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6 Tips for Flying with Kids!

August 20th, 2014

Have you ever flown with kids before?  It’s definitely not always the easiest… ears popping, the grumpy lady in 12C frustrated by the screaming, and not much legroom, especially when they’re on your lap!  Piper flew for the first time at 8 weeks, and has so far done been on 19 flights between our trips […]


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Have you ever flown with kids before?  It’s definitely not always the easiest… ears popping, the grumpy lady in 12C frustrated by the screaming, and not much legroom, especially when they’re on your lap!  Piper flew for the first time at 8 weeks, and has so far done been on 19 flights between our trips to France to see Guillaumes family, and Alaska to see mine.  Today marks flight number 20 and we’ve started to figure some of the things out that make flying with kids easier, so I thought I’d share!

 1.  Dress for COMFORT, and bring a change of clothes (for everyone, including you!) Especially if your kids are flying on your lap!  You can still look totally cute and stylish while comfy, but stay away from tight fitting, non stretchy, fancy clothes, you’ll regret it, promise!  You’re going to spend the flight holding babies, (whether they have their own seat or not), bending down to pick up toys, changing diapers on your lap, and having drinks spilled on.  (It is still fun though!)  My favorite thing to fly in is leggings and a stretchy tunic, and a second tunic folds up nice and tiny in the diaper bag for when I need it.  Comfort extends to SHOES too!  No heels when with kids on a plane!  And you’ll want something with straps that won’t slip off when you have to chase the kids through the airport waiting area on your layover.  I highly recommend Teva’s, but there are so many good options out there!

2. Bring a little wallet size cross body bag for yourself that you can slip your phone, money, and passport in.  That way, you can be hands free to hold onto and chase kids.  I’ve switched my entire wallet into my little bag, and I LOVE it! I can stuff it into the diaper bag when I have everything with me, and if I just need to run in somewhere quick and don’t need everything, I have my bag across my front, and it’s lightweight and hands free. I bought it before my last trip with the kids, and oh man did it  make a huge difference!

 3. Bring something for them to suck on during take off and landing.  If they’re still nursing, let them nurse, if not, bring a sippy cup with some juice, or a squeezy pouch with applesauce to eat.  I don’t recommend lollipops, but they do work for some kids- Piper tends to lick them instead of suck, and she makes a HUGE sticky mess!!  It’s just not worth the mess for us when she’s  cooped up on our lap in a small little seat.  If you’re flying with a baby and they won’t nurse, and are screaming because their ears won’t clear, try blowing in their face.  It forces them to swallow suddenly and usually works!

 4. Plane friendly toys!  Here’s some of our favorites: an ipad with a car headrest attachment (it’s usually a case with a wide piece of elastic designed to wrap around the headrest in front of the child.  Guess what?! They work on airplane tray tables!  It’s a hands free way to add a little entertainment and calm to the flight!  If you’re in a window seat, little static cling window decals are fun to play with!  Some of our other staples are finger puppets and a coloring book with crayons tied to a string so you don’t have to go searching for them.

5.  It’s OK when they cry.  Don’t worry, and don’t let the neighbors looks make you want to crawl into a hole and hide.  Sometimes they just need to cry, and it’ll be ok. A fun way to deal with the neighbors is to bring a little goody bag for the people sitting next to you with ear plugs, and a little Starbucks gift card so they can tune your kids out, and be excited about their coffee when they get off the plane.  Sometimes it just helps to smooth things over!

6. Just remember, no one knows your kids better than you, you know what comforts them most, what makes them most upset, and how to help them through it all.  So trust your instincts, and look at it as a FUN adventure, not something to worry about!

And p.s., a little pacifier tip- if your kids still use a paci, use one of those little strings that clip it onto their shirt and it’ll be a lifesaver!  Otherwise, you’ll be bending down to search for it under your neighbors feet many more times than you wish to…

Have a GREAT flight!

xoxo

K

 

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Bilingual Parenting

August 18th, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved listening to toddlers learn to talk, and trying to guess at what they’re saying!  At the beginning it’s like this secret language between the parents and child, because no one else understands them yet.  But imagine if your child is learning TWO different language at once!  […]

 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved listening to toddlers learn to talk, and trying to guess at what they’re saying!  At the beginning it’s like this secret language between the parents and child, because no one else understands them yet.  But imagine if your child is learning TWO different language at once!  All the sudden you have to expand your options when you’re guessing what word they might be saying…  I have to be honest, sometimes I forget that there’s a good chance the word Piper is emphatically telling me might just be in French, and that’s why I can’t figure it out (and sometimes I can’t figure it out because, well, she’s one and it’s just not clear enough yet!)  She has an incredible vocabulary for a one year old, and has rather “grown up” conversations with us, and on top of that- she has them in English AND in French!  It’s adorable, and I’m so impressed with her!  Bilingual parenting is tons of fun, and yes it does have its challenges too, but they’re completely worth the effort!
We’re off to France this week, and in the spirit of the upcoming trip, I thought I’d share some of our motivations for raising our kids bilingual!  Most of you know that my husband is French.  (I know!  How lucky am I?! 😉  We met 6 years ago, married 4 years ago, and now we have two adorable babies who are growing up with two first languages.  Why?  Well for us, the main motivation is pretty easy- because their dad is French.  They have grandparents in France, aunts, uncles and cousins in France, and an entire heritage their that I don’t want them to miss out on just because we live on this side of the ocean.  Given that Guillaume is French, bilingual parenting tends to be easier for us than most, and it’s hugely helped by the fact that I’m fluent in French, so I understand what he’s saying to them.  That’s one of the biggest frustrations I’ve heard from other parents trying to raise their kids bilingual- that both parents don’t speak both languages, so one parent doesn’t understand what the other is saying to the kids.  (That would be rough on me, if I didn’t follow along with what Guillaume said to our children!)
But besides Guillaume being French, and therefore us having an easy “in” to the bilingual world, I had always hoped to one day raise my children bilingual, before I had even met him.  I studied French in high school, and always wanted (and still do!) to learn Russian, so I don’t know what language I would have gone with, but I wanted to at least try.  I want my children to grow up with a respect for other cultures around the world, and not expect the world to revolve around their English speaking skills.  I love that we’re able to give them this opportunity, and if bilingual parenting is something that you’re working on too, I wish you the best of luck!!  Stick it out, it’s SO worth it!  While we’re in France over the next few weeks, I thought I’d share some more of our bilingual journey with our kids, some of the challenges, and different methods that we’ve tried/seen other parents do!  And if you have any questions, I would LOVE to chat with you!  Send me an email/comment anytime!
Happy Monday friends!
xoxo
K

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Window Shopping

August 12th, 2014

The moment I opened up the email and read the description of the styled shoot, I knew it was going to be perfect!  The theme, the details planned… I mean, I could sketch for hours on this one and still not run out of ideas!  A bohemian romance, outside, a teepee, a floral headband… Oh […]

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The moment I opened up the email and read the description of the styled shoot, I knew it was going to be perfect!  The theme, the details planned… I mean, I could sketch for hours on this one and still not run out of ideas!  A bohemian romance, outside, a teepee, a floral headband… Oh my goodness I’m already in love!! I can just see the bride’s long wavy hair and the dress floating wispily down to the ground.  I can literally SEE the dress already in my head, I LOVE it when everything just falls together like this! I can’t actually show you the dress just yet, but I’m bursting at the seams, so I promise it’s coming soon!  But I will share a few others from the suite of sketches I did for the project…  
I’ve been working on some of these sketch suites for brides and styled shoots lately, and I have a new one I’m hoping to finish up and get shipped soon this week.  I thought I’d take a minute to share a little about the process, while my head is all wrapped up in it!  I have 3 questions I look for answers to as I start to get to know a new bride and work on sketches for her:

     What are the top 3 words you would use to describe yourself.
     What are the top 3 words you would use to describe your dream wedding.
     And when you dream of your wedding day, when you imagine yourself walking down the aisle, how would you describe that       feeling that you anticipate?
From there, I take those words, and thoughts, and emotions and pick up my pencil and paint and start sketching until I feel they have become visual representations on my paper.  Until I feel like those emotions are a tangible object waiting to come to life and float off the page.  Then and only then do I stop, but that’s truly only the beginning.  
Each bride receives her package with 5-10 sketches in it, along with a little gift to sit down with and make the selection process something to truly savor and remember. It’s one of the most magical feelings ever to see your wedding dress for the first time, and wait in anticipation for when you get to step into it and it’s finally yours.  For all you married ladies out there, remember?!  And brides, and beautiful girls dreaming of your day one day to come, you have so much to look forward to!!
For now, I’m off to chase two adorable kiddos around the house, and take them to the beach for the day!  Aunt Courtney (my awesome sister!) is in town for a few days, so we’re showing her some of our favorite spots!  Last night was ice cream down on the boardwalk with the most incredible view of NYC you can find (New Jersey has it’s benefits!) and today is Fire Island, one of Guillaume and my sweetest memories, and where we snapped our save the date pic FIVE years ago! Holy moly time flies!!  I have a lighthouse obsession, and the black and white one on the island never gets old!  
If you’re interested in a dress consultation, or having a Sketch Suite done for you as you start to plan your beautiful wedding day, I’d love to chat!
Last week’s giveaway winners will be announced tomorrow morning, I promised Piper she gets to do the “drawing”, and we haven’t had a minute to yet :)
Have a lovely day, off to find the sun and sand and climb a lighthouse!
xoxo

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Letter From a Messy Kitchen

August 9th, 2014

To the mom who is overwhelmed, unrested, can’t-find-time-for-breakfast-drinking-coffee-cold, chasing kids around who’ve managed to get their breakfast leftovers tangled in their hair whilst running a bright red crayon down the hallway walls… Take a deep breath, breathe, heat up your coffee and sit down. Crayon comes off with a mr. magic sponge, breakfast leftovers can […]


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To the mom who is overwhelmed, unrested, can’t-find-time-for-breakfast-drinking-coffee-cold, chasing kids around who’ve managed to get their breakfast leftovers tangled in their hair whilst running a bright red crayon down the hallway walls…
Take a deep breath, breathe, heat up your coffee and sit down. Crayon comes off with a mr. magic sponge, breakfast leftovers can be taken care of in the bath later, and it’s ok to take a minute or two to yourself, because while you may see an out of control mess, here’s what I see: A mom who loves her children. A mom who’s unrested because she spends so much time taking care of her babies, and making sure everything is ok. A mom who hasn’t eaten because she made sure her kids have. A mom who hasn’t had her coffee yet because her daughter just really needed to be held and have a book read to her for a minute, and her son just started going to the bathroom on the grown up potty and needed a little bit of help. And a mom who provides her kids with crayons (and coloring books too, but sometimes walls are preferable!) because she wants them to explore and play and foster creativity. Don’t you hear, you’re doing all these things for them, it’s ok if your house isn’t spotless and your life stress free.
“She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household.” Sound a little like your life? “Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow or her household for all her household are clothed in scarlet (‘double thickness’)… She looks well to the ways of her household.” Don’t you see it? That Proverbs 31 woman, that “unattainable perfection” that we as girls were always told about? That’s you! That’s what you’re doing for your house, for your children, your husband. Don’t curl up in a ball and cry (well, do sometimes… sometimes it does just feel good!) But, remember, as hard as this is, and as overwhelmed as you are, it’s because you’re trying. It’s because you’re putting the time in, and making the effort.
Read the chapter again, look harder this time. Not everything she’s doing is for her children, look for how she takes care of herself- “She dresses herself with strength, and makes her arms strong… Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come..” Strength and dignity! The strength and dignity to hold your head high and not be torn down. The strength and dignity to get through the day, even if the only thing in your belly is cold coffee and leftover take out pizza. When you feel like you can’t go on, sit down, take a break, and remind yourself of this.
Keep reading a little further… “Her children rise up and call her blessed.” They rise up and call her blessed, the mom who has given her life to her children, who is ok with the sleepless nights and picking their crying daughter up instead of taking that first delicious sip of hot coffee. The mom who lovingly wipes the crayon from the walls and shows them for the umpteenth time where the coloring books are… Her children rise up and call her blessed because she has given her life for them, and they see it and they notice.
You’re overwhelmed, and you need a good cry, but you are strong, and you are blessed. So go drink a coffee- cold or hot, take 10 mins to yourself to just sit and be (and if it means they keep coloring, well that’s ok too, it will come off eventually) and then go throw them in the bath and keep loving your children like only you do best. They love you right back, even if they have a funny way of showing it.
Happy Saturday!
xoxo
p.s. Let’s at least try to get some of you some hot coffee once in a while… We’re giving away a Starbucks card as a little refresher for one of you out there, and a copy of our “Be Thou My Vision” art print. Just comment on our link on facebook, or our image on instagram (@katherineelizabethbridal) and tag someone who needs to read this and you’ll be entered!

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A Vision For Something More

August 5th, 2014

A vision statement is an incredibly hard thing to write and get the wording just perfect, but when you’re doing what you love and what you know you should be doing, it’s also one of the easiest things to write, because it shouldn’t be anything new, it’s simply putting words to how you aim live […]


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A vision statement is an incredibly hard thing to write and get the wording just perfect, but when you’re doing what you love and what you know you should be doing, it’s also one of the easiest things to write, because it shouldn’t be anything new, it’s simply putting words to how you aim live your life and conduct your business.  I recently attended Katelyn JamesSmall Business Social and she talked about how when she and Michael became a husband/wife team in wedding photography, they sat down and wrote out their vision statement for what their business was and how they were conducting it, and she strongly recommended that we all do the same.

Why did I create this business?  What do I hope to do with it?  And where do I want to make a difference?  I have so many goals and dreams for where this will go one day, but I also know at the heart of it what I always want to be doing- dresses and relationships.  So here’s my simple statement, it’s still a little rough around the edges, but this is the heart of what Katherine Elizabeth Bridal is:

We are a bridal design company, with a vision to inspire brides and wives with both the most beautiful weddings AND marriages imaginable; to show them that their wedding day is only the first of the most beautiful days of their life.  We want to create lasting and real relationships with our brides, and help inspire them as they in turn create marriages that will last a lifetime.  We want to show you, our bride, just how stunning you are.

Are you a small business owner?  What’s your vision statement for your brand?  But even more important than that, what’s your vision statement for your life?  I’m a wife, a mom, and a designer, and I do these things to glorify my Savior, and share his beauty and truth with the people around me.

I would really love to hear yours!  And rough and unpolished phrases are most welcome!!

And… remember the two giveaways I mentioned yesterday?!  Well here’s the first!

Share with us your vision statement, (for your brand, your life, both, either…) and we’ll put your name in a drawing for one of our “Be Thou My Vision” watercolor prints!  To enter: either repost the watercolor image and tag us, or simply leave a comment on one of our social media posts with your vision, tagging two friends inviting them to do the same!  (For two entries, do both!!)  See you on instagram @katherineelizabethbridal, Facebook at Katherine Elizabeth Bridal, or twitter @KEBridal! Contest ends 5 pm EST Wednesday!

xoxo

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The Dress That Inspired It All!

August 4th, 2014

I excitedly ripped the picture out of the magazine and ran to show her.  It was PERFECT!  The most beautiful dress I had ever seen, and I HAD to wear it to prom!  (Well, our school’s version of prom at least).  Nevermind the fact that it was a designer dress from the 40s that probably […]


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I excitedly ripped the picture out of the magazine and ran to show her.  It was PERFECT!  The most beautiful dress I had ever seen, and I HAD to wear it to prom!  (Well, our school’s version of prom at least).  Nevermind the fact that it was a designer dress from the 40s that probably weighed 100 lbs, had a hem that was probably 20 yes of fabric, and was only available by auction for most likely well into the tens of thousands, because I was going to MAKE it!!  That was my very excited, very determined plan, that fortunately didn’t last very long!  Thank God for a mom who set me straight- no, it probably wasn’t the best dress for prom…  and I’ll never forget her response- you can wear a dress like that when you’re first lady one day…  (Welp, guess that ones not going to happen considering my husband is French!  But don’t worry babe, I wouldn’t trade you for a million of those dresses!)  Needless to say, I didn’t end up making the dress back then, but I did save the picture, and it was the start to dreaming of where I am today.  So no, I’ll never be first lady, and may never have the opportunity to WEAR a dress like that, but I get to spend my days DESIGNING those dresses and creating them for the beautiful women around me.  And who knows, even if I’m not the first lady, maybe I’ll get to make something FOR her one day!! (bucket list!)

That’s me, I still clip magazine pages, I still love gorgeous dresses, and I still love to dream (and that’s still my favorite dress ever!).  For those of you who may not know me, I thought I would take a minute to introduce myself again, and say hi as I get back into the swing of writing again after a lovely maternity leave and Alaska vacation!  I’m Katherine, a bridal and lingerie designer, a wife, and a mom of TWO! (still seems crazy to me!!)  Piper, our 1 1/2 year old daughter who takes life by the hand and runs full force with it, and our almost 4 month old son Eaden, who is as calm, chill, and relaxed as can be, full of smiles and giggles.  And for the past four years, I’ve been married to the most amazing Frenchman ever, who loves his family like crazy and inspired my faith daily.  I still can’t believe how lucky and blessed I am!  (My kids speak French, I mean come on, it doesn’t get cuter than that?!!)

I’m obsessed with teacups and vintage kitchen pieces, any and all high waisted clothes (especially the ones found on clearance racks and resale stores!), mint chocolate chip ice cream, black tea with milk, and buying a piece of local art from wherever I travel to.

I am a hopeless romantic, a lover of weddings, and a believer in marriages, and I’m so glad you stopped by today!

xoxo

Katherine

p.s. for peeks into some of our recent designs and our summer adventures, come say hi on instagram! @katherineelizabethbridal  And check back soon for not just one, but TWO awesome giveaways this week!

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