Eat Well & Spend Less in Summer

Grocery prices, they are a-rising. And if you’re not careful, the flood could overwhelm you. I remember four years ago when things started hiking up. We were deep in debt, and yet, somehow, we got out. But, I am determined not to get sucked under again. Particularly where food costs are concerned. Oh, no, I […]

Taking Freezer Meals on The Road (Eat Well, Spend Less)

The activity, hot weather, and entertainment factor of summertime can wreak havoc on one’s grocery budget. How can summer fun affect your food costs? In summertime we venture out and about more often; we have more random schedules than the rest of the year; we tend to avoid hot kitchens and want someone else to […]

3 Things You Need for a Great Family Picnic

With longer days and better weather, summertime is ideal for a picnic with the family. It doesn’t need to be complicated, but there are several things that you can do in advance to set yourself up for success and make things easier. When something is easy to do, we do it more often. And frequent […]

6 Top Salads for Summertime (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I am a salad girl. I’d much rather eat a good salad than almost anything else. Yeah, I’m weird like that. Here are six of my top salads for summer. Tossed Salad with Peperoncinis and Feta Buffalo Chicken Salad Cilantro Couscous Salad Spring Greens with Pepitas and Cilantro Lime Dressing Pesto and Feta Pasta Salad […]

More Ideas for Summer Fun

Yesterday the kids and I headed to Chick-Fil-A for lunch and I brought along our Summer Planning binder. I handed each of my writing kids a summer “to do” list to fill out since I wanted their input on what to do this summer. I took notes for the girls while the boys sat at […]

Be Prepared for Carsickness

Summer vacations are just around the corner. And with them come the summer road trip. And while your destination and your luggage are important things to plan for, so is the inevitable bout of carsickness. Yes, you hate to think about it. But, when your child hollers, “Mom, I feel sick!” from the backseat as […]

Gear Up For Summer

Summer vacation started on Friday. What this means at our house is that we shift to a more relaxed mode of living. The kids still have some schoolwork (math and reading) and daily chores each day, but overall, they are free to play, read, draw, and otherwise explore their options and let creative boredom be […]

A Review of Disney’s California Adventure

photo source: JGV A few weeks ago our family went on a little adventure, a California adventure. At Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure. Know this: I am a diehard Disneyland fan — to the core, no Disney World for this chick. I’ll take the real deal, thanks. So, while I could spend a week inside the […]