It’s tempting to ditch the stroller in favor of a baby carrier when flying with your little one, but strollers can be invaluable on trips. “Not only is it easier to take a kid through the airport, it's really useful while on vacation because you can get your kid to take their nap without having to stop what you are doing to go back to the hotel room,” says Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts. “While in Cancun, we got our daughter to sleep by wheeling her in laps around the pool.”
Do you tend to hang jackets or shopping bags from the handle of your lightweight stroller? Does your stroller then tip over when you take baby out of the seat? Asha Dornfest, author of Parent Hacks, offers a neat way to prevent stroller tippage: Strap a pair of ankle weights to the front wheels and you have instant stabilization.
Even at a distance, this elegant Massachusetts estate is rich with visual interest. Trimmed hedges and boxwoods not only define the front yard, but also create a grand outdoor space that visitors can enjoy strolling through at night.
Wanting the home to really speak to its surroundings, the David Landscape Design team layered the side yard with gravel walkways, garden beds and hedges. In turn, this outdoor space feels just as natural as the rest of the property.
Imagine walking through the courtyard, listening to the hum of the afternoon and enjoying spectacular views of the villa and atrium. The courtyard's gravel paths not only make this possible, but seem to strongly encourage it as well.
Once an unassuming lawn, the front of this Mediterranean-inspired home has since been transformed into an idyllic garden. By repurposing stepping stones from the back patio, the Torrey Pines Landscape Company created a linear path with spots along the way for reflection.
Kids and adults alike can enjoy time in this neutral cottage sitting room. Storage for toys and games is ample in the dark wood armoire. Bead board walls, a rattan sofa with washable cushions, hardwoods and chipped furniture make the space a durable playroom for kids but stylistically mature for adults since it has to serve dual purposes.