About Ashley

Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl and handsome little boy. She is the main voice behind Embracing Homemaking.

How to Save Money on Gas

Top Off Your Gas

Is it just me or does the price of gas raise significantly every summer?  I think it does.  Here are a few tips to save money on gas brought to you by WarsawChryslerDodgeJeepRam.com.

– Find the Lowest Price

Watch where you buy your gas.  Gas prices can easily fluctuate $0.40 a gallon in the same town.  GasBuddy is one of the gas apps to help you save money.  Using a social media approach, GasBuddy allows the consumer to check out gas prices nearby. The social aspect comes into play as people report and confirm gas prices near you, and you can do this as well. One really important feature – GasBuddy will alert you of gas price spiking predictions, so you can fill up before it costs you an arm and a leg.  If you are like my husband and don’t use apps, there is also a GasBuddy website for you to search before you leave the house.

– Buy Regular Unleaded

It’s probably obvious that premium gas is always going to cost a lot more than regular.  If your car can operate on regular but you opt for a mid-grade or premium gas you may be paying $5-$10 more a fill up.

– Go Off the Highway

This is related to our first point….find the lowest price you can.  That’s usually not going to be located on the side of a major highway.  Of course, it’s probably not worth it to make a big detour but when possible try and fill up before you hit the highway.

– Know the State Tax on Gas

Not only can gas prices vary from place to place but they can vary significantly because state gasoline taxes are different.  Driving across borders can add an extra $5-$10 dollar difference sometimes.

-Pay With Cash

Not all stations offer this but many offer a lower price if you pay with cash instead of a credit card.  The difference can be as much as $0.15 a gallon.

-Pay With a Cash Back Credit Card

In complete contrast to the above suggestion (and Dave Ramsey’s recommendations) sometimes a cash back credit card is the way to go.  Even with the higher price, the reward you receive could make using a credit card the better deal. ….not to mention easier since you don’t have to go into the store this way.  Plus, if you have a station specific gas station credit card you could earn as much as $0.05 cents per gallon back!

I hope these tips will help you keep a little more cash in your wallet this summer!

(See Related: Should You Top Off Your Gas? The answer may surprise you!)

How to Pack a Travel First Aid Kit

Traveling can do great things for the soul, reset your mind, and provide great opportunities for bonding with your family.  However, sometimes traveling can leave you wanting.  Be prepared for small set backs or emergencies with a first aid kid.  This post on how to pack a travel first aid kit is brought to you by KingGM.com.

(Related: See our Family Car Games post)

To begin building a first-aid kit for travel I recommend buying a pre-packed kit from the Red Cross.  They sell Car Survival Kits for $41 and Be Red Cross Ready First Aid Kit for $21. Both of these options will give you a great deal of products for cheaper than you could buy individually.  Plus, they come with a handy carrying case.

Car Survival Kit

The Car Survival Kit includes:

  • -1 Durable Nylon String Back Pack
  • -1 Emergency Food Bar 6ct
  • -1 Dotted Poly-Cotton Gloves
  • -1 Emergency Hand Warmer 2-pack
  • -1 Emergency Blanket Bulk 52″ x 84″
  • -1 Emergency Mylar Sleeping Bag
  • -1 Rain Poncho
  • -1 12-Hour Emergency Light Stick.
  • -1 Emergency Water Pack 4oz
  • -1 Mini First Aid Kit with:
    • -5 Adhesive Plastic Bandages, 3/4″ x 3″
    • -3 Adhesive Fabric Bandages, 3/4″ x 3″
    • -5 Junior Adhesive Plastic Bandages, 3/8″ x 1-1/2″
    • -1 Fingertip Fabric Bandage
    • -1 Knuckle Fabric Bandage
    • -2 Antiseptic Cleansing Wipes (sting free)
    • -1 Triple Antibiotic Ointment Packet, 0.5g

Be Red Cross Ready

The Be Red Cross Ready Kit includes:

  • -3 Triple antibiotic ointment packs, 0.5g each
  • -4 Antiseptic cleansing wipes (sting free)
  • -1 Hydrocortisone pack, 0.9g
  • -2 Hand sanitizer packs, 0.9g each
  • -2 chewable aspirin tablets, 81 mg each
  • -20 Plastic adhesive bandages, 3/4″ x 3″
  • -10 Plastic adhesive bandages,1″ x 3″
  • -2 Elbow and knee plastic bandages, 2″ x 4″
  • -5 Junior plastic bandages, 3/8″ x 1-1/2″
  • -1 Knuckle fabric bandage
  • -1 Fingertip fabric bandage
  • -3 Patch bandages, 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″
  • -1 Instant cold compress
  • -1 Triangular sling/bandage
  • -1 Trauma pad, 5″ x 9″
  • -4 Gauze dressing pads, 3″ x 3″
  • -2 Gauze dressing pads, 4″ x 4″
  • -1 First aid tape roll, 3/4″ x 5 yds
  • -1 Gauze roll bandage, 3″
  • -1 CPR one-way valve face shield, latex-free
  • -1 Thermometer, one time use
  • -2 Latex-free exam-quality vinyl gloves
  • -Scissors, 1 pair
  • -Plastic tweezers, 1 pair
  • -1 American Red Cross Emergency First Aid Guide
  • -1 Zippered clear-pocket soft pack

I Recommend Adding:

1. Your health insurance cards.  We had to use ours on a trip last year and boy, was I thankful we had them.  In an emergency, you’ll want them handy.

2. Enough of your Rx medications and vitamins to last you the length of your trip—and a few days more juuuuust in case.  I guess these would really be packed in your suitcase instead of the first aid kit but I can’t make myself leave them off.  My Rx medication keeps me going and I can’t go anywhere without it.

3. Antidiarrheal medication (Imodium or generic) and antacids.  I can’t tell you how many bottles of antacids I’ve bought on trips because I never think to pack them.  Well, actually, I can.  Four. I have four nearly full containers of antacids because I rarely have an upset stomach at home.  I guess it’s the travel that gets to me!

4. An antihistamine for an unexpected allergy attack.  Claritin or a generic for seasonal allergies and Benadryl or similar for an allergic reaction to food or another reason.

5. A pain reliever such as Tylenol, Advil, Excedrin, or Aleve.

6. Sunscreen, aloe gel, hydrocortisone cream.  To protect from the environments and sooth sore skin.

7. Insect repellent.

8. Antiseptic wipes/hand sanitizer are listed in the Red Cross kits but I like to have a lot of this extra and on hand while we’re out on the road.

10. A thermometer.  It may be overkill but it would come in handy if you needed it.

There you have it folks, my recommendations on how to pack a travel first aid kit!

How to Stay Comfortable on Long Drives

Stay Comfortable on a Long Drive

Long drives can really be a pain in the back.  Literally.  Here are some tips on helping you stay comfortable on long drives.  This post is brought to you by VictoryLayneChevrolet.com.

Pull Over

Pull over at least every two to three hours.  Lynn Millar, Ph.D., chair of the department of physical therapy at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, said, “Sitting too long is hard on the lower back due to that constant flexed position.”  Getting out and giving your back a break can help avoid back pain.  Sitting too long in one place can compress the discs in your back potentially leading to pain or even tingling in your legs.  Walking a bit always helps me stay comfortable on long drives.

Stretch Your Back

If you can’t get out and walk at least try and stretch your back.  This is also a good stretch to do if you do stop and get out of the car!  Raising your arms above your head and arching your back slightly can do wonders to ease a tired back.  Shoulder rotations can also be beneficial.  Every single time I think about rolling my shoulders in circles I think of my third grade teacher who made us do this daily when we took a break.

Stay Alert

I know all about driving sleepy and being sleepy for that matter.  Do what you have to do to stay awake.  Go ahead and have some coffee or energy drinks if you need them (and don’t have a physical restriction preventing you from taking them).  If you can’t stay alert, don’t push yourself.  Stop.  Always stop and sleep when it’s not possible to switch drivers.  Get a hotel room, sleep in your car, just don’t fall asleep on the road.

Stretch Your Legs

Literally, don’t just get out and walk, do some stretches.  Some deep knee bends and some lunges will help keep you feeling good.

Flex Your Feet

Point your feet and roll them around every now and again.  Long car trips can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis so stop when you can and stretch in between those stops.

Sit Straight

Sitting straight isn’t just important to do because it’s what your mom would want but it will help keep your spine aligned and comfortable.

Consider a Neck Pillow

I adore my neck pillow.  When my neck is sore, I get a headache, and when mama gets a headache, no one is happy.  Therefore my neck pillow keeps everyone happy!  Well, that may not be sound logic but I love my pillow.  If you get headaches on trips try a neck pillow.

Those are my tips for staying comfortable on long drives.  I hope they help you stay comfortable in your travels this year!

Win 2 Night Stay At Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest!

Camping Giveaway

If you love camping or glamping just as much as my family does, then you don’t want to miss out on this giveaway! One lucky reader will win a 2-night stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest. All you have to do is fill out the form below!

In case you missed it on the main post, here is some info for you:

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone ParkTM at Kozy Rest Amenities:

  • -Pavilion
  • -Laundromat
  • -Swimming Pool
  • -Jump Zone
  • -18 Hole Mini Golf
  • -Playground
  • -Half Court Basketball
  • -Recreation Hall
  • -Game Room
  • -Four-Wheel Pedal Carts
  • -Gem Mining Sluice
  • -Horseshoe Pits
  • -Bingo
  • -AED Equipped
  • -Shuffleboard
  • -Award-Winning Restrooms and Showers
  • -Dog Park with Dog Wash
  • -Church Services
  • -24/7 Online Reservation Services
  • -Free WiFi
  • -Gaga Ball Pits
  • -RC Race Tracks
  • -RC Crawler Course
  • -Bicycle Pump Track
  • -Laser Tag Battlefield

The campground consists of shady level RV sites, pull-thru sites, full hookup sites and full-service rental cabins and yurts. We also have pet-friendly units throughout our campground to accommodate families with dogs. Each site is equipped with 50-amp electric service, fire rings and picnic tables. In addition, the campground has a camp store, dump station and propane. Also, a tenting area and group camping area are available. So no matter what your budget is, there’s something for everyone!

Official Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.1. Promotion Description: The ‘Yogi Bear’s Jelly Stone Park at Kozy Rest Giveaway’ (“Sweepstakes”) begins on 4/10/2019 at 9:00 PM (Eastern Time (US)) and ends on 4/30/2019 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time (US)) (the “Promotion Period”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Yogi Bear’s Jelly Stone Park at Kozy Res (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes.2. Eligibility: Open to legal residents of USA who are 18 years or older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Sponsor and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), and members of their immediate families and/or persons living in the same household as such persons, are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize.3. Winner Selection: The winner of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted by 48 hours by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received. Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information on or about 48 hours after the random drawing. Potential winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 48 hours of notification.

5 Top Reasons to Remodel your Home

There are many reasons homeowners opt to remodel their home. Homeowners are often faced with obstacles or situations that arise which create the need to remodel their current home. Whether you are looking for a good reason to remodel or just curious why so many homeowners opt to remodel versus buying a new home, here are the top 5 reasons to remodel your home.

5 Top Reasons to Remodel your Home

Family Growth

Expecting a new baby or have a child that’s outgrown the ability to share a room with their sibling? This happens often with families all over the world. Whenever your family grows, it’s time to consider creating more room in the house. One of the top reasons to remodel your home is to make room for your growing family.

Save Money

Purchasing a new home will take more than just picking one out and purchasing it. Often times families choose to remodel their current home because there are too many holes to jump through for another loan or perhaps a new home purchase isn’t in the budget. Remodeling saves you more money in the long run than purchasing a larger home.

Maintaining Safety

As your home ages, so do the frame and other parts of your home. Many homeowners opt to remodel their home because the home is an older home that requires more maintenance. Even if you have a brand new home, chances are you will need to remodel from time to time to curb the issues that arise from a shifting home during inclement weather conditions.

Going Green

Often time’s families will opt to remodel their home because they want to make their home more eco-friendly. There are many small steps a homeowner can take to remodel their home to be greener. Whether you’re looking to add solar panels or switch to energy efficient appliances, there are many remodeling jobs families take on to go green.

(Related: 10 Different Reusable Straws)

Feel Happier

Whether you’re remodeling because of a structural or family growth need, the chance is remodeling your current home will help you feel happier. As your family grows and needs more space, they will feel important when they see you remodeling the home to give them more space. Happiness expands when you remodel your current home because it alleviates stress and helps maintain a safe home that’s large enough for everyone.

How to Qualify For a Credit Card in Australia

Whether you’re new to credit or looking to rebuild or re-establish it, applying for a credit card is a critical step. At first, you’ll have limited options when it comes to applying for a credit card. This advice will shorten the time it takes for you to find, select, qualify for, and obtain the correct card.

As you apply for cards, your credit score gets dinged. That means you’re better off applying for fewer cards, and figuring out which ones you likely qualify for before you spend the time on those pesky forms and taking the short-term inquiry ding.

Determine Your Eligibility

Despite popular belief, earning a low wage does not disqualify you for credit card eligibility in Australia. You can make as little as $10,000 and still qualify for a card. It’s all a matter of applying for a card that suits your needs.

To apply for a credit card, you should be:

  • -18 years of age or older
  • -Not in a state of bankruptcy
  • -A citizen of Australia or permanent legal resident
  • -With a fair or higher credit rating
  • -Bringing home enough money to reasonably pay the maximum limit on the card you’re considering.
  • -This varies based on the type of card you choose, as well as the nature and requirements of the issuing bank. It also helps to have some solid assets to prove your financial security to the bank. For example:
  • -Owning a home or car
  • -Making consistent mortgage or auto loan payments, on time, every month
  • -Relative surplus of income after vital expenses like rent or groceries

Select a Card to Apply For

There’s plenty of information out there about credit cards. Know your credit score and research opportunities in line with your credit range. If your credit isn’t the best, prepare to start with a secured credit card—you’ll need a small deposit which goes towards what you spend.

Read all the terms carefully; deferred interest can be tempting, but some of those cards also come with a very high yearly fee. Know your limits, as it may help to build your credit in other ways and come back to apply for a specific card later.

Understanding The Cost Of A Credit Card

When applying for a credit card, many take on more credit than needed. This can lead to a slippery slope of debt, especially if the card is not paid off in full each month. Check out this.credit card calculator which outlines how much interest a person will pay if only making minimum repayments. Don’t become a victim of credit card debt – be informed.

Gather Necessary Documents For Credit Card Application

Photo identification: a driver’s license or passport will suffice—or a primary ID and a second ID, both with no photo. The secondary ID could be a utility bill.

Income proof: Completed taxes and/or payslips will help. Are you a freelancer? Make sure to include a record of your income, even if it’s supplemental to a full-time job. It helps!

Statement to prove debt: Only necessary in the event of a balance transfer.

Most of the time, you can do credit applications online and get an instant decision. However, it’s good to know this info as you evaluate and apply for cards. If you apply for a joint account with someone else, make sure they have this information available, too, and that they meet the requirements.

Remember: You should only apply for cards you are sure you meet the eligibility requirements for. You always get a (small) black mark on your credit for a credit inquiry.

Keep Your Pets Safe in The Car

Keep Your Pets Safe

This post is brought to you by BrennanDodge.com.

If you love your pet and like to travel you’ve probably wondered what the best way is to keep your little loved one safe in case of a car accident.  Growing up my family always drove with our small puppy roaming the car.  They would be in the back window one moment and on the driver’s lap the next.  I don’t know why we never questioned the safety of this?  We purposefully didn’t drive with the windows down because we didn’t want him to jump to his demise but we never thought about the risk we were putting him in…and ourselves in by having him roam loose in our car.  Thankfully we never had an accident and nothing came of it.  Now that I’ve thought about it, I want to try and do the best I can to keep myself, my family, and my dear pets safe.

As of now there are no government standards for pet safety items.  It’s a 60 billion dollar industry that is unregulated.  I don’t necessarily think we need government regulation in this are but I think it’s helpful to know that just because a car pet product is marketed toward car safety, doesn’t mean that it actually is safe. Recognizing that there was a need for testing pet travel gear, the CenterForPetSafety.org set out to do some testing.  You can see some of their crate car testing videos and results by clicking here.  You can see their pet seat testing videos by clicking here.  Don’t worry, you can click over, the videos don’t use real dogs but test dummies just like in car crash tests.

In the end, only a handful of products earned the center’s crash-test certification. For pet carriers, they were the PetEgo Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier with an Isofix-Latch Connection, $252, and the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock, $170 to $190. For pet crates, Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate, $500, with 8’ Tie-Down Straps, $75.  Lastly, for pet harnesses, the Sleepypod Clickit Sport, $70 to $90, and Sleepypod Clickit Utility, $90 to $100. Prices vary according to the size needed to fit the dog.  To learn more, go to centerforpetsafety.org and while you’re there check out their Pet Travel Tips.

Keeping your pet secure in the car will not only make for a happy pup but will also keep you from driving distracted and will keep your pup from becoming a flying projectile during the off chance you’re in an accident.

To choose the correct size dog carrier for your canine friend visit American Kennel Club for their recommendations.


Tips to Start an Indoor Garden

Spring is here and with that comes the desire to start a garden. Whether you’re looking to keep an indoor garden all season long or start your garden indoors to be moved outside once the weather warms up, I have the tips for you. Check out the best tips to start an indoor garden below so that you can successfully grow your own food this year.

Tips to Start an Indoor Garden

Know the Growing Conditions

Whether you’re growing herbs, veggies or fruits with your indoor garden, you’ll need to know the best growing conditions for each of the items. While herbs have the easiest growing conditions as they don’t require a whole lot, some veggies or fruits may need a specific amount of sunlight each day for maximum growth potential.

Look for Maximum Sunlight

When you start an indoor garden you’re going to have to be creative with the location. Look around your home and find the maximum sunlight areas. Once you’ve figured out which location is best for maximum sunlight, create a stand that you’re able to place your planting pots. You’ll want to make sure this location is a low-traffic area to avoid them toppling over when kids run by.

Set the Best Temperature

Some green leaf veggies need a cooler climate for maximum growth while other plants may need a warmer environment. When you figure out the best temperature for each of the items you plan to grow in your indoor garden, you’ll be able to commit to the proper location for best temperature, ideal growing conditions, and maximum sunlight exposure.

Use the Right Potting Soil

Use a sterile potting mix option as this will reduce the risk of soil-borne pathogens as well as ensure the plant pots are light in weight. There are pre-mixed options for potting soil but they can get expensive when you opt for the soil that has moisture-holding crystals in them. You may use even quantities of perlite, vermiculite, peat moss and sand to create your own potting soil best for veggies.

Find the Best Containers

Potting plants are pretty affordable for even the most frugal of families. Head to your local dollar store where they should have deals on the best containers suitable for growing herbs, veggies and fruits. Consider the root growth of your indoor garden containers and whether your veggies are known to grow as vines or not, this will assist in ensuring your indoor garden has a successful harvest.

There are many ways you can get that indoor garden started, the tips I shared today should help move you forward to growing your own herbs, veggies, and fruits inside this spring season. If you want to transplant your indoor garden to the outside, carefully create an outdoor garden and move your indoor plants to their outdoor home.

5 Ways to Improve the Exterior of Your Home

Improve the Exterior of Your Home

Does your home’s exterior look dull and drab? You aren’t alone. Many homeowners have expressed that they are tired of the way that their home looks, and the lack of curb appeal can make spending time outdoors less than appealing. However, there are so many easy ways to update the way your home looks.

Become the envy of the neighborhood with a new look for your home’s exterior. Here are five ways that you can improve the exterior of your home.

1. Replace Siding

New siding can completely makeover your whole home. A new style or color can change things up. If your siding is starting to look sad, then you may want to consider a full siding replacement. You can pick out whatever style you want, and have the siding professionally installed so that it looks perfect. You could also add trim and other options to really change up the appearance of your home.

If you don’t need new siding right now, you can always power wash siding to make sure it is clean and repaint in any areas where paint has chipped or faded. This is a great option if all new siding isn’t really in the budget for a while. If your home is really dirty, you can even use soap on the siding to help remove years of gunk and dirt.

2. Clean and Cover Your Gutters

It is no surprise that dirty gutters can quickly ruin the curb appeal of your home. To make the exterior of your home look nicer, you can clean both the inside and outside of the gutters. Getting your gutters looking nice might take a bit of time and energy, but your home will look so much better with clean gutters.

To prevent the need for future gutter clearing, you can invest in gutter covers. Gutter covers prevent debris from piling up in your gutters, which not only makes your home look nicer but also prevents clogs and other issues down the road.

3. Maintain Your Lawn

Green grass really does make a property look nice. Even if you don’t have much of a yard, simply having green grass can improve curb appeal dramatically. Keep your lawn looking its best by clearing debris and leaves off of the grass and pulling out any weeds that sprout up. If you live in a place where grass doesn’t tend to survive, you could consider alternatives like artificial turf or shrub beds.

If you are missing a little color, you can also do a little landscaping to add flowers, shrubs, and even trees. You don’t need a full garden to really change the way the front of your home looks. You can use planters, window boxes, or create a little space by the front entry to put bushes and flowers for a little more color and greenery.

4. Paint Your Front Door

One of the most popular home trends right now is a bold front door, especially on homes that are painted in otherwise neutral colors. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your home, this might be the project for you. Even for beginners, painting a door is pretty easy, and it doesn’t cost a whole lot. Before you paint the whole door, you might want to look at a variety of color swatches to make sure that the final product will look nice. If you want to stand out from the rest of your neighbors, walk around to see what colors other doors in your neighborhood are painted.

5. Add Décor to the Front of Your Home

To make your home look especially inviting, you can add some décor to your porch or around the front door. Wreaths are a great way to add a little beauty to the front of your home, or you can place chairs and other furniture in front of your house. You might also want to consider a cute welcome mat for in front of your door. You can find outdoor décor at so many different places, so you can shop around and see what kinds of items you are drawn to before you start decorating.

Will these ideas help you spruce up your front yard? With these five easy ways to improve the outside of your home, you might soon be the envy of your neighborhood.

Zero Prep – Road Trip Car Games for Kids

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Road Trip Car Games for Kids

Car trips can be awful but I’ve found them to be sooooooo much fun if I go into them with a good attitude and a plan.  I’m all for kids getting bored but I think it’s fun to mix in a few games along the way too.  Let them come up with their own games too!  I bet they’ll surprise you with what they create!  In the mean time, here are my zero prep – road trip car games for kids.  I hope your family finds them helpful!

I Spy

How to Play: Someone says, “I spy with my little eye something…” (Or the old version my great aunt taught me, that goes “Riddle, Riddle, Riddle Marie, I see something you don’t see and it is…”)  Either of those statements are followed with a clue to an object that someone sees.  The clues are usually based on color.  For example, ….something that is red.  A fun twist is to give a shape as a clue.


The Banana Game

How to Play: Each time someone sees a yellow vehicle, they yell out “Banana!” and they receive a point.  The player with the most points at the end of the predetermined time or when you reach your destination is the winner.  A fun twist on this game is to have kids find a specific model or type of car instead of color.  My kids love to find mustangs and convertibles.


Count the…

How to Play: Pick anything that you want your kids to count and begin.  We count school buses on the way to school every day (we homeschool so this is only once a week for co-op but they have fun with it).  We count motorcycles on Saturdays because my son loves motorcycles and loves to see how many are on the road this time of year.  We had 19 last Saturday and we only went to three places.



How to Play: This is an easy but a short lived game.  We get to play it twice on our way to visit family though so it’s a keeper in our house.  When you enter a tunnel, everyone holds their breath.  I used to love this game but I’m old and lazy now. ha. Whoever can hold their breath the longest is the winner!


Name That Tune

How to Play: My kids loves this game but I am absolutely dreadful at it. My kids play it by humming a song and letting everyone else try to guess the name of that song.  I can’t eeeeeever win.  Never ever.  Maybe if we played snippets of songs on the radio I might have a better chance?  Nah, probably not.



Family Road Trip Songs



How to Play: I love storytelling and find much value in being about to tell stories.  This is one fun and super easy way to help cultivate the love of storytelling in my kids.  One person starts the story with a sentence, such as “Once upon a time there was a beautiful maiden who lived in a humble cottage.” Players continue taking turns adding a new sentence at a time until the story until it’s complete or it becomes too ridiculous and everyone is doubled over laughing. I always imagined these would be fun to write down but I’ve never actually done it.  Maybe I could secretly record my family the next time we play.  That would be a fun memory to look back on years from now.