Changing the Tone of, “Are We There Yet?”

Over the last weekend we loaded our three kids up into the SUV and headed for a popular road trip destination and an Airbnb tucked away in a little canyon retreat. With three boys, 10, 6, and 15 months, any drive longer than five minutes has a high probability of spiraling into a series of impatient pleas to stop for treats or to get some time away from the one sibling that just won’t stop touching the other. At some point, all three kids come to agree on one thing, they want to know if they are there yet, and they want to ask often how much longer it will be until we are there.

Fully expecting this trip to be an echo of past trips, my wife and I tried to calm one another’s nerves before setting out, but to our surprise, this trip was quite different than what we are used to. The kids stayed calm, quiet, and the one time they asked if we were close to getting there, it was because they were worried about their time in the car running out. What?!

So how did this blessed bizarro world come upon us? It was a pretty simple change to our packing list, actually. For this trip, we gave the kids the Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray and let them bring along a few things of their choosing to pair with the trays. Just simply having a solid surface to accommodate their games, snacks, and a drink helped the kids stay calm and comfortable in the car. Instead of focusing on what they didn’t have or what they wanted, the kids had all they needed at hand and were enjoying the ride more than ever.

Another bonus throughout the trip is that the Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray helped to keep all the kids’ stuff gathered together. We didn’t have loose game cartridges, crayons, or coloring books strewn across the back seat or car floor, and the kids could easily bring their entertainment between the car and the Airbnb. The difference between this trip and previous trips was night and day.

Head over to the store to get a look at more information on the Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray and make sure to pick one up for each of your kids before that next big road trip. With Labor Day, a huge road trip holiday approaching, you have plenty of time to order.

Add Some Safety and Convenience to Your Stroller

When out with babies or toddlers, a stroller often acts as a lot more than just rolling seat for your little one. A good stroller gets packed up with snacks, diapers, toys, spare clothes, that random sock that you always swear you’re going to take out, and whatever else you might need for the day. Also, the back of the stroller acts as a perfect spot to hang a diaper bag or a purse to lighten the load for a moment.

But no matter how good the stroller is, eventually your child is going to want to be carried, and when the seat is empty, often times the weight shifts. Without thinking about it, you hang your purse or diaper back on the handle and the entire stroller topples backwards. It’s a common frustration, but we’ve come up with an easy to use product that stabilizes your stroller and keeps it from falling backwards.

The Steady Stroller Weights come in a pack of two and attach to the front legs of your stroller. These weights are easy to install, won’t interfere with the stroller’s ability to fold up, and can are durable enough to handle the demands of going everywhere your family goes.

Aside from the added convenience of not having your stroller tipping over, it’s much safer for your child. Head on over to our store and take a look at the Steady Stroller Weights in more detail and see a bit more about how they work and how easy they are to use.

With ModFamily, You Won’t Survive Summer…You’ll Thrive

Let’s be honest, summer can be pretty challenging for parents. Some days, the crazy rush to get kids ready for the bus with adequately combed hair and questionably brushed teeth feels like easy mode compared to figuring out how to entertain cooped up kids in hot weather. It can’t be all Fortnite and Netflix, so we have a handful of products that will make both parents and kids happy to be at home or on the go in summer.

Gel Glide Sticks

Far better than crayons or markers, the Gel Glide Sticks will keep kids coloring for hours without making a mess of your home. These are bright, vibrant, and won’t bleed through pages. Since they can draw on paper, canvas, glass, or wood, your kids will find countless ways to express their creativity with them.

Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray

With kids out of school, they’re coming with you on those errands you usually were able to squeeze in between school bells. Great for car rides or for packing things along on the go, the E-Z Travel Lap Tray helps your kids keep things organized and together while giving them a solid surface for coloring, snacking, or games.

My Brick Case

Keeping control of messes in the house, especially where the kids play, is one of summer’s greatest challenges. The My Brick Case will save your sanity and the arches of your feet as it helps keep all those toy bricks neatly stored in one place.

Little Nook Child Play Tent

At certain times, you just need to get those kids out of the house, and the Little Nook Child Play Tent is a favorite for active families. Always great for hot days when kids need a little bit of shade or for breezy days where a little shelter is nice to have, the Little Nook sets up quickly and easily anywhere. Excellent for creating space for imagination anywhere or a cozy spot for a quick nap, the Little Nook is one of our most popular products for summer.

We have plenty more to help you get through summer, including products for the kitchen or to pack snacks along for those fun picnics and road trips. Head on over to the store and see what might help you make summer a more enjoyable time with your family.

Staying on Track with your 2018 Resolutions

January is nearly behind us, but all those resolutions we made are still fresh on our minds. Whether we chose to eat better foods, work out more, spend more time with our kids, reduce clutter in our homes, read more books, pick up a new hobby, or whatever it might be, by  now we’re starting to realize that there’s one huge challenge to overcome: time. No matter the resolution, time is our biggest limiting factor when it comes to being successful. As parents, time is very limited, so finding ways to create extra time or maximize the time we do have is critical.

ModFamily was created to simplify everyday life for parents and provide them with more time to spend with their loved ones, to relax, and to work on self-improvement. If you can save a few minutes in the kitchen, a few minutes at nap time, a few during play time, and a few more while running errands, you’ll be amazed at how quickly those minutes add up.

Saving Time in the Kitchen

Few things that are so simple as our Stretch-N-Seal Silicone Stretch Lids can save someone so much time. Eliminate the frustration of digging around a messy cabinet to find matching lids for plastic containers by quickly stretching a lid across any container instead. Save leftovers in the dish they are served in, which will reduce cleanup times as well. These silicone stretch lids are dishwasher safe, durable, and easy to use. Cut down on frustration and save some time.

One of our newer products, the Slide N Save Reusable Bags, are a fantastic product that saves time and money while cutting down on waste. These silicone bags are excellent for storing a wide range of foods or ingredients, for marinading meats and vegetables, for taking leftovers on the go, and even for cooking foods right in the bag with a microwave or boiling water.

Saving Time on the Go

Many of our products are designed to be taken on the go, especially when you’re bringing your kids along. We have several products that help you pack along snacks, drinks, and even books and activities for the kids to keep your kids happy and comfortable while outside the home. Save the extra stops you usually need to make to keep kids from melting down, and you’ll be surprised at how long trips to get errands done can be cut down dramatically.

modFamily Kids E-Z Travel Tray

Save Time During Quiet Time

Quiet and focused time for kids is critical for them to expand their imaginations and creativity. Far too often, however, it feels like we spend more time getting our kids to settle down and play quietly than they actually spend playing. Whether it’s time for art, toys, books, or even a quick nap, the Little Nook Child Play Tent is a true time saver. Quick and easy to set up, kids are drawn to the tent immediately, whether you set it up inside or outside. Given their own little space in the world, kids will quickly focus and settle in to play or create.

indoor play tent

With all the time and frustration you can save getting through the daily routine, you’ll find that you have better focus, energy, and willingness to work on your resolutions.