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Carrie Beth and Jen are both 30-something mothers and wives, who happen to be best friends. They both love all things preppy, southern, and just plain pretty. Between the two of them, they have 5 precious little ones and constantly have a text conversation going on about the day-to-day of their lives and the crazy adventure that is motherhood. Whether it's trying to keep up with current fashion trends, finally getting around to that DIY project, or just dealing with everyday life with kids, it always keeps them laughing and it's always real life. They share their ideas and stories on their blog, The Magnolia Mamas.

Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate with kids. There’s nothing like seeing the joy and celebration of love through our children’s eyes. From their sweet little handprint crafts to their giggles over passing out cards to their friends, it’s hard to not get excited about celebrating a day all about love. However, like many holidays during the school year, all those fun celebrations can create some extra work on the parents part. That’s why we like to keep it simple as possible, especially when it comes to the treats. We’ve crafted this simple, yet delicious, Cupid Crunch snack mix to make sure you (and your family’s)

However, like many holidays during the school year, all those fun celebrations can create some extra work on the parents part. That’s why we like to keep it simple as possible, especially when it comes to the treats. We’ve crafted this simple, yet delicious, Cupid Crunch Snack Mix to make sure you (and your family’s) taste buds have nothing but love this Valentine’s Day.

The Cupid Crunch is so easy to make, that within mere minutes the yumminess of this salty-sweet combo can be shared with all your valentines. Whether making a batch for a classroom party, gifting some to teachers and neighbors, or munching on it at home, Cupid Crunch might be what you fall in love with most this Valentine’s Day.

Cupid Crunch Snack Mix

Cupid Crunch Snack Mix

Serves 10-12
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes

Cupid Crunch Valentine's Day Snack Mix

– 1 bag of popcorn
– 3 cups of Chex cereal or Chex snack mix
– 1 cup of Valentine’s themed M&M’s
– 1 cup of pretzels
– Meltable white chocolate
– Meltable red chocolate
– Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles
– Wax paper

Cupid Crunch Snack Mix

1. Pop the popcorn according to directions and place in large bowl.
2. Add cereal, pretzels, and M&M’s to the bowl. Mix and place on wax paper.
3. Place white and red chocolate in separate bowls. Microwave in 30-second increments until smooth.
4. Drizzle chocolates over the snack mix. Sprinkle as desired.
5. Let cool for 15 minutes or until chocolate has re-hardened.
6. Eat and enjoy!

Cupid Crunch Snack Mix

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Don’t keep it all to yourself! The Cupid Crunch Snack Mix makes for such a sweet little gift. Simply place the Cupid Crunch in a fun gift box or Mason jar, and top off with a festive ribbon. It’s the perfect little sweet treat to share this Valentine’s Day!

Cupid Crunch Snack Mix Recipe

What sweet treat will you be mixing up this Valentine’s Day?

Easy No-Bake Cupid Crunch Snack Mix

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Conversation heart candy goes hand in hand with Valentine’s Day and we have four Valentine’s Day ‘Minute to Win It’ games played with conversation hearts that are fun for all ages. Are you in charge of planning activities for a class Valentine’s Day party? Hosting a Valentine themed playdate? Or maybe you are just looking for some fun activities to do with your kids at home. No matter what the case may be, with only a few supplies you can create tons of Valentine’s fun.

Valentine's Day "Minute to Win It" Games

Set it up

We like to give each child a piece of construction paper as a placemat. It helps to mark their individual work/play space and it gives them a visual to help keep the candies and other supplies in their own area.

Seeing the brightly colored candies in front of them is quite the temptation, so before starting the games we like to allow the kids to each choose three conversation hearts to eat prior to playing the games. That way, it gets the curiosity out of their system and tides them over until the gaming is done.

Game #1: Pick them up

For this ‘Minute to Win It’ game you will need a handful of conversation hearts, two cupcake liners and a pair of chopsticks for each child. The kids have to use the chopsticks to move as many candies from one cupcake liner to the other in one minute. This is wonderful for fine motor skills and while little ones might use two hands to control the chopsticks, older children will most likely get the hang of using the chopsticks correctly.

Valentine's Day 'Minute to Win It' Games

Valentine's Day 'Minute to Win It' Games

Game #2: Stack them up

A simple stacking game gets a little more challenging with uneven and not quite perfect candy hearts. Kids have one minute to stack the candies in a tower as high as they can without letting their tower fall over.

Valentine's Day 'Minute to Win It' Games

Game #3:Suck them up

This ‘Minute to Win It’ game might be the most quite you will hear the kids during all of these four games. Using straws they use suction to suck up a conversation heart to the end of a straw and then drop it into a cupcake liner. The person who moves the most candies in one minute is the winner!


Game #4: Match them up

Just like an old fashion game of memory match, these conversation hearts can also be used to match up.


It takes just a little bit of planning ahead of time to match up the sayings. After all the pairs are found, lay them out, face down, and kids take turns flipping over the conversation hearts to try to find sayings that match.

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day activities and games?
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A lot of planning goes into your Thanksgiving meal. For weeks you curate the perfect menu, you schedule the exact time to wake up to cook the perfect bird and you pay homage to your great-great-grandmother by making her infamous pumpkin pie recipe… from scratch. The big day finally arrives — you pay your thanks, you eat turkey like it was your job (because it was) and after you’ve come out of your food coma, the clean up begins. And, then, you carefully survey the damage and assess just how many days you will be eating turkey sandwiches post holiday. (Spoiler: It’s weeks, not days.)

Even with the most calculated of plans, we can drastically over estimate the amount of food we might need for Thanksgiving. Don’t get discouraged. Turn those boring Thanksgiving leftovers into anything but boring with these 10 delicious turkey recipes.

10 Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

10 Ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes by SkinnyMs.
Who doesn’t love a cupcake? These Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes, complete with mashed potato topping, are bite-sized perfection. Not to mention perfect for packing later in your lunchbox!

Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas by Little Dairy on the Prairie
Now this almost feels like cheating since we are putting two leftovers to good use. These yummy Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas will reinvent your view of how a quesadilla should really be done.

Turkey Bacon Sliders by Wine and Glue
Bacon. Turkey. Need we say more? Okay, we will. These Turkey Bacon Sliders sounded so good we had to taste test them ourselves. Trust us, you’ll be wishing for more leftovers just to make another batch of these.

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili by Ambitious Kitchen
After a day of glutton-filled eating that is Thanksgiving, healthy is just what we are looking for. This Turkey Chili recipe is also perfect for freezing — the leftovers that keep on giving!

Turkey Orzo Soup by Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
This simple soup is the perfect way to make great use of your leftover turkey and vegetables, not to mention this healthy recipe is a great option to warm you up after a cold day.

Turkey and Mashed Potato Casserole by Olivia’s Cuisine
Another recipe to double dip and knock out two leftovers from your Thanksgiving table. This yummy turkey dinner might even turn out to be a bigger hit than its predecessor.

Turkey Turnovers by Ann’s Entitled Life
Leftovers never tasted so yummy. This quick and easy all in one dinner recipe is sure to be a crowd pleasing favorite.

30 Minute Lighter Turkey Tetrazzini by Savory Nothings
Quick? Easy? Light? We don’t know about you, but that is exactly what we are looking for after a Thanksgiving feast. We can’t wait to test this recipe out on our leftovers.

Turkey Gnocchi Soup by Wholefully
After creating a magical Thanksgiving dinner, easy is what we are looking for. Wow your leftover holiday guests by turning your leftover turkey into this easy, yet super yummy, soup recipe.

Turkey Pot Pie by Sugar Spun Run
If it comes in a cast iron skillet… we’re in! This mouth watering Turkey Pot Pie is just the leftover comfort food we are seeking after a busy holiday.

10 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

What creative recipe do you plan on using for your Thanksgiving leftovers?
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With the winter holidays right around the corner we are trying to hold on to every last bit of fall that we can and that includes our favorite fall flavor, pumpkin spice! We decided to put a fall twist on one of our favorite cocktails, the Moscow Mule. Not only do we love the fun copper mugs these drinks are served in, but we also love the taste. Kick off your Thanksgiving with family and friends with this seasonal pumpkin spice Moscow mule.

Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule Recipe
Adding a fall twist

The basic recipe for a Moscow Mule includes vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. With the popularity of this cocktail comes many variations making it versatile enough for every season. By adding pumpkin spice syrup, it adds a fall twist on this cocktail and becomes perfect for all of your fall gatherings.

Pumpkin Cocktail Recipes

2 ounces vodka
6 ounces ginger beer
1 ounce pumpkin spice syrup (found on the coffee aisle at your grocery store)
Squeeze of lime juice
Cinnamon stick to garnish

1. Combine vodka, ginger beer, pumpkin spice syrup and lime juice.
2. Shake well and pour over ice.
3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes
All about the mug

While the pumpkin spice Moscow mule could certainly be served in any type of glass, we personally think it tastes better in a copper mug. And, by taste better we actually mean looks better. You know that you will feel a little more festive with one in your hand so go ahead, mix up a few while you’re cooking all day with your family on Thanksgiving, and thank us later. Cheers!


What are your favorite fall cocktails?
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Apple season is in full swing and while frolicking in those gorgeous apple orchards this fall, set aside some apples for yourself to craft a yummy cocktail. We love apple cider this time of year and we love sangria year-round, so we decided to combine the two for a delicious sparkling apple cider sangria. It tastes just like fall and is the perfect drink to compliment hayrides, falling leaves and the crisp cool air.

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

A fall twist on the traditional sangria

Traditional sangria is made with red wine, juice, fruits and spices. We decided that our sparkling apple cider sangria should be made with white wine instead of red. Then, we swapped apple cider for the juice and used apple slices for our fruit. The only thing left to figure out were the spices and we figured spiced rum would have to do because it’s totally the same thing, right?!?

Fall Cocktails: Apple Cider Sangria

Sparkling apple cider sangria

Prep time: Less than 5 minutes
Mix time: Less than 5 minutes
Yields: 1 pitcher full (8 servings)

Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

1 Bottle non-alcoholic sparkling cider (found on the juice aisle)
1 Bottle sweet white wine (we used Riesling)
1 cup spiced rum
2 Apples, sliced
Cinnamon sticks


1. Combine sparkling cider, wine, and rum in a pitcher. Stir to mix well.
2. Slice apples and add to sangria.
3. Add two cinnamon sticks.
4. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors from fruit and cinnamon to combine with the sangria.
5. Serve over ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
6. Enjoy!

What is your favorite fall cocktail?
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Kids are so proud to have their parents helping out in their classrooms… and they aren’t the only ones who get excited to see parent volunteers walking through the door. Teachers absolutely love when they have a little extra help in their classroom. Some teachers might have parents come into the class help with centers, while others might want volunteers to help with putting up a bulletin board. No matter what the job, there are a few things to keep in mind so we’re here to give you our six tips for being an awesome classroom volunteer.

6 Tips for being an AWESOME classroom volunteer

1. Have your credentials

Sometimes, just getting into schools can feel like going through airport security, but remember it is all for the safety of our kids. Your school might buzz you in when they see you or others might require ID to be admitted to the school. No matter what system your school has in place, just be sure you know what is needed ahead of time so you don’t show up unprepared. Oh, and be sure to keep on that visitor sticker so everyone knows you are supposed to be there!

How to Help in Your Child's Class

2. Be on time, but be flexible

The school day can move pretty quickly, so be sure to be on time (or a little early) so that you are ready to jump in and help when the teacher is expecting you. With that said, lesson plans are made with the best intentions, but when you are working with kids you have to learn to be flexible. Sometimes those plans don’t always work out so there is a chance that things might start early or end a bit later than you had expected. Be sure to plan for a little extra time built into your volunteer day, just in case.

3. Dress appropriately for the job

If you are just helping in the teacher workroom, it probably doesn’t matter what you wear, but if you will be working with the kids there is a chance you might end up on the floor. Especially in the younger grades, if you are assisting with a literacy center, playing math games or even just reading with the kids, the floor becomes your friend, so wearing a dress or skirt might not be the best option.

4. Leave little ones at home

While you think your toddler is well behaved and can hang while you are volunteering, chances are having them with you will become a distraction to the class. Some teachers are more lenient with this and others have strict guidelines on siblings in the classroom. Check with your teacher before bringing other kids in the class, but when in doubt, arrange for a babysitter so you can really focus on the kids in the class and the task at hand.

5. Go the extra mile

Maybe you were just signed up to be a center parent, but if you have time before leaving it doesn’t hurt to ask the teacher if there is anything else you can help with. A lot of teachers don’t like to ask for help, but if you offer they will gladly take you up on it. It might just be that they need a few extra copies made or something laminated quickly. Whatever it might be, they will be grateful for your help because it means on less thing they have to do after school.

6.   Soak it up

Ever want to know what it feels like to be a rock star? Just show up to volunteer in your kid’s classroom. They are so proud to show you off and announce to their friends, “That’s my mom!” We all know it won’t be like this forever and soon they will be teenagers who would rather not be seen in public with their parents. We are all busy and the never ending to-do list can feel overwhelming, but don’t let it keep you from becoming a classroom volunteer every chance you get.  Make it a priority while your kids are young and you have the chance. The days are long, but the years are short so soak it up while you can.

Stop Me Before I Volunteer Again Cup

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Now that school is back in session, many families are dealing with busier than normal schedules.  It seems that when the kids aren’t in school, parents are either busy helping with homework or driving the constant carpool to after-school lessons, extra-curricular activities, and sports. This is certainly the case for our families and we feel like we are always on the go!

With all of these added items on the calendar, sometimes eating healthy falls by the wayside. That’s why we were so excited to discover the Ready Pac Foods line of Bistro Bowl salads and Ready Snax snack options. They are healthy, on-the-go meals and snacks that are perfect for our busy back-to-school schedule.

On-the-Go Meals and Healthy Snacks from Ready Pac (Giveaway)

Making snack time easy

Like most kids, ours would snack all day long if given the chance. Because of this we like to make sure our fridge is stocked with healthy options. We also know that kids love anything in a package, so they get really excited about Ready Pac Food’s snack cups that are filled with sweet, fresh fruit. The single-serving sizes make them perfect for a snack at home or in lunch boxes.

Ready Snax from Ready Pac are an After School Lifesaver for Moms

There are days we spend a lot of time in the car. Right after school, the kids quickly get homework done and then change before we rush out the door on the way to sports practices. The snack packs are easy and quick to grab on the way out the door. Plus, they are filled with good-for-them foods that will fuel their little bodies all the way through those hot soccer practices and hold them over until dinnertime. Our favorites are the veggies, flatbread and hummus, or the apples, yogurt and trail mix.

The Best Ready-Made Salads

On-the-go salads

Sometimes we avoid salads for lunch because the prep-time is more involved and messier than other lunch options. However, we love a good salad with flavorful toppings and the Bistro Bowl Salads make it simple to enjoying delicious, restaurant-style salads at home.

Want to win up to $3,000 in prizes in the Ready Pac Foods We’ve Got Your Back Back-to-School Sweepstakes? That $2,500 Amazon gift card could sure come in handy!


Bistro Bowl Salads are the BEST! (Giveaway)

Everything you need is packed into one bowl — even the fork — so that you can easily enjoy a savory salad, even on the go. These have been our go-to lunch option recently and even our older kids have started asking to take these to school for lunch.


Healthy eating for busy families

It’s so easy to fall into the fast food trap and make the drive-thru run, but just because we are busy does not mean that has to be our only option. Ready Pac Foods has so many options to keep us eating healthy during the hustle and bustle of back to school and flavors that the whole family can enjoy! Make sure you use the Ready Pac Foods store locator to find where these products are carried in your state.

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As a parent, back-to-school means the daily tasks of folder checking, homework monitoring, and the dreaded lunchbox packing also resume. Packing lunch is tough enough as a parent —  Are you sending in enough lunch? A healthy lunch? A sandwich in the shape of a princess with a sparkly cheese crown? Throw in a food allergy or two and that task can sometimes seem overwhelming. Whether its your own child you have a concern for, or a classmate, packing an allergy-free lunch to keep everyone safe, happy, and fed during the school day is always on your mind. From gluten-free to completely allergy-free, we have found some simple and yummy ways to pack that lunch box.

Allergy-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids

What’s on the allergy-free menu

Long gone are the days of scouring each and every label in the grocery store to find even just a few items that might be free of gluten, dairy, peanuts, or any of the other common food allergies. Now, entire aisles are dedicated to allergy-free foods, and several allergy conscience brands have emerged to help make the task of packing allergy free lunch boxes much less daunting. We’ve found that brands such as Enjoy Life, Go Organically, and Go Raw (just to name a few) are kid-tested, kid-approved when it comes to even the pickiest of eaters, and that, my mommy friends, is lunch box gold.

In addition to creating yummy grab-and-go allergy-free foods, we love that certain allergy conscience brands, like Crispy Green, are creating community awareness with amazing back to school programs. Crispy Green has the Produce for Kids, Power Your Lunchbox campaign. This program is in its second year and helps promotes proactive eating habits while donating $1 to Feeding America for every parent that takes the Power Your Lunchbox pledge. Knowing that you are able to help others while helping your own children enjoy allergy-free foods simply makes lunchtime that much sweeter.

Here are just a few of our favorite easy allergy free lunch box ideas.

Allergy-Free Lunch Ideas

Lunch Idea #1:

– Non-peanut butter roll ups (made with Sunbutter & Udi’s Fajitas)
– Go Raw Sprouted Flax Snack in Zesty Pizza
– Go Organically Fruit Medley fruit snacks
– Blueberries
– Enjoy Life Crunchy Minis in Chocolate Chip

Allergy free: gluten, dairy, tree nuts, soy, & wheat


Lunch Idea #2: 

– Turkey meatballs
Ginger’s Healthy Habits Veggie Trail Mix in Pepperoni Pizza*
– Enjoy Life Caramel Apple granola bar
– Strawberry and blueberry fruit mix
– So Delicious Yogurt Alternative

Allergy free:  gluten, dairy, peanuts, soy, wheat, & egg
*contains almonds and cashews


Lunch Idea #3:

– Turkey and ham roll-ups
– Raw baby carrots and hummus*
– Red grapes
– Go Raw Apricot Chewy Bars

Allergy free: gluten, dairy, tree nuts, wheat, soy, & egg
*look for hummus without the ingredient tahini


Lunch Idea #4: 

– Turkey roll-ups
– 1 serving of strawberries
– Enjoy Life Plentils in Garlic Parmesan
– Go Organically Tropical Fruit Snacks
– Go Raw Lemon Sprouted Cookies

Allergy free: gluten, dairy, wheat, soy, tree nuts & egg


Lunch Idea #5: 

– Faux peanut butter and jelly sandwich (made with Sunbutter and All But Gluten Bread)
– Crispy Greens Fruit (We mixed the apple and bananas, but there are SO many good flavors available!)
– Watermelon
– Enjoy Life Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
– Enjoy Life Fruit and Seed Mix

Allergy free: gluten, dairy, wheat, & tree nuts

In addition to our lunch box ideas, check out our allergy free lunch inspiration board on Pinterest.


What are some of your allergy free lunch box ideas?
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Summer is officially coming to a close after this weekend and that means back-to-school is in full-swing, from coast to coast. Whether you’re just diving into your child’s meet-and-greet to kick off the school year or you’re already a few weeks in, these back-to-school gift baskets for teachers are a simple way to show your new teacher just how excited you are to be in their class.

Easy and Quick Teacher Gift Basket Ideas

Setting the tone

Being a former teacher, I think I really have a greater appreciation for teachers and love to spoil them with little gifts throughout the year. They have such an important job to help shape the future of our little ones! Going a little above and beyond is our way to show them how much we appreciate all of their hard work and dedication to our kids. Lots of people do holiday gifts and end-of-year gifts, but we like to set the tone for a new school year with a back-to-school gift. We’ve come to learn that Meet & Greet can be a pretty hectic day, so what better way to leave a lasting impression with your new teacher than to leave them with a special treat!

What goes inside

I began making these back-to-school gift baskets for teachers a few years ago and they were such a hit that I have made it a tradition every year. The kids and I pick out items like fun pens, colored notepads, hand sanitizer, gum, chapstick and really anything else that we think they may enjoy.

What to include in a back-to-school teacher gift basket

Mini bottles of pain reliever are also always included in our baskets. I’d like to think that my kids’ classrooms will be quiet and calm at all times, but chances are that at some point during the school year the kids are sure to give the teacher a headache. Hopefully the teachers will stick these away somewhere in their classroom so that they will be prepared for that day!

After all of our items are gathered, I let the kids help put them in cute plastic containers or baskets. I also have my kids write a note telling their teacher just how excited they are to be in their class. We include the notes in the basket and then I wrap it up in clear cellophane and tie it with a cute ribbon.

Back-to-School Teacher Gift Basket Ideas

Ice breaker

Some kids might feel nervous about going back to school, starting a new grade, and meeting a new teacher. These teacher gift baskets are a great ice breaker! Holding the basket gives the kids something to do with their hands and it gives them motivation to walk into their new classrooms proudly because they are excited to give their teachers the gift.

Teacher Gift Baskets are a Great Back-to-School Icebreaker

It is always a pleasant surprise for the teachers and they are just delighted to be given something by one of their students. They love being shown how much we appreciate them from day one and it puts a smile on their face, which is exactly why we do it!


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As a mom, now that school is back in session and fall activities in full swing, your car has once again become your second home. Carpools can be hugely beneficial when it comes to saving both time, money, and your sanity. Here are five easy tips to help you not only organize, but rock, a carpool.

Tip #1: Rules aren’t meant to be broken

Seems simple enough — follow the rules. As carpool mom you need to pick your child’s carpool-mates wisely. Make sure everyone knows the rules and that they are consistent across the entire carpool. Rules of the school. Rules of the carpool line. Rules once you get into everyone’s car. Know them. Learn them. Communicate them. Use them. This will make the school year (and your car rides) much smoother!

What to Read in the Carpool Line

Tip #2: Embrace the line

Now, a large part or being a carpool mom is sitting in the carpool line. If you are lucky, your line moves fairly quickly and takes only minutes (If this is you, send me your zip code please!). However, for the majority, you spend a fair amount of time in line waiting. And waiting. And waiting some more.

Now a huge no-no is looking at your cell phone while in line… even when you are parked. Before you start to hyperventilate — or think that it is okay to sneak a peek occasionally — refer to Tip #1. Take a deep breath, realize that you can answer all those PTA emails in just a few short moments, and be prepare to use the line to your own personal advantage.

Use this time to reflect and embrace the quiet. Read. Eat… and slowly enjoy, a snack that you might not want to share with the little bundles of heaven about to enter your car. Or, our personal favorite, touch up that mani with the latest polish shades that fall has to offer.

Don’t fight the line — embrace it!

5 Tips Every Rock Star Carpool Mom Needs

Tip #3: Be prepared for extras

The fun thing about being a carpool mom is getting the chance to be involved with your child and their social circle. Be flexible, and, if you have room, be prepared for any last minute additions to your carpool for the day.

Keep an extra car seat seat or booster on hand. Pick a seat that is comfortable, safe, and versatile so that you are able to accommodate whomever might be popping in for a ride that day.

Car Seats that are Awesome for Car Pools

The Aidia Pathfinder High Back Booster (shown in Endeavor; $140) has proven to be our carpool favorite. With its lightweight aerodynamic feel, and its easy to adjust 7-position headrest, we know that we are able to quickly, easily, and safely accommodate any additional children who we might be transporting for the rest of the day.

You can win your own Aidia High-Back Booster and $1250 in other prizes in our Savvy Sassy School Days Giveaway! Hurry, it ends this week!

Tips for Making Carpools Easy

Listen, when you rock at carpool everyone wants in on your minivan

How to Survive Carpool Days
Tip #4: Snacks

Need we say more? OK, we will. Any mom knows in most situations snacks are an integral part of survival. As good carpool mom, have these prepped and ready to go, because the moment that last click of the seat belt occurs, you know you are going to hear, “I’m hungry! Can I have a snack?”

And then five minutes later, “I’m thirsty! Can I have some water?” So go ahead and have the water bottles prepped, too.

Carpool Survival List for Moms
Tip #5: Have FUN!

While spending large blocks of your day/week/month/year driving might not be the top activity on your list of fun things to do, take a moment chose to enjoy this time with your kids. Make the best of it and have fun. Like, seriously have fun. Play silly games. Make goofy jokes that they can’t help but laugh at. Have their favorite play list on hand and rock carpool karaoke so well that James Corden would be jealous.

By having fun you create an atmosphere both you and the children look forward to each day. Because not only do you carpool, you rock it! (Water bottle microphone optional.)

What are some of your tips on how you rock at carpool?
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