Essentials You Can’t Forget In Your Summer Activities & Vacation Bag!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PeptoInAPill #CollectiveBias I'm going to open this post up by telling ya'll a story! So, a couple weeks ago we hosted some of our friends from the Midwest for their Spring Break. We were out exploring and enjoying the sand and surf when one by one they were all hit with stomach problems. We ended up leaving, but it really put into…

Free + Frugal Summer 2019 Guide!

Every year, I do my best to put together a guide to a free/frugal (at least) guide for summer! My mission is really just putting everything kind of in one place for you guys. You could even just print it out, and have it on hand for some inspiration. Share it with your friends, and see what piques your interest, add or take away. Now, I will also give the disclaimer that each community is different so you may have…

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So, you've probably figured out by now that my family is going on a three month trip over the summer.  I'm beyond excited for this adventure and the opportunity for my husband's career; but I would be lying if I said I wasn't going to miss my squad like crazy.  Squad isn't even appropriate, my village is more like it.  The people who inspire me and keep me sane during this crazy mothering ride.  I know I'll see them before…

Tuesday Top 10: Simplified Family Resources

As my journey to a more simplified life continues, I love being able to share some hacks and resources that have helped me as a homemaker. This Tuesday, I'm talking about some of my favorite apps and tools to keep the family machine running!1) Cozi App- We use the free version of this app, and it has been such a sanity saver. I honestly prefer to keep everything written on paper, but what kept happening is that it wasn't making…

The New Lightning McQueen Racing Academy In Hollywood Studios!

Disclosure: Thanks to Disney for allowing us to visit the parks for the day to experience this new attraction & write about it here for you guys! All opinions expressed are my own. We had the opportunity to check out the new Lightning McQueen Racing Academy inside of Hollywood Studios. (Located near the Rock n' Roll Rollercoaster!) My boys have loved Cars for years, so I knew this was an opportunity we wouldn't be able to turn down! This is…

My Favorite Family & Parenting Books!

I don't really know when I got into the habit of reading parenting and family books on a pretty regular basis, but these days I usually read one of two parenting books a month. What I've learned is that you absolutely have to take them with a grain of salt. I kind of look at reading them as my continuing education as a stay at home mother. I recognize that not every single thing will be applicable in my home,…

Family Vacation Unplugged, Survey Says—We are ALL Craving it!

You guys know this year, I’ve been on a journey to a more unplugged lifestyle for myself and my family.  I also know many of you are on the same journey!  Which is why I was thrilled when Alamo approached me about coming alongside them to share with you guys some of the results from their 2019 Family Vacation Survey.  The first thing that stuck out to me was the number of people who commented on feeling “always on” with social media.…

Universal Orlando Resort For The Whole Family!

Disclosure: Thank you so much to UOR for providing us with complimentary tickets to explore the park and compile an honest series of tips and tricks.Let me open by saying, WE HAD THE BEST TIME. Our kids' birthdays aren't for a couple months, but they both wanted to go to Universal Orlando Resort for their birthdays. So, we celebrated a little early. Our mission for this trip was affordability. Now that we live in Florida, it is easier than ever…

The Best Place To Stay In Orlando For A Multi-Resort Vacation!

Disclosure: We are so grateful to Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive for hosting us for two nights and allowing us to truly experience the place to conduct this review and provide you guys with an exclusive 20% code for your stay! We had the opportunity to stay at the Wyndham during Spring Break week. It worked out so well as we had friends visiting from Indiana, so it was a treat to head down to Orlando for a couple days…