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What You Need To Survive A Road Trip – March Break 2012 #KinderMom

28th February 2012

March Break is almost here.

I don’t know how early you make plans, but we are last minute planners, which basically means we’re not really planners at all.

We don’t actually know what we’re doing for March Break yet, but we still have about ten days to figure it out.

The kids are really hoping that we take a road trip to the U.S. to visit their little cousins during March Break.

We’ve made the trip before, and it’s about an eight hour trip (not including bathroom breaks for the wee bladders, so add at least two hours to that). The kids were three and six the last time we went on such a long trip, so it involved many snacks, dvds, music, toys, and pee breaks (did I say that already?)

Now that the kids are five and eight, I have no doubt they will be much easier to travel with. I’m lucky that they are willing to sit in their carseats/booster seats with zero complaint, and do not get car sick – ever.

So, here are my tips for a successful road trip with kids:

  • Start with a clean, empty car. It’s impossible to get packed and organized if the car/van is a disaster to begin with.
  • Put everything  you don’t need during the actual road trip in the trunk, so there’s enough room for the stuff you will need to easily access.
  • Dedicate separate bags for different roles – Snack Bag, Entertainment Bag, Emergency Bag and Mommy’s Bag of Sanity
Some Bag Details:
Snack Bag – Easy to eat snacks (granola bars, goldfish, fruit, etc), water, juice, wipes
Entertainment Bag (I have two of these – one for each of my kids and I hang them off the head rest of the seats in front of them for easy access) – they contain a book, notebook w pen, DSi or LeapPad with games, stuffy, etc. And lot’s of DVDs!!
Emergency Bag – Change of clothes for each kid, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, wipes, Tylenol
Mommy’s Bag of Sanity – iPhone, mags, book, laptop, earphones, mints, hand cream, lip gloss, camera, notebook/pen, Starbucks card – fully loaded!
(FYI: The perfect bags for lugging lots of stuff, and that are sturdy and flat bottomed so that they stand on their own – LLBean totes – love them. Super durable!)

Oh, and let’s not forget Daddy (a.k.a. the driver in our family) – he will require a bottomless Tim Horton’s coffee, a GPS, and CBC radio. And once we’re out of range for the CBC, he will require Mommy listening to his endless talk about work…..hence, ahem, the earplugs.

 

Carrying on…..

 

Once we’ve got the car packed properly, gps programmed, bladders emptied, and kids strapped in – we are off! We try to leave as early as possible so that we can get a few hours of driving in before our lunch break, and that way we can arrive by dinner time at the latest. At least that’s the plan, but as all parents know, plan on nothing but being flexible on road trips, or you might just be disappointed at some point.
If you can plot your stops in advance (for food, gas, bladder time), then you are awesome. If not, you are still awesome, but less Martha Stewart-like.

During the actual drive, I think it’s important for the kids to actually do more than just stare at the tv and other electronics, so we take breaks from that and play games together! For my son, I create a list with every U.S. state and as he sees license plates with each state, he checks them off. Sounds simple, but he enjoys it and it gets him very interested in looking out the window and finding every state. For my younger daughter, we do a Bingo game where we have animals, nature, objects listed that she has to find. It’s super fun times. Really. I also declare set “reading times” or “drawing times”, so that we can shake things up and again, not spend hours just playing with electronics.

 

I hope this helps you when planning your upcoming road trips, whether they’re during March Break, or not. This post is part of my continued partnership with Kinder as a #KinderMom! Please make sure to stop by their Canadian Facebook page to check out their 2012 toy selection, and enter their monthly contests!! You still have time to enter their February contest for a $500 staycation – well you have two days to enter, so HURRY ON OVER!!

“Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Kinder Canada – My Kinder Moments

9th November 2011

I adore this picture of my son and I – it was taken at the Children’s Museum in Ottawa, and he was SO happy to be there. It was such a fun weekend, and we were really happy. Also, I love this kid more than I could ever put into words, and I’m pretty sure it’s clear in this pic, so it’s definitely a favorite. This is why I added the cute frame to it over on the Kinder Canada Facebook page.

As a Kinder Mom, I’ve been working with Kinder Canada for a while now and I’m happy to be promoting their next great thing right now – My Kinder Moments. Have you been to their page lately?  My Kinder Moments is a fun tool that allows you to frame your special photos in cute themed frames. You can register right there on the Kinder Canada Facebook page and create your own framed photos too. And right now, every time you frame one of your photos using a Kinder Moments frame, you will be entered to win a prize!

This month’s prize? You could win a compact digital camera valued at approximately $500!! What a great prize – if only I could win!! So head on over and frame some of your favorite memories!!!

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“Disclosure: I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. However, as always, the opinions on this blog are my own.”

Making Time To Play Everyday

26th September 2011

It’s not just my kids that love to play – I’m a big fan of play time.

I’m not talking about video games and I’m definitely not talking about anything involving the television. Don’t get me wrong, we have TVs and we watch them, and we also have video games (which we play on weekends only). However, I think playing with toys is crucial to allowing kids to use their imagination and learn to share and play well with others.

I’m a big fan of play that requires both imagination and creativity, so toys such as legos, building blocks, costumes, and board games are very popular in our house. Of course, getting outside is also important – and my husband is in charge of outdoor play including soccer, baseball, biking and playing at the park. We also have days that are dedicated to family time to ensure that we have play time together. These include the very popular Sunday night game nights, where BINGO is currently the game of choice.

As a Kinder Mom, I think it’s great that Kinder Canada also believes that play helps kids learn and grow because I totally agree. Have you had a chance to check out Kinder Canada lately? They have a great contest on right now. They are giving away TEN gift baskets valued at $200 each, to ten lucky community members. There promises to be lots of exciting things happening on the Kinder Canada Facebook page, so please make sure to like them so you can enter to win a basket and be in the loop for future fun!!

Disclosure: I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I’m a KINDER Mom #KinderMom

11th September 2011

It’s official – I’m a Kinder Mom. Mmmmm…..chocolate.

Kinder eggs have always been a part of our celebrations – hiding in Easter baskets, stuffed in Christmas stockings and even birthday loot bags. My little ones love to choose Kinder eggs when given the choice of a special sweet treat, and love the anticipation of the special little toy.

Personally, I can appreciate that Kinder eggs are made of high quality cocoa, real sugar and the classic visible milk lining (yes, they’re also peanut free!). This company has been around for over 30 years, and it’s time for a fab relaunch of Kinder Surprise in Canada. This August, they launched a new 2012 line of Kinder Surprise toys (over 70 brand new toys) – you can see them here. Included are inflatable toys, water toys and toys that are so big, you will be shocked they even fit in that egg at all.

We love a good toy at our house, and playtime is an everyday thing for sure, whether it’s during the week or the weekend. We absolutely make time for it, and the kids insist on it as well. We have game nights every week, which guarantees that all four family members will spend some fun time together. We’ve even converted our former tv/media room (sorry husband) to a play room to accommodate all the fun stuff for the little people in our lives. One of our favorite things right now is the basket of costumes and props that we dress up in and have fun with. I just love to see my kids using their imagination and having fun together, so I’m happy to encourage it as much as I can.

Make sure to go check out the Kinder website and find them on Facebook.

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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