Positive Reward System While Vacationing

Positive Reward System While Vacationing

I have spent so much time on our upcoming road trip. Making sure that I have dont everything I can to ensure a fun and educational experience for everyone going. I especially made sure that I planned accordingly for my little ones. In our past vacations, there was two main issues we encountered and I would like to think that most parents with young kids encounter the same. For this road trip, I decided to come prepared!

The first issue that I knew I had to try to solve was being loud in the hotel. After a really long day on the road or out exploring, my children would get into a hotel and bounce off the walls. Touching everything, laughing loudly and banging on whatever they could. My fear was that we would be kicked out of the hotel and have nowhere to sleep.

What I have come up with is a hotel reward bag. Each night they will be reminded of how they should behave in the hotel and if they are well behaved, the next morning they will receive their reward bag. These bags can contain anything your child would be excited to receive. I chose to put a toy blind bag, a piece of sugar free candy and a small party favor. Each day will be a little different and the last day of the vacation will be an extra special surprise.

My children are at an age where they are trying their best to show us that they are the rulers of the world. They make every attempt to get their way and throw fits when it doesn’t happen. I knew this was going to be an issue on our vacation and decided I needed a general reward system. I printed out some fake money and filled up three bags deemed the treasure chests. When the children do something kind or are acting appropriately, they will receive a certain number of monies. Each treasure chest will have a value, in which they will have to pay to pick something out of it.


I made money values of $1,$2 & $5 and a trip into the treasure chests are 10$, 25$ & 50$. You can have your child make a wallet before hand or they have some great choices on Amazon. My treasure chests are filled with items that they can play with at rest stops or in the car and all of them are things they have really wanted. I purchased most of these items on Amazon but the Dollar Tree would be a wonderful place to fill the bags for cheap.

Road trips can be a spectacular experience that everyone remembers for a lifetime. They can also be trying at times, especially with young ones. Try to keep things fun and always listen to your childrens cue’s. These reward systems will help but sometimes they just need a moment to themselves, give them plenty of time to play, run and make their own memories.

Vacation Tips and Tricks for Saving Money

Vacation Tips and Tricks for Saving Money

One of the most common reasons I get from people on why they do not go on vacation, is because it is too expensive. I agree that certain aspects about vacationing can get expensive but there are so many ways to save money when planning your trip. Here are some pointers to help you save money and still have the vacation of a lifetime.

Travel During Non Peak Times

I have done quite a bit of trip planning in my lifetime. It is amazing how a week or two can change the amount of money you are paying for hotel, flight and even excursions. If you are flexible on your travel dates, run a few options in your search engine. Holidays, spring break and summer vacation are all high travel times and should be avoided if you can help it.

Choose One Meal A Day To Eat Out

Unless you are traveling to one of those wonderful all inclusive resorts, you have to plan for your meals. Majority of hotels will offer some kind of free breakfast, which is something to look for when booking. Lunch time can be a little more tricky depending on where your day will take you. Whether you’re road tripping or flying, packing a lunch is usually the easiest and best way to save money. Having a picnic with your loved ones is also a great memory to share. After a wonderful day of vacation, a big delicious dinner will complete it!

Plan Ahead For Souvenirs

Most people enjoy getting a souvenir to remember their vacation by. Some can be expensive and some not so much. Depending on your family size, it may be difficult to allow all of your children to choose one at every location you travel too. At most locations they have pressed penny machines, which I think are a wonderful souvenir. I also think that postcards, magnets and pencils are great ways to remember vacations by and very affordable. If you or your children are a little harder to please than that, set a limit and stick to it.

Use Coupons

If you know in advance that you will be visiting a certain establishment, check their website for coupons. A lot of places will give a certain percentage off for buying your tickets online or will offer a coupon to use at the gate. Most places will scan coupons from your phone but some still require the ticket to be printed, make sure you read the fine print. Hotels also sometimes have special discounts for local attractions, so it is a good idea to check with them when you arrive.

Make The Call

You would be surprised how many places give perks just for asking nicely. Make the call, ask if they offer private tours, discounts, early entrance, free food passes, etc. Some have a certain number of freebies they give out monthly and they are just waiting for someone to ask! The worst they can say is no.

Getting away is a time to relax and enjoy, not worry about money. Plan ahead and utilize as many of these tips as you can to save all that you can.

A Must Do Activity Before Your Next Trip

A Must Do Activity Before Your Next Trip

For me, vacation prep includes teaching my children about the different places we are going. I plan activities and print games that will enhance the lessons. An amazing website to use is Crayola.com. Among other coloring sheets, they have one for every state as well as other countries and landmarks.

The United States coloring sheets include state birds, flowers, flags and facts, all of which are great to teach ahead of time. They also describe the colors of each item, this saves a ton of time looking each of these things up! We focused on Colorado today. 

We are going to glue these sheets into a sketch pad, along with other activities we will do for each state. Other ideas would be in a scrapbook or a binder. All of these ideas can be added too while on your vacation, using postcards, stickers, pictures, etc.

My kids will have a good foundation for the states we will visit and I will be able to teach them more during the hands on experiences instead of the basics when we are traveling.

Safety For Your Child When Traveling- Tips To Go By

Safety For Your Child When Traveling- Tips To Go By

One of the many things that I think about when planning a day trip or a long family vacation, is safety. As parents we all try our best to keep our children out of harm’s way but there is always that small chance that something could happen and we just can’t keep it from happening. Those are the times that we have to be prepared for and I have a list of ways you can do that.

Take a photo of your child before you leave the house/hotel

If for some reason your child goes missing, you will want to be able to inform the police department of the exact outfit your child is wearing. As parents we have a lot on our minds, remembering the brand of shoes or what your child has on their shirt can be difficult, especially in a stressful situation. So take a photo of your child before you head out on your adventure. It doesn’t have to be a glamorous one and you can delete them nightly, it’s just a simple precaution to take.

Have your phone number on your child. 

Depending on your child’s age, they may not be able to tell an adult their parents phone number in the event that they are separated from you. There are many ways to keep that number on your child. My favorite is the Infoband Child Safety ID Wristband. It has fun designs for boys and girls, plus space for a phone number and any medical allergies. The band requires two hands to take off, this means that your child will not be able to take it off by themselves. They are also reusable and waterproof.

Another way to keep your phone number on them is with a sticky label. Write your phone number and any allergies on the label in the morning, stick it somewhere the child will not fidget with it. I would suggest on the upper back of their shirt.

Reminder, never write your childrens name on these items. If a predator can see your child’s name, it is easier for them to lure them away from you. Even though we all try to teach our kids not to talk to strangers, your child could feel that they should go to the person if they are calling their name.

Have a sheet with your child’s picture and information handy

I have already spoke about taking a photo of your child in the morning but another way to prepare yourself is having an information sheet about your child to give authorities. This paper should have a good photo of your child, height, weight, eye color, hair color, any birthmarks, names they answer to, medical issues and anything else that pertains to your child. The quicker they can get this information through the system the better chances they have of finding your child nearby. If you have this information and a picture of them from that day, you are definitely covering your basis.

From natural disasters to kidnappings, things happen and all you can do is be prepared. I hope that none of you ever have to deal with any of these situations but like the old saying goes, better to be safe than sorry.

Travel Attire Checklist- Free Printable

Travel Attire Checklist- Free Printable

When planning for vacation there are so many checklists that need to be made and done. For the most part I have always scribbled mine down on some random piece of mail that I then quickly lost and had to rewrite. For this vacation I thought it would be better to have a little more order to our chaos and create a checklist.

One of the struggles of road tripping or vacationing most places is the weather. Since you will not have your entire closet to choose from, outfits have to be chosen well when packing. My husband and I like to stay at hotels that have a laundry room area. This allows us to bring staples like jackets and pants and wash them when they start to funk it up.

I have created a travel attire checklist that y’all can print for free and use for your next trip. It has a column for each day of the week and a column for pieces of clothing that most people wear on a daily basis. I have also left space for you to write in your own necessities. It’s very plain, no decoration, because let’s be honest, ink is not cheap and these are just going to go in the trash once you are all packed! So head over to TPT and get your FREE Travel Attire Checklist now.