We are enjoying our first big snow of the season here in the Lehigh Valley! Today we enjoyed some time out in the snow — all bundled up, of course. Snow days make for great frugal entertainment. Emily had a terrific time playing with Mark in the backyard, and afterwards we had some hot cocoa. [...]
Looking for some good quality time spent together as a family? Try scheduling family painting time! All of us look forward to this when Mark comes home from work. After dinner, we clear off the kitchen table and spread out the paints, brushes, and paper. Altogether it was about an hour’s worth of creative time [...]
Waiting for the ball to drop? Don’t know how to keep the kids occupied? Try some of these ideas: Video Game Tournament — For more information on this, be sure to check out my post on 5 Ways to Save Money on Video Games. Coloring Pages — Click here to print out New Year’s Eve [...]
If you are in the Lehigh Valley, you might want to check out Lights in the Woods at the Flint Hill Farm Educational Center in Coopersburg, PA. Conditions were too muddy to go tonight, but they will have another run Tuesday night, December 30th from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Lights in the Woods includes horse-drawn [...]
Christmas is almost here and it is the perfect time of year to go caroling with friends, family, and neighbors. If you are like me, that sounds fine and dandy, until you realize you might not know all the words to some of the classic Christmas carols! Don’t worry, to help you avoid any embarrassment, [...]
Out of all of the games and toys Emily has, she seems to enjoy playing pretend the most. I try to encourage this as much as possible because pretend play is one of the most beneficial types of play for a child’s development. Child psychologists claim pretend play helps increase creativity, memory, fine motor skills, and [...]
Emily seemed to enjoy this frugal activity the most of all the gift ideas I have covered this week! Today’s project is a Doorway Puppet Theatre, and she played with it all afternoon, so I am very excited to share this with you! To make your own doorway puppet theatre, you will need: 3 [...]
Every day next week I will be posting a series of projects to make last minute gift ideas for kids. You won’t want to miss any of these! These projects are frugal, and can be made with items you would already have in your house. Here is a little preview of what to expect. Today’s [...]
Being frugal frequently means coming up with creative ways to use leftovers to avoid throwing food away, but when I realized we had just one overripe banana I was not quite sure how to use it up. Most recipes for banana bread call for 4 or 5 bananas, and even banana muffin recipes usually call [...]
I am not much of a baker. Instead, Emily and I did some holiday “baking” by making chocolate covered pretzels. There is no measuring required, and they are always delicious. Wrap in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon for a great (and frugal) gift! To make chocolate covered pretzels, you will need: 1 bag of [...]
MoneySavingMom recently featured a post on the McCall paper dolls, so I printed some out for Emily to enjoy. Here she is playing with the January 1996 Betsy with two outfits — pajamas and ice skating. She enjoyed the maze as well. Great frugal fun! You can download the entire series here.
Emily and I spent some time this afternoon making these great gift tags from last year’s greeting cards. To make the gift tags, you will need: Some old greeting cards — Many of the ones we received last year had no writing on the inside left, so we used those. Hole Punch Ribbon – I [...]
We have been taking advantage of our fireplace during this cold time of year. Last night we roasted hot dogs over the fire. We had hot dogs w/buns, and baked beans for dinner. Then we read The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog. This is one of Emily’s favorite books, and we enjoy the other Pigeon [...]
If you are lucky enough to live in the Lehigh Valley, here are some frugal indoor family activities you can enjoy for $5 or less! Allentown Art Museum — On Sundays admission is free to the Allentown Art Museum, and the kids can enjoy Artventures. Lowe’s/Home Depot Workshops — The first Saturday of the month [...]
Looking for some easy, inexpensive homemade gifts for the holidays this year? Try jar gift mixes! Purchase some inexpensive 1 or 2 quart mason jars to get started. Get the kids involved and you have a great frugal holiday activity the entire family can enjoy. Here are some great resources to help you add a [...]
Today’s Frugal Friday Challenge is to stay home and have a family game night! Pick out a board game, and afterwards make a dessert together. We are planning a cherry-themed family fun night. We will play Hi-Ho-Cherry-O with Emily (4), and afterwards we will be making cherry mountain pies. To make cherry mountain pies, you [...]
Good Housekeeping is featuring a great article on homemade holiday food gifts that anyone can make. Get the kids involved and make it a family activity. They are fast, frugal, and festive!
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