Guide to the Best Toddler Carrier For Travel

I’ve often extolled the virtues of baby wearing. Did you know I also love toddler wearing? It’s how I survived having babies turning into toddlers who were only one year apart. When they were babies, it made life so much easier! You can nurse in a carrier, you can bottle feed in a carrier, you can chase your other kids around with your baby in a carrier, etc. Kid melting down? Carrier to the rescue! Traveling? Take that carrier! I’m here to help you find the best toddler carrier (for both travel and daily life) for you.

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Best Backpacking Towel for Traveling Families: Find the Best Travel Towel for You

During our last vacation, I realized that I really wanted a quick drying towel. We had beach towels and hung them outside at night, but they were still quite damp in the mornings. Of course, I want to find the best travel towel available, one that is quick drying, absorbent, and can fold up really small. I do need to fit four in a backpack, after all! It didn’t take long to realize that quick dry travel towels would also be a brilliant addition to our swim bags. It’s great when one product can fill multiple needs!

If you want to travel carry-on only, a compact travel towel is a must. Even for families! Maybe especially for families.

Why get a travel towel? What do you look for in a travel towel? How do you even use a microfiber towel?!

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Guide to Visiting Chichen Itza with Kids On Your Own

One of the biggest reasons I wanted to visit the Yucatan peninsula was so we could take the kids to Chichen Itza. Tours are so daunting – spending several hours on a bus, arriving at midday to the ruins, and potentially having a tour with a large group. No thanks. I wanted to do Chichén Itzá with kids as easily as possible, but preferably without doing a day tour from Cancun. Here’s how we did it!

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Things I’ve learned from 2 Years of Traveling, Being an Expat, & Blogging

Happy 2nd birthday, Blissmersion!

When I started this blog and chose the name Blissmersion, a combination of bliss and immersion, I knew it would be a difficult name for people to remember. I chose it anyway. I knew when I started blogging that for most people it is a labor of love. The successful bloggers warned there was little-to-no money earned and many expenses (and are they ever right!) I chose to do it anyway.

Also, I knew traveling with a family of four, including two young kids, would be difficult and often expensive. We do it anyway. Two years ago, I didn’t know we’d become expats in Mexico. We did it anyway.

However, when it came time to write a post about two years of blogging, I almost didn’t. My desire to write had almost dried up to nothing and my sense of self was shaken by it. Even in the bad times, I’ve learned a lot about blogging, traveling, and myself.

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A Man Touched Me in Valladolid, So We Didn’t See the Ek Balam Ruins

“The hotel isn’t in Valladolid,” my husband said. “It’s really far out.”

“I know. It’s the second closest one to the Ek Balam Ruins,” I responded. By then, one kid was awake and needed to use the restroom. So, we stopped at a decent looking open air food court place and my husband and son went to use the facilities. By the time they returned, my daughter was awake, so the two of us headed in, too.

When I returned, I was putting her into her travel safety vest. We’d just started using them for traveling and while the learning curve wasn’t steep, my speed of buckling the children was much slower. As I bent over her seat and wrestled with the seat belt and her vest, my husband started yelling. In that moment, I felt a finger touch the sliver of exposed skin on my back.

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This is My Favorite Travel Accessory: A Guide to Finding the Best Menstrual Cup

Mom travelers, well, any female traveler, this post is for you. It’s all about my personal favorite travel accessory: the menstrual cup. Wait! Before you groan, this post is not sponsored by any one brand. My favorite travel blogger lamented about people writing gift lists and putting some brand of menstrual cup on the list, because really… who gives menstrual cups as gifts?!

She’s right. It’s a weird gift to give someone (but I’ve considered it for a close friend), partially because period talk is still sort of taboo and actually far more importantly: because every woman has different needs.

Here’s why the menstrual cup is my favorite travel accessory!

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This is How a Break From Spanish Did My Brain Good

While I was in the US, I took a break from Spanish. And when I first got back here I thought that maybe that had been a mistake because I was really struggling to remember anything in Spanish. Oh no, what have I done?! I thought. My brain broke! A mere week later, I realized the rest did a body brain good. Immersion language learning benefits extend to adults, too!

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Why I Love Franklin Park Conservatory With Kids

I considered having my wedding at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Palm House on some Friday afternoon in April. It would’ve been beautiful. However, my husband and I ended up eloping on April Fool’s Day. Instead of wedding pictures, I have many photos of our kids playing at the Franklin Park Conservatory. I still love visiting there and now I bring the kids.

I’m happy with that decision. The kids and I definitely need “Blooms and Butterflies” after seeing nothing but snow for a couple months. My husband is great, too. You can even tell him I said so.

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15 Awesome Places in Mexico I Want to Visit With Kids

Once you’ve moved abroad it makes sense to see as much of your host country as possible. It’s cheaper to drive (like we have for many of our explorations) than to fly from the Midwestern United States. Even flights within Mexico have the advantage of being shorter and cheaper. When you are paying for four fares, cost definitely matters. Even so, I want to see all the awesome places in Mexico. Yes, we travel Mexico with kids!

Do you want to travel with kids to Mexico? There are so many awesome places to travel in Mexico. Here are 15 awesome places in Mexico I really want to visit while I’m an expat here.

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What Happens in Vegas Stays There… Except My Vegas Shoes, Baby!

A million years ago, I went to Las Vegas with my parents. I was 19 (for those into the math, that makes me 1,000,019 years old). First and foremost, I must tell you that I bought my “Vegas” shoes there and I still love every inch of them. They are sitting in storage in Ohio because they don’t really fit anymore. I also bought a Vegas dress that is now so out of style. I actually donated it around 6 years ago. It didn’t fit anymore either.

Those were my souvenirs from Las Vegas, Nevada, but my memories include things I couldn’t bring home: great memories.

You know, the usual with travel!

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