Travel Tips & Observations

Travel Tips & Observations - Some helpful tips

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Travel season has kicked into high gear again for me.  I typically only take a couple of leisure trips a year, however, I travel probably about 50% or more a month for business.  So I thought I would share some of my travel tips along with some observations I have made over many years of traveling.  And although much of the travel has been for business, I’m sure that many of these things you will find applicable to travel in general.

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Ready For Winter

Are you Ready For Winter - Tips and suggestions to help you out with the cold weather

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Are you ready for winter?  Personally, this is my least favorite season.  I absolutely hate being cold.  But I thought I would share some tips/suggestions with you that may help you to get through the season.  I live in the Midwest and this year the temperatures have already been in the negatives.  So if you are having to deal with similar weather, hopefully, you will find some of these things helpful.  So get organized and be prepared!

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Getting What You Pay For

Getting what you pay for

I’m a firm believer in getting what I pay for.  Sometimes my husband thinks I go a bit overboard.  But I work hard for my money and because I do so, I don’t part with it easily.  So for me, I just can’t stand when I shell out money for something, no matter the amount, and don’t get what I pay for.  In this post, I’d like to share a few tips and things that I’ve run into over time that may help you.  So you can get what you are paying for.

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Gift Ideas for the Procrastinator

Gift Ideas for the Procrastinator - Also great if you just need some ideas

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Let’s face it!  We all get busy and some of us are huge procrastinators.  This seems to be even more true around the Christmas shopping season.  So for those who have waited to do their shopping with less than 2 weeks to go before Christmas, I thought I would help you out with a few suggestions.

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Gift Giving – It Truly Is The Thought That Counts

Gift Giving - Several great ideas that anyone would like that won't break the bankThis post may contain affiliate links.  Please read the disclosure policy for more information.

Gift Giving

Gift giving can be rather difficult.  Who do I need to give a gift too?  How much should I spend?  These are just a few of the questions that run through your head when you start your Christmas shopping.  I was recently talking with my sister-in-law and she was asking what I do for my kid’s teachers.  So, with that, I thought I would share a bit about how I handle some of my Christmas giftings.

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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? - Kid activities for a road trip

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Are we there yet?  Probably the most four dreaded words parents want to hear on a trip.  I remember our car trips as a kid.  There is something fun about traveling in the back of a station wagon.  You just can’t get the same experience in an SUV.  Regardless somethings never change.  Kids still continue to ask, “Are we there yet?”.  With holidays nearing, the travel season will soon be upon us.

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Teaching Gratefulness – Christmas Wish List

Christmas Wish List - Teaching Gratefulness

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It is very important to my husband and I that we teach gratefulness to our children.  We have been rather fortunate over our 15 years of marriage.  It hasn’t always been easy, but all in all, it has been pretty good.  When we first had our kids, we had a hard time not buying EVERYTHING for them.  But as you live, you learn.  Each year at Christmas we would see them get stacks and stacks of toys, clothes and other things.  We would see them open one present after another, merely setting them aside for the next box of excitement.

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Grocery Shopping 101

Grocery Shopping 101 - Some tips to help keep you on budget and to accomplish the task quickly and successfully

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If you are like me, grocery shopping is not on the top of your fun list.  But yet it is something that we must tackle.  I am fortunate that my mom always set a really good example regarding making menus and completing her grocery shopping on a budget.   Several years ago, my husband and I were unemployed at the same time, so we were being careful with every dime we spent.  Therefore it became very important that we became structured with our grocery shopping.

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Right On Schedule

open calendar with pen

I’m always trying to be right on schedule.  This is not always an easy feat.  We have four members in our household with four different schedules that can very week to week.   I’m no different than anyone else.  But it can be hard at times to keep up with everything that is going on.  To add to matters, I tend to travel quite a bit with my job.  My husband is the kind of person who is lucky to know what day of the week it is.

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Kid Clutter

Kid Clutter

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Kid clutter definitely exists in my life.  I love organization and to be honest my kid’s rooms drive me crazy.  Ten minutes after they are clean they look like a cyclone has blown through them.  I don’t think I’ll ever understand how you take your clothes off and just drop them on the floor when your hamper is merely a foot away from you.  Yes, this is my life and I don’t think that I’m alone in my experience.  I’ve spoken with several other of my children’s friend’s parents and they reiterate that they go through the same thing.  Mine are only 9 and 11, so I can’t begin to imagine what this will be like once they are teenagers! Ugh!

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