Spring & Summer Time Travels with the Kids

March is when it all starts in my family.  The travels of back and forth from the beach to home plus 2 wild boys and new to the family, our sweet pup Hank.  With all the travels, me as a mom, I have to stay somewhat organized being I am the only female in the house (men aren’t the most organized, right ladies!? 😉 ).

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Here are some simple tips for the moms to keep the family organized during the spring and summer months.

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Give a task to someone else

Us as moms feel like we should take it all on, but I have learned that only stresses me out so I have HAD to push myself to delegate.  Now that the boys are getting older they can take on more responsibility.  So, when its time to pack up for our weekends at the beach I have made it their responsibility to pack their clothes; I of course go behind them to make sure all the essentials are packed of course 😉  This has been a HUGE help (more mentally than physically).

  • Our Canvas Duffles are perfect for the boys… with their names monogrammed of course.

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Pre-Pack and Don’t Un-Pack

 

I have actually done this since Mason (my oldest who is now 7) was a baby.  I am one of those moms who had my boys on a boat, near the water since they were infants so of course with any new baby and toddler there comes a ton of little stuff you can’t forget especially when you’re out on a boat.  We call it our Boat Bag in my house… it’s a bag that I have which I NEVER unpack (except if there is food, of course).  This has taken a lot of the thinking out of packing, which to me is the most exhausting part of traveling, am I right?  All I have to do is grab it and go and add in the boat snacks once we get down to the beach.

  • Some essential items that I always keep in our Boat Bag: our Stripe Beach Pouch is the perfect option
  1. Burt’s Bees All-Weather Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15
  2. Alba Botanica Kids Spray SPF 50
  3. The Honest Company Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
  4. A change of clothes (so they have something dry to put on for the boat ride in)
  5. Beach Towels (our lightweight towels are a staple for any summer trip)
  6. The boys sunglasses (a cheap pair so I don’t have to keep up with them and I know I’ve got them if the boys need them)
  7. 2 baseball hats
  8. Baby powder for the bums or sandy feet

*I use my Think Dirty app to find the cleanest products for your kiddos

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Our Big Tote or Towel Tote makes for the perfect “Boat Bag” for any family

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Shop all our Swim + Beach Bags for all your upcoming travels.

 

Safe Travels,

Amber

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Momsplaining … MSC Style!

We’ve all heard the term “momsplaining” or have seen the hashtag on social media. Some (myself included) follow actress Kristen Bell as she tackles life through her internet series of the same name. So, as a mom of three-year-old and 18-month-old girls, I am here to momsplain some MSC items for you. Whether you are a mom, grandma, wife, sister…all these tips can help you think outside of the box for the many ways you can utilize our products!

Our Canvas Line is THE BEST for kid’s stuff. The quality has been kid tested (at least in my house)! It’s sturdy and when it gets dirty-flip it inside out and toss it in the washer-which is so convenient. The laptop case is the perfect size for coloring/reading books and (every mom’s favorite) construction paper. It can also slide in the pocket behind your seat in the car to keep kids of all ages occupied in the backseat. Use the cosmetic bag to hold all those art supplies-crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, stencils. Such a great way to keep it all in one place for the little ones to exercise their creativity!

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Diaper bags are no longer for just diapers and bottles. Use our ric rac diaper bags for the PERFECT tween overnight bag. So spacious inside for all the clothes and shoes their hearts desire! The side pockets are great for cell phones and tablets for quick access to snap pics to capture all the memories of being a teenager. Toss in one of our jewelry cubes or cases to help organize all the charging cords and ear buds!

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Hooded towels are hooded towels. There’s no magic momsplaning on this one 😊 My daughters LOVE them! They are soft and can grow with the child. Not to mention-so many adorable options! My daughters still use the ones we’ve had since the oldest was a baby. They’re a staple bath item in our household.

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Sometimes it’s hard to keep everything organized. Okay, ALL the time it’s hard to keep things organized! Let our Southern Home crunch bins help you with that! They are great for a toy bin in the living room (with the stylish patterns they come in-who will notice there are toys in there?!). Also, they are perfect to store all the essentials you might need for an overnight trip. I have used them to carry diapers, wipes, night lights, blankets, bedtime books, lovies and toys when you are home away from home. It holds it all! Just pack it and toss it in the car.

Not just as a mom, but as a parent, we’re always looking for extra tips and tricks of the trade, so I hope this helps you get creative with the uses for some of our items. Let us see how YOU momsplain some other MSC products! Make sure to tag us on Social media so we can share!

Julie Marshall

Customer Service

Road Trip!

My family LOVES to travel! We are all wanderlusters at heart and always look forward to our next adventure. As the mom of three teenagers, who always want to take almost everything they own with them, and the wife of an outdoorsman who is always packing hunting and fishing gear- I feel like we look like the Clampetts heading out of town! So whether we are heading to a fun city, the beach, the mountains, or on one of our many road trips to visit family in Tennessee…we take a lot of stuff with us.

Being organized for a trip is essential to a successful and stress-free family vacation (well, is there such a thing?!) and I have learned to pack our suitcases and other gear in the back of my Suburban like a masterful game of Tetris. As long as you have good travel and accessory bags that fit well inside your suitcases and stack well in the trunk of your car, the back of your SUV, or your car topper-you can easily fit it all!

The key to organizing for a family road trip is making sure you have all the necessary travel accessories for your suitcases and duffle bags. Our bins and tote bags are great for the miscellaneous stuff that can be used for packing as well as organizing for just a day excursion.

 

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Putting dresses and blouses, or dress shirts and ties, in garment bags help to keep nicer outfits fresh and wrinkle free! Our selection of garment bags are perfect for all family members.

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And don’t forget, everyone needs their own laundry bag for their dirty clothes! Our laundry bags come many styles to choose from that can be used at home and on the road.

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Packing several cosmetic and jewelry cases for the girls and dopp kits for the guys helps to keep the small things organized. See our wide selection of styles and sizes! With as many travelers as I have, monogramming our travel gear helps keep our stuff personable and organized in our VRBO or hotel.

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A cooler bag for the car helps to keep those travel drinks and snacks cold.

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And last but not least, be sure to bring your travel journal to write about all the fun family adventures to treasure for a lifetime!

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I hope your 2020 adventures are fabulous and fun…and organized!

Happy travels!

Buffy Johnson

Customer Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spur of the moment parties are the best!

Make time for friends during the holidays with a no-fuss but fun get together!  Our graphic design team gets together at the drop of a hat when one of the team feels like cooking for the crowd!  Jordan is always up for hosting and with the first cold snap, she announced it was time to try her new chili recipe!

Our Black and White tabletop collection has the perfect pieces for everyday entertaining! Jordan uses our oversize coffee mugs for chili and our cereal bowls for condiments like sour cream and cheese!

Jordan’s Chili Recipe

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 package of Hillshire Farms Polska Kielbasa Sausage
  • 1 can light red kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • ketchup and mustard

Dice onion and cook with ground beef. Dice the kielbasa sausage and add that to the ground beef.  In a large pot or crock pot, add the canned ingredients (drain the beans), salt, sugar and chili powder.   Once the beef is cooked all the way through, drain and add to the pot with other ingredients. Stir together and then add some ketchup and mustard to taste. I never measure this… just squirt some of each into the pot and stir and taste till it’s right! Once you have the mixture right, either turn on the crock pot, or simmer in a pot on the oven.

Garnish with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions. Yummy!

 

Shop our Black and White Ceramic Collection at http://www.gowhimsey.com!

 

What is a Charcuterie Plate?

And how do you pronounce it?  (char·cu·te·rie)

Charcuterie is, according to Webster, “a delicatessen specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes.”

For several years we have seen charcuterie boards and plates on menus at our favorite restaurants from NYC to Main Street. So while the GOWHIMSEY team was brainstorming for our catalog photo shoot, we thought of creating a charcuterie and cheese plate for our new ceramic Everyday 2016 rectangle platter.

According to Chris and Steve at the Livewell Network site the combination of dried meats and cheese is a perfect go-to appetizer and get this…NO COOK!  Now that is something we love for summer days in the South!  At http://livewellnetwork.com/Steven-and-Chris/episodes/Charcuterie-and-Cheese-Plate-101/8472341 they give a great shopping list to create this appetizer that fits our rectangle platter perfectly.

 

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We are delighted to be introducing our new Everyday 2016 tabletop line!  This line is only available to retailers so tell your favorite gift shop about this fabulous and fun new line. Follow our blog as we introduce these new piece types and, of course, our favorite recipes!

Here’s to your next opportunity to share a charcuterie board with your friends and family!

Thanks for enjoying our products as much as we enjoy creating and bringing them to you.

Go Whimsey!