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5 Baby Tips for the Adventurous On-the-Go Mama

I’m a photographer, an entrepreneur, actively involved in my church, and I own a couple other small businesses that keep me busy. I also love to travel and go on adventures.

I’m also a mama to a busy one year old¬†-my favorite (& hardest!) job ūüôā

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Last year, we traveled to South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Washington, British Columbia, the Yukon, Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, and Honduras.

All with a baby.

From August through December of last year I wasn’t home for more than  2 weeks at a time… that’s 5 months of travel.

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People ask me all the time how I do it… but to be honest, I think of all the amazing mamas out there with like 5 kids, and wonder how THEY do it! I mean I only have one, and I’m not running around to soccer practice. But at the same time, I do work from home, and I do travel alot as you can see!

I definitely don’t think I have all the answers, but¬†if¬†you like to adventure, you’re always on the go, and you have a baby, I hope these tips help you out!

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  1. Use a wrap or baby carrier

    When Wilder was tiny, 0-6months,¬†I always used my wrap. I have the Sollybaby and I love it because it is so light weight and I feel like I’m just wearing a t shirt. ¬†Does your newborn not like the baby wrap? Give it time! They have to get used to it. And make sure you’re using it correctly.

    Another tip for using your wrap – wrap it on you at home before you go to the store, so that you don’t have to do it in the parking lot and let the ends of the wrap touch the ground.

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    When Wilder started getting¬†bigger, and more curious,¬†I started using the¬†Lillebaby complete airflow¬†carrier because he loves being front facing. (I picked the airflow because I live in a year round warm climate)I love it! I always keep my Lillebaby¬†in the car so it’s ready to go! I have a pacifier clipped to it so I always have one handy.

    Strollers are fine for some things, but I’ve found that babywearing is SO much quicker for being an on-the-go mama.¬†I don’t have to pull it out, set it up, and strap him in. He just goes with me (and I get a little work out ūüėČ ¬†)

    One time I was traveling out of state by myself with baby, and I tried to take my stroller to the airport with me to see if I liked it better than just baby wearing. It was the worst mistake I ever made! Well, not really haha. But I absolutely hated it! It took forever finding all the elevators, I had to wait in line with all the wheelchairs, and one of the pieces of my stroller broke off. At one point I ended up holding Wilder, folding up the stroller, and carrying it AND my carry on just so I could use an escalator.

    If you love using your stroller at the airport and it works for you great! But I think I am just so used to the ease of babywearing! Now when I have multiple kids we’ll see what happens… ūüėČ

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  2. Get a good nursing cover for on the go nursing

    I’ve nursed on the beach, in the car, at the airport, in a restaurant, you name it. For our lifestyle, I didn’t want to feel like I couldn’t keep going just because I had a baby. I also didn’t want to always run to the car for feeding. So I love having a simple handy cover that fits in my diaper bag!

    I have this one¬†from Target, but there are plenty out there. One reason I love the style of mine is because I can naturally see baby’s face and there’s more airflow because of the¬†rigiflex neckline.

  3. Teach your baby to sleep through noise

    From day one, we didn’t close baby’s¬†door during nap time,¬†or make the room dark, or anything like that. He got used to having random noise and can now sleep in the car, on the plane, in his car seat at a restaurant, or at a friend’s house.

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    Now, he isn’t perfect every time, but now he knows it’s sleepy time when we give him his special blanky and put him down.¬†When people are at my house, they are frequently amazed that I can just put him down and walk away when it’s nap time.

  4. Know your baby’s routine/ schedule so you can plan errands accordingly

    For the first nine months or so, we used the Babywise schedule so Wilder was nursing every 3 or so hours and we had him on the Eat, Wake, Sleep routine. That was so helpful cause I always knew what was next, what he needed, and he was always full and happy.

    Even if you’re not super into “scheduling” your baby will fall into a natural schedule, so learn them, so you know what they need throughout the day and can plan to be out and about when they are rested, full, and happy.

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  5. Keep your diaper bag always packed and ready to go, and in it’s place

    Keep it stashed with plenty of snacks, water or whatever you are giving your baby depending on their age, plenty of diapers, wipes, rash cream, toys, 2 extra outfits, and disposable bags for soiled diapers. Find what works for you.

    Here are 10 things I keep in my diaper bag¬†. This was when Wilder was exclusively nursing so now I need to add snacks in there! Wilder is 14 months now, and I’ve found that cheerios can keep him entertained and sitting happily on my lap for a long time, so when I’m in a restaurant it’s awesome!

    Also make sure you have a place your diaper bag goes so you can always find it. A shelf in the closet in baby’s room, in the closet by the front door, etc. The last thing you need when you’re running out the door is to have to spend a ton of time looking for it!

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Hopefully these 5 tips will help you be able to go out there and do what you do best – adventure!!! ūüėÄ

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What about you? Do you have any other helpful tips for on the go mamas?

Elizabeth in Camel {Lily Jade Diaper Bag} Review

I recently received my new Lily Jade diaper bag, the Elizabeth in Camel, and I am in LOVE! I just had to share some photos with you all.

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You may have seen my 10 Helpful things to Keep in Your Diaper Bag post. When I became a mom¬†I was astonished at the number of not-so-pretty¬†¬†diaper bags (Bright pink ladybugs swirling around lime green leaves?). I also didn’t like the idea of having to carry a separate clunky bag with me as well as my purse… and a baby…!

So that’s why when I was introduced to Lily Jade bags, I fell in love. This company cares about making gorgeous quality bags that are the most practical I have seen.

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The Elizabeth in Camel converts from a normal shoulder carry to a backpack style carry which is nice for baby wearing and carrying.Lily-Jade-Elizabeth-in-Camel-Suzy-VanDyke-009.jpg
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The outside has two large front pockets with magnetic closure, another back pocket which is perfect for carrying a book, and two side pockets. The inside has a large zipper pocket, cell phone pocket, and medium sized pocket.

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Each bag also has a separate washable diaper bag insert which is perfect to leave with a babysitter, or in the church nursery.

Lily-Jade-Elizabeth-in-camel-Suzy-VanDyke_0036The other reason why I LOVE this company is that they are pro-life and pro-adoption.  Every month they send a free diaper bag as a gift to an adoptive mommy РI love that they make their company about something bigger than themselves. The adoption process is so long and tedious that I know these mamas feel so loved and encouraged when they get their bag.
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**This is a sponsored post Рwith thoughts and opinions completely my own. I only review and endorse companies I use, love and believe in. This is one of my favorite baby gear companies!

We Made it to Honduras! + A Few Family Photos

After an exciting red eye flight, and layover in San Salvador, we made it to Honduras! We only¬†arrived hours ago,¬†but I already have a few fun memories.¬†¬†Delicious dinner with our sweet missionary friends, Christy and Mark, and their awesome kids. Walking back over to the house where we’re staying, in the¬†POURING rain thinking it wouldn’t be a big deal (We got soaked. And yes we had a big umbrella. Funny how the combo of wind plus rain makes umbrellas not quite as useful.)

The warm air on our skin, the crash of thunder and streaks of lightning –¬†all while I’m laughing my head off and Lukas is clutching the umbrella tight around us as we try to avoid the growing streams and Wilder is unsure of the whole situation we got him into.

Then lighting the candles in our cute little guest house all prepared for us, and snuggling on the bed in fresh dry clothes listening to the thunder crash in the flicker of the glowing orange light…

I’m so excited for what is ahead. And Lukas and I feel so loved and cared for by all your kind messages and prayers for us¬†– thank you! Please keep leaving us comments and staying in touch! <3

If you missed it, you can read more about what we will be doing here in this blog post ūüôā

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The stunning¬†Lago de Yojoa we saw on our drive from the airport to Siguatepeque…

Now that we are here, I can’t believe just¬†two weeks ago we were at the Showit United conference in Arizona. ¬†We¬†modeled for one of the shoot outs, and I just HAVE¬†to share some of my favorite images from the shoot!¬†ūüôā¬†Thank you everyone who joined us, fun times!

Thank you Rachel Zee for these images!

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Thank you Ann Keen for these images and putting the shoot together!

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