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Family Car Trips

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Yes, it’s true – car rides with your family can start out like the opera and quickly switch up to a bouncy dance tune. Sometimes you are up for it and sometimes not so much.

How do you manage long car rides? Pack entertaining and distracting things (some of us can read in the car, some cannot).I found this great Kid Kit which I wish I had when my kids were younger -back in the day I made my own and it was not this adorable, engaging and easy to pack up. So smart!

No surprise, here, I make sure to have plenty of snacks on hand. I tend to favor salty snacks on the road but make sure to balance them out with fresh fruit, trail mix and something sweet. I tend to over pack but it works for us! Pack a small collapsible cooler with a cold pack and drinks, water is a must – drink it, clean up small spills, faces and hands, too.

Favorite Snacks

1. Crackers -Saltines, Graham, Goldfish, pretzels – good for queasy tummies.

2. Fruit and veggies – cut-up, whole, dried.

3. Something sweet – cookies, power bars, mini candies (mints or gum).

4. Lunch if it is a long ride – pack up sandwiches and label with names (you’ll be happy you did).

5. Juice boxes, milk boxes (if you are feeling brave. Personally, never again after one incredible spill that soaked child and car seat).

I also pack napkins or paper towels and a few plastic bags for trash. Wipes and hand sanitizer, books, music, and a change of clothes (for everyone) if they are young. First aid kit,drawing or coloring stuff, car games, pillows, blankets, raincoats, sweaters and sometimes extra shoes. How do I fit it all in my car? It does take a while for me to pack up…

How do you travel? Light? Over-prepared?

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Look Good, Feel Even Better

There are so many worthy organizations it can be overwhelming to choose which ones to support, and I find the older I get, the more opportunities I have (except please, do not call me while I am making dinner. You know, just skip the call all together, I never like the call).  I like to donate directly to the organization (usually one my family and I have decided on together, talked about and researched) and I also like to support friends who are involved in fundraising, whether swimming laps, walking, biking, running or (hope against hope) selling sweets.

I also like to support businesses that donate proceeds (have always loved Newman’s for that) to a charitable cause. As I am sure you know, as the pink is ubiquitous, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there is no shortage of ways to donate. I recently learned about an organization doing great work. It’s the Look Good Feel Better® program and for the past two decades it has been helping people undergoing cancer treatment by providing free workshops, staffed by local expert volunteers offering lessons on how to apply cosmetics and hair accessories to help cope with the appearance side effects of cancer treatment.

 MISSION: Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is our aim to improve their self-image and appearance through complimentary group, individual, and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community.

Look Good Feel Better® is partnering with several lovely companies, like Philosophy, LashControl, and Boob Tube and you can help by purchasing these products. Go give your skin, your lashes or your decolletage a boost and do some good at the same time.

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Look Good Feel Better Overview
Workshops are FREE, available in all 50 states, and staffed by local expert volunteers that offer lessons in how to apply cosmetics and hair accessories that help address the changes in skin and hair loss that often accompany cancer treatment, as well as tips on wardrobe/styling to help mask weight changes, surgical alterations, and other changes. Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to changing the way people with cancer approach their disease, reminding them that they are beautiful inside AND out. The program helps women regain confidence some normalcy in a life that is by no means normal.

More information on Look Good Feel Better – including a program finder, virtual workshops and web‐based tips, expert posts on the LGFB Blog and a donation mechanism can be found at

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Look Good Feel Better® is a registered trademark of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation.


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