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Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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Happy National Donut Day

Friday, June 4th, 2010

donutToday is National Donut Day. It was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army as a way to honor the women who had served doughnuts to World War I soldiers.

Why not make up a batch of homemade donuts or even better, these easy Donut Muffins to celebrate.They are quick and easy to make and no deep frying required. You can all the yummy taste without the greasy mess.

If you’re not quite up for the baking, you can also get a free donut at participating Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme locations in your area. Most of them do require you to buy a drink to get the free donut.

Either way it’s a fun holiday and a great time to enjoy one of those tasty treats be it for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Hmmm…. Donut muffin and a cup of coffee sound like just the thing to get me through my busy afternoon.

Hold Your Own Fair – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Ferris WheelSix year old’s come up with the funnest ideas. I’m still not quite sure where this came from, but earlier this week my daughter started talking about going to the fair. Our local county fair is usually held in October and obviously there are no fairs going on around here in January. Since my little girl was very persistent, we decided to put on our own fair tonight. Here’s what I have planned so far – I’m sure it will be a lot of fun and I thought I’d share in case you’d like to put on one of your own.

Fair Food

Ok, I can’t help it … for me the biggest appeal is all the yummy fair food. For dinner I’m going to make a batch of my corn dog recipe and serve some chips and slaw on the side. Of course we are also going to have some snacks. I was thinking of making either caramel corn or kettle corn and have pretty much decided on the later.

Before we start the fun and games this afternoon, I’m going to try to make funnel cakes. I’ve never tried this before but am planning on making my basic pancake recipe. I’ll pour the batter into a cleaned out ketchup bottle and then pouring it into a large iron skillet filled with hot oil to make the funnel cakes. Of course I’m going to sprinkle them with powdered sugar when they are done. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Of course I’d love to hear your comments if you’ve made funnel cakes at home before.

Fair Rides

Of course we can’t have any full blown rides in the house, but there is some fun stuff you can come up with in just about any home. My office chair spins around and will turn into a simple but fun Merry-Go-Around. A board on the stairs or propped up on a sturdy chair or table can turn into an indoor slide when used under close supervision. I have a feeling the favorite though will be the fort / obstacle course that will of course be mostly designed by my daughter. We’ll just grab some chairs, pillows, blankets and the likes and let her run with it.

Fair Games

Some empty soda bottles along with a small ball and some diving rings will make for two fun carnival or fair games. Now I’ll just have to come up with some ideas for prizes. I think I’ll raid the bag of stowed away toys sitting in the attic.

We’ll end the night lounging on the living room floor watching a movie together. That’ll be a great time to finish off the kettle corn and give everyone a chance to calm down before bedtime.

How To Make A Candy Wreath – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, November 6th, 2009

If you’re heading to the stores right now, you’ll see all sorts of Halloween candy on sale. Grab a few bags and turn then into a beautiful Christmas decoration (or gift for that matter).

Tawra and Jill from Living On A Dime put this video and free report together for you. Scroll down below the video to download your pdf report with plenty of pictures on how to make this cute wreath. You’re welcome to share the report with family and friends.

Pretty, isn’t it? Here’s your free report with step by step instructions on how to make this wreath.

Candy Christmas Wreath (pdf)

To save it to your computer, right-click on the link above and choose “Save As” or “Save Target As”.

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Playing Pretend Store – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Pretend Play StoreKids love to play pretend and one of my daughter’s favorite game right now is to play store. So I figured, why not write today’s Frugal Fun Friday post on playing grocery store.

It’s always a good idea to encourage kids to play pretend. It helps them grow and practice for thier role as adults later in life. It’s also a great way to teach your child frugal shopping habits from an early age on.

You could go all out and spend a lot of money on a pretend play toy set like the one in this picture (which is available from Amazon.com here), or you can do what we do at home and get an old cardboard box or a small table along with anything easy to deal with from the pantry (including canned and boxed items) and a few grocery bags.

You can also save some boxes and containers (like rice boxes, milk cartons etc), clean them out as needed and then let your child use them for a while to play pretend.

We also had a lot of fun making our own play money. I cut strips of construction paper from the bills and had the kids draw designs and numbers on them. For the coins we did rubbins by laying a piece of paper over a coin and rubbing it with the side of a pencil. We cut out the shapes and voila – play money.

Family Picture Day – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, September 25th, 2009

family  pictureHappy Friday!

This week’s Frugal Fun Friday idea is to take some family pictures. It’s still warm enough to take those pictures outside and all the colorful fall leaves will make a wonderful back drop.

Grab your digital camera and the rest of the family and have fun with your very own family photo shoot.

You can try different poses, get everyone to dress up etc. Just make it fun.

This is also a great time to take pictures for your Christmas Cards. Get out those Christmas sweaters or just put everyone in matching outfits for a great holiday effect.

Don’t forget to view all your pictures on your computer afterward and order some prints of the prettiest pictures.

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Improve Reading Comprehension Skills With A Reading Marathon – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Pile of BooksGood morning. It’s Friday and time for another Frugal Fun Friday tip. Today is going to be full of educational fun again since last weeks post about teaching your kids something new was so well received.

This week we’re going to have a reading marathon to improve reading comprehension. You can easily adapt this for children of any age.

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Frugal Fun Friday – Teach Them Something

Friday, September 11th, 2009

teachingDo you know who your child’s most influential teacher is? Whether you are homeschooling or not, you are.

Our kids are learning from us every single day, so why not make it a point this weekend to teach them something and make it fun as well.

Our daughter has this fascination with lions right now. She pretends to be a cub or a mighty lioness any chance she gets and she’s constantly asking questions about these big cats.

This weekend is going to be one long, fun lesson all about lions. I started by heading to the library to pick up some books on the topic.

I founds this cool Lions True Book from Scholastic as well as a fiction book called “The Happy Lion” that I remember reading with my Mom when I was little. There is also a show on animal planet called “Into The Pride” that I’ve been recording for the past few weeks.

So we’ll be talking, reading and watching a lot of stuff about lions in the coming days and weeks. I’m also goint to be drawing lion pictures with her as we go along and we might make a little story book of our own. And for tomorrow we have a trip to a local zoo planned to see some lions in real life.

My point is that teaching your kids something new is a lot of fun. It doesn’t have to be all that involved an complicated either. Ask your child what he or she would like to learn about or just pay attention to the kinds of questions they are asking you. Then take 10 – 15 minutes, head to the computer and do a little research together.

I remember a few months ago our daughter wanted to know about corn and how a little corn kernel grows into a big corn plant. My husband sat down with her and they found this video:

Make Time For Kids – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, September 4th, 2009

kids playingI had one of those days yesterday… you know the one were stuff just keeps coming up and you feel like no matter how hard you try you’re just not getting anything accomplished? I felt like a little hamster in a wheel running around in circles and not getting anywhere.

The sad part is that I also spent most of the time telling my daughter “Sorry hun, I can’t do that right now”. She was very patient with me, but when evening came around and I told her “No story tonight, it’s already way past your bedtime”, the tears started flowing and I felt like a bad mama for sure. A quick snuggle and talk made her feel better and it really got me thinking…

As I reflected on our day, I realized that I had my priorities completely wrong yesterday which was a big reason why I had such a lowsy day. I also remembered something my friend Nicole from ShowKidsTheFun.com shared with me a while back.

The days are long but the years are short!

I love that motto and yesterday I needed to be reminded of it. The day was REALLY long and exausting, but I still should have taken more time to enjoy my family.

Here’s how Nicole explained her motto to me even further: “It’s like pregnancy and baby’s first year. Feels like every day is a year long and you keep wishing it away, but then, in a blink, you’re looking back and wishing you had more time.”.

How very true. So in the spirit of “Frugal Fun Friday” and keeping this motto in mind, take some time this Labor Day weekend to just play with the kids. If you have little ones, sit in the floor and play blocks, cars or dolls. Go outside to play hide and go seak or catch or whatever else your kids feel up to. Just make some time for the kids and let them take the lead today and this weekend.

An Old-Fashioned Slinky – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, August 28th, 2009

My 6-year-old was begging me for a new toy the other day. We usually don’t buy to many of those, but when she was asking for a slinky at the store, I thought “why not?”. I remember having hours and hours of fun with mine (that would be before I somehow managed to get them tangled).

So far we’ve had 3 days of playing with the slinky and to be honest I’m not sure who’s enjoying it more, Mom, Dad, or our little girl. My husband and I are having a fun time showing her some of what the slinky can do and then watching her play with it. It’s a great stress reliever by the way. I’ve been sneaking in her room at night and “kidnapped” the slinky to play with myself. I’m just sitting there moving it from one hand to the next … it’s a great meditation and stress relieve tool.

Let’s end this little “Ode To The Slinky” with a commercial from 1960.

Do you remember playing with this? What’s your favorite memory, or even better, what’s your favorite childhood toy?

Quick Ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy These Last Days Of Summer – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, August 21st, 2009

school bus webSummer is almost over and you’re busy with Back-To-School preparation.  You’re making shopping lists, running around trying to make sure everyone has shoes that fit, backpacks that are in good condition, pencils, paper, crayons, and glue, so everyone is ready to go on the first day.  While you’re getting lunch money ready, the kids are restless, running out of patience.  It’s hard for kids to suddenly quit wanting to have summer fun just because school starts soon.

What do you do to distract your little ones on those last few days before school starts?  It’s not the time to plan a trip to the beach.  Summer vacation is over, but your kids don’t know that.  It’s still summer and they still want to have something fun to do.  You may need to have a few quick ideas to keep your youngsters occupied so you can have a little time to prepare for their return to school.  Here’s a few ideas that will distract, entertain, and even educate!

At a site called Kids.gov you’ll find a wide assortment of interactive games, stories, and puzzles to keep kids of all ages entertained.  One in particular that I like is Ben’s Guide, an assortment of interactive games, puzzles, and learning tools for different age groups.  I like the K-2 “Place The State” puzzle where you click and pop the States into the spot they belong.  There are mazes and puzzles and all sorts of things to keep your little ones busy and entertained.

At ShowKidsTheFun.com you’ll find crafts to keep your Back-To-Schoolers busy, even creating some useful and decorative organizers to get their own desk ready for studying.  A few suggested books along with great videos should give you enough ideas to help keep your youngsters entertained while you finish your Back-To-School preparations.

One last picnic before summer officially ends with the first day of school, may be just the thing to give your kids a bit of fun before hitting the books.  It may keep them occupied long enough for you to finish sorting socks, too.  Cook up some hot dogs, lay out a big spread of condiments to go with, get a big bag of chips, some dip, and let your kids have a big, old fashioned picnic.  Make sure you’ve got plenty of popsicles and ice cream desserts to complete the meal.  If the weather doesn’t cooperate, throw a blanket down in the living room and pick a good summertime movie.  In other words, give them one last hoorah!

Just acknowledging that summer is coming to a close will help ease everyone into the fall season.  You don’t want to just push your kids through those doors at school without a little send off, and you need a bit of uninterrupted time to prepare, too.  These a just a few distractions for your little ones while you get their school supplies together.  Don’t forget to give yourself a little time for distractions, too!  When you’re done sorting those socks, grab yourself a plate and join the picnic!

Homemade Back-To-School Totes – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Childs Artwork FlowersWalking through the school supplies section of a big store the other day made me stop dead in my tracks.  Have you seen the cost of a new book bag or backpack?  It was a shocker to me.

That’s why I started searching for ideas for making a nice tote or backpack that would be suitable for a youngster’s first day of school.  There are many ideas and patterns for totes in magazines and on the internet, but the one that really appeals to me is a project that I found on ShowKidsTheFun.com which uses a re-purposed item.

This project is suitable for a child in Kindergarten, first grade, or perhaps second grade.  It’s a neat little tote or backpack fashioned out of old place mats.  Ideally, you’ll want to choose place mats that have fun characters or patterns that your child will like.  If you’re using place mats that you have tucked away in your cupboards which are not quite so fun, you may want to have your child decorate them with fabric paints or other embellishments.

I went through my own kitchen cabinets first and found about a half dozen place mats that I no longer use.  Although I’ve seen some incredibly cute place mats at the resale shops, I decided to use what I had, which were some nice woven, very sturdy, place mats.  If you don’t have old place mats in your cupboards, you’ll want to start by digging through the piles of place mats available at Dollar Stores, resale shops, and other discount stores.

The project calls for using fabric glue to hold the place mats together on three sides to form the bag.  If you have a sewing machine, you may want to stitch it closed to create a sturdier bag.  The idea I found is for a tote, but you can easily form a backpack by sewing your ribbon or rope that you choose for the handles, one end on the open top and one end on the bottom forming two straps to slip both arms through.  Just pin the ribbon or rope, have your child slip their arms through “backpack style” and adjust the straps until you get a good fit.  Once you’ve gotten the right length, secure the straps.  You might want to sew or glue Velcro pieces to the inside of the open top in order to be able to close the bag up securely.

The most important thing about this little craft, besides being inexpensive, is that it can be as creative as your little Back-To-Schooler wants it to be!  Choose really fun place mats and lots of fun embellishments and help your child create his or her very own one-of-a-kind back pack or tote for their triumphant return to school.

Take A Trip Down Memory Lane With Your Family – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, August 7th, 2009

feet in grassThe lazy days of summer have almost come to an end.  From the last day of school in May or June, parents hit the ground running trying to make every summer moment special for their little ones.  It’s not always possible to do everything you might want to do, but oftentimes when we look back, we see just how much we actually did get to do.

One end-of-summer project that really captures the fun, putting memories in a time capsule of sorts, is a summertime collage.  Whether you were fortunate enough to go on a special trip this year, or your family vacationed in the backyard, there are certainly favorite memories of your time together under the sun.

There are many ways to create a “memory collage” with your family.  Some folks like to use junk mail and magazines, cut out pictures of things that they enjoyed during the summer break.  For a family who’s world is not complete without taking photos of their fun, simply putting a scrapbook together using these photos works well.  Other families like a combination of materials, more of a “memory box” than a memory collage.

Once you decide which method you like, or which combination of methods you will use, gather your tools.  Open up empty cereal boxes and use the cardboard for the base of a simple collage.  Take your pile of pictures and objects that represent your family fun this summer, and just start arranging the items in a pleasing way, glue, and you’re finished.  If you’re using larger objects, like seashells, you may want to use a shoe box to create your collage.  The design depends on what you have to display, and, of course, the age and ability of your children.

The important part of this project is not to create a masterpiece, although you just may.  The important part is that your entire family gather around the table and have fun recalling the summertime fun.  Did you build a campfire?  Did you take a row boat out on the lake?  Did you take a special bike ride?  Did you make a kite and fly it at the beach?  Anything you did to create memories is worthy of a place in your collage.  Be sure to include at least one favorite memory from each family member.  You can either do one giant collage for the whole family, or have each child work on his or her own.

The funny thing about sitting together with the whole family to do this project, is that you’ll be amazed at what constitutes a memorable event in each child’s mind.  You may find out that what you thought  would stand out in a child’s mind is not at all what they remember most about an event.  And, several children at the same event may have different memories to cherish about the day.  For instance, playing games in the car during a road trip may be one child’s idea of the perfect day, while another child may have forgotten all about the games but certainly remembers the funny bugs they captured that evening.  Give each child a chance to show you the memories that you have created for them and you’ll not only have an enjoyable project, but you just may learn something brand new about your family.

In the rush and anticipation of family vacations, road trips, cookouts, or backyard fun, we often get to the end of the summer and forget how much fun we had.  Take an opportunity to re-live the fun and cherish your time together.

Hot Summer Days And Cooling Off With Some Water Fun – Frugal Fun Friday

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Sprinkler Kid web sizeIf images of kids running through sprinklers drift through your mind in grainy home movie flashes, you’re feeling a little nostalgic right now.  And, why not?  The days of turning on the sprinklers and just playing in them for hours are a thing of the past.  I guess we all know why… it is not frugal to just let a sprinkler run for hours to water the lawn, let alone just to play in.

With money tight and possible water restrictions in certain rain-starved areas, the ability to just run through sprinklers that are spewing water out on the grass seems like a thing of the past.  But, when it’s steamy hot out and the kids are wilting fast outside, what can you do to bring in a little water play?  How about a wading pool with a sprinkling fountain to capture the water?

With a simple wading pool and a fun kiddie-friendly sprinkler attached to a hose, you and your little ones will enjoy sprinkler-type water fun while the wading pool fills.  Rather than filling the pool first, just place the fun sprinkler inside the pool and turn on the water.  The fountain of water will fill the pool while your little ones cool off in the falling water.  The pool fills and the kids frolic at the same time, not wasting water out on the lawn. Because the pool will fill pretty slowly, the fun can last a good, long time.

When you’re done frolicking in the wading pool, be sure to use the water to give your vegetable or flower garden a good soaking.  Give everybody a bucket and send them over to the garden so they can help you recycle the pool water for yet another use.

Granted, your poor lawn doesn’t get the benefit of drinking in a bit of that sprinkler water, but when it comes down to spending money on kids having fun versus the lawn getting watered, I’d rather watch kids laughing and giggling any day!  Get out the popsicles and the camera and have a great Friday!