Family Fun

Fake Camping


If you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ve gotten small glimpses of my children. I’ve shared some of their favorite games and books, recipes they’re actually willing to eat, and they’re even in a few pictures now and then.

It’s no joke that parenting is not easy. Like many families, we don’t have a lot of blissful meals together. One child (or all three) hops up when the doorbell rings, someone is complaining about the meal, there are a multitude of interruptions when any of us are trying to speak, and it’s an all-around hot mess.

It’s … chaos.

So when I have friends that have these amazing family vacations and camping trips and make nothing but lasting memories, I either don’t believe them, or I envy them.

Take camping for example. We’re just not ready for The Real Thing. So what did we do instead?

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Staycation across the U.S.


Before I left for my vacation, I shared with you some must-see’s in the Indianapolis area. As you’re planning your family vacation or weekend roadtrips for the summer, right here is a roundup of 60+ staycation posts from bloggers across the country!

Check the list alphabetically by state, and see if there’s a city in your area you might like to visit this summer. Or bookmark this page and return to it when you’ve finalized where you want to take your family this summer for some frugal fun!

Thanks to the Happy Housewife for coordinating!
A – D

Phoenix-Metro, Arizona ~ Mom Endeavors
Scottsdale, Arizona ~ Saving For Someday
Tucson, Arizona ~ Desert Chica Ramblings
Bentonville, Arkansas ~ This Sweet Life

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Indiana State Fair 2013

UPDATE: The giveaway is closed. Congrats to Karmin K.!

We had a fun day with other bloggers earlier today, enjoying breakfast and milkshakes from Indiana Dairy and lunch from Indiana Beef! I’ve got both an Indiana State Fair ticket giveaway plus some great new highlights to the Indiana State Fair that I wanted to share with you!

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