There is nothing better than waking up in the morning with no real plans for the day. It allows my family to think of a place to go and explore for the day. Day trips take very little planning because they do not require a lot of money but they do require a bit of packing so that you can enjoy the day to the fullest. 

If it was just my husband and I packing wouldn't be a huge deal but with children on board it means you do have to pack a few things for your own sanity. I like it when the whole family can enjoy the day trip. 

Some of the items we always pack for our day trips are the following - 

- Thermal Cooler bag - to put in all our items we like to keep cool like salads, cucumbers, cherries, grapes, etc. 
- Insulated Cups - we use Bubba's at our house because they keep your drinks cold for many hours while traveling we even have a very large one so we can refill our water while on the road. 
- Large Bag - Depending on the weather but I throw in some towels, a bag of chips or any other items we might need on our trip
- Plastic Dishes - we don't like to eat off of paper plates or dishes so I purchased a set of plastic dishes with cutlery to put in our bag to use on these trips. 
- Sunscreen - always a must to protect our skin from the elements. 
    We prefer day trips over long weekend trips because when it comes down to it we prefer to sleep in our own beds at night. Once we have decided where we are going for the day I make and pack up some food for us to eat while we are out. Not only does this cut down on the cost of the trip but it gives us a chance to find a different place to picnic and explore while we are out.

    We also like to play games while driving down the road our favourite is the alphabet license plate (really not the technical name but it is what we call it) as we drive down the road we start with the letter A and go through the alphabet to see how many time we can complete the whole alphabet. 

    Let's Chat!

    Do you go for day trips with your family? What do you pack with you when you go? Do you play car games on your way to your destination?

    Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Chops (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

    Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Chops have become a great comfort food around our house and since we are home all the time there was never a better time to pull out this recipe and make them for dinner. 

    2 TBSP Brown Sugar
    2 TBSP Ketchup
    1 TBSP Soy Sauce
    1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
    1 tsp Lemon Juice
    This recipe is perfect to glaze 4 pork chops. 

    Mix the above ingredients all to combine well. 

    If doing in a fry pan on the stove preheat the fry pan on medium heat before adding the pork chops. 

    if doing in the oven preheat over to 350* and then cook pork chops in a shallow pan lightly greased for about 15 minutes on each side. 

    Glaze one side of the pork chop and once it is cooked turn over and glaze the other side of the pork chop. 

    Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the pork chops. 

    How do you make your dressing?


    Telling you how to save money is like telling you how to lose weight. Everybody knows how to lose weight. To save money you need to spend fewer dollars than you earn. In both cases, you need to adjust your rate of consumption to your rate of work.

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    It is easier to say work more and make more money but it is a known fact that the more money you make the more money you spend. For me working outside the home to make more money isn't an option. For one it causes me a great deal of stress. I find juggling my work life and home life a job in itself always making sure all my client's needs are being looked after.

    Earning more money often requires more time away from home and less time to call your own. I can see this being an option for the short term but definitely not a long term option for anyone in the house. There is a point where the quality of life and standard of living depart. Where earning more results in personal cost and lessens your quality of life.

    The solution in this situation is to find a balance between earning more and saving more so that you can live the highest quality of life. When you do earn more resist the temptation to spend more. Learn to discipline yourself to save as much as you earn as possible.

    For my family budget, I have always made it a point to budget less than we earn on a monthly basis. This way I always know there will be extra to pay off debt or put into saving every month. It did take a while to get used, it was not always fun but to see numbers as far as debt being paid off and my savings account worth it growing for a special trip or just some fun family adventure has been the reward.

    Maybe setting a small reward or goal in mind would help you save money. 

    Let's Chat!

    How have you found the balance between earning more and saving more?


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    The last few weeks have been life-changing for my family. I do know that my family is not the only one going through the changes the world has cast upon us. Here are a few things that I have changed or found very helpful during our social distancing.

    1. Cook once and eat twice. - I like to make a large enough meal that I have leftovers for lunch the next day. This has very handy since we are participating in social distancing and home all day long.

    2. I don't need as much dish detergent to wash my dishes. - I fill a foaming soap bottle with 1/3 dish soap and the rest with water. My dishes are clean every time I wash them.

    3. Pour milk that is about to expire into an ice cube tray. - They are great in smoothies. 

    4. I don't have to buy a face scrub. - I can use coffee grounds or brown sugar with coconut oil as a face scrub.

    5. I have been working on becoming a more reusable household. - I have cloth napkins, unpaper towels and now fabric makeup wipes.

    6. I run my dishwasher on a shorter cycle and guess what? I still get my dishes clean. 

    7. I am beyond grateful for my stocked pantry. - Being able to cook from my pantry instead of rushing out to the store to pick up groceries.

    8. I can still make my families favourite recipes by substituting ingredients and getting a very similar result. - I didn't have spaghetti noodles so I used penne instead. It was just as good! 

    9. Work on projects in and around my house that I already have the supplies to do. - You know the projects you keep putting off because they are not the first thing on your list. Well, now that you have time to tackle that list it is time to get them done. 

    10. I have saved a ton on gas because I don't go anywhere. - I love being home and I am learning to appreciate my time at home more and more.