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I know people wouldn't think to take their 6-month-old sons so soon to Disney World, but I couldn't wait. Why not? Yes, I know, they will have no memory of it, but I always will. The photos alone are precious. It was my babies first time to Disney and I’ll never forget it. It was so surreal to be going there as an "adult" with my own children. Wow! Us grown-ups also sneaked off on a few rides too.
When Ben met a life-sized Winnie the Pooh (the same character seen on a lot of his toys and on his bouncer) he extended his hand to touch the soft, silly ole bear. It was precious!
I also chronicled how I dressed the boys each day over at TOT Runway: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.
Stay tuned for my next post on some fun upcoming Disney news...
Posted by TaraMetBlog on Friday, May 17, 2013 |
Raphael, the boys and I are back in Florida, this time for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I'm super excited to be among the select bloggers invited and attending the annual event. I've really needed my Disney fix.
Although I've been to Disney World several times before, this is the first time I'm going as a mother with two boys. It's a bit surreal to be their as the parent now. Yes, I know they are not even 6-months-old yet, but it's still thrilling knowing it's their first trip to Disney World. I can't wait to take photos of them with different characters. I went out and bought them even more Disney Baby outfits to wear too. I think for a change, I'm going to go all matchy matchy on them. If not now, when?
Some of you are probably already familiar with Disney's Magical Express, but being my first time traveling with kids, it was new to me and it rocked my world! Basically, it's a complimentary airport transportation service and luggage delivery for guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
We are staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Below is the view from our balcony and the Mickey surprise that was waiting for us on the bed.
I had signed up for the free Magical Express service two weeks before our trip and they mailed me a packet with tickets and luggage tags to put on our bags:
flying with infant twins we already had our hands full. Going back should be even easier as we just check our bags in at the hotel when leaving instead of at the airport, they print our boarding passes too.
*FTC Disclosure: I was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. I paid a fee to participate. All opinions are my own.
Posted by TaraMetBlog on Thursday, May 9, 2013 |
Now that the boys are doing formula exclusively and are drinking around 7 oz per feeding, it gets quite expensive, especially since there are two of them after all. We typically go through a tub of powdered formula every 2 days. It's insane!
A less expensive option that we tried and liked is Comforts For Baby, which still provides complete nutrition that compares to the nutrition of the leading National Brands, but at a fraction of the cost. They offer a wide range of high-quality infant formulas for different sensitivities and allergies. They even have an organic one called Touch of Nature. We tried the Premium Infant Formula ($14) though, which compares to Enfamil Premium Infant. I actually liked that this formula dissolved easier so there wasn't any clumping. I also think the boys liked trying something different, but that could just be me reading into things, lol.
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Meanwhile, just when we mastered formula though, they start solid foods next month! Ahhh!
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Posted by TaraMetBlog on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 |
I'm a big Rod Stewart fan. I've seen him in concert twice (2007 post) and admire his energy and his ability to still sound just like he does on the radio so many years later. I also love his rock songs, love songs and standards. In fact, my wedding song was his version of "Have I Told You Lately." People forget just how many hits he's had: "Forever Young," "Hot Legs," "If You Think I'm Sexy," "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," and my dad's favorite, "Maggie May." Plus, many more.
Today, he's releasing a new album, Time. It's his first album of new material in almost twenty years—of course, his hairstyle hasn't changed one bit. Rod Stewart has spent four decades being a rock star, three being a parent, and has a new album's worth of rollicking stories to tell.
Stewart rediscovered the spark for songwriting while reviewing his life for his recent memoir.
"Suddenly ideas for lyrics were piling up in my head," he says. "Next thing I knew, I had a song called 'It's Over' about divorce and separation. And now I was getting up in the middle of the night and scrambling for a pen to write things down, which has never happened to me. I finished seven or eight songs very quickly and I still wasn't done, and it became apparent that I would eventually have a whole album of material to record."Along with the release of Time, Stewart is set to embark on the European leg of his Live the Life tour on June 1st, while American dates with Steve Winwood will kick off October 17th. You can bet I'll be going to see him live now for the third time!
Overall, it's a fun and upbeat album. I've been playing it while blogging. You can download the album on iTunes or order your CD at Amazon.com.
Disclosure: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review, but did NOT get any compensation. By posting, I am eligible for a drawing however. All opinions stated are my own. Boy do I hate writing these things. As a journalist I didn't have to even though I also got free CDs sent to the paper then too, but now that I'm a blogger the stupid FTC threatens everyone if they don't! Shouldn't it be the same set of rules though? Anyway...
Posted by TaraMetBlog on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 |
Since booking our flight to Florida several months ago, I've been worried and dreading flying with two 5-month old boys for three hours, plus the additional time to and from the airports. The logistics seemed daunting and I had no idea what to expect. Here's our story and some tips for flying with twin infants.
First of all, whenever possible pay extra to have a direct flight and try to fly via a smaller airport. Unfortunately, we had to depart from Laguardia, but returned at the much smaller Westchester Airport though.We chose the first flight out at 6 a.m. since those planes are less likely to be delayed, the security lines are shorter and our babies are used to sleeping at that time anyway.
For our sons to fly free, we needed "lap child" tickets, which are indeed free, but obviously two adult seats were needed too. Thus, I couldn't fly alone with them both, unless I then paid for an additional seat and brought on a car seat. Also, only one infant is allowed per each row of three seats due to their not being enough oxygen masks in case of an emergency, so Raphael and I couldn't sit next to each other. Instead, we asked for aisle seats across from each other, so that we can pass the babies and diaper bag essentials back and forth to each other if needed.
For domestic flights only a copy of a child's birth certificate is needed, not the originals thank goodness as I'd be afraid to loose them. However, no one even asked for them though, but you should have them on you just in case.
Going through security was one of the most difficult part. We lost a pacifier and a burp cloth somewhere between check-in and the gate and that's with having pacifier clips. Not to worry though, I had extras in my overflowing Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag back-pack, which allowed my hands to be free for babies. If you are traveling with breast milk or liquid formula, you can have over 3 oz, however, you have to declare that up front and there's an uncomfortable few minutes as they open the bottles, sniff the milk and then put it in a separate inspection system before handing it back. We only did this one way. The other time we brought on empty bottles and had to-go formula sticks. We then purchased a water bottle at room temperature, not from the fridge once we were near the gate and mixed their bottles while in-flight. You can also ask the flight attendants for water, but I was afraid the fasten seat belt light would be on when we needed it, etc.
If you are traveling with a stroller you can either fold it up and put it on the belt or wait for TSA to come by and inspect the stroller. We thought the latter would be easier than folding up our large double stroller, however, it took FOREVER at LGA for someone to slowly walk over to us and take a look at the stroller. We had already went through the scanner as did all our bags and car seats before they even started to look at the stroller. So, if you can, fold-up your stroller and just put it on the belt. It might take more work and juggling, but you'll be on your way quicker.
I purchased two Jeep Car Seat Travel Bags to store our gate-checked car seats in, that way they wouldn't get ripped or dirty while being stowed underneath the plane. They can also be used for larger child safety seats later on in life too. Also, they have a long handle that allows you to swing them over your should so you can hold your baby easier while walking down the jet way. This was another obstacle. We made the mistake of waiting until they welcomed children under the age of 2 on board to zip up their car seats. We were then passing babies back and forth, struggling with the car seats and diaper bag. By the time we boarded they already called the next group of passengers and we were stuck in a line with two squirmy kids. I overheard one woman say "I think she's going to drop the orange one" meaning my son Logan. I didn't, but it wasn't easy and no one seemed inclined to help or move out of the way. So my advice would be to start this process as soon as you can.
After all that, we were finally on our way and the boys were perfect. They barely made a peep. They slept for 75% of it and the remainder we fed them or entertained them with a toy or by looking at the other passengers who came by on their way to the bathroom. It helped that I dressed the boys in layers, because the temperature kept changing. Their hoodies also came in handy, because when we put the hood over them, they fell asleep easier.
Posted by TaraMetBlog on Monday, May 6, 2013 |