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

Presents with love

I really don’t have time to do anything more complex now, but I love doing creative projects. Like renovating old furniture, painting a wall, or doing a small artsy gift for a loved one. I decided to share this one with you.

I bought this jewellery box in 1 eur store (like a Poundland or Dollar shop) and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! Using things I have on hand anyway and some creativity I manage to do just the perfect gift for one very special little girl.

First I sanded the edges a little- such a pro like me with no sand paper but many nail files – and it worked just as well ( have to get a tad creative there already!)

Than I paper-mache dusty pink tissue paper on in a few layers. I wanted some colour but not all too much. I used half and half water and glue (the clear one).

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Than next I cut out this snowflake that I found on my Christmas wrapping paper. It looks so pretty and soft almost like a lace, plus pink is her favourite colour and I happen to know that she adores Frozen – so no brainer!

I glued the snowflake on top and than I paper – matched the top as well. I wanted to add some glitter so I dusted the inside of the cover with silver glitter and I used lots of glue so the glitter was nicely secure and will not go anywhere while the jewellery box will be used. Than the rest around I painted with white colour.

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I love a little contrast and you know how lovely are bags that have a really nice lining. I wanted to get that look, so I used a spotty tissue paper that goes really well with pink and I paper -mached it inside the box. I think it look really well, and it completed the look I was going for – cute and girly but also nice and not too tacky.

I bought some nice plastic rings and hair clips. I can never resist buying those, especially for little girls and I added them inside.
Than all I had to do is wrap it nicely and give it! The best part!

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I really enjoyed doing this project, and I hope to do a few more in the near future. Maybe I will post another one I did a while ago. If you are in to things like this ( I am so so much!) than I would love to hear from you, and if you have any other ideas, that would be nice to hear as well!

Until then – don’t forget – sharing is caring!

TLN xx

 

P.S.: By now the gift was given and she loved it so so much! 😍

 

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

We need a new title for career NANNIES

I was reading this post on Instagram from a founder of a first class private gym, about how everybody can be a personal trainer, but not every one is a great one. I can see a struggle in that industry, as you don’t really have to do years of studying and you can work as a Personal trainer. That than causes a side effect of having a poorly regulated market of good and bad. And I feel exactly the same about being a Nanny.

I feel discouraged when I talk about my chosen profession and I feel defensive. I’m not sure if anything really helps to say or explain, when people you are talking to, have no idea what it takes to be a great Nanny, that babysitter, Au pair and Nanny are not the same, that actually being a Nanny is a career you have chosen, because you want to, not because you want to have a few years of fun, before you find a real job.

Where I came from, being a Nanny is not really a thing, as state nurseries and kindergartens are available to most population. It’s also not a very well paid, if even a job in most of my friends opinion. Or they are surprised I get paid well and only do that?

I’m not really writing this post to defend or apologise Nannies, but I feel like, the more we talk about it, the more people will know, and realised, it is a job, like any other.

It had its own perks like being able to spend a lot of time outside, sing songs, have cuddles, see the world, enjoy the luxury, but it also have a downside like any other job, like never being able to go to the toilet alone (not even for number 2), eating lunch with someone on your lap or showing it down while they sleep, walk around with clothes full of glue, sparkles and snot, seeing a lot of poop on a daily basis, and if you are a live in Nanny, you can say goodbye to sleeping without interruption (unless you sleep with ear plugs) and having a real privacy.

Some of the Nannies are good, some are just doing it because they are young and want to enjoy the life before settling for a real job, and some are amazingly good. How to distinguish between them, does require a little knowledge about the profession. It also depends on what do you want In your Nanny, and what matters the most to you and your family.

Have you ever feel discouraged when asked what you do? Do you feel the title of your position shall be more according what you do? Like if you are a professional Nanny, temporary Nanny, Babysitter?  There should definitely be some difference between the titles or at least a mixture between Teacher and Nanny? What do you think?

Would love to hear your thoughts on the topic I sort off started.

Sharing is caring 😉

The Lovely Nanny xx