Once upon a time (oh come on, I had to… Beauty And The Beast opened yesterday!) there was a Mom who gave birth to the sweetest little girl. They went to lots of playgrounds together, giggled in sunglasses, shared milkshakes and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning making homemade valentines. And then all in one day, the Mom forgot everything she had ever learned in her life and the sweet daughter turned 13 and became all-knowing. Then they hopped in the car and took a road trip together…
Ever since my husband showed us this hilarious video link of a girl being pulled over by her Dad in a Cozy Coupe, all I can think about is the long Spring Break road trip ahead with my teenage daughter and how to make the most of it.
Here is the lil’ cutie that’s growing up before my eyes when she met Belle from Beauty and the Beast at Disneyland.
Also some Mom and Me pics of the two of us…
Things are beginning to change a bit here in Tweenland…
Drumroll… and now we have the full eye roll. This expression was not directed at me. However, it’s a pretty good example of “the Look.” A family friend of ours commented that they call their “sassy” teenage daughter “the Sasquatch” and she is a great kid too.
Although we see more of “the Look” these days, I still believe this girl is like a fine chocolate caramel… dark and strong on the outside and sweet and soft on the inside. I intend to make the most of all the time I can break in to her shell on this trip. So I took a dive in to Google and Pinterest and this is what I came up with:
- Marybeth’s (AKA The Gutsy Traveler): Tips for Travel With Teens – a good list for putting oneself in the right frame of mind I think for traveling with aliens (oops, did that slip out? I meant teens)
- Photo Checklist: I like this Travel Photo Challenge and I wonder if I started on it myself if she would want to join in. Another thought is to turn my lens towards her and take some good pics she can post on her Instagram account, which I do have access to. Anyone interested in seeing mom and daughter duck faces” is welcome to follow along.
- Color Draping: I once had the oppportunity to be color draped as a kid, and I remember it was really fun to learn which colors match well with my skin and eyes. Based on the types of questions I’m fielding from my teen, I think it might be fun for her too. I found an online color analysis quiz and am really intrigued by the reviews on this book “Unlocking Your Beauty Code“
- Alphabet (ABC Dating): I may not be as hip as I used to be (side note… can we still use the word “hip” these days, or is that not “cool” anymore? Uh-oh, maybe “cool” is out too? Certainly Mom and Dad’s “groovy” doesn’t make the cut. Someone should probably notify Austin Powers on that. According to my sources, the new word for calling out something great is to say it is “lit.” So there you have it. Consider yourself brought up to speed. If you are still trying to rock “rad” and “wicked” those are officially “out” too.). Back to ABC Dating – the hot new trend for couples to have fun together. It occurs to me that Alphabet Dating Lists like this one are also chock full of fresh ideas that teens would enjoy too.
- Daily Horoscopes – Whether you are all “in” to believing in your horoscope or not, you have to admit they can be pretty fun to read. In my case, as a Pisces, the descriptions of the signs for myself and also friends and family have been pretty true. The grown-up versions might be a little too deep for my daughter’s taste, but I found this Teen Horoscope site online which looks more up her alley. I look forward to the mornings where I get to share news like this with her… “You’ve got a new crush on Monday and Tuesday, but you’re much better off being mysterious instead of letting everyone know how you feel… Plans you have on Thursday and Friday should work out just the way you want them to”. I think she might enjoy reading about her sign and her zodiac compatibility with friends on this page and her sibling compatibility on this page too.
Even though I’m not going to be the driver, this “road trip talk” has me thinking a lot about my wheels and wondering if they are ready for prime time. Twice in my life I have had the opporunity to experience having my car “detailed” by a professional. It was a mind-blowing transformation to get an eight year old vehicle back looking like it had just been driven off the lot. If you have the dough, it’s definitely something I would want to do more often. However, it looks like my own elbow grease can take me to “car nirvana” too. I think this graphic of the detailing process makes a pretty good checklist. The website has the step-by-step instructions.
An infographic on The Professional Car Detailing Step by Step Process by RallyWays
Now we are clean and comfortable, with a few ideas for enjoying a road trip with teens up our sleeves. By the way, I wouldn’t recommend using the words “Wheels for Reals” in public. I am fairly certain that will contribute greatly to eye-rolling and driving your teen bat-nuts crazy. Roger that.
Peace and Out, Y’All,