I am about halfway through my kid’s summer vacation and there have been a few days where that I have gotten the “Bored Look”. We still have a way to go till school starts, and through personal experience, here are 5 Frugal Summer Activities that will keep the kiddos entertained.
1. Dress Up - I keep all of the past Halloween Costumes, beads from Parades, old purses, and sunglasses so that my children have items to play dress-up in. I put them in a tote and when the kids get bored, I bring it out and let their creativity soar.
2. Water Colors – I picked up 3 sets of Water Color Paints for $1.99 each at Michaels. I gave the kids a theme, construction paper, and they tried to create it in art. Other times, I just tell them to use their imagination, and I end up with plenty of unique pieces to show for it.
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Don’t get me wrong, I love to visit my local spa to get a facial, or pick up products for exfoliation, however since I am frugal and mindful of my budget, I do try to make what I can at home for skin care.
A few years back, I did some research on Do It Yourself Face Scrubs. I read that Honey and Olive Oil naturally moisturize and Sugar helps your skin rejuvenate its cells. After reading this and looking at other recipes, I created my own exfoliation mix.
I suggest doing this scrub before you go to bed. If you apply this to your feet, afterward make sure you put on some socks so you don’t slip.
Here is the recipe:
1/4 cup of Sugar 1/4 cup of Olive Oil 1 tsp of Honey 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
Directions: Mix all these together and apply to your skin. How I applied this is further down the page.
Tip: Before you apply this all over, you should test a small area to make sure you don’t have a reaction. This mix works for me, however, I am not a dermatologist so if you have sensitive skin definitely keep that in mind before your apply anything to your face.
I rubbed this mix onto my face in circles and kept it away from my eyes. (Be careful of your eyes, since that skin is very sensitive and you don’t want to get sugar in them). I then let the mixture sit on my face as I applied it to my hands, feet, and elbows. I then rinsed it all off.
My skin is soft after I do this, and my pores look great. It feels so good to spoil myself, and it feels great that I didn’t spend a fortune on pampering.
Looking for other ideas for scrubs, tips, hair treatments, and much more? Check out the links below:
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Summer vacation is here, and I have been trying to come up with some crafts that the kiddos and I can do together. Since I am never at a loss for milk jugs, I decided to keep a few, and turn them into some type of frugal upcycling project.
After some brainstorming and a look at the supplies I had on hand, my daughter and I would transform these jugs into flower pots.
To complete this project, all you need is the following:
- Milk Jug
- Utility Scissors
- Screwdriver or Ice pick
- Garden Soil
- AND Creativity!
Tip: To remove the label from the milk jug, tear as much as you can off and then soak in water for a couple minutes. Then, rub dish soap on it, and scrap it off with your nails. It should come off pretty easy.
I made a template so my daughter would have an idea of what this would become, and I made up a little design. Of course she had her own ideas. I think they are beautiful ideas.
Once the artwork was finished, I cut off the top of the jug by removing the lid and just going along the side. I kept the handle in the back for easy transport. In addition, I used the screwdriver to poke holes in the bottom for drainage. I put around 10 holes. FYI, I did all of the cutting and poking to keep my little one safe.
After this, we headed outside and I let my daughter add in all of the soil. If you are looking for a brand of garden soil, check out Miracle-Gro for your gardening needs. I then dug up shoots of plants I already had in my yard.
Check out our finished project!
I think these pots would also be great for herbs. And yes the holes do work for drainage! I guess now I'll need to pick up some Shake’n Feed All Purpose Plant Food to keep these plants alive.
When we moved into our house back in October 2011, my son’s bathroom had a border with a beach scene and some beach related decor over the toilet.
My son wanted to keep with this theme, and in the meantime, my sister-in-law gave the kids some sea shells. So, I went out and bought a glass vase from Walmart for $3 and put the sea shells in it, and I asked my son if he would like to paint an original water-color picture of a beach scene to decorate his bathroom as well.
Of course my kids jump at any opportunity to paint, so I gave him a little direction of what I was looking for and he painted original artwork for his bathroom. In addition, I picked up a distressed looking picture frame from Michaels for $5.00 to place it in.
I already had the supplies on hand, so for $5.00 I now have an original priceless piece of artwork hanging in my son’s bathroom.
I also had him sign it as all artists do, and I put the date and his full name on the back of the picture. Of course he is extremely proud of this accomplishment and I think it is beautiful!
Have you done anything similar to this with your own children? I would love to hear your stories.
O.K., I have to admit it, I have been a bit of a frugal slacker.
Since the birth of baby #3 we have been eating out a little more, and although it was yummy on many occasion, we have been spending money that we could have been saving. I don’t mind going out for a treat now and again, or taking advantage of a kids eat free deal, but the reality is I could have been duplicating many of these meals at home for a fraction of the cost.
So to help get us back on track to eat at home, I enacted the Weekly Dinner List. This is not a new idea and I’m sure you have seen it other places. This is not high-tech by any means either, I just jot it down on a piece of paper and hang it on the fridge. You may have even done this yourself. Don’t get me wrong, this is not set in stone either. I have changed the menu up a few times when I realized I was missing an ingredient.
I also got the kids involved in this process. On the car ride home from school we brainstorm for meal ideas, and I then write it down. My 7 year old son is really excited about this since he gets to help choose dinner, and after we eat, he even makes sure to scratch out what we had (just in case I forget what day it is). He told his grandma one night, “I have to get home, it is Meatloaf night and I love Meatloaf”.
This has also put me on a personal mission to try new recipes. I even tried my own version of a few I saw at the Publix Apronsdisplay in store. In the process, we have also had the Kids Size Salad Barone night andSpinach and Apple Saladas a side. Plus, the list allows me to plan in advance, which makes me more likely to stick to it.
What are your children’s favorite recipes? Is there a restaurant favorite that you have learned to duplicate at home? (Feel free to share the recipes below.)
We only went out for pizza once so far, so I think it is working. I’ll just have to keep at it.
I wanted to do something fun with the kids this afternoon, so I put together this Snowman craft. I had seen something similar to this as a free craft event and thought, I bet I can I figure out how to do that myself at home. It was really easy to implement and the biggest part was cutting out the pieces to be glued onto the body of the snowman.
All you need for this craft is:
pieces of construction paper in orange, brown, black, and red. You can use any other colors as well
craft sticks (aka popsicle sticks) and if you don’t have craft sticks try using pencils or sticks from a tree.
I went ahead and made an example in advance for my kids to follow. I simply glued three cotton balls to the top of the popsicle stick and attached the various items for clothing to the cotton balls with glue. After this, I then cut out some more scarfs, hats, skirts, and arms from the construction paper for the kids to use. However, I let them use the hole punch to make circles for buttons, mouths, and eyes.
I had to supervise my 4-year-old with the glue, but I did let my 6-year-old do it all by himself. They each made a Snowman and a Snow-woman. Both kids had a blast making this craft.
As a suggestion, you could easily turn these Snow people into magnets by gluing a strip magnet to the back. Also, they could be an ornament by tying a ribbon on before you put all of the parts on the stick, or gluing a ribbon to the back. I think my kids are going to use them as puppets. They’ll probably end up in a potted plant for me to enjoy.
I hope you and your family enjoy this craft, and Happy Holidays!
I am a huge fan of Bar Keeper’s Friend when it comes to cleaning my home. It has a light smell, and it is extremely effective. I use it to scrub the shower, my sinks, and I even use it on my kids play table when they get crayons and markers on the surface.
Right now there is a coupon for .50 available for print! If you are a fan as well, I figured you might be interested! FYI, they carry it at Walmart and Target.
Looking for a way to get grout clean? My method may be your solution.
We moved into our house back in October, and one of the challenges I have faced is keeping the almost white surfaces, almost white. Off white tile, grout, and white Berber carpets would not have been my first choice of colors with the traffic we produce, but the house had so many other great features I was willing to deal with it.
Well, it is almost a year later and needless to say with 2 dogs, a cat, 2 mobile kids and 2 adults, the grout is not as pretty anymore. And since I really don’t want to pay a professional to come in and clean it unless absolutely necessary, I figured I would give it a try.
So first off, I tested a small area with the Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Polish, to verify that I would not ruin it, but it worked fine. I also checked their site to see if they recommended it for this surface, barkeepersfriend.com/tile-and-grout, and they did.
I poured a little bit of the Bar Keepers Friendon the grout, wet the brush, scrubbed until clean, and then used a damp paper towel to clean off the dirt and the left over cleaner.
It did an awesome job and Hubby even mentioned how nice it looked. I am really excited about this outcome! Now, keep in mind this may not work for everyone’s surface so I definitely recommend testing a small area first.
Do you have any tips as well for cleaning a Grout? I would love for you to comment below, so it can be shared with others.