Our Summer School: Getting Out and About

Our Summer School: Getting Out and About - Make weekly outings a learning experience.

Make weekly outings a summer learning experience. Last year I had great big dreams for a summer school that was lively and unique. We were going to read great literature, get ahead with math, learn filmmaking and cooking and basically expand our horizons beyond our wildest dreams. Bwahaha. Can you hear me knock over end […]

Can California Be Budget-Friendly?

Can California Be Budget-Friendly? | Life as MOM

I grew up in Southern California. Except for the five years that we lived in Kansas (2003-2008), the Golden State has been my home. I love it. Despite its flaws, of which there are many, I know, I never want to leave again. Ever. Almost six years ago FishPapa and I decided to go for […]

24-Hour Date on a Dime in San Diego (Frugal Friday)

24-Hour Date Night on a Dime | Life as MOM

A weekend getaway, even if it’s only 24 hours, doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s how to save money on your next overnighter. A few weeks ago FishPapa and I had a 24-Hour Date. When our kids were really little, the only time we were gone overnight was to go to the hospital and have […]

Getting a Good Value or Why We Pay the High Cost to Live in California (Frugal Friday)

Frugality is getting a good value for what you pay. That’s how we can live in California and pay the high cost of living. This post was originally published on September 13, 2012. The message still holds true. Many people have wondered how it’s possible to live in California which has a reputation for having […]

Dining Out on a Budget

Dining out on a budget requires compromising in small ways, but still achieving the end goals of great food and good company. A few weeks ago I shared a few small ways our family uses to save money. One of those ways was to eat at home, of which we do a fair amount. However, […]

Plan A San Diego Staycation or Vacation

Our family moved to San Diego almost three years ago due to a job opportunity. We’ve been blessed by this move in so many ways. My brothers live nearby, the grandparents aren’t too far away, and we’ve come to love “America’s Finest City.” San Diego truly is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever […]

A Visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Last month our family took the day off from business as usual and headed to a local attraction, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Formerly known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park, the Safari Park is one of two zoological gardens in San Diego. The famous San Diego Zoo is located in the heart […]

Saving Money on Food in Southern California

Six kids? Southern California cost of living? And a tight economy? They sound like incompatible circumstances, don’t they?¬†Yet, we’re doing okay. According to my records, our family spent $7700 on groceries last year, an average of $641 a month.That number includes diapers, paper goods, and toiletries. We do have a separate “dining out” budget. Last […]