Are you heading out on a road trip this winter? Christmas is in just a few days, then New Year's Eve, and of course the kids are on winter break from school as of this afternoon.
We won't be hitting the road this winter on an epic adventure, aside from day trips to the snow and other fun winter-themed activities. Instead the kids and I will be flying to Kentucky to start our day trip adventures from there. I didn't like the idea of braving the freezing, snowy weather driving across country like we did over the summer. Mike did it last year coming out to visit us and there were times he was snowed in at hotels and it took him longer than normal to get out here which of course left him exhausted.
But if you are heading out on the road this holiday season, I've put together a few tips to make the trip go smoothly, especially if you have kids.
Vehicle safety is number one, especially over winter as the ice, snow, rain, and wind can make the driving conditions hazardous. I'm sharing a whole lot of tips that will keep you safe on the road this winter season over at 5 Minutes for Mom. So head on over and get your vehicle in tip-top shape before heading out on the road.
Hot chocolate, warm fire, and Christmas movies seem to just go together all holiday season long.
Yesterday I showed you some simple upcycling projects for our fireplace thanks to Goodwill. Today I'm over at 5 Minutes for Mom sharing this DIY food stand and hot chocolate station (also thanks to Goodwill). Thrifting is life!
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Goodwill®
The holiday's can be stressful and costly, between the gifts, the celebrations, and the decorating. We all want to give our children the best, and make the season as festive and fun as we possibly can, but it's hard. I'm a single mother of three, and my budget each month is so tight it squeaks, so I find this time of year particularly difficult.
Thankfully I do have an amazing man in my life who helps out to no end with the 'fun' things. And my kids adore him. Just last weekend we met him in Nashville so we could spend time with his family and celebrate Christmas (albeit a little early). We took the kids to Gaylord Opryland one evening to see all of the festive decorations and go on a boat road, and the following day we took my kids back to ICE, which is an amazing exhibit of ice sculptures (Snoopy themed) that you walk through. It's only 9 degrees inside, but they give you big coats to wear, and the kids loved going down a slide made entirely of ice.
If everyone can get over their head colds we'll be heading to the Christmas tree farm to cut down our own Christmas tree later this week. This is one of the highlights of the holiday season for me. I've found having traditions makes the holiday's that much more special. My daughter picks out a tree, and her brother cuts it down. We load it up on top of the car, bring it home, turn on Christmas movies, make hot chocolate, and put out a few festive treats while the kids decorate the tree.
Each year we've built on our Christmas decoration collection. We pick out a couple of new things before decorating and then a couple more at the sales after Christmas. Or sometimes we just make our own decorations. This year things are a little tighter than normal so we are relying on a lot of DIY.
I see a lot of people impulse buying at big name stores, but did you know that stores such as Goodwill have a lot of options at this time of year too? There are so many treasures that can be crafted from Goodwill finds and I'm going to share a couple with you that I did this week for decorating the mantel above our fireplace.
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I love the holiday season. The kids have two weeks off school from winter break, and I am so looking forward to spending lots of time with them enjoying family movie nights, playing in the snow, ice-skating, game nights, and so much more.
One of our favorite things to do is curl up in front of the fire, watch a movie, and have dinner and snacks together. I like to switch it up a little though so that it's not just the same thing over and over ... you know, the same snacks, and the same activities. I like to throw a little something in there that the kids will get a kick out of.
One of my more recent things is these movie night food trays. They are just like the ones you get at the movie theater, so we can take them to the drive-in or use them at home for family movie night.
Pizza night makes meal time easy and saves time so we can spend more time together doing what we love, watching movies, and spending quality time together.
These movie night food trays are quick and easy to make, and are the perfect way to use those cereal boxes instead of throwing them away.
I'm showing you how to make these new and improved versions over at MyPrintly. They are the perfect way to display your favorite memories and photographs of your family members over the holiday season. They make great gifts for grandparents too.
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