#TravelTuesday | Road Trip – How To Prepare For The Worst

Road trips are a great way to get out and see the world. There is so much to see and experience within driving distance of your own house but road trips can also have a few negative side effects (a few we are way to familiar with). So how can you prepare for these little hiccups without totally ruining your trip?

Well, when it comes to kids and road trip traveling there are two things that I can think of that could go totally wrong.

  1. Car sickness. This is one we have experienced far too many times.
    • First off if you know your child has a sensitive stomach make sure that they eat at least 45 minutes before you head out on the road. This give them enough time to digest their food and hopefully reduces the risk of you all seeing it again.
    • Second, avoid snacks if possible. I know with small children this isn’t always possible especially when your road trip is multiple hours so if a snack is a necessity then plan it into your trip and stop at a park, nature area or rest stop so you can enjoy a snack, move your body and hopefully again prevent any stomach upset. Also stick to foods that are light and easy to digest such as bananas, apples and crackers.
    • Third, prepare the carseat with a piddle pad just incase sickness can’t be prevented. This will help in the cleaning process later (psst best to have a back up just in case).
    • Fourth, TOWELS! Yes, make sure you have towels and a trash bag to do a quick clean up.
    • Fifth (and totally optional), have essential oils such as lavender, digestive blend, or ginger on hand. These are incredibly helpful in reducing feelings of nausea. You can breath in from the bottle, apply to the bottoms of your feet (I recommend diluting with fractionated coconut oil) or pick up a car diffuser.
  2. Potty Break or Baby Blowouts.
    • Bring a portable potty. This is great for when your little ones need to use the bathroom but there just isn’t anywhere to stop. You can pullover put in one of the potty bags, they can do their thing and you are back on the road without any accidents.
    • Blowouts and babies seem to just go together so have a little station prepared so when a blow out occurs you are prepared. Make sure you have diapers, wipes, an extra outfit (or two), and little trash bags to make the process super smooth. I am thinking that we might need one of these caddy‘s for our upcoming summer travel – if you have tired it let me know in the comments below.

What are your prepare for the worst travel tips?

Have you ever had an ‘oh no’, ‘ugh, gross’ or ‘why me?’ travel situation? How did you deal?

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[Travel Oregon] Christmas In The Garden at Oregon Garden Resort

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We recently had the opportunity to stay at the Oregon Garden Resort and to visit their Christmas In The Garden. We had attended the Christmas In The Garden last year but we didn’t get to really visit the garden or the resort so we we were thrilled to have the opportunity to do both. Luckily this year besides being a bit chilly we lucked out and had no rain.

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Now Christmas In The Garden is a yearly event that happens at the Oregon Gardens. It features a traditional German Christmas Market and has a beautiful display of lights through the forest. This year they even had an ice skating rink that we unfortunately didn’t get a chance to visit but it looked really fun. 2015_11_29_OregonGarden-26

We arrived in the afternoon, checked into our room and had a snack before heading down to Christmas in The Garden. It was so nice to be able to just head straight from our room and walk over through the garden. Such a beautiful spot and I imagine even more beautiful in the Spring when everything is in bloom.
2015_11_29_OregonGarden-21These guys got right into the spirit and jumped into the sleigh to pretend they were off on a ride through the snow.

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Throughout the forest there are these little spots to stop and sit by the fire. Its so pretty and such a nice spot to warm up unless you have little ones who find the fire amazing and want to try and touch it. Maybe another year we will be able to enjoy these fun little spots.

2015_11_29_OregonGarden-3For my fellow Elf lovers you’ll love this light display as well. One of my favorite scenes in the movie.

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We were visiting on a Sunday so things seemed a little bit quite. I remember that last year their was live music and the garden was bustling and there were also a few more children’s activities such as face painting which we were sadly informed doesn’t happen on Sundays. Anyways we walked around checking out all the light displays, stopped for some chocolate, popcorn and a beer before taking our two exhausted little ones back to our room where we turned on the fire place, enjoyed some snacks and watched a Christmas movie.

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Overall we had a nice visit to the Oregon Garden Resort and Christmas in The Garden. The kids loved all the lights and walking through the forest at night. The accommodations at the resort were very nice and I loved that we had a little balcony off the back of our room that over looked the garden. We didn’t get to take advantage of the hot tub or the spa but I’m sure they are nice. The only thing I would suggest if you do plan to visit the resort is that you look at the suggestions for places to eat in the area or take advantage of the mini-fridge and microwave in your room. 2015_11_29_oregongarden-bed

We want to thank the Oregon Garden Resort for allowing us to stay with them and to visit the Christmas in The Garden this year. We look forward to visiting again in the Spring to see all of the beautiful greenery and flowers in bloom.

 

Christmas in the Garden will take place through Jan. 3 (excluding Dec. 24 and Dec. 25). Event hours and activities vary by date; for a complete breakdown, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/christmas-in-the-garden.

The Oregon Garden Resort is also hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31 with live music in its Fireside Lounge. If you’re interested they have a family package includes admission to the outdoor ice-skating rink and Christmas in The Garden, a s’mores kits to enjoy by fire pits, a bottle of sparkling cider and party favors.

Spontaneous Seattle Trip + OXOTot

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Hello from Seattle friends! Alder, Edith and I took a spontaneous trip up to Seattle to stay with our friends from Germany who are here housesitting. It is the first trip I have taken by myself with the kids but luckily Neil took the bus up on Friday after work so we could see a bit of Seattle together and so I would have a driving partner.

Luckily OXO Tot sent us a few goodies that have made our road trip a bit easier.

First up is this travel potty. I know you’re thinking wow Edith is finally out of diapers! Nope she is still all about the diapers and we don’t push it (that’s for another post) but she does have an interest to go on the potty sometimes especially since her friends do/are starting to. That being said she will randomly request to use the potty so it has been a lifesaver to have this super easy travel potty. Plus it folds up and can be used as a seat cover if she wants to use the “big potty” somewhere.OXOTot

Next up is this OXOtot On-The-Go Wipes dispenser. Seriously it makes carrying wipes so much easier and they don’t get all dried out. We just keep ours in our car diaper station and it’s been perfect.

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Oh and I can’t forget the to go cup with cover. Edith and Alder love their snacks so of course we have to pack like a million of them for road trips and this container makes it easy to keep their snacks available but also not have a huge mess in their carseats.

We actually came up to Seattle to help a friend out so we haven’t been doing many Seattle things. We have been cooking, walking the dog, a bit of cleaning, and playing. Today is our last day and with Neil finally here we might try and get in a few fun Seattle things (TBD). What are your travel essentials? What are your favorite Seattle things to do?

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*Disclaimer: While OXO Tot was kind enough to send us these items we did not receive any additional compensation for writing this post. If you have been following us for awhile you know we are huge OXO Tot fans.

[Travel] Vintage Trailers at The Sou’Wester | Washington Coast

sou'wester signI’ve always wanted a place that we consider “ours”. A place you visit year after year and as soon as you arrive you think “this is my happy place” – for us that has become The Sou’Wester
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Neil was actually the first to visit The Sou’Wester a few years ago for a work retreat. He stayed in the main lodge and he had such a great time he couldn’t wait to return and to have a stay in one of the vintage trailers. So as soon as he arrived home we made reservations to return for Labor Day weekend 2013 as a family. Three summers later and we have made The Sou’Wester a yearly tradition; if we could we would live here if we could.
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This visit we stayed in the Imperial Spartan Mansion one of the family sized mansions. This trailer has a kitchen, bathroom, full living room, a bedroom with a full-sized bed and a bunk with two single beds. I wasn’t sure how this style was going to work for us because while Edith sleeps in her own bed at home it is still in our [family] bedroom. The bunks are actually in the hall that leads to the bathroom and bedroom. To our surprise things worked out fine and Edith slept soundly and comfortably on the bottom bunk while Alder, Neil and I slept in the bed. 
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While we spent a good amount of time cooking, reading and relaxing in our trailer you could also find us swinging in the hammock, picking up snacks at the main lodge shop, taking a peek into the Thrifty (onsite thrift trailer) or wandering around the property. Neil also took advantage of the complimentary bikes.  sou'wester lodge 4

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New since our last visit is the Garden Spa & Sauna. Unfortunately neither of us were able to take advantage of the dry Finnish Sauna but I’m planning to make sure we do next visit. sou'wester garden spa

To see what’s behind the door check out the photos here of this beautiful spa & sauna area. 
sou'wester garden spa skincareI did however buy a few spa products including the sea salt scrub and balancing spray. I have yet to try the scrub but I use the spray multiple times per day. 
sou'wester seaviewOne of the things we love about The Sou’Wester is the proximity to the beach. Just head down the road about a block and you will find yourself at the Pacific Ocean and you’ll also find access to Discovery Trail – a perfect spot for a bike ride. seaview beach edith seaview beach alder

It was as bit of dreary time during our visit so we kept to playing in the sand not the water but when the sunshine is shining it’s a beautiful spot to splash and play in the water. We also love to head down to the beach in the evenings to watch the sunset.
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The Sou’Wester is a special place. A place filled with history, creativity and a place where memories are made. A place we will return to year after year or basically as often as we are able to. We hope you are able to visit The Sou’Wester one day as well and create your own memories. Side note while we love to stay in the Vintage Trailers you can also bring your own RV or tent or you can stay in one of the vintage cabins, the glamping tent or a main lodge room.

Until next time…..which is November because we couldn’t let an entire year pass-by before returning for another stay. So stay tuned for our next stay! You can read about previous years here –> 2013, 2014 and A Day In the Life – 2015.

Disclaimer: The Sou’Wester provided us with a complementary stay. We we received no other compensation. This visit (June 2015) has been our only complementary stay – we have paid for all other stays and will pay for all future stays. We simply love this place and are thrilled to share it with you.