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.

Is IDphoto4you A Safe Website?

In my Passport Photo DIY Tutorials I link to a website that helps you size your passport photos according to what country you are getting the photo for. It has been a great resource for our family, and was originally referred to us by another missionary family.

I have had my tutorial up for over 2 years and never had a complaint until last week when I got an email from someone blaming me for them having 23 viruses on their computer after using idphoto4you.com. I couldn’t tell if it was a troll or not. I decided to go ahead and look into it, again, and found that the website has been identified by several sources as malware and phishing free. But don’t take my word for it, here are the sources for you to check out.

McAfee SiteAdvisor Software

Idphoto4you.com safe website

Google Safe Browsing

idphoto4you.com Google Safe Browsing

It also has a Trust Rating or 100% on ScamAdviser.com

In conclusion I would like to thank the person who accused me of ruining their computer, because it reminded me to go ahead and write this article for anyone that was curious about the safety of IDPhoto4You.com. It is a safe and reputable website that provides a valuable service for free!

Happy Travels,

Kristin Spencer

DIY Travel High Chair for Wiggly Toddlers

Update October 6, 2014: You can now check out the tutorial for this Travel High Chair Here —> DIY Travel High Chair Tutorial for Wiggly Toddlers

I haven’t been posting on here much because I am actually getting ready for the biggest and longest trip I have ever attempted at all, let alone with three children ages 7 and under. I have been sewing a TON, trying to make sure I have everything I need to have an enjoyable trip. Here is something I whipped up a few days ago. I posted on my website about this tutorial for a wrap that turns any regular chair into a travel high chair, but after looking at the tutorial again, I realized it was probably more suited for younger children, not my extremely wiggly and strong almost-two-year-old son. So I spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest checking out different versions of DIY travel high chairs and I figured out that I would have to combine several concepts to get what I wanted.

DIY Travel High Chair

I saw many patterns for these travel high chair wraps that fit over the entire back of the chair. To me, that just seems like too much fabric going on, when you could make the wrap secure without using so much fabric. Fabric is a precious commodity in my home. I literally make most things myself, including clothes. If there is any spare scrap of fabric, it is going to be used thoughtfully. So after looking at several different “belt only” options and reading comments that toddlers can simply step out or squirm downward out of these, I thought I would use the belt method that goes between the legs to assure he couldn’t squirm downward, and I used the shoulder straps on top so that he couldn’t step out of the wrap. So here you go, my wiggly toddler tested and Sprouts En Route approved solution… the DIY Travel High Chair for Wiggly Toddlers. I don’t have time now, but I will put up a pattern sometime over the summer.

DIY Travel High Chair 2

This side view gives you a better idea of how it actually ties onto the chair. I know that none of the tutorials online use button holes like this, but I thought this would be more secure for any width of chair. I also used interfacing to back the button hole so I didn’t have to worry about the straps wearing the button hole out.

I have a few other DIY projects I’ll be posting later on this weekend as we get ready to depart on Thursday for the US!

As always, happy travels!!

Kristin

New Year – New Plans

Happy New Years to all you travel minded families out there! I’m excited to get back into blogging. If I’m being completely honest, I will admit that by November I was pretty burnt out on blogging. My life got crazy busy and I just needed a break. One of those crazy things that happened was that I turned 30 in December!! So far I like being 30. I am glad to report my blogging slump is over and I am extremely excited about what this year has to bring in general and here on Sprouts En Route.

This is what 30 looks like! I admit, I did photoshop one zit out... but other than that, you see what you get.
This is what 30 looks like! I admit, I did photoshop one large zit out of the photo… but other than that, what you see is what you get.

 

First of all, I am going to finish all the series I started last year but didn’t have a chance to complete. This means there will be more posts on Traveling and Child Safety along with the completion of my Better Family Photography series.

I am also thrilled to announce that our family will be completing a Coast to Coast road trip this summer in the United States, and you will be coming along with us! We are going to be blogging and video blogging our way through many different states, and there will also be some unique sponsorship opportunities for businesses to advertise in different ways. I will give out more information on this as the planning gets more detailed. I am also going to try to set up one or two meet ups along the way for you readers if there is any interest.

Another goal I have is to publish a Family Vacation Travel Guide where you can write down all your plans in one place. So be on the look out for that later on in the year!

With a new year beginning I thought I would do a short 2013 review… here we go!

5 Most Popular SER Posts in 2013:

#5 – Phil & Teds Verve: The Ultimate Double Stroller

#4 – Hitchin’ A Ride: Travel With A Car Seat On Your Carry On Bag

#3 – SER Baby Travel Pillow – Tutorial DIY

#2 – DIY Passport Photos Tutorials: Adults, Children, and Toddlers

and for the second year in a row…

#1 – Infant Passport Photo Tutorial (with almost 12,000 views!)

There were 104 new posts and visitors from 155 different countries.

So let me throw out one giant THANK YOU to all of the readers that took the time to check out my humble little place on the web, and especially the people that shopped Amazon through the site. Also a big thanks to every single person that left a comment. Comments are my happy place! I am looking forward to the places 2014 takes us!

Happy Travels,

Kristin

Child Safety and Travel: Careful vs. Paranoid

Welcome to the first official post of the “Travel and Child Safety” series!! I am so excited to write this series as we think through safe travel with our little ones. I know I am definitely going to do a lot of serious thinking and learning as this series progresses.

The first thing I want to discuss is why we need to keep safety in mind while traveling. The point of thinking about strangers, unplanned events, and unpredictable circumstances is not to create fear. Fear is our enemy here. We don’t want to let fear in because fear can easily take over and ruin our vacations and lives. The reason we discuss topics like safety is to become aware. If we are aware of things that need to be addressed, we can prepare as much as possible. Being careful and being paranoid are two totally different things.

When you see a sign like this on the road, do you slow down and proceed carefully, or stop driving all together?
When you see a sign like this on the road, do you slow down and proceed carefully, or stop driving all together?

Let’s take a look at these two distinctive ideas through the lens of a traveling situation. Read more