We took our first trip to the Rocky Mountain region of the United States and I can officially say that it is my new favorite part of the US. The air was so clean, the landscape was straight out of a painting (Bob Ross's happy little trees 🌲) and some of the most friendly people I have ever met. On top of that, the area provided so much opportunity for outdoor activities which my family thrives for. When I originally planned this trip, I set our main destination point as Yellowstone National Park, and while the Park itself is great on its own, we discovered that there was actually a lot to do outside the park. It was a long trek from San Diego, but it was definitely worth it! Here are . . .
I saw this idea on Pinterest a couple years back and not till recently did I actually do it. We have SO many LEGO pieces and as you know I am constantly trying to find non electronic things to do for my kids. I put this on my instagram story thinking many people had seen this idea, but I was actually surprised when I got a lot of messages about how they loved the idea! Again, I can't take credit for it, all I can do is share the useful and helpful things I find on the 'net. I got all my supplies at Walmart. But you can get them anywhere. Here is what you need: LEGO platform boardStrong glue (something stronger than hot glue, I used Amazing E-6000 all purpose glue)Pencil case . . .
It's travel time! We do a lot of traveling, in fact when this blog post goes live we will have just finished a 16-day road trip that started in Zion (read my post about Zion here) and that went all the way to the Yellowstone area (I'll blog about that later). No long intro here, I'll cut to the chase. Here are my top road trip essentials. These items, personally, have made my our travel life MUCH easier. BACK SEAT CAR ORGANIZER I found these back seat car organizers on Amazon for just $21.99! They work super well in keeping things organized. Here is what I put in my back seat organizers: Tissues and napkins (napkins not shown)My ROAD TRIP PRINTABLES on a clipboard . . .
We started off our road trip with a quick stop into Zion National Park. When I planned our camping/road trip, I didn't allot for much time there because the focus of the trip and final destination was Yellowstone and exploring that region of the country (I'll blog about that later). I wish I had given us more time in the area because there is so much to do and see, but we didn't really have time to make adjustments as our trip was already planned out to a tee. So in the spirit of getting the most out of what to do in a short time frame, here is my two day itinerary for ZION NATIONAL PARK. And for your reading pleasure, I have also included what I would had done IF we had another day. . . .
Our summer road trip this year is heading up to the Yellowstone area (I'll be posting my itinerary later). Now that is a LONG a$$ drive so, of course, I made three new road trip games! 👊🏼 ALPHABET GAME Simple as finding (appropriate) things on the road that start with that letter! I personally don't like to make it a contest since my kids are different ages and my daughter has a slightly lower attention span. They get a prize if they simply finish it! Buuuut no copying each other! If you are of a competitive nature, you can make this game a point system. Give a certain amount of time and see how many they can get in that time frame. Double letters like "Subway Sign" count as . . .
We just took a much needed trip to Cabo, it was delightful. 🌴And of course my kids asked me to make an "airport find it" game..... ok I just lied. My kids didn't ask me, I wanted to make it for them so they wouldn't be connected to the machine (aka any electronic) while we waited... only then to be connected to the machine again on the 2 hour flight. In fact, I had to bribe my tweenager son to play along. But you know what? He and his bestie ended up having fun. I wished I had taken some photos of them in the airport, but I didn't. So the printables alone will have to suffice. 😀 I made three of them, as shown below! And what better time to use these with summer travel coming up right . . .
We camp, a lot. We have been down the entire West coast and even to the Islands off Washington. Beach camping ✅Mountain camping ✅Forest camping ✅ Desert camping ✅... You name it, we've done that type of camping. Now 99.9% of the time we camp in our trailer, it is like our second home. It is rare that we camp without her, but on some occasions we leave her at home. Our first bought of glamping was when we were in the San Juan Islands. We didn't take our trailer simply because we didn't know/trust/believe that we could take our 30 foot trailer on a ferry boat to the island, i mean wahhhh??? (and for the record, it can be done. Pretty amazing) That being said, I am glad we didn't . . .
We didn't have much time (or money) to plan an extravagant trip because of my husbands fire schedule and his captains test, but what's spring break without a little get away? So in the spirit of spring break, we decided to head to a small and quaint town on the central coast of California called Solvang. I have passed this town many a times going back and forth from San Diego to San Luis and to be honest, the only memory I have of this town is the time I got pulled over for speeding. Whoops. 🤨 Although this Danish town is known for its wine tasting and shopping (both fun for the adults, not so much for the kids) we actually found plenty of neat cool things to do. Family friendly . . .
BINGO and FIND IT Dude. When I was a child we played two games- the license plate game (damn you Vermont) and the alphabet game (damn you x). But life doesn't have to be like that anymore. And it actually isn't in my kids generations because of ONE word- the MACHINE. 🤖 My friend calls all electronics "the MACHINE" and I love it. This includes but is not limited to: iPads, DVD players, portable video game devices, iPhones... you get it. And if I am being honest with you, I do like to have the machine as an option for a portion of the time in the car (good time for the hubs and I to actually talk to each other uninterrupted, can i get an amen? 💁🏻♀️) but that being said, I do think there is . . .