Life in the Fast Lane, Google Fiber in Kansas City
June 23, 2014 – 10:47 am | No Comment

Over one year after Google Fiber came to the Kansas City Startup Village, a grassroots community of startup businesses moved to into the neighborhood. Located in a five-block radius between 43rd and 49th Streets on …

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Road Trip Health Care at MinuteClinic
May 28, 2014 – 10:20 am | No Comment

If your family is anything like mine, whatever ear infection, case of pink eye, or sore throat will emerge the minute your car passes out of your health care coverage zone. So much so, I’ve been known to yell, “Get off that rock, we’re out of network!” in moments where they would otherwise roam freely in a National Park.

CampingWhen we lived in Minnesota, we had the good fortune of living just down the street from a CVS store with a MinuteClinic. Staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, MinuteClinic locations offer immediate care without the need for an appointment. A godsend for parents, busy people, and those of us trying to avoid the up charges of a visit to Urgent Care on a weekend (or anytime on a road trip), MinuteClinic has partnered with a long list of insurance companies in many different locations across the United States.

With summer around the bend, many families are planning to ship their kids off to camp. Whether a camp or sports physical is a requirement or just peace of mind for mom and dad, MinuteClinic is now offering this service for $39 ($20 off the regular price). The site also has information on treating sunburns, poison oak/ivy, swimmer’s ear, and removing ticks. For more information on camp physicals at MinuteClinic, go to: https://www.minuteclinic.com/campphysicals/ or follow #healthycampers on Twitter.

indexAnd, if you’re out on the road and need to take your kids in for medical treatment, check and see if there’s a MinuteClinic location close to where you are. For convenience, download the mobile app to your phone or tablet.

Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic.
(I also really love this idea and think it should be available everywhere. I’m sad we don’t have MinuteClinic in Wisconsin.)

 

Geocaching Favorite: Travel Bug Hotel
April 23, 2014 – 10:50 am | No Comment
Geocaching Favorite: Travel Bug Hotel

A recent spring break road trip had us out of the frozen tundra and driving through Alabama on our way to the white sand beaches in the Florida Panhandle. As usual, we tried to find …

Saving for Vacation: A Year in Review
January 2, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

January 10 marks the one year anniversary of our “Saving for Vacation” challenge—a total budget makeover using the Mvelopes money management tool in conjunction with Money 4 Life financial coaching.
Throughout the year, I gave updates …

Saving for Vacation: Financial GPS
October 22, 2013 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

A failure to plan is a plan to fail. ~Winston Churchill
Three additional months into the 2013 Saving for Vacation challenge, much has happened. First, everyone (kids included) survived a summer vacation full of regional travel …

Saving for Vacation: Crunching the Numbers
July 22, 2013 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: Crunching the Numbers

If  you’re following our “Saving for Vacation” financial journey with Mvelopes and Money4Life financial coaching, progress made in the last few months has been in the category of data analysis.
Within the Mvelopes tool, you can …

Saving for Vacation: The Long Boring Part in the Middle
May 31, 2013 – 9:47 am | One Comment
Saving for Vacation: The Long Boring Part in the Middle

Like driving through Kansas or Illinois or any state boasting “mile after magnificent mile,” we have reached the part in our Saving for Vacation challenge that can be best described as the long boring part …

New Geocaching GeoTour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 7, 2013 – 6:44 pm | One Comment
New Geocaching GeoTour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Earlier today the folks at VISIT Milwaukee announced the official launch of the new geocaching GeoTour titled “Discover Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods.” Timing the launch date with National Tourism Week—an event recognizing travel and tourism as one of America’s largest and …

Amish Country Itinerary in Lancaster, PA
May 3, 2013 – 2:23 pm | 3 Comments
Amish Country Itinerary in Lancaster, PA

If you’re looking for a great weekend road trip in the Northeast this spring, consider Lancaster, PA.  From the Amish country, to the railroads and museums, to the amusement parks, this itinerary is great family …

Saving for Vacation: Tortise and the Hare
April 20, 2013 – 7:22 pm | One Comment
Saving for Vacation: Tortise and the Hare

Month four into our Saving for Vacation challenge—a year-long quest to change our financial behavior and save for a family trip of a lifetime—we are in a period of financial stillness. Having evaluated our debt, …

Camping Gear Review: DoubleNest Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters
April 3, 2013 – 8:59 pm | No Comment
Camping Gear Review: DoubleNest Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters

The DoubleNest Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters is lightweight, durable, and easy to hang. This double hammock is a fun addition to your family camping gear.
With robins arriving and trees budding, many of us are …

Saving for Vacation: One Paycheck at a Time
March 30, 2013 – 7:13 am | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: One Paycheck at a Time

Two years ago, author and motivational speaker Jon Acuff gave the keynote speech at a women’s blogging conference. Moving the audience to tears with his insight on creating balance between blogging, social media, and our …

Kid-Friendly Activities for Springtime in New York City
March 19, 2013 – 7:35 pm | No Comment
Kid-Friendly Activities for Springtime in New York City

March 20th marks the start of spring, and here’s hoping that warm weather will follow! It’s a great season for weekend travel, and New York City is always a favorite destination for families in the …

Saving for Vacation: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
March 15, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

This week was all about getting two steps forward and then taking one step back. You know, the moment where you realize all of your kids need new shoes at the exact same time or …

Turning One Vacation into Two
March 4, 2013 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Turning One Vacation into Two

Today’s guest post comes from Jake Redman, founder of ModHop.com. On ModHop.com, Redman has leveraged his personal travel experiences to help others get the most out of their travel experience, providing them with the information …

Saving for Vacation: The Budget, Part 2
February 28, 2013 – 3:07 pm | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: The Budget, Part 2

Continuing from last week’s post on creating a monthly budget, the last two weeks have been all about creating a Spending Plan and creating a Funding Plan. To quote Wes, the hip-and-trendy financial coach with …

Winter at the Shore: Unexpected Delights
February 22, 2013 – 9:40 am | One Comment
Winter at the Shore: Unexpected Delights

Most people don’t consider visiting the Jersey shore in the winter. But I’m here to suggest that winter is a fantastic time to hit the beach.
Morning run along the beach.
First of all, I’m a big …

Gulf Coast Mardi Gras
February 17, 2013 – 3:24 pm | One Comment
Gulf Coast Mardi Gras

About this time every winter we get a bad case of cabin fever and thank our lucky stars some of our northern relatives defected to the land of sweet tea and fried okra. With nieces …

Travel by Air: 10 Tips for Saving Money and Traveling Light
February 12, 2013 – 8:41 pm | No Comment
Travel by Air: 10 Tips for Saving Money and Traveling Light

Traveling by car as much as economically possible, occasionally we fly to a destination (like Hawaii) in order to make the most of a road trip. In our family of five, saving on expenses …

Saving for Vacation: The Budget, Part 1
February 6, 2013 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: The Budget, Part 1

Emotions ran high on this week’s episode of the Saving for Vacation challenge. Turning the lens in on our required expenses and discretionary spending, yours truly come face-to-face with the dreaded b-word: budget, that is. …

Top 10 Car Travel Safety Tips to Make it Through the Winter
February 1, 2013 – 7:27 pm | No Comment
Top 10 Car Travel Safety Tips to Make it Through the Winter

It may be February now, but the winter won’t be leaving us anytime soon. If you live in the Midwest or in an area that gets a lot of snow, expect many more days of …

Saving for Vacation: Get a Coach
January 30, 2013 – 11:09 am | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: Get a Coach

If you’re following along on our Saving for Vacation challenge, this week is all about getting your own financial planning coach. Someone to cheer as you fold your piles of financial laundry and who really …