Daily Archives: July 28, 2016

Summer Family Day Trip- Hit the Road

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Summer is over in the Valley of the Sun- not the temperatures-but the kids are back in school.  Today I am sharing how YOU can hit the road on a Day Trip with the family.  Easy, simple ideas to make the most out of Summer.  Experiences over toys.  That is what I want both my children to remember from growing up.

For our Day Trip I planned on taking the kids down south toward Tucson and hit the fabulous Ostrich Farm.  The Farm includes a Monster Truck ride, tons of animals to feed, and of course ostriches.  The kids and I are truly at peace on farms as I’ve been taking them for years and they know how to act around animals thankfully- as ostrich are really known for being AWFUL animals.  So we admired them from a distance.  A very safe distance.


Going on a WILD adventure on a massive Monster Truck.  I wish I had a GO-PRO on.  The video would’ve been priceless.  Both kids wouldn’t stop howling and cracking up.  Memories made.

There are lots of things that people get cranky with.  Too hot, too tired, and too hungry are the main ones here in the Valley of the Sun.  For my kids being too hungry… even just a tad hungry can make them just cranky enough to spoil a bit of fun.  Knowing this I always pack twice as much food as I think we will go through.  So off to the store I went… but being a responsible adult that would be traveling in the desert on a large highway I decided to make sure the car was checked out before our trip.

Safety first.


Our plan to make the most of Summer and take a day trip before school headed back in session started with an easy trip to our local Walmart Auto Care Center.  While my car was receiving an oil change with Pennzoil® , I was able to shop for all of the supplies for use to take a Day Trip to an amazing Ostrich Farm down towards Tucson, Arizona.  One stop shop.


Getting your oil changed with Pennzoil {oil that helps clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind} at Walmart helps make those summer road trips a success by saving time and money.  High mileage is $39.88 on Rollback to $35.88 (June 15 – September 28).   My car has almost 75,000 miles on it, and then it will be time to switch to Pennzoil’s High Mileage oil. For now I stuck with the Pennzoil Platinum®: Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus™ Technology.  Save money on very necessary car maintenance so that you can grab that extra special treat on your Day Trip.

Milk Shakes for the WIN.



Tons of fresh fruit and veggies in the cooler packed with a ton of ice.  Loved how easy it was to fill them up with these healthy options.  Plus a picnic really speaks to their souls.  It doesn’t take much when they are two and four- but I love how much they love the simple things.


Fresh Produce


Happy Kids-Happy Life

I pre-cooked corn which is a messier option… but again.  Messes make memories.  And picnics?  They MAKE memories.  So I deal with the mess.  I mean some day the mess will be gone and I will miss these moments.


Feeding the Goats


Feeding the Birds


Taking a Day Trip might take some extra-planning on your part, but it is oh, so worth it.  I took one trip to Walmart for the car and food and we were OFF.  Now we are thinking about our next adventure.  Figuring out what is drive-able and worth it as the temperatures are still in the triple digits.

Where do you want to go on a Day Trip?

What are your must-haves for hitting the road with your family?

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