Giveaway Winner!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day!  We had such a lovely day!  One of those totally and completely relaxing, gorgeous, beautiful, days and we spent it strolling along the beach and exploring art galleries and quaint little shops, eating fresh lobster right next to the ocean, and just having a perfect time.  We also attended a memorial service that honored those who have served and are currently serving our country.  All throughout the day I kept thinking of those brave souls who have worked so hard and made it possible for me to have such a beautiful day.  And I was continually overwhelmed with gratitude.  Thank you to those who have served and their families!

And now I’m excited to announce the winner of the Sonshine Creations giveaway!  Thanks to everyone who entered and made this the largest giveaway I’ve had yet.  You guys rock! I LOVED reading all about your travel plans and your upcoming vacations.  It was so fun to see where you are all headed.

The random winner picked by is…………… Comment #86!  Deborah A. who said “We are headed to the Oregon coast in a few months. Hooray! It’s a 14 hour drive, and we have a 2 year old and a 5 month old. It’s going to be a long drive, but I think one of those pillows would make it a whole lot more bearable.”  I agree Deborah, congratulations!

If you didn’t win don’t worry, I still have good news!  If you would like to order your own travel pillow, whether from Sonshine Creations’ Etsy shop or a custom order made just for you than pay attention!  Order your pillow (or ANY item from their shop) by Thursday and use the code BLOG15 to get 15% off your order!  This is a great offer and I really urge you to take advantage of it.  And thank you to Sonshine Creations for being so generous!


Cinnamon & Fruit Snack Mix

Today as we celebrate this Memorial Day Holiday with family and friends, on picnics and having barbecues, enjoying the warm summer weather, I hope that we will remember the brave and selfless people who have given everything in service to their country and to us.  I am truly grateful for them.
Sam and I are going to spend the day exploring a town along the coast and strolling down sandy beaches.  I hope your day is lovely as well!

A homemade snack mix is the perfect treat to take along when traveling, whether in the car on a road trip or on a plane.  Easy to carry, easy to pack and store, yummy, and as healthy as you want it to be.  The combination of ingredients you can put together is really endless too.  I think this particular combination is pretty tasty- but feel free to adjust it to fit your needs.

Cinnamon & Fruit Snack Mix
-3 cups cinnamon Teddy Grahams crackers
-2 cups Ritz Munchable Buttery Thins
-1 cup natural dried cherries
-1 cup yogurt covered cranberries
-1/2 cup yogurt covered raisins
-1/2 dark chocolate pomegranates
-1/2 -1 cup nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds- cinnamon glazed nuts would be yummy!)

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Put in a Ziploc bag or store in an airtight container.
The combination of the cinnamon teddy grahams, yogurt covered fruit, and the dried fruit is really, really good.   It is a great snack to munch on throughout the day or to throw in your bag for your next trip!
And don’t forget to enter the Travel Pillow giveaway!  Today is the last day to enter! 


I Spy Travel Game

If you haven’t entered the Sonshine Creation Travel Pillow giveaway make sure you check it out!  It’s a hot item and one you’ll want to win!  You have until Monday to enter.

I’ve mentioned that I traveled quite a bit growing up and since I’ve been married.  When I was little one thing my mom always did for us was to put together some traveling kits to keep us entertained and they always had “I Spy” lists.  Once we each completed our list we got a prize.  Nothing fancy, but to a seven year old riding in the car for six hours a toy from the dollar store is as good as gold.  One year my sixteen year old cousin went with us to Disneyland and my mom even made a list for him too.  One of the things he had to find was someone picking their nose.  That one kept all us kids entertained for hours and peering into every car next to us at stoplights.  Nothing is funnier to kids than boogers, right?

If you’re going on a summer vacation why not try out the “I Spy” lists and see if you can keep the kiddos occupied for as long as possible?  There are three different lists in each color- Easy, Medium, & Hard.


Sonshine Creations- Giveaway!!!

Today is a giveaway day!  And it comes to us from Sonshine Creations on Etsy.  Sylvia’s shop is named after her three little boys and offers all sorts of cute gift ideas, many which can be personalized.  Here’s just a small sample:

Cute, right?  I love the bows. But today in keeping with our travel theme Sonshine Creations is giving away something that I think is genius.  An amazingly designed and shaped travel pillow!

Sam and I have driven across the country three times- lots and lots of hours in a car.  And I’ve fought with a large pillow, sweatshirts, and jackets all trying to find a comfortable way to sleep against the car door.   And after looking at these pillows, I immediately knew that these would be infinitely better just because of their shape alone.  And then add in how cute they are and you have a winner in my book.  I also think they’d be great for kids who are always falling asleep with their necks twisted in some impossibly uncomfortable way. These are so much better.  I also like that they aren’t as big as regular pillow so I think you could even easily take them on an airplane as well.

If you’d like to win a personalized travel pillow from Sonshine Creations here’s how you enter:

-Be a follower of Darling Doodles
-Like Sonshine Creations on Facebook
-Leave a comment letting me know about your next vacation and where you’re headed!

There are three ways to enter, three ways to win!  You don’t have to do all three but the more you do the better your chances are.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  The giveaway will run through Monday the 28th and the winner announced on Tuesday. 

Good luck!

Printable Luggage Tags

Have you ever stood at the luggage carousels at the airport and noticed twenty suitcases that all look the same going around and around?  Or even accidentally pulled off a suitcase only to realize later that it wasn’t yours?  Some easily identifiable luggage tags may come in helpful!

These were really fun to make, so I made a few different designs.  Once you’ve printed your design and filled out your information fold the luggage tags in half with the plain sides together.  I really like these Scotch self-laminating pouches for projects like this.  They are easy to use and work great.  Then you just have to punch a hole in one of the corners and attach to your luggage.
Polka Dots- Download the PDF

 Flowers- Download the PDF


Travel Binder Labels

This week and next week I am going to be sharing all kinds of travel themed ideas perfect for getting ready for summer vacations.  Everything from printable luggage tags, games in the car, a recipe, and even a giveaway all around the travel theme, plus more!  I LOVE to travel, in fact it is one of our little family’s all-time-favorite activities.  And I am definitely in the mood for some awesome summer vacations.  Even if you don’t have a vacation planned for this summer there will still be some things for you to enjoy!

This little tip is something I learned from my dad and his many years coaching traveling soccer teams or taking long business trips.  Before each trip we put together a travel binder (or folder if it is a quick trip) to organize all our important documents.  It helps to avoid last minute stress at the airport and problems that can arise when checking into a hotel.  And I’ve made some cute printable labels that can help in the organizing process.  Because everything works better when it’s been cutesified, right?

The labels can be printed off on Avery Shipping Labels, or any comparable brand, and then attached to the front of folders or sheet protectors.   You can also just print them on regular card stock and attach with tape or glue as well.