What to Pack for Your trip to the Oregon Coast

So you finally did it. You finally pulled the trigger and booked your vacation to the Oregon Coast. Yay! First of all, let me just say that you are going to love it. Let’s make sure you know exactly what to pack for your trip to the Oregon Coast to get your vacation off to the right start!

I’m not a world traveler by any means, but I have been to beaches throughout Oregon, California, and Texas and I have to admit that the Oregon Coast is by far the most beautiful. I’m not just saying that either, it’s true. What part of the coast did you book your vacation? My personal favorites are Pacific City and Newport. They both have some amazing beaches.

Okay, enough of me gushing about my love for all things Oregon Coast, it’s time for me to get to the point. If you have not yet been to the Oregon Coast, you might be wondering what you should pack for your trip to the Oregon Coast and I am going to help you with that. Yes, you are headed to the beach, but you need to be more prepared then just having “beach attire” with you.

What to Pack for Your trip to the Oregon Coast:

  • Swimsuit or shorts
  • Hoodies or jackets
  • Sandals or slip-on shoes
  • Sturdy shoes if you plan on any exploring any tide pools or walking on rocks
  • Hat, beanie or hair tie if you have long hair (lots of wind, you will want your hair up)
  • Sweats or pants that can easily be pulled on over shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Cash or card (in case you want to visit a cute shop nearby)
  • Blanket for covering up, especially if you will be there at night
  • Bag for collecting rocks and shells
  • Beach toys for the kids
  • Kites
  • Volleyball, football, etc.
  • Cooler with food and drinks (you don’t want to have to leave and get food, so make sure and bring it with you).
  • Camera or cell phone for stunning pics
  • Camp chairs (we splurged on these last year and it was so worth it!) or a beach blanket (we have a dedicated old king size comforter that we bring along on our beach trips)
  • S’mores goodies
  • Firewood, paper, and matches (assuming it’s not fire season, you can have a fire on the beach at most beaches in Oregon and it is a blast, so don’t forget your firewood).
  • Hand sanitizer and hand/baby wipes
  • Garbage bag for collecting your mess before you leave. Leave it better than you found it!

I’m sorry to disappoint all of my friends and readers who were expecting to go have some sunny and warm beach days, but you need to be prepared to be chilly when you visit the Oregon Coast. The Oregon coast is stunning and fun, but not always warm. Even on sunny days, there is often a breeze that can be quite chilly so make sure you are prepared to warm yourself up! I live in Oregon, about an hour and 15 minutes away from the beach, so you can find our family at the beach often, and we never go without a sweatshirt at the very minimum.

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You want to make sure and bring these items along with you, because like all tourist locations, items are more expensive there. We went on a recent trip to the beach with some family members who drove off without their sweatshirts and ended up spending $100 on 3 sweatshirts for their family while they were there.

This list may seem a bit excessive, and I do tend to be an an over-packer, but I believe in being prepared and I don’t like to spend money unnecessarily. Plus, knowing what to pack for your Oregon coast trip can take a little bit of pressure off of your vacation plans. I know that before my last vacation to a new place I looked up lots of tips on what to pack.

TIP: If you are staying in a hotel, you might want to bring duplicates so you don’t have to find a laundromat to wash and dry your clothes. If you do jump in the water, it’s not always easy for your clothes to dry in the chilly breeze.

Nitro Circus: A Wildly Fun Family Night

(We had a great view of the show, but our seats were being a baseball net and pictures were not easy to get)

So I told you all a while back about Nitro Circus coming to our neck of the woods, well we went and boy oh boy did we love it!  We went to the show in Bend, Oregon which was held in the Vince Genna Stadium (home of the Bend Elks).

I have to be honest with you, I fully intended to go to this show for my children’s benefit only.  I figured they would have a great time watching the motorcycle tricks and that would be that.  Boy was I wrong!  I had just as much of a good time as the kids did and I would go back again in an instant!

First of all, we were lucky enough to land at a show that Travis Pastrana was at!! According to others who have seen the show and Travis himself, he doesn’t make it to many of them, so this was awesome.  Maybe it’s because I remember watching Travis ride on TV when he was just a teenager and being so impressed by that, but him being there just made the night that much more exciting.

There were so many tricks done by motocross racers, BMX bikers, and skateboarders that it was non-stop action. I was even mentioning to a friend last night that I even loved the crowd there.  It was a mixture of fun-loving adults and excited little kids.   In fact, the only thing I didn’t love about the night was that the Vince Genna Stadium has very little parking and we had to walk probably a half-mile to get there, but even that wasn’t so bad.

In this stock photo, it shows what was, in my opinion, the best part of the show.  All 20 of the athletes were in the air and upside down at the same time.  I have seen it on television before, but it was heart racing excitement to see in person.

I will end my review with this.  I WILL definitely be buying tickets the next time Nitro Circus comes to town.


We received these tickets in exchange for our honest review. 

Pros and Cons of Homeschooling




We are currently in a family discussion to whether or not the foothills kids should be home schooled. We have been researching and discussing reasons why we should or should not home school, but since we are a family that works together, mom and dad have asked us to come up with reason why we should and should not be home schooled.

Here are some pros that the foothills kids have thought of:

  • Grow Closer Together With Your Family

You can grow so much closer together just by homeschooling your kids. Reasons why would be because you could spend up to 24 hours a day with your children. You could also be able to talk to your kids more and you could build a stronger bond as a family.

  • Flexible Schedule

You do want to have an idea of what your home school days are going to look like, but if your schedule needs to change at all, you could change it! Pretty neat huh?

  • Emotional Stability

Some kids get crazy stressed. Like just the thought of school makes them worry. So if they know their schedule and know they don’t have to be faced with the fears of crowded hallways, there is less of a chance they will get stressed.

  • Less Worry About Sickness

You don’t have to worry about driving to the school in the middle of the school day picking up a sick kid. It sucks when kids are sick, but it’s better if they’re with you to start with. Plus, your kids get sick most of the time from going to school so if they’re home schooled, chances are they won’t get sick nearly as often.

  • Go on Vacations

If you find a vacation for cheap sometime random like the middle of April, you can go! Just bring your home school stuff and make the vacation educational. Like if you find a good deal to go to the beach, you can go to the aquarium and that trip would be educational.

  • Have More Control Over What and How Your Kids Learn

Some teachers have their own ways of teaching, which is fine, but that specific way of teaching might not be very effective for your child. There are ways you could find out how your children learn best, and you could learn how to teach them in such ways so they could learn more successfully! Also, at public schools, they don’t often have a ton of class options, so if you want your kids to learn something that the schools don’t offer, you can teach your kids that stuff on your own!

Those are just a few of the pros, but I’m gonna move to the cons of homeschooling your children that the foothills kids thought of.

  • Be Around Your Children All Day Long

This could be a potential con for some people. Being with your kids for long periods of time might be hard for some people because their kids could start misbehaving. I don’t think anybody loves when their kids are being brats.

  • Kids Might Struggle With Learning

Your kids could possibly struggle with learning and it could be hard at times to stay patient and restrain anger. It is okay to be mad, but if your kids see that you are frustrated, they might also get frustrated and not want to try.

  • Expensive

Buying all the materials could be very expensive. There are a lot of materials that you have to buy if you choose to home school your kids, and not all of the materials are cheap to buy.

  • Explain Why You Chose to Home School Your Children

There will probably be times when relatives, or really anybody, ask you why you choose to home school your kids. Keep in mind not everybody will support your decision to home school your kids. They ask you a lot of questions like,” Why would you want to home school your kids?” You have to answer those types of questions pretty frequently.

As you can tell, home schooling your children is definitely  a commitment, but there are lots of pros to make up for all the work it takes to successfully home school your kids.

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Anyone Want to Guess How My Morning Started?


Well I think I have mentioned that I live in a small town and yes I do mean small.  I believe at last check our population was somewhere near 1,000.  So with the small town life comes many oddities.  One of which is a flock of wild turkeys that we see every single morning on the way to take the kids to school.

Today, sadly we met one of these turkeys on the wrong corner.  He jumped in front of my car and I simply could not stop in time.  It made me so sad to have started my morning that way and now my children get to tell the story of how “Mom killed a turkey this morning.”

I guess I shall take from this that I appreciate that my car wasn’t damaged and this is just a part of small town life.  I have lived here forever, so you would think I would remember that, but still this was my first turkey accident…

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