Snacks for a short plane trip

Small snacks for short plane trip 1 - The Yellow SideI prepared this pack in under 10 minutes, while The Younger One was entertained and it is a very easy ready-made travel pack for a short plane trip.

I knew we were going to have breakfast at home and lunch already in our destination, so I didn’t bother with very filling food. Instead, just some things to calm down and reload the body in crucial stages of the trip (queues at the airport, etc).

Small snacks for short plane trip 3 - The Yellow SideI got a little ziplock bag full of small cereal-type snacks, and another one with nuts. Then got some fruit pouches and cereal bars. I don’t usually buy fruit pouches or cereal bars, so this are, for The Older One, real treats.

Small snacks for short plane trip 2 - The Yellow SideFor emergencies I got a little bag of fake-gummy bears (they don’t really have sugar but agave instead, because: who wants a sugared-up 2 year old on a flight?!!). and split them into small wraps (4 each) closed with masking tape.

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Add a pack of corn crackers (my favourites) and that is it, a little (that is crucial!) bag full of yummy things which don’t put anyone on a sugar rush. On the morning of the flight I ended up adding a couple of apples and pears, and they also didn’t make it to the destination ūüėČ The dry snacks did, though, and were eaten while on holiday.

Relaxing tourism with a toddler who likes running

Picture1We went for a city break in Barcelona recently and I got a lot of looks and muffled comments when I used a wrist-child-harness with The Older One.

It always annoys me that people judge without knowing anything about the situation. This time though, I was smiling, because they had no idea how much fun we were having walking from Pl. Catalunya till the Casa Batlló.

A lot of children, even if quite adventurous back home, are much quieter when they go to another city/country. Not The Older One. He has the same curiosity and tendency to get distracted with everything. Walking with him is great if we have the time, and if we are not in one of the busiest places of one of the main touristic cities in Europe.

This time it was wonderful to be able to look around when he would point at something, and see things, and chat about them. He dislikes going hand in hand, and he loved the harness because he was allowed to walk a little bit faster or a bit slower than me, and be close to me whilst still taking in the surroundings.

I lived in Barcelona (a long time ago) and have walked that way dozens of times. Still, it was like doing it for the first time. Because the taxis are not pale yellow like in Berlin, and yes you can climb onto the book sculpture but no, the pages of the book don’t have drawings and so on and so on.

The child harness is now on my travel checklist. We called it “linha” in portuguese, which makes me smille because in portuguese “estar na linha” (“stay in the line”) would be used when someone behaves well.

Surprise bag for a 2 year old – travelling by plane

Travelling by plane with a 2 year old 1 - The Yellow SideSince The Older One was born, we have been in almost 30 flights with him.

Travelling with small babies is easy. They feed, and sleep, and are happy to be in your arms. As they grow, it gets more complicated, they sleep less and want more action.

In our case, we had to start taking stuff to entertain The Older One on the plane when he was around 11/12 months old.

Today I am sharing the pack I made the last time we travelled by plane, and I would say it is great for a 2 and a half to a 3 and a half year old.

I think the key is to have a lot of different things, all packed in individual bags, all small and light and at least some of them only used in certain occasions, to keep the “novelty factor”.

1. Some kind of puzzle
This time we took some of our large Plus Plus pieces.
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2. A quiet thinking game

I love this bambino L√ľk system. Do you know it? I never knew it growing up in Portugal. Travelling by plane with a 2 year old 3 - The Yellow Side

3. Colouring pencils, a block for drawing and some stickers Travelling by plane with a 2 year old 4 - The Yellow Side 4. A small magic-wipe board Travelling by plane with a 2 year old 5 - The Yellow Side 5. A sticker book Travelling by plane with a 2 year old 6 - The Yellow Side 6. A little plastic recipient with two colours of play dough. Travelling by plane with a 2 year old 7 - The Yellow Side 7. Some very small books. Travelling by plane with a 2 year old 8 - The Yellow Side 8. Some beads and 3 pieces of elastic band to make “holiday bracelets” for him, mama and papa. Travelling by plane with a 2 year old 9 - The Yellow Side 9. A game to fit the lace in the little holes. Travelling by plane with a 2 year old 10 - The Yellow Side 10. A present. Something (little) he has been asking for… Travelling by plane with a 2 year old 11 - The Yellow Side And that was it!

Best is all fits in a small drawstring bag which we kept under the front seat. Neat right?

We also take quite a lot of snacks… I will make another post on that ūüėČTravelling by plane with a 2 year old 12 - The Yellow Side

Do you travel with your toddler by plane? Do you take anything to entertain them? Would love to hear about it on the comments!

 

[This post is not sponsored and it only reflects my opinion.]

 

 

Glamping in the Netherlands

Last Easter break (April 2015) we travelled to the Netherlands and stayed at the Duinpark Koningshof.

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It’s a fantastic place to spend some quiet family time, with really well equipped tents – although calling them tents doesn’t do them any justice… They are pretty and cosy, with wooden interiors, bathrooms, hot water and heating!

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Pros:

– Includes towels, bed sheets, duvets, blankets, kitchen utensils (including washing up liquid and towels), coffee machine (Nescafe or Senseo) and a roll of toilet paper. There is a little “den” (built on the space underneath one of the double beds) for the children to play, with some play-kitchen utensils, a little table, chair and a bean bag.
– Outside/common area is lovely, and the sand-and-water playground in the centre (see pictures above) was a hit with our older¬†one. There is also a common”play room”, with bean bags, books, pens and pencils to draw, a wooden trunk full of dress up costumes, board games, a chalk board, etc. There are tricycles for children, but not suitable for very small children (I would say they are suitable from 4-5 yo).
– Supermarket close by (in Egmond aan den Hoef) – less than a five-minute car ride.
– Choice of eggs and a variety of breads for breakfast every morning.
– Possibility of hiring some good proper Dutch bicycles (and child seats or trailers) but no helmets to lend, we had taken ours.
– Heating – which we used on some colder days.
– There is a sheep farm next door, which was a hit with our son, who asked to go and see the sheep at least 50 times a day. The farmers were lovely and showed him a 2 week old sheep.

Cons:

РOn some days there were a lot of planes flying quite low and being fairly noisy every now and then. Our son loves planes and so this was great for him (he also napped easily in the afternoon through the occasional noise of the planes), but I understand this might be annoying sometimes.
– When it was colder we used a lot of the thermal clothes we took, so it is a good idea to go prepared for some chilly weather, and also to take some rain wear for the kids (especially rain trousers and wellies to play in the water playground).
– You need a car to go around. It’s possible to do it with taxis/bicycles/ buses/etc, but with kids and stuff, you have to be brave to do that!
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Around: 

¬†Egmond aan Zee it’s a lovely sea-side village, with a (very) small aquarium, lots of little houses and shops. Quite touristy but the beach and the dunes are totally worth it.
РAmazing ice cream place close to the train station in Heiloo (Di Fiorentina, Kennemerstraatweg 380,1851 BK Heiloo).
–¬†Gastro pub¬†with lovely food just around the corner. It has a big garden with some hammocks, a playground, a trampoline and a little cage with rabbits (Herenweg 109,1934 PB Egmond aan den Hoef).
– There is a superb¬†country pub¬†build in some old stables with gorgeous food only a 10 minute car ride away (Heereweg 83,¬†1901 MC Castricum). They kept the main features including¬†a wonderful fireplace in the main room, and have a¬†lot of other dining rooms. There’s a dog walking around inside the dining rooms (not allowed in the kitchen though), and a lot of ¬†animals in the old stables (chickens, pigs, horses). There is an outside eating area, with a peaceful view to the fields and a huge playground. – We cycled to Alkmaar on a Friday morning to check out their cheese market: it was busy but we managed to taste and buy some great cheeses, and to have a great walk around the city: it’s really gorgeous.¬†
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                       Pictures above: fields of flowers and horses on the way to Alkmaar

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– Zaandam has a pretty city centre, with a little canal in the middle of a shopping pedestrian street and some gorgeous green houses. Parking in the centre was not easy and a bit expensive so maybe it is a good idea to park just outside in the train station, and then walk. It shouldn’t be longer than a 10 minute walk.
– Close to Zandaam there is a great park, Zaanse Schans, with a collection of windmills, little shops with traditional wooden shoes (we can see how they are made too!), tasty waffles, metal spoons, etc. Really worth spending some hours hanging around there (there’s also a chocolate factory next door). Going around is for free, but the parking was really expensive – ‚ā¨9!
– One day we did a day trip to Amsterdam: driving to Heiloo, leaving the car parked in the train station (for free!) and taking the train to Amsterdam is definitely worth it.

People were really lovely and I would love to go back to that region. In shops, in trains, around town, we felt that visitors, in particular visitors with small children, are very welcome.

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  Picture above: quick stop on the windy dam on our way back to Germany)

 

Now, what about Easter 2016? Camping with small children seems the way to go! Any suggestions??

 

[This post reflects only my opinion and I wasn’t asked/encouraged/sponsored in order to write it by any of the services/places mentioned.]