6 Tips To Save On Travel Food Budgets

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When I’m traveling with my family, setting travel food budgets is imperative.  I look for ways to save on meals, but also ensure we have a great time. My grandchildren like snacks and sandwiches.  But, I’m also feeding adults who need meals that will fill them up.  Eating 3 meals and snacks out for 7 days can be expensive for a family.  I have a grocery store budget and an eat out expense within my travel food budgets. Here’s a few ways that I ensure we stay within the set limits:

1.  Check Out Resorts That Offer Kitchens/Kitchenettes  –  First, I always book accommodations that have a full or partial kitchen. This allows me to cook meals and save on food expense.  Having a kitchen is great, especially when I’m traveling with my grandchildren. It’s difficult to get them up and out for breakfast and sometimes lunch.

2.  Look For Discounts in Travel Guides or Online – Second, I research local restaurants wherever I’m staying. And if I decide that I would like to check out a few of them  I search for a coupon or discount.

3.  Take Advantage of Happy Hour –  So, if you want to eat light check out restaurants that have happy hour.  I have taken advantage of specials on wings, burgers, stuffed mushrooms etc. It’s a great way to have a few adult beverages on the cheap too.

4.  Find The Local Grocery Store  – Next, I purchase snacks, drinks, bottled water and any items that I need for meals.  After checking in, this is the first task on my list. I’m able to purchase drinks and food for the beach, bathroom items, a candle to relax, batteries if needed and anything else on the list. I save a ton of money by taking this step.

5.  Check Out The Resort/Hotel Welcome Package –  Finally, I visit the hotel or resort concierge and ask for information on local activities or restaurants. They normally have a welcome package which contains coupons for local attractions and other valuable information.  Take the coupons into consideration, it will help with your budget.

6.  Look For Resorts/Hotels That Offer Free Activities – Most importantly, I look for resorts or hotels that offer water slides, lazy rivers, or firework displays.  In addition to the beach, I like to have nearby activities for the kids.  I search for coupons for miniature golf, amusement parks, seek out free concerts.  Furthermore, I use the savings for ice cream treats, Sno-cones etc. while we’re out and about.

Finally, don’t wait until a month or two before you arrive at your vacation destination to start saving. You should be saving all year for your vacation. This takes the stress off and any worries that everyone won’t be able to have a good time because of a cash shortage.

Additionally, you may also like 15 Ways You Can Save Money to help with your travel food budgets expense.

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7 Uses For Sunflowers



First, I love the strength, grace and beauty of sunflowers.  They’re one of my favorite summer flowers and a must in my garden.  I love sunflowers because they stand tall, erect and they’re showy.  They tower above everything else in the garden, and their bright color makes an impact.  Furthermore, there are different varieties to grace your garden and they all grow to various heights.  This particular variety is the Russian Mammoth.  It usually grows to about 10 or 11 feet.  The fence in the background is 6 foot.   It is truly massive.  Can you see a bee enjoying the pollen on this particular sunflower.  Today, I’m going to share a few gardening tips on uses for sunflowers.

It is true that sunflowers make a statement.  But did you know that every part of the sunflower is beneficial? They are actually considered the cash crop.  The seeds, petals, stalk, leaves and roots can be used in various ways.  Here are a few examples:

1.  Seeds – Humans eat the seeds raw, roasted or dried. Therefore, they are a healthy snack and a great source of protein, Vitamins A, B, E and iron.  I love the seeds raw in salads or roasted to snack on.

2.  Commercial Use – Birdseed mixtures often contain sunflower seeds.  Furthermore, I actually leave the majority of my sunflowers in the garden for the cardinals and finches to enjoy.  You will find black oil sunflower seeds in my bird feeders during the winter.

3.  Petals – Additionally, sunflower petals can be dried.   and used along with other natural items for summer or fall potpourris.

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   4.  Leaves – Another use is the leaves.  Also, sunflowers leaves can grow quite large and tasty.  Sunflowers leaves are often used to feed livestock or seeped to make tea.

5.  Stalks – Noteworthy, the stalks of sunflowers are strong.  I actually use some of my sunflowers stalks as a trellis for my cucumbers.  Consequently, you can cut the sunflowers off at the base and allow the stalks to dry over the winter. Next season you have a great source of poles to use as a trellis for your veggies.  You can also break them in sections, dry them, and use them in fire pits or wood stoves over the winter.

6.  Roots – Next, the roots of a sunflower can grow quite deep and large.  As a result, tten used to make herbal medicine.

7.  Dried Flowers – Sunflowers can be dried and used in floral arrangements.  They are quite pretty in fall arrangements or on wreaths.  Some of the best flowers for dried arrangements are those that are just opening.  So, pick sunflowers before are they fully open.  They will continue to open as they dry.

Finally, you may also like:  How Make Bottle Greenhouses   As a matter of fact, this is how I start my sunflower seeds.

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #34

Welcome to Week 34 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup This is the last week of our Back To School theme.  We’re looking for posts on shopping tips, recycling last year’s purchases, books that will help with reading, grammar, spelling etc., tips for moms with college students and those who will be enduring the empty nest syndrome, lunch ideas, after school activities and more. 
We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover and gardening tips, SEO and blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeovers, summer organization tips, ideas for backyard BBQ, summer flower arrangements and more.   

Dust off your old posts and link those to the Sunday’s Best Linkup too. They’re great for inspiration. Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. A
ll Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Featured Bloggers Board.   

What’s New: We would like readers to select their favorite posts. Voting will start at noon every Friday until mid-night. We will be adding the post with the most votes from our readers to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers. Be sure to have your blog readers and social media followers head over to vote for your post on Fridays. 

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.  

In addition to the reader’s and hosts selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts. 

                                                                                                    Your Hosts Are:

            Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother     Kim U. – Pinterested Parent         Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone


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Please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar.  Please let your readers and followers know if you are selected as a Featured Blogger.  As a matter of fact, they may want to join the party too!  For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us.  Equally important, I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party! 

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:Kim U. selected Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks from Lou Lou Girls

I selected Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from Not So Shabby Gabby      



Disney World Tips from Penney Lane


The Readers Selected: 

10 Thing You Do Differently With A Second Child from Funny Money Mom  




                              The Favorite Theme Posts:  Back To School!  

100 Plus Back To School Idea from Penny Lane   



 21 Mason Jar Teacher Gifts The Scrap Shop Blog 


Finally, congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts on Sunday’s Best Linkup were great.  We appreciate each of you linking up.  As a result, I would like to invite all of you to linkup your post(s) again.  You could be lucky, and be selected this week.  Also, while you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers.  Last, be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. 



Kid’s Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Printable – Part 2


Our road trip series continues.  We have 2 additional printables that we have added to our Scavenger Hunt. It’s as bright and colorful as the first scavenger hunt printable too. Children like to choose just like adults. If you have more than one child they may not be interested in searching for the same items. Who wants to hear over and over, I don’t want that one or I’m not going to be able to find those things before the hunt begins. Keeping children occupied during a road trip can be challenging. If you’re like me, you don’t want electronic devices to be the solution to everything.  Especially, when there’s so much more that we can be enjoying.

What’s the goal of the trip? Isn’t it to arrive at your destination safely, create great memories along the way and enjoy your time when you arrive. Why get into a struggle and ruin the memory while you’re trying to get there. Pouting, crying and unhappy kids can make the trip seem much longer than is really is.   Give each of them their choice of scavenger hunt printables, a snack, drink, and let the trip begin.

Searching for different items and trying to finish first makes the hunt exciting and challenging. Take their mind off of how long it’s taking to arrive at your destination by getting them focused on their surroundings. One of your greatest memories will be the kids searching for the items, the conversations you will engage in while hunting for them and the peace you will find by having happy children. Now that is priceless.

Print the game on stock game if it’s available.  Stock paper is heavier than regular copy paper, and won’t tear as easily.  Purchasing clip boards is a great idea too.

You may also like this game: Road Trip Print:  Scavenger Hunt Game – Part 1

Breakfast Ideas That Will Make Kids Smile

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Do you have a picky eater?  We’re going to give you a few ideas today that are sure to bring a smile to your kids face. We all know that getting kids to eat can be a struggle. We also know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we need to make sure that it’s hardy and nutritious.  The one thing that we don’t think about when it comes to making meals for your children is fun. I found a way to make my grandchildren’s breakfast fun and exciting.   

Wondering what I’ve come up with?  I’ve stocked up on pancake and waffle molds. It’s the perfect solution and fun way to start the day. When my grandchildren are visiting or I’m visiting them, they wake up every morning looking forward to helping me make their favorite pancakes or waffles or they’re waiting in anticipation while they watch their favorite Saturday morning shows. My stash includes: barnyard and zoo animals, dinosaurs, an airplane and a train. The barnyard and zoo animals are their favorites. 



My grandchildren love them so much on mornings when I just don’t feel like making pancakes or waffles, and I try to bribe them with yogurt or some other quick meal, the majority of the time they don’t take the bribe.  They enjoy helping me mix the batter and watching me pour them into the molds.  I must admit enjoy eating a cow or pig pancake and elephants and lion waffles too. Seriously, they gobble them up and ask for seconds. When you clean your plate in my house, we call it a happy plate. They are proud to show me their happy plates.

I found these molds on e-bay.  They’re easy to use as long as you spray the molds well with PAM as well as the griddle.  I allow the molds to heat up before I pour the batter into them.  This ensures they lift from the batter easily I’ve found that a measuring cup or batter bottle works well in controlling the batter when pouring it into the molds.


Make these fun pancakes with your children and they too will disappear. Add a few fresh strawberries or apple slices with the pancakes, and you’re guaranteed a happy plate too. Bon Appetit’!


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Sunday’s Best Linky – #33

Welcome to Week 33 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup We’re continuing our Back To School theme this week. We’re looking for posts on shopping tips, recycling last year’s purchases, books that will help with reading, grammar, spelling etc., tips for moms with college students and those who will be enduring the empty nest syndrome, lunch ideas, after school activities and more. 

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