Summer Adventure Car Must-Haves

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Last week, school ended here in Virginia. Mason has been out since May 15, so while I’m over the initial OMG SCHOOL IS OUT WHAT DO WE DO daze, my friends are just entering it. Meanwhile I’m getting in the groove, we’ve been doing something almost every day. It feels good!

In New York my poor siblings still have about two weeks left! Which means the kids and I will be packing up the car and heading to New York to see my baby sister graduate. I can’t believe it’s already time for her to graduate high school. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was still living at home and all 5-7 of us kids were piling into the car ready to hit the road. Whether it was a quick ride to practice or our annual girls day at the beach it was always an adventure.

Right now when the kids and I pile into the car and head to NY it’s just the three of us. Me, a 5-year-old and a newly potty-trained 2-year-old. It doesn’t matter if we’re heading to the park or if we’re heading to NY, there are some Summer Must-Haves we always have in the car. Summer is about spontaneity and our car is what takes us there more often than not, so we always like to be prepared!

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We have a nifty car organizer that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago and it’s my favorite! On one side of it I have all of our swim must-haves including a bathing suit for each child, two towels and a blanket so we can lay out. Not shown are two pairs of swimmies so we always have them available and our DIY sunscreen!

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We don’t often go swimming without knowing we’re going to, but I’m all about being prepared. You never know when a sprinkler at a play date is going to pop up or a random trip to the river sounds fun. Or playing in the park fountain is just what the doctor ordered.

Next up is my old diaper bag. This bag has three pockets. One side is for on the go fun for the kids: paper, crayons, markers and coloring books; the middle carries a change of clothes for each child; and the other side is stuff for me. There is plenty of room to throw in our snack bag, which is always packed and ready to go when we leave the house. In a small outside pocket, it also carries hand sanitizer and first aid items!

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This wagon just made our list but it’s something I’ve been wanting for a really long time. It can carry all of our bags, my purse and even the kids if needed! I’m SO excited to add this wagon to our summer adventures!

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Another must-have on my list? The amazing Chevy Traverse. Have you seen this baby?

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What are your summer adventures looking like this year?

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Red, White and Blueberry Yogurt Pops

Since we’ve arrived in New York I haven’t had just two kids to think about, I’ve had four kids to think about. Luke and Ava my youngest brother and sister are just 9 and 7. My mom works nights so she’s usually sleeping during the day which isn’t easy when she has so many kids running around the house. So I’ve been trying my hardest to keep the kids occupied, we send them outside to play and jump on the trampoline, bring them to the park and do fun activities with them. 

One of those activities have been making ice pops! It’s so easy to get them involved in this process and it teaches them about patience in the process! It’s been a tough lesson to swallow though because they have been way too excited about them. I could barely grab the pictures for this post without little tiny hands reaching in to grab the pops.

Red, White and Blue Yogurt Pops

These are super simple to make. We ran to Walmart and grabbed Yoplait® Original Red Raspberry, French Vanilla and Blueberry 6oz containers. The only other thing you’ll need is ice pop molds. No ice pop molds? Paper cups and wooden sticks will work just fine too!

We got two ice pop molds that fit about 3oz each. We should have gotten one more because we did have some left over that the kids happily devoured. It worked out well since they had to wait for the actual frozen pops! We wanted the colors to be Red, White and Blue since 4th of July is right around the corner so we started with the Red Raspberry yogurt.

Red Raspberry Layer

Then layered the white aka Vanilla.

vanilla yogurt pop

Finally we layered the Blue portion aka Blueberry yogurt!

blueberry yogurt pop layer

Final step was putting the tops on. The kids got a huge kick out of this part for some reason. It was cracking me up!

Red, White and Blueberry Yogurt Pops

 

There is no perfect science to this which is what I love about it. They’re super simple to make and it doesn’t matter if one layer is bigger than the other. It takes about 2 1/2 hours for them to freeze. The longer you leave them the better!

Red White & Blueberry Yogurt Pops

 

We’ll be making more of these in the next couple of weeks! I’ve already dream up a whipped vanilla peanut butter yogurt pop that I can’t wait to make and share! COMING SOON!

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yoplait®. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Target Red, White and Blue

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Earlier this week I was running around like a crazy person trying to get myself and the kids prepared for our trip to New York. At least once a year the kids and I pack up the car and drive six hours to see my family in New York. This time while I was driving I made a mental list of all the things I will miss in Virginia while I’m in New York and all the things I miss about New York when I’m in Virginia. Virginia’s list includes multiple playgrounds, places to go thrifting, my friends and everything being within a 10-15 minute drive. New York’s list includes a variety of food places, my family and TWO Targets within a 15-20 minute drive. I kid you not.

Anyone who knows me knows that Target is my favorite place. Just ask my dear friend who even made me a shirt to celebrate our love for Target. It’s a real thing. My favorite spot is the dollar spot. You can find just about anything in there from beauty essentials to décor.

the one spot

 

I especially love it for seasonal items. I can always find cute props and decorations for pretty much any holiday. Now that I’m in New York, I’m planning on hitting up BOTH Targets (YAY!!!!) because 4th of July is just around the corner and we’re having a party! As always my first stop is the dollar spot. I grabbed two of these 4th of July headbands for Kyla and I. Yes. I’m THAT mom.

4th of July Headband

Typically The Dollar spot is just a huge distraction (one I love) from what I usually come to Target for. The everyday essentials. We love all the organic options that Target has, so often we go there just for those things like the milk, pasta and even ketchup!

For our upcoming 4th of July party I’m in charge of all the paper products. So, of course, Target was where I wanted to go. Who in their right mind wouldn’t pick Target when you can get all the basics and all the fun stuff in one spot!?

everyday essentials paper products

Up & Up paper towels, toilet paper, forks/spoons/knives and plates were a must. I also grabbed some Archer Farms Loaded Baked Potato Dip (so tempted to eat this WAY before the party).

loaded baked potato

 

I also grabbed some fresh fruit and whipped cream so I can make a fun dessert that we’ll be taste testing a few days before just to make sure it’s good enough to serve to others ;)

I’m so excited for all the goodies we got to make our 4th of July awesome! We’re going to have a blast and I can’t wait to grab some official pictures of Mason and Kyla in the outfits and fun headbands I got at Target!

Kyla Pinwheel headband

 

Tell me I’m not alone, do you go into Target to get the everyday essentials and walk out with WAY more?

 

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In the Kitchen

Red, White and Blue Yogurt Pops

Red, White and Blueberry Yogurt Pops

Since we've arrived in New York I haven't had just two kids to think about, I've had four kids to think about. Luke and Ava my youngest brother and sister are just 9 and 7. My mom works nights so she's usually sleeping during the day which isn't easy when she has so many kids running around the ... read more