Keeping kids fed on the go can be a feat. One thing no one told me about becoming a mother is that I would quickly become a feeding gear sherpa, with pockets upon pockets full of snacks. Figuring out what are the most nutritious, easy travel options is enough to make your head spin. Whether a plane trip or simply a restaurant trip, everything you pack along needs to be combat and light. Continue reading “Kid Travel: Eating Essentials”
We’re keeping the travel with kids vibe going. A bunch of you loved the Print & Play Travel Activities I posted. But you were asking for what other tricks I pack along to keep Anderson from running up and down the aisle like a lunatic, wreaking havoc. Continue reading “Kid Travel: 6 Tools for Keeping Kids Busy On the Go”
Anderson is a seasoned traveller. I mentioned in his 1-year post that he’s been to 21 cities in his first year of life. We’re about to set off on yet another jet plane in search of some sunshine. Many of you asked how we keep him busy on all the plane, train, boat, and car rides he’s been on or how we make travel with kids seamless (FYI: it’s not. But, to us, the chaos of travel with littles is worth it in the end).
So I figured I would share these Print & Play Travel Activities that I made for a dear friend who is about to get away with her niece and nephew for spring break. These activities are for older kids, but if you have kids who are at the colouring, bingo-playing, scavenger hunting age, these are for you! Continue reading “Kid Travel: Print & Play Travel Activities”
Anderson is O N E.
It has been quite a year. From a spur of the moment, international move at 6 weeks old, to endless plane, train, boat, and road trips, this kid has lived a lot of life in the past 12 months. We are clocking in at 21 cities visited, and endless adventures had.
Well, it has been more than a hot minute since I have popped up around here. Two and a half years to be exact (can someone please tell me how that went by so quickly?). I guess I should start explaining myself, huh? Two weeks after my last post, we made the gut-wrenching decision to say good-bye to all our friends who had become family and pack up Brooklyn life. In a handful of weeks, we loaded everything into a Uhaul, and set our GPS to the PNW.
In our undergad days, Jay and I didn’t travel much. So many of our nearest and dearest were of adventuring through unchartered corners of the globe or taking semesters off to backpack India (and fall madly in love). Whereas we were sticking around the island, being boring, doing homework and saving to buy a house. However, in the last year we have set out sights on travel while we are still childless and young. So we been trying to take every opportunity that we can to escape Brooklyn and explore new corners of our incredible continent. Predominately we opt for road trips because it gives us the leisure of taking travel at our own pace. However, after doing a touch of research I learned that the train trip between NYC and Montreal has been awarded for being one of the most scenic routes on the continent. With that fact in my back pocket, tickets were bought and hotels were booked. The result of which was an exceptional long weekend escape from the city. Here are the highlights:
My first print article has been published! It is a piece detailing life as an international student at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Canadian Student is a professional education magazine that will be distributed in high schools, universities, career fairs and Canadian embassies. The aim of the publication is to promote Canadians to study abroad while also enticing international students to come to Canada to complete their higher education. It was edited to include one small spelling error but other than that I am pleased with my first real deal, publication in print. Currently, it is only available in print versions. However, many of you have been asking to give it a read so I scanned a copy to make my section of the magazine available to you: Canadian Student Magazine-Renee Jordan
Enjoy and give me all your feedback!
We have been MIA the past number of weeks. Truth be told our last month and a bit has been pure insanity. Jameson is traversing time zones and racking up airmiles like a crazy person- not that this is anything new. But between his 90 hours work weeks and flight delays we have also been wrangling some work on our house in Victoria, prepping for the US work visa lottery and grieving the very big loss of my grandpa. We have been having all the big conversations about what comes next for us if I win or if lose the US visa lottery in April. Needless to say our plates have been full.
In the middle of it though we have managed to sneak away with two of our favourite people for the weekend. This group of NYC fam jam is who we do all our travels with, and all we wanted from the weekend was to set time aside to connect with our most cherished. In very un-Renée fashion I had zero plans for our escape other than locating a cabin on AirBnB. Our only goal was to simply press pause for a few brief moments and regain some sanity. We managed to accomplish just that by barely leaving the cabin the entity of the weekend. Instead, we built fires, cozied in under warm blankets and sipped at a glass of wine while we read books. We did switch it up a bit by watching old VHS tapes of 90s rom coms but the climax of our days were long naps, hot baths and home cooked dinners. It was perfection in the truest sense. Continue reading “Get out of Town: The Catskills”
Jay and I were so fortunate to be able to spend a week in Maui celebrating two of our nearest and dearest. Ryan stood beside us five and a half years ago on our wedding day. So naturally I was a ball of mush, tears and sniffles watching Jay stand beside him as he married a girl we have both grown to know and love deeply. The first time I met Michelle was at 2 a.m. in a McDonald’s parking lot (classy I know), and since then we have to enjoyed doing life with her and Ryan. They have such an exceptional future ahead of them, and the world better get ready for their seriously fit offspring (or at least mine and Jay’s future pale, scrawny babies better) Beyond the amazing couple, we also loved being able to get some uninterrupted, low-key quality time with some of our oldest friends. We celebrated new marriages, and pending upcoming adventures. We grew acquaintanceship into full fledged, they are going to get so sick of us friendships (because we totally developed a couple crush on two amazing people who can eat as much as we do. That’s our demarcation of true friend-love right there). Friends, sunshine and beaches. I seriously cannot think of a better wedding week or winter vacation. Here are some of our ultimate highlights: Continue reading “Get Out of Town: Maui”