The BEST Afternoon Teas in Belfast

Thursday, 15 June 2017




We've started to make a tradition of Afternoon Tea when we have friends and family visiting us in Northern Ireland. It's fun for us, it's fun for the kids, and it works out to be a special treat for all of us when we have people to entertain. Belfast has a lot of options these days for Afternoon Tea, and I'm pleased to share our favorites! Traditionally, afternoon tea was meant to offer a snack between lunch and a light dinner, but from my experience, they usually offer enough food to be a meal! Typically, the tea service consists of tea or coffee, savory sandwiches or small quiches, scones with butter, jam and clotted cream, and sweets like cupcakes, tarts or chocolates, though each location serves it's own "twist" on the tradition. If you're coming to Belfast, I highly recommend taking time for an Afternoon Tea service. Here are just a few of my favorites!

Best for Kids - Afternoon Tea at Titanic Belfast

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Our server table side with Yule Log and Mince Pies


Are you bringing the kids?? Thus far, my favorite Afternoon Tea service with my girls was at Titanic Belfast. It's only offered on Sundays, but watch out for special event afternoon teas around the holidays, mother's day and other special occasions when additional days may be offered. The best part of Afternoon Tea at Titanic? It's the only way you'll get a chance to see the world famous staircase recreation at Titanic Belfast - it isn't a part of the regular tour. So what made the Tea my favorite with the kids? Miss P got her own children's afternoon tea tray, with child-friendly treats. Instead of coffee she was offered hot chocolate or a milkshake. She still talks about his fantastic it was to have her own tea tray and treats! (Normally, she shares with me). We dressed up and had a lot of fun taking pictures on the staircase. There was even a coloring and craft table for the kiddos. We were able to spend several hours enjoying our time at Titanic and it's definitely my favorite for bringing the kids. Servers wear period uniforms the same as what White Star Line employees would have worn and facts about the Titanic are shown on projection screens throughout the seating. Spaces are limited so you'll want to book in advance.

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Titanic's Famous Staircase
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Christmas Treats at Titanic Belfast

Cost: 25GBP/adult, 10GBP/child
More Information: Titanic Belfast Afternoon Tea
Location: 1 Olympic Way, Queens Way, Titanic Quarter, Belfast

Best for Girlie Afternoon Out - the Merchant Hotel

The Merchant Hotel is Belfast's only 5 star hotel in the city center. It is a grade A listed building, and their Great Room Restaurant, which hosts the tea, was a former banking hall for the Ulster Bank which has been beautifully restored to a fantastic restaurant. Tea at the Merchant is hosted every day, but on weekends, live music is included. While you certainly can bring children to Tea at the Merchant, and I have, but I much prefer it as an adult afternoon out as the venue itself isn't as child friendly as other places in town. (And let's be real - Mama needs a break sometimes too!) The Merchant's Tea menu changes from time to time, but you'll always be sure to have fantastic scones, finger sandwiches and delicious sweets. Once tea is finished, pop over to the Cocktail Bar at the Merchant for some of the most fantastic cocktails in town. All of the drinks are made by hand, including house made cordials, and fantastic spirits and liquors. Twice a year, the Merchant Hotel hosts Fashion Teas to coincide with Belfast Fashion Week. During these, you'll get a glass of champagne to go along with your tea and take in a fashion show during the seating. It's a fantastic time out, and when my girls are bit older, I am sure they'll enjoy it just as much. Reservations for tea are recommended, and the Fashion Teas typically sell out so be sure and buy tickets in advance if you're able to attend. 

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Cheers! The Fabulous Fashion Tea
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a selection of the treats!

Cost: Regular Afternoon Tea 25GBP Monday - Friday, 29.50GBP Saturday & Sunday
More Information: Merchant Hotel
Location: 16 Skipper Street, Belfast

Best Country Style Afternoon Tea - the Old Post Office

If you have the opportunity to get outside of the city, I would highly recommend the Old Post Office in Lisbon for Afternoon Tea. This is a more "country" style tea, but the food is fantastic. You'll start with a glass of lemonade before enjoying a French Press coffee or Tea. The Tea pots and french presses are served in tea cozy and the buns and treats are delicious. Formerly a post office, this thatched roof cafe was transformed to a shop and tea rooms. While they don't have a dedicated children's menu, it is a nice tea to enjoy with kids. I've found the food to be plentiful and have shared with my daughters who love the little sweets and treats. It's a good idea to book in advance and they do offer a gluten free option. 

Miss P is a big fan!

Cost: 9.75GBP per person, Gluten Free 11.95GBP per person
More Information: Old Post Office Lisbane

Best Quickie Afternoon Tea - Patisserie Valerie
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Cappuccino!
If you'll be busy sightseeing in Belfast and don't have time to spend the whole afternoon on your Tea experience, then Patisserie Valerie is the way to go. There are two locations in Belfast city center and you'll get the taste of afternoon tea without spending a lot of time waiting. It's great if you have kids with shorter attention spans as well. The food was good, though compared to other places it was not as plentiful, so you won't leave feeling over stuffed as you continue your sightseeing. The other nice thing about Patisserie Valerie is that you can stop in on a whim - reservations are not required. 


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Cost: 25GBP for 2 people
Location: Adjacent from Belfast City Hall - 11 Donegal Square West or
31-33 Castle Lane
More Information: Patisserie Valerie


There are so many  places in Belfast to try Afternoon Tea, and these are just a few. Where is your favorite?

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The Best of Northern Ireland's Causeway Coastal Route with Kids

Thursday, 25 May 2017




Recently, we have taken a few long weekends to explore Northern Ireland's Causeway Coastal Route. It's a fabulous getaway for our family with so much to do within a short drive of our home. When most folks visit the North Coast of Ireland, it is typically sold as a day trip. You can visit the Giant's Causeway from Dublin or even Belfast on a day tour, but to me it is nearly impossible to see all the sights in one day, especially if you're traveling with kids! Since relocating to Northern Ireland, my husband and I have developed our own little tour for our out of town visitors. Occasionally we do it as a day trip, but if your itinerary allows, I highly recommend an overnight! The whole route is great for visitors, but some places are more child friendly than others. Check out the amazing video below by Discover Northern Ireland for an overview of the whole route!


The Causeway Coastal Route is a scenic drive between Belfast and Derry/Londonderry with many places to stop off in between. We typically cut off the first part of the drive and leave Belfast by motorway with our first stop being at the Dark Hedges, and usually end it at Benone Beach, but there is so much to see everyone has different interests.

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Our first stop, the Dark Hedges, is a road of intertwining beech trees and was made famous in the HBO show Game of Thrones as the King's Road. The first time we tried to visit the Hedges we couldn't find it! Recently however, it is home to better signage which makes visiting so much easier! Take a stroll through the hedges for a photo op.

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Cost: Free
Stroller Suitable: Yes, just watch out for traffic as it is a working road.
More Info: The Dark Hedges Ballymoney

Our next stop is Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Once used by salmon fisherman to reach Carrick-a-Rede Island, it is now a permanent fixture. The bridge is 20 meters across and can be a bit daunting if you're afraid of heights, but the views on the island are so worth it! It's a bit of a walk down to the bridge so be prepared for that, and it is not stroller friendly. I would recommend carrying very young children or baby-wearing them. We carried Miss P for her first visit, and once on the island, keep a close had at the kiddos as there are steep drop offs without railing on some parts.

Cost: 7GBP/adult, 3.50GBP/child, under 5's are free
Stroller Suitable: No, plan on baby-wearing or carrying young children
More InfoCarrick a Rede

Next, we visit Ballintoy Harbor. Another Game of Thrones filming location, you might recognize this as the back drop for the Iron Islands. Stop for a photo op, but if you have time, stroll the beach path for some amazing vistas. On summer days, we have even waded into the water there. There is a cafe at the harbor with AMAZING desserts and coffees, so if you have time stop for a quick snack. You won't make this stop on a tour bus as the road down isn't suitable for larger vehicles, so while it is becoming busier with tourists, it's a well kept secret!

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Thrones Fans will recognize Ballintoy Harbor!

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Miss P checking out the water at Ballintoy


Cost: FREE
Stroller Suitable: You can explore the harbor with a stroller, but the path would be better done by carrying young children or babies or a stroller with hiking wheels.

From Ballintoy Harbor, visit Whitepark Bay, a National Trust Beach. Park at the lot at the top of the hill, and plan on a ten minute walk down to the beach. The path is suitable for strollers, but the very last bit of it is over a small sand dune so a bit of maneuvering is required. The views - breathtaking. Swimming is not recommended as there is no lifeguard on duty, but it'll be too cold for that most of the year any how. Enjoy a nice walk along the beach and several photo ops.

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A view of Whitemark Beach on the walk down



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Strolling Whitepark Beach


Cost: FREE
Stroller Suitable: Yes, with some maneuvering over sand at the bottom. Baby-wearing would be easier.
More InfoWhitepark Bay

Next up is the world-famous Giant's Causeway, and the reason for most folk's visit to the North Coast. The very first time I visited the Causeway, there was nothing more than a small shack with toilets and a tiny gift shop. These days, you'll find a state-of-the-art visitor's center, with an optional audio guide, gift shop, toilets and cafe. There are a few options for visiting the Causeway itself. It's nearly a mile downhill to see the ancient rock formations, but there is a bus available at the cost of 1GBP each way. It's one of the most instagrammed spots in the country and you'll see why! Take time to walk around the rocks, climb up the paths for better views, just be careful not to fall! I took a spill on the slippery rocks during my first visit. Many times when we visit with the kids we'll walk down and take the bus back up hill. Buses run every 10-15 minutes.

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A panoramic view of the Giant's Causeway

Cost: Adult 10.50GBP, Children 5.25GBP
Stroller: Yes, though keep in mind you'll be going up and down hill unless you opt for the bus
More info: Giant's Causeway

After the Giant's Causeway, we sometimes stop at Old Bushmill's Distillery. Keep in mind if you are visiting with children under 8 years old, they are not allowed on the Distillery tour. However, they are allowed in the gift shop and tasting rooms! During our last visit we skipped the tour in favor of a whisky flight in the tasting room. Bushmill's offers a fun souvenir - their Distillery Reserve whisky is only available at the distillery itself, you will not find it anywhere else in the world! Treat yourself or someone back home to a bottle and you can have a personalized label made and/or the bottle engraved. We purchased a bottle for each of our girls during our last visit with their names and birth dates which we hope to open to toast them both on their wedding days! Whisky has been distilled here for more than 400 years.

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Baby Sister checking our our tasting flight


Cost: 8GBP/adult, 4.50GBP/child 8 and up
Stroller: Yes, though children under 8 are not allowed on the tour
More Info: Bushmill's Distillery

After visiting the distillery, keep on driving until you reach Dunluce Castle. Built around 1500 the castle now stands in ruins, but they are amazing and worth the exploration. Perched right on the rocky coast, the views are outstanding! Stop for a photo op and spend some time exploring the ruins.

Cost: 5GBP/adult, 3GBP/child (ages 4-16)
Stroller: Possible, but you'll be on some uneven ground. Baby-wearing would be recommended
More Info: Dunluce Castle

As you leave Dunluce Castle, you'll arrive in the coastal town of Portrush. If you've got kids, this is a great place to stop for a bite to eat, or a stroll through the town. There are plenty of old fashioned sweet shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants as well amusements. Check out Barry's Amusement if you have time. My husband spent time there as a child, and so did his father, so it's been around a while. There are plenty of rides and games for kids to enjoy. 10GBP will buy you 24 tokens and rides and amusements cost between 2 and 4 tokens. For kids who aren't tall enough, adults are required to ride with them on certain attractions, however if it's necessary for an adult to accompany the child, the adult rides without cost, which I thought was nice. Enjoy a whippie ice cream cone, or some cotton candy and ride the bumper cars or mini roller coaster with the kiddos. Admission to Barry's is free, ride tokens are 50p each or 24 for 10GBP. More information can be found here: Barry's Amusements. The town of Portrush as well as Barry's Amusements are very stroller and family friendly.

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After Portrush, stop at Downhill Demense, built in the 18th century by the Earl Bishop of Derry, today the mansion stands in ruins, but walk through it to Mussenden Temple, which was the Earl's library and is perched on the cliffside overlooking Downhill Beach. The photo ops here are awesome!


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Just outside the temple - check out the view of the beach!

Cost: FREE
Stroller: Yes, but you will be on gravel paths and uneven ground
More Info: Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demense

Where to Stay:
So as you can see this is a lot to pack into one day, and some of these stops just can't be done on a tour. If you have the time, I highly recommend spending the night. We like to stay at McShane Glen Leisure Homes. They're self catering, so you have a full kitchen, beautiful ocean views, and laundry in your own private home. Their rates are super reasonable, and it's located right in the heart of all the action on the Causeway Coast. If you prefer hotels, there are a few options in Portrush, Portballintrae and Portstewart, in addition to B&B's along the way. More information on accommodation can be found here: Discover Northern Ireland Accommodation

What to Wear:
Since you'll be spending time both in and outdoors and the weather can change on a dime, plan on layering your clothes for both kids and adults. Locations on the coast can be very windy and cool, and sunshine can turn to rain in an instant so be prepared for a bit of everything. Ensure you've got shoes that are comfortable for walking on uneven surfaces and pathways. My girls very often wear their wellie boots to keep their feet dry while exploring the coast. I always wear a scarf and a waterproof windbreaker jacket is always advisable.

Where to Eat:
In Portrush, check out the Ramore. They do not accept reservations so it's best to visit during off peak times, or be prepared to wait. You'll sit down, order your meal at the counter and it will be delivered to your table. Try their Tobacco Onions - I am not a fan of onions but these are AMAZING! Even their kids meals were awesome - my girls shared the Pasta Carbonara and Mom and Dad may have finished it up for them. It was delish! Save room for to visit the dessert counter and you will not be sorry!

In Portstewart, visit Harry's Shack. The Shack is a converted beach hut located right on the beach at Portstewart Strand. It's a small restaurant and very popular so be sure and make a reservation if you plan to visit. The food is fresh and local. I had a delicious fish dish, and my kids had fish and chips which was fantastic. Save room for their desserts also! It's casual but really good quality food and was very family friendly, and you cannot beat their views right out over the beach. If you don't have time to sit down for a meal, grab a coffee and at tray bake and find a seat on their deck.

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Hubby & I enjoying dinner at Harry's Shack

Looking for a sit down meal that's affordable and family friendly? Check out the Tides
 in Portrush. There are some fantastic views out over the coast and the food is hearty, good and plentiful.

All in all, we always have a fantastic time when we visit the North Coast and it's not only a fabulous getaway for us living in Northern Ireland, but it's also a can't miss attraction to family and friends who visit us.

Where are you most excited to visit?





How to Survive Jet Lag With Kids

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Two days ago, Miss P, Baby Sister and I flew from Detroit to Dublin with a connection through Amsterdam. Today, I'm powered by coffee and am feeling a bit like a zombie thanks to Baby Sister's midnight - 2am party (and getting sucked into netflix, but that's another story). When you travel with young children what is the best way to deal with Jet Lag? 


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Once upon a time, B.C. as I sometimes call it (before children), when I flew transatlantic I would get on the plane, have something to eat, a glass of wine and a nyquil and try to sleep as well as possible for the rest of the flight. A lot of my transatlantic travel back then was for business and when I landed in Europe I was expected to lead a group on a tour shortly after arrival. Back then, things were a bit simpler and my advice was to sleep as much as possible on the plane and once you got there, stay awake until your normal bedtime on the new local time zone. Ahhh how things have changed! These days when I'm flying transatlantic I have a 3 year old next to me and my 14 month old on my lap. Try as I may to sleep, I haven't found a way to do it without dropping the baby off my lap! Every time I start to drift off, my arms relax, lose their grip and I wake up clutching Baby Sister as she's sliding off my knee, so I've basically given up on trying to sleep on the plane. Rather than drinking wine and nyquil, I stick to coffee and water and power through. Once I arrive, Daddy usually takes my girls and I get a quick nap in (at MOST 2 hours, otherwise, I risk really messing myself up) and then stay up as late as possible to go to bed at normal local time. Two days ago I made it until 9pm (go me!).

That's all good and well for the parents but how do you handle a time change with an infant or small child?


Here are a few tips to make the adjustment a little bit easier: 


Flying WEST to EAST

- When you're flying west to east (American to Europe) it's an overnight flight. Let the kids know that they'll be going to bed on the airplane. Put them in comfy clothes or even change them into pajamas when you're ready for them to go to bed. Sometimes the flights leave early enough that I would give them dinner on the plane. For example our last flight left at 4pm so they ate dinner on the flight. Other times, we are on later flights that don't depart until after bedtime so I feed them before boarding and try to get them asleep as soon as possible once we're onboard. In any case, once the cabin lights dim for "bedtime" help the kids get comfortable to sleep and let them sleep as long as possible. Usually, if I'm wearing a watch, I'll set it for the time at the new destination as soon as I'm on board. 


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Morning Rain, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

 - Once you land it's morning time in your new destination. On Tuesday morning, we arrived in Amsterdam at 6am, which was actually midnight Michigan time. IGNORE THAT. We had a short layover so I got the kids some breakfast and changed their clothes in the airport, and carried on just like it was any other morning. Once you get to your destination, do everything on the new schedule. Lunch, naps, anything you would normally do with your kids, do it on the new time zone. Try to avoid letting them have a huge nap if you can. If you or the kiddos sleep too much during the day you run the risk of joining the wide-awake-club at 2am (not fun). 

- It's a great idea to spend as much time outside as possible. Take them to a park, let them swim in the hotel pool if it has one, go for a walk. Spending time outside is a great way to reset your internal clock (and the kiddies'). 


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Playing in a Park at the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France


Flying EAST to WEST 

- When we fly from Europe to America, we do so during the day. I personally find this an easier direction to adjust to the time change. My kids seem to acclimate to the time change better than they do when we go the opposite direction. Since you're flying all day, you have more time to try and keep them busy but still try to get their normal naps in on the plane if you can. I usually do not reset my watch when we fly west until we land. Once we land, I take up on that time zone with the kids. If that means it's afternoon and they take an afternoon nap, I let them do that. I feed them dinner at the normal time and bathe and put them to bed at their normal bed time on the new time zone. 

Pro Tip - get to bed early yourself! I find my kiddos wake up super early when we go this direction for the first couple of days and since I'll be getting up early with them, it's good to get as much rest as possible to counteract that the first few days. 

 So, what do you do if you've tried all these things and your kids still wake up at awkward times, like Baby Sister did last night? Well, I like to let her ride it out. I get up with her, throw on some tv for myself and let her burn off some steam. Run around the living room, play toys, etc. Eventually, she's going to tire back out and get back to bed. The most she's ever been up in the night has been a couple of hours, and as she gets older it'll get easier. 

 My best advice is to follow these tips and hang in there! After a couple of nights at the new destination, your kiddos will settle right in.

The ONE Thing I Won't Leave Home Without

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


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A lot of time when I fly internationally with my kids I do so without their father, my husband. Both of my daughters have two passports each - one American and one British, and they use both when we travel. This is important for us even though my husband and I are married and living together, but can be even more important if you're traveling without one parent and you're not married to the child's other parent, are divorced or have shared custody. It's essential that you carry documentation from both parents in case you are questioned by customs and immigrations personnel and you can be denied boarding when you're traveling without such documentation. If you do have sole custody of the children, bring along documentation that proves that you do.

As a travel agent, we had a situation at our agency where we were escorting a group of families to Mexico and one girl was traveling with her mother who was divorced from her father and without a letter from Dad was scrambling at 5am to get one faxed to the airport so she could leave the country. You could avoid that hassle by being prepared.

I will never fly with my girls without a letter of travel authorization from my husband stating the following:

1. That he is aware that I am traveling internationally with our daughters
2. A copy of the photo page of his passport and my passport
3. Copies of the girls' passports
4. Get the letter notarized if possible
5. My husband's contact details (residence, telephone and email)

I have been asked by customs officials before to provide documentation that my husband was aware  that I was traveling with our daughters. Oddly enough, it was when we were returning to Northern Ireland from Amsterdam, and the letter was SO helpful as it was exactly what the official asked for. I honestly am not sure what would have happened if I hadn't had that document with me.

Keep a copy of the letter with your passports and keep a copy of the letter back home. It's not necessary for domestic travel, but for international travel without one parent, it's essential.

For more tips with regards to documentation for American Citizens, always visit www.travel.state.gov prior to travel.

My travel authorization letter - It's the one thing I won't leave home without!


How DO You Do It? My Top Tips for Flying Long Haul with Kids

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Since welcoming Miss P's baby sister to our family 14 months ago, I have flown with my munchkins on my own for three separate transatlantic trips. The number one comment I hear from people when I'm traveling with my kiddos is "I don't know how you do it!"
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Well the truth is... sometimes I don't either, but I don't have a choice. Living abroad, we either make the long haul to visit our family and friends - or we don't see them.

Last week, I flew with my girls, aged 3 (nearly 4) years old (Miss P) and her Baby Sister, at 14 months from Dublin to Detroit to surprise my brother for his 30th birthday this weekend. My husband wasn't able to make the trip so I flew alone with the girlies, and dare I say, we had one of the best trips we've taken together so far. Part of this is probably due to Miss P getting that much older, but even so, Baby Sister is new to her feet so asking her to sit still for 8+ hours is a challenge.

Nonetheless, if you are making a long haul trip with your kiddos either with or without you spouse/partner, here are some tips to help make the trip that much smoother.

1. Be Prepared - Inevitably, every time I've flown with Baby Sister, she's cutting teeth. I always bring teething remedies with me, and would recommend this to anyone traveling with infants/babies. For me this includes a teether, tylenol, and teething gel. Think about what you might take out for a day trip with you and bring that along. Do your kids need spare clothes? Bring a set. Do they like to snack? Have snacks at the ready. Obviously on longer flights meals are included, but snacks are so helpful even just to keep kids entertained in between meal service. Is there a favorite soother your child uses? Make sure it comes with.
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Settling in with snacks and new magazines




2. Consider the Flight Schedule - When you're booking your flight, it's also a good idea to consider the schedule if its feasible within your budget. When we fly from Ireland to Michigan, we typically use Delta Airlines. Delta offers a couple of options - either fly to New York or Atlanta nonstop from Dublin then take another flight around 1.5 hours to Michigan, or fly to Amsterdam or Paris before taking the long haul. Given the option, I will ALWAYS choose to have the shorter flight first - that way when you take the kiddos off the long haul - you're there! You don't have to have another layover and another flight.. you merely clear customs and you're on your way. I prefer this schedule to anything else, even if it means that the long haul flight is longer. It also gets us into Michigan mid afternoon as opposed to evening time, when the time change makes it well past our bedtimes and for me, tired kids are harder to manage. It just doesn't make sense to take three connections to save $25 and have miserable kids in my world.

3. Get Settled - take advantage of early boarding, especially if you're traveling alone. This gives you a couple extra minutes to get on the plane and get yourself situated. Usually, the flight attendants will check on us as well which is super helpful. Don't be afraid to ask for something if you need it, especially before the plane fills up and they're busier. I have found that most flight attendants are very willing to help out, especially when I'm alone. In addition to that, I always like to make sure I have anything that I might need within arms reach should the seat belt sign be on and I need something. For example, I unpack headphones, some snacks, drinks for the kids, something for them to play with and have it all within reach. Then I'll stow whatever we won't necessarily need in the overhead to give me a bit more space around our seats.

4. Choose Seats Wisely - Most major airlines will not require you to purchase a seat, however if you are on your own, it isn't a bad idea to pay a little extra for decent seats. For example, on this flight, we purchased seats so that myself and my girls would be seated in a two seat section, rather than stuck in a middle section for so long. It also allows me to "contain" the girls by setting them at the window with myself at the aisle. I could set Baby Sister down to stand if need be and she could stretch her legs a bit.

5. Put Yourself in your Kiddo's Shoes - I know several adults that hate to fly, and my husband tops that list. Before kids, we were half way through a flight from Paris to Los Angeles when he told me that he just couldn't take it anymore and he had to get off the plane! I'm not sure where he thought he was going to go, but he really struggled to sit through the rest of the flight. I told him to take a walk around and then pick out a new movie. Thankfully, he didn't throw a tantrum like one of my daughters might have in the same position 😆 It is boring and uncomfortable at times and kids are less able to deal with those feelings. If they start getting restless (mine did!) think of something to distract them. Pull out a new book, magazine, crayons, a snack, something to get their mind off what's going on. When Miss P started to get frustrated, I pulled up the in flight monitor which showed on the map where the plane was and where we were going so she could see how much farther was left. This led to further discussion about where we live, where we are going and where she was born, and I was able to distract her (just like the walk or movie did for my hubby!) When Baby Sister started to get restless, we went for a walk around the plane. Having just learned to walk, this was a big hit for her.

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Baby Sister Settles in for a Nap
6. Relax - Typically, I have to admit to being very nervous flying on my own with the girls. What if they cry? What if they're crazy? What if..... This trip, I rather resounded myself to the fact that we were going to make the trip, everything was going to be fine, and that was that. We'll deal with any issues as they arise. Thankfully, they didn't and we had a really good flight. For us the outbound is the worst since it's during the day, when we fly back to Ireland it's overnight so the girlies will sleep. So the worst is over! I actually found myself the most relaxed on this flight as I have been on previous flights.

So I'm curious, what are your tips for flying long haul with Wee Ones?