Thursday, June 16, 2011

No More Teachers, No More Books...

Summer is almost here!  And while most of us don't get two months off like our kids, we do take some time to unwind with the family.  Did I say 'unwind'?  What I meant to say was winding up countless hours and days preparing our houses, our cars, our kids and ourselves for a family vacation.  So, in the spirit of preparedness, we have put together the top 5 products that make family travel fun and functional.

With any vacation, half the battle is just getting there. Keep the kids entertained in the car with Road Trip Bingo.  Your kids will keep their eyes peeled to beat their siblings to the punch and you will keep your sanity in tact.  

Perhaps you're travelling with a wee one.  Rather than take up valuable  space in your vehicle with bulky boosters, throw a Totseat into your diaper bag and you'll have a seat for your babe anywhere you go.  Compact, washable and easy enough to use even Dad can set up the baby.  

If your kids are anything like mine, they are road trip snackers.  I would always carry snacks in my tote, only to find them scattered all over the bottom of my purse because the lid popped off.  Or they would be crushed into little crumbs if I kept them in their own packaging.  But then I found Kinderville.  These amazing little storage jars have suction lids that keep them from popping open in your bag, plus the are soft allowing kids to easily grasp them. And best of all, they are BPA, phthalates and lead free.

My husband loves to play horseshoes when we go camping.  But I'm not keen on letting my 3 and 2 year old throw heavy metal objects at anything.  Instead, they use these handmade bean bags from Rosie Stitch.  These old school toys come in two sizes and a variety of patterns.  From horseshoes, to catch, to relay races, they really are a toy that inspires imagination.

The amount of gear needed to take kids on vacation can be overwhelming.  Instead of lugging all of their stuff, have your kids shoulder some of the responsibility with these toddler knapsacks from Daabbawalla.  Just the right size to carry, your kids will be able to bring the stuff they want to while the suitcase will carry the stuff you want them to bring.

Wishing you and your family safe, fun and sane vacations this summer!

Happy shopping,


Gone Bananas