What to Pack When Traveling to Warm Climates

If you live anywhere east of Vancouver, you know that Canadian winters are harsh.  There is no way to candy coat it, come February we are all ready to pack up and fly south.  We’re done with the snow, the shoveling and the ice.  Tired of slippery roads and bundling up our kids in multiple layers.  We want sunshine, sandy beaches and drinks with little umbrellas in them. One would think that packing for a trip to the sunshine would be simple.  … [Read more...]

Saving For Disney – Getting Started

Yes, I am a Disney fanatic, and no I don't feel bad.  I love all things Disney and am thrilled to be planning our families next vacation slotted for October 2014.  I'm excited... and slightly obsessed, but that's ok...we do what makes us happy, right? In October of 2014 we will be headed to Disney! There will be six of us, Corey and I, Ben and William, and my inlaws Adeena and Richard! So, the first thing that one needs to address when going … [Read more...]

Getting To Disney World – Revamping the Saving For Disney Series

In my house you will find many mason jars.  Their intended purpose (to preserve food) is the last thing you will find them used for.  See, I am a save-a-holic with very little saving skills.  I get an idea, and I start a jar for it. Basically because loose change is all I've ever had to work with.  But our family budgeting skills are getting better, and I think it's time to revamp our Saving For Disney challenge we bagan earlier this … [Read more...]

New Brunswick Road Trip! #ABMRoadTrip

We've never done it before... Never have we even thought that putting our two boys in the back seat of our little hatch back along with the necessities for four days would be a good idea...but something in me changed.  Something in me says we're wasting our summer's away not doing much, and though we long for big travel... our budget doesn't.  So this summer we're road trippin'. We've planned our four-day, three night trip to the Monction … [Read more...]

Saving For Disney – Week 6

Winter is a hard time to try and save money.  I cannot even begin to tell you just how hard of a time I'm having.  Though I do have a bit saved up, it's torture not dipping into it... It's too cold to play outside, and paying to heat this house is insane.  But, when I have a goal in mind I just keep on plugging away at it.  I know that come spring, it will be much easier to put those pennies...er..um...nickles away (I forgot, we don't 'do' … [Read more...]

Saving For Disney – Week 5

So, first off, I have to ask you all, how is your savings going?  The first month is complete - we're at the last day of January and those change jars are likely starting to fill up! I've broken the $100 mark, and I am happy with that.  Far from my monthly goal, but it's been a cold month and my oil tank seems hungry.  It's also been a slow month at work, so tips were down to almost half of my usual amount.  January is a hard month to begin a … [Read more...]

Saving For Disney – Week 3/4 Giveaway!

*The contest in this post is open to Canadian residents only.  My apologies to those who are not able to participate.* So it's week 4 already.  Sorry I missed last week.  But life has been a bit crazy over here... We've been putting our pennies in our Disney jar and having a blast doing it.  Have you received your Vacation Planning DVD yet?  The thing that I have noticed most since our savings journey began is that every time I see a Disney … [Read more...]

Tips On How To Save For Disney – Week 2

So by now you have probably figured out your safe number.  The minimum amount of money you need to have saved to make your Disney Dream come true.  What is that number (you can tell me in a comment below)  If you still don't have that magic number yet, head on over to DisneyParks.ca and price your dream vacation. Check out week 1 to see how I came up with my number. I have to tell you that just as I started writing this, a commercial for Walt … [Read more...]

Tips on How To Save For Disney – Week 1

So it is week one in my goal for the year.  We're two days in and I'm off to a decent start.  Obviously my goal is to save enough money for my family of 4 to go to Disney World in early 2014.  The total that I have decided that I need is $6000.  I know - that sound like (and is) a lot of money for 1 week of fun, but for what I want out of our trip, it is worth it. I have spent a few hours on Disneyparks.ca, going to rates and … [Read more...]

She’s Connected Conference

  Once again, I'm taking off on a jet plane and heading out to the She's Connected Conference in Toronto. I attended this conference last year, and was excited to be chosen again. I'm am thrilled to have the opportunity to mingle with my peers. The ladies that I work with every day, the people who are my support system online.  Events like this are perfect for us.  A way for us to build on the relationships that we've started online. I … [Read more...]

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