Friday, July 21, 2017

Fun Fold Friday: Double Z Fold (Christmas in July)

Hi Everyone!

Running a little late with my post this morning. Just been a little busy on the mom front this morning. Once again it's time for another Fun Fold Friday! This week, I decided to try the Double Z Fold.

I was a little hesitant to try this because when I saw instructions and looked at various templates for it, it just seemed like it was going to be rather complicated. However, it actually turned out to be SO easy and I loved the final result. I will definitely be making more of these!

I also decided it would be fun to do a Christmas (in July) card. This particular fold just lends itself so naturally to using pattern paper. The paper I used is from a 6x6 pad I picked up at Hobby Lobby last year. I tend to use more pattern paper for Christmas cards than I do on other cards throughout the year. I thought the rows of snowmen were perfect for the little Z fold at the bottom.

I've included a few pictures from different angles so you can get various views of the card.
One last note before I go, I found it was much easier watching a video to see how it's done instead of just reading about it. I watched this video by Sandi MacIver. I decided to go ahead and link the video here for you. I hope it inspires you give it a try. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday!


Aud Sentiments: Christmas in July with a sentiment
Cardz 4 Galz: Christmas or Winter
C.R.A.F.T. Christmas
Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
Polkadoodles: Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

With Sympathy

Hi Everyone,

Here today to share a sympathy card that I recently sent a friend whose father passed away. I did a little distress ink blending (Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry) for the background and kept the image a simple black. Over the years, I have parted with the majority of my wood block stamps from Stampin' Up! However, I've don't think I'll ever get rid of the "Lovely as a Tree" set.  The sentiment on the bottom is from "Words of Comfort" by PTI and I stamped it with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.

Even though it was a somber occasion for a card, I was pleased with the final result.

That is all for me today. Have a great day and I'll see you again soon!


Crafty Creations
Lemon Shortbread

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

10 Easy Meals for Busy Weeknights

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by today. I have just a quick post for you today sharing a round up of different recipes and ideas for some quick easy dinners for those busy weeknights or lazy weekends when you just don't feel like cooking. Now, full disclosure...I have not made all of these specific recipes; but I have done some version of each one of them. (Except the breadcrumb pasta...that one is my recipe!) I just really suck at cooking and photographing at the same time, so I decided to just link to the food bloggers who do it much better than I do! (Not all the meals are shown in the picture)

Click the bold face titles for links to the recipes.

1. Panini's (or other grilled type sandwich) Sandwiches are just ridiculously easy and perfect for crazy busy nights or hot summer evenings when you don't want to turn on the oven. Making a grilled sandwich or if you have Panini maker, is just a fun way to take it easily from ordinary to fun!

2. Easy Beef Tacos a pound of beef (organic and grass-fed, of course) some taco seasoning, taco sauce (or enchilada sauce which is what I use) cheese and taco shells, and viola! Dinner is served in less than 20 minutes.

3. Pulled Pork Sandwiches You can do pulled chicken as well. We pair this with some tater tots or fries with corn or baked beans. Easy-peasy. You can make it even easier and buy the already pre- made pulled pork/chicken. I buy the Lloyd's version all the time and it's great!

4. Breadcrumb Pasta Chicken diced, white pasta sauce, penne and a crispy breadcrumb topping make a wonderful, comforting meal any day of the week.

5. Panko-Crusted Chicken Tenders: The key to this is the Panko breadcrumbs...they really do make a difference and also bake them on a racked baking sheet so they stay crispy. Add Jasmine rice and a green salad and an easy meal is served.

6. Pizza Don't underestimate a frozen pizza for a busy night! We eat pizza every Saturday night and always have Red-Baron.  I make a separate pizza on an individual crust with a blend of Daiya cheeses for my son who is dairy free. It's a win-win for everyone and I don't ever have to struggle with what to make for dinner on Saturday nights!

7. Ravioli Lasagna Doesn't get much easy than frozen ravioli of your choice, marinara sauce and cheese. 1 casserole dish and dinner is served.

8. Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders The reason these are easy is because they are made ahead of time. Make them in the morning and then all you have to do is pop them in the oven to have in time for dinner. *tip* I have learned to keep the bread cold, cut the top layer off in one large slab, place all the ham and cheese on, put the "top" back on, add the sauce, and refrigerate. Cut the sandwiches into individual servings before you cook them. They will be easier to cut when they are cold.

9. Cheeseburger Pasta Step away from that pre-boxed Hamburger Helper! This home-made version is so much better and too easy not to make. I have made this recipe and my whole family loved it!

10. 3 Ingredient Orange Chicken. Cut up some chicken, toss it with some egg and flour and then a quick and easy sauce. Make some noodles or some rice and call it good for dinner.

Have wonderful day and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Monday, July 17, 2017

All about You!

Hi Everyone.

I hope you had a great weekend. I have a TON of pictures to share with you today. I started this set of cards a couple of weeks ago and finally got them done and photographed to share with you. I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do with these yet. Whether I'll give them as a set as a gift or if I'll keep them and mail them individually to various friends and family.

Here is a look at all the cards together on my desk.

All of the cards were made with Simon Says Stamp "You Matter" and a few were made with "Best Hugs" set as well. I made 3 sets of 4, one in black, one in white and one in a light grey. I followed the same basic pattern for all 12 cards and just shifted the colors and sentiments I used.

Here are a few close ups of the black set

Here is the white set:

and finally the light grey set

For each of the "You" die-cuts, I cut each one 4 times and stacked them together for a dimensional faux chip-board type effect. On the grey and white cards I also added Wink of Stella glitter pen and glossy accents to the 'You"(Full disclosure: I'm not the neatest crafter when it comes to glossy accents!) I did not add it to the white cut outs on the black cards, however.

I have a very busy day ahead of me, so that is all for me today. Have a fabulous Monday and I will see you all again tomorrow!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Coffee House Sunday

Hello Everyone!

Another week has come and gone and it is once again time for another Coffee House Sunday. If this is your first time here, welcome. If you're a return visitor, I'm happy to have you back again. For all you first time visitors, Coffee House Sunday is just a weekly round up of all the interesting stories and articles I've come across during my wanderings around the webosphere the last week.

Ok, grab your coffee, sit yourself somewhere comfortable and here we go!

  • Last week, I had great news for all the chocolate lovers out there; and this week I am here to bring great tidings to the coffee lovers of the world! Coffee lovers live longer! Viva la Cafe! 
  • A big bowl of ice-cream would be a perfect partner to your lazy Netflix marathon, or perhaps you prefer gelato or frozen custard?? What exactly is the difference?

  • Eventually, you will start to feel like a lazy slob and want to get off the couch and that would be a perfect time to tackle the decluttering project you've been avoiding since the Bush Administration (the first one!)

  • I made these mini meatballs twice for dinner last week! You should make them at least twice as well next week! 

I hope your Sunday is great!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fun Fold Friday: Dutch Fold Card

Hi Everyone!

I am so sorry for the late post today! It has been a whirlwind crazy day with just life and mom things; but I didn't want to go another week without another Fun Fold Friday! This card is super easy to make but also a lot of fun to add just a bit of fun and interest to your card. This fold is called the Dutch Fold. There are lots of tutorials out there for this fold. I chose this tutorial over at Beccy's Place.

For the top fold of the card, I embossed it with the Happy Birthday embossing folder. For the bottom part of the card, I embossed the Hawaiian Shores panels with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I had to have a little bit of a think about how I was going to keep this bottom section closed; but still make it easy for the recipient to open. I decided to go with the same closure that I did for the interlocking gate fold card  I added a couple of simple hearts from Verve's "From the Heart" die set that I cut out, colored with two Copic markers (R24 and R22), layered them together and then added some glossy accents. For one side of the interlocking closure, I made a circle frame from the Petite scalloped circle nestabilities and then for the right side, I layered two smaller circle from Simon Says Stamp Circle dies

On the inside of the card, I stamped it with a simple sentiment from 'Handwritten Greetings" from Simon Says Stamp in red ink. I added two red panels to the inside and then added some gold stickles as well.

That is all for me today, Have a great weekend and I will see you all again on Monday!


1. Craft Rocket Challenges 
2. Crafting with an Attitude
3. Crafting with Friends 
4. Creative Fingers 
5. Jo's Scrap Shack 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Don't Sacrifice Yourself Because You're a Stay At Home Mom.

Hi Everyone.

I hope you're all doing well. Thank you for visiting with me today! I've been thinking a lot lately about what it has meant for me to be a stay at home mom with my kids for the past 12 years. I think about what I've learned, what I've gained as well as what I've given up and how it has taken me down a very different path than the one I originally imagined for myself.
 I have been through many phases of motherhood with my children over the years. I've been through the "Yes, that is my child who just blew out his diaper as I'm unloading the cart at the check out at Walmart," scenario. I've hung my head in doubt and frustration at the child who threw herself down in a fit of despair and rage in the produce section of the grocery store.

I was once convinced I would never sleep through the night or survive potty training. I've wondered if my children would ever master reading the sentence "Sam Sat on Mat" or learn to write their names, and let's not even talk about 4th grade math!
I have survived all of these moments, however and so did all of my children. As a SAHM, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle of laundry, dinner, temper tantrums, homework woes and bed time routines. It is important to remember that YOU were YOU long before you became someone's mom and you're still you no matter what. So, how do we as SAHM's keep our identities? I've put together a list of things that have helped me over the years and I hope they help you as well.

1. Get up, Get dressed, Get ready. 

Sure we all love a lazy PJ day especially on a cold winter day. Don't let that become your norm though. Set a routine for yourself in the morning. Take a shower, get dressed...if you're a make-up and hair kind of girl, then spend a little time getting that done as well. You may not actually leave your house at all during the day and that is OK. It isn't about having to go somewhere and do something. It's about feeling good about yourself.  Don't use your children, whether they are 3 months old or 5 years old, as an excuse to not take that time to face your day prepped and ready to go. You will feel so much better and so much more willing to tackle whatever happens.

2. Exercise

It is so important to spend time moving and exercising our bodies. You don't have to join a gym or do some epic Yoga in the park class to exercise. Of course, these options are great if you're able to do them. Put baby in the stroller and take a nice morning or evening stroll. For more intense workouts, scroll through Pinterest or look online for at home, no equipment body toning exercises. You can even get your kids involved exercising will allow you to release tensions you have, it will build your endorphins and will just make you feel better all the way around.

3. Journal.

You need an unconditional friend, you need someone to whom you can vent your most raw emotions and that friend is NOT your spouse, your child, or the person you classify as your "best friend" That person...isn't a person at all, it's a journal. Or to be more specific a personal diary. You need somewhere you can spill your anger, your frustration, your deep dark secrets. Somewhere you can write the things you would NEVER EVER breath to a living soul. Being able to purge how you feel about something or someone without fear of being judged or lectured or counseled is SO cleansing. There's nothing wrong with feeling the way you do about something...we all have "I'm basically a bad human" days; but it's not always wise to tell people all about it. Journaling will give you an outlet for those feelings.

4. Find "Your Thing" (and make time to do it every day)

It is so easy to lose yourself amongst the piles of laundry, the daily dinner dilemmas and the constant barrage of  "Mom, where's my... " emanating throughout the house all day long. However, you need to find something that has no other purpose except that it makes you happy. Whether it's gardening, reading, sewing, cross-stitch, photography, blogging or paper crafting like me, it doesn't matter as long as it's FOR YOU! I find time to paper craft every day because it's what I enjoy and it's just for me. Now, some days I get a few hours to myself to craft and some days I may only find 30 minutes; but that's ok. Those 30 minutes do SO much for mental health, I can't even describe it. I'm also an avid reader and find time to do that each day as well. Don't assume you don't have do! There's a difference between not having time...and not making time

5. Make "non-play date" friends.

It is great to have a group of friends that have children the same age as your children, especially when you have babies and toddlers. Play-dates and mom groups etc are wonderful ways to teach your children socialization skills, get tips and advice for whatever stage you're going through at the moment and so much more. Here's a secret though, *whispers* it is ABSOLUTELY acceptable to spend time with friends without your children. *Gasp* I know right?! I know for some of you, I may now be speaking in a strange foreign language; but try to hang with me, ok? Yes, you can call up a group of friends and arrange a shopping date or lunch date or hell even a meet up for Margaritas at the local Mexican dive in town and NO you do not have to bring your kid(s). I'm not advocating that you run out the door three times a week the minute your husband returns home from work; but once a month or so? Absolutely! You need to step away from the domesticated duties and mom world occasionally. Trust me,  everyone in your family will benefit from it.

You are a wonderful mother and it's something that is going to be in your "Who I am" description for the rest of your life. When you take time to be your best you, however, it makes you an even greater mother.

Have a great day every one. I'm taking a couple of days off from the blog to work on a few projects but I will be back on Friday with a card for "Fun Fold Friday" So, until next time...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Have a Wonderful Day.

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was quiet and relaxing; but now it's Monday and time to get back to the business at hand, which for today is to share a simple card. I've had stacks of pre-cut patterned paper in a case for ages; and a while back I decided to match up the pattern paper with some card bases so they would be ready for some quick cards I could just throw together in a couple of minutes. This is one of those cards. I layered it as shown and then added the sentiment to the bottom, which is Handwritten Greetings (designed by Kristina Werner) from Simon Says Stamp. I decided to heat emboss it with versa mark and white embossing powder. I ran my anti static tool across the paper, first; but I clearly missed a few spots....oh well

Finally I added some faux white stitching with a gel pen and the ribbon to complete the card. Like I said, super easy and simple card for today. What do you have on hand in order to help you make quick and easy cards? Tell me in the comments, I'd love to know. Also be sure to leave a comment, so I can come visit you! I've been trying really hard to make sure I return comments and I've been seeing some great blogs out there!

Have great day and I'll see you all again tomorrow!

Anything Goes Challenges for today's card.

1. Pammie's Inky Pinkies 
2.  Crafting From the Heart
3. Artistic Inspirations
4. Always Fun Challenges

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Coffee House Sunday

Hi Everyone!

I'm finally back with another edition of Coffee House Sunday. Just a quick reminder if this is your first time here, Coffee House Sunday is a weekly post in which I share other blog posts, lifestyle articles and news stories that have caught my interest over the past week through my strolls and wanderings through the webiverse. Ready? Great! Grab your coffee, find a comfy chair and here we go!

  • When you go to the grocery store, make sure you get that chocolate; and then follow this doctor's advise for what to buy and what to skip at the grocery store. I wish I could say I follow this; but sadly that dang cereal aisle and granola bar aisle sucks me in every time! 

I hope your Sunday is great!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

It is OK for Your Children to Experience Disappointment

Hi Everyone,

So, do you remember when I shared this card last Friday and mentioned I was on vacation? Well...guess what? I'm not on vacation anymore. Due to some unforeseen and rather unfortunate mechanical issues with our vehicle, we were forced to turn around and come home. This was, however, after an unscheduled stop in a CA small town where the temperature hovered around 112. We sat in a hotel room, waited until the temperature cooled to an almost winter like 87 degrees at 11pm and drove the 4 hours home.  The trip had started out so well, the kids were all excited and were playing the scavenger hunt and bingo games. We had made a stop and visited the Calico Ghost Town and then the trouble began...
We were all disappointed, as we had been looking forward to visiting with our family and friends over the July 4th holiday. My daughter was especially disappointed as she had several plans in motion with her friends. As her mom, I hated that she was disappointed; but I also know and stand by our decision that postponing our trip for a later time was the best thing for us to do.
All of that got me to thinking about the role that disappointment plays in our children's lives. As parents we hate to see our children disappointed by something. It goes against our natural instinct to want to protect them and for them to always be happy. However, experiencing disappointment is not only inevitable, it is a necessary part of growing into adulthood for several reasons:

1. It forces them to realize hard work is necessary. Getting a bad grade on a test, striking out in a baseball game or forgetting the steps in a dance routine are all things that make kids feel disappointed, probably embarrassed and want them to crawl under the nearest rock. However, all of those types of experiences forces kids to realize they are not perfect. In addition, it makes them realize that successes aren't just handed out in life. If you want to do get into a good college, you need good SAT scores and good grades etc. To get those things, you need to study and work hard. To be a good baseball player and a good dancer, you have to practice. It is important that kids learn this and sometimes the best way rise to the top is to fall to the bottom a couple of times.

2. It allows them to develop a better strategy and plan for better success later.  When my daughter got her SAT scores this past spring, she was slightly disappointed. Not devastatingly so; but enough for her to go back and reevaluate what she did that was wrong, what worked, what didn't and what she can do better to improve her scores when she takes it again in the Fall. Getting a perfect score on the SAT or a test is fabulous and not to be undermined in any way; but learning from a disappointment is immeasurably valuable as well.

3. It gives them the opportunity to look for the good in things. Disappointment is often just a cloud that blocks the sunshine and sometimes you have to shift your gaze slightly to appreciate the shadow it casts. While it is natural to think of the shadows and clouds as negative forces in our lives, they also provide shade on a summer day, clouds that turn into rain provide the water necessary to continue the cycle of life. The same can be said about disappointing life experiences. The soul-crushing break up with a boyfriend or a girlfriend is a dark unhappy time especially the first time it happens. However, that break up is really the opportunity not to think about what's wrong with you; but what is right and just needs to wait for the right person to come along and share it and deserve it.

4. It gives them a reason to continue to hope. There's a saying that disappointment is only the result of high expectations. I don't agree with this because I think expectations are a form of hope and if you give up hope, then the world becomes a sad place. A perfect example of this is our recently cancelled trip. Yes the kids were all disappointed, however we also talked about perhaps going at Christmas and our family ....especially my daughter....loves Christmas with all the snow and cold, hot chocolate and family and food. Hope is always good...always.

Life is full of great joys and wonderful surprises; and it is also peppered with heartache and disappointments...that's just the way it is; and the best thing we can do is feed our souls with the lessons they all teach us.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Best Wishes

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great 4th of July yesterday. Ours did not go as planned; and rather than being on vacation, we are back at home. It's a whole story, which I intend to share in tomorrow's blog post, so make sure you come back for that!

In the meantime, I thought I would just get share a simple card today. I've had this 6x6 pad of Basic Grey Hopscotch paper for years! I keep finding little pieces of it and ways to use it. Really there's not a lot I can say about this card, it's pretty straightforward as you can see. The sentiment is from an old old Stampin Up! wood block set I've had for many years as well.

Lots of challenges for today's card!

1. Crafty Calendar Challenges: Anything Goes (1/3 entry)
2. A Bit More Time to Craft: Anything Goes
3. A Perfect time to Craft: Anything Goes
4. Crafty Hazelnut: Use Patterned Paper
5. Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
6. Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes
7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
8. Crafting by Designs: Anything Goes

Have a great day and I'll see you all again tomorrow!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Fun Fold Friday: Interlocking Gate Fold Card

Hi Everyone!

I am currently on vacation; but as I said in my post the other day, I do have a few things pre-scheduled to share with you, including this week's Fun Fold Friday Card

This card came about as a result of a mistake I made last week when designing the Lever Card that I shared. I had a tri fold card; but needed a way to close it. After a little bit of scouring through Pinterest boards, I saw a card that had an interlocking closure and decided that was perfect!

It was really simple to put together. I just die cut some a circle frame and then cut another smaller circle. I partially adhered the larger circle to the left panel on the card front and then did the same with the smaller white circle on the right side of the card.

I originally planned to put a small sentiment on the little white circle in the center; but then decided to put a larger sentiment on the inside at the bottom center of the panel. This sentiment is from Altenew's Birthday Greetings.

To finish the front, I simply added some a flower and some blingy stickers around the edges of the circle.

I hope you all have a fabulous 4th of July. Be sure to check out my reeent family post about "Teaching your kids that July 4th is much more than BBQ and Fireworks" 

I will be back again soon!

Challenges for this card:

1. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
2. Crafty Catz: Anything Goes with embossing
3. Creative Fingers Challenge: Anything Goes
4.Fussy and Fancy Friday: Punches and Dies
5. Jo's Scrap Shack: Anything Goes
6. Polkadoodles Crafting Anything Goes
7. Simply Papercraft: Anything Goes

Thursday, June 29, 2017

4th of July: So Much More than Fireworks and BBQ

Hi Everyone,

I hope you're all doing well, today. I thought I'd spend a little time today talking about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. This is always such a fun family holiday to celebrate. No doubt, you have your family traditions, maybe a church or community tradition as well. There's always backyard fun and games, great food and fireworks to celebrate this great day. Still, I think it's important that we take some time as parents to make sure that we're teaching our kids that this day is significant for far more important reasons than good food and fun games.

It's About History--Kids should have an understanding that the 4th of July signifies just about the most important thing in American History: our independence from Great Britain. An independence won after a hard fought Revolutionary War. Take time to talk about the important people of this era. Kids Konnect has some great worksheet resources for American Revolution activities you can do with your kids. You can also find mini biographies of important figures during this time period at American Revolution.  Find a copy of the Declaration of Independence and talk about the important passages and why they matter so much. This website has great videos and activities broken down by age and grade level. 

It's about Freedom-- Kids should know what Freedom means. This is a great opportunity to talk with older kids about countries and people who aren't free. How would our country's history been different if we had not gained our independence from Great Britain? How do we protect our freedom still? Take this opportunity to express appreciation for our military and their families who sacrifice so  much to protect us. 

It's about Patriotism-- Ask your children what makes them feel American? Do they believe America is a great place to live? Why or why not? If you are hosting a fun family get together, take this time to make creative decorations and games.  Pinterest will no doubt give you great ideas for easy DIY decorations and foods you can make to celebrate this great day. Talk about the different symbols of patriotism and freedo such as the Flag, the Liberty Bell and the Eagle and why they are important. Super Teacher Worksheets has some great resources for American Patriotic Symbols

When the day has come to an end, and you're waiting for the fireworks to begin, gather the family around and watch a movie that celebrates the spirit, history and love of America. There are so many that fit the bill for this; but I have included a brief list to give you a few ideas. I tried to include films for both younger kids and older kids.

  • National Treasure
  • The Sandlot
  • Independence Day
  • Lincoln
  • Young Felicity--An American Girl Story
  • This is America Charlie Brown
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Miracle
  • Rocky
  • Johnny Tremain
Enjoy the fireworks, celebrate our freedom, remember those who stand in harm's way every day to protect us and those who have given their lives for it.  Eat lots of great food, wear your red, white and blue loud and proud, wave your sparklers and have a fantastic 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2 Tweens, 1 Teen and a 3 day Road Trip: How to look out of the window more and at the screens less.

Hello all..

Yes, I'm blogging...still...I think I was just having a bad day last week. So anyways onward and upwards.

We are leaving Friday to visit family and friends in Iowa. It should take us roughly 2 1/2-3 days to travel from CA to IA.  We plan to make some stops along the way. We have travelled a lot over the years as a family and usually the scenario is this: The teenager sleeps the whole time with her headphones in, the two boys sit in the back playing electronics and the dog pants like he's having hot flashes the entire way. Meanwhile, my husband and I sit in the front and talk, or sometimes don't...I read or play games on my ipad. Not a whole lot of family interaction going on during these journeys. This time, however, I really wanted to encourage the kids to look out of the windows a little more often and a little less at the screens. I would never ban the electronic devices completely...I'm motivated, not crazy!
Today I thought I would share with you a few ways I plan to make this road trip more successful than those from the past. I hope you find some inspiration for your next family road trip.

1. Snack Boxes: I have 3 healthy growing kids who love to snack. The last time we traveled, I made these individual snack boxes and they loved it, so I decided to do it again! This is really helpful for me as a mom too because then I don't have to find space for all the boxes for the snacks; and they're not arguing about who ate the last whatever. Full disclosure, I am not the healthiest snack packer for road trips; but you know...that's the fun of it a little bit, I think. So, yeah there are potato chips and chocolate covered granola bars and cookies in there. I didn't want to have to worry about keeping fruit cold or yogurts spoiling or things like that.

2. Pre-plan Snacks: Not only did I pack individual boxes for everyone, I also pre-prepped snack bags for Saturday and Sunday as well. I will restock the snack boxes each day from these bags. By packing snacks for each day, you can really avoid extra cost as well. It seems like every time we stop to get gas, everyone wants food and drinks too. This way you can just limit it to a drink if you need to. I do plan to take drinks in a small cooler as well though.

3. Games and activities. This is where we talk about how to really encourage your kids to put down the screens and enjoy the journey. I decided on three games for mine, plus two family games we can play together as well. If you have younger kids, you could probably go by the dollar store and get some fun little trinket prizes to give out. We're just a little past that stage in life, so I will probably give incentives like, if you find 10 things on the scavenger hunt list, you can order dessert at dinner tonight, or something like that. Each child will get a folder and in the folder are the following games:

  • Road Trip Scavenger Hunt: I made a list of 50 items for them to find as we're traveling down the road. Some will be while we are in the car, some are for when we stop. Some are super easy, and some are more challenging. This game is completely customizeable. You can put as many items as you want. If you have younger kids you can do pictures as well. 
  • Restaurant Bingo. Another fun game is Restaurant Bingo. I found the cards online at Panda Speech  and printed three of them. I then covered the front of each card in clear contact paper and included an expo marker in each folder. By doing this the cards can be wiped off and used over again. For this game, I will probably keep a small stuffed animal and every time someone gets a bingo, they get to hold the stuffed animal. If you're holding the stuffed animal at the end of the day you get the prize. (I don't know yet what that prize is going to be; but you get the idea)
  • Odd Color Car Game. When we start our journey each child will pick an odd color for a car, like orange or yellow or lime green etc. As we're traveling, if you see a car that is the color you chose, you write it down and you get 5 points. However, if you see a color that belongs to someone else and they don't see it, you can "steal it" and get 10 points!

Family Fun Games 
  • Would You Rather? Easy and classic game that encourages great conversation and discussion between family members. I found some questions online at LandeeLu  I printed the sheets out, cut them up into little strips and then put them into a small Tupperware container. 
  • Taboo Word Game: You'll notice in the picture with the folders that there are some paper clips strung together. These are paperclip "necklaces" for the Taboo Word Game. If you've been to a baby shower you've probably played a version of this game with "baby" being the taboo word. I've picked three words that are "taboo" for each day. If you say the word, you have to give up a paper clip. Whoever has the most paper clips at the end of each day wins the prize! (Again, I have no idea what it is yet) Obviously, for this game, you have to reset the paper clips each day.).
So there you have it, a few fun and hopefully inspiring ideas for you and your next family road trip. I hope you have a great day! I have a few posts pre-planned and scheduled for you; but I will be back full time and at it in a few weeks! Have a great day, keep enjoying your summer and I'll see you all again soon!

Linking this post to the following Linky Parties:

1. Totally Terrific Tuesday
2. Motivational Monday 
3. Inspire Me Monday
4. Turn it up Tuesday
5. Oh My Heartsie Wednesday
6. Lou Lou Girls  Monday

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fun Fold Friday: Lever Card

Hi Everyone.

I hope you've all had a great week. It is time for another Fun Fold Friday. For this week's card, I decided to take a stab at the Lever card. Now, full disclosure I have to say that I don't think this card was a whole lot of "fun". I love the end result; but it was a complicated card to put together and definitely not one that I would do over and over again. I followed the video tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers and the video definitely helped.

I used Fog card stock from Simon Says Stamp and then some scrap papers from Basic Grey that I've had for a long time. For the front image panel, I used stamps from Simon Says Stamp "Thinking of You" stamp set that was part of the February 2014 card kit. Because there was so much color in the papers, I decided to just keep the image just a simple black. I added the sentiment at the top from the same stamp set and stamped it in Rosie Cheeks ink from Simon Says Stamp

I took several pictures so you could see all the different angles of the card. Like I said, I was pleased with the end result; but it was hard.

I hope you all have a great day and I will see you again soon!

1. Crafting with An Attitude:
2. Crafting with Friends: 
3. Creative Fingers
4. Making Memories Crafting 
5. Simply Papercraft

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