Where has 2016 gone? I don’t know about you but I feel like this year just flew by. A lot has happened this year, we moved countries, bought a house in a grown-up neighbourhood which feels like a huge commitment for us – but it has also been a quiet year in many ways. We haven’t travelled like other years as we just needed to stay put for a while and get comfortable with our new city, and get used to normal home life. The first year in a new country is challenging especially with kids as it is about figuring things out; finding doctors, dentists, schools, activities for the kids, grocery stores, learning how to drive on new roads, finding baby-sitters you can trust and that’s before you even start carving a life for yourself and thinking about your own relationships and forming new friendships. Things are finally starting to come together for us but it has been a gradual process.
I have been pretty quiet on my blog this year with the above in mind but I want to find more time for myself in 2017 and get back to exploring more of the Pacific North West with the kids, heading to Mexico and I can’t wait to plonk myself on a beach in Hawaii. I am looking forward to 2017 – some craziness went down in 2016 around the world. Let’s put ’16 behind us.
To say thank you for reading and happy holidays to one hard working Mumma out there I am offering a $50 USD gift card to spend here. You can put it towards something for your own travels with a baby, maternity clothing, kids clothes, shoes or whatever you like. They actually have everything you could possibly need for babies including some of the best baby wraps and carriers. I want to try a new softer baby carrier for my next long haul flight to New Zealand in summer. If you use a soft carrier you can usually get through airport security without having to remove your baby which is a huge bonus if baby is sleeping, or even just to have your hands free. Wish I knew that when I bought my carrier which annoyingly has a metal back support meaning I always have to take my baby out. To win the $50 credit all you have to do is comment below with your favourite baby carrier for travel or tell me how you would spend the prize if you won. That’s it, I’ll pick a winner on Christmas Day.
That’s my goodbye for 2016 with with a glimpse of the holiday season. I was thinking today how different my eldest daughters Christmases have been. She’s not even four and she’s been lucky enough to spend a summery Christmas in New Zealand, followed by a chilly English country Christmas, a below zero Christmas at the Finnish home of Santa himself, and now in the USA I am writing this as tiny snow flakes are falling outside. It’s a very subtle chill so far and a completely different level of cold from our Finnish Christmas last year. We have loved each and everyone of these travel experiences and Christmas is always a magic time of year to experience some place new.
Happy holidays & enjoy!
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This post was kindly sponsored but all views are honest and as always are my own. I will be donating any funds from this post to The UN Refugee Agency in the hope of helping a family devastated by war in Syria. Every little helps.