Flying Kids

Recently my husband and I took our first trip flying with children. Which for anyone who has ever done it is like trying to herd cats. So….. what did I learn from this wonderful experience?

Under One-years-old

  1. A baby carrier is a must for little ones. We have an 8-month-old and trying to maneuver a stroller around the airport would just be a pain and one more thing that you must keep track of.
  2. Having your diaper bag within arm’s reach always is essential. We were stuck on the tarmac for a while and had put the diaper bag above the seat. To say the least she was a little unbearable for a while.
  3. Do not put baby to sleep in a carrier before takeoff. They make you take baby out of the carrier during takeoff. Which for my daughter just makes things worse.
  4. Give baby a bottle during takeoff and landing to help alleviate popping ears.

Over Two

  1. Bring entertainment, children get bored easily so be sure to have plenty of things to keep them entertained. (Tablets, games, ect.)
  2. Make sure that they eat before you bored the plane. Many children get motion sickness more often when they have an empty stomach.
  3. Bring gum or suckers, this will help with ears popping on the plane.
  4. Bring blankets for the kids, they will hopefully go to sleep.

Yourself

  1. Personally, I like to take benadryl to make me a little bit sleepy so that I can relax more.
  2. Try to get seating with more leg room if you are carrying a baby.
  3. Bring a pillow to try to make yourself more comfortable.

Well there is my two-cents on flying with children hopefully it is helpful to someone else. Over all our flight with our children was very good I hope yours is too.

Save Time and Money!!!

Who wants to save time and money on their household shopping? We all know that running a household is expensive so we need all the tips and tricks that we can get, especially if you have little ones. Me personally I really hate clipping coupons. I have a busy hectic schedule and I just don’t have time for this tedious task. I do everything that I possibly can to cut my time shopping, because we all know how hectic it is trying to shop with three children.

Research

The amount of money I was spending every month on household and pantry essentials was ridiculous. So, I decided to look at other options. I did a lot of research on many different stores. I looked at the stores rewards programs, prices, and cost of bulk items.

So What Did I Find?

The best thing that I found was Amazon.  Amazon has multiple different programs; but their subscribe and save, and pantry are by far the best. Compared to other stores that I looked at amazon offers the same products with more quantity for a lower price. You can order things in bulk like toilet paper or laundry detergent, and have it set up to automatically deliver on a schedule. I use amazon to buy diapers and wipes for the little ones also because it is the best deal.

I absolutely love amazon subscribe and save along with prime pantry. They are a fantastic way to save time and money.  This has simplified my life so much and I am able to stock up our pantry, because as your kids get older they seem to want to eat everything in the cabinets in one sitting. So, go and check out amazon subscribe and save or visit the link at the bottom of the page, and start saving money today.

Learn To Save A Life!!

Just imagine that you are sitting with one of your family members and suddenly, they clutch their chest and fall over. You are panicked and you notice they are not breathing. Would you know what to do?

Over the weekend I re-certified in CPR, and it still amazes me how many people do not know CPR. It is so important to know how to do CPR and first aid.

What is CPR?

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. I know big words so we will just stick with CPR. It is a combination of providing chest compression and breaths, until first responders arrive.

How does it work?

Whenever someone requires CPR their heart is not working properly and there for unable to pump blood throughout the body. There is only a very brief time frame that the brain can go without oxygen before a person can have irreversible brain damage. By performing CPR, you are pumping blood to the vital organs of the body. Until the malfunction in the heart can be corrected.

Why is it important to you?

Knowing CPR is important for you to know because you never know when you will need to use it. Obviously working on an ambulance, I have been in many situations where I have needed to use CPR. However, for most people that is not the case. When someone needs CPR, there is only a short amount of time to act. When someone starts CPR before the ambulance gets there that person’s chance of survival is much higher. As a mother, I had a close call when my oldest was young. We were at a restaurant and he started choking on a chip. I pulled him out of the high chair his face was turning blue and I hit him on the back five times and the chip came out. This was probably the scariest 30 seconds of my entire life. This just goes to show that you never know when you will need to know how to do CPR. So go and contact your local hospital, or red cross and go and take a CPR class today. For my fellow military families, they offer free CPR on almost every post. Go and learn to save a life so you can be there when it counts.

 

 

Crazy Days Time Management

How many of you just feel like there is not enough hours in the day? I know that I do, it is difficult trying to juggle everything in our lives. I know that most days I have what seems like a never-ending number of things to do. I always get asked how I do it, well this is how.

First, I plan my day it doesn’t always work out but at least I have a generally idea of how I want things to flow for the day.

I do not spend too much time on one project, I determine how long I have in my schedule to get something done and I set a timer. Whenever the timer goes off move on to something else.

I know what you’re thinking! You can’t do that and in some situations like doctor’s appointments and similar event your right you can’t. However, for the most part many of your tasks you can get done in a short set amount of time.

Schedule in breaks if you have young ones when they lay down to take a nap relax. It is ok to take a break. If you try to cram as much as you can into your schedule you will get burnt out quickly and you’re going to be miserable. If you schedule in time to take a nap or watch a television you will be more productive in the long run.

Schedule in time for exercise. Exercising is important and just taking a walk can make you feel so much better and has so many benefits. Do not neglect yourself, because you feel overwhelmed. I know, I know it is hard to do. I know personally I am so worried about my family all the time I forget about myself.

Lastly be FLEXIBLE!!! it is not the end of the world if things do not work out the way you had them scheduled. Especially living the army life and being a paramedic I know that things can be very unpredictable. You need to adapt, overcome, and execute.

Those are some of the things that I use to most utilize my time. So, try to keep a positive attitude no matter what the day brings. You’ve got this Ladies.

How many of you just feel like there is not enough hours in the day? I know that I do, it is difficult trying to juggle everything in our lives. I know that most days I have what seems like a never-ending number of things to do. I always get asked how I do it, well this is how.

First, I plan my day it doesn’t always work out but at least I have a generally idea of how I want things to flow for the day.

I do not spend too much time on one project, I determine how long I have in my schedule to get something done and I set a timer. Whenever the timer goes off move on to something else.

I know what you’re thinking! You can’t do that and in some situations like doctor’s appointments and similar event your right you can’t. However, for the most part many of your tasks you can get done in a short set amount of time.

Schedule in breaks if you have young ones when they lay down to take a nap relax. It is ok to take a break. If you try to cram as much as you can into your schedule you will get burnt out quickly and you’re going to be miserable. If you schedule in time to take a nap or watch a television you will be more productive in the long run.

Schedule in time for exercise. Exercising is important and just taking a walk can make you feel so much better and has so many benefits. Do not neglect yourself, because you feel overwhelmed. I know, I know it is hard to do. I know personally I am so worried about my family all the time I forget about myself.

Lastly be FLEXIBLE!!! it is not the end of the world if things do not work out the way you had them scheduled. Especially living the army life and being a paramedic I know that things can be very unpredictable. You need to adapt, overcome, and execute.

Those are some of the things that I use to most utilize my time. So, try to keep a positive attitude no matter what the day brings. You’ve got this Ladies.

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog!!! I am Briana and I started this blog so to tell people about some of the craziness in my life. Give all my fellow mamma’s, army wife’s and ems gals a place to blow of some steam and encouragement for the days when everything feels impossible. My life is pretty crazy. My husband completely switched careers and joined the army last year he is 26. So we are very new to army life thing. However, before he joined the army we both worked on an ambulance. I am a paramedic which is a crazy life all in it self. I also am going to school full time to finish my pre-requisites to go to PA school.

So there is a little bit about my crazy life! Why don’t you tell me about yours.