Camping Tips for Newbies

A couple weeks ago, my husband took our daughter camping, just the two of them! Bella was no interested in going to the daddy/daughter dance at her school this past school year. Instead, she made a deal with her dad to take her camping, just the two of them. This was totally OK with Zack and I. We are NOT campers! Being the great daddy that he is, he was very excited to take her camping and make it a fun trip that the two of them would remember forever and want to repeat every summer! However, we’ve never really camped before. So I’ve put together some great camping tips for newbies! You will want to keep reading. Especially at the end. I have a free camping meal planning printable for you!

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Camping Tips for Newbies

First and foremost, if you do not know what you need to take with you, Google is your friend! We did a Google search for “tent camping” and it immediately pulled up a list from the REI website with a checklist of items you need with you. Now, mind you, that list is VERY thorough and some things are definitely things you would not need, but you will be able to figure that out…it’s pretty obvious! A few items I want to point out that you need to take with you, besides the obvious things like a tent, sleeping bags, food, bug spray, etc are:

  • Tick Removercamping tips for newbies – This was one of the first things I purchased for their camping trip. I also made sure to remind Mr. DGoddess to check her over daily!
  • INFLATABLE LOUNGERcamping tips for newbies – Sounds silly, but my husband said EVERYONE had them and raved about them. Personally, I’d probably camp if I could sleep in one of these! No joke! They are on a super sale right now…
  • Coleman Quad(TM) LED Lanterncamping tips for newbies – This is the lantern they bought and took with them. The nice thing about it is that you can take one of the lights off and use it by itself for trips to the bathroom in the dark, etc.
  • First-Aid Kit – Seems rather obvious, but Mr. DGoddess would not have brought one had I not put one together for him and they needed it the day Bella cut her finger with the fish hook.

One thing Bella and her dad took with them was The Itch Therminator. I was really excited to try this. Bella seems to be a magnet for mosquitoes and when she gets bit, they swell up really big. One thing I always have her do is take a spoon, run it under really hot water and press it on to the mosquito bite. It helps take the itchiness away. However, you know as well as I do, you don’t always have access to hot water when you get bit buy mosquitoes. The Itch Therminator is your solution!

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The Itch Therminator fits in any first-aid kit and it is definitely something you want to have on hand. When you get bit or stung, simply press the end of The Itch Therminator on the bite and press the button. As you are holding the button down, The Itch Therminator will heat up and neutralize the itchiness! As you can imagine, Bella got bit many times on their camping trip and she was very thankful to have this nifty tool in the first-aid kit!

Besides having all the things I mentioned above, you also want to plan out your food. I put together this free meal planning printable for you to make it easier to keep track of what you need and buy at the grocery store!

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Download your FREE Camping Meal Planner HERE

So…I told you the items I felt were important to make sure you took with you camping, whether you are a newbie or a camping pro. What items do you never leave at home when you go camping??

5 Non Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you have a kid in elementary school, you know they are getting ready to start filling out Valentine’s for all of the kids in their class. I don’t know about you, but I am hoping that I can stray Bella away from all the candy options and do something a little more homemade and fun! With all the different food allergies in classrooms these days, I would hate for a kid to go home with a box full of things he/she couldn’t eat. How sad is that? If you are looking for non candy Valentine’s ideas, then keep reading! I found some good ones!

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Non Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas!

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Aren’t these cute? And they are so easy to make! Head on over to Simply Being Mommy for a great printable (makes it soooo much easier for you! Your welcome!) and because I love you all so much, I found a 3 dozen assortment of Valentine’s Pencils that you can order on Amazon and BAM! You’re done! Just put the kids names on it and you have that project done without leaving the house!

non candy valentines puffs

I absolutely LOVE these! You can get the little puffs at your local craft store (and just order these Foam Heart Stickers. I think these are cheaper than the craft store). Head over to Momdot to find out how she put these cute things together for the kids in her daughters class. I can tell you right now, Bella would want to make these!!

non candy valentine's star wars

Star Wars is HUGE in my daughters class right now (3rd grade). She is always coming home telling me that they played Star Wars on recess! Head on over to A Grande Life for the adorable printable. Of course, like the other non-candy Valentine’s ideas, I found glow sticks on Amazon. You have more than enough for your child’s class and you can save some for fun this summer!

non candy valentine's window cling

These are SO CUTE! Milk and Cuddles has a great printable on their site for you to use. Every kid loves window clings! Shoot…my kids are 9 and 11 and they both like window clings too! My 9 year old is forever asking me if we can buy them and put them up! I found these Valentine’s Day Gel Clings on Amazon. I really like the monkey’s!

non candy valentine's applesauce

Now…I know this one is a food item (it’s not candy!!), but the pouches I’ve seen say they are gluten free, dairy free, nut free, etc. If your child’s school is like mine, the teacher usually posts on the door “this is a X free zone” so anyone coming in knows what allergies are in the room. I just had to include this adorable idea that Eat Craft Parent came up with. The Fruit Me Up applesauce pouches I found on Amazon are not only a good price, but they contain JUST apples. How great is that?!?

If you would liked these non candy Valentine’s day ideas and would like to see some other Valentine’s day ideas, please check out:

Alternatives to Store Bought Valentine’s

More Alternatives to Store Bought Valentine’s

 

What to Do with Your Grounded Child PRINTABLE!

Your kid is grounded, now what? When I was pregnant with my son, everyone that came to my baby shower wrote a little tip, trick or cute little quote about parenting on an index card for me to look at, learn from, etc. People had all kinds of things written on there. Things like:

“Love unconditionally”

“Sleep when the baby sleeps”

“Don’t get hung up on what you think you should do; just do what you need to”

All were great pieces of advice, maybe a little cliche, but good advice nonetheless. However, one piece of advice has always remained with me all these years.

“Punishment always hurts you more than them”

I didn’t realize how true that was until my two got older. Sure the tears, as you put a toy in time out because they threw it,  stink to listen and rips at your heart, but I learned to tune that out. I mean, they had to learn that you can’t throw toys. But, as they get older, you start to take things away like electronics or grounding them to their room and while it sounds like a good idea at the time, and probably is, it ends up affecting what you need to do too. Thus, hurting you in the process.

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It’s become apparent in my house that taking away electronics or not letting my child go their friend’s house on a snow day just doesn’t do it anymore. As I was scanning Facebook one day, I saw a picture of something a parent does so their kid could get “ungrounded”. They had to do various things, worth different point values, to get ungrounded. So I started thinking about it and I thought, if they have to be grounded, rather than saying “you’re grounded for 1 week” and then listen to them go on and on for a week, why not make them do different chores around the house, especially the gross ones that I don’t want to do?

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Free Grounded Child Printable

One of my kids got grounded the other day and I instantly thought about what I saw on Facebook. While that list had things like “write a letter to someone and tell them what you like about them”, I thought that was good and all, but let’s face it, the kid is grounded…they need to work it off. So here is some of what I wrote up quickly for my child:

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My list has two other pages full of jobs I don’t want to do. My family room is now dust free; the baseboards in my house are all clean; every doorknob, light switch and remote has been wiped off…it’s awesome! If you think this sounds like something you would like to try, I created an ungrounded printable for you to download that allows you to write in your own jobs and point values! Enjoy!

What job would you gladly have your child do?