Bowling and Dinner – Splitsville Style!

Bowling and Dinner – Splitsville Style!

A big thanks to Splitsville for hosting our bowling and dinner! All opinions and pictures are my own. By now, you know I love doing more than just going out to dinner, so bowling and dinner was a great choice! On our latest trip to Disney, we discovered the PERFECT break in the day and way to escape the heat – a visit to Splitsville in Disney Springs. If you’ve ever visited Disney in the summer, it’s hot. I mean REALLY hot. However, for families with kids, sometimes summer is the only option for a Disney vacation. If that’s your situation, taking a break in the afternoon to visit Splitsville will turn an exhausting day into a fantastic memory. For several years now, we’ve walked by Splitsville and talked about how fun it would be to check it out. We even walked in one year and looked around but didn’t take the time to stop and play. What a mistake! Insider tip: We learned from the manager, Don, that Splitsville actually has a few other locations, so even if you aren’t visiting Orlando, you can visit a Splitsville. Current locations include Anaheim, CA, Foxborough, MA, Fredericksburg, VA, Miami, FL and Tampa, FL. Splitsville isn’t just bowling, it’s also great food, live entertainment and good old-fashioned family fun. On our recent visit, we spent several hours bowling, laughing and enjoying an early dinner. Although you don’t have to bowl to visit Splitsville (you can just enjoy dinner or drinks there), it really is a fun family activity. As soon as you walk in, you’ll be greeted at the front counter...
Adventure is Everywhere

Adventure is Everywhere

Think you live in a place where there is nothing to do? I hear that all the time regarding my state and I disagree. With the right mindset and a little creativity, you can find adventure wherever you live. You don’t need to travel out of the country or even out of your town. I’d be willing to bet you can find something fun and interesting to do wherever you are. Once you learn that adventure seeking skill you can use it wherever you go to create more excitement in your life. To prove my theory, I’m embarking on a really long (like probably a few years) experiment to find something enjoyable to do in every county in Indiana. Let’s face it, Indiana isn’t a vacation hotbed – most people head to a big city or the beach for their annual vacations, so I figured if I can prove that my middle of the country state has something interesting to do EVERYWHERE, my point will be made! There are 92 counties in Indiana, so it’s a pretty daunting task. You can expect to start seeing posts each month covering a county or two (or three). I’ll still continue to share other trips, travel info, ideas for things to do, etc., this will just be a fun little addition. Luckily for me, I’ve already covered a few so I have a bit of a headstart. I’ll come back to this post and add links as I complete each county. I’ve broken down the state into regions and to keep it simple, I just followed how Visit Indiana categorizes them. Ready...
Last Day in Vegas

Last Day in Vegas

Hard to believe this trip is almost over.  Time certainly flies when you are having fun! To start the day off on a light note, we decided to create a challenge.  This isn’t new for us, but the rules do change every year as we think up new ideas. This year, we started at the Cosmopolitan and worked our way up to Excaliber.  We each had $20 to gamble at every casino and either spent it until we won or lost as much as we were comfortable with losing.  Then we met back up and compared notes.  The winner for that round (casino) got 1 point, second place 2 points, and so on.  At the end of the walk, we compared scores for the winner.  The winner got bragging rights the rest of the day. These challenges are a fun way to do something a little different in the casinos – and helps your money go further!  It’s fun too  – we are all competitive and like to win.  Do you ever create challenges like this when traveling?  What do you do? Late afternoon, my friend and I went to see Menopause the Musical.  It was hilarious and the theater at Harrah’s was a great place to see it – small and so any seat was great.  The boys spent their time watching baseball in the sports book.  For some reason, they weren’t interested in seeing this show … We ended the day with a bit more gambling and wandering the strip.  Then, at about 10:00 it started raining!  I’m not sure I’ve ever been to Vegas in the...

Tea Tree All Purpose Cleaner

Welcome Facebook Live Viewers! Ready for a super easy, super effective all purpose cleaner?  Grab your oil of the month (tea tree) and give yourself five minutes and you’ll have an affordable and natural way to get your spring cleaning started: Tea Tree All Purpose Cleaner 1 cup white vinegar 1 cup distilled water 20 drops tea tree essential oil 15 drops lemon essential oil Mix all ingredients in a glass jar.  Use as a regular cleaner (spray and then wipe away).  Store in a cool, dark place and shake bottle before using. I’m slowly weeding out the rest of my chemical laden cleaners and plan on sharing some more ideas next week along with a before and after picture.  What I love about doing this is that not only is it healthier, it’s also easier – less bottles and cleaning “stuff” to deal with! If you haven’t signed up already, be sure to check out my NEW opt-in offer “7 Ways to Become Healthier & Happier THIS Week.”  It’s a terrific jump start to a healthier and happier year! *This post contains affiliate links*...

Ready for the New Year?

What do you do to get ready for the New year?  Do you set resolutions?  Create goals?  Pick a word or a feeling you want to embody for the year?  I’ve done all of these and more each year and I’ve found some years to be more successful than others. Throughout my years of experimentation, I have found two things that have been crucial to a successful year – regardless of how I plan for the year.  Ready for the secrets? Tie whatever you plan to do to your values.  A few years ago I went into depth on this topic (check out the post HERE), but the gist of it is to make sure your goals align with your values.  If they don’t, you will be hard pressed to follow through because you’ll always be feeling uneasy about your plans for the year. If you aren’t excited about it, you won’t succeed. No matter how detailed or specific your goals or resolutions are, if you aren’t really jazzed about them, it’s going to be very hard to actually take the action steps needed to succeed.  So don’t bother creating goals you feel like you “should” do, create ones you can’t wait to get started on.  Even if they don’t make a lot of sense right now, excitement and the energy that goes along with it will take you a lot farther than a detailed plan of ho hum steps. I’ve decided this year to go back to the basics and come up with a list of 3 or 4 BIG goals for each area of importance in my...
Need some Goal Setting Inspiration?

Need some Goal Setting Inspiration?

It’s January.  The month of setting resolutions.  Or creating a word for the year.  Or drafting an extensive list of goals.  Whatever method you choose, there is no denying that most of us take stock in January and try to figure out how to make changes in our lives to improve the areas we feel need improving. This year, I’m taking my time and really thinking about what I want in 2016 and how I want to feel.  Am I creating goals?  Of course, but they will be centered around how I want to feel by the end of the year, not what I want to “accomplish.”  It’s a slow going process, so I probably won’t be sharing them until the end of the month. In the meantime, perhaps you’d like some assistance or a new way of looking at goal creation.  I’m sharing my favorite courses, books and online resources for goal creation.  Some of the links are affiliates, some aren’t, but ALL of them are something I’ve tried myself and felt was valuable. Time Management Money Saving Mom has an EXCELLENT 14 day course called Make Over Your Mornings – it’s super affordable and easy to follow. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life (A Penguin Special from Por tfolio) – quick read and full of great tips. My favorite planner – this is the one I use every day to make sure everything gets done:  MomAgenda Goal Setting Michael Hyatt is an expert on goal setting – I took his 5 day course “Creating Your Best Year...

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