item is a sandwich. The problem is that bread also contains sugar. We won’t address the gluten issue in this article. We’ll stick to the subject at hand.  Our strategy is to save some of dinner from the night before, and then she takes it in her lunch in a thermos. Today, she has roasted chicken with brown rice and asparagus. I just mix it all together.  Lots of her friends get little sweet treats in their lunch and she often asks me for one. I stand my ground here.  The last thing she needs is refined sugar in the middSugarMonsterStrawberriesle of her school day.
  3. Sweet substitutes: Eliminating refined sugar from your diet will help get rid of those nasty bugs in your belly that are giving you those extreme cravings.  If you have a sweet tooth, however, you have a sweet tooth.  I still like my sweets, and so does my girl.  The secret is finding adequate substitutes that are healthy and still give you that sweet fix.  For us, it’s mangoes and strawberries.  We love them, so I always have them on hand.  It also works as her “sweet treat” in her lunch. If you’re looking for something a little more indulgent that still won’t spike your glycemic index, check out this smoothie recipe on our sister site, Organicfooddaily.com.
  4. Special sweets:  I’m sure you’ve heard of the 80/20 rule.  It applies in so many aspects of our life, and the same goes for our eating habits.  Every now and then you need to just let yourself have a treat.  For me it’s KIND Caramel Almond & Sea Salt bars.  It has 5g of sugar, 6g of protein and 7g of dietary fiber.  Not bad.  It tastes amazing and makes me think that I’m being very very naughty. Although our general lifestyle is to be as healthy as possible, treating ourselves to something we really love every now and then is a happy and fun event for us!  That’s exactly how we do it too.  It’s a special day and we don’t think about sugar, dairy, gluten or anything of that sort.  It’s our treat day and we don’t put any limitations on it.  Everyone is happy and the rest of our lives don’t become a battle over wanting less than healthy food because my girl knows that her day is coming.

Eliminating sugar from your family’s diet is quite a project. I suggest you take it slowly. Beginning with the “no sugar before” noon policy is a huge step. Then work you way down the list from there. As with anything, too much too soon is just setting you up for failure. Set yourself up for success by coming up with a plan and then sticking to it.

 

5 Tips on Slowing Down with a Hectic Life

Life flies by. It takes you by surprise. I am a working Zumba instructor, I have 5 classes a week and I come home and handle the house and take care of Malakai. Hubby works hard and has a crazy schedule, so we are always up and out.”……” Read On..

Life flies by. It takes you by surprise. Life is hectic. I am a working Zumba instructor, I have 5 classes a week and I come home and handle the house and take care of Malakai. Hubby works hard and has a crazy schedule, so we are always up and out. I’ve been getting up pretty early lately to make breakfast and pack my husband’s lunch before work and prepare for my classes and the day ahead. Having a two year old is a lot of work to say the least. I have yet to experience “terrible twos”, but he is extremely active, needs to be entertained and is constantly exploring and learning about his surroundings.

A couple of nights ago I was putting Malakai down to sleep. He fought me. I was so exhausted and I felt myself getting frustrated just thinking about how early I have to get up the next morning. I pleaded with him, but he’s two years old as I mentioned and at this age, they think the world revolves around them. I guess it does in a sense. Anywho, I begged him, made pouty faces and got flustered. He smiled, caressed my face and brought my face close to his. I melted. I gazed at him.

Why couldn’t I just be with him? Who cares if I have to be up early? He doesn’t. He wasn’t screaming or making a mess, He was enjoying my company and I was thinking about myself. You see, when he’s grown and has his own plans and own life, I don’t want to kick myself in the butt thinking ‘I should’ve sucked it up, I should’ve held him longer and tighter.’ For this, I can be tired tomorrow. Childhood goes by quickly. I need to soak it all up. The stresses and pressures of life can make you forget what the important things are. I thought ‘Just wait. Stop for a moment and stare at him and enjoy his snuggles, he will never be this small again.’ I deserve to take these moments in.

So, to you new mommies or moms that need some reminding, count it all joy. Through every late night feeding, every diaper blow out, every time food is on their head instead of in their mouths.

1. Just wait, the next thing can wait.
2. Be in the moment.
3. Take in every memory.
4. Whenever your child hugs you, never ever be the one to let go first.
5. Breathe.

This is one thing that I can guarantee you’ll never regret doing.

They grow too fast.
They grow too fast.

Kid-friendly Carsickness Remedies

My family spends a lot of time in the car. Carsick can be an issue! We are constantly running errands, visiting grandma and embarking on road trips. My son doesn’t mind being in a car or a car seat, in fact he loves it, he enjoys being out of the house. Unfortunately, he does suffer from car sickness from time to time, which can often be a pain if I’m not prepared.

What I do is before leaving the house, I make sure he’s fed, not stuffed! A stuffed, sensitive tummy is bound to up chuck in a vehicle. An easy breakfast of fruit and crackers is usually ideal.  I pack snacks accordingly, crackers, citrus fruits and bananas are all easy on the tummy and easy to pack. Steer clear of greasy, fried foods and sweets as these tend to make queasiness worse.

I swear by ginger lollipops to ward off nausea and vomiting; it worked for my preggo nausea and it can work for your toddler as well. Want an even more natural approach? Try a few drops of lemon essential oil on a tissue, give it to little one to sniff. This works like a charm. In the event that your little one does vomit, remain calm. Remember your child feeds off of the vibes you give off, so it’s best to try to be soothing during this uncomfortable time for your child. Always have a plastic bag lined bin for your child to throw up in. These are relatively small and easily stored at the foot of your child’s car seat. Find one at the Dollar Tree or 99 cent store!

Does your child suffer from car sickness? What do you do?