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Vacation Planning: What Will We Eat?

Vacation Planning: What Will We Eat?

Vacation Planning: What Will We Eat? So you have the hotel booked, and your attractions thought out, now it’s time to plan what food you are going to bring on your vacation. Just because you are on vacation, is no reason to completely throw your budget down the drain, and eat out every meal. For an average vacation, a family of 4 spends $132 on food, PER DAY. I don’t spend that much on food for a week, no way…

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Vacation Planning: Finances

Vacation Planning: Finances

Vacation Planning: Finances You may be wondering why I didn’t start the vacation planning series with finances. Well that’s because, I am going to say if you are looking to take a vacation, then you are confident that you can afford one. You should also already have a good idea of what you can afford. This is more about planning your vacation expenses, and not budgeting for it. Related Post: Vacation Planning: When and Where Step 1 – Know Your…

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Travel And An Education

Travel And An Education

Travel And An Education Running a blog is not just slapping together some words and hitting publish. A lot of research goes into what I do. Maybe it is looking up a new recipe to try, or a seasoning mix I want to try to make myself. Other times I am fact checking something before I publish it. Sometimes while searching for something, I will see an interesting link that I will go back to read later. I am consistently…

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Vacation Planning: Accommodations

Vacation Planning: Accommodations

Vacation Planning: Accommodations I wanted to say that finding and booking our accommodations, is one of my favorite parts of vacation planning. But the truth is, I love all aspects of vacation planning. Even packing. When packing I get to think about how much fun we are going to have, and how cute everyone will look in each outfit. If I had to rank all of the vacation planning activities, finding our accommodations would be second. Losing out only to…

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Vacation Planning: When and Where

Vacation Planning: When and Where

Vacation Planning: When and Where This post is the first post in a 8 part vacation planning series. Make sure you check back every Monday, for a new installment. Topics will include how to find the best accommodation deal, planning your budget, and meal planning for vacation. So you have decided to take a vacation this year. Or maybe you take one every year, and it’s now time to decide when and where you are going to go. So how…

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Why Our Youngest Is Not Going On Our Family Vacation

Why Our Youngest Is Not Going On Our Family Vacation

Why Our Youngest Is Not Going On Our Family Vacation We made a really hard decision recently, and that was for our 3-year-old to not go on our family vacation this year. We went on a vacation two years ago, and she did not go on that vacation either. I did not feel bad on our first real family vacation, after all Paysen was only 1. She was not capable of grasping the fact that she was not taken on…

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To Those Who Tailgate Me: At Night

To Those Who Tailgate Me: At Night

I see you back there, swerving side to side and flashing your lights (or possibly just keeping the high beams on). It’s pitch black out and for some reason when you want the person in front of you to go faster, it is universal to ride their bumper and high beam them. You just need to turn your lights down and back off, because all you are doing is giving me a headache and making it harder for me to…

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Day Trip: Herkimer Diamond Mine

Day Trip: Herkimer Diamond Mine

Day Trip: Herkimer Diamond Mine Out west there are a ton of diamond and gem mines. We drove by so many of them in our travels out there, when Andi was stationed in California. Every time we would drive by a sigh advertising “Diamond Mine”, Andi would say how he wanted to do that before we moved. Guess what we never did? We never made it to a mine. Between the Corps having to approve your requests for travel and…

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Day Trip: Stony Brook State Park

Day Trip: Stony Brook State Park

Our trip to Stony Brook State Park was actually an unplanned visit. We had a fun day planned for the kids which started with watching some horse races (the kids have been teasing to go watch the horses race) and then going to Seneca Lake State Park. Seneca Lake State Park has a very nice splash pad and a “beach”, it also has a nice picnic area and a paved trail around part of the lake. That was the plan…

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Tips To Make Summer Driving Easier

Tips To Make Summer Driving Easier

Tips To Make Summer Driving Easier With the warmer weather, a lot of us are probably seeing more time spent in the car. When the weather starts to improve, there are a few things I do to make extended drives and impromptu excursions more enjoyable (and cheaper). It helps to be prepared for summer driving. Keep a pack of plastic cups in your car. I like to keep mine under the driver’s seat, I can reach them then if I…

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