This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher Nuts Exactly. The opinions and text are all mine
It’s that time of year where the calendar is quickly filling up with stuff for the kids. Of course, all their extra activities are happening on the weekend!! This past weekend Michael and I had the chance to do something I haven’t done in years: sledding!! Now since I had never gone as an adult, I didn’t realize how much work it was to prep for sledding – and the amount of supplies you need! It was one of those “thankful for everything your parents had done for you when you were growing up” moments where you realize how much their prep work allowed you to enjoy your childhood. Our sledding trip was with the Cub Scouts in the mountains. Michael was so excited to have a mother/son trip and to spend time with other boys (who knew sisters aren’t as much fun!). I was thankful that we were able to carpool with my friend’s husband and two of their boys. And I was really thankful for my friend for two reasons. First, she was able to keep the girls and second, she had just gone sledding with her kids so she was able to give me the “LIST.” Just a small note: If you didn’t know, sledding can be expensive the first time you go, so I am watching clearance sales so we can do this with all the kids.
5 Tips To Survive Sledding With Boys
1. Check Weather And Pass Reports
The day before we went sledding, the pass was closed. I never would have thought to look up that information. The pass reports, which you can get at the Department of Transportation, will also let you know if chains are required and give you an idea of road conditions so you can approximate your travel time. We were lucky roads were clear, but we were prepared with blankets and chains in case we got stuck.
2. Get Directions And Car Entertainment
While the navigator on your cell phone is good, many of the mountain passes have really bad cell reception — meaning that you may lose your navigation and get lost quick. We printed off a set of directions before we left home to make sure we wouldn’t get lost. Luckily, I wasn’t the driver or we may have gotten lost! Plus, don’t forget activities for the kids to do in the car, especially if there could be a chance of getting stranded!
3. Remember The Snow Gear
The necessary snow gear is a huge list and I am so thankful my girlfriend was able to give me her list. You need to pack: Snow boots, snow pants, thick socks, snow gloves, snow parka, a hat, and sleds. Learn from my mistake. Buy sledding gear early in the season. It can be hard to find later in the season, especially if you have a warm winter. Look for sales and hit thrift stores too!! We are watching the ads for sleds to buy for next year. If you can’t find any right now, inner tubes are also perfect for sledding.
4. Bring Dry Clothes
Even though we had all the waterproof gear, we were still wet! We packed beach towels to use to dry off, warm pajamas for the kids to change into, and dry socks! The boys were warm and cozy within 10 minutes of us coming off the sledding hills.
5. Pack Food
Yes, this was most important in Michael’s (and the other boys’ minds). As we were on our way up the mountain, the boys were already asking what was for lunch and dinner! We went frugal and packed sandwiches, way too many snacks, water, and other drinks to keep us fueled while sledding (and to keep us happy afterward!!!). One of our new Fisher Nut Exactly bags went with us. We packed the peanut butter ones (That was because I had taken the chocolate one as my low-calorie treat!!!). I love that the Fisher Nut Exactly bag is resealable (it makes it throw-able to kids on car rides), it stands up, and fits great in your lap!!! And with watching what I eat, I really love that it’s only 15 or 16 calories per snack bite. The mom in me loves that there are no artificial preservatives, so it’s a snack I can feel good about sharing with the kids! Want to win your own Fisher Nut Exactly bags??? Be sure to enter below to win a variety of bags, plus a $50 Visa gift card! You can also head on over → here to use the store locator to find Fisher Nut Exactly products near you!!! We were sent four varieties: Almond Popcorn Dipped in Milk Chocolate, Almond Popcorn Dipped in Dark Chocolate, Pecan Popcorn Dipped in Salted Caramel, and Peanut Popcorn Dipped in Peanut Butter. Which of these would you try?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher . The opinions and text are all mine.