Play!

So this post is a long time coming i initially started to write this on March 27 (as per my daft opps.). I finally finished 99% of the play room and it was one of the first rooms i wanted to complete to give the kids there own space to do what they want and just play. I wanted to keep the decor minimal and simple so we can always convert this room into something else down the road when our basement is fully finished, which is why we designed it with french doors, to contain the toys or even if its an office or tv room it will contain the sound aswell.
I wanted a little reading corner where they can walk up to get there own books but a few shelves higher where i can put crafts without them distorting them and then storage bins for all the smaller toys, crafts and all the extra stuffy’s. Having a kids table and chairs was the best decision ever, i remember when i was growing up having my own little table and chair set to do crafts at, puzzles ect was so fun, i felt i had my own place. My parents actually kept the table and chairs and gave them to me when i moved out. I have kept them in storage for so long and when doing the kids playroom i wanted to incorporate apart of my own childhood so these chairs are from my childhood, along with the dollhouse and all the little dolls for the dollhouse were mine and my sisters too. OH! and i cant forget about the little camper, that was mine too and the girls are in love with it.
What is a playroom without a kitchen, this kitchen was in our last house and we got for vail one year for xmas and she still loves it and plays with it. Some of there other bigger toys we keep in the basement and i often switch toys out so they don’t get bored of the same ones all the time. So yes there is more toys!

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Wall decals: Chapters
Wall art: Etsy
Shelves/ Bins: Ikea
Carpet: Ikea
Table: Walmart

Top 5 Travel Must Have's with a Toddler

This past winter we decided on our first "family" vacation the three of us, we have done weekend trips to Montreal, Toronto & near Quebec City but we haven't done a big trip on a plane with time restrictions. The thing that saved us was planning ahead, I made sure we had diapers, a change of clothes packed in a carry on and had a thin coat with good walking shoes in the car to change into instead of bringing our winter coats and boots along with us too. Also we booked a direct flight to our destination, with a shuttle waiting for us, to bring us right to the car rental. I made sure to book our flight early in the morning so by the time we were on the plane it was her nap time and for our hotel room we had a separate room for Miss V so that she could not "see" us while she was trying to sleep. She will not sleep if she can see us or the TV. 
My top FIVE must haves while traveling are;

NUMBER ONE
Snacks; keeping a toddler distracted with food is so worth it, but not just any snacks. You want to pack snacks that are a little dry and have some salt, like gold fishes or veggie crackers because having there mouth get dry will mean they will want to drink alot of water which helps with keeping there ears from hurting and it allows the pressure to equalize. 

NUMBER TWO
Bring there favorite blanket or teddy from home, having a piece of home that reminds them they are okay and by having the smell of home will keep them calm too. Miss V has her favorite "dodo" (blanket) she calls it because she's a Frenchy haha.

NUMBER THREE
A new colouring book with a only a few crayons kept her busy and didn't leave her with tons of options for colours or making a mess with a box of crayons. She was happy to have a something new to use. 

NUMBER FOUR
Car seat backpack carrier, we debated getting one because we didn't really think it was necessary because we weren't bringing our normal leather car seat with us, we were bring our spare one so we didn't care if something happened to it, but this was an actual life saver! It was so much easier for my husband to put it on his back while trying to carry Miss V or the luggage, it was out of the way and mind you, we over packed so I was afraid we would be over the weight limits, I put some of our stuff in with the car seat bag and they never opened it, never weighted it or asked questions. When traveling with a toddler you get 2 free checked luggage; ie. car seat & stroller so we took advantage. 

NUMBER FIVE
A few of her favorite toys & a couple beach toys. Having her own little toys from home made it that much easier for her to settle in. She kept busy in the car and in the hotel room while we were getting ready or packing for the day.