5 Reasons to Travel with your Kids

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One thing my husband and I promised ourselves when we started planning to have a baby is that we wouldn’t to stop traveling after becoming parents.  I KNOW the struggle that is traveling with little ones, but we didnt want to just give it up because that is what most parents do.  We wanted to try it out knowing we would have challenges, but not giving up on one of our passions. Back when we were imagining ourselves as parents, we would see ourselves traveling all over with our son/daughter.  It’s a dream of mine to travel all over and I love thinking how we can do it as a family of 3 now.  I am so grateful that we are able to give Atticus so many experiences that Justin and I never had growing up. Now we can go through these amazing travels together as a family.   At his age he has probably experienced more than I ever did in my 20s and I love giving him memories to look back on.

So here are my 5 reason why you should travel with your kids!

  1. Experiences.  There is no better gift to give your child than life experiences.  Taking them new places, as hard as it may seem, will give him experience to be somewhere new. He will eventually learn how to travel and get used to and love it as much as we do. Seeing new sceneries, exploring outdoors, eating different foods, feeling different seasons, staying new places.
  2. Memories.  Giving him all these experiences will create memories that will last a lifetime.  Not just for him, but for us.  This is so fulfilling for anyones life.
  3. Strong family bonds.  I believe while doing the things we love and spending this quality time as a family creates a stronger family bond and relationship with each other.  Being outside the comfort of your home and daily routines can help us learn much more about each other as we are in new places seeing and trying new things.  We are also 100% of the time together, this creates conversations and more memories for a lifetime.
  4. Breaking routines.  Traveling while being a parent is so necessary to break routines and little mental break for our daily lives.  Even though we are parents, it doesn’t mean we need to stop doing the things we love.  Why don’t we invite our kids to be part of it?  Our kids are watching everything we do and how we are as a person.  I feel they learn everything from us, so show them your passions so he can create his own and do them with his kids in the future!
  5. Education. There is not a better way to educate your children than through immersion and hands-on experiences. Going to the aquarium or to a new museum can give new opportunities for your children to learn about topics they may not encounter in their day-to-day lives.  They love learning more this way than their regular classroom, at least I think is more fun!

I hope you enjoyed reading the “Why” to travel with your kids and understand our perspective!  Non of this is saying it will be easy, especially the younger years.  I have a toddler, I KNOW!  In no way I want you to think our lives are perfect and we don’t have challenges when we travel.  Always make sure to add activities that they will enjoy!  It is hard, going out to eat has to be short and we have to take a break in the middle so he can take his long nap.  It is all worth it.

Love,

Natalia

 

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The Humble Straw Bag

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Shopping ethically is something that I have been more passionate about in the last year. I guess becoming a mom has a great part of it, thinking of all the people who are exploited daily in developing countries, including kids.  Finding companies that support ethically made goods and artisans is something I am always looking for.  Artisan & Fox is the perfect ethical artisan market to find goods made by real artisans.  This perfect straw bag is from this market! I am just in love with it.  I have always wanted a straw basket to add to my wardrobe, and it can be part of my home decor when I’m not using it! Win win.  I love how Artisan & Fox showcases the artisans under each item.

This beautiful straw bag, called The Humble Straw Bag, was made in Cam Kim Island Vietnam by artisan Hien.  It was handcrafted using traditional Vietnamese techniques and it takes Hien approximately two days to weave.  The site also gives a little personal story where the artisan comes from and the hopes from the goods they make.  Hien makes this straw bags to contribute to her income from running a small grocery stall in the nearby markets and hopes to support her two sons through university, and teach the other women in the village how to weave her iconic straw bags.

Go to Artisan & Fox and be inspired about their story and support local artisans!

Love,

Natalia

wearing:

dress- Madewell | shoes- Nisolo | hat- Lack of Color | bag- c/o Artisan & Fox

**The Humble Straw Bag was gifted to my by Artisan and Fox, but all opinions are my own.**

Photos by The Graceful Light

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Summer 10×10 Challenge 2018

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Hello friends! I am so excited to show you my recap of the #Summer10x10 Challenge!  It is my third time trying the #10x10Challenge and this has been my most successful one to date.  You can see my #Spring10x10 recap for this year here.  I love that Lee of Style Bee created this challenge and continues to host it every season.  I love that there is a huge community that comes together to do this challenge, creating new friends and adding more inspiration for others to see and learn.  A challenge doesn’t come without challenges, right? Duh, haha. A couple of my personal challenges are- I am a stay at home mom, of a toddler, boy, physically active and always has food in his face. I had to wash my items a couple of times because of this.  It’s ok though, because I love him so much it doesn’t bother me! Another challenge I was afraid to face was my boy getting sick,  this is something I can’t control and he is priority! But thank God he hasn’t been sick in a couple of months, making this challenge easier!  Another challenge is since I am a SAHM, I don’t have a place to go to every day.  I have to put extra effort to make plans to go out and get off my house clothes and get dressed.  At the end of the challenge I was so happy with the results and I genuinely loved every outfit I put together! Keep scrolling to see daily pictures, my 10 items, bonus outfits and recap questions!

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My 10 Items

I love every single one of these items on my challenge! Super versatile pieces, some could be paired 4 times.  This time around I really worked towards staying with a cohesive color palette that would make pairing much easier, and a color palette I would love when looking at the pieces from far away!

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1| Tradlands Box Top Everyday Chambray

2| Tradlands Highland Sleeveless Essential White

3| Universal Thread Crew Neck T-Shirt White

4| Madewell Strap Tank Top Bone (similar)

5| Everlane Modern Boyfriend Jean Mid Blue

6| Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant Ochre

7| Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant Bone

8| Madewell Apron Tie-Waist Dress Antique Coral

9| Nisolo Isla Slide Sandal Bone

10| Avarca USA Pons Classic Style Brown

2 Bonus Outfits

Here are 2 extra outfits I put together from my 10 items for my challenge.  This makes me feel that I was extra successful on the Summer Challenge and that the pieces I chose were highly versatile.

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Recap Questions

1| What were your #Summer10x10 Challenge goals?

To find the most versatile pieces that would create more than 10 outfits.  Creating outfits that are realistic for my lifestyle.  Using this challenge to make myself go out more and socialize.  There’s no better feeling than getting ready and dressed even though there is nothing special happening!

2| What did you learn about your personal style?

I learn that I love white/bone colors.  Most of my picks were this color.  I learned that I love t-shirts more than I did before, probably because I know how to style them in a way that doesn’t look to basic.

3| What was your 10×10 star piece?

I feel the star pieces was my Madewell dress.  I was surprised that I could style more than just a dress.  This inspired others to do the same with this dress!

4| Were there any pieces you would consider a mistake?

I don’t consider any a mistake! It’s more that this pieces was not practical for my daily life and more for the weekend out by myself.  The Everlane Wide Leg in Bone.  I couldn’t wear this through the week because it would have been dirty in one second with my toddler! Haha.

5|Were your items weather appropriate?

Yes they were! I live in Florida, so it is very hot.  I wish I had shorts to make it less hot for me, but I haven’t found I pair I love!

6| Which outfit was your favorite?

I would say Day 7 and Day 9! I felt the most confident on these days.  Day 1 and 2 I loved too.  I loved all the days!

7| What items didn’t get paired?

I tried to pair all of the items as much as possible! The good thing about having a curated closet is that you love every piece you own.

8| What was the hardest part about this 10×10?

The days I was too tired to get dressed or didn’t have anywhere to go was the hardest for me.  Still I got dressed for 5 minutes at least to go to the store!

9| What was your favorite part of the challenge?

My favorite part of this challenge was documenting the outfits each day in a more efficient way! Also, seeing I was being successful with the pieces I chose made me very happy.

Excited for #Fall10x10 in a few months!  Join me next time!

Love,

Natalia

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