The “trick” is ....always be prepared by thinking
ahead - the “trade” is ...
By Natalka Junas
“Your mom’s car trunk is always
full of ...STUFF!”
My trunk is known by all of my children’s
friends (and parents) to contain just about anything we
ever need when we are out and about! Here’s a list
of what I find to be essentials for moms or dads trunks:
a first aid kit including children’s aspirin or
ibuprofen, band-aids, and antiseptic, a blanket, an umbrella,
a camera and film, paper goods, a bag of treats, bottled
water, zip lock bags and antiseptic hand cleanser. In
summer, I add beach toys (especially buckets and shovels)
and sun block. And yes, there is still room left for groceries
and shopping for sale items!
Shopping Full Speed Ahead…
Don’t scramble to find the clothes
your child needs when the season changes; the time to
buy your kids clothes for next year is a full season ahead.
At the end of each season, most stores have clearance
sales offering 50% or more off their regular prices. Purchase
items one to two sizes larger than your child’s
current size. Store the new clothes in a labeled container
and just wait until next year. If an item doesn’t
fit or your child doesn’t care for the piece, use
it as a gift. If it’s good enough for your child,
it’s good enough to give to someone else! Buying
early either saves you money or allows you to buy two
to three times more clothing!
The Great Easter Egg Hunt
Plan next Easter’s egg hunt now! Right
after Easter, buy paper goods and prizes for next year’s
hunt. For invitations, write all of your Easter egg hunt
information, including date, time and place, on a decorated
Easter coloring book page (Bunnies and chicks work well).
Make copies of the page on colored paper and mail it to
friends. Be sure to fill plastic eggs with stickers and
prizes in addition to candy. Have each child bring his
own basket and a snack to share. After hunting for eggs,
have a party, share snacks and give out prizes. Ask guests
to place all empty plastic eggs into a basket to be reused
for next year.
Article suggested and written by Natalka Junas, a pediatric
nurse and mother of two who says she needs to be organized
in order to survive!
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