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Welcome to The Broke Mom’s Guide to Everything! I’m a busy working mom who lives on a shoe string in order to pay off massive debts and still have money for the finer things in life.  Here are some tips and tricks I use to save. From penny pinching to DIY projects and recipes that help me to save and live more naturally.  Stay awhile and check back often!

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Looking for Cheap Hotels? Travel Pony is Here!

By: Elissha Park, August 27th, 2014


Travel Pony is the fastest growing travel site out there. Why is it growing so fast? It’s because they choose to not spend billions of dollars on advertising and share all those savings with its customers. When Travel Pony reached out to me to review their services I was of course ecstatic Read more…


Graham and Brown “Frames” Wall-Paper Review

By: Elissha Park, August 18th, 2014


I was thrilled to be offered a couple rolls of Graham and Brown’s, “Frames” Wallpaper. My son’s room is a little drab and I loved the idea of doing one wall in wallpaper. Not going to lie, it’s a bit of a process to put it up, Read more…


Savin Rock Beach, West Haven, CT…with Kids!

By: Elissha Park, August, 6th, 2014


This is a fabulous beach with a lot to do nearby.  I took the opportunity to go when my parents visited recently, mainly because my co-workers had told me that Jimmy’s of Savin Rock was a great sea-side restaurant. So per usual we cruised in a little earlier Read more…


How My Mother’s Day Massage Became a Chore…

By: Elissha Park, August 4th,2014
Courtesy of Freedigitialphots.net/photostock Me and Sergio? Not so much.

Courtesy of Freedigitialphots.net/photostock
Me and Sergio? Not so much.

After being pretty self-conscious of my body my entire life I have pretty much settled into a tired acceptance of it.  I am pretty happy that I have to wear a uniform to work, because I don’t have to think about Read more…


Household Uses for Tea Tree Oil

By: Elissha Park, August 1st, 2014
Courtesy of freedigitialphotos.net/marin

Courtesy of freedigitialphotos.net/marin

Tree Tea Oil, extracted from the melaleuca plant is a native plant in Australia and New Zealand. The native aborigines of Australia have been using it in their medications for centuries. It was in the 1920’s when a researcher discovered it’s anti-microbial properties. Read more…



By: Elissha Park, July 30th, 2014


Attention local buyers!!!! Looking to helping out small local businesses in your community? Then myezbz.com is for you. Myezbz helps connect consumers with local, reputable businesses. Read more…


Work/Life Balance Anyone?

By: Elissha Park, July 29th, 2014
Courtesy of freedigitialphotos.net/verandah

Courtesy of freedigitialphotos.net/verandah

One of the things I completely loathe in the blogging world is when someone writes out their typical daily schedule.  They do this in order to show how exhausting/busy/hectic their days are.  I don’t care about your schedule Read more…


I See Me! Personalized Book Review and Giveaway!

By: Elissha Park, July 28th, 2014


I could not be more happy to be doing this review for I See Me! personalized books.  I received mine (I should say my son’s) a few days ago and it immediately became his favorite book. Read more…


Cheesy Grits with Broccoli Casserole

By: Elissha Park, July 25, 2014


I’ve had a big bag of grits in my pantry since Christmas. Being that it was the end of the week and we were short on food, I decided to try a new recipe for dinner.  Despite the heat, Read more…


Killarney National Park, Ireland…with Kids!

By: Elissha Park, July 23rd, 2014


Killarney National Park is best seen over a few days.  There is a ton to do in the park as well as in the towns of Killarney and Kenmare, located on either side of it.  If you are staying in Killarney be forewarned, it will be crowded.  Killarney has been a tourist town since Victorian times.  Read more…


$25 Target Gift Card Giveaway Courtesy of Shopular!

By: Elissha Park, July 21st, 2014


Shopular is mobile app that delivers deals straight to your phone. Available for your iPhone or Android the app sends you personalized deals when you are near a store, mall or shop. Can you imagine walking into your favorite store and having your phone explode with an awesome coupon? Read more…

Day 2:The Ring of Kerry, Ireland…with Kids!

By: Elissha Park July 18th, 2014


So after our first beautiful day on the Ring, we were bound to have rain the next day.  I can take it in stride as some places really are meant to be seen in the rain, it. As I mentioned in my first post on the Ring. Read more…


Summer Sandwich: Falafel

By: Elissha Park, July 16th, 2014


I have been working to perfect my falafel recipe for years.  My usual issues are that they don’t stay together very well during cooking and that they don’t cook through well, leaving a crispy surface and a gooey inside. Read more…


5 Ingredient Tomato Basil Salad

By: Elissha Park, July 11, 2014


I’m not sure that this really constitutes a recipe, since it’s just so simple. I make sure to always have these ingredients around during the summer months so I can throw this together in no time. It takes about 10 Read more…


Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven,CT…with Kids!

By: Elissha Park July 9th, 2014


We decided to make the relatively short trek (less than an hour from Bristol) out to New Haven to check out Lighthouse Point Park and the beach there.  I was pleasantly surprised as the facilities were really Read more…


Summer-Perfect Potato Salad

By: Elissha Park, July 4th, 2014


Here is the perfect potato salad I like just to have around for all those days and nights it’s too hot to have the oven on.  It has just the right amount of crunchy veggies Read more…


How to Save on A/C Costs this Summer

By: Elissha Park, July 2, 2014
Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net/kjnnt

Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net/kjnnt

I have a lot of experience keeping my house cool, I think I could put it on my resume at this point.  I haven’t had central air since I lived at my parents house over 10 years ago Read more…


Day 1: The Ring of Kerry, Ireland…with Kids!

By: Elissha Park, June 30, 2014
Derrynane House

Derrynane House

The Ring of Kerry is a well-known tourist destination and world renown as one of the most spectacular drives in Europe.  So, your not going to be be alone out there. Read more…


Easy Asian Stir Fry

By: Elissha Park, June 27th, 2014


This is a really easy dish that I love to make when we have a lot of veggies in the fridge. It’s a great end-of-the-week fridge purge type dish. I rarely make it with meat, but it’s easy to include some chicken Read more…


Bluff Point State Park, Groton, CT…with Kids!

By: Elissha Park, June 25th, 2014


On to the next beach; I had checked out this beach last year and remember really liking it.  Firstly, it’s FREE. A beach in Connecticut that’s free? Must be a catch.  Yes, a little bit.  Two catches really, Read more…


Tabbouleh with Feta

By: Elissha Park, June 20, 2014


I love tabbouleh, it’s so easy and a bit different then your typical summer salads.  I concocted this recipe a few years back and it’s become a warm-weather staple for us. Read more…


Online Tools to Help You Save (and Earn!)

By: Elissha Park, June 16, 2014
Courtesy of Stuart Miles/Freedigitalphotos.net

Courtesy of Stuart Miles/Freedigitalphotos.net


I get at several emails each week about services online that help you save.  I decided to compile some of the best into this post to let you guys know what services are out there to not only help you save, Read more…


Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme, CT…With Kids!

By: Elissha Park, June 13th, 2014

rockyneck1 My quest for the perfect Connecticut Beach took me to Rocky Neck State Park this past weekend.  It was a beautiful late spring day and not overly hot.  I know that this can be a popular beach Read more…


Corn Fritters

By: Elissha Park June 9th, 2014

cornfritters I used to always get these delicious Corn Fritters at restaurants when I lived in Thailand.  Served with sweet chili sauce they are absolute heaven! The baking powder makes these light, fluffy and perfect! Read more…


DIY Lavender Bath Salt Scrub

By: Elissha Park June 6th, 2014

bathsalt Someday I will have a spa bathroom.  This is a little mantra I repeat to myself when I get into the shower. For now I have a crappy, cheaply kept-up  Read more… __________

How to Save on Summer Activities for Kids

By: Elissha Park June 4th, 2014
Courtesy of Freedigitialphotos.net/chrisroll

Courtesy of Freedigitialphotos.net/chrisroll

Summer is here for many and almost here for the rest. Whether you are staying home or packing your afternoons and weekends with fun stuff for your kiddos Read more…


Household Uses for Epsom Salt

By: Elissha Park May 5,2014
Courtesy of freedigitialphotos.net/zole4

Courtesy of freedigitialphotos.net/zole4

I have recently discovered the amazing healing properties of Epsom Salt. I know that sounds a little cheesy, but I have seriously awful skin and have a ton of success clearing it up with Epsom. Read more… __________

Oatmeal Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

By: Elissha Park, May 2nd, 2014

oatmealcake This is flippin’ amazing if I do say so myself.  You typically find an oatmeal cake topped with coconut or nuts which I can usually do without.  I made the cake and topped Read more…


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  1. says

    Looks like some awesome recipes and crafts… I just came across your page, I cannot wait to try some of these out with my 2 boys!!!

  2. says

    Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it
    up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

    I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any points for novice blog writers?
    I’d really appreciate it.

    • Elissha says

      Write and post as much as you can and keep at it, it can be very discouraging and difficult at first.

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