Favorite Activities & Toys for Traveling

Favorite Activities & Toys for Traveling

I don't claim to be an expert on traveling with a child, but I definitely have enough experience at this point to share which activities entertained Blythe on the 15 flights we've taken in the past 6 months, 4 of which were long-haul flights (plus numerous train rides and extended travel time in cars).  In addition to the obvious recommendation that you pack plenty of snacks, particularly those that take a while to eat and will thus keep your child occupied, these are the toys and games that have served us well.  

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Mo Willems Pigeon Artwork

Common North American Dreaming Depot Pigeon (limited edition poster published by Beinecke Library)

Common North American Dreaming Depot Pigeon (limited edition poster published by Beinecke Library)

We talk a lot about whether we should let the pigeon drive the bus in our family so I was thrilled to see Mo Willems artwork featured in a recent alumni news story from my college (I don't often read these closely so I feel lucky to have stumbled upon this).  Yale's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library requested Willems to create a whimsical rendering of Pigeon in the style of John J. Audubon's "Birds of America".  Copies of the limited-edition poster are for sale, with net profits supporting New Haven Reads, a community resource center and literacy program in New Haven, Connecticut.  

Primary Kids Clothing

Primary Kids Clothing

I'm a bit late to the game on learning about Primary, a baby and children's gender-neutral fashion brand offering a range of items (shorts, leggings, t-shirts, dresses, skirts, swimwear, etc.) in a rainbow of solid colors.  I don't know about you, but I have found it next to impossible to find affordable, solid-colored clothes for B.  Occasionally I'll find them at H&M or Target, but often they are sold out which is frustrating.  And as much as I love patterns and cute prints, I like to pair them with solids.  

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Midsummer in Sweden

Midsummer in Sweden

We landed in Sweden and took a taxi to the archipelago, an area just minutes from Stockholm comprised of nearly 30,000 islands, islets, and rocks.  We spent a week on Ytterby, a tiny island near the main hub of the archipelago, Vaxholm.  We rented a cottage that used to be the village bakery house.

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