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12 Ways to Save on Entertainment (Frugal Friday)

Entertainment doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. Here are 12 ways to save. (And this post does contain some affiliate links, meaning I may get a small portion of the sale.) Summer is the time to enjoy all kinds of entertainment. The days are longer, the weather (generally) nicer, and attitudes seem to be […]

Summer Lunch Ideas for Kids

This post was originally published on July 6, 2010. Snacky Lunch This season may find you busy helping at Vacation Bible School, taking your children on outings, catching a free show, or otherwise enjoying more relaxed summer days. But, Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall — one thing stays the same: ya gotta eat. Mealtimes may […]

12 Ways to Save on Birthdays (Frugal Friday)

Birthdays  are a wonderful time in the life of a child. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make it special. Our family has a “birthday season”. Fifty-percent of our family has birthdays in a three-week span of time. As of today, we’ve got two more to go before we start leap […]

Year of the Staycation

Earlier this week, I shared a round-up of family- and budget-friendly attractions if you live in San Diego or plan to visit sometime this year. Over on Good Cheap Eats I posted a culinary staycation of San Diego. (After all, you gotta eat!) Staycations are a great way to have your vacation and stay home, […]

Enjoy a San Diego Staycation (or Vacation)

 Plan a staycation or vacation in San Diego, “America’s Finest City”. My childhood memories of San Diego are few. A family weekend get-away when I was 7 and me, carsick, puking on a cliff at a beautiful sunset. A high school yearbook camp ten years later, exploring UC San Diego and wondering about going south […]

Planning for Our Summer Fun

Plan for summer fun with your kids and wile away the daze. This is our last week of school. I wish that I could say that we’re finishing strong. But, the truth is that the month of May just wiped me out. I had two out of town trips, two more than I normally have […]

Planning Your Next Summer Excursion

What? You haven’t planned any blockbuster summer travels yet? No worries! It is definitely not too late to plan a summer vacation! Life as MOM Contributor, Amy is here to guide you, step by step, right through that process. So grab your calendar, get an idea of your budget and let’s go! 1. Time First, […]

Why We Do School at Home

There are lots of reasons to homeschool. Today I share why we do school at home. Hubby and I just got home from the California Great Homeschool Convention. I only mis-navigated the adventure a few times during our travels, and we only took a couple wrong turns. But, it was an overall success because FishPapa and […]