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The Ultimate Vacation Packing List

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free printable packing checklist for vacatiion

Printable packing list for your next vacation

The Ultimate Vacation Packing List – Free Printable – Now that all the fun and craziness of the Christmas holidays are behind us, we’re hit with the realization that we still have quite a few more months of winter to go. I’m not a fan of long, cold winters (well, it doesn’t get below freezing often where I live but it rains a lot) so we try to save enough money for a vacation to a sunny destination each year. I don’t know about you but I absolutely love winter vacations – I mean I plan for it all year long. If I could only do one thing for the rest of my life, it would be to travel. I love experiencing other cultures, landscapes and food and I think travelling is the ultimate education.

This year we’re so fortunate to be going to one of our favorite destinations, Mexico (Manzanillo to be more precise). A big part of what I love about going on a vacation is the build-up and excitement before we go. I usually have everyone’s luggage pretty much packed about a week before we leave – I know, I have issues. Every year I go through my mental packing checklist but inevitably forget something.

Since we’re leaving shortly I decided to create my own printable packing list that I can pull out and print every year now from this point onward. I thought many of my fellow travelers may like to have this checklist too.

To download your free printable packing list click here. Happy travels!Packing-List-PDF

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Thanks for reading!  ~ Jamey-84-64-149

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Family Vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Mexico family vacation 2014

Mexico family vacation 2014

Hello Dabbles and Babbles followers.  I wanted to take a moment to apologize for my absence from my blog over the past few weeks.  I had the very good fortune and opportunity to take a vacation in Mexico with my family.  We went to Puerto Vallarta and had an amazing time spent relaxing, exploring, and enjoying family time together.  Now I’m back home and feeling refreshed, invigorated and ready to get back to my creative adventures.

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DIY I Spy Game

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DIY "I Spy" game for kids.

DIY “I Spy” game for kids.

DIY I Spy Game – Kids love those fun “I Spy” bestseller books by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo. I remember when Noelle was a little younger, we used to make weekly visits to the library.  After story time we’d check out all the great kids books but she was always drawn to the colourful and intriguing images on the pages of the “I Spy” books. We could literally spend an hour going through these books and when children are young, anything that captures their attention for that long is a miraculous thing.

I was thinking about how clever and yet how simple they are and thought it would be a fun little project for Noelle and I to create our own “I Spy” page. We set off on a mission to find all sorts of fun little household objects for our collage. Making the page is half the fun.  It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and would be great with more than one child – they could each make their own pages or work together to create a collage. If you get a chance, photograph each page and then you can print these out later for camping, car rides or a rainy day activity.

The photo below is the “I Spy” collage that Noelle and I made.  You can download a printable version here that has a list of all the items and then blank spaces for children to find the quantity of each item.

Instructions:

  1. Talk with your kid(s) about what are appropriate objects for the collage (adults should be responsible for any sharp objects like pins) and then go find the items that will help to make up your DIY I Spy page. Remember the smaller the objects, the more you’ll be able to fit onto your page.
  2. Once all the items have been collected, sit down and try to lay them out randomly on a the page in a square or rectangle shape. At this point I would try to take a photo of the collage before it gets messed up by sweet little investigative hands.
  3. Now the kids can start searching through the collage to find all hidden objects – writing down everything as they go along (ex. 4 buttons, 2 dinosaurs, 5 purple flowers, 1 deck of cards, etc). If writing is too difficult for kids, then they can do it verbally or have an adult write and work through the list together with the kids.
I Spy activity page for kids

I Spy activity page for kids

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