For car trips: "We travel with cookie sheets and a plastic tote filled with playthings. Easily held on a lap, a cookie sheet can be used as a surface for coloring, playing with magnets and Bendaroos, or holding a snack. It's an inexpensive alternative to a car-seat lap desk, and when it's not in use, it fits in the back pocket of the seat."
Tips for Traveling with Kids - Long Car Rides: leave early, like 4 am (kids will go back to sleep); NO CRAYONS (they melt); map of the states with colored pencils -- you color in the state when you see their license plate; new toys just for the trip!
Editing photos with Curves: BloggerPhotographer says: I don’t know about you, but if I could only use one tool in photoshop for the rest of my life, it would be Curves. It can do so much! Not only can it lighten up your images, but it can make your colors and contrast pop by making an S curve. To do that, just add a second point in the curves window, and drag it down a bit. This is pictured here.
The Beginners Guide to Coupons. This is seriously the best free online step-by-step guide to learning how to extreme coupon. It breaks the whole process down into easy-to-follow baby steps that anyone can learn!