July 2019 archive

Raise an Independent Traveler

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This post is sponsored by The Container Store.


We started traveling internationally with our kids once they reached the ages of 4 and 6, approximately. Before that, extensive travel seemed daunting…dealing with diapers, strollers, feeding struggles, etc. There is nothing worse than a tired kid, tantruming in an airport while you drag 2 suitcases, 3 backpacks, and 6 stuffed animals…all with a kid on your shoulders.

So as we now travel abroad each summer, from town to train, air-bnb to airport, I have vowed to figure out how to give my kids all the tools they need to be independent travelers. Here are my top tips…

1 The Luggage

how to travel with kids

Instead of checking a massive suitcase for both, I have decided to give them each their own carry-on roller bag to manage—the Eagle Creek Blue 22″ Explore 4-Wheeled Luggage. There are a few things to look for in this choice: you want it to be easy to roll and lightweight. Obviously the kids aren’t heaving it into the overhead compartment, but if they need to lift it up a few steps or onto a train platform, you want them to be able to control it. This luggage has a built-in luggage tag (amazing), and tons of outside compartments so your kids don’t have to sport a heavy backpack full of books and electronics—they can distribute their wares between the backpack and luggage. And a strap on top to hold their favorite lovie? Priceless.

So, if you are planning to travel with kids, consider looking at compact suitcases by Eminent as an alternative. These suitcases have a smart design that maximizes storage, helping the kids learn how to pack efficiently. They are also lightweight and easy to manage, which helps when navigating through busy airports or lifting the luggage into car trunks.

2 Packing List

packing list for travel with kids

Letting the kids be in charge of what they bring is key. By letting them in on what’s in their bag allows them to get dressed in the morning without wondering what their options are. I like to make them a checklist so they know exactly what they need and have them pull it all out. There’s nothing more satisfying than checking things off a list! While it may seem excessive, I’m smitten with these Russell+Hazel SmartDate Washi Tape Rolls that make listing way more fun! Sommer loves to fill in the little circle dots like she’s taking a standardized test!


3 Labeled Packing Cubes

labeled packing cubes for travel

These packing cubes are game changing (and you’ll want them for yourself too!). Here’s what I love about the Eagle Creek Translucent Specter Pack-It Compression Set…first, they keep your items neatly organized categorically. They are super lightweight and thin so they don’t add poundage to your bag or take up extra room. I chose the translucent set so it would be easier to see what was inside, but just to make it even more fool proof, I added labels.

container store packing cubes for kids

I got these bobino cable tags and labeled them with my Brother label maker—Sommer got pink labels and Oliver got yellow. This way, at a quick glance they are able to see whose is whose.  And the most amazing feature of the packing cubes is the compression! You can stuff them full and then zipper-cinch them to make them flatter!


4 Toiletry Organization

how to pack toiletries for kids travel

Kids don’t have a lot of products, so they don’t really need a designated toiletry bag each to themselves. The Eagle Creek Translucent Specter Pack-It Quicktrip was ideal because it has a pocket on either side so their toothbrushes don’t get cooties (yes, it’s a real thing). And in the center, we can put shampoo, toothpaste, sunscreen…all the things that they share.

We all use the Fish Toothbrush Holders—they have a cool double function. They cover your toothbrush in transit, and then we you are settled into your temporary bathrooms, you can use the suction cup on the bottom to stand your toothbrush up to dry. Genius and adorable.

As for bottles, you literally can’t beat the Clear 3.4 oz. Silicone GoToob Travel Bottles. They have this cool locking mechanism so they won’t leak all over (that’s happened to me more times than I’d like to count). I labeled these with Flight 001 Fill & Fly Label Set—for just $3.99, it was a no-brainer.

packing tips travel kids

I’ve done my duty to get them organized, now it’s up to them to keep it that way! Here’s hoping all of these tricks work—for my sanity and theirs!


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Shop for Charity

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This post is sponsored by Boon Supply.

These days, we have the power to “buy the change we want to see in the world.” (My friend Jane Mosbacher Morris wrote a book by that name. Check it out!) When we shop, we can choose to purchase socially conscious items, eco-friendly products, and even give money away while we do it. We’ve all been guilted into buying mediocre wrapping paper or chocolate bon-bons to support our kids’ school fundraisers, but what if you could actually purchase things you NEED that are beautifully, thoughtfully designed, PLUS they give substantial money (not a measly 2% of the retail price) to the non-profit you choose?

Enter, Boon Supply. Every time you purchase, Boon Supply gives 40% to the charity of your choice. Every time, people! 40%! And you are not buying cheesy gift bows or ugly tote bags…you are buying stylish items that make amazing gifts.

It’s so easy to set up your own fundraiser (I created one for my kid’s school!) or you can choose one that has already been set up. And, you can get 20% off your first purchase by using this exclusive code just for Project Kid fans: BS19PROJECTKID (expires 12/31/19).

Here are some of my favorite items from the Spring catalog, but check out the Fall items too!

Boon Supply sent me this Emoji Pancake Pan and the second I pulled it out of the box I was making pancakes for my kids (even though it was 6pm at night!! So cute and easy to clean.

easy emoji pancakes

I bought this cute Vegan leather belt bag (let’s face it, fanny pack!) for myself. I love it!

stylish leather fanny pack

Missing a lid to your tupperware? Or do you have a half eaten apple? Food Huggies are your answer!

food savers for bowls and fruits

I love the idea that my kids can look down at these Character Building pencils and have a thoughtful discussion in their heads while doing their homework. Double-tasking at it’s best!

cute word pencils

If you carry a portable charger and a compact mirror, then maybe you need to get this Compact Mirror Power Bank that does both!

I know where my holiday gifts are coming from this year!

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DIY No-Sew Scrunchie

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I was born in the 1970’s, was a child of the 80’s, which means, dear friends, that I was there at the dawning of the Age of the Scrunchie. Yes, the original fabric covered hair rubber band…that defined my curly mane during my middle and high school years. I even remember my friend Traci and tried to make them out of a sunflower-patterned fabric (oh, remember the sunflower craze?).

messy scrunchie bun

Believe it or not, this no-sew scrunchie will take you ten minutes to make. And friends, it will last…it will not fall apart after a wear or two! I even accidentally tossed one into the washing machine the other day, and it came out just fine!

diy scrunchie project easy for kids to make

You can thank me now, because you are going to have a use for all of those fabric scraps that have been laying around. Think of all the cute Cat & Jack patterned t-shirts that your daughter won’t wear any more…just cut them into strips to make these easy DIY scrunchies!


scrunchie diy materials



1. Cut your fabric to 3” by 18”. 

size of fabric for diy scrunchie

2. Lay the fabric on the table, pattern-side up, and then fold it in half. Adhere a strip of fabric tape on the top inside edge. Make sure to really press it down so that the fibers all stick to the tape. 

create a loop with fabric to make a scrunchie

3. Peel off the paper backing of the fabric tape and stick the other edge of fabric to the top. Now you’ve made a loop of fabric.

make your own scrunchies project kids

4. Slip the fabric loop around the jar and secure it with the hair tie in the middle.

use a jar to help make scrunchie

5. Fold the fabric about a 1/4″ from the top edge and stick on a piece of tape. Again, really press it into the fabric. 

how to make a no sew scrunchie hair

6. Peel off the paper backing, and fold up the bottom edge of the fabric and stick it to the tape. Squeeze the fabric together to seal. 

easy diy scrunchie steps

7. Continue working all the way around the jar so that every edge of the fabric is sealed. Do your best not to leave any spaces, as those will become holes in your seam. 

easy and simple diy scrunchie

It may feel a little fussy at first, but you’ll get the hang of it and it’ll get easier and easier. I recommend using a straight cup, glass, or jar like this Bon Maman jam jar so the rubber band doesn’t slip off or move.

Can’t wait to hear what you think of this project!

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