The Ultimate Geek Gifts Guide

I absolutely can not believe that Christmas is just around four months away now. I started looking for awesome gifts for both James and Skyler when I thought about creating a list of the Ultimate Geek Gifts Guide for the two geeks in my life, I may have snuck in an area or two of things that I would love. What to Jump ahead? I created an index of all the Geek Gifts Guides where you can look by topic.Star Wars LoversMinecraft LoversCoffee TimeCamera GeeksScience ExperimentsSurvival GearFunko Pop ToysBuild a Micro Computer Star Wars Lovers We know who these are for. I love you James for everything that you have done for us! Minecraft Lovers Skyler loves this game, even though I don’t fully understand it myself. Coffee Time You know this one is for me. Camera Geeks Another one for me 😀 Science Experiments Since Skyler seems to love science, why not find some awesome experiments for her to try out. [wp_ad_camp_2] Survival Gear The survival geek or the prepper will love these items Funko Pop Toys James and I seem to be exchanging these as we can already. Build a Micro Computer I love computers and want to build one of these little Raspberry Pie’s as a media center for us.  

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Work For Hire Chore List Allowance

Megan does not pay an allowance to the girls, but over the last few weeks we have noticed that the oldest, Skyler, has not wanted to complete any chores around the house. After finding out that the credit card that Megan uses has a “Family Account” option that sends a credit card in the family members name, and you transfer money to that card so that it isn’t connected to the main account. Megan created a Chore List Allowance worksheet called “Work For Hire.” Skyler will have to earn her money from now own to be able to spend it how she wishes. She is able to spend it as soon as she has the money transferred, which is on a Tuesday in our household, or save it to be able spend it on something larger. We have notice other parents giving their children other incentives other than monetary gains. Things like screen time, but for Skyler we honestly believe that she will start working around the house without complaining as much if she is actually paid. The Chore List Allowance Downloads   READ SOMETHING ELSE Are You Following Us On Social Media? Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube Twitter Google-plus Linkedin Want to download one of my free resources? Join The Tribe and receive the Password once your email and opt-in are confirmed!  Join The Tribe! This form collects information we will use to send you weekly updates, special offers, exclusive newsletter-only content, first look at what is new in the resource library, Monthly Giveaways and so much more! Read Our Privacy Policy I Want In Now! Your In! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Resource Library while you wait for your first email! Make sure to check your spam folder! The confirmation email may have been delivered there. Once you are confirmed, you are eligible to win the monthly giveaway!

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17 Day Trips from Dallas

Day Trips From Dallas Ideas As we start to gear up for Full Time Traveling, we have started to look at Day Trips from Dallas. There is so much to do that is within a couple of hours of Dallas. We are in love with our home state and want to share it with all of our readers. This list of locations to head out to that are things to do in Dallas and up to 6 hours away. Several of these are also on our Bucket List also. Floating The River With five rivers within six hours of Dallas, you have many options for Floating The River. Guadalupe River is one of the most popular options to choose from. On the weekend it is a party river and it’s crowded. This river is LARGE, so the crowds will not affect your tubing experience. Another Day Trip from Dallas river would be heading down to the Comal River. The shortest river in the world, but the 2.5 miles you get a chance to go on their tube chute. The Hidden Gem of Texas, also known as Frio River. The Frio offers a more secluded tubing option. San Marcos River offers some of the cleanest water you can find. The float is one mile, but hike back to the start and do it again. You also have the Brazos River that you can also head down to. The river is dependent on Lake Granbury and will often be very low in late summer. When you finish Floating The River, and don’t want to make this a Day Trip from Dallas, but an over night, or weekend road trip, these locations have either great camping, even on the river, or hotels and cabins nearby. Check out more information from Tube Texas. [wp_ad_camp_2] Theme Park Day Trips One of our families favorite Day Trips from Dallas would be heading down to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. There are several other theme parks in Texas that are a few hours away but defiantly worth the drive. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is also in Arlington Texas, and down in San Antonio you have Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels would also be great to combine on a weekend trip with Tubing the Guadalupe. Located in San Antonio also, you can head down to see SeaWorld. Want to cool off and are near North Richland Hills, head down to NRH20 Family Water Park. Y You also have several Hawaiian Falls scattered across the DFW area. Interesting Places To See Possum Kingdom located 2 hours and 45 minutes from Dallas. This State park is great for the Outdoorsy people. From Hiking to camping your bound to have fun here. Marfa located a little over our Six hour mark. Marfa would be an over night trip anyways since you have to see the unexplained lights. The large Glowing spears appear on the outskirts of town. There isn’t a set pattern for when they will happen, so it isn’t guaranteed that you will see them. But, its worth trying anyways right? Hamilton Pool located three and a half hours away. With the grotto that has a 45 foot waterfall and the swimming hole, you will want to make sure you get there early. There is only parking for 75 cars and after that it is one in and one out. Another for the camper and hiker is Enchanted Rock about four hours away. Legend says that the pink granite has a spell casted on it by a Spanish conquistador. Do you like Shiner Bock? Why not head down to where it is made? Shiner Texas is 4 hours from Dallas. Shiner Bock has great commercials also that promote their home town.

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8 Epic Places in Texas You Must Visit

Are you looking for places to visit and camp out at in Texas, then don’t forget these 8 Epic Places in Texas you have to visit. From national parks to state parks this list has it all. Big Bend National Park This National Park on the border between Texas and Mexico and shares the border for 118 miles. The fee for entering the park starts at $25.00 for a vehicle with up to 15 passengers, but this fee is for a week-long pass. If you plan to visit more than once, I would recommend buying the annual pass for $50.00. There are three developed campgrounds that are $14.00 per night or with the applicable pass, $7.00. For more information on reserving these visit NPS.GOV. You can also use the Backcountry Campsites for $12.00 ($6.00 with applicable pass). What is there to do in Big Bend? Backpacking, River trips, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Bird Watching, Day Hikes, Ranger-Led Programs, and Stargazing. Not to mention with 100 miles of paved roads and 150 miles of dirt roads you can always enjoy a Scenic Drive through the park. Santa Elena Canyon Inside of Big Bin National Park, you will find Santa Elena Canyon. The dramatic beauty of this site is easy to see, and with 13 miles from the put-in at Lajitas. Class IV rapids, Rock Slide is the largest rapids just two miles down river. Palo Duro Canyon State Park In the heart of the Texas Panhandle lies the second largest canyon in the country. Palo Duro Canyon State Park located near Amarillo is a beautiful area to see. The Fees for Palo Duro Canyon adults is $5.00 and children 12 and under are free. With many campsites to choose from, and pricing ranging from $12.00 per night (plus the entrance fee) to the Wolfberry Group Camp for large groups camping for $250.00 per night. Palo Duro has over 30 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Camping, geocache, and bird watching. You can bring your own horse or take a guided tour at Palo Duro also. Dinosaur Valley State Park Who wouldn’t love discovering dinosaur tracks. Just head down to the river at Dinosaur Valley State Park or explore the 100 acres primitive area on horseback. Adults 13 years and older can visit the park for $7.00 per day and 12 years and younger for free! There are also a number of campsites from $15.00 to $25.00 per night (plus the entrance fee.) Galveston Island State Park Take a stroll on the beach in Galveston Island State Park. Sun yourself on the beach, swim in the coast, bird watching, picnic, mountain bike, and camping all on the beach. $5.00 per adult per day with campsites ranging from $15.00-25.00 per night. This was a hard choice for us when we went on our first camping trip, it was a toss up of Galveston or Padre Island [wp_ad_camp_2] Davis Mountain State Park Camping or staying at the historic motel in the park at Davis Mountain State Park. The night sky at this site is breathtaking. Bring your own horse for overnight stays at Limpia Canyon Primitive area, or go hike or mountain mike on the 4.5 skyline drive trail. Adults are $6.00 per day and campsites range from $8.00-25.00 per night. Caddo Lake State Park Down in the bayous, Caddo Lake state park you can not only camp, but try our fishing, paddling, and go boating. Caution! Alligators do live in the park, but you have a choice of staying at 46 campsites ranging in price from $10.00-20.00 per night and a entrance fee for adults $4.00 per day. Mustang Island State Park Another coastal site to visit is Mustang Island State Park in Port Aransas Texas. Stay at one of the 98 campsites and relax on the 5 miles of coastline. $5.00 per adult per day and the campsites ranging from $10.00 – 20.00 per night, you can’t go wrong on this Island.

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Making Money with Amazon Associates

I absolutely love Amazon. I joined Amazon Associates a while back with the hopes of earning a little extra pocket change. I used it on my YouTube channel and linked the Imako Cosmetic Teeth on it all the time. I didn’t earn a lot from it, but just a few extra dollars here and there from those sales. I am learning more and more about it all the time and love that I can add links here and earn for writing about things I love. I no longer run that YouTube Channel so I started to do a little research on how I can still use it. What is Amazon Associates? Amazon Associates is a commission based affiliate program with you guessed it, Amazon. The commission isn’t large. What it does is pay their affiliates for sending traffic to Amazon. The good thing about it is, it doesn’t matter if they buy what product you have linked. As I said I promoted Imako Cosmetic Teeth on my old YouTube Channel and I had a few people buy them through Amazon. I didn’t know about this when, but I had one viewer buy a few other things after clicking the original link. I received a commission on that purchase also. What is the Commission? Well, the commissions depend on what product is being sold. It use to be based on the amount of sales, but after reading about it more on the website, it is based on the category the products sold are in. So from what I am reading is Video Games and Video Game Consoles are only 1% commissions. Where Amazon Fashion Women, Men & Kids Private Label, Digital Video Games, Luxury Beauty, Amazon Coins (but when I started to link coins, it said it wasn’t qualified???) is 10% commission. One of the things I link on here is to Try Amazon for 30 days for free. I also receive a commission on this for everyone that tries Amazon Prime. I really can’t recommend their Prime Membership enough. Just at the holiday it has saved me so much in shipping cost and even gas money from searching for presents for my kids. How are you paid? I have chosen to be paid by direct deposit. But, they offer Amazon Gift Cards and also a hard copy check.

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Hi! Im Megan! I am a photographer and writer behind Odysseys With Love. I am a Mother and Wife and enjoy sharing our everyday life journey. From our The Mesquite Texas Guide and Wandering In DFW to helping other bloggers work from home, I love what I do. 

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