August 5, 2013
Less is more. The more I remember this prior to a trip, the better is turns out. The kids and I travel back and forth from Atlanta to New Jersey often, and I try to make it more of an adventure than thirteen hours in a car. So, I plan one stop and one excursion, and leave the rest open to chance. It's good to have kids with hand held devices in the car while covering the open road. Thanks to RoadtipUSA.com, Urbanspoon, Yelp and Trip Advisor we have hiked in George Washington National Forest, found a sweet BBQ spot called Bonnie Blue, toured colleges in Virginia, and ate fresh crab in Maryland at a bargain price. Edgar Allen Poe's house is next on the list. Everyone takes a turn with their playlist, and then I get my time to scan the dial and listen to jocks and imaging. Instagram provides the scrapbook, Twitter the daily connect with friends, and gasbuddy.com finds our most reasonable gas. My plan is to drive to our hotel found via Priceline.com, and leave the rest up to our iPhones. So far it's been memorable, says this type A female who usually likes to plan every breath!
She Buzz Words
One piece swim suit
Right now she could be
Setting the table
Looking for summer clearance deals
Trying to right a wrong
Packing a kids summer camp backpack
PBS offers these free summer ideas for elementary school kids:
Older children are ready to start planning their own summer adventures, but may need a few ideas to get them started.
There's something magic about being allowed to play outside at dusk on a lazy summer evening. Make it even more memorable with a game of flashlight tag. Played at dark, this classic game combines tag with hide-and-seek. The person who is "it" counts to ten (or higher) while others hide. The person who is "it" must find the other players and call their name while shining a light on them to tag them.
There's no need to send youngsters to sleep away camps to get a taste of the great outdoors. Set up a tent (borrowed from a neighbor if necessary) in your own backyard, roll out the sleeping bags and melt marshmallows in the microwave for S'mores. The best part? If storm clouds or frightened children threaten the success of your campout, you can run inside to your own beds.
Set up your own amazing race by sending your child or a group of children hunting for simple treasures in your house, yard or neighborhood. Because it takes a little effort to come up with the clues, enlist an older sibling or neighbor to help out.
There has never been a better time to teach your children the value of a dollar, so let kids put the "small" back in small business. The old-fashioned lemonade stand or family yard sale remain good choices. But let your children's interests and abilities guide them toward a fund-raiser that makes sense: a dog wash, a car wash, bake sale or lawn mowing service.
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