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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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March 17, 2015

DoubleTree by Hilton Spring Break Travel Packages

Spring Break Travel Packages

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Have you already planned your spring break vacation? Now is the time to take advantage of the awesome spring break travel packages, not only will get dscounts you can even grab some cool freebies. With a variety of Spring Break packages across the country, below are just a few of the getaways that DoubleTree by Hilton is offering to help shake those winter blues.

DoubleTree by Hilton Spring Break Travel Packages

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December 30, 2014

Driving in Snow Tips

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Driving in Snow Tips

Driving in Snow Tips

Winter Safety – Driving in Snow Tips

In some places, Winter means dangerous driving conditions. Snow, sleet, hail, wind and icy conditions can lead to accidents, injuries and damage to your vehicle. When you hit the road this Winter, be prepared. Make sure that you put safety first. Be responsible and cautious when you are driving and be sure to follow these Driving in Snow Tips.

  1. You may be ready for Winter, but is your vehicle? Have it checked by a professional to be sure that everything is safe and can handle all Winter driving conditions.
  2. Check that your windshield wipers and window defrosters are working properly.
  3. Have your tires inspected and replaced if necessary.
  4. Drive a little slower than usual and keep a good distance between yourself and the car in front of you in case you need to stop quickly.
  5. If you begin to skid, steer into the skid, with your feet off the pedals until you gain control of the car.
  6. Leave early if you have to be somewhere at a certain time. You want to allow yourself time to get there and not have to rush causing you to be less cautious while you are driving.
  7. Always keep an Emergency Car Safety Kit in the trunk. This will have things like a flashlight, bottled water, snow scraper, emergency blanket, first aid kit, hand warmers, jumper cables, etc. I would even suggest a jump starter especially if you live in an area with frequent low temperatures.
  8. Have a plan in place in case you end up in an emergency situation. Let someone know where you are going, the route you are taking and when they should expect to hear from you next.
  9. When buckling a child into a car seat make sure their coat is not too thick. It can interfere with the harness on the seat. Instead, take off their coat, buckle them in and then cover them with a blanket and keep the heat on at least until the car warms up enough to be comfortable.
  10. Always wear your seat belt, even if you are driving around the corner. Better safe than sorry.
  11. Keep your gas tank as close to full as possible so the nightmare of getting stranded without gas on a dark, snow covered road never becomes a reality.
  12. Avoid using cruise control on a wet, icy, or slippery road. You want to keep as much control of the vehicle as possible.
  13. If you don’t have somewhere that you really need to be, stay off the road. If you have somewhere to be, but don’t feel comfortable driving, consider an alternative route. Don’t force yourself to drive in conditions you don’t feel comfortable or safe in.


Always remember, no matter your destination, the most important part of any journey is your safe arrival. Put safety first at all times, especially in bad weather. When the temperature drops, and it rains or snows, the roads will become icy and can be dangerous. Follow the rules of the road and our Winter Driving in Snow Tips to keep yourself and other drivers and passengers safe.

 

Share with us your Driving in Snow Tips. Leave a comment below.

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June 10, 2014

Family Vacations on a Budget

Family Vacations on a Budget

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Nowadays, taking vacations really give our soul the relaxation it needs. We go out-of-town just to be somewhere else with the hope that we will experience peace. We  often travel to lessen the stress we experience in everyday work that is why planning a trip should always fit in your budget. This summer, families often meet to see one another. There are plenty of ways to save money and have a wonderful time.

To enjoy Family Vacations on a Budget, you can plan events around geographical locations that are close to the most people. You should also arrange travel around dates that are not tied to holidays. You can pick from locations that have easy access to beaches, mountains, city parks, natural parks, and even an amusement parks can be fun. I would have never suggested this prior to having such a great time but offering an opportunity to camp is also a wonderful trip and affordable. If you select a location that has a variety of levels of camping you will please everyone.

However, all this can never be done without money. We can never go from far place without money, unless, you walk for hundreds of miles. But indeed, you spend money also for this even you are just walking. You spend money for foods and beverages, transportation expenses, hotel accommodation rents, and even in fun activities during the vacation. Actually, you spend a lot for this. That’s why very few are planning for a very luxurious travelling and vacations. So, I have cited here some ways to save money when travelling, which, I guess, may help you to lessen and reduce your expenses.

Tips on How to Plan Family Vacations on a Budget

1. Prepare and pack own foods and beverages

You can save money on preparing foods and packing meals. Instead of buying foods during the travel that can boost your expenses, just prepare by yourself with the help of your family. Imagine, many vendors are increasing the prices of their commodities up to 200% of its original price! It’s very exaggerated, but true. It happens most especially when you are in a resort and beaches. Further, another thing that cuts down your expenses is by providing your own plenty stock of water and bottled beverages most especially when the temperature is too high.  Having this to your way on a trip will help you conquer thirst. Most bottled beverages that can be bought during the travel are also doubles the original price. So it is wise to bring things than buying on the spot.

2. Choosing the right mode of transportation

It is better to use the public transport than to use your own car. Yes, it may be hassle you but it can help you to save more money. When you use your car, you will consider the gas cost, machine repair cost and worst, towing services. Some choose to commute and use public utility vehicles because of these.  You can never say that your car is always in good condition. Your car is also not suitable in all types of road conditions. There is always a weather condition.  And not all weather forecasts are correct. Sometimes there are quite lapses. So it is better to ride public vehicles with many options to choose from: taxis, trains, and buses. The amount of money saved on this can be spending on foods and beverages.

3. Look for cheap but good accommodation

Most hotels are full when holidays and special days. Some hotels offer promos on same time. So you may do search hotels a month before the exact holidays. You can call for room reservation. If it’s not possible, there are cheap hotels that offered cheaper cost but good for accommodations. These can be found on beach vacations and resorts. However, if you don’t have enough budgets for hotel accommodations, you can bring your own like tents. It is best for mountain trips, forests stay, and also on beaches. With this, you can freely choose your own place to stay during your travel. Disadvantage is that, you can’t handle some situation like rumbles and people conflicts outside your tents.

4. Think inexpensive fun activities

Travelling, trips, and vacations cannot be more colorful and fun without activities. This is one of the most awaited parts of the travelling experience indeed.  Activities will heighten the vacation experience and will serve as memories reminder. But, activities are undeniably so very expensive. To save money, you must consider those activities that create fun in less expensive manner. It’s hard to think but actually it isn’t. Examples are the ball games, and card games. Maybe you are wondering. Well, if you are in the beach, you have only need beach volleyball. Then the activity goes on. If you are in the city, best places for activities are in museums, parks, and more. Some public places in the cities are mostly good and attractive. If you are in the mountain trip, you can just bring cards. Another, you can have a site seeing adventures. Most mountains have a great view when look downwards. These are only few but if you think more, there are lots of things.

Yes, travelling, for the first thought, is expensive. You may say that it is impossible to save money or have Family Vacations on a Budget. Some people think that having a travel, trips, and vacations are really expensive. Yes, sometimes it is true but mostly is not. It depends to you on how you manage your budget. However, for people who love travelling, it is no big deal for them as long as their happiness has been fulfilled. They say money is just stuff. It is the experience which treasured most, not money. So some people spend their vacation disregarding on how much the expenses.

Meanwhile you can also have happy and fun experiences while considering the limited amount of money to be saved. The only reason why to save money is for preparing on unwanted happenings or incidents occur. If you can have fun and makes you happy with just a limited budget, it is much better. You gained happiness and fun plus a bonus which is the saved money. What is the implication? Well, absolutely another set of trip, vacation, and travel. So when you are have limited budget for vacation, always remember that there are ways to resolve this problem. You must only learn the concept of frugality. Indeed, frugality is the main step to save money.

Do you have tips on how to have Family Vacations on a Budget? Share it with us below.

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Summer Travel Tips: Traveling with Kids

Traveling with Kids Tips

Topic: Family Vacations on a Budget

May 13, 2014

Summer Travel Tips: Traveling with Kids

Summer Travel Tips

Traveling with Kids

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Summer time in my house means travel time! My husband and I  love to pack up our car and visit new places with our daughter, and other members of our family. Just last week we took a long weekend trip to Gulf Shores Beach. While we love bring able to spend time together at different destinations, sometimes it can be difficult to cure the “Are we there yet!?” syndrome our daughter seems to get after the first hour of a 10 hour drive. And to you parents out there that take long road trips with more than 1 child, you are braver than me! Here are some of my favorite summer travel tips for traveling with kids I have found out along our travels!Continue reading

February 22, 2013

I am going on a Trip…

Massanutten

We are going on a trip. We need it. We have had more fake snow days then I can count and I need to get my children out of the house. In fact I need to get out of the house. That is the problem with working at home. Let’s play a game so you can figure out where I am going. I am going on a trip and I am bringing or hoping for:
A apples for snack
B bathing suit
C clothes
D Dolls
E Eye wear
F Fun
G GPS
H Hair Brush
I I Pad
J Juice Boxes
K Kids
L Lounge Chair
M Mountain
N Never a dull moment
O Ocean Like Waves
P plugs for my ears
Q Quiet
R Resort
S Surfing
T Tubes
U Umbrellas
V Victory after each slide
W water Bottle crafts: Search Game
X xi hours of fun if you get there at 11:00
Y Yeah!
Z Zipping around on a slide

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