Simply Reese Winners + CrazyDog T-Shirts Giveaway

August 3, 2015

Jane.com + Simply Reese Giveaway
It’s a new day which means a new giveaway, which also means it’s time to announce the winners from last week’s giveaway. Let’s hear it for our 3 lucky ladies!

  1. Mackenzie B. – $250 PayPal + $100 Simply Reese Store Credit
  2. Alexandra N. – $250 PayPal + $100 Simply Reese Store Credit
  3. Sarah B. – $250 PayPal + $100 Simply Reese Store Credit

Each WINNER has been notified to let them know how to claim their prizes.


This Week’s Giveaway – CrazyDog T-shirts

Jane.com + CrazyDog T-Shirts Giveaway

Now, onto the next giveaway. If you are a cat lover, a silly sayings lover, a graphic tee lover or you just plain love to win things, then this giveaway is perfect for you! CrazyDog T-Shirts is giving 3 lucky winners a gift card to their online shop + an Amazon Gift Card. Prepare yourself for the head turns, the laughs and the stares that are associated with these crazy awesome graphic tees. Enter on our giveaway page for a chance to win one of these 3 prizes.

  1. $200 Amazon Gift Card and $100 CrazyDogTshirts.com Gift Card
  2. $150 Amazon Gift Card and $50 CrazyDogTshirts.com Gift Card
  3. $150 Amazon Gift Card and $25 CrazyDogTshirts.com Gift Card

Head over to Jane.com/giveaway to enter!


Vacation Essential Series – Road Trips

July 31, 2015
Jane.com Vacation Essential Series - Road Trips

We’ve been to the mountains (Part 1), we’ve conquered amusement parks (Part 2), we hit up the beach (Part 3) and we’ve flown on an airplane (Part 4). The last part to becoming a vacation pro and earning your certification for surviving trips with kids, we must hit the dreaded Road Trips…

Now if you have a good easy traveler then road trips are a piece of cake and can actually be quite enjoyable. If you don’t however, they can make for a very long (and I mean long) time in a small-enclosed space. So we are going to prepare you for the worst but have you hoping for the best.


Babies and Toddlers

What to Know

Take it Slow: When traveling with just adults or older kids, it’s easy to gauge the amount of stops you will need to take. With young kids there is no predicting when the words “Gotta go potty!” come flying out of their mouths. Expect a few extra stops for the unpredicted “blow outs”, potty stops, diaper changes and feedings that will more than likely take place.

Pack a Cooler: Even if we are stopping for lunch/dinner, having a small cooler full of snacks makes traveling so much easier. Pack your cooler with extra drinks, on-the-go snacks and food for the baby. An extra bottle of formula or breast milk is super convenient to have on hand when the fussiness starts and your exit is still a ways a way. Some of my favorite cooler items are portable yo-gurts, fruit and veggie squeeze pouches, fresh fruit and string cheese. Anything that doesn’t need too much supervision and can easily be passed to the back of the bus without hesitation.

Plan Activities: When traveling with small children mom always ends up in the back entertaining. Bring easy items to play with in the car that don’t consist of a million pieces. Books, magnetic sketchpads, cars, quiet books and water wow books are some of my faves. I like to bring a small Tupperware bin that can fit on the seat between carseats to store the toys. This way they have full access to toys and can (hopefully) put them back when they are done. These toys, for the most part, can be done with little to no supervision for the brief chance you are enjoying your time up in shotgun.

What to Bring

  • Small Cooler
  • Snacks
  • Airplane pillow or some head support
  • A travel bag of undies/diapers, change of clothes and wipes
  • Toys
  • Tablet with movies
  • Blankets
  • Sunshade for the windows
  • Slip on shoes for quick bathroom stops
  • Tupperware container for toys

Elementary Aged to Preteen

What to Know

Once your kids are in the Elementary stage, you switch from survival mode to actually achieving and reaching some sort of goal. Same goes for road trips with this age of children. Your road trips, minus the inevitable sibling fighting, can actually be enjoyable.

Make a Plan: Let the kids know where you will be stopping, if it’s a food stop or just a potty stop and how long in between location. If you want to get all Pinterst-y you can make a cute map of where you are going with little pictures and icons next to each stop. This will help you from making multiple potty stops and keep the “are we there yets” at bay.

Bring a Clipboard: Have you ever tried coloring a coloring book on your lap? It’s not easy to stay within the lines, a super serious matter. Bring a clipboard for each child. They can easily clip their coloring book in and have a perfectly hard surface to complete their masterpiece.

Tone Down the TV: Even though this is the easiest and fastest form of entertainment, some of the best parts of road trips are enjoying the new and changing scenery. If your kids are movie addicts, have them take breaks in between each show and participate in some other form of entertainment. You could play a game of I Spy, the License Plate Game, or the Alphabet Game. Have them draw a picture of things they see outside. Or take turns making up and telling different stories. It’s a nice interruption from the constant media intake our kids are faced with.

What to Bring

  • Small Cooler
  • Snacks
  • Airplane pillow or some head support
  • Clipboard
  • Crayons, paper, coloring books
  • Tablet with movies
  • Book
  • Blankets
  • Sunshade for the windows
  • Slip on shoes for quick bathroom stops
  • Tupperware container for activities/toys
  • Individual “dry snack” bags

Homemade Piña Colada Popsicles

July 29, 2015
Homemade Piña Colada Popsicles on Jane.com

Forget the otter pops, these babies are a little piece of paradise on a stick! And the very best part is they are sooooo easy to make. A huge thank you to Trisha Zemp for sharing with us her yummy recipe. This isn’t it though; her Instagram @TrishaZemp is filled with colorful popsicle recipes and stop motion eye candy.

Ingredients

  • 20oz can of Pineapple Tidbits
  • 400ml can of Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup of Coconut Flakes
Homemade Piña Colada Popsicles from TrishaZemp on Jane.com

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a pot
  2. Bring ingredients to a boil
  3. Turn heat down, and let ingredients simmer for 5-7 min
  4. Remove from heat and let cool
  5. Pour all cooled ingredients into a blender
  6. Blend together
  7. Fill popsicle molds
  8. Freeze at least 4 hours. Enjoy!

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