Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Very Blueberry Breakfasts

Good morning! 

I have realized that the older I get, the more I like blueberries. Because of this, I have three easy blueberry breakfast ideas for you today and I hope you'll like them!


Blueberry Mango Smoothie
I whipped these babies up for my kiddos' snack time yesterday and they were gone in a flash. We had them again for breakfast this morning because we liked them so much. Fist pump & fist bump.

2/3 c. frozen blueberries
1 1/3 c. frozen mangoes
1 frozen banana
2/3 c. plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp. honey
2 c. cold water

Pulse everything in the blender until smooth. If you don't like the balance you can tweak it until you hit blueberry-mango glory.

 
Blueberry Bagel Sandwiches
This one is a go-to in our house. I don't know what it is about ham and blueberries but it works! Spouse Unit thought I was weird before he tried it, but now he's converted and a champion of the blueberry-ham cause. However, I'm still weird.

Blueberry bagels (regular or mini, one per person)
Ham slices (one slice per person)
Eggs (1 per person)
Neufchatel cheese (tastes just like cream cheese, but has less calories)
cooking spray or butter
salt and pepper, to taste

Spray your frying pan with cooking spray or melt a little butter in it, making sure it coats the bottom. Fry your eggs to your desired level of doneness (is that a word?), seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. While your eggs are cooking, split and toast your bagels. When your eggs finish cooking, lay a slice of ham on top of each egg (while still in the frying pan) to warm it up. Spread Neufchatel cheese on your now-toasted bagel halves, then top each bagel half with a fried egg and a slice of ham. Top the ham and egg with the other half of your bagel. "Now, you stuff." Name that movie.


Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
This is Spouse Unit's favorite way to eat oatmeal (besides granola). While the other two recipes make for a quick and tasty weekday breakfast, this is a delicious and impressive dish for a nice weekend breakfast or special occasion. It's still super easy to throw together, though, so if you want to eat it on a weekday, no worries.  I won't judge.
I got the recipe from a blog called Apron of Grace, but it sadly doesn't exist anymore. If you're reading this, Apron of Grace person, you have brought our family so much joy with this recipe, and everyone that will make it from here on out.

1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
3 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. milk
1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries (I've also had success using raspberries--drool--and chopped apples)
1 c. chopped nuts of choice (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream butter and sugar, then add your eggs and mix until light and fluffy. Add oats, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix. Add milk, then mix again. Fold in fruit (and nuts) gently. Grease an 8x8" pan (or 9x9" if that's what you've got) and pour your oatmeal mixture in. Sprinkle more fruit on top and gently press in before baking. Bake for 20-30 min, or until golden brown on top and a knife inserted comes out clean. Serve warm with milk poured over the top and more fruit sprinkled on.



Spouse Unit bought me these llama oven mitts! Aren't they awesome? After he gave them to me he said, "Well, if I forget about Mother's Day, at least you know I'm not mean every other day of the year." What a guy. :)


What are some of your favorite ways to eat blueberries? Do you even like blueberries?

Let me know in the comments!


Thanks for reading, see ya on the flip-flop,

Melissa

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Me-Time

Good morning, good morning!


I hope you all had a great weekend! I babysat, took my girls to the Nature Discovery Center (it was so awesome!), watched Moana for the first time, cleaned the church, went swimming, and went on an excursion with my family to Walmart and Papa Murphy's. 

The last part might seem a little silly to you, but when we moved to Houston, those were two things that we really missed. They were staples for us back in Northern Utah. So we made a return at Walmart* and bought three pizzas so we could experience Papa Murphy's happiness all weekend long. 

[*Story time: I posted a video on Facebook and Instagram of Lil Spits and Tina, who had gotten into a BLACK INK PAD and got it all over the carpet, our dining table and chairs and their little hands and faces. When I questioned them about it, Lil Spits wouldn't look at me. I was luckily in a really good mood that day, and it was hilarious, so I didn't have a problem with the mess. Anyway, a kind citizen sent us heavy duty Clorox wipes, handiwipes, and A CARPET CLEANER in the mail! Whoever you are, you are a saint! Unfortunately, we just bought a carpet cleaner like a week before you sent your generous gift, but after we returned it to Walmart we used the money you provided us with to buy a new carseat to keep our girls safe, and that was such a relief. Thank you, thank you, llllllmmmm (Lil Spits' & Tina's appreciation) thank you!]


I really love being with my family and babysitting so others can have time to themselves, but it's important to have some time for "just me" as well. For Mommy Style Monday, that's what our topic is: Me-Time! 

Me-Time is beneficial for me because I can't give from an empty bucket. When I take some time to do what I want to do by myself, for myself, I am able to recharge my batteries and fill my bucket. 

A lot of the time, Me-Time turns into We-Time because Tina and Lil Spits love to do what I'm doing, but as long as I'm taking time to do something that I love, then it's not a huge problem (most of the time).


Here's a list of things I like to do when I have some time to myself. They're pretty simple, but they work for me.

1. Grocery shopping by myself. I know a lot of people hate grocery shopping, but for me it is so much fun! I love looking for deals and trying new foods, plus I get a lot more ground covered when I go by myself. Tina has inherited my trait of having to touch everything in the store.

2. Blogging, of course! Right now, my girls are snoozin' away and I am listening to scriptures and typing this baby up. It gives me an outlet to express myself and it's so fun to create something that other people enjoy. At least I'm pretty sure people like what I write. Nobody has told me they hate my blog... yet.

3. Napping. I have this running joke with my friend that I always want "a nap and a sandwich" but it's sort of true. I don't know if there are many things that a nap and a sandwich can't fix.

4. Painting my nails (one of the things that turns into We-Time). I don't spend a ton of time on my appearance, so painting my nails is one thing that takes minimal effort, minimal time, and makes me feel put together and pampered.

5. Listening to audiobooks and music. Music makes me want to dance. I love dancing. Also, I have a goal to read 30 books by the end of the year, and audiobooks are helping me meet my goal (even though I'm totally not keeping track! Bad Melissa). Even if I can't set aside a chunk of time to do something by myself, I get a Me-Moment all day long when I listen to a book or some music. Right now I'm listening to The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, LDS General Conference Talks, and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

6. Social Media. Look, it even has the word "me" in it. 

7. Baking! Another thing that turns into We-Time. Baking is probably my favorite form of Me-Time. It goes back to the creating something for others to enjoy, practicing my skills to hopefully start a business, and I get to partake of it, too. It's yummy.


What kinds of things do you like to spend time doing for yourself? Let me know in the comments!


Check out these lovely ladies' blogs and see how they spend Me-Time!

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Madeline at CaseyLand
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Monica at It's All About


If you're interested in joining in on the next Mommy Style Monday, contact Kiana or Madeline.


See ya on the flip-flop! Thanks for reading!


Melissa

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins & A Pep Talk

Good morning! I hope you're all planning on having a great day. If not, you might want to reconsider. 
I love that after a long day or a hard day that I get to go to sleep (one of my favorite activities) and start again fresh the next day. If you need some help with that this morning, try these muffins:




And this pep talk:







Kid President for President, amiright?

Now, about the muffins. I made them the other morning when we were going to go on vacation and had to stop at the Driver's License Division first. Neither one panned out the way we wanted, and that was a little frustrating... but at least we had some yummy muffins to start our day with! In the end, Spouse Unit got his license taken care of, and we got to take a random vacation to a spot we would have never thought of via a ferry we didn't know existed. So it all ended up okay! Only here's a tip for the future: Don't camp on the beach in your new tent when it's 60 degrees and windy. You'll be cold and have sand in all your camping stuff (and food) for a while. Possibly forever.

Anyway, back to the muffins. I got the recipe from a cookbook called "Sunday Dinner at Grandma's" that my dad gave me one year as a gift. It's a cute little country cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. Besides having yummy recipes, it also includes some fun tips on decorating, presentation, and different family traditions that are easy to start. So, win-win-win-win!

(Just so you know, they're not sponsoring me to say any of this. I don't get paid to write my blog. I just like doing it.)

After I made the muffins and posted the picture on Instagram, I got a lot of positive responses, so ta-da! Here is the recipe for your enjoyment. 


Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins (adapted from Raspberry Cream Muffins from Gooseberry Patch's Sunday Dinner at Grandma's)
Yield: 12 muffins

1 c. fresh raspberries, rinsed
3/4 c. white sugar
1/4 c. softened butter
1 egg
1 tsp. almond or vanilla extract
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. whole milk
1 c. white chocolate chips, chopped
(opt. 2 Tbsp. brown sugar + 2 Tbsp. white sugar)

Cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg and extract and beat together. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, and add to butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Fold in the raspberries and white chocolate chips. Line muffin tins with paper liners, fill 2/3 full with batter. (Opt. Sprinkle brown sugar/white sugar mixture on top.) Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 min, or until light golden brown on top and a knife comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Serve warm.


I sure hope you enjoy them! I thought they were fun for spring. The raspberries make them pop and the white chocolate chips make them creamy. They'd make a great addition to a big breakfast, a tea party, or just by themselves for when you're running out the door. Or not. I don't do any running. I just like them with a glass of milk. 


What kind of muffins do you like to make? Let me know in the comments! 


Thanks for reading, and I'll see you on the flip-flop!


Melissa

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mama Llama's April Fools' Prank Contest!

April Fools! I didn't post until Monday. :) That's my joke, except it was unintentional. However, I'll take it. Anyway, let's cut the chitchat. Here are the pranks!

My prank (not in the running): When I want to scare Spouse Unit, I'll get down on all fours, hide, and when he walks by I start barking like a dog and jump out at him. Usually it elicits a pretty awesome response, namingly him jumping in the air and me crying from laughing so hard. It's not an April Fools' prank, but it has worked about 4 times... thusfar...


Your entries:

I helped coach my little sister’s basketball team about 4 years ago. Most of the girls on the team had great basketball skills but there were two girls (they were sisters) that didn’t know what they were doing. I tried to put them in as much as possible, but when games were close I had to play my best girls. 
This particular game I’m talking about was super close, so these two girls weren’t getting much playing time. During the game-while I’m trying to coach- their mom came marching over to the bench and asked me why I wasn’t playing her daughters. I tried to explain to her that we were in a tournament and it was a close game so I was playing my best girls so that we could have a better chance to win. It sounds mean when I type it out, but I promise I was nice! She continued to yell at me from across the court to play her daughters and I was so embarrassed! 
We ended up winning that game and as soon as it was over I told my little sister and my mom that we needed to get the heck out of there before that mom came and yelled at me again. We left and my mom dropped me off at home. 
Soon after I got home, I got a text message from a number I didn’t recognize. I opened it, and it said something to the effect of, “Hi, this is Heidi and Monica’s mother (names changed for their safety!) and I was wanting to text you and ask you why you didn’t play my daughters in the game today. I just want you to know I’ll be turning you in and you will get your coaching license revoked. I also think you’re a terrible coach and I’ll make sure to let everyone know that.” 
I’m sitting there wondering how in the heck this crazy lady got my number and that I don’t even have a coaching license! I texted her back and told her I was very sorry she felt that way, but I was just doing my job and that she needed to remember this was a competition basketball team and we will play our best players when it’s a close game and we want to win. 
I called my mom freaking out telling her I was a good coach and I didn’t want to get in trouble and not be able to coach again. My mom handed the phone to my little sister and she instantly started laughing hysterically. It wasn’t Heidi and Monica’s mom after all, my sister had downloaded a texting app on her phone and texted me from that. I was so relieved, but a little mad! I thought this crazy lady was really texting me! I still haven’t gotten back at her for that terrible prank though.
-L


From my grandma's personal history: A favorite family joke was repeated every April 1 when at the breakfast table my father would point to our wall telephone and say, "Well look at that! A rooster on the telephone!" We all looked and then all shouted together "April fool!"
-C


My senior year of high school I put a sign outside the choir room door saying "Meet in the library today" and the whole class went to the library. The librarian was so confused and our choir teacher wondered why in the heck nobody showed up for class. 
After the librarian called him and told him his class was in the library, he went down to get everyone and I put peanut butter underneath his music stand. When the class was back in the choir room and he grabbed his music stand to pull it closer, he got peanut butter all over his fingers. I also put those firework poppers underneath the legs of his chair so when he sat down they popped and it scared him and the rest of the class!
-W 


One year when I was living with my 3 best friends, one of my roomies and I teamed up and played a prank on the other two girls. We were friends with our neighbors across the hall, so we decided to pretend someone broke into out apartment and stole our TV & living room decorations. We put everything in their apartment across the hall and called the other two and told them what happened, along with sending a pic. They believed us and rushed home to find us laughing. They weren't very happy.
-V 


I went to church with my mom in St. George and of course Baby O had a blow out! So while I was in the rest room changing him, Grandma Yia Yia (my mom) decided to walk around with his carseat with the flap down. When people would come up and go "Oh... Is this your grandson?... Let me see!" They would flip the flap up to see baby ball O sound asleep! The reactions you can imagine were priceless. Thanks mom for always finding ways to make people laugh! I hope I can grow to be as witty as you. 
-C & J


My fiance (now husband) and I were getting married in a month and had just printed off our wedding invitations. Enter April Fool's Day. I had pranked my fiance (now husband) a few times in past years, so he had learned to be on guard all day. I had to be sneaky.
I called my aunt, who had a friend (Sister R) that worked in the Salt Lake Temple. I explained what I wanted to happen and luckily, Sister R was up for the task. As my fiancé was on his way to work, he got a phone call from the Salt Lake Temple. It was Sister R (she wasn't really calling from the temple, just from her home). My aunt, who was with Sister R, kept me updated about the conversation on her cell phone.
Sis. Reynolds: "Hi, is this Mr. T. M.?" 
T: "Yes." 
Sis R: "Hi T, this is Sister R calling from the Salt Lake Temple. I am just verifying the date of your wedding. I have you and K down for May 21st at 10:20am." 
 ***PAUSE*** 
T: "Um, it's actually May 31st, not the 21st" 
Sis R: "Oh...really? Okay let me check my records." 
..30 seconds later...
"Oh T, I'm so sorry. We don't have anything available for May 31st..." 
T: "What?" 
Sis R: There must have been a mistake, I'm sorry. We could schedule you in for the day before at 4:30pm?" 
T, in obvious distress: "Uh....let me talk to my fiancé and i'll call you back"
I was expecting the call, of course. I answered it, very calmly, as if I knew nothing.
Me: "Hello?" 
T: "K! They messed up our date for our wedding! I don't know what to do! They don't have any availability for May 31st!"
He was in an absolute panic. I acted shocked, but tried to talk him through it.
Me: "What?! Did you ask if they have any other availabilities?" 
Him: "Yes! They don't have any for that day, only the day before at 4:20 pm!" 
Me: "Hmm...well did you ask them if they have any openings for April Fool's Day?" 
 .....Silence. He didn't say a word for a few seconds. Finally he said, "I've gotta go to work, I'll talk to you later."
My heart was pounding! OH NO! Was he furious with me? It was a long 4 hours. After his shift, he called me back and was laughing uncontrollably. He couldn't believe that I pranked him so good.
-K


My final year at USU I lived with four other girls. I was dating my husband at the time, so I honestly didn't hang out with my roommates very much. One day before Halloween two of them had a pumpkin carving party with some friends and put their pumpkins out on the porch. This was fine! I love festive things! Halloween came and went, and the pumpkins were still there, starting to look pretty droopy. A few more weeks came and went, and the pumpkins were still there, looking even more droopy and growing some mold. I tried the passive aggressive roommate text, "Hey! Love you so much! Would you please clean up your pumpkins they are grossing me out! Thanks! Hope you have a great day!" Another week went by, maybe two, and the pumpkins remained. Black mold was growing on our porch now. You might be wondering, why didn't I or one of the other roommates just bite the bullet and pick up the pumpkins? This was a matter of PRINCIPLE.
I was venting to my boyfriend (now husband) about the gross pumpkins (always party to our doorstep scenes) and he agreed it was ridiculous. This was when a brilliant idea occurred to me.

We lived in a nice townhouse community, and it was my understanding that communities like that have HOAs. So, I drafted a letter from our "HOA" saying that the neighbors had complained and if we didn't get the disgusting pumpkins off the porch there would be a $200 fine and possible eviction!! I copied the letterhead of the actual HOA and everything, and followed typical business letter format.Then I taped it to our front door, knocked, and ran.

When I got home that night from hanging out with my BF, my roommates were in a panic. They showed me the letter and we all agreed that the pumpkins needed to be picked up ASAP.

The next day when I got home from school, the pumpkins were gone.

My only regret is that my roommates who didn't place the pumpkins there were the ones who cleaned it up because they were so worried, ha ha. But hey, it worked!

I didn't tell them that it was me who wrote the letter until months after school was over. 

-M

 
 And the winner is...


Last year while my husband (then boyfriend) was at school, I went through and tinfoiled everything in his office. And I mean everything. Part 2 of the prank: He carefully unraveled all of the tinfoil and had accomplices put it all in my my bedroom while we were on a date together, PLUS he stole all of my left shoes!
-S & D






Congrats S & D! You win a prize. The retainer and Roman Numeral clock were my favorites!  Thanks everyone for sending pranks in! All of the pranks were great and I had a really hard time choosing a winner. If you have a grievance, please submit a powerpoint on why you should have won, I will review it, and then award prizes accordingly. Look for more contests in the future, and as always, thanks for reading!


See ya on the flip-flop,

Melissa

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

April Fools' Prank Contest Rules

My friend put this sign up at BYU-I Housing. Miss you, Shizzy!


Hey hey! I have a new contest for you! 

It's the April Fools' Prank Contest! Yaaaay. The crowd goes wild.

Rules/details:

1. I am looking for the best prank either pulled BY you, or one pulled ON you! 
2. One entry per person.
3. Keep it concise, 1-2 paragraphs max. I will edit them if they're too long.
4. Submit photos with your prank, if you have them!
5. Illegal and extremely mean pranks will be disqualified. Like life-scarring ones.
6. Submit your entry by Friday March 31 via email, text, blog contact box (left side bar), Instagram, Facebook, or in the comments below!
7. All entries will be posted on April 1.
8. The winner will be chosen by me, announced on the April 1, and will receive a prize as well as eternal glory! Hard to pass that up.

That's it! I already have two entries and they're pret-ty good. So let's see those pranks, people!


Thanks for reading! See ya on the flip-flop!

Melissa


Monday, March 27, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Favorite Spring Things Box

Howdy! 

This post was especially fun today! For Mommy Style Monday we were assigned to send a package of $20 worth of "Favorite Spring Things" to another blogger and we received one in return! 

Spring to me means picnics and tea parties, yummy Easter treats, pastels, flowers, and gardening so that's what I tried to put in my box! I didn't take pictures of what I sent, but Rachel from Tutus and Heels hopefully got some cute white egg-shaped plates, a beautiful robin's egg blue table runner with lace on the edges, a metal caddy with a handle (for picnics), Starburst Jellybeans (the best), Pepperidge Farm Milanos, some little pots with seeds to grow 3 different kinds of flowers, Burt's Bees grapefruit lip balm, and lavender nail polish! Hope you received and enjoyed the box, Rachel! If not, send it back because I totally want it. 

The cutest package of all time came to me from Juli from Enjoying the Journey! Here it is:


Tina was just as excited about the box as I was!
Isn't Juli the best? I think so. Thanks so much!
Thanks so much Juli! The chocolate was divine, my girls are loving the pink purse for dress ups, the leggings are awesome (I love that you found ones that matched the colors in my blog! Your attention to detail!), and that face and hand cream is excellent! Also, did you design the mug? You're amazing. If you can't tell, I really enjoyed your package. Anyone else want a package from Juli? ;) Just kidding. 

Now, about those leggings...

 "You know what it's time for? SUPERMODEL DOCUMENTARY HOUR!" (Name that movie.)


This one's for my posterity.


What are your favorite spring things? Let me know in the comments!


Don't forget to check out the other fun spring boxes below!


Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Madeline at CaseyLand
Cayli at Nightchayde
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Erica at Good Job Momma
Chandler at Life as a Larsen
Interested in joining Mommy Style Monday in the future? Contact Kiana or Madeline!
 
Interested in doing a Favorite Things Box in June/July? Sign up here!


Thanks for reading, people! See ya on the flip-flop.

Melissa

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Adventuring on a Budget: A Guest Post by Emmeline

Good morning, good morning, good morning! 

I'm happy to say that, according to the calendar at least, spring has officially sprung! It's been warm here in Houston for a little while, but maybe knowing it's spring will bring you hope if you're living in cooler climates, and hopefully this post will help whisk you away to less frozen parts of the world as well!

This morning I'm pumped to share with you a guest post from my friend Emmeline! She and her husband up and moved to France a little while ago and she started a blog called "The Unadventurous Go Adventuring" to chronicle their excursions. Emmeline is so relateable and she's a hoot! Definitely check out her blog, especially if you like traveling and/or France and/or humor. Which should be just about all of you. 

Today, Emmeline's going to be sharing with us a few money-saving tips that'll allow you to travel without having to sell both your kidneys! Hurray for that! 

Without further ado, here's Emmeline!

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Dat babe. Dat view.

Before I got married I wasn’t much of a traveller. My husband, Wade, was, on the other hand. He had been out of the country many times, and he knew what he was doing. About a year and a half into our marriage, he thought it might be fun to teach English for eight months at a high school in France! That’s when I became a reluctant adventurer.  Looking back, I’m glad he yanked me (at times, literally kicking and screaming) out of my comfort zone! We decided that since we were living in France, it might be a good idea to travel to other European countries. I’m not an expert, but I can share some travel trips that have helped keep us sane and have been kind to our bank account.  

Flying:  This seems like a good place to start. Go to Google, type in your destination, and let the magic begin! Google is a great tool for just about anything, but it’s really helpful when looking for the cheapest flights. It will show you on which days flights are cheaper. If you’re waiting for the flights to go down in price, you can set up Google Flights to notify you when the price drops. For your sanity, avoid long layovers and bring your favorite snack on the plane.

Transportation: Okay, you’ve reached your destination! How do you get around? You have a few options: train, bus, or car.  
Train: Get your ticket in advance, the earlier the better. If you’re planning on using the train a lot, look into a train discount card for the country you’re in. We ride trains a lot, and if we’re going somewhere that’s more than an hour train ride, we book first class. I know--gasp!  But honestly, first class tickets are only about five dollars more, and it’s definitely worth it. 
Bus: Chances are it will be cheaper than the train. However, I don’t have much experience with buses.  
Car: Renting a car honestly will probably be cheaper than a train and possibly a bus. When renting a car, consider the cost of gas and the limit on the number of miles that are included. It might be cheap to rent the car but expensive to fill it up. It depends on where you are! 
Last but not least, here’s a form of transportation that I forgot to list--walking!  Walking may be tiresome but hey, you’re saving money and getting exercise! "You go Glenn Coco!"

Hotels:  Alright, we’ve figured out the transportation. Let’s talk about hotels! I know that there are hotel booking websites that claim if you book with them, you’ll get the lowest price. We have figured out that if you go to the actual hotel website, the rooms are cheaper than the discount sites, and sometimes they’ll toss in free breakfast! I know, weird, but it’s true! Try to find a room that has a small kitchenette. Trust me, it’ll come in handy! We also like to use Airbnb; it’s cheaper sometimes and you have all the amenities that a hotel sometimes can’t provide. If you’re hardcore, which I am not, you can do a hostel.

Food:  Guys, this is one thing that can literally eat away your travel budget! (Wink, wink.) I get it. You’re on vacation, so you want to enjoy yourselves. But it can get out of control pretty fast! I’m telling you this as a fellow traveler and a food lover. A good way to keep food costs down is to go the grocery store for food. Remember how I told you to get a hotel room with a kitchenette? It’s much easier and cheaper to buy food at the store than eating out all day everyday. We usually buy breakfast foods, snacks, and sometimes dinner. I do enjoy eating the local cuisine, but we try not to spend too much money on it. If you decide to eat out, it might be a good idea to share a plate instead of getting two entrees. We figured that out the hard way (the expensive way) when we ordered chicken for each of us and they gave us entire chickens each! Learn from our mistakes! I do have to say, as someone who turns into a monster without food, bring snacks wherever you’re going. You want to enjoy your time--not be grumpy because you’re hungry!

Traveling is so much fun!  You don’t want to feel stressed about money while doing it. Know how much you want to spend and try not to go over that set amount. If you do, don’t worry too much about it. Relax, smile, and enjoy the moment. You deserve it!

I hope this was helpful!  Bon voyage! 

-Emmeline


Isn't she great? Now I really want to book a trip somewhere! What are your tried-and-true travel tips? Let me know in the comments below!


If you're interested in writing a guest post for my blog, let me know! I'd love to have you!


Thanks for reading, and I'll see you on the flip-flop!


Melissa