10 Ways to Use BooginHead’s SplatMat if You Don’t Have a Baby or Toddler

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

So I see so many blogs out there writing about this great product but it is always targeted as something that is just for babies and toddlers.  Well I am here to tell you that this is not true.  In fact I am going to share with you ten of the ways that I continue to use the BooginHead SplatMat with myself and my children who are all over the age of 3.

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I guess before I can tell you how I use the SplatMat that I should share with you a few things about the SplatMat.  The SplatMat is a great little mat that is made from a thick plastic material.  It is reusable and is made to last for a while.  In fact I have found that mine is holding up really well and we actually use it all of the time!

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The idea behind the SplatMat is that you have a waterproof clean place to sit with your baby and toddler when you are out and about.  The great thing that I have found is that it is something that actually fits in almost all of my purses and is something that I can take with me wherever I go.  Some of the places and ways that I have used it might surprise you.

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Perfect Picnic Spot

The most popular use for our SplatMat is as a picnic spot.  We picnic a lot with the kids because they love it.  They love being able to run and play while we are eating.  I hate for our eating area to be dirty.  While we do own picnic blankets that are larger, if we have a hike to where we are eating or if we have an impromptu picnic we have the SplatMat to save the day.  I actually keep mine in my big bag that goes everywhere with me.  It is not my purse but it is a second bag that I keep a change of clothes and other essentials in.

Camping Shoe Mat

Another great use that I have found for the SplatMat is that it make the perfect “welcome rug” for your tent.  It is waterproof and plastic.  You can throw it in the wash when you get home and it provides a nice place to stand and take off your shoes before stepping into the tent.

Concerts and Festivals

We also use our SplatMat when we are at concerts and festivals.  It is really handy to carry with you in a purse (it fits in my mid-sized crossbody bag really well.  It will keep you from having to sit down on wet or dirty ground which is always a plus for me.

City Parks

When you are visiting the local park like I do a lot, then it is likely that you sit down if your kids are old enough to play independently.  This year I am looking forward to quiet days at the park while I read books on my blanket.  One great thing about the SplatMat is that it is the perfect space for me to sit while my kids are playing.  If they get wood chips or sand on it, it brushes right off.  It is really a handy item to keep in the car for trips to the park.

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Restaurants

This one is not one that you will use if you do not have semi-youngish children.  I have found that the SplatMat makes the perfect handy mat to throw under a toddler’s chair at a restaurant.  Most of the time Adeline is not too messy but when we are out to eat and there is rice involved it is a different story.  Since rice is one of her favorite foods and I hate leaving a mess for servers to clean up, I have found that the SplatMat fits right under her chair and catches all of the rice which I can carry out and throw away when I get home.

Rain Protection

I will admit that the SplatMat is not the best rain protection available today.  However, when I was recently caught out in the rain and had a nice little walk to get home I was able to use the SplatMat as a makeshift rain fly for our stroller.  It worked well and she was mostly dry.

Watching Games

My son plays soccer so we attend a lot of soccer games.  There are not a lot of bleachers at our soccer fields.  Sometimes I do not feel like lugging chairs around, especially if I am alone with four kids at the game.  In these cases the SplatMat really does make a great place to sit during the game.

At the Beach

I love the beach but I hate getting sand all over everything.  I have found that the SplatMat is a must for each time that you go to  the beach because the sand, whether wet or dry, will just brush off.  It is so handy to be able to spread it out and have a place to sit and eat lunch or enjoy a snack.

At the Water Park

Recently we went to an indoor water park with our kids.  It wasn’t very crowded so I did not feel the need to rent a $20 locker for our stuff.  I did want to keep our stuff from getting wet as much as possible so I tucked the SplatMat around it and it was nice and dry when we were ready to leave.

Hiking

Finally I find that the SplatMat works great if you are on a hike and need a quick place to rest.  It also works well to have a nice place for your children to eat a snack or even take a short nap just off the trail before you continue on.

The SplatMat is one “baby” product that you are going to keep around for a long time.  Even if you do not have a baby, you might find that it is great choice for you to be able to take along with you just about anywhere that you go.

Phases of the Moon — Packing Tips if You Are Coming with Children

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

Let’s face it going to any festival with your children is a little bit more work than the days when you got to go alone. No longer can you fit everything for a weekend into one backpack and one cooler. It becomes a long process to get there but the family memories that you make and create are going to be completely worth the effort that it takes.

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This year I am traveling to the Phases of the Moon Festival with my husband and three of our children (my oldest will be with his dad that weekend) who are between the ages of 2 ½ and 6. Will it be hard at times? Yes. However I can assure you that our children love seeing live music and will have the time of their lives at the festival.

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The biggest tip that I would have for families who are traveling to Phases of the Moon is to be prepared and make your lists now. I know it is more than a week away but you will not be sorry when you have lists ready and know exactly what you will be packing for the trip.
I am going to share my lists and tips here so that they might be beneficial to someone else.
Camping Gear
Camping gear is a necessity when you are camping. We are huge fans of the Kelty brand at my house and here are the Kelty products that we have which make up our camping gear.

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1. A big Family Sized Tent (We love our Parthenon 8 from Kelty. This tent is amazing, has plenty of room for a family, and is moderately easy to set up—we don’t end up yelling at each other during the set up time although I might walk away one or two times!)

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2. A Shade Tent (We love the Bug Blocker from Kelty. Another one that is simple to set up, provides shade, and protection from bugs while you are enjoying the day or evening at your campsite.)

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3. A Small “Play” Tent (This is one of my biggest tips for families. Get yourself a small shade type of tent that has a lot of open space. We love the Kelty Cabana because you can leave the entire front open. This is where we keep all of the kiddos toys and stuff for them to play with so that it is not in the way in our main tent.)

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4. Sleeping Bags (We use the following Kelty sleeping bags – Little Flower 20, Little Dipper 30, Woobie 30, SB20, Women’s Cosmic Down 20. Each one is perfect for keeping us warm all night long!)

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5. Basecamp Kitchen (A basecamp kitchen is a great place to organize all of your kitchen essentials and other goodies. I keep my paper plates, silverwear, papertowels, spare TP, and more in ours so that we can always find everything that we need with ease.)
6. A Table (We love the Kelty Delux Rolltop Table which is the most high quality camping table that I have ever seen. I love that it is sturdy enough for all of us to eat at or that we can play cards when we are relaxing and letting the kids play.)
7. Lanterns (Again with the Kelty gear…I tell you what the gear may cost a bit more but it is the perfect gear for families. The reason that I love it so much is that it can withstand all of the abuse that my children put it through when we are camping and playing around. We have the Flashback, Flashback Mini, and Luma Spot Rhythm as part of our camping gear.
8. Extra Blankets – (We always take a few comforters, sheets, and a blanket for each kiddo in the tent. When attending festivals we take an extra blanket for each kiddo to have at late night shows or when they want something to snuggle up on.
9. Picnic Blankets (We love waterproof picnic blankets. My favorite ones come from Initials Inc. We have two of these and take them to every show that we see. We have enough room for all of us and even a few friends who may decide to travel and camp with us.)
10. Chairs (Chairs are another necessity when you are traveling with kiddos to a festival. My favorite choices are the Kelty Deluxe Lounge Chair—seriously the most comfortable folding chair you could ever find, Kelty Essential Chair, and Kids Chairs. We also take the Camp Chairs with us as we can easily carry these to the festival’s stage areas to sit on there.)
11. Battery Operated Fans (This is another essential with children. We have a few large sized ones and the kids each have their own hand held ones when we travel. They also love the spray bottles with the fans on them.)
I know that this might seem like a lot to travel with but when you have the right luggage it is not that bad. I use the One Trip Wonder (again from Initials Inc) to put all of the sheets, kids’ extra blankets, lanterns, and small gear in. I also use the large sized utility tote from Thirty-One to put all of our kitchen gear in.

Filling Those Coolers
I have easy tips to make filling your coolers simple. Plan a menu! Know what you are going to eat and when. Prepare your coolers this way so that the foods that you will eat later will be the foods that are on the bottom. Use one cooler for food, one for family drinks and a small one for the fun stuff (booze! Remember Phases campers that glass bottles are not permitted.) Personally we take our food for breakfast and lunch. We take all of the snacks that our kiddos are going to need. Then we take plenty of water (a few cases for all of us!!) and make sure that we have Camelbaks packed too!! We also take refillable water bottles (one per person!).
Although I have not finalized our Phases menu I am guessing that it is going to look something like this. This is all easily prepared and stuff that does not have to be heated up.
Thursday–
Breakfast—mini donuts, fruit
Lunch – sandwiches (lunch meat, pb & preserves, cheese, veggies…whatever looks/sounds good at the store), veggies n dip, chips
Friday
Breakfast—pop tarts, fruit
Lunch – pasta salad, sandwich
Saturday
Breakfast – small cereal boxes, fruit
Lunch—broccoli slaw salad, lunchables (not something that I normally let the kids eat so they will be excited!)
Sunday
Breakfast – leftovers from the former 3 days
Lunch – leftovers from the former 3 days

For the Kiddos
1. Backpack of Toys (We give our kids their Kelty Backpacks…we use the Minnow and the Grommet. They get to fill these backpacks with small toys, coloring books, colors/markers/pens, paper and books to use while they are at the festival.)
2. Waterproof Backpacks (We give our kids each their Trunki PaddlePaks so that they can put what they want for each show into this bag. Then they are taking something lightweight with them when we are walking to and from the festival stage.)
3. Ride On Toys (We like to take foldable scooters with us so that the kids have something to ride on and play with when we are at the campgrounds. These are also great to ride to festival stages and can easily be stored in a wagon or in the bottom of the stroller when we are sitting and enjoying a show.)
4. Stroller (I would highly recommend a stroller that is easy to push off roads. I have not owned one yet but the BOB strollers seem to be the best for this purpose.)
5. Wagon (We have two. If we have room we take our Radio Flyer with off road wheels but if we are struggling to find room we end up with the foldable one. Sadly it does not work as well.)
6. Blanket Bag – (We put one stuffed animal and their extra blanket in a small bag for them. I know that this sounds like a lot of bags but keeping things organized and allowing each child to have a place for their things will keep you sane when you are moving your gear from your car to the campsite. I like to use Thirty-One bags or Get a Grips from Initials Inc.)
7. One Ring Pool (Yes we sometimes take a pool with us to festivals. We bring just a simple one ring blow up pool that is easy to use. It is perfect for the kids to get wet in and cool off. I like to have a bucket with us that we can hall water to the pool in about 2 or 3 trips.)

What We Will Wear
So for clothes I am pretty simple when it comes to festivals. First off clothes need to be old and not too nice. I know, I know that might not sound so fun but my children get so dirty at festivals that it is necessary. I take one pair of Pjs and 3 outfits for each day (2 that are for warm weather and one that is for cool weather). I also take hoodies or sweaters. I take the same type of thing for me but not quite as much. I try to pack each child their own clothes bag so that we an keep them all together. I also take a big laundry bag to put all of our dirty clothes in. I take wet bags (leftover from cloth diapering days) to put wet laundry in. If at all possible I try to lay out wet laundry so that it can dry.

Toiletries
I personally like to bring all of the basic toiletries with me and then a few extras. My list includes the following –
1. Toilet Paper
2. Shampoo
3. Conditioner
4. Body Wash
5. Detangling Spray
6. Sunscreen (lots and lots of sunscreen!! You don’t want to run out!)
7. Dry Shampoo
8. Brushes
9. Combs
10. Hair Ties
11. Headbands
12. Bandanas (These are great for hair but are even better to cover your face with if there is a ton of dust at a dry festival!)
13. Medicine Bag (put all of our prescriptions and medications that we might need in one place)
14. First Aid Kit (you’ll probably need bandaids!)
15. Wet Wipes (bring a BIG bag of these with you, you won’t be sorry!)
16. Facial Cleansing Wipes
17. Basics for skin care and make up! (nothing fancy for this mama but I still want to look presentable so I use the basics…foundation, mascara, and funky eyeliner—it’s just fun to use!)
18. Hand Sanitizer
19. Child’s Potty Seat (something small but seriously once you see those port-a-pots you will be happy that you have somewhere clean for your children to go potty)
20. Lysol Spray (yes I use this when we are forced to use the port-a-pots!)
21. Towels (I just take a few small old towels…one per person and maybe one extra!)