Saturday, April 19, 2014

4 Apps That Help You Eat Healthy

4 Apps that make healthy eating simple to do.

The weather is getting warmer and you know what that means. There are no more bulky sweaters and long pants to hide behind. That's why I am making an effort to eat healthier with swimsuit season quickly approaching. Eating healthier just got easier in the digital age. There's an app for that! If you are someone who needs a little help to keep you on track and you are always on the go, try an app for eating healthy to keep your diet right where it needs to be- and your waistline, too!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Road Tripping with Kids - Tips to Keep You Sane

This post brought to you by Wamart. All opinions are 100% mine.

Last year, when I thought about climbing behind the wheel of Bob the van, and heading out for a 50 day road trip with four boys in the backseat, I was more than a little nervous. Would they behave, would I be tempted to throw them out the window? In my head I had visions of us singing a rendition of "On The Road Again" and laughing merrily all the way. Unfortunately, things rarely turn out like they are in my head, so I had to have a real plan. The tips below are some that I used on our 50 day summer road trip last year, and ones I will be using again on our 70 day road trip this summer.

Have Entertainment Available

By this, I do not necessarily mean electronics. In fact, my children were unplugged during our entire 50 day camping trip. I find that they actually fight and argue more when I let them have electronics in the car. Sing-a-Long CD's, books on tape, books and fun car games like road trip bingo are all great ways to keep the kids occupied, which will give them less time to think about whining or starting fights with each other.

Make Them Comfortable

A comfortable child is  happy child. That's why, when we pack up the car for an extended trip, I make sure the boys have their pillows and blankets, but comfort goes further than that. One item I like to bring with us are sun shades that have suction cups on the back. You can suction these onto the windows to keep the sun out. Having easy access to a drink and other items your kids will need regularly goes a long way in keeping them comfortable and happy too.

Stop Often

As adults, we only think of getting to our final destination as quickly as possible. We all grew up hearing our parents warn that they were "Not going to stop." However, a short 10 minute break at a rest stop every so often helps the kids burn off some energy, and will make your vehicle a much more pleasant place to be.

Pack Snacks

My boys love road trips because they know they come with delicious snacks. As much as we hate to admit it, snacks work as a sort of boredom buster when it comes to road trips. One of the boys favorite snacks is pudding. New Super Snack Packs® available at Walmart make great individually packaged road trip snacks. They seem like a treat to the kids, and as much as I hate to admit it, have been used as a bribe for good behavior on a few occassions. The new bigger Super Snack Pack size with 60% more pudding per cup, means that they are plenty big enough to fill kids up, and they come in three great flavors, chocolate, vanilla and chocolate/vanilla. Right now, you can even get a $1 off coupon to get them for less.

Road tripping with kids doesn't have to be a disaster. It is possible to go on extended trips with kids in the car and not have it turn into a screaming, fighting mess. Have a road trip tip to share? Feel free to leave it in the comment section below.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tentacles New Monterey Bay Aquarium Exhibit Now Open! #Tentacles @SeeMonterey

New #Tentacles exhibit at the #Monterey Bay Aquarium features the astounding lives of octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes. #travel #familytravel

My trip to Monterey to experience the Tentacles exhibit was covered, but all opinions are my own.

This past Saturday, something truly magical happened at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the new Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefish exhibit opened with a bang, and is the largest exhibit of the cephalopod family to open anywhere in the world. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to preview this amazing exhibit the day before it opened to the general public, and I can tell you that it is a must see. It really is astounding to see the alien-like species on display, many of which have never previously been put on display before! It is sure to bring that child-like look of wonder to eyes both young and old.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BlendIt - A New Way to Share Memories with Friends and Family

This post is brought to you in collaboration with BlendIt.

There are a million photo sharing apps out there, and they all do different things. What I have never seen before though is a photo-sharing app that not only allows you to invite friends and family members to view your photos and videos, but to contribute photos and videos of their own from a specific event to "blend" all your memories together in one place. Enter the BlendIt app. This photo-sharing app is the perfect way for friends and family members to share, connect and blend their content into one amazing package of memories all in one place.



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