Travel Games: Holiday Edition

Will you be travelling this holiday season? We got lucky and everyone will be coming here, but over the years we have had our fair share of boring car rides that end in disaster — meltdowns! So over the years we came up with some foolproof games to keep everyone in the car busy. Here are just a few of our tried-and-true car ride (or plane, train, or boat rides!) busy activities.

Would you rather questions: This is a simple and fun game. You have a list of questions that everyone in the car must answer. Would you rather lick a dirty trashcan or the bathroom floor? Then everyone has to justify their answer. Why would you rather lick the trashcan? You can check out a list of funny and silly would you rather questions here to print for your next road trip.

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt: This is always a simple game but it keeps everyone busy and paying attention. You can make it very involved by making a list of items that have to be found, or make it up as you go. Check out this collection of free printables for an easy list. Thank you Create Craft Love.

The License Plate Game: this is an old game but it is always fun. Simply try to find as many state license plates as you can, whoever finds the most wins! Here is a great list to help keep you on track!

Thanksgiving Place-mat: Thankful Writing Activity

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year, usually my parents host and it is a grand and formal affair. When everyone sits around the table we chat, catch-up, and share a little about our year. I love spending the holiday with my family, and my mother is an amazing host. However, I am not my mother, and my style is much less formal. So this year I am choosing to do things my way instead of trying to out-do my mother at something she is far better at.

I have already chosen to seat everyone family style — no kids table. I want the kids to be a part of everything. After all — why should they be separate? Since I am including them I am of course making the table a little less cluttered and more fun to keep the kids involved. I am going to create a special place-mat for everyone. I found this place-mat at Teachers-Pay-Teachers and felt it was the perfect thing to add to my more casual table setting. I am also going to include a small bucket of crayons at each end of the table so that everyone can color and write on their place-mat. I am hoping that everyone is willing to share what they write at the table when we are eating. It will be a great way to learn a little bit about what means the most to everyone in the family. You can learn a lot by what a person is thankful for. Hopefully this helps us all get just a little bit closer this holiday season.

Holiday Style: Dress Shirts

The Holiday’s are already taking over most of our daily thoughts, at least it cannot only be me. I have been thinking about family photos, ideas for presents, what the kids need, versus what they want. I feel as if it has already taken over my mind. I know that we want to do family photos. So I have already been looking for items that will look good in photos. Thankfully, The Boy’s Store always has some excellent items available, and many at a very reasonable price!

Boys’ Plaid Dress Shirt by Hartstrings: This blue plaid shirt is perfect for family photos. It looks great with the colors blue, black, white, blue jeans, or khaki. So you can dress up your family photos or dress them down with jeans and coordinating colors!

Boys’ Plaid Button Up Shirt by Sovereign Code: This red, black and grey shirt features elbow patches in plaid. It has a warm and cozy style to it with just a dash of modern sophistication with the grey sleeves and plaid elbow patches. It would make an excellent choice for a cozy or sophisticated themed family photo.

Boys Plaid Shirt with Tie by Noruk: this adorable shirt comes with the black tie and just screams Christmas. The red, black, and white plaid are reminiscent of  classic Christmas style. It will look great in a staged family Christmas pose of the whole family.