Roadtrip Treasure Hunt

Road Trip Treasure Hunt

Disclosure: This shop, “Road Trip Treasure Hunt” has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RoadTripOil #CollectiveBias With my husband temporarily working out of state, our household bills have doubled while his salary basically stayed the same–which means our planned summer vacation had to be cancelled. Instead of an EPIC cross-country trip, we have been enjoying mini-staycations and going on as many Road Trip Treasure Hunts as we can plan. What is a Road Trip Treasure Hunt you ask? It’s simple. We map out a string of geocaches, pack a picnic lunch, load up my SUV with the kids, a cooler, and our Go-Bag, and spend the day geocaching. I love how geocaching brings us closer together as a family, plus it teaches the …

“Fifty Shades” of Embarrassed or How to Share Your Kindle Fire Contents Without Traumatizing Your Kids

“Fifty Shades” of Embarrassed, or How to Share Your Kindle Fire Content Without Traumatizing Your Kids

I’m a major technophile so I usually upgrade my iPhone every year. When I do, I pass my old one off to my husband, who in-turn passes his old device down to one of the girls. Currently in our family we have an iPad, three iPods, four iPhones, and a first generation Kindle, plus each of the girls have a Kindle Fire. Because my daughters and I have such similar taste in music (don’t judge), I decided it would be easier for us to share an iTunes account. That way when I bought music it would automatically download onto their devices. Setting it up this way, I always know exactly what the girls download, because it is automatically added to my iPhone. And if it is something I don’t approve of, I can simply delete it …

A Good Tomorrow Starts Tonight

A Good Tomorrow Starts Tonight

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Breathe Right® Nasal Strips. All opinions are mine alone. #TomorrowStartsTonight #CollectiveBias If you have followed me for a while, you know that I don’t get enough sleep. Between my brain not wanting to shut off for the night, dogs terrified of thunderstorms, sick kids, and my husband’s horrible nighttime nasal congestion, I’m lucky to get 4 hours of sleep each night. My husband’s nasal congestion gets so bad that sometimes I will sleep in our walk-in closet on a blowup mattress! Not exactly comfortable, but at least it is quiet. When I don’t get a good night’s sleep, the next day is nearly always a nightmare. Lack of sleep affects my mood and, in turn, everyone around me. I’m impatient, …

Throw a Spooktacular Kids Halloween Party for Under $100 with BJ's Wholesale

Throw a Spooktacular Kids Halloween Party for Under $100 with BJ’s Wholesale

Disclosure: I am part of the BJ’s Wholesale Club Blogger Ambassador program. “Throw a Spooktacular Kids Halloween Party” is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. Kids birthday parties. UGH! Let’s be honest. They can be expensive, aggravating, exhausting… did I say expensive? Every summer my family celebrates five birthdays and a wedding anniversary. That is a lot of parties in just five weeks and if I’m not careful, I can break the bank celebrating. So I’ve learned a few tricks to keep expenses down. My biggest tip is to pick up your party supplies–food, candy, helium tank, cake, ice cream and drinks–at BJ’s Wholesale Club. It’s a one-stop shop plus you …

Grocery Shopping 101

Grocery Shopping 101

Grocery Shopping 101: Easy tips to help you save money when shopping for groceries.