Keeping Kids Busy on Summer Road Trips

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I’m sure you’ve been there before. You’ve packed snacks, shoved your luggage, roller blades and tennis rackets in the trunk, jerry rigged the bike rack to the car, gassed up and are finally ready to hit the open road. What you may fail to anticipate however, is the bumper to bumper traffic you’ll be sitting in while your kids pester you from the back seat with the dreaded question – Are We There Yet???
As a road trip warrior, I’ve got some great game and gadget options that’ll keep kids of varying ages entertained as you traverse the highways and byways of our glorious country. So what’s the secret behind a smooth summer road trip with your family? Here’s our Fave Five:
big_nintendodsixl_00.jpg1. Nintendo DSi XL – We received a complimentary DSi XL to review when it was first released this spring and my kids have been fighting over it ever since it arrived on our doorstep. So what’s so great about about the DSi XL? Well, the screen is way bigger than the traditional DSi, there’s also built-in educational software including Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: Arts Edition and a comprehensive dictionary – which my husband loves since he’s a walking thesaurus – but more on him later. There’s even an option to create your own digital short movies complete with audio…I’ve even created a few Peanuts movies of my own since I’m proficient at stick figures, Snoopy and Woodstock. As with the Lite, XL owners are also able to download games through the Nintendo DSi Shop and create and share photos – which my kids happen to love!!! Of course, there are also plenty of game options – including the brand new Mario Party 8 for DS , Atari Sandlot Sluggers, Style Savvy and one of my personal faves – Scribblenauts!
Screen shot 2010-06-03 at 4.13.01 PM.png 2. Bring Books to Life with Your iPhone, iTouch or iPad – Whenever my kids are completely bored, they ask me to hand over my iPhone so they can download apps to pass the time away. But thanks to the folks at MobiStories, I now have the upperhand! If you want to really knock your kids socks off, then try out the latest innovation in children’s book technology with the debut of The Marvelous Toy – a digital and musical children’s book now available on MobiStories on PC’s, iPhones, iTouch and the iPad. Your kids will be mesmerized as they touch the screen and the images are literally brought to life in front of their eyes. Plus, in addition to their latest release, Mobistories offers a host of downloadable picture book options for kids ages 2-10.
3. A DVD Double Feature – Turn your laptop into a movie screen or better yet, pick up an inexpensive DVD player you can strap to the back of your seat so that your kids can catch their favorite movies – incidentally, “Alice in Wonderland” was just released this week on DVD and in my house, “The Tooth Fairy” is a current must-see (at least a dozen times or more). And hopefully, if you’re not driving, you can grab a seat in the middle, whip out a bag of popcorn and watch right along with them. Another option, take the quiet time to read on your Kindle, iPad or crack open a good book…now that’s a novel idea!
MadLibs.jpg4. Mad Libs – If your kids are proficient at potty words (ie. poop, fart, etc), they will have an absolute blast filling in the blanks to the age old road trip conversation starter – Mad Libs. We actually gave these out at my daughter’s birthday party and they have taken up permanent residence in our car. Funny, but when I used to play with Mad Libs way back when, I thought my stories were hilarious too.
5. The License Plate Math Game – I have to give credit to my husband on this one. Whenever we’re in the car, he will encourage the kids to add the numbers in a license plate and whoever gets the answer quicker, wins the points. They do the same thing with the alphabet – they look for every letter in the alphabet and call it out as a car is whizzing by. Obviously, the driver should not participate in this game, but my hubby can’t help himself – he’s very competitive.Thumbnail image for licenseplates.jpg
Do you have any summer road trip tips? We’d love to hear them!

Tweet Up this Tuesday with Dr. Barry Sears!

It’s not every day you get the chance to have a twitter conversation with a best selling author and diet and nutrition guru who has effectively helped millions of people lose weight and stay healthy. On Tuesday, July 20 from 12-2 pm ET, you’ll get the chance to meet the founder of The Zone, Dr. Barry Sears when he participates in his first ever Twitter chat! If you’re interested in finding out about his latest plan, Zone123 as well as his research on silent inflammation – one of the leading causes of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, Dr. Sears will be on hand to answer your online questions and offer healthy and effective strategies to those of us who are struggling to lose weight.
The fabulous Julie Maloney at Momspective who is one of the founders of Wii Mommies, will be co-hosting the event with us and helping to spread the word. Plus, we’ll be offering two giveaways throughout the event! Two lucky tweeters will get the chance to receive a basket full of Zone123 goodies. To join our event, visit and enter #zone123 or if you’re a Twitter expert, then you can hop on over to our custom Tweet Grid.
Our Twitter invite is below and if you plan to attend, please comment below with your Twitter handle!
FEEL FREE TO TWEET: Join best selling author and Zone founder @DrBarrySears on Twitter, Tuesday, July 20 from 12-2pm ET for a live virtual chat! #Zone123

Back to School Savings with Current Codes!

iStock_000008168098XSmall.jpgIf you’re dreading thought of back to school shopping, then you are not alone. I’m always the mom you’ll find in Staples or Office Depot frantically searching for notebooks that are out of stock since I’ve waited until two days before school starts to pick up all my kids’ must have items.
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Role Mommy on AOL Popeater

It’s not every day that I get to dish the dirt with one of my favorite AOL Popeater gossip columnists and good friend Rob Shuter, but yesterday, the Naughty But Nice scribe asked me for my two cents on Kate Gosselin and her desire to jump back into the dating scene and this is what I had to say…

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If you want to find out more about the mom of eight’s plan to hop back into the dating market, then visit Naughty but Nice and tell them Role Mommy sent you! Releases See Mom Run!

Screen shot 2010-07-14 at 9.22.50 AM.pngNews Flash for my fellow Role Mommies! Get ready to laugh! For those of you who have confessed you never have time to read, we have the perfect solution for you. For the past several months, the fabulous contributors of our humor anthology were in the recording studio bringing their incredible stories to life and starting today, you can enjoy all our harried moments in the palm of your hand on your iPhone, iTouch, MP3 or iPad and even on your home computer!
While the book normally retails for $13.95, Audible is offering a special deal for our readers where you can join as a member of Audible and get the book for $7.49. That’s the price of a grande skinny vanilla latte and a biscotti! Come on people, what are you waiting for. Here’s the link to the special offer as well as the See Mom Run page on Audible which features a laugh out loud essay by the fabulously talented Jenna McCarthy. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did recording it!