Traveling with a toddler “post Surgery”

Hey Y’all!

Sooo… my daughter and I recently went on a cross country adventure to Los Angeles. When I tell y’all the first flight of the day was hell ( lol).

When I say she raised sand for 2 hours straight! She was unhappy and indecisive. I even downloaded all of her favorite movies and shows. I even packed her favorite snacks. Nothing really worked 😦



There was even a rude passenger in front of us who beat on the wall every time she got upset. To some people’s perception my daughter appears to be older but I have to remind people that she is only a year old.(she will be two in December)


She has flown before when she first turned one, and she was still in the infant stage. She would nap at any slight movement. Now!!! Nope!


I really prepared for this trip by snack and sippy cup. I purchased the Mommy and me handcuffs. Puzzles, crayons, favorite toys, and her blanket “baby”.IMG-4869

I purchased my travel cuffs through Amazon for $10.

Travel essentials are key to your success.


Returning home:

We flew out of LAX at 6am and we weren’t due to Miami until 4:30pm, with a connection flight to Charlotte NC. My daughter slept for the first few hours and then….


On this flight home I packed her “baby”, her mess free coloring set, and her Minnie Mouse plush toy. A course our snacks on the trip is popcorn, goldfish and cheese puffs “Cheeto dust lol”.


This trip home was very successful because Mariah adjusted to the flight and we even lucked up with their being a spare seat in our row and they allowed my daughter to have it (# winning).IMG-4846


Even though Mariah is turning two in a couple months, we have decided that it is time to buy her own seat. Mariah is really strong and she is really fast, so with her sitting in my lap post surgery was probably not one of my best ideas.


Mariah earned her wings!

Key points:

  • Schedule your flights around naptime/bedtime
  • Pack your toddler’s favorite activities/toys
  • The flight attendants will offer snacks, but toddlers to get bored. Pack their favorite go to snacks, ie goldfish, graham crackers, gummy snacks, pre popped popcorn, and juice.
  • Ignore the mean looks or concerns of those on the flight who get upset when your child is irritable “the hell with them”.


Post Surgery:

I decided that I wanted to go to my sister’s funeral so of a course I had to go through the channels of getting the approval of family, doctors and my physical therapist. Everyone was really stressed about the possibility of blood clots or not being able to commute on and off of the plane. I did take the precautions of ordering wheelchair assistance. Also on the flight I performed my leg exercises to build my leg strength, I even left my walker and cane at home. I felt that dragging all of that around would be stressful and quite annoying.


Traveling with a toddler has definitely been an experience especially when your LO is experiencing things for the first time. She was interactive with the flight attendants and she was able to spend time with her grandparents and cousin.

It was really awesome being able to spend time with family and build on a business. We initially went out to Los Angeles due to the passing of my sister Toni, but I was able to use this time to bond and work on various business opportunities. Sometimes you have to make the best out of a sad situation.

I believe that if you continue to travel to with your LO then it will become something that they are accustomed  to. Things will get a little easier, hey no one said travelings with kids was easy. Hopefully me sharing my experience with you will help.

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5 Activities to keep your toddler active, healthy & fit

Have you ever wonder what activities will work for your toddler? Well, here are some activities that your toddler or younger children will love.


  • Toddlercise
  • Zumba
  • Yoga(strength/balance)
  • Tag(cardio)
  • Pool



Toddlercise is an exercise that encourages your active toddler to develop and utilize their gross motor skills. This activity will allow your little one develop their skills, such as over under hard-eye coordination, skipping, balance, hopping, jumping and running.(courtesy of MWR Pensacola family fitness center)

Zumba (zumbini):

A course you can pull this awesome activity up on You tube or you can definitely attend a Zumbini class. This activity encourages your toddler to move around to the beat of their own drum. I believe it teaches them individuality. With Zumbini your toddler is building the cognitive, social, and motor skills. This is an awesome opportunity to combine learning and fun.


We all have that toddler that loves to sit on their  hand or lay on the floor. I figured why not teach my toddler the various yoga poses in a safe and encouraging manner. I went out and bought my daughter a beautiful mat and she loves it! This is definitely a bonding activity that your child will not outgrow.



Tag your it!

I know everyone is familiar with this centuries old activity that we all have tried as kids. Tag has been something that we play inside/outdoors, but I encourage this to be an outdoor activity so that everyone can get some fresh air.


Teaching your kids to swim is awesome because they will boost their confidence and it can reduce the risk of drowning. When your little one is confident then they are less likely to get stressed about the pool and they will enjoy the experience.

Splash Splash!


How to make :Delicious Sea Salt Roasted Pistachio Butter

The things that we do for love, when I say I love my husband I really mean it. Especially in the sense of breaking a few finger nails. My husband’s favorite snack is Pistachios and I mean he eats these things every day! Well,  he wanted to switch up from Almond butter to Pistachio butter, but we could never find it in the stores so I took it upon myself to go to Pinterest and a little guess work and made my own.

Roasted Pistachio Butter

Pistachio Butter Image

what you need:

1 lb Pistachios(shelled or unshelled)/(fresh or roasted)

2 tsp Honey

1 tsp Coconut Oil (optional)

1 Dash Cinnamon

1/2 Cup of Water

***Suggestion: Store in the refrigerator for longer shelf life


  1. Remove the shells from the pistachios and put them into a food processor. Blend for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of water to the processed pistachios, then add 2 tsp of honey and the 1 tsp of coconut oil (optional)
  3. Then you add a dash of cinnamon into the mix, blend.

Finally, you are finished! You can store the Pistachio butter in a plastic container or a mason jar.

This is an excellent recipe to apply to making any nut butter, Good Luck!!!