Road Trip 101: Food (Green in 365)

Our family travels! We don’t go to exotic places but we are always on the move exploring/learning/growing as a group! Sometimes we are gone for a few weeks at a time and sometimes it is just a day trip . . . but I always pack my own food for traveling. This is why:

  1. Less Waste: Our family typically buys in bulk, it makes sense for us to package our own snacks in the correct amount for each child. My 11 year old eats more than my 5 year old and I’m able to accommodate each child’s eating needs/likes. I pack sandwiches in tupperware/bento boxes and we also use the container as a plate–eating fast food that slides off the paper wrapper or eating out of a bag isn’t something that I want to model as normal behavior.  We pack our own reusable water bottles–I feel good about not putting 6 cups/straws and plastic lids into the environment.
  2. Expense: If I take the 6 of us through a drive thru–it can be $30 easily.  So instead I pack sandwiches, crunchy chips or popcorn, a little sweet–cookies, and we drink water on the road. I use the leftover Pringle container for the pretzels so they don’t get smashed. I pack apples and watermelon/melon in glass containers so they won’t get smashed. I’m able to provide real food cheaper than processed food more expensively.
  3. Healthier: Did I just say Pringles?  and now I’m saying Healthier?

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Phone blogging

I plan on traveling 5 weeks this summer! I feel blessed to be able to have these moments with my kids yet, I don’t want to stop posting! I love my work as an explorer, foodie, and writer!

This is my test of phone blogging! It will be awesome or a disaster! I’m prepared for both.

Be blessed.

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On the Road: WATER

CONFESSION:  I HATE STICKINESS!!

I don’t like juice boxes, pouches, cans, bottles or the worse is a cup with a straw!  I don’t like them in my house.  I don’t like them in my car.  I don’t like them Sam I am!  (whoa!  just felt a little Suess-y)

Our family often takes day trips mostly for travel soccer or when we have multiple games on one day . . . 6 people + a hot sunny day = lots of water!  So this is what I do.  (

  1. freeze individual water bottles
  2. put them in my travel water container (I bought this one at Whole Foods in Ann Arbor, MI)
  3. put the frozen water bottles in the bigger jug
  4. fill with water!
  5. Voila!  Ice cold water for the entire day.

Be Blesses as you enjoy your summer with the ones you love!

Linking up with my friends that I admire and appreciate!

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