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DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe

DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe

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I love games that don’t buzz or beep, and I try really hard to make sure to not buy electronic toys for our nephews and our friends’ kids. I would rather give them something where they need to use their brains and imagination. That’s how I feel about road trips too. When kids are in the car, so many parents want to just turn on DVD players. And sure, that probably works, but I remember my mom always making games for us to take on trips. So, from that inspiration, I created a DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe game. It was actually pretty quick to make and I love it. Pete and I have taken it on trips and actually played it in the hotel instead of just watching television.

DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe

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Cut a piece of felt the size of the unfinished wood coaster and use the glue gun to glue it to the back of the coaster. This will create a little friction if you’re using this in the car. That way, you can still drive, but this won’t slide off your lap.

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Stick a piece of Washi tape on the back of a glass bead. Cut it to fit the size of the bead.

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Make five of one pattern and five of the other.

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Paint the board (with a pound sign or hashtag, depending on how old you are). Let it dry completely.

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Put all the pieces into a plastic bag and close the bag so it’s ready for your next trip.

I made this red, white, and blue because it’s close to July 4th and I had a bunch of supplies from Oriental Trading’s patriotic page. You can find a ton of July 4th party and craft supplies there as well.

If you don’t want to make an Americana version of this using patriotic Washi tape, you can actually pick up any Washi tape, as long as you choose two that are different enough to act as X’s and O’s.

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Carry On Must Haves

Carry On Must Haves

This Carry On Must Haves post is sponsored by Grande Cosmetics and brought to you through ShopShare Network. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.

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I had a long distance relationship for a really long time, and that meant quite a few trips flying back and forth. I sort of got really good at changing from comfy shorts into a cute dress in an airport bathroom. Because when you’re on the flight, you want to be comfortable. And when you’re off it, you want to be cute. Doing so involves quite a bit of planning and making sure you have the right items in your carry on. Even now, I make sure to pack everything I could possibly need in a carry on because, well, that bag stays with you at all times and your luggage sometimes it gets lost along the way.

Carry On Must Haves

There are a few items you must have in your carry on, even if you’re checking luggage too.

Sweatshirt: It’s always cold on a plane. No matter what season you’re flying in, it seems like the air conditioning is always on full blast. Unless you’re on the tarmac. When you’re sitting there, the plane gets so hot. So having a light sweatshirt in your bag for when you’re actually flying — and being able to take it off when you’re waiting — is a necessity.

Book or tablet: I used to pack magazines when I flew until I started working for myself and needed to work as often as possible. If you can actually take time off, pack a book to read on the plane. If you’re like me and need to work all the time, pack your tablet so you can get some work done. (Last flight I was on, I got five blog posts done! It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you don’t have WiFi to distract you!).

Headphones: If you’re using your tablet for your playlist or an audiobook instead of work, bring headphones with you and plug them into your device. You don’t want to play DJ for the plane, and your fellow passengers might not want to hear your novel.

Contacts and solution: I often wear glasses to fly, especially on international flights. Going to Japan is a 14 hour flight, and that means I’m going to sleep at some point. If you wear contacts, you know that sleeping in them is just awful. It’s not great for your eyes, but sleeping in them also dries them out. And when you wake up, it’s not a good experience. So wear your glasses, pack your contacts and solution in your carry on (making sure it’s a travel-sized contact solution) and pop them in your eyes in the airport bathroom.

Makeup: When you’re in the bathroom putting in your contacts, you’ll probably also want to freshen up your makeup … especially if you’re meeting someone exciting when you exit the airport. You want to look your best, and that often means a little makeup. I’m not saying you need to go overboard. Plus, your favorite BB Cream is probably not carry on friendly (mine isn’t). So pack the minimum: face wipes, a travel-sized mascara, and GrandeLIPS.

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Empty water bottle: You’re not allowed to bring full water bottles through security, but you are able to bring empty ones. So, pack an empty water bottle (with the cap) in your carry on. Once you get through security, find the closest water fountain and fill it up. If you fill it up before security, you’ll be asked to toss it, so wait until you’re through.

Snacks: Airport snacks are really expensive. I’m always so surprised at how much they charge for things like granola bars and single serve bags of chips. These are the things I like to eat when I’m waiting at the gate, though. So I make sure to pack them in my carry on bag. They’re a lot cheaper to buy at the grocery store when your have a coupon than the airport’s convenience store.

What other carry on must haves do you have? Be sure to comment below!

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5 Tips For First Time Flyers

5 Tips For First Time Flyers

First time flyer? Before you fly, check out these 5 Tips For First Time Flyers from www.drugstoredivas.net. You'll feel confident after reading them!It’s amazing to think you can get on an airplane and touchdown somewhere completely different than anywhere you’ve ever been before. You get up in the air, come down, and in a few short hours (okay, sometimes longer), you are in a different state, country, or timezone.

If you’ve never flown before, there are a few things you’ll need to know before you get on a plane. Don’t worry, though. I’ve flown enough to have some pointers and tips for first time flyers.

5 Tips For First Time Flyers

Find out your suitcase limits.
You’ll want to pack all your cute clothes, shoes, and purses for your trip because who knows when there may be an Instagram opportunity waiting for you. I understand. But I also know how heavy that may be. And heavy is not a word you want to hear when it pertains to your suitcase. Metal … D … sure, but not a heavy suitcase because that could mean you have to pay extra.

And you may have to pay anyway.

Some airlines will charge you a fee to check any luggage. And some have even started charging for a carry on, which is a pain for me because I only take carry on luggage on domestic flights. For international flights, many airlines will waive the fee for a checked bag, but even that varies based on the weight of the bag, the class you’re sitting in, the airline, etc. And then you have to pull out a tape measure and figure out the dimensions of your bag because the size will determine if it is a carry on or checked bag.

So before you even pick the bag you’re going to use to pack, check with the airline to see weight and carry on limits, then decide.

The liquids thing is still a thing.
Pre-9/11, you could bring bottles of water on to a plane without question. Even after this, the policy was still pretty lax. Small aside: I was traveling post-9/11 with someone who was asked to sit in a chair, open his bottle of water, take a sip, then wait five minutes. When he didn’t explode, we were able to head to our gate.

Now, liquids are limited to bottles in 3.1oz. or smaller containers. Keep that last part in mind. The container must be 3.1oz. or less. You can’t have a 10oz. bottle of shampoo that is only 25% of the way full and get that on a plane. Crafty, but it doesn’t work that way. Instead, you’ll want to put that shampoo in an appropriately sized container and pack it along with any other liquids in a clear, quart-sized bag. When you are going through airport security, you’ll want to take that quart-sized bag out of your luggage and allow it to be scanned through security separately.

Wear slip on shoes. And don’t wear a belt.
What you wear can really affect the amount of time it takes for you to go through security. You have to take your shoes off, so you don’t want to wear shoes that are difficult to take off. Slip on shoes work best. Flip flops are easy to slip off, but I wouldn’t want to walk through the X-Ray machine with bare feet.

You’ll also need to take off your belt if you’re wearing one, so it’s easier to just not wear one. And you’ll need to take anything out of your pockets, including your phone, wallet, and any loose change. So wear a pair of pants that can stay up on its own and has nothing in the pockets.

And if you’re traveling in the winter, and you’re planning on wearing a jacket, you’ll have to take that off before you walk through security. I’ve been asked to take off light zip up sweatshirts too, so just make sure you’re wearing something under one of those and not wearing it as your only shirt, just in case.

You can check in online … but don’t.
If you’re a frequent flyer, you’ll save a little time by checking in online prior to your flight. If this is your first flight, though, I wouldn’t suggest it. You’ll be worried about if you did it right, and you can’t ask your laptop questions you may have for the ticketing agent. So, instead, when you get to the airport, head to your airline’s section and check in there. It may take you a little longer, but you’ll feel more confident. 

Go straight to your gate.
There’s a lot of fun stuff between security and your gate: coffee shops, fast food, stores, snacks. If this is your first time in an airport, it’s easy to get distracted. Don’t. Please don’t. Go right to your gate. Why? Because that gate can actually change and sometimes you don’t know that until you’re there and someone tells you. You could be stuck in a completely wrong terminal and need a shuttle. And that might take some time … and a bit of risk. So instead, just go straight to your gate. Find out if you’re in the right spot, figure out how much time you have to kill, and then grab your coffee, food, snacks, and vibrating travel pillow.

What other tips for first time flyers do you have? Be sure to leave them in the comments.

Tips For Road Trips With Cats

Tips For Road Trips With Cats

Planning on taking a trip with your cat this summer? Read these Tips For Road Trips With Cats from www.drugstoredivas.net first!

Let me tell you a horror story. Once upon a time, about three years ago, Pete and I were driving up to New York and took the cat we had at the time. I felt so bad keeping him cooped up the entire trip, so when we stopped at a rest stop for gas, I went over to a grassy area with the cat and his favorite food and decided to let him stretch his legs. Bad idea! He darted out of the harness and leash I had him on and under a truck. I tried, to no avail, to get him out. So I did what any normal person would do. I sobbed in front of the truck’s tire until the owner came out, popped the hood, reached in, grabbed our cat, and returned him.

When I look back now, I realize how dumb I was. That cat had only lived in our apartment. He didn’t know the outside world and he sure didn’t need to stretch his legs. We got him back, thank goodness, but we also learned a lot of lessons about road trips with cats. I figured I would pass that knowledge on to you.

Tips For Road Trips With Cats

1. Get a personalized collar.
Before you even embark on your trip, make sure your cat has a collar with his name on it, plus your name and phone number. You’re going to do your best to make sure your cat remains with you cat at all times, but in the event he runs off, you want to have a way to have him returned.

2. Use a carrier.
Your cat may not love heading in to a cat carrier, but it’s sure better than letting him roam free in your car. Imagine opening the door and your cat bolting into the unknown. It may cry in the carrier, which is the saddest sound in the world, but it beats you crying!

You can actually buckle your cat in, if you don’t like keeping it in a carrier. The pet seat belt might actually be better in case you happen to get into an accident because then your cat will be buckled in instead of the carrier potentially flying across the car. You can and should buckle your carrier in, if you’re leaving the cat in there. Be safe.

3. Pack your cat’s favorite food and treats.
You won’t be feeding your cat on the trip, but you will when you get to your destination. Having your cat’s food with you will make him feel more secure. Changing his environment and food might be too much.

4. Don’t worry about a litter box …
Cats are smart. I’m not sure how their little bodies are wired, but they know there is no way for them to go to a bathroom on a road trip. So they don’t. They won’t go in the carrier, so don’t worry about that. When you get to your destination, have a litter box available and introduce your cat to it.

… 5. Unless you’re staying overnight.
If you’re breaking your trip up over multiple days, you’ll want to pack a litter box to bring into the hotel. Be sure to check with any hotels you might book to assure they are pet friendly. You don’t want to get there and then find out your cat isn’t welcome.

6. Don’t leave your cat alone in the car.
No matter what you do, never leave a cat alone in the car. If you have to stop for the bathroom, make sure a passenger stays in the car with the cat when you go inside, then let your passenger go in while you watch the cat. Don’t leave it alone and do not leave it in a hot car under any circumstances.

Do you plan on traveling with your cat this summer? Let us know your tips for road trips with cats in the comments.

24 Hours In Fayetteville, NC

24 Hours In Fayetteville, NC

Drugstore Divas was hosted by the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for this sponsored post. Part of the trip was compensated; additional portions were paid for by Drugstore Divas. All of the things to do in Fayetteville, and thoughts and opinions, belong to and are recommended by Drugstore Divas.

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Pete and I work the local farmers’ market every Saturday, which makes it hard for us to really go out of town. We can’t leave after work on Friday and stay until Sunday. Instead, we have to head out after the market on Saturday. It’s a little sad to have short vacations, but I’d rather have short vacations than no vacations. Recently, we left the farmers’ market and took the two hour trip to Fayetteville, NC. It meant we missed the farmers’ market in Fayettville, which I hear is great. We did spent a solid 24 hours on our mini-vacation, though. We needed more time there because there are a ton of things to do in Fayetteville, NC. But, you gotta be a little picky if you’re only in town for a day.

24 Hours In Fayetteville, NC

We started our day at 4pm because that’s when we were able to get there.

4pm:
Check in to the TownePlace Suittes Marriott (1464 Skiba Road). Yes, we have a soft spot for this hotel since it’s the same chain we blocked for our wedding guests. And the room in Fayetteville looks identical to the one in Wilmington. Nostalgia always win. As does complementary coffee. Almost as soon as you walk in to the hotel, you’re greeted by coffee, tea, sugar, and creamers. Exactly what you need after a long drive.

You’ll also probably need a shower (well, if you’re like us and wake up at 5:45am on Saturday anyway). The trouble with that is many of Fayetteville’s attractions close at 5pm. So your options are relax in the hotel for a minute or rush out to try and squeeze an attraction in. Completely opposite choices. We picked to sit, sip our coffee, watch some TV, and shower.

Dinner:
We live in North Craftolina (a term I actually first heard when we were in Fayetteville), which is filled with local breweries making craft beer. We try to go to as many as we can. If you support local brew houses too, you’ll want to go The Mash House (4150 Sycamore Dairy Rd). We highly recommend the potato skins (with pulled pork!) and the root beer (as that was recommended to us). Ingredients are local and everything is made fresh, so if you have an allergy or request, the chefs may be able to accommodate you. I went with the Fried Green Tomato BLT (which tastes as tart as you would expect), and Pete had a burger. Keep in mind, if you ask for medium rare, the chef’s interpretation of that is pretty raw.

 

6pm:
Fayetteville has a really great downtown area. There are a few fun streets to walk around. There’s a ton of window shopping you can do, but the best windows are at the Fayetteville Area Local History And Transportation Museum (325 Franklin Street). This, like many of the attractions, closes at 5pm, but the windows are always open. In them, you can see old gas pumps, signs, and more. There are actually a ton of windows filled with antiques, plus a railroad track that’s outside, so even if you can’t make it inside the museum, you’ll get a good feel for it.

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8pm:
Stop into Blue Moon Cafe (310 Hay Street). It’s a really cute, quaint cafe with an always changing beer list. The cafe has a nice outdoor seating area, so you can enjoy the beautiful weather with your beverage. But you can’t beat the location. It’s in the heart of the downtown area, and it’s just beautiful to sit on the tree-lined streets and check out the passers-by.

And then head back to the grocery store … because you might still be hungry. Or maybe that was just Pete. He only ate part of his burger at dinner. So he picked up a box of macaroni and cheese at the grocery store, then used the cookware and stovetop in the hotel room (which is standard!) and made a tasty beef mac and cheese.

After your late night snack, rest up because tomorrow morning holds an adventure.

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Breakfast:
What’s great about the TownePlace Suites hotel is that breakfast comes with your stay. That’s a great way to save a little money. You can make waffles, have biscuits and gravy (or, if you’re me, an English muffin with gravy), oatmeal, cereal, and, of course, coffee and tea. Fill up because you won’t be eating for a while.

10am:
Zipquest (533 Carvers Falls Road). Oh my gosh, Zipquest. This was by far one of the best but one of the scariest experiences I’ve had in my adult life. It’s a two-hour zip lining tour with eight zip lines, three suspension bridges, and a few spiral staircases, most over a hidden waterfall. I don’t know why, but I really thought we would just be doing the bridges and staircases. I didn’t think we would be zip lining. Yes, I know. It’s in the name. Pete reminded me of this, but it still just didn’t cross my mind.

When we got to the first zip line, I was so scared. “I can’t do this,” I whispered to Pete and I tried to find an escape. I didn’t find one, so I held my breath, tried not to look scared out of my mind, and made sure to not scream. Even thinking about it now, my heart is racing just as it was.

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But, it was so beautiful to traverse the trees that way. The view is indescribable. And the quiet, the peace with nature, it’s second to none. It’s just beautiful — especially after you get over being scared. I would do this every single time we go to Fayetteville … if it didn’t take over two hours. Yes, it’s a long trip through the trees. You definitely get your money’s worth, but it does take up a lot of time, especially if you’re only in town for 24 hours. If you have time, go. This is always ranked as one of the best things to do in Fayetteville, and I can see why.

And it’s a lot less scary than I expected. You go in a group, which includes two guides. One guide is always ahead of the group and one is always behind. So one guide always sets you up on the zipline and tells you when to go, and the other helps you at the end and takes you off the line. You never do that yourself. That was something that worried me because god forbid I didn’t snap my carabiner right. I was glad to know I wasn’t doing it myself. All I had to worry about was enjoying the view.

And speaking of the view, if you scroll through the Instagram image below (there are five, so keep clicking right), the last one is a video of Pete on the zipline, so definitely check that out!!

 

1pm:
Head to the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens (536 N. Eastern Boulevard). They’re so beautiful. When we were there, we saw a bride and her bridesmaids taking photos, plus a separate couple taking engagement photos. It really was a beautiful backdrop for that. And it was just a great place to spend an afternoon. You can look at flowers, check out the herb garden, and tour an old farmhouse and general store that are on the grounds as well. There is a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and drinks, but the general store in the gardens itself is just filled with old timey stuff like an antique cash register and, my favorite, a mustache drinking mug (which I just want to buy even though I’m mustache free, obviously).

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3pm:
We left after the garden, so it meant missing the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation (100 Bragg Blvd). I was really sad to miss that because I hear it’s one of the best things to do in Fayetteville. Fayetteville is both a historical town (the first in the US named for American Revolutionary fighter Marquis de Lafayette) and a military town (it borders Fort Bragg, the largest military installation in the world). To be in a town where so many have served and so many are serving, it would be respectful of visitors to head to the free museum and understand, if only a little, the efforts and sacrifices of some of the men and women who call and have called the Fayetteville area home.

We’ll be heading there next time we’re in town … which will actually be next month. Fayetteville, you can’t get rid of us and we can’t get enough of you. When you’re in town, what are some of your favorite things to do in Fayetteville, NC? Be sure to leave them in the comments so we can check them out next time.

*If you’re planning a trip, be sure to click each location’s name to be brought to their website. You can find operating hours and more that way.

5 Ways To Save On Food When You’re On Vacation

5 Ways To Save On Food When You’re On Vacation

Vacations can get really expensive. You pay a bunch for airfare or gas to drive to your destination, and then more for a hotel. So the last thing you really want to do when you’re on vacation is open your wallet. You still have to eat, though. But it’s okay. There are tons of ways to save on food when you’re on vacation.

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5 Ways To Save On Food When You’re On Vacation

1. Pack a cooler.
When I was growing up, we used to go camping every summer, and all the adults would pack coolers with meats to grill, drinks, stuff for breakfast, etc. It was so much easier than spending part of vacation finding a supermarket and going grocery shopping. Plus, you could buy what you need on sale instead of paying full price when you get on vacation.

And you can pack snacks too. I always pack them to travel with because it’s cheaper than buying something at a gas station or the airport.

2. Cook in the hotel.
Certain hotels, like one we stayed in earlier this month, had a full kitchen. Yes, full. There were pots and pans, a strainer, utensils, a stove top, and a dishwasher. If you find a hotel like that, you can bring your own ingredients and cook your meals at home. You can do this if you book an Airbnb too. What’s great about some Airbnb rentals is they will actually leave ingredients for you (that may or may not cost extra to use, so be sure to check that before you open any).

3. Bring your own beer.
Pack a cooler with drinks and beer. That way, you don’t have to buy those at a store, where they’re probably more expensive. And then you can stock the hotel’s fridge with your own beer instead of drinking from  the mini fridge or the hotel’s bar.

4. Breakfast at the hotel.
I’m a big fan of booking a hotel with a complementary breakfast. That way, you can have a meal without paying anything extra. When you’re booking, look for this under amenities. Some will offer a hot breakfast, some a continental, and some won’t offer one at all. If you head down late enough, you may also be able to turn breakfast into brunch. Couple that with an early dinner and you can completely skip lunch, saving you even more.

5. Purchase discount restaurant certificates.
If you’re in an area you don’t know, get restaurant recommendations from the front desk or a local friend. Then, head over to restaurant.com and see if there are any discount certificates for the recommendations. There might not be, but you might find additional suggestions.

Also, be sure to check out the restaurants’ websites to look for any specials that are day or date specific. Then, plan your dinner there for that day.