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Homemade Gift-Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade Gift-Hot Cocoa Mix

Yesterday I asked for frugal, fun, and easy Christmas gifts and I got some great responses! Above is one sent in by Grace B! This recipe makes a lot! It could probably easily fill four jars like the ones in the picture. 1 box (1 lb, 10 oz) nonfat dry powdered milk 4 cups sifted powdered sugar 16 ounces Amaretto flavored non-dairy creamer 11 ounces plain non-dairy creamer 1 box (1 lb) powdered chocolate milk mix 1/2 tsp salt Stir all the ingredients … Read entire article »

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DIY Santa Christmas Ornament

DIY Santa Christmas Ornament

We love making and giving Christmas ornaments during the Holiday season!  Here is an easy DIY Santa Christmas Ornament that was super easy to make! DIY Santa Christmas Ornament Materials: Round Clear Plastic Ball Ornament Red & Black Paint Gold Glitter Glue Paint Brush Directions: 1.  Paint the entire ornament red to create your Santa suit. 2.  Have your child paint a black line all the way across the middle and allow to dry. 3.  Using glue, draw a square in the middle of the black “belt” … Read entire article »

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Christmas Crafts For Kids-Lots Of Ideas!

Christmas Crafts For Kids-Lots Of Ideas!

If you’re looking for Christmas Crafts for Kids, look no further than this list!   My friends and I have come up with a huge list of awesome Christmas crafts for kids this year!  Don’t forget you can find more crafts for kids under my Kids Frugal Fun page and if you’re looking for Elf ideas, check out my Elf on the Shelf Ideas page!   Paper Plate Santa Christmas Mouse Countdown to Christmas Bell and Chain Christmas Handprint Wreath Snowmen Handprint Ornament DIY … Read entire article »

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DIY Candy Cane Tapers

DIY Candy Cane Tapers

I love Christmas and decorating the house.  The kids love candy canes so I thought…”Why not create some candy cane tapers?” Candy Cane Tapers   Materials: 2 Taper Candles ($ store) 2 Candle holders ($ store) Red Tape, Ribbon, or Paint ($ store)   Directions: 1. Paint candle holders red.  Allow to dry.  You may need to paint several layers on the holders depending on the type of paint you use.  I used acrylic and one coat seemed fine. 2. Apply tape or ribbon to the … Read entire article »

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Easy Thanksgiving Crafts-Thanksgiving Candles

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts-Thanksgiving Candles

Looking for an Easy Thanksgiving Craft?  These Thanksgiving Candles are super easy and make beautiful Thanksgiving centerpieces! Thanksgiving Candles: Materials: Taper Candles Orange Ribbon Orange, Red, Brown Paint Masking Tape & Scotch Tape   Directions: For the ribbon candle, directions are very simple.  Wrap each candle with the ribbon and secure with scotch tape. For the painted candle, you’ll need to first cut and wrap thin pieces of masking tape around the candle. 3.  Using your 3 colors of paint, alternate painting the colors the entire … Read entire article »

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Good Temporary Hair Dye

Good Temporary Hair Dye

My friend Tracey posted this sort of “homemade hair dye recipe” on her Facebook page and I just had to share!  This is a good temporary hair dye if you have blond hair and very frugal also! Directions: (preface)Only use washable markers. These cost $2 at Dollar General.   1.  Break open the chosen color and take out the inside color that is wrapped in a clear tube. 2.  Drop it inside of a spray bottle ($1 at Dollar General) … Read entire article »

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How To Make An Easy and Inexpensive Thanksgiving Wreath

How To Make An Easy and Inexpensive Thanksgiving Wreath

    How To Make A Turkey Thanksgiving Wreath     Are you looking for a super easy and frugal Thanksgiving Wreath? This is IT!  This craft only cost me $4 and took me about 20 minutes to make! All materials were from the Dollar Tree except for the glue gun and tape that I already had around the house. Materials: Foam Wreath Circle Pilgrim Craft Kit Fake Fall Leaves Ribbon With Fall Theme Hot Glue Gun Brown Crayon and Black Marker Directions: 1. Wrap ribbon around the foam … Read entire article »

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Halloween Party Recipes: Halloween Dipped Pretzels

Halloween Party Recipes:  Halloween Dipped Pretzels

Everyone loves dipped pretzels but not many like the hassle of melting chocolate.  I have found a solution to this dilemma that everyone raves about.  In fact, I made these at the beginning of the school year last year and my son’s teacher requested them for every party for the remainder of the year!  The awesome thing about these Halloween Dipped Pretzels is that you can use this recipe for ANY holiday or occasion, just … Read entire article »

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5 Ways To Make Extra Money From Home

5 Ways To Make Extra Money From Home

With the economy still in its ever so comfortable rut, it has been gaining difficulty for families all across the country to build a savings or even make a sufficient household income. Due to this level of difficulty many have been bombarded with stress and worry in regards to their current financial standing as well as future finances. Luckily there is a little hope in this regard and many individuals and families all over have … Read entire article »

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Ways To Save During Government Shutdown/Furlough

Ways To Save During Government Shutdown/Furlough

We can pretty much all agree that things in Washington are a hot mess.  I don’t ever get political on the site, but things are really just ridiculous!  Living in a military community, I know far too many families being affected by the disgrace that is happening.  The only way I can think to help these families is to offer a few ways to save money during a government shutdown/furlough. 1.  Create A Budget On Your … Read entire article »

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Halloween Crafts For Everyone!

Halloween Crafts For Everyone!

I’ve teamed up with a group of lovely ladies called The Mavens of Money and we have brought you a round-up of our best Halloween Crafts.  These are all awesome and a great way to have fun with kids or by yourself! How to Make a Rag Wreath by A Frugal Chick Frankenstein Monster Box by Coupons are Great DIY Halloween Marquee Letters by Madame Deals Toilet Paper Pumpkin Decor by Mom on Dealz Handprint Pumpkin Craft by Saving Toward … Read entire article »

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Everything Apples: Get Recipes and Crafts All About Apples!

TOP APPLE POSTS ROUND-UP   Get ready for a new Fall Series! Together with my friends from Mavens of Money we bring you our hottest posts this fall. This week we’re sharing all about APPLES. The Mavens of Money group is comprised of 11 bloggers: MadameDeals | The Coupon Challenge | Mom On Dealz | Coupons are Great | This Mama Loves | A Frugal Chick | The Centsible Family | Stretching Your Budget | Penny Filled Pantry | … Read entire article »

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DIY Children’s Wall Art

DIY Children’s Wall Art

What’s a frugal mom to do when she buys a quilt on clearance for her child and the wall art that goes with the quilt is all sold out?  Create DIY Children’s Wall art herself-with coupons of course! We recently moved (see our moving story here) and one of the rooms in the new house was painted a very bright green.  While I planned on painting it a more neutral color, my 4 year old claimed … Read entire article »

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Home Depot & Lowe’s Kids Workshops-Register Now!

Home Depot & Lowe’s Kids Workshops-Register Now!

My kids absolutely LOVE the Home Depot & Lowes Workshops!  They are so much fun and a great bonding experience with their daddy. Here are the future workshops you’ll want to register for-they fill up fast-and they are FREE! Home Depot: September 7th-Football Ring Toss from 9AM-Noon October 5th-kids can build a Fire Rescue plane made out of Legos November 2nd- Tabletop Ship Lowes: September 14th:  Classic Fire Truck (my kids made this last year and it’s pretty awesome! Thanks, Hip2Save … Read entire article »

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How To Make A Tricycle Diaper Cake

How To Make A Tricycle Diaper Cake

  When Kristen from WGNT saw a diaper cake I made last year, she asked if I could come on and do a Parent’s Corner segment. Since I LOVE creating anything for babies, I jumped at the chance. How To Make A Tricycle Diaper Cake   Materials: Diapers (about 22) 2 Baby Bibs 2 Baby Blankets 1 Paper Towel Roll 1 Toilet Paper Roll Rubber Bands Ribbon Socks Baby Bottle Scissors Tape 2 Pipe Cleaners Directions: 1.  Roll 6 diapers up and wrap them in a rubber band.  Put a rubber band around … Read entire article »

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