You still get to travel
My husband and I love travelling passionately. It’s an integral part of who we are. We were determined that when we had a kid that our travel would resume as soon as possible. We didn’t expect parenthood to be as hard as it was, but we are getting on with the difficulties while still seeing the world. We don’t want to wait until Cheese grows up to see everything we want to see – we want to experience as much as we can while we are also still young and fit enough to enjoy it. As I write this, we are in Barcelona, about to head out for tapas lunch. Travelling with a little kid is obviously a lot different than pre-kid (goodbye lazy mornings and romantic nights fueled by sangria!) but it is still incredibly enjoyable. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t do it. Adapt to the changes and travel is still wonderful, with kids of any age.
Your kid grows up a world citizen
Cheese is an American and Australian citizen. As well as significant travel in these two countries, she’s also been to Canada, Mexico, Spain and soon London. And she’s only 3. She already adapts to different cultures easily and speaks handfuls of Italian and Spanish. She understands what different languages mean and is able to confidently interact with people no matter what they look like or what language they speak. She is already a world citizen.
The memories are priceless
The years we spent in New York are among the best in my life. Each trip we have taken has been challenging, but has created memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Cheese at 1.5 yrs stroking a dolphin in Hawaii. At 2.5 yrs dashing down a beach in Mexico. At 3.5 yrs dancing in a rainbow inside the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Young kids are cheap
The younger your kid is, the cheaper it is to travel with them. Babies are free for everything, and kids up to a certain age get free transport/entry/hotel pull out beds. This trip to Barcelona, we’ve only had to pay for Cheese’s flight and food.
I won’t lie, it’s really hard work travelling with a little kid. Jetlag is a killer – the first few mornings in Barcelona we were all up at 4am. Having a little kid means there is no such thing as a relaxing time either, it’s constantly go go go to keep them entertained.
You see and do less
Travel with a little kid means changing your expectations of what you’re going to see and do in any location. Less galleries and historical walking tours and more playgrounds and kid-friendly outings like castles.
All in all, it’s worth it to us to travel while Cheese is still young. We have such itchy feet that we can’t seem to live any other way.
Hello there gorgeous!
My name is Amy! I have recently become the proud mother of two little girls under two...Whilst in the middle of launching a small business known as “My Tiny Wardrobe”! I thought I'd use the last term of my pregnancy to prepare for the launch, however, my little Olivia came 8 weeks early!
This early celebration of welcoming my second daughter into the picture only highlighted my belief that you can still establish a successful, small business, while raising your children.
I won't sugar coat it and say it's been easy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. My obstacles in launching this business did not stem from just having a premie baby, with her gorgeous big sister Chloe at my side (or tugging at my legs, trying to climb me for extra attention), but I have been fighting a muscle disease over the last 13 years called Fibromyalgia. Instead of letting this painful disease define me, I have let the journey with it REFINE me. I have grown into a strong woman with a passion for joy, adventure, laughter and fun.
My dream for My Tiny Wardrobe is to use the business to encourage other mums to work from home if they can, and provide them with a platform to sell their designs. We currently collaborate with women designers who are raising children in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. It is a collection of working mummy designers, photographers, and suppliers, all woven together to empower women through small business.
Life is too short to not chase your dreams! Yes, I am speaking to you, the one who is reading this blog. In creating this brand, I stepped out of the corporate world to design a future for myself and my family, and other mums who would join this collection of creatives, all working from home! So you can still be with your children if that is your choice.
We design clothes for “All the places they'll go and adventures they'll have”.
I want babies to be snuggled up safe in my baby blankets and hold onto them as they grow up, knowing their mum and dad held them and tucked them in.
I want to see little ones running up and down Bronte Beach or at the top end, in swimming costumes created with indigenous prints by indigenous women.
I want to see boys (and girls) skating, wrestling, and laughing, in comfy, casual, yet edgy and unique clothes.
I want little girls to feel like Princesses, but feel free to run in the mud and play in the rain at the same time. I'm not the type of mum who walks around with a little one with a mess free, pearly white outfit on. Surprisingly, Chloe gets less messy at daycare when I pick her up than she does with me (I think she wears a smock all day... Wink wink).
My Tiny Wardrobe is here to clothe our bubs, inspire creativity, fuel imagination, hear from real mums through the blogs to come, resource our mums, and empower women to dream, and take action.
The majority of our products are made by mums, for mums, in Australia - with LOVE. Handmade. Local.
I am so excited to launch this blog on behalf of our team, and our Children's Clothing Line!
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