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Guest Blog by Hellen McAdams


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This week my guest blogger is Hellen McAdams, and she will share with us her ideas for planning a family vacation. I hope you enjoy her blog. Please welcome Hellen!

Hellen McAdams

Plan A Holiday For The Whole Family

Being a housewife comes with lots of pros and cons. One of the main misconceptions are the ones regarding the belief that housewives don’t get to provide for the family in a material way. There are so many ways that mothers can provide for their families from the warmth of their homes.

Planning a dream holiday for an entire family is just one of them.

Even if you are working mom and you are finding it hard to balance between your job and the family, there is still a way to organize yourself so you can plan everything up ahead.


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Make the Most Out of Your Money

It’s time for us to delve into a budget side of traveling. Planning for a holiday with plenty of cash on hand shouldn’t be much of a trouble. However, planning for a holiday when you’re tight on a budget may require from you to work wonders sometimes.

Jokes aside, desirable way of doing things here is to plan your trip ahead and to book appropriate accommodation in advance. Same goes for airplane tickets.

If you act proactively, there is a great chance for you to settle a good deal by browsing through holiday family offers up ahead.

Since you’ll be probably browsing through online listings of hotel and holiday deals, don’t forget to try to actually get in touch with the hotel. Try searching for their contact number on their site and book your stay directly with their reception desk. There is a great chance that you’ll save a dollar or two by doing this as you’ll workaround on standard fees and provisions of online listing agencies.

Pack Accordingly

Last but not the least, packing your family accordingly is a final, yet very tricky part of holiday preparation.

Since you already know where you’ll go and where you’ll stay at this point, it’s time for you to put your Googling skills on the test by searching for interesting things to do and see in the vicinity. Also, if your family is big enough, you might succeed to land a bulk price for a visit of localities that are of interest to you.

Once again, if you book online and ahead, you might pay a lower entrance fee.

Bringing some canned food, snacks and sweets on you might save you from reaching out to your wallet every time your children want to have a snack.

Know What Others Want

Knowing what a dream holiday truly means for members of your family is a good starting point here. If your kids are already teenagers, there is a big chance that they just won’t settle for a peaceful holiday on the beach away from all the fuss.

On the other hand, if you are feeling overwhelmed by all the buzz at your work, it just might be what you need at the moment.

Gathering family for a nice dinner and trying to find common ground is crucial in these situations and may give you a clear insight on what is that the others want to do and where they want to go.

After you have all the info necessary, it’s time for you to start planning.

Get Away


It has been 2-3 years since our family took a vacation. So, when our friend called to offer her cabin in Arnold, California, we jumped at the chance to get away.

We drove 3 1/2 hours north of Santa Cruz redwoods/ocean and discovered a whole new world of pine/oak trees and beautiful lakes. The top picture was taken at Lake Alpine in the Stanislaus National Forest. It was absolutely gorgeous! We rented two double kayaks and paddles around the lake. We stopped on a rock island and jumped into the snow melt water. Brrrr…


Our cabin was a quaint 1950’s A Frame. It was delightfully retro. We enjoyed the community resort which included a golf course, swimming pool, lake, table tennis, basketball, tennis courts, and snack shack. We even won a round of bingo. The middle photo is of our 15 yr-old son Austin and 12 yr-old daughter Alicia sitting on a boulder in the Sierra mountain range.


We had a blast on our family vacation and hope to play again real soon.

Did your family enjoy a summer vacation this year? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Please share with us.