4 Essentials for a Better Family Road Trip

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Want to score a great deal on your next vacation? Use Groupon Getaways. Check out the app on your Walmart Family Mobile phone when planning your family summer road trip.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Tips4Trips #CollectiveBias Summer has always been my favorite season. Blame it on the fact that I'm a summer baby myself, or that I hate being cold, or looked forward to not having school. I love it. And one of the best parts of summer is traveling! As a child I would often go truck driving with my father in the summers, or we'd make our once every 3 year road trip from Wisconsin to Utah for a big family reunion. Traveling is just better in the warmer months and schedules (like no school) often allow for it. If you are ...

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How to Prep Your Vehicle for a New Baby Like A Pro

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How to prepare for a new baby - make sure you prep your car!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PERK for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Oh my word. Can you believe I have less than a month now until baby number four arrives?! With another babe on the way, I'm trying my best to finish up some last minute checklists and prep for the new baby, or what many would call nesting. And one area that I really need to prep is my car. Sure, creating a nursery is fun and exciting, but prepping your car for a new baby is about safety and convenience when away from the home. 4 Things You Need to do to Prep Your Car for a New Baby 1. Get needed car maintenance. One of the most ...

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Will You Dare to Compare So You Can Save?

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If you need new tires on your car, then you have to #DaretoCompare local stores with Sam's Club! They have such a great deal on tires and the service fees to install them.

This is a sponsored by post written by me on behalf ofSam’s Club for IZEA all opinions are 100% mine. A few months ago my family received our tax returns, and like many Americans, we were thinking about big investments and purchases that our money needed to go toward. One of those big expenses were new tires for our large Chevy suburban.Paying for four large SUV sized tires is not a small investment, and my husband is pretty picky about the tires we put on our cars, so not just any old tire would do. So we looked around, held onto rebate offers and special discounts from local tire shops and tire manufacturers that came in the ...

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5 Things Big Families Need to Consider When Buying Car Seats

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When you have multiple children to put into car seat cars, it can get tricky. Love this tips for buying car seats for large families.

When it comes to having a big family, one of the concerns you have is logistics. Where is everyone going to sleep, eat, and sit in the car? Putting more than two children in a vehicle, mean there are definitely something you have to some things to consider when buying car seats for large families. Things to Consider When Buying Car Seats When You Have a Large Family 1. Seat Width and Car Equipment If you are expanding your family, it doesn't always mean you can afford to expand other things, like your vehicle size. Buying a new car, minivan, or SUV to contain your growing brood just isn't an option for everyone. So, it is often ...

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Protect Your Kids (and Your Car!) by KidProofing Your Vehicle

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Kidproof - protect kid protect car

Buying a car is usually costly, no matter if it is used or not. And most of us would like to see our cars last a long time, in every way possible. However, many of us tote around little mess makers, I mean, children, with us, who do not know how expensive the car's interior is, nor that the bottom of their muddy shoes will leave a mark on the carpet and seats, nor do they really care. It's why kidproofing a car is pretty important. But, kidproofing a vehicle also means keeping your kids safe in the car. You know, it is interesting to me the term baby proofing, because I feel like it's relatively easy to keep babies safe, whether ...

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The Truth About the If and When to Move a Child to a Booster Seat

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When and if to move child to booster seat

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Chicco. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. When do you move a child up to a booster seat? When are they ready? What the suggested ages, weight, and heights for a booster seat? What are the laws nationally and in your state regarding booster seats? You likely have these questions if you are a parent or caregiver of a child between the ages of 3-8. There seems to be a lot of conflicting information out there on booster seats (as well as lots of mommy guilt if you transition to a booster before your mommy peers moved their child). ...

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Is your child safe in his car seat? Car Seat Safety 101

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Is your child safe in their car seat? A great post full of awesome resources about car seat safety, as well as some tips on buying seats too!

If you are a parent, then car seats are a part of your life. And poorly installed and used car seats are not safe, but many of us simply don't know all the do's and don'ts of car seat safety! Today I am welcoming my older sister Brittany Roberts to share her researched knowledge on car seat safety, even including where to get your seats, how to install car seats, and all sorts of great tips! I hope you learn something to help you keep your little ones(s) safer while driving. My affiliate links are used in this post.When I first became a mother, I was completely oblivious of what was right or wrong when it came to proper car seat ...

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Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway Review – Perfect Toddler Toy!

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What a fun event for the kids to help you figure out what toys to get them this year! #ChosenByKids Holiday Toyland events at Walmarts! #ad

I was given this great new toy to try out thanks to Sverve and Walmart, but all opinions are my own. A couple weeks ago, on Saturday, October 4, 2014, my family and I headed to our local Walmart to check out their #ChosenByKids Toyland Event! There were two nice workers set up at a booth who showed us the toys, explained Walmart's layaway program, and they let our kids play with toys! All three of my kids loved the Fur Real Get Up and GoGo My Walking Pup Pet Plush, one of the two toys available for my kids to play with. They all also really liked the Fisher-Price® Little People® City Skyway.  We went ahead and picked it up for ...

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How to Save Money on Gas

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Here are 8 great ways to save money on gas! So smart! I love her tips for getting better fuel economy and saving on fuel itself.

Gasoline prices suck. Seriously. We all know it. And we all want to figure out the best way to save money on gas, especially as prices increase during the summer. So, I'm sharing my gas saving tips. I am not a car expert (ha ha ha!) but I know how to save money on gas for my car, because I'm frugal like that. The two biggest things you can do to save money on gas are drive smarter to increase your fuel economy, and shop smarter to lower your cost per gallon. How to Save Money on Gas Improve Your Miles Per Gallon 1. Don't drive. It has to be said. If you don't drive your car, you won't spend money on gas. Save trips for when ...

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Child Car Seat BeltLock – No more undone seatbelts!

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Use BeltLock to stop little fingers from "accidentally" releasing the seat belt securing their car seat! Awesome device! whatsupfagans.com

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Child car seats are one of those unspoken daily pains for a lot of parents. Kids don't like them, so subsequently, we, the parents, don't like them. Our twins have fought us getting buckled into them. They've taken their shoulders out of the straps, unbuckled the top clips, and protested that the straps were much too tight, when in reality they were at the recommended car seat safety standards. But, we as parents know that child car seats are important. They keep our kids safer in the unfortunate event of a car accident. It's part of why we hate it so much when our kids ...

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Two Year Car Accident Anniversary: Blessings in Disguise

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Two Year Car Accident Anniversary - Seeing the Blessings in Disguise. Great perspective comes with time and healing. | whatsupfagans.com

Two years ago my husband was in a severe car accident that totaled our one and only vehicle, broke his sternum, left him unable to work for more than a month, racked up medical bills, put us in (even more) financial strain, threw his awesome weight loss off track, and initiated us into the world of lawyers and lawsuits. This car accident was no fun. At. All. And today is the two year car accident anniversary. It's been two years since that accident altered our lives. Fortunately, it has been proven to us that this accident was actually the blessing in disguise that we prayed it would be. Two years out we can see all the good ...

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How to play the Alphabet Car Game

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alphabet car game

I can only assume that everyone who has ever traveled on a long-distance road trip (or even a short one) has played the alphabet game.  But, if not, let me share it with you, and what the "Fagan house rules" are. The Alphabet Game is a game you play when you are trapped inside a car and have nothing to do but stare out the window, listen to music, and drive or sit.  You play by finding all 26 letters of the alphabet on things that you pass as you are going down the highway, in order, from A to Z.  When you find a letter, you shout out the word you found it in, and then say the next letter you are looking for.  No paper/pens ...

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