Are you one of the lucky ones with a mid-Winter break? Or perhaps you are just fantasizing about Spring Break already and heading to some place a bit warmer? Before you head off for your big adventure with kids in tow, check out these handy tips to get you there smoothly! Also, be sure to check out our three day event starting today with everything you’ll need for the trip.
- Arrive early to board first. Many airlines allow people traveling with strollers or small children to board first. For example, JetBlue Airways lets travelers with children under age 2 on board first, while Virgin America, Delta Air Lines and US Airways allow anyone with small children have first place. Check your airline’s website ahead of time to see what their practices are.
- Research the airline you are flying beforehand to see if your stroller will count as an additional bag. Many of them have you check it at the gate right as you board.
- Check car seats at the gate rather than with luggage to ensure it arrives in still-working.
- Put essentials in a small enough carry-on that it won’t ever need to be checked at a gate. We’ve heard horror tales of parents who stashed all their essentials in a carry-on bag only to have it checked to the final destination upon boarding. The same trip found them stranded overnight at a mid-stop airport without even a diaper bag! Be prepared, stay prepared.
- Pack all liquids and gels, like formula and diaper cream, in a clear, zippered bag. Tuck it into an outside pouch of your carry-on bag so you can plop it easily in the bin next to your purse and shoes when going through security.
- Pack yummy snacks in compressible containers so you can flatten them neatly once your hungry vacationer has gobbled her way through all three bowls of cereal.
- Pack a few new books or toys and pace introducing them to keep your tot engaged.
- Take along a few $5 gift cards for a coffee shop to hand out to nearby passengers if fussing.
What are some of your best-kept travel tips for flying with little ones?
Led by working mom Trish Moreno, Little Giraffe is known for their luxurious and practical blankets and accessories for baby and mom. Parents everywhere—including many of Hollywood’s well-known—have fallen in love with this brand, welcoming home their newborns with Little Giraffe’s incredibly soft, ultra-plush and machine washable designs. Starting February 4, for a limited time, LOVE by Little Giraffe, a quality line of blankets and plush toys for baby at a lower price point, will premiere exclusively on zulily. The it-shower gift is now at a price that’s easy on the wallet!
We spoke with Trish, giving us an inside look at the brand and what makes them special.
What’s the vision behind Little Giraffe?
To provide the softest, most luxurious blankets and related nursery products for baby.
As a mom, how have your experiences influenced the way you’ve shaped Little Giraffe as a brand and company?
Parents across all demographics want what is best for their babies. As a mom, I want my child to have the best of everything! We always keep that in mind when we’re creating our products. We make babies happy! They bond with our products and are soothed by them. They sleep better, are more easily calmed, and feel secure with their blankies. By making babies happy, we make parents happy, and there is nothing better than a happy family.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your new collection LOVE by Little Giraffe.
Our objective is to make the softness, luxury, and soothing, baby-calming properties of Little Giraffe accessible to more families around the world. We set a goal to make the softest products you can find at this price point, and the team really nailed it on sourcing great fabrics and creating beautiful products that have been warmly received. We are known for being the “shower wower” and the LOVE by Little Giraffe products get this reaction too!
What is your favorite LOVE by Little Giraffe product and why?
The Cherish Blanket for its cuddly softness, the Cloud Blanket for its cozy knit, and the Giraffe Toy because it’s so cute and modern, and super-easy for baby to cuddle with and carry. I can’t pick just one!
Why feature your products on zulily?
We want to reach as many people as possible with this new brand, and zulily is a powerful engine with a big following of customers that love Little Giraffe. It seemed like the perfect place to feature our new brand!
The 100th Day of School is approaching and it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate and recognize your child’s achievements. At zulily, we’re celebrating with a three day event of all the things you need for school. Restock on the coolest lunch essentials from lunch bags to water bottles and pick up some educational games and toys that will keep your student ahead of the class. How will you celebrate?
You are lovely! #zulily #zulilyfinds
Hear from zulily’s maternity fashion expert Robin Otto on some great maternity looks for the season.
As we prepare for Baby #2’s arrival at the end of March, my nesting mode has definitely kicked in. I’ve been organizing and rearranging like you wouldn’t believe and my project this week (and probably for the next few weeks) has been to go through all of the bins of “stuff Bean grew out of.” This is the first of many blog posts where I’ll talk about those gems that got us through Bean’s first year successfully, alongside the staples we’re still using.
One of the first bins we pulled out contained our Puj Tub for infants. This little foam tub was an absolute lifesaver during Bean’s first months—she was a particularly colicky baby, but baths seemed to calm her down and minimize the crying. So we bathed her a LOT! The Puj Tub fits in any sink which is helpful if you live in a small space, don’t have a bathtub, or have a hard time kneeling down alongside a bathtub. The Puj Tub has an additional feature that I love—once you’re done bathing baby, you can collapse the tub to a flat position, which makes it super easy to dry off and to store.
Once we moved Bean on to the regular bathtub, we quickly invested in another Puj product: the Snug, which is an elephant-shaped foam cover that goes over your bathtub spout. In the early days, it was just a really cute cover for the spout. But once Bean started standing up, it became a wonderful safety measure as it saved her from bumping her head or her back on the spout when she stood up in the bathtub.
Bean still loves bath time, so we also got a few toys to make bath time even more fun! Munchkin makes some great gear to entertain your little ones in the bath. We are partial to the Bath Time Fun Set, which is a basketball hoop that suctions onto your bathtub wall, and three balls for your little one to practice their slam dunks with.
Bean likes to shoot some hoops and follow up her on-the-court escapades with a little tub drawing. Munchkin makes really cool Bath Crayons which we use to doodle all over the bathtub.
Once bath time is over, Bean dries off with a Trend Lab hooded towel and we start getting ready for bed. I’m not sure if Baby #2 will have a similar temperament to Bean, or if she’ll have the exact same bath time routine, but I do know that we’ve got all of the gear to make sure this baby is sparkling clean…just like her sister.
Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother of a one-year old (“Bean”), former History professor, and lifelong shopper. She grew up with a self-proclaimed shop-aholic and sale-aholic mom, so she’s been in training for discovering cool stuff and great deals since she can remember. Devon lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is mostly okay with the rain but sometimes pines for her hometown in Southern California. With a little one at home and a crazy life, Devon is all about doing her shopping on the internet and zulily has been a dream come true for her with its variety, value, and quality.
Losing weight and staying fit are two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. As we approach the end of the first month of 2014, we wanted to give you a little extra inspiration to keep up with your health and fitness goals.
We’ve scoured the internet and found our favorite health and fitness bloggers – some we’ve chosen for their delicious low-calorie recipes, others for their workout routine how-to’s, all for their dedication to a healthy lifestyle amongst the craziness of running a home and family.
Meet our bloggers:
THE FITNESSISTA: Gina Harney is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor writing about quick workouts, healthy recipes and her adventures as a new mom at The Fitnessista. The Fitnessista was voted SHAPE’s best fitness blog and Fitness Magazine’s best personal training blog and is also a Greatist Must-Read. Gina’s fitness DVD, Soli Beat, is available now and her first book will be released in 2015!
OH JUST STOP ALREADY: Chelle is a 34-year-old mom of six (ranging in age from 15 years to her newest, a 19-month-old!) and is married to her best friend, a U.S. Veteran. She’s constantly battling the case of lazies along with her family’s desire to eat everything fried and loaded with sugar. Slowly she’s making changes in not just herself but in the whole family as well. Chelle has signed up for her first 2 5ks this year!
FOOD, FITNESS & FAMILY: Madeline Glasser writes about living a healthy lifestyle through yummy eats, sweaty workouts and her sweet family! She is an Army wife, new mom, wannabe runner, avid CrossFitter and yoga junkie, as well as a strong supporter of retail therapy. What makes her happy? “Sunflowers and puggles!”
MOM’S LITTLE RUNNING BUDDY: Katie McFarland is the creator of Mom’s Little Running Buddy, a blog focused on staying active while balancing corporate and family life. Katie shares her super-manageable training plans (the secret to staying fit!) while letting her readers into the not-so-glamorous life of being a mom. Her candor makes her blog ever so refreshing and relatable, so check in today!
KATY WIDRICK: Katy Widrick, an admitted fitness freak, full-time multimedia producer and vegetarian, helps people connect to the healthy living community through her blog, katywidrick.com. While she loves green smoothies and kale, she also believes in moderation! Don’t be surprised to see her with a cupcake in one hand and a large coffee in the other.
STUFT MAMA: Kristin Stehly is a marathon-running mama of four-year-old twin boys. She blogs about all things running & racing, fitness & workouts, kitchen experiments & recipes and the daily shenanigans happening around the STUFT house. Kristin’s motto: living each day to the fullest trying to find the balance between it all.
NYC RUNNING MAMA: Michele Gonzalez, a mom of two, Ironman, ultra-runner and marathoner, blogs about all things dealing with running, training and racing while having two little ones. NYC Running Mama also covers topics related to running during pregnancy, post-pregnancy and while nursing.
FOOD & FITNESS 4 REAL: Stephanie Suire is a full-time working mom who understands the challenges of balancing real life with healthy living. She blogs about running, finding time for fitness, creating kid-friendly recipes, battling a sweet tooth and the importance of being a healthy role model for her two young children. Stephanie tries to inspire others to take small steps, every day, towards a healthier lifestyle.
IOWA GIRL EATS: Kristin Porter lives by the mantra, “eat well, run often, travel far.” She has been chronicling her life in the kitchen, on the treadmill, and around the world on her blog Iowa Girl Eats since 2009. Kristin hopes to inspire others to cook and eat well by sharing simple, wholesome and family-friendly recipes on her blog.
LOVE LIFE SURF: Christine Yu lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. She is a freelance writer, yoga teacher, runner and wannabe surfer. She is the author of the blog Love, Life, Surf where she shares stories about balancing life, family and fitness and inspires others to breathe deeply and embrace their choices to be happy and healthy.
Find of the day! How cute is Carter? #zulilyfinds
Even the farm animals are celebrating with us today! #zulily #birthday #celebrate
One, two, three, four…it’s our birthday! Cheers to more! #zulily