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Carissa Houston

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All Day Mom
frugal tips, save money, grocery budget, budget family travel
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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Our family spends more than a month each year at Disneyland, and about the same amount of time on roadtrips all over California and Arizona. Thanks to (mostly) clean eating and (almost) perfect handwashing at home, our bodies can withstand a few days of nonstop churros, nachos, and Cokes. But, when you visit The Germiest […] The post Mom’s Travel Bag: Natural Remedies I Pack for Every Disney Vacation! appeared first ...
Posted: Jun 07 2018 @ 4:21 PM
The no bag line at Disneyland, awkwardly phrased on the sign outside the security checkpoint as “Guest Without Bag” may finally be here to stay. Disneyland Resort guests have complained for years that they have to stand in line for whole minutes at a time behind pack mules…er, moms…to get through the security checkpoint that […] The post Be Prepared: The No Mom, No Bag Line at Disneyland appeared first on ...
Posted: Jun 02 2018 @ 1:06 PM
Our family has been crazy for travel for more than a decade but it took me years to realize that three days before every family vacation, I jumped on the hamster wheel of frantic. I finally stopped flipping out (though I reserve the right to lose it) when I accepted this fact: packing for a family vacation takes two […] The post 45 things Mom has to do before vacation: 2 week vacation packing checklist! ...
Posted: May 24 2018 @ 3:00 PM
This Wyndham Garden Anaheim review is a little different from my other pic-heavy Disneyland hotel reviews because the main point I want to make here is that you should always stay at a hotel within walking distance to Disneyland! Updated May 2018: The Wyndham Garden Anaheim hotel at 515 W Katella Ave in Anaheim was […] The post Wyndham Garden Anaheim Review: Disneyland Hotel within Walking Distance? appeared first on All ...
Posted: May 14 2018 @ 12:00 PM
The variety in this week’s Amazon buys show how much I’ve grown to depend on Amazon for one stop shopping—and fast shipping. I bought some summer sundresses for 11-year-old Jameson from Macy’s last night because they were super cheap (like $11). Jameson asked if they were going to get here “Tomorrow or did you have to […] The post My 11-yr-old’s Amazon deals – Mermaid Tail & Disney’s Zombies Soundtrack with Bonus! ...
Posted: Apr 30 2018 @ 10:33 AM
I was almost late to Jefferson’s baseball game last night because Bell Road in Glendale, Arizona was clogged up with rubberneckers trying to take live video with their phones from their cars as they passed the #redfored demonstrators who lined the sidewalks on the busy street. Crappy drivers and silly demonstrations are normal in Phoenix, […] The post The Arizona Teacher Walkout from a Homeschooling Mom’s Point of View appeared first ...
Posted: Apr 26 2018 @ 2:52 PM
Jefferson (age 14) takes care of our pool. We pay him 40% what we would pay the pool guy ($10 a week Kid Labor vs. $110 per month Pool Guy). Our pool is cleaner and both parents and son are richer! Every month or so Jefferson makes me a list of the various pool potions […] The post Amazon for Pool Supplies (way cheaper than Leslie’s!) What I Bought Monday #2 ...
Posted: Apr 24 2018 @ 1:09 AM
There’s a good reason why up til 2018 we’ve never taken the kids to the county fair: it’s expensive! A family day at the county fair can add up fast. Here’s how to visit the Maricopa County Fair on a budget 3 ways: Free Cheap As expensive as a day at Disneyland. (Yes, really.) Jameson […] The post Maricopa County Fair on a Budget—A Family Day at the Fair 3 Ways: ...
Posted: Apr 14 2018 @ 11:41 AM
I’ve been waiting for March and I’m already looking forward to August! Budgeting nerds know why: in 2018, March and August are 3 paycheck months for many of us who get paid every other week. This is how I budget for a 3 paycheck month in 2 parts: How we stopped depending on 26 paychecks. (This […] The post How to Budget for a 3 Paycheck Month Part 1: How We Stopped ...
Posted: Mar 23 2018 @ 11:29 AM
This is the 5th post of my Grocery Budget Tracking in 2018! Can you feed your family a Clean Eating diet and still come in under your grocery budget' I’m about to find out! This is the real grocery budget of our family, who eats 15 pounds a week of pastured meat…and sometimes Poptarts. In […] The post Fast Food in Your Freezer for Busy Nights: Grocery Budget Tracking #5 March ...
Posted: Mar 21 2018 @ 11:41 AM


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