organization, Travel

Helpful Travel Finds

Anyone else excited about school being over and summer approaching?! Travel plans on the horizon? As a family with teens we are often going in so many different directions in the summer time. I love to find travel hacks and gadgets to make our time on trips easier. Functional products get me every… single… time. If I see something and think wow that would be such a problem solver, or gosh that would save me some time/effort, or I neeeeeeded that on such and such trip when… lol. I’m sure you get the point! So on to my recent travel finds! is reader supported, and this page contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase after clicking a link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.

1. Travel Mirror

I love this travel mirror that lights up and magnifies! It also comes with a nice pouch to protect it while traveling. Find it on Amazon: HERE.

2. Make up brush holder

This trendy silicone brush holder is cute and functional. I love that there are multiple colors to choose from (I adore this khaki shade because I’m loving the natural shades trend right now). They are an inexpensive way to protect those brushes from being thrown in with the rest of your bag! Find it on Amazon: HERE.

3. Bottle covers

These stretchy covers fit over the end of any bottle or tube lid. No one likes it when liquids or gels leak in our bags! This handy solution offers peace of mind you won’t be cleaning up a mess when you arrive at your destination. Find them on Amazon: HERE.

4. This 3 in 1 Charging Station for Multiple Apple Devices

I mean who doesn’t love the ability to charge all of your devices from one cord?! This travel find is such a convenience I would gladly use it at home on the nightstand as well. Find it on Amazon: HERE.

5. Small Sweet Velvet Jewelry Box

This luxury looking velvet jewelry box holds just the right amount of jewelry for a getaway. I love that there is a spot for rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. Find this at Amazon: HERE.

6. Light Blocking Sleep Mask

If you are anything like me on a flight or even as a passenger in a car and need a nap, blocking out the light is super helpful. I also get terrible visual migraines and using a great sleep mask helps me tremendously! This sleep mask has thousands of good reviews on Amazon and you can find it: HERE.

7. Apple Air Tag

Worry no more about losing your luggage place the Apple Air Tag in your bag and you can simply track it from your phone. You can find them on Amazon 1 pack: HERE. Or if you would prefer a 4 pack: HERE.

8. Travel Door Lock

Travel safely with this extra precaution when staying away from home. It easily installs in seconds and without any extra tools required. You and your travel companions will have peace of mind while enjoying your trip. Find it at Amazon: HERE.

9. Electronics Organizer

I know my family always has cords everywhere while traveling for different electronic devices. This organizer looks like it would be the perfect solution to keeping everything in its place instead of in a knot at the bottom of a bag! Find it at Amazon: HERE.

10. Sea Bands

I will forever promote these little bands! I wore them while pregnant with my first baby 16 years ago and was so nauseated I couldn’t eat a thing. They were the only thing that helped at all. Since then any time I have nausea they are what I pull out of my purse and use! Yep same pair, 16 years… GREAT investment ya’ll! Seasick? These. Airsick? These. Carsick? These. Seriously, get a pair! Keep them in your purse or car. They come in a great little plastic case for clean keeping. Get them on Amazon: HERE.

11. Reusable Lint Roller

This little ball holds a sticky lint roller that can be washed and reused as many times as you need! Amazing right? I mean no more peeling off sticky papers from a lint roller and throwing them away only to buy a new one when you are out. I love this small little ball you can throw in your purse or bag and use anytime you have lint, pet hair, or whatever you need to get off your clothes! Find it on Amazon: HERE.

11. Mini Razor

I think this mini razor is one of my favorite finds! I love how small it is and that it has its own little case to travel in. So smart. Find it on Amazon: HERE.

12. Makeup Travel Bag

Sleek and functional this bag is perfect for your makeup and toiletries on a trip. The spot for brushes is so nice! They have several colors, but again that sandy white is beautiful and super trendy right now. Find it on Amazon: HERE.

13. Waterproof Smartphone Pouch

If you plan to go on a cruise some place that will have water involved, or just a chance of needing to waterproof your phone get this pouch! My husband and I have been on one cruise and we got these pouches for our phones because we knew one of our excursions included a lot of water but we wanted our phones for pictures. They were a great purchase and we now take them to theme parks for water rides for protection! Find them on Amazon: HERE.

14. Portable Dog Water Bottle/Dispenser

Do you have a dog or cat that you travel with? We do! We love to take our two sweet golden doodles with us when we travel if we can. This water bottle/dispenser is super useful in the car to make sure they have water while driving without the mess. There is a button to release the water into the small dish and then if they don’t drink it all push the button and it drains back into the bottle! We also can easily take this on walks with our dogs or if we stop to walk around with them we grab it in case they need hydration. Find it on Amazon: HERE.

15. Pill organizer

When you need to pack medication in your bag this is a great small organizer that comes with stickers to write which pills are in each compartment. I have one just like this in my purse. Find it on Amazon: HERE.

16. Sound Machine

If you are traveling someplace with unfamiliar sounds a sound machine can be just the thing that helps you get a good night’s rest. This one has 30 different sound settings to choose from and you can find it on Amazon: HERE.

17. Clothing Steamer

Fresh wrinkle free clothes while traveling can be easy when you have a steamer! This travel steamer folds up and fits right into your suitcase yet is powerful enough to get those wrinkles out. Find it on Amazon: HERE.

18. Neck Pillow

Travel naps deserve a great neck pillow, and this one has almost 50,000 positive reviews on Amazon at the time of this post! It is designed for each kind of travel napper, side sleeper, front sleeper, against a window… you get the picture. Get this extra comfort on Amazon: HERE.

19. Packing Cubes

These helpful packing cubes keep everything organized inside your suitcase. I love the idea of keeping everything in its own place and easy to find! Get them on Amazon: HERE.

20. Duffle Bag and Collapsable Garment Rack

This rolling duffle bag is one of the coolest items yet! It rolls on wheels with a handle, it collapses down very small for storing, and best part it has a garment rack that you can pull up when needed! How amazing is that?! I can think of so many times traveling that this would have come in handy. Find it on Amazon: HERE.

Happy travels friends! I hope you found something on this list that was helpful 🙂


Pumpkin Fun

Besides carving a pumpkin there are many ways to have pumpkin fun this fall! What about after Halloween is over and you have that jack-o-lantern, you know the one on the front porch whose smile is getting slightly droopy and moldy? Trust me, there is much more fun to be had with old Jack. Here are just a few ideas but feel free to leave comments with more! My kids and I are always looking for fun new ideas.

  1. Puking pumpkins! Just fill a small cup with baking soda and a few drops of food coloring and set it down inside your pumpkin. Pour vinegar into the cup and voila! Puking pumpkins that will have the kids giggling.


  1. Pumpkin DNA can be harvested! This one was especially interesting to my older children. My second born loves science so she loves doing experiments. We found the exact directions at the Helix blog.


  1. Creepy color smoking pumpkins!


Click on the picture of the color smoke bombs for a link to find the colored smoke bombs to use for photography or just fun! These were the least pricey ones I’ve found (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases). My kids thought they were great!


Enjoy the pumpkin fun this year friends!

DIY, Domesticity, Reflections

State Wall Project

Today I want to share with you a project I’ve been working on for our new home! I’m so excited about this fun wall project because it is near and dear to my heart. Our little family of 5 consists of people all born in different states. Sounds strange to some I know but I’m sure there are others out there too. I love this interesting little fact about our family. It is part of our story, and our story is one of my favorite things! I love seeing how God has knit our little family together in His perfect way in His perfect timing. Continue reading “State Wall Project”


Homemade Melt in Your Mouth Donuts

Fresh homemade donuts are a rare treat around our house. They take quite a bit of time, but the whole family loves them! Yes my title is melt in your mouth, because well they are. Fresh warm donuts are amazing friends! I’m a huge fan of warm glazed donuts and Dunkin Donuts’ Chocolate kreme filled donuts. So those are the two types I’m giving you the recipe for today. If you like it topped with chocolate/maple/vanilla icing though just take the base donut recipe and make it your own. Sprinkles would be fun for a kids sleepover!  Continue reading “Homemade Melt in Your Mouth Donuts”

DIY, homeschool, Kids, Reflections, Uncategorized

Leap Day!

Happy February 29th friends! I awoke this morning to my 5 year old son jumping all over our house very LOUDLY… when I asked why he replied, “Because it’s LEAP DAY Mom!” Oh how I enjoy the fresh perspective of a 5 year old mind! So simple, sweet, and most of the time funny. Well to celebrate the kids and I are doing a few fun things I wanted to share in hopes it will inspire more Leap Day fun for others too.  Continue reading “Leap Day!”

DIY, Guest Post

DIY Pallet Wall Basket

If you give my man a saw… he will build me an awesome rustic hanging wall basket from old pallets we have in the backyard! I’m extremely blessed to be married to a wonderfully talented handy man. Eric can build just about anything I’ve asked, for example I got a gorgeous farmhouse table built from old barn wood for our 11 year anniversary. Other great pieces in our house are Eric originals also, but I won’t bore you anymore with my swooning over my guy! Recently we were contacted by Rockwell Tools to give one of their tools a try for a blog post. My husband gladly volunteered to debut his first guest post on my blog without hesitation. So without further ado I will let my favorite man take it from here! Continue reading “DIY Pallet Wall Basket”


DIY Christmas Gift: Beer Bread Mix

December! A month of family, lights, trees, gifts, joy, and celebration! As a DIY blogger I bet it is obvious I love to give DIY gifts! I’ve posted many here on my blog and I want to share another with you today. DIY Beer Bread Mix. My husband and I don’t drink beer so we were both surprised how much we loved beer bread when a close friend had us try some. It tastes so good! There is a company that sells the mixes but they are a bit pricey so I set out to copy their mix and after many failed attempts I finally got it! Continue reading “DIY Christmas Gift: Beer Bread Mix”

DIY, Fall, Recipes

Intestines Pizza and Bones Breadsticks

As a fun weeknight meal for my kiddos this week I made intestines-shaped pizza and bone-shaped breadsticks! The kids thought it was so silly and fun they loved it. These would be great served at a Halloween party or just any day for a spooky meal.

Continue reading “Intestines Pizza and Bones Breadsticks”