New York City was the last place we travel before everything was closed in 2020. As things started to feel a bit more “normal” or at least we thought, we decided to safely take a trip to New York. For some reason, my daughter wanted to go back. I had my doubts, NYC is quite tiring and very active. My daughter is the opposite of that therefore I couldn’t understand why she wanted to go, but we booked our flight and traveled to NYC in July.
As a single mom, NYC can easily add up a lot of expenses if you don’t do your research or budget correctly. I am sure I’ve mentioned before that my way to travel is to budget and find as many pocket-friendly activities for us. The biggest splurge for us when we travel will most likely always be FOOD!
Here’s my guide on how we were able to enjoy NYC on a budget.
Summertime’s here! Of course, summer vacation needs activities to keep the kids occupied. It can also be a little bit overwhelming trying to figure out what to do with the kids.
As single moms, we have to organize and plan what will work with our budget. I recently talked with my daughter about what she would like to see, do or experience during the summer. She really couldn’t come up with anything, so I mentioned to her how about Ripley’s In Grand Prairie? She really couldn’t put together what Ripley’s was. I said do you remember that big white, pink and purple castle looking on the side of the freeway when we go to Dallas? She instantly said, “Oh yes, yes!” I said, well, that is Ripley’s. She replied to me, “Yes, mom, I’ve wanted to go there.” I hadn’t been to Ripley’s Believe It or Not before, so my daughter and I were super stoked to visit them.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is so easy to spot on, whether you’re driving east or west along I-30.
It will be almost impossible to miss since you see these huge scrap metal dinosaur figures and a large gorilla made of old car parts. Ripley’s Grand Prairie is asking that for your safety and theirs, masks are required at all times. They kindly ask that you refrain from arguing this policy. Upon entering a Ripley Attraction, you will immediately notice changes—from the precisely placed social distancing markers in line to reduced contact. Their ticket combos are the best way to experience everything at Ripley’s. We got the ticket with all five attractions, and this combo saves you up to $65.
We finally made it to Chicago, Illinois. This state has been on our travel list for quite some time, but we just have not had a chance to go until last October. You all know our love for travel, and being a single mom shouldn’t stop you. Although I know, it can be challenging, but if you make it a priority, you can make it happen. We spent two full days in the Windy City, and we loved it. Since it was our first time visiting Chicago, I wanted to do as much as we could in 2 days, so I had a small “must-do” list.
We love to explore new cities, so continue reading to see where we went, what we did in 2 full days, and how you can enjoy Chicago as a single mom.
For years I’ve intended to go to Prairie Lights at Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, but somehow, I would always forget. Jailah and I went for the first time last week, And I now am sure we’ve been missing out on the most popular North Texas holiday attraction all these years!
Prairie Lights is a two-mile, drive-through holiday park experience, situated along the shores of Joe Pool Lake, that features a stunning display of more than four million lights (arranged in hundreds of scenes throughout the park) and other holiday activities. Read more
Have you had a chance to visit the Crayola Experience Plano yet? I was a little doubtful about it for quite some time. I imagined it was only for toddlers. Jailah and I decided to make our way and see for ourselves if it’s worth it and also see if kids six and older can enjoy it. As the name suggests, the Crayola Experience is a colorful attraction featuring exciting, hands-on fun. The magic of Crayola comes to life for kids of all ages! During our visit, we were able to confirm that Crayola Experience Plano can be fun for little and big kids. Not only Jailah had a good time I was also able to enjoy the facility attractions as well.Read more
My daughter turned nine on April 24. Mother’s day was also almost two weeks ago. Two significant dates for me to write and publish this post and share something from my heart.
Each year on this day, we celebrate the greatest gift that I could have ever been given. Even though she stole my birthday, the day she came into this world will always be my favorite.
As she’s getting older, it is both fantastic and unbelievably scary watching her grow into her person.
From the moment my cheese ball was born, she’s been a big baby.
I mean, just look at how tall she is for her age!
The journey of Motherhood is not easy, and my daughter has taught me many valuable life lessons these last nine years.
There have been a lot of times where I’ve had to take a step back and re-think what I expect from her because, although she looks older, she’s still a little kid.
But then there are other moments where I’m thrown off a little and say, “Wait, is she trying to take advantage of my love?”
When it comes to Motherhood, we tend to overthink the majority of the time. We put unattainable expectations thinking we are wonder woman and often compare our parenting skills to our mothers.
Real-life pressures have helped me realize that Motherhood is not something you can figure out 100% of the time, despite the image that that perfect social media moms try to sell.
Below I am sharing nine lessons my daughter has taught me these nine years I’ve been able to spend with her. Read more
When you think about water parks, you instantly think, “My wallet is going to get hit hard” at least that’s what I would think. Especially as a single mom. You know nowadays most activities or attractions are super expensive. They have all these insane charges that can make it difficult for you to experience with your kiddos.
I had the opportunity to visit Epic Waters Indoor Water Parkthis past winter! I mean I would never have imagined you can go to the water park during the winter,but now you can!!
All year round!
Wespent eight full hours at the largest indoor water park under a single retractable roof in North America!
Yep, that is correct, there’s finally an indoor water park that is open year-round in the DFW.
If you know my daughter, you probably would see that she was a mermaid in her past life. She loves the water, the ocean, water parks, pools, and activities that have to do with water.
But let me tell you she doesn’t like to shower!
Now that makes no sense at all, does it?
Three weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the @postivemom_ #BrandYourVision workshop in Downtown Fort Worth.
I’ve known Elayna for quite a while now.
I was drawn into her amazing spirit when she shared her story at #WeAllGrow back in 2017.
Her story made me have a different outlook on life. I used to question a lot what I’ve been through, but when I heard her story, she completed transformed the way I needed to look at things. Read more