October Mommy of the Month
Meet this OC momma of three, Ashley Juelg!
Ashley's Favorite Fall Activity:
Beach Plum Farm in Cape May is so much fun in the fall. Lots of places for the kids to explore, good food, and I love the sustainable/farm to table feel of the whole place. Visiting the baby pigs, seeing what seasonal veggies they’re growing, and the giant swing in the back let everyone have a relaxing day and the kids get all their energy out.
Baby Product Ashley Swears By:
I love my Solly baby wrap. It definitely took some practice to wrap it, but the lightweight baby carrier is buttery soft and keeps Lincoln so content regardless if we're traveling or I’m working at my desk.
Ashley's Fall 'Happy Place' :
On the beach! Fall beach days are our favorite, even if we're in hoodies and sweats, the air is just different this time of year and we try to soak up as much as we can before the winter months.
Ashley on Traveling with Kids:
Plan ahead, but be ready for those plans to change. I’m a heavy planner because I want to have a restaurant or pit stop researched ahead of time while traveling, but I’ve also learned to let those plans fade if something else presents itself. Some of our favorite meals and experiences have been random stops or recommendations from locals we met along the way. But having a backup plan just in case, keeps me sane.
I read a lot of family travel blogs about where we’re going, and look for areas that allow the kids to roam freely, and learn about where we are. We try to find unique experiences and hole in the wall places to get a feel of the area were visiting. Our kids have jumped off waterfalls, eaten road side ceviche, and swam in natural hot springs all due to random suggestions we’ve gotten from locals. We bring home sand, rocks, and shells from each place we go and save them as keepsakes in different jars around the house.
Each kid gets to pack their own travel bag including healthy snacks, something to draw with, a game (we love Uno and War), and their iPad (which only gets charged once during trips so they learn to use their battery wisely).
Overall, we try to keep things interesting for everyone, while realizing not every minute of every trip is going to be perfect. Realistic expectations has been a journey I’m learning to navigate with three kids in tow.