Teaching Your Kids the Importance of Eco-Friendly Choices


Seventy-five percent of millennials believe that human activity is responsible for climate change, according to MSNBC. And even more compelling, NASA reports that 97 percent of climate scientists believe that human activity is responsible for the gradual warming of our planet. With these facts come the desire to affect change to create a more sustainable future. Just as our choices past have brought us to this precipice, our choices going forward can change this.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
One of the first things you can do when looking to reduce your carbon footprint is to look into a fuel efficient vehicle. You likely travel on a daily basis, and buying a fuel efficient vehicle can help you reduce the stress you place on the environment. You have plenty of choices when looking to go green, from the Volkswagen Gold and the Hyundai Sonata Eco to the Honda Fit, and with some research you can find a car that fits your lifestyle and is easy on the environment. Additionally, you can check out sites like Nature.org to get your whole family learning about their carbon footprint, get your teens prepped to earn those learner’s permits at Driving-Tests.org, and be on the way to setting up the next generation to make sustainable choices.

In Your Home
We get it, sometimes life gets ahead of you and you just don’t have time for extra dishes, so you reach into your paperware supply. There’s nothing wrong with living a fast paced life but now, you can also help the environment and use palm leaf plates instead of paper. Palm leaf plates are durable, biodegradable and a beautiful alternative to the traditional plastic or paper plates.

Making this simple change can help reduce the amount of waste we create, reduce the amount of trees we chop down and have the added benefit of being elegantly designed. You can also ditch the paper towels for cloth napkins for an added boost of eco consciousness glory.

Get the Stats Wherever You are
If you are like most Americans, then you are on the go most of the time, traveling to work, taking the kids to school, practices, lessons and visiting with friends. Tzoa, is a wearable enviro-tracker that can help you be aware of the air quality in the spaces you inhabit. Using this device you can not only know when hazardous particles are in the air, but you can have the data to change it.

Another ingenious gadget is Automatic, a device that you plug into your car to get up to date reads on mileage, gas usage, performance and engine health. With this device you can consistently be aware of how your car is doing and how you can continue to be as conscious of the environment as possible.

So whether you’re considering getting a new car or just becoming more conscious in your home, there are many products that can help you achieve greater awareness for the world we live in. You can rest easy knowing you are doing your part to create a more sustainable future.

#Sponsored: #FabFitFun – One Box, Endless Joy!

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Have you heard of FabFitFun?

I hadn’t either – until they sent me their new Fall Box for review.

Oh my goodness. This box full of goodies is absolutely amazing! Now, I’m hooked, and I can’t wait to see what’s in their next box. If it’s half as good as this box, it’ll be one worth having.

Here, take a look at the goodies I found inside my box:

whats inside the fabfitfun fall box

See what I mean? Amazing!

In case you can’t see everything that’s inside my FabFitFun Fall Box, here’s a list:

  • Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask with Collagen & Rosa Damascena Flower Oil (Value $65)
  • Strength Tubing & Strength Tubing DVD for Total Toning (Value $33)
  • Tribe Alive Bracelet (So sparkly & pretty!) (Value $49)
  • Manna Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain (Value $24)
  • Doctor D. Schwab Flawless Skin Fluid (Best moisturizer I have *ever* used. Hands down!) (Value $39)
  • HISY Battery Pack (This has saved my sanity more than once, and I just got it!) (Value $24.99)
  • FabFitFun x Tappan Collective Umbrella (Not pictured, because it’s in my van. I’ve used it every day for over a week now.) (Value $32)
  • Gift Card by Jeweler’s Wife (Value $15)
  • Gift Card by Picture It on Canvas (Value $75)
  • Purple Purse Charm
  • Sample of 3D White Brilliance 2-Step System by Crest

Did you catch the value of that box? $357! And you can get it all for just $49.99, and then get 3 more boxes throughout the year for the same price. (Shipping is free!)

If you’ve been on the fence about trying out FabFitFun, let me encourage you to make the leap! It is SO worth it.

I can’t wait to see what’s coming out next time, but don’t you wait either. Jump on board and grab the Fall Box of goodies now!


Handwritten Thank You Notes for the Win

There are many demands made of new mothers. We won’t go through all of them here (as you are likely living them and know all about them). But one of the Musts that can often fall through the cracks, or be performed poorly, is the old-fashioned thank-you note. Thank you notes are a part of your life soon after your child is born, or maybe even before. It’s this way because there are so many gifts and acts of service which find their way into your life. Etiquette calls for a thank you for each one, and you no doubt want to do the same.

It’s easy to go the easy way and just get a bunch of stock cards, then sign them and send them off. But that’s not the way you know you should go. Handwritten notes might seem a little old-fashioned, especially in the days of social media blasts and text messages. But there’s nothing like a handwritten note to deliver genuine gratitude, all contained in your words and in the unique lines and loops of your personal handwriting.

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Uni-ball is the maker of some of finest, smoothest writing pens on the market. They’ve been doing it for years, and they’re hoping to reclaim handwriting for a new generation, one that sometimes seems to do without it. Keyboard typing, T9, voice to text, and many other ways threaten to relegate handwriting to the past. Take it back with your next thank you project. It may seem a little daunting to tackle a pile of cards, but writing out a heartfelt sentence or two can be a pleasure all its own. And it’s one which will deliver real happiness and satisfaction to the person who receives it. In a world of automated communications, genuine feeling stands out like a diamond in the rough. So try it out with your thank you notes next time. To learn more about uni-ball pens, click here.

How To Enjoy A Family Vacation Without Being Stuck In A Hotel

A family vacation can be the most wonderful time, however it can have it’s setbacks!. For instance, taking small babies for several nights not only requires a substantial amount of luggage but so much more preparation too. You need to organize special accommodation to make sure you have a safe cot for the little one. And it needs to be big enough to sleep all of us!

I’ve found that hotels and young children just don’t mix. They never have all the helpful facilities that I could do with, like a diaper pail! And a hotel room rarely has an opening window to get rid of the smell of four kids either. If there is a fridge, there is never enough space to store the formula. It can take an age to get room service to provide boiling water to make it up in the first place. And how are you supposed to sterilize everything?

For my family, a self-catering vacation is the way to go. Don’t get me wrong. I love to head out to a nice restaurant, and my kids behave beautifully. But having all the comforts of home, like a kettle, drinking water, a fridge, and some extra space is what we need. I’ve been checking out some destinations for our next big family vacation overseas. For me, the accommodation is everything.

When you think about France, you probably conjure up visions of the Eiffel Tower and the city of Paris. For me, I envision those beautiful Chateaux, quaint cottages, and luxury villas. I’m thinking about something self-contained and fun, but out in the country where I can get some peace and quiet. The South of France is famed for its gorgeous climate. Something with a pool and plenty of space is on my vacation shopping list this year.

The kids will probably be excited about the plane ride. Having small kids on a plane isn’t nearly as troublesome as some people think. Nowadays there is plenty of entertainment for them. They’re quite good at sleeping on journeys too. For those of you with babies, you’ll be pleased to know that airlines are much better at looking after you these days. There is space for nappy changing, and you are usually sat at the front so baby won’t disturb other passengers.

At the airport, we will probably hire a family car to drive down to the villa. European driving is a bit different to home, but I think I’ll be giving it a go. With a car, we can travel anywhere in the country we like. We could head down to Biarritz for the beach, or into the center of Paris for some French culture and tourism. The kids have already been whispering about Disneyland, but we’ll have to see.

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I can just envision it now. I’m lounging by the pool while the kids are playing noisily. I can gaze out at the most incredible landscapes, and even enjoy some French cuisine. Best of all, I have everything I need to look after four kids just inside the door. What could be more perfect?

#IC #Sponsored: Insomnia Nation – My Results of Getting More Sleep

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In my last post about the Insomnia Nation, I shared with you that I would be implementing some Shut Eye Strategies to help me get more sleep. These strategies included signing off from social media at least an hour before bedtime. (I have to admit, I thought that would be incredibly difficult, but it really wasn’t! I took my phone into my bedroom, plugged it in beside my bed, then went back out to the living room and spent the evenings talking with my hubby. It was actually really a blessing to get to spend some quiet, one-on-one time with my honey after all the kids were in bed!)

I wanted to use this post to share my results with you, and I figured I would show you the difference in the nights when I used the Shut Eye Strategies verses one of the nights I didn’t:

Sleep Patterns

Look at that difference! It took me less than 10 minutes to fall asleep each night that I implemented the Shut Eye Strategies, and I was hardly awake at all during the night. Even though it wasn’t always long sleep, it was still good sleep.

Now, look at the one on the very right. That’s just one night that I didn’t implement the Shut Eye Strategies. (And it’s not even the worst night!) It took me 12 minutes to fall asleep, then I had trouble staying asleep. I tossed and turned most of the night, and even woke up for quite awhile during the night.

It’s obvious to me that by shutting off the electronics and social media at least an hour before bed really works! I can’t believe how well it helped me sleep.

While I am thrilled that these strategies worked so well for me, I understand there are some people they may need a little extra help. And that’s OK! That’s why we have doctors and really great medicines that can help us when we’ve tried everything else. There are treatment options available for those with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. SILENOR® works differently than most sleep medications. Most work on the sleep-promoting system which helps patients fall asleep. SILENOR® works with the wake-promoting mechanism of your body’s own sleep-wake cycle. It helps you stay asleep throughout the night and early morning.  The best part is, SILENOR® can be used regularly and it’s not associated with any risk of abuse or physical dependence.

If you are having trouble staying asleep through the night, talk to your doctor today about your routine, lifestyle, and symptoms. They will be able to help determine the best option for getting a full night sleep more regularly.

Please take a moment to visit Wanttosleepmore.com to learn more about how to achieve a full, uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Full SILENOR® ISI: SILENOR® is a prescription sleep medicine that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem. Be sure that you are able to devote 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again. SILENOR® should be taken within 30 minutes of bedtime. Do not take with alcohol or with other medicines that can make you sleepy. If you are on a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or have taken a MAOI within the past two weeks, you should not take SILENOR®. You should not take SILENOR® if you have an eye problem called narrow angle glaucoma that is not being treated, if you have severe urinary retention, or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in SILENOR®. You should not drive or operate machinery at night after taking SILENOR®. Until you know how you will react to SILENOR®, you should be careful in performing such activities during the day following taking SILENOR®. Before you take SILENOR®, tell your doctor if you have a history of depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts. You should call your doctor right away if after taking SILENOR® you walk, drive, eat or engage in other activities while asleep. Drowsiness is the most common adverse event observed in clinical trials. For more information, please see the complete Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, at https://www.silenor.com/Content/pdf/prescribing-information.pdf. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Are You Down with Down?

When you go shopping for a winter coat, you’ll soon find that you are faced with an often-intimidating number of choices.  Many people gravitate toward down-filled jackets, but have you ever wondered why?  Is down right for you?  Let’s take a look at the appeal of down jackets, whether they are suited to your needs, and how to shop for a good one.

Basically, down jackets have been insulated with the soft under feathers of a duck or goose, or a combination of the two. The result is a very warm jacket that keeps the wearer very warm.  Goose down is generally considered to be the warmest and lightest, but it’s also the most expensive.  Duck down jackets are also warm and light, with a more affordable price tag.
Real-deal down vs. synthetic fibres
There are several reasons why down jackets are preferred over those stuffed with synthetic fibres, but down isn’t without its downsides, too.  First, down jackets are very light (they are stuffed with feathers, after all!) when compared to a synthetic version.  However, because a large number of feathers is necessary to fill the average jacket, down jackets can seem bulkier to wear than those filled with synthetic materials.

Also, because down jackets keep you very warm, they may not be suitable if you are going to be wearing the jacket while doing active outdoor activities such as skiing. You may find that you get overheated. A synthetic fibre jacket will be more breathable in these cases.

Another thing to consider when purchasing a down jacket is that they usually aren’t waterproof.  If you live in an area that gets lots of snow and rain, you may find that your jacket gets damp.  If that happens, the jacket will lose its ability to keep you warm.

Whether it’s winter jackets for men or winter jackets for women, it’s important to weigh all of these factors before deciding to choose a down-filled jacket.  If you are typically cold person who wants a jacket that will provide maximum warmth and you don’t live in a rainy climate, a down-filled jacket can be a good choice.  They are warm, light and cozy.  On the other hand, if you tend to be warmer, if you want to wear the jacket during outdoor active pursuits, or if you expect to have to ensure lots of rain and/or heavy wet snow, a down-filled jacket may not be the best choice.  If you do choose a down jacket, find one that fits well and is in a flattering shape.

It’s best to opt for a smaller size than you think you need, so the garment fits close to the body and provides maximum freedom of movement and warmth.

How to Create a Beautiful Kitchen Outdoors

Ahhh, let’s hear it for the great outdoors! There is nothing like it–and when it comes to entertaining, it’s especially rewarding to host an outdoor soiree. Any gathering of friends, family and colleagues, where there’s plenty of room to move about and great eats and drinks is somehow always more enjoyable and rewarding when it takes place outside. If this were not true, there wouldn’t be so many outdoor eating areas for diners at restaurants everywhere.

Nothing Really New About it
While cooking dinner underneath a canopy of stars and moonlight is nothing new–it can be traced back to the discovery of fire. It was actually a functional divergence to engineer new, modern methods of bringing the process of cooking under a roof and into the house to change the game. So not cooking outside, at one point in time, was a brand new innovation, and surely a most welcome respite, delivering a new level of convenience for the one doing the meal preparation and cooking.

Back Into the Yard, and Onto the Patio
weber grillThe cooking of mostly “main course” meat (also known as grilling,) on backyard barbeques became a particularly popular pastime during the 1950s, with a major wave of post-WWII families migrating from the city and farm into the suburbs. The origin of the first grills to resemble what we think of today began in the mind of a metal worker employed by Weber Bros. Metal Spinning Co, maker of harbor buoys. By applying certain modifications to a buoy, he produced the first Weber grill, the game changing cook-piece template for what would become modern grilling that we have today.

Today’s Lifestyle Entertaining
The list of reasons for today’s grand proliferation in adding outdoor kitchens would be vast, however it seems to only be an offshoot from a fascination families seem to have with moving just as much of their living space to the out of doors as possible. So, the fanciest of grills and smokers are being one-upped by the encroaching rivalry of full kitchens designed for backyard living, replete with every single modern appliance to ever grace a dream kitchen on the inside of any home. And because there are other living spaces being located behind the main house, There are both furniture and construction practices that offer a myriad of options for the outdoor home expansion.

Design Basics for Outside Practicality
At the heart of any viable plan for an outdoor kitchen must be two elements: durability and function. In a move to meet the growing demand for hearty outdoor appliances, the leading manufactures now offer a wealth of options, purposes and convenience geared to withstanding the elements suitably. As many of these appliances are built-in, they’ve got to hold up to a full range of weather conditions and all possible extremes in temperature.

Creating Built-in Kitchen Ambiance Outside
Most well designed backyard kitchens feature all of the amenities of their interior counterparts, with bars, kitchen islands, cabinets and countertops, dining spaces, unique flooring, half-walls that distinguish the area, pits and even special pizza ovens. Oh, and the time-honored grill is a significant feature of them all. Some of these kitchens are designed to accommodate more than one chef in the kitchen at a time, with purposeful configurations of all equipment. Full sized and deep stainless sinks with running hot and cold water factor prominently in the complete outdoor kitchen. You’ll find refrigerators, ranges, grills and more that run on electricity, but there are just as many appliances for cooking, fueled by gas and liquid propane. The installation of both requires special permits and professional installation to code. Decide beforehand, your fuel preference, or if you’ll want both, and hire a professional to run the pipes and wiring underground.

All the Modern Conveniences Outside
In general, it’s best to begin your outside kitchen plan by first deciding on exactly which appliances you are going to want. You might choose a fully integrated range, or perhaps a wall oven or two, set in a brick structure, with a full scope range top elsewhere. Some homes install the new separately-available range top components, with extras like smaller grills, two burner gas grates, deep fryers and more. Countertops are chosen from materials most impervious to year-round external elements, and stain and acid-proof sealed concrete, bricks and tiles are popular choices. Smokers with rotisseries are wonderful for cooking that Thanksgiving turkey! Pizza ovens are a lot of fun and quite versatile for slow-roasting larger items. Warming drawers are very handy components for outside entertaining.

Adding Ambiance
The general layout begins with the installation of flooring, again, from weather-hearty materials. This floor serves to connect the home itself to the outdoor kitchen. A dedicated outdoor bar can either be a fixture of the kitchen, or set apart. There are numerous sizes and types of beverage centers, ice makers, wine coolers and keg refrigerators from which to choose. Outdoor refrigerators are now available with all of the functionality, advanced technology and options of the best indoor models. And refrigerated drawers add even more convenience. And don’t forget to include a viably-housed wide screen TV, along with a good system for docking your devices to play music. Good speakers can be purchased for a decent price, and will make all the difference. Cabinets and other forms of secure storage can protect any associated items, like gaming equipment, pots, pans, eating utensils, drink ware, plates and of course, your famous apron. With all of this kitchen capability, still, a fire pit offers the ideal place to gather later on, and year-round. It’s always a cozy, fun way to roast hot dogs, or try out some new s’mores recipes.

The type of lighting you include in the design, as well as the positioning of it will play a major role in creating the perfect ambiance. Give yourself lots of options, with dimmers, too. Imagine the degree of lighting you might need for executing precision moves with a sharp knife, for instance, when cooking outside on a moonless night, a good while after the sun has set. Best to err on the “too much” side here. Then, you can always use the dimmer switch.

My Top Tips For Getting Out Of The Door For The School Run On Time

My children are my whole world; I have never been happier than I am now that I have little ones to look after. However, as I’m sure you will agree if you are a mummy yourself, parenting isn’t the easiest job. In fact, it’s one of the hardest.

Obviously, being a parent is more than worth the time and effort that you put into it, but that doesn’t make it any easier. For me, one area that I used to struggle with was the dreaded school run. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t seem to get out of the door on time.


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To combat this, I decided to mix things up a bit, and work out a way to ensure that I would get out of the door on time, every day. In case you are also struggling with this, I thought that I would share my top tips for school run success with you, here:

Shower the night before
Instead of trying to squeeze a shower into the morning, along with everything else, shower the night before. This is especially important if you plan on washing your hair, as this can shave valuable minutes off of the time it takes to get ready.

If you do have to shower in the morning, set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier than you normally would do.

Lay out clothes the night before
To make the morning rush a little easier, lay out yours’ and your kids’ clothes before going to bed. That way, when you get up, you don’t need to stress about working out what everyone is going to be wearing.

Perfect doing your hair and makeup in five minutes
Yes, when it comes to the school run, our aim is to get out the door on time. However, if you are anything like me, you won’t feel comfortable leaving the house unless you look at least half presentable.

The key to this is learning to do your hair and makeup in the record time of five minutes. It might sound impossible, but it’s not. If your hair is hard to manage, when you next go to the hairdressers, ask your stylist to give you an easy-to-do hairstyle. Explain that you want something that just needs to be quickly brushed to look good.

Wear a watch


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This is a tip that a friend mentioned to me, as she found wearing a watch incredibly useful. When you are rushing to get out the door, it’s all about how much time you have. If you aren’t wearing a watch, you have to keep checking your phone for the time, and often, this leads to you getting distracted.

Plus, as I mentioned above, even when I leave the house for the school run, I like to look presentable. I find that when I am sporting a stylish watch, I feel a lot more put together.

If you don’t already have a watch, consider investing in one. Trust me, when it comes to the school run, a watch is a godsend. Have a look at the Shinola watches for women, to get an idea of the type of watch design that you would like.

Make breakfast easy
The most difficult part of getting the kids ready for school is often breakfast, especially when they can’t decide what they want. To make getting them fed and watered in time less stressful, look for easy breakfast options.

Things like fresh fruit smoothies, porridge, and bacon sandwiches are all easy options, as they can be eaten quickly. I find that for some reason, it always takes my little ones a lot longer to eat cereal, than other breakfast foods.

Being a mum isn’t easy, but there are things that you can do to make life simpler for yourself. If you want to make the school run a little less stressful, all you need to do is follow my tips and advice, above.

#Sponsored: How to Save Money During Back to School Shopping #Zulily #BTS

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As a mom of 8, with 5 kids in school this year, I need all the money saving tips I can get! That’s just one reason why I love zulily. So, when they asked me to share some fabulous money-saving tips from Shawn Anderson, the zulily kids fashion expert, I just had to jump on it! Ok, are you ready? Here are some fantastic tips to help you save money this Back to School Season.

How To Save During Back to School Shopping

To prepare your kids to head back into the classroom, zulily kids fashion expert Shawn Anderson recommends:

  • Plan in advance: Don’t wait until the last minute to start your back to school preparation. Avoid the stress of last-minute shopping by getting started now and finish before all the good deals are gone.
  • Get organized: Pull together a back to school checklist so you don’t forget any of the necessities.
  • Shop online: Sites like zulily.com offer parents a wide variety of back to school essentials for kids, including clothes, shoes, accessories, supplies and toys, at incredible prices. You can find everything your kid needs (and more!) and save money at the same time.
  • Stockpile your favorite items at a discount: When you find something your child loves and needs each year for school at a great price, be sure to buy a few extra. Take advantage of these deals for years to come!
  • Check in with the kids: It is never a good feeling to buy your child new clothes and school supplies, only to find out that their favorite color or cartoon character has changed. Involve your kids in the shopping process so you make sure you’re buying items they like and want to use.

Back to School with Zulily

Why you should download the Zulily App Today:

Using the zulily app is like opening a hand-held treasure chest every day. You never know what you’ll uncover but you know you’re bound to find something great.

Shop back to school for your kids on any mobile device to save money and discover the items you need and want – even when you’re on the go.

zulily App Highlights:

  • Educational Tutorial – after first installing, users are displayed a brief, informative tutorial on how to use the new application.
  • “New Today” Event Accessibility – a clear, easily accessible layout displays a customer’s personalized list of “New Today” events directly through the application.
  • Personalization zulily has built upon its proprietary personalization technology to create a completely individualized homepage view, from top to bottom. The app learns customer’s preferences and then features the most relevant sales events and information front and center for quick, meaningful shopping.
  • Daily Refreshment of New Events – the shopping platform refreshes every morning at 6 a.m. for customers to shop newly curated events.
  • “Bookmarked” Favorites – while browsing zulily’s events, customers have the ability to select favorites and “bookmark” for easy access.  A “bookmark” ribbon will be displayed on the watch application and instantly synced with the “New Today” tab on the existing iPhone application. This feature allows shoppers to easily customize events to shop at a later time on the iPhone app.

I hope these tips help you with your back to school shopping. I know it can be a stressful time, but zulily makes it easier, I promise! If your kiddos have already started back to school, it’s not to late to stock up for new fall fashions, Christmas gifts, or even just something to brighten your child’s day. Don’t miss out on your last chance to save on Back to School Favorites! Head on over to Zulily and start shopping now!

5 No-Bake Recipes that will Blow You Away!

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While temperatures rise this summer, why would you want to be toiling away in front of the oven?

Here are 5 simple recipes that will make the perfect ending to your summer meal. Refreshing, satiating, replenishing, absolutely scrumptious desserts.

  1. Sweet and salty crispy treats: In a saucepan, melt 1/2stick of butter on a low heat. Add one 10 ounce bag of marshmallows and stir until there are no lumps. Take pretzel sticks and break them up into small pieces and some crisp rice cereal or granola of any kind and stir it in. Press it down into a lightly greased pan and let it set in the fridge or outside. After which you can cut them into bars and enjoy them at any time!
  2. No bake Oreo cheesecake: Take about 10-15 Oreo cookies and blitz them in the food processor. Lay out the crumbs on a lightly greased pan and let it set in the fridge. In a bowl mix 2 parts cream cheese with 3 parts whipped cream and combine with condensed milk (put in as much according to how sweet you want it). Pour this mixture over the laid out crumbs and then top with the remaining crumbs and some powdered sugar. Place in fridge overnight and it is ready to serve!
  3. Fluffy strawberry mousse: In a food processor, combine chopped up strawberries and 1 tablespoon sugar and process until it’s a smooth mixture. Then, take a bowl of water (about 5 tbsp), sprinkle it with gelatin and leave it aside for about 6 minutes. Take 5 tbsp of sugar, 6tbsp of water and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil until the sugar dissolves. Add egg whites to the gelatin mixture and by using a mixer at a high speed beat until foamy. Little by little add 1 tbsp sugar until soft peaks form. Then slowly pour the hot sugar syrup into the egg white mixture and beat slowly at first and then rapidly until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla essence and mix in whipped cream and strawberry mixture and gently fold 1/4th of an egg white. Top with a little more of the strawberry mixture. Let it set in the fridge for 2 hours.
  4. Peppermint-choco cookies: In a food processor, blitz 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp light corn syrup, 1 tbsp milk and ½ a tsp of peppermint extract until you’re left with a smooth mixture. Take some chocolate cookies and spread this mixture onto them. You can even crush up candy canes to top it off. Make sure to chill properly until it is set.
  5. Apple-Oatmeal Cookies: Melt 1/2 stick butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; stir in 1/2 cup each sugar and grated peeled apple, and 1/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Simmer 1 minute, and then stir in 1 1/2 cups rolled oats. Scoop the mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls and sprinkle each with sea salt; flatten into rounds and chill until set. In a saucepan, melt ½ stick butter over medium heat. Take an apple, peel it and grate it. Pour the grated mixture into the saucepan and stir in ½ cup sugar and 1/4th tsp of ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and grate a little nutmeg. Simmer for about 2 minutes and then stir in about half a cup of oats. Sprinkle a little sea-salt over the mixture and flatten into rounds. Chill in fridge until they are set and ready to serve!

With these wonderful no-bake recipes, you will be the talk of the next dinner party. Your dish is only as good as the ingredients you use, so make sure you get good quality ingredients that aren’t too heavy on the pocket. Stores like Target offer great deals on these ingredients mentioned in the recipes. Do what I did, and use target coupons from here to avail an even greater discount, allowing you to make sweet treats whenever you want!

Lose Weight Without Spending One Extra Penny

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Before I get too far into this post, let me just say 2 things:

  1. I am not a doctor and do not profess to be a medical professional of any kind. Before beginning any diet or exercise program, please speak with your primary care physician about what is right for you.
  2. I cannot promise this will work for you. I wish I could. Unfortunately, every person is different, and what may work for one may not work for another.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with the post!

My youngest baby was born on September 9th, 2014. I was back up to 215 pounds. It was just one pound under my highest documented weight. I was sick. 3 years ago, I had worked so hard to lose 40 pounds. Granted, I have had 2 babies since that post was put up, but each time I started a pregnancy, I started with the best intentions and then ended up about 215 pounds after giving birth.
Now that I know there will be no more babies, I have been more determined than ever to lose the weight and keep it off. But, I had 2 major problems:
  • My gym closed down. No more “New You Fitness.” No more 24 hour opportunities to go work out.
  • We were broke. With 2 more babies, and 6 other growing kids, we have a total of 10 mouths to feed. That makes for a large grocery bill every month – plus diapers, wipes, clothes, and every other expense that comes with having a large family.

I wanted to lose weight, but I had to do it completely on my own. I couldn’t afford Shakeology, It Works!, or any other “magic” potion I could buy.

That’s where sheer determination kicked in.

In March of 2015, I had to stop nursing Sawyer, so I could totally focus on weight loss. I was down to 201.8 pounds. Still over 200, and I hated everything about my appearance.

Here’s what I did to help lose weight:

  1. Cut portion sizes. Tremendously. I stopped using a regular dinner plate, and I switched back to only using a salad plate for my dinner. And absolutely NO SECONDS. Once I finished what was on my plate, that was it.
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  2. I increased my exercise. I started walking again, and made sure I walked at least 30 minutes every single day. Some days I walk on the wii fit, other days it’s the treadmill, but I try to walk outside as much as I possibly can. If I have the opportunity to walk more than 30 minutes, I take it. There have been many, many times, (on my husband’s days off!), that I will walk 5 – 7 miles in the morning. Those are the days I feel the best.
  3. I invested in a Fitbit One. There are several reasons why I love the One.:
    – I had the Flex first, but it doesn’t count your steps unless your arm is swinging. That doesn’t help me when many of my steps come while pushing 3 kids in a shopping cart through the grocery store. The One clips to my pants, or I can drop it in my pocket or even in my bra if I’m in a dress for church. Way more options!
    – I started participating in Fitbit Challenges. I am a super competitive person, and the challenges force me to meet my step goal for the day, and sometimes even cream the competition!
    – The One is a great motivator to take more steps and meet my walking goals for the day. The more walking I do, the more weight I lose!
  4. I stopped drinking so much water. Now, this one usually stumps people. They push drinking gallons of water every day to help you lose weight. However, I have discovered that my body actually retains water. If I drink to much of it, I can’t lose weight. I drink enough to keep from getting thirsty, but I’m no longer drinking it by the gallon. (This may be something you want to talk to your doctor about first!) And, yes, in case you’re wondering, I still only drink water, I just don’t drink a lot of it anymore. Still no soda, no sweet tea, just water with lemon in it.
  5. I will NOT eat after 7pm. This can be difficult, because I feel like family dinners are so important, and my husband doesn’t usually get home until late. So, the kids and I will eat dinner together, and then I will sit down at the table with hubby while he eats, and just talk to him about his day. It’s really, really hard to keep from eating all over again with him, but I won’t. I’m not active at night, so I don’t want to put calories into my body that are just going to sit there.
  6. I revamped my life in Christ. I truly believe that in order to become a new person on the outside, you have to become one on the inside. You must first be someone so truly devoted to your Savior that you become “hungry” for Him instead of the junk hiding in your pantry. I recently started a 4 week weight loss/spiritual growth study called #GodBeforeGoodies. It’s designed to grow your life in Christ while helping you shrink your body. 😉 If the group goes well, I’ll be sharing the study here on the blog. I truly believe that if we want to lose weight, it has to be a total life change. But, that life change must first start in your heart. It has worked for me!

I have people tell me all the time that if I just “drink these shakes” or “try this crazy wrap thing,” but they don’t understand that I cannot afford to spend any extra money. Yes, it might be a great value for some, but $150 for a month of shakes is a lot of money when you have 9 other mouths to feed besides your own. I need to be able to lose weight without spending a dime – and I’ve done just that! I still eat exactly what my family eats, I just eat smaller portions. I haven’t drastically changed my diet and started adding in expensive organic food. I just don’t snack like I used to, I eat way smaller portions at meals, and I don’t eat at night.

I’m not at my goal – yet, but yesterday, I actually got into my goal dress! This dress has been hanging in my closet for 13 years. The last time I wore it was on our honeymoon in 2002! For 13 years, I have hung onto this dress, praying I would make it back into this dress someday. It took me a long, long time, but after 7 babies, a hysterectomy, and lots of ups and downs, I finally got back into this dress:

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I still have 20 pounds to go, but I KNOW I can do it! I just have to keep the same determination I’ve had for the past 6 months.

Before I close, I want to say one more thing: If you ARE a fan of Shakeology, It Works!, Plexus, or whatever else is on the market, and it has worked for you, THAT’S GREAT! Keep it up! I’m just saying that I can’t afford it, and I have to do something that won’t cost me any money. If you CAN afford it, more power to you! You rock it.

I hope these tips help you. If you have more tips you’d like to share here, I’d love to hear them!

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International Travel With Kids: Good Times for Everyone

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Planning an overseas family vacation this coming year? Or, considering a family move outside the country? Whether it’s a vacation, an expatriate assignment or a permanent move, there’s some tried-and-true things you should be thinking about if your international adventure includes bringing kids. With the right considerations, you’ll make memories for you and your children that you’ll talk about for years to come.

Get Your Passports In Order
It might seem logical that your passport need only be valid until the day of your planned return home but don’t risk getting stuck in country. There’s all kinds of reason’s your trip might be delayed – from weather and closures, civil unrest or in-country transportation issues. Make sure your whole family’s passports are good for a minimum of three months past your expected return date, longer is even better.

Defeat Jet-Lag on Day One
It’s tempting to want to crash as soon as your reach your hotel at your final destination but you’ll make the most of your trip when you fight the jet-lag fatigue and stay moving once you arrive. Research fun kid activities in advance so you know what’s in close range of your accommodations. This might include outdoor parks, interactive children’s museums, hikes or public swimming areas. Also research when culturally-appropriate meal times are so you can get your kiddos on an eating schedule that matches when restaurants are serving. Keep snacks packed nearby to fight off the munchies.

A Stressed-Out Parent Does Not Make Calm Children
Every parent understands this but when you are travelling abroad, it’s especially important. If you are renting a car and planning to drive, understanding local driving laws and road culture is a must. This is especially important in countries like the UK where driving rules are different than in many parts of the world. Another tip: Stay busy but not too busy. Packing every day from end to end will not only frustrate you when something doesn’t go as planned, but also, your rush and tension will wreck havoc on your kids as well. On the other hand, not having enough to do might leave you and the kids bored which can lead to whining and sibling bickering. Best to have a few planned activities each day but to keep a back-up list that you can pull out and pick from should a flexible change of plan dictate. Better yet, let kids help design their day. Enthusiastic kids make for happier parents.

Give Older Kids Opportunity
In each new phase or day of your trip, create a flexible daily budget they can spend on whatever they like. Ahead of the trip, buy conversational language books and make a game or a contest out of memorizing new words. Elementary and middle-grade kids can make their own bingo-style boards ahead of time that they can use to spot the new words on street signs and billboards. Each day, a different child can pick the restaurants you’ll go to. Teach them how to ask for options from a concierge, read printed guides or maps, or talk to locals about recommendations. Last, find places and ways for them to interact with other kids. Children are far more open, naturally curious and tolerant than many adults. Let them be your ambassador.

Travelling with kids can be a wonderful experience that creates a family bond like nothing else. The more you engage your children in the experience and the more you remain flexible and open to letting each day unfold inside the umbrella of some foundational planning, the more likely you’ll enjoy a trip that none of you will ever forget.

Things to Consider When Buying Porcelain Figurines in Windsor

The best way for a person to alleviate the stress that they have in their daily lives is by finding a hobby to participate in. For most people, collecting a particular item is a great way for a person to pass the time. There are so many things that can be collected and among the most popular are porcelain figurines. These figurines can come in all shapes and sized. Whether it is children or an angel figurine, finding the right things to add to a collection can be thrilling for most people. Here are a few things to consider when trying to find the right porcelain figurines.

Is There a Theme With Your Collection?
One of the first things to think about when trying to buy the right porcelain figurines is whether or not you have a theme with your collection. Some people collect only one time of figurine due to the simplicity it brings during the shopping process. Once you have figure out whether or not there is a theme, you will be able to get the right figurines chosen without having to deal with a lot of uncertainty during the process.

Do You Have a Budget Worked out?
The next thing to think about when trying to find the right figurines is whether or not you have a budget worked out. Most people are surprised to learn just how expensive some of the figurines on the market can be. The best way to avoid getting yourself in a financial bind is by having a set amount of money worked out before you being the shopping process. Neglecting to have a working budget for your shopping trip can really lead to disastrous consequences in the end.

Researching the Market
When trying to make the right porcelain figurine purchases, you will also need to make sure that you research the market to see what is valuable and what is no. By making an effort to find out what is lucrative in regards to the figurines, you will be able to make the right strategic purchases. Usually, you will be able to find a lot of information online about the collectibles you are interested in. By building a collection based on research, you may be able to turn your hobby into a lucrative investment that is worth a lot of money.

At Isabelle’s Dreams, you will be able to find a wide selection of figurines to choose from. The staff there will be able to help you choose the right figurines for the needs that you have.

The Top Tips for a Parent-Surrogate Relationship

As can be imagined, most people do not ever imagine themselves having to establish a parent-surrogate relationship. The parent-surrogate relationship is not one that most people would ever think about, unless they find themselves in the middle of one. A parent-surrogate relationship is not something that is taught about at home or at school, and until recently has been rarely covered by the media, pop culture, or even in movies. The parent-surrogate relationship is unique and different to any other relationship, and is something that the vast majority of people are unaware of how to prepare for. If you have found yourself in a situation where you need to establish a parent-surrogate relationship, read on to hear our top tips.

Go To the Transfer
The transfer will be the ultimate bonding moment between parents and the surrogate. You will want to be involved in the pregnancy from the beginning, so every attempt to attend the transfer should definitely be made.

Be Involved
Your surrogate will want you to stay involved, so it’s important to ensure that you stay in contact with her. Remember that she is doing this in order to change your life, so it’s important that you let her know that she’s appreciated and valued.

It’s a good idea to set aside a specific time each week to meet with your surrogate, either in person, over the telephone or over Skype or FaceTime. A regularly designated time will work best, and choose a time that is convenient for everyone. Make sure that this takes a position of priority in your schedule.

Take an Interest
In order to form a good relationship with your surrogate, it’s important to take an interest in her life aside from the pregnancy. Asking about her family and hobbies will show her that you’re interested in her as a person.

Don’t Micro-Manage
Remember that your surrogate has been pregnant before and has undergone a rigorous screening process in order to become a surrogate. For this reason, it’s important not to sweat the small stuff – your surrogate won’t want to have to give a full account of everything she’s eaten every day! Unless you think you have valid reason to be worried, let her get on with her pregnancy.

Be Aware of Legalities
Although most surrogate situations don’t result in legal complications, it’s important that both you and your surrogate are aware of surrogate law and enlist the help of a legal service such as Ideal Legal Group in order to protect all of you.

Attend Appointments
You should make an effort to attend the big appointments with your surrogate, such as ultrasound appointments. If your surrogate allows, you may also wish to be present at the birth. Be aware that your surrogate has carried and will give birth to this baby, and even though it is biologically yours she will still feel a sense of love and connection to it.

Are you a parent who is using a surrogate mother? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments.

How Can You Tell if an Elderly Person is Being Mistreated by Care Professionals?

Many of us dread the day when our parents or grandparents need to go into a nursing home, or rely on a home help to care for them. It can be difficult to imagine them helpless and vulnerable, and even though most carers and nursing homes do a great job of helping seniors retain their quality of life as much as possible, and keeping them comfortable, you do of course hear the odd story about people who are actually abused in various ways by the people who are supposed to be caring for them.

These cases are extremely rare, just as cases of child abuse in schools are, however just as you have to be vigilant when it comes to your child, you also need to make sure you keep an eye on any elderly relatives with carers or in nursing homes, and take any signs that they might be being neglected or mistreated seriously.

What Kind of Thing Constitutes Elder Abuse?
There are laws in all 50 states against abusing vulnerable adults when they are in your care, and law firms like burkeharvey.com specialize in bringing these kinds of cases to court and making sure that, if guilty, the perpetrators see justice and the victims’ or their families get some kind of compensation. But what constitutes abuse?

Abuse of an elderly person can include neglecting them, physically or psychologically hurting or tormenting them, sexual abuse, and financial exploitation – for example stealing things from an elderly person or generally ‘ripping them off’. Some of these are easier to spot than others, as in the case of financial exploitation the elder in question may not actually know anything is wrong, or may be being conned very well and actually be happy to be giving money to the perpetrator.

Keep an Eye on Everything, and Take Everything Seriously
As people age, particularly when conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s are involved, they can become easily confused, forgetful, or get strange ideas in their heads. This can make it easy to see them being distressed or believing someone is against them as part of their condition. However, never ignore their claims, no matter how ‘out of it’ their mental state is. Of course, don’t immediately accuse their nurse of stealing from them or hitting them if they say this is happening and they have dementia, but investigate a little before you write it off or report it. Are there any signs of injury? Is anything missing?

When They Have Their Faculties
Not all elderly people have dementia, and some may well have all their faculties. They may not, however, tell you that something is wrong with their treatment. If you are dealing with someone like this, take clues from their own demeanor and attitude. Do they seem unusually withdrawn or nervous? Are they talking about money more than usual?

If you spot any signs of elder abuse the first thing to do is arrange for alternative care and get the person out of that situation – even if only temporarily while you investigate further with management at the nursing home, or police.

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It’s that time of year again! Time for back to school!

With 5 kids in school, I am always on the hunt for great deals on back to school clothes. My absolute favorite place to shop is OshKosh B’Gosh. Their jeans are top of the line, last through dozens and dozens of washings, and even do great once they are passed down to the next kid in line. They use only the best materials and construction in their clothes, and all of their fun, unique designs and trendy fashions make my kids excited to show off their new clothes at school. Better confidence because of what they wear leads to better performance in the classroom. That’s absolutely true with my kids!

For this post, OshKosh B’Gosh sent me a gift card to head to my local store and stock up for the school year for my kids. The one that needed clothes the most was Parker, so I decided to spoil him a little bit.

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Alright, so maybe I spoiled him more than a little bit. 😉 He had a blast picking out all his new clothes. While I expected him to pick out t-shirts and active pants, he wanted dressier clothes: button up shirts, polos in fun colors, and more. I did get our must haves: jeans, denim shorts, and khaki shorts, plus a whole bunch of shirts he picked out for himself.

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We both loved all the gorgeous colors and fun designs they had available, and all at such a great prices! We had so much fun shopping for Parker. It’s not often I get to spend some one-on-one time with the kids, so this was a blessing!


Did you know that right now, OshKosh B’gosh is running their “B’gosh Jeanius Campaign”? OshKosh B’gosh wants every child to have everything they need for school, whether it’s books or blue jeans. OshKosh B’gosh has partnered with K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers, Inc., and DonorsChoose.org, and customers get the opportunity to donate either a brand new pair of blue jeans or choose to make a cash donation to a student in need. Any denim donated from July 28th through September 15th of this year, will be delivered to local kids in need through K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, and all cash donations will be dispersed to locals through DonorsChoose.org. Want to know the best part? The Carters Charitable foundation will match all cash donations up to $50,000 and they’ll also match all denim donations with a new item of clothing. I think that’s awesome!! All you have to do is decide how you want to give kids a leg up, and either donate a pair of blue jeans or some cash at the register. (For more information, please visit www.oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius.

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Thanks, OshKosh B’gosh for always offering such great clothes at a price I can afford. The only thing I’d love more is if you offered sizes up to 16 so I could buy clothes for all my kids in one place. :)

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Do you go through printer ink like I do? My goodness, I can’t keep up with the demands around here.

Lucky for me, (and you!), HP is having an amazing deal on their printer ink right now. There hasn’t been a deal this good since 2012! You don’t want to miss out. It’s the perfect time to stock up and save, especially before the kids head back to school.

Now through August 1st, when you buy one cartridge of HP Ink, you get the second cartridge for 50% off! (Second cartridge must be equal or lesser value.) So, if you buy the color cartridge, you can get the black and white for half off. See how great this deal is?!

You can take advantage of this offer on the HP website, or at your favorite retailer like Staples, Office Depot, or Best Buy.

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3 Incredible Destinations for an Educational Family Holiday

Going on vacation gives the whole family a chance to have a break. You can spend the whole time lounging around by the pool or on the beach if you want. But for a lot of people, going on a trip is about more than relaxing. It’s also a chance to see the world and learn new things. If you have kids, it’s an excellent opportunity to expand their worldview and teach them about different cultures. If you want your children to be educated and open-minded, taking them on historical and cultural vacations will help them achieve it. There are so many incredible destinations around the world, but here are just a few you can enjoy as a family.


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Florence, Italy

Europe is full of fantastic cities and historical sites to visit. It can be difficult to know where to start. In fact, if you have plenty of time, it can be best to try and see as much as possible. But if you’re going to Italy, Florence is one of the best places you can see. A lot of people would be tempted to start with Rome, but Florence is the city to see. Its historical center is a beautiful place to explore. And there are endless architectural wonders to admire. Even the accommodation offered by Venere hotels is often in grand buildings that will wow you. This city is the birthplace of the Renaissance. You won’t run out of art, architecture and culture to experience.


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Mexico City, Mexico

If you want to learn about some history a little closer to home, Mexico is brimming with it. Although it might seem unlikely, Mexico City is one of the best places to go for history and culture. There are some significant sites in more rural locations, but even the city has plenty to see. A must-see site for any history lovers is the Templo Mayor. It’s a thirteenth-century Aztec Temple. But that isn’t all there is to do in Mexico’s capital city. For another fantastic building, visit the Catedral Metropolitana. Art lovers will enjoy the Diego Rivera Museum too, as well as Rivera’s murals in the Palacio Nacional.



Lost City of Petra, Jordan

The Middle East doesn’t necessarily have the best image for the average person. But history and culture lovers know that the region’s countries have rich cultures and histories. Jordan is one of the best places to go on an educational vacation. Visiting is generally safe. However, it’s advised you don’t go within a few kilometers of the Syrian border. If you visit Jordan, Petra is the one place you must see. The archaeological city may have been established as early as 312 BCE. It’s the most visited tourist attraction in the country, where you’ll find fascinating ruins. You can observe tombs, a theater, and the famous Al Khazneh, which was a treasury.

You can find hundreds of incredible locations that are perfect for an educational holiday. When you plan your trip, think of ways you can get the kids involved in the history and culture of your destination.

Everything You Need To Know About Taking Your Kids On Holiday

Taking your kids on holiday for the first time is an experience that you will never forget, for better or worse. Either it will play out like a family scrapbook of fun filled activities that you did together. Or, it will be a nightmare you try erase with your next family holiday. But, either way it is certain to be memorable. With that in mind, here on some tips on how to get the former experience rather than the latter.

Choose Where You Want To Go
Your first task is to do some research online and think about where you want to take your children on holiday. Many parents make the mistake of picking a destination they want to go to and then hoping their kids will just roll with it. Trust us, you will have a far more relaxing experience if you put your children first from the word go. If you like, ask them where they would like to go on vacation. Depending on their age, they may already have some ideas for their dream destination.

Pick The Family Activities
We have got two words for you that will make your holiday as easy as pie: AMUSEMENT PARKS. We have no idea why more families do not choose this option. Perhaps they do not realise the obvious advantage. of this vacation activity. First, if you have young children, chances are they will not be tall enough to go on some of the most thrilling rides. That means you are safe from being hurtled into the air, upside down at lightning speeds. Second, if you have older children, they will be big enough to on these rides by themselves. Third, almost every theme park we have ever been to had a part that catered specifically to adults. You will have a fun time no matter what.

Other family activities you may want to look into would be sporting events or simply head to your nearest information point. They will be able to tell you about the family activities specific to the area where you are staying. If you are staying on the coast, we would recommend looking at boat hire to get an entirely new perspective of the location.

Book In Advance
You should always try to book your holiday in advance, preferably as early as possible. If you can do this, you may find some excellent deals that will mean you have more to spend on other aspects of your vacation. You should never leave booking a holiday with children to the last minute. This can lead to disaster and long waits in hotel lobbies that may cause your children to become disruptive.

Take A Shopping Trip
Finally, before you leave on holiday take a fun shopping trip with your family. For you this will be to get the necessities for travelling. For instance, you should make sure you have a good supply on suntan lotion if you are going somewhere tropical. For your kids, it will be a chance for them to try new clothes and to get them excited about going away.

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