DIY Paracord Water Bottle Holders

DIY Paracord Bottle Holder. Make for fastpitch moms and teams, or with team color paracord for other sports. Great gift for sports moms! | Carla Schauer Designs

I laugh when people ask me what I’m doing for Mothers’ Day.  No fancy brunches here.  As a Mom of kids that play spring sports, I’ve spent the last 11 of them at the ballpark lined up on the sidelines with all the other team moms.  These DIY Paracord Water Bottle Holders make great gifts for moms on the go.  For those of us in the sports mom trenches, extra … Continue reading →

Make Paracord Zipper Pulls

How to make Paracord zipper pulls. Makes a great camp craft or scout project. Tutorial from Carla Schauer Designs

Camp!  That magical place filled with silly songs, new friends, canoeing, swimming, and of course, crafts! Camp wouldn’t be the same without a keepsake craft or two to take home. A great camp craft, like these Paracord Zipper Pulls, is one that can be made with a few simple supplies and some basic instructions that kids can repeat on their own.  The colorful Paracord pulls look great on backpacks and … Continue reading →

12 Tween Travel Tips to Banish Bad Attitudes

Tweens love to take their own photos, and are at a great age to have their own cameras. Great tween travel tips at Carla Schauer Designs

No one likes to be trapped with a whiny, bad attitude for hours in a car.  And it’s even worse when the kids do it!  Kidding aside, grumpiness is contagious so it’s better to banish it before it begins.  Use my favorite tween travel tips before and during your trip to keep them involved, interested, and engaged.  They’ll be happier and so will you! Tween Travel Tips – Before You … Continue reading →

Campfire Wishing Stones Craft

Campfire Wishing Stones| Camping with Tweens from Carla Schauer Designs

One of the best ways to keep kids entertained while camping is to have a great stash of camp crafts ready to make.These “wishing stones” are made with melted crayons, and no two are ever the same. Find some smooth stones on your nature scavenger hunt, or bring some with you, along with a few handfuls of crayons. This is a great way to use up all those broken pieces. … Continue reading →

Travel Bingo for Kids

Free printable travel bingo game for kids from carlaschauer.com

When I was a kid, we vacationed in a series of Griswold-worthy road trips.  Each was complete with side trips to see local “largest ball of twine” style landmarks and random unscheduled detours, all in our wood paneled Buick station wagon with luggage on top.  Niagara Falls, Mackinac Island, Philadelphia, Hershey PA, Myrtle Beach, Disney, and every Midwestern destination between…we did them all. Confession:  Some of those road trips I … Continue reading →