8 Ways To Save Money On Summer Activities For Kids

    While the arrival of summer brings excitement, you might also be seeing dollar signs. It is no secret that beating summer boredom can also mean racking up the bills, but the truth is there are ways to save money while still having fun! Look at these 8 ways to save money on summer activities, so you can still have all the fun you want without going broke. 

1. Check Groupon and Living Social daily.
Since deals on these websites are always changing, it is always worth checking them out! Look for attraction tickets, movie deals, gift card deals, and other offers from summer fun spots. This way, you can enjoy the activities you love for less. 2. Call your local parks department.
Chances are your local parks department is offering all sorts of summer camps and activities for kids. Since these programs are often funded on tax dollars, this means the cost passed onto you is minimal. Call your local parks department for a schedule of summer events and be in the know! 3. Head to the … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Beach Trip Packing List

    Is your family beach bound soon? If so, you want to make sure you are well prepared! Packing for the beach can be tricky, because you might be in such a hurry to get out and go that you forget some essentials. To make sure you are well prepared for your next trip of sun and sand, look below at the ultimate beach trip packing list. This list will help you arrive to the beach well stocked and well prepared for anything you are likely to encounter! 1. Mini first aid kit. Cuts, scratches, and other minor injuries can occur when at the beach. Save yourself a trip to the life guard stand or searching for a band aid when you bring your own mini first aid kit. It is an easy way to deal with minor injuries fast. 2. Inflatables.
 Don’t forget water wings or vests for kids as well as any inflatables adults may wish to use. Carry an air pump in your trunk so you can easily inflate your items without having to blow them up by mouth. 3. Baby wipes or wet wipes.
 Hands can get … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Save Money At The Fair

    Do you love the fair but feel like it always leaves you broke? Do you wish there was a more budget friendly way to visit and enjoy all of your favorite games, rides, and food? If so, take a look below at 7 ways to save money at the fair. With these simple tips, you will find that you can have a wonderful time with family and friends while still keeping some cash in your pocket! Here is what you need to know: 1. Buy tickets in advance.
     In many cases you can buy entrance tickets in advance, which saves you some cash up front. See if the fair company has an online site you can buy from, or see if any local businesses will be selling discount tickets in advance. 2. Go on wristband night.
     Although this is one of the busier nights, it is a great time to save money. On wristband night you can usually ride all the rides you want for one fee. This saves you from having to buy tickets and you can ride anything you want as many times as you … [Read more...]

Face Winter Head On And Enjoy Outdoor Activities! #PassThePuffs @Puffs #Ad

    You wouldn't know it from the weather we have been having this week in New York City but it can get pretty cold here during the winter.  Freezing temperatures and a lot of snowstorms are usually the norm around these parts during this time of the year.  Unfortunately, along with the change in weather, we also spend a lot of time dealing with colds and the sniffles.      Both of my boys have asthma so I worry about them heading outdoors to enjoy winter activities due to the cold air that they will experience.  Often times, they get red and sore noses from blowing their nose every five minutes when they are sick.  Puffs Plus Lotion allows our family to face the cold and participate in our favorite winter activities.  Although I'm not a big fan of the snow and cold, I do enjoy watching my family having a good time outdoors.     Despite living in the city, my husband and sons really love going snow tubing and having … [Read more...]

We Are Dedicated To Being A Close Family! #LatinosConDedicacion @HBOatsLatino #cbias #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LatinosConDedicacion #CollectiveBias     Have you ever had one of those weeks where you wish you could have a do-over?  That is exactly what it has felt like since this week started.  Between mixups in basketball game schedules, trying to get over a bad cold and keeping up with the house I don't know whether I'm coming or going.  One thing that is always foremost in my mind is my dedication to making sure that I fit in some quality time with my boys whenever possible.  When our weekdays are busy like this, I have to get a little more creative.     Believe it or not, there are so many ways that you could spend time with your kids.  Something as simple as a trip to the grocery store can turn into a fun time sharing laughs and enjoying each other's company.  As a Latino family, what matters to us that we are together and we are … [Read more...]

Make Your Kids Smile Every Morning! #CinnamonRollSaturday #CinnamonRollSunday @Pillsbury #Ad

    I have a guilty confession to make, I don't have time to prepare breakfast in the morning on weekdays.  Between being behind both of my boys to get ready to go to school, I have to leave extra early for my commute to work and so I will find parking near my job.  If you have ever been to New York City you know what a challenge it can be to find a parking spot.  As a result, I try to make sure that I spend special time with our boys on the weekend making and enjoying special breakfast treats.     When I ask my sons every weekend what they want to eat for breakfast, their immediate response is always Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls.  They love them and we have a great time putting the icing on them as soon as they come right out of the oven.  I'm sure we should probably wait until they cool off but it's just so hard to hold back when the whole house is filled with the delicious smell of warm cinnamon.     As a family, we really … [Read more...]

Deliver A Better Clean For The Whole Family! #TweetFromTheSeat @Charmin #Ad

    I just finished cleaning the bathroom and, as a mother of two boys and the only female in this house, I clean up a lot of urine.  Yes, I know that is TMI or "Too Much Information" but, if you have boys in your home you know exactly what I am talking about.  Over the years I have tried to figure out why so much urine ends up all over the bathroom and I have decided that it must have something to do with aim.     Never mind cleaning underwear when you have boys.  There always seem to be a battle to keep all of their underwear clean and I've decided that this might have something to do with the toilet paper that we have been using in past years.  The truth is that I am way too busy playing life’s many roles to have to worry about my boys being clean leaving the bathroom. That’s why Charmin Ultra Strong is designed to get a better clean so my family can use less.     Since I started adding Charmin Ultra Strong to our bathroom … [Read more...]

Join Us For Our After-School Snacking Adventure! #Snackation @Smuckers @Walmart #Ad

    Recently, I shared with you all how our family headed to Walmart to shop for our after-school snack sampling adventure.  We were inspired by Smucker’s® to come up with some delicious snacks for our boys to take with them to enjoy while they wait for me to pick them up from school after I get out of work.  Of course, their first choice for what types of snacks we could make was anything containing peanut butter and jelly.  In our home, we love Smucker’s® products.     My boys had a great idea and told my husband and I that they wanted us to have a snack sampling adventure right at home where we make a variety of snacks and they taste them to choose their favorite.  During our shopping trip to Walmart, we were able to pick up Smucker’s® jelly and JIF peanut butter and Whips.  We also purchased Uncrustables and Goober spread.  Having such delicious foods made it easy to come up with simple snack ideas that a Working … [Read more...]

Bring Families Back Together At The Dinner Table! #BillionDinners @BillionDinners #Ad

    When my siblings and I were growing up, we would set the table every evening and sit down to eat dinner with our parents.  During this time, we discussed how our day had gone with one another and engaged in discussion about a variety of topics.  Now that I have my own family, my husband and I try to make sure that we eat together as a family daily but there are many distractions that we have to compete with.       These days, we live in a technologically advanced society and it can sometimes be difficult to tear the kids away from their video games or tablets.  Many families struggle with finding balance between using electronics and fostering meaningful communication with one another.  Launching this week The Billion Family Dinners Challenge calls for busy Americans to re-connect at mealtime.     Support for shared family meals has grown in recent years, with studies from leading researchers in family psychology finding … [Read more...]

Feeling Safer Away From Home Just Got Easier! @LifeFone #Giveaway #Partner

    As many of you know, my nine year-old son was diagnosed with epilepsy this year.  This has not been an easy journey because, as parents, we want to protect our children all the time from every potential danger.  Unfortunately, that is not always possible when you are a Working Mom and your children attend school during the day.       Not being able to protect him from having seizures at all times can be very frightening and difficult.  LifeFone Mobile Alert and LifeFone Family Guard are enabling parents across the country to protect their children and families even when they are not physically together.       Through the use of smartphone app enabled services, you can have access to a trained central station professional who can immediately alert First Responders until you or your loved one is safe.  As parents we know that sometimes emergencies arise in the least likely places like the mall, at school, away at … [Read more...]