Meet Ro Birkey! She’s living simply in the Midwest with her husband Noel and their two young boys - Cohen and Ames. When Ro’s not taking photos or designing, her days are filled with legos, superheroes and hot wheels. She gets by with a little help from her espresso machine, Jesus and donuts.
BB: What’s in your Birdling? What are the essential things you need with you at all times?
RB: We love using our Birdling as an overnight bag for our boys when they spend the night at their grandparents house. From clothes and stuff animals, to books and toiletries, this bag holds it all and makes for an easy transport of all their essentials for an overnight stay.
I’m also looking forward to using my Birdling as my hospital go bag. Not just for my essentials or baby’s, but my husbands as well. Less bags = Less stress!
BB: What do you love most about your Birdling?
RB: The structure, look and capacity of this bag makes it my favorite of mine! Plus it has a few smaller compartments on the inside to keep organized.
BB: What’s one thing you do to stay more organized and sane?
RB: Whenever we have an outing, whether it’s a trip to another state or to nana and papas, I always have to lay out everything on the floor to make a visual checklist before packing it all away. Usually this will take place the night before so that I have the next day to think of any last minute add ins or take quick trips to the store if need be.
BB: What’s one thing you absolutely have to get done? What’s one thing you let side?
RB: It’s not something that I have to get done, but something I always make sure I get everyday is quiet time to myself. My oldest will play legos in the living room while my youngest naps and I will take time in my room to decompress and rest. It’s time that we all need but I especially make sure I have it everyday.
One thing I let slide is screen time. We don’t have a hard and fast rule and I just adjust to what feels right that day. Sometimes there are days where they won’t watch anything or maybe get a show while I make dinner, while other times Sing! and Cars has been on repeat all day. I know there are all spectrums of ideas when it comes to screens but for us, it all balances out well.
BB: If you could drop everything and travel today. Where would you go? Who would you bring?
RB: I have such a travel itch and the longest list of places I’d love to go. If I could go anywhere? Tour of Europe. Germany, Paris, Italy, London. Somewhere stateside? I would say somewhere in California where I can soak in all the vitamin D and swim in the ocean. I’ve had enough of these Midwest winters!
BB: What’s your most funny, terrible or memorable travel moment?
RB: We flew to Colorado this last summer and it was the first flight for our boys. I loved seeing their excitement as the planes came and went at the airport, watching their eyes grow as we flew higher into the clouds and just being able to make every step of the trip special for them. My most memorable travel experience by far and for them too. They played “going to Colorado” for weeks when we got back home.