Almost Free Family Fun

In the mood for some family fun but a little short on the funds to bring it about? Check out my guest post today over at Coupon Cravings for some good times that are practically free.

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Heading to the Great Outdoors

In case you didn’t know this coming Saturday is the Great American Backyard Campout. Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, it’s a community event designed to encourage families to get outside and connect with nature. You don’t have to go far — just outside your backdoor. At to help and inspire you, this week’s Camp […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Desserts (Recipe: Grilled Lemon Poundcake)

Summertime lends itself to easy cooking that doesn’t make you sweat. And while wintertime dessert plates might feature warm and spicy dishes like pumpkin pie or apple streudel, summer dictates something light, fresh, and cool. Last night we made something new! Using a Sara Lee frozen pound cake, fresh berries and whipped cream, FishPapa and […]

A Whale of A Cake

FishBoy7 has a newfound interest in fish. I suppose it could be considered a natural interest, considering our last name. But, ever since the research that went into this post, he’s been reading, and drawing and talking about fish. He has learned a ton about the undersea world in his independent reading. And he requested […]

FishMama’s Summer Plans

Summer vacation is a welcome relief to me. I know for some families it’s a challenging time to keep the kids occupied for three months, prompting parents to greet September (and Back to School) with open arms. For me, it’s the reverse. My work load lightens during the summer months as I put my teacher […]

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 […]