Memory Box


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I am connected to my phone 24/7, and with three young children, it has become my go to camera for all events, day trips, celebrations, holidays, and boring afternoons at home.  With so many apps out there to help you “enhance” your photos, I wanted to let you know about one that I recently found … Memory Box.  

Memory Box isn’t like all of those other photo apps on your phone.  It doesn’t add filters or special effects to your images.  It doesn’t allow you edit or crop your images either.  What it does give you is worth so much more.

With Memory Box, you take a collection of photos and create a slide show that you then narrate, capturing your voice as you describe the moment in time.  

Wouldn’t this be a wonderful way to take a series of photos of your child and then record their voice to capture their essence for all time?  Or to narrate a series of photos in a “how to” so you can refer back to it later?  The possibilities are endless!

Go here to preview my Middletown Grange Fair story that I created using Memory Box.

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To get started, you can download the Memory Box app for free on your iOS devices.  Once you have the app installed, you can create your own digital stories by clicking the create button on the bottom center of the screen.  From there, creating your story is just a matter of selecting your photos, putting the images in order, recording your story, and giving it a title.  Once you are finished, you can choose to keep the story private or share it on Facebook & Twitter.  Its just that easy.

This post is in collaboration with Memory Box.

I’m Going to BloggyCon!

Bloggy Conference 2014!I have been blogging at Raising A Family On A Budget since 2010.  For most of that time, I have considered this site my job, but I didn’t treat it like a job.  I’m hoping to learn enough this weekend at BloggyCon to help me transition my attitudes and my time to make this page even more successful!

A few years ago, I attended a different blogging conference that was held in NYC.  While that event was HUGE, I was too overwhelmed by the experience to get much out of it.  

BloggyCon is different.  Its smaller … more intimate.  With 250 attendees expected at this years conference, there really is ample opportunity to participate in the sessions and interact with the speakers as well as the other conference attendees.  I am looking forward to attending the sessions, and absorbing as much info as I can, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’m also very excited for the fun side of this conference.  

You see, BloggyCon is held at Cedar Point Amusement Park!  That’s right.  After spending the day learning all the ins and out on blogging, social media, and marketing, I will be decompressing on some of the most amazing roller coasters in North America!  I used to be a real roller coaster junkie, but haven’t even ridden one in 10 years!  I can’t wait to break that dry spell!

I’m also very excited to announce that Memory Box Stories is sponsoring my trip to BloggyCon!  I am so excited to be working with Memory Box Stories.  Make sure you stop back on Friday to check out my review of their app that’s available on iOS and Android devices.

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In addition to the membership, you will get $20 Costco Cash Card and bonus coupons (a $29.47 value), good for a free apple pie, a free rotisserie chicken, and a free Kirkland Signature™ case of bath tissue.  This deal is valid for new members for their first year of membership only.

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I am really excited about this deal, and just purchased our family’s membership because this deal will pay for itself just with the Costco Cash and free items!  Why not give it a try!

Get a Free 30-Day Trial of Audible

Sign up with Audible to download a free audio book. Sign in using your Amazon account and get a free 30 day trial membership. If you continue your membership after the trial period, the cost will be $14.95 per month thereafter. You’re membership will continue until you cancel. You’ll be able to download 1 audio book per month. You do not have to enter a credit card number to start your subscription.

I like using Audible to “read” the same books that my children are assigned for school.  It is also a great resource  for us to listen to books together while we are driving in the car. 

How will you use audio books in the upcoming school year?


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Menu Plan Monday: September 8-14


Some weeks, I am more prepared for meals than others.  Last week, I wasn’t prepared at all, so I’m hoping to turn things around this week.  Our garden is full of tomatoes right now, and while I still have a bunch to can as tomato puree for the winter months, we are using some for tonight’s dinner.  I love having the opportunity to eat from the garden.  It really saves our grocery budget, and I feel good knowing that the vegetables that we grow are organic which is better for my family and for the environment.


This week’s menu plan:

Monday:  Chicken cutlet parmigiana, eggplant rollatini, salad (the only thing I didn’t raise/make was the chicken)
Tuesday:  Chicken Fajitas, Rice
Wednesday:  Leftover Lottery
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner
Friday – Sunday:  Bloggy Con!  

What is on your menu this week?

Do you need more meal time inspiration?  Check out Menu Plan Monday on I’m An Organizing Junkie for the weekly link up.

September is National Yoga Month!

Silhouette yoga
Did you know that September is National Yoga Month?  Yoga is said to be for the purpose of uniting the mind, body, and spirit.

Some of the benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • The maintenance of a balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury

I have never taken a yoga class, however when I was teaching, my principal (Mike Richards) brought in a yoga instructor for one of our inservice days and it was wonderful.  The breathing techniques that she taught us were an asset to use with my students when they were stressed, or for myself once I was pregnant.  I want to expand my horizons while getting healthy, and am considering taking a yoga class at the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center where I have a membership.

The RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center will be hosting several Yoga events during the month of September.

Women’s Yoga
Monday, September 15th
9:30am – 10:45am in Studio 2 with Marzena
A multi-level yoga celebration of women. De-stress and discover your strongest self!

Breaking Down the Vinyasa Flow
Wednesday, September 17th
1:15pm – 2:15pm in Studio 2 with Dave
Learn the basics of vinyasa yoga, a flowing style of yoga that works on connecting the breath with movement of the body. Includes challenging poses.

Restorative Yoga with Meditation
Sunday, September 21st
12:15pm – 1:45pm in Studio 2 with Andrea
Relax your mind and body using props and long hold times. Bring your own blanket! Sign up at the Front Desk. Space is limited to 12 participants.

Cycle Zen
Wednesday, September 24th
10:30am – 12:00pm in the Cycle Studio with Susan & Liz
Combine the benefits of cardio and mind/body fitness during this fusion class.

These four events are in addition to the regular line up of Yoga classes that are offered.  Click here for the September class schedule and descriptions. 

If I can get up, and out the door early enough, I think I may attend the Women’s Yoga event next Monday morning.  Since I have zero core strength at the moment, I think Yoga would be a wonderful way for me to strengthen my abdominal muscles and regain my flexibility.

If you are not a member, you can contact Robert Murphy, General Manager at RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center to start your free two week trial membership that includes all of the amenities that the fitness center has to offer.  You can email Robert at email hidden; JavaScript is required or contact him by phone 609.584.7600.  


Disclosure:  I have a business relationship with RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center.  While compensated for sharing information about the facility, all opinions are my own.

Image credit:  Onef9day CC-BY-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

North Pole Express Train Ride

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Join Santa and Mrs. Claus aboard the 60-80 minute North Pole Express train ride departing from New Hope Station. Musicians play Christmas carols, while riders experience the magic of a round trip journey as they travel through historic Bucks County on their way to the North Pole. Passengers will sing along, play games, sip warm cocoa, and nibble cookies as Santa and Mrs. Claus visits with each child to deliver a special gift.

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Finding a New Normal as a Homeschool Family

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Last week was the start of the new school year.  Our family has embarked on a new adventure by enrolling our children into PA Cyber Charter School.  In my life before children, I was a middle school teacher.  I had an idea as to how much work this would be.  What I didn’t realize was how little time I would have for everything else.

My day still around 6am, but I’m lucky if I get to have my first cup of tea before I have to start laundry, housework, or other items around our home.  Usually, while I’m attempting to caffeinate, I get online to check Facebook, Twitter, and start blogging for the day.  By 8:30, all of the children are awake and are requiring mommy time, and that is where the end of my structured day comes to an end.  At 8:30 in the morning.  The next 12 hours are filled with a myriad of chores, breaking up arguments, diaper changes, meals, snacks, blogging, work (I also work PT for Princeton University), gardening, playing, running errands, appointments, and now teaching.

Last week, everyone was fed daily and the completed their school work.  That’s it.

Well, I also kept up with dishes (usually in the wee hours of the night) and continued to work for the university.  Nothing else around the house was done.  I didn’t make it to the gym a single day (I’m very upset about this fact), and none of my usual errands were taken care of, including grocery shopping.

But the school work was done, and I have to keep reminding myself of that.  By being part of a cyber charter school, we have the benefits of homeschooling, but also the challenge that comes with being part of a public charter school.  That challenge – deadlines that aren’t self inflicted.  We have a certain number of lessons that we must complete each and every day.  There are assessments that must be scanned and uploaded for the teacher to review.  We need to maintain a steady pace in order to be successful.

As I spent last week getting familiar with that pace, and how presenting the information works best for my children, everything else that I wanted to do because less of a priority.  I closed my laptop.  I turned off my phone.  I focused all of my energy into my children and their lesson, and that meant nothing else got done around the house.  

And while so many of my homeschooling/cyber schooling friends told me I would be stressed out, or there would be tears, there was none of that.  This is the most non-stressful thing I’ve done in a while.  I just need to work on my time management so that it can all get done.  Last week’s priorities were very different than my usual priorities for what needs to get done in order for me to feel like the day was a success.  This week, we add everything else back in.

Between the daily lessons, meal times, chores, and activities (of which there is only one, but more starting up at the end of the month) – we need to have structure to our day.  I need to can the tomatoes and peaches.  I need to get back to the gym this week.  I need to get my items together for Just Between Friends Lower Bucks consignment sale (drop off is Wednesday, and I have yet to enter my inventory).  I need to get ready for Bloggy Con this weekend.  I need to get ready for the Morrisville Community Farmers’ Market.  I need to grocery shop.  

I need to get our entire family in a routine.

As we work to establish our new normal, I may go missing from time to time, and I really appreciate all of the support we have been receiving as we embark on this new journey.