Road Trip Snack Ideas

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Do your vacation plans include a road trip this year? While travel by car can be a great idea for a family getaway, sometimes those miles on the road can lead to empty bellies and backseat grumbling. Here are some road trip snack ideas to help keep everyone smiling away the miles.

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Filler-Uppers  — put together an assortment of your favorite crackers, roasted nuts, pretzels, cheese cubes, and dry meats like pepperoni.  Another fun idea is to mix some of these together and put them into a fun container such as the mason jar above.

Grab Bags — If you are traveling with children, you might assemble a snack treat that comes complete with some small toy treasures that will keep everyone occupied. Trail mix, veggie sticks, sliced fruit, fruit gummies, and granola bars are all good options. Stick a few snack choices into a larger container where you hide some small toys that can be revealed at different intervals along the trip.

Wrap Sandwiches — Wraps are another easy travel option for a hearty car snack. Use a tortilla to wrap up your favorite lunch meat with some cheese and a spread, such as hummus or cream cheese.

Something Sweet — Bringing along a sweet treat can be another great road trip snack idea. Grapes or sliced apples are a healthy choice. Cookies are also fun. You might consider ginger cookies (or candies) if any of your passengers are prone to carsickness since ginger can help calm an upset stomach. If you are looking for a longer lasting treat, pack  some lollipops. A sucker can keep little mouths occupied for a good period of time.

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Road Trip Activities

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Planning a trip by car this summer?
Check out these ideas for road trip activities to help everyone enjoy the journey.

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Name That Tune — Randomly select a radio station. See who can be the first person to guess the title of the first song that comes on. Award bonus points if they can name the musician or album title. Then switch to a new station and try again!

Look for License Plates — Keep track of how many different state license plates you can spot during your drive.

“I’m Thinking of a …” — In this game, start by choosing a category such as animals or people. One person thinks of a specific member of the category. Everyone else takes turns asking yes or no questions until they can figure out what the mystery item is. If someone makes an incorrect guess, they are out until the next round.

The A to Z Game — See who can be the first to spot words on roadside signs, billboards, trucks, shops and restaurants starting with the letters A through Z.  Move onto the next letter only after finding a word starting with the letter previous (you might make an exception for letter X.)

cad trip activitiesRoad Trip Bingo — Before the ride, create bingo style cards with different things for people to spot along the route, such as a bird on a wire, a cow, a gas station or a motor home.  Then see who can find all the items on their card first.

Make Your Own Story — For this road trip activity, go around the car clockwise with each person adding one word to create a progressive story. For example, the driver might start by saying, “once,” and then the front seat passenger might add, “there.” The next person  could say, “was,”  and so on to make up a silly and unique story.

Pack a Bag of Goodies — Before the trip, pack each person in the car their own tote bag filled with different activities to pull out one by one along the way. Some ideas might include a sticker book, an Etch a Sketch, an ipod, snacks and a water bottle, a deck of cards, a journal, or whatever small toys and games your children are interested in.




Here are some great road trip activities available at Amazon.com


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Stargazing Tips

 

Lots of ideas for making the most of a starry summer evening

Summer is the perfect time to get away from it all, spread a blanket, and enjoy a celestial light show.  Here are some stargazing tips to help you make the most of your evening under the stars.

Pick a Clear Moonless Night — You will see the most stars on a night when the moon is new and the skies are clear. If your viewing plans do happen to get blocked by clouds, you can always claim to have witnessed a “rare eclipse of everything!”

** A great time to star watch in the summer is from the last week of July through the first week in August, when “the Perseids” appears. This is the most reliable summertime meteor shower. The most meteors are visible after midnight during this time.




Get Back to Nature — Try to get as far away from city light pollution as possible. An open area far from buildings is the best spot for stargazing.

Relax in Reclining Chairs or Lie on a Blanket — You want to be comfortable when settling in for an evening under the stars, so be sure to have a set up where your neck won’t get tired while looking up.

Adjust Your Eyes — It takes 30-40 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Experienced astronomers often bring a red torch which can be used as a flashlight and not interfere with night vision. You can make your own torch by covering the lense of a flashlight with red painters’ tape.  While you are waiting for your eyes to adjust, have fun playing a satellite-spotting contest. Scan the sky for what appear to be fast-moving stars. See who can spot the most!



Come Prepared — Other than a blanket, there are some items which can make your evening of stargazing more fun, such as:

  • Binoculars — A must for getting a better view of things.
  • A Planisphere — These simple plastic charts can help you easily identify what you are seeing.
  • Star Identifying Phone Apps — Android offers a free app called Sky Map, and iPhone has both Star Walk and Sky Map. To use these, you just hold your phone to the night sky and they will identify celestial objects for you!

Thumbs and first fingers inside the four corners of Star Finder.Have Some Fun Making Your Own Star Finder — Remember the folding fortune tellers everyone made as kids?  Here is a link to a Star Finder Game from NASA.

Play Some Mood Music — Add some atmosphere to your evening with some great stargazing music. The synthesizer music of Vangelismakes a great accompaniment to a night under the stars.

20 Great Ideas for a Company Picnic

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My husband works for a large company in Portland, Oregon.  Every August they host an amazing company picnic at Lakeview Farms, a beautiful working farm and pumpkin patch in nearby Forest Grove. The picnic is always one of the highlights of the summer, and is looked forward to by both employees and their families. It is so much fun!





By now, the gals who put this picnic together have it down to a science, but it takes lots of planning and hard work behind the scenes to make things run smoothly. Here are some photo memories of this year’s event, and 20 ideas that help make this company picnic great!

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1. Start with an organized plan — Make sure you have all the details of your event worked out before the day of the picnic.

2. Find a scenic spot — Consider the size and age range of your group when looking for a space to hold your company picnic. It’s important that you can visualize the party in the location you choose.

3. Hire a great caterer — Food is an important element of a company picnic, so choose someone whose menu fits your group’s appetite!

4. Consider using a drink vendor — At our company picnic beer and wine are served. We hire a company that will take care of checking IDs and handing out bracelets to those old enough to drink liquor.

5. Create an inviting seating area — Set up tables and benches in areas where people can congregate and rest.

6. Welcome guests with a door prize raffle — Everybody loves a giveaway, so as your guests RSVP, keep track of your invitees and hand each person a raffle ticket. Then throughout the night call different numbers for door prizes.

7. Hire a Band or DJ — Music can set the tone of your whole day. It makes people happy and gets them up and dancing.

8. Include karaoke in your music plan — If your DJ offers karaoke, this can be a ton of fun. Who knew they guy in the next office was such a great singer?

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9. Set up a photo wall — A collage of photos from the workplace or past company events is a great ice breaker. Everyone loves to see themselves and their friends having fun throughout the years.

10. Hire an entertainer for the kids — At this picnic, BJ the clown is a perennial favorite. He has been entertaining kids in the Portland area for over 20 years and he does a great job keeping the little ones happy.

11. Remember the teenagers — Having some crafts and activities for older kids is a great idea too. This year we had a table of teen crafts, as well as many games that were perfect for this age group.

12. Play volleyball — Volleyball is a great outdoor game that can involve lots of people and a variety of age groups all at once. We also set up tetherball this year and it was a big hit.

13. Put out some independent game materials — Setting out bubbles, balls, racquets, and other independent activities is a good idea for people looking to fill some free time.

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14. Hire a face painter — The face painter is always a highlight of the company picnic. We have an amazing artist who can airbrush amazing faces and tattoos. The line for the face painter is always a mile long.

15. Have a bounce house —  Bounce houses are another fun idea for fun lovers of any age.

16. Hire a photo booth with props — There are lots of great reasons to hire a photo booth — they are good ice breakers, they get everyone loosened up, and they allow your guests to leave with a memento of the day.

17. Play carnival games — Setting up some carnival games can be another fun and easy activity for your guests.

18. Hire a mechanical bull — Do you have an adventurous group? A mechanical bull might be just the thing!

19. Host a sundae bar — The sundae bar is another much anticipated highlight of the company picnic. Have some employees chip in and serve up some fun, along with a lot of whipped cream!

20. Recognize loyal employees — At some point during your event, remember to stop and say a few words about the people and reasons your company is so great.  Recognize employees who have been working with you for a while or made significant contributions this year, and remember to say thank you to the people who put together such an amazing company picnic!

 

 

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