How to Support Your Spouse When They Go Back to College

mother studyingLife is a lot easier when both partners work full-time. You have two incomes and therefore twice as much disposable income to spend, which means extra money to spend on vacations and all the nice things in life. So what happens if your spouse decides to go back to college for an online social work masters?

It can be hard for both partners when one of you takes the decision to go back to college. There are many reasons why this might happen. Perhaps your spouse hates their job and wants to study for a masters in social work so they can have a more fulfilling career, or maybe they need a further qualification to improve their earning potential. Either way, your job is to be as supportive as possible and help them every step of the way, because that’s what you signed up for when you got married.

When your spouse goes back into education, their decision will have far-reaching consequences. Your income is halved and you become the primary breadwinner. It will also decrease the amount of quality time you spend together, as every spare moment for them will be spent studying and for you taking care of family and home. However, you are a team, so here are some strategies to help you get through this difficult time.

Work Out a Budget

Since money is going to be tight for a while, you need to work out a budget – and stick to it. Write down all of your expenses and figure out how much money you have left at the end of the month. If there isn’t any, see if there are any ways you can supplement the family income, perhaps with a second job. It’s going to be tough for a while, so be prepared to live as frugally as possible until your spouse finishes studying. The good news is that once they have earned their qualification, they can start earning again.

Be Organized

You are going to have to be super organized if you are taking care of the home, doing the childcare, and holding down a job. It won’t be easy, but the more organized you are, the smoother things will run at home.

Make Time for Fun Family Time

It is important that you make time for date nights and family time. All work and no play makes everyone depressed. Allocate one night a week for family time. You don’t need to spend much money. Take it in turns to choose a movie, make some popcorn and sit down on the sofa to watch the action. As for date night, cook a nice meal, light a candle, and enjoy some uninterrupted snuggle time once the kids are in bed.

Keep Talking

Keep the lines of communication open at all times. You will both feel like ships passing in the night for a while, so it is important to stay in touch. Use text messaging, leave cute notes around the house, and if something upsets you, talk about it.

Going back to school is stressful for everyone, but this difficult period won’t last forever, so keep smiling!


It is a great day for all the Portal Masters!  Skylanders Imaginators starter packs on store shelves now AND the Skylanders Creator app is available for Android and iOS devices, so you can now create the Skylander of your wildest dreams!

The beloved kids video game franchise is trailblazing the Toys to Life category yet again with Skylanders Imaginators:

  • Create your very own Skylanders  – choose their body parts, size, catch phrase, powers, colors, theme music and so much more- with Creation Crystals and play through new storyline and gameplay.
  • New Skylanders Senseis – 20 new characters and 11 villains including Kaos (FREE with starter pack purchase until October 21 or while supplies last!), and special guest stars Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex.

  • Starter pack ($74.99USD) includes two Sensei characters, one Creation Crystal, Portal of Power and game disc available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 1, Xbox 360 and WiiU.

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  • Special Halloween Candy-Coated Chopscotch + Skylanders Halloween costumes– forego the candy and give fans a Halloween themed version of the new Sensei character- a perfect addition to trick-or-treat bags! Portal Masters can dress up like their favorite Skylanders characters with costumes available at retailers nationwide!


Even more fun with the Skylanders Creator App which includes the ability to:

  • Create your Skylanders Imaginator on the go with the same functionality in the game
  • Turn your Skylander Imaginator into a 3-D printed, fully playable toy (enter the #CreatorContest for a chance to win a FREE 3D character- details below) or a 2-D Imaginator card which is fully playable on the portal of power
  • Print your Skylander Imaginator on to an t-shirt
  • Earn new character parts with timed Imaginite Chests and share your new character via social media.

Skylanders has so many fun things going on right now!!  I really can not wait to try out the new game with Colton!!

The Secrets You Need To Know For An Amicable Divorce



Not every divorce ends amicably. If your partner has cheated on your or you are simply sick of all the bitter arguments, the divorce can become very messy indeed! But it is in everyone’s best interests that you try and stay on amicable terms with your partner. Not sure you can handle that? It’s actually very easy to remain friendly with your partner as long as you know these useful secrets.

Choose A Lawyer Who Cares

You will be surprised just how many lawyers don’t care about your family’s situation. They simply see your case as another paycheck. So it is imperative that you try and find a family who really understands how stressful this whole process is for you. This can help to limit the amount of arguments you have over custody. The lawyer will try and come to an agreement that suits both you and your partner. The best way to find a caring attorney, such as quality divorce lawyer Barbara May is through word of mouth. If some of your friends and relatives have been divorced, ask them who they used.

Understand That There Will Be No Winners

The best possible end to any divorce is one where you can live with the outcome. You and your partner might not be happy with the agreed settlement. But you are both able to live with it without continued bickering and arguments. This means there is no winner. You shouldn’t see a divorce as being a way to get one over on your partner. If you do, things can get heated and complicated very quickly, and you shouldn’t be too hopeful about getting a quick divorce.

Keep Your Emotions In Check

One thing that the legal aspect of a divorce won’t be able to deal with is the emotional side of it. You need to come to terms with your feelings and emotions as soon as possible so that you can deal with the rest of your divorce much better. If you keep your emotions in check, you will find it much easier to make practical decisions that benefit you and your kids.

Think Of Your Children

It is super important to try and make the whole divorce process easy on your kids. They will have probably had to deal with continued arguments between their parents for some time now, and this will only make things worse. First of all, explain what is happening to them in language that is simple enough for them to understand. You should try not to argue with your partner in front of them, as this will only stress them out even more. Decide on custody early on in the divorce proceedings. Are you are unable to come to an agreement with your partner? Then you need to make sure your kids aren’t exposed to too much stress once the matter is taken to court.

It is always possible to end your relationship in an amicable divorce. Hopefully, this blog post has shown you how.

Use Groupon to find fun things to do! #Groupon #ad

Groupon is a great way to find hidden gems of things to do in your area.  What I love is searching the Groupon site when I am looking for fun things to do, especially when I don’t have a lot of money to spend.  I will go to the Groupon Things to Do page and see what they have.

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I have found some really great activities that I did not even know existed!!  When we first moved to Florida, I was on Groupon every week checking out what new and cool things they had to do in Orlando.  We found really unique things like visiting a Citrus Farm where we got on a giant Bus/Truck and got to see the oranges on the trees, and see and feed the animals that lived on the farm, and when we were done, shop at the farm stand and have these delicious orange slushes.  If it hadn’t been for Groupon, I would have never known this place existed!  Oh and not only that- but we saved a ton of money on admission.

If you are wanting to save money on ANYTHING to do, concerts, expos, sporting events, festivals, shows, movies, classes, gym memberships, or even tickets to family activities– check out Groupon Things to do first.  Even if you know what you want to do, you can still save money!

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart Review

“I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.”

Disney on Ice has skated into Orlando and they are bringing new thrills and experiences just for you and your family. I went out to check out the new show last night and I was amazed at what they have done with it. If you have a Princess or Prince who loves all things Disney, you will not want to miss the show this year. I am going to share a Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart review so you know what to expect before going to the show.

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Be our Guest! 

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Be prepared for a visit from some of your favorites such as Lumiere and Cogsworth. Not only will you enjoy an abbreviated version of many of your favorite stories, you will also get see a strong cast perform a beautiful show that is sure to bring a smile to any child’s face.


Be Aware
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If you have a child who is sensitive to strobe lights, sudden loud noises, or some of the villains from Disney you may want to plan accordingly as these elements are part of the show. There are occasional pyrotechnics integrated into the show. It may be good to prepare your child for these. You will also see a few of the villains in this show. If you child is afraid of them, make sure to prepare them for these characters.

Be emotional
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This year Riley and all of her emotions join us. Riley has a big game and the emotions are here to help her out. The emotions fit the show so well and had all the kids around me laughing. I love the new show setup where they integrate the different story elements into a bigger story using the emotions. I won’t tell you if the emotions hit the ice, you will have to see the show.

Be ready to Fly!

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This year Disney on Ice is stepping it up a notch and adding an aerial component to the show. I loved this adventure above the ice. Not only will Rapunzel spend some time in the air, one other amazing character does a beautiful job of taking to the air. Want to find out who it is? Make sure to get your tickets before they are gone.

Be ready to Remember 

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Join the adventure with young Dory as we learn that not only does she have parents, but we need to find them! This part of the show does an incredible job of using multiple view points and characters to tell a beautiful story. I may have shed a single tear as Dory asked her parents what would happen if she ever forgot them. This is a beautifully done portion of the show and I definitely enjoyed every minute of it including the knowledge of where the “Just keep swimming” song started.

Be Ready to Shiver

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What would Disney on Ice be without our favorite princesses? Join Olaf as he hears the story of how he and Anna became friends. Be ready for some amazing effects as they bring the winter to life and bring you into the magic. It can get a bit chilly but don’t worry, Olaf is there to bring a bit of Summer to the show. Everyone in the arena was singing along to every song. You could tell they were having a blast.

Be Surprised!
There are tons of things included in the show that I have not shared in this review. There are surprises that will leave your child amazed. There are even a few that will make them laugh. Make sure to get your tickets today for Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart.

Get your Tickets 

Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice skating extravaganza featuring Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen, and other beloved Disney stories visits Orlando from September 2-4, 2016 for six performances at Amway Center. Show Times:  Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!

Tickets are available at  or, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

Have MORE fun with your kids using Groupon Coupons!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I received monetary payment for this post, but all opinions are my own. 

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As a single mom, money is always tight and when I have a little extra, I want to have the most fun possible with my kids.  If we plan a trip to do anything at all, I am looking for coupons to use so I can save money on that activity.  (More money saved = More fun we can have!)

When we start planning something to do, the very first place I start is Groupon Coupons.  If I know what I want to do, or a round about location we will be visiting I search their site and see what deals and coupons they are offering.  Usually, I can save at least 50% on our outing if I can find a Groupon.

For me, having the Groupon either means one of two things.  Either I am able to spend the extra money on something additional for the kids, like a souvenir or extra snack or a meal out.  OR the activity is now affordable and we can go vs I may not have had the extra money to go without using Groupon to find extra savings.

We have used Groupon for a variety of activities, but now they have additional coupons like through Hotels . com.  Well if you shop through Groupon Coupons you can get an additional 50% coupon for, so in addition to the great deal you would be getting on a hotel, you are also going to get an additional discount too!

If you love to travel, here is a list of what you can save even more on using Groupon:
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Also, don’t forget to check your zip code and travel destination for LOCAL Groupons!   Not only to save money, but also for ideas of things to do!  I have found many cool things to do both in my area and on vacation through!

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4 Surefire Ways to Keep Your Kiddo Happy on an Airplane

After months of saving and planning, you finally made your airline reservations to go see your parents who live several states away. Although you cannot wait to see your family, you are understandably nervous about the upcoming 3-hour plane ride with your young child.

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Fortunately, with some pre-planning, it is more than possible to keep your kiddo happy and occupied on an airplane. Check out the following suggestions:

Stock up on New Goodies

Before your trip, head to the dollar store and stock up on $5 – $10 worth of small toys. If you have time, wrap each one in colorful paper or the Sunday funnies. Present your kiddo with a new goody every 45 minutes or so on the plane. He or she will love unwrapping it and playing with the new toy. If you spend $10, you should have enough for both airplane trips.

Buy Gel Window Clings

There is something about those colorful gel window clings that make them irresistible to most kids. You can probably find them during your dollar store run, but most party supply stores have them, too. Check out the adorable tropical fish gel cling decals that you can pick up at Party City for $1.49.

When you are making your reservations, be sure you book a window seat for your child and let him or her decorate the window all he or she wants. You can also do some experiments and see if the clings will adhere to the tray table or seat belt. Once you land, don’t forget to take a minute to peel off the clings.

Use a Smartphone for Entertainment

Even if you normally don’t want your child to get a lot of screen time, a long plane ride is a good time to be lenient with this rule. Your smartphone will provide your kiddo with hours of things to do. Before you leave, download some kid-friendly apps on your smartphone. You can also download some of your child’s favorite shows and buy her a new pair of comfy headphones to wear on the plane.

To prevent your child from leaving the app or movie and start accessing things on your phone that she shouldn’t, adjust the settings to put the smartphone into a kid-safe mode. If you have an iPhone 6s, follow the instructions on OSX Daily to put it in Guided Access mode, which will lock the iOS device into a particular app. Basically, open “Settings,” tap on “General” and go to “Accessibility.” Under the Learning section, tap on “Guided Access.” Flip the switch to “On” and tap “Set Passcode” to choose a password to get out of the mode. Practice doing this a few times from home so you can easily set it up while you are on the plane.

Pack Favorite Snacks

To keep your child happily occupied on the plane, provide snacks that are not only yummy, but also take awhile to eat. Small boxes of raisins and string cheese are kid-friendly goodies perfect for the plane because they take longer than the average cracker to consume.

Depending on how your kiddo does with sugary snacks, you might want to keep those to a minimum. Instead of candy and cookies that might rev up your sweetie, stick with Goldfish crackers, pretzels and pouches of applesauce.

7 Ways to Liven Up a Stale Relationship

No matter the amount of time that you’ve spent in a relationship, things can easily grow stale. Whether it’s due to job related stress, financial duress or the comfort of being with a partner for a long period of time, there are unique ways to break out of your rut.

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Make Your Partner a Priority

Having a family, work and everyday stresses in life can drain your energy and focus. Before either party feels neglected, you want to put your relationship on top of the priority list. In between helping children with homework and tackling chores around the home, make time to reconnect. Plan a weekly date night where you go out for dinner or a movie. After supper, go for a walk and discuss what happened during the day. You can also plan something new such as going to a different restaurant or incorporating a new activity into your life.

Make Over Your Bathroom

An updated bathroom may not sound exciting, but the renovation can liven up your relationship. A plumber would help make it an oasis by adding a walk-in shower with room for two, Jacuzzi and double sink vanity. Instead of heading to a local hotel for special alone time, just add candles and essential oils and you have the ideal romantic retreat.

Break Out of Your Normal Routine

You can breathe new life into your relationship by switching up your normal routine. If you typically come home from work, eat dinner and sit in front of the T.V., deviate from the usual. Plan a drive, take the dog for a walk together or eat out during the week. On the weekends, plan a weekend getaway for just the two of you. Whether you travel via plane to some exotic area or you take a trip by car, spending quality time can boost your relationship.

Early Morning Love Making

Most marriages grow stale because they lack sex. If you’re exhausted after a long day, wake up earlier and make love. Having sex first thing in the morning is an excellent way to start your day. It’s also a great way to stay connected with your partner.

Go Back to Class

If you’re looking to stimulate your relationship, you may want to go back to class. Select a topic of interest to both partners such as a Mediterranean cooking class, yoga or photography. Connecting through an activity outside the home can add zest to your relationship. You’ll also be learning a new skill.

Play Games

Board games aren’t just for children. You can add some fun and excitement to your relationship by breaking out the game of Monopoly or Scrabble. Have a special prize for the winner. Whether they get to opt out of chores for the week, enjoy a lazy Sunday or get rewarded with a special massage, playing games can add spice to your marriage.

Hit the Gym

If you’re out of shape and looking for a way to get fit, hit the gym together with your partner. You’re more likely to adopt good exercise habits and stay with a program when you work out in pairs. Start out small with weight training and walking exercises. As you increase your fitness level, incorporate other exercises into your regimen. Other activities that can connect a partner include golf, jogging and biking.

If you’re relationship has entered the predictable territory, you may be wondering what you can do to ignite the burnt out flame. Every relationship is in need of a spark to turn the embers into a raging fire. With the above ideas, you can find ways to reconnect and work your way out of the relationship doldrums.

Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart coming to Amway Arena

“I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.”

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It’s that time of year again! Disney On Ice is coming back to Orlando! I have visited Disney On Ice in the past and I am so excited to see the new show.

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Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family.

Cheer with the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust – as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up.

Venture to the wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all.

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See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness, and perserverance.

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Celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie, and all your Disney friends when Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!

Do you want to go?
Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice skating extravaganza featuring Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen, and other beloved Disney stories visits Orlando from September 2-4, 2016 for six performances at Amway Center. Show Times:  Friday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!
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#Back2SchoolGirard Party and Movie Night is THIS FRIDAY!

If you are looking for something fun and FREE to do this Friday, make sure you stop by Arrowhead Stadium in Girard for the #Back2SchoolGirard Party and Movie Night.  The first 150 students will receive a FREE drawstring backpack with school supplies inside and they will also have prizes to giveaway too!

Gates open at 7:30 on Friday, August 12th, so get there early!  

There will be food available, and fun inflatables for the kiddos to burn off some energy before the movie.  Then, at sunset, find your seat and watch Kung Fu Panda 3 with your family.

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I hope everyone will stop out and enjoy this free family event put on by Liberty Assembly of God.

Check out the Facebook event for more details.

PS- You can also join us in church on Sunday at 10:30.  There is a great kid’s program, and our pastor always has an awesome sermon.  It’s right on Belmont Avenue-  6779 Belmont Ave Girard, OH 44420 :-)