Saturday, June 28, 2014

These Five Happy Yolks are going on a road trip!

I love to get away.... I really don't even have to go far to feel some sense of peace. Just a little distance away from the every day stuff seems to do us good. We are visiting Disney in September, but I needed to get away NOW! So a little impromptu trip to Mobile is in order! We're leaving on Monday, stopping in Memphis and then on to our destination on Tuesday. Normally we rent a house on Dauphin Island for a week, this year, with camp schedules and Grace's music recital, we didn't have a week to spare, so we decided to stay in Mobile for four nights and drive on in to the beach every day. We are still closer than we are now!
Road trips are fun! I used to hate driving, but honestly, it is a great time to connect with your kids, to maybe do a little school (without them knowing) and to experience new things and new food! That's the part I enjoy!
I am usually way more prepared than this year for our road trips with activities for my kids, snack boxes, etc. we won't talk about this trip..... I'll just link you to some ideas I have used in the past! I have been so busy with work, it snuck up on me and now tomorrow I'll be scrambling around trying to get 5 people packed, snacks packed, printables printed and movies organized. It's ok, it seems that I thrive on chaos lately.

Last year I made this cute little car trip family to gage when we would arrive and distance for Jack. He is a total visual kid, he is constantly asking "how much farther, are we there yet" so this helped, a little. Haha! And he loved to scoot it along as we drove.

I found that genius idea  here

I plan on printing out these super adorable sheets for my kids to do. 

Creating something like this. This link doesn't take you to the exact post but I wanted to give credit! 

And using this as inspiration for our own road trip questions! 

Here are some other super fun printables! 

I also downloaded this app

It is way cool! You map your destination and it gives you anything interesting between home and your ending point. Museums, parks, historical places, restaurants, caf├ęs, children's activities, etc. I plan on using it wisely! 
Happy Summer! 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Summery Vegetable Pasta Salad....

I love pasta, I won't lie, I could eat it every single night and be completely fine with it. My family, not so much. I know they get tired of it... But it's so easy and you can do so much with it!
Last summer in an effort to find something to do with a whole bunch of zucchini I had from our co op I created this little dish. It's really simple and some may think boring but simple is what I like. You don't need a whole lot to have really great flavor.

Summery Vegetable Pasta Salad
1 medium zucchini
a handful of cherry tomatoes
feta cheese
bow tie pasta
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 of a lemon squeezed
drizzle of olive oil


Get your pasta cooked, drained and cooled. I run mine under cold water in the colander if I'm in a hurry. Chop up your zucchini, tomatoes... put them in a bowl, throw your feta cheese in. You can use however much you want. My girls LOVE feta so I usually end up using a whole container in this dish. Add your cooled pasta and toss together well. Squeeze your lemon juice in, drizzle with olive oil, combine gently. Throw in your parsley (I forgot it this evening) and season with salt and pepper.
Simple and delicious!