5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Backseat

With the holiday season approaching many parents are wondering how to keep kids busy in the backseat. This is such a challenging concept for parents with kids of all ages. While you’d think preteens and teens can self-entertain, just take them on a long road trip to visit family and see how well that truly entertain themselves. Since kids of all ages may need some entertainment options during a long holiday travel road trip, I wanted to share some of the best ways you can keep these kids busy in the backseat.  This post is brought to you by Easterns.com.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Backseat

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Backseat

Printable Games

There are so many printable games that kids of all ages can enjoy in the backseat. Car bingo and i-Spy come to mind as two childhood favorites that kids can enjoy playing while they’re patiently waiting to arrive at your next family holiday gathering.

Portable DVD Player

Whether you love or hate electronics, the sad reality is that our kids are growing up with technology all around them. A two-hour movie or two will keep your kids busy in the backseat. Have the kids take a vote before leaving what DVDs will be played in the backseat to avoid sibling rivalry on the road.

MP3 Player

Grab an MP3 player or a smartphone with a music app downloaded for use in the car. Have your kids create their own holiday travel playlist that they can listen to during the long haul to visit family. If you don’t have a device for each kid, consider playing each list over the car radio during your travels.

Paper and Drawing Utensils

Get a little holiday travel tote bag that’s full of drawing utensils like crayons, markers, and pencils as well as pads of paper. This will give your kids plenty of supplies to draw on and enjoy playing games like Hangman or Tic Tac Toe together in the backseat during long road trips.

Bring Audiobooks

Take this time to give your kids a little homeschooling on the road. Download audiobooks that will help your kids learn about your current topics you’ve been studying. This allows you to do some homeschooling on the road during the heavy holiday travel season.  Check out our Family Audiobooks.

There you have it, my top 5 ways to keep kids busy in the backseat. As you can see my ideas will work for most any age group and will help your kids remain calm so that you can arrive at your destination in one piece.

How to Stay Strong with Resolutions for New Year

If you made a New Year’s resolution this season, then chances are you may be among the many people who swear to make a change but often end up giving up at some point in the first quarter of the year. New Year’s resolutions come with the right mindset, a person wants to be better, do better and such but they lack the necessary thought process to ensure their resolution sticks. Today, I am sharing some tips on how to stay strong with your resolution this year.

How to Stay Strong with Resolutions for New Year

Small Changes

The first steps to ensure you stay strong with your resolutions this New Year is to commit to small changes. Perhaps your full resolution is larger than life and in turn, you’ve set yourself up for failure. Take that resolution and break it down into smaller changes and you’ll remain strong.

Reward Yourself

As you achieve each small change during the process of staying strong with your resolutions for the New Year, reward yourself. Having some sort of reward system in place for every successful step will ensure your mind stays on the ultimate goal; your full resolution.

Write Resolution

Have a pad of small note paper near your desk or in the kitchen, keep it in a place where you can access it on a regular basis. Write your resolution every day so that your mind is focused on that end goal of whatever you’ve set your mind to for the New Year.

Know the Why

Anyone who remains strong with their resolution in the New Year has a strong why behind their resolution. Think about why you want to achieve this resolution.   Once you have your big why write it down and keep that reason awake in your mind so that you remain strong and committed to this change.

Accountability Partner

Consider gathering a group of people who want to stay strong with resolutions for the New Year too. This group will help you to hold yourself accountable as you travel along the path that is a positive change in your life.

There you have it, a few tips on how you can stay strong with resolutions for the New Year. Each of these tips will surely help you be successful with whatever you’ve set your mind to achieve this year.

Talk Like a Pirate Day Ideas

Arrgh, Matey!  ’Tis be a sponsored message in collaboration wit’ Sverve ‘n Pirate’s Booty.  All opinions be me own.  #talklikeapirateday #piratesbooty

My Pirate

Talk Like a Pirate Day is tomorrow September 19th.  Woo!  To celebrate I’ve teamed up with Pirate’s Booty and Billy Bones at “Pirate School” to bring ye and ye wee buccaneers a tasty treat.

Pirates Booty

Pirate’s Booty be baked, not fried.  It doesn’t contain any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  It’s a delicious baked rice ‘n corn puff snack, certified gluten-free with 0 grams of trans-fat.  This yummy snack will help you bring adventure to your raggamuffin’s day.

Pirates Booty Aged White Cheddar

Talking like a pirate isn’t necessarily sounding like a pirate, it’s all about using your imagination.  Which is good because I’m not very good at talking like a pirate.  Talk Like a Pirate Day is a great opportunity to get your kid’s away from electronics and outdoors pretending to be a pirate.  Just think of all the fun obstacle courses you could make, pirate toss games, a pretend decks to swab…well, maybe that’s a good activity to give a go indoors.  Whatever fun activities, your kids will love a tasty snack of Pirate’s Booty.

Did you know there is a real Pirate School?  It’s ran by buccaneer Billy Bones (David Engel).  Pirate School exists to remind kid’s that there is a wondrous world beyond their horizons if they’ll only use their imaginations.  Billy Bones says that curiosity is the real treasure, much more than gold and plunder.  To find all of Billy Bones’ fun pirate games visit MyPirateSchool.com.

Safe Egg Nog Milkshake + Inspiring Monday

Safe-Egg-Nog-Milkshake-Recipe

Just a few ingredients and you can create the milkshake version of everyone’s favorite holiday drink, eggnog. This recipe is nonalcoholic and completely safe for all ages (aside from those allergic to said ingredients).  This creamy and delicious recipe will make around 20 servings so halve the recipe if you’re cooking for a smaller crowd (see our How to Halve a Recipe cheat sheet).  I hope you enjoy this family recipe.

Egg Nog Ingredients

Start by using PASTEURIZED eggs.  **Don’t miss this!**  If they aren’t pasteurized you’re putting yourself and your guests at risk for salmonella.  Pasteurized eggs cost a bit more but it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind…and is still cheaper than a milkshake you’d buy anywhere else.  Once you buy pasteurized eggs this milkshake is as safe as drinking milk.

Separating Egg Whites

Divide the egg from the yoke.  Look at my husband’s superb egg dividing skills!

Pouring Sugar

This is my little girl helping add the sugar.  She didn’t feel well and we thought a milkshake treat would help take her mind off of her sickness.

Mixing Bowl

Just whipped egg whites and sugar.  …and a partially rusted wisk.  Ignore that.

Helping in the Kitchen

My little helper is pouring the half and half into the combined whipped egg whites and whipped egg yolks.

Ice Cream

After that has all been mixed by hand it’s time to add the ice cream.  We’ve made this a time or two ten and we like it best when we use really cold, just from the freezer ice cream.

Mixer

Then beat with a hand mixer till you get the milkshake consistency you want.  You can sprinkle nutmeg or cinnamon on top to your liking but we often enjoy it without either.

Girl with milkshake

She loves it!  And I hope you do too!  I know it’s a little after the holidays but it’s still a great time to enjoy an egg nog milkshake.

If you like this recipe please consider sharing it on Facebook or Pinterest so others can find it!

Egg Nog Milkshake
Cuisine: Dessert
Author: Ashley
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 20
An egg nog milkshake that is so delicious you’ll never buy store bought egg nog again!
Ingredients
  • 6 pasteurized eggs – separated
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • 1 pint half and half
  • Nutmeg or cinnamon optional
Instructions
  1. Whip egg whites and add 1/4 cup sugar.
  2. Beat egg yolks until fluffy.
  3. Mix in with egg white and sugar mixture and then mix in 1 pint of half and half.
  4. Combine with 1 quart of ice cream with a hand mixer to milkshake consistency.
  5. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon if desired.

Egg Nog Milkshake Recipe

 

Inspiring Monday

Now for the P-A-R-T-Y!  Welcome to my Inspiring Monday link up and I’m excited to have you here!  Are you ready to party?

Before we start, please keep in mind:

– It’s nice to socialize with other party guests.
– Link up all of your inspiring posts that you’ve written on YOUR blog. Recipes, crafts, printables, DIY, and homemaking posts are welcome. Please don’t link to Etsy stores, giveaways, etc.
– By linking up to Inspiring Monday you are giving Embracing Homemaking permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs to help promote your post.

Let’s party!