Sugarplum’s first flight!

Baby girl did great on her first flight! In fact, she slept through the whole thing…
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Sweetpea enjoyed her water painting book, as always. She kind of flipped out during the landing, due to the change in pressure. My poor girl kept crying, “My ears are not okay!” But she survived the ordeal, and has sand castles and wave jumping in her future. And Sugarplum will have another first: dipping her toes in the Indian Ocean for the first time!

Off to the beach – Happy Easter!

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Air travel: how to survive flying with kids – Part Two

We’re leaving tomorrow for Easter weekend at the coast (we’re heading back to Sand Island Cottages at Tiwi Beach!), so without further ado, here is part two of our best tips for flying with babies and kids! (Did you miss Part One? Check it out!)

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Air travel: how to survive flying with kids – Part One

We’ll be making our first flight with Sugarplum for Easter weekend, so I’ve been trying to remember all my tips and tricks for flying with babies!  Sweetpea has flown dozens of times, and through trial and error over the years, we’ve learned lots of different ways to keep her (more or less) happy when flying.  Here are some of our best tips for flying with babies and kids!

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My favorite ring sling video tutorial…

There is a definite learning curve when starting to use your new ring sling. When I bought my first sling, I came home and read everything I could find on the internet about how to use a sling, and practiced until it felt right. (Most people say it takes a week or two to get the hang of it!) Some people are visual learners, and I think this YouTube video gives the best tips I’ve ever seen for how to adjust your sling.


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What Mommy is reading: The Golem and the Jinni

I’m always posting about our favorite children’s books, right? Well, I like to read grown-up books as well, and I am constantly recommending Helen Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni to friends looking for a great read. My friend Gabe recommended it to me last summer. He told me, “Honestly, toward the end I was turning pages before I had finished reading them.” Yes, it was THAT good.

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A day at Lake Naivasha: Fired Earth and Elementaita Weavers

We went back to Lake Naivasha this weekend with my parents, who are visiting from the US. While we were there, we went to visit the local artisans at Fired Earth and Elementaita Weavers.

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Day trip: Brown’s Cheese Factory

My parents are in town visiting for a few weeks, and today we took them to Brown’s Dairy in Limuru to visit the farm and see how the cheese is made!

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What we’re reading: Swahili books!

A reader contacted me recently to ask if we read to Sweetpea and Sugarplum in Swahili. Indeed, we do! We have a whole stack of Swahili books to read to the kids.

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And the winner is…

Okay, we don’t actually have a clear winner for Baby Mgeni #2′s new blog-pseudonym. The poll resulted in a tie (!) between Ladybug and Sugarplum.

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Weekend getaway: Dea’s Gardens in Naivasha…

This past weekend we decided to do a little family getaway - BM2‘s first road trip! We packed up the car and headed up to Lake Naivasha for a night with both kids, and stayed at one of my favorite weekend spots: Dea’s Gardens. The drive up to the lake was gorgeous – one of those perfect crystal clear days with amazing views of the Great Rift Valley.

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Mount Longonot, in all its glory!

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