22 Free (Or Really Cheap) Activities For Your Kids To Do Today

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Love having your kids home for the summer but not sure what to do with them all day long? Here are 22 free (or really cheap) activities to keep them busy today.

 

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1. Free (or cheap) summer movies (if you’re in the Columbus Ohio area, be sure to check out this fantastic list my friend Mary put together!)

2. Free Lego Build the first Tuesday of every month at Lego stores

3. Free Lowe’s  Build and Grow Clinics

4. Free Home Depot Clinics

5.  Free Michael’s Clinics (these range from free to $2 per class – go HERE to learn more)

6. Free summer bowling

7. Free summer reading programs

8. Visit a state capitol

8. Visit the library

9. Attend a Vacation Bible School at your local church

10. Visit a local thrift store

11. Ride a local  bike trail

12. Visit a park

13. Find a local splash pad

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At home

14. Make a homemade sprinkler

15. Build a fort

16. Go on a nature hunt

17. Make homemade Snow Cones

18. Create a yarn obstacle course

19. Try out “summer snow” (aka shaving cream)

20. Create a backyard obstacle course

21. Make a sidewalk “city” (try out homemade sidewalk chalk too)

22. When all else fails, play with a cardboard box. :)

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Have anything else to add to the list? Leave a comment to share! Here are a few more tips to help you save today . . . 

Love a bargain? Find more free stuff HERE.

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15 Easy Ways To Earn 100 Dollars

 

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Feel overwhelmed by your finances? Here are a few simple ways to earn $100 a day and help you reach your long term financial goals.

 

 

Sell your stuff.

1. Garage sale – sell 100 items for $1 each.

Think of it as an everything’s $1 sale – if you have bigger stuff, sell it for more! You can also sell online in a local online yard sale, or take things to a consignment store. (See how I recently made $70 in just two hours this way!)

2. Sell books, electronics, and more on Amazon.

Amazon makes it super easy to sell things on line – just type in what you’d like to sell, ship it to them (for free!), and get paid with an Amazon gift card. Easy!

3. Sell gift cards you won’t use.

Have gift cards you’ll never use? Visit Cardpool.com where you can sell your gift cards. You won’t get the full face value but you will get a decent rate, so this is a great way to save if you can’t use a gift card you’ve been given.

4. Sell plasma.

Honestly, this would be a tough one for me to do but is a great way to help someone in need and earn a little cash. Check out this article to learn more.

 

Sell your services.

5. Babysit.

Have kids at home? Offer to babysit for a working mom to earn extra income.

6. Paint a room.

Love painting? Charge $100 to paint a room – odds are someone else would love to have that project done for them, and it’s an easy way to learn some extra cash!

7. Clean houses.

8. Do yard work.

Lots of folks have yard work that needs to be taken care of, especially in the summertime. Offer to weed, mulch or plant flower beds, and charge $100 for your work.

9. Walk a dog, or two.

Live in a neighborhood with many pets? Offer to walk your neighbors pets while they’re away at work each day.

10. Take online surveys or try out Swagbucks.

You won’t quickly earn $100 through online surveys, but each time you take a survey you can earn a dollar or two. The only site that I’ve consistently heard excellent reviews about is Pinecone Research ~ and don’t forget to take advantage of ways to earn for free on Swagbucks too!

11.  Mystery shopping.

If you shop regularly (and don’t have small children), you can sign up to be a mystery shopper at local stores in your area. Check out ways to earn as much as $25 per shopping trip over HERE.

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Simple ways to save $100

12. Take a spending “fast”.

For 5 days, determine as a family to spend nothing. No eating out, no grocery shopping, no entertainment, no nothing. Odds are you’ll come up with $100 pretty quickly! (We recently worked on seriously cutting back our expenses for one month, and it was amazing how much we saved simply by really focusing on trimming our budget as a family!)

13. Skip meals out for 2 weeks.

14. Give up cable.

If you’re willing to cut cable, you can save a bundle every month. With free movies from Amazon Prime or Netflix, you may be able to do it without missing many of your favorites, and you’ll save several hundred dollars over the course of one year too! (I’ve heard a Roku and

15. Cut back on housing expenses. 

Skimp on your cell phone plan. Cancel a home phone if you don’t need it. Call you internet provider to make sure you’re getting the best price on the service you need. Look at all of your monthly bills, and see if there are any bills you can change by either getting rid of them completely or making a phone call to get a reduced payment.

What other suggestions do you have on cutting your expenses? I’d love to hear what’s worked for you!

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25 Days of Paint Projects Day 25: Paint a Faux Carraige Garage Door

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You guys know there are few things I love more than a nice home up-do with a fresh coat of paint. So this month we’ll be checking out 25 paint projects, along with the colors they used so you can motivate yourself to tackle some painting if it’s on your to-do list this summer!

 

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See how Eliesa at A Pinterest Addict completely changed the look of her garage for just $4 with a little paint and elbow greaseI would never (ever) have thought of this, and think she did an incredible job!

 Looking for more Paint Changes?  Check these out:

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Dollar Tree Spelling Practice Board (Perfect For Summer Traveling)

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Traveling this summer? This is an easy project you can make for the road (or even just for home) for just $3 at the Dollar Tree.
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Here’s what I used:

  • Cookie Sheet – 2/$1 at the Dollar Tree
  • Leftover scrapbook paper
  • Modge podge (I love that stuff!)
  • Magnetic clips – $1 at the Dollar Tree
  • Alphabet letters – $1 at the Dollar Tree

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All I did was modge podge the scrapbook paper onto the cookie sheet (you could easily leave yours plain if you wanted to.) 

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Then I added the clips and checked out the 3rd grade spelling word list for my daughter to work on this summer, and she can practice next year’s words ahead of time!

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Easy peasy. Love that. Hope you’re enjoying summer as much as I am!

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Looking for ways to save while you travel? Here you go!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

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Soaking Up Summer

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Here’s what I found lurking in my dryer last night. 

 

Dirty, stinky, nasty, creek-water-ladened-15-year-old-size-12 tennis shoes that had been dried (B-L-E-C-K) in my nice new dryer.

 

Needless to say, I wasn’t happy.

 

I mentioned it over on my personal Facebook page and the PPP page, and good gracious, folks had more than a few thoughts on that one. 😉

 

I talked to him about it, and the kid was simply clueless and thought rinsing them out for a few seconds before popping them in the drier would work just fine.

 

Then, a sweet wise mom commented on my own Facebook page (I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing it!)

“Vacuum out the dry dirt clumps and run some wet towels through it. It will be fine. I promise you in a few short years you will open an empty clean dryer and long for the day a boy tossed some muddy shoes in there. Promise.”

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sniff.

 

He vacuumed out the dried up clumps without complaint when I asked him to after reading everyone’s advice.  (And wiped it down with soapy water too.)

 

He mumbled “love you momma” when I tried baking cookies last night.

 

And he says “I love you mom” every single time he goes out the door.

 

No matter how long he’s leaving for.

 

No matter if we’ve been grouchy towards one another.

 

Just because he must know somewhere deep down his momma needs to hear it.

 

Folks, this kid has my heart. 

 

Since he hit high school, I feel like there’s this ticking time bomb and we’re just a few short years away from him going out to take on the world. Last summer honestly was just a mixture of tears and craziness as we moved into a brand new home in a brand new town. Honestly, summer passed by in the blink of an eye, and I didn’t stop to enjoy enough of it.

 

This summer we’re slowing down, savoring some quiet evenings, and just enjoying every minute of every day.

 

Even the dirty shoes.

 

And the mounds of laundry.

 

And the dirty dishes in my sink because three kids have been home munching all day.

 

Mommas, if you have little ones at home, be encouraged that those hard days – the ones that are just so long you’re dreaming of just five minutes to talk with another adult – those days will slow down.

 

The day will come when they can pick up their rooms all by themselves because you’ve spent years training them.

The day will come when they can make waffles for the entire family because you spent hours mixing up waffles every Saturday morning. (That job’s completely taken over by my sweet Caroline these days – success!)

 

And the day will come when you’ll tell them to pack their own suitcase without any help, and they won’t even forget their toothbrush.

 

It happens. I promise.

 

Today’s the day that mess of a boy of mine learned to clean out a dirty dryer. One more life skill he probably needs, right?

 

So when the mess happens, when it feels like too much, and when you just don’t want to keep at this mommy-ing-business a single minute longer, know that the amazing training you’re teaching today will eventually work yourself out of a job. 😉

 

And savor. every. bit. of. it. 

 

I promise, life changes. Soak it up, and just enjoy.

 

even the dirty-crusty-muddy-shoes.

 

ahem. still. bleck.  but thankful too. :) 

 

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The Ultimate Roundup Of Summer Bucket List Ideas

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Goodness, I’m so stinkin’ excited that summer is here! This morning for the very first time in fifteen years, on the first day school was out all three of my children slept until 7:30.

 

Pretty sure this means I’ve officially arrived. :)

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We made a homemade waffle bar, and they’re already off getting things together for a trip this weekend. For you moms of little tiny kids, I promise you kind of get control back one day . . . it just may take a few years! :)

 

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Last night when we were talking about summer, my girls helped me put together our Summer Bucket List (see the one my son helped me come up with a few years ago over here.) We can’t wait to start enjoying some traveling, hanging out at home, and exploring Ohio a bit this year!

 

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Here are a few of the ideas they came up with . . . 

  • Re do bedroom (meaning move furniture around)
  • Do an act of kindness
  • Play Scrabble
  • Catch fireflies
  • Make cakepops
  • Facepaint
  • Get nails done
  • Make a stage
  • Make giant bubbles
  • Play Twister
  • Volunteer
  • Make smores
  • Try to get a world record
  • Have a picnic

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We found so many great (penny pinched!) ideas while scrolling around Pinterest, I thought it would be fun to do a big roundup of Summer Bucket List ideas so you can get started too! Here you go . . .

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Ummmm . . . practicing our spelling might just be on our bucket list too, but I love that they did their list all by themselves!

 

Summer Bucket List Ideas

 

Toddler Summer Bucket List Ideas

1. The Tailored Mama Summer Bucket List for Toddlers

2. More Fun Mom Toddlers Bucket List of Day Trips

3. A Mouse In My Kitchen Toddler’s Summer Bucket List & Free Printable

Preschooler Summer Bucket List Ideas

4. Mary Martha Mama Summer Bucket List Preschool Edition

5. Camp PBS Summer Bucket List 

6. Crafts On Sea Summer Bucket List for Preschoolers

Elementary Aged Summer Bucket List Ideas

7. Creative Family Fun 100 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

8. The Pinning Mama 50 Ideas & Activities for Kids & Families

9. Digital Mom Blog 50 Summer Ideas for Kids

Teenage Summer Bucket List Ideas

10. Evan Nickel Summer Bucket List for Teens

11. Sugar Beans Teen Summer Bucket List

12. Parenting Teens 101 Fun Things for Teens to Do This  Summer

Family Bucket List Ideas

13. Keeper of the Home Backyard Bucket List

14. No Time For Flashcards Summer Reading Bucket List (love these ideas!)

15. Summer Bucket List Bingo

16. 101 Almost Free Things To Do With Kids This Summer

 

Have you made your summer bucket list yet for the summer? I’d love to hear what fun ideas are on your list this year ~ leave a comment to share!

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Keep Your Flower Beds Weed Free

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Mulching any flower beds this weekend? Here’s an easy trick to help keep out weeds, that won’t likely cost you a penny.

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Before mulching, spray weeds or grass in your flower bed with a weed killer like Roundup, or weed your flowerbed by hand. Then lay down leftover newspaper (that you’ve gotten from all your coupon clipping) over any areas where you don’t want weeds to creep in.

Thanks to all of you who had great suggestions with alternatives to Roundup – we don’t use it much but have used it with success, so just being honest here! Try out this way to kill off weeds using vinegar – I’ve tried vinegar before and it hasn’t worked for me, but I’m all for trying again. I’ll see if I can find any other homemade weed killer recipes, and update you all on how they go!

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Cover the newspaper with mulch.

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(Because this was a new bed for us we didn’t have any existing bushes to plant around, but if you do have bushes already there just adjust the newspaper around your plants.) 

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It will naturally keep weeds out, and is biodegradable too. It also helps to amend your soil if your soil conditions aren’t great as well, which is an added (free!) bonus.

 

We’ve used weed barrier fabric before and it works incredibly well (and doesn’t have to be replaced for years), but newspaper will do basically the same thing – you’ll just need to add more newspaper to your bed each time you mulch to keep the weeds at bay.

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With a little newspaper you’ll have free weed protection for your flower beds, and hopefully skip weeding during the summer months. If you have any other tips on how to keep beds weed free at your house, I’d love to hear your suggestions!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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16 Items You Should Be Buying On Amazon

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NOTE: If you use coupons on many items along with store sales ads, your prices may be less expensive than Amazon. HOWEVER, if you’re not willing to really clip coupons and watch those sales ads, Amazon may offer some easy savings for you.

Do you love shopping Amazon? For many of us, Amazon offers easy savings (and convenience) on thousands of items, delivered right to our door. But it’s important to know what items really are great prices, and which items are worth heading to your local store for. My general rule of thumb is to check Amazon for anything I would make a quick trip to Walmart for, because so many items end up being less money, with no stress. I love that!

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Here’s my list of 15 items you should (almost always) be buying on Amazon . . .

 

 

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1. Toilet paper. 

Amazon consistently offers great prices on toilet paper, just about every single day. While these savings may not be quite as good as shopping at your local grocery store with a coupon (although often they win!), they are frequently less than Sam’s or Costco, plus you get the convenience of having them delivered to your door. To make sure you’re getting the price, scan the “$.xx/count” on this page for the lowest price per count and check for any extra coupons they’re offering.

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2. Diapers, Swim Diapers & Pull Ups

Amazon’s prices on diapers are so good, unless you get a crazy fun deal at the drug stores using coupons. However, I’ve often calculated Amazon’s price per diaper and found them to beat even prices at local stores after coupons, so it’s definitely worth watching for their sales! To find the best price, do the math to find the lowest price per diaper on size 1 diapers HERE, and know that your price will go up per size.

 

(Typically I aim to find a deal priced around 10¢ per Size 1 diaper for Luvs, or 12¢ per diaper for Huggies or Pampers, after coupons and Amazon’s subscribe and save program.) 

 

3. Baby Wipes.

Occasionally local grocery stores offer a great price on smaller packed wipes after a high value coupon, but typically you can find baby wipes on Amazon from 1¢ to 2¢ per wipe after you subscribe and save (and clip whatever coupons they have available.) If you have babies or small children and go through large quantities of baby wipes, this is a great (easy!) way to save!

 

(Note: On Amazon subscribe and save items you’ll need to subscribe to shipment for an item, but can cancel your subscription once your order arrives in the subscription section of your Amazon account. I usually set mine to ship 6 months apart so I have plenty of time to cancel an order if I need to!)

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4. Books.

Amazon has fantastic prices on most books just about every day, and if you don’t mind buying used you can save a bundle on those as well! Be sure to note shipping prices on used books though as those sometimes negate the savings on the book themselves ~ go HERE to search Amazon’s extensive book selection.

5. Blu Rays & DVDs.

There are hundreds of deals every day on DVDs and Blu Rays at Amazon, and you can find a huge selection available for less than $5! These often go up and down in price, so be sure to follow the PPP Facebook page to keep up with quick price breaks when they happen.

 

4. Department store makeup.

If you wear department store makeup (Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, etc), and an item you need is not in “gift” at your local store (where they offer a special free gift when purchasing), Amazon is a great way to easily get your makeup. I order my Estee Lauder from them just about all the time (my one big splurge!), mostly because it saves me a trip to the mall and it’s just convenient.

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5. Drug store brand makeup on sale with coupons.

Amazon has a huge selection of makeup that goes on sale pretty heftily every month with their special coupons. Right now there’s a $1 off Cover Girl Makeup coupon, valid on eye shadow, mascara, blush and more, and when you add that to the subscribe and save discounts you can get them for as low as $1.35, delivered to your door. I usually can’t beat those savings even with coupons, so this is a great convenient way for me to save without leaving my house!

 

6. Personal care items.

If you watch Amazon’s extra coupon savings, they regularly have digital coupons on shampoo, conditioner, feminine care products, body wash and more. By watching for those savings I’ve gotten them on sale for substantially less than I would pay at Walmart, and of course love that they bring them to my door! (For an idea of the savings you can see on these, go HERE and HERE. They don’t happen all the time, but if you subscribe to PPP daily emails I’ll be sure to alert you when I see these savings.)

 

7. Select cleaning products.

There are dozens of items that Amazon offers high value coupons on each month, which offer some great savings (and prices just about always less than Sam’s or Costco – so you don’t need a membership!) Here are a few of my favorite deals that come up fairly regularly on Amazon . . .

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8. Toys & games.

There are typically great deals on Amazon on toys and games, but it’s worth taking a few minutes to do some research before ordering. I usually compare the Amazon prices to those at Walmart and Kohl’s to verify they really are a great deal, but most of the time Amazon either meets or exceeds their savings.  (Not always though, so definitely do your homework!)

 

You can also check out camelcamelcamel.com to see a price history of items on Amazon to know if you really are getting a fantastic price.

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9. Gift cards.

Amazon offers special Lightning Gift Card deals regularly, which typically will save $5-$10 off a $50 gift card. Combine that savings with a restaurant coupon, and those savings can really add up!

10. Pet toys (not pet food.)

I have consistently found great prices on pet toys at Amazon, compared to the crazy high price you’ll often see at specialty pet stores. I haven’t seen decent savings on pet food, but if you’re looking for just toys you can save a bundle. (Our dog’s favorite is this one – he’s loved it)!

 

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11. Housewares.

Not every item at Amazon is always at the lowest price in their housewares department, but if you do a little research you can often get great prices by waiting for a deal. I’ve purchased most of my Pyrex, all of my pots and pans, and of course my crockpot when they’ve been deeply discounted on Amazon. 

(Not sure how to find the best deal? I watch Amazon deals every day for you – go HERE to see a running list, and subscribe to free daily emails so you never miss these deals.)

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12. Gold Box Daily deals.

Amazon has fantastic Gold Box Deals available every day, and they just about always offer them for the lowest price that sale item has ever dropped to. Go HERE to see today’s Gold Box deals.

13. Daily Lightning deals.

In addition to Amazon’s Gold Box deals they also have Lightning deals that last just a few hours each day, and can offer some pretty substantial savings. Go HERE to check those out.

14. Free eBooks.

Amazon has hundreds (hundreds!) of free ebooks available every day – go HERE to see what’s included today.

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15. Free movies courtesy of Amazon Prime.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member (the cost is $99 per year), stream hundreds of free movie and tv shows from your computer, or even on the Amazon Prime Video App. I use this almost every morning at the gym (have watched Downton Abbey, Parenthood, and dozens of movies on it), and love that I don’t have to have a separate Netflix account to watch these.

16. Free books, photo storage, and music courtesy of Amazon Prime.

You can also enjoy one free Kindle book download each month from Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library when you’re an Amazon Prime Member (works on Kindle apps too), as well as free photo storage, free Amazon Prime Music. If you’re not sure about paying for Amazon Prime, you can try it out for free for one month to see what you think. 

Having Amazon Prime definitely makes me more apt to use Amazon (which saves me running out for just one item when I need it), and is a huge time saver for me. I do think you can sometimes get better deals if you have time to use coupons matched up with the sales ad (use this search engine HERE to always find the best deals), but often Amazon works for me!What else would you add to the list, or what items do you think don’t work for you? Leave a comment to share – I love hearing from you!

I do make a commission on Amazon purchases which help support the work here on PPP everyday – if you’d prefer not to shop through my links feel free to visit Amazon directly – I totally understand but really do love Amazon savings so thought I’d share this list with you!)See more Amazon Deals, and remember when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month, you’ll also save an additional 15% on all of your subscribe and save purchases.

Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.

 

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Baby Shower on a Budget

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Here’s a peek at how we’ve been fluffing up for a baby shower on a budget at our house! Since my kiddos are getting older you can bet I’ve enjoyed every bit of this, so I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

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Here’s what I’ve spent . . . 

  • $7.74 on tissue paper for pom poms

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  • $5 on glass jars from the Dollar Tree
  • $12 on flowers
  • $6 on extra serving pieces from Hobby Lobby (they’re disposable – I think they’re so cute and perfect for chips, pretzels and cookies!)
  • $8 on pennant banner (on sale last week at Hobby Lobby)
  • $6 on onesies (thanks to Kohl’s)

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  • $2 on extra cutting options for my Silhouette Cameo (this is the first time I’ve used it ~ I’m in love and am so thankful to all of you who recommended it!)
  • $3 on craft paper

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  • I already had the fishing wire, jute twine, and dental floss of course (thanks to my couponing!) :)
  • Also used plain brown wrapping paper for the table and added a burlap table runner (had that already as well)
  • Total = $49.74

And here are a few quick tips that might help if you’re looking for ways to save when hosting a party . . . 

  • Use colors that match what you already have (if the shower had been for a baby girl, I would have pulled out the peachy/pink in our curtains)
  • When picking serving dishes (I usually ask for them as gifts), choose things that are pretty timeless and match anything – our plain white dishes work well with just about every occasion, and make decorating for things so much easier!
  • Look for glassware at the Dollar Tree and splurge on fresh flowers ~ that alone makes our home feel so much brighter!
  • Keep it simple. :) You don’t have to do a ton, just select a few special areas to fluff and skip the rest.

And here’s what I’m planning to serve (I could use an extra appetizer idea if you have one!)  

Smoked Barbecue (my hubby is making that ~ the shower is for a person in his office so the guys are coming and he’s in charge!)

Do you have any other suggestions on recipes or decorating ideas? I’d love to hear them!  It’s been so fun getting ready, but I’d love to hear your ideas too. Leave a comment to share!

 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift (That Didn’t Cost a Penny)

 

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 I am a lucky girl. :)

 

Remember last week when I rambled (probably a little too long . . . ), about struggling with measuring up?

 

Well, my husband took the time to read that mess (he doesn’t read everything here on PPP, but scans some of it every once in awhile), and on a blank piece of copy paper gave me just the best Mother’s Day card and gift I’ve ever received. 

 

I’d told him not to spend money (we’ve been working quite a bit on fluffing up our home, so I was perfectly content with that), but this little note was more than I ever could have wished for.

To spare you the gorey ahemgoofy details, I won’t share it all, but hope he’ll forgive me for sharing a few of my favorite parts. 

“Our marriage has not been perfect, but you have given me the perfect marriage. . .  . you are what I always wanted, not “Barbie.” :) 

 

Folks, this guy looks at this absolute mess of a mom with pudgy hips, saggy soft spots, and one crazy unorganized life, and loves (and cheers!) for me every single day. Back when I first starting working on PPP, when I was literally putting in 40 hours a week and not making a single penny, he stood by as my cheerleader, confidently encouraging me to keep at it, never once questioning my work here despite the extra load it often put on him.

 

The last year has not been our easiest. In fact, probably since our marriage I’ve cried more tears than I can remember. (And I’m not one to shed tears much ~ hardly ever!) Moving 8 hours from what had become our home has been a major adjustment, and we’ve had some other struggles that have popped onto our plate along the way.

 

(Add in parenting both a teenager and tweenager in the midst of that along with one crazy busy 8 year old? Yikes.) 

 

James is oh-so-different from me. He hates social media, rarely watches a movie, and in many ways is an old-fashioned-fuddy-duddy-born-100-years-too late.

 

Bless him. 😉

 

But he loves and encourages me as if I’m amazing (despite the fact that I’m so far from it!), and continues to be this person who just thinks I’m a rockstar even when he sees the truth every day.

 

(Isn’t it a blessing when those who know you best love you most? wow.)

 

Honestly? I’m not great at doing the same thing for him. I get frustrated that the dishes aren’t done, or if the laundry’s piling up, or if I just feel like I’m incapable of keeping up. I have got to work better at being his cheerleader too, but for whatever reason it’s not always natural to me.

 

 

If you’re lucky enough to have a cheerleader in your life too, whether it be your spouse, parents, or a wonderful friend, thank them because they will help you go so much further than you ever can go on your own.

 

And, if you’re like me and struggle to cheer someone else on, goodness gracious, join me and let’s start doing just that!

 

Sometimes just being cheered for is all we need to turn into our very best self ~ and I’m so incredibly thankful to have someone cheering for me. (Especially on those days I’m not so sure of myself.)

 

Anyone else get  just the most wonderful gift for Mother’s Day that wasn’t even all that much? Sometimes those gifts are just the sweetest, and I’m oh-so-thankful for that one today. 

 

 

 

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