Archives for the ‘Travel’ Category

The past couple months and a big announcement…

Wow! It’s been over 2 months since I updated this blog. We’ve been a busy family these past couple months! Here’s what we’ve been up to since I last posted… I spent a weekend at a women’s conference in Haarlam, Netherlands which included a fun trip to the tulip gardens.   Drew surprised me with […]

Traveling Internationally with a Toddler, Part Four: Dealing with Toddler Jet-lag

If you are traveling internationally you will most likely encounter some sort of jet lag. And if you’re making that trip with a toddler- life just got a whole lot more exciting! Here’s the truth: Dealing with a jet-lagged toddler is never easy.  There is no magic solution, no way to fully prepare your little […]

Traveling Internationally with a Toddler, Part 3: On the Plane

I’ve already discussed Tips for Planning Ahead and Packing / Day of Travel Tips, today let me share with you my on-the-plane tips for traveling internationally with a toddler: –Make friends with the flight attendants- They can really make all the difference in your flight experience. Remember your please and thank-yous and don’t be afraid […]

Tips for Traveling Internationally with a Toddler, Part 2- Packing / Day of Travel Tips

In case you missed Part One- Planning Ahead, here’s a link. Day of Travel Tips: –Dress the toddler smartly– comfortable, layered clothing that is easy to change / do diapers changes in is best. Sweats or pjs are never a bad idea. This is not a day for high fashion toddler-wear. –Make eye-contact with gate […]

BlueCakes Review: NapCabs, Munich Airport

We were all tired and a bit cranky as we disembarked from our international flight back to Germany. Sure, things were about as uneventful as we could have hoped, traveling with a 14-month old and an in-cabin dog, but the 9-hour flight (and the 7 week trip that preceded it) was still exhausting- physically and […]

Tips for Traveling Internationally with a Toddler, Part One: Plan Ahead

Having just returned from a 7-week international trip with our one-year old, (which consisted of 6 flights -over 24 hours of flying time-, 2 countries, 4 US States, 3 Homes and 1 Hotel ), I feel it is appropriate to pass along some of the things I have learned about traveling internationally with a toddler. […]

No more excuses…

Oh dear friends, it’s been too long. I haven’t forgotten about you, really. I meant to write, but then… well… life with a toddler is so busy… and before you know it time gets away from you…. Blah blah blah….. Excuses! Excuses! Excuses! Let me, as my mother would say, “lay my cards on the […]


693. That is how many days it has been since I hugged and cried with by friend at the airport before boarding the flight that would end my journey in Pasadena. I cried a lot that day in July- before, during and after the flight- and there have been many many more tears since then. […]

A Pregnant American in Germany, part 6: Attitudes towards Pregnant Women

Last week, Drew and I traveled to Beijing, China. At 7 and a half months pregnant, there was no hiding the fact that I was expecting.  As I walked down the aisle of the plane to my seat I could see people starring at my belly, probably thinking to themselves, “oh no- please don’t have […]

Greetings from Beijing!

Yep, you read that correctly- Drew and I (and our baby girl in the cooker) are in Beijing, China this week! After getting the final OK from our doctor, we packed our bags and set off on one last adventure before the little one comes. Truth be told- we are mainly here for Drew to […]