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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 Save Money on Road Trips

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Simply taking a road trip is a great way to save money on travel costs. There are additional ways to save money while you’re on the road. Summer is the time for road trips. Sure, some folks may be heading to the airport to take a flight on vacation, but a lot of us simply […]

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 […]

Zone Defense: Organizing Your Traveling Equipment

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This year we’re back on Zone Defense, tackling clutter and getting our homes more in order. This month, we set our sights on organizing our traveling and vacation equipment. (At my boys’ hockey games they play inspirational music during warm-ups and right before a face-off, so here’s a little music to get you going before the […]

Plan a Staycation & Save Money

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Plan a staycation to save the money and hassle involved in going out of town. Play the tourist in your own town. Last year we had the opportunity to have a hotel staycation, just a 20 minute drive from our house. We joined the best of both worlds: convenience and familiarity of being in our […]