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The Best Disney Audiobooks for Kids

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My kids love the Disney Jr Novelizations of the movies, which have been turned into audiobooks.  Dragonfly (age 6) especially loves to listen to them at quiet time and bedtime.  She is able to pull up the Audible app on my old phone by herself and select the movies from our library.  I think we own every one they've made so far!

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We also love listening to the audiobooks on our road trips.  Because the kids know the basic story of the Disney movies, even my kids younger kids are able to follow the audiobook (they sometimes get lost on other books).  We broadcast all our music and books through our phones with a radio transmitter.  I added a micro SD card to my phone, so we'd have lots of memory available for downloaded media.  As a bonus, if I want to put the audiobooks, movies, or whatever onto my Kindle Fire, I can just move the SD card from one device to another.

Can you guess my kids favorite audiobook?

Finding Nemo
Finding Dory
Zoot…

How to Plan a Shark Themed Road Trip

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Discovery Channel's Shark Week is coming up in less than a month!  We've never watched the shark shows, but the kids are still fascinated with the sharp-toothed sea monsters.  I wanted our upcoming "Everything is Awesome" Lego road trip to be a shark-theme, but I was out-voted.  Maybe for our next beach trip (and when the kids are a bit older).  I made this theme road trip planner for myself, and decided to share it with all of you!


Family Friendly Attractions- Oregon Coast

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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 home from our three night, four day vacation on the Oregon Coast.  While we did spend a lot of time exploring the beach near our hotel, we also visited four popular attractions in the Portland area.  Every attraction has been given a family-friendliness rating of 1 to 5 🌟 to help you decide the best fit for your family.  This is my honest and unbiased opinion of these places, and I have received nothing for these reviews.  I hope this list encourages you to make…

All American Road Trip Ideas for Kids

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It's officially summer time here in the USA, which means a lot of red, white, and blue holidays and family road trips.  One of the most traveled times of the year is the days around July 4th, our nation's independence day.  In celebration of the great American road trip, I present a star-spangled, red, white, and blue road trip theme.


Printables One of the easiest things to collect for a road trip is printables, and there are so many options online.  These are a small sampling of all thing ones you can find!


Restaurant Logos Bingo from 3 Boys and a Dog
Printable Map from Mr Printables
Patriotic Fun Pack from Kids Activities Blog
Kindergarten Learning Pack from This Reading Mama
4th of July Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
Patriotic I-Spy from The Crafting Chicks


Food The most important thing about summer road trips is having snacks that don't melt!  This list is a bit heavy on the "treats," but I don't regret it.  The red, white, and blue is so fun!


Red Vine Fun Packs from Ei…

Bananas! Our Minion Road Trip- a Summery

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I promised in the Minion planning post to update you after we got back from our trip and this is that post.  We went on a ten hour road trip to meet family for a camping trip.  It was a light trip compared to our twelve day one we have planned for later this summer, but it was a good tester to see how the other trip may go.  We were reminded once again that the children can NOT sit next to each other on long journeys (smile).  But, overall, the trip went very well.




I surprised the kids with the Minion theme.  Since we had a relatively short trip, I only packed us a few themed toys.  The kids shared a Minion Bop-It toy, which was a perfect fit for my sensory-seeker (Skimmer- age 5).  Amazingly, the $5 toy is still unbroken (rare for this family), and we're planning on buying a few more soon.


The kids also shared a Minion Look and Find book.  It has fun, colorful Minion pictures that made the kids laugh.  I wish that the box with the list of things to find had been full of pictures…

What to Bring When You're Camping with Experts

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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!


There are lots of packing lists available on the internet for all types of camping trips.  I haven't yet seen a list for weekends with experts, people who have been camping so long that they have all the cool stuff.  The experts already have everything you need for cooking over a fire, cleaning, setting up a great camp, etc.

In our life, the camping experts are my parents.  We always camp with them (great for grandchild and grandparent memories), which means we have a …

Mickey Matching Game in an Altoid Tin

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Did you know that this year is the 90th Birthday for Mickey Mouse?  Perhaps you noticed all the extra Mickey and Minnie products in stores lately, including special edition goldfish crackers,  oreos (coming in the fall), and other fun things.  If the distinctive ears make your heart flutter, this free printable is for you!


I originally made this game for a friend who was heading on an international flight with her two small children.  I wanted something that would be easy to produce, would fit in a tiny recycled Altoid tin, and could be played on the airplane's tray table.  Teaching colors, patience, and matching is a bonus.


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Download the PDF by clicking on the link, then print it on cardstock for durabilty.  If you have access to scrapbook paper, you could also print on the plain side o…

Vacation Countdown Ideas

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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 to the beach!  Every day, all day long, the kids have been excitedly nagging me about leaving and asking how much longer until we can leave.  I decided that I'd better do a countdown to save all of our sanity.  When I started looking on Pinterest, I found all sorts of neat ideas, so I thought I'd share them with you.  I wasn't expecting my list to include so many Disney themed ones, but this is apparently what people countdown to the most.



Mickey…

How to Plan a Moana Themed Road Trip

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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 to the beach!  We'll be driving to the Oregon Coast later this month for a long weekend.  As we were discussing which theme we should do for our "party on wheels," the kids suggested the pirate theme from last year.  They really liked having a themed flag, music, snacks, and such, so we discussed possibly doing a Finding Dory/Nemo party.  They decided that Nemo had been done, and that we should do Moana.
In the end, we're planning a beach/ocean themed trip with a Moana twist.  The kids are just …