Simplify Saturday: vacationing with kids

Simplify Saturday: vacationing with kids

Vacationing can be relaxing and fun, but it can be stressful as well. The trick to vacationing with your little children is to be as organized as possible. With the following tips, your family vacation will run much more smoothly.

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1. Plan ahead as much as possible.

Where will you be going? How long will you be there? What will you need to take with you?

Make a checklist so you will be less likely to forget to pack the things you’ll need. If there are things you need to buy, make sure you create a shopping list as well.

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2. Pack snacks for the trip itself.

Hungry kids are grumpy kids, and sometimes it’s hard to stop for snacks. Pack a small bag of non-messy snacks to keep your kiddos happy while you’re driving or flying.

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3. Pack a “boredom box.”

Take along coloring books, puzzle books, something to read, or anything else to combat boredom. No one likes hearing, “Are we there yet?” every few minutes. If you have a DVD player in your vehicle, bring movies. An occupied child is less likely to get bored and get in trouble.

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4. Explore the area amenities before you book.

If you’re staying somewhere unfamiliar, check into local attractions before you book. This way, you’ll already know what is available to your family before you book your trip, and you can plan accordingly.

Remember to plan outings for everyone. Plan fun things to do with your kids, but don’t forget to include some fun for yourselves as well. Being less stressed means you can relax and enjoy one another more.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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5 Easter Basket Ideas that Don’t Involve Candy

5 Easter Basket Ideas that Don’t Involve Candy

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Each year, I struggle with what to get my children for Valentine’s Day and Easter. Those two holidays come with a lot of merchandise, but sadly, a lot of that merchandise includes sugary treats. Almost every year, I’ve been able to find a small gift that my girls loved and didn’t cause tooth decay.

Today’s Pinterest roundup includes all sorts of cute Easter ideas your kiddos are sure to love.

  1. All Natural Easter Basket

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Source: 100 Layer Cakelet

This basket contains plush animals, dried fruit and popcorn instead of mass-produced sugary treats. So much healthier and so much prettier.

2. Baking Basket

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Source: A Night Owl

If your little kiddo loves to bake, why not surprise him or her with a basket filled with measuring spoons, cupcake wraps, and other baking goodies? My oldest daughter would love this.

3. Art Supply Basket

art supply basket

Source: Pinterest

For the little creator in your life. You could fill any basket with paints, markers, coloring books, notepads or journals, pencils or colorful pens…the list goes on. I know so many kids who would love this.

4. “Beauty” basket

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Source: Super Moms 360

If you’re the mother of a girly girl, look no further than this cute little basket. This beauty basket has pedicure toe spacers, a hairbrush, hairbows, nail polish, lip gloss, lotion, bath bombs and a loofah. My oldest daughter would absolutely love this.

5. Great outdoors basket

outdoor basket

Source: My Mommy Style

This basket is filled to the brim with outdoor toys. There’s a ball, frisbee, jump rope, pail and shovel, a kite, and more. This would be perfect for a young child. My youngest daughter would love it.

I hope you have gotten some great ideas for Easter! Have a wonderful weekend.