How to Have an Awesome Backyard Campout!!!!

This post is sponsored by Energizer.How to Have an Awesome Backyard Campout

Summer is here…and passing by quickly, so it’s time to power up for a little summer fun with some outdoor adventures. and those outdoor adventures don’t have to take place far away. they can be in your very own backyard. as i have mentioned many times this summer, it has been much harder having a little baby, so we’ve had to make due with staying around our neighborhood. we haven’t gotten to go camping at all, which is sad since we usually go a ton during summer. so to make it up to the boys by having an awesome backyard camping adventure….all thanks to Energizer.

having a fun backyard campout doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot time to set up. i just grabbed a bunch of things from the house and set up a tent. i wanted to share with you some of the items i used to make the evening extra special for the whole family. we really had the best time.

first off, i set up the backyard with a tent, blankets and pillows from the house, some books, snacks and flag banners i had left over from a party.

i brought out these giant dominos that are meant to be played outdoors and layed out a quilt with pillows on the lawn. this way the kids could lay out and read books under the stars.

i made sure to have my Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights ready to brighten up our campout as soon as it started to get dark. the great thing about these Energizer lights is that they are super portable and super bright. just a few of them can light up the backyard. plus they are battery powered, which makes them easy to use anywhere. there is no need for a campfire which would be dangerous with the kids running around the backyard. they would be great for all kinds of outdoor entertaining throughout the summer—from holidays to family barbecues.

what i really like about the Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights is that you can use them in a bunch of different ways. you can use them as a regular flashlight, and they have a stand so that you can use the flashlight as a spotlight. they also have a floodlight portion that you can use to light up a tent or area of the backyard, plus they have hooks to hang them up where you need them.

once everything was set up, it was time for dinner! i decided it would be fun to have Walking Tacos. walking tacos are basically tacos in a bag of chips. it put all the taco toppings in cute bowls and set them in a tray with some bags of chips.
all you do, is open the bags of chips and put your favorite toppings into them. then, hold the top of the bag shut and shake. now you can either pour the walking tacos into you mouth to eat, or use a fork to eat them out of the bag. yum.i also bought some special sodas and lemonades for the dinner to make the dinner extra fun.

next up was crafts….

we took some 12 x 12″ pieces of wood and hammered 1″ nails into them making a shape. we chose to make kitty cats, but you can do any shape you would like. you want to place each nail about 3/4 to 1″ apart. next, you take string or floss and wind it around the nails to make your shape more distinct.

it’s a really easy craft, but the kids love hammering the nails and stringing their shapes…i high recommend this activity. here is how ours turned out.

you can’t have a backyard campout without s’mores

so i set up a DIY tabletop s’more station. but instead of roasting them on sticks, we had s’mores in waffle cones. just put marshmallows and chocolate in a waffle cone, wrap with foil and place on the campfire for a few minutes until warmed. in our case, we didn’t have a campfire. instead, i took terra cotta pots and lined them with foil. i then placed 5-6 charcoals in them and light them up. they stay hot enough to cook on for about an hour.

did i mention that we also roasted fruit chews?!!!!!! we did

we took fruit chews, stuck them onto wooden sticks and roasted them over the coals. then we put them onto graham crackers to eat. soooooo YUMMY. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!

as it got dark, we played on the blanket just outside the tent and looked up at the stars. we had a fun app on our phone that helps fin the constellations in the sky. they we used the flashlights to read some books.

finally, it was time to head to bed in the tent. we took our lights into the tent so that we could settle down and tell some ghost stories. then it was lights out. i can’t imagine a better backyard campout…it was so fun and relaxing hanging out together.

who better to help power the busy and the fun night than Energizer®? and it definitely was a fun night….even if mom and dad didn’t get much sleep. the key to having a successful backyard campout is to just have fun, lots of snacks and food, a few games and of course a comfy place to sleep. hopefully you can have a fun backyard campout too…with these easy tips, having a family campout is just a backyard away! have fun.

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10 Ways to Use Glad Press’n Seal on Your Next Camping Trip

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Glad, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #pressnsealhacks http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Glad Press'n Seal Camping Hacks

You probably already have or have had Glad Press’n Seal in your kitchen, because it’s great for keeping your food safe and fresh. But did you know that it can be used for a variety of things outside of the kitchen? Head to your nearest Walmart and grab a few extra rolls because you’re not going to want to be without this stuff. Thanks to Glad Press’n Seal’s ability to stick to a wide variety of materials, the possibilities are endless!

Since life hacks are all the rage right now, I’m going to show you how one roll of Glad Press’n Seal can make your next camping trip so much better! You’ll never want to leave home without it!

1. Make your own sippy cups. Leave the expensive sippy cups at home. They’ll just get dirty and ruined. You can easily make a lid for any cup you have just by using a piece of Glad Press’n Seal and a straw.

Make a Sippy Cup with Glad Press'n Seal

2. Wrap up your lunch sandwiches. Glad Press’n Seal makes wrapping up everyones individual meals easy. Just wrap items such as sandwiches, snacks and breakfast burritos and write each persons name on them to keep track of who’s is who’s. You can keep them all together in one large zipper bag, and you don’t have to worry about mixing flavors, or foods touching that shouldn’t be.

3. Pre-package your spices for each meal. You can place pre measured spices between two layers of Glad Press’n Seal. When you are ready to use, just snip with a pair of scissors and use. Toss when finished.

Easy Camping Hacks

4. Protect your phone from water and dirt. Wrap your phone with a piece of Glad Press’n Seal to quickly protect it from the elements of camping. While hiking near water, or hanging around dusty trails, you can quickly create a barrier from things that will damage it. the best things is that you can still use your smartphone through the all-surface wrap.

Make Your Phone Water Resistant with Glad Press'n Seal

5. Line your serving trays. I use a lot of foil serving trays when I am camping to hold grilled food and side dishes. If you line them with Glad Press’n Seal, you can remove the wrap after the food is gone and reuse them. With water being less accessible while camping, this makes clean up easier and more practical. It also saves money not having to buy so many disposable trays.

6. Create a clean eating or work space in seconds. Let’s face it, camping is usually dirty, but there are times when you need the area to be clean, like for example–when you are prepping food or eating dinner. You can use Glad Press’n Seal to make a place mat on a dirty table or a clean working space practically anywhere. It makes a great eating surface for little ones too!

Great Camping Hacks

7. Make a bib or an apron to protect clothing. A piece of Glad Press’n Seal can make a quick bib or apron when you need to protect your clothes from getting dirty. Whether it be messy barbecue or camping crafts with the kids, there are times when you want to keep those clothes from getting stained.

8. Create a cool nature craft with the kids. Have the kids collect leaves and other nature items around the campground and create cool sun catcher by placing the items between two pieces of Glad Press’n Seal. You can hang it up in the window to remember your camping trip once you get home.


Glad Press'n Seal Crafts

9. Keep board game pieces from shifting during transport. By wrapping the game pieces to the board and container you can keep everything together while you are traveling. No more lost pieces and ruined games!

10. Wrap up sticky marshmallow roasting sticks. Making s’mores and roasting marshmallows are fun, but the mess they make isn’t. Once you are done roasting your mallows, wrap the sticks with Glad Press’n Seal until you can properly clean them. This works on almost any dirty cooking item that you can’t really clean until you get home.
Camping Hacks with Glad Press'n Seal

These are just a few ways that you can use Glad Press’n Seal when you’re on a camping trip. Like I said, the possibilities really are endless.

Do you have any life-changing uses for Glad Press’n Seal?

Popsicle Blog Road Trip: Cedar City KOA

Family & Pet Friendly Campgrounds - Kampgrounds of America #KOA

our road trip continued with us leaving Las Vegas and heading to Utah. we left Nevada late afternoon and didn’t arrive in Utah until evening time. our first stop in Utah was to be Zion National Park, but we planned on staying in the Cedar City KOA the night before heading there. we knew it would be late and pulling a trailer through mountainous roads at night is not always easy.

family-travel-utahour stay at the Cedar City KOA was our first experience with KOA’s (Kampgrounds of America) and we were super impressed. the Cedar City KOA is considered a Journey KOA…a campground conveniently located near the highways and byways of North America, that are waiting for you after a long day on the road. they offer long pull-through sites that help make setup fast and easy, have well-lit after-hour check-in service, and offer RV supplies, and are great places to unwind and relax before the next leg of your journey. this is all true.

the Cedar City KOA offers cabin camping, RV and travel trailer spots and tent camping. so you are able to pick what site is best for you.

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we of course needed a spot for our trailer, which was perfect. and even better, we got full hook-ups, free wifi and cable.

Family & Pet Friendly Campgrounds - Kampgrounds of America #KOA

 other amenities at the campground included a kids playground area located centrally in the park….

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and a pool…which if we had the time, would have been played in by my boys.

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and there were other great spots around the campground such as a place to play horseshoes, picnic area and plenty of room to ride your bikes around. cedar-city-utah-campground-amenities
we were very happy with our stay…and KOA has found customers for life, because we were so impressed. one thing we found at all the KOA we stayed at was the consistency of cleanliness in the campgrounds, laundry facilities, showers and bathrooms. checkin was a breeze and the entire campgrounds were peaceful and quiet. we will definitely be using KOA again and again.

if you are planning a trip to Utah and need a place to stay in Southern Utah near Zion National Park, Cedar City KOA is located about 20 miles away, right off the 15 freeway.
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{Disclosure: my stay was complimentary at the Cedar City KOA. all thoughts and opinions are a bazillion times my own. }

 

 

Me….the un-Boy Scout!

i am busy. we are going camping at the beach this weekend. so much to do.

my boys (the hubby included) love camping. being a mom of all boys, you would think i would have gotten use to the idea. nope. don’t love it. we tried it. having a two year old crawling around the tent all night, having a 5 year old have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night (let alone the campground bathrooms), setting up tents, and the never ending dirt supply are not my ideas of fun.

but since they all love camping, i am out numbered. so a few years ago, i convinced my husband to buy a travel trailer. so now i am happy. they play while i stay in the trailer watching t.v., reading magazines or cooking (the only time i like to cook). i can shower the boys before bed. easy packing (everything but clothes and food are packed already), a queen size bed, and no more campground bathrooms. 

this is the first time bringing baby. i am nervous. i haven’t really attempted the beach thing yet with the baby. keep your fingers crossed that it isn’t a nightmare!

Indoor S’mores…Yummy.

since i posted about the “Great American Backyard Campout,” i decided to do a couple of posts to give some fun ideas to go along with a backyard camping experience. and no campout is complete without s’mores. so, if you don’t have a firepit in your backyard….your gonna have to find a different way to make them. thank you to my friend Elizabeth for this indoor s’more recipe along with pics.

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first, you put one graham down with one marshmallow on a cookie sheet.
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then, you place it under the broiler for about 30 seconds. keep an eye on them because they can brown pretty quick.
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then you pull them out and you can either flip the marshmallow to brown the other side, or just add the chocolate.
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let the chocolate melt for just a bit then pull them out and top with remaining graham.
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enjoy!