10 Cheap Boredom Busters for Kids

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Looking for a few easy ways to keep the kids from getting too bored? Here are some of our favorite boredom busters that are quick, easy, cheap, and fun!! 1. Beading with cut up straws — easy, frugal, and a great way to build up important fine-motor skills.   2. Make photo puppets and put […]

Around the Web — 10 Quick Crafts for Busy Moms

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Last night I put the girls to bed early, and Mark went out for a fantasy football draft, leaving me with some precious “mommy crafting time”. Many times with my own crafting, I’ve found that it’s not a matter of finding the time to craft, but making the time. I still had dirty dishes in […]

5 Easy DIY School Supplies

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Can you believe how quickly this Summer is flying by?? School will be back in session in just a few weeks! To help stretch your back-to-school shopping budget, here are some ideas of school supplies you can make yourself using materials you probably already have on-hand. 1. Apple Printed Book Cover — Have a few […]

Printable Play Space

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I made up some cute play spaces from a sheet of card stock paper, and our peg dolls have made themselves right at home. The girls are having a great time with these, and I love how something as simple as a sheet of paper can make their faces light up!! There were lots of […]

10 Cheap Ways to Beat the Heat

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Like much of the US, we are stuck in a “heat dome” which means it’s time to find creative ways to keep cool! Some tips to keep in mind — Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day, stay in shaded areas, drink plenty of water, and be sure to offer kids lots […]

Calorie-Free S’Mores for Pretend Play

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Want all the fun of making s’mores, but without the sugar-high afterwards?? These pretend play s’mores are SO easy to make, and they are calorie-free so the kiddos can make (and pretend to eat) as many s’mores as they could possibly want!! First, make up your pretend campfire — arrange stones in a circle and […]

Firefly Night Light

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  When Emily was getting ready for bed, she asked for a new night light. (Clara has been “borrowing” Emily’s night light for some time now.) Some battery-powered LED holiday lights in a recycled plastic jar made for a fun (and frugal) “firefly” lantern! Shhhhh…. Sweet dreams, little one!!

Red, White, and Blue

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Looking for some fun, easy, last-minute crafts to celebrate the 4th of July?? Here are some of our favorite crafts using red, white, and blue from around the web!! (Thanks, Yelena!) Lifesaver Firecrackers via u-createcrafts.com   Red, White, and Blue Paper Decorations via theslightlyobsessivebride.blogspot.com   Firework Cookies via redcouchrecipes.blogspot.com   4th of July Montessori Learning Activities via countingcoconuts.blogspot.com   […]

Printable Star Stencils

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Have you waited until the last possible minute to decorate for Memorial Day or 4th of July?? Need a fun way to keep the kiddos busy for those outdoor BBQ’s and picnics?? Then grab your favorite sidewalk chalk and print out a few of our star stencils for some artsy outdoor fun! Once the template […]

DIY Placemats from Shelf Liner

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We can never seem to have enough placemats around here! These festive placemats can be used for virtually any occasion, but with Memorial Day and 4th of July approaching, I went with red, white, and blue! To make your own, you’ll need a roll of vinyl (non-adhesive) shelf liner, some ribbon and a hole punch […]

Invisible Graffiti

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Love painting, but not a fan of the mess?? Ever have an overcoming urge to paint graffiti around your neighborhood, but don’t want to risk getting in trouble with the law?? Then invisible graffiti is for you!! It’s a piece of white cardboard cut into the shape of a palette with completely dried nail polish […]

Super Easy Last-Minute Easter Card

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Clara and I had lots of fun crafting up a few last-minute goodies for Easter, including this CUTE (and frugal) card using her fingerprints!! I drew a line to mark the soil with a brown marker, then Clara pressed about 1/2 of her index finger on an orange ink pad to make the carrots. She […]

Painting with Water

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When I was a kid, I remember walking through the house with a clean, dry paintbrush in hand and in my mind I was totally painting the entire house in bright hues of sky blue, mandarin orange, cotton candy pink, and lime green. On my imaginary bedroom wall, hundreds of “masterpiece” murals were painted!! Fast […]

Quick Craft — Easy Easter Card

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I wish I could take credit for this craft, but it was totally Mark’s idea. Have I mentioned how awesome he is?? Yay for awesome husbands!!! Clara and I had lots of fun making these colorful Easter cards this morning! We used our favorite washable ink pad from Melissa & Doug — vibrant colors with […]

Super Easy Weekend Crafts

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We’ve been taking it easy around here lately, so here are some EASY crafts for those laid back weekends. This star garland is easy to make using star-shaped sticky notes! Emily loved playing this easy fishing game — made with pipe cleaner fish! …and if Spring isn’t coming fast enough for you, try making your own tissue paper […]

No-Mess Shiny Pot of Gold

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We are getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day, and Clara loved making this pot of gold craft from gold foil chocolate wrappers! It’s a quick and easy no-mess craft! Added bonus — I’m giving you an excuse to eat chocolate!! Um… Did somebody say….. CHOCOLATE???? Nom, nom, nom…….. I cut out a black pot from […]

Valentine Sweets for My Sweetie

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A warm welcome to our newest sponsor, Happy Heels by Hannah! Hannah and her sister sew and sell fleece blankets that are designed to keep babies warm in a car seat — brilliant! Frugal Family  Fun Blog readers can get 10% off their order by using coupon code — FFFB10 Sponsors help make this blog […]

Purple Crayon Mural

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Over the weekend, we took the girls to see Harold and the Purple Crayon at the theater, a holiday gift from Mark’s sister (Thank you, Aunt Julia!!) It is one of their favorite books, and afterwards Crayola was there to hand out large purple crayons to all the kiddos! Fun!! This morning, I attached freezer […]