Tubby Blog

Road Trip Must-Haves

By Mindi Bullick

If you’re hitting the road with a little one (or two) this summer, these great finds can help keep your crew comfortable and occupied along the way.

Tubby Todd Families: Our Home on Wheels

We're excited to share a new blog series called Tubby Todd Families. We'll be featuring families from all over and how they live with kids and use Tubby Todd in their families. First up, @ourhomeonwheels! Have you seen this cute family on Instagram already? They're traveling the country with their six month old baby girl, Juniper, and pup, Lotus. We caught up with them on the beach and took a few shots. They love Tubby Todd and can you even with Juniper in the skin bath? Let's get started!

You guys seem so adventurous! Not everybody would be up for a life in a van with a business, baby, and dog. What's been the highlight of your travels so far?

There's been lots of very special moments but one in particular is the first time we heard Juniper's heartbeat. We were camped out at a beautiful spot off the coast of Big Sur, we had our Doppler and would check frequently for a heart beat but it never happened until that moment. It was so special and so epic. The sun was setting, it was perfectly breezy and we had just finished making dinner. The setting could not have been better. It was beautiful to be in an amazing place hearing our babies heartbeat for the first time. We will never forget it .

Where are you going to next? 

Oregon. We love Oregon so we plan on really exploring Bend and seeing what it has to offer. From there we will be heard to Colorado for a few weeks and we plan on driving down Baja (for the second time) in the fall. Our itinerary could change because it does quite often and it feels really good to say that! Haha.

Any tips for the rest of us on traveling with kids? What's the best thing about it and the hardest thing about it?

If you want to travel and have kids just do it. Don't question it ever because they will forever be thankful for amazing and exciting memories. Often we heard to do it before we had kids because it becomes more difficult and that's perhaps true, but we know of many families that do it. We can't relate to quitting your dreams after you have a child. If we had 2 or 3 more kids we wouldn't stop. Having Juniper on the road with us gives a greater purpose to continue traveling. She's learning about the world she's part of. She's not just a resident of a single city. She lives everywhere and she will learn to love the differences in everyone. We also feel by being an example to chase our desires it will give Juniper the courage to never give up on all that she wants to experience in life even if the unexpected occurs. 

 

Gather for Goats Dinner in Arizona

We joined forces with Sarah of Shop Plain Jane and Jenny of Little Green Notebook to raise money and awareness for Gather for Goats. We hosted a charity dinner in Mesa with lots of friends to raise money to buy goats for Syrian refugees.
GATHER FOR GOATS FAQS
What is Gather for Goats?
Gather for Goats is a worldwide fundraiser for syrian refugees. They're raising money to buy 400 families goats so they can better feed and care for their families.
Who's it for?
Syrian refugees. 
Why?
Because these families have been driven from their homes and lack sustainable food and drink. Goats are the answer to that.
Who started this?
Hayley Smith, Founder of Lifting Hands International, and Linsey Laidlaw, friend of Hayley and an activist/designer in Brooklyn, NY. Lifting Hands International is a non-profit charity based in Greece, with outposts in Arizona and Utah. There's one employee and an army of volunteers.
How do I donate?
Here. They've raised $56k but they're shooting for $250k.
Can I host a dinner to raise money too? Isn't it past May 5-7?
Yes, you can host a dinner anytime. Or host a brunch, bbq, picnic, or lemonade stand with your friends and family and ask them to donate whatever they would have spent on the food towards Gather for Goats. Explain why buying goats for this refugee camp is a good idea and how just a little bit of our money can be life changing for a hungry, scared family far from home. Have everyone Venmo or Paypal together at the table, then submit the money to Gather for Goats together. It'll be a powerful memory for you and your friends to give to others who are much less fortunate than us. 
I have more questions and want to learn more how my money will be used.
Lifting Hands International Facebook group puts faces to the cause. Q&A, updates, interviews, and more explanations of Gather for Goats there.
You can learn more about the non-profit Lifting Hands International on Facebook, Instagram, and their website.

Taking Care of Your Skin While Traveling

Due to climate, weather, and altitude changes, it's easy for you and your baby's skin to become irritated while you're traveling. And for those with really sensitive skin, even using the hotel body wash once can cause a breakout — we know from experience.

Our travel kit will help you pack lighter, and pack smarter. Today we're sharing our favorite ways to use our Travel Kit while on the go this season:

HAIR & BODY WASH 

• Everyone in the family can use this tiny bottle for their shampoo and body wash! Its formula is concentrated, so a tiny squeeze creates a rich lather that lasts and lasts

• Before bed, use it as a face cleanser to wash off your makeup

• Tuck it in your bag for washing little hands on the go

BUBBLE BATH

• After the kids are tucked in bed, draw a nice, warm bubble bath for yourself in the hotel. You deserve it — vacationing with kids is no joke!

• Sometimes kids get extra anxious while traveling. Surprise them with a bubble bath to calm their anxiety of being in a new place!

EVERYDAY LOTION

• Rub it on your face before bed to get some extra moisture while you sleep

• Airplanes are very drying and can be harsh on skin, so keep this little TSA-approved lotion bottle handy for in-flight moisturizing

• Both Mom and Dad can use it as an aftershave lotion to calm any redness or irritation

• Use it on your baby's cheeks and chin to keep them soft in a new, unfamiliar climate

ALL OVER OINTMENT

• Babies can easily get diaper rash from drinking water in a new region — keep a tube of this ointment in your diaper bag for quick treatment of rashes or red spots

• Rub it on small cuts and scrapes

• If it's cold and/or snowy where you're traveling, rub this on exposed skin (chins, cheeks, and hands) before going outside to prevent chapped, dry skin

• If it's warm where you're headed, rub this on your heels before bed and wake up to smoother, softer sandal-ready feet

What to wear to a holiday party

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I like to buy one nice dress around the holidays to wear to everything festive. These are some of my favorites that really make a statement and distract from my tired eyes. :) I think they'd all look darling with zip-up ankle boots!

Happy Holidays!

xx, Andrea


ps. don't show up empty-handed! We've got your gifts for everyone covered:

for the host: bring your hostess a bottle of our limited-edition holiday bubble bath, so she can relax after the guests are all gone. (and better yet, offer to do the dishes and send her upstairs with her bubble bath so she can relax right away.)

for the gift exchange: bring our holiday bundle (no wrapping necessary) for a really unique gift.