I’m back with the last post in my series about how to take a successful road trip with your family. Today, I want to give you some specific ideas of how to entertain the kids on a road trip.

These are some amazing Road Trip ideas for kids! Great ideas for entertaining kids in the car and most of them are not electronics but crafts and fun creative ideas.

I already showed you what I consider to be the best apps for a road trip and how I packed for our last road trip. The last thing we need to consider to make it more likely we will have a successful road trip is entertainment.

I’m going to assume that if you have more than one driver in your car, you and your other drivers are old enough to figure out what will entertain them. Today, I’m just going to give you ideas that were very successful for us last summer for the kids.

I have 2 girls who were 12 and 7 at the time of this trip. I realize that my ideas are a bit heavy in the girl category, but I do have girls. I also think that you can easily use my ideas as a springboard for your own ideas for your kids whether they are boys our girls and quite a few of the ideas are great for both genders.  View full post »

  • Bridy - May 21, 2015 - 10:30 pm

    I love all the storage suggestions. Using the tin cans for pencils and pencil crayons is a great idea!
    I have a son who is 10 and a daughter who is 8. Thankfully my daughter is very easy going and will watch any movie her brother wants to, or we would have had some very long car tripes.
    I feel the same way as you when it comes to DVDs in the car. We have newer vehicles but chose not to add any players. We also bought some inexpensive portable ones that go behind the headrest, and they are good enough for the amount that we use them.
    My kids also like to take their DS systems out of hibernation when we go on road trips, but they tire of those quickly, just like movies.
    Nothing beats playing games and drawing pictures, or all those cool craft kits that you shared.
    Good luck this summer! Can’t wait to hear about your adventure.
    Our kids are not out of school till June 30th, only one more month, I can’t wait till summer vacation!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 24, 2015 - 5:05 pm

      Thanks! Glad you like the craft ideas I shared about. Wow…your schools go until the end of June? When do you start your year? Sounds like a long school year. I’m at the point with the school year that one more month might do me in. 😉ReplyCancel

      • Bridy - May 24, 2015 - 7:57 pm

        Our school year is 10 months, from The beginning of September till the end of June. Most Canadian provinces have a 10 month school year.
        I am pretty much done for the year by now. The next month will be hot days spent indoors at school instead of by the beach.ReplyCancel

Continuing my week of road trip tips and advice, today I want to show you how we packed the car for our 5 week road trip.

This is a great post with how to pack the car for a road trip! Has great tips and advice to make our summer travel even better.

Before we headed out on our trip last summer, I sought the advice of a few friends and bloggers on how to have a successful road trip. What did we NEED to take, what should we leave behind. It was a little nerve-wracking to think about doing such a long trip, just me and my kids. I wanted to make sure we had enough stuff, but also didn’t want to pack a ton of extra stuff because…well it would just be more stuff and when you have limited car space, more stuff is not a good thing. My cousin and Holly from Ribbons & Glue were super helpful as they both have done some major road trips.

With all of their help and thinking about our specific trip, I came up with how I wanted to pack. I’ve been asked many times, how we packed for such a long trip. Today, I’m showing you this part of the packing and I’ll be back in my next post with the craft and entertainment center I set up for the kids in the back seat.  View full post »

  • Rebecca - May 20, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    What great advice! Love the suggestions on the travel apps as well and I enjoyed hearing about your trip last summer.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 20, 2015 - 10:06 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully you have some fun on your own road trips with a few of the apps. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Bridy - May 20, 2015 - 9:24 pm

    You are so adventurous!
    I took my kids to GrandForks ND by myself, which is only 2 hours across the boarder. I would love to go on a road trip with them again some place farther, but I am always so nervous.
    I have always wanted to take them to Souris, Manitoba, maybe this year will be the summer!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 20, 2015 - 10:09 pm

      I love adventure…even when it makes me nervous. There is always something to learn and I’m a quick study. I figure why not go for it?
      I bet you would have a great time taking the kids on a road trip. My biggest advice is to go into it with an attitude that it is going to be fun. If it isn’t, change it so it is. I learned that on day one of our trip last year. I tried to do 600 miles…HUGE mistake. It was awful. I changed our whole trip right then. It had to be fun. It took us extra days to get out west, but it was 100% worth it so we could have fun. Anyway, I hope you go for it AND I’d LOVE to hear about it when you do! :-)ReplyCancel

Who is thinking about or planning a road trip for this summer? Today, I wanted to share my picks for the best apps to use to help make your road trip a success.

These are the 15 best apps to use for a successful road trip! I

You may remember, if you have been a follower of my blog for a while, that my 2 daughters and I went on a 5,300 mile road trip together last summer(part 1 and part 2). We had the best time together. I think a big part of the success of our trip came from some of the apps that I found. It also helped that we had an attitude to go have fun, but I really believe that the apps (especially one of them) really made a big difference in the success of our trip.

Regardless of the length of your trip, I’ve got some apps that can help make a 200, 2,000 or 7,000(which we really may do this summer) mile journey easier and a bit more fun…which isn’t that the point?

By the way, before we get going, all but one of these apps is available for either Android or iOS. I’ve linked to the site for the app versus the specific platform. Pick your OS from there and have fun downloading new apps.  View full post »

  • Bridy - May 19, 2015 - 3:07 pm

    Thank you for those.
    I downloaded the roadtrippers and gas buddy apps.
    The gas buddy app works in Canada, which is great!
    I downloaded it on my tablet first and then my phone. I tried logging into the account I made on my phone and it wouldn’t let me login. Which is weird.
    So if you want to have an account my suggestion is to just use the app on one divice.

    The roadtrippers app also works in Canada!
    We are planning a trip the the Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta this summer,it should be fun!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 19, 2015 - 9:45 pm

      So glad you were able to download them and that they work in Canada. I think you are really going to like them.
      I don’t think I ever signed up for an account with gas buddy. I try to avoid more accounts when possible, but good to know that if I do I need to pick a platform and stick with it.
      I hope your trip to the Dinosaur Provincial Park is a super big success and that you have lots of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Christi - May 19, 2015 - 10:42 pm

    These are great! A couple others I like are Field Trip (gives you pop-up notifications of cool stuff nearby), Travel Money (great if you’re traveling with other adults and are trying to split expenses evenly), and Google Sky Map (like google maps, but stars! A fun outdoor activity anytime, but great when camping. Point your phone at the sky and it names the stars and planets that are there.).ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 20, 2015 - 9:27 pm

      Oh…I really need to check out Field Trip. That sounds fantastic. I’ve used Google Sky Map in the past. I had a hard time with it, but I think it would be neat to try again. I bet my girls would like it. Thanks for your tips of other great apps!ReplyCancel

Hello, hello! I’m back with another cute flower made from ribbon. This time I’ve got a double layer flower for you. They are so pretty and when you make a double layer flower you get to add more color to your flower because you use three different ribbons. More color=more fun!

These double layer flowers made with ribbon are such an easy and fun crafts! Full tutorial on how to take Ribbon and create a Flower.

The double layer flowers are my favorite. I think they look really pretty and I love all the color combinations that can be made with them as well. Just like the single layer flowers, they can be used so many ways from wreaths, garlands, to pretty toppers on a present, and plenty of other ideas. I think the possibilities might be endless.:-)  View full post »

  • Pam @Threading My Way - May 17, 2015 - 3:21 am

    I’ve seen those looms and wondered if I’d ever use them for anything. After seeing your flowers, I think I’m sold. The flowers would look great on presents!!!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 19, 2015 - 9:00 pm

      Oh, so glad you liked seeing them Pam! They are fun and possibly addictive. 😉 I think the flowers would look great on a present.ReplyCancel

Oh my gosh you guys….I’m excited to show you today’s post! I finally finished a whole room in my house! I’ve got lots of pics and room ideas for you as I show you all the fun in my teenage daughter’s bedroom.:-)

These are some great real Room Ideas for a teenage girl. I love all the diy and ways they added personality and fun into the space while making it a pretty teen girls bedroom.

So, first I just have to say…. I finished a room!!! I’ve been working on our living room for about 1 1/2 years and I’m still not done. I’ve done parts of our room, the hallway, the laundry room, and our office, but I do a project and then get an idea for another project or room and never quite finish things. I knew my daughter didn’t want her room to be one of those projects. I saved up the money. We came up with a plan and we executed it. We started in January and I’m happy to say we are done!  Now, I’m excited to show you what we did. You ready? Let’s do this thing! View full post »

  • Rachel Seaman Joyce - May 13, 2015 - 12:07 pm

    KC this room is great! I know what you mean about finishing a room. About the time I started my blog, I wanted to paint my living room–I think I’m finally going to do that over Memorial Day. And the twins’ room has the same decor (minus the cribs) as when it was a nursery–there’s just not enough time in the day, right? Love the room–I’m sure your daughter does too!ReplyCancel

I’ve got a fun and simple craft for you today that you can use in so many pretty ways. I’m showing you how to make a single layer flower from ribbon.

I love simple crafts like these single layer ribbon flowers. Cute and easy! There is a full tutorial on how to make a flower from ribbon.

I decided to give this a try with the picture frame wreath I made a month or so ago. I had seen the ribbon flower loom (affiliate link) on Amazon and since I LOVE the pom pom maker by the same company, I really wanted to give making flowers from ribbon a try.

They are fun and simple to make. Let me show you how.  View full post »

I’m back, as promised, with part 2 of my Keeping it Real post about my great education debate. It is the debate raging in my head and in the United States. If you missed part 1, you can read that in my first post: Keeping it Real with My Great Education Debate ~ Part 1.

Keeping it Real and sharing the great education debate raging in my mind and what is best for my child between public school and homeschool.

In my last post I told you the story of my oldest daughter, Snowflake. How we ended up homeschooling and how she is in public school this year. I ended telling you a bit about what I think of the education she is getting and I left you hanging…wondering what all of this had to even do with a debate about education. The debate swirling in my head relates to my youngest daughter, Pumpkin. (BTW – I finally did an about me page, so you can see both of them on that page.) View full post »

  • Jill Goodwin - May 8, 2015 - 11:24 am

    To be honest, I thought the direction you would go is Common Core which I can’t stand for math. I have 2 kids who did great the old way and my husband and I did great the old way, my third isn’t doing as well and I feel I have to teach a lot at home. FYI: oldest is in graduate school and second is in college.

    My daughter is in 4th grade and is reading well above grade level (math is at level, but I feel below the standards of her siblings’ time). There are a variety of teaching methods, some more traditional with everyone learning together and some more independent working at their own level. On one hand, I feel they get enough computer time, but using some of these educational programs allows individualization. We have been happy up until they implemented Common Core this year. Are older two kids went to private and I actually felt up until 3rd grade that the younger one had a better foundation. The private school seemed to get stuck in fluff and inflexible rules.

    What I am starting to get frustrated with is the culture. At the private school, everyone volunteered, we knew not only the students, but their parents, and everyone pushed their kids to excel. I liked being surrounded by families of similar values. It makes a big difference. My son didn’t get into the private high school and it is a struggle to motivate a smart kid when he is meeting the low standards set in public, but you know he can do better. My son just coasted through and now at 20 is upset we didn’t push harder. You already have enough battles through the teen years, it is so much easier when school tackles the education part for you.ReplyCancel

  • Jill Goodwin - May 8, 2015 - 12:10 pm

    I can really see where people are concerned with social skills because, lets face it, we have having an epidemic of social issues. I think my husband has to spend way too much time handling employee relations now. I’m not saying it is a homeschooling problem because most of his employees weren’t homeschooled. When I was a kid, families were bigger (I’m one of 4) and most of the moms stayed home. We had to learn to resolve our issues with our siblings and friends on our own because all mom was going to do was yell at us for fighting and we would lose some privilege. The young adults today didn’t have these experiences. I saw this a lot when I was a teacher, too many kids just don’t know how to solve their own problems. They don’t get along with each other and don’t have any empathy for others. Classroom was manageable, but yard duty was horrible. I would never go to the yard duty to resolve my problem with a friend. We went when we were hurt or needed help opening something in our lunch.

    Now we weren’t perfect. I remember kids calling others names, but we had come backs (I’m rubber. you’re glue, what you say bounces off me and sticks to you, and as well as other sayings such as sticks and stones). Name calling must have been common to have so many comebacks, but we weren’t traumatized by it. I still remember this kid coming up to me crying so hard that I thought she must have broken something and she spits out XYZ hurt my, my, …my feelings. Talk about crying wolf. That kind of crying needs to be reserved for emergency room visits. How many times do I get so and so won’t play with me. I had had enough one day so I finally told the kid, why do you want to play so much with someone who doesn’t want to play with you. There are lots of other kids, find someone else. Not the party line that everyone needs to be inclusive. Too many times, I would ask questions and it would turn out that the kid complaining wanted to play XYZ and the kids that wouldn’t play with her wanted to play ABC. Find someone who wants to play what you want instead of trying to force others to play your way. Makes sense right??? Some kids will click and others won’t, but this idea that you must be inclusive is just having the opposite effect. Forcing incompatible kids together causes resentment. You don’t need to be friends with everyone, but you can be kind to everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - May 8, 2015 - 9:38 pm

    this is something you know I’ve wrestled with having one child. I have a bad case of homeschool envy and I have ever since my kiddo was little. I’ve attended local homeschool meetings and checked out the local co op and so on. But yet here is my son in third grade in public school.

    I wonder- do you have a local co-op? They have provided a lot of people in my area ( and we are a smaller town than yours) with great interaction time while also giving education on a variety of subjects.

    I feel your pain and hear your heart. You’re a good mama. ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 9, 2015 - 7:53 pm

      Yes, I do know how you have debated as well. We do have a local co-op. It has been great. As my oldest has gotten older, it just wasn’t enough for her. Our area is a bit spread out and it makes it a little more challenging to get together outside of our co-op times. My younger daughter has enjoyed the co-op environment as well. She just sometimes thinks it would be neat to get to be with the kids everyday and to do what her older sister is now doing.
      I know you are a good mom as well! I know you are doing what is best for your son and following your heart. I think that sometimes that is the best we can do even though we have so many doubts and concerns and other things swirling around in our our minds. :-) Thanks for leaving a comment!ReplyCancel

  • Ann-Marie Rigby - May 16, 2015 - 5:47 pm

    Deep sigh on this “socialisation” thing! ….with a few rolled eyes as well!
    I’m in England and my children started school at 3 (for the eldest 2) and 4 (for the youngest).
    WHY do people go on and on about Home educated children being lacking in “socialisation”??
    My eldest is now 18 and leaving school in a few weeks before heading to Uiversity in Spetember. – She has a small circle of friends as she is a quiet and introverted character……those friends are young people who have been in the SAME class as her since they were 3! ………So yes, she goes to school, but she interacts with a tiny group of people!
    In contrast, until recently I worked with a young lady with some special needs who was home educated – and only a few months older than my eldest daughter. Though she had her lessons at home with either her Mum or me, she took part in activities, through a local Home School network and her church, which meant she had a MUCH wider grouping of friends than my child!
    The “your child will lack social stimulation unless they go to school” argument is a total load of baloney in my opinion!
    …..PS…..I’m also a teacher (one of the reasons my children go to school despite my wish that I could have home schooled! Bit hypocritical to say school is fine for your kids but not mine!) and I see many children who come to school day in day out but who interact with no one!

    Bottom line, you can only do the best you can with what you know and have………. and to ALL those who home school, I take my hat off to you for raising well rounded, articulate and interested young people!ReplyCancel

Who wants to see what was in the box this month? I’ve got my 15th Stitch Fix review for you today.

Love the cute summer fashion in this Stitch Fix Review! Has pics of each outfit and an open honest review.

I’ll give you a little hint…this box was fun! I asked my stylist to send me lots of shorts this month. Last summer on our epic road trip(part 1 and part 2), my shorts took a big hit. With the weather getting warmer, I’m in desperate need for shorts. This month, I received 3 pairs of shorts, 1 top, and 1 pair of earrings.  View full post »

  • Lauren@SAHM I am - May 6, 2015 - 6:10 pm

    I love those patterned shorts the best, they are really flattering on you! I know what you mean about being a mum with short shorts, my legs are still OK but bending down a lot to pick up my two year old means I don’t want any accidental buttcheek flash going on!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 7, 2015 - 9:11 pm

      Thank you! I like them a lot as well…I’m wearing them today in fact. :-)
      Sadly, I never even thought of the whole leaning over and bum hanging out concept. Thank goodness I prefer the shorts with the hem rolled down!ReplyCancel

I’m super excited to share my latest quick and easy craft with you. I had a total disaster of a desk with papers everywhere. I figured why just organize my home office when I can create something cute in order to get things organized? Anyone else with me?

I love diy crafts that help me get more organized. This cute craft will help me organize my office and all those papers. Looks quick and easy, too.

I took a store-bought file organizer and customized it with a super easy craft. The craft was the easy part. The organizing was the challenging part…well not really, but it did take a little bit of time.

I LOVE the end result! It was totally worth the time.

Today, I’ll show you how to customize your own file organizer as well as give you a couple of tips on how to organize the mess of papers that seem to amass at an alarming rate…at least if your house is like mine.  View full post »

  • Jenna - May 5, 2015 - 6:57 am

    I would have NEVER thought to use ribbon that way!! So creative! I love it!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 5, 2015 - 8:43 pm

      Thanks Jenna! It was an easy and fun way to add some personality and color. So glad to have my desk organized and looking cute.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - May 6, 2015 - 10:42 am

    Such a gorgeous way to stay organized!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 7, 2015 - 8:40 pm

      Thank you! It makes such a difference for me. How about you?ReplyCancel

  • Amber Price - May 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    I seriously love that! So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Phipps - May 7, 2015 - 1:18 am

    Oh my gosh! What a super cute idea!!!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 7, 2015 - 9:23 pm

      Thanks! It is cute and helps me be organized, which has been a tremendous help to my efficiency…always a great thing!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Fynes - May 7, 2015 - 10:41 am

    Super cute idea!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Anderson - May 10, 2015 - 10:57 pm

    How cute is this?? I love these kind of simple ideas!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 11, 2015 - 9:08 pm

      Thanks, Amy! It is rocking my desk and keeping me organized. Nothing better than that all wrapped up in a cute package. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - May 13, 2015 - 8:27 am

    What a clever idea!! Love this simple and stylish tip!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 13, 2015 - 8:44 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m loving how much being more organized has help me be more productive and that the desk is more stylish helps me want to keep it more clean. Can’t beat that combo!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling - May 15, 2015 - 8:32 pm

    So cute! I’m jealous of your organization….and how nice you made it look!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 19, 2015 - 8:56 pm

      Thanks Cathy! It was easy. I’m sure you could do something similar.ReplyCancel

I haven’t written a Keeping it Real post in forever. Those of you who are fairly new followers, probably don’t even know that I used to write these types of posts once a month. Today, I wanted to resurrect keeping it real and talk with you about a debate raging in my head, and in our nation, Education.

Keeping it Real and taking a look at the Education Debate with a look at why one mom has chosen to homeschool.

In case you don’t know, I currently have one child in public school and one is homeschooling. Until this year, I had homeschooled both of my girls. I’ve been a homeschool mom for 8 years now. I never thought I would ever homeschool. I thought people who homeschool were totally nuts….which as a side note, isn’t it interesting that things that you judge come into your life to teach you otherwise? View full post »

  • Jenny Pardee Buttke - May 13, 2015 - 7:39 pm

    Great article…I homeschool and I totally agree :) Keep up the good work! :)ReplyCancel