Car Maintenance and Emergency Preparedness (Zone Defense)

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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 […]

Getting Your Kitchen Ready for Vacation (Eat Well, Spend Less)

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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 […]

Visiting and Vacationing in San Diego

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Whether you live in San Diego or are just visiting, it’s a great place to play the tourist. Even better when you can do it on a budget. We moved to San Diego almost five years ago. Before stepping off the plane from Kansas City, I’d only been here three times in my memory — […]

Vacation Food Traditions

We don’t “vacation” all that much. But, when we do, we like to eat well. And over the years we’ve developed some special little traditions that are relegated to vacation time. I’m sharing those as well as other tips for eating well on vacation over on Food Your Way today.

The Benefits of a Hotel Staycation

A hotel staycation is just the ticket to rest and relaxation for the whole family — without the hassle and cost of travel time. This past weekend our family did something we’ve never done before. We had an official hotel staycation, wherein we “vacationed” in our own town. OK, it was in our county, not […]

Get Your Reusable Water Bottles Ready to Go (& a Giveaway from Contigo)

It used to be that I had a hoard of bottled water in my car and in the garage. It was easy to cart water that way. Quick, too. It was right there with us all the time. However, disposable plastic bottles aren’t good for the environment, and in some cases can emit harmful chemicals […]