Solar-Powered Lunch!

We had a scorcher of an afternoon today — prime conditions to make our own solar oven! We recycled a pizza box and a clear plastic lid from a disposable cake pan. Add a little aluminum foil, and voilá… a super eco-friendly and frugal solar oven!! We even made our own sun tea, just to […]

Painted Orange Slices

The girls loved painting these cute orange slices, and they were so simple to make! Just cut a paper plate in half, and use some masking tape to mark off the segments of the orange. Invite the kiddos over to paint!! Emily will take any excuse to paint, plus her favorite color is orange, so […]

Quick Craft — Tie Dyed Sunshine Ornaments

You won’t believe how quick, easy and frugal this project is!! For a crafty fun time, fold a coffee filter in half 3 times, and cut the outer edge as shown. Open up the coffee filter to make a sun, and invite the kiddos over to paint with yellow, orange, and pink/red water colors on […]

Painting…. with Ice Cubes!

Today was a real scorcher, but the girls still wanted some outside play time (and of course some sort of art is aways a necessary part of our day). I had some very inexpensive “paint with water” books, but we thought it would be more fun to paint with ice cubes instead!! If you’re afraid […]

Lemon Rubbings from Yogurt Lids

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Hurray for Playgrounds!

After driving to nearby Lewisburg, PA — We are all suffering from a serious case of playground envy! Seriously. My skull still hurts from trying to wrap my brain around the size of this GINORMOUS playground. The girls wasted no time!  When Mark wasn’t looking, I had a go at the climbing wall, swings, slides, […]

Cheap Thrills — Airplane Racers

For a fun time, make up some paper airplanes (Emily has a slight obsession with making these lately), attach some bent paper clips and tie a long piece of string. Race your airplanes!!! Emily thought this was so much fun, and Clara was quick to pick up on the racing fun too! Since Clara isn’t […]

Shop Update! And the winner is….

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has been voting for me this past week!!! The results should be available in the next couple of days. However, I just couldn’t wait any longer to announce that the winner of the Kid’s Travel Kit Giveaway is…. Heidi!!! Congratulations!! I received so many requests for these, so […]

Easy Flower Painting

We have been enjoying these beautiful little pockets of time when Clara is taking a nap (hooray for naps!) and Emily and I find a fun project to work on. Emily enjoyed this simple painting project so much that she made two of them! To make your own flower painting you will need: a cork, […]

Favorite Summer Recipe — Peach Ice Cream

Purchasing an ice cream maker…. is it worth it? I say “YES!” Here’s why: Save Money — Have you seen the price of ice cream lately? Making your own ice cream can be significantly less expensive than the comparable store-bought ice cream. Size Matters — Like many grocery products, ice cream containers are shrinking. A […]

Pretty in Peach

Here’s a little sneak peek! This is what I made using some of this fabric and this pattern courtesy of the aptly named blog Make It and Love It. I did make it, and I do indeed LOVE it!! Ashley’s patterns are always so delightfully simple and easy to understand. Mine was made from a […]

Wanna Beat the Heat?? Build an Ice Castle!

Think it’s too hot to craft? Think again! To build your own ice castle, you will need empty milk cartons, some paper, a couple of rubber bands, and some ice pops. Fill the milk cartons with water (and food coloring, if desired) and freeze the night before. Keeping the ice pops in their wrappers, roll […]

Spreading Some Cheer

We thought it would be fun to spread some cheer around our neighborhood this afternoon. So we made up these darling goody bags. Emily dipped the end of a cork in some red paint to make the cherries, and I helped fill in the stems. While we waited for the paint to dry, we went […]

Snowman in July

Emily’s favorite book is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, and we have read it together again and again. One of the poems, Snowman, was the inspiration for today’s activities. The poem is about a snowman who is determined to try to see July. Emily made her snowman out of white Model Magic, and […]

Summer Gratitude

If your family is thinking about cutting back on expenses, Summer may be the easiest time to do so. With Summer re-runs on television, it may be the perfect time to consider pulling the plug on the cable and spending more time outdoors. Instead of going out to eat at a restaurant, pack up a […]

Easy Waterproof Windsock

This windsock craft could not be any easier, or more inexpensive. It is made of recyclables and is waterproof. We’re planning to make a few more to decorate our garden! To make your own waterproof windsock, you will need: scissors, string, plastic bags, and an empty soda bottle. Cut a ring from the soda bottle […]

Splatter Painted Fireworks

Oh my, this was SO MUCH FUN! To make your own splatter painted fireworks, you will need sidewalk chalk paint (click here for directions to make your own, it’s very easy and inexpensive!), paint brushes, and a black asphalt driveway (or similar surface). Emily and I painted some firework designs and then I let her […]

Favorite Summer Recipe — Banana Boats

While we were on vacation, one of our favorite ways to end the campfires was with Banana Boats. This technique is also known as “How to make a perfectly healthy banana into a delicious junk food treat”. To make your own Banana Boats, you will need: bananas, marshmallows, chocolate, aluminum foil, and a campfire. Begin […]