I recently took a road trip up to see some friends that were nearly six hours away. It was a couple I had been meaning to visit for months but the distance was just too far for me to want to drive alone, finding the time when I could have someone watch my son and the money in just the trip itself. We all have friends that we would love to see. You talk here and there and always say, “I’ll come see you soon.” But different deterrence’s always delayed that road trip: time and money being the big two. Well, I can’t fix your time but here are some hints in bringing the cost of your road trip down.
First and foremost, the easiest way to get the cost down is by dividing it, so invited a friend along. We both had talked about seeing the couple and this provided the perfect opportunity. Not only did this reduce the cost of the trip but it also provided an extra driver so that I didn’t have to drive it alone. This means the time will pass by quicker and all prototypical bills like gas get divided by 2.
The next easiest thing is to bring your own snacks and drinks for the ride up there and back. Fast food places make huge margins for a reason. Buying soda, water, and road trip snacks will take a huge expenditure out of the trip. Next comes figuring out eating arrangements once you’re at your destination. Call ahead of time and talk to the party you’re going to be visiting, see if you can sleep on the couch or if they have a spare bedroom. This will cut out the costs of a hotel. You can always use the excuse of, “This will give us more time to spend together!” Also coordinate food. Cooking in versus eating out is always a cheaper option. See if they will cook something while you’re visiting or suggest you all go out and buy the raw ingredients and make it a fun time. This, again, divides the food bill.
While you’re there, you’re going to want to hang out, but bars and movies are expensive forms of entertainment, so if you’re stringent on your budget, just go mall crawling to get out. You can always just window shop and you can enjoy a different environment. At home, you can play card games, dominos, or if board games are your style, try and bring some so that you’re constantly entertained. Maybe buy a movie that no one has seen out of the $5 or less dollar bin so you can all hang out.
These are just some of the things I did when visiting friends to reduce the cost of the trip. There are probably several other ways. Think of a few and pick a couple and be diligent in sticking to your budget. Friends last a lifetime and you should never let money be the reason you lose contact and don’t see your friends.
My brother is a huge fan (biggest fan “girl” I have ever seen). He has been to 4 or five of his concerts in the last 4 couple of months. On December 27 (my birthday) I was spending the evening at my brother and sister in law’s house because she was cooking me her famous enchiladas. While indulging in their cheesy goodness they told me they were attending a concert December 29th to see the famous Bart Crow and I was invited. I made a couple of arrangements and bam was able to attend. Since it was 3 hours away from the house we decided to get a hotel room. I was excited and thrilled the concert was great with us ending with everyone singing Wear my Ring which is my favorite song by them!!
At the first concert I attended we met the drummer of the band, Daniel, and since my brother had been to multiple shows they offered us free tickets for whenever we wanted to drive out and watch them!! WHATTTT FREE TICKETS! I was stoked and have tried to attend every concert I can since then! And this is how your normal average everyday blogger became a Bart Crow Groupie!
After the concerts, the whole band will come over and greeted us. We have been given drumsticks, guitar picks, and jello shots from the band. We love them and hope you can listen to their music and enjoy it too! Kind-hearted people who can put on one heck of a show!
My new obsessions!!
Two of my favorite things in one: coffee and saving money! Normally I would make my weekly round to spoil myself with Starbucks. I would always cringe when I would have to pay over 6 dollars for a Starbucks drink but I would tell myself “Hannah you are worth it. Treat yo self”. Well, today while making my rounds in Victoria (the city that has Starbucks in) I realized I would not have time for my Starbucks. What how could I do this with myself. Coffee is like. Starbucks is life.
I feel like that all changed when I walked into The Kahve. Holy crap it was cute, from the chalkboard menu to the decorations on the wall. It was love at first sight. I was excited, I waited patiently in line and ordered a cinnamon coffee. The Kahve is kind of like Starbucks, but a lot cheaper and in my personal opinion as good. My cinnamon coffee was to die for and only THREE DOLLARS. I repeat THREE DOLLARS. Why have I never gone to this cute little coffee shop before?? I didn’t even know a store would compare to the amazing Starbucks but I guess The Khave does. The Khave is great, cheap, and definitely, somewhere I will be returning.
So, everyone sees these random young youth’s walking around staring at their phone. These kids aren’t lost on Facebook or Twitter. They are trying to “catch em’ all”. Pokemon that is. These kids are playing Pokemon Go, a fantasy world that combines an interactive GPS locator with the idea of catching fictional monsters. Many of the older generation that you see playing the game were once those same kids playing Pokemon on their Gameboys in junior high. Though the game has limited battle experience or training ability which was one of the larger appeals of its old counterpart, Pokemon Go has its own pluses.
First and foremost, the best part about Pokemon Go is that you get to feel like a Pokemon trainer. You get to travel around and catch Pokemon in the wild. The leveling system is unique in that you must catch multiple of the same Pokemon to collect candy. Each Pokemon needs different amounts of candy to evolve. It also takes candy to level up the Pokemon. Not all Pokemon are equal and certain ones are stronger than others. Likewise, the same type of Pokemon has different strengths. Fortunately, with newer updates, you can appraise your Pokemon to know if you want to evolve them or if they’re strong. I would suggest going with either a strong or amazing Pokemon appraisal for evolution. CP (which stands for combat power) is the overall strength of your Pokemon. Using a combination of stardust and candy (both of which are collected when you catch Pokemon).
Each pokemon has two moves and each move has a different speed and element. The moving element usually corresponds to the pokemon element. As updates have come out, the move sets have changed so it’s more common to have different moves that differ from the pokemon’s element. The two moves Pokemon have is a quick move and a charged move. The quick moves have different speeds so do be surprised if it seems like some Pokemon quick moves are faster than others. The quick moves build up the charged move. As you deal damage you’ll see the bar at the bottom become filled up. After the bubble is charged up, you can click the button that shows the move type and you get a powered move.
Although you don’t get to battle other trainer’s (yet), you do fight over gyms. There are 3 teams to choose from and after you have picked your allegiance you can fight over the gyms. The point in holding the gyms is to collect gold, which you can turn in for items such as poke balls, incubators, and other various items. Paying real money for gold is always an option but then you’ve turned a free game into a pay to play the game and where’s the fun in that.
Pokemon Go is a fun game where you can live out the experience of being a “real” Pokemon trainer. Just remember to play safe and be aware of your surroundings. Have fun and “catch ‘em all”.
Being prepared is something that is super important to me, and makes me feel I have my life somewhat in order. While being a mom that can be a difficult task, making sure I have everything I for me and having everything for the kids. Some might say I “overpack” for everything so it’s not a surprise I need a diaper bag that is big enough to fit all my children’s stuff. I have tried many diapers bags out but the Room Decorated Diaper Bag is by far the greatest diaper bag I have tried. With my obsession making sure I have everything I like to fill my diaper bags to the rim; the diaper bags can become filled fast. With the room decorated diaper bag being such a great material, I am able to be confident it will not rip and will be able to hold everything I put in there. I am able to use this bag for my “daytime” trips and my “night time” trips which I love since I don’t have to switch bags all the times.
Now let’s get to the facts. This is a diaper bag that comes with a nice changing mat. The changing mat rolls up easy and is super easy to clean, which makes it very flexible to use anywhere. It is a tan color with brown and white designs making it color neutral, perfect for a boy, girl or both!! One of my favorites, if not the best thing about this product is the waterproof capabilities. It is made with a high-quality Oxford fabric causing the diaper bag to be water resistant. I’m not saying throw this diaper bag in the pool when you are swimming, but don’t be afraid if the bottle sippy cup spills on it. The diaper bag is very easy to clean if anything were to get on it. Overall I and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great diaper bag!