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A Little Getaway


We had a quick overnight trip to Atlanta this weekend. It was scheduled around a college visit for Princess – Spelman College. What a beautiful campus and a step into a different culture for myself and Princess’ friend who accompanied us.

I was very sad to hear that they did away with their sports programs in their entirety. Otherwise, I believe it would have made Princess’ short list. I was very impressed with their campus and offerings. And I’m very glad we visited.

dinner out in Atlanta

A Night Away

I used points for an overnight stay downtown, it was nice that using points also covers the cost of parking! And the girls’ had a blast scootering around downtown Atlanta and taking hundreds (literally, hundreds) of pictures. (They each paid for their own scooter. Mine cost $11, they were out a bit longer then me.)

We didn’t go outside of our budget for this trip at all. I had set aside monies from our weekly cash budget for food and entertainment. (I scheduled her college visits several months ago around her school breaks.)

It was a really great way to enjoy her fall break from school. And visit with a friend from her old school.

We walked for miles, enjoyed free Cokes from the World of Coke and tried out an amazing restaurant that I found on Yelp – Poor Calvins! The restaurant was a bit pricey, but we all shared an appetizer and the special of the day. It was a great way to enjoy the experience without breaking the bank!

Berry Rice with Scallops

Because we didn’t have reservations (didn’t realize I had picked somewhere that required them,) they let us eat outside. It was a wonderful adventure, especially after a 2 mile scooter ride from our hotel Friday night.

Next weekend, Princess is off on a retreat with some girls from school. (Sponsored by another family, so no cost to us.) I have plans to finish my Christmas shopping/making for our Texas family. And to do a purge of my bedroom and living room.

Really Cute Christmas Idea


I saw this on Facebook this week (it’s not my idea by any means) and thought it was worth a share. This is probably more helpful to parents of younger kids, but I think it’s a really cute way of keeping Christmas spending under control. And making it “fair.”


(Yes, I obviously have Christmas on the brain. And there are less than 100 days left in this year.)

As my kids have gotten older, their wishlists have gotten shorter, but also more expensive. It’s a catch 22. I am currently working on creating a list for my four kiddos. I want to get things purchased and wrapped early since I will need to ship both Sea Cadet and Gymnast’s gifts this year.

I have my budgeted amount and will divide that between the four kids, something here at home (food and entertainment) and then gifts for my siblings parents and grandmother. I plan to finish my Texas family gifts by Thanksgiving so that I can take them when we go rather than having to ship them. That’s what we did last year and it make the month of December a lot easier as far as preparations go.

Do you have any gift giving traditions when it comes to kids and Christmas that are both economical and cute?