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I have been a baseball mom for almost 6 years now. As my son has gotten older the commitment to baseball has grown as well. Don't get me wrong I love being a baseball mom but it takes up a lot of our nights and weekends. Our oldest son is on two baseball teams one of which travels so there is ALWAYS a practice or a game going on. This doesn't leave a lot of family time in the mix. I want to share some simple ways we have stolen some extra family time (or parent time) while hightailing it to a baseball “thing”.
Keeping the Parental Units in Contact
It's tax season which means it is the perfect time to upgrade your plan, phone, and get all the data you deserve. Just the other day I stopped by my local Walmart's electronic section and picked up the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone and a Starter Kit ($25). It's in the no contract phone section.
The phone was only $99.00 (Rollback from $149.00). Quite a steal if I do say so myself! I love that it's 4G LTE capable, has a 5″ qHD touchscreen, an 8MP camera, and an ultra power saving mode. The ultra power saving mode has been invaluable since we are always on the go!
While I love being a baseball mom I don't always get to join in on the fun. We have two children and often their schedules conflict. This means one of us is on the go in the completely opposite direction of the other one or at home. Usually, my husband is doing the baseball thing while I'm getting our other son ready for bed and school the next day. Baseball practices tend to run late and I don't need two cranky children in the mornings. One is bad enough!
Thankfully, Walmart Family Mobile keeps us connected even if we are miles apart. Walmart Family Mobile is not only super affordable it also boasts unlimited talk, text, and data. Yes, that's right I said DATA. The new plan, Walmart Family Mobile PLUS sounds amazing, right!? So when my husband is sweating it out while I am chilling in the air conditioning I have no fear of being able to contact him. I can call or text and KNOW he'll be right there with a response (unless he's out on the field helping).
Stealing Bonding Time at Practices
Depending on which team is practicing my husband can't always help out. This leaves him twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines but thanks to the extra 10GB of 4G LTE data we can play online games together. While this isn't an ideal way to spend time with my husband it's better than nothing. Otherwise, I may see him for a few minutes before bedtime and I just can't handle that.
Since we aren't stressing about going over limits or data usage with the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan we can enjoy online games together like Yahtzee. It's a game we often played when I was pregnant with our kids, but now we can relive those sweet memories online thanks to the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan even when we are in two different cities (the joys of living on county lines).
Never Miss a Game
My husband works all day and then more often than not he has to go to a baseball “thing” directly after work. This leaves me missing his face, but thanks to this plan we can Skype to our hearts content. Sometimes I just have to SEE him and now I can. The best part is that I can also watch the games I might otherwise miss due to scheduling conflicts. We just connect when my son is up to bat and I get to see everything!
GPS and Music is Mandatory for Road Games
For the times my son has an out of town tournament being able to use GPS apps on our phone is invaluable. We don't always have the best sense of direction and this helps us tremendously. We can also listen to our favorite music apps like iHeartRadio and Spotify. Being able to jam and sing along with the kids on a long car ride is a great way to spend some time together before hitting the fields. It's fun to just goof off together!
Family Movie Night
As that wasn't enough, besides the extra data there's another reason the plan is called PLUS. You also get a free movie on VUDU every month ($7 value). A new release rental! So on those rare occasions when we have a baseball free day we can enjoy a movie together at home and get in that family time we deserve. We get all comfy and pry the kids away from their tablets, pop some popcorn, gather snacks, and watch a movie together in our media room. It's so handy that our PS4 has a VUDU app. Makes watching movies a breeze! This is one of my favorites ways to spend time together. Even though there's not a lot of talking just being in their presence makes me happy.
So let's recap: the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS gets you Unlimited Talk, Text, Data (10GB 4G LTE) plus a free movie on VUDU every month, per line for ONLY $49.88! I can't tell you how happy I am that this awesome plan exists. It keeps us baseball families connected in the best ways.
Stop into your local Walmart today and check out the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan. Being connected is a great thing for all families!
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 http://cbi.as/2-ovk or your local Walmart for current pricing.
This is definitely a great plan for families. I wish I had a Walmart closer to me so I could check it out, I know someone who would definitely be interested in a plan like this so they could be connected while their kid is away at basketball games. I will share the info with them anyway. 🙂
Staying connected with the family is a must! This is amazing. Thanks for sharing!
How cool is that! I love your tips for staying connected. I think they work for any families with traveling parts.
These are amazing ways to keep connected your family!
Great tips. This isn’t something we’ve had to deal with yet, but as my son gets older it is certainly a possibility. Thank you for sharing!
Dhemz Apdian - Dias
Great review! Thanks for sharing. I would like to get this kind of plan for my daughter.
Life as a Convert
Online yahtzee? Sweet! I didn’t know that existed lol.
It’s just as fun as the regular game. You can play with your online FB friends too 🙂
It’s just as fun as the regular game. You can play with your online FB friends too 🙂
Baseball is not our thing, football do but still a great post. Glad you shared this.
Good tips we are not into baseball yet but maybe soon looking forward to it.
My husband and I began our dating relationship as a long distance one. Having large amounts of data for online games is literally what kept us together. Great list!
I can def see how a lot of data would be SO useful in long distance relationships. It’d be a must I would think.
I’m starting my son in baseball next week so this is definitely going to come in handy. Thank you so much for sharing!
I often wondered about walmart’s phone packages. They looked like great deals but I wondered if they were really too good to be true. thanks for the review.
One of the top reasons I can’t imagine living without a cell phone. Being able to stay connected has saved me sleepless nights especially when my kids started driving.
Yes, phones will be invaluable when my kids start driving. Makes me nervous just thinking about it.
Kathy Kenny Ngo
We are more of a movie kind of family haha. We do stay connected through some of the same means here.
Good to know that even if you guys sometime don’t have time for each other, you still find time to communicate. That’s important in a family. And good job on being supportive of your kids and what they choose to do!
Thanks! My son has been a baseball fan every since he could throw. We always thought he’d be good at it since he was always throwing everything as a baby LOL.
I recently got this plan for my son since he’s only 11. He loves it and I love the fact that I get a free movie every month as well. Makes it perfect for Family Movie Night.
I’ve been thinking about making this phone my sons. He’s almost 10 and has been begging for one. I am not sure he is responsible enough yet though.
im not into baseball but indeed good family adventure!
In my house we always enjoy sports together, whenever we have a game to watch i can feel true family love.
Love family plans with phones! Makes such sense. And what a great idea to skype with the hubs. Facetime is also a good thing to do (with iPhones). Hope you have a fabulous season ahead!
Karen | GlamKaren.com
Christine - Jar Of Lemons
Love these tips for staying connected. So great!
I wish we had Walmart here so I get that deal too. Your family will stay connected with that type of plan
Great tips. We are not old enough yet for a team but he is already obsessed. I am going to need tis in a year or two when we are traveling from game to game.
Sheri Ann richerson
This sounds like a great way to stay connected and share as a family. Family time is important and I am glad you can still have some while your child does what they like as well.
Robin Masshole Mommy
This is an awesome plan. I am under contract at the moment, but this is definitely something to consider when it’s up!