Road Trip Survival | Toddler Activity Basket




I was a bit nervous for our first long road trip with Tenley. She’s not a huge fan of the car since we weaned her from her pacifier. She’s a busy girl so being stuck in one place is not her idea of fun. We were headed to Destin so it’s about a 6 hour trip. I wanted to be well prepared to avoid any meltdowns! Here’s what helped us survive our first road trip…

DIY “Busy Activities”:

  1. Busy Bottle: Empty water bottle filled with plastic straws. She loved putting the straws in and out of the bottle.
  2. Busy Can: Pringles can filled with plastic straws. I cleaned out an old Pringles can and covered it with kraft paper. She loved taking the lid on and off and shaking up the straws.
  3. Sensory Bottle: Empty water bottle filled with uncooked rice and knick knacks. I used some charms, beads, and buttons I had in my craft supplies (they included letters, numbers, ladybugs, and cats). She liked pointing out the ladybugs and cats in the bottle and shaking it up.
  4. Ball & Tunnel: The center of a paper towel roll and plastic golf ball.
  5. Letter Tray: Small cookie sheet and magnetic letters. This was definitely her favorite activity and the one that lasted the longest.
  6. Building Blocks: Cut up kitchen sponges. She loved stacking these on the cookie tray.
  7. Bag of Post-it Notes: We used these to color on but her favorite thing was to remove them and place them on her coloring book.
  8. Circle “Stickers”: Color coded labels. She had so much fun with these. They were perfect for her to peel off her self too. She loved putting these on her coloring book and herself!

Also included:

  1. Baby brother doll: One of her baby dolls dressed in her baby brother’s clothes. Thought this would be good to get her use to the idea of her baby brother coming this summer. Also, why is it that all baby dolls are girls??
  2. A new book: She loves animals so this touch & feel book was perfect.
  3. Children’s CD: This was good for times when she was getting a little frustrated from being in the car… the music was a good distraction.
  4. Minnie Mouse doll, Bubbles, Stickers, Coloring Book & Crayons, Building Blocks, Play-doh, and a Slinky
  5. And when all else fails an IPHONE and lollipops! The last 30 minutes definitely included some YouTube videos of her choice and a sucker lol!

Hope these activities help you on your next road trip! I’ll also add that whenever we stopped for a bathroom break or diaper change we let her run around for a minute and burn some of that energy.

We have another one trip planned this month. What are some of your tips and tricks for traveling with a toddler?

xoxo, Carrie

Mama’s Favorites | Toddler Sandals



one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine

This mama is so ready for spring! I’ve done a roundup of my favorite sandals for my mini me. They are all from Old Navy and Target– shocker! Both stores are my “go to” for cute and affordable shoes for Tenley. I hate to spend more than 20 bucks on shoes that only last her one season since she grows out of them so fast! I also like to get mostly neutral colored shoes so that they can be paired with anything in her closet.

Which pair are your favorite?!

xoxo, Carrie

Recipe Box | Mini Apple Pies


Personalized Recipe Box: Lily Bella Boutique (Use code FAMILYRECIPES FOR 10% OFF!),

Gold Measuring Cups: Target, Wood Riser: Daze Displays

Semi-Homemade Mini Apple Pies

Ingredients for filling:

3 cups diced Granny Smith apples (peeled)

1/4 cup sugar (I also add a tablespoon or two of brown sugar)

1 tablespoon orange juice

2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

1/2  teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons cubed butter (chilled)

Ingredients for crust:

Pillsbury Pie Crusts

1 egg

You will also need a 3″ biscuit cutter


  1. In a medium bowl mix the pie filling ingredients together.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Roll out dough on floured surface. Cut pie circles from rolled out dough using your biscuit cutter. Reuse dough and roll out as needed.
  4. Place 2-3 tablespoons of apple mix onto pie circles and add a pie circle on top. Seal edges with a fork and vent top with a knife.
  5. Beat one egg with a tablespoon of water. Brush top of pies with egg wash.
  6. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Let cool and then enjoy!

Halloween Pumpkin Painting Party


I invited a couple mommy friends over today and we attempted to have a pumpkin painting party with our little ones…. keyword “attempted.” Not many pumpkins were painted, but a lot of fun was had! We enjoyed a yummy orange punch, apple cider, chicken pot pie, and chocolate fondue! All the kids got their own little bucket filled with Halloween stickers, a Halloween coloring book (thank you dollar section at Target), bubbles, snacks, and a t-shirt I made that either said “EEK!” or “BOO!”…. I may have made one for myself as well haha). I sliced up apples and found a recipe for slow cooker chocolate fondue for us to dip them into. We had six selections of topping too: mini marshmallows, mini m&ms, crushed pretzels, crushed graham crackers, nuts, and toffee. I forgot to take photos of it with my camera so I’ve included a photo from my phone below. Find the orange punch recipe at the end of this post!  xoxo, Carrie

The two year olds did such a great job with their pumpkins! So cute!

It took a lot of work and mini M&Ms to get these photos!

To make this orange punch just mix the following: one can of frozen orange juice, one 46 ounce can of pineapple juice, one 2 liter of sprite, one quart of orange sherbet, and one drop of red food coloring. So yummy!