How to Create a First Aid Kit for Your Car

First Aid Kit for Back to School I was sitting on the playground after school the other day when a friend’s child fell and got a bloody lip. Thankfully the school was still open for first aid supplies, but I offered up the ice pack from the first aid kit I keep stashed in the back of my van. At a friend’s suggestion, I thought I would share what we keep in our minivan’s first aid kit– and it gets A LOT of use with our 3 boys! I have one at home as well, but I will say that the car kit gets more use.

How to Assemble a First Aid Kit for Your Car

I purchased a standard first aid kit similar to this one at my local drug store. It contains the following items (some of which I added after purchasing the kit). You could definitely make your own starting with a plastic box or caddy, or you can do what I did and do a semi-homemade one!

  • Ice pack (great for playground injuries!)
  • Gauze pads
  • Band-Aids of various sizes
  • Neosporin (tube or single-use packets)
  • Non-stinging wound wash
  • Cleaning wipes for hands
  • Disposable gloves
  • Benadryl (so helpful in case of an allergic attack)
  • Children and adult ibuprofen (Motrin)
  • Children and adult acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Tweezers (great for removing ticks, insect stingers or splinters!)
  • Dramamine
  • Hydrocortisone cream (optional, but great for any itching due to plants or insect bites)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Adhesive tape
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    Back to School Germs GAAAAH!

    Back to school germs I am so over back to school germs and it’s only the second full week of school here. I woke up Monday morning to find yet another one of the boys was under the weather. First, it was me getting pneumonia 2 weeks ago, then my oldest went down with strep throat and missed two days of school. Now it’s the youngest with a fever and probably strep from the oldest. Since my youngest is now in preschool two days a week until 2, I had mapped out the perfect day of getting sh$t done, but it’s back to the drawing board friends. For the second Monday in a row, my butt-kicking plans were derailed. I’m just hoping we are punching our illness card early in the school year, but with all 3 boys in school, now I’m not counting on it! :-) In other news, the boys are getting ready for their daddy and me camping weekend this coming weekend, so I can look forward to some time to myself and gasp, making it the whole night without someone crawling into the bed! In all seriousness, I will probably get lonely and end up going up to the campsite during the day. It sounds funny, but I do miss the mayhem when it gets too quiet around here. I guess it’s just become a way of life, and I love it! I’m not a bonafide camper (more like a glamper), so I think I will relegate my visit to the daytime. It gets chilly overnight now and I like the idea of sleeping in a real bed too much! I might stay for the s’mores though…

    My Fall Fitness Resolution: Yoga!

    Peace Love Yoga Babbleboxx This post is sponsored by #PLYogaBBxx My back to school resolution is to do more yoga, so it was timely that I received a sampling of goodies last week featuring products to help celebrate National Yoga Month. Since I’m recovering from a bout of pneumonia, I’m going to have to be kind and gentle with my body for the next month or so, and yoga is just what the doctor ordered! I am excited to check out some classes at the Yoga Collaborative in North Falmouth! Without further ado, here are some of the delicious products I was provided to sample:

  • Ascent Protein – The Offical Sponsor of Hard Work™. I sometimes get bored with vanilla and chocolate flavors of protein powder in my smoothies, so I was excited to find a bag of Ascent Protein in Lemon Sorbet in my box! The Lemon Sorbet flavor goes so well with frozen mixed berries, raspberries, and blueberries. There are 25 grams of protein and 0 artificial ingredients in each scoop of Ascent Protein powder! Use code “YOGA” for 10% off on their website.
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    New prAna Activewear for Fall (15% off Discount Code MS15JM)

    Hammock and prAna activewear I am a prAna influencer. I received two prAna activewear pieces (Penelope Pullover and Deco Crops) for the purpose of this review. All opinions, writing, and photography are my own. #mod4prAna Summer is almost over, and I’m looking forward to getting back into a regular workout routine now that the older boys are back in school and my youngest is in preschool two mornings a week! New workout clothes always inspire me, so it was fun to get some new activewear from prAna.

    Penelope Pullover

    The Penelope Pullover (shown in Lacquered Rose) is perfect for fall days, as it provides just the right amount of warmth without being bulky. The relaxed fit is great for lounging, and the cowl neck gives it a nice pop of style! The organic cotton/polyester blend jersey knit makes this pullover soft and comfy as well. One of the features I really like is that it is slightly longer in the back so it gives a little extra coverage of the backside (especially when you’re wearing leggings!). 🙂 prAna Penelope Pullover

    Deco Crop

    These Deco Crops are SO COMFORTABLE– super soft! I love the wide waist band and hidden key pocket, and I know that these crops are going to be a staple in my mom wardrobe. I have a feeling I won’t just be wearing them to run/walk/yoga but for everyday wear too! I’m glad I chose the White Print, as it’s a fun pattern but not too overwhelming. It would go with any solid color top. Check out the fun detail at the leg opening in the picture below: prAna outfit fall 2017 prAna Deco Crop Detail

    Discount Code

    If you need some extra inspiration to get back into your exercise routine, why not shop for some new workout clothing? Use the code “MS15JM” on the prAna website to get 15% off regularly priced items. This code is valid from September 12 through October 12.

    Every Kid in a Park ~ Your 4th Grader Can Get a FREE National Parks Pass!

    Bryce Canyon
    Photo by Tracy Zhang on Unsplash
    It’s hard to believe that this is my oldest son’s last year in elementary school. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve uttered “Where did the time go?” since school started. 🙂 One huge bonus about having a fourth grader is that he gets a FREE pass to the National Parks as part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The fourth grade was chosen for this program since many curricula focus on state history during the fourth grade school year, so it’s a great time to get outside the classroom and see history first hand!

    Every Kid in a Park

    Last week my fourth grader signed up for his pass, and it was SUPER easy to do. You can help your child sign up by himself/herself or you can also sign up as an educator (this includes camp directors, home-schoolers religious group leaders) and print passes for your entire fourth-grade class! To get started visit the Every Kid in a Park website and click on “Get Your Pass.” You child will be prompted to fill out a brief “diary” that helps them to discover what types of activities they want to explore in our nation’s national parks. When your child is finished, they can print their National Parks pass. If you need inspiration, you will find links to several parks and sites to help plan your visit. I was impressed with how comprehensive the planning information was– it even includes packing lists!

    How it Works and the Official Rules

    The following is verbatim information from the Every Kid in a Park website about what the pass covers and other rules you need to know about: Official rules

  • The pass is for U.S. fourth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students.
  • The pass is for the 2017 to 2018 school year. It expires August 31, 2018.
  • Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
  • We can’t accept electronic versions of this paper for access or to exchange for a pass.
  • No refunds are given for previously purchased passes, or if you forget your pass when you visit.
  • If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
  • Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.
  • This program only provides passes for fourth graders.
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    Great Books for Back to School

    I received the following books from Disney Publishing. This post contains affiliate links.  I have always been a sucker for children’s books. Even though we now have access to e-books for children too, I will never become a convert. There is something about the tactile nature of turning the pages of a book that makes me remember my own childhood.
    • The Teacher’s Pet by Anica Mrose Rissi and illustrated by Zachariah OHora is a whimsical story about a class pet (tadpole) that grows up to be a hippo! My pre-schooler loved this one because it reminded him of their classroom pets: a guinea pig and a frog named Gilly.
    The Teacher's Pet

  • Fall is For School written and illustrated by Robert Neubecker. I LOVED the illustrations in this book. This is a sequel to the author’s book Winter is for Snow.
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    prAna Looks for Fall ( and a Discount Code GHMR15)!

    prAna Fall 2017 I received two items of clothing from prAna. All writing, opinions, and photography are my own. #fallforprAna Now that back to school shopping is done for the kids, why not do some back to school shopping for yourself? Thanks to some cooler weather as of late, I started to go through my fall wardrobe items, donating some items I no longer wear and looking for new pieces to replace them! I am loving the two new pieces I got from prANa: my Kara Jeans in Coffee Bean and my Daria Sweater Hoodie in Camel.

    Discount Code

    Head over to the prAna website and start shopping with your 15% off discount code that is valid from September 5, 2017, to October 5, 2017:  GHMR15. I’d love to see what you choose, so feel free to comment below with the fall pieces you order!

    Kara Jean

    This is my second pair of the Kara Jean, and I love that they are made of stretch denim. The stretch helps them hold their shape perfectly after washing. I chose the coffee bean color since I have a lot of brown neutrals in my wardrobe. The Kara Jean is low-rise, fitted and has a narrow leg. The length allows you to wear them long or cuff them to your desired length (I love wearing mine cuffed!). The Kara Jean is now available in the following colors: Cargo Green, Coffee Bean, Raisin Wash, Sepia, Black, Denim (I have this color too!), Indigo, and White. prAna Fall 2017 2

    Daria Sweater Hoodie

    The end of August and beginning of September here on Cape Cod have brought cooler temperatures in the mornings. The Daria Sweater Hoodie is perfect for layering on fall days. This oversized sweater is made of lightweight organic cotton (knit in a fine gauge). The sweater features cocoon sleeves, a kangaroo pocket (perfect for my hands that are always cold!) and hood. The Daria Sweater Hoodie comes in the following colors: Camel, Cargo Green, Muted Truffle and Black.

    About prAna Clothing

    prAna has always been about sustainable clothing, and it’s one of the many reasons I love to wear their clothing! The company focuses on producing clothing that is Fair Trade and made from recycled garments or hemp. prAna also gives back to local and international charities that focus on issues like caring for our planet and connecting youth to the outdoors. You can read more about their mission HERE. What are your fall fashion must-haves?

    Healthy Back to School Snacks

    Photo by Alex Munsell on Unsplash
    I received product from Pure Growth Organic and Sneaky Chef to test out with my family.  The boys head back to school on September 5, and I’m already dreading thinking about back to school lunches and snacks. Over the last few years, we have tried hard to make healthier choices for the boys’ lunches and school snacks, and we are always excited to share products we find that help to make this easier. Here are a few of our favorite back to school snacking options for lunch boxes or after-school noshing.

  • Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and hummus– We like to change up the usual pretzels and roasted red pepper hummus with organic blue corn tortilla chips.
  • Ants on a Log— Purchase celery sticks (you can get the hearts that are already washed and trimmed) and fill them with peanut or almond butter. Place raisins in a row along the celery stick.
  • Pure Growth Organic– One of the biggest arguments I hear about eating organic food is that it’s expensive. While you often do pay more for organic products, I make an effort to do so because I’m passionate about feeding myself and my family products that are non-GMO and free of artificial ingredients we don’t need or want. I’m super psyched that Pure Growth Organic has produced a line of organic snacks that are price conscious AND feature your favorite Disney and Nick Jr. characters (like Mickey and Paw Patrol!). My kids are often attracted to the character snacks, but they aren’t always the best choices, so I was really excited to see options I would choose with characters they love!
  • Sneaky Chef– These products are great, especially if your child (or family member) has a nut allergy or if your school is nut-free. Not only are these products nut-free, but they also sneak some in some veggies in the form of yellow peas! We tried out the yummy NO-NUT Butter and Chocolate NO-NUT butter. I’m happy to have a nut-free alternative on hand for friends too!
  • Air popped popcorn with sea salt. I totally cheat on this one and buy the organic brand at the store– that way I don’t deal with all of the unpopped corn kernels and it’s ready immediately! 🙂 Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP makes some great popcorn! It’s a great snack to send into school, since you won’t have to clean up the mess. 🙂
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    A Lightened Up Version of Macaroni and Cheese for Back to School Nights!

    Lightened Up Macaroni and Cheese This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hood® . All writing, opinions, and photography are my own.  It’s almost time for school to start here, and I’ve already started thinking about those busy weeknights and how I can make dinner prep easier and less stressful. Meal planning helped me a ton last year, and so did having some staple recipes to prepare when I’m short on time. These recipes include spaghetti and meatballs (vegetarian meatballs too!), stir-fries, entrée salads and of course macaroni and cheese! Macaroni and cheese is one of the boys’ favorite meals, and it had to be on the list. I decided to lighten up the traditional home-style macaroni and cheese recipe we usually use by using less butter and Hood® Simply Smart 1% milk. Scroll down to find the recipe!

    Hood® Simply Smart Milk

    Hood Simply Smart milk is ultra-filtered and has more protein (25% more) and calcium (20% more) than regular whole milk, along with less fat, cholesterol, and calories! It’s also a great source of Vitamin D. Interested in trying Simply Smart for yourself? Head to your nearest grocery store or stop by Hood’s table at the Boston Heart Walk on September 9, 2017 to taste the milk for yourself and pick up some premium swag items! Hood SimplySmart

    Hood Simply Smart 1% Milk

     Simply Smart Milk

    A Lighter Macaroni & Cheese

    Macaroni and Cheese is a staple in our family. Simply Smart 1% milk and less butter allowed me to lighten up our traditional recipe for fall! I used 25% less butter and replaced the whole milk with the Simply Smart 1% milk. The result is a macaroni and cheese that is just as tasty, but with less fat and calories. Mac and Cheese Ingredients Macaroni and Cheese Close-up You can use whatever combination of cheese you would like in this recipe. I chose sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, but I’ve used Gruyère and smoked gouda too! For the breadcrumbs, I’ve chosen Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs, but you can use plain panko, traditional breadcrumbs or homemade ones if you prefer. Here’s our recipe:
    Lightened Up Mac & Cheese

    Lightened Up Mac & Cheese


    • 1 lb box of elbow macaroni
    • 8 oz. of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • 8 oz. of shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
    • 3 c. of Simply Smart 1% Milk
    • 6 tbsp of whole wheat flour
    • 6 tbsp of butter
    • 1/2 cup of Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs
    • 1 tsp. black pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Melt butter in a dutch oven and mix in whole wheat flour to form a paste.
    3. Slowly add milk and stir to combine and add pepper.
    4. While doing the above, boil water and prepare elbow macaroni.
    5. Bring mixture to a boil for two minutes.
    6. Reduce heat to low and stir in grated cheeses.
    7. Fold in elbow macaroni and top with bread crumbs.
    8. Bake in oven (uncovered) for 20 minutes.

    Cirque du Soleil Ovo

    Cirque du Soleil Ovo
    Cirque du Soleil Ovo
    I received two tickets to Cirque du Soleil Ovo in exchange for sharing this information with my readers.  I have seen Cirque du Soleil once before, and I’m SUPER excited to see it again with my mother next month in Boston! Cirque du Soleil Ovo will be coming to the Agannis Arena in Boston for a series of performances beginning September 6 and ending September 10. You can purchase your tickets HERE. Children’s tickets start at $25 and there are family packs of tickets available.

    About Ovo

    Ovo will take you take you on an exciting journey into the life of bugs, exploring the beauty of their life cycle through movement, acrobatics, music and more. You can watch the clip below to get a sense of the Ovo performance: Anyone else headed to Cirque du Soleil Ovo in Boston?

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