Sometimes Homemade http://sometimes-homemade.com Home. Crafts. Travel. Lifestyle Fri, 25 May 2018 15:59:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cropped-SH-32x32.png Sometimes Homemade http://sometimes-homemade.com 32 32 51493153 Easy Lemon Cake Batter Bars http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=easy-lemon-cake-batter-bars/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:51:07 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7404 These lemon cake batter bars bring a refreshing twist to an old favorite. Using lemon cake mix plus basic baking ingredients may be the easiest lemon bars you’ve ever made! I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I don’t feed my…

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These lemon cake batter bars bring a refreshing twist to an old favorite. Using lemon cake mix plus basic baking ingredients may be the easiest lemon bars you’ve ever made!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I don’t feed my baking addiction nearly as much now that I work from home. Without willing taste testers in an office, I find I feed my sweets addiction too much if I have it in the house. I now reserve my baking for holidays and other gatherings with friends and family. For Easter my mom asked me to bring Chex Mix (of course!) and a dessert. I’ve been craving lemon desserts lately, so I thought I’d try a twist on my Cake Batter Blondies and use a lemon cake mix. Results = Yum! The consistency was perfect and they were so easy. Enjoy!

Easy Lemon Cake Batter Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/4 cup oil (I use grapeseed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp flavor extract (vanilla, almond, or lemon work well for this recipe)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Mix cake mix, oil, egg, and milk until combined.
  3. Add in white chocolate chips batter and mix.
  4. Pour batter into greased or parchment lined 8x8 or 9x9 pan and spread evenly.
  5. Bake 25-35 minutes. Do not over bake.
  6. Let bars cool.
  7. Drizzle or spread icing over the top of bars.
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Science Experiment Valentine http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=science-experiment-valentine/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:11:57 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7389 The perfect Valentine for your science loving kids is simple to put together and tons of fun for your child’s classmates and their families. Carter’s school has a no-candy Valentine rule, and while we have done several non-candy valentines over…

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The perfect Valentine for your science loving kids is simple to put together and tons of fun for your child’s classmates and their families.

Carter’s school has a no-candy Valentine rule, and while we have done several non-candy valentines over the years, he vetoed several ideas before landing on this science experiment themed Test Tube Valentine by Little Bins for Little Hands.  We decided to make our own printables so we could fit it all on one sheet, but definitely check out her site for some extra printables and tons of great ideas.

Supplies (includes some Amazon affiliate links)

The experiment is super simple. Add 1/4 tsp of baking soda into the test tube, add confetti, and then slowly pour in vinegar. Of course before we made up all the Valentines, we had to test the experiment out, making a confetti “volcano”!

We put all the test tubes into a plastic container to make them easier to sprinkle in the confetti.

Carter filled out his classmates names over a few days.

 

All in all, these were fun and simple to make. I’m looking forward to seeing how Carter’s classmates like them after their school party tomorrow. Of course he always asks that we don’t attend, because it’s “embarrassing”.  Why do they have to grow up so fast!?

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Non-Candy Valentines – Free Printables! http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=non-candy-valentines-ideas-kids-free-printables/ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 00:44:31 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7329 Whether it’s part of your school’s Valentine’s party policy or just a fun alternative, check out these creative ideas for non-candy Valentine’s. All of them have free printables! I’m not sure how we’re turning the corner to February already! My…

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Whether it’s part of your school’s Valentine’s party policy or just a fun alternative, check out these creative ideas for non-candy Valentine’s. All of them have free printables!

I’m not sure how we’re turning the corner to February already! My all time favorite candy comes out during Valentine’s Day (which means it’s been in the grocery stores since the day after Christmas). So far I’m keeping to my resolution of cutting back on added sugar, but I’m sure I’ll have to break down and buy at least one bag. Brach’s Cinnamon Jelly Hearts, why do you have to be so darn good!?

Carter’s new school has a no-candy Valentine rule for their annual “Friendship Party”. Typically we’ve made non-candy Valentines most years because for a while he didn’t really like much candy, except suckers (whose kid is he!?), so it isn’t a big change for us.

I thought a round up was in order to help you in case you were looking for similar ideas. Free printables available for all of them! (Some links may be affiliate links to Amazon or other trusted retailers).

It’s No S-T-R-E-T-C-H Being Your Friend! – We made these last year, but I never got around to posting about them. Here’s the link to buy the  Stretchy Smiley Guys on Amazon. I’m trying to locate the link to the printable, but otherwise, I made it for free on Canva.

Science Test Tube Valentines by Little Bins for Little Hands – Carter loves science and this is the Valentine he’s decided to make this year. I feel super accomplished that I just ordered the needed items from Amazon, two weeks early people! Who am I?!

You’re the Balm Valentines by Kat Balog – Super cute idea, especially for this time of year with all the dry air (at least here in Iowa). Here’s another one from Everyday Savvy  that uses EOS Lip Balm.

Lego Crayon Valentines – These were one of our favorites to make a few years ago! There are a few options with cards tags – full size which are on the main post, and gift tags.

DIY Valentine Slime by Crayons and Cravings – for your slime making addicted kids!

Glow Sticks Science Experiment by Little Bins for Little Hands – because who doesn’t love glow sticks!

Pencil Valentines by Six Time Mommy – simple and customizable to your child’s personality with your pencil choices.

I Get a Kick Out of You – Ninja Valentines

Play Doh Valentines by Crayons and Cravings

Star Wars Glow Stick Light Sabers by Everyday Savvy

Glow Bouncy Ball Valentines – Because what kid doesn’t love things that glow! We had several glow bouncy balls left over so we handed them out as Halloween candy alternatives, which were a big hit.

Color My World Valentines  by DIY Candy

Felt Fortune Cookies – Hide sweet notes or cute jokes!

If you’re anything like me, you and your kids will probably be starting these at the last minute. Most of the small toys are available on Amazon with 2 day Prime shipping or could be found at your local party store. Print the printables, and you’re set. Good luck!

 

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My Friday Five – Puppies, Parties and Planting http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=puppies-parties-more/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:48:06 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7232 Well, hello again. The summer has gone by in a blur. My blogging hiatus was a little longer than expected given selling our house, buying a new house, a big work project, switching schools, blah blah blah, you get it!…

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Well, hello again. The summer has gone by in a blur. My blogging hiatus was a little longer than expected given selling our house, buying a new house, a big work project, switching schools, blah blah blah, you get it! I figured rather than do an extensive update, I’d just give a snapshot of life these days based on 5 random things I googled this week.

1 | Supplies Needed for a New Puppy –  YES, we’re getting a puppy! We’re picking out our little bundle of fluff this weekend and then will bring her home in a couple more weeks. While we’re not complete puppy novices, we want to make sure we at least have the basics like a good kennel, a bed, a few toys, food, a leash, poop bags (oh joy!), etc. We’re getting a mini goldendoodle, which will be about 25 lbs full grown. If you have any must have puppy supply recommendations, I’m all ears!


2 | 
Best Trees for Iowa (pdf) – We moved back in the early summer and while we love our new house, we really miss the mature trees and landscaping of the old house (photo is from our old house). Our new house is about 4 years old and the previous owners didn’t do much landscaping, so now that it’s fall we’re anxious to get some trees planted and a plan for our yard. I know I’d like a magnolia tree to remind me of my Granny B who passed away this winter, but we want one other larger tree as well. We’ll also get some flowers and grasses from my mom’s yard, some of which came from my other grandparent’s farm. I’m sure it will be a process over the next few years.


3 | Best Shoes for a Broken Big Toe
 | I won’t get in to all the gory details, but an incident two weeks ago left me with a very bruised leg, 15 stitches in the top of my foot and a broken big toe. I’m finally turning the corner and hobbling slightly less, got my stitches replaced with steri strips and am on the mend. Unfortunately I have to deal with the broken toe at least another 2-4 weeks. I am so thankful to work from home, but periodically I do have to venture out of the house and wear real shoes, thus the search. A little surprisingly Birkenstocks came up in the list, bringing up so many college memories! I probably have 50 other searches related to my injury, it may or may not have included “can you get stretch marks on your feet from swelling”. 


4 | Mobile Laser Tag Parties
 – Carter’s birthday is in a few weeks. He’d love to have a laser tag party, but we don’t have any places really close, and what can I say, I’m kind of cheap when it comes to birthday parties. I’m thinking of setting up one at our nearby park and either renting laser tag gear or buying some. Bonus – if we do that, we can use the camo barricades I made last year for his Nerf Party! Stay tuned…

(Throwback photo from a Wisconsin Dells trip a few years ago.)

5 | Layered Lob Haircuts – I wanted a little texture added to my hair without losing the ability to put it in a ponytail or bun #workfromhomeproblems So my search landed me with these two images to show my stylist. I wear my hair straight most of the time (or in said ponytail or bun), but do like to wear in beachy waves sometimes too.

That’s it in a nutshell. I hope you are all well!

 

 

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Nerf Battle Blinds: How to Paint Camouflage http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=nerf-battle-blinds-paint-camouflage/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:37:51 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7216 These camouflage blinds were perfect for my son’s Nerf Battle birthday party. Use the easy spray painting technique to create camouflage designs on almost any surface.  It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost a year ago that we had…

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These camouflage blinds were perfect for my son’s Nerf Battle birthday party. Use the easy spray painting technique to create camouflage designs on almost any surface. 

It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost a year ago that we had Carter’s Nerf Battle birthday party, and at the time I promised a tutorial on how I painted the camouflage blinds we used for the battle. I thought I had lost the pictures when my iPhone died last fall, but low and behold I found them in a recovery folder the other day. Woo hoo!

This is a really easy project with basic supplies. I did some of my painting up on saw horses, but the rest I did on the ground so I could do multiples at a time.

Supplies:

  • Large cardboard – I used large sized moving boxes purchased at a home improvement center, cut in half.
  • Spray paint – I used 3 colors – a dark olive green, beige/tan, and black.
  • Leaves or leaf templates
  • Stakes – I used wooden stakes fastened with zip ties.

Step 1: Paint background green. This is actually an optional step. I did it this way so I could cover the logo printed on the cardboard.Allow to dry enough that it’s not tacky. If you don’t do this, then skip to step 2.

Step 2: Position leaves on to cardboard randomly and use a light mist with your spray paint around the edges of your leaves. If you skipped step 1, I would start with the color you want to be most prominent. Since my background was already green, I used my tan spray paint next. When choosing leaves, I preferred to do a variety really anything goes.

I used my leaves several times and just repositioned them randomly around the surface until I had the coverage I was looking for. You’ll want to use new leaves when the ones you have get too sticky.

Step 3: Once dry to the touch, repeat Step 2 with the next color, for me this was black. Through some trial and error, I preferred to use the black sparringly, so I only very lightly misted the edges with black spray paint.

Repeat again if you have any desired colors remaining. I painted both sides of my cardboard, but whether you do is up to you. You’ll want to wait until it’s fairly dry (a few hours) before you turn it over, especially if you’re doing your painting on the ground.

Finally, we attached some wooden stakes, using zip ties to our cardboard, so our blinds would be nice and sturdy.

We set up our Nerf battlefield at a local park and the kids (and adults) had Nerf wars and played capture the flag all afternoon. Adding in some homemade camo cupcakes and target practice activities, the Nerf party was one of Carter’s favorite birthday parties and pretty simple and inexpensive to coordinate.

We kept the camo blinds from last year and we’re thinking of using them again this year for a laser tag themed birthday party. We figured we’d get use out of them again someday, but now that we’re just a few weeks out from Carter’s next birthday and we’ve done zero planning, I think it’s a likely scenario!

 

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Roasted Cauliflower http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=roasted-cauliflower/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:31:54 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7203 Roasting vegetables takes them to another level, and once you try roasted cauliflower you likely won’t ever make cauliflower any other way! Cauliflower has never been on the top of my vegetable list. Raw or cooked, the smell, the texture,…

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Roasting vegetables takes them to another level, and once you try roasted cauliflower you likely won’t ever make cauliflower any other way!

Cauliflower has never been on the top of my vegetable list. Raw or cooked, the smell, the texture, it just wasn’t for me. In an effort to get more vegetables into my diet though I thought I’d give it one more try roasted, and TAH DAH… we have a winner! This side is now on regular dinner rotation in my house.

I used fresh thyme from my newly planted herb garden, but I’ve also used rosemary. Try some different seasoning and herbs, you really can’t go wrong!

Recipe adapted from Food Network.

Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil (enough to coat but not soak florets)
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
  • cracked pepper (to test)
  • 1 tsp thyme or rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Toss cauliflower with olive oil.
  3. Then toss with garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and thyme.
  4. Roast for 25-30 minutes, turning over half way through roasting.
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Paper Plate Marble Mazes http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=paper-plate-marble-mazes/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:15:11 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7193 If you’re looking for an easy kids craft that uses their STEM skills and endless possibilities, paper plate marble mazes are the perfect activity! Carter just finished 2nd grade last week and the 2nd grade teachers put a lot of…

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If you’re looking for an easy kids craft that uses their STEM skills and endless possibilities, paper plate marble mazes are the perfect activity!

Carter just finished 2nd grade last week and the 2nd grade teachers put a lot of effort into making the last month of school really fun with special days each week where they did a variety of activities. One day was A-MAZE-ING Day where they built mazes. Carter thought this was so clever especially since they were doing it in May. What can I say, the kid loves puns just like his parents!

As much as I love crafting, I rarely blog about kids crafts because my son would almost always rather be riding his bike, playing with friends or building with Legos. When he came home from school raving about making a paper plate marble maze and insisting we try it at home, I knew it was worth sharing!

One of the best things about this craft is that it uses craft supplies you may have on hand or are easy and inexpensive to buy.

Supplies:
*some products may contain affiliate links to Amazon.com or other trusted sites.

Anything goes on these  paper plate mazes. Start by twisting pipe cleaners or Wiki Sticks into various twists and turns your marble will have to go around in your maze. Tape them down when they are in a formation you like.

Use paper strips to create tunnels and bumpers for your marble to go through or bump against to either make your maze easier or more challenging, like a pinball game. Tape these into place.

Finally, either on a strip of paper or directly onto the plate, write the start and finish points for your maze.

Now it’s time to challenge your friends and family to see who can do your maze the fastest or with the least amount of errors. Have fun!

Since the marbles we bought came in a pretty big pack, I decided to teach Carter how to play marbles. After about 10 games, he admitted he was pretty impressed with my marble playing skills. Old school games for the win!

 

 

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My Friday Five – Hello, It’s Me http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=my-friday-five-2/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:37:06 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7169 Long time no see! It’s been a busy few months and I had to check out of blogging for a while. I have a few new posts kicking around in my brain, but figured I’d do a quick update before…

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Long time no see! It’s been a busy few months and I had to check out of blogging for a while. I have a few new posts kicking around in my brain, but figured I’d do a quick update before jumping back in.

1 | Be Good. Do Good. Feel Good.  Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been on an amazing committee of people to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. One of my best friends ran for the local chapter’s Woman of the Year (and won!) in honor of her daughter who won her battle with leukemia over 2 years ago. Over a 10 week time period, my friend along with our committee raised over $124,000 and the 6 candidates together raised $534,495! I couldn’t be more proud of my friend. (She’s the one in the middle, and the three of us were college roommates).

Her campaign was full of fun events including a purse party (with over 1000 purses for sale!), bags tournament, biking event, Easter Egg Hunt, fitness class series, t-shirt sales, and so much more.

 

2 | Welcome to My House – (this song seems to be on repeat in our house) In the mix of all those fun events, we bought a new house, got our house ready to sell, moved and closed on our old house. Whew! We lived in our old house for over 13 years, it was good to us and held a lot of memories.  We will miss all those lovely trees! I did a few projects including painting the paneling in our basement that I’ll catch up on with posts soon.

Our new house is nowhere near organized yet. This was the kitchen the day after we moved in last week. It’s slightly better than that now, but the rest of the house is a disaster!


3 | School Days
– Carter finished up 2nd grade just today. He’ll be going to a new school next year with the move. While we’ve loved his school and his teachers, we’ve heard great things about his new school too. I’m hoping he meets lots of kids in the neighborhood this summer. Here he is on the first and last days of 2nd grade.

4 | GOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL – Tomorrow is Carter’s last soccer game for the season. He’s enjoyed it, but I think he’s ready for a break too. On to track camp and swimming lessons this summer.


5 | Gone Workabout
 – I had more work trips than normal over the past few months. When your whole company works remotely though, it’s always nice to get to see people in person. I spent a few days in Denver with my team, had a quick overnight in Pittsburgh, and then was in Miami Beach for some meetings a few weeks ago. Bring on the frequent flyer miles! These were a few shots from my Miami trip.

What’s next? Well, a lot of organizing at the new house, a big project at work, my 2nd year doing the Great Cycle Challenge, and hopefully lots of summer fun! How about you, what’s been up in your world?

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My Friday Five – Catching Up! http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=friday-five-catching/ Sat, 04 Mar 2017 04:08:08 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7156 Well Heeeellllllllooooooo! Long time no post. I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a little while. I’ve got lots of posts in my head these days just other things preoccupying my time instead of getting them written. If you ever miss me,…

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Well Heeeellllllllooooooo! Long time no post. I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a little while. I’ve got lots of posts in my head these days just other things preoccupying my time instead of getting them written. If you ever miss me, you can usually find some updates on Instagram. I thought I’d do a little catch up today with my Friday Five.

1 | Vacation Dreams – We took a trip with some friends to the Dominican Republic back in mid January. It was a fantastic trip. We couldn’t have asked for a better group to travel with. Lots of pool time, a boat cruise, golfing, and zip lining. The week was over way too quickly! By now it feels like it was a lifetime ago!


2 | Missing Grandma
 – While we were on vacation, my grandmother passed away. Granny B., as we all referred to her, was a spirited 97 year old still living at home and with the sharpest wit and a knack for telling the best stories. I have such fond memories of times with her and my grandpa growing up. We will all miss her dearly, but we are beyond grateful that we had her in our lives so long.

This is a picture of Carter with Granny B when he interviewed her for a school project this fall.


She loved to sew and bake, and I cherish her baking items I was able to keep to remind me of her.


3 | Sweating It Out –
Work has been keeping me incredibly busy lately, but I’m trying to still remain committed to working out consistently. We’re doing a 3 week team challenge at my gym right now, so I’ve been squeezing in my daily workout either in the morning or over lunch, trying not to skip a day. Today was a trifecta of bodyweight/cardio, kickboxing, and trx. If only I could get my eating in check…


4 | Product Junkie
– I’m pretty low maintenance in my beauty routine, but I’ve always been a bit of a product junkie. I love to try out new products which is why I’m always thrilled when I get a new Influenster VoxBox. Free products? Yes please! This month I got the #FierceVoxBox. My favorite product so far is the Madam CJ Walker Brassica Seed Oil. I’m long overdue for a haircut, but this makes my hair look refreshed and it smells heavenly!


5 | Wallpaper Blues
– I’m finally tackling the wallpaper in my basement. We’ve lived in our hours 13 years and I think it’s the only room we have yet to re-paint. Oh how I hate removing wallpaper, it has to be the worst home improvement project task. These ducks are proving to be a formidable opponent. It took me 4 hours to get the paper off of two walls. I was nearly in tears at that point. With two walls left to go, wish me luck!

I need to get this wallpaper done because I know I won’t want to when Spring arrives for good here in Iowa. It’s supposed to be in the 60’s this weekend here, so I’m guessing my motivation will to be outside rather than in the basement. I can always find something a lot better to do than removing wallpaper though! Have a great weekend!

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10 Things to Do on an Airplane http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=10-things-to-do-on-an-airplane/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:02:00 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7136 Chances are if you’re packing for a flight, you’re not only thinking about what to put in your suitcase but also what to pack for in-flight entertainment. Regardless of the flight time, it can seem endless if you don’t have something…

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Chances are if you’re packing for a flight, you’re not only thinking about what to put in your suitcase but also what to pack for in-flight entertainment. Regardless of the flight time, it can seem endless if you don’t have something to do while on the plane. Whether you’re looking to extend your leisure time or productivity, these 10 ideas will help make the most of your time.

We recently returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic. In preparation for a 10+ hour travel day, I thought a lot about how to pass the time. I fly a decent amount between work and fun, and my in-flight activities are often determined by which type of trip I’m on or how long my flights are.

1| Reading – this is my #1 go to regardless of what type of trip I’m on. Sometimes traveling is the only time I seem to have to read, so I always make sure to have at least a couple books downloaded on my Kindle or my iPad. Before e-readers, I used to leave books I had read in my hotel room so that I could have room to buy a new book on the way home. (Any book recommendations out there? I’m always looking for new ones to have in my queue.)

 

2 | Watching Movies or TV – For my recent trip, I used the new Netflix download feature to start watching the series House of Cards (so good!). Amazon Video also offers a similar feature. Another reason to love my Prime membership! Our International flight on United had free in-flight entertainment too. Tip: Sign up for the frequent flier program on airlines. You can often use your points for inflight wifi and entertainment purchases. Even if you don’t fly often, these are low point “purchases”.


3 | Sleep –
Oh how I wish I could sleep on a plane! If you can, I’m eternally jealous. My husband is one of those people.


4 | Crafting –
  Depending on how long your flight is, you can make some real progress on your latest knitting or crochet project. You can bring knitting needles and crochet hooks, check out this is what TSA says on it. “In general, you may place your knitting needles and needlepoint tools in carry-on or checked baggage. Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage.”


5 | Work
– If my flight is long enough on a work trip, I often pay for wifi to make the most of my travel time and keep caught up while away from work. Even if I don’t use wifi, there are usually presentations, planning, industry reading or other things I can do while offline. If your inbox needs a clean out, this is a good time to do it.

6 | Photo Editing and Organizing – I often use my flight time to transfer photos from my phone to my computer or a USB drive for storage. While doing that, I get rid of photos I don’t really want and edit them. If you don’t have a computer with you, you can also just delete and edit straight on your phone.


7 | Playing Cards
– if you’re traveling with someone else, you can play cards. On my recent flight a couple sitting ahead of me had some sort of game going on.


8 | Coloring –
if flying is stressful for you, coloring may be the perfect activity to help you relax. I like these Crayola Twistable colored pencils so you don’t have to have a sharpener with you.

9 | Games – there are so many games you can play on your phone or tablet. I’m partial to Candy Crush  or Bejeweled Blitz. Someone sitting next to me was playing Angry Birds. What ever your thing is, there’s an app for it! Don’t forget non-digital options like cross words, word finds or Sodoku.

10 | Shopping –  you can “window” shop through the Sky Mall magazine or hop online to make some actual purchases. My boss was flying on Cyber Monday last year and her goal was to get all her Christmas shopping done during her flight. Genius!

P.S. I didn’t list talking to your seat mate as an option. Even if this is your thing, you may not be seated next to someone who reciprocates.

What’s your favorite way to pass the time on a flight?

 

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