Creative Saving Tips For Celebrating July 4th!

July 4th is a time for fun, BBQ, fireworks, and family outings. Here are some creative savings tips to help you celebrate this patriotic day.

1. American Flag Shorts

Show your patriotism with a pair of DIY American flag jean shorts. Not only is it denim, but it’s also an American flag…what could be more patriotic than that?

2. Flag Cake

Not only is this cake delicious, but it’s also patriotic. No matter how you slice it, everyone is getting a piece of the flag in this one.

3. Sparkler Party Favors

Make sure everyone you invite is holding a sparkler when it comes time for fireworks. These DIY sparkler party favor tubes are sure to be a hit at your holiday party.

4. Festive Strawberries

Put your guest in the independence day mood with these red, white, and blue strawberries. Not only delightful to the eye, but awesome on the tongue as well.

5. Holiday Pie

No 4th of July celebration would be complete without a delicious pie. After a nice evening of entertaining guests, stun them with this home made pie!

Have a happy 4th of July celebration 🙂

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Summer Vacation Saving Tips!

It’s summer and it’s time for a vacation! Whether you’re packing up the kids for that yearly family reunion or you’re planning a quiet exotic getaway with just you and your significant other, here are some helpful tips to make sure you get the most out of your vacation dollars.

1. Hotel Smarts

Resorts aim to keep their rooms booked to capacity, especially during the summer months. For this reason they often offer great deals for those who book their rooms far in advance. Sometimes though, they’re unable to book all of their rooms. This is when you get those awesome last minuet deals that the resorts throw at you so you just can’t say no. Moral of this story, when booking a vacation, either book early or wait to get lucky at the last minuet.

2. Road Trip Entertainment

If you’re going on a road trip, you’re going to want to be entertained during the long drive. A good way to go about this is by not buying expensive DVD players and DVDs for the kids. Instead save on the entertainment by hitting the library before you leave and renting out some audiobooks. This way you can keep your eyes on the road, the kids entertained, and have enough money for gas to get you where you’re going.

3. Eat Smart

When traveling around, food can become a major cost. In order to save some money in this area, budget accordingly. There’s many places on the road that offer free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entree. Also, when booking your hotel, look for hotels that offer a fridge, microwave, or even a small kitchen that allow you to make your own meals. It’s also a good idea to take a cooler with you for picnics along the way!

4. Cheap Flights

If you’re flying to your destination, try to book your flight for off peak days. Take a look at tickets and you’ll notice that a round trip ticket that leaves Thursday and comes back Tuesday is far cheaper than one that goes Friday to Sunday/Monday.

5. Leave the kids with grandma

You work hard as parents on a day to day basis, you’ve earned this time to enjoy to yourselves. Plan a vacation that doesn’t involve the kids…a quick little weekend romantic getaway. Not only will it save money, but you’ll also get some well deserved time to spend with each other.

We hope you enjoy!

Wanderful Media

Save Money During Summer Beach Days!

It’s that time of year again, the sun is out and the kids are just begging to go! Here’s some helpful hints that will save you money with your summer beach day.

1. Backyard Beach

 First thing first, not all people have the luxury of living close enough to a beach to even have a beach day this summer. We hope that you will be able to make it out to a beach, even if you don’t live on the beach..but if not then here’s a guide on how to make your own beach in your backyard!

2. Custom Beach Chairs

A day at the beach can mean a lot of heavy stuff to carry. Lets not make your beach chair one of those heavy items. With this simple design, you can turn your favorite towel into a beach chair, and have room to carry the rest of  your things.

3. DIY Cover Up

Cover up in style and simplicity when you go to the beach this summer! This cover up turns a simple cloth into a stylish dress.

4. Beach Towel Dress

 Dress your kids in their favorite towel with a beach towel dress!

5. DIY Beach Hair

Want that beach hair look but don’t have time to actually go to the beach. Here’s a tip for that awesome beach hair look that will have your co-workers saying, “Where does she find time to do it all?!”

6. Cuban Sandwich on the go!

A day at the beach can make for one extremely hungry family. Save time and money with this convenient cracker tip from Ritz.

7. Towel Beach Bag/Mat

Save room and money with this beach towel that converts into a beach bag. A great idea that will make sure that you never forget your towel ;).

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Father’s Day Shopping @ Macy’s

With Father’s Day around the corner, I decided to roll on over to Macy’s to find a gift for my dad. The store was packed with people doing the same thing, but that didn’t stop me from finding the perfect gift…

I started my search for the perfect gift by looking at cuff links, a classic Father’s Day gift.

Then I cruised around the store and checked out a few other items..

The Sperry sandals looked so comfortable!

The dress shirts looked really sharp

The ties were also nice…but i’m sure someone would be getting him a tie, I mean it is Father’s Day after all.

But after an hour of shopping I finally saw it, the perfect gift for my dad’s poor old trotters…

Happy Father’s Day everyone 🙂

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10 Creative Father’s Day Gifts

Finding the perfect gift for dad on father’s day isn’t always easy. Here are some ideas to help you make this father’s day a very special one.

1. A Wish Bank

Whether it’s a fishing trip, golf vacation, or guy’s weekend hunting in a lodge in the middle of nowhere, every dad has a dream getaway that he’s saving up for. Show your support for his cause with a wish bank! Get creative with this one though. One of my favorite piggy bank ideas is to chisel a hole in the top of a glass block; simple, cheap, and a great creative gift!

2. Seed Bombs

Have a dad with a bit of a greenthumb? Well these seed bombs are just the thing for him. Simply grab some seeds of his favorite plant (veggies are always fun to grow), add some water and newspaper and mash it into the shape you want. You can then toss these seed bombs in some soil and start your gardening project with dad.

3. Serving Platter

Ever run into the problem of a cheese platter and nobody has and idea what type of cheese they are actually eating?? I’m sure your dad has. Make your dad this chalk cheese platter by buying some chalkboard paint and painting over any type of serving platter. Dads will love it and it’s guaranteed to be a hit at the next dinner party.

4. Custom Cufflinks

This one might take a bit of metalworking skills, but it is guaranteed to impress dad and not break the bank. Choose something he loves for your design and watch the smile it brings him when he finds out that his cufflinks are one of a kind.

5. Dad’s Sauce

Spice up dad’s day with a freshly made, one of a kind ‘Dad’s Sauce’. And if you really want to go all out, how about a nice meal to compliment the sauce.

6. Wooden Sunglasses

Hook up dad this father’s day with some sweet shades. Give your dad something that will stand out from the norm and protect his eyes during this long summer ahead of us. He’ll love them and when his friends ask where he got them, he’ll be able to brag that they were custom made.

7. Branding Iron

Next time your dad grills, make sure he puts his stamp on it, literally! A branding iron is a great way for you dad to play with his food in a way that everyone can appreciate. Besides, what guy doesn’t love another toy for his grill??

8.  Dad’s Mixtape

A well thought out mixtape can become your dad’s favorite new playlist overnight. This one won’t cost you more than a few dollars, though you can be sure that dad will be thinking of you whenever he’s rocking out to his new mixtape.

9. Photo Album

A picture is worth a thousand words…a whole photo album though! Show your dad you love him with a photo album of all those special moments you’ve shared together.

10. Friend Dad on Facebook

It’s no secret that parents love to know everything about your life. One way they try to do this is by ‘stalking’ your Facebook. Friending your dad on Facebook is a quick and easy gift that will mean more to him than you think. Go crazy and put him in your profile pic.

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