Sunflowers and Bean Sprouts

The emphasis on art projects has always been on the process in our household, but Emily was very proud of the outcome of this project and it has encouraged her to do more stamping projects similar to this one. To make your own sunflower stamping project you will need: a brown paper bag, some paint, […]

March Comes In Like a Lion….

Emily spent some time this afternoon working on this drawing of a lion, which proved to be quite frugal since it only required paper and crayons. She was quite happy with the end result and proud that she had drawn it “all by herself”. Here is the secret to her success — a book called […]

As Seen On The 10! Show

Happy President’s Day! Emily and I had an exciting morning over at The 10! Show’s studio in Philadelphia to talk about frugal family activities for winter. They featured several of the crafts and activities I have posted about on this blog. In case you missed the show, here is a clip of our segment. A […]

Indoor Sandbox

One of the things Emily misses the most about Spring and Summer is playing outside in her sandbox. I created an indoor version that was a big hit for both of my girls. You might already have an inflatable pool (most likely it is hanging out in the garage for the winter). We brought ours […]

Spring Baskets

This was such a simple, easy project and it made Emily and I feel a little closer to Spring. This afternoon we worked on Spring baskets made from strawberry cartons, ribbon, and pipe cleaners — all found in our Invention Kit. We filled them with some tissue paper and a bunch of Hershey’s kisses — […]

Frugal Fun Outdoors – Snow Painting

This afternoon, Emily and I took some spray bottles filled with a few drops of food coloring and some water to do snow painting. This was a big hit! I had to bribe her with some hot cocoa to get her to come back inside.  I helped her spell her name out in the snow… […]

Stained Glass Snowflakes

A friend of mine recently hosted a Royal Snowflake Ball and it was the inspiration for this twist on classic paper snowflakes using white paper and colored tissue paper.  For the Ball, she had story time for all the princes and princesses by reading snow-themed stories, and the kids decorated their own snowmen out of […]

Garden Planning

Even if you have never planned a garden before, now may be a terrific time to start. Our family just signed up for a garden plot through the local community center, and I think Emily will benefit from watching and caring for all our vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  If you do not have the space […]

Fun with Felt – Play Valentine Mail Set

Emily does not know it yet, but I am going to surprise her with this homemade felt play mail set for Valentine’s Day! Isn’t it cute? I know, I know, 25 cent postage… those were the days, right? As a learning tool, the address labels and stamps can be moved around. She can practice placing […]

Preparing for Special Guests

Since we have made the decision to eat out less, we have been entertaining at home more often. Yesterday afternoon was spent preparing to get together with friends from college to celebrate Chinese New Year! We planned to get Chinese take out, eat with chopsticks, and spend some time getting caught up with one another. […]

Create 6 FREE Valentine’s Day Cards

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The Great Thermostat Debate

The Deneen household is kept at a fairly constant 66 degrees during the winter (sometimes lower if we leave the house for a long period of time). I have noticed that hardly anyone else seems to keep their thermostat set this low. We dress the kids in layers, and we wear sweaters this time of […]

Get a Deal on Disney

Disney is now offering a package to buy 4 nights, get 3 more nights with tickets free! Plus, when you travel between 3/1 – 3/9 and 3/17- 3/29, you’ll also get a $200 Disney Gift Card. Click here for details.

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. […]

Free Tea Samples

Mmm… I love tea!  Mark and I drink tea year-round, but especially during the cold winter months.  Here are some great samples you can request for free!  I have personally requested and received these, and I highly recommend the following: Yogi Tea — Sample pack includes Meditative Time, Mexican Sweet Chili, and Berry Anti-Oxidant.  I […]

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 […]

Lights in the Woods – An Update

A few days ago, I posted about Flint Hill Farm’s Lights in the Woods event.  Last night, Mark and I bundled the kids up in layers and layers of clothes, packed everyone into the car, and drove 25 minutes to Coopersburg, PA to check it out.  For $5 per adult and $3 for children 3 […]