Get Staycation FEVER Acadiana!

Get Staycation FEVER Acadiana!

Get Staycation FEVER Acadiana!  Summer is quickly approaching and spring break has come and gone for many of you. There is no better time to start planning your very own staycation right her in Lafayette or anywhere in Acadiana.  My favorite way to save money is with a super fun staycation!

Get Staycation FEVER Acadiana!

My husband says I’m the “Staycation Queen” LOL I love to get out in our area and explore all the fun things there are to do right here in Acadiana. You can do it too, whether you live in Acadiana or Alaska! There are fun things to do everywhere if you just look for them.  Here are the top 5 ways to save on summer fun no matter where you live:

1. Explore your parks! Almost every small town has a park and bigger cities have many parks. Find a nice, out-of-the-way park and go exploring. Find new parks and drive to your nearest state park. We love the parks! With a small bag of charcoal, a pack of hot dogs, and a few bottles of water, VOILA! We have a staycation day planned 🙂  My kids LOVE to go for a nature hike on the trails of Chicot State Park.

2. Buy a tent! I’m telling you, a $50 tent from or Walmart can make this summer the best your kids have ever had. We actually bought a tent, outdoor stove, and queen size inflatable bed for $60 on Craigslist last summer and have taken several camping trips to our nearest state park. We have also had many backyard camping trips. A 5-6 man tent is a great addition to your summer fun arsenal.

3. Buy a membership! One of the best values out there is a year membership to your local children’s museum, aquarium, or zoo. These are usually very affordable and pay off very well. Usually, with membership, you will not only pay a fraction of the regular admission price, but you will also get invitations to special “members only” events that are FREE for members and lots of fun!

4.  Stay Gadget FREE!  Turn off your phone, put away the Nintendo, Kindle, and iPad, and close your laptop (not right now =)!  Plan to stay “out of touch” while on your staycation.  This will make it more relaxing and worth remembering.  Even if you’re just packing a picnic for the backyard, stay disconnected from everything going on outside of your staycation.

5.  Use your daily deal sites!  This is a great time to sign up for those daily deal sites that offer local deals.  These sites are PERFECT for finding little gems in your hometown.  We are always trying new restaurants and venues at half price thanks to our local daily deal sites.  Here are the 4 I check daily:  BargainBee, Deal Chicken, Living Social, and Seize The Deal.  Go check them out and see if you can find some deals in your town 🙂

The most important thing about any stay(va)cation is that you have fun and make it memorable ♥

The Great Outdoor Garage Sale!

The Great Outdoor Garage Sale!
Saturday April 14, 2012 at 8:00pm
Jockey Lot Flea Market
Evangeline Thruway
Lafayette, Louisiana Get Directions
Turn your Spring Cleaning into Cash!

To reserve your space for Only $5 Call today at (337)236-3532.
Free BBQ Dinner for the 1st 100 vendors who comes out and sells.
Hundreds of shoppers seeking bargains in one location an avoid hassle of people coming to your home; no early bird shoppers.
8am to 5pm

3011 N.W. Evangeline Thwy, Lafayette, LA 70507 ·
Ticket Info: $5.00

Homemade dish washing liquid ♥

Homemade dish washing liquid

Homemade dish washing liquid.  After using the homemade laundry detergent for over a year and loving it, I decided to try dishwasher detergent and I love it too!  Next on my agenda was to try homemade dish washing liquid.  I can tell you that I am also loving it ♥

Here is the simple, recipe to follow to make your own dishwashing liquid.  This recipe makes 1 1/2  gallons which will probably last my family of 5 at least 6 months 😀

Gather your supplies:

  • Large stock pot (3 gallons or larger)
  • 1/2 bar grated soap (octagon works best)
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup washing soda (not the same as baking soda)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

1. Bring 2 gallons of water to a boil in the stock pot.
2. Turn down to medium low and, after the boiling has stopped, add grated soap, baking soda, washing soda, and lemon juice to the water  Allow to “simmer” with the lid on for about an hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so.  DO NOT BOIL!
3. Turn mixure off and allow to cool. I stirred mine about every hour or two while it was cooling to keep it from separating.
4. Pour into a container for storage. I used 2/1 gallon pitchers from Walmart. This allows for easier pouring into smaller containers. ENJOY!

Fun and Simple Easter Bunny Cake

Fun and Simple Easter Bunny Cake

Fun and Simple Easter Bunny Cake

Fun and Simple Easter Bunny Cake

Oh yeah!  This fun and simple Easter Bunny Cake is so easy, you’re going to be sad you haven’t tried it alread LOL Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom did it again 😀  I found a great idea, tried it, made it mine, AND made it simple to share with you.  This cake turned out so cute and was so easy to make; you are going to LOVE it!  I encourage everyone to try their hand at making things yourself.  Not only does it boost your Mommy-confidence, but your kids will think you’re a GENIUS ♥

Gather your supplies:

  • 1 box of your favorite cake mix and white icing
  • 2-8 inch cake pans
  • 1 bag Easter M&M’s
  • 1 bag Jelly Beans
  • Sugar sprinkles (white or pink)

Fun and Simple Easter Bunny Cake

Get to baking:

  1. Prepare your cakes in the cake pans as directed on the mix or cake recipe you are using. After they are finished baking, allow to cool for 1 hour. After the cakes are cooled, turn 1 of the cakes(bottom up) on a plate, cover and place in the freezer for 1 hour.
  2. Lay the round cake that is not frozen, flat side up, about 8 inches from the bottom of a 24″ cake board (you can also use cardboard lined with aluminum foil or wax paper.  Ice this cake.
  3. Either draw free hand the shape of the ears and bow tie out of the second cake or use the edge of the round cake pan as your guide (I use the edge of the round cake pan as my guide).
  4. Add the “bow tie” and “ears” to the board and ice them with the white icing.
  5. Use your M&M’s, Jelly Beans, sugar sprinkles and leftover icing to decorate the “bunny”!  Be creative, make it your own.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, that’s what makes it yours 😀

*Tip:  If you plan on doing much baking at all, it is worth the $5 investment to get icing bags and tips.  You can get the reusable tips at Walmart in the party supply section for just a few dollars.  I also use the disposable icing bags to decorate my cakes.  This way you can use any leftover frosting for decorating.  Buying already dyed frosting, ready to use can get pricey and it is super simple to color your own frosting with food coloring and use the icing bags 🙂  ENJOY!

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Homemade laundry detergent

Homemade laundry detergent is another fabulous way for me and my family to live a more frugal lifestyle. It’s amazing how much laundry detergent you can go through! With my homemade laundry detergent, you’ll be able to stretch those hard earned bucks, get MORE detergent for your home, and you’ll know exactly what ingredients are going to wash your clothes. You won’t have to worry about all of those harmful chemicals inside of your detergent that no one can hardly pronounce, because you’ll be making your own homemade laundry detergent! All of this sounds fabulous to me, as I like to try to keep those pesky chemicals off my children’s skin and out of my home.

Homemade laundry detergent

My homemade laundry detergent recipe is just what you need to live a more frugal life with less harmful chemicals. You'll now KNOW what your clothes are being washed in, plus make TRIPLE the amount! #diydetergent #homemadedetergent #diy

I love this recipe and have been using it for over three years!  This recipe costs me about $19.00 annually to make myself.  1 batch will last my family of five, almost 3 months. For my homemade laundry detergent, I just made a fresh batch yesterday and used Zote soap.  I’ve always used the Fels Naptha in the past, but wanted to try something new to see how it does.  So far so good 🙂  Enjoy!

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Gather your supplies:

  • 1-5 quart or larger stock pot in which to boil ingredients
  • 1-5 gallon bucket for storing laundry soap
  • 2 cups of Borax (I use Mule brand)
  • 2 cups Arm & Hammer washing soda (it’s not the same as baking soda)
  • 1 bar of either Fels Naptha or Zote soap, grated.

1. Fill your stock pot with water to about 4″ from the top.
2. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down to medium/low  then add your grated soap, Borax, and washing soda AFTER the boiling stops.
3. Turn the temperature down to low, cover, and let “simmer” for about an hour. Stir every 10 minutes to help the soap to dissolve.
4. Very carefully pour hot mixture into 5 gallon bucket. Finish filling the bucket with hot water until the level is about 3 inches from the rim. Cover and let sit for 24 hours.

Use 1/4 cup of mixure for a full load of laundry 🙂

If you loved my homemade laundry detergent, then maybe you’ll love some of these other DIY projects:


DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent.  You are absolutely going to love this DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent that you can make at home with just 2 ingredients!

DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent


So, you want to be thrifty, but coupons aren’t enough or you simply want to save more!  If you ‘re like me, you just like trying new stuff 🙂  Well, today I tried a recipe I have been wanting to try for a while.  Homemade laundry detergent.  There are countless variations of this recipe, but if you know me; you know that I go for simple and efficient.  This recipe is BOTH!   My dishes came out cleaner than with the brand name detergent I normally use. Are you ready for this?!

  • Mix equal parts of both (I only used 1/2 cup of each because I wasn’t sure if I’d like it):
  • Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda, it’s not the same thing)
  • Borax (I use the Mule brand)
  • VOILA! There you have it!
  • ~Use 2 tablespoons of the mixture per full load of dishes.~

* I recommend using 2 tablespoons of white vinegar as a rinse agent also because some people have complained of a film on their dishes.

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Easter Basket Cake



Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake.  I pride myself on sharing only the easiest recipes and DIY projects on my site.  I believe that as long as it is homemade, with love, you can’t go wrong in the eyes of your kids (or husband).  This is a super cute Easter basket cake that I found and decided to try for myself.  It was easy to make and WAY cheaper than buying one at the store.

Easter Basket Cake

Gather supplies:

  • 1 cake mix (your favorite)
  • Icing/any color (can be homemade or store bought)
  • 3 quart glass caserole dish
  • Easter M&M’s
  • Jelly Beans
  • 2 Pipe cleaners (chenille sticks)
  • Ribbon or tulle for decoration
  • Edible Easter grass (or coconut flakes with green food coloring added)

1.  In your round 3 quart casserole, prepare cake as directed on the box and allow to cool.  I placed the glass dish on top of the cake while it was cooling to help flatten the top.  Now, I don’t have to cut the top of the cake 🙂
Easter Basket Cake Easter Basket Cake

2.  Turn the cake upside down on plate and ice.  Make “basket weave” design in the sides of the icing with a spoon or knife.
Easter Basket Cake

3.  Decorate the cake with edible grass, jelly beans, M&M’s, and Peeps 🙂  Finally add the pipe cleaner for the handle and wrap with ribbon or tulle.
Easter Basket Cake

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