10 Quotes for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and to celebrate, I’m sharing a handful of quotes to inspire you!

I have to tell you a secret: I love the Hallmark holiday that so many people complain about. I love the excuse to celebrate love. I love buying little Valentines for my girls. I love getting chocolates from my husband. I even love all the pink and red glittering most stores at this time of year! I just love, well, love.

With all that said, To celebrate my favorite month, I am sharing a few quotes on the topic of love that I thought wrapped my sentiments up perfectly:

  1. “To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.” -T. Tolis
  2. “In A Sea of people, my eyes will always search for you.” -Uknown
  3. “Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply.” -Zane Grey
  4. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Shulz
  5. “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” -Fitzgerald
  6. “Where there is love, there is life.” Ghandi
  7. “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” Jane Austen
  8. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” -Pooh Bear
  9. We were together. I forget the rest. -Walt Whitman
  10. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” -Emily Bronte

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11 Items To Resell and Make Money Fast

If you are looking for a simple way to make money fast, check out my list of 11 items that you should be able to sell for a profit! Be sure to read to the end and I’ll share my favorite resell outlets!

  1. High End Kids Clothes: I’ve noticed that high end and boutique brand clothing sells quickly if they are in good quality. Double check for stains and tears and if it passes the test, sell it! A good rule of thumb is to ask 60% less than what you paid for it!
  2. Large Kids Toys: Dollhouses, outdoor toys or unique wooden toys sell quickly and usually at a good price! You may want to see what the going prices are for used items in your area to hep gauge what your asking price should be.
  3. Gently Worn Shoes: Another big selling item for me has been gently worn shoes: think Converse, Nike or other name brands.
  4. Home Decor: Did you buy a farmhouse sign that didn’t quite fit on the wall like you hoped? I’ve noticed that home decor can go quickly if priced right. Especially if it is in like new condition!
  5. Kids Sports/Elective equipment: Think baseball gloves, ballet tutus, tap shoes, etc. These are hot ticket items and usually sell well if they are in good condition.
  6. Luggage: This is a surprisingly easy sell in our area. Luggage can get expensive fast so many folks will check for used options first!
  7. Large Furniture Items: I haven noticed items like dressers, chests or any kind of large furniture can sell quickly if priced right.
  8. Organizational Items: Cubbies, storage cubes, storage containers. These sell well right before school starts as many teachers are browsing for items for their classrooms.
  9. Large Appliances: If you recently updated your washer, dryer or maybe even your fridge–these can go quickly and for a good price.
  10. Collectible Toys: Think Shopkins, Pokemon, Harry Potter, any collectors item that maybe hard to find.
  11. Homeschool Curriculum: This is another hot ticket items. If you have unused workbooks or teacher guides laying around unused, these will often sell for excellent prices!

So, where exactly do you resell these items? I recommend large furniture pieces, toys, books, etc for yard sales. For high end kids clothing and toys, I have always had great luck with consignment sales. Online yard sales are also great for just about anything! Just be sure to take safety measures and meet in public areas. Most local police departments offer meeting grounds for those making online transactions.

California Budget Travel Tips

Heading to California soon? We’ve got 10 tips to help you with budget travel for this fun state! This state has a plethora of options for whatever kind of destination travel you want!

#1 Save Money With Your Airlines Honestly, you CAN fly there cheaper than you can drive unless you are going for the road trip experience. If you are able to book tickets three to six months in advance you should be able to get fantastic deals. Sign up for deal alerts through your favorite airlines and wait for your city destination to go on sale!

#2 Find the best budget hotels that offer suites or condos. By doing this, you can save money by bringing your own snacks and breakfasts to eat in your room. Alternatively, you may also want to find a hotel that offers continental breakfast to save on one meal a day!

#3 When we landed in San Diego with our kids, we hit up the local supermarket to buy snacks and drinks. That way, while we were out doing all the tourist things, we had snacks to give them rather than buying. Buying snacks at tourist spots are definitely a budget killer!

#4 Before you head out on your vacation, contact the local chamber of commerce and ask for a vacation pack. They will often send coupons and resources for FREE family fun!

#5 Ask the locals! One of the easiest tricks to saving money is asking locals what they recommend for budget restaurants, things to do, etc. There are often free museums, free parks and free entry days that they will know about!

#6 If you are renting a car, you may want to call ahead to get price comparisons. Also, find out if they offer deals for family rentals. Many times they will offer car seats for free! Sometimes, you can lock in your car rental with your airline flights. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

#7 Definitely travel off season! Rates will be cheaper across the board and you won’t have to deal with insane crowds. Personally, I like early spring, but late fall wasn’t too bad.

#8 If you’ve got kids, chances are they will want to buy a souvenir. Start a coin savings jar for your family. Right before the trip, cash in the coins and distribute the money. The money they get is their allowance for the trip!

#9 Ask around to learn when the traffic gets heavy. Plan your outings around peak times so you aren’t stuck in traffic jams and wasting gas.

#10 Bring your own travel items: sun block, towels, floaties, etc. These items are hot ticket items and are marked up. Bring your own to save money!

3 Things You Need To Do Before Starting Your Blog

Starting your blog can be both an exciting and overwhelming adventure. Today, we are sharing three tips that will help you get started on a positive journey to blogging online!

#1 Figure Out Your Audience and Subject Matter

The first thing you want to do before anything else is to brainstorm the audience you hope to capture and what your ultimate subject matter will be.

A simple way to get inspiration for this is by searching Pinterest. Use the search bar to check out whether or not the subjects that you want to blog about is trending or not. You definitely want a topic that gets volume on Pinterest as it is one of the simplest ways to gain traffic even with a new blog! You can read more tips about Pinterest here.

#2 Double Check Your Domain Name Ideas

Before you register your domain name I highly recommend checking to see if you will be able to get the matching names on social media outlets. For example, if your domain name was called JaneDoeLovesChocolate, you would want to make sure that name is also available on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

You will also want to make sure it is available on Pinterest (even though it’s not a social media). This will help you set your brand up for success.

#3 Brainstorm at least 10 to 20 Posts

This can’t be stated enough: Take a few days to brainstorm post ideas and post titles. If you can start your blog out with great content right away you will be well ahead of the game! This will also look favorable on search engines.

After you’ve completed these three steps, you may be ready to start your own blog! Check out my tips for starting a blog from scratch here.

10 Things to Do in Little Rock

Are you going to Little Rock Arkansas soon? Check this list of must see things while visiting the Natural State!

10 Family Friendly Things to Do in Little Rock Arkansas

  1. River Walk: At the top of my list of things to do in Little Rock is the downtown River Walk. With beautiful gardens, scenic views of the river and a wonderful park for kids, it is the place to relax, unwind and take in the local vibe! Be sure to take a stroll along the pedestrian train bridges! They offer incredible views!
  2. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center: This is a great gem tucked away in the river walk area. It is a great place for kids to learn about animals and the natural state of Arkansas. They also have windows to their birding area!
  3. Presidential Library: The William J. Clinton Presidential Library is a unique modern library packed with tons of information and boasts an awesome replica of the White House office. Great for families!
  4. Old State House Museum: The OSHM was the original home to the Arkansas Capitol. It’s a great place to learn about the history of Arkansas! If you love to step back in time, this is the place to go.
  5. Children’s Museum: The Children’s museum located just down the block from the Presidential Museum is one of the best in the country. It provides learning resources and fun for the entire family! Be ready to spend several hours there as there is SO MUCH to do! It’s a travel destination for families all over the state. 
  6. Trolley Rides: One of my personal favorites is riding the Little Rock Trolley system! They have routes that stay on the Little Rock side and routes that will take you to North Little Rock. It’s a great way to get around the city and learn about many historical places around town.
  7. Arkansas State Capitol: That state capitol is right in the heart of Little Rock Arkansas. Modeled after the United States Capitol it is worth visiting! There are several memorials to visit outside the grounds and the massive gold doors provide ample photo opportunities! You can check out their web site for additional tour information: Arkansas State Capitol 
  8. The River Market: This is a great place to grab a snack or quick lunch. They offer a wide range of food, snacks and drinks. Consequently, it happens to be a very tourist area…so keep that in mind!
  9. Arkansas Historical Museum: If you are a history buff or maybe you are traveling to Arkansas for the first time, this is a great place to visit. Featuring restored buildings from frontier history and much more.
  10. Old Mill Park: Although it’s technically on the North Little Rock side, it is still worth mentioning. During the spring and summer the park features gorgeous flowers, a duck pond and unique architecture. However, it is still a lovely place to visit during all seasons. Also, it is well known for it’s feature in the movie “Gone With The Wind”. 

Have traveled to Little Rock? What are some of your favorite places to visit? Be sure to check out our other posts on family travel topics!

Best of Ireland Travel Tips

Heading to Ireland? Get ready for jaw dropping beauty! We’ve got great travel tips for Ireland to share on the most iconic and gorgeous areas of Ireland and Nothern Ireland.

Ireland is one of the most gorgeous countries. Green as far as the eye can see with a rugged beauty all her own. Whether you are visiting the countryside, villages or the city of Dublin-there is incredible beauty in abundance!

St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Known for it’s incredible architecture it is also surrounded with beautiful flower gardens. Just down the road is a beautiful city park with flowers, nature, and a waterscape.

Cliffs of Moher: One of the most iconic areas of Ireland is well worth the car drive and treck up the cliffs. Get your cameras ready for spell bounding beauty and an infinite view of the ocean. You’ll also want to take a stop at the O’Brian Tower nearby!

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge: This swinging rope bridge connect the mainline to a tiny island. While the bridge was cool, the best part was the hike there. The sweeping views feel almost other worldly.

Giant’s Causeway: This massive area is truly unique and such a wonderful photo opportunity. It’s also a great place just to get away and soak up nature’s beauty. The cafe nearby has fantastic food and coffee!

Dunluce Castle: Now ruins, it’s still a beauty to behold! Not to mention, it was rumored to be a place of inspiration for C.S. Lewis. Instagram worthy spot!

While each of these areas are incredible in their own right, my best Ireland travel tip would be to get off the beaten path. Visit with locals, dine at the village cafes, shop the lesser known streets of Dublin. Going where the locals go will give you an unforgettable experience that will last a lifetime.

How to Look Like a Pro Blogger

Have you just started your blogging journey? Well, get ready to take notes as I’ve got a few tips for you today to make your blog shine like the pros!

Start With 10 to 20 Posts: Before you publish your blog to the world, take a week or two to formulate posts. Try to aim for at least 10 to 20 articles for your readers to sift through. When they click on your blog, you want them to have more than enough articles to read to keep them coming back!

Create a Killer About Page: Your about page should answer a few of your traditional “who, what, why” questions. This gives your readers an understanding of who you are and what your mission will be with your blog!

Add Photos or Graphics: Nothing makes a blog stand out quite like adding photography or graphics. I wrote a detailed blog post on how to make your blogger photos stand out here.

Share Your Story: Ultimately, give your readers THE STORY. The reason behind your why or what got you started on the path to creating your web site.

Create a Menu: One of the most frustrating things that new bloggers fail to do is to create a menu. If your readers enjoy a blog post, they will more than likely want to see what else you have to offer. Make sure your menu is near the top and well laid out. It’s a simple, yet effective way to look like a pro blogger.

Have you set up your blog yet? What is your number one tip for new bloggers?

10 Inspirational Quotes For Bloggers

As a blogger, it’s easy to get discouraged. Today, I’m sharing 10 quotes to encourage like minded bloggers or well, for anyone, really!

“Motivation gets you going and habits get you there.” -Zig Ziglar

I love this one so much. Habits have played a huge roll for me when it comes to many areas of my life: blogging, saving up for travel, taking care of our home, etc.

“Limitation is only your imagination.” -Uknown

I’m not sure who wrote this one, but wow what a sucker punch. If you really think about it, it is so true. The only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves.

“You are going to know failure, if you’re brave with your life.” -Brene Brown

This one speaks volumes to me. It’s so easy to live a “safe” life locked away from disappointments, but think of all the things you would miss.

“Be so good that they can’t ignore you.” -Steve Martin

What else is there to say other than HE SPEAKS TRUTH. Sorry for the all caps, but I am sure that is a message that we all need to hear.

“Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.” -Unknown

I love this. I want to live this.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and get started.” -Walt Disney

Have you ever read up on the life of Walt Disney? The man was a walking dictionary of the world “perseverance” and look at all the joy he brought to the world. His quotes are hands down some of my favorite as a new blogger.

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” -Rogers

We all make mistakes. Learn from them and move on.

“The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.” -Uknown

This is so true and it’s one area that I am constantly working on.

“You are never too old to set a another goal or dream a new dream.” -C.S. Lewis

It doesn’t matter at what stage of life you are at, you can always set a new goal for yourself.

“Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.” -Zig Ziglar

And this last one really hits home for me. I hope it inspires you, too!

5 Tips For Traveling With Kids

Traveling with kids doesn’t have to be hard! Read on to learn five tips that will make your upcoming travel a breeze!

Create A Traveling Checklist

This would be my number one tip for anyone! Whether you are a pen and paper or a printed list kind of person, make sure you create a traveling checklist for what to pack weeks before your departure.

A few things that should be on your list: clothing, medication, shoes, outerwear, snacks, personal care items, resort items (think swimsuits, floaties, etc.). Another area to think about regarding your kids are items that they use on a daily basis that bring them comfort. Think blankets, stuffed animals or even their special night time book. Creating a sense of home for your kids while you travel is crucial to making the trip successful.

Double Check on Traveling Documents

If you will be traveling out of the country, make sure your paperwork is in order months ahead of time. Do you all have updated passports? Is your driver license up to date? It’s also important to make copies of important documents in the event of an emergency. You can lock them in hotel safes or keep them on your person. Whichever option you feel the most comfortable with. If you are working with a Traveling Agent, you may also want to save their number to your phone and have it written down on a piece of paper. Always be prepared for worse case scenarios! That way you won’t be stressing if you need to touch base or make adjustments to your trip. It saves you time and hassle.

Prepare Your Kids For the Trip

Another simple, yet effective way to help your kids travel with ease is to prepare them for the trip ahead of time. Let them know what will be expected of them, how long it will take, and how much fun you will be having as a family. When kids are well versed and prepared for large outings, it will help them to work through any anxiety they may feel.

Pack A Special Bag

This is truly what saved our sanity during a recent family vacation. We packed special bags for each of our kids. We told them about the bags the night before, so they were eager for the long travels! Each bag contained snacks, new coloring and activity books, crayons, notebooks, games, and small toys.

Try to download shows and music for times when they are getting tired or antsy. I suggest to give them bags once you arrive at the airport. Alternatively, you could give it to your children once you start your road trip. Another tip is to bring a jacket or blanket for them to cuddle with if you will be flying or traveling by train. It can get cold inside airline cabins!

Have fun and don’t stress!

Seriously, with all the work that goes into traveling with kids, don’t forget to have fun! If something doesn’t go according to your plan, roll with the punches. Don’t let the kids see you stressed! Take pictures, make memories, and remember they will be grown before you know it. So, soak up these precious times. They will be some of your best memories down the road!

Let your travel time be one of fun and relaxation! It will be worth it!

7 Iconic Things You Must See in New York City

New York City: The most diverse and incredible city in the United States! Of course, that’s only my opinion. I think it’s one of the most amazing cities to visit. Today, I’m sharing 7 Iconic things that you must see if you should ever visit this magical travel destination!

Top of The Rock: This was one of my favorite moments while visiting the city that never sleeps. The million dollar views will leave you breathless and pining away at its vastness. It is definitely the spot for Instagram pictures!

New York City Public Library: This one blew me away. I was amazed at how gorgeous this place was! The only way to describe it is that the New York City Public Library looked like it fell out of a Harry Potter movie. Stunning!

Statue of Liberty: I realize this one goes without saying, but I have to admit when we headed out for the tour, I was afraid I would be underwhelmed. On the contrary! It was a gorgeous day when we visited, the boat ride was relaxing, the historical aspect left me in awe…and it is truly an astounding site to behold!

Central Park: The park itself was stunning during the spring time when the trees were blooming. There are spots that are fun to see that were made infamous thanks to many rom coms. My favorite way to take in everything that Central Park has to off is through a carriage tour! They offer both horse and electric carriages.

Fifth Avenue: This street is a beast all it’s own! I mean it is a travel destination! How many books and movies have been made about it? Just think about that for a second. Seriously, it’s worth a quick jaunt via Taxi or take on Fifth Avenue via walking….just don’t forget to wear your walking shoes!

Serendipity: Any fans out there of the movie? This quirky cafe has the best frozen hot chocolate. And it’s a simple nod to one of the sweetest rom coms! Definitely a place to hit up if you enjoy nostalgia like I do.

Empire State Building: The tour is fantastic, not too long and not too short. They have some great views, and you definitely get the Sleepless in Seattle vibe while visiting! P.S. Double check the weather to make sure there isn’t any heavy fog to distort views. This happens a LOT so you can plan your trip accordingly while visiting New York City.

So, tell me, is New York City on your travel map? If you are headed to NYC with kids, check out our tips for traveling with kids!