8 Reasons to Take a “State”cation

With young kids, sometimes taking a “big” vacation just isn’t in the cards. Maybe you have a car-crier, or you recently potty trained or your child just started school. Maybe work schedules don’t allow for a week-long vacation. Maybe your budget doesn’t (because, let’s face it — kids are expensive! And so are vacations).

Or — maybe you took a summer vacation, but would still like to get away with the family for a few days.

Consider taking a state-cation; that is, exploring your own state! Between state parks, historical monuments, fun museums, local festivals and new playgrounds, there are probably lots of places you’ve never been before. Here are 8 reasons on why to take a family state-cation.

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How to Make Extra Cash in Time for Holidays

We all do our best to put away a bit of cash throughout the year so that the holiday rush doesn’t catch us off guard. But then life gets in the way; the car needs new tires or the washing machine breaks down, and we’re back to square one. So if you could do with a little extra cash in the run up to December 25th this year, then here are a few ideas that could help you raise some helpful funds.

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Shop Your Closet For The Perfect Holiday Outfit

It’s that time of year where our schedules fill up with holiday parties, planning and shopping. Lots and lots of shopping. We spend more money than we anticipated, we buy extra presents and more food than we need. Only to find ourselves with nothing to wear because we have been too busy buying and preparing for others. The holiday party can be a buzz kill if you have nothing to wear. Wouldn’t it be nice to open your closet and with a couple items pull something together?  

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Quick & Easy: Copy-cat “Larabar”

Whether you’ve been on the healthy path for a long time, or you’re just starting to eat healthier, you’re sure to love this recipe, because, who doesn’t love a good, healthy snack? Here’s a yummy recipe that is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free… and best of all, it’s delicious!

Inspiration for this creation came in the form of a Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar. They’re delicious, but at about $1 per bar, they can get expensive. With a little bit of experimentation, we found the perfect combination of ingredients that is even tastier than this popular flavor!  

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If The Shoe Fits! Tips for Finding the Proper Fit at a Great Value

Did you know that podiatrists actually recommend that new walkers up to three years old should be walking barefoot as much as possible? Walking barefoot aids in helping children recognize new terrain, adjust their footing accordingly, and develop balance, movement, and posture! While barefoot is best, there are times when safety is in question and shoes are certainly a must. With the average child outgrowing their shoes by a half size every three to four months, it’s important that a child’s shoes not only fit properly, but are made to function just as they do — run, jump, slide, and tumble.

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5 Tips to Save Money on Your Cell Phone Service

Our cell phone is like an extra appendage. It’s the one thing that can leave you feeling incomplete if you leave the house without it and unconnected from the world if you happen to lose it. While it seems silly to place so much emphasis on a piece of technology, we consistently dish out over a hundred dollars a month on a phone that has all the bells and whistles, to include an always increasing contract. Even though we couldn’t fathom ditching our phones anytime soon, there are a few ways to ditch the high dollar signs.

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4 Ways to Save Money on your Kids’ Shoes

We’ve all been there. On our way out the door, helping your child put on the shoes that you bought only a month ago and suddenly you’re struggling to get them on. Your child starts whining that they hurt their feet and you feel the angst of having to reach into your pocket and shell out more money for shoes so soon. Little feet grow faster than little legs, almost over night it often seems. While shoes can be expensive, especially if you’re forced to buy a new pair every few months, let alone every new season, there are a few ways to make the most of your shoe shopping experience so that when that time comes, you’ll be prepared — physically and financially.

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Make your own baby food: No special equipment required

What do you do when you had your heart set on making your baby’s food at home, but you didn’t get that fancy baby food maker you so eagerly put on your registry? 

You make it anyway. No special baby food making equipment needed! 

Today’s tutorial for making your own baby food utilizes single foods that are best steamed prior to puree: carrots (one of our favorites), squash, broccoli, spinach, greens, whole peas, green beans and so many more. Read on for all the details!

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Make Your Own Mayo

Mayonnaise is a staple in most every American household. From a simple turkey sandwich, to pasta and tuna salads, to snack foods and dinner entrees, mayo is a crowd pleaser and a palate pleaser. Instead of settling for the unwanted and mysterious ingredients in major mayo store brands, don’t you think something with a bit less sugar and preservatives and made with real ingredients sounds more enticing? We’re here to give you a healthier mayo fix by showing you how to whip up your own homemade mayonnaise in 15 minutes with 5 ingredients!

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Care-Package Must Haves for The College Girl

Care Package Must Haves for The College Girl

Do you have a daughter or granddaughter that just flew the nest away to college? If you don’t have kids that age yet, perhaps you are looking for a unique gift idea for your faithful babysitter as she leaves for college, or know someone overseas with the military. Regardless of the exact situation, care packages are a simple way to tell someone that you are thinking about them when you are apart. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite brands to feature in our college girl care package must have roundup for this fall.

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10 Ways to Save Big on Kids’ Clothes

It’s back-to-school season, which means new clothes, shoes and gear for kids — and an unpleasant Visa statement for parents.

The National Retail Federation estimates that parents spend roughly $300 per child on back-to-school shoes and apparel — a number that doesn’t include electronics, school supplies or extracurricular activities. In total, the NRF reports that the average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend over $600 per child on electronics, apparel and other school needs.

Multiply that times a few kids… and there goes your budget!

But fear not! At Daily Mom, we love a great deal, and have several tricks up our sleeves for saving big when it comes to kids’ clothes! Here are 10 ways you can too:

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20 Thrifty Indoor Activities to Beat the Summer Heat

It’s July. It’s still summer break. You’ve exhausted all your in-town-fun resources. It’s sweltering outside, and your kids are B-O-R-E-D. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Don’t fear! Just keep scrolling for 20 summer fun ideas that are easy, inexpensive, and can be done in the comfort of your air-conditioned home (or in your backyard if you choose).

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