We are planning on heading to the beach for a few days this weekend. We don’t get to go all that often, but when the opportunity presents itself we graciously accept and begin the process of planning, packing and preparing everyone for being away from home. Leaving on a Friday means canceling plans, arranging house-sitters, family members to hang out at the house with our fur baby(s) and packing food, clothing and activities for the drive and the stay in our family’s beach condo. This is something Justin and I have had the privilege of doing since we met each other, so it’s an incredibly special time that we all look forward to.
Packing for any kind of trip with the whole family is intense. There are bags upon bags and suitcases filled to the brim with all kinds of outfits and accessories to match the various different circumstances and activities that present themselves and we have to be prepared for. The beach brings it’s own set of expectations, so we can plan for the elements, weather, toys and food for days on the sand and in the water with four children and often, a dog too. We really do have it down to a near science at this point though, and I feel pretty confident that we know how to pack for the expected, and even unexpected things that inevitably happen and any given moment. Evvie seems to be our wild card lately, being on the brink of walking and more and more particular about what she will and won’t eat. Fortunately for me, the easy part of this whole excursion is packing food for meals and snacks on the beach, even when it comes to Evvie. She recently figured out how to eat the Plum Organics fruit and vegetable pouches on her own and enjoys it immensely whenever we are out at restaurants, walking to and from the elementary school or at any of the various sports that her siblings practice several times a week. I appreciate the easy packing and cleanup plus the knowledge that she’s getting good foods in her belly when we aren’t at home. I’ve taken great pride in making all of my children’s baby food, but I also know when and how to appreciate other options that we all like, especially when they make my life just a bit easier.
Since becoming a mother nearly nine years ago, I feel like I’ve explored many of the vastly different options that I’ve considered worthy of trying. From breastfeeding to bottle feeding, starting solids and maintaining a mostly organic and very healthy diet for my children, I know what options I insist keeping as part of our daily routine and those that I’m comfortable with making in a pinch. The Plum Organics line of products is something that I’ve incorporated into our travel routines with all of my children. They are flavorful and nutritious, and they look forward to having them out and about, in picnics, at museums, at the park and on the beach, and that is something that I appreciate- when they happily eat something that is good for them and easy for me to grab and throw in my purse. The Plum Organics new line, Grow Well, has plenty of yummy and nutritious options from Tummy (with prunes, pear, peach and chia), to Bone (with mango, kale, banana and Greek yogurt)- those are both Beau and Evvie’s favorites and it’s great that they are getting extra fiber and calcium with these snacks, too. Click the link for more info on this great new line (plus a coupon)!
I personally cannot wait to trade in the traffic and hectic routine for calming white noise of the ocean and stress free days that only demand walking to and from the beach (along with the rest of parenting duties of course). These are the perfect circumstances to choose fuss-free packing and meal options and I gladly accept them to maintain all of our mental and physical health. The time alone with my family is the best kind of getaway and the perfect way to revitalize our spirits.
I’m thrilled to offer one Plum Organics Grow Well premium gift pack including Eight (8) Grow Well™ pouches, One (1) Soft baby blanket, One (1) Tummy-time mat to encourage play time with baby and One (1) Organic Cotton Baby Bib to one of you! To enter, please follow me on instagram and leave a comment below letting me know why you’d like to win it. Winner will be selected randomly on October 23rd. Good luck and have a beautiful weekend!