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Conquest Maps

Conquest Maps

Calling all travelers!!!! I’ve finally found a good quality map to document all the countries we’ve traveled to…..Conquest Maps! Conquest Maps specializes in pin board and poster wall maps to document all your travel adventures. Ordering is so simple…

  1. Choose your map region: US, World, Caribbean, State, etc
  2. Choose your map style: they have 7 different styles (they are all gorgeous!)
  3. Customize: customize the legend including text, push pin colors and push pin style

For ours, we chose the World map in Rustic Vintage style….since my husband has LITERALLY been all over the world. We also decided to change the push pins to green – for places already traveled and blue – for future travel. We then decided to customize the legend and change the text; this was the hardest for me since the text possibilities are endless! But Conquest Maps saved the day with some really great quote inspiration (check out their Pinterest page). I had to stay true to my brand, of course, so we decided on “There and back again…..a globally inspired life.”

Once we placed our order, Conquest Maps customer service sent a proof of our customized legend and once we approved it, out map shipped and arrived a couple of days later. Talk about fast service! Our kids loved the new map and loved putting all the push pins on. Of course this led to lots of questions about each city and/or country my husband had visited. What a great conversation starter about different cultures! We had so much fun with this project and I plan on ordering more from Conquest Maps. It makes the perfect gift!

Fun fact….did you know they also sell travel decor, wall decals, vehicle decals, etc….

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Time and Money

“If you’ve got the money I’ve got the time!” These felt toys, discovered in the Target Dollar Spot, are a favorite with our kids and are the perfect learning tool. And who doesn’t love to play with money?? The play money is perfect for counting and teaching good finance concepts (got to start them early). Now if they only made something for Bitcoin…..

From colors to counting to telling time, these felt toys are perfect for kids aged 3-7 and fit in any purse, carry-on or backpack. When my husband is traveling, I’ll pull these out at home to keep the kids occupied while I make dinner, do dishes, start/sort/fold laundry, etc. The best part for me (and I’m sure other moms) is that they are felt so they’re very durable- kid tested, mother approved!

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DIY Spelling Cards

DIY Spelling Cards

During my husbands travel weeks or when we travel as a family, these DIY spelling cards keep our kids entertained for hours. Just a pack of notecards, clothespins and creativity makes this spelling game an easy DIY craft project. These spelling cards easily fit in a zip loc bag, backpack or carry-on when flying. Vowels are in green and consonants are in black; the pictures also help with learning how to read simple words.

Although we love all the cool online learning games and apps, this is a great alternative to reduce screen time and allow the kids the opportunity to make more spelling cards. From colors to sight words, these cards easily move up with your child’s grade. The possibilities are endless!