Category Archives: bucket list

low cost RV adventure


we are still RV dreamin…

while researching options for renting an RV for a driving trip this summer; I came across an interesting low cost RV rental

in order to take part in this option you need to be flexible with your travel dates and locations… so this may be more of an option for families with children not in school (preschool or homeschool) or for empty nesters.

The deal?!?!?


at Cruise America, every year they need help moving their new motorhomes from the factory floors to their rental locations.  At the time of this post the rental deal was $29 per day including 150 free miles.  between the base-rate and the mileage of renting an RV this could be a savings of around $1700 for a 7 day rental!!!!


Make Cloud Sand – Summer Bucket List


This was such an easy activity. It only required 2 ingredients, and those are ones you most likely have in your house already.

I would say that this activity would be most enjoyed by a the preschool age group but my older two played for about 45 minutes to an hour.

all you need is

flour and baby oil

we used 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil

then mix together with your hands

once it is mixed together the “cloud sand” can be formed into shapes

my girls had fun with this craft and it would make for  a nice rainy day activity

Visit a Roadside Attraction – Summer Bucket List


I love the website Roadside America it is a guide full of crazy offbeat roadside attractions.  I love the craziness so much that I also have their iPhone app so that I can look up roadside attractions whenever we are on the road (for a long haul or a short trip)

some of the attractions are just plain crazy and some are crazy fun

good thing for me my family humors me and participates in my stops along our way.

our most recent stop was to:

Thomas Haywood’s Self Kicking Machine

the machine was originally built for Mr Haywood about 60-70 years ago.  It has had a couple of homes and restorations.  But currently it resides outside a roadside antique shop in Eastern North Carolina.

This particular attraction was weird, odd, strange and full of laughs.

I highly recommend checking out some fun roadside attractions, who couldn’t stand adding a little fun and humor into their lives.

Look through a telescope – Summer Bucket List


this was a pretty fun bucket list for the big girls, grandpa and I.
with a little bit of local research I discovered that in our area there is a community college with an Observatory.  On most Friday nights, one of the instructors from the college holds observations that are open to the public.  Since I know very little about astronomy leaving the questions from the kids to answered by the professional seemed like a perfect idea to me.

check your local community colleges and universities to see if any have astronomy programs.  In addition you may find night sky viewing opportunities with local parks and recreation programs as well.

Happy sky watching

Have a Picnic – Summer Bucket List


Check off another Summer Bucket List item…

Have a Picnic

with all of the sports that my kids play we are on the road or on an athletic field a lot of the time.  I have been trying to find some more creative things that we can eat when we are out and about.  below is what we had at a roadside stop on our way to the beach.


being a stay at home mom… eating on a budget is important.  packing a lunch and having a picnic is much less expensive and healthier than eating out.  And I think that the girls would agree that this was more fun than sitting in a fast food restaurant.

Our menu was:

summer tomato, corn, crab & avocado salad

I used a version of the recipe over at you have to check her site out she has some amazing looking recipes.

in my version, I used frozen imitation crab and frozen corn.  I did this because I cut the crab frozen and added the corn frozen so that we could travel with it in the car and the salad would keep.  I also did not add the hot stuff (peppers & cilantro) or the oil.  I just kept it plain to make it more attractive to my kids.  next time I make this I will use the cilantro.

I served the salad on corn tostada

we also had veggies with store bought hummus

and for dessert refrigerated cinnamon pretzels – these were in tubes like biscuits at my local Aldi


what was even more exciting about finding a picnic location was what we found along the way.  Between where we live and the beach the state is very rural.  We got off the interstate and found a state park location that was a civil war battleground.  On the way we say a field being burned to get ready for the next crop.  I have always seen charred fields and knew that farmers did this but had never seen one burning right on the side of the road.  It made for quite a little adventure for us.

Eat Frozen Grapes – Summer Bucket List


Another Summer Bucket List item completed!

my kids love this snack and it is so easy.

I wash and remove grapes from the stems, put them in a freezer safe container, place in freezer and Viola!

my aunt would wash her grapes and remove from the stems, then she would roll them in jello mix before freezing.

I would suggest eating the grapes straight out of the freezer, by the handful if you live in this house 🙂

they thaw pretty quick and get kind of mushy once thawed



Make Popsicles – Summer Bucket List


My girls LOVE homemade Popsicle…

and I love finding new recipes to try… there are so many out there from super easy, like make some instant pudding and pour it into the Popsicles things to others that require multiple ingredients.

this summer I am hoping to try a new recipe each week…

here was the first:

Pina Colada Popsicle


one Banana

Can of Coconut Milk

Can of pineapple with the juice

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

blend and pour