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Monday, May 25, 2015

Something To Talk About Link Party #18

Happy Memorial Day 
and happy link party day!!



Who's ready to party?! 



Most Clicked Features

Around the Watts House - Summer Home Tour - The Living Room
Farmhouse Blues Interiors - Rustic Charm
Virginia Sweet Pea - Fish Platter Collection
Sadie Seasongoods - Found Objects Broach Holder
Snazzy Little Things - Industrial Decor Living Room



The Altered Past is proud to feature:

Lilacs and Longhorns' Side Table Makeover



and 

Grandma Ideas' post on Fostering a Love of Reading (because I'm all for children reading great books!  Go Grandma!)



Be sure to grab a button if you were featured!



Let's get on with this week's party!

We would love to connect with you on social media! 

CoCo from The Crowned Goat || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest

Angie from The Altered Past || Facebook || Instagram || Pinteres

Karin from Art is Beauty || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Twitter


Party Rules…please don't link and run :) 
1  Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page. You may link up to 3 posts!
2  Please leave a comment for your host.
3  Cultivate new relationships…visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
4  No Etsy stores, giveaways or link parties.
5  We would love a link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.
6 By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given. The Altered Past is not responsible for stolen images or the misuse by others who have found your image through TheAlteredPast.blogspot.com.
7 Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board  for even more exposure!  If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!


Thank you so much for stopping by and for linking up with us!





Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Appreciation

Happy Memorial Day!

Patriotic, Memorial Day, 4th of July, red white blue old bird house on front porch
I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend.  I do want to take this time to say THANK YOU and to remember all those who are serving, that have served, and the family of those brave individuals!  


I can't imagine the sacrifice they have given for our freedom and our country.  


Parents that spend time away from their children in order to serve and protect.  Parents that say goodbye to their young adult children when they are deployed.  Such sacrifices.


Those that have lost life or limb for us.  There is no way we could ever say thank you enough but please know...your commitment to our country and to us is greatly appreciated!

Blessings to you and your family!!
God bless America!

Angie

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Vacation Travel Game Tradition and A Few Tips for Making the Time Pass Quickly


We have a vacation tradition in our family.  It's something I started about 13 years ago to make the time pass quickly for our then 13, 5, and 2 year old girls.  (Ok, the 2 year old didn't actually play but she participated, and napped a lot.)

vacation-travel-tips-bingo-game


We usually vacation in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area of Alabama.  That's about 7 hours from our home.  You can imagine the how-much-longers and are-we-there-yets!  That's when I came up with the idea to play a round of bingo once every hour.  

vacation travel tips bingo game


I came across a cheap bingo game at the thrift store to use for our game.  I covered the cards with clear contact paper so that the numbers could be crossed out and then erased with dry erase markers.  I also tossed the original game box and kept the cards, markers, and bingo numbers in a plastic envelope to make the game easier to take with us in the car.

Now, we not only played the game once every hour, I gave out gifts too!  That built the excitement and anticipation for each hour.  I scoured the dollar stores for little items to use as gifts.  Sometimes the prizes were beach toys.  Other times they were things like packs of gum or packages of snacks or even lip gloss.  It all depends on the age.

Now, let's load up the car and I'll explain how this made the time seem to pass more quickly.  ;)

vacation-travel-game-bingo

We begin our first round of bingo after we've been travelling for an hour.  The girls pick a card, I begin calling numbers until someone gets a bingo.  Not cover-all, that could take a l-o-n-g time.  The winner gets a prize and the other two players get a smaller prize (think snack, piece of candy, etc.)  It usually takes about 15 minutes between start of the hour and reaching a bingo.  That leaves 45 minutes to wait until the next round.  For a child, 45 minutes is way easier to wait for than 7 hours! 

vacation travel game bingo


A few years ago, I noticed that my oldest had written the trip destination and year on the back of one of the cards.  Why did I not think to do this sooner!?   

You can see we actually used the game just last year.  Yes, if you do the math, our girls were 23, 17, and 14!  So blessed that we were able to still have a family vacation together and THEY wanted to play the game again! 

vacation travel bingo game tips


I found these in the Dollar Spot at Target this past week.  They are $1 each and would be great for another version of the bingo game!

Ok, so that's my biggest tip but here's a couple of others that helped in our vacation travels.


  • Make sure the driver gets plenty of sleep the night before.  The others, well, napping in the car does help pass the time too!
  • Leave early allowing for stops for breakfast, bathroom breaks, gas, etc.  
  • Hourly bingo game with prizes helps make each hour pass more quickly.
  • And, an obvious one nowadays, the DVD player.  A good 2 hour movie makes the time pass quickly too!


I enjoyed sharing our vacation travel game tradition with you.  I hope you found a tip or two you can use.  I'd love to hear some of your tips too!!

Safe travels and God bless!!
Angie




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