Family Travel: First Stop on Our Southern Road Trip ~ Little Rock, Arkansas


If you’ve been following along with BFOTD on Instagram this summer, you know that we set off on a crazy 26 day road trip across 11 states. Our first stop was a visit with my parents and friends in my hometown, Little Rock. I think Arkansas is the south’s best kept secret. Folks who only drive through on I-40 or I-30 miss all the beauty and fun my home state has to offer. You can read more about how we funded our road trip here, and about our travels here.

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Read Around the World ~ Reading Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock #ReadAroundtheWorldMKB



As a part of the Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Series, I’m sharing one of our recent favorite stories with you. Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock is a traditional trickster story featuring Anansi, the beloved trickster character from Ghana in West Africa, as well as the Caribbean. I studied trickster stories from around the world in a literature class in college, and have loved them ever since. Trickster stories teach a moral lesson through the mishaps and trickery of a rogue character who isn’t afraid to break the rules. Here are some free printable activities to go with Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. If you are looking to introduce your children to stories from other cultures, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock is a great place to start. The illustrations are delightful and the story captures the imagination of kids from ages 2 and up. You can find this book and other Anansi stories on Amazon or at your local library.

Find all the other recommendations for reading around the world by clicking the button below or checking out the Pinterest board here.

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Becoming a Morning Person + a Coffee-mate Giveaway to Inspire You {$45 Value} #CMInspires


I am not naturally a morning person. My prime times are generally between 10-2 pm and 10-2 am. While this schedule functioned well for me in college, as the mama of two very small children it doesn’t exactly work. I’ve had to make the shift to becoming a morning person, slowly but sure with minimal kicking and screaming along the way. My small people typically get up between 7-7:30 am, so if I want to get anything done before they get it up, it will have to be before 7 am. With the start of a new school year and my teacher husband heading back to work, I’m working hard to find the motivation to get up early again. Every time I get up with the alarm at 6:15, it gives me time to enjoy my morning coffee, spend quiet time, and look over the day’s to do list. When I hit the snooze and wake up with the kids, I’m already behind and sacrifice that quiet time to the chaos. Read on to find out how I’m getting inspired every morning and enter to win a $45 prize package from Coffee-mate, plus find out about a HUGE sweepstakes.

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Make a DIY Water Table for Less than $15


One of our sweet toddler friends received a water table at his birthday party this past spring, and every kid from 10 months to 6 years old was instantly obsessed. The Bear talked about it endlessly after we left, so we looked into buying one. The plastic ones we found online ran anywhere from $30-50, and sturdier wooden ones were much more expensive. Jed knew he could build one, so we headed out to pick out materials. Below you’ll find a tutorial for our simple and sturdy DIY water table, perfect for water play and sensory play. You can make it at home for less than $15, and is sturdy enough to put up with the abuse preschoolers can dish out. We still plan to paint it with outdoor paint, but haven’t gotten around to it yet because the kids use it almost every day.

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Make a Difference – Give a Child a Shot@Life #GiveaShot

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As you are gearing up for the kids to head back to school, getting up to date on immunizations may on your to do list. Did you know that Walgreens offers a wide range of immunizations as well as a cool program to help kids in developing countries get much needed vaccinations? Until recently I had no idea. Every time a child gets an immunization at Walgreens, they donate to the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to help provide life saving vaccines to children who desperately need them. Read on to find out more about the campaign, the need, and how you can get involved. [Read more...]

Getting Ready for Preschool and Winning Lunch Battles #DelMonteBTS

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS” 


Summer has been so good to us, but I have to admit I’m ready for school to start. I love getting in to the fall routine, even though we sorely miss having my teacher husband at home with us once school starts. This fall the Bear (age 3) and I will be starting home preschool, and we are both crazy excited. I’ll be sharing more as we get the details figured out, but for now I’ll tell you a little about our game plan. Today I’m also sharing one of my strategies for winning lunch time battles as well as a coupon and offer for a free 5×7 photo print perfect for those back to school prints.

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Frugal Family Travel Tips: How to Take a BIG Trip on a Little Budget


We recently returned from a 26 day road trip through the southeastern United States. We visited 11 states, drove over 3000 miles, and had an amazing time. We live on a tight budget on my husband’s teacher salary (plus the part time income from this blog and my part time job with Young Life). We live debt free and don’t use credit cards at all. So, how did we take such a big trip on a little budget? We got creative, kept it simple, and made a plan we could stick to. Read on to find out tips for taking big trips when your income is small.

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New Mommy Giveaway ~ Win a $1200 Gift Set from Green Scene Mom

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Once again, Green Scene Mom has partnered with Guava Family and many other brands to bring you this fabulous giveaway featuring lots of great products for new moms and their babies. We are so thrilled to be a part of this network and bring you yet another fantastic giveaway. Each of these products was designed to meet a unique need and make life simple for mom and baby. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post. Good luck!

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