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Traveling with Kids During the Holidays

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I’m sharing #JOHNSONS in my life as part of a JOHNSON’S® sponsored series for Socialstars™.

Holiday hustle—love it or hate it? This year I’ve cut myself some slack as far as seasonal expectations and everything seems merrier and brighter already. There are three main things that are making a difference for our family.

Traveling with Kids During the Holidays

It all started with wanting to make the season linger a little longer. We got our decorations up early.

I gave everything a thorough cleaning before we pulled out the Christmas décor. With everything in place, I have given myself permission to hit the high spots and ignore the rest until after the holidays.

One of my best decisions. Twinkle lights hide a multitude of sins…and dust. 🙂

Like a lot of families, we’re doing a bit of traveling during the holidays so the other thing I’m doing to cut down on stress is make sure I pack my JOHNSON’S® survival products.

What to Pack with Kids

JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE™ Cleansing Cloths are great for quick and gentle all-over clean-ups between bath times, which busy little guys seem to need.

The pre-moistened NO MORE TEARS® formula cloths keep my boys looking spiffy-clean and ready for those relative’s hugs and kisses.

Johnson's Bath Products

I know busy-ness and change in routine can make bedtime more of a challenge for excited kids, especially away from home. JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Moisture Wash releases NATURALCALM®, a special blend of gentle, calming aromas. It is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic.

Follow the warm bath with JOHNSON’S® baby BEDTIME® Lotion and a gentle massage for easy and calm sleep.

And for all those holiday photo ops, forget kidlet bedhead. Use JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES detangling spray. It relaxes those annoying knots and gnarls.

Pistachio, Cranberry & White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

I’ve also been making the most of every kitchen hack I know. For example, instead of rolling out and cutting shaped cookies, I roll these sugar cookies into a log, chill it while we have dinner, then quickly slice rounds, and stick them in the oven.

Easy, and no waste.

The bits of red and green look pretty, the cookies travel well, and they are SO YUMMY! This recipe makes about a dozen—perfect when you want to put together a sweet hostess gift or a treat for traveling.

Cookies that Travel Well

Make a difference for your family this season…start by being kind to yourself. Relax your standards. Plan ahead. And eat a cookie. Bet your holiday will seem merrier and brighter too!

Pistachio, Cranberry & White Chocolate Sugar Cookies



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  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup chopped pistachios
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries


  1. Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla and mix together until creamy.
  2. Add flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar. Mix on low until just combined. Add pistachios, chocolate chips, and cranberries. Mix until dough comes together to form a ball.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface and roll together to form a log, about 8 inches long. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 and remove cookies from the fridge. Unwrap dough; use a serrated knife to cut ½ inch slices.
  5. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper; bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool before packing.


  • Calories: 2619
  • Sugar: 173
  • Sodium: 1072
  • Fat: 140
  • Saturated Fat: 78
  • Unsaturated Fat: 51
  • Trans Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 313
  • Protein: 36
  • Cholesterol: 448

Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.