No Child Left Behind

Frisco Fast Pac

Last week my beautiful Friend Karen asked if we would be interested in helping our local shelter provide food for children who experience hunger on a regular basis in our community. Especially during the summer when school is not in session and these children aren’t getting regular meals provided. Frisco FastPacs is the name and I’m sure your local family shelter has something similar.  It was a great activity for our kiddos to participate in, and an awesome way to give back to our community.  If your looking for something to do with your kiddos this summer take some of your shopping savings and pay it forward!

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Resurrection Rolls

I wanted to write a quick post for you who are looking for a great Easter recipe to do with the kiddos.  I found this recipe last year and plan on making these a part of our Easter tradition.  As we make them, we talk about the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!DSC02742

Ingredients needed:
Crescent rolls
Melted butter
Large Marshmallows
Cinnamon
Sugar

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Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.  Give each child one triangle of crescent rolls.  Explain that the crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.
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Give each child a marshmallow.  This represents Jesus.  Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter.  This represents the oils of embalming.  Then dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar.  This represents the spices used to anoint the body.  Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.)  This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death.

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Place all in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove rolls from oven and let them cool slightly.

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Now the kiddos can then open their rolls (cloths) and discover that Jesus is no longer there! HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.)  ~ Now read Matthew 28:1-10DSC02741
Enjoy your warm rolls as you rejoice at the good news of Easter!

Pumpkin Halloween String Garland

This was a super fun Halloween craft project, but I’ll have to say it was a bit messy.  We tried our first batch of pumpkins inside and decided to do the other batch outside.  It’s definitely a project for ages 7 and up!  Kinley enjoyed wrapping and is planning on doing more!  I found the idea on Spoonful.com they made Jack Skellington’s  but we are a bunch of wimps over here and made pumpkins instead.

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Orange cotton string

Black felt

Green Pipe Cleaner

Water Balloons

Liquid Fabric Starch (you can find this on the laundry isle next to the spray starch)

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1.  Blow up your water balloons so they are about 4 inches wide and tie off the ends.

2. Cut the orange cotton string into long lengths, about 5 feet long. You can always cut more.

3.  Cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth template and trace them onto the black felt. Cut out the pieces. You will need a pair of eyes, a nose, and a mouth for each pumpkin string ball you wish to make.

4.  Pour liquid starch into a bowl. Place your balloon into the bowl. Dip the ends of your 5 foot white string into the bowl and wrap the string around your balloon, soaking the string in the starch before you wrap. Add more lengths of orange string. Once the balloon resembles a very messy spider web, hang the balloon up to dry. Place newspaper or craft paper under the balloons as they will drip.  (We did our second batch outside).

5.  Cut a piece of string about a foot long and tie one end to the end of the balloon. (You will use this string to hang your balloon so it can dry).

6.  Once all the string balls are dry, pop the balloons and pull them out through a gap in the string.  (Make sure the string is completely dry or the sting will fall apart we waited to pop balloon until the next day) Glue on a pair of eyes, a mouth, and a nose and pipe cleaner for the stem to each string ball. Tie them to a long ribbon, yarn, or string garland, evenly spacing them. Cut off extra string after you have tied them into place.

Frugal Fun

Frugal living doesn’t mean having a life without fun.  In fact, you might be surprised how easy it is to trim your expenses with a little patience and planning.  My family has made a tradition of going to the Texas State fair every year since we moved to the Big D. This year was especially important because we wanted to see the new Big Tex. Depending on the day, you can save some serious cash if you plan it just right.  General admission is $17 and paying for parking costs another $15…this doesn’t include the yummy food and fun games/rides.  For a family of 5, you’re looking at a pretty expensive outing.   Instead of letting go of one of our favorite family traditions, I did a little research and came across some great savings.  Kroger had a can food drive on Wednesday which made admission only $3 for each visitor bringing 3 cans of food for area food banks. We ended up paying only $9 total for our whole family while also helping out a great cause.   We also saved a few bucks in parking and found some great free activities and shows the kiddos loved.  Being frugal does not mean that you can never spend money; it just means that you spend your money wisely instead of blindly. 

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Howdy Folks!

 

 

Groupon Deals and Savings

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I LOVE saving money!  Who doesn’t right?  I also love to spend money where I know I’m getting a discount or bargain.  I recently signed up for Groupon which is a free service for anyone to join. If you’re not familiar with Groupon, it’s an on-line service for consumers to receive deal-of-the-day recommendations on services in your area.

A few months back, I found a great deal on a boat rental in our area and last week my family and I cashed in on the deal and spent the day on the lake.  It was so much fun and super reasonable when I purchased my deal through Groupon.   This is just one of a few purchases I’ve made using this great service!

Every 24 hours, Groupon broadcasts an electronic coupon for a restaurant or store in your city, recommending that local service while also offering you a 40% to 60% discount if you purchase that service.  Why does Groupon do this you might ask?  Groupon is a middleman service that promotes your city’s restaurants and stores. Groupon encourages people to try a different restaurant or store each day, and earns a commission whenever they successfully refer a customer.

Each day, Groupon will send an email announcement to its subscribers, describing the deal-of-the-day in that metro area.  If you like the deal-of deal-of-the-day, then you purchase an electronic coupon directly from Groupon using your credit card or PayPal account. You print that coupon, take it to the restaurant or store, and redeem it for commonly double the value you paid.

The great thing about this, if you don’t like the deal-of-the-day then you do nothing, and wait for the next day’s offer.  There is no obligation nor any cost for you to simply watch each day’s Groupon announcements.

If you’re interested in joining Groupon you simply go here and sign up.  All you need is your email address which you will check every day for discounts.  THAT’S ALL and enjoy your frugal adventure!

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God’s Eye Craft

If you’re looking for a fun craft for all ages, check this out!  We made these a few weeks ago and the kiddos LOVED it!  It came with hours of entertainment!  Now I know why my mom introduced this when we were growing up… it gave her time for the nervous breakdown she deserved watching all of us during the hot summer days 🙂

Neat history lesson…The Pueblo and other Native Americans wore special decorations called a God’s Eye, which were thought to bring good luck and long life. They were also created for celebration or blessing, presented as a gift or designed to bless a home.  Now more often they are sold in markets, reminding us that God looks with love on people everywhere.

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Things You’ll Need

two sticks the same size and yarn or string. Seriously… THAT’S ALL!!

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Place 2 sticks together to form an X. This is the frame for the God’s Eye.

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 Tie one end of the yarn around the center of the frame to hold them together. Make the knot tight so the sticks aren’t loose.

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With the other hand, wrap the yarn over and around one arm of the X, then over and around the next arm, and so on. Pull the yarn tightly each time and push the yarn down snugly toward the center.  Continue working this way until the God’s Eye is completed.  Cut the yarn 3 inches from the end of the God’s Eye.  20130710-081530.jpg

You can wrap the entire X with the same color yarn, or you can add different colors; it’s your choice! Once you get the hang of making God’s Eye, try making a gigantic one using two rulers; or a tiny one using toothpicks!  Enjoy!

Frugal Family Fun

20130702-200209.jpgI have a confession to make.  I hate crafts.

There…..I said it.  This homeschooling mother of 5 hates to pull out the paint, glue, glitter and clay.  It makes a mess.  It requires my constant supervision, and I am just flat lazy sometimes.

BUT….my frugal partner, Diane, kept my kids for a week and did crafts with them everyday.  They. Loved. It!

In fact, they begged me to start doing crafts.  Sigh.  I agreed…..reluctantly!

Since it was 4th of July we started with mobiles.  They were messy….but FUN!  We simply used poster board, paint, and string.  It kept the kids busy and happy for over an hour.  (That alone was worth the mess!!)

What are some fun crafts that you do with your kids?  Since I am committed to this I need some ideas! 😉

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