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The Paris House tips for traveling with children

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Traveling with your children: Get some great tips!
Travel is something my family and I love. I have taken the occasional trip alone without them or alone with my husband. All of my travels offer wonderful experiences, a wealth of cultural education, a great surplus of products and creativity for my business. But Hands down my favorite way to travel is always with my husband and our three sons, and if we are really lucky my parents come along too! These make for the best memories and experiences. Whether we are hundreds of feet up in the air soaring on a zip line in the rain forest in Costa Rica, having lunch at a local bookstore in Vermont, Espresso in Venice, or simply strolling through Little Italy in Boston on our way to Mike's Bakery for cannolis we are all together and making memories from all these amazing trips that we are fortunate to experience as a family. I am usually a bit confused when I hear people seem a bit overwhelmed at the thought of travelingwith children. For us it seemed to be the most natural thing in the world. Near or far I am always up for an adventure with my Boys! Here a few of my tips for travelingsuccessfully with the kids.

Michele's Top Ten Tips on Traveling with your Children:


• Start as soon as your pediatrician gives you the ok to fly ( if it is a road trip , be on your way as soon as you are healed from your delivery) I got the ok to fly when my babies were around 2 ½ months old and then we were off to some place in the world. We have done this with all three of our kids and have never stopped traveling.

• Pack and carry on all medicine, just in case

• Always pack a change of clothes for your infant in case they wet through their diapers

• Nurse or give a bottle during the takeoff and landing so their ears don't hurt

• Bring snacks for all of you, airplane food is not too enticing and you all will be comforted by the foods you like eating

• Keep them well hydrated, planes are often a very easy way to get sick

• Bring lots of baby wipes and hand sanitizer

• I always bring toys and teething rings for babies

• Bring a DVD player and videos to make long haul flights pass faster

• Try and avoid a layover whenever possible so the kids can sleep undisturbed

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Super easy one pot chicken dish
Chicken with spinach, mushrooms, gruyere cheese in a creamy sauce with rice. I created this super fast recipe when my first child was born, I was nursing and needing to eat well but I had no time and no help. I still make it 15 years later and everyone who eats it asks for the recipe. It is basic, good and quick for the nights when you don't have time to do the gourmet thing. ( skip or hide the mushrooms if your kids don't like them)

Ingredients:

rice
chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
a few bunches of cleaned preferrably organic spinach
mushrooms
golden or creamy mushroom soup
organic whole milk
gruyere cheese, some cheddar and parmesean

Directions:

I pre make brown rice to add fiber to this dish. Layer the rice on the bottom of a casserole pan. Top with chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, season them with salt and pepper.
Top chicken with a few bunches of cleaned preferrably organic spinach. I usually sprinkle the top of the spinach with a little more salt and pepper and garlic powder.
Add some cut up mushrooms if you like. I then take a can of golden or creamy mushroom soup and mix it with one can of organic whole milk and pour it over the top of the casserole and top with gruyere cheese and I also usually add some cheddar and parmesean to make it delicious and cheesy.
Bake in 375 degree oven until golden and bubbly. It is so quick and easy. if you don't have time for the rice you can skip it.

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