Practical car emergency pack



I put together a car emergency kit together for myself and came to the conclusion that I need to make this for others.

I’m planning to give my niece one when we celebrate Christmas tomorrow, among other things.  When I was a teenager, I remember going to the Des Moines airport to pick someone up, but they were not there right away, so I parked & found out their flight was delayed.  I had no idea I would need cash to get out of the parking lot and was looking for lose change in my car, when a kind stranger gave me money I needed to get out.  They were an angel to me that day and I will honestly never forget their kindness for asking me what was wrong.  I’ve included quarters for my car emergency kits!  

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For my kit, I still include a change of clothes in a gallon ziplock bag for the kids.  I never expect a bathroom accident, but I’m always so thankful I have it in the car for when they do, because they have!  To my complete and utter shock.

I also need to include extra pairs of socks, because we have had to purchase socks for ridiculous prices when they haven’t had them at play areas/events requiring socks.


Here is what I included in my niece’s pack.

-2 water bottles

-2 granola bars

-wet wipes


-2 thermal blankets


-bright paper



-fire starter


-quarters for parking ($5)

-plastic bag


-hand sanitizer

-feminine products

-zip ties
It’d probably be good to throw in a multi tool, but this is all pretty much things I had around the house (besides the thermal blankets).  The pain medicine is expired stuff I had in my medicine cabinet, but it’ll likely still do the trick in a predicament.  I wonder if the water bottles will break if they freeze, since they are completely full.  What do you think?  They live in Kansas, so a little warmer there.



Birdseed ornaments

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“The kids helped with these.”  I don’t know what I’m going to do when the kids move out of the house and my crafts still look the same.  This was a fun project though and I’m excited to give them to the grandparents.



-4 cups bird seed

-1/2 cup water

-2 packets of unflavored gelatin

-1/3 cup corn starch

-3 Tbsp corn syrup

Place ornaments, molds or cups on wax paper and spray with non stick cooking spray.

Dissolve gelatin into 1/2 of water on the stove over medium heat.  Add the corn starch slowly mixing to incorporate, add the 3 Tbsp corn syrup.  This will thicken and then it is ready to add the 4 cups of bird seed.   Quickly add to ornaments on wax paper, pressing down with spoon.  Make a hole to use to hang up.  Put in fridge for 1/2 hour.  I used my husbands drill to make the holes because seemed too difficult to do with a straw for me.  Do what works for you.



Last minute gift ideas

Give the gift of a Kindle book.  These are often only $1.99 or less than $10.  You can to select to give the it as a gift on the right hand side of the screen and it is emailed to the recipient to load onto their phone or computer through the free Kindle app.  I know I would enjoy getting a good Kindle book.


John Bevere’s “Good or God” would make an excellent gift for the right person.





$1 train rides and mall play area make for cheap entertainment

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My kids had such a fun time visiting Merle Hay Mall this week.  Everyone we ran into there, was incredibly nice!  What is your favorite mall to visit this Christmas season?  I think mine is Merle Hay.


They also have the animals that kids can drive around on.  Have you seen those?  It costs $5 for 5 minutes at Merle Hay.  We didn’t do it this time, but maybe we will do it another day.


Affordable update to kitchen counter


Are you bothered by your counters, but cannot afford a complete replacement?  It may be fun to try an update with contact paper.  Yes, you heard me right, contact paper!  For $25 you could give your kitchen a whole new look!  This is what my mother in law did and I just love the new look!  I wouldn’t have been able to tell without her telling me!  This is her contact paper counter.


Her tips are if you get a bubble to pop it with a needle and work it out with your hands and to use a razor blade for clean lines against the sink. She uses a cutting board on the counter if cutting something.  I am still in shock of the awesomeness of contact paper!

There are so many possibilities with contact paper.

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