Have Bag, Will Travel (or Go to the Beach, or the Park, or on a Picnic)

Now’s the season for getting out and about. The weather is warming up. Spring fever has hit. And the outdoors beckons you to load up the family and head out for adventure.

But, do you ever find yourself…

at the beach or other fun locale, and the weather turns cold, and tshirts and shorts just won’t cut it?
on a family field trip at a location where budget-friendly meals are a foreign concept?
at the park for an impromptu outing and find that you have no balls or toys in the car?
on a road trip without sufficient activities for the kids to amuse themselves with?
on your way to a faraway special event only to find out that someone made it into the car without any shoes?

Vacation Freebies

Ever since our days of traipsing through the South of France together, FishPapa and I have loved to travel and see new places. And that hasn’t changed since having children. Our luggage has just increased.

And, I guess, truth be told, we’ve always been budget travelers. When it was time to choose a honeymoon location, airfare to France was actually less expensive than Hawaii. How convenient! We flew across the Atlantic for about $200 roundtrip for each cheap seat!

Family Fitness You Can Afford

Photo Source: Mike Baird Finding that you’ve grown a regular crop of couch potatoes over the winter? Wondering why it’s so hard to motivate your family to get out of the house? Looking for a solution to a little extra flab yourself? It might be time to get fit. To read my article on family […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Dessert

Ultimate Recipe Swap

No dinner is complete without dessert. At least in my opinion. It doesn’t have to be something exotic or elaborate, just something a little sweet to end the meal. And, geek that I am, I love themed desserts for special occasions. My kids love to create birthday cakes that match their interests. And I love […]

Empty Tomb Resurrection Cake

Empty Tomb Resurrection Cake -  He is risen! He is risen, indeed. Celebrate Jesus

 He is risen! He is risen, indeed. Celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with this Empty Tomb Cake. To create your own Empty Tomb Resurrection Cake, you will need: one boxed cake mix, prepared according to package directions small Pyrex bowl 10×10 inch square pan frosting of your choice (I made a buttercream and tinted it with a […]

Easter Entertainment for Children

When I was growing up, my mom was the hostess with the mostest. Today I have no idea how she pulled it off. I think she must have not slept too much near special occasions. Not only did she get five kids dressed — in Easter dresses and bonnets — but she also usually hosted […]

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

FishKids on a full-scale, genuine rusty anchor As our family grows, FishPapa and I are finding more and more fun places to explore. We have always loved to travel and we want to be able to share this experience with our kids. We’re not quite ready for the European vacation of our dreams, so we’re […]

A Giveaway from Safeway and Betty Crocker

A Jesus Cake from Easter Past The kids and I came up with a great creative Easter cake idea this past week. And, no, it’s not bunnies and chicks. It’s Easter as in Resurrection-Sunday-kind-of-Easter. We’re trolling the Playmobil collection this weekend in the hopes of finding all the necessary components. I hope to share our […]