Camp Wannalaffalotta: Welcome to the Jungle!

Welcome to this week’s Camp Wannalaffalotta! If you’re just joining us, you can read more about it here. Basically, since I can’t invite you and your children over to my home for a DIY summer camp, I’m presenting resources for you to do with your kids at your house. I’ve received some fun emails telling […]

Frugal Friday: Catch a Flick For Free – Or Close To

I have wonderful memories of the movies. The first in my recollection was going to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see Star Wars. I was five. And it was a really. big. deal. As a teenager, a night at the movies with my girlfriends was a regular weekend affair, complete with those nuclear cheese nachos, a […]

Recipe for a Fun Friday Night

Ice Cream Sundaes! (Or Ice Cream Fridays, as the case may be.) Now’s the time for ice cream sales. I’ve purchased it as low as $2 a (almost) half-gallon in recent weeks. Raid the baking cupboard to see what kind of mix-in’s you’ve got available. Children – of all ages – will love piling on […]

42 Days of Summer Vacation

Even though we invested in cable this past fall, we tend not to watch it too often. For us the occasional forays into football, the Stanley Cup finals, Roland Garros (the French Open), Food Network, and the Disney Channel justify the expense for our family. It’s cheaper than taking everyone to the movies. One of […]

Teriyaki Chicken (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Camp Food)

Summertime is the time to pack up your stuff and head out to the great outdoors. Camping is one great way to do that. I personally am looking forward to beach camping this summer. I don’t know that I can make camping with a toddler and a baby a habitual thing, but I want to […]

SeaLife Aquarium

Are you a homeschooler planning a trip to San Diego in June? You can still take advantage of Legoland Homeschool Days by visiting the SeaLife Aquarium that is next door to Legoland. Tickets are discounted to $9 per person for home educating families. Information can be found here. **This is for the SeaLife Aquarium, not […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Come On the Safari With Me!

I must confess, I get really excited when I plan for these fun, theme-filled posts. Part of this is because I know how much my kids love to read stories and do crafts, but often I lack direction. Doing some research and creating a plan helps give me confidence to actually do fun stuff with […]

Get a Taste of Your Town This Summer

In my dozen years of motherhood, I’ve moved to new towns three different times. Each time we arrived not knowing the lay of the land at all. But, over time we found restaurants that we liked, parks that the kids enjoyed, and amusements to while away our free time. One thing that helped us become […]