camping with a baby: 4 unmissable tips every mom needs

When you have a young baby, it’s hard to take them on the plane. For one thing, they can get scared, so it will make for an uncomfortable journey. And it’s a long day for a little one with so much waiting around at the airport. But as parents, we do need a break! Therefore, you should consider going on a camping trip with your small family instead. It’s a great way for you all to bond without heading abroad. Here are four unmissable tips every mom needs when they want to go camping with a young baby.

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Look for a family orientated campsite

If you are going away with your family camping, you will want to choose somewhere that is going to be fun for all of you. Therefore, you should be looking for a family orientated campsite which has all the facilities you need to ensure your family has a good trip. For example, there might be an area with toys for kids that you can go to, while your partner goes to do some fishing at one of the lakes. Also, they will have adequate baby changing facilities that you will need if you decide to tent during your camping trip. You can look online to find some great places to go with your baby for an unforgettable trip.

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Look into suitable accommodation

Although you might want to tent with your family, it’s going to be harder with your little one. There might not be enough room for their travel cot, and they might struggle to sleep in the strange surroundings. To ensure your family has a great time camping, you might want to look into a travel trailer which can be towed by your vehicle. They will have all the conveniences of home so that you can tend to your baby as necessary. Also, it means you don’t have to rely on campsites to have the right baby changing facilities. You can find a large selection of quality fifth wheels online, which would make the perfect accommodation for your camping break. It’s also an investment piece as you will use it for years to come until your kid is old enough to get on a plane.

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Check the weather before you go

You don’t want to end up unprepared when you get to the campsite. For example, if it’s going to be pouring, you need to ensure you have waterproofs to keep your little one safe. You don’t want them to catch a chill as you didn’t check the weather before you left your home! Therefore, go online and check the reports so that you can pack accordingly for your baby.

Pack plenty of diapers and wipes

When you go camping with your family, you might choose to camp somewhere that’s secluded. After all, it’s good to get away from the rest of the world. However, you need to ensure you have plenty of diapers and wipes with you, as you might be situated miles from the shops. As this feature says, they weigh nothing, so pack more than you think you will need. That way, you won’t have to end up driving miles to find diapers!

Hopefully, these tips will ensure your first camping experience with your baby is a joy, not a bad memory!

** This was a contributed post.

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in october

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 9.54.13 AMThe month of October came and went so quickly that I almost can’t believe that it was even here. These are some of the things that we got up to during that busy time.

Beard Oil DIY - 9Did you happen to see my do-it-yourself posts? First, I featured an easy beard oil tutorial. Then I had a duo candy and candle pumpkin holder, just in time for Halloween.

il_fullxfull.735150734_32zlI had several fashion posts, from a cropped jacket restyle, to a movie date outfit, to my favourite baby finds on Etsy.

Pregnancy Pillow - 3Speaking of babies, I shared my best purchase thus far, and celebrated being 20 weeks along!

Movie Date OOTD - 10Surprisingly, we only went to one film last month! However, we did watch several online, and I discussed the scariest ones here.

IMG_2740Wren from Florian shared her enchanted home tour on the blog.

Edmonton Trip - 13We also took a weekend trip to our dream Canadian city, and one that we hope to move to in just a few short months.

IMG_0887Last but not least, Truman celebrated his birthday at the end of October. He is now 3 years old.

IMG_0793Now that we are already into November, the days are getting shorter and colder. Soon there will be snow, and I will be having my 30th birthday this month. Yikes! 

Processed with VSCOcam with kk2 presetHave a wonderful hump day, friends!

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diy polaroid display

polaroid diyRemember this trip? The one where we travelled through seven states in nine days? I had brought along my Polaroid camera during our time in the USA, in hopes of photographing each state as we passed through it. We had done something similar four years ago when we drove to Colorado for our honeymoon. Similar to an outcome from a disposable camera, I ended up appreciating the Polaroid film more so than my digital shots because the results were so imperfect and one-of-a-kind. They’re irreplaceable (cue Beyoncè).

The only downside with Polaroids is that framing is not an easy task. In lieu of either ordering special frames online, or visiting several stores in hopes of coming across a cute and inexpensive solution, I tend to just stick my photos in an album. A few years ago, I crafted together my own Urban Outfitters-inspired clip string. While it certainly did the trick, after awhile I didn’t like how much space such tiny photographs were taking up. It was also a little too flimsy for the long run. This time, I was determined to make a more permanent Polaroid display. One that was not only modestly priced, but would last years.

polaroid diy - 1This is what you will need:

Polaroid photos
clipboard
crazy glue
permanent marker
stamps
ink pad
tape measure/ruler

polaroid diy - 2Steps:

1. Measure the length and width of usable space on the clipboard. Then measure the length and width of a Polaroid picture. (In order to evenly space them, you will need to figure out the appropriate and equal distances between each photograph.) Write down those measurements.

2. Tentatively arrange the photographs on the clipboard in the order that you will glue them down. Then remove them in that order.

3. Using a Sharpie, measure and mark the corners on the clipboard as to where the pictures will go.

4. One by one, add glue to the backside of each Polaroid, immediately placing them on the clipboard once you have done so.

polaroid diy - 65. Lastly (and optionally), stamp the frame with a quick description, or use a Sharpie.

polaroid diy - 5polaroid diy - 4I actually had everything that I needed to make this project, excluding the clipboard. After visiting the Dollar Store, I was all set to make it. In the end, this craft set me back a total of $1.25. Try finding a Polaroid frame for that low of a price!

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our trip in photos

Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 4Happy Labour Day, Canada and USA!

Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 1In keeping with the holiday theme, I wanted to share with everyone the pictures that were taken on our most recent vacation. I chose to do things a little differently this time around. Rather than relying solely on my digital camera and iPhone, I had purchased a disposable camera prior to our trip. I was worried that I was going to quickly burn through 27 photos, and would need to buy more than one. To my surprise, it was actually the other way around. I found myself being extremely selective about what I chose to document. Come the last day, I had not yet used the entire roll. Keep in mind that last year, I took over 300 pictures with my Canon. 

Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 7Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 6While the quality is much more grainy, and the cost of the camera and to develop the photographs came to around $40 (a little steep), I actually think that I prefer to use rolls of film rather than digital prints. It made me much more aware of my surroundings, in addition to cherishing the results that much more. Besides, there’s nothing more exciting than waiting a few days to see the results. At least for me, that is.

Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 5Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 8Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 12Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 10Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 13What are your thoughts on film vs. digital prints?

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gone fishing

Well … one of us has! Geoffrey and I will be returning to the northern lakes that I used to visit as a child for a three day vacation. He will be fishing, and I will probably be relaxing on the beaches. 

If you would like to read about where we will be staying, please click here. If not, then you can be sure that I will be publishing the photos once we get back. Plus, I have a little surprise in store for you as well!

I’ll see you all next week. Have a lovely and warm weekend.

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