Raising Dick and Jane

Friday, February 27, 2015

Preparing for a Road Trip with Kids {on a Budget}

Best Time of Year to Prepare for a Road Trip with Kids and save money

Let me let you in on a little secret, there are actually several times per year when you can purchase snacks, treats and other "busy bag" items for your kids' road trip travel bags at a mere fraction of the cost. It's true. Just yesterday I was able to pick up these coloring book and crayon sets or only $0.40, which are perfect for "on the road" self entertainment. They are compact, have everything they need in one place and can shut close to prevent messes and make for better travel. The only thing that makes them $0.40 instead of $4.99? They had hearts on them and cute valentines sayings.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Had an Anxiety Attack over Purchasing Tickets to Disney

This is one of those things that I don't like sharing. I don't want to let people into my world because I don't want them to judge me or look at me differently. I don't want to appear weak, because I am not weak. I don't want to appear crazy, because I am not crazy. I simply sometimes have panic attacks.

I don't know how it happens and I cannot tell you why some things set it off and others don't. Sometimes it's the most seemingly simple things that can trigger it. And yet, at other times the most stressful situations somehow give me strength. Anxiety is a sly fox.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Visiting Videotopia at Sloan Museum {Flint, Michigan}

Intellivision, Gaming system released by MATTEL in 1979
Remember this? This is an Intellivision, a gaming system from the early 1980's. THIS is what I used to spend my sleepover nights playing a game called "Frogger" on when I was a kid. For those of you who don't know, Frogger was a game that combined skill and luck with a cute little frog that simply wanted to make it across the busy street without being. . well. . squished. That's it. Try crossing the street. . . get squished. . game over. . try again. It was a gloriously fun game!! 

Friday, February 20, 2015

YoBaby Turns 16 and We're Celebrating with a Giveaway!

Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Stonyfield and their YoGetters Program.
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Stonyfield Baby is turning sixteen years old and we're hosting a giveaway to celebrate!

Where does the time go? One day you are carrying around a sweet little baby in your arms and then what seems like the next, they are heading off on their own. I remember when I was a new mother and people would give me all kids of unsolicited advice, like all the time. "Make sure you sleep train from the beginning", "Don't hold them so much or you'll spoil them". . yada yada yada. After gaining my footing as a mother I quickly found out that I was capable of figuring things out on my own and after awhile I was standing confidently in my own parenting groove not giving much notice to the constant thoughts being thrown at me. However, while most of the advice people liked to give seemed like a waste of breath, there was one piece of advice that really stuck with me and that was to "cherish every moment" and "time goes by way to fast". Truthfully, I am not sure if I really believed them back when I was changing diapers and chasing after a toddler night and day, but now that I have caught my breath and took a step back, I have noticed that my kids really do grow up in the blink of an eye and time cannot be taught to stand still, no matter how much we beg and plead with it to do so.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Sights of South Haven {Michigan} in the Winter

I know what you are thinking, why would you take a road trip to the west side of Michigan in the dead of winter? The lake effect snow there is terrible! I know. In fact, I learned that the hard way. You can read all about it in my first article, Our Road Trip to South Haven was ALMOST Ruined.

After getting through that winter storm though, the second day of our trip made up for the first and reminded me why I wanted to take a trip to South Haven in the first place. So I apologize in advance, but this article is going to be chocked full of photos because there aren't proper words to describe how lovely South Haven is in the winter.