Category Archives: Family

Show Me The (Saved) Money!

Happy New Year!  Did you set “resolutions” or “intentions” for this year? Last year I committed to a money saving challenge.  I’m sure you’ve seen them – there are about a million different versions on Pinterest.  Some you are supposed to save a penny a day, some a dollar a day.  I was pretty successful last year, spending only saved money over the summer when I “stay-cationed” with my kiddos at our camper home.  I didn’t save as much as I had intended, though and I think it was because I didn’t follow any plan.  I mean, I “pinned” about a dozen different plans but I didn’t actually print one out and FOLLOW it.  As a result there were some weeks that I didn’t add money to my jar and I’ll be truthful, there were some weeks that I took money OUT of the jar to buy an unplanned pizza so that I didn’t have to cook! LOL

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I decided that 2017 would be different. Not only would I save money but my kids would save money too!  We already have several vacations planned for 2017 so I knew I wanted to do some sort of mega savings with the intent of “withdrawing” from that savings throughout the year when those vacations happen.  I also wanted to keep the weekly “deposit” amounts reasonable so that even on financially “tighter” months it would still be feasible for me to earn the extra money needed for my savings plan by adding a freelance assistant task or two or a holistic client. I ended up creating my own Savings-Challenge and a Mega-Savings-Challenge

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My kids are excited to follow the Kids-Savings-Challenge.  Honestly I think most of the fun is the competition between them to see who will actually save the most!   kids-savings-challenge

Whatever their motivation I am hoping that it will also serve to instill in them the practice of saving.  Myself – I’m going with the Mega Savings Challenge.  I’ve also started a second jar for myself to follow the Kids Savings Challenge as well.  (That way if I feel the need to raid a jar for that unplanned pizza dinner or emergency coffee run I won’t mess up my Mega Savings!)

Will you be doing any kind of savings challenge in 2017?  Comment below and let me know…and don’t forget to pop back in and share updates on your progress!

Worried about how you’re going to stick with a money saving challenge on those days/weeks when money seems so tight? Check back here on Thrifty Thursdays for ideas/tips for “finding” extra money!

As always…Be Well and Spread Kindness ❤

Kristina

Summer Time Adventures

It seems when life gets busy I am not so good with keeping up here! The last post was right at the beginning of softball and baseball season…which was absolutely a busy busy couple of months! Since school has ended (Can not believe that I now have a 5th and 2nd grader!!!) we have been on one big Summer Time Adventure!

It started with our “Orange You Happy School is Over” Party
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This summer the Bugs asked for me to plan “Mommy Camp” instead of going to camp.  I admit it made my heart swell just a little bit that they wanted that. So I planned weekly themes. searched for projects on Pinterest and have been cherishing my Bugs enjoying being with me ❤  Here are some photo highlights of our summer time adventures so far…

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Child Free for 6 Days?!?

I am “child free” for 6 whole days? I AM CHILD FREE FOR 6 WHOLE DAYS!!!!!!

Yes it’s true and to be honest I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand I am 100% free to do whatever during the day without school schedules, doctors appointments, homework, softball, baseball, etc. On the other hand…no good morning hugs and kisses or night time snuggles.

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Where are they you ask?  Well the pictures above are from a quick food stop on the way to the airport hotel 2 nights ago.  They left super early the next morning (with their grandparents, Monie and G) to fly to Florida before going on their first Disney Cruise!  To say they were excited is an understatement!

In their absence so far I’ve gone to breakfast with a friend and her daughter, gotten my haircut, gone shopping, wrote a new badge packet for my group Empowered Yayas , finished a book I was reading and shopped with my dear friend to donate to charity.  All the while I was doing these things I was anxious to know how my Bugs were doing. (They’ve texted:  They had fun swimming yesterday and today the boarded the ship and rode the water slide!)

I’ve big plans for the next few days…don’t worry I’ll post all about my Mommy Adventure.   What would YOU do with a free days to yourself?

Treasure Hunting

Geocaching….Who knew it would be so much fun?!?  Our good friend JH introduced us to geocaching last year.  He is really into it and has gone many times.  Last year his family and ours went geocaching together.  We really had fun and talked about doing it more…but didn’t.  This year I decided that it was something I really wanted to do with The Bugs.

We went the first time last week with friends…Bug’s best friend and his sister and Mom.  We went to the same place we went last year – alvernia park.  Our phone app wasn’t working right…probably user failure!  Yesterday we went again to Rustic Park armed with an upgraded geocaching app PLUS my new garmin handheld gps…late birthday present from J.  It is SO COOL…now that I know how to use it! LOL  I hadn’t uploaded the Rustic Park caches to it so I entered the cache coordinates instead which worked out great!  We searched for 3 caches and found 2.  We had so much fun!  LoveBug named our “team” the Crushers…fine for yesterday but we need a new team name.  Any suggestions?  I’m ordering fun tokens to leave in our found caches…trying to decide between wooden discs or stones.  Now if I can just think of a cool name….

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GEOCACHE FOUND!!! (SM, GM, LoveBug and Bug)

Luck of the Irish?

I’ve always said that if it wasn’t for bad luck I would have no luck at all.  Unfortunately we seem to have mixed luck today…St. Patricks Day.  It’s never been a big holiday for me…I mean I’m not Irish!  Although if you ask LoveBug she “totally is!”  When I was teaching it was a fun but exhausting day…leprechaun visits, secret notes from the leprechaun, rainbow colored treats, green milk…you know – the usual.

Normally the day passes without much effort on my part.  My father in law (who is absolutely Irish) has convinced the Bugs that they are IRISH.  They embrace the day completely!  My FIL and not to be left out mother in law always supply the Bugs with festive shirts, shamrock tattoos, beads, etc.  This year was no exception!

Unfortunately today Bug is home sick with Strep (bad luck)…bleh!  He’s still wearing his Awesome Irish shirt and he even wore his leprechaun sunglasses…that pot of gold is BRIGHT you know!  That’s as far as his celebration went today although I’m sure he’ll perk up when his Pop (my fil) and Grammy (mil) get here for dinner.  Yep this year I’m in charge of the dinner:  corned beef and cabbage, parsley potatoes, etc.  There seemed to be mixed information about having carrots or no carrots.  Something about the color orange and Irish catholics?!?  I’m not either one so not totally sure about that one.  Not everyone likes corned beef so I also made a sweet/spicy pork loin roast.  I did my research and good Lord I HOPE I did it all correctly!  I’m not sure what the dessert is supposed to be but I went to green:  green pistachio gelato.

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Happy Birthday to my Bug

My Bug turned 7 today.  His blue eyes, quick smile and kind spirit warm my heart daily.  He is 100% all boy – active, dirty, gross… but he is also the most thoughtful and loving spirit.  I can’t believe he is 7 years old!  1st grade!  He is growing into such a nice boy.  He treats his friends like gold, spreads his kindness to everyone around him and still remembers to hug & kiss his momma ❤

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We celebrated his birthday like we do all birthdays in our family:  favorite dinner with everyone in the family.  Bug of course chose TACOS and entertained us all with his stories.  J surprised Bug with Star Wars Legos…and the promise to watch the movies.  Score big points for Daddy!  I found captain America tank and briefs…with a mask!  How could I NOT buy that costume for the Bug?  I think my find was a hit too…What do you think?

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His best friend is G…not his grandfather but another 1st grader! 🙂  If he doesn’t have a playdate with G every couple days he totally goes into withdrawal.  G introduced Bug to MineCraft and the song “What does the fox say.”  They play games, run around, yell and carry on together…and it’s wonder*full!

Of course he wanted to celebrate his birthday with G.  He chose to also ask his friend Q to play at a local fun spot:  Ballocity.  Because he is so sweet he included his sister and G’s sister too.  They had so much fun running and playing for a couple hours, eating pizza and cupcakes.  Super Fun for a Super Kid!

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Playlist of the Week

Music is a big part of life at our house. We listen to music in the car, in the kitchen… both of the Bugs love to sing, play instruments and dance. One of my favorite things to do is listen to my Bugs singing…makes my heart smile ❤

Music can say so much about how you’re feeling…so for today I’d like to share my playlist for my week… What songs would be on YOUR playlist? Share them with me…I love to hear from you!

Happy…by Pharrell Williams   (I LOVE this song!  I challenged my YaYas to make their own Happy video.

What Does the Kid Say  (This could almost be my theme song…or most mom’s theme song for that matter!)

The Mom Song 

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ENJOY!!!!!  Please share your songs 🙂