Sunday Snapshot — On Your Mark, Get Set…

……Go!!! Wishing everyone a fun weekend! I’m still trying to catch my breath from all these races!! Please help send me to Vermont for the Stonyfield Barnstorming Tour by voting for me here! As an added bonus, if I make the top 3, Stonyfield will make a $5000 donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. […]

Cheap Thrills — Simple Bean Bag Game

For a fun time, sew up a few easy bean bags. Then take them to your driveway for a test run with some targets drawn with sidewalk chalk! It’s so much fun, and a great way to practice addition by keeping score! It’s not solely about the execution…. bonus points for style! Extra bonus points […]

Cheap Thrills — Inspired by Dandelions

For a fun time, have your kids collect dandelion seeds from the yard or park. This may sound easy in theory, but if your kids are like mine, they may get a bit distracted on their quest for seeds. No, no, we’re not blowing the seeds all over the ya— Oops! Too late!! That? That’s […]

Mother’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make — Ceramic Trivets

Another post in our fun series of Mother’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make — if you haven’t already done so, send your husband over here, and maybe he’ll take a hint. (wink, wink!) Most of these projects will feature very inexpensive items you can find at any hardware store, so manly men don’t need to […]

Sunday Snapshot — Look Who’s into Sidewalk Chalk!

Wishing you a fun and frugal weekend!!

Giveaway — Plasma Car and Bike Helmet from CSN Stores

It’s time for another super-FUN giveaway, this time from our generous sponsor CSN Stores! CSN Stores is made up of over 200 online shops, where you can find products ranging from toys and games, to patio furniture, to baby cribs. Their customer service is well-known for going above and beyond the call of duty. For […]

Mother’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make — Hand Painted Pendants

I thought it would be fun to do a little series on frugal Mother’s Day gifts kids can make, so all you Dads out there… pay attention! (hint, hint) We enjoyed some warm sunshine this afternoon along with some messy art to make these BEAUTIFUL hand-painted pendants! You can find large washers like these at […]

Fun Fossil Dig

Mark and I took the girls to a local park for a fun “fossil” dig! Since there are no beaches near us, we settled for the park’s outdoor sand volleyball court. The girls love to dig in the sand! Our “fossils” were made up of small toys (i.e. Happy Meal toys, game pieces, toys from […]

Cheap Thrills — Mud Pie Edition

For a fun time, go outside and set up some sand or dirt on a table with some old baking tins. Add a pitcher of water, and some spoons. Make mud pies!! I can remember spending entire afternoons making mud pies when I was a kid. I think mine were decorated with sticks for birthday […]

Weekend Rewind — Make Kites, Not Friends

It’s time for another fun post from the archives. Here’s an activity we plan to do again this weekend! The kites were A LOT of fun! The snooty moms at the playground, not so much, but it made for an interesting story. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter weekend! Today’s post was going […]

Zoo Journal

For Emily’s birthday, we splurged on a family membership to our local zoo. Since we plan to make many trips there throughout the year, I thought it would be fun for her to keep a zoo journal filled with sketches of all the animals she sees! It was a beautiful day, so most of the […]

Cheap Thrills — Poolside Edition

It was such a sunny and warm day, Emily decided to take a dip in the pool. Ahhhh… refreshing! Happy April Fool’s Day!!

Flowers as Canvas

Our Star Magnolia tree is just starting to bloom with beautiful white blossoms. We trimmed some of the branches, and placed them in a vase. The girls LOVED coloring on the white petals with bright markers! Art and nature ….combined! Clara took this coloring job very seriously. It’s hard work, being a crafty toddler, and […]

Story Stones and Sidewalk Scenes

For some cheap creative fun, draw on some rocks with a fine point permanent marker to make your own story stones. Once your characters and props are all made up, take them out to your driveway and….. ….with a little chalk, draw up some scenery for your imaginative story! Emily loves to make up stories, […]

Catching Leprechauns

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we thought it would be fun to lure some leprechauns into our house for good luck. Armed with a pair of Clara’s old baby shoes and some colorful chalk, we made green footprints on the sidewalk leading into the house! Emily told me not to forget about the rainbow. […]

Invisible Basketball

We had beautiful weather this afternoon, making it the perfect day for a fun game of basketball. There were just two problems: 1. We don’t have a basketball, and 2. We don’t have a hoop. So while our neighbor was out running errands, we snuck over to his driveway for a quick game of INVISIBLE […]

Sunday Snapshot — At the Playground

Last week, the girls and I packed some sandwiches, kidnapped Mark from work, and went to a nearby playground during his lunch hour. We had so much fun! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Welcome Birds with a Bird Nester

The girls had so much fun putting together these bird nesters, and Clara was thrilled to participate along with her big sister! These are similar to bird feeders, but instead of filling them with bird seed, we fill them with soft, natural materials for the birds to use for building their nests. First, Emily tore […]