Making The Best Of Road Trips With Your Children – Travel Tips

“Are we there yet?” Have you ever heard that?  I can say yes, a million times over! 

Technology and toys can silence backseat conversations, and that is okay some days. However, spending quality time together in the car during a road trip can be a great opportunity for making memories while bonding and learning. Here are some ideas that are sure to make the time fly by:

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Expecting A Child? 3 Ways To Save Your Back

Expecting A Child guest post contributed by Emma Sturgis

Beautiful pregnant woman relaxing in the park

Along with the weight gain, swollen ankles, and strange cravings, you may experience a variety of aches and pains during pregnancy. Back pain is a common complaint from pregnant moms. This pain is commonly due to the expanding uterus that stretches the abdominal muscles, shifts the center of gravity and places pressure on the lower back. Fortunately, there is no reason to suffer in pain for nine months. Try these three tips to save your back and enjoy your pregnancy.
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Things You Need to Know About Summer Safety and Babies


It’s that time of year again when you dig out your bathing suits and sunscreen. However, when it comes to babies, there are some extra precautions you need to take in the summer. Here are some basic things you need to know about summer safety and babies.

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Tips to Prevent Your Summer Makeup From Melting


Oh summer is right around the corner and I bet you are counting down the days. If you’re like me, you can’t wait to hit the beach and the pool. But, wait, what about your makeup? While the summer sun is great for fun and relaxation, it can cause havoc for your makeup.  Here are some great tips to prevent summer makeup melt.

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Become an Experienced Cook with Simple Tips


Do you walk into the kitchen and instead of cooking, pick up the phone and order out? Does cooking make you a little nervous or just seem scary because of past experiences?  You are not alone!  Many people feel this way. 🙂   All you need is a little patience and lots of practice.  Soon, with a little guidance you’ll be cooking like a pro! Follow these simple tips to become an experienced cook.

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5 Tips for Baking Bread


Making your own bread is a delicious accomplishment.  There’s nothing like fresh homemade baked bread! For those of you who are gluten intolerant like myself, there’s still hope for us. I’ve found that almond flour can make great biscuits and pancakes! Let’s not forget coconut flour – it makes the best banana bread!

I hope you’ll find these tips for baking bread useful!

  • Knead your dough for 30 seconds after mixing to improve the texture of baking.
  • Substitute cooking oil in waffles and hot cakes instead of shortening.
  • While bread is baking, a small dish of water in the oven will help keep the crust from getting too hard.
  • Dip a spoon in hot water before measuring shortening or butter.
  • Be sure to preheat your cookie sheet, muffin tins, or cake pans before doing any sort of baking. 

5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee
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Summer will soon be ending.  However, good iced coffee can be enjoyed all year long! Here are some tips to help you make the perfect iced coffee drink.

  • Begin brewing with fresh coffee beans.  If you don’t have a grinder, you can pick up an inexpensive one at a local store.
  • Add your cream/milk and sugar to taste before it cools. You can store brewed coffee left over from the morning in a sealed container in the fridge. In the afternoon, add ice, and enjoy!
  • Be sure to use ice that tastes good! Sometimes it is better to buy a bag of ice if you don’t have a water filtration system. Ice from tap water usually doesn’t taste very well. 🙂
  • Brew your coffee a little stronger because the ice may weaken the flavor.
  • Have fun with it! Try adding whip topping, nutmeg, cinnamon, or chocolate shavings for a yummy treat.

If this sounds great but you’re just too busy – here’s a little short cut. Try this recipe that uses instant coffee. 😉


Iced Vanilla Coffee


  • 2 Tsp instant coffee
  • 1 1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tsp cold water
  • 1 1/4 C milk
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Sugar to taste


  1. Put the first 5 ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend until the ingredients are smooth and frothy.
  3. Add the cold milk and blend until all the ingredients are well blended.
  4. Pour over ice add the chocolate!