Our family recently relocated to The Bahamas for my husband’s work. Although our extended family lived here and we have visited often, nothing compares to the new adventure we are on. Traveling (and moving) with a toddler is always challenging.
Being based in California, London and Las Vegas previously, the island life is something you see in movies and photos on social media or are lucky enough to experience on a vacation or cruise (my previous experiences). Although we will be back and forth, we will be spending quite a bit of time here and it is truly like a dream. Spending the Winter in a tropical location adds a very fun twist to the normal cold holiday season.
Within a day of arriving Gianna found a coconut that had fallen from a tree, cracked it open and we drank the water. One of her favorite movies is Moana so you can imagine how excited she was!
She found a fallen coconut
Just like Moana!
Learning about coconuts
Drinking the coconut water
If you want to escape the cold Winter this is the place to do it! Check back often for more about our adventures in The Bahamas here or on our social media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, & Pinterest
It’s been awhile since a post at ATS but we have been having lots of changes around here! We are moving to Nassau in The Bahamas.
We are moving in the next two weeks! A Tiny Suitcase will still be based around family travel but now include much more about our Island life and travel based from there.
We hope you follow along with us on our next A Tiny Suitcase adventure and check our social media for photo and video updates.
Lots of love,
She chose her own outfit for our walk. 💕
Do your kids have any items they have to take with them when you travel or go out for the day? Let us know their favorites in the comments!
Sometimes as a Mom you need something special just for you. For me, it’s flowers and candles. They make me happy and the smell can be an instant mood lifter. I’m a sucker for anything with roses & the new essential oil candles from Bath & Body Works are fantastic. 🥀🌹 If you like the smell of roses, this candle is for you! It smells AMAZING! They have other scents, but I love the one below. You can get it in store or click the photo. It smells like fresh cut roses and is perfect for a bedroom, bathroom or to use when taking a bubble bath. I use it when I’m doing my makeup and hair to go out somewhere and it always lifts my mood instantly!
My daughter has loved Little Pim since she was born. She is now almost two and asks me to watch the dvds and use the app on my iPad and phone. If you haven’t heard of Little Pim, it is amazing. It is a wonderful language program for children from birth to age 6. It was created by Julia Pimsleur. Her father, Dr. Paul Pimsleur created the Pimsleur Method of language learning.
Little Pim is a panda bear who teaches children many different language lessons through fun activities and songs. You choose the language you are looking to teach your children and there is a set for each. The videos have cartoons and live children and songs that she loves. In one video they whistle a song and through watching, she taught herself to do it before she was even 18 months old! She has been learning French and loves it. The program is from birth to age 6 (which is said to be the optimum time to learn new languages) and repetition is key.
With such a global world nowadays I’m so happy there is something to teach children to have an ear for languages and to learn about other cultures. There are 12 choices of languages and truly something for everyone from everywhere. Perfect for a bilingual family or a family wanting to be. It can be worked into your normal day and it’s fun for everyone in the family to learn something new.
Below is the cd of songs in French we started off with but you can get all of the dvds for every language they make.
Amusez-vous à apprendre !
The Summer weather has been wild lately and it has been raining with thunderstorms so we took advantage of our chance this to dance in the rain! Check it out on Instagram!
Dance like no one is watching
I watched a Ted Talk recently about a worldwide movement called “Yarn Bombing” I had never heard of. It seems to be all around the world and takes a lot of work to make their “bombs”! What do you think? Cool and creative or annoying?
When I was pregnant with my daughter a good friend told me to try to travel as much as we could when she was still a young baby. At the time of midnight feedings and a new baby we were just learning about, this sounded so overwhelming and staying at home seemed like the much easier option. Her reasoning for this was not only for the baby to become comfortable traveling while still young enough to adapt to it, but also because children under age two can fly on your lap (not as safe as purchasing their own seat with a car seat) for free. Once turning two they need their own purchased seat and are no longer a “lap riding infant”.
Since she was a newborn our family has been many amazing places and travel has become a very normal part of our lives with her. She is now approaching two and we just bought her first airline ticket with her own seat. It’s more expensive now and she will still probably prefer to lay on us but the extra room for snacks and in flight entertainment will be a nice change.
If you like to travel and you have read articles in places like Yahoo! Travel, CNN Travel, Business Traveler USA and many more you have probably read something by “Luxury Fred” Sherman. He is a family friend and I really enjoy reading his blog and articles about his international trips and reviews. His specialty is luxury travel and between his blog, articles and YouTube you get a first hand look at his adventures up close.
I now travel with my family most of the time and my trips are quite different to his. It’s really interesting to see the places that he goes and to see him describe it in his pieces. He inspires you to book that next ticket to a new place! If you’re looking for an escape from your everyday life check out Luxury Fred’s site.
Welcome to A Tiny Suitcase! I am Jaimarie and I’m a Mom of a toddler girl and wife of an Englishman. I have traveled frequently for work and pleasure in the past both alone and with my husband. Nothing prepared us for traveling with a baby and now a toddler.
Traveling with children requires way more planning and preparing lots of distracting entertainment. No matter whether you travel by plane or car, for fun or necessity long hours of sitting still take a toll on young ones who wonder “Are We There Yet?”.
A Tiny Suitcase will help. This is your one stop for trip planning, suggestions of kid friendly adventures for the whole family and great products we love. Travel with us on our family vacations to keep updated on our new kid friendly discoveries. I hope you and your whole family come back often and let me know the tips that work for you!