January 20, 2018


Caitlin Burm on Etsy | Grand Opening

As you know, blogging with a baby can be difficult and I haven't been able to keep up with you here as much as I would have liked this year. Being a full time, working mother comes with its challenges – namely, a lack of time – and although I haven't had the opportunity to write as much as I used to, I found that I was still searching for a creative outlet in between naptimes.

That is why I decided to channel my creativity into doing something that I've always wanted to do – design!

I have been creating designs for our home and for family and friends over the last five years, but this year I decided to do something different and share my prints with the world: on Etsy!

Caitlin Burm Design is now open and I hope you will join me there. I've created a "GRAND OPENING" coupon – 20% off the entire shop – just for you this week.

There will be many more items to come, but in the mean time, see the Etsy listings I have up so far and please reach out if you would like a custom print or quote!

December 10, 2017


Date Night at the Desert Botanical Garden

It's December in the desert, and after five Christmases spent in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northwest, it was a bit of an adjustment to not see snowfall out our window and not have the opportunity to visit a local Christmas tree farm this year.

That is why we leapt at the opportunity to make a new holiday tradition together at Las Noches de las Luminarias, an annual event at the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix.

Photo: Adam Rodriguez/Visit Phoenix

We have been visiting the Desert Botanical Garden since 2010, but are now proud members of the DBG, which was founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society in 1937 to help conserve the beauty of the desert.

Today, the DBG features over 50,000 cacti and plants (including 139 species which are endangered, rare or threatened) on 140 acres.

Luminarias are small paper lanterns traditionally lit to celebrate the Christmas season in the Southwest.

The DBG features over 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and displays during "Las Noches de las Luminarias," which we had an incredible time viewing on our date night.

The "Las Noches de las Luminarias" event was exactly what we needed to get us in the Christmas spirit for the holidays, and we are looking forward to making it a family tradition with Roselyn in the years to come!

We highly recommend the event to anyone in Phoenix or anyone visiting the Southwest during the holiday season.

You can find out more about the event on the DBG's webpage.

November 18, 2017


How to Fly with a Baby

At 7-months-old, Ryan and I are proud to say that Roselyn is a seasoned traveler, having spent over 50 hours traveling across the U.S. thus far.

That being said, we never had the opportunity to fly with Rosie before, so this month we experienced another "first" – our first flight with a baby!

Thankfully, our first experience flying together was positive and we solely attribute that to the many tips that we received from our fellow family travelers and friends.

We put a list together of the top strategies we used to ensure a pleasant and successful flight, that we hope will help you on your upcoming travels:

How to Fly with a Baby

1. Only pack in your diaper bag what you will need for your travel day.

I tend to be that Mom that over-packs and prepares for everything, so it took some time for me to narrow down what was actually coming with us to the airport:
  • 1 carry-on: That held our chargers, electronics and extra outfits in case of a baby accident or spill, etc.
  • 1 checked car-seat
  • 1 checked suitcase: That held all our outfits, toiletries and extra bottles, food, diapers and wipes for the baby.
  • 1 diaper bag: That held:
    • A bottle, sippy-cup and utensils.
    • Food pouches and snacks.
    • 8-10 diapers to get through our travel day, from the airport and airplane to the hotel that evening.
    • Pacifiers to ease her ear pressure during take-off and landing.
    • Soft books and toys that wouldn't make too much noise on the plane.
2. Prepare for playtime.

First, we packed an accessible blanket in our diaper bag, so that Roselyn could get her wiggles out at the airport before we boarded. Then, we packed 4-5 soft books and toys that she could enjoy playing with, both at the airport and on the plane ride.

These included toys like:

3. Prepare for pressure on the plane.

We wanted to relieve Rosie's pain from the pressure of the altitude changes on the plane, so we timed our feedings for takeoff and landing and packed an extra pacifier or two, so she could suck and swallow and not feel so many pressure changes.

4. Snacks, snacks, snacks!

We were so thankful that we packed extra snacks, because Roselyn didn't sleep on either flight as long as we had hoped. When she was done playing, we would give her finger/snack foods that were both easy to eat and healthy too:

5. Remember to smile.

It's easy to get overwhelmed on travel days, but it's important to remember to enjoy the experience and to smile through it too. 

We had a few hiccups that began to overwhelm us – TSA testing us (and each bottle and pouch in our diaper bag) and our rental car not being ready when we arrived at our destination – but there were more positive experiences than anything. Roselyn reminded us to enjoy this experience with her by doing things like laughing at the automatic sinks in the bathroom while I was changing her, and by smiling at every airline attendant and personnel we encountered during our travel day.

We understand that each baby is different and his or her needs are unique, but hopefully these tips will make for an easier flight for you and your family during your upcoming travel day!

Baby Blanket: Eddie Bauer
Bandana Bib: Carter's
Onesie: Carter's

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