Any busy parent likely spends a lot of time in their car – from school drop off and pick up to shuttling the kids to their activities and a million other chores. But even if you are packing on the miles in your car, it can be really easy to overlook routine car maintenance. So knowing just a few easy tips and reminders can make sure car troubles never slow you and your family down. Here are five tips to start you and your car onto long journeys together.
From managing your kids, your home and your work-things never stop for busy parents. So you need apps on your phone that will make your life a little easier. From saving money, managing all of your to-do lists and finding the best places to take your kids to burn off some energy, here are five apps busy moms and dads need to download today.
Whether it is a quick trip to the store or a long trip to grandma’s house, snacking in the car is a way to keep everyone full and happy. So to make the snacking easier and less messy, here are a few on-the-go snack hacks that everyone in your family will love.
- You can still have a healthy snack that is prefect for being in the car. Fill a small plastic container with sliced fruit and attach a plastic fork to the top of the lid with masking tape.
- Take your favorite yogurt to-go but skip the spoon. Just pack a straw so when you are ready to eat, just poke a hole into the foil wrapper and drink your yogurt. This also works for kid’s squeeze yogurt tubes.
- Load up the bottom of a small plastic jar with hummus, peanut butter, or another type of nut butter and then pile in the veggies like carrot sticks or celery. Now you can use the veggies to dip, but everything is in one convenient container so there is less mess and less containers in the car.
- Freeze water bottles and use them as ice packs in your cooler. When they thaw, you’ll have a refreshing and cold drink. Plus you won’t waste cooler space on ice packs.
Fun fact: I LOVE Valentine’s Day. I love all the hearts, flowers, and candy. But what I really love is making this sweet day even sweeter for my kids. Aaron and Lyla joined me at TLC to make a few Valentine’s Day treats and activities, and I really think you are going to love what we did. Check it out!
Hello winter, looks like you are back. But this time, we are prepared for your ice and snow. Here’s a few driving safety tips to make your frigid weather and icy roads a little easier to navigate.
- Before you go-clean off your car. Don’t forget the roof. It can be tempting to just start driving and hope all of the snow just comes off your car-but don’t do it! It’s dangerous for you and other drivers. Don’t start driving until you have cleared the snow from windows, headlights and the top of the car. A broom is a great tool for reaching the top of your roof and pushing the snow off your vehicle. You can also buy an ice and snow scraper with an extendable handle.
- If you know that snow and ice are in the forecast, be sure to visit the gas station before the bad weather hits. Always keep your gas tank full to prevent the fuel line from freezing. Also if something happens, and you are stranded, you’ll need that full tank of gas to run the car heater until help arrives. If there is snow or cold weather in the forecast, don’t forget to fill up your gas tank.
- When there is snow on the ground or if it is snowing, drive in another car’s tracks. Don’t drive on roads that do not have tracks in the snow from another car. Driving in these tracks can decrease your chance of sliding on ice or snow. Also, never pass a truck that is plowing snow or treating the road. Stay back a safe distance, but never pass the truck!