Our not so typical advent calendar

Christmas is just around the corner! You don’t seem like a fanatic any more if you’ve already set up all the decorations at home. It’s time then to get your advent calendar ready for the main date. This year our church, the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has launched a great way to  follow the advent calendar, called #LIGHTtheWORLD. We don’t push our faith to anyone, and trust me when I say this is not the intention of this post.

But doing something good for others I think is the givesall-quoteessence of not only this Holiday Season but also the essence of a happy life. So why is this advent calendar any different to others? Well, on this one you don’t get ready for Christmas eating chocolate and treating yourself, on this one every day, starting on December 1styou will do something good for another person/s.

 

 

25 days of service in preparation to December 25th

Our family is definitely on board here! Many times we’ve already said we are far, quite far, from perfect, but we do try to follow Jesus Christ example, whom for us, was perfect. You might not be religious at all and maybe He doesn’t mean anything to you. However I’m pretty sure you will have someone in your life that you admire, that you respect and that you probably think has incredible attributes that you would like to emulate. Whoever is your role model you can think on that person and experience this special advent calendar.

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We will try to involve our children too so they learn they importance of thinking of others and helping out the ones in need. There are many ways you can do this. Small simple acts of kindness that you do everyday will help you remember what matters the most during Christmas time.

First day for example is all about “lifting someone’s burden”

So you may help an elderly person do their shopping or you could give some food to someone in need. You can maybe speak with a friend that you know is feeling a bit low. There are so many things we can do. Could you imagine we all do something for another person? We think of others first…Imagine we do this worldwide…wouldn’t it be amazing?!

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We’re excited to start this not so typical advent calendar. Obviously you can help others anytime of the year, but I think that making an effort on a season that has been so inundated with consumerism is the perfect way to get rid of selfishness feelings and stress. Anyway, whatever your preparation towards Christmas we hope you make the most out of it! And if you decide to give this advent calendar a go don’t forget to tell us how it went. We can all support one another in case we run out of ideas! 😉

 

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Peruvian cuisine on our “Tasty Recipe Mondays”

We love cooking different dishes from our countries of origin. Did you know that Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the best in the world and has been awarded many times the World Best Culinary Destination?! So we thought that today we would share with you one of our tasty recipes, easy to prepare and delicious for the whole family, specially the little ones.

Since I was born in Lima, Peru, when I lived with my parents, back in Barcelona, every once in a while my mum used to cook some really tasty dishes. This is something we have continued on our family now, and even though I mainly follow a Mediterranean diet, now and then, we try something from Brazil or Peru. I think it’s a wonderful way to share other cultures with our children. Something very important, if, like in our case, you’re a multi-cultural family. But I think that even if we weren’t I would still like to try new recipes from around the world.

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Anyway! So today on our Monday Tasty Recipe blogpost we have recorded ourselves preparing Cau-Cau de pollo (it’s like a chicken stew) It is easy and simple. Watch our video to see how to prepare it, but if you want to have a list with all the ingredients, here it is:

For 2 adults + toddler + baby (9 months old)

3 chicken breast

4 potatoes peeled and cut in squares

2 onions peeled and thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves peeled and sliced

mint

palillo (it’s translated like string bean) but I used food colour instead

half lemon juice

salt

250ml chicken stock

accompanied with white rice

I would share with you the instructions on how to prepare it but I think it will be easier for you to watch the video!

Your kids will love it! Well, ours do! 😀 Let us know how it went when you try it! We will love to read your comments.

 

 

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Behind the scenes…introducing our YouTube Channel

Well, we have finally had the courage of introducing our YouTube Channel! Since we started blogging again back in April this year that has always been in the back of my head but I wasn’t really sure how to do it, why or even when.

I’ve been blogging continuously now for 8 months. Sharing our first post, after the relaunch, was kinda scary cause I didn’t know if people would read it, if they would understand it, or if some how they would relate to it. What I did know is that I felt I needed to share our great miracle of being 4 after 2 years of secondary infertility. I thought that it could give someone the hope I searched for when I was in my darkest moments. With that same approach we are showing ourselves to the world in YouTube.

We want everyone to have a sneak into a portion of our family life

so you can laugh with us, cry with us or just give your children something good to watch on their iPads while you do other things. We want adults and children to be able to relate to us and get the positives of our adventures. We are far from perfect, and remember we are showing you an edited version of our lives, but still, we are also genuine.

One of my main fears was to not look like the “ideal mummy”

where she’s wearing a perfect make-up, perfect straight hair and no overweight! 10 years ago that could be the case, you know if you’ve known me before I’m not lying on that ;). But the truth is that the “me” of today is tired most of the time, barely wears any make-up and is struggling to lose the extra pounds. However, regardless of all that, that is still me, and is worth sharing our experiences with you on the camera if that helps any one.

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Another of my fears was to show my kids in Youtube.

We are quite sensible in terms of internet safety, but we have been blogging publicly for a while; and being cautious enough I think you can vlog without risking them more than you would by being on social media on your daily life. If at any time, we get a bit paranoid on that you will just not hear about us anymore cause we will have shut down everything online and gone up to the countryside to live in peace with the cows and sheep, as simple as that! haha 😀

So here we are, a Spanish-Brazilian family living in UK

embracing the good and the not so good moments of life. What can you find on our YouTube channel? Our days out, travels, recipes, and above all our daily life, as ordinary or extraordinary as it can be! Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, right?

Hope you enjoy it and subscribe to our channel!
We will be posting a new video every Monday at 7pm (UK time)

Looking forward to seeing you there! xx

 

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Why we are the greatest mums

There is a song stuck in the back of my head lately, and that’s The Greatest, from Sia. My husband told me the other day that I probably like her music since it’s not the first time I’m talking about her. I thin he’s right. After a few years,  I’ve realised that yes, I like that singer.

Anyway, I’m not planning on talking about music today, nor that I wouldn’t mind cause I love the way music inspires us, brings memories to our minds, situations, smells, people…On this occasion though I want to share with you my thoughts on why we are the greatest mums. I’m including YOU too (sorry if you’re a male reading this, nothing sexiest here -just pass the message to a mum or apply it to yourself, either way it’s fine! :D)

SO..Why we are the greatest mums?

Let me explain it to you using Sia’s words:

Uh-oh, running out of breath, but I
Oh, I, I got stamina

How many times I’ve felt that I’m running out of breath! Too many since having our second child, who is 9 months old now. This week everything felt like chaos at home, all the clean clothes piled up, dirty ones spread all over the place, floor waiting to be hoovered, dishes multiplying themselves…where was I, oh well, I was chasing my son making sure he wouldn’t choke himself with the things that he picks up from the floor, I was helping my daughter sound the letters in a language that is not my mother tongue, I was sitting down with Sam, trying to help him organise his own goals and projects.

So many things…think about yours, you probably have a long list too. Let me tell you what you also have. You’ve got stamina, just as I did too. I was about to lose it this week thinking too myself, too many things, no time, and I feel SO tired, I don’t think I can go on. Then I realise that as soon as I had that thought something else got my attention (probably baby needing to be fed) and you know what, I kept going. I went and did the next thing on my list.

STAMINA is about keep going. Do what you’re supposed to do. Have the strength, the energy to achieve what you’ve planned. Why we, mums, are the greatest? Because we ALWAYS keep going. Being the greatest is not an easy job, nobody said it would be…so let me move on to the next bit of the song.

Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes
Well, oh, I got stamina

We are the greatest because we know when to close our eyes and focus on what’s more important. Wonder-woman is a sci-fi character. Mums are the real super-women. Countless times I needed to close my eyes and see things as they really are. Again. We’ve got STAMINA, we can handle it. Life gets too heavy sometimes to carry all on our shoulders, but we have family, friends, we, particularly, have GOD as well, but even if you don’t have any of those things, you know what you’ve got? You’ve got stamina. Our own worth as human beings, regardless of our circumstances, should be enough to help us keep going.

 

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far from perfect but still the greatest.. 😉

 

And uh-oh, I see another mountain to climb
But I, I, I got stamina

Being a mum is a constant challenge, whenever you think you’ve mastered something with your son or daughter there it comes, another mountain to climb. But, us mums, don’t get scared of those mountains, we dare them. We know that life can be a constant uphill path, otherwise we’d be stuck, don’t grow, don’t learn, and that is not good. You know the only people who are greater than mums? Grandmas, not for the sake of it, but because they’ve experienced motherhood, have the right perspective and enjoy the fruits of their children. They care for what matters the most. They do have stamina as well, and we can learn from them.

Uh-oh, I need another lover, be mine
Cause I, I, I got stamina

No please! No breaking marriages here, don’t add another lover to your life if you’ve already got one. 😉 But this just makes me think that we need to find the passion on the things we do. If we are living life everyday, just because we are breathing and we are just moving with the flow we are missing the greatest. Life is meant to have joy. I’ve discovered a new passion sharing my feelings and stories with all of you on this blog. We, mums, are the greatest because we find different ways to motivate ourselves, to help us keep going, to have stamina.

so mums…

Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

 

I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest

Are you alive? (rhetorical question obviously -I’m not talking to the walking dead) THEN You are the greatest. You’ve got STAMINA to keep going. I am and we are the greatest mums, cause you know what, no matter how many times we fail, how many times we think enough is enough, or how many we’d like to just give up, or sleep, no matter all that, we’ve got stamina. We wake up every day. We are strong and we can do it. Remind those words to yourself daily, you are alive, you’re the greatest, if you don’t feel like it, you’ve got the opportunity to amend it. I wouldn’t suggest that if I didn’t apply it to myself. Of the many times I’ve felt too tired for anything, I’m still here, I’m alive, and I’m the greatest.

 



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Visiting Manchester Christmas Market with kids

Even though we are on our 4th year since moving to UK we have never thought of going to the so well-known Manchester Christmas Market, let alone going with the kids. So we decided that this year would be different and taking advantage that we had family staying with us over the weekend we decided to give it a try. It is always a good excuse to go when you have someone who is not local.

Let us share our experience with you and maybe you can get some tips so that if you decide to visit you can make the most out of it.

Because we live 20 minutes drive from the centre we went by car, but usually the most affordable way of going is by Metrolink. If you’re travelling with the family they have a family ticket you can get, which I think goes around £6 for a day travel card (2 adults + 3 children) which is really good. So as I said, we drove there cause it was just more convenient for us, but unfortunately we had to spend a bit too much on parking. It was raining and to be honest, I wasn’t in the mood to walk 20 minutes so I could get a better price. Sometimes it’s worth doing it if you’re with little ones and you know they will get tired easily.

Before going I checked their website and saved their Manchester Christmas Market trail map.

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It is quite useful cause then you know which areas you want to skip and which not. As I said, we were with family on that day so we decided to start our little tour on Albert Square. There it has the main concentration of food stalls, some crafts, and yummy hot chocolates., AND the giant Santa! The lights, the atmosphere, always busy on a Saturday, so you need to be very careful with the kids. I didn’t let my 5 year old go for a second. As soon as she started smelling the frankfurts, burgers, etc and “begging” to try some of it we took off and went somewhere else. haha.. it’s not we’re stingy, but we weren’t going to spend 10 pounds per head on food on that day. I was ready with some snacks that I had brought from home. 🙂

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We walked down Market street, all the way up to Cathedral Gardens, where you can find the family friendly area.

No alcohol allowed, more space to walk around and a few rides the kids can go. Also they have an ice rink. You can find exact prices on the website but it goes around £10 for an adult, £7 something for an under 14, for a 45 minutes session.  Rides are usually 2 tokens and each token equals 1 pound. You can get them from the Ice Rink ticket office too. We weren’t that lucky on that day cause a couple of rides weren’t working but J had some fun at a little train.

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Oh well! As usual, anywhere you go, if you’re accompanied with the right people it doesn’t matter that much so we can say our day out was lovely. J enjoyed herself quite a bit, and we all had a nice walk around the market, which for the first time for us we went intentionally, and not just by accident! Probably locals and frequent attenders must think we missed many things but for our little family of 4 with 2 under 5’s was more than enough for a first visit 🙂

**We’ve got really cool pics of the day on our Instagram account. Don’t forget to pop by and follow us there too** 🙂 

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Conversations with a 5 year old #series -month 2

We’re back again with some of our funniest conversations with a 5 year old! It’s been a month since we started keeping a record and sharing with you a glance of what our little cheeky girl can come up with. If you want you can check what she said on our first post of this series.

Let’s get started then…

at bath time

As usual I’m taking advantage of this time of relax to ask her questions about school, who did she play with and how it went, in general. She suddenly tells me the other day:

-Mummy, I think I want to marry XX (little boy from her class)

Me: – Oh really? Well you know what your dad and I think about that, he needs to be a good boy. Is this XX a good boy, J?

She stops to think and replies:

– Yes, mummy! I think he’s a good boy cause you know what, when Mrs. XXX (their teacher) asks us to be quiet and does this silence-clipart he gets quiet and does it too.

Oh well, you can tell she does identify a good attribute, obedience, right? Now, let’s see what we will have to face as she grows up!

going back home from school

When picking her up last week they gave us a letter saying they were going to sell “poppies” for remembrance day at school. I think they were asking for a 50p donation, something like that. So I’m explaining J that the next day she will bring some money to school so she can buy the poppies. She gets very excited, by this time I’m thinking she’s getting very excited for the idea of bringing money and buying something by herself. So I tell her:

-J, how many poppies do you want to buy? Shall we buy 2?

-YES YES YES mummy!! I want to buy 2 poppies! oh mummy, I’m so excited, I’m going to play with them so much!

(When she says “play” I then realise that something is not right and that we might not be talking about the same thing)

-Wait, do you want to “play” with the flowers?

-What? What flowers?! What are you talking about mummy? I want to play with the PUPPIES!!

#lol and #lol my poor little girl thought we were going to buy two puppies for 1 pound! haha..I wish…

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sorry! not this time.. T_T

at home playing with the doll house 

This is the most recent one! Yesterday we were playing with her little people and doll house. I suppose every parent has done this, since children usually love role playing and making silly voices. It can get very interesting to hear what they have to say through their toys. I strongly recommend it .So anyway, J does have fun and last night, on our relaxing family activity, we were playing with peppa pig and her friends.

So, here’s the situation: Peppa Pig is driving the car and all of a sudden she runs over Danny Dog.

J: – Quick! Danny dog just had an accident, we need to go to the hospital. Hurry!

At the doll house (now Hospital) – I am The Doctor

– Sorry Peppa, but Danny has suffered a terrible accident, and he’ll need to have surgery. His liver has been damaged and he will need a transplant. We need to get him a new liver..

Peppa (J) replies – OH! Don’t worry, I’ve got one in the car! Actually, let me see cause I think I’ve got two livers!

ahahhahah, seriously? I must assume that she most likely have no clue what a liver is, otherwise I’d worry why my daughter thinks we can be carrying organs around in our car! #lol

Anyway…THE END! Hope you enjoyed them, I do have a good laugh myself just remembering them, so hopefully they stole a smile from you too 😉

What are your children’s latest witticisms? Share them with us!

 

Goldilocks and the three bears with Northern Ballet #fdMiniCritic Review

Last weekend we had the amazing opportunity to experience our first live ballet watching the Northern Ballet play Goldilocks and the three bears.

First Direct, sponsors of the Northern Ballet, helped us be completely ready for the event by sending to us a special box full of lovely items so we could have our own picnic at home just as Goldilocks!  When J saw everything that was in it she got super excited! So we did enjoyed a great meal at home and talked about the story we were going to see later on.

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J’s first thoughts after reading that tale to her were:

-Mummy! I don’t think Goldilocks is behaving too good…you cannot go into other people’s houses and steal their food!

Haha…oh well…at least she knows that that is something you’re not supposed to do..

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So we finished our tasty lunch and got in the car and drove all the way up to Leeds, to the Stanley and Audrey Theatre, first time for us, by the way. As soon as we arrived we joined the Craft activities that they held in one of the rooms where you could make your own goldilocks or bear mask.

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This little bear had a snout too..just went missing at some point.

J decided she wanted to try goldilocks while E became a little cutie bear. The atmosphere was busy, full of parents and kids running around, everyone seemed quite excited, our little ones blended quite well.  As soon as we went into the theatre our little princess got more than excited and started literally jumping off her seat! Then the lights on the stage turned on and the three bears’ kitchen was there. J turned out to me and yelled:

-Look mummy! They have a table and food just like in the story!! I am so so excited!

The three bears appeared and the small orchestra started playing the music in the background. I must say that we were all quite surprised seeing how well the dancers interpreted the story and no words were necessary to put emotion and entertainment to this well-known tale.

During the show our little princess made up her mind and decided which one was her favourite character of all, she said:

-I love the little bear, mummy! I think I wanna marry him.. 🙂

Yes, our cutie is such a romantic girl that anytime she likes someone she wants to “marry” that person, so so far she’s already been iron man’s wife, captain america’s, a friend of ours, a famous singer…oh! yeah, and a power ranger… and now we can add little bear to the list. I know someone will have a lot of work to do when she grows up!

Anyway, after the show was over we had the opportunity to visit the backstage and see all the bibs and bobs that made the play possible. A lot of hard work, uncountable hours and plenty of creativity are done behind the curtains. See all these pictures!

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Did you know all the items are stuck to each other so nothing falls off when transporting!

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Too heavy for these #fdMiniCritics!

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He is not Goldilocks…promise! lol (just the kind technician that showed us around)

We were quite pleased with all the experience and went off with a happy 5 year old and a tired 8 months old baby boy. She loved it and of course, since she knew she was going to be a #fdMiniCritic, took the role very seriously and wrote her own notes!

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I’ve just helped “translating” all that in to this post, but on this occasion she’s been our special reviewer for the event! 😉

You can read not only our #fdminicritic review but the other families too here!

*We were sent out  the picnic box and invited to attend the event for the purpose of this review but opinions have been genuine and our own.

 

Have you got sunshine in your pocket? Trolls #MovieReview

If you’ve been reading us for a while you already know that we are movie and series lovers! So we’ve thought on sharing some of our love for movies with you on our #moviereview posts!

Better than talking just about the movie we want to share with you what we’ve learnt from it, cause you know, there’s always a life lesson that you can put into practise if you watch and listen carefully to it. Just like we did for Alice through the looking glass movie.

Oh by the way, our little disclaimer here, we haven’t been “lucky” enough for anyone to give us free tickets to the cinema so our review is just for the pleasure of it, and hopefully you will find it useful too.  If, by any chance, we would be invited to review something we will add our usual disclaimer 😉

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So…which movie have we chosen this time? If you’ve got little ones and have a sticky memory for soundtracks you already guessed it..yep, Trolls, the last animation movie from Dreamworks. I’m not going to spoil you with any details, but you can expect lots of cool songs, old and new, good sense of humour for little ones AND grown-ups and very colourful, energetic characters. It is one of those films that everyone can enjoy.

What did we learn from the trolls?

These little cute creatures live in the forest in a state of never ending happiness, while the Bergens are these grumpy beings that don’t know how to be happy until they find out that if they eat a troll they will experience “true happiness”.

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In the beginning of this week I was thinking about this post, about how I was going to tell you how to be happy, cause you know, I was feeling happy myself, and thought yeah! maybe this will help someone…OK now I know that I am the one that needed this post the most. For various reasons I felt more than justified to feel as “grumpy” or even as sad as the Bergens. Thinking to myself, oh, if hubby had another type of job, or oh! if I could have someone to help me with the house chores, or If I could feel less tired… I didn’t realise then I was looking for my “troll” to experience “true happiness” Thinking that if I only had “that thing” I would be able to know what happiness feels like.

If you see the movie, you will understand that the trolls don’t live on a state of never ending happiness, they live on a state of never ending good attitude. The way how we react to things, how we face the challenges of life will make us find sunshine in our pockets, or empty dirty pockets. It is up to us. I can say that as for today, I have been able to find sunshine, while watching my kids laugh, and me laughing with them, while getting excited with hubby watching one of the last episodes of a series we are hooked at or just appreciating that I no longer have back pain any more.

There is sunshine in your pockets, you can’t stop the feeling, so just dance dance dance…

Just like our little J at this kids flashmob:

(created by Z-arts during half term holidays, at Manchester Printworks. )

 

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How safe are your children online?

We recently saw an ad at the cinema that made us question how safe are our children online. Are they really protected? The truth is we still haven’t got to those dangerous teen years with our little ones but it is better to create good habits from an early stage we think.

Here’s the ad we’re talking about…

So “The Internet is like a magician hat” right? with all sorts of things in it. How can we protect our children from the harmful bits then? We think that when they’re little there are many ways to modify your children devices to make them Internet safe. One of the apps we’ve mentioned in the past is YouTube Kids where you can choose the type of content they have access to, according to age or even block the search option so just a grown-up can do it. It gives you some peace of mind because you never know what strange videos they can come across.

You’ve got also other options depending on your broadband provider or the type of device you’ve got. We for example have put some restrictions on the iPad because that’s mostly used by the children, and when I say children I mean mainly J, who is 5 years old, our 8 months old baby boy just chews the case..no danger in that! at least not online wise..haha

But you know what we noticed on this ad as well, when they say “parents don’t know what their children do” Oh well, let me tell you, if the boy is upstairs in his room by himself finding out what’s on that “hat” while you are on the living room doing something else no surprise you don’t know what “they’re doing” Sam and I think that it’s better to be safe than sorry and therefore need to create a safe comfortable environment where for example there’s no laptop or tv in the room, but it is always in a common area of the house so the not so child anymore can browse things online and we can be around, so if for any reason, something strange comes up we are there. It is also true that teens get curious about many things but the chances they will want to search for anything weird will probably decrease if we are around, don’t you think?

With this I am not saying we will be the shadow of our children and they won’t make their own choices. Agency is free for everyone and they can have access to anything in many other places that not our house, but even if we cannot control what others do we can make sure that our home is a safe place, a refuge for them from the nasty things of this world.  I think that’s what every parent wants for their children. That’s at least what we want, provide safety, protection and love in the house, online, offline and anywhere where we can possibly put our little bit.

What do you do to make them feel Internet safe? Any other suggestions or comments?

Top 6 things to take with you when flying with kids

From our experience with travelling with 2 under 5 a few times, let us share with you some things that have worked for us to make the trip more bearable. So without further ado, our top 6 things to take with you when flying with kids:

#1 The Hand luggage

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Her first own hand luggage! 😀

This last summer we checked  a few kids hand luggage trying to find the right one for our 5 year old. I’ve seen many families using “trunki” but after checking dimensions and features it didn’t fit quite well for our needs, to be honest. So here, we found online this cute one, from Sophia the first. What we liked the most was the 4 wheels, makes it easier to push around the airport and the hard case…our child would seat on it every time she wanted a break. Plus, compared to other ones, had enough room to actually carry a few things in it.

#2 The Travel Pillow

We bought ours from Poundland (it was more than a pound) but you can easily find it in other places such as Primark, M&S, Quality Save, that it’s up to your pocket. This is a must if you’re travelling with little ones so you can protect them from any stiff neck during the flight.  Trust me, if you’re lucky enough, they will fall asleep and you will need this pillow.

#3 The Snacks

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Doesn’t it happen in your family that every time you go out with your kids they suddenly get starving as if they hadn’t eaten for a month?! Well, flights are not any different, apart from the money you can spend if you decide to buy things at the airport. Where, for example, a bottle of water can cost you almost 2 pounds and if you buy the food during the flight you can expect to pay 3 times the cost of a Tesco meal…

So, since you are flying with kids, you can put some snacks in your cabin bag, just don’t buy any drinks before the trip, remember that anything bigger than 100ml will be taken out at customs. For our last flight, we bought some crisps, small bags of fruit and cereal bars from Asda. Also, don’t forget if you’re flying with a baby you are allowed to take with you your baby’s food along with some milk. Just in case, it is always safe to check the airline you’re flying with beforehand.

#4 The Entertainment

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You can see the colouring AND the travel pillow ! (a spiderman fan 😉 )

Let’s be honest, the excitement of seeing an aeroplane will last them, for how long, maybe 20-30 minutes…then you are in a place where there are loads of people, many corridors, too many gates and doors, so you want them to be entertained and by your side. For our little E, who’s 8 months old now, on our last flight he was 5, we took a few of his toys (the small ones of course) For princess J, we took a colouring book, some crayons, and a couple of barbies. She paid more attention to colouring than to playing so probably next time Barbie won’t get to come with us! But you know your children and will pick the right entertainment for them. Our advice, make it small and easy to carry. Something that in any case you can put inside your hand luggage at any time.

#5 The wipes

Between snacks, running around, crying, or whatever you need, it is always safe to have some baby wipes handy. You will use them for anything, ANYTHING! 😉

#6 Kids app that will work off-line

Or during plane-mode. If your iPad or any other device is full of games that will only work online you won’t want them to spend all your internet during the flight or while waiting at the airport. So better safe than sorry and make sure you have the right apps for them, along with some children movies that you previously downloaded. Oh! and don’t forget the headphones! You don’t want to be a pain for whoever is sitting next to you.

Oh well, now that you are super ready with our top 6 things to take with you when flying with kids, relax and enjoy the flight! Wherever you are going, and no matter how long or horrible the experience may be, -hopefully not- remember that it will only be a small part of your whole journey! 🙂

Any other recommendations? Things that have worked for you? Looking forward to reading them 🙂