Meet Amanda Jane Jones
Meet Amanda Jane Jones (@amandajanejones), a freelance graphic designer and art director based out of Chicago. She lives with her husband Cree and her two children Jane and Miles. They can usually be found biking along the lake on beautiful days.
BB: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
AJJ: I'm double jointed. Also, my running playlist is pretty embarrassing.
BB: What’s in your Birdling? What are the essentials you can’t leave home without?
AJJ: We use our Birdling when we travel, so we divide up the diaper stuff and keep each kids' clothes in a separate compartment. We always travel with our large cotton blanket - we use it for picnics, for naps, for nursing covers, and also as a tissue when the situation calls for it!
BB: What do you love most about your Birdling?
AJJ: How organized it is! Also, its durability. Our Birdling has traveled to Iceland, Switzerland, South Africa, Amsterdam, Italy, and Paris!
BB: What’s one thing you do to stay more organized and sane while at home? While traveling?
AJJ: While at home, I stay organized by using bins, baskets and buckets to store things - everything has a place, which makes all the difference for me when cleaning up. It's ten times faster.
While traveling, we try to pack minimally, but honestly, I'm not very good at that. It's still something I need to work on! You just never know what the weather will be like, and with kids I like to have all my bases covered.
BB: What's one thing you absolutely have to get done? What can you let side?
AJJ: I have to do the dishes (I wasn't always this way - Cree has taught me the ways!) but I can totally let the laundry slide because Cree stays on top of it for me.
BB: If you could drop everything and travel today, where would you go? Who would you bring?
AJJ: I'd take my family to Norway! Or maybe Australia!
BB: What’s your most funny, terrible or memorable travel moment?
We've had two memorable moments in Paris. The first was When Cree and I were traveling before getting pregnant and we were running to catch our train home to Switzerland, where we were living for Cree's internship (this is how I remember it - Cree remembers it differently). Cree said, "I've got to go to the bathroom!" and ran into the train station bathroom, rather that the bathroom ON the train. I have this memory of standing next to the track watching the train leave, waiting for Cree to come back. It was totally a face palm moment.
The second was our most recent family trip to Paris. We were heading to the Eiffel Tower and Jane asked over and over for a nap. She didn't really nap anymore, so we just assumed she'd be fine or fall asleep in the carrier. Well, she didn't and it ended in one of the biggest screaming tantrums she's ever had in her whole life. Right there on the beautiful cobblestone streets of Paris. We of course went straight home and let her nap. Poor little thing, I felt just terrible. It was a huge learning experience as a parent. We'd tried to fill our day with too much and wore our sweet little girl out. We've since learned from our mistakes and don't plan so much now. We didn't get to see the Eiffel tower with the kids, but after we rested up, we did get to see Notre-Dame and walk home in the rain, which I have to admit is one of my favorite travel memories with my little people.