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Nada! – a game review

December 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

You are camping with your RV and it’s raining.   Television or electronic games could be some options but you would prefer spending time doing something different, something challenging and make memories at the same time.   I’ve got the perfect game for you.  Nada! Is a fun little game that will bring some fun during the not so pleasant days in camping. Two colors – orange and white –, thirty-six cute little dice and a travel bag. That’s all it takes to play a game of NADA!.  Mostly geared for ages 7 to adult, you can play with 2 to 4 players for about 10 minutes each times.    The game will allow the players to develop skills of focusing, fine motor, visual perception as well as speech/language.  Quick thinking and rapidity are the terms that come to mind when I think of this game.  Why?  Well you will need both abilities in order to win.   You need to be very observant and be able to shout rapidly before your opponents spot the same thing as you. To play you need... [Read more...]

Our favorite Travel-Friendly gift ideas…

November 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Our favorite Travel-Friendly gift ideas…

Being a travel savvy family, we wanted to share our favorite travel-friendly finds that fit in with our on-the-move lifestyle.  Here we’re sharing some of our favorite travel-friendly products that would make great gifts, whether you live in a stationary house or one that moves about… FOR KIDS: Magformers: These fun, educational, colorful building toys are super for all ages!  These construction toys are unique; they are very powerful magnets that are encased in brightly colored, durable plastic.  Magformers come in 14 geometric shapes in 9 bright colors.  There are 65 different components available, which range from simple shapes to remote controlled wheel sets.  Magformers have won several awards for their ingenuity and are great for free play. Magformers are super for both in the house, and on the road; the pieces stick together so they don’t take up much space and don’t get lost under the seat.  They are durable, and you can use them anywhwhere;... [Read more...]

A new twist to board games

October 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A new twist to board games

Board games is a fabulous way to occupy down times and rainy days.  But we find that when you are traveling you need to think about what you pack in order to have place for all that you need.  And with six people in the family it’s sometimes a tricky thing to do.   Back in the day when I was younger and go camping with my parents, a board game or two would be brought as well as books to read. Fast Forward thirty-five years or so and you suddenly have a tablets that can contains numerous games and eBooks for your travels.    Now please keep in mind that in this blog post I will not be talking about electronic games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope or Fruit Ninja.  No I am seriously talking about board games like the ones I used to grow up with – Monopoly, Scrabbles, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Risk, Battleship, Boggle as well as more recent ones like Pandemic and Wits & Wagers. For the purpose of this blog post, I am concentrating on board game apps that can be found on iTunes... [Read more...]

Best Road Trip Ever App

October 7, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Best Road Trip Ever App

We are a family that loves to explore around while we are going on vacation.   To be honest, while we will enjoy going to the beach for a few hours, I don’t think we could last a whole day sitting in the sand, playing in the water and so on.  Mind you it could be different with kids (we have never went to the beach with them yet…) but deep down I think it’s better to plan how much time you want to spend in the sun. As we are seriously considering next year as potentially the year of our road trip to Florida, I was pondering how I can make our future trips more fun and exciting.   Then it dawned on me… when traveling around, you always have offbeats attractions, folk art sites, sights and eateries to check out.   Thinking of that I remember visiting the Big Potato in OLeary (PE) ,the Big Violin in Matacquac (NB) and the Big Nickel in Sudbury (ON).   What other unconventional attractions can we find? So this morning I was checking out iTunes and discovered this app –... [Read more...]

Preparing for Florida

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Preparing for Florida

Recently my husband and I are talking about the possibility of going to Florida next year.   We would love to bring the kids are various theme parks including the famous Walt Disney World.   We have been putting money aside monthly for quite some time and our dream is so close to become a reality.  Our plan is to take one and a half to two months off so that we can have fabulous family memories with our kids.   My husband even started mentioning the possibility for us to do long hours on the road if he could train me to drive the RV.   Yikes!  I feel so ill-equipped for this part but I guess that with encouragement and guidance from my husband I might be able to do it. So I got to think a bit about how we could incorporate fun homeschool things before, during and even possibly after the trip.   I immediately thought about lapbooks. What is a lapbook?  Well essentially it is an inexpensive portfolio containing mini-books and flaps that will allow the child to study a specific... [Read more...]

Exploring North Bay

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Exploring North Bay

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we recently attended a family reunion in Northern Ontario.   We knew well in advance of this trip and decided to stop at a campground in North Bay so that we can cut the trip in two while we drove there.   So we reserve at a local campground – Dreany Haven – for a night and went to explore the town were my husband lived a few years while growing up.   The tradition is to show the places my husband lived/worked to our kids whenever possible when we go to places like this.   So it was a given to drive around that afternoon with them.   We saw the houses where he lived, the place where his parents owned a butcher shop (now a marketing business), and the structure of the old Burger King (now gone unfortunately) where he used to lived.  In the end, he decided to bring us to the waterfront so we can walk a bit before going back to the RV. Before we headed to the playground that was spotted immediately by our kids, my husband led us toward the marina... [Read more...]

Mexican S’mores, a new camping tradition…

April 30, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

Mexican S’mores, a new camping tradition…

Last summer, some family friends shared with us a special treat that has now become one of our favorite ever desserts!  We reserve it to ‘camping’, and don’t do it very often so that it stays ‘special’. We had never heard of Mexican S’mores before!   They are a slight twist on regular s’mores; I don’t care for s’mores generally… I like a few marshmallows roasted golden brown with the insides all mushy, but I don’t like traditional s’mores.     For Mexican S’mores, you need the typical s’more’s chocolate and marshmallows, but instead of graham crackers, you’ll want to have tortillas, butter (we only use the real thing – have you ever read about margarine???? :p), and aluminum foil. . Mexican S’mores are super easy to make, and a favorite of all ages!     Spread softened butter thinly on one side of each tortilla, then place marshmallows and chocolate (we usually... [Read more...]

Camping with Kids Part II

April 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping with Kids Part II

The best thing to do, before the packing even begins, is to lower your expectations.  Take a deep breath, relax and realize that no matter what happens (or doesn’t, for that matter), this is going to be a fun, memorable adventure for you and your family…especially for your kids.  :) With that said, here are a few more pointers that have certainly helped me in the past when camping with my kids: Pack extra clothes- Not only will you want to layer your kids, like you do yourself when camping, you will also want to make sure you have plenty of extra outfits on hand (just in case).  Kids fly through outfits faster than normal when camping.  Between the amount of time they are spending outdoors, to the lack of being able to fully baby proof while camping (meaning things are much more accessible for curious little hands), and also just from the sheer enjoyment of yummy treats, such as s’mores.  Let’s face it, they’re messy and very sticky!!  Also make sure... [Read more...]

Camping with Kids Part I

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping with Kids Part I

Camping with Kids Part I (Tent, RV,Cabin, Teepee, Under the Stars, Etc) Whether you are venturing out for the first time with your own kids or you are bringing along the grand kids with you for a camp out,  this comprehensive guide should help you have a more successful camping trip.  Happy, content, and well-rested kids, helps provide a more restful, relaxing, and less hectic camping experience for the adults. Camp at kid-friendly campgrounds-you will want to have plenty of options to fill their daytime hours, whether you enjoy hiking, swimming, biking, petting zoos, water parks, playgrounds, horseback riding, etc. Pack a bed (cot, pack and play, etc) and/or sleeping bag for each kid- You may think that since they sleep in your bed with you at home, they will do best sleeping with you while camping.  While it may seem like a good idea at the time, sharing a sleeping bag with your little one–even the zip-together bigger sleeping bags– can make getting a good night’s... [Read more...]

Camping – a Gateway to the Outdoors

March 28, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Camping – a Gateway to the Outdoors

If I say the word camping to you what is the first thing that will come to mind?   For some of you it could be outdoors because like it or not when you are camping you will be definitively in the nature – unless you are camping in your backyard that is but then you would miss of lot of opportunities. But what do you do when you are camping?   Do you only camp or do you get involved in other types of outdoors activities?   According to the 2012 American Camper Report, 16% of the participants said they are only camping.   That leaves us with 84% doing another outdoor activity while camping.   Congratulations to these people because they are expanding their experience of camping. So it got me thinking about the kind of activities that you can do while camping.   I mean there are people who don’t know what else to do so I figure I could suggest some activities for them in order to engage with nature and have more fun while camping. One of the best activity I enjoy doing is photography.  ... [Read more...]

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