Can you believe that it is already back to school time?! My kiddos have about a week still -give or…
Can you believe that it is already back to school time?! My kiddos have about a week still -give or…
Can you believe that it is already back to school time?! My kiddos have about a week still -give or take a few days. But I was so shocked to see a few of my friends’ kiddos starting up on August 1st. That just seemed SO soon. When do your kids go back? Are you planning road trips still? How many have you taken this summer? We only have one road trip planned for this summer, a 10 hour drive to visit some of our family in Oklahoma (where the wind comes sweeping down the plains). We do plan to hit up a few touristy spots along as well. In preperation for our trip, I loaded up the kiddos the other day & headed to Walmart to stock up on Road trip neccessities. Like, Dannon® Danimals®. We went with the Yogurt Smoothies Strawberry Explosion® 12 pack and a 6 pack of cotton candy. Maddie was excited about these purchases. Haha
(Photos not taken while driving). The kids love Danimals®. They’re not only great for road trips, but also lunch boxes & after school snacks as well. Danimals® are a staple in our house, they’re bought 2-3 times a month and the kiddos just eat em right up. Danimals® dairy products provide kids with a good source of calcium and vitamin D to help kids build strong bones and regulate muscle function.
We’ve taken them in our lunchboxes while our hiking (like this blog post). They’re just a huge hit no matter where we take them.
And we have taken them just about everywhere you could think of.
Fin loves em so much he barely makes it to his mouth — this happens often with this kiddo; he’s very messy. haha.
Aren’t most kids though?! Have you heard or purchased Dannon® Danimals® yet? If you’ve never heard of em, head here to learn more and to find out where you can grab some locally! Try them! Not only will your kids love them, but they’re perfect for road trips, after school snacking, and just everyday adventures in general.
Now, if you’ll excuse me – gotta go get a car tune up! Safe travels and happy snacking, friends.
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With David being gone so often for work related things, I sometimes find myself having to learn how to do do certain things that I usually wouldn’t find myself having to learn. I’ve put together countless pieces of furniture, to include a crib by myself while 8 months pregnant. I’ve made several road trips that have been just me and the kids. I’ve spent 16 hours with all three kids in and out of airports flying from Alaska to Georgia (3 flights) then immediately rented a car and drove 7 hours up to Tennessee. I’d say I’m pretty good at traveling and preparing for road trips.
I start by making a list of things that I need to do.
Finish packing the bags, load up the tablet with movies, buy travel food, etc etc. Then on the car side of things, I need to get the brakes checked, change the air filter(Air filters are the engine’s first line of defense), etc etc. All the things that really need to be done pre road trip!
An air filter is a pretty simple (and important) thing to change. And, you can totally do it yourself. Seriously, I had my brother show me once, and done! Most can be installed in under 5 minutes with the right tools! Easy, peasy! A clean air filter improves airflow and prevents dirt and dust from entering and damaging the engine and can increase acceleration, horsepower, and overall engine performance. Dirty air filters can restrict airflow and that can contribute to slowing down, loosing horsepower, and poor overall performance.
Start by finding a FRAM Engine Air Filter that fits your vehicle.
If you go in store, head to the auto department, find the air filters, use that little machine and it’ll tell you exactly what number to grab!
Open your car hood and locate your filter.
Pop off the tabs, take out the old filter and put in the new one.
Look! You barely even got dirty!
Now, here’s my favorite thing to take with us on a road trip! A REUSABLE coloring book!
You will need:
I found all of this at Walmart since I was already there to pick up the FRAM air filter. I think I spent around $10 for our supplies.
Put the protective sheets in the tangs in the folder and load them up with the printables and preschool paper. Hand them to your kids and feel the love and adoration.
I love them because they’re reusable! Preschool books are about $5 a book. One time use. Such a waste of money!
You could use all kinds of pages in these.
So, if you’re prepping for a road trip, head to Walmart – make this and pick up a new FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter! Be road trip ready!
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Today I want to share with you the EASIEST of easy “tutorials” to help make your summer travel plans just a tad bit easier and by tad, I mean it will save you a lot of hassle and frustration during your roadtrips.
When traveling with kids, most people have a DVD player (or 2) for their car. Ours came with a remote and we picked up some headphones to go with them so that we did not have to listen to “Let it go” a million times or hear the minions tiny voices for 20 hours. What we did not think of was that the kids would probably lose the remote halfway through the trip or that the headphones would fall to where they couldn’t reach them or they would get all tangled up so after a few quick test drives around Fort Benning before the big, long drive to Oklahoma, we quickly realized those little problems and figured out a way to solve them!
Hooray, parenting win! Am I right or what?!
Anyway, for this little “craft” you will need two simple things:
Command™ Damage-Free Hanging clear hooks.
Command™ Damage-Free picture hanging strips.
That is literally it.
Look through the photos below to see how EASY & quick it was to “install” haha.
So, head to your local Walmart and grab you up a few! Save yourself some sanity on your next road trip and thank me later! *wink* I found mine in the arts and crafts section.
What is the most creative thing you have ever used a Command™ strip or hook for?
Check out these ideas too!!
If you remember in my last “life lately” post I talked about how we went to the zoo?
Well, I did and today I thought I’d share a few photos of that trip.
We took the kids’ cousin, Landon with us in case you’re curious about the 4th kid in these photos! 😉
Group sleepover at Ma & Pa’s house the night before!
What’s your favorite animal to see? We didn’t get to see the elephants due to the (overly hot) weather! We did get to see a newborn (2 weeks old!) girafee! No lions, tigers or bears though! OH MY!
Happy Wednesday, friends!
I hope all is well with you. With us — it’s good! I have a few fun surprises up my sleeves that I’ll share with you guys soon enough!
Anyway… life lately — we got our car back (forever ago, I just forgot to tell you guys). Read all about the issues here. It ended up being something about 2 gaskets where there should’ve been one and some sensory something… I’m not entirely sure — I know it ended up costing us like $900. Ugh, right?! But it’s running better than ever (hopefully I didn’t jinx us by saying that).
Next order of business: Summer vacation…. oh my goodness, these poor kids are going stir crazy between summer vacation and being mid move in Oklahoma without any of our stuff or space. Don’t get me wrong, they’re having a total blast and love spending time with their grandparents but every now and again they get a bit attitudey with me and each other.
David too. (ha)
We’ve been in Oklahoma for 3 weeks now and have about 4 weeks to go still. It’s really weird being all out of our element but at least it’s with family that tolerates us. *wink*
We made a trip up to the Oklahoma City Zoo! That was neat. The kids had loads of fun even though it was HOT, HOT, HOT! More on that later.
We did a trip to this lake over on Fort Sill! The kids loved that! It was a little beach (because it had sand – haha). And we drove up to the top of the Wichita mountains! That was cool! Such a pretty view from the top!
We did a family BBQ at David’s grandparents house for Father’s Day and then again for the 4th of July and then went to the next town over to see the fireworks! The kids loved it! They even got to play with a turtle (they’d apparently had turtle races earlier that day)! Fin even picked it up and held it which is HUGE for Fin since he’s a sensitive little worry wart.
Please excuse my blogging slowness. Internet here is definitely not the fastest/best. It’s a small town, very very small… I’m talking full of dropped calls and tons of “No service” spots. It’s so foreign to me. They have cable though which is super weird for the kids. Fin didn’t understand why he couldn’t just start Teen Titans Go from the beginning again. They also want to buy all the things seen in commercials.
So yeah…. that’s my life lately.
What’s new with you guys?
As you know, we are currently on “vacation” (I say it like that because David’s on leave for 54 days but most people don’t understand what I mean when I say that – it’s Army talk) in Oklahoma for about 2 months (give or take a few days). When I started packing for this trip, I asked myself, “How do I pack for 60 days not knowing what we’ll be doing, where we’ll be, or what the weather will be like?”. Packing for 60 ish day for 5 people is no easy task. We ended up overpacking like we always do but this time, I learned a few things to keep up close and near me in my purse and reachable.
Nothing is worse than having to dig through bags and bags of random stuff, rearrange kids to find whichever bag you need, trying to remember which bag whatever is in, and all while risking the dog hopping out of the back of the car – take my word for this, people!
So in my bag, I have:
Hand sanitizer – car ride. 20 hours.
Tampax Pocket Pearl tampons – because girlie stuff happens…
Pain relief – 20 hours in a hot car with kids, husband, cat & dog…. phew.
Neosporin – because you never know how a boo boo will happen.
Mini Kleenex – because traveling across country, your allergies WILL act up.
Wallet – you do not want to be digging through bags when you’re gas light pops up! Ha.
Altoids//breath mints – 20 hours in a car.
Sunglass – neccessity.
Mini razor – nobody wants that 5 o’clock shadow when you arrive at your inlaws house *wink*
Bandaids – boo boos happen, people.
Quarters – two words: Toll roads.
My favorite thing though is that all of this is the mini version – compact/mini/doesn’t take up much space.
I never wanted to carry my whole purse into the rest room at the rest stop with me, so I’d park, pop a Pocket Pearl in my pocket and head over. Discreet and pocket size!
So when prepping for this trip, I headed to Target (as if I needed a real reason to go shopping) but I specifically went just for the little travel section and right there on the end was the Pocket Pearl – total win! (if you bought 3 boxes, you got the razor for free and while I didn’t opt for that deal since I was trying to pack light, it was a really good deal).
I also bought a hat while I was there. You can view that (sort of) over here. You should probably just follow me on Instagram while you’re over there — just sayin’.
While I’ve got you here listening to me ramble about compact, mini things, let me tell you about the awesomeness of these Pocket Pearl tampons! Full size protection now fits in your pocket! (Pocket Pearl is the Pearl tampon now pocket size) with an extendable applicator. They come with Built in Backup™ Braid, channels leaks back into the core, breakthrough wrapper with discreet, easy-open tab and they’re available in all the sizes you may need! Total win!
What are some of your traveling tips?
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