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Road trip!!

Are you planning a road trip with children?

Here are a few things to keep the kids entertained and hopefully avoid the dreaded, “Are we there yet” questions .

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Try these awesome ways to get the kids involved.

I’m of my mom friends said, she made a travel binder for her then 6 yr old last summer. They drove to Florida. She had maps printed with their route highlighted every day. He loved being able to follow along. And then she printed out free road trip games from online. Put them in sheet protectors so we used dry erase markers on them. (License plate game, bingo, tic tac toe, battle ship, etc).I

Make busy bags

Busy bags and activities are a great way to keep kids unplugged, but for a change of pace, try these games I remember from my own childhood that require zero supplies.
  • Count the cows- this game is simple. Count the cows in the fields on your side of the road. If you pass a graveyard, your cows die and you have to start over. You can end the game either when one person gets to a certain number of cows, when you get to your destination, or when you get tired of playing.
  • Abc game- take turns finding letters on road signs on your side of the road. You must go in order.
  • Quaker Meeting (aka the quiet game) – I’m not sure if my mom made this up to get a little peace- but the object of the game is to see who can stay quiet the longest.
  • Rhyming- Sometimes we just take turns rhyming and see how many we can come up with in a row. Or make up new silly lyrics to our favorite songs.
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Also don’t skimp on Snacks, Water and more Snacks!

We always make sure to stock up on some of our favorite snacks.  Don’t forget to take plenty of water.  This is some that we find travel travel well: string cheese, rice cakes, pretzels, bagels, sandwiches, carrots, apple slices, bananas, crackers with cheese or nut butter, granola bars, cookies, raisins, dry cereal, jerky, and pop corn snacks.

Remember to relax and enjoy the journey.  Barf happens! So be prepared. Gallon zip lock veggies and disinfecting wipes are strongly suggested.

Maintain your chill and be flexable!


If you are on the fence about taking a vacation let me say, GO! They are your vacation days. Take them. Spend time with your family. Unplug and go. There are only so many summers when your kids will be little. They are growing up and you need to make memories.

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So go make memories. Good or bad they will be the things you will talk about for years and years to come.

I can’t wait to hear about your road trips!

Thanks Pamela


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Maine! Is this on your bucket list?

Maine is on my bucket list.  I have traveled almost all of the United States but the upper east coast including the original 13 colonies remain on the yet to be explored list.  But one day I am sure I will get there.  In the mean time, I have found an amazing blog that will have to suffice.  For now.

“The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea” Percy Bysshe Shelley This week my husband and I are enjoying time with family in Maine’s beautiful Acadia National Park and its surrounding towns. Since Erica’s challenge for the week asks us to demonstrate transition, I thought the awakening of sleepy Bar Harbor with […]

via Magnificent Maine – WPC — Travels and Trifles

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Should you go on vacation?

This is one of my favorite blog posts.  So I am sharing it with you again.  Enjoy and GO on VACATION!.

Should I stay or should I go was never a question in my family.  The answer was always let’s go

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I was reading comments on vacation memories and got to thinking about my own.

Our family motto is,  “it was not a vacation until someone had a flat tire or ran out of gas”. I got to thinking about all the prior vacations. The memories ran from shortcuts that were not, in fact, shorter but may have involved some very narrow roads that may not have had guard rails that went on for miles with no place to turn around. Praying that you did not meet another vehicle since we were pulling an RV.

My granddad loved Colorado and we went there many times. I have traveled by vehicle all over the United States and parts of Canada with my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and my husband. We have stayed in tents, a Scotty tiny trailer, fully functional RVs, hotels, and cabins.

I have seen lots of wild animals from bears, moose, and elk, to little ground squirrels. 45 years ago we fed a bear chewing gum one time.  DO NOT DO THIS.  don't feed the bears

I have seen a rogue bear who he thought he could share a tent. The owners of the tent were willing to let him because who’s going to stop him.

We always went to the ranger talks. We learned about the parks we were visiting and heard some great stories. The walk back to the camp was amazing. No lights except for the stars and flashlights. If you have the opportunity to do this, do it. Take the time and take your kids.

I can’t tell you how many flat tires or times someone ran out of gas. Someone in my family has this thing about wanting to see how many miles they can get out of a tank of gas.   There have been many other calamities such as the time the truck caught on fire – That was a bit too exciting! Then there was the time the mini-bike fell off the back of the RV. My uncle was following us and I think he had to change his pants after that experience. Of course, this is the same uncle whose short cuts were not shorter.pierre SD

Of course, my parents will never forget the time they left me in South Dakota, which was 754 miles from home. First, you have to understand it was way before cell phones and there were 5 vehicles all traveling together. I was prone to ride with almost anyone of the 5. So it was just a matter of miscalculation on all our parts. I can tell you that now to this day. When I get out of the car to go to the restroom…I have the keys.

It was an adventure for me. Hours later when my parents stopped for the night and set up camp they discovered there was one less kid with them… Huh? What took hours to drive earlier did not take anywhere near as long back. I was fine. My parents got a few gray hair that day. But never the less vacation continued on as planned. It was an amazing time.

My cousin’s birthday was always celebrated while on vacation. One year we couldn’t find a cake so she got a cookie with pine needles candles on it. She still talks about her birthday cookie.

My husband and I took a trip with my parents to Yellowstone a few years ago.  There was a forest fire blocking our way back to the DNR Dude ranch (yes, that was the name) where we were staying.  So we had to take a detour of  163 miles.  We almost out of gas but we saw the most amazing sunset I had ever seen.  All I am saying is sometimes the detour brings a wonderful surprise just around the bend.

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If you are on the fence about taking a vacation let me say, GO! They are your vacation days. Take them. Spend time with your family. Unplug and go. There are only so many summers when your kids will be little. They are growing up and you need to make memories.

So go make memories. Good or bad they will be the things you will talk about for years and years to come.

Heck, maybe one of your kids will write about it someday.

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#vacation #goRving #travelwithkids #familytime


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It’s almost time for SCHOOL! Get ready now.

Wow, can you believe July is almost half over!  Schools will be starting before you know it.  For Mom, this is great news!!!  Mom control yourself.  For the kiddo’s not so great news.  Am I right?school 7-18

Summer is the time for relaxed rules and lots of fun. But with only weeks until school starts for many of you. Now is a good time to start some new habits. Did you know it takes approximately 21 days to form a new habit?
So let’s talk about what you can do now to be ready for the 1st day of school.
Right now is a good time to buy summer clothes. Since school starts so early you may be sending your kids to school in summer clothes until it cools off. Why not take advantage of the summer sales now. This will allow you to spread out your shopping and give your pocketbook a little breather.
Before you shopping, you need to know about the school’s dress code. Do they allow printed words on clothes, tank top or saggy/baggy pants? Also, before you shop you should go through your child’s closet. What still fits and what have they outgrown? This is a good time to empty their drawers and clean out their closet. It will make getting ready easier you get rid of the stuff that no longer fits or is worn out.
Do you have the right paperwork for your kids to start school? Now is a good time to gather your papers. Immunization records, birth certificates, report cards from prior school or proof of medical examination for your athlete. Preparing now will prevent a mad search or frantic last-minute trips at the deadline.
Talk to your kids to see what their expectations are? Do they want to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities? How much time are you going to be spending on evening and weekends?

Have you arranged for after school care? Make sure your child knows what the plan is and where they will be going.
Speaking of going. How are they getting to school? Do they know they way? Is there a bus or a new schedule? Are they walking? If you are driving them do you have a backup in place? If they are going to a new school a trial run a few days before will ease everyone’s minds. Trust me now it a better time to figure this out rather than the first day of school.

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Let’s think about a routine

Time to start everyone on the back to school path.
Meal times, morning and bedtime will shift so if you start early and slowly implement those changes easier. Start creating good habits now. Mornings are going to get crazy – trying to get everyone up, dressed, fed breakfast, lunches packed, dinner planned and out the door…

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Setting an evening routine will make your morning better.

The night before:
Determine what clothes everyone is going to wear the next day and lay out kid’s clothing.
If possible pack lunches and have a dinner plan. Do you want you your kids to make their own lunch? Well if that is the case. Let’s set up a zone with lunch items in an easy to reach kid friendly space.
Check their backpacks for homework, projects or library books. Make sure sports bags or musical instruments are ready to go.
Don’t forget your own stuff. Know where your keys, bag, and papers are that you will need for your day too.
It’s a great idea to have everything in a designated place easy to access as you walk out the door.
Keep it positive. Your kids may not be as excited as you are to return to school. Get them excited to see old friends or make new. You might want to make posters counting down the days. Plus make the back to school shopping trip a fun event. Let them pick out a few things.
When the first day arrives.

Get up early, keep an excited attitude, make a good breakfast, take photos and let the kids chose where to go out to dinner.
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#backtoschool #routine #organized #family #parenting #kids #momslife #dadslife

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Is that safe to eat? Tips to protect your food when the summer temps soar.

Does this sound familiar? It is Thursday  5:10 and you just go off of work and you have to stop by the grocery store or your family will be eating out again. Your budget and summer body can’t handle that. But the temperature sign on the corner bank is flashing 105 degrees. (that is s cool summer day in Arizona) Your car has been baking in the sun for 9 hours and now 15 minutes of blasting the AC did not really cool it down.

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You jump out and rush into the store.  Hold on for a minute.

Think about a few things before you load up the cart with meat, dairy, and frozen foods. Sure your boxed foods and staples will be fine in the car but it’s not a good situation.Melting_ice_cream_on_a_bridge.jpg

You know it is hot in your car. But did you think about the fact being that extremely hot temperatures make your car an unsafe environment for your food?

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You can do a few things to protect yourself and your family.

  1. Run any errands you have to before you go grocery shopping. No stops after.
  2. If you know your ice cream will not make it home don’t buy it. Also chocolate.  Of course, if you have to eat it before you get home…no judging here.  You gotta do what your gotta cream ilya-ilyukhin-120115
  3. Shop smarter – first load up your staples, then your frozen, next meat and dairy. That way they will be colder since they will be the last items you pick up at the store.
  4. Keep a cooler in your car. But if it is hot in the car the cooler is a portable oven. Take it into the store with you.
  5. Buy ice or some stores sell ice packs or frozen water.
  6. Take your perishable stuff in first. Sodas and pasta can wait until you have in the meat, dairy and frozen food in the house.
  7. Put all your food in the refrigerator as soon as possible.

Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your food safe for your family this summer.

What are your summer shopping tips?

Thanks Pamela


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When Cold water is Hot — Live Laugh RV

Thanks to Ingrid for spotlighting a common Arizona summer problem.  Hot water.  Friday our high was 117 degrees.  Let me tell you there is no such thing as cold water this week.  Even our commodes are steaming.  Nothing like a sauna on your rear.  I am not complaining because you never have to shovel the sunshine and most of the time we spend outside with wonderful weather.  We treat summer like northerners treat winter.

Thanks, Ingrid.  

Living a minimalist mobile lifestyle can be enlightening, fun, and rewarding but it can also present challenges. Last summer, Al and I meandered around Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado and although we had a fantastic time, the transient way of life can be stressful at times. Wanting to keep our schedule flexible, we didn’t make any […]

via When Cold water is Hot — Live Laugh RV

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Hundred-year-old Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe — A Hundred Years Ago

As we celebrate the 4th of July I am reminded of many summer celebrations of my childhood.  The ice cream was always a part of them.  With a hand crank freezer.  Sheryl shares an old recipe and it brings back many memories.  So are you ready for ice cream?

Today, Strawberry Ice Cream sometimes seems boring; a hundred years ago it was very special. When strawberries were in season, it was time to get the hand-cranked ice cream freezer out, buy some ice, invite friends over, and make Strawberry Ice Cream. The hundred-year-old Strawberry Ice Cream recipe that I found was easy to make. […]

via Hundred-year-old Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe — A Hundred Years Ago

Enjoy!!  So did you have to crank or sit on the ice cream maker?

Thanks Pamela



#icecream #treat #homemade #strawberry

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Happy Independence Day, USA!!!

Today is a day of festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

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But don’t forget that July 4th is actually a celebration of the birth of American independence.

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Since we are celebrating everything USA what is more patriotic than Apple Pie?  Check out the recipe and more including my summer entertaining tips.

Tips to Take Your Summer Entertaining to the Next Level

Enjoy, indulge, and spend some time with your families and friends.  Tomorrow we will be talking about organizing again.

Thanks, Pamela


#applepie #happy4th #july4 #familytime #fireworks #america

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Is This The Summer of Slime?

OK so summer is here (unofficially) and you want to be the Cool Parent or the Super Grandparent, or favorite Aunt or Uncle  ….

Easy ~ you only need to make SLIME.


No, I’m not talking about stuff in your fridge way in the back.

Yes, Slime is the hottest thing right now.  So hot that Elmer’s Glue has put out their own recipe.

Here is another one:

Last but not least:  From Steve Spangler’s Science Lab:  One with borax

All I will say is that if you are planning on using Elmer’s Glue you better get some now while you can.

If all else fails you can always go with a fidget spinner.  What are your thoughts on Fidget Spinners?  Yes or No?  Why?Fidget_spinner_in_blue

Happy Tuesday!!

Thanks Pamela


#Slime #fidgetspinner #tiptuesday #tuesday #momslife #summer #fun