Simple Mom is a great blog for advice on how to live simply.  Simple Mom is written by  Tsh Oxenreider. Tsh is a wife, a mom to two kids, an American expat, a graphic designer, and writer.

As a mom of many, I have little choice  or time not to be organized. It usually took me one, maybe two times of  forgetting the baby bag, or stroller, and then I realized that I needed a way to prevent that from ever happening again( especially on vacation). So here are a few of my favorite ways to get organized before heading out the door this Spring.

It sounds simple, but make a baby bag checklist. Keep it in the kitchen, maybe on the frig, and before you leave the house, double check that your bag passes your inspection. This also helps your husband or care giver keep your family on track.

Another favorite travel strategy , especially if you are traveling for hours on end, is to wrap up dollar store gifts or snacks to brighten the faces of your little travelers every hour or so. I use aluminum foil ( so easy to wrap) and then number them with a sharpie. As the trip unfolds, I’ll tell the kids to take surprise number 1 or 2, etc.  out of their backpacks. They love it, and it makes the journey more fun for everyone!

Tsh has some great travel ideas, too. Her  blog is a great one to visit for inspiration because it’s very SIMPLE and easy to read.

Here is a great post about holiday travel with kids that you’ll love now, and  all year long.

This family travel post was originally published in July 2009 but I thought you would find it interesting for Spring Break travel! Enjoy!

As our family gears up for a road trip to Chicago for a family reunion, I want to take a minute to wish you all a safe and festive fourth and to give you a few tips for the road. Load up on audio books and CDs.

My kids have grown up listening to the Adventures in Odyssey series, by Focus on the Family (www.focusonthefamily.com), and we love all kinds of books on CD/tape. Any one of the Harry Potter books will take us to Chicago and back or wherever your family destination. We also enjoy the Ramona the Pest series and Junie B. Jones. Head to your local library and see what they have available and chances are they have something for everyone.

As far as music, I would suggest any CDs from our dear friends, and Kansas City favorites, Mr. Stinky Feet ( www.jimcosgrove.com) and Funky Mama (www.funkymamamusic.com). Our kids fall asleep each night to their hits. It’s so fun for me to hear the voices of my good friends echoing in our halls at night. We’ve also discovered a new group called the Recess Monkeys (www.recessmonkeytown.com ). I had the chance to spend some time with this ultra cool group from Seattle at Jiggle Jam and they are as hip and fun as their music. The kids love their Beatles like beat and even the older kids agree–this band appeals to all ages. One neat fact is that the three band members are teachers by day and rock stars by night.

Here’s to a rockin’ fourth!

Make it a great weekend,

Amy