Happy Birthday, Mark!

We are celebrating my husband’s birthday this weekend!! I knew it was coming up soon because a THREE pound package of bacon arrived at the house!! (Thanks, Aunt Julia!) I thought it would be fun to highlight some of Mark’s silly comments — here are a few of my favorites…..

5. Coffee Cozy — In response to this post where we made reusable coffee cozies from a thrifted wool sweater.

Dear Valerie,

Aaaaaah! What did you do to my sweater?!


4. Indoor Ice Skating — A fun (but very slippery, be careful) activity involving the kids wearing booties made from wax paper and skating on the carpet. Mark’s comment…?

Dear Valerie,

You are supposed to wax the kitchen floor, not the living room carpet.


3. Pinata Suncatchers — Originally posted here just before Cinco de Mayo, the girls had fun making suncatchers in the shape of pinatas. Mark was a bit surprised….

Dear Valerie,

Imagine my surprise when you told me that you made sun catchers in the shape of an ass! Now, I see that you made donkeys.


2. Anti-Gravity Chamber — This post was done after having several days of rain, and the girls were starting to suffer from cabin fever. One reader asked us to spill the beans on how we did it, and Mark gave a very in-depth answer!

It’s quite simple really. You just have to make sure that the flux capacitor is perpendicular to the North/South poles. Not magnetic north, but true north. This is important. Then you fire up the shiva furnace and let the kids in. If you see any temporal warping, make sure to power it off quickly before your kids merge into one. It’s frugal AND fun! –Mark

1. Owl Family — And perhaps my favorite comment was in regards to this cute owl family play set made from toilet paper rolls, which was the #1 post of 2010!

Dear Valerie,

This doesnโ€™t surprise me at all. Who doesnโ€™t like a nice set of hooters?


Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend, and a very Happy Birthday to my awesome husband!!!


  1. May this be your best year yet, Mark, and may all your wishes come true! Happy birthday – and thanks for making us laugh every day, I can only imagine how much fun it must be at your house. :>)

  2. Hahahah! Mark’s comments crack me up! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And the 3lb bacon cracked me up too! How funny! Have a great birthday Frugal Fun Dad!

  3. looking forward to reading another year of stimulating comments from you, Mark…Happy Birthday, old man! :0)

  4. It’s like George Burns and Gracie Allen all over again ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy birthday Mark!

  5. Mark writes the funnest comments. They never fail to make me laugh. Huge happy birthday to him. And…bacon….yummmm!

  6. You are quite the team! Happy Birthday to the funniest Blogger Hubby out there!

    Mark, Keep your eye on that bacon or you just might find that your girls have decoupaged it to a picture frame.

  7. Happy Birthday, Mark! I must say you make me laugh–and that owl one is just the best. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Happy Birthday to Mark – keep those funny comments coming!

  9. Happy Birthday! I hope you guys have a fun weekend celebrating… we had some bacon this morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Too funny! Happy birthday, Mark. Three pounds of bacon, my husband would be thrilled to receive such a gift. His birthday is next month, thanks for the idea. Who knew it was so simple.

  11. mmmm… bacon.

    Happy Birthday Mark! Wishing you and your family another year of love, laughter, silly fits, and good health! : )

  12. Loved all the pictures and Mark’s comments but I must admit I laughed the most at the last one. Happy Birthday Mark!

  13. Happy Birthday Mark!! The pinata comment was hilarious ๐Ÿ™‚ Please keep up the good work. Any discussion on an age for this birthday?? If it helps at all, my daughter will be 5 on Tuesday.

  14. Heh. Have a great birthday! Great pictures too!

  15. Happy Birthday to Mark! His comments are the best!

    Oh and Mark and my husband would sure get along…3 pounds of bacon! Thanks for the gift idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Happy Birthday Mark!

  17. Happy birthday Mark! I wish my husband was so supportive of my blogging – it’s more “don’t ask don’t tell” policy in our house.

  18. That’s so funny …having a husband who comments on your blog …and he has a sense of humor.

  19. Happy Birthday Mark! Valerie is a very lucky woman to have someone who supports her the way you do!


  21. Happy Birthday Mark! You know, I had been wracking my brains for a very special birthday present for my husband. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Happy birthday Mark! Here’s to another year of fun and great comments.

  23. Happy Birthday Mark. Three Cheers !

  24. You had me at flux capaciter….. hilarious!!!