How to Go On Vacation without Losing Your Mind

Want to go on vacation without losing your mind? Trust me, you do. This list of must-do items can help make that happen.It’s 8:00 a.m. as I write this, and I’m running on fumes after getting only 5 hours of sleep. Our flight home from Jamaica was supposed to land in Indianapolis at 11:05 p.m. last night, but it was delayed, so we didn’t get home until almost 1:00 a.m. Grrreeeaaatttt…..

I scrambled to get my kids out the door this morning before turning my attention to the 5 suitcases of dirty laundry and other stuff we brought back home with us. But once I got the first load in, I breathed a sigh of relief. Why? Because the house is clean, my work is mostly caught up, and I left for vacation with my life in order.

People ask me all the time how I go on vacation so often without losing my mind. Because, let’s be honest, travel – especially with kids – can be just as stressful and complicated as it is relaxing and carefree. Not only do you have to plan your trip, but you also have to plan for everything that needs to happen in your life when you’re gone.

How to Go On Vacation without Losing Your Mind

Here are some of the steps I take before vacation that lead to a much smoother transition once we return home: [Read more…]

My Summer Bucket List

Spring has sprung, and I'm jonesing for summer to arrive. I can hardly wait! I'll share my summer bucket list if you share yours. Sound like a deal?What up peeps?!? We just got back from our (almost) free family trip to Jamaica, and I hate to brag, but it was Awwwesoooommmme!

Our winter wasn’t as bad as some other parts of the country, but after a cold last few months, it was amazeballs to sit on the beach and soak up some rays. The weather was beautiful. The hospitality was fantastic (more on that in the next few weeks). And, nothing beats spending days on end relaxing and playing with my family. It is honestly what I live for!

All of that fun in the sun gets me itching for summer! The backyard barbeques. The trips. The pool. I can’t wait. So, I thought you and I could share some of our summer bucket list items with each other. What do you say? I’ll go first! [Read more…]

How I Earned 30K Hotel Points with Almost No Effort

Want to read something badass? Mark stops by to share how he earned 30K hotel points with almost no effort at his favorite hotel chain.I’m in Jamaica and either sleeping or mildly intoxicated at the moment. (Maybe both) Please enjoy this post from my friend Mark at BareBudgetGuy.com.

I recently experienced the second-worst sleep of my life, unfortunately at my favorite hotel chain. I was, however, able to obtain reasonable compensation by using less than 500 written words. Let me explain. [Read more…]

How to Travel with Kids On a Budget

Family walking on the beachWhen you have young kids, travel can be both inconvenient and expensive. Not only do you have to lug car seats and diaper bags all over the place, but you also have to learn to live with higher travel expenses overall.

Obviously, this should be expected. After all, little bodies take up space on airplanes and often require pricey snacks and their own tickets to attractions.

It almost makes you want to just stay home, doesn’t it? [Read more…]

Reader Question: Will Credit Card Rewards Ruin Your Credit?

Does pursuing credit card rewards ruin your credit? Read this post for tips and tricks on boosting your credit score while pursuing rewards.Over the last few years, my husband and I have signed up for dozens of new credit card accounts.  I’m sure that probably seems pretty extreme, but it’s really not when you consider the fact that our credit cards are spread across our two personal credit profiles and three separate businesses. [Read more…]

My Frugal West Coast – Las Vegas Vacation

Famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign with vintage textureI recently planned out all of our trips through November 2015.  Crazy, I know, but it is just part of the sickness.

Still, sometimes it pays off to plan ahead since some of the best award redemptions can only be made early.  Personally, I like to have as many options as possible, so I always start scheming as soon as I can. [Read more…]