Ideas for a Fun and Memorable Spring Break Staycation

13
Mar
2020

Are you planning a staycation for spring break this year?

Whether you are staying home over concerns of the coronavirus, self-quarantine, school being canceled for a longer period of time, or because it’s your tradition, The Confident Mom’s 2020 Spring Break Staycation Activity Calendar has engaging boredom busters for kids and delightful activities to help you enjoy some family togetherness.

Spring break is a time for decompressing from the daily rigors of school and extracurricular activities. Travel not required! There’s plenty to enjoy right in your community or even your own backyard. The Spring Break Staycation Activity Calendar helps you enjoy your time off with creative, kid-friendly activities and yummy recipes that will stimulate their senses, revive their passions and create new ones, and nurture family bonds.

It’s Completely Free—Really!

This is a FREE downloadable….eeeekk! I love being able to share and bless as many people as possible!

And even more great news…I’ve done all the work for you, making planning your spring break staycation as stress-free as possible!

When you download the Spring Break Staycation Activity Calendar, you’ll get a one-week calendar with fun and affordable activities or recipes each day from Sunday through Saturday. Start with whatever day fits your schedule, or rearrange the days or move an activity to a different day if needed—this is meant to be fun for your family, so don’t stress if you can’t do all the activities on the day they are assigned!

Some of the activities or recipes will require supplies, so you will want to plan ahead! I’ve made this easy for you by creating a supply list—use the list to check off what you already have and make one trip to the store or order online to get the rest. Having the items on hand ahead of time for the activities or recipes you want to do will make spring break much more enjoyable for you! All the supplies are budget friendly.

It’s Okay Not to Plan Out Every Minute of the Day

The calendar is meant to be flexible and used as a guide to create positive or learning moments in a structured, enjoyable manner. Not every minute of spring break has to be filled with activities; downtime is important to rejuvenate young bodies and minds. Many people will argue that children should have times of “boredom.” It is felt that boredom can help children get in touch with their creative side, learn motivation, and improve their well-being. With this in mind, feel free to skip an activity or even a day if that’s what your family needs.

Get the Spring Break Staycation Activity Calendar Now

Are you ready to get started planning your spring break staycation? Head on over to this page to download your free copy and get started right now!

If you enjoy the Spring Break Staycation Activity Calendar, then be sure to check out my Summer Survival Calendar! Using this same concept, I’ve scoured the Internet for fun, kid-friendly, and affordable activities and recipes to fill your entire summer, all the way from May 1-August 31!

Watch for the 2020 Summer Survival Calendar coming this April!

Get Organized in 2020

27
Dec
2019

I know you’ve all been so excited to grab your free copy of the 2020 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner. It’s ready and waiting for you to download right now!

Grab it and get organized for 2020…and don’t forget to grab the Supplement for additional organization that every busy mama needs!

Check out the 2020 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner and Supplement NOW!

Let me share with you the highlights!!

Additional Organization Available in the Supplement!

The 2020 Weekly Household Planner Supplement includes handy fill-in forms, enabling you to add your information directly into the form.

Just type your information, save, and print! This is a wonderful feature when you are adding lengthy information or important names and numbers! All this is available for only $8:

  • Master Family Planner. Keep track of the entire family’s activities on a daily/weekly basis all in one convenient place.
  • Appointment Calendar. Organized by week, use this new addition to keep track of appointments, meetings, and other events.
  • Special Occasion Calendar/Gift Planner. You’ll always be prepared for the next birthday or special occasion.
  • Holiday Gift Planner Worksheet. Keep track of your holiday shopping list and purchases and what still needs wrapped or delivered. Never forget that well-hidden gift again!
  • Babysitter Information Form. This form makes it easy to provide your sitter with all the information he or she needs so you can relax and enjoy your time away.
  • Quick Contacts. Helps you keep important emergency contacts available for easy reference when you need them in a hurry as well as frequently used numbers.
  • Family Emergency/Medical Information Form. Record your family’s medical and insurance information on this form—it will be easy to find and share with those that need it.
  • Website/App List for Kids. An easy way your kids can list the websites they want to visit, or apps or songs they want to buy. This gives you a chance to review first and make sure the content is age appropriate!
  • Website/App List for Me. A place to record websites you want to visit or apps you want to buy during your downtime.
  • Account Keeper Sheet. Keep track of online accounts, including usernames and passwords. Never get locked out of your account again!
  • Household Maintenance Log. Record when you did routine maintenance items, such as changing your furnace filter.
  • Special Occasion Reminder Chart. To help you plan card gifting for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
  • Gifts Received List. Record gifts received which also creates a log for thank-you cards you need to send.
  • Let’s Plan a Party Form. Keep track of party planning details such as guest list, menu, party favors, and activities.
  • Blessings For Your Home. Because everyone needs some daily inspiration.
  • Weekly Menu Planner/Shopping List. So you arrive at the store prepared and don’t over-purchase.
  • Track Donations. Make tax time easier when you write down all your donations on one form for the year.
  • Freezer/Pantry Inventory. Helps with meal planning and also saves you from purchasing something you already have on hand.
  • Multi-Store Shopping List. Get rid of all those little sticky notes and scraps of paper! List all your shopping list items for different stores on one organized form.
  • Monthly Bill Schedule. Never miss a payment again when you record your monthly bills and payments on this new form!
  • Bible Bookmarks. Use these monthly reading bookmarks with suggested reading each day of the month, enabling you to read the entire bible in a year.

Go grab your FREE copy now, and you can add the Supplement for only $8. Be sure to pin this page to Pinterest to pass around this FREE household planner so other moms can grab a copy!

5 Apps I Can’t Live Without

13
Aug
2019

5 of my Best Apps for motherhood and parenting

Saving time, creating engagement, building relationships , making motherhood and parenting a bit easier – if an App can help me in those areas, I am all in!!

Let’s get ready to kick off the school year with some of my best recommendations for some Apps that will surely help you out – are you ready?

Calm App

I discovered this app almost nine months ago when I began to do some deep personal work on myself.  She suggested I use it for the meditation options, and I seriously rolled my eyes.  For me, meditation is just not part of my routine and I honestly feel it was a  complete waste of my time.  But I took her advice, downloaded the app and began using it.

I discovered the meditations to be very much needed and certainly NOT a waste of my time.  It was a perfect  way to  start my day or take a fifteen minute break in the middle of the day.

Even For the Kids

My nine year old also discovered he loved the bedtime stories and will ask to listen to them all the time!  His favorite time is while soaking in the bath (with some epsom salts added in for good measure!), which then allows me some extra “kid-free” time while he relaxes and listens in.

I truly hesitated at the end of my Free Trial to join and pay for a membership.  However, it has been so worth it.  I also use the app for the music, the stories and more while driving in the car. It’s a win/win for the entire family!

And, right now Calm is giving away the App for FREE to every teacher!  GO HERE to snag it if you’re a teacher, or forward the info to a teacher friend.

Also, if you are a health care practitioner, you can grab the App for FREE too – GO HERE!

Libby

How would you love to easily download an ebook or audio book from your library with one touch?  The Libby App does just that!

There are thousands of ebooks and audio books available through your local library, so why not take advantage of them?  The convenience of this App for searching and downloading books has been life changing for me.  I get a book recommendation and immediately will go to my Libby App to see if the local library  I am connected to has the book.

If it does, I can either immediately download it or place a hold for it.  After I read it, if it’s a book I know I must have in my hands, I can then choose to purchase it.  I have literally saved thousands of dollars by using our library system.  What a gift!

My nine year old uses the App as well, and we are currently listening to an audio book as we travel to our long-distance chiropractor appointments.  It’s time well spent.

Thrive Market

I’m an absolute freak when it comes to time saving tricks.  Having the Thrive Market App is one of those amazing time savers.  We order at least once a week from Thrive, because their prices are good, they carry a TON of amazing gluten-free, organic and healthy alternatives to foods we normally purchase and I so love the fact that it is all delivered to my door.

Seriously – you can save up to 50% on things you would normally buy, they offer freebies and I only order when there is a great freebie offered, so I just keep a list going and boom, order when it gives me the best goodie!  I also save my items so I can order $49 at a time, so I can get the FREE shipping offered too.

There is a yearly membership fee, but we save way more than what that costs, and Thrive Market gives back, which I really love.  You can try it out for FREE, and you can get 25% off your first order by clicking here.

Marco Polo

Do you like to stay in touch with friends and family?  Do you have friends and family that do not live close by?  I hope you have heard of Marco Polo!!  It’s a  video chat for busy  people  – and it’s amazing!

I  first began using it for communicating with my Young Living community, but soon  saw the amazing value in using it to keep in touch with my friends and other family.

If you have little ones and perhaps family members who live out of  the area, you must get this!  It’s kinda like FaceTime without having to be live on the phone at the same time.  I love it for connecting and sharing ideas that take too long to type out.  And, let’s be honest, there are times when we really need to share our expression with a sentiment that texting or email just cannot do.

Go get it today!!

YouVersion

I saved the best App for last.  God’s word at your fingertips – it’s simply the best ever and it’s Free!  This Bible App is simply amazing.  It’s a bible, with a gazillion translations, it has a million devotional plans and you can invite others to do a plan along with you.

They also have a Bible App for kids, designed specifically to engage children with Bible stories on an age-appropriate level.  Isn’t that the best!!  I have enjoyed allowing my nine year old to use it through the years.

Bible Lens is also another offering they have where you can transform your own photos into images to share on social media.  Download it and try it out – how fun would it be to use social media for a good cause, like spreading the Gospel?

So, tell me – do you have already use these Apps?  Do you have another one you’d add to the list?  I would love to hear about it.

Frugal Travel Tips

2
Jul
2019

frugal travel tips

Planning a vacation can be exhausting and frustrating, especially when you are trying to stay within a budget.

I’ve learned some amazing secrets over the years and I want to share them so your family can benefit.  Wouldn’t it be great to take more vacations and spend less money?  I am frugal to the bone.

I am currently away on a solo retreat, AKA, Soulcation….just me….alone…. with no one to care for.

I know, mom to mom, this is what we dream of!  Do not get me wrong, I love my family for sure, but there are seasons where some alone time can really be beneficial for our soul.  This post is not about that topic, however it is about how I managed to get away for FOUR nights at a FIVE star resort with airfare for about $150, including meals.

If you prefer to check out the Facebook Live I did, you can watch here, otherwise I will give you the written tips here!

Credit Card Perks

Okay, if you are a Dave Ramsey fan, you will likely not agree with this section, but just hear me out.  I will say this, if you can not pay off your credit card each and every month, please skip this section.  Now, if you can use a credit card to your advantage, by collecting it’s perks while purchasing your normal, everyday purchases, then pick one or two that will benefit you.

For our family we have two different airline credit cards which are used in order to accrue mileage to locations we desire to go, like Hawaii. In February 2018 our family of three went to Hawaii for literally free.  We paid taxes on our airline ticket and we had a hotel room for six nights for free.  More on that in the next section.

A few tips with credit cards.

Pick an airline that has routes you desire to travel to and from.  This can take a bit of research, but well worth your time.  For our family, we like Hawaii and the Pacific Coast, so one of the cards we chose was Alaska Airlines.  It works well for our needs.

Look at the yearly fee.  I know we will pay a yearly fee on a credit card that gives us great rewards, we consider it a cost of doing business and getting “free” stuff.  You can be smart to find a card with the lowest fee and the perks you desire.

Pay the card off each month. This is non-negotiable.  If you are carrying a balance on your credit card, you’ve lost any ‘reward’ perk you could have earned.  Paying interest is just not smart.

Hotel Loyalty

My husband travels for a living and we do a lot of side travel as well.  For us, having one hotel company we try to stay at consistently has proven to have huge benefits.  With frequent stays at the same hotel (Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott) you will accrue points when you sign up with their free loyalty programs.  The hotel we chose had us moving up that program fairly quickly and we soon had free nights to redeem.

We redeemed six nights in Hawaii last February and it was amazing.  An ocean front room with a club lounge for breakfast and evening appetizers, which also ends up saving you a bit of money with food expenses.

You can also get free room upgrades, special gifts from the hotel and more.  We’ve also decided to snag this hotel chains credit card as well, because we can earn that much quicker.  It’s been a huge benefit and has additional rewards.

I just returned from four nights in Huntington Beach where I had an ocean view deluxe room for free.  I also redeem airline miles for a ticket and paid $11.

When you pick a hotel chain to stay with consistently it does end up paying off with rewards and perks.

Uber for the Win

When you are traveling by air, truly look at your options for getting around.  Sometimes, the parking fees at resorts is expenseive.  The hassle of driving around, finding locations and driving in new areas can be stressful.  If you are going to a resort and pretty much staying put, consider not renting a car and using Uber to get around.

Lately when I’ve been traveling, I have ditched the rental car and used Uber to get form the airport to the hotel as well as traveling a few places during my stay.  It has saved me money since I was not paying for a car and paying for parking.

Uber Eats, Grub Hub, Door Dash

Traveling with a family is expensive, but there are always new ways to save.  Consider doing Uber Eats, Grub Hub or Door Dash for a few meals while on the road.  I recently used Uber Eats for several meals and saved a lot over dining on the resort property or ordering poolside.  I actually purchased for two meals, lunch and dinner.  I ate the hot entree and usually put a salad in the hotel refrigerator so I could enjoy that later.

Room service is nice for sure, but it is costly.  Those fees add up.  You can still enjoy dining from your balcony but just a bit differently when you order in using one of these services.

Amazon Prime Now and Instacart

Another great tip for food and supplies while at a hotel with out a rental car is using a delivery service like Amazon Prime Now or Instacart.  I mean, you’re on vacation, who needs the hassle of grocery shopping?

Amazon Prime Now is a Free APP – and I have used it to get bottled water delivered, wine, kombucha, fresh fruit, personal care products we’ve forgotten and more.  If you order a certain amount, usually $40 delivery is free, you just pay a tip.

Instacart is a service which is paid  service, so you will be paying a  fee for delivery.  Depending on your area, this may be the only option.  I recently visited Salt Lake City and instacart was the only option for grocery delivery.  It was much easier to just pay the delivery fee than venture out and carry my items myself.  So much easier.

Zeel

This is a special one for all the busy mamas!!! I have used Zeel for massages while traveling and it’s been one of my best discoveries!!  You can even grab a membership and use it in your own home town, unfortunately it’s not available where I live, so I can only benefit when I travel.

You simply type in your zip code and if they service your area, you can book a massage.   The provider comes to your location, no going anywhere and you can choose from a variety a massages and durations.  The prices are so reasonable and I simply have loved not having to leave our rental home or hotel room.

Be sure to check it out the next time you travel, or if you are wanting a little self-care for you, make an appointment for when your little ones are napping!!  WIN, WIN!

What tip did you find the most helpful?

 

2019 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner READY NOW!

5
Dec
2018

2019 Weekly Household Confident Mom Planner

It’s here – the much awaited 2019 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner. It’s ready and waiting for you to download!

I know you’ve all been so excited to grab your copy for 2019 and begin to get organized.

Grab Yours Now!

Check out the 2019 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner NOW!

(If you are reading this via the RSS feed, click through to view the video below.)

You can grab your FREE copy here. Don’t forget to grab your Supplemental Pack that is available for $8 with all the printables you could ever need to get your family organized for 2017! I loved adding new forms to the pack this year so moms can stay even more organized and on track.

Get More Organized!

The 2019 Weekly Household Planner Supplemental Pack includes handy fill-in forms, enabling you to add your information directly into the form.

Just type your information, save, and print! This is a wonderful feature when you are adding lengthy information or important names and numbers!

  • Master Family Planner – Keep track of the entire family’s activities on a daily/weekly basis all in one convenient place.
  • Appointment Calendar – Organized by week, use this to keep track of appointments, meetings, and other events.
  • Special Occasion Calendar/Gift Planner – You’ll always be prepared for the next birthday or special occasion.
  • Holiday Gift Planner Worksheet – Keep track of your holiday shopping list and purchases and what still needs wrapped or delivered. Never forget that well-hidden gift again!
  • Babysitter Information Form – This form makes it easy to provide your sitter with all the information he or she needs so you can relax and enjoy your time away.
  • Quick Contacts – Helps you keep important emergency contacts available for easy reference when you need them in a hurry as well as frequently used numbers.
  • Family Emergency/Medical Information Form – Record your family’s medical and insurance information on this form – it will be easy to find and share with those that need it.
  • Website/App List for Kids – An easy way your kids can list the websites they want to visit, or apps or songs they want to buy. This gives you a chance to review first and make sure the content is age appropriate!
  • Website/App List for Me – A place to record websites you want to visit or apps you want to buy during your downtime.
  • Account Keeper Sheet – Keep track of online accounts, including usernames and passwords. Never get locked out of your account again!
  • Household Maintenance Log – Record when you did routine maintenance items, such as changing your furnace filter.
  • Special Occasion Reminder Chart – To help you plan card gifting for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
  • Gifts Received List – For recording gifts received which also creates a log for thank-you cards you need to send.
  • Let’s Plan a Party Form – Helps keep track of party planning details such as guest list, menu, party favors, and activities.
  • Blessings For Your Home – Because everyone needs some daily inspiration.
  • Weekly Menu Planner/Shopping List – Arrive at the store prepared and don’t over-purchase.
  • Monthly Bill Schedule – Never miss a payment again when you record your monthly bills and payments on this new form.
  • Track Donations – Make tax time easier when you write down all your donations on one form for the year.
  • Freezer/Pantry Inventory – Helps with meal planning and also saves you from purchasing something you already have on hand.
  • Multi-Store Shopping List – Get rid of all those little sticky notes and scraps of paper! List all your shopping list items for different stores on one organized form.
  • Bible Bookmarks – Use these monthly reading bookmarks with suggested reading each day of the month, enabling you to read the entire Bible in a year.

Go grab your FREE copy now, and you can add the Supplemental Pack too for only $8! Be sure to pin this page to Pinterest to pass around this FREE household planner so other moms can grab a copy too.