Car Hacks to make Life Easier

How much time do you spend in your car each week?  If the answer is too many than you’re like me.  Moving kids from school to sports and activities, as well as normal household duties and my own work; my car is my office.   Below are some tricks I use in my car to keep it clean, organized and functioning.

 

I have a mini carabiner on my keys and it is so helpful to just hook them on a buckle of my purse or to the outside strap of a bag.  It is time consuming if you’re always digging to the bottom of your bag to unlock the car.  I also love my pink key chain that holds all of my mini business cards thanks to moo.com.

 

Next time you’re out grab a few plastic straws and toss them in the glove box.  These come in handy as not to spill on your commute.  Never-mind being able to keep visual contact with the road instead of tipping one back to get the last sip.  If you want to go green feel free to join me in the straw free movement by using dishwasher safe reuse-able straws.  My Etsy store will soon carry adorable cases with some funky straws.

 

This one evolved over time.  I took a key ring and just leave my mostly highly used cards in the center console.  I don’t keep more than $20 on these gift cards, in case they were to be stollen, but it’s enough for munchkins for my munchkins and a coffee.  It also makes it easy to get my gas rewards without remembering my phone all the time.

 

Keeping it clean is hard with muddy feet in the backseat.  I found this awesome plastic protector to do just the trick.  Now they, won’t last forever but hopefully long enough for their legs to grow and not have their muddy little feet stick strait out.

I also use clothes pins to attach a small plastic bag for the little wrappers and trash that would otherwise get tossed around and end up in the impossible spots for retrieval.

 

Love this one.  Bought a car hook off Amazon for under $10. It was advertised to go on the back seats and hold your grocery bags up right. I use it in the front seat to keep my purse off the seat and eliminate the, ding, ding, ding put your seat belt on warning; because lets be honest I carry a BAB.   Don’t know what a BAB is ask any mom of small kids it’s a Big Ass Bag!

I will say it is super handy too when I have to reach for something in my BAB it’s much easier than reaching down.  When I do my craft deliveries I know the pretty packaging and product won’t get crushed by all of the other stuff I have.

 

This one came later as well.  I use to just toss a small fleece blanket in my trunk. Later I realized that too often I’d have to shake it out, and twice a year I’d be so grossed out I would have to wash it just to get the beach sand or winter dirt out.  I re-purposes a clear zipper plastic bag that originally contained a bed skirt. Plastic storage bags for blankets are now the way to go.  There is always a clean warm cozy blanks for our kids and it is quick to find in the trunk or under the seat.

 

Now those up north think it’s a bit overkill and those in the south think it’s a must have.  Honestly they are pretty cool and nice to have.  It totally does keep the car cooler.  It also saves the interior especially the dash from cracking , splitting and getting gross.  Think about how many hours your car sits in the beating heat. It is also nice with leather seats not to burn your buns or scald yourself with the hot buckle.

 

I also have small kids toys stashed in each of their doors with things that would keep them busy if we’ll be on the road a bit. It has saved me from WWIII in the back seat.

 

What tricks or hacks do you have in your car?  Summer beach season car hacks post will follow soon.  Drive friendly.

 

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Visiting the Mouse – Part 4

Part 4 Time to pack/hunt; things I brought from home…

You probaly have most of these items around your house already so there is no need to spend an additional small fortune on these items.  The key is to find them and set them aside in a designated place so you don’t forget them when it times to pack your bags.

You’ll need a good backpack (our son’s small LLBean one was good enough for the 4 of us.   We had to pull it out at every bus stop and bag check so pick a durable one.)

Large carabiner clip, like really large, mine is called Mommy’s helper it held 2 adult water bottles.

2 regular (2in) carabiner clips for attaching hats, hand sanitizer and kids water bottles to the stroller.

Mickey & Minnie ears (previously purchased).  I will say looking back the ears with the pretty veil was kinda cumbersome as they would blow around and get heavy on her little head and get in the way of certain rides.  Also you’re never to old for mouse ears so pack yours too.

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Time to have some fun pulling out any Disney themed jewelry you owned. It worked well because than my daughter was hunting for a new charm as her self-purchased souvenir.IMG_5556

Glow sticks, are super helpful for parade events, not getting your stroller tripped over as everyone leaves the fireworks display.

Water bottles for each person that could be clipped to stroller.  We used Nalgine as they did get bumped around every time we closed the stroller.  Make sure they are strong and close tightly.  You don’t want it to spill all over your autograph book.

Extra charger for cell phones and cameras.  Disney offers free wifi but, you use a lot of battery power snapping all those pictures and referencing the Disney App.

Pennies to toss in fountains- Disney than collects the pennies and gives them to a charity of the Cast’s choosing.  Don’t need a ton just a few.

Magnet to stick to hotel room door so we could quickly find ours and others traveling in our group.  Our dog passed away just a little bit ago so he’s become the private family signal.  I ordered this free from Shutterfly with a coupon.  Please don’t put a family photo on your door or pictures of your kids for safety reasons.  img_1017

Cup holder/sling came with stroller was very handy.  I also brought our own attachable one which was nice for the extra storage.IMG_5787

There are of course tons of other things that you can toss in your pile, just keep your eyes pealed as you move about your house.  I also use this method for my kids birthday parties.  Make a note to yourself to remember where you have hidden your stash.  🙂

 

Additional blog posts and more coming soon…

Part 1: Research & Booking 

Part 2: Time to Plan & Book your Fun

Bonus: Special Adventures

Part 3: Time to Shop things I purchased ahead of time…

Part 4 Time to pack/hunt; things I brought from home…

Part 5: Final Countdown

Part 6: Here We GO!

Part 7: Playing in the Park 

Part 8: Memories & Lessons Learned

You SPIN me ’round and ’round…

I’ve know that these clever little items are amazing but I’ve only started to sprinkle them throughout my house.  Of course spice cabinets are perfect for these little jewels, but where else?  Lazy Susan’s I feel is the wrong name… Smart Susan’s are more like it.  I found some smaller ones at a local store for under $6 and bought 2.  They now hold my AM items i.e. deodorant, perfume, face wash, etc. and my PM items i.e. vitamins, make up remover wipes, and lotions. 

I will admit I’ve even gone back to buy  one more for the general goodies like aspirin, tylenol, baby powder and other basics. 

  

My girlfriend even has one in her top shelf in the fridge… AMAZING.  So smart the one shelf you can’t actually see the back of; but still need the items from.  Just give it a spin and it is there! Comment below, where are you using Smart Susan’s?