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!


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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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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