Adventures with Callie: Spotlight on The Mod Mommy

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Adventures with Callie: Spotlight on The Mod Mommy

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 4.32.08 PM 1Courtney Buteau is a digital journalist, parenting blogger and mom to three children. Her blog, The Mod Mommy, centers on cooking, crafts and other activities for the whole family.

 

Buteau has served as brand ambassador for HP on a Smart Mom Panel, as family ambassador for Edaville USA, on a Mom Advisory Board for Condé Nast; has been a member of the SoFab Creative Council and Chick-Fil-A Mom’s Club, and has worked with Disney on special projects and Summer Infant in a Voice of Moms Panel focus group. Additionally, Buteau has been featured on POPSUGAR Moms Select and 5minutesformom.com.

 

Recently, Adventures with Callie got to chat with Courtney Buteau.

 

Adventures with Callie: We love the parenting advice you offer on The Mod Mommy! Tell us more about yourself and your blog.

 

Courtney Buteau: Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m a mom to three young kids, ages 5, 3 and 2. I’ve been a journalist for 12 years and having my blog has been a great outlet for me to document moments and share learned tips with other parents. My blog offers a small glimpse into the crafting, cooking and fun areas of my life. I really love to be in the kitchen and would love to host a cooking show. Although, if I starred in one today it would be called “Chicken Nuggets and Fries.” My kids really need to broaden their palates before I aim for the big time! 🙂

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 4.29.02 PMAWC: What inspired you to create The Mod Mommy?

 

CB: I started The Mod Mommy soon after I had my first child in 2010. As a new mom I was turning to blogs and parenting websites for advice, reviews and connections to other parents. And I found myself learning tips or hacks through my own experiences and craved an outlet to spread the word. Having the blog has been a great way to meet people and share ideas.

 

AWC: Do you have any go-to tips for traveling with kids and pets you can share with us?

 

CB: When we took our first family road trip with our beloved 8-year-old Lhasa Poo last month, I scoped out pit stops that we could make along the way that were good for our dog and the kids. I wanted to make sure the dog had room to walk and the kids had space to shake their wiggles out. Another tip is to always have snacks on hand. When traveling, you don’t know when you’ll end up in traffic or when bad weather will hit, so you definitely want to be prepared. I swear, my kids eat All. Day. Long.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 4.29.20 PMAWC: Do you have an anecdote about an unusual experience that inspired a blog post? Please share!

 

CB: Right before I had my third child I wrote a post sharing random baby tips for new moms. At the time, I was receiving a bunch of unsolicited advice from strangers so that was the inspiration behind it. One of my tips included: Use a leftover baby formula scoop for measuring coffee grinds. It’s exactly a tablespoon and will make a perfect cup of joe! There’s some fun and informative ones on the list and the reception from other moms went really well. Posts that a lot of people can connect with are always fun to write.

 


AWC: What do you hope to achieve with your blog in the near future? In the long term?

 

CB: I had set a goal more than a year ago to make sure I made a certain amount of money monthly, and since then I’ve been able to sustain it. My hope is I can continue monetizing while doing something I love. It’s not easy though, as I do everything for the blog by myself. Anyone with kids knows some days it’s tough to get a shower in. So, as I get even busier, I hope to hire some help.

 

AWC: What’s your family’s favorite summer activity?

 

CB: Our family’s favorite summer activity is going to the beach. It offers a little something for everyone. My boys love to build and dig, my daughter swims like a fish and my husband and I always like to explore and take walks, so the beach is a natural fit that we all enjoy.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 4.28.35 PMAWC: What do you wish other people knew about The Mod Mommy? Is there something that surprises most when they first learn about your blog?

 

CB: They are always surprised to hear that I make money from my blog. Too many people look at blogs like silly hobbies. The truth is, it may have started as a hobby, but it’s more than that now. I take pride in my writing, brands I hand pick for sponsored content, my photos and attention to detail. There are many who do what I do, but I’m glad I’m able to contribute to my family’s income while doing something I started and have sustained.

 


AWC: Here’s a silly one. If you and your family had to be stranded on a deserted island, but all your human needs (such as food and water) were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?

 

CB: Hmmmm, that’s a tough one! Definitely a bra. Seriously! I feel like not being tucked in would distract me from having fun on island adventures. I’d also want a notebook and pen. Can that count as one thing? Haha I love to make lists and write things down. I feel like that would be helpful considering how easy it would be to lose track of time.

 

AWC: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

 

CB: Thanks for highlighting my blog, it’s been an honor to be included! It’s not usually easy to talk about myself, but you made these questions fun to answer.

 

Visit Courtney Buteau’s blog at The Mod Mommy.

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Adventures with Callie: Spotlight on Lifestyle Blogger Becky Mansfield

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Adventures with Callie: Spotlight on Lifestyle Blogger Becky Mansfield

 

Your Modern Family_Pic5Becky Mansfield is a lifestyle blogger and mom to four children. Her blog, Your Modern Family, covers tips on homemaking, saving money, design, food and motherhood.

 

Mansfield has written several books, including Potty Train in a Weekend and You Can be a Stay at Home Mom on One Income.

 

Recently, Adventures with Callie got to chat with Becky Mansfield.

 

 

Adventures with Callie: We love the lifestyle advice you offer on Your Modern Family! Tell us more about yourself and the blog.

 

Becky Mansfield: My husband and I have four children and we are raising them in North Carolina. I was a teacher and I am currently a play therapist, so I write about parenting and raising children as the primary focus of my blog. I talk about taking care of the house, saving money, cooking and really all things family-friendly. I am the author of several books, including the best-selling Potty Train in a Weekend.

 

Your Modern Family_Pic3AWC: What inspired you to create Your Modern Family?

 

Mansfield: It’s funny that it started with a parenting group. I was sitting with my friends and they had asked me for advice on how to organize their home similar to mine. I wrote out a very lengthy email to each one of them when it dawned on me that I should put it in one place for them to come back to every day while they are decluttering and organizing … YourModernFamily.com was born.

 

AWC: Do you have any go-to tips for traveling with kids you can share with us?

 

Mansfield: My favorite tip is eliminate all electronics for the week leading up to your trip. This tip works well because when you do finally get into the car to take your long trip, you can give them an electronic device and they will be so excited to play it … They will keep themselves entertained for hours.

 

Your Modern Family_Pic1AWC: What do you hope to achieve with your blog in the near future? In the long term?

 

Mansfield: In the near future, I hope for my blog to inspire parents to enjoy the time that they have now, while their children are young. So many of us just look for the future … for that time when our children are older, but we are missing these moments. I want to help them see that the time is now.   

For the future: My husband and I both work on YourModernFamily.com from home. We have branched off to include YourModernDad.com, so my hope is that we can continue to add more sites to help more people.

 


AWC: What’s your favorite family weekend adventure/trip and why?

 

Mansfield: Definitely going to Hilton Head Island. It is a four hour car ride to the beach, but we mostly love to go there for the biking. Our family loves to spend time together doing things outdoors, but biking is our favorite. HHI offers so many paths, to make this easy for everyone.

 

AWC: What is your family’s favorite summer activity?

 

Mansfield: When it is too hot to bike, we usually go boating on the lake with our family. My parents and my brother’s family live close by, so we all get together a few days a week to boat on the lake and swim afterwards. We end the day with a family dinner at my parents’ house. Our kids love it as much as I do, so we try to take advantage of the lake as much as we can.

 

Your Modern Family_Pic2AWC: What do you wish other people knew about Your Modern Family? Is there something that surprises most when they first learn about your blog?

 

Mansfield: There are a few things that surprise people. First—that my husband and I are high-school sweethearts. Second, that he has resigned from his job and this blog is our new job. It works out perfectly because we can work after the kids are in bed for the night, so it allows us to have a lot of family time. It is a win-win.

 

AWC: Here’s a silly one. If you and your family had to be stranded on a deserted island, but all your human needs (such as food and water) were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?

 

Mansfield: Bug Spray (ant bites are the worst!) and shoes (when I watch those shows where people are stranded without shoes, all that I can think about it how badly their feet must hurt!).

 

Visit Becky Mansfield’s blog at YourModernFamily.com.

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Adventures with Callie: Rescue Dogs Movie Night

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Rescue Dogs Movie Night

 

To celebrate the July 1st streaming release of Rescue Dogs Movie on iTunes, today’s Adventures with Callie is themed: Rescue Dogs Movie Night!

 

Whether your family prefers a casual movie night on the couch or has access to an outdoor movie projector (or can make a phone into a projector), I’m here to suggest how to have the very best family movie experience this weekend.

 

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The Movie

 

Step one? Download Rescue Dogs Movie on iTunes! You can finally bring home the movie that helped find 150+ animals their forever homes through its unique distribution.

 

To get the full movie-going experience, print movie stubs here and pass them out to each family member before they enter the “movie theater” (your home’s TV room).

 

The Comforts

 

Sure, your family most likely has watched a movie at home together before, but have you tried upping the comfort level? Elevate your movie night by incorporating more pillows, blankets and comforters.

 

Build a blanket fort around the TV for a movie night the kids will never forget.

 

Blanket Fort

 

If you’re going for an outdoor screening, fill a small kiddie pool with blankets and pillows for a makeshift couch that’ll keep everyone comfortable and dry.

 

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Try a drive-in theme by crafting these adorable child-sized cardboard cars.

 

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The Food!

 

I know what you’re thinking—popcorn! Whether it’s made via microwave or stovetop, it should probably be on the list of movie night essentials. For anyone that’s a foodie, here are 25 popcorn recipes to test out.

 

For a fun interactive element, prepare a self-serve Popcorn Bar. All you need is some popcorn and a variety of toppings to change things up from the norm.

 

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Head over here to print out popcorn boxes to get the full experience.

 

If you’re more into cupcakes, this popcorn-looking marshmallow cupcake is sure to cure the craving.

 

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Or present your very own homemade concession stand.

 

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How to physically balance all of this deliciousness? Make a movie tray! Pick up plastic caddies from a dollar store and watch as they transform into personalized snack organizers.

 

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Feel free to swap out candy and sweets for healthier options, such as veggies and dip or some of the recipes featured on our Cooking with Charger page.

 

The Discussion

 

The fun doesn’t have to stop when the credits start to roll. Make time for the family to discuss the movie. Which characters were favorites? Did everyone learn something from the film?

 

Having a chat about how the characters handled their fictional situations can be a way to instill your family’s values or encourage children to open up more.

 

I hope you and your family have a fantastic Rescue Dogs Movie Night! Please share your experiences in the comments below, and let us know how you liked this week’s Adventures with Callie.

 

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Adventures with Callie: Spotlight on Travel and Parenting Blogger Cristen Casados

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Spotlight on Travel and Parenting Blogger Cristen Casados

 

Cristen Casados - Pic2Cristen Casados is a travel and parenting blogger and a work-at-home mom to two girls. Her blog, The Naptime Reviewer, focuses on parenting advice, product reviews and giveaways. Casados’ latest project is The Bucket List Mom, which launched in January 2016 and offers travel, style and beauty-related recommendations. It’s been ranked #1 monthly in Travel and Leisure blogs on TopMommyBlogs.com.

 

Additionally, Casados regularly contributes to the Huffington Post, the Little Trendsetter blog and US Family Guide.

 

Recently Summer Family Fun got to chat with Cristen Casados.

 

 

Summer Family Fun: We love The Naptime Reviewer and The Bucket List Mom! Tell us more about yourself and your blogs.

 

Cristen Casados: Thanks so much! Well, where do I begin? When I first became a mom in July of 2011, I struggled with no longer having the constant “adult time” that I was used to with my full-time job. I worked as a medical billing rep and did a little office management work, as well.  I had always imagined becoming a stay-at-home-mom and I would work on D.I.Y. projects with my kids all day long, make the best dinners and look presentable at all times. Boy, was I wrong. Throw two blogs into the mix and it’s a madhouse over here!

 

 

SFF: What inspired you to create The Naptime Reviewer and The Bucket List Mom?

 

CC: My number one passion is my my family; my kids and my husband. But I also have a passion for being in-the-know about products, vacation destinations, home decorating tips and a million other topics. My brain works a little bit like Pinterest. Word-of-mouth is huge in the mommy world, which is why I wanted to start my first blog. I wanted to be able to test out products and give my honest opinion about them.

 

At the beginning of 2016, I decided to split my travels and style advice from my review site, which is how The Bucket List Mom came about.  It’s fun being able to run both sites which have a very different feel and flow about them. It’s definitely a struggle running two blogs, but I try not to put too much pressure on myself. I set smaller goals and try to focus on those.

 

 

SFF: Do you have any go-to parenting tips for traveling with kids you can share with us?

 

CC: I am a huge advocate of the travel light method. There have been countless trips where I overpacked. Overpacking for an adult is okay in most cases, but overpacking for two kids is a nightmare. I lay out each family member’s outfit in a row, with each column being one day. If it’s a beach vacation, I pack a swimsuit, undergarments and one outfit for each day. Pajamas can be reused multiple nights and most of the time my kids just sleep in their clothes (which mainly consist of leggings and a cute graphic tee).

 

Cristen Casados - Pic3As far as baby gear goes, I tend to not bring our own car seats on trips and prefer to rent them or use the shuttle services’ car seats. I’m a huge fan of the GB Pockit stroller right now for my toddler. It literally folds up so small and fits right under the airplane seat, so there’s no need to check it at the gate.

 

Also, take advantage of kids’ programs at resorts. Ask the concierge desk for a daily or weekly itinerary of activities and keep those in mind when planning your days. This also goes for cruises.

 

 

SFF: Do you have an anecdote about an unusual experience that inspired a blog post? Please share!

 

CC: I tend to include a lot of real-life humor in most of my blog posts. They are all inspired by my personal experiences or day-to-day life, which can get pretty interesting sometimes. I recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post that talked about how ironic it is that most work-at-home-moms want to be able to raise their own kids, but want to earn money. We want to feel more adult-like in the business world, but also want to be able to play with our kids. There is an endless cycle of wanting to make more money, wanting to work harder and set higher goals for ourselves, all while wanting more time to spend with our kids. I called out the Etsy shop owners who make their own hair bows, the bloggers (including myself), the direct sales reps, the self-made photographers and every other work-at-home job that we hear about these days. That article was a big hit.

 

 

SFF: What do you hope to achieve with your blogs in the near future? In the long term?

 

CC: I just sat down the other day and wrote down some short-term goals for my blogs. Increasing stats and monetization were my main goals, but traveling the world with my family is always the ultimate goal. My blogs have opened up a world of possibilities in the travel sphere for my family and I will be forever grateful for that. My long-term goals are to primarily focus on The Bucket List Mom, since my kids are outgrowing “naptime.” I would like to bring on a team of writers to contribute to The Naptime Reviewer to continue to keep moms and dads in the loop with new products, helpful services, discounts, etc. Thankfully, my kids still nap, as they are only 1.5 and 5, so I continue to contribute to both sites.

 

I have always been the type of person that looks for new, innovative ways to create brand awareness in the consumer world.  I feel like consumers are getting sick of “bloggers and influencers” and it’s getting hard to know who to trust these days.

 

 

SFF: What’s been your favorite family trip so far and why?

 

CC: My first family cruise in 2012 on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas ship was probably my favorite. I had never seen a cruise ship that large and I was in complete awe of everything the entire trip. We visited Jamaica, Haiti and Cozumel, Mexico with a huge group of family and friends. I also really enjoyed the Social Media on the Sand blogger conference in Turks and Caicos last year (2015). I was able to bring my mom and two daughters along for the fun. I met so many great bloggers and have made some forever friends. I came back from that trip very inspired – both on the business side of things and with family life.

 

 

SFF: What would you tell someone who is thinking about starting a parenting or travel blog?

 

CC: Ha! I get this question a lot. Many friends and readers have asked how they can start a blog and what advice I could give them. I have always discouraged them from starting their own blogs unless they feel like they have at least eight hours a day for the first one to two years. Many people think that running a blog is easy. How hard could it be to take some pictures and write a few paragraphs? It has proven to be difficult for many people that I have offered guest post positions on my blog. I have been blogging for over four years and still don’t have it all down.

 

Cristen Casados - Pic2If they are insistent on proceeding with creating a blog, my major words of advice are these…

 

Don’t work for free. Don’t sell yourself short right off the bat. Take high quality images from the beginning and produce magazine-worthy articles. Treat it as professional as you can treat it. Also, “fake it ‘til you make it.” Pretend like you’ve been doing this for years. This goes hand-in-hand with being professional. Don’t be afraid to reach out and pitch to brands. Know what you have to offer and don’t overcommit. Ask yourself at least a few times per week, “am I being honest with my audience or am I being influenced by compensation?” “Am I truly benefiting the brand with my services? More than other bloggers?”

 

I tend to set really high standards for myself in life, and when I feel like I’m no longer benefiting brands or my audience, I come down really hard on myself to fix the problem. By setting small goals that are very reachable, I automatically encourage myself to continue doing what I do.

 

 

SFF: What’s your family’s favorite summer activity?

 

CC: Growing up, my family’s favorite summer activity was camping at Pinecrest Lake here in California. Now that I have my own family, we enjoy an annual trip to Mexico (Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta). We also have a few really cute places to take the kids that aren’t as overwhelming as an entire theme park, but have a little bit of everything to offer (zoo, rides, park slides, etc).

 

 

SFF: What do you wish other people knew about The Naptime Reviewer and The Bucket List Mom? Is there something that surprises most when they first learn about your blogs?

 

CC: Most are surprised to find that I actually earn money blogging. Most people think I just do it for the free products and free trips, but like I always say, “free stuff doesn’t pay the bills.” Something else that completely surprises people is that I do it all on my own – social media management, emails, newsletter content, run my app (TBLM Daily in the App Store), photography, write the articles, SEO, website design, etc.

 

 

SFF: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

 

CC: When I interview people I always like to include a wild card question. Something that is completely random, like what is something that touches your heart? What is your favorite food? Do you have a favorite movie? So, to give myself a taste of my own medicine…

 

A good musical solo will give me goosebumps and make me tear up, anytime, any day. It’s something that truly touches my heart and is something I have a passion for.

 

My favorite food is currently fish tacos – or anything Mexican.

 

My favorite movie is The Notebook, but I have a soft spot for anything Disney, new and old.

 

 

Visit Cristen Casados’ blogs at The Naptime Reviewer and The Bucket List Mom.

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Adventures with Callie: Backyard Camping

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Adventures with Callie: Backyard Camping

 

Hi, Dreamers! It’s Friday again—so it’s time for another weekend adventure with me, Callie.

 

This weekend you and your family are going on a camping trip close to home. Right in your backyard, to be exact. Backyard camping has all the fun of regular camping, but you have access to any extra amenities usually left at the house.

 

Let’s start the camping adventure!

 

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The Essentials

— Tent (Feeling ambitious? Build your own!)

— Sleeping bags or bedrolls

— Flashlights

 

The Extras

— Binoculars

— Canteens

— Compass

Tip: Add yoga mats beneath sleeping bags for additional comfort

 

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Build a Fire

For those with a fire pit or grill, you’re all set. If not, we’ve got you covered. Get a Terra Cotta pot and line it with foil. Add charcoal (and lighter fluid, if need be), light it, and you’re good to go!

 

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‘Healthy’ S’mores

Now that your fire’s going, it’s time for a snack, and there’s nothing like a classic s’more. For an updated (healthier!) version, try a grilled banana s’more. Basically, it’s a banana stuffed with marshmallows and chocolate, so it’s sure to be a family favorite. Just wrap the stuffed banana in foil and heat it up over the grill or fire for about 10 minutes. The results will be a gooey snack of deliciousness. Yum!

 

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Modern Lanterns

Need a nightlight? Fill mason jars with glow sticks and add water to make a cool lantern. You can even add glitter and dish soap to the mixture and they’ll catch the light when shaken and remain suspended.

 

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Game Prep

For a quick game, grab a ladder and label each rung with different points. Have each player throw bean bags between the rungs and see who gets the most points.

 

Fireside Stories

Once the family’s settled around the tent or fire, it’s time for a ghost story! Have someone begin the story by saying only one sentence. Go around the circle and have each person add a sentence to progress the story. Everyone will be surprised at how the tale turns out!

 

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Reach for the Stars

Although this adventure is a way to get in touch with nature, elevate the experience with a dose of modern-day technology. Bring along a smartphone and download any of the free astronomy apps available, like Star Chart and Sky Map. Just point your smartphone to the sky and it’ll inform you about the constellations you see. It’s a virtual planetarium in your pocket!

 

Take a Hike Around the Neighborhood

Before settling around a campfire, go for a “hike” around the neighborhood. Explore any roads you might not usually walk down or a park you’ve never visited. If you have a compass or a map (or GPS on a phone), plot a course and see if your family can navigate it. Watch birds through binoculars and collect nature samples—leaves, rocks, flowers—along the way. Take photos and be sure to return to your campsite before sundown!

 

Now, go out and have a PAWESOME weekend adventure! Tell us all about your backyard camping trips in the comments below and I’ll see you again next Friday for more Adventures with Callie.

 

h/t: Parents.com, Buzzfeed, and Neighborhood Food

Adult supervision required.

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Adventures with Callie: The Perfect Picnic

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Adventures with Callie: The Perfect Picnic

 

Good to see you again, Dreamers. I’m Callie, and I’m here every Friday to suggest a fun new adventure for you to go on with your family.

 

This weekend’s adventure suggestion is an oldie, but a goodie. Plan a classic picnic with an upgraded twist!

 

The Basics: Food!

 

A New Twist: Make cute, miniature portions to switch up the usual go-to lunch. For example, a cookie cutter can quickly transform the average sandwich into a new, eye-catching shape for the little ones to enjoy.

 

Kebab-it: There’s something about adding food to a stick that makes it a more enjoyable eating experience. Make fruit kebabs for a quick, healthy snack that has an easy clean-up.

 

A Surprise: Now I know you’re not supposed to play with food, but I’m a big fan of the fruit-frog creation. A regular cantaloupe and some fruit salad can suddenly become a conversation piece.

 

Hand-sized Treats: If you’ve never tried the famous celery/pretzel butterfly, then you’re definitely missing out. To continue the theme, also test out the edible (and adorable) caterpillars and ladybugs here.

 

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Location, Location, Location

 

The great thing about picnics is that they can be anywhere. Unable to stray too far from home this weekend? Set one up in your own yard, or experiment with an indoor picnic! Live near a beach? Get that beach blanket ready! Personally, I like a traditional park picnic, but the options are endless.

 

Comfort Essentials

 

There’s the classic picnic blanket, of course. But have you ever considered bringing pillows? It’s a picnic life-changer. Or bring extra blankets to snuggle up in for added comfort. If you’re someone who likes more support, some beach chairs are the way to go.

 

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Energy-burning Activities

 

So you’ve made it to your picnic destination and you’re ready to settle in. But wait! The tykes have all this excitement built up. This is where a little planning goes a long way. Be sure to pack activities that are easy to travel (and are sure to tire): jump rope, a frisbee, sports balls, and bubbles.

 

For close-to-home picnics, or locations where you don’t have to walk too far with heavy items, here’s another cool idea to give a whack at: Water-Balloon-Pinatas!

 

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Low-energy Activities

 

Once the family has settled down, it’s time to present a few low-key activities. Books are always, always a great idea. Pack a few simple picture books for the toddlers or read-aloud books for the whole family to read together.

 

If that doesn’t hold attention spans, it’s time for good ol’ coloring on paper. A small pad of paper and some colored pencils, markers or crayons can entertain for a good chunk of time. Or have everyone draw while listening to the story being read aloud. What do they think the characters look like? How different do the characters look from one picture to the other? All of this can be enjoyed while sprawled out across a picnic blanket on the park grass, beach sand, or living room carpet.

 

Down time

 

Sunscreen and Bugspray

 

Don’t forget the absolute essentials: sunscreen and bugspray, depending on where you take this adventure. There’s nothing like a sunburn or a few mosquitoes to ruin an entire day (or weekend), so pack preventative measures.

 

If you’re not a fan of bugspray or bug zappers, there’s a humane way to rid your picnic goodies of pests. All you need are a few household items. Check out the details here.

 

You’re all set for the weekend adventure! What are your picnic go-to essentials? Share your picnic experiences in the comments below and I’ll see you next Friday for more Adventures with Callie.

 

 

h/t: LifeBuzz, The Crafting Chicks, Smashed Peas and Carrots, and CookPad

 

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Adventures with Callie: Geocaching

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Adventures with Callie: Geocaching

 

Hi there, Dreamers! My name’s Callie. I’m a dreamer too, which is why I’ll be suggesting awesome summer adventures for the entire family to do while out and about together.

 

Every Friday I’ll share my latest adventure recommendation for you to explore over the weekend. This weekend’s activity is inspired by my human-friend, Harper. He’s a big-time dreamer and a treasure hunter!

 

If your family’s full of young treasure hunters or dreamers of all ages, then we’ve got a treat for you, and it’s free.

 

Geocaching!

 

Items:

— GPS-enabled device

 

 

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Instructions:

  1. For the easiest accessibility, download the “Geocaching” app on a GPS-enabled device.

  2. Sign up with an email—remember, it’s free. They’ll send an email requesting you to validate the account.

  3. Once the account is validated, you’re in!

 

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Search the app’s map for a local scavenger hunt that’s already been prepared by other Geocachers. You’ll be able to see when the search was created and the last time the container was discovered.

 

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To play, you’ll navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find a hidden container. Once you find it, sign the logbook and log your find online. You can even swap out a knick knack with one of your own!

 

There are different levels of difficulty, so you can start simple and work your way up to the big-league Geocaching hunts. Each destination’s object container will vary in size, so keep your eyes peeled.

 

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Ever tried Geocaching before? Have a weekend adventure of your own to suggest? Let us know in the comments below, and check back each Friday for our latest Adventures with Callie!

 

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