Travel Tips – Snacks and Water

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Traveling with kids is made easier when they are fed and hydrated. Check out these traveling tips (list and how to) for your summer travel road trip.

Spring is when we gear up for car travel. We plan our road trips, wish, dream and hope we can go everywhere we want. I am always searching for more car travel tips to make it easier, like how I pack clothes. Today I want to share my travel tips for snacks and water. Traveling with kids in a car can be hard for many reasons. My first child screamed in the car everywhere we went. Now, 11 years later that same child may scream in the car for other reasons. One thing I have found helpful is to have many snacks ready to throw at them. (Yes, sometimes I do throw them to the back of the car.) If they are well fed and hydrated then most of the time they can be rational. The hard thing … [Read more...]

Travel Tips: Clothes Packing Tips

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My favorite travel tips for packing and organizing come from one item costing $1. It can be used for summer or winter travel.

Do you love to go on family vacations? We do, I do, but the thought of packing makes me want to cry sometimes because it is exhausting. Maybe I plan too much, but that is me. I have found a way to make packing clothes easy when we travel. Packing tips are something I am always searching for. I am have found a way to make finding the right clothes for each kid easy. I can't really categorize it with my easy crafts, but maybe I can, there is a very small creative element. Do you organize your clothes like this? I layout each outfit in a pile with socks and underwear for each day. Each child gets a row. All the columns line up for one day we are gone. I also add another column for a … [Read more...]

Herbed Sweet Potatoes

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Grilling these Herbed Sweet Potatoes is an easy recipe. The prep works takes a few minutes but then wrap it in foil, place it on your BBQ, and let it cook.

Whenever I BBQ I always think to myself, what can I cook as a side dish that requires the grill? Why leave a big open space on the grill when you can fill it with something else that smells delicious! Cooking in foil is one of my favorite ways to make easy recipes. All those delicious juices are trapped inside the foil marinating whatever is inside. Cooking in foil makes clean up a breeze. Just throw away the foil and you have one less pan to scrub. That is always a good thing in my house!  These Herbed Sweet Potatoes are so good! All the kids gave this recipe two thumbs up to make all summer long!  Herbed Sweet Potatoes 4 servings Ingredients: 1/2 tsp dried rosemary 1/2 tsp … [Read more...]

The Legend of the Tooth Ninja Book Review

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The Legend of the Tooth Ninja

When Little Chef Dad was growing up his mother told them stories about Sammy and Tommy. Sammy was always the bad child and Tommy was always the good. His mom would teach them life lessons such as sharing through these stories. Occasionally Little Chef Dad will tell Sammy and Tommy stories to our kids. What if these stories were written down and made into a book? I would have no problem retelling the stories that I do not know. We all tell stories to our kids whether it be at bedtime or to help them through sticky situations. What do we do next? We do as Little Chef Dad, we tell the same story to the next child because the first child will say remember the story you told me about Sammy … [Read more...]

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Steak Dry Rub Recipe

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This steak dry rub bbq recipe is perfect for the summer. Grilling steak is one of our favorite dinner recipes. Add a dry rub to transform your steak.

Memorial Day is a days away which means it is BBQ season. I love food straight from the grill. Easy recipes seem to be abundant when you are cooking on the grill.  If it comes from my garden it is even better. This Steak Dry Rub Recipe is no different. It takes a few minutes to mix the rub but then the rest of the time is waiting for the marinating and grilling. Next time you are at the store pick up your favorite steak. The steak dry rub recipe takes only a few minutes, but you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry. Ingredients: 1 1/4 tsp white sugar 1 1/4 tsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp paprika 1/8 tsp garlic powder 1/8 … [Read more...]

Pretzel Dogs

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Pretzel dogs is a recipe for kids and adults. It is one of those dinner recipes that my kids frequently request. In the summer my kids help make these.

Do you remember our Soft Pretzel recipe from Alton Brown? We are still in love with it and we make it quite frequently. One night we used that easy recipe to make pretzel dogs. Now, there is no turning back. This recipe is so good.   Ingredients: soft pretzel recipe your favorite hot dog Directions: Follow the directions for the soft pretzel recipe. Instead of shaping the pretzel after forming a dough rope, wrap the dough around your favorite hot dog. Proceed with the soft pretzel recipe. Boil and then bake. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce. Next time we have a late night with my girls and their friends I am going to let them make their own. I'll … [Read more...]

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Jump Rope Songs Part 2

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Jump rope songs are fun sing in the summer or at school. A great way to incorporate music and fitness. Package with a new jump rope for unique gift ideas.

After printing and putting together a photo book with jump rope songs my girls had some words for me. They did not like some of the versions of the songs and they informed me of other jump rope games they play. I decided to take their suggestions and create part 2 of the jump rope songs. My girls like this version of Ice Cream Soda better. They say it is an updated version. Wow, now I really feel old. School  - this game is played one at a time until a mistake is made. Not only does it require a lot of jumping but it requires even more running. Helicopter is a song I remember, but these are the (updated) words my kids sing at school. Mouse trap is a back and forth … [Read more...]

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DIY Pineapple Keychain

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DIY Pineapple kids crafts keychains for keys or backpacks.

My kids have an event at school where they practice buying things in a different language. We have been involved in this the past 2 years. They are always looking for donations of keychains or similar small items that the kids would enjoy. One year a friend of my daughter made keychains. I thought it was a great easy craft because keychains are something kids can make and mine like putting them on their backpacks. We are going to create some different types of keychains for this school activity. To start out we are creating a pineapple keychain. If you don't have an event like this at your school my kids are always on the lookout for gifts they can make for friends or siblings for birthdays. … [Read more...]

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10 Kiddie Pool Ideas

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10 kiddie pool ideas for summer.

I love buying a toy that can be used for many different things. One such item is a Kiddie Pool. There are so many fun activities you can do with it to keep the kids busy for hours at a time in the summer. Swim! This is the intended use of the pool so add some water and jump in! Splash as much as you want because it's ok if the water gets out of the pool. Buckets and Cups! Add buckets and cups to pour water from one to the other. Of course they will eventually use the bucket to pour the water over their head or a friend's. Make sure you have your camera ready for that fun shot! Boats! Make your own or add boats to race from one side to the other. Bubbles! Add … [Read more...]

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Avengers Party Drinks

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Serve Avengers party drinks at your next movie night. Celebrate the super heros; Captain America, The Hulk and Iron Man with special non-alcoholic recipes.

We are a household comprised mostly of girls. Little Chef Dad is determined to educate my girls with comic book characters. That means learning all about the Avengers. Today we want to share easy recipes for non-alcoholic drinks representing some of the Avengers. My Little Chefs had a great time learning about the science behind creating the drink. How do you create the layers? Why does it work sometimes and other times it doesn't? It's great when we can mix science into anything! I went shopping for the drinks with my two oldest girls. I explained how the layers worked so they could help me pick out the different flavors. When we started making the drinks with everyone else they … [Read more...]

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