4 people, A Carry-On, and a Duffle


Well, I’m back! My family was lucky enough to enjoy three nights at the beach. Since I had just done a post on packing light, I thought that I would share our luggage from our beach trip:-)

Yes, my husband, myself, and our two children fit all of our clothes, swim suits, towels, diapers, etc into a carry-on suitcase and a duffle bag.

Have you ever gone on a trip, stuffed your bag FULL OF STUFF, gone on your trip and returned to discover that you really only wore about 1/2 of what you packed? I use to be an over packer…a ‘just in case’ kind of girl when it came to packing until I had children and now am fiercely independent when it comes to wanting to be able to handle all of our things in every situation. How on earth would I be able to manage going through an airport with two small children, carry-ons, a car seat, AND 2 checked bags? Simple answer is that it would be really hard. So, instead, I condense, downsize, and bring multifunctional pieces of clothes:-). See my post about ‘mom-style’.

On our beach trip, my in-laws and sister-in-law were also making the trip with us, so it made it much more economical and fun to be able to pile all 7 of us into one vehicle. Thanks to light packing we all fit without worries. We also brought along a bag of sand toys and a cooler, but had we flown anywhere we would have simply thrown our collapsible cooler in our bag;-)

Don’t be afraid to mix and match clothes. Don’t be afraid to really think about what you are going to wear and HOW you will be wearing it.

We had an amazing time and my children will always treasure the memories formed from this trip…some of the funniest stories can come from car rides.

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Hi! My name is Dominique and I’m lucky enough to be the wife to my True Love and mother to a little girl and a little boy. I grew up in the Midwest but have loved living in NC, our new home.

I’m actually an Industrial Engineer by schooling, but am now a domestic engineer(Stay-at-home-Mom) and feel very blessed to have this job.

I have always loved the challenge in making the most of things…whether it’s figuring out that a filing cabinet , a $10 piece of countertop and a few scraps of wood can be turned into a desk, that a curtain sheer, some ribbon, and a square piece of fabric can be transformed into an Elsa-like dress, or how to provide an interesting lunch for my little girl who is in a peanut free classroom. I love to figure things out and to create.

I hope you enjoy reading my posts. I hope that my posts will inspire you to create. I hope that with my posts you will see that They Will Love Your Effort, whether things turn our perfect or not;-)

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