It’s July. It’s still summer break. You’ve exhausted all your in-town-fun resources. It’s sweltering outside, and your kids are B-O-R-E-D. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Don’t fear! Just keep scrolling for 20 summer fun ideas that are easy, inexpensive, and can be done in the comfort of your air-conditioned home (or in your backyard if you choose).
Summer’s here — hooray! The kids are home, the days are sunnier, hotter — and longer. Gulp. Now insert soundtrack of whiny “I’m bored’s,” Frozen playing for the millionth time in the background, the washing machine humming because your kids seem to always be getting sticky, muddy, and sweaty, and the sound of the ice cream truck rolling down the street promptly at nap time, no matter when nap time is.
Feel your pulse quickening? Don’t! We’ve got you covered with lots of fun, educational, and inexpensive (or free!) ideas. You’re welcome!
Have you ever searched for a greeting card at the store and none of them expressed your exact sentiments? Did you ever pick a pretty card but find that it was difficult to choose your words for the message you wished to convey? Sometimes actions, alone, speak volumes and what you do says just as much as what you write.
Making your own greeting cards is a perfect way to add extra meaning to the words you write, or to help fill in the blanks during those situations when the right words are just difficult to find.
Your preschooler wants to color today. You pull out the coloring books and the plastic container that the crayons are stored in. Your child wants purple and only purple to color her princess. As you dig through the crayons to find the only color that will make today’s art session a success, you start pulling out all the broken crayons you come across. Boy, there’s a lot more than you thought – crayons broken cleanly in two, ones drawn down to a nub, crayons barely hanging on by a thread, missing peeling paper, and some so dirty that it’s impossible to tell what color they used to be. Finally, all that’s left in the container are two intact crayons, blue and purple. Phew, crisis averted. Your child colors happily and you gather up all the bits and pieces, mentally adding crayons to your shopping list. Before you just toss those unloved and neglected crayons in the trash, give them a second thought and a second life. We’re sharing 5 fun and creative ways to reuse and upcycle old crayons into new creations.
It seems now a days that more and more people are going organic when it comes to their food. If you have ever bought anything organic, you know that it can cost 50% to 100% more than regular foods. The cost of food is rising, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have an organic diet. It’s also no secret that non-organic food can contain cancer causing hormones, immunity destroying antibiotics, and dangerous pesticides. We understand that it may be impossible to eat everything organic all of the time, but we have dug deep to find some tips on how you can eat organic on a budget.
It’s spring, and besides seeing lots of flowers bloom, bird nests everywhere, and parks filled with kids, you’re probably also seeing For Sale signs on every street corner. It’s prime time for putting your house on the market. If your family is ready to take the leap from homeowner to home seller, then we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up some ways to get your home in tip top shape for showings and open houses this spring. All of our tips are geared towards staging your home for little or next to nothing out of your pocket. Before you pull out the big guns of total kitchen remodels or professional home staging services, see what you can do yourself with a few weekends of work, a little bit of cash, and a whole lot of motivation to sell.
Easter has come and gone — and now you’re left with a few stray (black) jelly beans, plastic grass (everywhere!), and those colorful plastic eggs. Our advice? Hold on to those eggs (and toss the black jelly beans — yuck!)! There are lots of fun ways to reuse them throughout the year; here are ten “eggcelent” ideas.
Uh, didn’t Christmas just end? Why is there a holiday post in January? No, we didn’t make a mistake! Many of you are now packing up the decorations, hitting the gym to work off the holiday calories, and starting to dread the daily trip to the mailbox. Yup, those Christmas bills are going to start rolling in, and you’re preparing yourself for the continual circle of debt that happens every year: you spend all January through November paying off the Christmas bills only to find that as soon as you’re done, it’s December again! We’re here to help you make this coming Christmas (yes, the one that is 11 months away) a bit different, by helping you plan ahead all year to break that vicious cycle and end up with a debt free holiday.
As adults, the topic of money is often seen as a highly private, overwhelming, and misunderstood area. There is so much to learn, so much to control, and so much to mess up. That’s why a lot of Americans are in debt, foreclosure, or living paycheck to paycheck. As with anything worth learning, the best and most well-received knowledge comes to us when we’re a child. Let’s help prevent our children from making the same mistakes we have by simply educating them (and possibly ourselves) on the basics of good money management; beginning with the concept of save, share, and spend.
If you choose to use pureed baby food when it’s time for your baby to start eating solids, you may have a ton of glass jars destined for the recycling bin. They’ve served their purpose, right? What other use could they possibly have? Believe it or not, quite a few! In this post, we’ll break down some ways you can reuse those jars around the house and ultimately get more for your money. Sound good?
Ahhh, white vinegar – quite possibly one of the most perfect and natural household cleaners ever! Most store bought cleaners fall into either one of two categories: toxic or really expensive..but vinegar breaks the mold when it comes to the norm. It’s cheap, non toxic, available to purchase at almost any store and it perfectly safe for people, pets and the earth! The uses of vinegar are almost endless, but for this post, we will be covering some of the amazing uses it when it comes to house cleaning. From the floors to the walls, from the living room, office and kid’s rooms- vinegar comes to save the day again, and again and again- and for less than $3 for a gallon, you really get a lot for your money!
It’s coming to that time of the year when our outdoor time is limited. It is getting darker earlier, the cooler weather is starting to kick in, and of course there’s more rain and maybe even snow in the near future. To keep kids from going stir crazy while being stuck inside in the coming months, try this simple and fun activity!
Buying clothing ahead for your child can either be a money saving opportunity or it cost you in the end. At the end of a season, children’s clothes get marked down so much that it can be very advantageous to purchase items for next year. Only problem is that it’s easy to get ahead of yourself without proper planning. Keeping yourself organized plays a major factor in purchasing clothing for the next year.
Congratulations! You’ve chosen to use cloth diapers. Now all your friends and family members have proof that you’re a little crazy! The truth is, cloth diapers have come a looooong way in recent years and are at least as easy to put on your
wiggly worm child as disposables. All you need now are these tips on how to properly care for and clean your cloth diapers. With a little TLC, your cloth diapers can make it through several kids and may still even be re-sale worthy. Check out these 10 tips on how to make your cloth diapers last for years and be sure to add your own ideas in the comments.
We all know how easy it is to spend the money we’ve been blessed with. We are pros at loading up our Target cart every week and hitting up the mall each season for a new wardrobe. But are you good at keeping track of all those purchases? Do you really know how much money you are bringing in each month versus how much money is going out? Are you confident in your money management skills? Do you have a budget that works for you and your family? If not, we are here to help! We will teach you the basics of setting up a monthly budget, as well as how to stick to that budget, which is the key to your financial success.