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Regular People Stunts 25 · 7 · 16

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Easy Camping Recipes! 11 · 7 · 16

For Breakfast

Breakfast Burritos

Make breakfast burritos ahead of time filled with any of your family’s fav ingredients. Wrap them in foil and put them in the cooler. Let them heat up in hot coals for breakfast!


Check out the full recipe here: Breakfast Burritos - Campfire Style - Taste and Tell

 

Cinnamon Rolls in Oranges

Cut a circle out of the top of an orange. Scoop out the flesh of the orange and put in a bowl to munch on. Fill the hollowed out orange with a cinnamon roll, wrap in foil, and place directly in the coals of a fire. The orange protects the roll from getting charred and the rolls get infused with a delicious orange flavor. 

Check out the full recipe here: Campfire Orange Cinnamon Rolls | Oleander + Palm

 

 

 

For Lunch/Dinner

Pizza Log

This is a super easy recipe that can feed the masses! Roll out pizza dough, add sauce, cheese, and all your desired toppings. Roll the pizza up into a log formation, tuck the edges, and wrap in thick foil. Keep the log in the cooler and then heat over the fire, flipping once, when you’re ready to chow!

Check out the full recipe here: Campfire Pizza Log

 


Mexican Street Corn

We <3 Mexican Street Corn. Grill the corn and then smear on a mixture of mayo, sour cream, and cilantro. Sprinkle with some lime juice, parm, and chili powder! You can make the smear before hand! YUM!

Check out the full recipe here: Mexican Street Corn Over A Campfire - Saving Money Camping

 


Taco Bags

This recipe is great for camping because it doesn't require any plates to clean up. Cook ground meat and season. (You can cook before the trip and just warm the meat on the grill or fire) Fill mini Frito bags with meat, beans, cheese, and any other taco toppings! 

Check out the full recipe here: Walking Tacos

 


Mac and Cheese

Pre-make mac and cheese and place in pie tins covered with foil. Heat on a cooking rack over coals. You could make some boxed mac or check out this easy homemade mac recipe: Camping Mac n’ Cheese | Lauren's Latest 

 


Foil Bake Packets

For a more gourmet camping meal, make a foil packet filled with veggies and meats. There are so many combos of ingredients you can fill a foil packet with and cook over coals. We usually use one meat like chicken, salmon or shrimp and fill the rest of the packet with veggies like zucchini, asparagus, and peppers! Check out this yummy recipe for a Cajun inspired shrimp boil foil packet:  Shrimp Boil Foil Packets - Damn Delicious

 

 

 

Dessert

S’mores Banana Boats

Place a banana (peal and all) in foil, cut the banana in half and fill it with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and Golden Graham’s cereal. Heat over coals. (We like to convince ourselves the banana makes this one a healthy version of s’mores). 

Check out the full recipe here: Campfire S’mores Banana Boats recipe from Betty Crocker

 

 

S’mores in a Bag

Roast marshmallows and throw in single serving bags of Nilla wafers, Teddy Grahams, or animal crackers with some chocolate chips! This way eliminates some of the mess that comes with traditional s’mores. 

Check out the full recipe here: S'mores in a Bag

10 Hacks and Tips for Camping with Kids!

1. Make a DIY lantern!

Wrap a head lamp around an empty gallon to make a lantern. You can also put a battery-powered votive candle in empty peanut butter containers to make smaller lanterns.

Hang the lanterns in the middle of the tent for light or leave outside to use at night!

See the full instructions here: Make an Ambient Lamp Out of a Milk Jug


2. Repurpose a container can to hold and protect TP.

Use an old coffee container or soda bottle to keep TP clean and dry!

We love this DIY design:

Check out the ingenious hack here:  Innovation Challenge: Nature Calls on Behance

 

3. Come prepared with homemade firestarters

Dip cotton pads in wax for an easy portable spark. Check out this blog post for more DIY fire starters: 5 Frugal Ways to Make DIY Fire Starters | PreparednessMama

Also, Doritos (and other corn chips like Fritos) make great kindling!




4. Make a DIY hand-washing station.

Kids and dirt go hand in hand. Camping makes the amount of dirt increase exponentially. Use an empty detergent dispenser to keep kiddos (and adults) clean after long days playing outside. 

 

See the full instructions here: Camping Hand Washing Station - Making Memories With Your Kids

 

5. Repel bugs (naturally)

Here at kidecals we’re all about natural products. What we’re not all about: bugs. There are tons of homemade bug repellents you can make from herbs and essential oils to keep different bugs at bay. There are lots of recipes online for all types of critters depending on what you’re trying to keep away. We always bring a simple spider repellent made of water and peppermint oil to spray around the tent. Also, burning sage helps keep mosquitos away - you can just throw a bundle in the fire!


6. Keep the kids entertained

Kids can generally stay entertained for a while just being outside, but after a while you might start hearing the dreaded, “I’m bored!"

Bring activity bags with things like friendship bracelets, other arts and crafts, and cards.

Make a nature scavenger hunt!

Use a GPS astronomy app to teach about constellations (Sky Guide is one of our favorite apps. It’s a constellation guide that automatically aligns itself when you hold your device to the sky. So cool!)

Fill empty plastic water bottles with glow sticks and have night time bowling!

 

7. Bring frozen water bottles instead of ice!

Fill clean, empty jugs with water and freeze them before going on your trip. This hack saves money on ice, keeps the other stuff in the cooler cold, and when it melts, there’s more drinking water for your family!

 

8. Get comfy!

If you don’t have an air mattress or cot, bring foam tiles or yoga mats to pad the floor and separate sleeping kiddos from the cold ground. 


9. Avoid clutter!

Hang a over the door shoe organizer on your tent to keep supplies organized and accessible. 


10. Be Prepared!

Make a good camping checklist to make sure you don’t leave behind any of the essentials. You don’t want to be left without a tent, tp, or enough water. We always bring plenty of wipes, ziplock bags, and paper towels. And don’t forget the trash bags!




If at first... 29 · 6 · 16

True! 

 

Have fun with the whole family this Independence Day. These Patriotic Crafts & Snacks are perfect for the 4th of July!  Make your party stand out with these DIY decorations and festive recipes. 

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Sunscreen: Myths & Tips 10 · 6 · 16

sunscreen

It’s best to apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before sun exposure, and don’t forget to re-apply every two hours! 

For more information visit: Web MD and Sun Protection Products and Guide

The end of the school year is quickly approaching! Be sure to have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep bored kids entertained this summer break.


1. Use tape to make a fun backyard board game

Tape down the game board and then add fun activities in each box, like singing a song or jumping rope.

Photo from: The 36th Avenue

 

2. Grab some wet glue and food coloring for a fun hands-on paint project

Just grab some glue, food coloring, toothpicks, and some sort of canvas to get the creativity flowing.

Photo from: Housing A Forest

 

3. Make your own giant bubble wand

All you need to make the bubble solution is water, soap and a hard-shell kiddie pool. Grab a hula-hoop and spend some time outdoors blowing out-of-this-world bubbles!

Photo from: Make and Takes

 

4. Use pool noodles to make a fun backyard obstacle course

Adjust the height and challenge of the course to your child’s age and ability. This fun activity helps the development of motor skills in young children.

Photo from: Learn Play Imagine

 

5. Create your own racetrack for toy cars using colored tape

Use your floor, carpet and even furniture to create a fun indoor activity for those not-so-sunny summer days.

Photo from: Pardon My French

 

6. Grab some sponges and chalk for a fun DIY driveway game

Keep their math skills sharp over the summer by having them add up all their points.

Photo from: Mamas Like Me 

7. Use a pool noodle and a hose for a fun DIY sprinkler

The perfect way to cool down in the backyard. 

Photo from: Good Morning Loretta 

 

8. Cut up a tarp to make your very own throwing game 

Add points to each hole to ramp up the fun!

Photo from: Viral Nova

9. Grab a bat and fill up water balloons for a fun game of water balloon baseball 

An awesome way to cool off on those hot summer days 

Photo from: Red Ted Art 

10. A plastic sheet, some soap, and a hose are all you need to make a slip n' slide for hours of outdoor fun

All the fun of a water park right in your backyard! 

 Photo from: Happy Hooligans 

 

We have an awesome gift for you! My team and I worked hard to put together this special guide about summer camps. This book contains everything you need to know before sending your kid to camp (and includes a lot of information that camps leave out!) 

everything your need to know about camp

For instance, did you know that not all states require criminal background checks for camp employees?! We will show you how to figure out if your camp does. 

Also included are some adorable printables to make the camp exerience extra special!

To download the book and printables click here.

Summer is just around the corner. And with summer comes summer camp!

If you're sending your kids off to overnight camp, here are some essentials you'll want to pack... 

Camp Essentials

With chaotic cabins and changing activities, it's easy for kids to lose track of their stuff. To avoid lost stuff, label it! Kidecals labels are super durable and are laundry safe, so they can even be used to label clothes.

Check out these Camp Labels here!

Last spring I read the book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and it really was  ! I now opwn my kitchen drawers and walk into my closet with bliss. The breezy space between my clothes makes me feel light and stress free. Everything is in its place and has a home. Here are the seven biggest tips I took away from the book...

1. Clean by category, not by location: don't go room by room. Instead organize by categories. For example, the day you do clothes, gather ALL of your clothing in the house (winter gear and all) and put it in one big pile and begin the process of sorting your items into keep, donate, and consign

2. If an item does not spark joy, then let it go: Touch an itm and ask yourself, does this bring me joy. If it doesn't it is time to let it go. This may sound a bit crazy but it really works, especially for your wardrobe. For more mudane, utilitarian objects it may be a bit harder but once you get into a groove you will understand. It may be time to let go of that worn out knife and replace it with one that you actually enjoy using!

3. Put clothes in rows rather than piles so you can see each item in the drawer: the book outlines a really cool way to fold your clothes so they can "stand up straight" in your drawers rather than piling stuff on top of each other. It really works well.
 
4. Don't organize over the course of a month- do it in one day or weekend: just do it! You need to carve out the time and really commit. 
 
5. Don't keep gifts out of guilt: enough said!
 
6. Storage is another form of hoarding: to be truly free you need to rid yourself of storage spaces that you do not access or need regularly. 
 
7. Start with the easy categories until you get your super purge power going: sentimental items like photos are going to be harder. Start with clothes, end with photos. 
 
And once you have your stuff (and your kids' stuff) whittled down make sure you don't lose it with our awesome dishwasher safe and washing machine proof personalized name labels!
 
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