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I am very honored to report that I will soon be blogging about the 2015 City of Hope Let Them Eat Cake Fundraiser.  This year’s theme is Masterpieces of Cake and will feature almost 40 creations from all types of cake connoisseurs.  Not to mention that there will be a number of celebrity cake judges on hand!  This event raises money for City of Hope,  a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses.

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A few weekends ago, we had the pleasure of attending the Philadelphia Travel and Culinary Expo.   Now, if there’s two things my husband and I love in life, it’s food and traveling.  We are always trying new recipes and going out to new restaurants.  Plus, we go on road trips as frequently as possible.  This expo was right up our alley.

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Pack your bags and meet me at The Valley Forge Casino Resort!  They are hosting The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Travel and Culinary Expo on February 21st and 22nd.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this event.  Not to mention that I have been given special promo codes to save my readers money on ticket prices!

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I have two young kids as most of you know by now.  Needless to say, when we go somewhere, I have to take seemingly endless amounts of stuff with us.  Everyone needs a juice and a snack.  We need a change of clothes, diapers for the baby.  You get the picture.   I have managed to cut down the amount to fit inside one of those smaller 31 bags, unless I’m not going with them.  If I’m not present, then that opens a whole different can of worms.

I recently received the Stroller Organizer by Children N’ Us right before we attended a church festival.  I was almost giddy when I packed it up and put it in the car the next day.

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It was awesome.  It has two insulated pockets for drinks, a big open pocket for all the little nonsense that you need to carry, and a cell phone pocket.  There is even a handy pocket for my keys.  It pretty much eliminated my need for a diaper bag!  It has adjustable  straps in order to attach it to your stroller.  It’s easy to use and accessible to anyone.

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See, my Harvey Seatbelt bag?  I love that thing and I got it for $30!  But that’s a different post.  😉

The last thing I need during an event is to be rummaging around in various bags, trying to find something.  The Stroller Organizer keeps everything in my site and within reach!  Do you want to hear the best part?  It’s under $20!

The Stroller Organizer is going to top my list of Baby Shower Gifts.  I think any new mom or mom of small children would benefit from this organizer.  It really made my day a lot less stressful.  When someone started whining, I was right on it!  It was really nice since that day was extremely hot.  My family doesn’t do well with heat so the less we carry , the better.

You can can check out the company here:

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Disclaimer:  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

My family loves to go to different theme parks every summer.  They have so much to offer with shows, food, rides and the like.  But they can also cost a small fortune.  Fear not!  I’m going to provide you with some helpful tips and links in order to make the most of your trip.  This is the stuff that my family does on trips and it makes such a difference, especially with young kids.

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  • Pack a lunch!  Food costs are outrageous at theme parks.  Most will let you leave the park and eat your lunch in a pavilion, near the parking lot.  Check in advance and pack a LOT of drinks!  Do I even need to tell you how great an ice cold drink will taste once you hit the car?!?! We pack a lunch and then we choose one special snack while we are in the park.  That way, it not only saves money but it teaches everyone how to use money wisely.  You only get one and it’s a big decision! (this works with souvenirs too!)
  • Bring a loaded backpack.  We always take a backpack loaded with essentials like sunscreen, water bottles (if allowed), money, a change of clothes (this one almost ALWAYS comes in handy), napkins, camera, etc.  Take what your family might need.  Be sure to check the rules before packing your backpack.  You don’t want to have to trudge back to the car after they search it and find unintended contraband.
  • Buy your souvenirs before you go to the park.  This one sounds weird but it is a wonderful money saver!  Find out the types of souvenirs they sell at the park by checking the website.  Then, go to the dollar store, or other mass merchandisers and buy several small, fun things for your trip.  You can even wrap them if you want to make it extra special.  Then take them with you & keep it a surprise.  You can keep some in your backpack to prevent a meltdown while in the park.  That way, you are getting them for WAY lower than theme park price plus you can bypass the gift shop if you want!  Everybody wins!
  • Put a couple ponchos in your backpack.  You never know when an unexpected shower (or water ride) might occur.  The gift shop costs are ridiculous and nobody wants to walk around with wet shorts for the rest of the day.  Trust me.  This is a gem.
  • Use a note app on your phone to remember where you parked.  I use Evernote.  I just have a note called “parking’ and I use it every time I park in a crowded place.  I just make a clear description, add a photo and voila, no more lost time at the end of the night.
  • Buy the souvenir cup.  We drink a lot when we’re hot, as do most people.  They always offer a cup, where every future refill is at a reduced cost.  Do this right away or even buy it in advance and then have everyone share it.  By the time you really think about it, it will be too late and you’ve already bought four regular drinks.
  • Check the price of a season pass.  Are you planning on hitting up the park a few times? Calculate how many visits it would take in order to pay for itself.  It just might be better that way.  An added bonus? Sometimes you park free with season passes and get other special privileges.
  • Try to travel at odd times.  If you go a little early or a little late in the season, tickets are MUCH cheaper.  If your trip dates are flexible, this might be your best bet.

Looking for discount codes for your tickets?  Here are some links to get money off each ticket.  Please keep in mind that I found these using a Google search so I’m not endorsing or guaranteeing any of them to work.  Just trying to be helpful, folks!  Be sure to check fast food restaurants and grocery stores for coupons too. Different places have different coupons.  If you know someone living near the park, ask them to send some coupons to you!

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Click the links to find discounts:

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Walt Disney World

Busch Gardens

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We are taking the clan to Busch Gardens this year. We are all excited and I can’t wait to try and see how much money I can try to save while there.  I’m doing some research and we’ve already purchased our tickets.  Good luck and I hope you can use some of this information. It really comes in handy when we go on vacation.

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How about you?  Are you going to a theme park this year and if so, which one?  Any tips I missed?