HOW TO HOST A FRUGAL HOLIDAY MEAL

How To Host A Frugal Holiday Meal

HOW TO HOST A FRUGAL HOLIDAY MEAL With the holidays fast approaching you may be in a panic about how you can afford to host your traditional holiday meal. Use our tricks for How To Host A Frugal Holiday Meal and enjoy a great day with your family and friends at half the cost. Not only can you have all the foods you expect and desire, but you can do so without spending more than you can afford to. HOW TO HOST A FRUGAL HOLIDAY MEAL Go Potluck: One of

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5 Easy DIY Halloween Crafts

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5 Easy DIY Halloween Crafts Photo Credit: Kraft Are you getting ready for Halloween and LOVE doing crafts with the kiddos?  I found 5 easy DIY Halloween crafts all in one place and wanted to share them with all of my readers! My kids are going to LOVE making these and I’m sure yours will too. If you’re like me, easy is the magic word when it comes to do it yourself projects, especially with the kids. too many steps or too much supplies usually equals confusion and frustration. In an attempt

Mousse-Filled Witches’ Hats

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Mousse-Filled Witches’ Hats Photo credit: Taste of Home These mousse-filled witches’ hats are perfect for Halloween. If you’re having a party or just looking to impress your kiddos; these will definitely do the trick (or treat). My kids always think I’m a superhero when I make homemade treats for any occasion. I hope you like these as much as we did! Ingredients 1-3/4 cups heavy whipping cream, divided 1 cup milk chocolate chips 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 1 teaspoon shortening 1 package (4-3/4 ounces) ice cream sugar cones Halloween sprinkles

Kids, Thanksgiving, Thrifty DIY,
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Thankful Turkey

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Thankful Turkey Photo credit: iVillage This thankful turkey is such a super adorable way to show everything your thankful for.  It is also a great way to show your little ones what Thanksgiving is all about while still having fun.  I love making holiday crafts with my kiddos that have meaning and this one is full of meaning.  This turkey also has construction paper and paper plates which totally puts it at the top of my kids’ “fun” list 😀  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Popsicle Stick Scarecrow

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Popsicle Stick Scarecrow My kids just adore popsicle stick crafts.   This one is so cute and easy peasy to do.  These would also make great name place settings for Thanksgiving and your kids will just LOVE helping you make them.  You could either write names across the brim of the hat or on the little orange nose.  Either way, they will be super cute! Gather your supplies: Popsicle sticks brown and yellow craft foam 1 yellow pipe cleaner 2 googly eyes, yellow orange and red construction paper scissors, black

10 Ways To Save Big On Summer Snacking

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Thrifty Summer Snacking Can you believe it?  School will be out NEXT MONTH!  Now is the time to start thinking about how you’re going to feed three meals and snacks every day all summer without breaking the bank.  I have some great tips and ideas on how to do just THAT!  One thing I always try and keep in mind is planning is key!  If I plan ahead, things always seem to go smoother 😀 Package them yourself: You will likely come out better when buying snacks if you forego

Craft or Popsicle Stick Puzzles #diy

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  Craft or Popsicle Stick Puzzles We had a blast making these Craft/popsicle stick puzzles!  We were recently looking at puzzles in the store to buy for the kids and I was very surprised to see that many of the larger puzzles are over $20 a piece!  To me, that is crazy!  The kids and I started looking for ways to entertain and learn without breaking the bank.  With 3 kids; even the cheapest toys can become very expensive very quickly.  Besides, my kids think I’m a genius when I

Oven Canning

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I love oven canning!  It is also known as “dry canning“.  This method is PERFECT for south Louisiana where the humidity is high and vermin are plentiful LOL  We live out in the country, so getting rid of mice is just not a reality for us.  No matter how many traps we set or how many cats we own; the mice still come in and they are HEALTHY!  Not only can they chew through paper and cardboard, but we’ve even had them chew through plastic containers!  Oven canning is awesome

Handprint Snowman Christmas Ornaments

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Handprint Snowman Christmas Ornaments Gather your supplies: Plain ornaments (I used red, plastic) White acrylic craft paint (I used Tempra paint because we did this as a craft with many children, but acrylic lasts much longer) Paint brush Black and orange acrylic paint Towel for drying ornaments Get to work: You can use plastic or glass ornaments. Paint sticks better on glass, but I love plastic for durability. Paint your child’s hand with white paint of choice. Carefully, set the ornament in your child’s hand and have them gently hold

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Candy Cane Wreath

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This project was so much fun and surprisingly EASY! I have seen these all over the place and decided to attempt my own. I did put my own spin on it since I am convinced that this will not last through the Christmas season without the cardboard reinforcement I used. You can decorate these as you see fit. It cost me around $5 to make this one. I would not recommend hanging these on a door as they will be fragile. Gather your supplies: 20 Candy canes Hot glue gun