I recently flew solo with my girlies on our summer trip from TX to CO. I spent plenty of time trying to figure out how to pack for 3 people for 7 weeks in Colorado weather (which has proven to be about as extreme as it possibly could be), but I spent practically just as much time getting my oils ready for the trip!
I know, call me obsessed. I know it's true.
But when there is something that helps my family THIS MUCH - they of course had to make the trip.
I selected a few oils to bring in roller bottles for the plane flight, and many others to pack in my checked bag to use, diffuse and share with others while I was in Colorado.
Many people ask me if they can bring oils on a plane, or how to travel with oils, so I thought I would share a few of my tips here!
Tips for Flying with Oils:
You can either check or carry-on essential oils.
I personally did a little of both.
I had roller bottles that I wanted to use pre-flight/in-flight, so obviously those had to be carried on. As long as they fit in your quart-sized ziploc for the security check, you're good to go. Even the 5ml or 15ml full sized oil bottles are fine to put in there. I also brought several full sized bottles and since I was traveling solo with 2 kiddos...my carry-on space was limited (hello diapers, wipes and extra clothes!). So I chose to check them. Do whatever works for YOU!
1. Choose a good carrying container.
For your 5 or 15ml bottles, check out a padded case. I love this one I got from Amazon (aff).
Double seal your carry-on bottles, I like putting them all in a clear ziploc bag INSIDE my quart size bag.
Get a travel keychain like this one from doTERRA - it's an easy, space saving way to bring 8 oils!
2. Double check the lids.
Screw the bottle caps on EXTRA TIGHT. You don't want your entire suitcase smelling like geranium (not that I would know...), and you don't want to lose a single drop of these precious oils!
For extra protection, you could even use a piece of packing tape across each lid (thanks for that tip, Taylor!)
3. Make your oils multi-task.
As much as you may want to bring EVERY SINGLE OIL you have because duh, you can't live without them...you don't have to! Luckily, so many oils have multiple uses, you can pick the ones that can double/triple/quadruple for multiple uses. Think about the oils you use most frequently, and go from there. I brought a few more than usual, because I was leaving for so long, and because I had many classes planned and wanted to be prepared. See my top 5 must-have oils below!
Instead of bringing a large bottle of fractionated coconut oil for your carrier oil, fill an empty 15ml bottle with FCO. That way you can dilute on the go without taking up much space!
My Top 5 Oils for Flying
If your space is super limited, here are my top 5 favorite oils to have while traveling. These are the ones I chose to carry-on with me so I could use them throughout our travel day. They are super versatile and perfect for all things travel related.
I ONLY use and promote doTERRA essential oils because of their purity, potency and sustainable sourcing practices. Please educate yourself on the quality of the oils you choose for you and your family. Don't waste your money on health food store oils! To read more about why I love doTERRA and to order - click here.
1. Peppermint - I love having this one on hand all of the time. Roll-it on the temples or neck to help with head tension (doesn't the air pressure and weird travel smells always make you feel ick?) or use on the belly if you get motion sickness or are feeling woozy on a turbulent flight.
2. Lavender - this is a great oil for calming and sleep. I rubbed this on my kiddos toes to help them finally take a nap, and it's great for stress relief or to just give you that little feel of "zen" while you sit back and enjoy your flight. Do people do that? I mean, 2 kids later, I've forgotten what it's like to "sit back and enjoy" my flight. Thank goodness for lavender, I can pretend I'm at a spa for .26 seconds.
3. OnGuard - airports, airplanes, public bathrooms....HELLO GERMS! It seems like everyone always gets some sort of bug after traveling! OnGuard is perfect for supporting a healthy immune system before, during and after travel. It is also extremely effective at cleaning surfaces and hands. We use our roller bottle as a make-shift hand sanitizer and massage it into our hands throughout the day. I also like to spray it (or drop it) on the tray tables and wipe it off before my kids eat off them (or chew on them...).
4. Breathe - I recently learned that the main reason we often struggle with ear pain/pressure during a flight, is actually do to the changing pressure and congestion in our sinuses. This makes Breathe, the perfect oil for in-flight. It will help open your airways to keep everything clear. Plus it's a very clean, invigorating scent to get you through your long day!
5. Balance - last, but definitely NOT least. What is life without Balance? Balance is a doTERRA blend of woodsy, earthy oils that will seriously bring you down whenever your stress flag is flying high. Whether you're flying solo with a gaggle of children, or hustling through a busy airport on your way to an important meeting, Balance will help ground you and keep your stress levels down. You can't control delayed flights or annoying kids behind you (sorry in advance...they're mine) but you can keep Balance close by! I personally use Balance daily, it's one of my mama essentials, but it's extra helpful for traveling days. You just never know what stressors you may need to deal with, so know you're armed!
how about you?
Where are your summer travels taking you this year?
What is your must-have essential oil?
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Having a second baby is a big transition for a family! It's so different than having your first - while that is completely life-changing, everything is so focused on that first new little baby, that not much else has to be worried about. I've found with baby #2, the biggest thing is that we are still ON THE MOVE all the time (hello, 2 year old ball of energy), so we need to find ways to adapt and bring new baby along for the ride! When you add another little one to the bunch, you usually don't need too many new things, especially if it's the same gender, but there are a few things that can make life a whole lot easier.
Now honestly - if this were my dream must-have list it would include a house cleaner, a professional chef and a lawn guy. But let's be real. I've got it down to 4 must-haves for baby #2!
1. Covered Goods Multi-Use Nursing Cover
Ok - this thing is THE.BEST.THING.EVER. I've gotten so many compliments on it and I really don't know how I lived without it the first time around. This Covered Goods cover is not just a must-have for baby #2 - it's a must have for ANY mama! We are on the go a lot, and luckily, breastfeeding is portable. BUT - I always hated how I was struggling with those apron covers - flashing side-boob, bare back, tangling up trying to see the baby...really I felt like I was drawing more attention to myself trying to nurse with one of those than if I just whipped it out uncovered! Covered Goods changed all of that. It's so easy (and comfy!) to slip on, everything is covered, baby has plenty of room and I can easily peek at her from above. The fabric is so comfy and not hot, so it's perfect for this South Texas mama! In less than 2 months I've used it at the beach, in coffee shops, at football games, at friend's houses and more!
While I absolutely LOVE this as a nursing cover, I've probably gotten even more use out of it as a carseat cover. It keeps the sun off of little Hallie without it getting super hot in there, and keeps curious eyes and hands off of her in public (I know, protective parent!). Miss Mak loves peeking at her when she rides in the back of the cart and narrating whether she's awake or asleep.
The other way I've gotten to use this cover is as a cart cover! Carts are NASTY y'all - so when Miss Mak is riding in front and Hallie is in the Ergo, it's the perfect way to keep the germs at bay. My old bulky cart cover somehow vanished in the past 2 months so this has been great to have on hand!
I love how lightweight and small this is to keep with me all the time. I can easily throw it in my diaper bag and have it on hand everywhere we go! If you have little ones...you need this cover!
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2. BOB Revolution Duallie
When I found out I was pregnant, I think the first thing I did was start searching for used BOB Revolution Duallies. I knew how important and awesome my single was for us, and it was definitely a must-have for baby #2! My dad found and gifted us with this awesome used Duallie and we've already gotten a lot of use out of it! Unfortunately, Hallie isn't a big fan of carseats or strollers (or anything but mama's arms, really...) so a lot of our walks and runs are serenaded by her crying. I'm hoping that as she gets a little older she'll learn to love runs in the BOB as much as me and her big sister do! I still call this a must-have for any mom who is hoping to run with her 2 littles. It's great for walks, the beach and groomed hiking trails too. It's bulky, but totally worth the size for the comfort and ease of pushing! I've gotta share something off of my wish-list here too...if you're needing to haul your double BOB around in the car, this Scout carrier hitch is awesome! I really want to get one to clear out our trunk again!
I totally recommend checking your local resale sites for used BOBs, because they are expensive! But you can also find them on Amazon!
3. A Baby Carrier
I don't know how moms of more than 1 kid live without some sort of baby carrier. When you just have one, it's totally acceptable to just sit in a chair and cuddle and rock them all day. If you have a toddler in the house, you know that's not really an option! For us, Miss Hallie really hates sitting in all-of-the-things (ie: bouncer, swing, carseat, stroller...) so this is a total lifesaver. She loves being snug up with mama, and mama can still play with big sister, clean the house, go for walks, workout, cook dinner and more!). I have both the Boba Wrap (like this) and the Ergo carrier with an infant insert. (like this one). The Boba is super cozy and she's really cuddled up in there, but it can be a little more cumbersome to wrap up on the go (lots of material!), and can get really hot when we are outside. I use the Ergo a lot more, it's easy to slip on and it breathes better for both of us! We switch them up though. There are tons of great wraps and carriers out there so just find one that works for you!
Apparently I still always have 2 hands full even with a kiddo on the carrier!
4. Backpack Diaper Bag
I knew when I got pregnant with #2 that I HAD to upgrade from my SkipHop diaper bag. I was resistant to the backpack thing with Miss Mak because I thought I would be "that mom"...but then reality sinks in and you realize that backpacks RULE! And hey - I still don't wear fanny packs or drive a mini-van so I still have a little cool left...right? Plus, there are a lot of really cool backpacks out there these days! I found all of these super expensive backpack diaper bags out there but knew that wasn't in the budget. I had 2 requirements: a waterbottle holder, a strap to hook over a stroller, and lots of pockets. Randomly on Amazon one day this one popped up (how do they know me so well!?) and I was sold! There are seriously a zillion pockets, an insulated water bottle holder, it's comfortable to wear and has an extra strap for wearing over your shoulder or hooking on a stroller. Plus it's not super girly so I can make my hubby carry it too!
That's it! My 4 Must-Haves! I've loved keeping things simple with baby #2! What would you add to the list? Anything I've missed or will need down the road?
Woohoo! Book review time! I'm not sure if I've actually ever done a full book review here on the blog so I guess today is the day! I had mixed emotions when I received the book "Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe" by Becky Wade to read and review. First, I was super excited! I've been dying to dig into a good book, and one about running, traveling and an Olympic hopeful? Sounded good to me! I was a bit skeptical too. I've often found in books written by runners that they are either a.) poorly written or b.) a brag-fest, mostly talking about their own accomplishments, race times and awards. I'm happy to announce that Run the World is NEITHER OF THESE THINGS! Yes!
Becky Wade has chronicled her year spent traveling the world, immersing herself in running cultures in countries from Ethiopia to Australia to Finland, and numerous stops in between! I was quickly engrossed in her stories, and anxiously awaited reading about her next stops around the globe. It was the perfect mix of running history, cultural tidbits (and lots about FOOD!), training observations and experimentations and Becky's personal stories. I love running wherever I travel, and she took this concept to a whole new level. I especially loved her insight into recreational and competitive running in each country, and gleaned bits and pieces from everywhere to incorporate into her own running regimen. By the end of the book not only was I inspired as a runner, I felt like I knew Becky Wade, and maybe even for a few minutes forgot that she would kick my booty if we ever went out for a run together!
With the Rio Olympics less than 2 weeks away (yippee!!!) this book was a perfect read to help me pass the time until they begin! I've been waiting pretty much 3.9 years for August 5th to roll around, so getting to know the story behind an athlete as well as about athletic cultures across the world was so timely! I only wish that I could be cheering Becky on in the Olympics but unfortunately, she didn't make the U.S. team this time around. Needless to say, I'll have a new perspective when watching the running events in Rio, and will be on the look-out for athletes from the countries that I now feel so much more connected to! If you love running, traveling or the Olympics, you should totally check out this book. It was just released earlier this month and is available on Amazon!
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