Vacation Fun on a Budget

Who says you can’t have a good time while you are pinching pennies?  Here’s some ideas for enjoying your summer vacation without spending a lot of money. Stay with friends or relatives. Pack a cooler with snacks in the car so you aren’t tempted by overpriced gas station snacks. Check to see if your memberships…

Summer fun with the Kids

Schools out for summer.  You don’t want the kids sitting in front of a screen all summer but you don’t want to play the role of cruise activities director either.  Here is a list of ideas you can give your kids to keep them busy.  If they can’t find something to do from this exhaustive…

Walla Walla by Bicycle

While I love being outside in the spring and fall, I have a hard time with the summer heat.  I tend to stay indoors enjoying the air conditioning.  The one time of day I do venture outdoors is in the evening after dinner but before dusk.  It’s still warm but bearable and I can usually…

Decluttering vs. Minimalism

I recently read an article on another blog about living out of a duffel bag and a backpack for a month to see what it would be like.  The author learned that although doable for himself as an individual, it would be nearly impossible for a family as the items required for family life do…

Walla Walla: A Great Place for Kids

After living in a suburb of Boston for three years, I knew that’s not where I wanted to stay long-term.  Elite preschools preparing toddlers for Harvard, $350 tuition fees for fingerpainting classes, and private memberships to access a local pond made raising  a family there not only cost prohibitive, but exhausting.  While we enjoyed visiting…