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…

Portland Children’s Museum

We had a really nice first Saturday in Portland over the weekend.  We went to the gym and the littles went to the insanely wonderful play and learn here.  It has this huge play structure, music, tons of toys. They are just really impressed.  I miss our girls at our old gym, they have become friends and I can't wait to see them in three months. I'm relieved the boys are enjoying their new space, and thought the cutest compliment…

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Cardinal Stage Company presents “Elephant & Piggie.”

I just wanted to pop by and tell you about our experience at Cardinal Stage Company's Elephant and Piggie performance.  We had the pleasure of going on opening day, after my post on getting ready to go see the performance, we were given complimentary tickets in exchange for an honest review.  Liam & I genuinely loved it.  Liam is a HUGE Gerald and Piggie fan, we've read every book except for the newest and actually plan to PURCHASE it today.  Yes,…

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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. …

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Pen Pal Kit favors.

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…