Travel Jewelry Roll

This post is a part of 31 Days to a Handmade Christmas & is teaming up with Taking Route for a fun giveaway!

Traveling can be stressful. Actually, anytime I try to leave the house with my three children and arrive at our destination in a somewhat punctual fashion can be stressful. Throw in taking things along with us, and the situation can get downright crazy. All the while your husband is checking his watch like somehow repeatedly looking at it will slow time.

I’ve read somewhere that the more kids you have, the less you feel like you have to bring along when you get out of the house. I can certainly agree with that for errands and day trips. But as soon as we start planning to be gone longer than a day, the list of things to pack starts to get higher than my kid can count. (Bad example, actually, he can’t get very far yet…)

Whether or not you have kids in tow, packing lists and organization are good ideas. When you’re on the road, space is at a premium. A little organization can mean the difference between having perfectly coordinating necklaces and earrings and having nothing to wear because you couldn’t pack your entire jewelry box before your family left without you in a dust cloud of vacation-induced punctuality.

Plus, it’s never a good idea to leave jewelry laying around when you’re at home or away. And it’s definitely not a good idea to leave a pair of your favorite earrings on the back of the toilet no matter where you are. They just might happen to find a watery grave at the bottom of a septic tank (ask me how I know…).

Travel Jewelry Roll

This week I’m teaming up with my friend Denise from Taking Route (an awesome blog about the expat life) to give you all a chance to win this jewelry roll and give you instructions to make your own. Right now, Taking Route is featuring stories about traveling and living overseas. And, you guys, the stories are really funny and great. You can check out the series (and read about my own travel tip) on the blog.

Be sure to enter to win this awesome handmade travel jewelry roll and then read below to find out how to make one for yourself or as a great handmade Christmas gift. Don’t thank me now, thank me when your 3 year old can’t flush your earrings because they’re perfectly secure in the zipper pocket of your pretty jewelry roll.

There are many ways to enter:  

like both This Pilgrim Life and Taking Route on Facebook;

follow us both on twitter; share the Giveaway on twitter (do this each day if you like!)

or tell us “If you won an all expense trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go” in the comments section.

At this time we can only ship to a valid U.S. address but if you live outside the U.S., we can gift wrap it and send it to anyone you like.  Get ahead on your Christmas shopping!

The more entries you submit, the better your chances of winning!

Click here and submit your entries!a Rafflecopter giveaway

keep reading to find out how to make your own…


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Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

I am not above gathering my children’s lunch in the form of snacks purchased progressively from store after store when we are out and about running our errands before naptime.

On these days, my children enjoy a progressive lunch of a piece of fresh fruit selected from one store, some variety of nutty trail mix purchased from another, and then the grand finale of an individual carton of goldfish to eat on the way home. Actually, that last one is a win-win because for me it is largely motivated by wanting to keep my middle child awake long enough to be able to nap when we return home. No shame in the game. Anything to preserve the sanctity of naptime.

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

Not too long ago, my children and I were waiting in the checkout line at Target, our third and final stop. My boys were crouched down in front of the three-dollar princesses. Clutching the carton of kid crack in one hand, and discussing the names of the princesses in the other. (They don’t actually know many but it’s fun to hear them try).

I took the opportunity while they were distracted to pick out my own lunch/snack– a dark chocolate granola bar with five super grains.

Dark Chocolate Super Grain Bars

The package boasts a lot. Healthy. Gluten free. Non GMO. Five super grains.

And it is a great choice and healthy and whatnot. But what made me laugh is that along with the five super grains, there are five types of sweeteners.

I’m not opposed to things being sweetened. I enjoy pies and cookies and so on. But this just seemed a little silly. So I decided to make my own.

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Felt Lego Tote

This post is a part of the 31 Days to a Handmade Christmas series.

Legos are expensive!

While I do think that they are awesome and very often worth the investment, it’s not always practical or possible to buy new Lego sets as gifts all the time.

So may I suggest something else for the Lego fans in your life?

Felt Lego Tote

A simple tote that is easy to sew and can be made for less than $5. (New to sewing or wanting to learn? Check out my post on getting started with this useful skill!).

And, if you are fortunate enough to find a great deal on a new Lego set, this would make a really fun gift bag too!

(TIP: Frugal Fun for Boys shares Amazon deals on Legos often and you can follow her on Facebook to see the new ones).

Felt Lego Tote

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