Packing for Kids

family, Travel

My mom and I used to fight about who got to pack bags for trips. My mom and I are both type A personalities, and stubborn, and sometimes control freaks (just being honest).

Thus, when stubborn preteen me took a trip, she would argue with her mom about what was packed and what made sense to take.

Mind you, I have never forgotten more than like a toothbrush on a trip. I have maybe broken many chargers, sunglasses, tubes of shampoo and more, but it usually makes it in the suitcase first!

Anyway, fast forward 17 years and I have a step daughter that doesn’t care what goes in her bag. Which helps so much when we travel! The down side is that she doesn’t end up helping in the planning stages as much as I would like.

Thus, I put together this handy guide on what kids need for a summer car trip with a train return. Making it an easy and simple way for adults and kids to know what to plan when hitting the road.

Side note: I totally forgot shoes, which are usually attached to the kids feet.

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Adventure of the Week- Paint and Pints

colorado, Colorado Events, geek, History, Travel

My adventure last Friday was something that has been on my list for at least three years. It was a paint and drink class, friends a necessity!

I went with some fantastic friends from work and we had an absolute blast doing exactly what a company name like Pinot’s Palette would indicate. We bought booze, and we painted for three hours which would have been fun without alcohol! Anytime I can craft, hang with friends, and get a takeaway artwork for my house makes me happy! So Happy!

Anyway, we started the evening with smocks and blank canvases.

Then step-by-step we were informed on how to make our own “starry night FoCo” painting. (FoCo stands for Fort Collins, Colorado) which blended our iconic “Horsetooth Mountain” and “A” with Van Gogh’s Starry Night. (We live in what was the wild west, sometimes things get weird. A is for the Aggies, the original Colorado State University mascot/identity before we adopted the Bighorn Sheep/Ram. Then Horsetooth is literally a rock formation that kind of looks like horse molars, why that is what they say I will never know.)

The night started out normal, and then a mix of alcohol and general saltiness of my friend group things went rogue.

It continued from there.

Finally, after three hours we made something resembling the masterpiece, all different, all with our own spin. I added more spirals, because I love spirals!

All around, the adventure was well worth it! If you are thinking of doing this type of class, then go for it, find a painting you like and enjoy the adventure! Make sure you bring some of your favorite people too.

For a list of Pinot’s Palettes and more information on the company, click here

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