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Get Ready for Summer with a Time Budget

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Ready to have the best summer ever? No? I got an idea that will help you make it happen.

A Cheap & Easy Spring Break for Families

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Spring break is coming! Download these two weeks’ worth of spring break activities. The planning is done for you for a fun and frugal vacation with your kids.

Holiday Snow Days at Legoland

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Who says there’s never snow in San Diego? Legoland has all the winter fun: snowballs, sledding, and ice skating during this year’s Holiday Snow Days. Last week I surprised the littles by taking them to Legoland. They didn’t know where we were going until we turned onto Legoland Drive, but they had guessed that maybe […]

5 Holiday Travel Tips for Families

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As the holiday season approaches, consider how you can make family travel more fun and less stressful. I love November and December. They are probably two of my favorite months on the calendar, namely because of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. The holidays can be such fun! Now that my sister Janel has moved back […]

5 Comforting Fall Recipes

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Fall is here! If you’re looking for a little comfort food for the cooler nights, try one of these recipes. A month ago, we were sporting shorts and tshirts in these here parts. We left for Europe and whoosh! while we were gone, the seasons changed. We even had rain over the weekend! Be still […]

Anna & Elsa Costume Tutorials (FREE Design Template)

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Is someone in your home pining to “let it go” for costume parties this fall? Are you hoping to make an Anna costume but are stumped by the design? You asked for a template, we answered. Back in January, when things were very FROZEN at my home in Virginia, my girls fell in love with […]

Homespun Patriotism for the Fourth of July

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You don’t need to jump hoops for the 4th of July. We’re not. My kids have insisted that we have apple pie for the 4th this year for the Fourth of July. No one can tell me why apple pie is so American, but they want to have it. Despite the paucity of good organic […]

Summer Meal Planning Tips and Tricks

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Is meal planning a challenge during the summer? Here are some solutions to hot weather, busy days, tired cooks, and a lack of cooking mojo. Summer is in full swing. Weird schedules abound. Whether it’s camps, vacations, or trips to the pool, lake, or beach, routine is hard to come by. But, you gotta eat! […]