8.07.2019

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe

Our family was sent a Flat Stanley 2 years ago and boy did we have fun showing him around Europe for a few weeks before sending him home! Below is the letter we sent back with him to let his class know all the places he traveled with us! 

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Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "Overlooking a stream in a cute German village"

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Dear Class,

We had so much fun with Flat Stanley we decided to let him stay with us a bit longer so he could enjoy a few more sights in Europe.

Not only did Flat Stanley get to fly over the North Atlantic Ocean to arrive in Germany but we took him on his first train ride to go downtown Stuttgart for "family day" at Oktoberfest. Flat Stanley was a little nervous to go on a few of the rides but we did convince him to go on the ferris wheel during sunset. He enjoyed some chicken in one of the big noisey tents and then took a nap on the train ride home. (october 4th)

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"1st train ride in Germany"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"on top of the world ferris wheel"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"train ride home from Oktoberfest"

October 5th we drove to Garmisch, Germany and when we woke in the morning we saw fresh snow had fallen on the Zugspitze, the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains, also the highest mountain in Germany!

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"Zugspitze"

October 6th, we drove to Verona, Italy and Flat Stanley brushed up on his Italian by reading in the car. He also took a nap (or 2) with our yorkie, Satine. In Verona, Flat Stanley saw Juliet's balcony and the Roman Amphitheatre, which was built in the first century and is still in use to this day. A pretty fountain caught Flat Stanley's eye outside the amphitheatre but I caught him before he fell in and got all wet!

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"brushing up on his Italian"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "napping with Satine"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "the view from our balcony in Verona, Italy"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "Juliet's balcony"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "Roman Amphitheatre in Verona"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "Fountain in Verona"

October 7th, we piled back in the car and headed to Venice, Italy. We stayed just outside the city and took a 20 minute train ride to and from our hotel each day. Venice was beautiful! Flat Stanley was impressed with all of the boats and couldn't believe the streets were made out of water!

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"gondola in Venice, Italy"

The train station even had Flat Stanley's initials on it "FS". He stood on a few bridges, tried to hop on a gondola ride and enjoyed when we sat down for pizza - a well loved food in Italy!

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"Train Station in Venice, check out FS initials"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"Ponte degli Scalzi Bridge in Venice"

October 8th, we wandered around Venice for our 2nd day...took a Taxi boat ride from the train station to the PIazza San Marco, which is a large iconic square and gathering place dating back to the 12th century. There's a large bell tower and a beautiful Basilica in St. Mark's Square as well.

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
"Piazza San Marco"

Flat Stanley Adventures in Europe - Leroylime
 "Piazza San Marco"

We stopped for gelato and pizza, "when in Italy!" and then headed back to Germany the next day.

Again thank you for trusting our family to take care of your Flat Stanley. I hope you enjoy reading about all of his travels and reliving them with all of the photos I've emailed your teacher.

Have a wonderful school year!

Cheers, 
Our Traveling Family

1 Month No-Spend Challenge Tracker - Free Printable

Whether you had a month splurging on birthday gifts or shopping trips, or just want to work on balancing your finances better, it's no secret that tackling these challenges can be tricky. With social media tempting both us and our kiddos constantly to splurge the temptation can be all too real. That's why taking on a no-spend challenge for a weekend, week, or even a month is a great way to fix your budget. Before you freak out, a no spend challenge isn't as drastic as it sounds. It doesn't mean you won't be spending anything, but instead that you'll be spending only on necessities like groceries, bills, etc. AKA, all the less fun stuff.

1 Month No-Spend Challenge Tracker - Free Printable
But just because you're monitoring your spending, doesn't mean it doesn't need to be fun! Credit.com created these helpful (and cute!) no spend printables to make saving easy. The best part about these challenges (and challenges in general_ is that you can share them on your social profiles with friends to help motivate both you and others! In this workbook, you'll run through a series of questions on how to prep for the challenge, then from there begin! We've included a wish list where you can add any temptations/things you almost bought, so that at the end you can calculate how money you would have saved. There's also a calendar to check off each day you achieve your no-spend challenge, and a worksheet on reflection so you can make long term changes!

8.05.2019

4 Budgeting Tips for Couples to Build their Relationship

Whether you’re still in the honeymoon phase or have been together for ten years, all couples can
benefit from communication. Being together means spending a lot of time together, which can also
mean spending money together. The truth is that money issues can cause a lot of conflict in any
relationship, whether it’s a family member, friend or spouse. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to
build a strong relationship together that can help you avoid money problems. 


Like with anything, being open and honest is always the best policy. If you try to avoid discussing
bills or money with your partner, it’s time to sit down and have a “money talk” together. There are
some fabulous free printable budget templates (created by Self Lender) to help ease into the
conversation and set your relationship up for success. Make it a date night and have fun with the
questions about childhood, memories, goals, and aspirations. You might be surprised to find that
digging deeper can help grow you closer. 


1. Have a ‘Money Talk’ Together
4 Budgeting Tips for Couples to Build their Relationship
These money conversation starters are meant to give you a better understanding of the role
finances will play in your relationship and future. You don’t necessarily have to agree on every
stance, but knowing your partner’s view will help you work together. 

  • What’s more important: liking your job or making a lot of money?
  • Do you want kids someday?
  • When would you like to buy a house (or not)?
  • What’s the next big purchase you want to make?


2. Set Some Financial Goals Together
4 Budgeting Tips for Couples to Build their Relationship
Goal planning is a common practice but have you ever sat down to list out financial goals? These
sleek templates can help inspire you to save more, make more, spend less, or grow your credit to
increase your financial stability. These could be anything related to your lifestyle or budget. Are you
saving up for a vacation? Do you want to reach a certain amount of savings? Are you working
toward a promotion? 


3. Budget As A Couple
4 Budgeting Tips for Couples to Build their Relationship
Even if you have separate personal budgets, taking time to sit down together and make a habit
of accountability and responsible spending. If you split expenses, budgeting together is the best
way to make sure your beliefs align. 


4. Stick to Your Budget
4 Budgeting Tips for Couples to Build their Relationship
Budgets can be flexible, believe it or not. There will be times that unexpected expenses that come
along. The best way to react is with flexibility. Work with each other and learn what helps and what
doesn’t. Use a calendar to help keep track of expenses and income to always be on top of your
finances. 

No one said budgeting is easy and it definitely gets more complicated with two people in the
picture. Be open, trust each other, and communicate with each other to build a financial foundation
that sets you up for a happy future together.

7.25.2019

Inspirational Wallpapers to Spread Positivity

We’re all guilty of taking our phones with us everywhere we go—whether we are checking the time or scrolling through social media, it is usually attached to us at all times. What if we could turn the time we spend on our phones into a moment of encouragement?

Inspirational Wallpapers to Spread Positivity for Phone and Computer Wallpaper

Even on the best of days, sometimes all it takes is one small problem to alter our entire attitude.
It can be tough to shake off, but thinking positively can turn our day around (in a good way).
To help you remind yourself to not get discouraged, take one small step in the right direction and
start by changing your phone background. 

Inspirational Wallpapers to Spread Positivity for Phone and Computer Wallpaper


Changing your phone or computer wallpaper may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things
but just think about where you spend a lot of your time. If you had a gentle reminder about how
awesome you are or all that you have to be thankful for every time you glance at your screen, it may
change the way you think. 

Inspirational Wallpapers to Spread Positivity for Phone and Computer Wallpaper


To give you a little inspiration, check out these beautiful designs from Mint centered around spreading
positivity and reaching your goals. Whether you just want to have more confidence or even reach a
fitness milestone, revamp your wallpaper with a little dose of positivity. 



6.20.2019

New Home Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Moving to a new home, no matter how close or far away, can put a strain on the entire family. And while studies have shown that children 6 and under adapt the best to moving homes in comparison with older children, there are still steps parents should take when moving homes to make sure their children are as comfortable as possible. 

new home scavenger hunt FREE PRINTABLES for kids

Over at The Zebra, they have put together expert tips for parents to follow before, during and after the move to keep communication open within the family and focus on the excitement a new home can bring rather than anxiety that can occur during the moving process. They also created new home scavenger hunts to help kids of all ages get more comfortable in their new home.

By following these tips while moving, putting the children's questions first, playing games in the new home and establishing new family rituals, parents can be set up for a successful transition into their new life. Of course, no home is complete without new home insurance, so make sure to get the best quote possible to protect the home your family will create brand new memories in for years to come.

5.22.2019

30 Waterfalls to Chase on Your Summer Road Trip

Summer is in the air and we are all itching to take some time off to relax, recharge, and refresh. We all want to make our time off from work the best and get the most out of it! If you are searching for that wanderlust feeling, look no further. CarRentals has created a guide on 30 waterfalls to chase this summer while road tripping across the United States. This guide details falls from each region around the US, while also giving information on which falls require a hike or fee, allow swimming, and even the type of falls to expect! Start planning your trip today, happy waterfall chasing!


30 Waterfalls to Chase on Your Summer Road Trip - #roadtrip - carrentals.com

Click Above to View Full List

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Southwest Region Waterfalls


Did you know there are numerous tall waterfalls in the Southwest? Most tower over 50 feet, giving your neck a stretch while looking up. Nambe falls in New Mexico stands at 100 feet, and people will even climb a thin strip of rock to be able to stand almost directly under the flowing stream! The South is also known for some amazingly delicious BBQ, which will hit the spot after a long waterfall hike. When traveling to waterfalls around the Southwest region, be careful of spiky cacti and snakes.

Southwest Region Waterfalls - Summer Road Trip - www.carrentals.com

What to Expect:
  • Hot summer:
    • You’ll need to pack lots of water and sunscreen to make sure you don’t overheat or burn. We also highly advise bringing cool clothing and a hat.
  • Dessert surroundings:
    • Watch your step! There are plenty of spiky cactus plants and snakes, which can all be avoided by staying on designated trails. As an allergy warning, there’s lots of dust which could potentially trigger your symptoms.  
Fun Fact: When swimming in the Hamilton Pool Falls, you can swim underneath the 50-foot waterfall because of the cave the falls rushes over.
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When traveling from falls to falls, make sure to pack accordingly (water, sunscreen, and proper shoes) and double check the weather that day to make sure you are all prepared. Have a wonderful, refreshing trip chasing waterfalls!

5.14.2019

Teacher Gift Ideas

If y'all forgot last week was teacher appreciation week, have no fear...
there's always the end of the year! 


Teacher Gift Ideas - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

I'm constantly looking for gift ideas...when I find a good deal, I pick items up, stash them in my gift bin and then pull it all together as needed. PickYourPlum is a great site to find personalized, one of a kind items, such as the mouse pads & stamp. Etsy is also another go-to site and you can find super cute ideas on Pinterest. Let's not forget Target, which isn't in Germany, yet, boo.

Here are a few ideas to thank your children's teachers for helping grow your kiddos throughout the year.

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"Just BEEcause"


Bee themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Bee themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Bee themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com


I found the bee towel on clearance and ran with the bee theme, adding honey & a box of tea. And who doesn't love bees? Your gifts don't need to cost crazy amounts of money. You can put a little bit of effort and a lot of love in your gifts and really, that's what counts.

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"You're just the sweetest"

Apple themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Apple themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Apple themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

A personalized apple mouse pad, paired with a small notepad for writing genius thoughts & writing utensils. I didn't have any plain gift bags, so covered the store writing with stamped images.

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"You're so AWESOME"

Cactus themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Cactus themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Cactus themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

A floral personalized mouse pad paired nicely with this sweet cactus stamp set I had on hand. I switched up the color of the twine & washi tape to coordinate and made over the bag as well. The personalized stamp was a great find on Pick Your Plum. 

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 The little touches, like gift tags or cards really make a difference and my kids LOVE handing over the gifts to their teachers. Again, it's the thought that counts, not how much it cost you. 
Just have fun with it! 

Check out my other Teacher Gift Ideas HERE

Happy gifting!!

4.09.2019

6 Bucket Lists to Help You Live Your Best Life


Have you ever tried making a bucket list? While they might seem cliche, bucket lists are actually a great way to map out your life goals and become motivated to achieve them. Regardless of whether or not you actually check everything off, you’ll learn a lot about what’s important to you — and hopefully have some amazing experiences along the way.

6 bucket lists to help you live your best life - FREE Printable - LeroyLime


If you’re a fellow lover of traveling, I urge you to create a travel bucket list. Write down all of the destinations that you know you’ll want to see in your lifetime, and little by little, start making them happen! Not sure where to start? These printable bucket lists offer some great inspiration. I’ve included the traveling one below. Happy bucket listing!


2.11.2019

Valentine’s Day Coupons for Kids

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show the little ones in your life how much you care. From Valentine’s Day crafts to special V-Day outings, the holiday is the perfect time to spend quality time with your kiddos.


Valentine's Day Coupons for Kids

This February 14th, show your mini-mes how much they mean to you with these adorable love coupons for kids from Wikibuy. These coupons are designed around encouraging quality family time, making them a gift they’ll love to get and you’ll love to give! From family game night to a one-on-one lunch date, these coupons will make your child light up. There are even fill-in-the-blank coupons, so you can really tailor the gift around their favorite activities.



Putting together the coupon booklet is easy. Simply download the coupons, print them out
(we recommend cardstock!) and bind them together using a hole punch and ribbon.
These coupons make the perfect gift from mom and dad, or can encourage time with
grandma and grandpa. There are 15 kids coupons in all, so there’s a lot of love to go
around. As a bonus, Wikibuy has also created 30 V-Day coupons for adults—so
you can cross Valentine’s Day shopping off your list. Happy gifting!





2.10.2019

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria

Alpbach is a small quaint village where everybody knows everybody and you feel at home right away. You'll meet many Alpbach ski pals who come back year after year. There's quite a big crowd that flys in from London so English is heard throughout the small mountain villages and on the slopes. A great place to hire a ski instructor to either teach the newbies or brush up on your ski skills. The local watering hole, Post Alm, boasts a cozy atmosphere, tasty food and neverending drinks to whisk away any pain your may have incurred skiing that day. Don't skip the Schnapps at the end of the night, you'll thank me in the morning.

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime

We ventured to Alpbach the first time in 2018, January 11-15th. We stayed 4 nights at the newly refurbished Ferienwohnung Neubau, which is centrally located in the middle of town, above a ski shop and directly across from a pizzeria. 4 nights for 983€ - The apartment boasted beds for 6 and a well thought out kitchen, dining and living room area. There is also a ski and boot room in the building, so your boots can dry and be nice and cozy for slipping into them the next morning. The walk to the bus stop is conveniently located a block away. There is a large wrap around balcony, which I'm sure is a wonderful spot to enjoy coffee and breakfast in the summer months, while soaking in the beautiful mountainside views.

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime


Our latest trip to Alpbach was just last month, January 17-21, 2019. We booked the Ferienwohnung Marlene, which gave us a completely new view of Alpbach since it is nestled up on the mountainside instead of in the center of town. A brisk 10 min walk on a snowy path through the fields and you are in town but it's not for the faint of heart! Our little apartment slept 6, with 2 bedrooms and a pull out couch. Although it wasn't as nice as the first place we stayed, it suited our family well and the price was worth it at 435€ for 4 nights. There wasn't a boot/ski room but this time, we rented two ski lockers at Inneralpbach, costing 38€ for 3 days. The first day is always the hardest getting everyone's gear in the right place but after that the mornings are much easier to get everyone bundled up and boots buckled before hitting the slopes. 

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime

My husband and I purchased our own boots this season but we have yet to decide on skis, so have been renting them, wherever we go. 2 ski and pole rentals in Alpbach were 86€ for 3 days from Conny's Sport. They are located right below our favorite watering hole, Post Alm. 

There is free parking at Inneralpbach but I'd suggest going early or during the week if you want a good spot. Lift tickets for 5 of us came out to 482€ for 3 days on the slopes. 7 and under ski free, so our youngest just had to duck under the bar every time she rode the lifts or chairs. 

There is a great ski school, Bobo's Kinder-Club, that our two youngest attended in 2018, our kids still fondly talk about the "Bobo the Penguin" school. They were 4 & 7 when they attended last year and it was the perfect fit for both of them and also gave Mom and Dad a bit of a break to enjoy the slopes without any extra worry. 

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime

Our first time in Alpbach, I had a wonderful private 2 hour lesson with a 77 year old instructor, David. He asked me what I wanted to learn and I quickly responded, "how to stop!". With a big grin on his face, he said, "well, that's what you'll learn today then"...to book your own group or private lessons, check out the Schi Schule Alpbach, you won't be disappointed! 

The perfect place to take your family and enjoy a weekend or week away nestled in the cozy hug of the Tyrol mountainside.  I hope you love it as much as we do! 

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime


Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime