Category Archives: Recreation/Fun

19 Affordable and Fun Spring Activities for Families

A list of inexpensive Spring recreation and fun ideas

Spring Activities – if you’re looking for fun spring activities for families this is the place. Spring is a time full of awesome and affordable recreational events. It’s the time for plants and trees to come back to life. And in many parts of the country families can be outside to enjoy the more temperate weather and outdoor activities.

If we just look ahead at the upcoming calendar & holidays there are plenty of opportunities for fun on the affordable side.


Are there special Spring events in your area that tourists usually attend? Well, maybe you would … Read more »

Romantic Movies: Best PG-13 Family Friendly Valentine’s Day Flicks

If you're looking for movies that have romance or romantic comedy in them, here's a great list! Movie reels with a sheer valentine heart and the title Valentine movie mania

We have watched almost all of the PG-13 Romantic Movies listed below. All of them are family-friendly and are perfect for Valentine’s Day Movie Mania night. Or any other night when you just want to snuggle up together.

If you’re looking for a movie that will warm your heart, try these. We’ve picked movies with romance in them and romantic comedies from war flicks and heartwarming stories to total suspense! We’ve combined some of our favorites with a huge list provided by our Facebook Fans!

Romantic Movies suitable for Family Viewing

You may want to preview some of the movies produced after 1970 … Read more »

Family Date Night Ideas That Are Creative, Fun and Cheap

Free & Frugal Recreation Ideas - Lovers Lane -

Are you looking for family date night ideas that are fun, but don’t cost an arm and a leg? Sometimes inexpensive Fun Recreation Ideas are hard to find.

These days it’s easy to spend a significant amount of money on date night or date day. Families often overspend their recreation budget, thinking they can’t cut these expenses and still have a good time.

But we challenge that notion. There are hundreds of ways to enjoy family time or a date night without dropping $100 to do it.

Consider what you’d pay for the following: a professional sporting event, a concert, a museum visit, … Read more »

56 Fun, Inexpensive & Interesting Hobbies

Fun, Inexpensive & Interesting Hobbies #InterestingHobbies #InexpensiveHobbies #FunHobbies #INeedaHobby #AffordableHobbies #MakeMoneyHobbies

Have you ever said to yourself, “I need a hobby?” Are you looking for some fun, inexpensive, or interesting hobbies to try?

Hobbies are a great way to challenge yourself, learn a new skill, or provide some extra income. And they’re especially fun if they don’t cost a lot of money to get started.

If you’re looking for something new, check out these 53 choices.

Fun & Interesting Hobbies that Became Successful Businesses


1 Fun & Interesting Hobbies that Became Successful Businesses2 A. Skilled Hobbies3 B. Cool Intellectual Hobbies to Enrich Your Brain4 C. Online Affordable HobbiesRead more »

34 Best Family Christmas Movie Favorites of All Time

Christmas Movies that are Family Friendly!

This is our updated (December 2023) list of 34 Christmas Movies that are Family Favorites. They are appropriate for children, some are animated, and some will make you laugh out loud they are that funny! 

And remember that many of these are available at your public library or on Amazon Prime or Netflix for “free!” 

Do you have some family favorite Christmas movies that you watch every year?

We do! Some of our favorite family Christmas movies are the result of fond memories from our childhoods and others have grown to be Christmas favorites in recent years as they have touched our hearts. Many … Read more »

Fun Family Tradition Examples: For the Holidays and The Whole Year

Fun Family Traditions for Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Halloween and more.

Are you looking for some new and fun family traditions?

Whether your family is large or small, young or old, establishing traditions can cement relationships. It can also evoke warm feelings and create memories that last a lifetime.

Over the years, we’ve read numerous books about the value of family traditions.

These habits and rituals add stability to the yearly calendar as the kids eagerly anticipate and participate in the preparations for each special event. Traditions don’t need to be expensive or elaborate to be memorable.

We hope our most enjoyable ideas will provide the impetus for you to create your own family traditions. … Read more »

54 Productive Things To Do When You’re Bored

Productive Things to Do When You're Bored

There are LOTS of blogs written about fun things to do when you’re bored.  So, we wanted to put a new twist on that, and offer you a list of productive things to accomplish in this season of staying home more than normal.

We’ve broken this list of productive activities into 9 categories:

1) Money Activities (5 ideas)


1 1) Money Activities (5 ideas)2 2) Outdoor Activities (6 ideas)3 3) Organizing Activities (13 ideas)4 4) Things to do with Your Computer (5 ideas)5 5) Cleaning Activities to do When Bored (7 ideas)6 6) Kitchen … Read more »

FREE Coloring Pages for Adults Online: 25 Cool Printable Pages To Relax

A List of Free Coloring Pages for Adults that you can Print and download.

Are you looking for free coloring pages online for adults that you can work on at home? If so we’ll help you find these pages from 25 websites and companies listed below!

From mandalas to zentangles to really cool designs and animals we’ve found them all for you. Most are high-resolution .pdf files that you can download and print out in just minutes.

Even the most productive adults need some time to recharge and refresh. One way to do this is by unwinding with adult coloring pages. And the way to do it inexpensively is to find free online sources.

There are many … Read more »

Veterans & First Responders: Get Free Event Tickets with VetTix & 1st Tix!

Free Family Fun for Veterans, Active Military and first responders! VetTix and 1stTix

VetTix is an organization that shows appreciation to our Veterans, active duty military, and, First Responders by providing free event tickets.

And this blog will tell you all about how both VetTix and 1stTix work, and how to sign up for either one.

A Concert Deal for Military

A few months ago a friend of ours sat with his wife in the audience at Symphony Hall in Phoenix. They came to enjoy the orchestra which was accompanied by Phoenix Symphony Chorus. Tickets to the symphony usually cost between $25 and $120. But for our friend Aaron and his wife, who were … Read more »

Family Game Night Ideas: 46 Activities and Games That Are Fun & Cheap

Best Family Game Night Games. Games for Kids. Board Games for Kids. Games for Groups.

Are you looking for family game games that are inexpensive, fun and will have your family wanting to play again and again?

Have you ever wondered about what are some of the best family game night games for different age groups? 

We’ve got answers and videos.

Nothing brings families together like some friendly competition. And it’s even more fun when you pick some fun games to play together on a family game night.

And the games we recommend don’t cost a lot of money. As a matter of fact, some are completely free.

We’ve included an overview of each game, some instructions, and … Read more »

2022! Chick fil A’s Cow Appreciation Day: Dress Like A Cow & Get FREE Food

Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A Abbey & Joe Economides got a free meal.

Chick-fil-A has an annual Cow Appreciation Day – sometimes called  “Dress LIke a Cow Day” others call it “Chick-fil-a Day.” It occurred each year at the beginning of July. And it was celebrated by more than 1.8 million people.

But Covid changed all of that. Since 2020 Cow Appreciation day has been canceled. Each year we check with the Chick-Fil-A website and update this post.

2023 Cow Appreciation Day Has Been Canceled


1 2023 Cow Appreciation Day Has Been Canceled2 When Is Cow Appreciation Day in 20233 How did Cow Appreciation Day Get Started4 How Can … Read more »

26 Free Online Movie Websites Like Crackle, YouTube and Hulu

17 Free Online Movie Websites Like Crackle, YouTube and Hulu! - Where to watch movies for free online

This list of 25 free movie websites like Crackle, YouTube & Hulu can help you save money by dumping cable. Check out these sites and other Blu-Ray/smart tv apps.

One of the biggest budget busters is overspending on recreation. We recently did a “dinner and a movie” date night. If we hadn’t had movie gift cards and a restaurant coupon we would have spent $60. There has to be a better way to spend time together without spending a fortune.

We love cocooning at home after a long day of work. After selecting a good movie, we sit on the couch … Read more »

Inexpensive Summer Activities for Kids Families Too!

Looking for inexpensive fun for kids and families this summer?

If you need Inexpensive Summer Activities for kids and families this year, we’ve got 13 great recreation ideas you’ll love. Most of these activities are perfect for kids and adults.

As Covid restrictions ease you should be able to find some safe and fun activities for your kids this year.

It’s June and school’s out …what do you do to help your kids have healthy fun in the summer? Is it an afternoon at the movies, a visit to an amusement park, or an afternoon at the mall? How much will that cost you?

Perhaps you might want to consider tackling a large … Read more »

Creative Vacation Souvenir Ideas That Are Clever, Cheap, and Fun

Vacation Souvenirs that are clever and frugal! Cheap Travel Souvenir Ideas!

Discover unique and inexpensive vacation souvenir ideas to help you remember your travels in style. From classic keepsakes to quirky finds, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in and explore the world of vacation travel souvenirs and mementos!

We’ve broken this list into the following categories:




These cheaper souvenir ideas can … Read more »

Is Swagbucks Legit, or is it a Scam? Our Review [Earnings Reveal]

Is Swagbucks Legit? It is a survey company, search engine, shopping portal, movie previews, playing online games, and trivia contests online!, and something for everyone!

When we first heard about the Swagbucks website, we had to ask ourselves, “Is Swagbucks legit? Or is it a scam?”

We had tried some of the other survey sites and were really disappointed. So we started researching this site to find out.

A blogger friend mentioned how she earned hundreds of dollars in gift cards through Swagbucks. We really doubted the validity of her claim.

We Googled “Is Swagbucks Legit or a scam?” and found some very interesting blogs. Some people didn’t like this website, but others praised it. The positive reviews also claimed to have earned gift cards and cashback through … Read more »

6 Cheap Vacation Ideas: How to Travel on a Shoe String Budget

Camping in the Forest - Vaction on a shoe string budget

Are you looking for some inexpensive vacation ideas? Have you heard of bloggers who travel on a shoestring budget and have lots of fun?

Have you ever thought about great vacations with limited funds?

And what about this summer with Covid issues all around, could you still get away?

If you’re thinking you can’t take a vacation, think again. We’ve got lots of frugal and cheap tips to make your vacation memorable on a shoestring budget.

If your only option is to travel on a shoestring budget, you still create a fun and enjoyable memory!

Here’s how we and several other frugal … Read more »

Want the Best Free Music Apps? Stream or Download | iPhone & Android

Are you looking for the best free music apps or the best music apps with paid subscriptions? We’ve got them all on this page.

We all love listening to music. And with smartphones, it’s become so easy to access the music you love.

There are dozens of music streaming apps on the market. Some are strictly free. Others come with bonus features that can only be accessed with subscriptions.

There are also websites to download music. With so many choices, it’s difficult to decide which app to use. Below, we list 28 free music apps for streaming music.

A. Totally Free Music Apps … Read more »

The Cat of Bubastes Audio Drama

The Cat of Bubastes Audio Drama CD Cover

We just listened to another great audio drama adapted from a short story written by G.A. Henty. It kept us on the edge of our seats as we drove and listened to it!

The Setting of the Cat of Bubastes

The Cat of Bubastes is a riveting story about a 15-year-old boy (Amuba) who is carried into slavery in ancient Egypt, around 1250 B.C. A kind Egyptian named Ameres purchases Amuba and his faithful servant Jethro.

Ameres is, in fact, the High Priest of Osiris – a powerful, yet very fair-minded and kind man who has two children. Unknown to Ameres the … Read more »

Powerful Audio History Series from the Producers of Adventures in Odyssey!

Heirloom Audio Productions 4 Audio CD selection.

Awesome History Audio Series for kids and families.

The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty by Heirloom Audio Productions

We love audiobooks and audio dramas – can’t get enough of them. When Steve was working for 23 years as an advertising account executive he would regularly go to the public library and check out a number of audiobooks every three weeks and listen to them as he drove around to client meetings.

When we took the kids on driving vacations we’d take several audiobooks with us also. Working on projects around the house – like painting a room and trimming trees in the yard … Read more »

Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich Weight: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth?

Get your money's worth at Arbys. #rip-off, #sandwich weight

If you want to know how much an Arby’s Roast Beef sandwich is supposed to weigh, just read our story.

What would you do if you got 30% less than you paid for?

We got “ripped off,” but got it resolved quickly.

We had just completed a Once-A-Month cooking day (read more here) where Annette (with help from the rest of us) prepares between 10 and 17 dinner meals which we store in the freezer for use later in the month.

On our “Once-A-Month” cooking day, Annette gets the night off from preparing dinner (after preparing so many meals, she deserves a … Read more »