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Planning Ideas for a European Vacation

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Our family just got back from a 3-day road trip. While we had a fabulous time out of Dodge, we are tired and happy to be home. Our kids are pretty good travelers, packing their stuff and loading the car in pretty short order. We love the idea of traveling with our big family. As […]

Have a Better Road Trip

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The holiday season is getting in gear. Chances are you and your family might be hitting the road to visit with friends and family in the coming weeks. Vacations and road trips can run the gamut from fun adventures, to  experiences to be tolerated, to disasters of epic proportions. While you can’t control everything, you […]

24-Hour Date on a Dime in San Diego

24-Hour Date Night on a Dime | Life as MOM

A weekend getaway, even if it’s only 24 hours, doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s how to save money on your next overnighter. A few weeks ago FishPapa and I had a 24-Hour Date. When our kids were really little, the only time we were gone overnight was to go to the hospital and have […]

Creating a Vision Board for Our Trip to Europe

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The following content is sponsored by the Home Collection by Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand: As you know, we’re dreaming a big dream around here. Next year hubs and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. 20 years?! Yes, ma’am. I’m so blessed to call this man my husband. Wow. Back in 1994 I handled the […]

How to Get the Sand Off When You’re at the Beach

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Got sandy feet at the beach? Here are a few tricks for dealing with sand: water, baby powder, and time. One of my kids’ favorite things to do at the beach is to play in the sand and build castles, forts, moats, and other sandy constructions. Second to that, of course, is body surfing. They […]

Why You Should Rent a Condo on Your Next Family Vacation

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There are a multitude of benefits to rending a condo on your next family vacation, especially if you have more than two children. Once upon a time you could squeeze a family with three or four children in a hotel room and it worked out great for a family vacation. I remember. Once upon a […]

Car Maintenance and Emergency Preparedness

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Check out these easy organizing tips for emergency preparedness — both big and small — that you might encounter when on the road. This month’s Zone Defense assignment entailed getting your travel and transportation “stuff” in order. And this month we’ve done a lot of that. We made two road trips totalling 630 miles, had […]

Get Your Kitchen Ready for Vacation So You Can Save Money

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Get your kitchen ready for vacation by dealing with the food you might be leaving behind. You’ll waste less and save money, too. With “summer recess” in full gear, it’s time to think of vacations. Whether you’re having a staycation or a full-blown trip to some distant locale, vacations can be pricey, especially when it […]