Year of the Staycation

Earlier this week, I shared a round-up of family- and budget-friendly attractions if you live in San Diego or plan to visit sometime this year. Over on Good Cheap Eats I posted a culinary staycation of San Diego. (After all, you gotta eat!) Staycations are a great way to have your vacation and stay home, […]

Enjoy a San Diego Staycation (or Vacation)

 Plan a staycation or vacation in San Diego, “America’s Finest City”. My childhood memories of San Diego are few. A family weekend get-away when I was 7 and me, carsick, puking on a cliff at a beautiful sunset. A high school yearbook camp ten years later, exploring UC San Diego and wondering about going south […]

Planning Your Next Summer Excursion

What? You haven’t planned any blockbuster summer travels yet? No worries! It is definitely not too late to plan a summer vacation! Life as MOM Contributor, Amy is here to guide you, step by step, right through that process. So grab your calendar, get an idea of your budget and let’s go! 1. Time First, […]

12 Ways to Save on Vacation (Frugal Friday)

Vacations are a wonderful opportunity to reconnect as a family, relax, and reenergize. And if you can do it on a budget? So much the better! Vacation season is upon us! I know this because we went to Disneyland this week, thinking we would beat the summer rush. No can do. The park was teaming […]

Let’s Tour Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg, formerly a colonial capital, has been restored in architecture as well as in spirit, making it the ideal “family field trip.” I’m a West Coast girl. I’ve lived in Southern California for most of my life. When I’ve lived or traveled elsewhere, I haven’t ventured father east than the Mississippi, unless it was […]

Dream a Big Dream (Frugal Friday)

Setting goals and dreaming big dreams can be just the right motivation to help you save money and accomplish great things. This is my bedside table. Most are books that I’ve read before. A few I’m still finishing off for the first time. Most of them are books that I’m revisiting. See a theme? In […]

Ask for that Discount (Frugal Friday)

Ask for a discount and you might be surprised at a lower price. Despite my inner desires to be a globe-trotter, we don’t really travel that much. We take a few big road trips each year, but flying isn’t something we do very often. In fact, I’ve been on six plane trips in the fifteen […]

Saving Money on Spring Break Eating (Frugal Friday)

Spring Break dining doesn’t need to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to eat well without breaking the bank. I didn’t really plan a Spring break. I was going to skip it actually. I know that random stuff can happen at any moment that could throw our schedule off, so I didn’t have a […]