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Frugal Family Vacation Ideas

Frugal Family Vacation Ideas

September 8, 2013

Family Fun Doesn’t Have to Cost a Ton!   Frugal Family Vacation Ideas Whether you are taking a vacation or just having fun over the weekend there are many ways this can be done without costing a fortune. I speak from experience because I am a single parent without very much extra cash to work [...]

10 Tips To Stop Wasting Money on Curriculum

10 Tips To Stop Wasting Money on Curriculum

July 14, 2013

Tired of wasting money on curriculum? Read these 10 budget friendly tips to start saving today!   Are you a home educating parent, or hoping to be one? If so, you already know the standard formula for selecting curriculum. It goes something like this:   Nervous Parent + Bazillions of Options x Teensie Weensie Budget [...]

Camping Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip Part II

Camping Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip Part II

July 6, 2013

    Grilled Cinnamon Pineapple: one of many great camping recipes! Everyone loves good camping recipes! It has been a while since the last camping recipes were posted . Here is another collection of scrumptious camping recipes that I have gathered. Many are kid friendly too! Pigs in Blankets on a Stick INGREDIENTS: Package of hotdogs [...]

50 Classic Children's Literature Books

50 Classic Children’s Literature Books

February 4, 2013

Nothing is more relaxing than curling up in front of the fire with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.  If you are looking for a great book to read with your children, here is a list of 50 classic children’s literature books the whole family will love!   If you are looking [...]

Camping:  The Perfect Frugal Vacation

Camping: The Perfect Frugal Vacation

February 9, 2012

Why do I love camping so much?  It is a great way my family can have a fun vacation without breaking the bank.  While theme parks and destination vacations are a lot of fun (who doesn’t love to be pampered), in this economy they aren’t always an option.   You can camp at a national [...]

Gear Up for Camping with Kids:  Live Chat & Awesome Giveaway!

Gear Up for Camping with Kids: Live Chat & Awesome Giveaway!

February 2, 2012

Join us Feb. 2 at 9:00 est for our Gear Up for Camping with Kids live chat.  To join the chat, just visit KOA’s Around the Campfire Community!  See you there! .

First Aid Kit Checklist

First Aid Kit Checklist

January 9, 2012

The winter months are a great time to prepare for your summer vacations and camping trips.  One thing you can do now is put together a first aid kit.  Think of a first aid kit as an insurance policy – you hope that you never need to use it, but if something should happen, you [...]

Live Chat Tonight on Planning Vacations!

Live Chat Tonight on Planning Vacations!

January 5, 2012

For some of us it may be a little too cold to go camping, so this is the perfect time of year to do some planning!  Join us tonight for a KOA Live Chat at KOA’s Around the Campfire.  We’ll be talking about planning vacations and getting our camping gear ready for the spring!   [...]

Free Books from Amazon

Free Books from Amazon

December 14, 2011

My son received a Kindle last year for Christmas, and he absolutely loves it.  While I’d enjoy having one, I have found a couple of alternate (and FREE!) ways to read Kindle books.  Did you know you can download the Kindle software and read books on your computer? Kindle for your PC - Free download that [...]

Best iPhone Apps for Camping

Best iPhone Apps for Camping

December 6, 2011

Best iPhone apps for camping.  In KOA’s Around the Campfire Community, we’ve talked about what we all like best about camping.  We all agree that one of the best things about camping is it allows us to go unplugged.   Even though you may not want to check your email or answer the phone while [...]

To Mom with Love

To Mom with Love

November 10, 2011

I love homemade gifts.  More than anything.  And my all time favorites are ones that my kids have made for me.  My son surprised me this week with a gift he made me, and I love it so much I just have to share it with you.   Enjoy the video! What’s your favorite homemade [...]

2 Free Homeschool Books

2 Free Homeschool Books

October 17, 2011

I know how much we all love freebies, so here are a couple of free books for you and your kids to enjoy! 1.  Samantha Loses the Box Turtle by Daisy Griffin Samantha Loses the Box Turtle is a children’s chapter book filled with fun and adventure while teaching about the lovable critter, the Eastern Box [...]

Camping Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

Camping Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

October 6, 2011

Want to talk about camping recipes and cooking?  Join our KOA live chat tonight at 9:00 EST! I’ve scoured the web and found a mouth watering collection of camping recipes that will be perfect for your next camping trip! BBQ Potatoes Makes 8 servings. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 4 medium [...]

Let's Talk Camping Recipes!

Let’s Talk Camping Recipes!

October 4, 2011

Our family is planning a camping trip this month and we are all so excited. I think it is a combination of the cooler temperatures, the changing leaves, and the warmth of the campfire that work together to make fall the perfect time of year for camping. And did I mention no mosquitoes?   This [...]

Free Multiplication Booklet

Free Multiplication Booklet

August 31, 2011

Here’s a booklet I made years ago to help my kids learn their multiplication tables. It’s easy to put together Print the booklet. Cut the pages in half. Staple the pages together like a book How to use the booklet Your method may vary, but here’s the way I’ve used it for my kids (for [...]

Should Kids Get an Allowance?

Should Kids Get an Allowance?

August 29, 2011

Should kids get an allowance?  Some parents say yes, kids should get an allowance, and some say no.  I started thinking about this topic after writing an article for Social Moms, 8 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Children About Money.  While each family has to make the best decision that works for them, in [...]

Geocaching:  Frugal Fun for the Whole Family

Geocaching: Frugal Fun for the Whole Family

August 23, 2011

If you enjoy the idea of a modern day treasure hunt, you’ll love geocaching! What is Geocaching? Geocaching is an outdoor activity where you use a GPS to find hidden treasures (caches) that someone else has placed, and you can also set up your own caches for other people to find.  There are varying difficulties [...]

Kid-Friendly Frugal Fun!

Kid-Friendly Frugal Fun!

August 15, 2011

Are you dreading trying to keep your kids cool and entertained and yourself sane in the midst of the summer heat this year?  Without breaking the bank just trying to keep your family cool, ditch the house and try some of these ideas that are kid-approved for fun and dollar-approved for the frugal mom! Play [...]

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