A List Of The Best Summer Break Essentials And Tips

**This post contains affiliate links see the disclosure on the sidebar of this website.** Summer break is finally here! Last year, we went on five separate trips to six different locations. We spent time in the mountains of Colorado, dipped our toes into the sandy, Bahama beaches, and spent time visiting great friends scattered across the U.S. So naturally, the travel bug has bitten us again this summer! We haven’t totally narrowed down where we plan to go this year as we are a last-minute family. But I am working toward planning how to make our next summer vacation go as smoothly as possible, and I wanted to be sure to pass along some simple tips! Maybe it was months ago when you booked a week or two weeks off work, but all that eager waiting and anticipation has finally paid off. Now you’re left wondering… do I have everything I need? The answer is usually “no,” and we’ve all entered that blind panic as we rush around trying to prepare all the things we need for a vacation. You had months to prepare, and you end up doing everything the night before. The key is to take a deep breath, […]

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The Benefits Of Last Minute Trips

Have you ever thought about going on a last minute trip? Not many people do. They don’t think they can make it work with their schedules, and they’d rather play it safe than do something wildly spontaneous. However, there are many notable benefits of going on a last minute trip. You may have heard of Cheryl Strayed, the author of the novel ‘Wild.’  “With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.” Not only does this show the power of spontaneity, but that there are always lessons to be learned in every situation. I’ve done planned trips like the Bahamas trip my husband and I took for our five year anniversary. We had everything planned in February for a trip in August! But then there have been other times where we threw our tent […]

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How To Find Affordable Travel Options

**This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.** As most of you know, my family are big travelers! Last year we went on five separate trips to six different locations. We spent time in the mountains of Colorado, dipped our toes into the sandy, Bahama beaches, and spent time visiting great friends scattered across the U.S. The year before, my family hadn’t traveled due to welcoming two new additions to our family in a single year. I longed for an adventure, but the timing wasn’t right. We decided to make up for the 2015 Year of Isolation by planning a Year of Adventure for 2016. Traveling makes us slow down, be present, and experience diversity. If we never let ourselves explore, we get stuck in the mundane patterns and routines. I love to promote growth and learning in my family — both of which happen while traveling. Many people have asked how we make adventuring a priority while sticking to our frugal budget, and one of our favorite answers is Groupon Coupons. When we are planning a family vacation, we typically choose a long weekend so not as much time off is required. We then reach for our Family […]

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Adventure Lullaby

The sun peaks its head through my bedroom window cascading shadows through the curtains onto the walls. I shut my eyes tighter rejecting the sunlight, but it makes its way through the cracks despite my stubbornness. I turn onto my side and sigh loudly trying to wake my husband from his peaceful slumber. All night long his chest has moved with a rhythmic snore that’s startled me awake again and again. He rests peacefully. I can’t remember the last time I slept peacefully with my body waking up to welcome the morning. I feel like the world around me has been turned on for the new day. It’s like someone pressed play to the soundtrack of birds, sunlight, and neighborhood commotion, but I’m the scratched record that forgets how to sing. I sit collecting dust left with only memories of the music I used to play. Like a family get together where familiar tunes fill the air and everyone sings in unison, I am the one who forgets the meaning behind the words. My days are always the same. Wake up. Feed and clothe children. Provide entertainment. Go to sleep. Repeat. I love my children fiercely, but I don’t love […]

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