Tell Me Something Good – Parental Travel

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it’s friday the 13th – are you superstitious??? are you avoiding all black cats and stepping on cracks? i tend to view friday the 13th as an extra magical day where exciting things might happen so let’s hope that’s the case!

i am writing from kansas city, MO where it’s sunshiny, balmy and full of some of my favorite people so i’m happy. the only thing missing is my husband, he has been in kentucky all week and apparently really digging it (and that’s not just the bourbon talking). i am out here to visit family and my cousin’s high school graduation oh and for the BBQ. my sister is flying in tomorrow and then we can bump bellies – i am SO excited!

my tell me something good to share with you today involves traveling. yesterday i got to travel right next to my mama for the first time in over 8 years!!! of course we have been to the same places for christmases and girls’ weekends but we haven’t left from the same destination to be able to travel together in 8 years!

family travel

here’s what we found out on our flight:

  1. we have the same reading pace as we read from the same trashy magazine on the flight
  2. order cran-apple juice with lime – it tastes so much better
  3. regardless of age, peanut m&ms are the perfect travel snack

before our flight, we had enough time to eat a delicious brunch at DIA called ‘root down’ and these are our ‘whoa i’m really full smiles.’ travel mom tell me something good

it was just a few years ago that my travel anxiety was still so bad that i couldn’t eat anything for the entire day i traveled. yesterday i consumed a massive egg sandwich with potatoes. that is also something so very good that i don’t take for granted.

also, if anyone has access to a whole lot of globes please let me know because i simply must decorate our nursery in this exact same way as the restaurant:

travel globes

part of why it was so special to travel with my mom is because of how much i’ve changed. i was so not fun to travel with (and admittedly i still have my moments – just ask my husband when everything got all messy getting to hawaii) but generally i’m much better. sitting next to her on the plane reminded me of how far i have come in growing, changing and managing my anxiety. i have way more fun traveling with me so i hope others do too!

with that, let’s do some celebrating on friday the 13th! as i mentioned in my previous post, i got some goodies from Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Oahu Tourism while we were in hawaii so i want to share some of them with you!

IMG_9672 outrigger waikiki

there will be some edible goodies as well as a few fun things that will remind you of hawaii. i will be sharing some of the goodies from the above package but not everything because i needed the cookies and chocolate from it – for the baby – so thanks for understanding.

to be entered into this giveaway, please share with me something good in your life! this will close on monday 5/16.

i will eat the cost to ship these goodies internationally if that person is randomly selected so everyone is eligible to win!

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  1. Paula Howley

    May 13, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Chocolate? I’m in.
    My something good is I feel like I know exactly how Head Start Public Speaking For Kids is going to grow. My focus for the past 3 years has been “Walk through your fear and into your confidence”. But I realize that in hearing each others’ stories, my students become much more compassionate and through Meaghan’s difficult school experience, I have seen how desperately the schools need compassion. I feel like by emphasizing this, I can probably obtain some grants to get Head Start into the SCHOOLS like I have always wanted to!
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    • chelsea

      May 16, 2016 at 8:48 am

      that is SO good paula about how to grow your business – that is incredible! what a gift you are bringing to young people with skills that will shape them and last a lifetime. heck yes school integration – i am SO excited for you!

  2. Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}

    May 13, 2016 at 1:11 am

    My mom passed on her love of Peanut M&M’s to me too! ☺️ Congrats on how far you’ve come with conquering your anxieties. I have a sweet little girl in my class this year really struggling with anxiety already and it breaks my heart.
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    • chelsea

      May 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

      oh my goodness – how are those little morsels of goodness so satisfying?! so sorry to hear about the little girl in your class struggling with anxiety – hopefully she can seek help to manage it because i know what a debilitating struggle it can be.

  3. Elyse

    May 13, 2016 at 7:03 am

    It’s always an amazing feeling when you can conquer an anxiety! I’m so glad you get to travel with your mom too. It’s all those things that makes it worth moving back to Colorado.

    My something good is that things are coming together for our move. I’ve had first and second interviews(although no firm jobs for me), we have our tickets and we’ve sold even more of our belongings. I am still pinching myself that it’s happening but we’re doing it and move date is happening SO soon.
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    • chelsea

      May 16, 2016 at 8:51 am

      thanks elyse 🙂 yes it was sort of bizarre to be like – oh we are riding to the airport together and not meeting at the destination?! it was excellent.

      SO excited about your move coming together! congratulations on the interview process – those can be grueling and it sounds like you are rocking it 🙂 glad things are falling into place – go team!

  4. Audrey

    May 13, 2016 at 8:03 am

    I love that you got to travel with your momma! I’m a huge fan of traveling with my husband- we tend to jive so well on road trips or at airports. I haven’t flown with my parents in a long time, but we’re usually all in the car together for a few hours at least once a year! It can get hectic… Haha!
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    • chelsea

      May 16, 2016 at 8:52 am

      hah yeah road trip are a whooooole other ballgame! glad you still get to travel with your parents some! agreed about the fun travels with the husband – we have our routine down too but since he wasn’t on this trip – my mama was a great companion!

  5. Lindsay

    May 13, 2016 at 11:20 am

    After 6 months of renovating our first home, my fiancé and I are FINALLY moving in!

    • chelsea

      May 16, 2016 at 9:29 am

      oh WOW how super exciting lindsay! congratulations!!!!!!

  6. Emily

    May 14, 2016 at 12:24 am

    No I’m not using my kid to win this but it does pull on the heart strings a bit and I’m so darn proud of him!
    Chelsea knows how much I have struggled personally because a single mom and now a married mom. My son is just amazing! He had the vocabulary of a 20 year old college student at the age of 2. He has started to really be bullied his classmates because they think he’s annoying and weird. I don’t let him watch bad TV shows or play rated M mature video games and he has to continue to learn even when not in school. He is a true hearted 9 year old boy. He was not raised by parents who cuss or have drug issues- like most of his peers. I have woke so much with him on being him and also we talked a lot about why kids do what they do. He didn’t understand why his friends got to do things or why they acted the way they did. He truly has come into his own amazing, self assured self. It’s be an incredible journey and I know it’s just beginning but I’m trying to give him the best start in life, even if that means I’m the weird, annoying mom who doesn’t let him do stuff, or doesn’t cuss or drink, and I sit and talk to him at least an hour every night after school. I sit and watch him play his games and we talk for hours sometimes. That is the best thing I have witnessed in a long time—— except your llama picture and then the Penguins pics—– you my friend are an inspiration and I can’t wait to see u and ur hubby be parents. You’re gonna rock this gig!

    • Emily

      May 14, 2016 at 12:26 am

      And that is full of typos- I must go to bed! Good night friend + 1!

    • chelsea

      May 16, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      haha the way your comment started cracked me up, emily! thank you so much for sharing all of those heartfelt and wonderful things about your son – i can tell you are a proud mama! this is making me even more excited to embark on the parenthood journey! thanks for your sweet words too 🙂 love how intentional you are with all of your parenting emily – your son sure is lucky to have you as his mom!

  7. Nina @ Hugs and Lattes

    May 16, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I’m obsessed with that restaurant ceiling!!! Traveling with the mama is so much fun <3
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    • chelsea

      May 16, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      riiiiiight! i truly gasped when i saw that ceiling! i neeeeeed it!

  8. Anna @ THE POSH BODY

    May 18, 2016 at 11:45 am

    My husband and I literally go to DIA early to ensure a meal at Root Down. We’ve been known to order our lunch favorites as early as 9 am: farm to table cobb salad add steak + sweet potato fries for me, bahn me turkey burger + sweet potato fries for him. It’s such a great restaurant!

    I can totally relate to being an anxious flyer. Growing up I suffered from severe motion sickness so flying brings back some not so fun memories for me. I try to save things I’m looking forward to- mainly podcasts & snacks- for flights and always bring something that smells good, an eye mask and a super cozy, soft outfit so I can zone out in my own good smelling, soft nest and try to sleep. My sweet husband always sits in the middle seat so I can have the window, too. We’ve been traveling a ton lately (8 flights in 2 weeks!) so we have it down to a science haha!