The Freedom to Be Anything You Want

kidskillcoolness In one of my “mommy” Facebook groups a mom posted about not allowing her child to wear his superhero costume outside the house. It caused conflict every time they left the house because he wanted to wear it and she always said no. So she asked for some feedback from other moms. A majority of the responses were to let him wear it, however there were a few “costumes only at home” responses.

I read this post after returning from the Museum of Science where my boys wore their superhero capes and masks throughout the entire museum. To be honest, I have been waiting for this day. I have been truly looking forward to their choice of clothes being a costume over typical attire. There is something so incredible watching kids strut through life dressed as a dinosaur or super-hero. I also saw it on all the faces of the adults at that museum. The moment they looked up and saw two masked toddlers walking by, their faces lit up with joy. 

It was after the 50th adult smiled and said to me “enjoy this, because it goes fast,” it hit me. I know this goes by fast, that was not what resonated with me. It was the knowledge that this window of zero insecurity over what you look like, matched with the genuine belief you can be anything, is the flash in the pan. I know the joyful looks were because they looked incredibly adorable, but I also think it was because it reminded the adults of that period of childhood where you were free. Free to be anything you wanted, even a fire truck.

You appreciate that memory when you are an adult, because our lives are rarely that anymore. So when you see a couple of toddlers in costume on a random day, squealing with delight over seeing the world in front of them, it brings you back and you relive that time, even just for a moment.

Because, in no time this wild abandonment will end and they will be stressing over their hair styles, wanting certain sneakers, making sure they have what everyone else has. I hope this isn’t totally the case, but I remember my early teen years and being an individual is not easy.

I want to instill confidence in their choices and I believe that begins in these early years. When they ask to wear goggles to the store because it helps them see better, I am laying the foundation for confidence in their choices. 

I also feel that dressing up expands their imagination in so many ways. I watched Atlas, in his cape, standing in the light of the kelp forest, suddenly start practicing his super hero moves and poses. There was something magical about the glow of the light that overtook him and in the middle of everyone he became a super hero. And for a child like Atlas, who relies more on his brother to create, this moment was so special. To see him on his own accord, use his imagination in that way, was so lovely.

I want both of them to grow up feeling confident in their ability to think outside of the box, to stand on their own, be a leader, think freely and for me, that is allowing them to self express  – even if that self-expression is as a beluga whale accompanying me to the store.




Luxe – A Convenient Way For Parents To Get To The Airport

luxe_avatarFinally there is a service that makes it easy to get to the airport with your children. Luxe is an affordable valet service that will meet you curbside at your terminal!

Once you have kids, traveling becomes an olympic event. It doesn’t matter if you are going away for two days or two weeks, you are still packing the same amount of stuff, which is a ton. With all of that luggage, the most challenging part becomes getting to and from the airport and then into the airport with all of your household items in hand along with your children.

It is a pain to park in long-term parking then take a shuttle to the airport. Getting everything on and off the shuttle and making sure the kids are safely close by can be a big challenge, especially when the shuttle is packed.

If you are traveling alone with your kids, as I often do, the bigger issue becomes finding a service that has car seats that can take you to the airport. This isn’t exactly easy in Los Angeles. Uber is not equipped in this city to accommodate car seats and so far I have found only one car service that will arrive at your door, car seats already in the car and that was pretty expensive.

Thankfully Luxe is here and is brilliant for parents traveling with children.  Luxe is a valet service that will meet you curbside at your terminal and park you car, then after your trip meet you outside of baggage claim.

How it Works

About 12 hours before your flight you can email your flight and contact information to Luxe. Then download their App. and place your parking request. The App is fairly easy to use, however, if you are tech. challenged, they have a support page on the App that is prompt and very helpful.

I used Luxe on my last flight, when I had to fly out by myself with the boys.  Andy from Luxe texted me about 10 minutes before we got to our curb to let us know he would meet us there and sure enough, within a minute of pulling up he was there. He helped me unload my car seats and luggage, while I was able to stand close to the boys. It was so easy and efficient, which are two critical aspects to traveling with kids.

On our return flight my husband was with me. Our flight was delayed, so I texted Andy to let him know as well as contacted Support just to make sure I was correct in letting the App know of the delay. Once we got our luggage Andy pulled our car up to our curb, helped my husband with the luggage and stayed by our side until everyone and everything was in the car. They even had a bottle of water waiting in our car for us.

The convenience of not having to take a shuttle to our car at 10pm with all of our luggage and two very tired toddlers, was incredible.

The rate for Luxe is $25/ day for the first 4 days and $15/ day for the 5th day and onward. You can add-on car wash and gas fuel up if you want. All transactions happen within the App.

I will 100% be using Luxe again. This took away half the stress of traveling with young children knowing I didn’t have to deal with a shuttle.

For questions or to place a reservation you can email:


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