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May Made Memories

May Made Memories

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MobileMemories #CollectiveBiasMay #MobileMemories

I’m not sure that you all still believe me, but my life is pretty spectacular at the moment. Not because of money (because I’m not rolling in the dough – although I’m open to options) or because I’m the perfect weight, height, or career. Although my career is allowing me to do things that I would have never dreamed of doing beforehand. Either because of direct involvement with blogging, or because of the freedom that blogging gives me, this May is going down in the books as a month of epic proportions. I’ve traveled internationally for the first time ever. Got to dance in villages, and go on safaris, and then travel some more. It was easy to make #MobileMemories this month and not have to worry about expensive plans or no coverage. Using my Walmart Family Mobile plan 

May In Malawi


Global Village Malawi Africa

Photo Courtesy of Jorge Girotti

One of my favorite ways of sharing my memories is through Instagram, and those of you who have it know that you need a phone in order to be able to share properly. Now, if you have all of your photos that you upload from your heavy duty camera synced with your phone/computer, you can even share nicely edited photos as well. However, that’s not instant gratification enough for me, AND it doesn’t allow me to share how awesome it is to live in the Houseful with you. Even on the worst days, it’s still awesome – and I hope that you feel the same way about your home as well. While in Malawi, I was surrounded by an extended houseful, and I was just fine with that. They provided lots of smiles, and made sure that the memories that were being formed were going to be talked about long after leaving the continent. 

Malawi Village Children


As summer comes closer to Chicago (I think – since it’s currently 48 degrees in late May now) I know that I’m going to have a ton of memories to share with my readers, but until then, I can share with you a few moments from my trip to Zambia, Africa after our team was done with our Habitat for Humanity build in Malawi, Africa. It was nice to be able to send those photos back home to Mr. Houseful so that he could see what I saw in the blink of an eye. Did I tell you that my Walmart Family Mobile phone worked all the way in Zambia?! Well it did! It’s probably one of the best purchases from Walmart that I’ve gotten.  Of course, I used it over a WiFi signal, but it did what it was supposed to do, and that was to keep me in touch with all of my family and friends back home. It was especially great to be on a safari and snap quick photos to satisfy the photographic needs of everyone back home. My dad especially. He loves big cats, and photography in general, so to be able to see lions and leopards, and share them with him (even though he was a bit impatient) made my heart glad. I got the BEST photos of elephants though, and that made ME happy. On top of all of this, Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data. Given that we have three lines that are Family Mobile, we’re saving much more money than we’re putting out. While my memories may be a bit erratic for some – I mean, I have animals, plants, and pictures of me with random people all throughout my phone’s gallery – they will always provoke such strong feelings and emotions for me. I mean, come ON! Look at this cute baby elephant! 

Elephant In South Luangwa National Park

I also love the fact that this month has allowed me to share the things that have been going on in my homestead, when I’m here anyway. We’ve started a backyard garden, and more houses are going up on the block. Dennis the Menace is about to turn a year old, and the houseful of littles have completed one full year of homeschool while Nate will be finishing his freshmen year of high school. I am not sure that I’m ready for a full-fledged 15-year-old, but he’ll be healthy with all of the great fruits and veggies we’re growing. He hasn’t helped as much as the three littles, but he’s lended a hand to bounty of the family garden, and I’m sure that he’ll enjoy the strawberries that we are growing, if Dennis doesn’t get to them first. Anyhow, you can’t have an awesome garden without a little work can you? Here the littles are helping out, and having the nerve to sing Hard Knock Life while they were at it. I wonder where they got their sense of humor from? Either way, they love helping me weed in our garden, and marvel over how our plants have grown from seedlings to massive green portions just ready to burst ripe with their vegetables. 

HFON Backyard Garden


Backyard Cabbage


Given that we have all this time this summer to create memories that will last a lifetime, it’s only fair that we all have phones that we love. Nathaniel has successfully initiated his first Walmart Family Mobile phone into the land of the cell phone angels, and it’s high time for a new one (and a protective case.) I have so many to choose from, and at great price points as well. I might even sneak in an “extra” phone for myself since I fell hard for my dad’s ZTE ZMAX that I gave him for his birthday. 

  1. ZTE Zinger – $29.88 starting 4/15
  2. Galaxy Avant – $149.00 (was $199.99)
  3. ZTE ZMAX – $179.00 (was $199.88)
  4. Alcatel Fierce 2 – $119.00 (was $129.99)
  5. Alcatel Evolve 2 – $39.83 (was $59.88)
  6. LG L90- $99.82 (was $179.88)
  7. New Phones:
    LG 450: Launch Price $29.88
    Alcatel One Touch Pop Astro: Launch Price $64.88
    LG Leon LTE- Coming soon

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

So, I’ve shared all of the memories that I’ve made this May, how about you? What memories are the strongest for you from this month? Share below and let me know! 


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