Are Agnes & Dora Clothes Good for Travel?

When my friend Nicole F. asked if I was interested in reviewing Agnes & Dora apparel for her, I was definitely curious. I had already seen a lot of women talking about these clothes on mommy boards and Instagram. Rewind to a few weeks before when my youngest daughter was helping me shop for clothes. She kept bringing me things I would never, never pick on my own, but that looked great once I tried them on. Though we didn’t buy anything that day, I made a mental note that I needed to be more open to my daughter’s suggestions. Everyone who knows her knows that she has a wicked sense of style rivaling that of Iris Apfel. So when Nicole asked me if I would pick something to try from her store, I asked her if I could let Kati pick something for me.

Look how cute it was packaged.

You see, I’m one of those people that is always in jeans and a geek themed t-shirt. Today I was getting ready for Comic Con International and I sewed/glued a batgirl cowl. I’m not really girly. But my daughter is. And she picked one of the more feminine options Nicole offered. I complied, eager to test my theory that my daughter can dress me better than I dress myself. You can see the results for yourself.

The big reveal!

Besides looking fabulous, I felt fabulous, too. One of my favorite things about this outfit is that the skirt is actually a cool and stretchy, perfect for a warm day like today, even though it looks like denim. Also, the skirt has pockets! Who doesn’t love pockets? The ruffles on the shirt are cute and also feel like the perfect length. If you’re wondering if Agnes & Dora is for you, I would definitely give them a try. Just make sure to follow the washing and drying instructions so you don’t ruin your cute new clothes.

Perfect for Travel

Have you ever left the airport feeling like a giant, dirty sock? I can totally relate. One of the things I love about these clothes is that they are comfortable, versatile, and they don’t get all wrinkled. If you want to feel wonderful while still looking fresh after jet setting, these are great travel clothes. I have heard that they are great for nursing and postpartum as well because they are stretchy and fit several sizes at once. Nice. Also the stretch helps them not to get wrecked when your child inevitably pulls on them (it’s not just my kids, right?).

To find out what Nicole F. Has in stock, please check out her ADorablessed Facebook group. She is super kind and helpful and she works so hard to make sure her customers have the best experience. Also she’s a mother of two very adorable kiddos, so spread the mommy love!

Happy Travels!

Kristin

Family of Four Kicked Off Overbooked Flight

I can’t stand this. It physically hurts me to watch this video and hear the flight crew and the officers involved blatantly misquote the laws. They straight out lied. The FAA recommends that your child be in a restraint system when flying because it is so much safer.

This is a screenshot from the FAA website!!

I have discussed that topic on this blog… a lot. Even more after we almost go kicked off a flight for using a carseat approved for air travel. I wrote about our experience here, and I Praised the Lord when our youngest turned three and I wouldn’t have to fight with airlines about this anymore. But families with young children are still being harassed while using air travel on a consistent basis, and now it has escalated further. I cannot believe they actually kicked the family off, and also that none of the other passengers said anything! When we were going through our difficulties other passengers stood up for us.

I always advise families to have the FAA website recommendations printed out and on hand in case airline employees use misinformation to manipulate them. It is also good to have the airline’s policy printed out.

Family of Four Kicked of Overbooked Flight

On April 23rd, a family of four was kicked off a flight for refusing to give up their toddler’s seat on an overbooked flight. In this situation Delta oversold the flight and then tried to STEAL the seat from the family since they had a 2 year old that could fit into one of the parent’s laps. They even threatened to place both parents in jail and take their children away.

This isn’t ok, and it’s time to do something about it.

Attach Your Child’s Carseat to Your Carry On Bag – Update

In my first post about this awesome back saving travel solution, Hitchin’ A Ride: Travel With A Car Seat On Your Carry On Bag, we talked about how to attach your child’s carseat to your bag if your carseat had a latch system. I know that most carseats have those systems these days, but I recently discovered that Go-Go Babyz now makes a strap that doesn’t require the latch system (though you can also use it if you do have a latch carseat). Allow me to introduce you to the Go-Go Babyz Travelmate Car Seat Luggage Strap, retailing on Amazon at 19.99.

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Which Carseat to Carry On Solution is Best?

The only thing negative thing I have to say about this product is that the reviews are less enthusiastic than that of the Traveling Toddler Car Seat Travel Accessory (which I own and have used on many occasions with great success).

car seat luggage

I just wanted to post about the new option, and let you know it exists… I also think it is worth mentioning that the comments on the Traveling Toddler Car Seat Travel Accessory is a great place to get ideas of how to travel without purchasing an expensive strap. There are over 200 comments, and the I thought the discussion was very interesting.

Happy travels,

Kristin

Yet Another Travel Pillow

This is interesting, and with a much better price point than the bullrest (at least for this kickstarter campaign), I feel like I would prefer the Ostrich Pillow Go. But don’t take my word for it, take a look for yourself. My favorite feature is that it shrinks down for storage.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Lice 

A while ago I dedicated a post to dealing with your kids getting lice when you’re on vacation. You could also discover the creepy crawlies when you’re already on vacation, though now we check before leave for any place. Since then, I have made some awesome discoveries about getting rid of lice, because the olive oil & blow drying approach wasn’t working. The kids kept passing it to each other, and after three months of struggling against the disgusting creatures, we decided there had to be a better solution. But where did my kid catch lice during summer, you may ask. They caught it at Ikea in the kids’ area *insert sigh*. Through this whole process, I discovered two tools that will make killing lice a mere inconvenience instead of a horrendous nightmare.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Lice

Terminator Nit Comb

The Shampoo

In my previous post I said that lice shampoos do not work. I am not changing my opinion, the pesticide laden shampoo you can find at drug stores across the world do not work. But my husband did some research and found that there is a specific enzyme that dissolves lice and nits, while being totally safe for humans. In fact, pregnant and breastfeeding moms can use this enzyme shampoo, and you don’t have to wait a certain number of days between uses on your kids. You can use it every day if you want to, although I think that would be overkill. Pun intended. This shampoo only needs to be in your child’s hair for 15-20 minutes (each brand has slightly different instructions), and unlike the enzyme foam, there will be no live lice after use. In the US this brand seems to be the best value for the amount:

LiceLogic Clear & Free Shampoo

(This brand also makes a wonderful Peppermint Lice deterrent spray that I use on my kids every day. The only times they have gotten lice is when I forgotten the spray. My bad.)

and here is the European equivalent which I had to order from the UK… we couldn’t find any enzyme shampoo in our country. We tried the enzyme foam, but it didn’t completely kill the live bugs and did nothing to the eggs.

Lyclear Shampoo (this shampoo comes with a comb, but it was completely useless)

The Comb

Depending on whether you are ordering the comb from the US or Europe, the comb has two different names, but is exactly the same. I purchased them from different continents and compared them. The best lice comb in the US is called the:

LiceLogic Terminator Nit and Lice Comb 

On the other side of the pond, the comb is called the

Nitty Gritty Nit Comb 

This comb is unique in that is removes lice and nits. No other comb has come close to removing any nits, and this thing works! For our younger daughter, it got the eggs out even when her hair was dry. She has thick hair, as in, even the individual strands are thick. For our older daughter the comb did not remove eggs while her hair was dry, it needed to be wet. Both combs recommend wet hair with conditioner rubbed in. We got a plastic hair parter and some banana clips from our local hair supply place, and sectioned the hair into four to six sections. Once you run the comb through the hair, wipe it on a napkin or paper towel before moving to the next strands of hair. The Nitty Gritty comb comes with a lifetime warrantee. If the comb breaks, you can send it to them and they will send you a replacement.

Delousing the House

You still need to wash and dry their bedding and any clothes they wore while the lice infestation occurred, but once you treat them with the shampoo and comb, the clean sheets you put on don’t need to be changed again.

An Extra Step Because I’m Paranoid

My ongoing battles with lice have created a certain amount of paranoia. Because of this, I choose to flat iron the kids’ hair after all of the treatment to heat any existing eggs to death. I made sure to stay close to the scalp because they eggs are usually about 10 cm from their head. I don’t know if any nits existed after using the combs, but I wanted to be extra careful.

Next Time I Travel

I plan to create a “Lice Travel Kit” with one comb, a small amount of enzyme shampoo in my toiletry bag, a plastic parting comb, and six banana clips just in case. Being away from home and not having what you need to kill these little buggers is stressful and unnecessary. Becoming an expert on treating lice was never something I aspired to, but it happened. Learn from my mistakes and create your own “Lice Travel Kit” if you will be traveling for prolonged periods.

May your future travels be fun and lice free.

Happy travels,

Kristin