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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Best Apps For Kids For The iPad and iPhone

There are SO many apps to choose from now days, however, only a few that don't require WIFI. With an upcoming twelve hour road trip to Florida I am preparing ahead and downloading tons of new apps for my iPad for my children to play. This should keep them busy for at least a few hours. I'm going to share with you some of my favorite apps for kids for both the iPhone and iPad

Apps I love:


  • Temple Run : ages 7+, free (NO WIFI required to use this app)
  •  Minnie's Home Makeover : all ages, free This is my five year old's favorite game to play! NO WIFI required to play this app either)
  • Lego Duplo Food all ages, free NO WIFI required! This is my 5 year old daughter's favorite game





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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How To Create A Budget Friendly St. Patrick's Day For Your Kids



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St. Patrick's Day is going to be here before you know!! My kids are really into the whole Leprechaun visit and they love pinching people who aren't wearing green. I am going to share with you some really budget friendly ways to make St. Patrick's Day special for your little one's!


First off, you just need a few things from the store. Pick up some green food coloring, Lucky Charms cereal, and some yellow cake mix and icing of your choice. Add the green food coloring to the yellow cake mix and bake following instructions on the box. The cake (or cupcakes) will be green and super festive! Add a few Lucky Charms to the top of the cake after you ice it. You could serve the cake for dessert on St. Patrick's Day or even for a snack after school.

It's fun to decorate the kitchen table the morning of St. Patrick's Day with some festive beads to go along with the theme. Most of the items I use to decorate the kitchen table I already had lying around the house. Hobby Lobby also has a lot of great St. Patrick's Day decorations. Start the day out with  really easy and fun St. Patrick's Day breakfast: green pancakes!! What kid doesn't love pancakes?! Dye the mix green and use a shamrock mold to shape the pancakes if you have a shamrock cookie cutter. If not, just making the green pancakes will do! A fun touch is green sprinkles and whipped cream. Don't forget to add green food coloring to the milk!!
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When your little's are home from school you could serve them some super cute green snacks (check out my Pinterest board for lots of fun ideas)  I personally love the green popcorn idea!

                                                    Homemade St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids, Green Popcorn, DIY St Patricks Day Treats:

Make the day fun and creative with surprises around every corner. You could even leave a few gold coins under your child's pillow the night before or in their backpacks.



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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Must Have Items For A Cruise




Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite must have items for a cruise!! My family is really excited about our upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise to the Caribbean. After reading Cruise Critic I discovered these awesome clear cruisetags for your baggage. These tags are especially nice because they will fit your Royal Caribbean baggage tags that you print out at home and they will protect them in the event of rain. These awesome baggage tags can be purchased online at Amazon. An 8 pack costs $10.95.

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Another great item to have for a cruise is a selfie stick!! I love pink and I was so happy to discover this super compact extendable selfie stick!! Selfie sticks are great, especially when you're on vacation and you want to capture the moment and actually be in the family photo also! This selfie stick is on sale this week for just $4.99!! I purchased it a few weeks ago for $14.99. So act fast! It is available online at Amazon
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Another great item for cruising is this super cute wet and dry bag by Yummi Pouch. Perfect for packing up on the last day of your cruise if you have a wet swimsuit that you don't want in your suitcase getting everything wet. Also these bags are great for your beach bag to hold your sunscreen, bug spray, etc. to keep these liquid items separate from your clothes and towels. I just love the fun bright colors in this chevron pattern.These are available online at Amazon

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Another must have for cruisers, especially if you are unsure whether or not your children will suffer with motion sickness while on a cruise is motion sickness bands. I purchased these bands at Triple A but I believe that you can find these at pharmacies, online and maybe even Walmart. 

I also recommend purchasing suction hooks for hanging your wet swimsuits to dry in your shower. Most cruise ship staterooms sadly do not have a lot of space for hanging your wet swimsuits to dry after a day at the beach or the pool. As a family of 5, we have quite a lot of swimwear to hang. So I purchased these heavy duty suction hooks from Bed Bath & Beyond. They cost $10 for a 6 pack. I can also use these at home before and after the cruise.

Be sure to stay tuned to read more cruise tips in just a few weeks! 

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Don't miss this awesome #BeMineGiveaway from @mommyscene featuring fun prizes for mom and kids

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Be Mine Giveaway for families, kids and babies - Mommy Scene We are excited to bring you a fun giveaway from Mommy Scene filled with wonderful prizes for your family and cute little ones!

Prize Collection Re-Play Valentine's Day Tableware Set Yummi Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches Pacific Baby 3-in-1 Insulated Baby Bottle (7 oz Cherries) + 1 piece Yellow and Green Straw Top Taster pack of Amara Baby Food and reusable grocery bag Four PaigeLauren Baby Caps and a Classic Layette Converter style of choice Buttons Diapers Cloth Diaper Cover style of choice and Two Daytime Inserts Handsocks Baby Mittens One Infanteenie Beenie Newborn Hat (Excludes monogrammed items) Cozy Blanket Pouch size and color of choice NogginSeek Peek & Seek Rattle Babo Botanicals Natural Kisses Lip Tint Trio Thinkbaby Sunscreen Bella B Foaming Face Wash and Nipple Nurture Sleep Zzz Pillow for kids ages 3+ The Shrunks Indoor Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed Enter to Win these Valentine's Day Inspired Family Essentials!

This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway page after the giveaway ends on February 24, 2017. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. Have fun and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Mommy Scene Blog Street Team




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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mommy To Be & Me #Giveaway

We are excited to partner with Mommy Scene to bring you this Mommy-To-Be & Me Giveaway packed with wonderful products for families. Enter to win this entire gift collection for moms and kids! Giveaway ends 2/10/17.

Mommy to Be and Me Giveaway prizes - Mommy Scene

Mommy-To-Be & Me Prize Collection

Pacific Baby 3-in-1 Insulated Baby Bottle (7 oz Cherries) + 1 piece Yellow and Green Straw Top.
Blue Baby Bum Organic Bamboo Toddler Towel
Dahlia Cloth 3 pack Feminine Cloth Pads
BabyIt Perineal Massage and Postpartum Recovery Gel
Antipodes Merino Premium Sleep Bag
Thinkbaby Shampoo & Body Wash
Basic Invite $30 Gift Certificate to order birth announcements
Paige Lauren (4) baby caps of winner's choice and (1) Classic Layette Converter in the color of winner's choice.
Cake Maternity Organic CupCake Nursing pads and the NEW Heather Grey Cotton Candy seamless bra
Belly Belt Wardrobe Extender Kit
Wubba Water sample pack - Reddy Freddy (Fruit Punch), Blue Ha Choo! (Blue Raspberry) and Orange Ouchy (Orange)
Revelae Kids Cozy Blanket Pouch & Yummy Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches
Copper Pearl $25 Gift Certificate
Three Lollies Preggie Pop Drops Ginger Lozenges
Babo Botanicals 3-in-1 Wipes & Babo Plush Bunny Gift Set

Enter to Win these Essentials for New Moms & Families!

This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on February 10, 2017. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. Have fun and good luck!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

How To Save Money For A Vacation

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A family vacation is a must have for this Momma!! I feel like every Mom needs something to look forward to and a vacation is just the fix for me. I really enjoy the whole planning process for a vacation however I don't enjoy the whole saving the money for the vacation....I learned last year that it is a much better plan to start saving for a vacation a year in advance.

In order to save for your family vacation it is really important to set a "vacation budget" and try not to go over it. Also, after you set your "vacation budget" try to make a plan of how to save money each month to apply towards the vacation. I recommend trying to save at least $200-$400 per month if you can swing it. This will add up very quickly over just about 6 months. Be sure to put the money that you are saving into a special savings account so that you aren't tempted to use it for other things.

Did you know the average family vacation costs $1,200 to $4,500 for a family of four. Vacation prices can really vary depending on where you're going and how you are planning to get there. Flying will cost a lot more. If you start saving immediately after your vacation is over for the next vacation then it will just become a monthly habit that you will learn to adjust to financially.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How To Save Money At The Grocery Store

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Grocery prices keep increasing making the grocery budget off the charts! I remember when I could buy a weeks worth of groceries for my family of 5 for less than $120. Not anymore! We spend on average $150 per week and that is if we are really limiting the kids snacks, paper products ,etc. I am here to share with you some great money saving tips on how to save money at the grocery store. For starters, always come with a grocery list. Don't make the mistake of coming to the grocery store without a shopping list. This will result in a lot of unnecessary items being purchased. 


Tips:
Always make a grocery list
Never shop when you are hungry
Plan your meals out prior to going to the grocery store
Purchase store brand items (generic brands) to save money
Buy items that are on sale
Create a realistic weekly grocery budget

If I see that something is on sale that we use on a regular basis then I will go ahead and purchase a few. Also, if I see that something is buy one get one free I always buy at least 3 (only if this is something we would be needing anyways in a week or two). I try to always plan out our weekly meal's prior to going to the grocery store. This will help me stay organized and helps me stay on track at the grocery store. I create a grocery budget and if I go over budget one week then I usually stay under budget the following week by avoiding items that we do not absolutely need. 

Be sure to read the grocery store weekly ad's, clip coupons and sign up for your grocery store's loyalty program card which will usually save you some money each week on certain items.


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