• Yarn Hearts: An Easy Valentine Craft for Kids

    “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” A friend shared a brilliant idea with me the other day!  She said she uses a small Christmas tree for Valentines Day; instead of decorating it with Christmas ornaments she has a little box of Valentines decorations that she brings out every February and her kids get to decorate a Valentines Tree. I thought this was such a cute and fun idea, I knew I needed to implement it in…

  • How to Make Homemade Butter

    I had a container of heavy whipping cream sitting in my fridge for a few weeks.  I kept looking at it, knowing I needed to do something with it, but never knowing exactly what!  My sister finally suggested to me that I should use the cream to make butter with my kids. This actually turned out to be the best idea ever!  Making butter was so so easy, cheap, and my kids absolutely LOVED it! My kids loved shaking their jars and checking every 5 minutes to see if the butter had formed.  My daughter even said, “Wow!  They use to have to work hard in the olden days!  I…

  • Fun 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 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.  They know every night before they go to bed what will…

  • How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

    Sweet Frugal Life is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.  As an amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I’ve always said that I was born in the wrong decade!  I truly yearn for the simple life of the early 1900s.  I think that’s partly why I love being frugal.  I get so much satisfaction from growing and making my own food; and living a simpler, less materialistic life. When we make our own ice cream it reminds me of simpler times.  It’s a way for…

  • Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe

    My kids LOVE making play dough, and it is something we do often.  But, when we make Peanut Butter Play Dough they REALLY REALLY love it. Peanut Butter Play Dough is such a great sensory activity for kids.  They can touch, see, smell, and even taste it.  That is my kids favorite part!  They love that they actually get to EAT the play dough. It is so so easy to make peanut butter play dough.  It only takes three ingredients and a few minutes of your time. Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup honey Mix all ingredients in bowl.  Stir well…

  • “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…

  • Magic toothpick science experiment

    This science experiment is a really fun way to entertain kids at home.  I always have the ingredients on hand and my kids love that it is hands on.  It only takes a few minutes to have the experiment ready.  Kids love to help get it all out and choose the colors. Pour some milk in a bowl.  I like to use a wide shallow container.  A pie tin would work great or anything you happen to have on hand.  Pour enough milk in to cover the bottom. Now choose a few colors of food coloring.  Today my son chose red green and blue.  My kids love this neon food coloring. …

  • Our Favorite Play dough Recipe

    Making a batch of play dough with my kids is one of my favorite things.  It is a quick, and easy activity and the kids love getting to help make it.  Sometimes we will make this more “traditional” play dough recipe, and other times we make Peanut Butter Play Dough (another fun fave!). I have tried a lot of play dough recipes over the years, and I mean A LOT!  My friend shared a recipe with me a few years ago and it instantly became my favorite.  I haven’t looked back since.  This recipe is so easy!  You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand and will be…