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How To Save Money On Experiences As A Family

Access pass- many states now offer families living within poverty guidelines the option for reduce admissions and memberships.  This is a wonderful thing, if you qualify for it.  Utilize it! Memberships- If you can afford an annual membership, buy it!  It is so worth it, and if possible splurge for the option to bring friends.  We can bring two people with each membership we have, and by doing it every time I'm allowing my friends the opportunity to go somewhere…

The Oregon Zoo

My family had a wonderful time at the Oregon Zoo on Saturday.  We went to their Endangered Spieces day, and it was highly impressive.  The zoo here is outstanding, it's the perfect size.  They have so many opportunities for the kids to get close to the animals.  I felt like we could get close enough, we may actually touch them.  The Oregon Zoo really has some great things in the works right now, they are building a state of the art…

Party Season: Thank you cards!

Parties are wonderful, but a grateful heart is even more wonderful.  From an early age, I want to instill in my children gratitude, appreciation, and kindness.  After each party, I have my children thank guests for their presence and their presents!  Tiny Prints thank you cards, generally corresponding to their birthday party invites, are the perfect way to say thank you.  I'm pretty in love with these cards that facilitate writing, so kids can truly learn how to write thank…

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Road trip entertainment for our kids!

It is hard to believe we are only three days from departure for our big summer adventure to Portland, Oregon!  We will be stopping every 7-10 hours of driving to stay in a hotel, we will have the boys swim at each stop to get their joints moving again.  We will shower, eat a healthy breakfast, and get back on the road for the day.  These chunks of time are so long for young children, so I've spent the last…

Mother’s day gift ideas!

  This amazing shirt from my friends at Milkmaid goods.  Aside from this incredibly comfortable and fun shirt about mom life.  Milkmaid Goods has the cutest stuff for babes!  Go check them out!  They sent me this shirt to review, and I have to tell you guys it's the most comfortable shirt I own.  I wish I knew about them when my babes were swaddle age, because their baby swaddles are SO PRECIOUS. Starbucks card!  Moms always need/want Starbucks. Coupons. …

Wild Kratts Live Review

I had an amazing date night with my three year old son last night!  When I heard the Wild Kratts would be coming to Indiana a few months ago, I could barely believe it.  The Kratt brothers, Chris and Martin, are animal explorers in a show on PBS.  They have "creature powers" and can essentially become the animal they touch once their creature power disc has been activated. (Duh.) Liam loves them, and has learned a surprising amount by watching their television show. …

Our Frugal Easter Baskets

Last year I didn't post my Easter basket post until after Easter, and many of you were annoyed with me. So, hoping my kids don't see this ?- I'll share some ideas from our budget friend Easter baskets of 2016. As well as make some suggestions for last minute, affordable and healthy, ideas for your Easter gifts! 1) don't buy pre made Easter baskets. They are loaded with cheap toys and unhealthy treats. And they're expensive! 2) reuse your Easter…

Stitch Fix Box Review!

Post Disclosure: I received nothing for this review, as an FYI.  These are all opinions of my own, and they are true.  I have included my referral link in this post, so if you sign up using my link I will be credited 25.00 towards free clothing!  Woo hoo! So, I feel like 2016 is just the year of Stitch Fix.  They are killing it this year, seriously.  My last box was EVERYTHING.  Until this box arrived today, and it was everything PLUS…