Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce, featuring Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil 

Getting ready for Cinco de Mayo?  This Homemade Enchilada Sauce, featuring Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil, will be perfect to help you celebrate! 

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I have to admit, I have always been one to just buy a can of enchilada sauce because it was easy.  If you know me, you know that I love just about everything homemade.  I feel that it is healthier, less preservatives, and it tastes better.  But I never really even considered making homemade enchilada sauce—until one day I actually needed to…

 

Ground beef was cooked, I had my tortillas ready to fill, cheese… but no enchilada sauce.  It was kind-of an emergency.

 

So basically, out of desperation for the need to complete my meal, I made enchilada sauce.  Not only was it delicious (yes, I even shocked myself by making this one!), but it was so quick and easy, I may never buy enchilada sauce again!

 

 

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients:

Directions:

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in flour and chili powder, reduce heat to medium, and cook until lightly brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

Gradually stir homemade salsa, water, cumin, garlic powder, chopped onion, and salt into the oil, flour, and chili powder mixture.  Stir until smooth, and continue cooking over medium heat approximately 10 minutes, or until thickened slightly.

 

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy!

 

 

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Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: Register Now + Freebies

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: Register Now + Freebies

Do you have a child that loves to play soccer?  If you do, then participating in a Challenger Sports British Soccer camp is a must-do activity this summer… and if you register now, you can gain access to a lot of fun freebies!

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British Soccer Camps are the most popular soccer camp in the US. With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed, and confidence in players ages 3-18, The British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts right in the heart of their own community.

In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and, of course, is a ton of fun!

Sounds like fun, right!?  But it gets even better!  When you register your child for one of the soccer camps, they will also receive over $100 in freebies: FREE SOCCER JERSEY, SOCCER BALL, T-SHIRT & POSTER with code: CAMP17 

 

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Enroll you child in a British Soccer Camp today and remember to use code CAMP17 to get a FREE SOCCER JERSEY, SOCCER BALL, T-SHIRT & POSTER!

 

*This post has been sponsored by Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps.  Product review and opinions expressed in this post are mine alone. #ad

7 Things You Don’t Want to Forget When Filing Your Taxes

7 things you don’t want to forget when filing your taxes

 

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If you are one of the many tax procrastinators out there, you are probably finding yourself up against the rapidly-approaching deadline of April 15.  However, because April 15 falls on a Saturday this year and Emancipation Day is the following Monday, the deadline to file your taxes, is Tuesday, April 18, 2017. If you haven’t done your taxes yet, you still have plenty of time to get them done. But in a hurry to reach the deadline, don’t forget to do these seven things, or you may incur penalties:

  1. Don’t forget to sign your return. Sounds obvious, right? But it is very easy to overlook. If you are e-filing, you will be prompted to verify with your electronic signature, but if you are printing out returns and mailing them in, don’t forget to sign and date them. Also make sure that you make a photocopy of the signed return for yourself—you may need these for obtaining future financing.
  2. Make sure tax preparer information is complete. Even if you are preparing them yourself, make sure that information is filled out. This is even more important if someone else is doing your taxes because if you do a paid-tax preparer, they also have some liability in preparing your taxes correctly. Should a problem arise in the future, knowing exactly who prepared each tax return is important.
  3. Send in the taxes that you owe with the return. This one really goes hand-in-hand with making sure your return is signed—make sure you have included the payment for any taxes that you owe. But if it is coming down to the deadline, you may be in such a hurry to get your tax form filed that you forget this, and that could cost you extra in penalties.
  4. Send your return to the correct address. While this sounds simple, it can actually be a bit confusing. Tax returns that the filer gets a return are sent to one address and tax returns that owe money are typically sent to a different address. Sending a tax return on which your owe money to the wrong address could delay receipt of payment.
  5. Complete return address on envelope. This is one time that it is extremely important to put your return address on the envelope. Whether it is insufficient postage, the wrong address, if the address is illegible, or any other reason that your tax envelope would be undeliverable, you don’t want your personal tax return to become “lost in the mail.” Your social security number, along with any of your dependents, is on that return. A lost return could cause you to encounter penalties and possibly make you susceptible to identity theft.
  6. Get your tax return envelope weighed. Don’t assume that just because you can fit your tax return in the envelope that regular postage will be okay. Bulky envelopes or oversized envelopes can also cost a little bit more to mail. Don’t guess or assume that you have enough postage on the envelope; take the time to stop by the post office and have it weighed just to be sure.
  7. File for an extension, if necessary. If you see that you are not going to be able to get your taxes filed on time, make sure you file for an extension. This will prevent you from being penalized for a late return, but allow you the time that you need in order to finish.




And if you are lucky enough to be getting a refund, do you have a plan for how to spend it?  Earnest.com has some ideas for spending your tax refund wisely:

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How Much Will it Cost to Update Your House?

How Much Will it Cost to Update Your House?

Buying your dream home with all the desired facilities is one of the best experiences you can ever have. However, finding a house with everything that you want may be harder than expected, so it can also be one of the most stressful experiences too—especially if the home you are looking to buy needs a little work done to it… so you may be wondering, “just how much will it cost to update my house?”

 

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If you are looking to renovate your house, which might include remodeling your kitchen, remodeling the bathroom, getting a new roof, or simply painting your house to give it a new-look, you need to know the costs involved before you get started on the renovation project.  Here are some of the more common home renovations and a quick breakdown of costs:

 

 

Kitchen Remodel

If you were to fix and remodel your kitchen, it could cost you around $20,000. Kitchen remodeling is a big deal that would include painting walls, re-facing cabinets, upgrading the sink and installing a tile backsplash.

 

Bathroom Remodel

Bathrooms remodels can be expensive and would include installing bathtubs, counter tops, faucets and other bathroom fixtures, for a grand total cost of around $9000.

 

New Roof

A new roof is a significant investment in your house and can cost you around $7000. While a new roof can improve the overall aesthetics of your house and improve energy efficiency, a functional roof is considered a necessity and won’t increase the resale value of your home by very much.

 

Painting

Even something as simple as updating paint colors throughout your home can cost around $1,600.

 

Many improvements that boost your home’s value could render your home insurance coverage inadequate and leave you vulnerable to losses. So when you make major changes, be sure to talk with your insurance agent to see if a reassessment is necessary.

Also keep in mind that renovations on older homes can also encounter unexpected costs due to meeting current codes or re-working electric or plumbing.

Here is a breakdown of some of the more common home improvement and renovation costs:

infographic put together by Fast Florida House Sale

How Much Will it Cost to Update Your Home? // Money Savvy Living

These costs represent the general costs involved with typical home renovations, you will need to consult a contractor or builder for a specific quote.

Drop Sugar Cookies ~ 1 Easy Recipe, 4 Different Flavors

Drop sugar cookie recipe1 easy recipe, 4 delicious spring flavors! 

My Grandma made these cookies all the time when I was growing up… we knew them as Amish Sugar cookies.  Just plain, old sugar cookies that didn’t need to be rolled out and cut-out… simply drop spoonfuls of the cookie mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake.  Easy and tasty!

 

Drop Sugar Cookies ~ 1 easy reicpe, 4 delicious flavors // Money Savvy Living

 

When you think of sugar cookies, you may typically think of the classic sugar cookies cut out into different shapes, frosted, and topped with sprinkles.  And I love those too, but these drop sugar cookies are much easier and quicker to make… so if you are looking for a delicious class sugar cookie recipe, you can check out my Best Ever Sugar Cookie recipe here…

But, for a fun twist on this drop sugar cookie classic, I am adding fresh fruit for extra flavor and color and it makes these cookies perfect for any Spring event!  You are definitely going to want to make these for your Easter or Mother’s Day brunch!

 

Drop Sugar Cookies ~ 1 easy reicpe, 4 delicious flavors // Money Savvy Living

 

Drop Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: approx. 3 dozen
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Cookies:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature 
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla 
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

 

Directions:

Combine butter, oil, and sugars in a large mixing bowl; mix well.  Add the egg and vanilla; mix until blended.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add to creamed mixture.

**At this point, you are ready to drop small spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake.  But, I’m going to divide the dough into four parts (so you’ll need three more small bowls) and add different fruits to give these cookies beautiful color and taste!

Using a cookie scoop, to help keep all the cookies uniform in size, place mounds of cookie dough on baking sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

 

Because I am going to add fresh fruit and the fruit’s juice to the cookie mix, it will change the consistency, so it will be necessary to add more powdered sugar and/or flour.  Start with adding 1 tablespoon more of powdered sugar, if necessary, add 1 tablespoon of flour too, but don’t add both at once, stir in the additional powdered sugar first and gage consistency from there.

 

Lime

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Zest one lime— put part in the cookie dough and save part to sprinkle over the cookies immediately after taking them out of the oven.  Squeeze the juice of ½ of the lime into the cookie dough.  Add a bit more powdered sugar if necessary.

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Lemon

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Zest one lemon— put part in the cookie dough and save part to sprinkle over the cookies immediately after taking them out of the oven.  Squeeze the juice of ½ of the lemon into the cookie dough.  Add a bit more powdered sugar if necessary.

Drop Sugar Cookies ~ 1 easy reicpe, 4 delicious flavors // Lemon Sugar Cookies // Money Savvy Living

 

Strawberry

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Wash 5 fresh strawberries, remove tops, and crush berries.  You can add just the juice, but I also like to put pieces of the crushed berries in too, so make they are cut small enough.  Add a bit more powdered sugar and be even a bit of flour too, depending on how juicy those strawberries are!

Drop Sugar Cookies ~ 1 easy reicpe, 4 delicious flavors // Strawberry Sugar Cookies // Money Savvy Living

 

Black Raspberry

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Wash about 10 black raspberries; crush berries.  Because the seeds are so large, make sure to strain the crushed raspberries so that only the juice is added to the cookie mixture.  Add a bit more powdered sugar if necessary.

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With all of the delicious fresh fruits to choose from, you could get really creative with these.  And, the colors make for a beautiful spring dessert!

What fruits would you choose?  Blueberry, peach, orange, pomegranate?

 

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If you don’t have all your cookie-baking supplies, you can order them here:

 

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Share the Wealth Sunday LInk Up {#99}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: share your latest and greatest posts for money saving ideas, recipes, DIY, crafts, parenting and more on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up.

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Beautiful Budget Life Pinterest Group Board

Our brand new blogging community, Beautiful Budget Life, is now LIVE!!  And, we have a group Beautiful Budget Life Group Pinterest Board… sooooo, just one more way to share your posts with a bigger audience!

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too (it makes it so much easier to add you to the group boards!):

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

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Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

 

Side hustles that can create full-time income:

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

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And, it will be a month-long link up, so you are welcome to stop back several times throughout the month and link up your posts!

 

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Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: share your latest and greatest posts for money saving ideas, recipes, DIY, crafts, parenting and more on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up.

Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

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Meet our Co-Hosts!

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  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

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Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

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Beautiful Budget Life Pinterest Group Board

Our brand new blogging community, Beautiful Budget Life, is now LIVE!!  And, we have a group Beautiful Budget Life Group Pinterest Board… sooooo, just one more way to share your posts with a bigger audience!

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too (it makes it so much easier to add you to the group boards!):

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

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Healthy Living Facebook Page:

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Side hustles that can create full-time income:

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

 

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How Proteins Help In Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle

How Proteins Help In Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle

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Proteins are the building blocks of life. Consuming essential proteins helps in supporting the body’s metabolism rate, building muscles, improving general health, and making its contribution in burning fats. It improves the health of the adrenal and the thyroid glands. In short, protein foods are required to keep people healthy and to improve their healing power. But, the question is: what is the minimum amount of protein that must be consumed on a regular basis to enjoy a healthy lifestyle?

Amount Of Protein Required To Maintain General State Of Health And For The Body To Regenerate 

To maintain the general state of health, protein intake calculation should be 50% of your total body weight. The unit to measure the protein amount is grams. Say, for example, you have a body weight of 200 pounds. Then, you need to consume 100 grams of protein regularly. You need not have to consume 100 grams of protein all at once, in a day. Rather, you can divide the intake amount into three or four servings. For each serving, you include 25 grams of protein in the diet.

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Protein For Burning Fat 

Are you over-weight and want to burn the body fat quickly? If so, regular exercise and a balanced diet is a must. Include substantial amount of low-fat protein into the diet. Find a protein supplement that is low in fat and carbohydrate content. Also, try to replace the fats and carbs in your diet, with protein enriched foods. For fat burning, minimum 1 gram of lean-protein is essential to consume. This should be followed by regular protein consumption excluding foods that are high in fat content. Complex carbs should be taken an hour before the workout session or can be included in the post-workout meal.

Protein requirement to develop muscles 

If you are planning to develop muscles, the protein intake must be higher than every other stage mentioned above. Say, for example, your body weight is 200 pounds. Your protein intake for a day should also be 200, but in grams. Segregate the intake amount into four to five meals for the day.

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The Best Sources Of Protein

Foods that are high in protein content are free-range turkey and chicken, free-range eggs, and grass-fed beef. Other essential sources of proteins are flaxseeds, chia seeds, and packed almonds. Vegetables, with high protein content are beans, peas, broccoli, kale, and mushroom. Gluten-free oats are also a good form of protein.

As already discussed, protein is integral for lean muscle development. At the same time, it is also an essential element to improve the functionality of organs. Remember, the tissues and cells in your body require an adequate amount of protein to regenerate properly. The proper intake of protein also improves the body’s ability to heal. It has been scientifically proven that your body’s cuts and burns will heal faster, with the intake of more proteins.

Author Bio: Terry Godier is a nutritionist and health fitness expert. With Terry, you can simply find a protein to best meet your health goals and fitness purposes.

7 Things You Must Do in Colonial Williamsburg

Travel back in time to colonial America at Williamsburg, Virginia.  With cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and colonial music, featuring fifes and drums, being performed in the street, you will experience a vacation like no other—and even learn a few things about our country’s history along the way.  You can even tour historic buildings and colonial shops to see what life in early America was really like.  On your next trip, here are 7 things you must do in colonial Williamsburg.
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Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center

The Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center is a great place to start, especially if you aren’t familiar with the area.  You can talk with knowledgeable professionals about all of the local attractions, bus schedules, and special events.  You are also able to get tickets here for America’s Historic Triangle—Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.

This is also a good starting point, especially if you don’t happen to be staying within walking distance of the historic district.  You are able to park here for the day and take a shuttle bus to the historic district, find out about all events that are going on, get tickets for certain attractions, and even enjoy some shopping.

A stop here wouldn’t be complete without the kids trying on the colonial style tricorne hats…Williamsburg: A Colonial Adventure // Money Savvy Living

 

The Historic District of Colonial Williamsburg

When you think of colonial America, all of the images that your imagination may conjure up can probably be found in the Historic District of Colonial Williamsburg—cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, colonial musicians, and plenty of townspeople in full colonial garb at each of the colonial shops.  Your family can visit everything from a colonial candle-maker to a shoemaker, a weaver, or even a silversmith’s shop and see how things were made over 200 years ago.

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Duke of Gloucester Street is the main street where you can find most of the tourist and historic sites, although there are more places to visit just north of Duke of Gloucester Street.  What was really great about the Historic District is that everything is within walking distance—although you will be walking a few miles by the time you take in all the sights—so wear some comfortable shoes!

While you are in the historic district, you can even get a photo opportunity in the Pillory (a form of colonial punishment for criminals).  Williamsburg: A Colonial Adventure // Money Savvy Living

 

Williamsburg honors military service

While visiting the historic district, active duty military, veterans, retired military, and their families can visit the Liberty Lounge absolutely free.  This air-conditioned lounge area features vintage military memorabilia and offers complimentary hot and cold beverages.  Visitors can also access wireless internet and enjoy the children’s area.

I must say, on the hot, sultry day that we were there, the AC and cold water sure hit the spot!

Williamsburg: A Colonial Adventure // Money Savvy Living

Military families can also get discounts on single day and annual pass tickets—active duty military can get one complimentary ticket per year and up to three more for dependents; veterans and retired military can receive 50% off their tickets and for up to five dependents.

 

Eat a colonial meal

While you are in the historic district, eating a meal at one of the colonial-style restaurants is a must.  We ate at the King’s Arms Tavern and the experience was wonderful.

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Of course, the meal was enjoyed by candlelight and served on china and glassware (if you have small children, you won’t be getting a plastic cup with a lid or straw here!)   You can even try some colonial-style food too, like this peanut soup:

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Visit the Historic Venues

There are several buildings that are original historic sites—such as the Governor’s mansion and the Capitol.  The beauty of the architecture can be enjoyed from the outside, but you can also get tickets to take tours of the inside as well.

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Visit the College of William and Mary

Literally within walking distance of the historic district of Williamsburg, the college was established before Williamsburg ever existed.

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Even though the plans for this college date back to 1618, the College of William and Mary actually is the second oldest college in America (Harvard is the oldest college, just in case you were wondering).

One of the most interesting parts of the college was the college camp.  Students camped here with the college president Rev. James Madison to form a college company before the Battle of Yorktown.

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Despite the plans for the college being delayed, the College of William and Mary has plenty of firsts to tout, but here are some of the highlights:

  • Construction for the Wren building, named in honor of Sir Christopher Wren, started in 1695, making it the oldest college building still standing in America.
  • First college in to have plans pre-dating Harvard, even though the college was established after Harvard became a college.
  • First American college to receive its charter from the Crown under the Seal of the Privy Council in 1693, and appropriately named as their Majesties’ Royal College of William and Mary.
  • First and only American college to receive a Coat of Arms from the College of Heralds in 1694.
  • First college to have the elective system of study, 1779.
  • First college to become a university, 1779

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Enjoy shopping at Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square

While there are over 40 shops and restaurants at Merchants Square, there is also live entertainment at various spots, to enjoy as you browse and window shop.  If you parked at the Visitor Center, this is also a stop along the shuttle bus route, so you can easily go from the historic district to Merchants Square.

 

A fun trip can also be an educational trip.  This trip back in time to colonial America gives adults and children an experience that you won’t find in a textbook.  Williamsburg truly is a historic adventure for the whole family.

 

 

 

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Side hustles that can create full-time income:

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

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