Okay SO if you have been following us on Instagram you have seen the dreamy photos, the excited stories, and the general beauty (hopefully) that is exploring new places. What you haven't seen though is the behind the scenes stuff, the drama, tantrums, blown out diapers, and extreme amounts of throw up that have unfortunately encompassed most of this trip. It started shortly after we left Zion Jessamyn began throwing up every hour on the hour... and of course because she is three refused to let me hold a bag for her to throw up in... so Ben drove and I spent 90% of that day cleaning up Jessamyn and the car, and myself with baby wipes.
From there I got it and spent the whole next day throwing and... and then the next day Ophelia got it. (Now we are just holding our breath and hoping Ben doesn't get it too) Basically if you want a worst case scenario come to life imagine leaving a restaurant and walking half a mile to the bus station to get back to your car covered in poop because your 6 month hold blew out her diaper all over you, while your husband is carrying your over tired three year old who is screaming at the top of her lungs and stripping all her clothes off (while people stare at you disapprovingly) AND THEN once you get on the bus having that same 6 month old throw up all over you.... so yeah its been kind of a rough trip.
BUT BUT it has been beautiful and today in partnership with Aveeno I want to share a few things that have actually completely been a tiny lifesaver on this trip.
First this lotion... which I know your thinking okay this is obviously sponsored your calling lotion a life saver BUT wait a minute hear me out. When you are in the car 5 hours a day, in new locations, experience different climates AND in the middle of winter... lotion is a lifesaver. This lotion is the Aveeno Positively Radiant Body Lotion and you can find it HERE at Rite Aid.. This lotion has been so helpful for me mentally... I mean I cannot control the throw up, or blow outs, or so many other things on this trip but I can do my best, take a deep breath, and put on some lotion which not dealing with dry itchy skin and actually taking a moment for myself in the midst of the chaos that has been traveling.. Like seriously you know that feeling when you get out of the car after driving all day, or off of a long flight when everything feels oily but somehow dry and you can't quite place if it is you or just something around you that smells funny, and you just kind of want to take a shower and fall asleep BUT there is a whole new location to explore... yeah this lotion is my go to in those moments. On that same note lets move to my second thing....
A good scrub... like no really the Aveeno Positively Radiant Scrub which you can find HERE at Rite Aid. When I said after a long day of traveling I want a good shower I wasn't kidding and this scrub makes all the difference. I have used it on the side of the road pouring water out of a water bottle on my face after throwing up and in the shower after a fun day of exploring and either way it is so good. Something about scrubbing off the stress and dirt, and sometimes other peoples bodily fluids (ehem sick kids lol) off you face at the end (or sometimes for me in the middle if its been a rough) day is so relaxing and so invigorating. I actually dropped the bottle of face wash I brought on our trip and it shattered so I have been solely using this and it has been amazing and really refreshing.
Lastly the number one lifesaver for us on this trip has been the ability or really choice to step back and laugh at our circumstances. Going back to the incident at the restaurant with the throw up and tantrum I really wanted to cry... like really wanted to just cry I was head to toe covered in throw up and poop and just done. We didn't though we laughed at the fact this was happening.. that I was basically sitting in the car in my underwear because everything else was bagged up and covered in grossness and we went back to the hotel with the mindset that someday we will look back on this and it will be a great story and that in the moment we had a really fun day and were on a really amazing trip and these little hiccups weren't going to define the story we were telling.
Okay and now a giveaway....
Right now Aveeno Skin Care is buy one get one 50% off at Rite Aid and during the week of 2/25 when you use your Rite Aid Wellness+ Card, for every $30 you spend, you will receive $10 in Bonus Cash towards your next visit. SO today we have teemed up with Aveeno and Rite Aid to giveaway a $50 gift card! (For use in a Rite Aid Store only) All you have to do to enter is comment below with how you refresh during (or after) or just in general in life. What is one thing you do for yourself to refresh and get going again after a rough day?
Oh and ps. you can find all the Aveeno products I talked about in this post HERE.