Around the Web — Water Play

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Please give a warm welcome to our newest contributor here at Frugal Family Fun Blog, my good friend (and mom of 3) Yelena will be helping with our boards on Pinterest and I will be posting a few of the photos and links here! About once a week, we’ll have little “assignments” for Yelena to find […]

Hot Air Balloon Ride

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The girls enjoyed a wonderfully scenic hot air balloon ride this afternoon!!   They flew SO high that when they looked down, all the people looked JUST like ants!!   There were fierce winds to navigate….Oh, the thrill! The excitement!!   Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!   Somehow Mark’s ride wasn’t quite as eventful….  😉 …. but it was […]

Summer Fun — Let’s Build a Road!

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As a kid, I remember using my dad’s electrical tape to make elaborate playscapes for my younger brother in my parents’ basement. There was a small-scale basketball court, a soccer field, and plenty of race tracks that were made over & over again — good times!! This afternoon, Clara and I built our own roads […]

Sunday Snapshot — Growing Garden

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Much of the weekend was spent taking care of our lovely garden. This makes me SO HAPPY!!! There is plenty of fresh lettuce to share with friends & neighbors! Yummm!! Also?? I’m starting to get excited about the potatoes — BIG plans for those! Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend!!

Wordless Wednesday — Sprinklers!!

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They say that money can’t buy you happiness, but for $4.99 it will buy you a sprinkler at Target — and that’s almost the same thing. Lots of good (clean) FUN!!

Inspired Picnic Spaces from Around the Web

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We’ve been on a bit of a picnic kick lately, and I wanted to share some inspiring picnic ideas from around the web. So grab your favorite picnic blanket, pack up some tasty food, and enjoy some time outdoors!! Better Homes and Gardens has a great article featuring ideas for budget-friendly outdoor spaces. I love […]

Top 10 Posts of 2010 — #5

We’re continuing with our countdown of the top 10 posts of 2010! This next post had people from all over the world making FUN (and very inexpensive) bubble wands. Sadly, the blog that inspired this activity has since been taken down, but the photos here should give you an idea of how these are made. […]

Painting…with Feet!

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This afternoon was spent in the backyard where I set out a large piece of cardboard, some washable paints, and let the girls have LOTS of fun painting with their feet!! I put down the paint on the cardboard, and the girls spread it out all over with their feet! We started with the lightest […]

Quick Craft — Leaf Necklace

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We spent a good deal of time outside this afternoon, and a small pocket of that time was spent making these super-quick leaf necklaces! To make your own, you will need a small cutting board, clear contact paper, a hole punch, string/yarn, and some metal cookie cutters. Gather up some leaves! Emily thought these small […]

Outdoor Streamers

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These colorful streamers are so much fun to make, and are a great way to brighten up any outdoor space — they are completely waterproof! The girls had a blast, and we were left with very little clean up afterwards! To make your own, lay down strips of inexpensive packaging tape with the sticky side […]

Easy Space Walk

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This afternoon I made up some simple stencils for Emily to make up her own outer space scene in our driveway using sidewalk chalk — we had so much fun!! We traced some plates for planets…. … and colored everything in, and then it was time to……… ……launch into OUTER SPACE!!!! Weeeeeeeeeee!!!! Look out for […]

DIY Slip-and-Slide

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We faced a hot, sunny afternoon today. Armed with a 50′ x 3′ heavy duty contractor drop cloth, a package of U-shaped garden stakes, and several jugs of water, we made our way to a nearby park where there was a big hill and…. …..and made our own Slip N Slide!! Emily thought this was […]

Summer Favorites

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This week I visited NBC’s The 10! Show studio to showcase some of our favorite outdoor Summer activities — it was totally awesome! I had far too much fun helping Lu Ann to express her inner-child! We had a BLAST!! In case you missed the show, here’s the clip: Here is a list of the […]

Super-Easy Cool Comets

Faced with yet another hot afternoon, we made up some comets, dipped them in a bucket of water, and the girls had a blast hurling them at each other until they were soaked! It started off innocently enough with Emily tossing a comet at Clara….. ….but Clara wasn’t about to take that sitting down. Once […]

Sunday Snapshot — You MUST Try This!

If you do only ONE thing this Summer, you MUST do this!! Everything we needed to make the bubble wands came from the hardware store — eye hooks, wooden dowels, butcher’s twine, and a washer. That’s it!! A game of bubble tag just never gets old! Here’s a short video showing how to make mega […]

WOW!!! Summer Prize Pack Giveaway from CSN Stores

WOW!!! Here’s a SUPER FUN Summer Prize Pack Giveaway from our very generous sponsor, CSN Stores! CSN Stores is made up of more than 200 online stores, and offers an incredible array of products ranging from everything you need for your dining room to fantastic toys. They offer quick shipping and friendly customer service. One […]

Watermelon Wrapping Paper

We have some special packages to mail out to friends, and I thought it would be fun to dress them up a bit. Emily had so much fun making this watermelon wrapping paper!! With just a bit of grown-up help, toddlers can have a go at this one too! We used a potato to make […]

DIY: Summer Party Invites

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After the girls were in bed, I sat down with some color coding labels (one of my fave art supplies, since they are sooooo frugal) and drew up some cute watermelons! They are so EASY to do: Cut pink color coding labels in half. Use a fine tipped green marker to draw the rind. Add […]