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How To Keep The Whole Family Entertained On Road Trips

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We are back from our first road trip of the season! Arizona was beautiful and the 6+ hour drive to get there flew by because we had snacks and awesome entertainment from our sponsor, WEYV

We have been waiting months for this trip… especially Emmy! She was so excited to see her cousin CJ! What she wasn't excited about was a 6+ hour drive to get there.

I promised her that this time would be different. This road trip I was bringing the mother of all entertainment with us, the WEYV app!

I shared before about WEYV… the all-new way to listen to music, read your favorite magazine and soon listen to podcasts and watch videos. Even better, it is for the whole family and provides valuable ways to connect with each other through our devices. We are able to share music suggestions, magazine articles. and my favorite…create playlists together!

Before we left for our road trip, I created a playlist called Africa. The first song was Africa so I just kept it to be the name of the playlist. Looking back, I should have called it something more appropriate for the trip like Arizona, but I'm not the most creative person. Ha! I later learned that you can change the name of your playlist. Just tap and hold on the 3 dots to the right of your playlist. Then select “edit playlist” and then “playlist settings.” There you can change the name. 

The girls all added their own song picks to the playlist after I invited them to be collaborators. It worked out perfectly. The songs were also downloaded so we didn't have to worry about going through spots without cell service.

On the way out to Arizona, we listened to the playlist and again as we were cruising around Arizona with cousin CJ in the car.

This was also our first time in Sedona.

It was so gorgeous. The colors didn't look real. Deep reds, that contrasted with the blue sky to create such dramatic sights!


The girls want to go for some big hikes next time we visit. This time it was just a day trip, and it felt like we just scratched the surface of all there is to see and do there.

To get up to see these great views we took a “mellow” off-road tour. It was anything but mellow, but still a ton of fun! We jumped over huge rocks, or at least that is what it felt like. In reality, we went full speed over and through dips and bounced from side to side. My heart rate was through the roof so I put on my favorite Enya songs that I had downloaded in WEYV and that did the trick. Everyone else loved the rocky road… I guess I'm just an adventure lightweight!

After that, we explored the town of Sedona. There are a lot of shops and some really great restaurants. But really, all we cared about was spending time with family.

We did make some candles, bought some homemade candy, and did some shopping. There are the cutest shops in Sedona. I especially loved the small batch skin care products that I found in a little shop off the beaten path. Sedona was totally our type of place and very vegan/vegetarian-friendly too!

 

Our time in Arizona flew by way too fast and we had such a great time! It was about 110 in Phoenix and in the 80's in Sedona so we couldn't have asked for better early summer weather. We heard that monsoon season started just after we left and it brought showers right away. That would have been great to experience from inside our hotel room, but not so great for sightseeing, so remember that when you are planning your own Arizona adventure!

Be sure to watch our video above to see our whole adventure and exactly why we love WEYV and how to use it for road trips and beyond!

I'm so excited to share that you all can try the WEYV family plan for free (no credit card required) for two months with my coupon code: LOVELYLIFE18. Just sign-up at WEYV.com and enter the code, then download the app.

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Heather
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Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.

31 Comments

  • Road trips can be fun. They can also be a pain if the troops aren’t entertained. WEYV looks like it took the boredom out of the 6 hours you were on the road!

  • I would love to see the west and those great rock formations. That six hour drive you made it seem like a breeze. I have never been to Arizona so this was a good look.

  • I have to check out WEYV! I love the idea of being able to have all my entertainment in one place, instead of having to pull up a bunch of different apps.

  • I’ve never been to the Southwest but it looks so beautiful! Also I wish my family would be able to agree on a playlist . . . that would never have happened, especially when I was a teen! LOL

  • i have yet to go to arizona, it is on my bucket list for future road trips in the next year or so. i love going on road trips with friends and family.

  • Your trip looks amazing. I’ve never been to Arizona! Thanks for the info on WEVY, I will definitely have to check it out for our upcoming vacation!

  • It’s so nice to have a family playlist that’s specifically for road trips and long drives! It’s nice to have kids pick out songs that they like as well! Love the photos that you shared! Looks like you guys had the best time!

  • I am affectionately called #TheOfficialTwitterPartyDJ – I can actually DJ on and offline and love finding new ways to manage my extensive music collection and playlists. Music is part of my everyday life for sure but it is totally necessary on a road trip!

  • I love a good family roadtrip! This is awesome you visited Sedona I would love to go there myself in the near future.

  • That is a very handy app to have. It definitely helps when everyone can be involved in choosing the music for the road trip. Looks like an awesome day in Phoenix and Sedona. Thanks for sharing!

  • You always have the best road trips! I wish we could do as you do! Your kids sure looked like they had an awesome time. No boring moments at all!

  • Road trips are such fun for families, a great way of bonding too. Sedona looks like an awesome destination.

  • Beautiful pictures! Looks like everyone telling me to visit Sedona was right. It’s now on the list. 🙂 I’m stoked that it’s vegan/vegetarian friendly!

  • Absolutely loved that post ! It can really be not easy to keep everybody “on board” eheh
    Great tips and pictures!
    Thank you for sharing with us !

  • Those look like some pretty happy kids. Road trips for us are always stressful because one kid is always crying or needs to pee. These are great tips that will help a lot of families

  • Beautiful pictures, it looks like you and your family had a great time. Traveling all together can be hectic and hard to keep them all entertained. Seems like you did a pretty good job. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sometimes it is really hard to kill boredom in a long road trip, i think the WEVY app you mentioned will really help in this situation. Thanks for this tip and you guys looks like you had a lot of fun!

  • A 6 hour drive can give rise to crabby kids if we do not properly plan for it. Having raised 3 children, I know the stress of having bored kids in the car. Thanks for the tips. I will share this with my cousin.

  • Nice pictures looks everybody enjoying their trip a very lovable family .Good adventures together thanks for the post.

  • looks like you had a blast 🙂 wow, a 6 plus hour drive 🙂 thank you for sharing your fun family road trip experiences

  • You made the family road trip look like so much fun. Your pictures are great. That app sounds really cool.

  • What a fun trip! I love Arizona, and now when you hear those songs from your playlist, they’ll bring you right back!

  • I didn’t know about this app you’re describing here, that must be so fun to be able to create playlists together! I

  • Road trips for kids can definitely be tough. They are not used to being in the same place and space for so long. These are some great tips.

  • I love road trips and recently done one in California, it was just stunning and breathtaking. Love how your road trips with the kids and sure you guys have a blast!

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