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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, […]

Why We Do School at Home

There are lots of reasons to homeschool. Today I share why we do school at home. Hubby and I just got home from the California Great Homeschool Convention. I only mis-navigated the adventure a few times during our travels, and we only took a couple wrong turns. But, it was an overall success because FishPapa and […]

The FishFam Salutes You

Thank you to all the men and women in the US Armed Forces (and their families) who have sacrificed some of their personal freedoms in order to preserve ours. We know this day is more than just a BBQ. The FishFamily thanks you.

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 […]

Family Movie Nights: Hugo, Tintin, War Horse

Head’s up! If you make a purchase through any Amazon links, I do receive a small percentage of the sale. Movie night is a pretty big deal around here. It started back in the days before we ever had cable or even the internet. We were a no-TV family for about ten or twelve years. […]

Eat Well, Spend Less: Letting Kids Cook

Including your kids in the kitchen is a great way to teach them life skills and, eventually, save money. Eat well, spend less, and let the kids cook! As we all know cooking and eating at home is typically healthier, tastier, and often more economical than processed or restaurant fare. And if there’s more than […]

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 […]

12 Ways to Save on Gifts (Frugal Friday)

It is better to give than receive — unless it puts you in hock! Avoid debt and overspending by giving gifts wisely and economically. 1. Bake something. Bake someone happy with homemade breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. Homemade is always better than storebought. And the ingredients can often be less expensive that a fancy bakery. […]