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    5 Pro-Tips To Traveling With Kids

    Traveling with kids can be pretty difficult but there are some tips and tricks to make it easier. I've been traveling with mine since my youngest of three was four weeks old. Here's what I've learned.
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    I don’t think that traveling with kids will ever be labeled as easy. Ok, when Mini was little, traveling with her was super easy. She was easy. When she was a baby, I would wear her on the flights. She would nurse and sleep through the flight only to wake up and be pleasant. When she started to walk, she would pull her own car seat to the gate. She’s a pro.

    But now I have THREE children so traveling isn’t that easy breezy. But there are some tips that I’ve picked up along the way to streamline this as much as possible.

    Traveling with kids can be pretty difficult but there are some tips and tricks to make it easier. I've been traveling with mine since my youngest of three was four weeks old. Here's what I've learned.

    5 Pro-Tips To Traveling With Kids

    1. Pack snacks. Lots of snacks.

    This is super important whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile. When flying, this can be tricky because of all the regulations so make sure you check those first but cars? I love the idea of filling the craft box with snacks. Some people hate the idea but it works for us since we have some serious snackers.

    2. Make sure all electronics are charged.

    Sure, we don’t want our kids to have crazy amounts of screen time but listen, if you have a choice between your kids terrorizing other travelers what are you choosing? My choice is Peppa Pig. But make sure that those electronics are fully charged AND you have headphones made for children. I love the Amazon Kindle and these here headphones since they’re cute and the girls look so cute wearing them.

    3. Make sure you have age appropriate entertainment packed.

    As much as we wish the kids would sit and watch whatever entertainment is available for them on their tablets, they won’t because, well, kids. Inside of their travel bags make sure to have back up games and forms of entertainment.

    Babies:

    This age range is pretty easy. They typically want to be held or snuggled or nursed. But they do like to be entertained and like to chew things—especially when teething. We love this rattle and it keeps BC entertained.

    Toddlers & Preschoolers

    These guys are the hardest to entertain. I mean, at my age it’s super hard to sit still for all the time it takes traveling so for them I know it’s really difficult–and they make sure we know. But since we homeschool it’s also a pretty good time to get some quality learning in. I love the Highlight’s Activity Book for ABC. It’s colorful and makes it easy for me to make sure she’s getting some learning done. These also come in different age ranges so it’s available for others.

     If you have a preschooler plus an older one <insert my current set up> having the older one play games with them is a great way to distract them. I love this sneaky game that also teaches kids to look out for patterns while they play.

    Ages 5 and up

    If I’m being completely honest, I think they should already have their bags packed with the things they need to entertain themselves–right? But I do like introducing new and fun educational games to my kids while we’re on the go. One of the newest ones that Mini has are these Mental Blox. It works their critical thinking skills which is really one of those life long skills they need to make sure are properly honed.

    If you’re kids have tablets that are compatible with either Google Play or the Apple App Store, they’ll love this interactive coloring book. This is NOT your basic coloring book!! My kids creations come to life and they love it.

    4. Set proper expectations for travel.

    Yes, this means be proactive with the “Are we there yet?” questions. Let them know how long the trip will take, how you’re getting there, and give frequent updates. When I roadtripped with all the kids to go speak at Blog Life University 4 weeks after giving birth, I shared with Mini how nervous I was about the drive with the 3 of them by myself. Do you know that was the easiest road trip ever? Share with your kids any emotions surrounding travel as well so they can help if they’re old enough to.

    5. Pack treats for yourself.

    I know this is about making travel easier with kids but let’s be real here, if the parentals aren’t 100% ready to tackle the trip, all hell will break loose. Travel is stressful so make sure you take the edge off by packing snacks that are just for you and making sure you have your activities as well. I just finished downloading my audio books to my phone so I don’t have to worry about whether I can stream or not. I also have a wireless earbud so that I can listen freely while still keeping an ear out for my minions.

    Do you travel with your kids often? What tips do you have?

    Surviving A Solo Roadtrip With Three Kids

    A couple weeks ago I endured a solo roadtrip with three kids. I survived. I may even do it again but here's how I made it happen.

    Yes. You read that right. A couple of weeks ago I spoke at a conference that I’d pitched prior to finding out I was pregnant and was invited to speak at. This was also before we’d made the final decision to homeschool the girls. Well, after wanting to become a speaker and then getting the opportunity I couldn’t not take it so I packed the kids up into this awesome Kia and the four of us roadtripped to my conference.

    Yes, I May Be A Bit Crazy

    I think this was the consensus as I shared our trip with my friends on social media. In fact, as we packed the car up to get ready to head out I, too, thought I was a little crazy. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I was beyond anxious for being in the car alone for a minimum of 4 hours with 3 kids–including 1 newborn.

    A couple weeks ago I endured a solo roadtrip with three kids. I survived. I may even do it again but here's how I made it happen.

    How NOT To Go Crazy

    We encountered lots of traffic and delays but we all made it with nerves in tact. These are some of the things I learned on this journey:

    Take your time.

    When I roadtrip I like to get there as fast as I can with minimal stops. We gas up, eat, use the potty and stretch all at the same time–no additional stops. But I had to not only change my expectations because of my body but also because of the bodies of my littles. We didn’t rush and we stopped when needed.

    Travel in comfort.

    Because I’m nursing BC I knew I wanted to make it easy to nurse him in what I wore. But I also wanted make sure that ALL of us were comfortable. Instead of driving our normal car that has a pretty tight back seat with all three, we roadtripped in a Kia Sedona that had a bigger backseat and a way more comfortable front seat which made nursing BC on the side of the road (yes, we did this a lot) nicer.

    Set proper expectations with the kids.

    The night before we left I had a conversation with Mini about how nervous I was to drive with the three of them. I also told her what I would need from her. I attribute much of the smoothness of the trip to her and this conversation.

    When you’re back on the road and your front seat turns into the changing station… At least it’s stylish!

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    Have snacks. A lot of them.

    I laughed when one of my FB friends said food was the answer but in truth, it was lol! When they got antsy, I offered them food and don’t you know they calmed down???

    Music. Make sure you have good stuff.

    I’m lucky because my Kia had the Sirius XM radio so we had GREAT age appropriate music at our fingertips. But if you don’t, make sure you have Pandora or something to sing along with. My husband started car karaoke with them and it definitely makes the time pass.

     


    Was it crazy to drive what turned 6.5 hours with 3 kids? Yes. Absolutely. But my kids made it happen so that I could rock my first speaking event at Blog Life University and I’m grateful.

    What roadtripping tips do you have?

    **Many thanks to Kia for loaning us a vehicle to make this roadtrip happen in comfort!**

    Explore Georgia: Sweetwater Creek State Park

    Most days I love living in Georgia. I love how you can escape the madness that is “Hotlanta” and find yourself in a totally different world but not completely out of touch with the six lanes of bumper to bumper traffic. One of the places I love most is Sweetwater Creek State Park.

    Ready? Set? Hike! You would never think that this beautiful state park is just outside the city of Atlanta. Visit Sweetwater Creek State Park today!

    Sweetwater Creek State Park

    This week we had a homeschool field trip to learn to fish. After fishing wrapped up, my friend Ashley from Mommy Week suggested taking a walk to the ruins. The trails all start at the Visitors Center, which also has a museum, so we checked that out first.

    Ready? Set? Hike! You would never think that this beautiful state park is just outside the city of Atlanta. Visit Sweetwater Creek State Park today!

    Visitors Center

    Although quaint in size, the museum was chock full of info. It had remnants from the Civil War, Native Americans, slavery, and more. There was a classroom that contained snakes found in the area and turtles to be seen up close and personal. One of my favorite things to see was the old loon used to make fabric. Ready? Set? Hike! You would never think that this beautiful state park is just outside the city of Atlanta. Visit Sweetwater Creek State Park today!

    The Red Trail

    The kids all equipped themselves with maps to guide us to the ruins that we wanted to check out. The trail is pretty easy to walk–I did it with BC strapped to me in my Tula carrier. Ready? Set? Hike! You would never think that this beautiful state park is just outside the city of Atlanta. Visit Sweetwater Creek State Park today!I loved how there weren’t swarms of flies ready to attack me and then baby. The scenery was beautiful as the trail is along the waterside with huge rocks sprinkled about. Ready? Set? Hike! You would never think that this beautiful state park is just outside the city of Atlanta. Visit Sweetwater Creek State Park today!

    The Ruins

    Omg they were beautiful!!! You couldn’t get to close (safety first) but just being able to see them up against the perfect backdrop of the sky and bubbling waters was breathtaking. The baby and I sat on the stairs and enjoyed the view while the kids walked around exploring. Ready? Set? Hike! You would never think that this beautiful state park is just outside the city of Atlanta. Visit Sweetwater Creek State Park today!Although I was suuuuper sore after finishing the walk I’m so happy I was able to make these memories with the kids.

    Do you go on mini adventures where you live?

    From Atlanta to Charlotte With $20

    We made it from Atlanta to Charlotte and back with only $20 for mini's final track meet. Want to know how? Read on to find out!

    Mini’s final track meet was in Charlotte, NC the weekend after Thanksgiving. This week was a bit hectic since I was on a road trip, the hubs was home and the kids were with Nana in South Carolina until I picked the hubs up and we headed there. We ended up leaving some pretty crucial things home as we rushed to beat Atlanta rush hour traffic and turned right around and went home to Atlanta Thanksgiving night.

    We made it from Atlanta to Charlotte and back with only $20 for mini's final track meet. Want to know how? Read on to find out!

    Fun, right? Oh but the fun was just getting started 3 hours into our road trip when I realized that I had left our debit card home and all we had to get to Charlotte and back was $20.

    Mini Ran Like The Wind

    Ok, so maybe not like fast whipping wind–more like a slow breeze on a hot day. But she ran. We arrived at the meet and it was intense there! The parking lots were full, the team areas were packed, and I was a little on edge since we literally had no money for this here road trip. Luckily for us, we were driving the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and not either one of our cars so I wasn’t so worried about the gas and was able to focus on getting mini ready for her final race. She normally runs a 2K with the 8 & under group but today she was running with the 10 & unders and running a 3K. Her race was literally the very last race of the day and we cheered for everyone as we got ready for her race.

    We made it from Atlanta to Charlotte and back with only $20 for mini's final track meet. Want to know how? Read on to find out!

    She took off fast with everyone else while abc, the hubs and I stood on the sidelines screaming and cheering for her. I tried not to cry as I watched my once baby take off with all these older kids and hold her own. As she ran, my memories of her crying and saying that she hated track drifted through my mind. We had come so far from the beginning where I would have to beg her to run her 2 hour practices while thinking her coach was insane. But now we were here in Charlotte with mini LOVING running.

    She finished strong. There were some tears threatening to come out of her eyes but the didn’t. It was a struggle for her to finish but she never stopped running just like I never stopped screaming and believing in her. As she swallowed her tears, she asked, “Mommy, can I run track again next year?” And just like that, my track star was born.

    We made it from Atlanta to Charlotte and back with only $20 for mini's final track meet. Want to know how? Read on to find out!

    Making From Charlotte To Atlanta

    The $20 we put in the tank as we arrived to North Carolina was going strong in our tank. I’ve never driven a hybrid before this week so I had no idea what to expect regarding gas mileage. I knew that I’d made it from Atlanta to Nashville on one tank a couple days prior but I wasn’t sure how that would measure up here. More importantly, I couldn’t believe that I had left our debit card at home!

    After riding to a different state and back in this baby I almost didn’t give her back!

    Luckily, the Kia Optima was AMAZING on gas and comfort. While mini recovered comfortably in the back with abc, the hubs and I were able to enjoy the sunset as we returned home. Thanks to the electric motor in the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, we were able to make it back safely and focus our energy on cheering mini on.

    I’m out here in my full #track mom role ready to cheer my kids on! #drivekia

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    Big thanks to Kia for partnering with me to make this meet happen for mini!

    Have your kids always been into their sports or did it take some dragging and persuading?

    Where To Go Apple Picking in Georgia

    Fall is in the air and one of my favorite things to do is go apple picking! Here is a list of where to go apple picking in Georgia!

    Fall is in the air and with that comes fall fun like apple picking, corn mazes, hay rides, bonfires and fun festivals. As a NY Apple gone GA Peach, one of the activities that I was always worried about doing with my kids was apple picking. I still have all the fond memories of going to the apple orchards with my family and then the fun that we did with whatever apples made it back uneaten. Now that abc is old enough I’m looking forward to creating the memories with apple picking in Georgia!

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    Where To Go Apple Picking In Georgia

    Because I’m not the only one looking for fall fun with my kids, I know that you guys will love this list here but fair warning—be prepared to drive!

    Hillcrest Orchards

    9696 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA
    www.hillcrestorchards.net
    706.273.3838
    Weekends in Sept & Oct 9am – 6pm

    Offers an ‘Apple Pickin Jubilee’ on the weekends that includes milking a cow, swimming pig races, petting farm, wagon rides, mini gold, playground, apple tree maze (new), and pony rides. Features 7 varieties of apples.

    Fees:
    $10 with apple picking bags
    $6 half peck
    $9 full beck
    $14 half a bushel

    B.J. Reece Apple House

    9131 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA
    www.reeceorchards.com
    706.276.3048
    Sept. 1 – Oct. 31, Mon – Sat 9am – 6pm; Sun 1-6pm

    Pick your own apples from the tree! Taste the ones that you love first before going out into the orchard. Features Gala, Red, Granny Smith and more.

    Fees:
    $2 weekday admission
    $5 weekend admission
    $7 half peck
    $18 half bushel

    Red Apple Barn

    3379 Tailscreek Rd., Ellijay, GA
    www.redapplebarn.com
    706.635.5898
    Weekends Sept & Oct, Sat 10:30am-5pm; Sun 1-4pm

    Offers a tractor ride to the orchards with a tour of the farm, apple picking from the orchard, a cup of cold cider and apple cider donut in the admission fee.

    Fees: **3 & younger free
    $7 admission
    $4 for a quarter peck
    $6 half peck
    $12 full peck

    Mercier Orchards

    8660 Blue Ridge Dr., Blue Ridge, GA
    www.mercier-orchards.com
    706.632.3411
    Weekends Sept & Oct 10am – 4pm

    This is the largest orchard in the state and has a DIY apple picking experience that starts with a tractor ride to the orchards and a brief talk about the history. Apples featured are Gala, Blonde, and Golden Supreme.

    Fees:
    $4 Tractor Ride
    $12 peck pf apples
    $6 half peck

    R&A Orchard

    5505 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA
    www.randaorchards.com
    706.273.3821
    Weekends in Sept 9am-6pm

    Walk or take a wagon to the orchard (get those steps in!). Pay only for the apples that you pick. Features Granny Smith, Rome Beauty, Fuji, and Golden Delicious. Call ahead to make a reservation.

    Even if you’re not into picking apples, these orchards look like they’ll be lots of family fun!

    Which orchard do you think you’ll find yourself at this fall?

    How To Travel With A Mini Roadie Like A Boss

    Taking road trips with the kids? Learn what to pack to travel with the family like a boss! Don't get caught off guard by anything--even motion sickness.
    This post was sponsored by Dramamine® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

    This summer has been filled with travels for all of us but mini has been traveling with me since she was in utero. When I was pregnant with her, I would drive back and forth from Myrtle Beach to Atlanta monthly. And then after I had her, we were always on the go. Traveling with a baby was second nature to me.

    But now as a family of 4, travel is different. We drive most places to alleviate some of the costs of travel and to make it so those monies can be saved for doing fun things while we’re out and about. Full disclosure: I used to hate road trips because of my battle with motion sickness. But it’s under wraps so road tripping hasn’t been a burden at all as long as the girls have their travel bags with them. Abc’s bag is pretty basic since she’s a baby but mini requires more.

    Taking road trips with the kids? Learn what to pack to travel with the family like a boss! Don't get caught off guard by anything--even motion sickness.

     

    What’s In Mini’s Traveling Bag

    Books

    Mini is an avid reader. I’m lucky that she’s gotten her love via both nature and nurture from the hubs and I. I make sure that she has 2-3 books in her bag that she can either read to herself of share with her sister.

    Headphones

    Because while I’m super happy she’s quiet, I don’t really want to hear the sounds.

    Amazon Kindle

    We have loaded movies, books and educational games on her Kindle. This will occupy her for HOURS!

    Chargers

    Because what’s the point in having these awesome electronics if they die?

    Snacks

    My kids are President and Vice President of #TeamEat. If we don’t have snacks then we’ll be accosted with whining and crying and the dramatics that are associated with false starvation.

    Dramamine® for Kids

    Because I apparently passed my motion sickness down to my mini and I don’t want her to miss out on fun! It comes in an easy to store travel pack and the flavor tastes good so it’s nothing to give it to her. We give them to her 20 min prior to travel and we’re good as gold!

    Water

    Mini and abc will convince a human lie detector that they are dying from dehydration. Since we don’t want any of that, we keep some water in the car—not too much because we don’t want to have all the stops for the potty!

    Stopping Motion Sickness Before it Starts

    Motion sickness is the worst feeling to me. The acids rolling around in your stomach, the dizziness, the overall yucky feeling are literally the worst. As a survivor (yes, I said survivor) of motion sickness for 30+ years, I’ve learned that the best way to deal with it is through preventing it. I don’t want mini to miss out on the fun (plus she’s super dramatic and that can be overwhelming) we started using Dramamine® for Kids before we hop on the road for long trips—anything over an hour. I also give her drier snacks in her snack pack like crackers or nuts.

    Taking road trips with the kids? Learn what to pack to travel with the family like a boss! Don't get caught off guard by anything--even motion sickness.

    Did you know that Dramamine® for Kids is the only medicated motion sickness relief product that was made just for kids ages 2-12? Finding out about this product was awesome since she hates the way ginger tastes—unless it’s ginger ale and then she’s really only excited because she can drink soda. But even better is that when we arrive to our destination, there’s no down time for either of us to recover from the trip!

    Does your child suffer from motion sickness? How do you handle it?

    P.S.
    If you’re interested in giving this a try, I’ve got a coupon for you!

    Cruising Thru Atlanta Traffic In the Mazda 6

    I honestly never thought that I would have a post with this title. I’ve lived in Atlanta for almost 15 years now and I’ve never seen traffic patterns the way they are here. Atlanta’s traffic is senseless. We’re overcrowded and it shows with how the build up begins so early. In fact, it seems like it’s ALWAYS rush hour!

    I digress…

    My summer has been filled with road trips. I’m trying to teach myself to love driving in the car for hours upon hours–desensitizing myself. Abc spent a couple of weeks with my mom and I couldn’t wait to get her back. I hopped in the new 2016 Mazda 6 to go and get her. I left my house at about 1pm thinking this would be the perfect time. I was meeting my mom 3 hours away to pick her up. But then Atlanta traffic hit. Yes, at 1pm I was stuck in traffic.

    Instead of being miserable, I was able to actually enjoy the ride. I turned on the cruise control that adjusts your speed automatically based on the distance of the car in front of you. Do you know how much this made my life easy? If you’ve ever lived or driven in Atlanta, then yes, you do know exactly what I mean. I’d packed some snacks so I was ready for whatever was waiting for me traffic wise. Even though it took me 6 hours to go the 3 hours, I arrived safely and happily in the Mazda 6.

    Hopping on the road for my day trip in this beautiful @mazdausa 6. Got all the important things: protein shake, water, healthy snacks.

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    The 2016 Mazda 6

    Red car. #PurpleDrink. Both #toddlerapproved #drivemazda #thatbloglifestyle

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    I’ve driven the Mazda 3 and it was beautiful–but a little snug. The Mazda 6 is pretty comparable to the Mazda 3. In fact, my only “con” was the sizing sooooooo naturally that’s not a thing to even worry about right now.

    Atlanta traffic can make the strongest person cry but I cruised through happily in the 2016 Mazda 6 as I took a solo road trip. Read on for more deets!

    My Fave Features:

    The color was beautiful! I feel like red is a power color and this beauty was a perfect cherry red. I felt like a boss driving it.

    The sound system created an oasis in the car. When we drove back, I was able to set up some white noise/rain sounds to make sure that abc slept peacefully. Then once she was down, I put all the sound to the front and enjoyed my audiobook as I finished up the drive.

    Atlanta traffic can make the strongest person cry but I cruised through happily in the 2016 Mazda 6 as I took a solo road trip. Read on for more deets!

    Cruise-control saved my sanity. Seriously. One of my pet peeves in life is traffic and I was sitting in an absurd amount of it. But because it automatically detects how close the car in front of you is and then adjusts speed it made things sooooo much easier.

    Lumbar support made it so my back was comfortable throughout the journey.

    The ease of connecting my phone via Bluetooth was awesome. I love this feature and it makes travelling super easy.

    Atlanta traffic can make the strongest person cry but I cruised through happily in the 2016 Mazda 6 as I took a solo road trip. Read on for more deets!

    I Brought My Baby Back In The Mazda

    This was the longest that I had been away from her. I didn’t cry and neither did she but boy did I miss her. As much as I did miss her, I needed the break from motherhood to focus on my marriage and myself without guilt. I’m incredibly grateful to my mom for giving me this time and Mazda for bringing her back!

    Look at who I found on my day trip on Friday? ABC’s curls are popping courtesy of the @YouBeNatural hair line. We used the shampoo, edge control cream, curly shaper and curl lotion.

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    **Disclaimer: I received the 2016 Mazda 6 for a week in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are all mine!**

    Girls Trip: Three States In One Weekend

    What happens when 3 ladies take time for themselves? A super fun girls trip where we hit up not 1, not 2, but THREE states in one weekend!

    This summer is one fun road trip after another and this past weekend I had a much needed girls trip with a good friend of mine. Both moms and wives needing a break, we decided to keep it relatively close to home and head to Chattanooga, TN. It’s about an hour from where I live and there are so many different things to do there.

    We Stayed in an Airbnb

    I’m not going to lie, I had little to do with planning this trip. I just knew I needed the getaway and was basically down for whatever she wanted to do too. After doing some research, we decided on a beautiful home in Lafayette, GA. It was a 3-bedroom home so we decided to invite another friend along with us. It was my first time meeting her but you wouldn’t know by the easy chemistry we all had.

    The Need For A Girls Trip

    Despite the hesitancy that we all felt at leaving our loved ones to actually take a weekend for us, it was so needed and that became evident immediately. There’s nothing like being surrounded by women who are in a similar spot in life as you to just let your hair down around. We talked about everything from parenting to marriage to the need to be ourselves in the midst of our roles. And then we had fun.

    Sunset Cruise In Chattanooga

    The first thing that we did was take a beautiful riverboat ride around Chattanooga. Beautiful is an understatement. I normally get motion sick but felt none of that as we enjoyed the beautiful views.

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    Fun In Little River Canyon

    I’ve lived in the South for 15 years and there are a lot of states that I haven’t been to down here–Alabama being one of them. We got up not so early the next morning and headed out to the Canyon. I sported some shorts that I made just for the occasion since I knew we would be swimming. After hiking over to the waterfall area in the insane heat, we were rewarded with water that was of the perfect temperature.

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    Apparently everyone was relaxing this weekend and it was great to see so many people out just experiencing the beauty of nature. We met up with some really cool women that lived in Alabama and were in the canyons for a family reunion. We floated around the water for hours before finally realizing that we needed to get back to our Airbnb.

    #Momlife Forever

    We were all ready to tackle another night out on the town before our bodies realized that we were really just moms and there was no need to fight our nature so we Netflixed and chilled. We binge watched “Grace and Frankie” while laughing about who knows what. It was incredible. And relaxing.

     

    Stranded in South Carolina

    After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant.

    Thump… fwap… fwap… fwap… fwap…

    This is how it sounded when our tire busted as we were on the road to Atlanta from South Carolina. The hubs looked at me and asked, “Is that our car?” I almost rolled my eyes because I knew that he knew it was our car so he didn’t really need confirmation. “Yep. That would be a flat tire.” It was Sunday at 5:15pm and we were driving through rural South Carolina. What were the chances that we would find a tire shop today.

    None.

    None was the answer. The hubs changed into the spare tire in 5 minutes flat. I’m blessed–I married a man that knows how to work with his hands. In my eyes, there’s nothing that he can’t fix–even if it’s with the help of YouTube University. We hopped back on the road and I called every tire shop within a 20 mile radius and got 1 answer from Sam’s Club. Apparently we talked to the wrong people because as we pulled up at exactly closing time, they informed us they couldn’t help us.

    Stranded in South Carolina

    While the people at Sam’s Club tried to help us find an open tire shop, I realized it was futile. It was Sunday and all places that might have been opened where now closed. I felt bad–the hubs was supposed to have his long awaited review on Monday at work and we wouldn’t be able to make it back in time. Sure, there was work I would be missing too but not like his–I’m a writer and social media manager so if there’s internet, I can work.

    Defeated, we hopped back in the car and searched for local hotels. All I can say is that I’m so happy that this didn’t happen in April when we were broker than some jokers. We aren’t balling out of control but we could afford a modestly priced overnight hotel stay. We called one hotel and tried not to act surprised over the phone. Calling around wasn’t going to work for us so we did the next best thing–www.tripadvisor.com.

    TripAdvisor.com

    I didn’t really want to book a hotel through one of the websites that you have to sign up for. I was on a phone and didn’t have the patience for all that. But TripAdvisor.com really made it easy. I searched the are we were in, sorted by price and checked out the ratings. We decided on The Sleep Inn and booked with ease through Booking.com. It took maybe 5min in total, which was a relief and we weren’t breaking bank to get a last minute room.

    After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant.

    Sleep Inn Saved My Sanity

    I’m not going to lie, I was slightly frazzled when the tire situation happened and not because I thought our safety was jeopardized. In fact, it wasn’t until I talked to my mom that I realized that we could have been seriously injured. Now, I wouldn’t say I’m a control freak but I will say that I like to have a plan and being stranded in South Carolina was NOT in the plan. But Sleep Inn was a good price, rated well, and when we checked in, it was easy to see that the ratings didn’t lie.

    After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant.

    Check in was easy and took 2 minutes literally. The woman who checked us in pronounced my name correctly and gave us directions on how to get to our room fastest. We got there and I was more than pleasantly surprised by our room. It had a nice, king-size bed with a flat screen TV that had cable. The WiFi was free and worked really well due to the signal boosters placed throughout the hallways. Our shower was pretty awesome and was huge.

    After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant.

    After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant.

    After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant.

     After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant. After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant.
    Instead of being frazzled and worried, I was able to relax and really enjoy the first night being child-free for a bit with my husband. There was no shrieks of “mommy”, no fighting, no mess. There was only peace, quiet, and the love of my life. We ate in and enjoyed watching Game of Thrones in real time. We slept moderately late and then had a hot breakfast. This was one of the defining factors for me in choosing where we would stay–breakfast. Since I knew I wouldn’t be starting my DTOX program today, I knew I wanted something free and moderately delicious. I was able to make some banana waffles and have a yogurt along with some juice and coffee. Works for me!

    After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant.

    After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant.

    After catching a flat tire on a Sunday evening in South Carolina, my husband and I were stranded. But our stay there turned out to be quite pleasant.

    After breakfast we were able to locate the tire shop pretty quickly and hop back on the road.

    Sure, being stranded in South Carolina wasn’t part of the plan but Sleep Inn made it a pleasant unscheduled stop on our road to vacation.