Travel safe

I have been very lucky to travel a lot. With job, and alone. I wanted to talk about things that I do before and during the travel so I feel comfortable and safe when I’m somewhere new. I do not mind that much when I travel with my job as we are always very much looked after, but when I’m alone, it totally up to me. So if you wish to travel more, but you are unsure to go alone, this might be something you would like to read.

BE PREPARED

  • Travel insurance is just a basic, and very easy to make these days. I usually get one from here or here, depends on what I need (annual or just for a trip).
  • MONEY: ask your bank what is best to do when you are traveling, but so far for me has always worked to get money from the ATM in the country I am visiting – I get a big amount out and than spread it around – leave some in the wallet, some in the safe, some in the suitcase etc. just so you don’t walk around with a bulk of money.
  • Documents: you can leave your documents in the safe or in the locked suitcase so you don’t walk around with them, but only take the ones you will really need (no need to take the whole wallet with all the things!)
  • Chose a good bag you will be walking around with, that has zippers, and its preferably cross body, so you can pull it under your hand in front of your body and keep it safe for those walks with a crowd. I have been really happy with my Radley bag, because it has so many pockets to put in all you need for a day and it is still small enough to not feel too much pressure on your shoulders, but I think anything similar would be great.
  • Know where you are going! Plan how to get from airport to your hotel in advance. with a little google search it is easy to find the best way. I would say depending on your language situation: if you have hand language, always take public airport and save the pennies for something else, if you have lots of language, maybe consider Uber which is still cheaper than other private transports.
  • In the same line as the last point, make a plan what you want to see, check google maps how to get there, if you plan to walk – see the best route, if you take the bus or underground – check how they work, how to get tickets and ALWAYS screenshot the routes you are planing to make so you can refer back to them when you have no data on your phone. That way you will also sort of know where to go and will not look confused –  you will blend in the crowd well and be less of a target for pick pockets.

 

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PACK LIGHT/RIGHT

  • Take only the things you need clothes wise and technology wise. Remember you will have to leave all your big valuables in the hotel.
  • Another useful tip I learned along the way is comfort before beauty. Unfortunately if you don’t have a personal driver and someone to wheel you around than you might need to just use your own feet. And if they do not have appropriate shoes on, they might not be very happy – which will make you unhappy and prevent you from being thing you wanted in a beautiful new city. That said, comfortable shoes can still look really nice! So don’t worry you will still look just as good on your insta posts but you will also be comfortable! Win win! 😁 So far I’m about to try the brand Ecco and Geox as I thought they look really nice and comfortable. Would definitely love some personal recommendations though!
  • Pack multifunction clothes (like a hoodie – useful In the rain, warm and has pockets etc)
  • Plan outfits in advance – to save you space in the suitcase and time in the morning.

 

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USE COMMON SENSE

  • Look around yourself when you are walking on the streets and in crowded places like around attractions
  • Notice other people and what they are doing
  • There is always a lot of police around these days so maybe have an eye on where they are located just in case you ever need them
  • Do not flash money or values around for everyone to see (make sure you zip your bag back when you open it)
  • When you have headphones – have in on low to medium volume so you can still hear what is happening around you! I am obsessed with my new ones – click here if you want to give them a try!
  • Walk confident, like you know exactly where you are and what are you doing. If you don’t maybe walk a little more out of the crowd or sit on the bench in the park and than have a look on the map etc.

 

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THINGS YOU CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT

  • Extra phone charger – I love this one.
  • One thing I have in abundance is Lip balm/gloss – I swear by this ones that I found very randomly, and i like them because they smell good and stay on. Your lips can get so dry when you’re traveling so having a decent lip balm helps.
  • COOL TIP : If you swab your nose with a little Neosporin before you leave the house, you will not be nauseous on the road (tested and if surpassingly works for me – I would get nauseous every time I travel) and would cling to San peregrino mineral water like my life depends on it. I’m kind of good now – but I still like the mineral water 😉
  • Good moisturiser for your face is essential  (traveling dries your skin a ton, also because you don’t drink enough). I love love this serum by Caudalie  and a face mask by Aveene. To me they make miracles and they are travel friendly!

 

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So this is about it. I tried to search and link as many products I could find for you to have an example of what I actually use. If you have any questions or thoughts do write them down here in the comments or on instagram. I would love to hear about your experiences and what do you do to keep safe and comfortable on your travels.

Safe travels everyone! xx

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How to be a great NANNY

I’m so happy to be able to collaborate with my fellow Nanny. I had the privilege to write a blog post for The Australian Nanny that she posted on her blog which you can read here. 

I wrote about how to practice gratitude with kiddos, and if you need an inspiration go check it out!

This post is all her, writing about what it makes a great nanny. I think you will like it!

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What makes a great Nanny?

There really is no other profession quite like being a Nanny. I was out for drinks with some friends last week and someone said to me “I don’t think I could be a Nanny. The emotional investment that you have in your job is so incredible”. Now, this wasn’t just some random dude at the bar who lives at home with his parents and hasn’t worked anywhere but Subway since finishing high school, this was a friend of mine who is a successful writer and journalist. It felt so validating to hear those words from him, and it also got me thinking: what makes a great Nanny?

At the crux of our profession is working for a family unit. We are there to assist a family in living. Nannies are trusted individuals who care for children, manage comings and goings of the household, take responsibility for the home and assist in keeping the space clean. Oh my God, and then there’s the washing. Dishes, clothes, toys, children, it feels like everything needs washing constantly. Bloody hell, we do a lot. I’m a bit tired just reading this.

I have no doubt that we are all, or try very hard to be, good Nannies. So, what separates a good Nanny from a great Nanny?

Here’s what I think:

-Adaptability. I think that a great Nanny will take adversity and change in her/his stride. She or he will remain a pillar of stability through anything that gets thrown their way. This could be anything from no milk in the fridge so you have to make your kiddos something different for breakfast, to a family emergency that requires you to carpool the entire squad to the hospital.

-Flexibility. Not just the physical kind. Although that is also good too. No two days as a Nanny are the same, kids get ill and have ‘off days’ (i.e. tantrums over Barbie’s shoe falling down the drain), parents have last minute meetings and the weather always has a mind of its own. Somehow it always seems to rain on the day you planned to go to the zoo… A great Nanny will say ‘stuff you’ (silently, of course) to things that get in her way and will be as flexible as a yoga instructor fresh out of training.

-Understanding. Families are weird and crazy and eccentric. Everyone has some weird things that they do and as someone who is employed to operate as a member of the family team a great Nanny needs to embrace this. If the family you work for only eats purple carrots and hemp seeds and does a naked rain dance before bed every night, just go with it. As long as it’s not physically or psychologically harming the children, it’s your job to support whatever life choices they’ve made.

There you have it folks. That’s what I think makes a great Nanny. I wonder if you feel the same or if you have some extras you’d add to the list?

SO much love to The Lovely Nanny for having me feature on her blog!

The Australian Nanny
P.s if you liked this blog post, there’s more where that came from over at theaustraliannanny.com

I don’t care

I wanted to start writing about some things I might have been personally feeling and hating to share. Things that are really hard to say and are not the lightest topic, but I feel it might be beneficial to someone who is in the same boat.

I would really like to start this year with only one huge goal that I can follow to the next one and so on. I’m not big on NY resolutions and I’m not planning on making any, but this is more like a personal goal, and I think it is about time to do it.

CARE LESS ABOUT WHAT EVERYONE ELSE THINK.

There is it, I said it! And I mean it! I mean all that goes with it! I waste too much energy on other people’s opinions and I care too much about how I portray myself. It is freaking exhausting!

I am working in a profession where I have to be a certain way, an example and a role model. But I sometimes forget about what I really want. I always though that when you work with children you have to be nearly perfect. But now, to be honest, I’m to tired to be perfect every day, whatever that means! I should be using my precious energy for something else rather than worrying about things I have no control of. Why is that?

I was thinking what it is that makes you want to be in best books with everyone and it is because you don’t want to be embarrassed. Being embarrassed would mean that you are vulnerable and that means that you are weak and essentially not perfect. See how that sounds totally silly? But I’m certain that there might be some of you, who are feeling exactly the same. It is emotionally draining what we do for our job – amazingly satisfying and so lovely, don’t get me wrong!

We as humans are judgemental. If you make an effort one day and count how many times you will have to stop yourself before you start judging somebody I bet it won’t be just one time? That girl on the street, mum at the park, dad smoking a cigarette…we judge all the time. I think we do it because of our own insecurity. It is understandable in some way, why we would care so much what others think, and it is because we are social beings, we like relationships and deep inside we strive to be happy and secure. I believe we are programmed like this because we can’t survive alone. If we behave in a more considerable way that we might be otherwise it increases our chance for others to like us.

I personally don’t like it when someone does not like me, I have a really hard time to live  with it, especially if I see that person a lot. But I definitely understand that not every time personality matches, and not everyone will like you. If you are the same, let’s make this goal together, let’s work on how we feel as opposed to what others think, let’s make ourself happy before we try and make everyone else happy.

Putting yourself out there to be criticised isn’t a walk in the park, unless you have a good shoes – than you can just step over it and walk away with your head high! You are so amazingly you, and there is nothing else you need, but your smile. Start with that!

The Lovely Nanny xx

More than Inspired

Sometimes it happens, and there is  time in your life when you feel uninspired. At first you’ll feel sorry for yourself, than you’ll feel sorry for yourself a little bit more and than if you are anything like me you will try and strategically plan the way out of your uninspired days.

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Most of the times there is a solution for everything. Many times the solution is letting it go. If you are a planner that might be easier said than done, but there is a always a way. Once you collected yourself you can start thinking about the way forward. Does not have to be complicated and often it will come naturally. These few point can be useful:

  • Take some time off,
  • Go for a walk an let your mind go
  • Most of the times you will get ideas spontaneously 
  • Do what you think makes you happy and be selfish sometimes 
  • It is okay to not know all the answers 
  • You are not the only one who thinks like that
  • Write things down (and let them go)
  • Forgive yourself for not being 100% all the time
  • Let others help you
  • Appreciate the road you have taken so far

 

We are constantly surrounded with so many things that are pulling focus from ourselves. A lot of times we forget to be authentic and just true to what we feel and are. That is okay  and it is normal. But is equally important to stay in the loop with ourself and keep working on that inspiration. Some days we’ll need more work and some days nothing, but as long as we are keep going and fighting for our own happiness, we are on the right path.

Have a great week!

TLN xx

Christmas cookies

I try and do some cooking an baking with kids now and than. It’s a great way to learn patience, measurements, and just the way around life. Cookies are of course the best, because there is so much they can do-making the dough, rolling the dough, pressing the shapes – and they also get to decorate them once they are baked! What a joy!

Look what we were able to do this year!

 

We made the dough together and than rolled it out. I let the kids do as much as possible and we had lots of fun.

 

It is great to watch them when they try and choose all the cookie cutters we have, add things on top and just really enjoy themselves.

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We also had Christmas music on the whole time, and had a little dance party every time in between when we had to wait for one batch to be done.

GRANDMA’S COOKIES

750 g flour 

300g sugar (try using coconut sugar instead of white one)

250g butter

150g cream

4 egg yolks

1ts baking powder 

a pinch of baking soda

Vanilla 

 

Squeeze butter and flour together until it becomes all dry and dusty and there is no more bottle visible. Than add baking powder , vanilla and baking soda. In a separate bowl mix sugar and egg yolks. Also add the cream. Mix dry and wet bowls together and use your hands while doing it! It’s the most fun and the kiddos can join! Bake on 170 for about 11 min (depending on how thick you make the cookies, your owen …but the cookies should be pale when taken out). 

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Decorate them after they are completely cooled down. And don’t forget to eat as many as you can! You can also leave them plain, store them in a tin containers and enjoy them with family 😉⭐️

Until next time…

The Lovely Nanny xx

 

Nanny Survival Guide

Nannying is one of the most wonderful jobs you can have. But it’s also one of more demanding ones, and if you don’t take care of yourself, sooner or later you will burn out.  I did, it wasn’t great, and this is what I learn since.

1. You are as important as the family you look after

Your life, plans and commitments are as real as your bosses. Make sure they know that from the beginning. When you take time off, try to really switch off, so you can come back fresh and recharged.

2. Socialise!

Find friends, other Nannies, which you can rely on, and can make playdates with or coffee dates. Nannying can be such a lonely job, it’s nice to have other grown ups to talk to.

 

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3. Stay healthy, exercise, meditate

Eat good, heathy food, drink a lot of water and take vitamins. We all know how hard it is to drink enough throughout the day, because most days, you can’t use toilet more than once, and even than a child will be sitting next to you. Exercise is so important if you want to keep up with the little ones, but also, it helps you fight every virus that is coming to get you. I recommend pilates or yoga, as when you work 7-7 with screaming tiny humans, an hour of meditation does wonders. But really, whatever gets you going!

4. Learn to say NO

When you feel overworked, learn to say no. It is hard, but for your own sake, you will have to learn it. Learn to say no, if you already made plans and they ask you for babysitting, do another house chore or working an extra day on the weekend. But also say yes, when you can. It is nice to help out when you are able to. The right family will always appreciate that.

5. Communicate with your bosses

Learn to talk to your bosses even about the difficult stuff. About money, children’s behaviour, holidays, time off and all subjects that normally give you bad anxiety.

6. Stand up for yourself

You are your own lawyer, HR, social worker, cheer squad and support group. You are a grown up, professional who knows what to do in her job, that is why you have been hired – now act like it! When you feel something is not quite right, think about it and than try to come up with a reasonable solution, to present to your bosses. But always stand up for yourself, because if you won’t, no one will!

 

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Now I will not say all that is equally easy for every one, but in order to stay healthy and sane, you will have to look after yourself. We all have a certain idea of how the job should be done, but don’t overwork yourself. It’s so easy and so not worth it. Every sane family will want you happy and healthy.

Please let me know what are your top survival tips down in the comments!

As always sharing is caring!

The Lovely Nanny xx