Easter | Spring Sensory Bins in a DIY Sand & Water Table

Easter/Spring sensory bins in a DIY sand/water table @ jaxinthebox.com I think spring has finally sprung. Not only is Easter around the corner, but the snow has melted here in Southern Wisconsin and green blades of grass are trying to muscle their way through the hay-like mat of sod in my backyard. My head is swimming with visions of fun outdoor summer activities. While it’s still too cold to put our DIY sand & water table to use, I’ve prepped some sweet Easter and spring-themed sensory bins (more…)

We were on TV talking about how to save money on family vacations!

I really enjoy the folks at Fox6 Real Milwaukee and am always excited to return and share family-friendly tips and tricks. Just in time for spring break and summer vacation, last week I shared my strategies for vacationing on a shoestring budget. If you missed that blog post, you can find all the details here: Vacation on a Shoestring: Part 2.

Click the picture below to view the video of the television segment (or just click here: Fox6 segment). Enjoy!

Jessica Lahner, Ph.D. from jaxinthebox.com talks about strategies for saving money (and staying sane!) on your next family vacation.

And make sure to enter to win this sweet Petunia Pickle Bottom Cross Town Clutch! The giveaway ends this Wednesday, April 9th! Click the picture below (or here: giveaway) to learn how to enter — it’s painless I promise!

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Vacation on a Shoestring: Part 2

Tips for traveling with kids  on a budget @ jaxinthebox.comIf you live in a cold winter climate like I do, you are so ready for summer.  This winter has been the worst. As the thermometer climbs and the snow melts, I am actually thankful to see the scattered trash appear under the heaps of ice — a sight that usually makes me recite the lines of my boys’ favorite preschool book: Trashy Town(more…)

Why I gave up money for Lent (and what I’m learning in the process)

Why I gave up money for Lent @ jaxinthebox.comI don’t generally do anything special for Lent. Growing up in Wisconsin, I always thought of Lent as something Catholics “did.” I enjoy the Friday fish fry tradition (that takes place all year round in Wisconsin, by the way), but always thought of giving something up as just another one of those Catholic rituals.

But every so often, I challenge myself with “giving something up.” And this year is one of those years. In the past (more…)