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We spend a lot of time in the car these days. With two kids in school full-time, we find ourselves traveling every day to and from school, dance class, play dates, grocery store, and more. Plus, since the grandparents live about an hour away, we get in the car once a week and travel to visit them. To keep the kids comfortable & entertained during all these car trips, I made a DIY Activity Tray. And to make sure the air we are breathing in the car is as clean as possible, we installed the FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter (the process is so easy and I’ll walk you through all the steps).
The cabin air filter cleans the air that’s inside the vehicle, but it’s sadly often overlooked by many people. Replacing the filter can be done quickly & easily in under 10 minutes, so it should definitely be a part of your regular vehicle maintenance. Last week, when I was at Walmart picking up some household essentials, I purchased the FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter. I love that this air filter protects my family against dirt, dust and allergens.
One thing that I recently learned is that the air inside a vehicle can be up to 6X dirtier than the air outside. Isn’t that shocking? What happens is that contaminants that enter your vehicle with outside air can become concentrated- this exposes passengers to higher levels of dust, dirt and allergens than outside the car.The FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter is effective at filtering up to 98%* of dust, dirt and allergens from entering your vehicle.
To replace the cabin air filter, we first opened our glove box compartment. Keep in mind that the cabin air filter should be changed every year or every 12,000 miles. As always, it’s best to follow the recommended maintenance guidelines as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.
We had to remove an adjustable shelf and pull in the tabs on the filter compartment cover. One thing that I really love about the FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter is that it’s the only cabin air filter with the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda. Not sure how to replace the filter in your car? Don’t worry- FRAMFreshBreeze.com offers installation guides (via video and written instructions) for the different filter models. There is even a super useful texting feature, where you can get your installation video sent directly to your phone. Talk about convenience! Check out this link here to see which filter you need in your vehicle.
You can see the old filter peeking through. Do you see how clogged the old filter is?
Check out the difference between the old filter and the new one? Gross! Replacing this filter really gives me peace of mind knowing that my family will be safe and that the air inside our car will be as clean as possible.
I am going to add a reminder on my calendar to replace the filter every year. I don’t want the filter to ever get this dirty again.
Now that the air inside the car will be clean, it’s time to turn my attention to keeping the kids entertained during those car trips.
DIY Activity Tray
The first step for this project is to find a pillow and picture frame of similar sizes. My pillow was about 12″x12″ and my picture frame was 8″x10″. That’s close enough and fine for this purpose.
Take apart the picture frame, separating the frame from the backing. Spray paint the backing with a chalkboard paint. Spray paint the frame with a navy blue paint (or another color that’s complementary to your pillow).
Gather the rest of the supplies we will need, including hot glue, scissors and washi tape.
Place the chalkboard-covered backing into the picture frame. Add a strip of washi tape along the edge of the chalkboard. This step is optional, but I like the added pop of color this adds. (I found a floral washi tape that closely matches the pattern on my pillow! You can bet that put a smile on my face.)
Use some hot glue to attach the picture frame to the pillow.
This DIY Activity Tray is actually perfect for use at home or on the go. When in the car, it’s perfect for containing my daughter’s pad of paper & colored pencils (she loves to draw & color). The picture frame edge keeps all the art supplies contained and prevents them from rolling off the tray.
The chalkboard surface is perfect for an impromptu game of tic-tac-toe.
When my daughter gets a bit hungry, I can give her some snacks & a drink in the car right on her tray.
Even her kid’s tablet sits nicely inside this tray.
We put this tray to use during a recent road trip and my daughter absolutely loved it!
Before you head out on your next car adventure, be sure to pick up the FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter from Walmart.
Find out more about why FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter needs to be on your next shopping list and tell me: Do you plan on doing any road trips this year? How do you keep the kids entertained in the car?