Having fun is what makes life great! The blog posts below give you ideas about how to do more with the time and money you have available!


20+ Motivational Quotes to Share the Love of Fall

September 1, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 12 Comments

Welcome fall! Let’s start fall off on a great note! Here are more than twenty motivational quotes to help you…

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Adorable Fall Decorations You Need This Season

August 25, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Fall is here and it’s time to decorate! In my opinion, fall is one of the best times of the…

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Here’s why you should visit Mellow Mushroom now!

August 10, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 2 Comments

Have you been to Mellow Mushroom yet?? Whether you are heading out for a night on the town or looking…

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Exciting Summer Activities at Home for Little Ones

July 31, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 10 Comments

Summer can be an amazing time for relaxing and enjoying time with family! It can also be stressful with all…

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The Ultimate Packing List for Your Next Road Trip

June 7, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 44 Comments

Road trips can be an amazing adventure! You can go anywhere and see just about anything you want to see!…

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The Top Waterpark in Indiana: Splashin’ Safari

May 25, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Splashin’ Safari is located inside Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. You pay one ticket price and get admission to…

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Family Fun at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN!

Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari is a family-owned amusement park in Southern Indiana. It’s been around for 75 years and…

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Disney with Toddlers: You Can Do It & Have Fun!

May 18, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Disney is an amazing place! It’s full of princesses, castles, rides, amazing food, Mickey, Minnie, and SO MUCH MORE! It…

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My Favorite Amazing Amazon Finds This Spring!

March 26, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 42 Comments

Ready for Spring? I know that I am! I’m done with cooler weather and ready to get the pool opened…

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Non-Candy Easter Treats for Young Children

March 11, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Ready for some great ideas for Easter treats for your little kiddos? Check out these cute non-candy items to add…

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Fun Date Night Ideas for Easter Treats

Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Easter treats don’t only have to be for the kids! Adults like treats to! Check out these cute ideas for…

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Non-Candy Easter Ideas Teens Will Actually Enjoy!

Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Teens can be so difficult to shop for when it comes to small treats and goodies. They have all kinds…

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Non-Candy Easter Ideas for Elementary School-Age Children

Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Easter is often filled with sweet treats and chocolates. However, it’s nice to add something special (and non-sugary) to all…

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Easter Basket Ideas for Kids 5 and Under

March 2, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Here are Some Fun Easter Ideas for Your Little Easter Bunnies! With Easter right around the corner it can be…

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The Amazing Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

February 6, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 10 Comments

Are you looking for amazing views of the Smoky Mountains? How about adding a little adventure to those views?? My…

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February nuiMOs Update

February 1, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

I got my Stitch nuiMOs at World of Disney in Disney Springs in January and he has enjoyed traveling with…

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Stitch nuiMOs: Follow his adventures in 2021

January 30, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Here is what my Stitch nuiMOs has been up to so far in 2021! #ad Keep up with his adventures…

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Amazing Activities in Kentucky? You Have to Investigate Louisville Mega Cavern

January 24, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

As a mom of seven (and now a grandmother of five), I’m always looking for unique activities to do with…

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nuiMOs

January 21, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

It’s time for the next adorable goodies available at ShopDisney.com! So keep an eye out to find your new favorites!!…

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Fun Gift Ideas for Couples

January 15, 2021 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 41 Comments

The last year has definitely been stressful and challenging! It’s time to focus on the positives and enjoy the time…

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Bring on The New Year with Self-Care!

December 27, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 8 Comments

What a year 2020 has been! No one could have predicted the craziness and chaos that presented itself in 2020!…

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Living with the Land: Christmas Edition

December 21, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

There are so many things to love about EPCOT in Walt Disney World and one of my must-dos every trip…

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Disney’s Festival of the Holiday’s Cookie Stroll

December 15, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

There are so many fun and wonderful things to do and see around Walt Disney World on a daily basis,…

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300+ Things to do With Your Child Before Their 18th Birthday!

November 14, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

The time is so short. Check out these fun, family activities to do with your children before they become adults.…

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Holiday Decorations and More for Disney Lovers

November 6, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 2 Comments

If you know anything about me at all, you know I’m a huge Disney Fan! We have enjoyed many trips…

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Fun and Unique Gifts for HER!

October 27, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 42 Comments

Women (especially mom’s) are often the hardest people to buy gifts for. They are typically the ones that do all…

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Stocking Stuffers for TEENS

October 24, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Teens….teens tend to be the most difficult to find stocking stuffers for. Teens often have expensive taste, so trying to…

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Halloween and Fall Decorations

September 27, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 29 Comments

Here are some great, (mostly) inexpensive fall decoration ideas! Discounted Prime for EBT and Medicaid cardholders Fall Fall decorations encompass…

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The BEST of Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Melissa A Jones, PhD | 36 Comments

Magic Kingdom is just that…Magical! It’s often the first place people think of when someone says Disney World and the…

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My Favorite Disney Magic Shots and More

September 20, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 26 Comments

Magic Shots are just one of the benefits of Memory Maker. Many people debate about whether or not Disney’s Memory…

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Halloween Fun!

September 8, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

I’m excited to get ready for Halloween! I love Halloween! I enjoy Halloween decorations and Halloween itself. For the last…

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My 12 Favorite Amazon Finds for this Summer!

June 21, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

1- Disney Trading Pins Disney is open again, so time to celebrate! One of my favorite things to do at…

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5 Things We Love about Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana

Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

I grew up going to Holiday World as a child and adolescent, though it was Santa Claus Land while I…

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Our Top 10 Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Traveler!

June 14, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 2 Comments

Traveling is such a great adventure, espeically for couples and families! I love to travel and have been lucky enough…

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You Can Still Have Fun While Quarantined

April 12, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 35 Comments

Many of us are tired of being unable to go to all of the normal places we are used to…

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Easter Baskets–Online Ideas for Gifts and Activities

April 8, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 1 Comment

Check out these great ideas for your Easter Baskets! You can order online and ship to your own home or…

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Disney Adventures in a Box

April 6, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 14 Comments

I am sorry to say that Disney has discontinued their Adventure boxes until after the Pandemic is over. We will…

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Activities while You and Your Family are Quarantined!

March 17, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 32 Comments

Updated 4/11/2020…check out the new ideas added at the end of this post!! Now is the perfect time to catch…

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Easter Basket Ideas for the Disney Fan in your Life

March 14, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | Leave a comment

Easter is such a fun time of the year for everyone in the family! There are surprises, Easter egg hunts,…

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Easter Basket Ideas for the Five and Under crowd!

February 23, 2020 Melissa A Jones, PhD | 4 Comments

As a mom of seven and, now, grandmother of five, I am looking forward to Easter and Easter Egg Hunts…

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12+ Perfect Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Gifts!

February 2, 2020, Melissa A Jones, PhD | 29 Comments

With Valentine’s Day almost here, it’s often difficult to figure out exactly what to get for the ones you love.…

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Reliving My Childhood Fun With My Children

January 28, 2020, Kristyn Jones | Leave a comment

It had been YEARS since I last visited Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. It’s the theme park that is about…

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The Importance of Maintaining and Strengthening Your Relationship with Your Partner

January 17, 2020, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | Leave a comment

Many people think relationships are 50/50, but that is not what good relationships are made of. Good relationships are made…

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2019 Fall Family Challenge

September 21, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | 21 Comments

What’s more fun than spending time with your family?? Spending that time completing fun Fall Family Challenge activities! See how…

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10 Years Ago

September 18, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | 1 Comment

Ten years ago today we were celebrating my husband’s 39th birthday at Walt Disney World. Firsts… This Disney trip was…

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Adventures at IKEA!

September 2, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | 11 Comments

I was recently in Indianapolis moving my younger daughter into her college dorm at IUPUI. Of course, once we get…

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Sunshine Blogger Award

August 11, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | Leave a comment

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. It’s a way to recognize peers for success…

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Date Your Spouse!

July 21, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | Leave a comment

You met your spouse, spent time together, got to know him or her better, spent more time together finding out…

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Five Benefits of Trying New Foods

July 21, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | 2 Comments

I’m a picky eater, but I’m also a believer in trying new things and trying new things includes trying new…

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TripAdvisor

Franklin Street Pizza Factory

July 13, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | Leave a comment

My family and I love trying new restaurants any time we travel! We enjoy trying both local restaurants and chain…

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Parenting Book Excerpt

 June 29, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | Leave a comment

Why am I qualified to teach parenting? So, why am I qualified to talk about parenting and relationships? First, I’m…

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Parents Want to Have Fun Too!

June 23, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | Leave a comment

As parents, it’s often hard to remember to take time for yourself, much less actually have time to do something for…

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My Disney Backpack

June 8, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | Leave a comment

I often hear people in various Disney Facebook groups and other social media outlets asking about what they need to…


How can I make my money stretch further?

May 20, 2019, Melissa A Jones, Ph.D. | Leave a comment

My husband and I have seven biological children between the two of us so stretching our finances has always been…

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