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How to Plan a Family Vacation on $30,000 A Year

How to Afford Family Vacation Travel on $30,000 A Year

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Summer days are fast approaching and I’m already anticipating the kids’ cries of “Mom!  We’re bored!”  In an attempt to prevent that from happening this year, we started planning our family vacation the day after school started in the fall.  You might ask why we start planning the family vacation so early.  It’s simple … we live on a $30,000 a year budget and have to carefully plan luxuries such as vacations in order to stick to that budget.

First Steps to Planning a Family Vacation

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How To Afford Family Vacation On $30,000 A Year

How To Afford Family Vacation On $30,000 A Year

How To Afford Family Vacation On $30,000 A Year

Do you need a family vacation? Who doesn’t? If you don’t take one soon will your insanity build until it topples in heaps? Were you thinking gosh I need a vacation as you were cleaning dishes for the 90th time today? You were wondering who dropped all these dishes off and when your dishwasher relief was coming in for the second shift?

You waited for them as the dishes piled up once more. You came to the conclusion you were first shift, second, shift, third shift, and the last shift. You are in fact an expert at dry food removal, so this skill and making hairballs should afford you a page in the Guinness Book of World Records but not a home on millionaire’s row.Continue reading

Family Vacation Getaway at Sands Bethlehem

This post was sponsored by Sands Bethlehem as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Family Vacation Getaway at Sands Bethlehem

I am not a fan of winter by any means. I don’t like winter sports, and if I am totally honest, I only go out because my kids need to get out and play. Plus, well, life requires it. Cold weather is something I could do without. Come spring I am beyond anxious to be able to play outside with my family and to start taking trips again. If you are looking for a place to go with your family, this spring Sands Bethlehem is just the place for your family vacation getaway this year.

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September 10, 2016

Why Taking A Weekend to Yourself Can Save the Best Part of You

Best Ladies Weekend Getaways

This post is about how to fill the hole created when you take care of everyone else all the time.

Motherhood is like gum stuck on a shoe. Sometimes I never want to let them go, and sometimes I do not want to claim ownership. I have struggled for years with “Do I give them enough?” to the point where I felt like I gave them my all.

I just want to be me so I looked for the best ladies weekend getaways each year.

I receive an opportunity for a girl’s weekend in conjunction with a work event, and I was finally going to RSVP “Yes”.

In the span of the last twelve years, my life has morphed into theirs. My oldest was born and fours years later his sister and then less than two years later surprise, they are getting a brother.

I needed something special, so I chose me.

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August 5, 2016

Florida’s Gulf County Vacation Tips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.

Florida’s Gulf County Vacation Tips

There are many wonderful places to visit and many wonders to be seen in the State of Florida. But few places compare to the natural beauty that is Florida’s Gulf County. It is a hidden gem that is so lovely even locals vacation here.

The perfect time to visit the gulf coast of Florida is mid-August to mid-March when the weather is perfect. Time slows down and long weekends are in order. There is something for everyone. From pristine beaches, thrill seeking outdoor activities, award winning restaurants, culture and history, and nature at every turn. You don’t have to look far to find something for everyone in your family here.

Learn from the locals:

In Gulf County Florida adventure is just off the beaten path and there’s no better guide than a local. A favorite activity for anyone visiting is scuba diving with Captain Bobby’s Break A Way Charters ( You will be surprised at the crystal clear water and beautiful dive spots that Adventure Guide and charter captain Bobby Guliford has been diving with his son since he was 12 years old. Whether you want to go scallop hunting in St. Joseph Bay or a family dive at about 30 feet, you will be able to find a fresh adventure just underneath the water’s surface.

Spend some time is nature as Florida was intended to be seen:

With 244 miles of coast line the access to some of the most pristine and unspoiled beaches in the world Gulf County will thrill you will the wonder of nature and make you feel like a kid again. Lynn Marshall a local Adventure Guide and the general manager of Port Inn says that she spends most weekends on a paddleboard in “The Bay” (St. Joseph Bay) and you can too! Paddleboards are easy to rent at Daly’s Watersports and the Bay is calm, shallow, and safe. This would be an ideal place to learn.

Less planning, more doing:

Gulf County has a wonderful online service that you can utilize to see what there is to do by the ones who know the area best. The Gulf County Concierge Program & Adventure Guide can help to plan your adventure while you spend your time and energy on the art of relaxing. Adventure and wonder are at the tip of your fingers as you have access to kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, bird watching, snorkeling, diving, paddleboarding, ecotouring, boating which is never more than 15 minutes in any direction at any time.

Visit Never Have I Ever Contest and enter to win a week-long getaway to Gulf County, FL!

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I’m giving away a $50.00 AMEX gift card to one of our lucky readers!

It’s super simple to enter. Just answer this question in the comment section below. 

Question: “Which of the adventures in the Adventure Guide would you/your family enjoy taking part in? And why?”

Only One comment per person  = One entry

Giveaway ends on August 25, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. One winner, chosen at random from all eligible entries received, will receive a $50 AmEx gift card, and will be announced on or about 10 days after end of entry period.  Entrants may enter within 21 days of this post going live. Must be a resident of one of the 48 contiguous United States (excl. PR, HI, AK) the age of majority in his or her jurisdiction at time of entry. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Sweepstakes is sponsored by Gulf County.

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