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Road Tripping with Kids

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we… YES!!! Well, almost.

Road Tripping with Kids

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School will soon be out for summer, which not only means the end of your sanity but that road trip season is creeping around the corner. Now, before you grimace, reminiscing on the days your thighs were stuck to the sweltering leather of your dad’s sedan, while your little brother insanely punched you squawking, “punch buggy don’t punch back”, and your mom through heavily frosted lips hissed at you both “don’t make me come back there”…we promise you this vacay will be smooth sailing driving. So in true Chill.Pop.Live. style we are sharing our guide for adulting through family vacays with long commutes. Buckle up, this could get bumpy! Let’s start our Road Trip with Kids.

 

Planning

Before you begin planning the big trip, include all of your family members in the planning process. Why? Well because everyone will be in a good mood and more inclined to participate in all of the activities, if they feel like they helped plan it.  Assign ownership of specific tasks to each family member, so that all the pressure doesn’t fall on you to create everyone’s dream vacay. We recommend you plan your trip in these four simple areas:

  1. Location
  2. Lodging
  3. Food
  4. Activities

Have a total #girlboss moment and make everyone present their ideas for a location and vote on it together. Then assign a task area to each family member and ask them to present multiple options for a group vote as well. Encourage your family to get creative with their presentations. If they want to go snorkeling they can present their idea in a swimsuit. In to the Tour de France? Ride your bike into the kitchen. You get the point, making the sales pitches fun will help everyone get in the mood and also sharpen your kids presentation skills. Win! Win! Recently, our CPL co-founder Bonnie-Love was planning a trip for Spring Break with her husband and 2 daughters. They took a family vote and settled on Orlando, Florida.

 

Packing

CPL's Road Trip Packing ChecklistYes going on vacay is not only about bright turquoise waters, soft sand beaches and crisp white sheets, but it also involves the P word… PACKING! Alright, we know packing can be a little overwhelming, so it’s time to do it Chill.Pop.Live. style.  First you are an adult, so instead of throwing your sh*t haphazardly in a bag, make a checklist. Make your checklist specific and include the count of each item needed. Which reminds us, there is absolutely no need to pack everything you own for an “emergency”. In the event a true emergency does happen, you won’t be thinking “well this tenth pair of goggles really came into use”. However, we will give you a pass on that extra 3:1 ratio of underwear every woman always packs. Yeah you know what we’re talking about… you’re gone for two days but you insist on bringing a week’s worth of undies. This is some sort of inherited generational curse, and even we can’t break it. The fear of being without undies is too real!

Give your family their list and one week prior to the trip ask each family member to check another family member’s bag. Before we forget, total space saver were these vacuum bags we found on Amazon. Fold your clothes, put in bag and roll-up. That’s it! It squeezes all the air out which means you can get more in your suitcase!

Next, luggage has come a long way since we were growing up, so invest in a set that works for your life. Suitcases now come with everything including multiple compartments, phone chargers, and a super cool thing we like to call 360 degree wheels that move in any direction. We’re crushing on the Genius Pack luggage. It comes with multiple compartments which helps to keep us majorly organized. And if you’re super nerdy like us, you’ll totally be in to these packing cubes complete with laundry bag, shoe bag and toiletry bags. Also, in the event that you do forget something… breathe! You can always purchase it at your destination.

Now that you’re all packed, it’s time to drag your baggage into the trunk. Pause. *In our Erykah Badu voice* “Bag Lady you going to hurt your back, dragging all them bags like thaaa…” Okay back to the blog.

 

The Dreaded Car Ride

Umm, long car rides, before we begin let’s create a safe word, ours is “Pinneaples.” Just kidding, trust us family road trips are so much better now thanks to technology, so let go of your previous apprehensions.  Gone are the days of limited air conditioning, paper maps, narrow backseats, gigantic coolers, and sing alongs. Okay maybe sing alongs can stay, we really like those… especially Beyonce ones. Bring on your dual climate control, GPS, yeti cups/snacks, and iEntertainment (iBooks, iTunes, iPads, iWhatevers). Yes, we totally have family sing alongs and play car games, but for a fourteen-hour drive, we definitely are those parents who believe in Ipads. It also gives us something to threaten to take away when they get into a fight.

“Kids, no more car songs” just isn’t as exciting as “Kids, no more Descendants”.

Snack Time cards prevent begging on Road Trips!

Bonnie-Love made a cute clothes line for her road trip with some yarn she had laying around. She created hanging cards with different times. At each time, her daughters got a snack. Not sure if your kids are like hers, but they can eat her out of house and home. So, she made sure to load up on snacks at BJ’s Warehouse before the trip. Stocking up on food for the trip, is a great way to save money and The idea behind the time cards is to eliminate the constant begging. Now, the kids know exactly when to ask for food. Genius! Do yourself a favor and get a car seat cooler/organizer to ride in between your kids. With cupholders, built-in tray table and compartments to store toys and gadgets, this will become one of your fave travel buddies!

Golden Rule of Road Tripping with Kids: Stock Up on Food

Are we there yet?

Yes we finally are, now that you are finally there take a moment to soak it in. You are creating memories that will last a lifetime and there is no place you would rather be in this moment than present with the people who love you the most.  Watching your children’s eyes light up as they experience a new environment for the first time is priceless. You’ve survived road tripping with kids! Share this with all your mom friends that are taking family road trips soon. 🙂

Road Tripping made easy

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Besties’ Guide to New York

“What do you mean weekend get away? It’s Friday. Girl, you’re tripping!” And that is exactly how the most epic girl trip of all time began, with Pam begging Bonnie-Love…

“What do you mean weekend get away? It’s Friday. Girl, you’re tripping!” And that is exactly how the most epic girl trip of all time began, with Pam begging Bonnie-Love to escape. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is great to plan out vacays…and if you are anything like Bonnie, you have an organized list for everything, including what type of deodorant you should purchase and when the lint trap in the dryer should be vacuumed. Which is why it was so satisfying to convince her to throw away her lists for one weekend and live life on the edge. Did I mention she had less than 12 hours notice?  Well, this is the year of Chill.Pop.Live. So, get out of your comfort zone and get into LIFE. Mission impossible… accepted. Now, let’s begin our crime. How to get away with a quick girl’s vacay… our guide to New York.

Motive

Listen, everybody needs a break. Whether you are a sexy single, wifey, mom, career boss, none of the above, or all of the above… in order to take your life to the next level, you have to let your mind explore. By breaking from your normal routine, you are forcing yourself to engage and exit autopilot. Yes BFFs, you know what I mean.  When you wake up every day and do the same thing, you enter autopilot. That  groundhog’s day feeling, where everything just seems a bit dull and you feel like you are in a rut. Although coasting in autopilot may appear easy, the downside is you eventually lose your creativity, ambition and appreciation for life. So, let’s shake things up a bit. Give yourself a quick deadline and get moving to the …

Scene of the Crime

Location, location, location! If you are taking this challenge, then you don’t have that much time. So, pick a venue that is nearby. Chill.Pop.Live is located in Washington, D.C., so New York, New York, was the perfect trip. By bus, by train or by plane, you can make it there in a few hours. We got up super early, snagged a bus and by breakfast we were eye to eye with high rises.

scene of the crime

Opportunity

The most important part of your weekend vacay is trying new things. In order to awaken your senses, you must and I repeat, absolutely must, take in every opportunity to try something new. Open up your Yelp app and get walking! Make sure you pick places that appeal to all of your senses. There is nothing more exciting than sitting in a restaurant and going on a culinary journey. And New York has it all.

You can sip indulgent cappuccinos in a quaint Paris bistro, like La Parisienne, or journey back to your Saved by the Bell days at Big Daddy’s Diner. Every corner was crammed full of nostalgic magic. Yes dammit, we want our MTV! But our hands down favorite had to be Maison Pickle. This classic American eatery paired the absolute best in comfort food, cocktails and décor. Stepping into this oh-so-chic restaurant, you are immediately ushered into a dream world where the currency is pull apart butter and honey rolls. From the cool touch of the elegant marble bar, to the soft glint of the hunter green herringbone backsplash, whoever designed this place knows style. Once we melted into the warm cognac seats sipping our sexy Razzles (St. Germain, vodka, lemon and berries), we thought life couldn’t get any better… Well that is until we had the food. From the Poutine Tots to the Fried Chicken–n-French Toast, nobody has ever done it better!  Two words C’est Magnifique! One word DAYUM! Executive chef Glenroy Brown (@chefboyprince) is a culinary God.

La Parisienne NYC

Big Daddy's Malt Shakes

Chill Pop Live at Maison Pickle

Weapon

Now if you’re going to get away with murder, you have to give your best Annalise Keating and bring the sexy drama. One of the best parts about being in a new city is trying fresh looks. The perfect accomplice is Sephora’s #Lipstories collection lipstick. This new take on lipstick brings you the most inspiring shades at a great cost.  For our big city adventure, we tried warm matte Brunch Date and creamy finish Malt Shake. Both these looks were absolutely delicious!

sephora's #lipstories

Getaway Plan

A true getaway is not a getaway unless you get in some R&R. Cue the spa treatments. We got everything smacked, flipped and rubbed down. From cryotherapy, to nails and massages, you name it we tried to relax it.  The cryotherapy worked wonders for our circulation and woke up those tired muscles, while the massages centered our energy and helped us focus.  The verdict… absolutely guilty of having a good time.

Getaway Plan

The Alibi

Well, that’s on you. We challenge you BFFs to take your own girl’s weekend. Using this besties’ guide to New York, please create your own mayhem and blame us… but only if you send us the pics.

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Staycay Party of One

As we officially face the tail end of winter, it’s time to go some place warm and if not in person why not in spirit. At Chill.Pop.Live, our favorite thing…

As we officially face the tail end of winter, it’s time to go some place warm and if not in person why not in spirit. At Chill.Pop.Live, our favorite thing to do is take a staycation. Yes my friends, turn off your cell, turn on your senses and let’s venture someplace special. Think of your happy place and channel it. For this post, let’s go to the beach.  And you’re in luck… all you need is a bathroom to take this magical journey.

Clear the Clutter.

If you want to travel to that magical vacation spot, you have to clear the clutter. Opt for replacing your plastic shampoo and toiletry containers with a sleek set of glass bottles. Take an inventory of your towels, if they are the same thread-bare ones you had from your college dorm, toss them. An easy option is white towels. Contrary to belief they are super easy to clean with a little beach and you can find great ones anywhere from Homegoods, to Target to Nieman’s.

Set the mood.

Light your favorite scented candle and play music. Wherever you want to go, you can’t get there unless the mood is right. Dim the lights and turn up the music from your place of choice. For us the sound of ocean beach waves is a must. It will allow your body to relax, while reminding your mind of where you want to be. Not a fan of music? Grab a book or open up your laptop and play a beach vacay movie.  Whatever gets you there, try it. Candles are an easy way to transport your senses. If you are not a fan of candles, opt for fragrant essential oils. One of our favorite places to pretend we are is Thailand. We’ll go to the local grocery and purchase a bottle of essential oil to remember the fresh island scent of jasmine.

Pour a bath.

If we are at the beach, then we are in water, so grab a bath bomb and you are there. Bath bombs come in a multitude of colors from the deep navy blue of Maine waters to the bright turquoise of the Thai ocean. Pick your dream shade and begin your transportation. For a bonus effect, throw in a cup of epsom salt and watch your stomach de-bloat. Grab a bunch of flowers from your local floral shop. Chop off the stems and throw the flowers into the tub for some much needed visual R and R.

Do a facemask.

While you’re in the tub relaxing and getting skinny, your pores are also opening a mile a minute so why not fill them with some powerful antioxidants. Don’t know what mask to try? Sephora has a mask kit featuring a multitude of sample sizes to try. Bonus, once you find the mask you like, Sephora will gift you with a full size version of your favorite choice.

Pour a cocktail.

We have never taken a trip anywhere without a cocktail. Grab your drink of choice from your favorite vacay and recreate it at home. If you’re not a craft cocktail wiz, save the time and effort and grab a bottle of flavored Deep Eddy’s Vodka. This drink line is a cocktail lovers dream. Packed with punch of vodka, but inhabited with the flavor of juice. This vodka line is a notch above the rest and doesn’t have that too sweet syrupy taste that a lot of flavored vodkas are known for.

Now relax and escape. Stop reading!!!

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