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Traveling child November 16, 2010

Filed under: Family,Friends,Moms,Travel — bethanyjcrocker @ 4:40 pm
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Our family loves to travel!

As I type this I am in the car driving to North Carolina. We just came back from PA last night and left for NC at 6 am.

However just because my husband and I like to travel doesn’t mean our children always enjoy it. Really what energetic toddler or baby wants to be in a car seat for 3-12 hours?! I don’t see any munchkins jumping in line!

How we keep our kids happy in the car…

On every trip we take I always bring a snack bag of easily accessible snacks to eat in the car. We pack things like carrots, grapes, fruit leathers, gold fish, pretzel, sometimes even hummus. The Second thing I bring on every trip is a basket of goodies that sits on the floor in front of Kelsey. Inside the basket I put toys like finger puppets, baby dolls, coloring books and crayons, magnadoodle, play cell phones, books, trains and cars.

We also try to time the departure of our trips so that the girls will be ready for a nap shortly after we start driving. Sometimes that works out but not always. This last trip that we just took to PA didn’t turn out that way. We had been driving for about 2 and half hours and Kelsey had not fallen asleep. She wasn’t being grumpy but she wasn’t sleeping either. After a few hours of laughing, singing songs, messing around with her basket of toys she started to get restless. So desperate for peace and quiet we finally resorted to an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on our ipod touch. It did not bring instance silence as Kelsey was then excited to see Mickey and started singing and dancing in her car seat. Eventually she sat back and relaxed ultimately falling asleep… just as we arrived to our destination of course. Doesn’t it almost always happen like that 🙂

On our current trip the kids are in the backseat passed out while Snow White plays on the DVD player… Sometimes Technology is a wonderful thing!!

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Another great product! September 7, 2010

Filed under: Moms,shopping — bethanyjcrocker @ 4:17 pm
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Snack Taxi?!

I have never heard of this brilliant invention until recently when a friend brought them to my attention. I have not used them YET but trust the source as she is a full time nanny to three kiddos that are on the go. I’d like to introduce to you the SnackTaxi’s .

This is better than zip lock and better than glade wear. These reusable bags not only look great and come in a huge variety of colors and patterns but they are washing machine safe! So if you are like me and not blessed with a dish washer you can just plot them in your washer machine with your laundry {I know every mama has an endless amount of laundry}.

The Snack Taxi comes in a few different sizes for sandwiches and smaller snacks like crackers, grapes, raisins whatever you like {or your kids like}. I am so excited about how unique this product is. I can’t wait to try them out! Hope you guys enjoy.

 

The modern lunchbox September 1, 2010

Filed under: Moms,shopping,Uncategorized — bethanyjcrocker @ 8:23 pm
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One of my goals for this blog is to stay on top of great products that are useful for us as moms and then share them with you.

Ever heard of The Goodbyn Lunchbox?

Here is one of the first kids products… The Goodbyn lunchbox . This lunchbox is great! Who doesn’t love monsters? What mom doesn’t love something you can just toss in the dishwasher? What a great reusable lunchbox that encourages creativity, I am a huge fan of that.

Their website is really well put together. They have a suggested 3 week meal plan for lunches complete with a grocery list and it also breaks down each compartment and what should go in it. Talk about not having to think about lunches! That’s perfect for us “Mom Brain” mamas.

This product was really well thought out and is great for everyone not just elementary students. Also makes for a perfect birthday gift, back to school, or Christmas gift. Check them out and choose from the variety of colors! I am getting one for my nephew that just started pre-school. I can’t wait he is going to love this.

Hope you all enjoy this as much as I do!