How to Plan a Roadtrip with Multiple Stops. See More and Stay on Budget

Our family has (not to brag or anything) perfected the art of road trip travel. Whenever we come back from one of our traditional 2-week road trips people always tend to ask how we manage to pull off these amazing vacations. The truth is, taking a road trip allows you to do more and see more while sticking to a more modest budget than most people think. You just have to be strategic about it. Here is the rundown on how taking multiple stops on a big cross-country road trip can help break up your trip, allow you to see more, and how you can do it all without totally breaking the bank!

6 Signs That You Are Stuck in a Routine Rut and How to Get the Hell Out

From the second we start grade school we are taught to live by a routine or a rigid schedule in order to accomplish all of the things we “have” to do in a day. The thing is, this whole routine thing doesn’t always work for everyone. As someone who didn’t love the routine, rules, or general structure of school, I don’t know why I ever thought sticking to that same structure into adulthood would somehow work for me. It’s like I was conditioned at a young age to believe that in order to be successful you had to be a Type A personality. Well, friend, let me tell you if you are working to fit that mold that you weren’t made for you are going to spend most of your life feeling out of place and probably super cramped. If you’ve had a hint that maybe this whole routine thing isn’t for you, then you’re going to love this post. Here are 6 little hints that it might be time to break free.

Not a Morning Person? 10 Tips for a successful slow morning routine.

For so long I read book from experts telling me that if I wanted to be successful I needed to basically wake up, have my feet hit the floor at 5am and then book my ass to the gym with a massive smile on my face and a heart jam-packed full of gratitude. But, here’s the thing…I am not a morning person. I’m also not a natural mover, I’m more of an emotional, spiritual, slow processor. I grew up my entire life feeling out of places in schools that weren’t designed for me and as an adult it felt exhausting feeling like my morning had to also fit a certain mold if I wanted to have a successful morning routine / successful life. Well, I’m officially throwing out that stupid rule book and helping out my fellow slow movers. This is a list of 10 things I have found to be insanely beneficial to allowing me slow time in the mornings while also kick-starting my day in a successful way that works for me. Hopefully you find something that works for you as well.

5 Things I Did to Live a Wanderlust Life When I Had No Money

If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you know that at one point our family was drowning financially. We were living in a house that we couldn’t afford, had medical bills piling up and had totally maxed credit cards. For a while, while we worked to dig ourselves out of debt I didn’t allow myself to have any fun or do any travel. This left me feeling defeated, depressed and kind of made me forget what living was actually all about. Finally, I decided it was time to make small changes wherever I could to make travel a little more accessible for me and my family. If you have found yourself in a similar bind, here are my 5 biggest recommendations for living a little more wanderlust even if you are short on funds.

Why I Am Not Raising My Kids to Be Minimalist Even Though I Am

When I first started my minimalist journey, I would see so many minimalist kid rooms or toy rooms that were sparse and immaculate. This made me feel like I wasn’t doing good enough considering that my kid’s room’s didn’t look like they fell out of the pages of Pottery Barn and the fact that they were usually a mess. In my declutter “fits” I would often (and I’m not proud of this) sneak into their rooms and start putting toys into bags for donation. If I didn’t see them play with the stuff, then it had to go! However, times have changed drastically. While my kiddos are still required to keep their rooms clean, for the most part, they are off the hook when it comes to minimalism and decluttering. Here’s why.