Need more family time before school starts?

  Wow, school starts in a matter of weeks and really…days. Our first day back to homeschooling is August 24th. Time sure flies.   We were fortunate this year to get to visit Myrtle Beach. I had been itching for a beach vacation (we haven’t been to the ocean since 2008). This was our first year to spend a week in a condo at the beach! I’m so glad we did. It had to be in May when it was cheaper than summer, but, honestly, we had summer temps that week. You can read about our trip to Myrtle Beach here, but, we are back home in Ohio now. Let’s talk about what you can do with the family to make some memories before school starts this month here in Ohio.     Depending on your financial situation there’s no reason you can’t make something fun and memorable.  Here in Ohio we have beautiful parks and playgrounds that are free to roam, hike and play on. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon on a homemade scavenger hunt and hike. Be sure to follow my other Facebook Page 1000 Things to Do as I share LOTS of information on Ohio family fun ideas there.   Now, if it’s in the budget you might rather take the family on a camping getaway like my friends do at Salt Fork in the Cambridge area. Or…   Maybe you’d rather spend a night or weekend in a part of Ohio that you haven’t explored yet like we did last year in Cincinnati. Cincinnati is a far drive from where we live, but...

Our visit to Wild Water Kingdom in Aurora, Ohio

    As a member of the Cedar Point Blogger community we were invited to experience Wild Water Kingdom in Aurora, Ohio recently so we could share it with you! While we received everything we needed to complete this review, opinions are our own.   Wild Water Kingdom is an outdoor waterpark. I talked to a fellow blogger-friend and she told me that WWK is now “their” pool since the pool they use to use closed up. I think she said she buys a season pass for her and the kids to come and they may visit weekly. If you live nearby this may be a great option for YOU.     My husband and oldest son went on that big water slide you see in the background. Our  youngest didn’t want to so I stayed off with him. It was a wilder ride than my husband expected, he was trying to convince our youngest to go on it, afterwards realizing Jack probably wouldn’t have liked it . I think we spent more time in the lazy river than any other part.     Wild Water Kingdom has lockers you an rent for a price starting at $10 for all day, this is the locker we rented. It was roomy enough to keep what we needed stored as we kept our dry change-of-clothes in the car and kept our towels and shoes with us.   We chose to eat at the Happy Harbor Cafe because of the nice selection in food. The boys had the chicken fingers/fries combo with drink and my husband and I got the cheeseburger/fries combo...

4 House Projects I’ve been Working On Lately

  Wow, almost no posts since July 3rd?! While I didn’t intend to be MIA that long, I’ve been busy being who I am first… a wife, a homemaker, a mom. I thought I’d take some time to show you what I’ve been up. I’m kind of excited about all the home-projects I’ve been working on because the changes I’m making are REALLY working out for me! Here’s a peek into what I’ve been busy with lately.     The boys had VBS (Vacation Bible School) and I’ve been busy with home-projects, mainly, reorganizing and decluttering: the never-ending story in my life. I often wonder how it was back in the black & white photo days (AKA “the good ole days”) …but wait… who am I kidding. Those people back before color-film had their own set backs, I’m sure, and would probably be THRILLED to have to deal with some of the stuff I have today so I’ll just be thankful that I have the good health and physical strength to work around my home.   Project #1: This corner was pretty cluttered before with two unmatched bookshelves and  “crates” holding books and misc things. I decided to move the bookshelves and most of the books downstairs to the finished basement. I’m storing our upcoming school-year books and some other things on this big shelf (shown below) covered by a handy and fitting shower curtain. If you’ve been following my blog long enough you may recognize this curtain from my 2011 homeschool-room video in this post (at our previous home).       I still have more to tell...

See my Chatbooks $6 quality photo books for Instagram (get a FREE BOOK)

  I’m so glad to have found out about Chatbooks! This tool/service has made one small but important area of my life SO much easier. In fact, it’s an area I have been neglecting. While I take tons of pictures, I rarely get any printed anymore. I don’t have time to scrapbook either. My memory-collecting happens online.   Enter, Chatbooks.   So, I did a video to share what they look like and give you the details. You can see it below. But the “cliff notes” are these:   You download the free Chatbooks app for Android or iPhone onto your phone and sign up for the subscription. Use my affiliate code: LRJ7FWF3 and you get your first book FREE!  Visit Chatbooks here.   When you have 60 photos on Instagram you get an email saying you have 3 days to delete pics if necessary and choose your cover.   Your photo book is automatically published then and sent to you! The books are $6 each and approximately 6″x6″ and that includes free shipping. You can choose $1 per book for shipping if you want waterproof packing and tracking. (SEE my video BELOW to see some of my books).   My photo books began with my very first day on Instagram and I opted to have all my books made so I was caught up (minus the pictures I chose to leave out of the books via the app). That was 11 Volumes!  It’s easy!     Are you doing Chatbooks? Let me know in the...

Video – My latest thrift shopping trip (costume pieces).

      Yesterday I did some thrift store shopping again with the purpose of finding costume pieces. My oldest son wants to dress up as an astronaut our Classical Conversations end-of-the-year party presentation; and, my husband and I have a Murder Mystery Dinner party to dress in costume for as well. I have been hitting the thrift stores quite a bit lately!     Thrift store shopping is a great way to save money on creative pieces to put together for your own costumes. I plan to share a “part 2” video later of how our costumes came out. You can subscribe to my Youtube channel here so you don’t miss that one when it comes out.   Do you thrift-store-shop? Feel free to share any tips in the comments below that might benefit the rest of us,...

Free and Frugal finds for a Disney theme party #DisneySide

If  you’ve ever hosted a “theme” party you may or may not have had a hard time finding everything you wanted while staying within budget. Well, if you’ve ever thought about hosting a Disney themed party I have good news for you! You can find SO many things for cheap and some for free.   Thanks to Disney Parks and MomSelect I had the chance to host a multi-generational (party for parents, kids, grands…) #DisneySide @Home Celebration with free items they sent me, as well as items I purchased myself. Opinions are my own. I’m also using my Amazon affiliate link.   Like I said, I found so many Disney themed items available at different stores in my area and at budget-friendly prices! Some of the things I received from Disney Parks and MomSelect are things you can get for free from a special website I’ll share later in this post.     I started out collecting ideas and pinning them to my #DisneySide Pinterest board here  and looking around at different stores in my area. I found great Disney deals at Target ($1, $3 prizes), Deals (prizes), and the Dollar Tree (party supplies).   Because I felt I needed some “boy” prizes or goodie bag stuffers I looked on Amazon and found some great deals on fun boy-things that came in large quantities like these LED finger lights that were a hit! I also found this super fun Olaf wall or window decal! I thought we’d use him for some photo-opp fun.     I loved the idea of decorating with the pages of a dollar Disney calendar!...