I think Wita might like this series a little too much.
This post is sponsored by Bridgestone. Thank you for making sure we don’t end up on the side of the road in the middle of Arizona.
It’s road trip season and the Whoorl family is about to embark on a 10-day trip of epic proportions. A little Grand Canyon action, a little Sedona action, and a lot of Colorado action. Naturally, at the time of writing this post, I haven’t packed a thing and we’re leaving in less than 24 hours.
What is it about road trips and my incessant procrastination? Now, if we were flying somewhere, I’d be ready to hit it, but something about a car makes me think I can just throw a whole bunch of stuff in the back and head out. The sad part about this is that my procrastination is giving me a good ol’ dose of anxiety right about now. WHERE ARE MY MALA BEADS, I ASK OF YOU.
I’m sure a little part of my anxiety has to do with the children. THE CHILDREN. The kids need to be entertained, you see. The days of sitting in the backseat and staring out the window for hours on end doesn’t seem to fly with my littles. (Hmmm, iPad much?) If the kids aren’t entertained, I’m going to hear a lot of whining and bickering and then I might just have to jump out of the moving vehicle, which isn’t very spiritual nor meditative. Do you feel my pain here? I know some of you must, considering that 83% of Americans go on a road trip in the summer.
How true is the “Traveling with Kids” part of the infographic? I can assure you that my children will declare the top 4 at least 359 times in the course of the next two days.
To combat this, preparation is KEY. Here’s how I’m dealing with that.
1. On the car front? Prepared. We are driving on Bridgestone DriveGuard tires, which gives me total peace of mind because you can continue to drive up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph after a puncture or complete loss of tire pressure. Yep, a complete loss of pressure. They take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. And trust me, nobody wants to tell kids that we’ve got an additional half day to spend stranded in the middle of nowhere.
2. Parental boredom front? Still working through a few of these books on my Kindle. Also reading this one and this one. Good music – totally pumped about this Spotify playlist and this one too. Good conversation, if we can hear ourselves over the kids’ bickering.
3. Child boredom front? I have prepared the Bag O’ Entertainment, which includes, but is not limited to, 20 borrowed books from the library, a few new books as a surprise, iPads, paper, crayons, healthy snacks, blankies, plushies, and a totally random assortment of randomness.
Seriously, I have no idea how parents road-tripped without iPads. I bow to you, parents of yore. BOW TO YOU.
Oh! Any absolutely fantastic iPad apps I need to know about for the children? I’m pretty sure the 59,000 we already have won’t be sufficient.
I’m hoping to post a few updates here while on our trip, but I’ll for sure be around my usual online haunts. Feel free to follow the hashtags #DriveGuardGetaway and #WhoorlRoadTrip if you’d like to live vicariously through the beautiful scenery, family bonding, and incessant whining. Bon voyage!
I think I may have tried on 400 bikinis this past month. (You can go ahead and imagine how much fun that was for me.) Although my annual swimsuit shopping extravaganza usually involves a few online purchases and lots of crossed fingers, this year I decided I was going to get serious about finding the perfect bikini. This meant I spent a lot of time trying on swimsuits in stores, as well as in my bedroom. You guys, I looked everywhere – specialty swim shops like Everything But Water, department stores such as Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, and online retailers like Shopbop, and I tried a huge range of price points ranging from $30 to $200 a suit.
Well, I’m here to tell you that being expensive doesn’t guarantee a good fit or look. In fact, my favorite swimsuits this season were from Madewell, and yep, Old Navy. You all, Old Navy suits average around 30 bucks and they are fantastic! So much more flattering on me than suits 4 times the price. Here are the three I bought for this summer, and I think the grand total with promotions was about $120. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Ruched Bikini in Electric Ikat, Madewell.
Fuchsia String Bikini, Old Navy
Black Ruffled String Bikini, Old Navy
What’s your go-to brand for swimsuits?
“Doubt is a dream-killer and fear is an internal prison cell that bars you off from the world and all the glorious possibilities just waiting for you.” – Dr. Lissa Rankin
Why is it so hard to let go of our fearful thinking?
Why do we clutch onto the very thing that holds us back?
What would happen if we just decided one day to wash our hands of a certain fear, worry or insecurity for good?
Would NOT worrying about our health/relationships/success harm us? Would we suddenly not be vigilant enough? I mean, when we worry about something, we’re just trying to keep ourselves safe, right?
In the end, would absolving ourselves of worry, gasp, kill us?
By letting go, could we free up all sorts of mental space for positive thoughts? And spend our days feeling much lighter, happier, and most of all, free?
I’m asking for a friend.
(21 Days of Praise has been postponed a bit, but oh yes, it’s still happening. I’ve just got to go to the Grand Canyon, Colorado, and Sedona first. ENERGY VORTEXES, PEOPLE.)