Saturday Style: Hayden Reis

I’ve often been asked, how I travel to warm weather destinations with three young children in tow. I’d never really given it much thought, because moving from place to place with a clan this size is our norm, but the key to managing my madness is definitely preparation and organization. When getting ready for excursions, I create mental checklists, to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything, even if its just a day at the beach.

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With little kids, carrying tons of items like sunscreen, diapers, wipes, snacks, and a change of clothes for everyone, my beach bag would always turn into one big mess pretty quickly, especially when the kids are rifling through it for their things. Fortunately, I was introduced to Hayden Reis, a fashionable, yet functional, carryall, which keeps all your belongings well organized. Each tote is lined with six interior pockets to keep you things separated, and heavy duty zipper for privacy and security. Another cool feature is their snap hook, which is perfect for holding keys, or some Hayden Reis accessories, like their pouch close, shown above. During our vacation, the pouch has been super helpful to store room keys, money, and phones. When leaving the beach for lunch or a snack, we just grab the pouch to keep all the valuables close. Jason was psyched about this, because he constantly says I am lugging around too much.

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All Hayden Reis bags are made from a premier material of high quality sailcloth, which is super unique, and virtually indestructible; as well as lightweight, water/sand resistant, and very easy to clean. Our generously sized carry-alls are the perfect combination of fashion, function and durable. It folds flat so we slipped into our checked luggage, in order to minimize the number of bags carried through the airport.

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The bags and pouches come in an array of fun colors and styles, even with great options for men! I opted to have my monogramed with my initials, for a personal touch.  I am really looking forward to toting my new bags around all summer long!

Thank you Hayden Reis for sponsoring this post. 

Traveling Trio

Sunday morning, we left bright and early for a flight to St. Maarten. With a flying time of just over three hours, it seem like a puddle jumper, compared to our six hour trip to California last month. At the airport, the customs agent commented how well traveled the kids were, as they flipped through the stamps in their passports. I didn’t think much of it, until we jumped in our taxi and I started looking myself. Stamps from Aruba, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Nevis, and Bahamas filled the pages. That night Jason and I were talking about how lucky our kids are to have experienced so many places, in such a short period of their lives. On this trip, we are visiting St. Maarten and St. Barths, and it took me 34 years to get here.
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When Jason and I were children, our family vacations consisted of three hour long car drives to the Jersey Shore. In fact, coincidentally, we both realized that we had only been on an airplane twice, prior to college. I hold nothing against my parents for not traveling as much, but things were different back then. I feel fortunate that we can share so many places now with the kids, and I am fascinated when I see their reactions to visiting these new places, exploring countries and culture, and trying different cuisine. Looking back, my biggest regret was not studying abroad during my college years. I had the opportunity to travel my junior year, but I was reluctant to leave my job at the time. Instead, my travel began when I finished college, and started to work for fashion companies, with sales territories all over the country, taking me to places like California, Colorado, Texas, Tennessee, to name a few.

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It was traveling to the unknown alone, and mapping my way through different states in a rental car, sans GPS mind you, with tons of clothing samples stuffed in rolling cases, that really opened my eyes and sparked a passion to get away. Now with children, Jason and I always agreed that we would never let children hinder our travel, instead we want to try to take them to as many places possible. The last two years my job has brought my family and I so many unique experiences that I feel extremely fortunate for and will remind my children how lucky they are as well.

On this trip, and as hard as it is traveling with three young children, I am beginning to notice a change in them, almost as if they were well seasoned travelers. They understood the security lines in the airport, kept their seatbelt buckled when they were suppose to, packed their own backpacks, and even Gemma cooperated, which was a definite first. The big ones get especially excited now with our new ventures, and can’t wait to see what’s next.

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We are all fully enjoying one another, and taking tons of photos along the way, because I want us to remember each and every moment. I think we have created a mental map of these places for them already. They are taking it all in, and hopefully they will recall even portions of our adventures. When they get older, I trust they will have a list of new places they want to visit, and pray they see every place their hearts desire.

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So far, we’ve spent two days in St. Maarten, and leave for St. Barth’s tomorrow. We rented a car to drive around the island and discovered a beautiful beach called Le Galion. Protected by land on both sides, Le Galion was the perfect beach for the kids, because without waves or undertow, Ryder was even able to teach his little sisters the ropes. Even Siella could splash without swimmies, and Gemma hung with big kids as mommy and daddy watched from the shore. Looking back at days like these, I do think if I traveled as much as they did when I was a kid, I would probably live abroad right now. The world we live in is magnificent, and I want to see it all.

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Off to St Barths…stay tuned!

Back To Sleep

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A few months back, Gemma started climbing out of her crib whenever I put her down to sleep. This behavior continued for a little over a week, so I figured the confines of her being in a crib had come to end, and she needed a big girl bed. While buying a crib conversion kit,… Read more »

Sunday Styles: Milan & Oz

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We all know that I adore shopping for my little ones way more than myself, but even I get overwhelmed purchasing clothing for them. I like to carefully curate each piece I pick out for them, making sure comfort is the number one factor, high quality fabrics, and having them also be stylish doesn’t hurt… Read more »

Making The Foreign Familiar

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As parents, we try to teach our children everything, but considering all the time spent in school, it is inevitable that they will pick up habits and ideas from friends in school. One of Ryder’s classmates always talks about her weekly excursions to Chinatown with her family.  One day after she gave Ryder a business… Read more »

Sunday Styles: Anaïs & I

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Siella received a butterfly kit for Christmas, and she hasn’t stopped talking about it for months. The kit comes with a covered jar for caterpillars to transform, and a net house to hold the butterflies when they hatch, but we needed to wait for the warmer weather, prior to sending away for the caterpillars. Once… Read more »

Dropping The Ball

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It was Monday morning and my day was planned out to the minute. I started shuffling between appointments for work, school pick up and drop offs, a doctor appointment for Ryder, following by an event which I attended with the kids. I kept a list of the day’s events, checked it twice, and even had… Read more »

A Great Mother’s Day Escape

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Since I was a little girl, like most little girls, I always dreamed about being a mom. I was uncertain how many kids I wanted, but now, I know how blessed we are to have three incredible children. Six years ago, if you asked me exactly what a mother is meant to do, my text book answer… Read more »