Free Christian Audiobook of the Month


Today is the start of a new month – which means we get a new FREE audiobook from Christian Audio. This time it is The Advocate by Randy Singer. This book has rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 200 Amazon customers.


Christian Fiction. ECPA 2015 Christian Book Award Finalist. At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young assessore raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, “Offer to release Barabbas.” The strategy backfires, and Theophilus never forgets the sight of an innocent man unjustly suffering the worst of all possible deaths―Roman crucifixion.

50 Free Ways To Have Fun With Your Kids

50 free ways to have FUN with your kids!

This week, we are getting our kids involved in the No-Spending Challenge, so we thought it would be a good idea to have an arsenal of fun and free activities in our back pocket, in case they complain of being bored or deprived! So we sat down and racked our brains, and came up with this list.

1) Visit your local library to check out activities, movies, music and books.
2) Check your community calendar for free classes & events.
3) Build a fort out of blankets in the living room and watch a movie you already own.
4) Ride bikes.
5) Build a sandcastle.
6) Play a board game together.
7) Learn a new card game together.
8) Go on a picnic.


9) Go on a hike.
10) Volunteer.
11) Practice your lip syncing mojo.
12) Find a family theme song, then make up a dance for it.
13) Have a Lego building contest.
14) Listen to some podcasts.
15) Bake something using items you have in your pantry.
16) Organize a walking tour of an interesting place in your hometown.
17) Play something outside: football, baseball, basketball, etc.
18) Build some paper airplanes.
19) Start a nature journal using ideas on Pinterest.
20) Have a yard sale.
21) Organize a neighborhood cleanup.
22) Write a hand-written letter to a long-distance friend or family member.
23) Make a run to Goodwill to donate your unwanted items.
24) Create an obstacle course.
25) Do sudoku puzzles together online.
26) Get involved with current and ongoing public access television shows.
27) Have a water balloon fight.
28) Go for a walk around your neighborhood.
29) Blow bubbles – you can find recipes to make your own on Pinterest.
30) Plan your next summer staycation.
31) Go to the Humane Society and give an animal some exercise and attention.
32) Adopt a grandparent – check your local nursing home to see about visiting opportunities.


33) Go to the playground or park.
34) Go on an insect hunt in your backyard.
35) Make shadow puppets.
36) Tell ghost stories in the dark with a flashlight.


37) Go to the beach.
38) Go to the museum on a free admission day.
39) Play hide-and-seek.
40) Have a pillow fight.
41) Go geocaching.
42) Help out at a community garden in your area.
43) Have a scavenger hunt.
44) Work on a scrapbook together.
45) Visit with family or close friends.
46) Solve some riddles together.
47) Go through old photos and reminisce.
48) Read a book together.
49) Play dress-up.
50) Thumb wrestle.

Did I miss anything? What are your favorite free ways to have fun as a family?

FREE Family Activities For This Weekend

7 day no spending

Next week, we are embarking on another 7 Day No Spending Challenge. But just because we won’t be spending money, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun!  Here are a few free activities you may be able to find in your neck of the woods.

Local Activities:

  • Free factory tours in your area.
  • Home Depot DIY Organic Gardening workshop
  • Lakeshore Learning – free craft project for kids
  • William Sonoma – free Jr Chef Class: DIY Homemade Drinks
  • Check out your local library reading club.
  • Contact your local Parks & Recreation department, Community Center, Visitors Center or the local newspaper website for a list of free activities. Don’t forget to check with any nature centers, sports centers, lakes or community parks.
  • Visit a national park for free this weekend (4/19-4/20).
  • Bowl for free at Bowling Alleys across the country.
  • AMF Bowling Club gives you $20 off your next visit or free bowling for kids all summer.

Reading Clubs:
These are summer programs that have not started yet, but it would be fun to sign up and get started planning this week!


  • Free Campgrounds – find out where you can camp for free (or cheap!).
  • Harvest Hosts – farmers and wineries offer RVers free overnight stays.

Free National Park Admission This Weekend

nation parks

This weekend (4/18-4/19), visit a nearby National Park for free as part of their Fee-Free Weekend Program. Details HERE.

The National Parks have been the hands-down favorite part of our roadschooling trip. The Jr Ranger Program, available at most locations, is a free educational program that includes a badge and/or patch for kids who complete it. It’s meant for the kids, but I learn a lot every time!


The park rangers are always very helpful and enthusiastic with the kids.


There is even a Jr Ranger oath at the end! As you can see from the top pic, we are on our way to having quite a collection of badges.

If you are a frequent traveler, I recommend purchasing the National Park Pass for $80/year. It allows you free admission to over 2,000 federal recreation sites. That’s what we have, and it has been one of the best investments of the entire trip!

*NEW* Free Online Cooking Course


Craftsy is offering another free ecourse!  Join Sur La Table’s senior resident chef for this free course that includes 6 HD videos in a virtual classroom setting. You will learn:

  • The right knives and kitchen tools
  • Essential cutting techniques
  • Homestyle mise en place, or “prep”
  • Kitchen timing basics so that your dishes always hit the table together and at their best
  • How to fix & avoid common cooking mistakes such as gummy pasta, dry chicken and tough steak
  • Techniques for perfectly seasoning any dish
  • And many more methods!

thanks, Money Saving Mom!