Fun for Kids Friday: Back from Vacation Edition!

Can you believe it's Friday again? 

This past week, my family was vacationing in sunny Ft. Myers & Sanibel Island Florida. I love it there! The beaches were beautiful, the skies were clear and we had an amazing time.  I'll be writing more about our trip this weekend.  And, I'm also back on track with my weight loss, which I'll be writing about too. 

But, right now, I wanted to share a couple quick photos that my 4 year old took while we were at the beach.

I wish we didn't have to leave the beach.  It was so relaxing and we all had a blast.

Now... back to reality. ; )

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Weekend Activity: Make a Game Show Chip Drop Game at Lowe's

Looking for something to do with the kids on Saturday? 

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics are FREE to the public and occur every other Saturday at 10am. This weekend, let your kids build a Game Show Chip Drop Game.

Date: Saturday, April 14th

Time: 10am

"Your child will love building this kit as much as playing this classic game show game! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build their own Game Show Chip Drop!" -www.lowesbuildandgrow.com

Just find a Lowe's near you to register in advance for this FREE kid's clinic here.


20 Summer Crafts For Kids

Sun, Sand & Surf...  I'm in the mood for summer!

Take a look at the 20 cute ideas that I just added to my 'Summer Crafts for Kids' Pinterest board. You can learn how to make:

If you're looking for good kid-friendly summer crafts, keep an eye on this board as I add new ideas over the next few months. And, if you need a Pinterest invite, or have an idea that you think I should add to the board, let me know.


Family Travel On A Budget 

Travel is one of my greatest passions.  My husband and I actually met while I was traveling, and now, we love to travel with our kids.  We always look for deals on hotels, car rentals, and entertainment. But, my goal is to have an amazing vacation and not feel like I'm on a budget.   

Here is how we do it:

1) First things first...  check the Best Blogs for Local Fun Guide to see if your destination is there.  Blogs can be a great source for local information on everything from 'Kids-Eat-Free' nights at local restaurants to free family events in the area. 

2) Use Ebates when booking your hotels, rental cars and airfare.  Last year, I booked our hotel through Ebates and saved over $10 just by connecting through their site.  Every little bit helps!

3) Check websites like Expedia and Travelocity.  They can be great tools when comparing prices from different companies.

4) We usually save a bit of money by booking in advance.  It seems like whenever I've tried to book a hotel at the last minute, all of the cheaper rooms are gone. Booking months in advance gives you the opportunity to choose from the largest selection of hotel rooms and rental cars which can lead to big savings.

5) Book your flights on Tuesday night.  I've heard this before from travel experts and it really does work.

6) TripAdvisor is also a great source for information.  Last year we booked an inexpensive beach-front hotel as part of our vacation.  Sometimes, seeing a really good price will make me think "is it cheap for a reason?", but by reading the reviews at TripAdvisor you can see what previous guests have said. Through TripAdvisor, we found an inexpensive hotel with a fantastic location and very good reviews. It worked out really well.

7) You've probably already heard of Restaurant.com, but you might not think of it when you're traveling.  It's a great way to save on restaurants all across the country. And, they often have coupon codes for 70% or 80% off their discounted gift certificates. 

8) Be prepared.  Bring essentials like sun screen, snacks for the plane, and things to entertain the kids. It helps to prevent over-spending at tourist traps.

9)  Sometimes, your place of employment might be a good place to get discounts.  My husband's company offers their employees discounts for rental cars.  So, we always take advantage of this discount when traveling and it really cuts down the cost.

10) A hotel room with a mini fridge and a microwave is always great.  You can easily have an inexpensive breakfast or a late night snack within minutes.

By planning ahead and using on-line resources, you can save money for some of the things you may want to splurge on.  It is your vacation so have fun, relax and enjoy!

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