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50+ Travel Toys in an Altoid Tin

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!


Now that it's the New Year, I've started thinking about SUMMER!  In fact, I've already started planning our next themed road trip (which I'll be revealing soon).  About this time of year, I start up my Travel Time Tuesday posts, and today is the first one!


In this digital age, it's easy to hand your child a device and pacify them with movies and games the entire trip.  But, as we all know, you miss so much when you're living life through a screen.  …

Road Tripping with Crystal Lite Containers

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!





We don't drink Crystal Light powder mixes, but I buy the containers frequently.  I use them for storing Safari toobs and have even written about using them for travel.  I just can't stay away from searching them out on Pinterest.  Here is yet another list of uses for Crystal Light Containers for travelling.

All of these Picture are "no-pin" so you'll need to go to their original sources to save them for Pinterest or Pin the Collage at the end of the po…

Camping with Kiddos

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!




From the vast amount of gear that they seem to need to the swirl of "what if" questions, camping with kiddos is not for the faint at heart.  After sharing my experiences in person and on internet forums, I decided it was time for another camping with kids blog post.  Last year's post was about getting kids mentally prepared for camping.  This year, I want to focus on the actual event.



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Because we usually camp in the mountains, we pack clothe…

Tips for Hiking with Kids that Parents Should Know

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!


Hi, Everyone!  Today, I have a special treat for Travel Time Tuesday.  Eric from Life Under Sky has agreed to do a guest article for me!  Please visit his blog to read more camping, hiking, and backpacking tips!


One of the ideal ways to keep your kids connected with nature is to hike with them. However, it might be a problem for parents to plan how to do that effectively. Let your kids commune with nature this season. It’s really important for future generations to have a dee…

Tangled-Inspired Bow Tying and Hair Braiding Activities for Kids

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!



It's Travel Time Tuesday again, where I share with you a tip, printable, or toy for your family adventures.  Today, I'm bringing you a quiet book ideas that can also be made into a stand-alone activity (which is how I'm presenting it to the kids).  Dragonfly (age 6) has been learning to braid and tie her shoes.  I made these two activities so she can practice her skills in the car.




Shoe tying is a needed skill, but for this activity, I thought the dress was mo…

Crafts for Camping

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!




All this week, I'm going to be bringing you awesome camping posts to get you ready for summer!  We're very excitedly counting down to our first trip.  One of the best ways to spend the time when you're not camping is to craft for your outings.  I've teamed up with the Kid Blogger Network to bring you the best projects for camping.  Enjoy!


Crafts Kids Can Do
Rock Painting for Preschoolers // Sixth Bloom

Camping Story Stones // Craft on Sea

Pet Cactus Rocks // Be…

Adventuring with Asthma

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!


I've been an asthmatic almost my entire life.  Sometimes my lungs were better, and sometimes they were much worse, but my nebulizer has been my constant companion.  I just ordered my third Pari Trek Travel Nebulizer in preparation from all our summer camping trips and travel.  I tend to burn them out, so I was very excited to find a company today that will sell each part separately.  The air compressor by itself is only about $15!

I absolutely love my Travel Nebulizer!

DIY Felt Activities for Travel

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!




Early this year, I did a Travel Time Tuesday post with lots of magnetic road trip activities.  At the same time I was working on that article, I had the idea of doing this post full of travel activities made with felt.

I hadn't realized how many felt travel activities I had made myself prior to putting these pictures together.  It was fun to look back and them and remember the excitement and reason for making them.  I hope you enjoy them too!


Pirate Map // In Our Pond
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How to Plan a Minion Themed Road Trip

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!


We're going on our first camping trip soon and since it's going to be a long drive (over 8 hours), we've decided to make it a party on wheels!  As a surprise to the kids, I'm doing a Minion theme!  We enjoy the Despicable Me movies and have been watching the 3rd installment on Netflix, so it seems like a good fit.  I'll try to update this post after our trip with some more pictures, but here are my inspirations.


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I was very excited to see that I can …

Lego Road Trip Ideas

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Did you know that it's Lego's 60th Birthday this year?  It's the perfect year for a Lego-themed road trip!  I really enjoy putting together "parties on wheels," and  my kids enjoy participating in them.  I particularly like how it focuses my buying and planning around a specific theme and makes both easier.

The funny thing about our Lego-themed road trip is that we don't own ANY Legos (edit- now we own a few).  We're not going to buy any for the trip, either.  We are also not heading to Legoland, although I think we'd like to go someday.

We're putting together a kid-friendly, family-oriented Lego road trip with all the primary colored things we can find.  We're also throwing in a bit of official Lego franchises like Batman, Star Wars, and Friends.  Everything is going to be AWESOME!!!






Camping Notebook Organizer

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About five years ago, I found a link on Pinterest that brought me to a printable camping organization notebook from All Those Details.  I was so inspired by her ideas that I created one of my own and gifted it to my parents.  At the time, I didn't want to post my own notebook printable, because I felt like it was too close to when she posted hers.

Well, as I said, it's been a few years.  My parents love their notebook and have been encouraging me to add the free printable to the blog.  I started completely from scratch and added more pages than I had originally.

Included in the Printable:
BINDER COVER- slip it into the half binder

THREE YEAR CALENDAR- summer months (May-Sept) of 2018-2020 for planning your trips

NOTES AND LISTS- space to write and organize

CAMPGROUND REVIEWS- keeping track of where you camp and all the details

HOBBY SUPPLY LISTS- packing lists specific to types of hobbies (fishing, boating, climbing, etc)

WHO'S COMING AND WHEN- for group trips with lots of…

Catch a Spider Fine Motor Travel Activity in an Altoid Tin

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!




I have been blogging like crazy this month!  The first week was all about Star Wars, the second week was camping, and the next week will be donuts.  This week was supposed to be my week off, but I can't stop blogging!  I posted Sea Turtle Life Cycle cards on Monday, a Minion Road Trip on Tuesday, and this game today.

I've also had so many Travel Time Tuesday posts lately that I've been posting twice a week!  Today, I'm sharing an activity I made for a frien…

Travel Donut Matching Game in an Altoid Tin

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It's Donut Week in our pond as we count down to National Donut Day on June 1st.  Yesterday, I introduced a printable multiplication activity.  Today is Travel Time Tuesday, so I'm giving you a donut-themed travel game!

This game is perfect for camping, airplane travel, and grandma's house.  Simply print (I recommend cardstock or scrapbook paper), laminate, and cut.  The cards all fit in an Altoid Tin, which is great for travel, because they fit easily in a purse or pocket.


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Donuts for Travel
UPDATE- April 13, 2019
As I was looking through this post from a year ago, I thought it looked a bit weak on awesome.  I added the pinnable image below and a new "pin it" image at the end.  I had so much fun putting together this list of donut travel ideas for a donut nut or a sweet …

How to Plan a Mickey Mouse Themed Road Trip

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This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!



When I was a freshman in high school, my family of seven crammed in a minivan and drove from Washington state to southern California.  There are many stories from that trip, but the one that seems to stick in my head the strongest was when my dad got lost and made an illegal u-turn on a state highway.  He was pulled over immediately, and explained rather sadly that we were just trying to "see Mickey."  While I don't remember if we actually even saw Mickey at …

How to Plan the Greatest Road Trip on Earth

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Despite the enormous controversy surround the circus industry, the Big Top continues to trill us and ignite our imaginations.  With fewer shows traveling around the country than ever before, the pageantry has come to us with blockbuster hits like The Greatest Showman.  Books for children and novels for adults are popular and continue to be published (that's another blog post, though).  Children still pretend to tame lions, walk on a tightrope, or lead the Grand Spectacle.

A friend of mine asked me to put together this very special circus "party on wheels" for her.  She wants to take her family on the Greatest Road Trip on Earth!  I enjoyed putting this performance together for her (while watching The Greatest Showman, of course).  I'm confident that she'll be a great ringleader and tame all the wild ones in her family.



Activities It's very important to keep your circus entourage busy lest they turn on you (they're a bit like lions that way).  Here are a b…