Friday, May 26, 2017

❤ ULTIMATE FREEBIE Friday❤ Black And White Monochromatic Stickers For Mini Happy Planner or Personal Sized Agenda

 Free Black And White Stickers For Mini Happy Planner or Personal Size Agenda



              Happy Freebie Friday! This week's freebie is all about functional planning. The black and white stickers are sized for a mini happy planner or personal sized agenda. I hope you like! If you would like to download this week's printable freebie, simply click on the images below and you will be taken to the download folder where the files are located. 

 Free Black And White Stickers For Mini Happy Planner or Personal Size Agenda

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 Free Black And White Stickers For Mini Happy Planner or Personal Size Agenda

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tips And Tricks When Flying With A Toddler

Tips For Flying with Baby Alone

      
     With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, I thought there would be no better time to share my tips for flying with a toddler. It can be extremely daunting, but rest assured, with the proper preparation the travel portion of the trip can be somewhat enjoyable. Trust me, if I could do it flying solo, you can too. 

Pre-Flight

       The preparation starts at home. You will need at to plan out two packing items: 1) baby’s check-in bag and your carry-on/personal item that will hold all your tricks and treats for keeping the baby and yourself sane throughout the flight.

1. Lay Out Suitcase A Week Before Flight:

          I like to create a packing list a week in advance and break out the suitcase to start chucking things in until the date of the flight. This helps you avoid rushing around last minute and inevitably forgetting something. Trust me, traveling with a toddler means you do not want to forget that special lovie… all hell will break loose.  Click on the image below if you would like to download my packing list.



2. Start Packing Carry-On 2 or 3 Days Before Flight:
    
         In my humble opinion, this bag will either make you or break you. I started getting my carry on ready two days prior to our flight. I chose the Longchamp LePliage Neo in Black because it was extremely easy to clean, waterproof, and had a zipper closure which made sure the contents didn’t go spilling everywhere. I absolutely LOVE this bag. It is so light so the only weight came from my the contents, every single one vital and necessary to a smooth flight.  Click on the image below to download my carry-on checklist.

 Perfect Travel Bag


         A big part of being able to quickly access everything packed in my carry-on was this bag organizer.


3. Check Off Packing List The Night Before Flight


      Trust me, it might seem tedious but you will be thanking me the day of when you've made sure to not forget a single thing. Don't forget to back baby's identifying documents as most airlines require proof of age for travel. 

4. Get To Airport SUPER SUPER SUPER Early

      I cannot stress this enough. Getting to the airport with more than enough time allows for a smooth transition at the ticket agent desk, security check and also allows for any possible mishaps. i.e. changing diapers, clothes, buying water, etc. 


Boarding


1. Wear Baby In A Carrier


      Wearing your baby in carrier frees up your arms so that you can handle paperwork, buy food or fold up your stroller at the gate without having to worry about your little one making a run for the cockpit. This is a major life savor when flying solo with baby. 



2. Pack Baby Gear In Carseat Bag If Possible

       Most airlines allow you to check baby's car seat and stroller free of charge. In order to protect your car seat I highly recommend use of a bag like this one: 


         A bonus is that some airlines let you get away with packing additional baby gear in the car seat bag, allowing room in your luggage for things like clothes.

3. Check Your Stroller At The Gate


      Another major tip is to check your stroller at the gate. First of all, this allows you to pile on your carry on bag while wearing your child or vice versa. Furthermore, having something with wheels which can carry either your child or a heavier carry-on comes in reeeeeally handy when your gate is very farm from the security check. I used our lightweight stroller which was easy to fold and it performed amazingly well. 





In Flight



1. Pack Plenty of Snacks

   Think snacks, on snacks, on snacks. Be sure to take one tried and true and one new. I loved placing them in this spill proof container that doubled as a source of entertainment for David: 


2. Multi-Purpose Toys

        Since you are traveling with limited space, it is best to take multi-purpose toys. I brought a book from Target's dollar spot that was a coloring book, story book, and sticker book all in one. I also brought a multi-sensory toy which tripled as a teether and had a ring which I could clasp on to the exterior of my bag. Major win. 



3. Portable Milk

       I love Horizon milk and was so amazed when I discovered they sell milk in small containers which do not require refrigeration. Major find for traveling! As long as the containers are sealed, security will simply swipe the exterior for clearance and you are good to go. 



        I hope this post has brought you some comfort with respect to your upcoming travels. Know that if I can do it, so can you!

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Tips For Flying with Baby Alone

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Apple Watch vs. FitBit Blaze: Which Is Better?



      I'm going to spare you all the bull **** and tell you right from the start: it all depends on who you are and what you like to do. What does this even mean?!?  If you are all about fitness (with the exception of swimmers), then the FitBit is the clear winner. No contest, not even close. It is a true fitness tracker with watch capabilities. 

      If you are all about technology, gadgets, and staying connected wherever you are, then the Apple is the clear winner here. No contest, not even close. It is a true smart watch with fitness tracking capabilities. 

      Well, what if you are both fitness oriented and love gadgets? Chances are, this very question is what brought you to this blog post. If so, keep reading. There are a couple of solutions at the end of the post. 

Fit Bit Blaze: Why it's a better fitness tracker.

  • FitBit Dashboard: cleaner and more concise;

FitBit Dashboard

  • Competing:  Challenges are already integrated into the FitBit App and are based on an Equal Unit of Measure (Steps). The app also notifies you of your progress or regress during challenges. 


  • Sleep Tracking: Is already integrated into the FitBit App and the automatic sleep detection and sleep sensitivity are amazing.


  • Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring: The FitBit tracks your heart rate every second during workouts and every 5 seconds the rest of the day. Huge win over the Apple Watch as it only checks your heart rate every 10 minutes when not in "workout" mode;

  • Heart Rate Levels: Clearly Delineates When In Fat Burning Mode. This was a huge motivator when I was on the ketogenic diet. 

  • Altimeter: The Fitbit automatically detects elevation and can thus easily track any flights of stairs you have climbed. The apple watch fails in this regard and requires the iPhone in order to track changes in elevation. 

  • Fitness Notifications: Not only does it send you notifications throughout challenges, it also celebrates and throws a mini wrist party when you reach your daily step goal. 

  • Weight:  The FitBit is extremely lightweight and less bulky, making it great for working out or sleep tracking. 

  • Battery Life: The FitBit Blaze can last about a week where the Apple Watch needs to be charged every day; 



Apple Watch: Why it's a better smart watch. 

  • Watch Face Customization: Clearly outperforms the FitBit with its ability to input pictures, weather, stocks, etc., directly on to the watch face; 

  • Graphics and Touchscreen: Far superior to the FitBit Blaze; 
  • Phone Capabilities: Ability to send and reply to texts, make phone calls, and read and respond to emails. This clearly outperforms the FitBit, wherein you can only see incoming text and calls; 
  • Apps: The ability to have applications such as 2Do and Evernote directly on your wrist is a total game changer for me. If you need to input a new task or grocery list item, you can do so directly from your wrist without having to go searching for your iPhone; 
  • Find My iPhone: Total game changer. The apple watch allows you to send your your phone a ping, enabling you to find if you have misplaced it. It even works when your phone is on silent! Totally necessary for busy moms; and 
  • Notifications: you receive all of your phone notifications on your wrist. This includes schedule reminders and task reminders, my two biggest assistants. This feature really enables me to stay on top of my schedule and daily tasks, resulting in a smoother and happier day. 

    
Which Watch Is Right For You?

   There is a clear answer if you are either a Fitness Junkie or A Tech Junkie. The real dilemma occurs when you want it all. There are two solutions: one rests in combining both the FitBit and the Apple Watch, and the Other on the Apple Watch entirely. 

Solution #1: Combining the FitBit with the Apple Watch


       This solution entails you wearing your Apple Watch and FitBit simultaneously. Yes, this might seem cumbersome but if you are a true lover of what FitBit has to offer and want the amazing smart watch capabilities of the Apple watch then you will understand the need to wear both. They are two entirely different beasts and in my humble opinion deserve their own place on my wrists. 

   That said, I opt for the slimmest FitBit, disguising it in a beautiful bangle and use the following applications to makeup for any differences and reconciliation: 

  • SyncSolver: syncs the information between your two devices and their dashboards 

  • Cardiogram: adds continuous heart rate monitoring to your apple watch. 


 Solution to Apple vs Fitbit dilemma syncing both fitness tracker and smart watch

 Solution to Apple vs Fitbit dilemma syncing both fitness tracker and smart watch


Solution #2: Apple Watch Fitness Customization 

     The second solution is reliant entirely upon the Apple Watch. You can rely on the following applications to beef up the fitness aspect of the smart watch: 


  • Cardiogram: adds continuous heart rate monitoring to your apple watch.

  • Pacer: step based challenges, however still lacking in challenge based notifications and friends must also download the pacer application.

  • FitPort: cleaner health dashboard, replacing Apple's Health Kit.  

  • SleepMatic: best sleep tracking App I have tried. In order to use, I recommend charging your watch during any down time such as showers, working on computer, or right before bed. 

      With all that said, I hope this post has helped you narrow down which watch is best for you or if you will be opting to sport both, the Apple Watch AND the FitBit. 

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Friday, May 19, 2017

❤ ULTIMATE FREEBIE Friday❤ Floral Double-Sided Weekly Inserts AND Functional Stickers


Free Floral Week On Two Pages And Stickers For Personal Agenda or Mini Happy Planner

         Happy Freebie Friday, everyone! This week's freebie is inspired by the season. I have been going on daily walks (weather permitting), and couldn't help but notice all the beautiful flowers in bloom. 

     I've created a week on two pages as well as stickers that could be sized for a personal or mini Happy Planner. Major bonus, the inserts can be printed double-sided! The inserts contain the following sections: 

  • Vertical Daily; 
  • Daily Appointments; 
  • Daily Task Tracker (Can be split into work/personal); 
  • Weekly Goals; 
  • To Do; 
  • Meal Planner; and 
  • Blank Box for your personalized use. 

        If you would like to download this week's printable freebie, simply click on the images below and you will be taken to the download folder where the files are located. 



Free Floral Week On Two Pages And Stickers For Personal Agenda or Mini Happy Planner


Free Floral Week On Two Pages And Stickers For Personal Agenda or Mini Happy Planner
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Free Floral Week On Two Pages And Stickers For Personal Agenda or Mini Happy Planner