Printable packing list for your next vacation
The Ultimate Vacation Packing List – Free Printable – Now that all the fun and craziness of the Christmas holidays are behind us, we’re hit with the realization that we still have quite a few more months of winter to go. I’m not a fan of long, cold winters (well, it doesn’t get below freezing often where I live but it rains a lot) so we try to save enough money for a vacation to a sunny destination each year. I don’t know about you but I absolutely love winter vacations – I mean I plan for it all year long. If I could only do one thing for the rest of my life, it would be to travel. I love experiencing other cultures, landscapes and food and I think travelling is the ultimate education.
This year we’re so fortunate to be going to one of our favorite destinations, Mexico (Manzanillo to be more precise). A big part of what I love about going on a vacation is the build-up and excitement before we go. I usually have everyone’s luggage pretty much packed about a week before we leave – I know, I have issues. Every year I go through my mental packing checklist but inevitably forget something.
Since we’re leaving shortly I decided to create my own printable packing list that I can pull out and print every year now from this point onward. I thought many of my fellow travelers may like to have this checklist too.
To download your free printable packing list click here. Happy travels!
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Eco Friendly Gift Giving Ideas – With Christmas quickly closing in on us, we’re in the gift giving frame of mind. It’s at this time of year that I reflect on what we’re giving and receiving. I’m trying to be a little more conscientious with my gift giving this year by giving gifts that create memories and experiences, not garbage. I wanted to share some ideas so you can help be a green giver this year.
Ideas for No Waste Christmas Gifts:
- Create a one-of-a-kind online slide show from your photos (smilebox.com is great for this) – my husband made one for my birthday (he made my show with PowerPoint) and I just love it and watch it often.
- Give tickets to a sporting event, concert or festival
- Plan a weekend getaway – skiing, surfing, fishing or wine tasting are some fun ideas
- Give seasons passes to a local museum or attraction
- Get old and/or damaged furniture and take it to be fixed, recovered or restored
- Plant a fruit tree – the gift that will keep giving (you may have to hold off until warmer weather depending where you’re located)
- Give the gift of fitness with a pass to a local recreation or fitness center
- Spa gift certificates are always a hit – you could even turn it into a girls weekend
- Give a subscription to Netflix
- Give the gift of education with Lynda.com which offers access to thousands of easy-to-follow video tutorials on software, creative, and business skills. GC’s start at $25. I absolutely love Lynda.com by the way and they aren’t even paying me to say that.
- Get bikes repaired and serviced
- Give theater or movie tickets
- Make coupons for free babysitting services along with a gift certificate to a great restaurant
- Send your family or friends eBooks with the click of a button. Kobo and Amazon both gift eBooks
- Plan a family bowling night and let the competition begin
- Know someone who’s having some financial hardships? Most grocery stores sell gift cards now. I’ve given this gift before and I know just how much it was appreciated.
- Classes or lessons including: art, pottery, music, golf, language, dancing, cooking, auto repair, computer design, photography, etc.
- Give a ready to eat meal that can be kept in the freezer until needed
- Give a small savings bond, investment or educational savings plan
- Finally, and I love this one, donate to a favorite charity or organization in the individual’s name you’re buying for. For example, there are fantastic organizations where your child can choose to donate goats, chickens, ducks, sheep and other animals for children and families in Africa. It’s always great for kids to learn the value of giving as well as receiving.
Master meal planning list printable
Master Meal List – I’m not much of a planner when it comes to meals, especially during the week. Usually I just come home from work, look in the fridge, freezer and pantry and then just make whatever meal I feel like and can come up with quickly. I have friends and coworkers who plan their meal every week in advance… kudos to them but I’m just not that organized. Sometimes my decisions for meals are prompted by the newest cooking magazine that’s in my mailbox when I get home or often times I’m browsing through Pinterest and I see something that looks tantalizing. I cook meals at home at least six days a week so I need as many options as possible. For me, it’s often just a matter of coming up with the initial idea and then I’m good to go.
For months (well, maybe years) I’ve been thinking about having a master list of all my favourite recipes that I can quickly browse when I’m trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Finally I found a moment and made a page for keeping my recipe and meal ideas. After I added all my meal ideas, I printed it out and taped it inside my cupboard door so that I can look at it anytime for quick inspiration.
Today I’m sharing my printable master meal list with you. Click here to download. If you’ve got any great recipe ideas feel free to share too!
Master Meal Planning List
50 summer activities to keep kids busy and having fun all summer long.
No more teachers, no more books… yeah, summer’s here! Oh wait, that means it’s up to me to keep my child entertained for the summer. I’m horrible at imaginary and make believe games like the ones my daughter and husband play – I completely admire the skill to be able to just make up random stories on a whim and have incredible imaginary adventures but that’s a skill I simply don’t possess. Fortunately, I bring my other attributes to the table, mainly creativity. So, with that said, I decided this year to be proactive in my summer fun activities and create a checklist that we put on the fridge to use when we’re having trouble coming up things to do. Maybe if we’re diligent, we can make it through the entire list this summer. I had lots of ideas myself but also found some great activities online. I’m sure I’m not the only parent out there trying to come up with activities to entertain the kids with, so I’m putting this list on my blog for others to print out and use too.
Download your “Summer Fun List” here.
Also, don’t forget to check out some of the kids activities and ideas I’ve posted previously on my blog:
It’s the first day of summer vacation for us here in Victoria so Noelle and I are off now to go complete the first item we’ve chosen from our list (find smooth rocks to paint and decorate). Enjoy and have a great summer!