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Oddities Attract

Stopping for a crazy road side attraction is something we love to do on a long car trip.  Take a break and give yourselves something to talk about for the next leg of your journey.  I’ll tell you where to find these amusing sights and how to make the most of your stops…

Read the entire article and see some of the crazy road side photos I’ve taken with my family at Oddities Attract – Side tracks Remind You that Half the Fun Is Getting There.

What weird roadside things have you seen lately?!

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July 10, 2010   2 Comments

Your GPS is Wrong!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NAVTEQ. All opinions are 100% mine.

Yes.     It’s wrong.    It is.

Really.

Just accept it and move on!

I finally accepted it when I was driving through Knoxville recently, and we came upon a big sign in the middle of the road that flashed, “YOUR GPS IS WRONG! Keep straight for I-40.”   I had already gotten “confused”, or “lost”, or thought I’d missed the exit the last two times I’d driven through that interchange, so it was a relief to know it wasn’t just me.

More than once, Silvia (the name I gave my minivan with the lovely woman’s voice on the built-in GPS) has sent me the wrong way, and I’ve had to rely on my wits to get back on course.  Note — Helpful hint when traveling with children:   If your kids ever ask, “Are we lost?”, do NOT answer “yes”!

So now, after much denial and resistance, I have come to the realization that it is time for me to give my GPS a much needed update.  Basically, it is time to stop and ask for directions.

I recommend that you update your GPS maps too. Driving around lost with a car full of children is totally unnecessary.  And, NAVTEQ makes it easy to get your updates no matter what your navigational system is, whether it is built into your vehicle or portable. Just head over to www.updateyourmap.com and follow their easy instructions.

Now if only Silvia could also help me navigate through my teenager’s bedroom.

Visit my sponsor: Map updates a must for summer road trips!

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June 14, 2010   Comments Off

Paper Plate Car Games

More fun ideas for the road — check out this video of some travel games you can make with paper plates!  Make them in the car, or make them at home to bring on the road with you.

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May 15, 2010   3 Comments

Reader Favorites – Car Travel Activities

It’s time to share some of YOUR favorite car travel activities!

“We enjoy passing around a fake mike, as we take turns being the solo singer to the radio or cassette tunes! Sometimes we will unexpectedly lower the sound to make the singers voice really stand out.”  (Lin)

“A great car activity for children ages 5 (with adult help) and up, is to make a pot holder on a weaving loom! My 3 sons, ages 5, 10 and 12 all three enjoyed picking out their own colors and designing their own pot holder to give as gifts to grandparents and friends when we returned home from our trip!  They also make neon colored material for the weaving looms. You can buy a whole bag for under $2!” (Johna)

“Whenever we hit the road, we are always sure to grab a bottle of bubbles.  We turn on the car fan, hold the bubble wand in front of the vent, and voila! A car full of bubbles.  The bubbles generally go straight toward the back of the car, and are barely a distraction to the driver.  This is great fun in traffic, when we not only amuse ourselves but so many drivers alongside us.  And their happy grins
are a great amusement in themselves!” (Elaine)

Thanks Readers!  Keep sending in your ideas!  ~~Laurel (Roadtrip Mom)

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May 8, 2010   5 Comments

Backseat Rider

Happy birthday to my darling daughter and one of my all time favorite back seat road-testers!  She and her sister love to test new products and give me their opinions so I can share them with my readers! She’s pictured here road-testing Doodle Balls and the Kids Travel Back Seat Survival Kit From Klutz. Loved them both!

Happy birthday.  Keep on truckin’!

Love, Mom

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May 2, 2010   Comments Off

Survey Time!

I need a little help from my readers! I’m sure you have noticed that I run ads on my site to support it and help me keep it going. My ad sales company needs demographics on my readers so they can make sales pitches to the wonderful sponsors that buy my ad space.  I need more data! Please do me a big favor and take this totally anonymous survey about MomsMinivan.com and it’s users. The survey does not ask for any personally identifying info – especially not your email, your name, or phone number.  They just need general generic stuff like how old you are, how big your household is, etc. They will not sell you anything, I promise!

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April 24, 2010   Comments Off

Update on Carsickness Blows

Recipe:

  • 6 Girl Scouts
  • 1 Girl Scout leader
  • Field trip to the local food bank to do community service sorting canned goods
  • Large helping of silliness and giggles

Final product:    Minivan with barf on the floor.

Since I first posted my story on Carsickness Blows, where I sing the praises of a wonderful product I had recently obtained, I had not yet had the opportunity to even use it.   ….Until now.    On a recent Girl Scout field trip with my minivan full of giggly girls, the laughter got a little bit out of hand until one of them finally lost it — all over the floor in the back of the van.    The mess was everywhere, but I had no fear.

In fact, I was secretly delighted.  At last I had a chance to try my yak pack, a clean up kit for car owners who travel with kids prone to erupt into bouts of carsickness.  The first thing I did was pass the darling Girl Scout a barf bag, so she could contain any further pukage until we got home (I keep plenty of these on hand in my van).  Once the girls were safely delivered, it was time for the real test.

During the cleanup, I used the little scoop to remove most of the chunks while wearing the nifty non-latex gloves (my favorite part!!).  Then I sprinkled the absorbent powder that did a fantastic job of neutralizing the odor.  When it dried, I was able to vacuum it all, and my car smelled good as new!  It even passed my daughters’ sniff test.  To be honest, my minivan never did have that “new car smell” since I bought it used, but the point is that it didn’t smell like vomit anymore.

I have enough of the absorbent materiel left over for a future cleanup should it ever be necessary. And given the fact that I will be hauling children around in my van for many years to come, I’m sure that the upchuck will abound in my days to come.

Yes, Virginia – there is a cleanup kit for carsickness.  It’s a Bio hazard yak pack.  I give it a thumbs up!

….Read more for tips on preventing carsickness

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April 19, 2010   1 Comment

Drive Long and Prosper

Here’s a twist on the old classic game of Rock Paper Scissors.   It’s called “Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.”

Everyone knows that paper covers rock. But did you also know that Spock vaporizes rock?  Or that lizard poisons Spock?

With the number of possible outcomes increased, this version of the game is sure to hold the attention of your anxious crew.  It can be a little complicated at first, so you may want to print the simple diagram that I posted with the instructions.

See the complete article on How to Play Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock that I have posted on MomsMinivan.com.  With this game in your bag of tricks,  I have no doubt that you can drive long and prosper on your next road trek!

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April 7, 2010   2 Comments

MomsMinivan You Tube Channel!

Announcing the Moms Minivan YouTube channel!  http://www.youtube.com/momsminivan!

Here I will be posting videos from my readers, my own children and their “Backseat Rolling Reviews”, along with “favorited” videos from other youtube users that I think are amusing, or that pertain to my site.

If you have a video you’d like to share, please post it as a video response, or you can send me your video directly to momsminivan@gmail.com

Meanwhile, Please give these darling girls a big welcome with their first backseat video as they set out on a road trip for Spring Break….

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April 1, 2010   Comments Off

Mad Libs ReRuns

Mad Libs. I have recommended this as a great car activity for many years. Recently we found a way to enjoy them even further.

My daughter pulled out the Mad Libs tablet that we used a few months earlier on a previous trip. She began to read some of the stories that we had already completed. They were HILARIOUS — And much funnier than they were the first time. This was probably due to the fact that the crazy words were a complete surprise this time since we didn’t remember them.

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