{printable} road trip behavior bucks!

When the kiddos and I recently took a road trip across state lines, I decided to try out a reward system I had seen on Pinterest. It was a hit! For every half hour of good behavior (my definition: happy, kind, and helpful), the little people earned 1 Best Behavior Buck.

Car Trip BucksBucks could then be redeemed for treats and prizes. Woohoo! They earned  things like special coloring and activity sheets, a checkers game on Mama’s phone, and M&M’s. (I earned lots of those for being really good.)

Given the success we had, I would definitely use this system again!

Want to download a sheet of Best Behavior Bucks for your next road trip? Here ya go!

{ best behavior bucks }

Here’s to safe travels and lots more M&M’s,
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{printable} kids’ picture packing list

I hit on this idea a few years back when I saw Erin’s beautiful illustrated packing list (watercolor? oh my!). Mine is not so stylish (I used colored pencils), but I’ve come to love it. Even my pre-readers can help pack their bag. I just fill in the number of items needed and they can check off when it’s packed.

Picture Packing List

{ kids’ picture packing list }

If you’d like to use it, feel free. Or, make your own! As Erin says, your kids don’t care if you can’t draw, so go for it! Let’s make traveling with kiddos as much fun as possible. :)

Speaking of fun, my daughter asked for a picture packing list for her doll. She loved coloring it in and using it to pack her doll’s diaper bag.

Doll Picture Packing List

{ doll’s picture packing list }

Happy traveling!
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{printable} free kids’ routine charts!

After seeing the adorable morning and bedtime routine charts available from
IHeart Organizing, I decided it was time to make some of our own!
I loved how colorful Jen’s are, so I made ours similar.

Take a peek and download them for {free}!
If you like them just as they are, download the .pdf version.
I’ve also included both charts in editable Word formats, so you can change ‘em up!

Morning Routine Chart | {Word .doc} {Word .docx} {.pdf}

Bedtime Routine Chart | {Word .doc} {Word .docx} {.pdf}

Feel free to use and share these…and tell your friends where you got ‘em, of course. :)


{this moment}

{this moment} A Friday tradition. One photo – without words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, yet beautiful, moment I’d like to pause and remember. If you wish to do the same, please leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to see and enjoy. Inspired by SouleMama.

Have a lovely weekend.
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these days…

These days, I’m:

+ Remembering…the fun we had dying eggs last month and thinking we ought to make some more. (Who says dyed eggs are only for Easter?)

+ Feeling…
joy in abundance as the weather warms up and shoes become unneeded.

+ Laughing…
at a little person who insists on wearing her “clompy” shoes out anyway.

+ Noticing… that I need to resume watering our lawn — stat!

+ “Drinking…
in blossoms”. — To quote Anne of Green Gables.

+ Thinking…
about the Kids’ Clothes Week Challenge projects that — ahem! — didn’t happen. Re-do? Yes, please! Stay tuned. :)

+ Eating…
just-baked chocolate chip cookies to console myself. ;)

+ Loving…
the hope and excitement a new season brings.

What’s new with you these days?