Sunday, 29 March 2015

Frugal activities for Spring

We started our two week break for the Easter Holidays on Friday and I am so looking forward to a couple of more relaxed weeks with the boys without the stress of getting up for school.

It is important to me that we don't overspend during this time and it can sometimes be challenging, especially if the weather isn't great.  So here is our top tips for fab Frugal Activities for the Easter Holidays. 




Frugal activities for Spring

Crafts


Kids activities


Cooking


All these fab activities and ideas have come from our #FabulouslyFrugal linky.  It is amazing what you can do with not a lot.  

Do you have a post that is about thrifty parenting, decorating or lifestyle.  One that is about frugal food or crafts and art.  or even a post about making the post of what you have, then please do link up.

Each week we make sure we pin the post, feature some on our facebook pages and then we each have a round up on a Sunday. Let's all share that being frugal can be fabulous.



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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Now is the perfect time to get your boiler checked

When was the last time you had your boiler checked? We annually have a check in the summer before we start using it again, but now is a great time to get it looked over.

British Gas have asked me what is the weirdest thing in our home or in anyone elses for that matter.  I have to say that we are not that weird a family and have nothing unusual in our home.

However,  my inlaws are farmers, so the weirdest thing would have to be a calf!  When the husband was growing up they used to feed baby lambs that had been orphaned too, but now they are only dairy farmers.

Can you imagine the things that engineers see when they go into peoples houses.  Why not take a look at what Sarah saw on one of her jobs. 



When I was growing up I remember my Dad taking apart a motorbike in the dining room, safe to say my Mum was not amused! 

I do wonder though what people might think when they come in to our home and there are six little boys all being noisy (as my friends boys are often here too)! 

Do you have anything odd in your home?


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Welcoming Spring - #FabulouslyFrugal

We have cut the lawn this weekend and are planning to get the patio cleaned tomorrow as we are certainly feeling spring has finally sprung in the UK.




I have spent the weekend cleaning the fabulously frugal way as we are having some photo's taken of the house for a blog piece on Monday.



I will be popping to the charity shop to see if I can find any gorgeous teacups to make this teacup planter like Crafts on Sea


I love having flowers and plants in our home and one of the things that I love is seeing bulbs spring up in the garden.  I adore these crocus in a cup and will be doing something similar.



I certainly will be making one of these paper daffodil wreaths for the front door with the kids over the school holidays as our family project. 



We are also going to collect some twigs and bring some blossom in to our home with these fab tissue paper blossoms.

Do you have a post that is about thrifty parenting, decorating or lifestyle.  One that is about frugal food or crafts and art.  or even a post about making the post of what you have, then please do link up.

Each week we make sure we pin the post, feature some on our facebook pages and then we each have a round up on a Sunday. Let's all share that being frugal can be fabulous.

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Friday, 20 March 2015

5 things I have done this week to save money 20/03

Oh it has been a busy week for us here.  A 10th birthday, Mother's Day and our 20th Wedding anniversary oh and a broken loo on top of that too!  So I am joining in with Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family in sharing how we have made our savings.

Even though it has been a busy week with some major expenditure we have still managed to find ways to get the best deals.

1) I made my wedding anniversary card.  We never buy cards (well I don't) and I love making them do I guess I saved around £2.  Also no gifts this year either.



2) I made Maxi's 10th birthday cake.  Have you seen the cost of birthday cakes?  Those candles will be put away and saved for Mini's 10th birthday next year!



3) We didn't have a traditional birthday party as such, he had a sleepover and a movie with 2 best mates at the weekend and a tea with friends on his actual birthday.

4) I rang round plumbers to make sure we got the best price for our repair (we tried and failed to fix it, not even the BIL could manage it)!



5)We didn't go daft on Mother's day gifts.  The boys made handmade mother's day cards for me and for my Mother in Law and I got some lovely daffodils (I would rather have a bunch of dafs a week for 10 weeks that a bunch of expensive flowers)!

Have you made any savings this week?

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Indoor rainy day exercise activities for kids - #FabulouslyFrugal

Oh I adore Spring, but sometimes Spring brings with it lots of April showers and rain and although I do encourage my kids to get outside no matter what the weather, sometimes you need to just stay indoors.

So this weekend I am sharing some great indoor activities that have been shared in previous weeks with the fabulously frugal link up.

5 indoor activities with just six lines of tape from Hands on as we grow
7 indoor bean bag activities from Study at home mama
Indoor teepee from Study at home mama
4 ways with a cardboard box indoor from Bare Feet on the dashboard
Hunt for Exercise cards by The Measured Mom
Botsu exercises for kids by Kids Activities Blog
Indoor gross motor activities for kids by Little bins for little hands
Indoor running track by Next comes L
Running up the stairs by Pragmatic Mom
Indoor obstacle course by the golden gleam


Do you have a post that is about thrifty parenting, decorating or lifestyle.  One that is about frugal food or crafts and art.  or even a post about making the post of what you have, then please do link up.

Each week we make sure we pin the post, feature some on our facebook pages and then we each have a round up on a Sunday. Let's all share that being frugal can be fabulous.


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Please take a look at my fab co hosts and their posts, Cass at Dairy of a Frugal FamilyMum in the Mad House and out two new Hosts Emma at Mum's Savvy Savings and Becca from Bare Feet of the Dashboard.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Easy Mother's Day Card

For those of you in the UK it is Mother's Day on Sunday 15 March and as a Mum to two wonderful, noisy boys, I know that all I really want is a lie in and a handmade mother's day card. However, why not take a look at this fab fun Mother’s day calculator from Newcastle Building Society to see how much your Mum is really worth or what Mother's Day traditions are around the world.



Once you have then why not get prepared and make this fab easy Mother's Day card, which was inspired by this fab hanging Mother's Day flowerpot craft by In the Playroom


Easy Mothers Day Card


Materials

  1. A4 white card
  2. Pen
  3. scissors
  4. Paint We love this Scola Artmix ready mix coloured paint
  5. Baby wipes (perfect for wiping little hands and fingers before you get them to the sink)


How to make an easy Mother's Day Card

To make this super simple I have made you a template, so  that you can either print or cut the plan pot.  I cut mine on the Cricut Explore and it also did the writing too!  Oh and it now has a Bluetooth dongle, so you do not have to have your Cricut Explore connected to your laptop or PC and you can use it on your IPad and it costs under £25!



If like me you have a child that is totally averse to getting dirty you can always cut round their hand on green paper, but ideally you want to cover your childs hand with green child safe washable paint and get them to stamp it on the card and then wash their hand allowing the paint to dry.

We started by stamping handprints on to a piece of A4 card folding in half and allowing it to dry.  Mini doesn't mind getting all messy, it is Maxi that hates it! 



We then added fingerprint flowers to the end of each of the fingers.



Then we glued on our plant pot.

A super easy, but wonderful Mother's Day Card that will be treasured for years to come. 



If you are looking for more Mother's Day inspiration that I also have 30 fabulously frugal DIY Mother's Day gifts over at The Mad House. 







Sunday, 8 March 2015

Spring Cleaning the #FabulouslyFrugal Way

Doesn't it actually feel Spring is on the way this weekend in the UK (sorry for my US readers that are going through a cold snap).  All this sun is actually making me realise the time has come to get out of the winter hibernation stage and start the Spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning doesn't have to be expensive or challenging, in fact you can use things that you already have and also street clear of the chemicals.



I totally love these reusable orange cleaning wipes from Blossom and Posies and I am going to be repurposing the boys old muslins that I have (yes my youngest is nine and I haven't got rid of them)!

I will also be cleaning the microwave using the natural method suggested by Daisies and Pie

I have been cleaning my washing machine without chemicals monthly for years and it really makes sense as there is no point trying to clean clothes in a dirty machine.

I have been cleaning without chemicals for around five years and one of my hero products is white vinegar.  You can do so much with it.  The same with bicarbonate of soda. Both are products that I always have in my cleaning kit.

Make sure you clean your tumble dryer if you have one, not only will it work more efficiently, but there is less of a fire risk if you move that lint.  Plus you could always make tumble dryer lint fire starters with it.

Do you have a post that is about thrifty parenting, decorating or lifestyle.  One that is about frugal food or crafts and art.  or even a post about making the post of what you have, then please do link up.
Each week we make sure we pin the post, feature some on our facebook pages and then we each have a round up on a Sunday. Let's all share that being frugal can be fabulous.


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Please take a look at my fab co hosts and their posts, Cass at Dairy of a Frugal FamilyMum in the Mad House and out two new Hosts Emma at Mum's Savvy Savings and Becca from Bare Feet of the Dashboard.


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