Affordable Vacation

Embassy Suites is the best vacation for kids of all ages. It’s cost effective for the parent because you can limit your stay to one night. First off you get drinks for free during happy hour and your kids get soda for free while you all lounge in a lobby filled with palm trees. Then it’s  a ride up in the glass elevator to your suite where there is a frig and microwave for snacks and drinks you brought from home. (FYI-no bedtime lights out rules tonight…it’s vacation)

Next, it’s down to the pool for the kids and the hot tub for you. Relaxing!!! Dinner out- hamburgers or more upscale dining. Perhaps a movie or bowling and then it’s back to the hotel where the kids can watch TV or jump on the bed or go back in the pool.

Pick an Embassy Suites near your home so that you know the places to eat (location and cost) and to be entertained. It’s one night but it’s a weekend of fun for the kids.

Looking for more affordable? A tent in the backyard is an adventure or a hike in the Shenandoah mountains. Watch out for bears(lol).

Looking for even more affordable? Eat at home, let the kids pick a pay per view movie or put in a disc, get the popcorn popping and the let them choose where to go for dessert and let them choose a special dessert. This is a great way for all of you to enjoy each other and have fun.


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus; just click the ruby slippers together 3 times and say “there’s no place like home” and you’ll go back home;  and the Easter Bunny & the Tooth Fairy. Although Rhett told Scarlett that he didn’t give a damn about her, did she go to her bed-NO- she wiped away her tears and claimed, “Tomorrow is another day!” They all believed.

It’s time for you to believe that there is life after divorce. Don’t sit at home and mope and dream about the perfect marriage you had (really, you do know that was only a dream or you would not be divorced) and that your  EX was your true soulmate (seriously….soulmate##%#&&% ). Get out of the house- join a Meet-Up group or start your own Meet-Up group.  Check the local paper or church bulletin for volunteer opportunities. Start a neighborhood book club, or poker club or pick-up basketball game. Visit friends and family.  Go out for drinks after work.  Join a park district class. It’s easier to get a theater seat for 1 than 2 (Yes, I do go to the movies by myself and I don’t have to share the popcorn). Start online dating!! Join a health club (try a free 1 week membership).

If you have kids, spend more time with them but remember they are not a substitute for your life. Get a babysitter and go out with friends. Let the kids go to an overnight at their friend’s home or let them stay with Grandma- she will love you for it.

Take back your life a step at a time. Divorce drags you down and makes you feel awful about yourself. Don’t look at yourself through your EX’s eyes (fun house mirror reflection-bah!) but through your own eyes. The future is bright and it’s waiting for you to discover it so BELIEVE!