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5 Things… To do upon return from vacation

Posted in 5 Things... by Julie Meyers Pron on August 24, 2009

The first 5 things parents should do to calmly reenter life at home, and not totally forgo relaxation:

  1. stick a frozen pizza or ravioli in the oven
  2. eat as a family
  3. ask kids to think of their 3 favorite things on vacation, then draw or journal one of them
  4. send the kids outside to run off the pent-up travel energy
  5. take a family walk

Notice we didn’t mention laundry, grocery shopping, sort mail or get messages? Save that for tomorrow when you have a full day ahead.

5 Things… to bring on your next roadtrip

Posted in 5 Things... by Julie Meyers Pron on August 3, 2009

  1. Laundry Basket: Forget the super fancy luggage. If you’re staying with a washing machine, pile the kids’ clothes into a basket and yours into another. Light weight, easy to carry, they fit everything and pack and unpack without troubles. Plus, it’s easy to find things if you need them mid-trip. Get to your destination, move the clothes into drawers and you’re set to start your visit.
  2. An extra headlight: because you never know when you’ll end up with a “pidoodle”. And a “pidoodle” can lead to a ticket. Or an enormous hassle if you drove to a vacation spot without  Walmart or a car dealership.
  3. Wipes:
    1. Baby wipes: for cleaning hands, spills, mouths… but really for cleaning hands. Every single time you get out for a bathroom break
    2. Armorall Car Wipes:  if you’re travelling with kids, spillage is inevitable. And no one wants to clean up spilled milk 5 days later, let alone drive the car home with old spilled milk.
  4. Cash: So used to plastic that you rarely carry cash? Sure, until you hear the story of the vacationing family who’s credit card number was stolen and had the credit card frozen in the middle of vacation. Being declined while charging diapers at the grocery is not a good thing.
  5. A good ol’ paper map: Between GPS and cell phones we rarely use maps, who would think to bring one? But should connection be lost or a curiousity followed, getting lost can make you a long way from home.
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5 Things… for reentry

Posted in 5 Things... by Julie Meyers Pron on June 29, 2009


So, you’re about to depart on vacation. Make sure you leave these 5 things home to use when you return:

  1. 1 clean outfit for each person for the next day (include underwear and/or diapers!)
  2. 1 clean set of pajamas per person
  3. toothbrush and toothpaste
  4. frozen ravioli, pizza or another quick, frozen meal
  5. cereal, organic or other long-lasting milk for breakfast the next morning.

Have it all ready before you leave and you’ll reenter with less stress.

Collision.kit by Buttoned.Up. Get it. We Hope You’ll Never Need It.

Posted in Travel by Julie Meyers Pron on May 19, 2009

collision_kitSometimes, nothing says it like been there, done that comments from customers. From Karli, Provo, Utah:

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It was a good thing he did. The first thing on the list was call the cops. He did that. The other guy (who hit him) was ticked off. He didn’t want the police called at all. Now two (or is it three?) weeks later we’re fighting his $(*&#$*(& insurance to get our money. It’s so nice to know that we have pictures to prove what happened, taken at the time. I hoped we’d neve have to use it, but I’m glad we had it.

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