Frugal Way to Occupy Kids During Football

Trying to watch the football game on TV and looking for a frugal way to keep the kids entertained?  I thought this would be a fun topic, since the Super Bowl is coming up! Thanks to ThriftyCraftMama for posting about this fabulous frugal activity that will keep kids occupied all through the game.  (Worked well […]

Enjoying a few good books

Clara enjoys some quality story time. This morning we lounged around in our pajamas for far too long, but we were busy enjoying some good books.  Emily came downstairs and wanted to snuggle with Clara on the couch.  She enjoys reading to her little sister, and Clara thought the pictures in this Snow White story […]

Family Drawing Time — Portraits

Wow!  This is my 100th post already!! Want to know how your kids really see you?  Try a family portrait day!  Each member of the family takes turns drawing everyone else.  This makes for some interesting artwork, especially from the little ones.   Here are some of Emily’s drawings: From Left to Right:  Me (what […]

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars and Sledding Fun

Mark and I took the girls sledding this afternoon, and everyone had a blast! Afterwards, Emily and I whipped up a batch of these delicious homemade granola bars while Mark visited a friend to watch the football game. We go through several boxes of granola bars every month in our household, so by learning how […]

Family Snow Day

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. […]

Family Painting Time

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 […]

8 Frugal New Year’s Activities for Kids

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 […]

Frugal Family Fun — Lehigh Valley

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 […]

Frugal Family Activity — Go Caroling!

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, […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Pretend Play Sets

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 […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Doorway Puppet Theatre

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 […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Bird Watching Kit

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 […]

What to do with one leftover (and overripe) banana

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 […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Chocolate Covered Pretzels

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 […]

Frugal Activity — Paper Dolls

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.

Fabulous Frugal Gift Tags

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 […]

More Fun with the Fireplace

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 […]

Frugal Family Activities — Lehigh Valley

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 […]