Month: March 2013

Travel Sleep Kit

I have children, this means that traveling can be a huge pain.  This weekend we are going to visit the grandparents.  To prepare I decided to create a travel sleep kit.

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First, I found a tote with a nice lid that snaps shut.  We usually travel in our pickup truck so I didn’t have to worry about size but it should also fit in my car if absolutely necessary.

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Then I found this great pattern on Pinterest for sleeping mats made out of pillows and pillowcases.  I had everything in my cart to make them.  Then I ran into a friend who pointed me to these really neat inflatable toddler beds.  They are perfect and required no sewing.  I also added an electric inflator.

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I HATE sleeping on air mattresses.  They get really cold at night and slip and slide around.  So I picked up a set of knit sheets.  My eventual goal is to make slipcovers for the mattresses that are made with fleece.  For now I am going to layer the knit sheets over a crocheted afghan.  With their fleece footy PJs they should be warm enough.

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For fun I picked up some cute pillow cases.  Add on their favorite blankets and stuffed animals and we have the perfect travel sleep system.

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Road-Trip Sanity Savers

This weekend is Easter.  Ed’s at work and Grandma is heading to her sisters.  That means it is just the boys and I for the weekend.  I decided a road trip to see the Grandparents and Great Grandparents is in order.  Of course that means something has to go wrong.

For the last trip up north I splurged and bought dual DVD players for the car.  They turned out to be road trip sanity savers and, of course, the boys love them.  Recently I discovered that the end that powers them broke off.  This means a last minute trip to Best Buy to get a replacement end.  They don’t make one.  That means another round trip to the cities so that they can replace the units.  Luckily I got the service plan for them.  Today they replace them and I ended up having to upgrade to a bigger screen.  I am sure the boys won’t mind having a 9” screen instead of a 7” one.

Now all I have to do is install them and get on the road.  Oh wait, I should probably start packing.  It’s going to be a long few days.  What was I thinking again?????