Road Trip Ready

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Road trips are a great way to connect with family and friends while participating in an adventure together. We have taken many road trips over the years and I have a few suggestions to help you be road trip ready for your adventure. #RoadTripHacks


Planning a Road Trip

  •  Car Ready: Make sure that your car, van or multipurpose vehicle is up to date on oil changes and maintenance. At the least, be sure to check that the tires have enough air and that all of your lights are working. The last thing you want to worry about is having car trouble on your trip. Gas up the day before the trip.



  • Home: Make sure you have taken care of your mail and secured your home. Turn off all small appliances and ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your home while you are gone.
  • The Plan: Be sure to plan for stops along the way to your destination for food, stretching and bathroom visits. A road trip should be comfortable for everyone and can feel unbearable with an unexpected traffic delay. Leave extra time in your schedule to explore a stop or two on the way.
  • Maps: Once you have a destination and lodging, be sure to take along a printed map. GPS systems are only as good as the WiFi that connects them and sometimes you can lose the connection while on the road.


Snacks & Beverages

  • Take along plenty of packable snacks and drinks for everyone. Use a small cooler with ice or ice packs for perishable items and beverages. I found some great items for road trip snacks at Albertsons the other day.



  • Take food and snacks that are easy to transport and easy to eat in the car. These smaller bottles of Gatorade are perfect single servings. We like to bring crackers, fruit, chips and cookies because sometimes we are in the mood for a salty snack and other times, sweet. Speaking of sweets, these Oreo Thins are my new obsession. They are SO good!
  • Take wipes or paper towels for cleaning up and removing stains. Also have a bag designated for trash and recycling so you can keep stuff from falling under the seats of your car and being buried there for months.
  • Bring a flashlight if you are doing any driving after dusk. This is something that always is helpful after dark.
  • Pack your road trip essentials in an easy carryall so you can find them easily while on the road.



Fun Road Trip Activities

Part of the fun of a road trip is enjoying the experience together. While electronics can help everyone on the trip, why not create some fun moments with interactive family fun as well.? These are some fun games to play while on a road trip:

  • Alphabet Game – Each person takes a turn naming something everyone can see, that starts with the next letter of the alphabet. So the first person gets the letter A, and must name something they see that begins with the letter A. The next person gets the letter B and so on. When the kids get older, try this game, but instead of things, name songs – it is a little more challenging and a lot of fun.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Make up a scavenger hunt by listing items on a sheet that passengers have to check off. This gives everyone in the car a chance to see the outdoors and discover new locations. List things like a flock of birds or an out-of-state license plate. Consider your route and choose some items that you are likely to see. Games like this give everyone a nice to get a break from looking at an electronic screen for hours.
  • 20 Questions – One person thinks of an item, movie or book. Each other person in the car takes a turn asking one question to try to determine the answer. The questions need to be in a yes or no format such as, Do we have one at home? Or Is it a movie we have seen? The first person to determine what it is before asking a question, wins that round. Then the next person gets to be the person to answer the questions with their choice.
  • Road Trip Stop Entry – This one is not really a game, but a family project. Take turns documenting each road trip stop in a book. Everyone that is able to write should contribute to the road trip diary. It is fun to get different perspectives from everyone and great for recalling memories later.



You can find some great road trip snacks at Albertsons. Be sure to enter the  to enter “The Best Road Trip Ever” sweepstakes too!


I hope you found these tips helpful. Where would you love to take a road trip with your family?



Goal Setting Planner Template

This Goal Setting Planner Template is what I use when making my goals for the year. I changed it a bit from last year, because I wanted to be able to list goals in different areas of my life. I set goals for my personal life, my finances, my health and even for travel.

I used an excel spreadsheet to make a format that worked for me.


First, I list the different areas that I want to improve and these help me in many ways. I find that by putting my goals in writing, it actually makes me more accountable. It also helps in decision-making, prioritizing and in calendar planning.

As I have mentioned before, it is important that goals are SMART:

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable

R = Relevant

T = Time Related

You can find more about the  SMART system here.

Here is an example of how I set up my planning sheet. I will have different sections and below, I will set and organize my goals. For example, under Finance, I want to save $200 over by the middle of the year. I use the column on the right, when I have scheduled a routine or process that will help me meet each goal. The Due column is a self-imposed deadline for meeting my goal.


I keep a copy in my planner. The same sheet can be used for 5 year goals or even monthly goals. It really makes a difference in your life when you write them down and commit to what you want to achieve.

Free Printable Goal Setting Form  ==> goals (1).pdf

What is one goal you have set for yourself this year?



Choosing A Word of the Year

Happy New Year! When I first heard that people were choosing a word for each new year a few years ago, I was intrigued. I have to say I like the idea of selecting a word to describe something I want to achieve or improve upon for the coming year. I do not make resolutions, but I do set goals at the beginning of each year.


I am a work in progress and always will be as I believe there is always room for improvement of one’s self. So I like the idea of choosing a word as an area to focus on in the coming year.

I could easily have picked out organize for my word of the year, but I feel that would be too easy for me. So instead I looked at other things I hold dear to my heart including gratitude, travel, inspire and faith. I start each day with gratitude and even use an gratitude app to remind me, and 2014 was an amazing year of travel for me due to my word from 2013 which was embrace. I embraced nearly every opportunity for travel last year and was lucky to be able to do quite a bit of it.

My Word of the Year

I love to inspire others, but that is hard to measure. Faith is something that deserves so much more than a word for me, so after thinking about it for a few days, I decided on my word for 2015.



Merriam-Webster defines simplify as to make (something) easy to do or understand.

Yes! That is something I would not only like to do, but to share with you as I strive for simplicity in areas of my life.

Will you be choosing a word of the year?



Holiday Shopping Planning with Intel 2 in 1

Have you started your holiday gift shopping? This is one of the busiest times of year for many people, myself includeld. With Christmas coming in about a month, I have to have systems in plalce to help me stay organizied during the holidays. I have found with a little planning and mutli-tasking, I can approach the holidays with less stress and anxiety. I am an inherent planner so I have lists for lots of things and wanted to share one with you today. Thanks to Intel 2 in 1 for sponsoring this post.

Holiday Shopping Planning

The first thing I do is make a budget of what I want to spend on gifts for the holidays. Next I make a list of people I want to give a gift. By listing all the recipients and estimating costs, it helps me determine what I can spend on each person. I made this Gift Shopping List Printable on my new 2 in 1 (I will share more about that in a minute), to help you form your shopping list and most importantly, stay within your budget. It will also help to ensure that you do not forget anyone on your list. By looking at your complete list, you can make adjustments like I do. When I do not have a list, I tend to overbuy and overspend.



 You can download the printable here ====>     Christmas shopping list printable

Using My 2 in 1 for Shopping

Another way I simplified my holiday shopping is by collecting gift ideas online. I bookmark items so I can find them later when I am ready to make a purchase.

I have to tell you how much my new Intel 2 in 1  helps me with my holiday shopping and planning. It functions like a laptop and a tablet on the same device. The screen is detachable from the keyboard, allowing for me to surf the web on a tablet, when it is convenient. The versatility allows me to accomplish more tasks with the same device.

I made this printable on it with the keyboard attached and then a few minutes later, used as a tablet it to shop online for gifts.



So convenient and it is so thin and light that I can take it with me anywhere (it weighs less than 3 pounds). It also helps me in the kitchen, but I will save that for another day.

Once I have all my holiday shopping done, I total the expenses and file the list in my Christmas file so I can refer to it next year. I also put any money that I did not spend from my holiday budget into the bank for next year. With a little planning, the gift-gifving process can actually be fun!


Do you make a gift sgiving list or do you shop


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Book Review: Mind Body Home

This weekend I had a chance to catch up on some of my reading. I love reading books and recently I was given a copy of Mind Body Home by Tisha Morris, to review. Tisha Morris is a Feng Shui consultant, interior designer, a certified life coach and yoga instructor.  In this book, Tisha explains what Feng Shui is, and comprehensively discusses the art and how it relates to our home and our life.

Mind Body Home Book Review

Feng Shui lierally means “wind” and “water” in Chinese.   The art and study of Feng Shui has been around for thousands of years and while I was somewhat familar with its background, Tisha Morris does a fantastic job of covering the history, principles, and effect that positive and negative chi (energy) can have on a home and your personal being.

Things such as the placement of furniture and objects as well as the number of furniture pieces you have in a room, all affects the flow of energy. I can certainly relate to that. I have been in many homes where one can feel almost suffocated by the clutter. I know some people who never use some of their furniture, because there is so much stuff taking over that pieces that act as a long term holding bin instead of its original intended purpose.

Tisha explains how all these things interact with energy flow. She discusses many facets of Feng Shui including:

  • how to map your room based on Feng Shui principles
  • how negative energy can affect us
  • solutions to remedy negative energy
  • why we hang on to things that result in clutter

She also discusses how the flow of your home relates to your success in your personal, professional and financial life. The book gave me some great ideas on some changes I want to make in my home, including replacing my current stove top, and redesigning my front entry.

I also enjoyed Tisha’s explanation of the significance structural components and outside features of a home in relation to Feng  Shui. If you are interested in learning more about on Feng Shui or ever wanted to know more about it, I highly recommend this book. It is very thorough on the subject, in a manner that is easy to understand and implement.

Mind Body Home educates us on the energetic connection made between you and your home. It offers an easy down to earth way of creating a holistic home that transforms us into a new way of healthy and positive living. Whether making a life change or simply starting over, it will improve the stability of one’s health, relationships, and promotes positive growth and prosperity. Tisha uses Feng Shui methods to connect every aspect of the home, from the foundation to the roof, to the physical and mental state of the mind and body.

Mind Body Home is available for purchase on But one of my lucky readers will win a copy, provided by the publisher. To enter for a chance to win, use the Rafflecopter below.

For more information on Tisha Morris and Mind Body Home, please visit  All opinions are my own. To enter to win a copy, leave a comment with the name of the last good book you read. This giveaway is open to US Residents only, 18 and over.   Good Luck!


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