We are having an amazing time away on holidays, meeting all kinds of new family in beautiful British Columbia. There is quite the story that precedes why we are here and one day, hopefully my husband will share his story here on the blog with you all! Cause it’s a good one!

To be honest, I’ve taken the last few days as a bit of a break from blogging. SO much work goes into it, you really have no idea (unless you’re another blogger). I LOVE blogging and truly feel I’ve found something fabulous. But I’ve also really enjoyed taking some time off. All things in moderation, right? 

So with that said, I felt it was a great time to bring you a guest reader post. And this one is pretty special to me, because she’s my best friend! And she has been for over half my life. This woman I’m about to introduce you to is such a special person to me and I feel SO blessed to have her friendship all of these years. We’ve been through many ups and downs, as any friendships/relationships go through, lived on different continents, married, had children, and everything in between, and our friendship is still standing, even though there are many physical miles between us.

Our stories have had similar twists and turns, especially when it comes to uprooting and starting over in a new community time and time again. I’ve had a front row seat to see how beautifully Christina has transitioned her family many times as they settled into a new community. She is a constant inspiration to me and so I wanted to share her with you all with this post on how to explore and fall in love with your new city, without breaking the bank!

So without further ado, here is Christina!

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Hey y’all! I am BEYOND excited to be guest blogging for my amazing and talented BFF! Christine and I have been inseparable since 12 years old! One thing (amongst many) that we share in common is our mutual love for having fun and exploring our city!

Like many of you, I am currently living in the city that I did not grow up in. As a matter of fact, since getting married 10 years ago, my husband and I have moved 8 different times, lived in 3 different provinces, and have also lived in 3 different countries. Our three children (all under 5 years old) were also ALL born in different cities.

Many people have asked us how in the world did we adjust to our new surroundings time and time again? How did we meet new people, that became our friends, that eventually became our “framily” (a phrase we have coined to mean “friends that are like our family”)? How did we fall in love with each and every city we have lived in?

5 Ways

Here are 5 ways that will help you explore and fall in love with your city, without breaking the bank!

1. Make a list of 10 playgrounds/spray parks that you will visit.
My kids and I did this last summer and LOVED it. Thankfully, a local mom blogger had already made a list of the top 10 playgrounds and spray parks in our city (Google it! You might be pleasantly surprised). So, once a week, we would pick a park off the list, pack a picnic lunch, and invite friends to come along. The kiddies enjoyed the fresh air as I enjoyed the adult conversation! And, as an added bonus, my children were so tired from running around, that naptime was gloriously quiet!

**Hint** some parks are more age appropriate than others. I found that taking a quick peak of the park using street view (via Google Maps) helped better prepare me for our adventure.

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2. Make a point to attend at least one outdoor concert, festival or free movie.
Summer is a FANTASITIC time to attend an outdoor concert, festival or movie. Check your local newspaper or radio station website to see what is going on in your city. Some of our favourites have been a “symphony under the stars” concert (a free outdoor concert put on by our city’s symphony orchestra), a multicultural festival (celebration of different cultures’ food, costumes, dance, and traditions), a jazz festival (Montreal Jazz Festival…need I say more?!), and a free movie at our zoo.

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 3. Visit a local farmers market or pick-your-own fruit farms.
I have fond childhood memories of biting into summer’s freshest produce and having the juice run down my face or having red stained hands from all the strawberries I ate while I picked. I want to share that experience with my kiddos. I also want them to learn how GOOD, LOCAL, fresh food can taste, in hopes that they will make healthy choices when Momma isn’t there.

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 4. Save some major $$$ by visiting a cultural major attraction (zoo, museum, art gallery) on a free admission day.
A lot of major cultural attractions will offer a free admission day once or twice during the year. Sometimes it requires you going on their website to track down the information or calling the venue to find out when it is.  Your government city website should also have some great information about other free admission days. We have gone swimming, bowling, and skating for free thanks to our city government.

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5. Invite a family that you would like to get to know better over for a meal.
After all our moving around, we have discovered that every city – whether big or small – starts to feel the same after awhile. In the end, it all comes down to the relationships that you have invested into and the people you have chosen to REALLY live life with that makes a city feel like home. And, you know what? That doesn’t happen over night. Like Christine wonderfully blogged about here, sometimes to make a friend, you have to be a friend. So, muster up some courage and text that family that you want to get to know better.  You never know, the simple 8-word question, “Do you want to come over for dinner?” might just be the start of a beautiful friendship.

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Well, I truly hope you enjoyed this post and learning five ways to explore and fall in love with your city, while not breaking the bank! Fabulous ideas, Christina! 

Love & Blessings,

CMartin-Sign

 

 

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26 Comments on 5 Ways To Explore Your City Without Breaking the Bank {Guest Post}

  1. Brittany Bergman
    August 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I love these suggestions! Exploring my own city is one of my favorite things to do. It’s nice to do locally in my town or in other nearby towns, but I’m also just an hour’s drive from Chicago, so it’s fun to head down there and enjoy the city! It’s easy to do on a budget when I basically already live here.

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    • Christine
      August 5, 2015 at 7:27 pm (2 years ago)

      So fun, right?! And close to Chicago?? One of my favorite cities to explore! xox

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  2. Lisa Sharp
    August 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Great tips! I’ve been making more of an effort to enjoy my town this summer. It’s nice to get out and see what you have close to you.

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    • Christine
      August 5, 2015 at 7:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Absolutely! xox

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  3. LisaLDN
    August 6, 2015 at 3:50 am (2 years ago)

    These are great tips! May I add one; just walk! I lived in London during university and never got tired of discovering more of it! I would put on my runners and some music and just walk around, finding new wonders every day! 🙂

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    • Christine
      August 7, 2015 at 12:55 am (2 years ago)

      Great suggestion! Thanks for stopping by! xox

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  4. Krysten
    August 6, 2015 at 7:58 am (2 years ago)

    I love this! Now that my husband and I will have the same days of I want to be able to explore more even though money is a little tight. Thanks for the ideas!

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    • Christine
      August 7, 2015 at 1:07 am (2 years ago)

      And that’s what is so great about this list is that it won’t cost much, if anything at all! Enjoy! xox

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  5. Erica Musyt
    August 6, 2015 at 8:51 am (2 years ago)

    I love the idea of making a list of things in your city. My hometown definitely has some great things that are similar to what you’ve shared! Great idea…I may borrow it myself 🙂 *erica* #authenticbloggers

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    • Christine
      August 7, 2015 at 12:56 am (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! xox

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  6. Crazy shenanigans
    August 6, 2015 at 9:23 am (2 years ago)

    I always love it when they do movies in the park! Usually those are free.

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    • Christine
      August 7, 2015 at 12:56 am (2 years ago)

      Right?! So fun! xox

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  7. Penny Struebig
    August 6, 2015 at 9:29 am (2 years ago)

    Fun suggestions! My nephew is visiting us next week and I’m going to be doing some of these to find ways to keep him entertained.

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    • Christine
      August 7, 2015 at 1:07 am (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Have a great time with him! xox

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  8. Tianna
    August 6, 2015 at 11:21 am (2 years ago)

    great ideas!

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    • Christine
      August 7, 2015 at 1:00 am (2 years ago)

      Yes! So great! Thanks for stopping by! xox

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  9. Cynthia @craftoflaughter
    August 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great post! We always tend to overlook what is in our own back yard!

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    • Christine
      August 7, 2015 at 1:03 am (2 years ago)

      Right?! It’s so easy to think of things to do in OTHER cities instead of our own sometimes.

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  10. DT
    August 6, 2015 at 8:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I love attending free festivals.. They are so lively!
    —DT

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    • Christine
      August 7, 2015 at 1:03 am (2 years ago)

      Yup! Loads of fun! xox

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  11. Katie
    August 7, 2015 at 12:23 am (2 years ago)

    Great Ideas! I have been wanting to get the Free Pass to the Zoo from the Library but it is hard to catch it when it is checked in.

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    • Christine
      August 7, 2015 at 1:04 am (2 years ago)

      That’s awesome that the library/zoo offers that. Definitely try to take advantage! xox

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  12. jessica
    August 7, 2015 at 4:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Okay, these are totally AWESOME, inexpensive, fun tips. I pinned this for later. I really enjoyed this post!

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    • Christine
      August 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Right?! She came up with some fab ideas! xox

      Reply

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