Links Worth Sharing: Week of March 27, 2021

We’ve got another birthday in the house!! Today my oldest turns 9 years old! I honestly don’t know where the time has gone. As a parent, I’m feeling so proud of her and I have moments of actually feeling excited for her teenage years. (Those feelings come and go though…LOL!)

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

10 Cheap Road Trip Hacks You Need to Try

10 Cheap Road Trip Hacks You Need to Try

Will you be heading on the road with your family this summer? Road trips can be a great way to spend time with your loved ones or to get a brief respite from this crazy world. Whatever your reason for the trip, planning is key.

One of the most challenging things for a family road trip is just getting to your destination. Anyone who has taken a trip with kids knows there are constant stops for snacks, bathroom breaks and meltdowns over a toy or blanket that may have fallen beyond their reach. If you prepare for the situations you can control, your trip to your destination will go smoothly (and hopefully with as few stops as possible).

Before you hit the road, be sure to take a look at these 10 cheap road trip hacks. The dollar store or even Amazon are great places to look for inexpensive items that can be used to make your trip run as smooth as possible. Here are some hacks made using simple items that will ensure your next road trip adventure is a success.

Shower Caddies

These mesh plastic caddies are great for snacking in the vehicle. Use the compartments to put a juice box or water bottle, bags of snacks, napkins and utensils. Each person in the car should have their own. No more making stops to get everyone their snacks. They can help themselves as you drive.

Mesh Pop Up Hamper

These small hampers fold up into a disc so they don’t take up much room in the car. Pop one up to be a catch all for larger toys or put a plastic bag in a small one and place in the back seat with the kids so they can throw their trash in it (and not on the floor).

Elastic Sheet Straps

Elastic sheet straps have little tabs that affix to fabric on each end. Tired of your kid losing their blanket and you have to pull the car over to find it? Do you want them to have a sweatshirt or jacket readily available? Attach one end to their clothes or fabric of their car seat and attach the other end to the blanket or jacket.Cheap road trip hacks that you rally need to try to ensure a successful trip with kids!

Plastic Mattress Protector

Plastic mattress protectors are a must have in your road trip arsenal. You can use them as a picnic table cover in a pinch if you stop to eat at a rest area or park. You can also use them to catch sand and dirt in the trunk or cargo area on gear, clothes or shoes. If your lodging on the way to your trip isn’t up to your usual standards, you can use these mattress protectors to keep you and the sheets separated.

Mesh Bags

Mesh bags are great for road trips. Most dollar stores sell them in a pack of two or three and they have so many uses. You can tie one to the back of a headrest and put your child’s blanket and stuffed animals for easy reach. You can also use mesh bags to air dry wet items or collect dirty laundry.  

Accordion Files

Sometimes your car can become a dumping ground on a road trip and before you know it you find yourself looking for everything from sunscreen to bug spray. Accordion files can keep everything in one place. Place the item in a gallon size plastic bag and label the top. This also works for games, coloring sheets, puzzles and other activities for the kids. Empty the pieces into a gallon zipped bag (you can get them cheap at the dollar store), label and place in each compartment.

Stacking Pill Organizer

When you take a road trip, space can be limited. One way you can save space is by using the stackable pill bottles. Put your eye cream, toothpaste and lotions in them to avoid having to bring larger containers. You can put over the counter medications in them. Or if you like to bring your favorite spices along, you can put them in there too. The possibilities are endless.

Fishing Lure Box/ Small Hardware Storage Box

These small boxes can be used to keep things together in the car during travel, whether it is small parts for crafts, spare change or earbuds to your devices.

Shower Trays with Suction Cups

Are you tired of picking up Legos or small toys and want to keep them together and in arm’s reach of your kids? Suction holders can be the perfect solution. Just suction the trays to your kids’ window and they have a place to store their favorite things.

Shower Caps

Shower caps are also a great staple to have on hand. If you make stops and your kids get their shoes dirty, you can place them in the shower caps. Or if you don’t want to take their shoes off, place the caps around their shoes. If you stop to have a picnic, you can also use these to snap around a plate to keep the bugs away from your food.

Clip-on LED Light

For night driving, you may get distracted by turning the overhead lamps on for the kids to read. The clip-on LED reading light can come in handy. Clip onto seat belts so kids can have a reading light at their disposal. Clip onto your kids if you have to get out of your car at night to stretch your legs or go into a dark rest stop. These are portable and give just enough light for them to read, but not enough that it will distract you from driving.

Do you have any road trip hacks to share? Leave them in the comments below!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of March 20, 2021

Happy Spring! We are super excited for Spring in our household. We’ve even been experiencing some warm spring-like weather! How’s the weather in your part of the world?

One thing I’ve been thankful for this week, is emergency savings. Our hot water tank decided it had enough and sprung a leak. So I spent all morning yesterday, calling local plumbers to get quotes and to see how quickly they could help us. Turns out word of mouth works the best! My husband found a soccer teammate that owns a plumbing business that could fit us in! He says it was a good thing he came right away, because our tank actually had a hole in the bottom, so it might not have made it through the weekend without a big flood! So thankful.

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

Links Worth Sharing: Week of March 13, 2021

Links Worth Sharing

Well, here we are. It’s my baby’s fifth birthday today. FIVE! How is it possible? I’m loving who she is growing up to be and I’m excited to see her kindergarten journey start this fall. We are celebrating her today with family. Since BC is now allowing small outdoor gatherings, we will meet a few of her friends at a playground this week. I’m so thankful we can do something!

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are three posts from the Simply Frugal archives that I thought you might enjoy:

Links Worth Sharing: Week of March 6, 2021

Links Worth Sharing Frost

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Also, it was a spendy week in our house. My husband and I were in need of a new bed, so we saved up enough cash to upgrade to a king size bed! I always like to see what others purchase so I thought I’d link everything we bought. Since it’s so new, I can’t comment on the quality, but I only buy things with good reviews. Ha ha!

The Best Vegetables for Container Gardening

The Best Vegetables for Container Gardening

Growing up, my mom would plant a big vegetable garden every year so the idea of growing my own food has always been appealing.  Due to our lack of yard space, I have tried a bit of container gardening in the past, but this year, I intend on going “all out” and documenting my progress!

Although I won’t be able to grow enough vegetables to last all summer long, it’s still nice to know exactly where they come from and to have the satisfaction of eating what I grow.  Nothing beats watching your hard work come to fruition!

Since containers are just that, containers, they typically don’t work well for all types of vegetables. From my experience and online research, here are the best fruits and vegetables for successful container gardening:The best vegetables for container gardening. Since containers are just that, containers, they typically don't work well for all types of vegetables.  From my experience and online research, here are the best fruits and vegetables for successful container gardening.

  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Herbs
  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes

When you’re purchasing your seeds or starter plants, you’ll want to look for varieties that say they’re good for containers.   I always have great success with patio tomatoes and Spring Mix type lettuce.

Will you be planting a container garden this year?  What have you had success with in the past?

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