Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Free Halloween Printables

I love cheap entertainment for the kids, and frankly, myself sometimes, too. Coloring printables are nice because they are easy and they come in designs suitable for most anyone. I've found they are great for improving fine motor skills, and they are a great busy activity so that you can finish your cup of coffee, finish loading the washer machine, or even go to the bathroom alone *gasp* I know, I know, it's rare in this house, too. Here are 5 fun, free printables. To enlarge, simply click on the image.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dollar Tree birthday deals and deals not worth the money

Munchkin's fourth birthday is this week and he is super excited. He finally "gets" birthdays and understands what they are for so he's excited that he's gonna have one. He's chosen to have a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party which is fine with me because most things that I need for his party are easily found at Walmart and the Dollar Tree. When we started purchasing things for his party, I found that Dollar Tree was awesome for some things, but for others, it wasn't the best deal. Here's what I found.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

7 ways to save on packing school lunches

Packing a lunch every day is admittedly cheaper than allowing the kids to get hot lunch from the line every day. However, if you have more than one kid's lunch to pack every day, it adds up really quickly. Not every parent can comfortably afford to send all their kids with the lunch they prefer their kids eat every day. It can get expensive if you don't plan out what they will eat and do some budgeting to make it happen easily without putting too much of a strain on your wallet. Here are 7 ways that you can save a few bucks on packing lunches while still making everyone happy.

Monday, September 22, 2014

5 Fun Ways to Decorate Converse

Converse are the "it" shoe. Many people have them, because they have a lot of colors and styles and they are fairly cheap. While these are mostly just canvas shoes in a bazillion colors, you can make them your own quite easily and most parents don't get too upset when you do because they are pretty cheap. (I've seen kids wear their Converse until they are full of holes and literally held together with duct tape, so they are obviously a favorite.) Here are 5 fun ways that you can design your Converse to make your own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

City Center Hotel in Seaside, Oregon review

Yes that's Hubs' thumb of approval.
When we went to the beach for Hubs birthday weekend, we called literally right before we were ready to leave and got a hotel. We called every hotel with a decent price point, and landed ourselves in the City Center Hotel in Seaside, Oregon. This hotel definitely had it's ups and downs, but one of it's big downs for us was that because we literally waited until the last minute, we got the last hotel room available (in the city due to a volleyball tournament) and we paid dearly for it. We ended up paying almost $300 for our hotel room for two nights. And we didn't even spend that much time in it to make the money worth spending.