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    Birthday Traditions for Small Budgets

    I love celebrating my kids birthdays every year.  It’s so fun to have one day just focused on helping them feel important and loved.  I try really hard to give them a special day to remember, WITHOUT spending very much money.  I truly believe that you do NOT need to spend money to help a child feel special.  Here are a few of our birthday traditions for small budgets. Here are a few of our favorite frugal birthday traditions. Decorate Bedroom The night before a birthday birthdays, I sneak into their room after they fall asleep, and decorate.  I fill the floor with balloons and hang streamers from their doorway. …

  • “Painting” Baked Rocks

    If you have been reading for a while you know that I am all about simple and frugal activities for kids.  Mom life is HARD and BUSY and did I mention HARD.  So, if I can come up with fun activities for my kids that require very little prep, I am all for it! This activity of “painting” rocks is one of my favorites. It starts with an old fashioned rock hunt.  I encourage my kids to find a large and smooth rock, they usually just grab whichever one catches their eye first!  Either way totally works.  (See, simple right?!?!)   You will then need to “bake” the rock.  This…

  • Our Summer Plans: Keeping the kids Entertained and Mom Sane

    I am so excited for summer to start.  I honestly love having my kids home with me during summer break.  My only complaint is it just goes by to fast! I have learned from past experience that if I don’t have a little bit of advanced planning and structure to Summer Vacation, we all tend to get on each others nerves (any other moms have this problem???).  I try not to make our days overly structured, because, it IS summer break after all…but a little bit of planning and routine seems to go a long ways for our sanity. Screen Time I really hope my kids aren’t the only kids…

  • 5 FREE activities to do with Kids using items you already have at home

    Winter is long in my area.  So very long.  The cabin fever comes quick and it is hard to keep the kids entertained and busy while cooped up indoors. I’m all about finding easy ways to entertain kids at home.  ESPECIALLY with items I already have around the house.  If I can keep the kids entertained and happy without needing to spend money, I am a happy mom! 1.  A Box and a few markers and scissors That’s it.  Whenever you get a box–SAVE IT!  Large boxes are best, these can be a little hard to come by, so if you ever get one make sure to hold on to…