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“Mom. Are we there yet?”   Summer traveling have you stumped on how you will entertain your children on long car rides? They can be miserable when your children are bored. Here are a few games to help pass the time and keep your sanity on these hot days and long family car trips! This familiar question of “how much longggeerrr?” is heard by moms and dads everywhere and fills them with dread as it is usually a signal their little ones are getting bored. Make it a stress-free car journey!

I Spy
“I spy with my little eye, something red.” This easy-to-learn game is perfect for preschoolers, and can keep them entertained for unbelievably long periods of time.  Choosing an object that they can see and giving them the first letter also helps with their spelling and encourages them to look around and take in the sights.

I’m Going on a Picnic
This alphabet-based memory game is great for kids 5 and up. You don’t need a game board or any materials. The game can be played with as few as two players, but it’s more fun when the whole family joins in. The first player says “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” followed by something that begins with A, such as apples. The second player repeats what the first person said, but adds something that begins with B. So she might say “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples and bananas.” And so on with C, D, and the rest of the alphabet. If someone forgets an item, she is out. To be fair, feel free to be lenient and give hints to younger players. The last player to be able to recite all the items on the list wins.

20 Questions
This easy-peasy game is great for younger kids, thanks to its straightforward rules. Player One thinks of a person, place or thing. Everyone else takes turns asking questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no. After each answer, the questioner gets one guess. Play continues until a player guesses correctly.

Telephone
This is great if there are a large number of people in the car, school trips being perfect. One person starts by whispering a sentence into their friend’s ear and it then goes all around the car with the last to hear required to repeat it to everyone else. It is very fun and shows how “rumors” can change very easily from one person to the next!

Treasure Hunt
This game is great fun for the kids and requires minimal interaction from you while on the journey, so you can concentrate on driving. Before leaving give each child a list of objects such as cow, sheep, red car, church, castle and ask them to mark each one off as and when they see it along the way. Of course, there will be a prize for each of them at the end of the journey if they have all succeeded in the task and it will keep them quiet for hours as their eyes will be glued to the window!

iPad or Kindle or Tablet
With the explosion of tablets on the market in the last few years many parents have invested in the new technology, some of which cost as little as $100. They are great to hand over to the kids before embarking on a long journey because they are packed full of games that will keep the kids busy. Most have an app store from which you can download several games beforehand with the kids, so they can simply access these on the go.

License Plate Game
When we were kids, everyone seemed to play the license plate game on family road trips. Armed with a pad of paper, we would write down the name of each state as we spotted it. The goal, of course, was to nab all 50 states. If we were lucky, we’d bag the Canadian provinces, too.

The game of silence
This one really works a treat and gives parents a few minutes of peace and quiet. Simply put, the child who can stay quiet the longest wins a treat. The longer they are quiet, the better the treat becomes. It could be considered bribery but, in a car full of screaming kids, anything goes!

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Here is a fun playlist I put together for all of you going to BBQs or hosting your own party! It could even be fun to burn a DVD and bring it to a friend’s house if you are getting the kids together for the Fourth of July. This playlist is adult and kid friendly!  Enjoy and safe travels!

1.    American Woman by Lenny Kravitz
2.    All-American Girl by Carrie Underwood
3.    American Pie by Madonna
4.    Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springstein
5.    We’re the Kids in America by Kim Wilde
6.    American Girl by Tom Petty
7.    American Baby by Dave Matthews Band
8.    Our Country by John Mellencamp
9.    Living in America by James Brown
10.  R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A. by John Mellencamp
11.  California Girls by The Beach Boys
12.  Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
13.  Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John
14.  America by Simon & Garfunkel
15.  Living in the U.S.A. by The Steve Miller Band
16.  God Bless America by LeeAnn Rimes
17.  Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow
18.  American Honey by Lady Antebellum
19.  Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
20. Take It Easy by The Eagles

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Thanks to this uber-patriotic craft, you kiddos won’t have to wait until dark to see July Fourth fireworks! It’s fun and is sure to create a sparkle in your child’s eye. 🙂

TIME NEEDED:
30 minutes or less

MATERIALS:

  • Dark Blue Paper
  • Glitter (any color you want…red, white and blue?)
  • White Elmer’s Glue

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Use white glue to draw firework bursts on a sheet of dark blue paper.
  2. Pour glitter onto the wet glue, then tap any loose glitter onto a clean sheet of paper and return the excess to the jar.

TIPS: For multiple colors, draw and sprinkle each firework shape separately.

 

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Le Top Whales & Sails Nautical Striped Shirt & Canvas Board Shorts

Put some wind in his sails with this sweet nautical white and azure striped short sleeve tee and navy canvas pocketed board shorts that match swimmingly! Sailing ship appliqué with circular boat window vents keep him cool in warm weather. Soft rib neckline and elasticized waist for easy over-the-head and pull up dressing.

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Looking for popsicle recipes for kids? Want something that’s a little different? Just needing a treat to cool off in the hot weather? Here are a few fantastic popsicle recipes for kids and adults.

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Those hot, muggy summer days are here again – especially here in New York. What to do with the kids? Here are some fun, simple activities to keep the kids happy and the TV off while staying cool this summer!

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My sister Betsy is having my nephew Wade’s 5th birthday party this Saturday! I am really excited and traveling back from New York to California and will be able to attend. She is planning on having the party at nearby park with all of Wade’s friends from school and cousins. I was trying to brainstorm some fun and relatively inexpensive ideas for his birthday to entertain the kids. Here are some ideas and tips for your kiddo’s party too!

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My nieces love going into Central Park in New York City or out in the yard in the Hamptons and digging for worms. Not exactly my cup ‘o tea digging for worms, BUT its very entertaining for the kids and can be educational too! With summer here and in need of afternoon activities, why not dig for worms with your kids? Here are some fun facts: 

  • A worm has no eyes, legs or arms.
  • There are 2700 different types of earthworms in the world.
  • There can be up to 1 MILLION earthworms in just 1 acre of land.
  • 22 foot long earthworm was found in South Africa.
  • Worms help plants by mixing the soil. So gardeners love them because they are ‘free’ help!
  • Even without eyes, a worm can still sense light and will move away from it.
  • Earthworms come to the surface when it rains because they need oxygen to breathe, and they would drown if they stayed in the soil.
  • Regular earthworms can live 15 years.
  • Although native to Europe, earthworms are found throughout North America and western Asia. They do not live in deserts or regions where there is permafrost or permanent snow and ice.
  • They are often called night crawlers because they are often seen feeding above ground at night. Said to be shy of the light, they burrow during the day and stay close to the surface, but they can dig down in the soil as deep as 6.5 feet (2 meters).
  • The worm’s first segment contains its mouth. As they burrow, they consume soil, extracting nutrients from decomposing organic matter like leaves and roots. Earthworms are vital to soil health and to plants growing in it because they transport nutrients and minerals from below to the surface via their waste.
  • As they move through the soil, their tunnels aerate the ground. An earthworm can eat up to one third its body weight in a day. That would be equal to a 75-pound (34.1-kilogram) youngster eating 25 pounds (11.4 kilograms) of food in one day!
  • Earthworms are a source of food for numerous animals, like birds, rats, and toads, and are frequently used in composting and as bait in commercial and recreational fishing. Their numbers are strong throughout their range—they’re even considered agricultural pests in some areas—and they have no special status.
  • Earthworms are invertebrates—they don’t have an internal skeleton made of bone.
  • There isn’t a fossil record of earthworms because they are soft-bodied invertebrates.
  • Most earthworms will live for about six years in the wild.
  • Many people believe that if a worm is cut in half, the two pieces will grow into full-size worms. This is not true.

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