What NOT To Do While Traveling With Kids

I would estimate that I’ve spent about 960 hours on road trips with my kids. That’s a total of 40 entire days people!

And after 960 hours you learn some things you should do. Pack electronics loaded with lots of games and movies. Pack lots of snacks. Make regular potty stops and make them go whether they think they need to or not. (You can check out more tips from a dozen awesome moms in my previous post, Traveling With Kids.)

Along the way to 960 hours you also learn lots of stuff NOT to do. (more…)

Frugal Mom’s Guide To Traveling With Kids

Traveling with kids is, in a word, challenging.

In more words, it can make you want to stick a red-hot poker in your eye. But not all the time. Sometimes they fall asleep.

But seriously, it does take work to keep things from spinning out of control, or before you know it, you’re driving with the windows down praying for an exit while your little boy pees (or tries to) in a soda bottle. Let’s say that happened to a friend.

So here are some of my tips, gathered painfully over eight years of nine + hour road trips between the south and midwest with two little cranky humans. And some tips from 12 other moms who’ve been there, done that and lived to tell about it.. possibly over a glass of wine.. or to our therapists.. or over wine with our therapists. (more…)

Get Totally Free Goodies

Who likes free? Me! So I was thrilled when Daily Goodie Box offered me their latest box full of free samples so I could share it with you. (All opinions are authentic and my own.) You can check out my previous Daily Goodie Box Review here.

I know you like free too, and if you like instant gratification, also like me.. you can click this link right now to find out how to get one of these great boxes full of free, full-size samples. And keep reading for details on how it works and what’s inside. (more…)

Educational Subscription Boxes

I’ve been intrigued with educational subscription boxes for a while. The concept is genius. A box comes right to your door filled with books and tools to teach kids about science, geography, nature, different languages and cultures.

So I enlisted five fellow mom bloggers to offer their reviews on eight of the most popular boxes. You can compare them here to find one that might be perfect for your child and budget. (more…)

Free Summer Activities For Kids

It’s almost summer! Can you believe an entire school year has almost gone by already?

I can’t believe my kids will soon be second and third graders! And I don’t want them to be vegetables all summer, letting their growing little brains turn to mush. So I try to pack the summer with fun activities. Some for fun and some they can learn from.

In this post you’ll find lots of free options! (more…)

6 Summer Must-Haves

School is almost out and that means a drastic change of pace for many people. Whether you’re planning a trip or two, sampling summer camps or looking to keep your kids’ brain drain at a minimum.. check out the next few weeks of my Frugal Mom’s Guide To Summer series. Topics include:

This post contains affiliate links, which allow me to receive compensation, at no additional cost to you, if you make a purchase. All opinions are authentic and my own. (more…)

7 Teacher Gifts With FREE Printables

Teachers are the unsung heroes of life. They put up with our kids all day, love and nurture them and teach them to become smart, responsible and kind humans. That’s exhausting with just my two kids, I can’t imagine multiplying that by ten.

So Teacher Appreciation Week or the end of the school year is a chance to tell them how much it all means to us. Here’s a few super affordable gifts that you can give teachers to say thanks. (more…)