Plus Sized Air Travel – Tips & Tricks

Happy Thursday guys! This post is going to be about what it’s like to fly as a plus sized person and some tips I have for anyone worrying about this very same thing. My family never really took vacations when I was growing up so I didn’t even fly on an airplane until I was 21 and I honestly was SO nervous about flying as a *ahem* “curvy” girl. I had no idea what to expect about flying and navigating airports as it is, let alone doing it as an overweight person! As of today, I have taken 3 separate airplane trips – Italy, New York, and El Paso, and now that I’ve been on about 10 different flights, I feel as though I have enough experience under my belt to share my tips for flying as a plus sized person!

  1. Do research! – After I booked my first flight ever (to Italy nonetheless), I did tons and tons of research. You probably don’t have to do as much research as I did because I tend to go a bit overboard with planning, but I definitely recommend doing even a little bit. Look up your airline and their average seat sizes and seat belt lengths (every airline company has slightly different measurements). Watch YouTube videos, search articles, and look though forums where other people share their experiences. If anything, it should help ease your nerves a bit!
  2. Wear comfortable non-bulky clothing on your flight – Simply put, the more layers of clothes you have on/how bulky your clothes are will affect how much space you take up in the seat. I usually just do a simple t-shirt and leggings/yoga pants. When that seat belt is an inch or two away from clicking shut, that extra sweatshirt might make all the difference!
  3. Select a window seat (if possible) – Every time I’ve flown, I have found that I end up with a little more space when I take the window seat, because even though you’re up against the wall of the plane there is usually a little extra space curved out for the window. That way you can lean more into that open space and not all over your seat partner. More comfort and less awkwardness. Win win!
  4.  Don’t freak if you can’t get the seat belt to click closed! – If your seat belt is only an inch or two from closing, don’t stress! You usually only actually need to have the seat belt fastened when you’re taking off and landing since both can get a bit bumpy, but for the most part when you’re up in the air you don’t really need it anyway! On about half of the planes I have been on I was able to click the seat belt closed with no problem at all, and on the other half I wasn’t (usually only on older/smaller planes because the seat belts are not as long). It’s scary and embarrassing for sure, but every time that happened, I just pulled both ends of the belt as close together as I could get them and just folded my arms over my lap/tummy to hide the unfastened buckle (at least while the flight attendant walked down the aisle to check). Obviously, keep in mind though that seat belts are not there to embarrass heavier passengers, they are there to keep them safe, so if you are really worried about not being safe, you can always ask the flight attendant for an extender. I’ve never had to though!
  5. Don’t worry about the seat width, it will be big enough! – Most airlines have an economy seat width of 17 or 18 inches. I know, it definitely doesn’t sound big enough, but I promise you it will be! I was close to 300 pounds on each flight I’ve been on and have a really big booty and hips, but I fit just fine. Granted, on some planes the fit was a bit more snug, but I still didn’t have a problem. Unless you’re really morbidly obese, you will fit fine. Promise!!
  6. Fly with a friend – This way you won’t have to worry if you spill over a little into the next seat. At least you’ll be squishing someone that loves you and not some stranger!
  7. DON’T be nervous! – I can’t stress this one enough. Do your research, and don’t lose sleep over it. You will be completely fine!

And there it is! Those are all of the tips I have for you guys. I hope this helps anyone worrying about plus sized airplane travel!

By the way, is anyone else super excited that tomorrow is Friday?? I know I sure am!

XO Miranda

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Garden Party Bridal Shower Inspiration

Exactly a month from today I will be celebrating the upcoming marriage of my brother and his fiance at their wedding shower! I am so excited because I am planning and hosting the shower, and after trying to peg down my future sister-in-law’s style and favorite things, I ended up deciding on a garden party theme!

My sister-in-law’s style is best described as feminine boho and some of her favorite things include tea, clothes, old movies, and traveling. She is sweet as spring sunshine, has the most bubbly personality, and is the real life definition of an old soul. I’m so excited to welcome her to our family because she has become one of my closest friends. For that reason, I feel so blessed and excited to be planning and hosting her shower!

Now, you may have noticed above that I used the words wedding shower and not bridal shower. Simply put, my extended family (while quite large) is not very close and it ends up always being difficult to get a decent amount of people to attend any event. So, I figured by including my brother in the celebration and making it a co-ed shower, I’d have better odds of ending up with a larger turnout!

I absolutely LOVE planning parties and events, I feel that it’s one of the best ways to make use of my creativity. I get so excited and passionate about it, and really try to go above and beyond in making it as special as I possibly can! Although, with a daycare teacher’s salary, it can be quite the challenge to throw an amazing event on a small budget. Fun, but a challenge nonetheless!

So, I wanted to share a few ideas I’m brainstorming for the shower and some photos that capture what I’m trying to create!

  • Theme: Garden Party, with travel and tea party undertones
  • Location: My Parent’s house, on the deck and in the backyard
  • Colors: White, cream, greens, magenta, mint, gold, coral
  • Menu: Brunch! Assorted bagels and breakfast pastries, a scrambled egg bake, fresh fruit, croissant sandwiches, pasta salad, iced coffee, make-your-own parfait bar, cheese and crackers, etc.
  • Decorations: chalkboard signs, hydrangeas, greenery, flower crowns, dreamcatchers, glitter feathers, gold mylar balloons
  • Favors: luxury bar soap, jam, candles, mugs

So there ya have it! I’ve had so much fun gathering all of these ideas and creating the plans for the shower I am envisioning in my head, and I can’t wait to start heading out to some stores to gather the items I need and start piecing together this party. I’m looking forward to sharing more details with you guys as I keep working!

Hope you all are having a wonderful day!

XO Miranda

 

(All of the photos used in this post were taken from Pinterest, I own none of them.)

Hello & Welcome!

Hello world! Welcome to Tisch of all Trades! I’d like to formally introduce myself as this is my first blog post ever! Ahh! So very very exciting!

I’m Miranda and I live in Wisconsin. Yes, I’m a mid-westerner (is that a word?) and no I’m not a farmer, though I love wide open spaces. I know a handful of farmers though, it just comes with the territory. Living in Wisconsin means that I nearly always have a super sexy farmer’s tan in the summer, love cheese, and I know how to drive in 2 feet of snow (well…kind of).

I currently work as an infant teacher at a corporate daycare, and while I do enjoy my job, there are enough horror stories! I’m talking changing poopy diapers that would give Super Nanny the chills, getting hot chunky spit up running down my shirt and into my bra (I’m telling you, there’s nothing like the smell of spit up after it dries…seriously), and caring for babies that must have iron lungs based on the volume and duration of their screaming cries. Many people call me a glorified babysitter, but let’s be real, I know nannies that make more than I do. All joking aside though, as difficult as my job is, it is equally rewarding. I go home feeling exhausted, dirty, and a bit deaf, but I also feel damn good about what I’ve done that day. Ehh, well most days anyway!

Anyways, a little more about me. I’m your typical cliche 23 year old female. Some of my hobbies include reading (one book a year if I’m motivated), cooking (ramen and lean cuisines mainly), party planning (Pinterest anyone?), watching movies (I’m talking the scariest movies I can get my hands on, or getting obsessed with one particular random movie and binge watching it 10 times in a month), nature hikes (if I can get past physically feeling like I’m dying as I’m trudging my ass up the hills), traveling (when I can scrape together the time and money), and drinking frappuccinos from Starbucks. Is anyone else heartbroken over the loss of the Smores and Caramel Waffle Cone?!? Tragic. Really, the only thing pulling me through in the meantime is knowing Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING is right around the corner. Halle-freakin-lujah!!! In all honesty, I’ve been ready for fall since the the first official day of summer. I’m serious. Also, it should be known that I spend way too much money at Bath and Body Works and I swear way more than should be acceptable for an infant teacher. It’s a problem.

I digress. So, what I’m getting to is that the point of this post is to let the world know that I’m starting this blog for pretty much the same reason as any.other.blogger – I want a creative outlet through which I can share my ideas, wanderlust, frustrations, dreams, and basic day to day life with anyone who is interested in following along! In this blog, I will share my life, my successes and failures, my journey to achieve better health and wellness, my love for cooking and favorite recipes, beauty tips, reviews of different products, my passion for party planning, and my travels. I’d love for you to follow along!

Thanks for reading and Happy Monday!! XO Miranda