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Traveling, Moving & Packing list!

We have enough to do as Moms, but add in packing for a trip or a move can stress a woman out!

I have found a spreadsheet that can help. It’s a downloadable spreadsheet from Google Documents.

Go to google.com  Click on the little tab that says “more”. Choose “documents”.  Login to your google      account. What?? You don’t have one yet? Well, it’s free and what are you waiting for. Click “Create an   Account Now”

Once you’ve logged into google, click on “more” then “documents”. Search Packlist.  A copy of Packlist and Trip Preparation will come up.

It’s great for packing for a short trip or a big move and is customizable.
There are three sections one for physically packing items, one to do list for before you leave and one list for caretakers left behind. I really like that from this main spreadsheet I can print off a list for the petsitter, babysitter or housesitter. One step down! The less steps I do, the less stress for me.

 

Here are some other items I have found helpful during my many moves:

A copy of Packlist and Trip Preparation

The Best How-To Book on Moving to Mexico

Moving Boxes w/Wardrob Box & All Supplies -Fast & Low Cost Shipping!
Strategic Relocation–North American Guide to Safe Places

Digital Luggage Scale (Green)
The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day
Garmin nüvi Portable GPS Navigator

In-Car Notebook/DVD Player Travel Case- Case Attaches to Rear or Front Seat(Fits Notebooks Up To 10.2 Inches)Bananagrams

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Transient lifestyle

In Girl Scouts we had to memorize a song, it went like this: “make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.”
It can be hard for some of us to make new friends knowing they or us might have to pick up and move sooner than later. We don’t want to get hurt, but isn’t making a new friend worth it? I have tons of friends all over the world and though it’s not like having one down the street it doesn’t make it any less sweet.
Someone told me this week that when we are born we start dying. Everyday is a gift You cant give up and retreat, just because you
Might get hurt. You might miss a great opportunity to meet someone amazing. You have to get out there and make new friends! Just like you there is another mom that just moved in or has had a good friend move. You are in the same boat. So get out there and make a friend. You might make a great difference in their life and they might in yours also. I think it’s worth the risk, don’t you?

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Ins and outs of a decade

2010 past decadeI was listening to the radio today and they were discussing the things that came and went this decade. Did a whole decade pass? It had me reflecting on my decade.

Immediately I went to the losses. I’ve recently lost a good friend. I’ve lost my parents, two babies and three grandparents. Then, I thought I’d counter thawith the positives for the sake of sanity.

I’ve gained a husband, two beautiful boys, worldwide traveling experience, a new languages, new friends and a beautiful home.
Let’s not forget technology! I’ve gone from email to video chats, palms to iPhones, Mac revolution, and blogging.

Wow a lot happens in a decade. What have you noticed in your decade?

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Kindermusik app

  I am so excited. I’d been doing kindermusik with my son since he was a baby and he still loves it at 4. I’m excited that I can now get it on the go too. Here’s the message I got via email from Kindermusik.

Music and more to nurture young minds

 
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Kindermusik is proud to introduce our new iPhone apps! We have recently partnered with Scrollmotion, Inc. and Iceberg Kids to revolutionize the children’s book experience, bringing the magic and wonder of reading to an exciting new digital space (the perfect answer to bedtime, long car rides or learning to read). To take a look at all of the iPhone apps offered by Kindermusik, just search for the word “kindermusik” on your iPhone and then download your favorite book.  Or  visit the Scrollmotion site. Our Kindermusik iPhone apps have been priced reasonably at just $.99/each!

 

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Alphabet ABC Applications for Kids

Are you looking for an application (app) to help your kids learn to read? Ah, educational and distracting. Here’s my favorites apps that have the ABCs. Oh and P.S. it’s on the cheap!

It’s also a great use for those in ESL (English as a Second Language).

abcABC PocketPhonetics-Lite: letters, sounds & writing
(Apps in My Pocket Ltd.)

Great ‘first’ look at Phonics for kids. Uses three modes of teaching manipulation: sight, sound and writing (tactile).

This is really helping my son develop the relationship between sounds letters make and the words they make up.

abctracerABC Tracer Lite Free – Alphabet Flashcard tracing phonics and drawing
(App-Zoo)

Great fine-motor skill practice. Kids get to trace letters. Has the alphabet, numbers and words.

ABC’s Free
(24x7digital)

My boys love the fact that it sings the alphabet and /or letters by pressing the arrow buttons on the botton of the app. They get to control the rhythm.

Baby Flash Cards
(Dream Cortex)

Helps kids learn vocabulary and practice memorization.

ICDL Books for Children
(ICDL Foundation)

- Old school books for your iPhone. Not a lot of stories, but it’s free.

Parents Magazine iPlay ‘n Learn
(Parents.com by Resolute Digital)

Letters, numbers, colors and shapes all in one!
It is broken down into three ways to play and learn: flash cards, tracing practice and quizzes.

Sight Words Free
(24x7digital)

-It shows and speaks the words.

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My Child, The Logistical Nightmare

Ive been consumed by the strategy of packing for our annual Christmas trip home. It’s a 3 hour flight, so shorter than the 8+ flight I used to have before our recent move to the States, but still. With a 4 year old with a short attention span with immediate gratification syndrome and a one year old that’s moving like a tiny ADHD drunk, it’ll be one Hell of a ballet. Even with my husband on this journey to help carry the safety gear required nowadays to keep our boys safe and healthy,it’s enough to hibernate under the duvet for the winter. But alas, the thought of the joy on my children and their grandparent’s faces as they share the traditions of the season, the sparkle of new fallen snow and the laughter of friends keep me motivated.
The packing begins.
See how I suggest you travel with your tots this season.

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Looking for something special to do this Thanksgiving holiday?

grand oasis resort, cancun, mexico - july 2008
Image by bjsmith via Flickr

This is a great deal that I heard about and just had to pass it on.
This Thanksgiving you can be thankful that are baking like a turkey instead of basting one.

Mexico Vacation Deals: Flight + 4 nights from $402/person! – Expires 11/30/2010

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DriveSafe.ly Announces Full Commercial Launch of Mobile Application That Reduces the Dangers of “Texting While Driving”

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DriveSafe.ly Announces Full Commercial Launch of Mobile Application That Reduces the Dangers of “Texting While Driving”

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Walt Disney World iPhone App Updated with Over 400 Photos & New Content

If you are traveling to Disney and carrying a smartphone like a Blackberry or iPhone, you NEED to download this app. It’s SO much better than carrying around paper maps. It’s ‘green’, interactive and saves space. What’s a Mom not to love??
from The MacTrack – iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch and Mac News by Richard

Portland, OR – TimeStream Software, the leading Notescast developer for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as iPod Classic and iPod nano, announces a major update to its popular “Walt Disney World Guide” Notescast for the iPhone and iPod touch.

“On our latest visit to Walt Disney World, we shot over 5,000 photos, and we’ve included the best as part of the latest update to our Walt Disney World Notescast app.” said Mike Westby of TimeStream Software. “In addition, we’ve updated it with the latest information, including new ticket pricing, attraction updates, the latest event schedules, performer listings and more.”

With over 200 pages of information, over 400 colorful photos, and rich in-depth content, the updated Walt Disney World Notescast is the only Disney app rated 4 out of 5 mice by Macworld and is a comprehensive vacation planner and in-park guide covering nearly every aspect of the entire resort and all four theme parks, including the Magic Kingdom(R), Epcot(R), Disney’s Animal Kingdom(R), Disney’s Hollywood Studios(TM) and more.

Now available from the App Store, the new Walt Disney World Notescast contains a wealth of categories, including:

* 118 Walt Disney World Attractions
* Walt Disney World Annual Events
* Walt Disney World – Explore the Magic
* Walt Disney World – What’s New
* Walt Disney World – What’s Coming
* Walt Disney World Parades
* Walt Disney World Resorts
* Walt Disney World Tickets
* Walt Disney World Phone Numbers
* Walt Disney World Tips
* Walt Disney World Photo Tips
* Walt Disney World Toddler Tips
* Walt Disney World Tours
* Walt Disney World Vacation Packages
* Disney’s Magical Express
* How to Plan Your Vacation
* Hidden Mickey Tours
* The History of Walt Disney World
* Find Disney Characters
* Guests with Disabilities
* Vacation Planning Tips
* Bookmarks
* No Internet or Wi-Fi Required
* And so much more

About Notescasts:
What the App Store is for the iPhone, the Notescast web site is to the iPod Classic and iPod nano. Individual Notescast titles are available for posting, as well as downloading to the iPod Notes feature at the Notescast web site. iPod Classic and iPod nano owners can download such Notescast titles as Walt Disney World Notescast, Walt Disney World Secrets Notescast, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Hidden Mickeys Notescast, Disneyland Park Notescast, Glacier National Park Notecast, Alice in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, The Sheraton Maui Resort Notescast and more. To learn more, visit the Notescast web site. Notescasts download to the iPod Notes feature found on nearly every iPod in use worldwide today.

Minimum Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iPhone OS 2.1 or later

Pricing and Availability:
The Walt Disney World Notescast for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now at the App Store. The Walt Disney World Notescast is also available for the iPod Classic, iPod 5th Generation and iPod nano at the Notescast web site.

Walt Disney World Guide 2.0

TimeStream Software, an iPhone and iPod developer in Portland, OR, is an industry leader in the development of custom mobile marketing Notescasts for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the iPod Classic and iPod nano. Working with major global brands, such as Hilton Hotels, DoubleTree, Westin, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and others, its innovative custom Notescast titles allow accounts to drive revenue from an all new customer base of over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch users, as well as over 100 million iPod Classic and iPod nano users. The foremost developer of Notescasts, TimeStream Software is the first company to develop a mobile marketing solution for the globally distributed iPod Classic and iPod nano, thus opening an entirely new marketing distribution vehicle which the Mobile Marketing Association calls “A groundbreaking concept.” And to complement the iPod Classic and iPod nano, we bring our development expertise and marketing prowess to the iPhone and iPod touch, developing powerful custom Notescast titles, such as our popular guides to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. Learn more at TimeStream Software’s web site online.

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Walt Disney World Secrets Revealed in new Notescast iPhone App

Walt and Mickey
Image by ThisIsIt2 via Flickr

I LOVE the fact that I don’t have to carry around maps and notes. I like the fact that I can keep kids entertained in lines with this app. If you like this app, you might be a Disneyholic.

Portland, Oregon – Over 200 secrets of Walt Disney World are revealed in the new “Secrets of Walt Disney World Gold!” Notescast app for the iPhone and iPod touch from TimeStream Software. The new “Walt Disney World Secrets Gold!” Notescast App works as an innovative new guidebook taking guests on a tour of Walt Disney World Resort with their iPhone or iPod touch in hand as they journey from one new secret to the next in Magic Kingdom(R), Epcot(R), Disney’s Animal Kingdom(R) and Disney’s Hollywood Studios(TM).

“This exciting new iPhone App reveals the fun and magical secrets of Walt Disney World Resort, and, for the first time, includes colorful photos, as well as a Hidden Mickey tour of over 80 Hidden Mickeys and an added bonus of over 200 Fun Facts.” said Mike Westby of TimeStream Software. “It really is an all new way to experience Walt Disney World.”

About Notescasts:
What the App Store is for the iPhone, the Notescast web site is to the iPod Classic and iPod nano. Individual Notescast titles are available for posting, as well as downloading to the iPod Notes feature at the Notescast web site. iPod Classic and iPod nano owners can download such Notescast titles as Walt Disney World Notescast, Walt Disney World Secrets Notescast, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Hidden Mickeys Notescast, Disneyland Park Notescast, Disney at Work Notescast, Glacier National Park Notecast, Alice in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, Sheraton Maui Resort Notescast and more. To learn more, visit the Notescast web site Notescasts download to the iPod Notes feature found on nearly every iPod in use worldwide today and turn your iPod into an eBook eReader.

Minimum Requirements:
* Compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iPhone 2.1 Software Update

Pricing and Availability:
The new “Walt Disney World Secrets Gold!” Notescast is available now on the App Store for $1.99 (USD). Those wanting Walt Disney World Notescast titles for the iPod Classic, iPod Video and iPod nano may visit the Notescast web site online.

Walt Disney World Secrets Gold! 1.0
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TimeStream Software, an iPhone and iPod developer in Portland, OR, is an industry leader in the development of custom mobile marketing Notescasts for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the iPod Classic and iPod nano. Working with major global brands, such as Hilton Hotels, DoubleTree, Westin, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and others, its innovative custom Notescast titles allow accounts to drive revenue from an all new customer base of over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch users, as well as over 100 million iPod Classic and iPod nano users. The foremost developer of Notescasts, TimeStream Software is the first company to develop a mobile marketing solution for the globally distributed iPod Classic and iPod nano, thus opening an entirely new marketing distribution vehicle which the Mobile Marketing Association calls “A groundbreaking concept.” And to complement the iPod Classic and iPod nano, we bring our development expertise and marketing prowess to the iPhone and iPod touch, developing powerful custom Notescast titles, such as our popular guides to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. Learn more at TimeStream Software’s web site.

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