Catch UP

So it’s been a minute. I will be blogging a gambit of Ask Toi questions in the next few days! Also I will be posting week 3 of the kids and I summer adventures! I needed to check in with you all on a person check In and not just a mommy cheek in as it’s been these last few weeks outside of work! So life has been interesting.

As always I have a lot of events coming up. I love being on the go! Outside of a sinus affection that I had that I thought was an allergy fit life has been doing well. For the past few weeks I had been getting seriously sick like the type of sick where I had to say no to a few events. You know how much I love being out and about in the Summer. One thing I will say is Philadelphia has it going on all year long and the Summer is just pure magic. Anyone saying I have nothing to do is legitimately in a mental funk. Trust me I understand that too as I’ve talked openly about my life and anxiety or complaining instead of being proactive. I get it!

Between blog events and being out and about I have to say that I too have been making my mental health a priority! It’s important for me to find moments of slow down. I have had to call a friend a day behind, or say no to an event, pick and choose if I can go to a family member’s house or just say no I need a regroup moment! Why? Cause just because things seem light doesn’t mean that I don’t have moments of insanity!

This year I have set out to find my biological dad and that has brought a set of triggers for me I didn’t know I had! Like for instance because my step dad who I only call for reasons of clarity step has been in my life since around 5 people have said to me why? Why do you need to close or open this chapter? It’s simple, I want to! I’ve a grown woman who still has questions inside of her that may not ever be answered but I have to find them for myself. I have found out more and more about the character of my biological father than any other time in my life!

It’s been rewarding and challenging at the same time. Also let me be clear this is my story to tell. I’m not entertaining anyone telling me how I should feel about the story or a should you write about it speech either! I’m 38 I think I’ve given parties involved a time to create the story they wanted me to accept! Now it’s my time. No sugar coating is going into effect! Plain and simple my biological father has not only failed me but my other siblings! I have quite a few and still gathering information. I think as a kid I’ve had it in my head that things would magically fuse as they do in the movies. It’s what I wanted! However the turns have shown that this will be more like a reality show than a loving movie! The mere fact that I’m seeking him when he’s not seeking me is already trigger enough. There are many like me who still want to know why. I’ve talked to those closest to him I may not never get an answer.

Also with balance of my biological dad its made me look at the way I parent my own kid. What do I want them to do? What do I want to leave for them. Do I plan to be honest and open with them? The answer is absolutely yes! If the stuff I got into is just to be a testimony to them then so be it! You see the Preachers Kid moment there? It’s important for me to be clear in what I can offer my children in support and love!

Also I’ve been noticing that I’m easily angered lately. I don’t know if it’s changes happening around me is making me that way but please believe I got my therapist on hand. I am working through it. I’m calling my stuff to the rug when things happen because I believe whatever is happening has to start with me first. I had someone ask for forgiveness that I wouldn’t have received from years ago! That’s growth! Despite the growth I’m still human dealing with life no matter how pretty the filter, you can’t filter life!

As this journey with my biological father unfolds I will share as I profess. I like to take my time with these steps to be sure I’ve dealt with them offline before I share them online. Other aspects of life are always changing. Many moments Ido well with change and other times I don’t! Sometimes, I would say most times I handle my anxiety extremely well and other times I have blow ups. However even when I feel like I’m having a moment I still feel better equipped now than before to recognize my triggers, handle them alone, and remove myself from them!!

Hoping anyone who is dealing with the ups and downs of life can relate and process!!

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2nd week Summer Breakdown

So as promised I will be breaking down my week with the kids during the summer vacation months. It’s important for me to showcase that yes you can have a great summer and spend less money. This doesn’t include weekend events or things to do, but now even on the weekend I’m not overspending either. Last week I spent around 183 dollars. Check out last week’s blog for the breakdown!

This week I definitely and happily spent 77.74! Now I did get sick about end of the week but the activities I would have done wouldn’t have been over that amount it would have been under that amount.

Monday

We did a swim day! Which is why I may have gotten sick. It was like an allergy attack or some sort of shenanigans. Either way breakfast at home and lunch at McDonald’s, swimming and park! I spent 18.51 total! It was a great treat to start the week since normally we do most meals at home! Oh a little pro tip any day I can add the park I do. I usually work out while they play. If I check the weather and the weather is an issue I do a home workout but I have been working out 4 days a week not including the weekend!!

Tuesday

We went to the $5 AMC Tuesday movie and saw Toy Story 4! I knew I wanted to see it but the crowds of the weekend and the price told me to wait until Tuesday hit! That 5 dollars hit different on a Tuesday. I am also an AMC Stub member so I had points I used those points towards the $5 snack deal of a small popcorn and an Icee!

$5 movies for 4=20

4 snacks minus my $5 reward= $15.87

After the movie it was back to the park for my workout and kids play! We then headed home for dinner and my husband and I went to Chima for some blog work and date night for the win!

Wednesday

I began to not feel well so we elected to stay in to take meds. I also wanted to make sure my car would be done. If you remember I was hit right before my Paris trip. We still went to Greater Plymouth Meeting for the movies under the stars and viewed Lion King. This was great as we prepare for the new blockbuster coming out this Summer! It was great. They have an amazing DJ! They did a hoola hoop contest and have Chick Fil A truck, Koona Shaved Ice truck, fresh popcorn and candy for sale.

I still always pack my own food and snacks. One cause I’m vegan and two because it’s cost effective for us 4! It’s always a great time no matter what!!

Movie starts at 8 or when the sun goes down and we usually get home at around 11pm and as you can see, from the above picture it was immediate sleep and quiet for the parents!!!!

Thursday

I needed a chill day plus I needed to redo the girls hair and start laundry! I knew what my weekend plans were and that meant there was no way I could have had time to get them altogether! They did a lot of indoor activities and the girls hair was rebraided! Also I got my car back better than ever! This momma was super happy! Shout out to Wolk Enterprises for doing an amazing job!

Friday

It was a mess! I was so sick by this point that I woke up at 130! Do not fret! My husband stayed home with the kids and ordered them pizza! Our oldest was supposed to have Girl Scouts. My son did some errands with my husband and my youngest had a play date!! I had no idea that my Husband was going to stay home to be honest I was going to be a trooper and take them to Legoland and the park! It felt good when I woke up to even realize that he was home! I was able to rest and it helped me for the weekend!!

This upcoming week will be a short week with the 4th! I will not be including the 4th or the 5th so my totals will be smaller than this week!!!! Listen between work and kids it’s important to save money and make sure the kids have an amazing Summer! Also this week with it being Fourth of July there are so many activities to do in Philly and many are free!

Monday Motivation: Freeing up Space

It’s amazing when you feel free. You don’t walk like you have walked before! You are clear to just be. As you continue in the movement you have to free up space in your life for the right things to come in!

It’s like breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, you make space by getting rid of the things that remind you of them. You declutter your world of the things that no longer bring you happiness or peace. So how about what that looks like when you free your space of the things that no longer serve you daily? For an example, stop scrolling on pages that are meaningless or watch less and less reality television, stopping subscriptions to people and their mess or being more conscientious of how often you are around negative people. Freeing your space to bring in light into your world!

There’s not a single person who doesn’t need to free their space. Freeing your space includes people, places and things. It means that it may be hurtful as the people around you won’t understand but at the end of the day, but it will benefit your mind and life. Freeing up your space forces you to see life as it was meant to be. What could you free yourself of today?! It can be as small as changing the snacks in your cabinet and as drastic as freeing yourself from a job that you are on simply because it doesn’t align with your life goals! It’s up to you to choose. Free your space daily! Make today and everyday count! Have an amazing Monday!

Sunday Message: Do you ever plan?

We know life throws many waves. You can have good and bad times happen at any given moment. However for everything in between you need to plan and work your plan. Plans don’t trauma proof your life but they help you get through it a little bit better!

So how do you plan? It’s the last day of June and tomorrow is the start of a not only a new month but the 3rd quarter of the year. Time waits for no one. It’s all moving fast. What are you doing? What have you done so far? What goals have you reached? For the month of June I’ve already hit all my numbers that I did for last year at this half way point! That’s progress and that comes from being consistent and being meaningful in what I do. I plan accordingly for what I want to see and when bumps come in I adjust and deal with them.

Planning takes the guest work out of things. Planning for good makes sure you aren’t leaving things up to chance or getting the wrong foods you don’t need. Planning for your future will make sure that you don’t have to have a bake sale to bury a loved one. Planning for your week always ensures a great start to what you want to make happen. There are some people who can go by the fly of their pants kind of way and most who need to plan ahead to hit their goals. Whether you want to believe it or not most people benefit from a plan and to work that plan.

We all need to go into our week with more masterful tactics. We all need to work our lives in a more organized way. It will be the very thing that brings success! How bad do you want it?! Is planning something that you just hate but know you need to do? Is this Sunday going to be about fun alone but you lack to plan a better week?! Make that change so everyday you aren’t just simply existing waiting for another weekend to come to simply breath!

Brunchin at Cuba Libre

So can I say sometimes I don’t always put things together when it comes to location. I am the one who needs needs their GPS! So when I was asked to go to Cuba Libre for brunch I had no idea that I had been there already. Last week I blogged about their drinks for Old City Eats Block Party. I had no idea they also have an amazing weekend brunch menu. So why should you stop in….

Well Cuba Libre’s food is absolutely amazing. I mean it taste so fresh and made to order. For my meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, and pescatarians you are all on this menu. They have something for even the picky eaters as well as for my parent friends too!! Their kid menus have activities and a great selection to keep the Littles entertained while you enjoy a cocktail or two! The two floors of space makes for a great time. So let’s dive in:

Brunch especially for women is like a holiday within itself. It’s better than any other meal of the day. We love a good location, lighting for pictures, space, as well as amazing food so we can chit chat and catch up. It’s just an altogether amazing time. I got all of that and more at Cuba Libre! From the time I stepped in the door every last staff member treated me with love and like family. As always I peep restaurants out before they know who I am or why I’m there. It’s important for me to see how they are before they know I’m on assignment to get the essence of how they might treat followers. Trust me you are in good hands. I watched their interactions with all patrons and they were stellar. They were attentive and by far have a great serving rhythm! Trust me it’s important to know that before you head out!

The food was great. The waitress answered every question. When I brunch I always have at least one person who is picky and she was patient. She explained all of the options. Sometimes I ask questions because some places have people who don’t even know their own menu. She was on point and answered the questions thoroughly! I was impressed.

So they had passed the beginning phase. Let’s step into phase two and that’s food and that includes presentation, taste and temperature. Some restaurants mass make their food and once it gets to your table…it’s room temperature, but not at Cuba Libre. Everything was hot! Oh FYI we took so many pictures before we ate and the food was still hot! I like to make that equivalent to me and my girls talking and still being able to enjoy our food! They have a brunch special that is $22.95 which includes a small plate and large plate choice and an aqua Fresca. Here is an example:

Churros with chocolate sauce

Banana Quinoa waffle

Limonada-part of their aqua Fresca and amazingly fresh option for those who don’t drink alcohol

Above was probably the best combination that I could have picked. I picked this because this reflects what I would order. I couldn’t finish it. I had other items too but trust me it was outstanding. Knowing it was $22.95 was a great price too. I felt like I could keep control of my coins but eat well too.

Here are a few more items:

Pineapple guacamole cubano

Corn meal pancakes served with mango butter and dark rum molasses syrup

Trio sauces that comes with tropical chips-black bean hummus, roasted cauliflower hummus with curried onions, and Cuba Libre salsa

Homemade Latin pastries includes vegetarian options too!

Mango butter is a must ask must have must take home

I didn’t have to do one thing for these pictures either. The lighting is amazing! Also presentation is everything and they hit it on the marker! The taste was mind blowing! Also I are the banana quinoa waffles 2 days later and they heated up perfectly. You can’t say that about most places!

For my alcohol drinkers I love a great drink to taste. No lie just like I had it at the Old City Eats, they are strong! I hate seeing a great drink on a menu that doesn’t come to life when I drink it. Cuba Libre lives up to their rum bar name. Rum is an experience and I tried their Bloody Mary with their Cuban rum-they knocked it out the park!

I also always look for an alcoholic spritz or amazing sangria and Cuba Libre has a red, white or blue in their brunch beverage:

I didn’t have my kids with me this time because often times I go to places and explore before I take them but next time I go I definitely plan to take them and the husband with me. The staff handled other patrons children well. They understood to bring the kids food without even having to ask. Again all things that I look for when I’m out. We know kids can get restless but they have enough space to accommodate large crowds, kids included!

Here are a few extra tips and extras to assist you:

They open on Saturday and Sunday at 1030! If you are going for brunch especially with kids go when they open. Also parking is on the street which is metered. Go early to get parking almost in front of the restaurant. I had absolutely not one issue finding parking. There are at least 2 lots on the block too. Brunch is served until 2pm! Again I would stress going earlier in the brunch hours. You can pick the brunch menu or go alacarte as well. You will get more for your money choosing the brunch $22.95 options and from there choosing what you want from that menu. You won’t be disappointed at all!!

Look at the downstairs seating from my angle coming down she steps. It’s absolutely stunning:

Thank you to my girl, Cherryl of Phillyfoodgal for the invite. Thank you Cuba Libre and all of the staff for an amazing time and hospitality. I will definitely be back and this time bringing my fam bam back with me!

This is a great place to take a first date, day date, family time, time with friends, group brunch, and you can sit by a window and have some me time!! It’s a kid friendly restaurant as well as clean and has an amazing atmosphere!

Trust me you will leave full and smiling!

Make sure when you are in Philly and you’re thinking about brunch, place Cuba Libre at the top of the list!! They have you covered in price, quality, quantity, hospitality, and fun!

Cuba Libre Restaurant And Rum Bar is located 10 S. 2nd Street; Philadelphia PA

To make easy reservations do it here!

Chima Philadelphia: Tomahawk Tuesday

Have you ever had a tomahawk steak? It’s a beef rib-eye with 5 inches of extra rib bone for presentation. The long bone looks like an axe which is where the name tomahawk comes from. So what does this amazing cut of steak and chima have in common? Tomahawk Tuesdays at Chima now allows you this beautiful cut of steak along with their other rodízio aka meats at no extra charge. Trust me you are going to want to go up on a Tuesday! I had the pleasure of spending an evening and I’m going to break it all down for you. From the options for all nutrition palates to drinks to dessert.

Valet

One of the best things about Philadelphia is the amazing restaurants. Chima is definitely ahead of the cut when it comes to style, service, and ambiance. One of the other features that many aren’t aware of is they offer valet parking for $11.00. Now not many have the patience to do like my husband does to circle around the block several times to stalk out parking. I know I don’t. Whenever I am going to a location after I do my Google maps to be sure I know how to get there is to find what parking accommodations they have. We all have seen that red Parking sign that says “limited.” In Center City you already know that parking is slim to none. Now you can not only pay for parking but have someone else park it with valet for $11 and trust that is a great deal! I love convenience. Being a woman on the go sometimes I am cutting it close to locations due to life and mom duties. It’s good to know that when I come to a Chima, I’ll have one less worry and I can enjoy my night out with less stress.

Drinks

Not everyone drinks and that’s quite okay as there are many assortments of non alcoholic drinks available. For those who do drink they have a unique menu. I would highly recommend trying the Chima Caipirinha. They come in the following flavor offerings:

  • Strawberry
  • Açaí
  • Pineapple
  • Passion Fruit
  • Orange

The Chima caipirinha is one of their signatures straight from Brazil. One of the things I look for with drinks is presentation, taste and quality of the drinks. I’ve been to many establishments where the drinks lacked in one or more of these areas yet the price remained the same. At Chima that is not the case. From first sip to last its amazing. Nothing is watered down and that’s always a great thing!

Chima caipirinha pineapple

Chima caipirinha açaí

I also enjoyed the ultimate margarita! I love margaritas a lot. They are always festive and if made right a great choice for the night. Chima definitely put the ultimate into the ultimate margarita. The drink is filled to the possible capacity. I actually had to sip it down to even pick it up to drink!

Choices

So Chima is where my husband and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary and it had been that long since we there last as we are soon coming up on our 7th anniversary. Immediately I noticed the changes in their menus. In addition to the hard bound book you also get an iPad to look and view drinks, desserts, etc. all night. This makes it so much easier to see what you want as you listen in at the waiter/waitress recommendations. I found this to be super helpful for me in making my selections. Plus seeing pictures of what I wanted was helpful as well. FYI what you see in the picture is exactly how it’s coming out. There are no surprises!

Rodízio

So let’s keep it real, Chima is a Brazilian steakhouse so meats is there speciality. I will definitely cue you in on how to please all the non meat eaters as well in a minute. For those who love to eat meat, this is the oasis of meats. Quality and quantity is not ever an issue at Chima. When you arrive (for those who have never been) you are given a circled card. The one side says no thank you and the other side says yes please! The yes please signals the servers who will frequent your table often to ask you for your choice in selection and temperature (rare, medium, well down, etc.) of meat. As long as the yes please card is up they will ask and offer. When you want to take a rest, flip the card over and they will pass you by! Each place setting also has a tong that as they cut you can pull your selection as you go!

As far as meats there is chicken, steak, pork, beef, and sausages cooked in many varieties available daily while the tomahawk is available on Tomahawk Tuesday!

The tomahawk is charred to perfection, juicy from first bite and exceptional-I brought a resident meat expert aka my husband

No other options?

Chima could be your go to for an upscale date night, a party, celebrating any and all occasions, or just to come in on Tomahawk Tuesday! Either way you may have a few or more in your party that doesn’t necessarily eat meats. It’s hard to please everyone but I can reassure you Chima has you covered. The salad bar is ahead of its class. This isn’t your run in the mill salad bar. The selections are fresh and have an amazing selections of foods for vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians and meat eaters alike. Just remember to always grab a clean plate when you’re ready to enjoy! For those who don’t want to sit at a traditional table the bar is available too. The bar is a great place for a great after work drink as well!

One of my favorites of the night was the pineapple with cinnamon. This comes along like the seared meats on a skewer for you to select. The pineapple also has brown sugar and it’s warm and something you didn’t even know you needed in your life. Not to mention the fresh veggie skewers that you can get with or without corn! They also have salmon cooked to perfection as well!

Here is a full plated option which doesn’t nearly include all that was offered at the salad bar:

They also have a menu for gluten free options as well! This menu is separated so you know exactly which options will be appropriate!

Desserts if you Dare

Because all of the food is eat as you please you may not have a single ounce of room for dessert. However if you do they have a wide selection of choices. I would recommend the Brazilian Trio! The Brazilian Trio consists of Brigaderio aka Brazilian fudge and condensed milk, Beijinho which is coconut and condensed milk, and walnut cream!

Also consider the açaí cream! It’s açaí blended in Häagen-Dazs vanilla icecream and served with Frangelico liqueur.

The Apple Strudel is also a great contender as well served with cinnamon icecream and caramel sauce.

So as you can see you might just want to consider coming to Tomahawk Tuesday. One, dinner is served from 530-930 with last seating at 915pm! So if you’re like me and have to wait until late to grab a meal at times this would be more ideal. Two, Tuesday is better with tomahawk cut steak and you get to relax without all of the hoopla of the weekend crowd or run around. Don’t sleep on a Tuesday because with the Tomahawk in town you might find that it’s the new turn up in Center City!

Few house keeping rules: dress is always business casual. So no flip flops and sports gear. Plus you’re going to want to dress for the ambiance of where and what you’re eating. Eating high quality food should be understood to dress accordingly.

A special thank to our waiter Jonas! Jonas you by far exceeded our expectations! You were warm, knowledgeable, and kind!

Thank you to my date of the evening, Marques! I’m sure you had an amazing time. Anytime I don’t want to cook especially on a Tomahawk Tuesday is where you and I can venture!

Thank you to all the managers, chefs and staff at Chima! Your hospitality over exceeded my expectations. You were most gracious and I definitely will be back for the amazing food, drinks, and desserts. Thank you a million times over!

Make sure to follow Chima on Instagram as you want to stay up to date with specials.

You can also as always follow me on Instagram so you can see pics not included in this blog and to follow along all of my adventures too!

Who knows you might just see me at another Tomahawk Tuesday!!!

1st Week Summer Break-The Breakdown

We all know how happy the teachers were to make sure they graced our children to us! My youngest daughter teacher even had an amazing shirt ready:

The shade of it all is that as parents we are up next! Sometimes parents are able to find wonderful camps where kids can go and have a blast all day long. Often times parents rely on family or friends or even have to just be mommy and daddy camp. No matter what it all adds up. From using more gas to get around to more food being eaten since kids tend to not eat with their school bellies when home. With that in mind I’m going to break down my first week of Summer fun. I am in a unique situation where I can work from home and be mommy camp at the same time. Half day working with the other half with my kids doing fun stuff. So that means I am also up at the crack of dawn to get it all done!

Regardless no kid should be sitting in the house all day or watching television. I like to use my working time to get them reading and doing Summer homework with math and other work to keep their mind sharp. The other half moving and grooving. I’m grateful for the ability. So what and how much did we spend week one?

Monday: Legoland Discovery Center

In the heart of Plymouth Meeting Mall is a kid’s play land of pure LEGO fun! Between the interactive ride, bounce house, laser game, 4D movies, and plenty of building stations, dance time with the LEGO characters it’s one of the best things for kids to do. Now we have season passes which initially are pricey. For a family of 5 you’re talking about around $250 off the top. However from the date of purchase to the conclusion of that years time you can come in unlimited amounts of times.

We like the season passes which we have had for 2 years because on days or rain or snow it literally provides a place where all of us enjoy going and it’s indoors. That’s a super win if you ask me! Ticket prices are between 17-40 and you also save money if you purchase online. Even if you select a time to come once you’re in you can stay and enjoy!

My kids build an enclosed fort EVERY time they come

So since we paid for these passes in the Winter we have definitely already gotten our moneys worth and out of pocket for the day was $12.78 for snacks for the ride home. They spent hours and you would think since we come so often they wouldn’t want to go but it’s not true. Legoland switches up their activities ALL the time in addition to holiday themed activities as well.

Tuesday: Barnes and Nobles and AMC Movies

So my goal was to attend story time at Barnes and Nobles however epic fail on my part. We left at 9 to attend but I had the wrong time and it began at 11 and not 10 as I thought. Once I discovered the mishap I adjusted by letting the kids walk around and play and read. My oldest had a gift card so she bought several items. We also was informed that Barnes and Nobles has a Summer reading challenge of reading 8 books, keeping record and having a parent sign off to obtain a brand new book with no purchase necessary. That is a great add to their already tight reading schedule and book reports due in the Fall. Story time is free FYI! Check your local Barnes and Nobles for time and don’t do like I did!

AMC has Tuesdays movies all for $5! Any movie all day Tuesday for $5! We elected to see Secret Life of Pets 2! Without giving out any spoilers-it was super good!!!! They also have a special for $5 you can get a medium icee and a small popcorn! So movies for 4=$20 with snacks $15.87!! Tuesday total is $35.87! Afterward we went to the park and park is free and I was able to work out while they played along with their studies meant a great nights sleep!

Wednesday: Slow Down and Ritas Water Ice

So Wednesday I needed to get my car situated and then that fell through! I also elected to do more work. This meant study time and indoor home movie. They also were rewarded with a trip to Rita’s as well as play time at a park! Rita’s was $20.21 and for next week I have coupons to help make that amount even smaller. If you get coupons in the mail always clip them and keep them on you. I’ll be able to cut that Rita’s trip to about half of that and everyone will have their smiles!

Thursday: Free for All

We did things like bubbles, races, coloring contest, jump ropes and studies. All of these items can be purchased at the dollar store. We already had them on deck. I tried them out that instead of them staying up they went to sleep without issue. It’s always good to have these items on deck. You want to be sure that the whole we are bored never comes in. I am an 80s baby so we were outside and played where kids want to be on their tablets and phones. My kids do those things too but we have always incorporated old school fun into their lives. You can spend 10-20 on must haves and keep them in a bin ready to go on slow days. Today for today: free!

Friday: Swim Day-Greater Plymouth Community Center

So we decided to make the first day of Summer as swim day. The weather was patchy all week. We definitely made sure we went to our go to indoor pool at Greater Plymouth Community Center! Instead of getting the daily pass of 12 per person we elected to get the monthly pass and paid $75! This gives us from the date of purchase to that date next month unlimited access to the pools 7 days a week. Even if we go 3 days a week it’s still saved us money in the long run!

The pool is always clean and the staff is amazing. They have family dressing areas and showers so I’m able to keep us all together! Snacks on the way home from Dunkin Donuts was 18.31. Total for today is 93.31! A bit pricey up front but will make the weeks cheaper in the long run!

How do I plan to cut cost even further? I bought reusable pouches from Amazon to fill with juices. These are like Capri Sun so that I can pack them and my own snacks for when we go to the park and other snack carrying locations. 100 pouches that are reusable with straws that I plan on using for kids and adult themed drinks is a great save! They cost about $20.99. So I added them in the cost for this week! You can get them here:

Kiddie pouches

Grand Totals:

12.78 for snacks at Legoland

35.87 for movies and snacks

20.21 Rita’s water ice

75 pool

18.31 snacks for ride home

20.99 for reusable juice boxes/bags

=183.16 for 3 kids and one adult and a week of fun, movement, education, and adventure!!!!

Next week I hope to spend lower than that and I’ll break it down! Even if your kids are in camp and you need some ideas for getting them out the house I would look into what your city has to offer. Keep in mind this is without going to the library that I plan to add next week. In addition I have free bowling passes due to Bowling with Kids that offers them 2 free games and cost $4 for shoe rental. There are activities that are free in the city or surrounding counties. All of this can be done by planning and researching options. Summer is going to be a blast without blasting out the bank account! Everyday is an adventure.

Also save money by planning around lunch. Feed them breakfast and lunch at home and cut cost on snacks by bringing your own food when you can is a life saver!

Catch as I update this week’s breakdown on next Monday or Tuesday! Let’s see if I can get that $183 down. What are you doing for fun! Also my weekends are just as fun and we always do it on a budget!!