Meet Emily Young
Meet Emily Young, a small town girl from Minnesota raising her three kids with her husband in Los Angeles. Her husband's job keeps them in California, and she constantly feels the pull between the opportunities of living in a beautifully diverse metropolis like Los Angeles and the tight community and relative calmness of a small town in the Midwest. Her emotions still rise and fall with the changing of the seasons, despite there being no seasons in LA. So as often as possible she tries to live in both worlds. Emily and her family fly back and forth throughout the year and spend warm summers at the lake in Minnesota with family (in fact one of her daughters is named Lake after this special place). And the silver lining of it all is that her kids have become pro travelers!
BB: What’s in your Birdling? What are the essential things you need with you at all times?
EY: When I am traveling with my three kiddos my Birdling carries all our essentials. On our recent nighttime flight to Paris we brought along a Fly Tot, which is a genius invention that turns a regular airplane seat into a flat bed for babies and toddlers. It fit perfectly rolled up inside my Overnighter. I also brought snacks separated into individual bags for each kid, antibacterial wipes for all the airplane surfaces (seriously, every single surface), new toys and crafts (even the most basic toy is so much more fun when they've never seen it before), a fresh batch of play dough, and a water bottle for each of their drinks (have you ever sat through an entire flight after being spilled on? It's seriously not fun!). I also brought the same Roseview Oils essential oil blend we use every night before bed at home to help their little bodies calm down and get into the mindset of sleep. When I remember to pack anything for myself I try to bring a couple self-care items. I love the Herbivore Botanicals Charcoal Cleansing Bar to get rid of any toxins on my face from the airport and airplane and the Clary Collection balm to fight any dry skin which is so common when I travel. Taking a few minutes for myself during a long journey goes a long way to feeling somewhat put together when we arrive.
BB: What do you love most about your Birdling?
EY: I love the versatility of my Overnighter. It can go from baseball practice, to dance class, to the beach, to an overnight flight to Paris. There are pockets to keep everything organized which is SO necessary when you carry as many things as I do every day. And also it's so adorable!
BB: What’s one thing you do to stay more organized and sane?
EY: I PURGE! Like, all the time! My husband is constantly warning my kids that if they want to keep something they better find a place for it or it will probably get donated. He would know, he's had a lot of things go missing during my sweeps.
BB: What’s one thing you absolutely have to get done? What’s one thing you let slide?
EY: I am a pretty strong advocate for an early bedtime. I think it avoids everyone's witching hour (including mine) and we can actually enjoy our quiet time with each other at the end of the day. I love reading together all piled up in one of our beds, singing our favorite songs, talking about our roses and thorns from the day, and deciding where we should meet up in dreamland (lately we've been meeting in the arctic and becoming penguins). If it gets too late we just get stressed and tired and it's not a pleasant time for anyone. BUT as we get closer to summer and the days get longer I'm already letting bedtime slide! See what I mean about the changing of the seasons?!
BB: If you could drop everything and travel today, where would you go? Who would you bring?
EY: We spent a long time planning and saving airline miles and hotel points for our recent family trip to Paris, and it was truly so magical. I would relive that entire trip in a heartbeat. We were only there for just over a week and there are so many more things we would love to see and do. And so many more chocolate croissants to eat! It was truly incredible to see a totally different part of the world through our kids' eyes.
BB: What’s your most funny, terrible or memorable travel moment?
EY: After all the times I've flown by myself with all three kids, my most difficult flight was when I only had one and he was 10 months old. Up until that point, every time we had flown he had slept from take off until landing. So I decided it would be a good idea to take him on a red eye to New York. SUCH A MISTAKE! He cried the ENTIRE 6 hour flight. All night long. That was when I learned the difference between flying with a baby (so easy) and flying with an almost one year old (total nightmare).