Sometimes baby showers can get the best of your budget. It is easy to justify a chunk of change because you will be sharing memories with friends and trying to show your love and support for the mom-to-be. Then, there is the ever enticing cuteness of baby stuff everywhere you look and the elaborate decor on Pinterest. The truth is, you can throw a fantastic party for just a few dollars. [Read more…]
Here is a great last-minute Valentine’s Day Card idea:
Save and print off the following picture (use narrow .25″ margins), then write in your whatever you and your spouse compromise on. [Read more…]
Valentine’s Day is a fun day to play in the kitchen. A few heart-shaped cookies and chocolate covered strawberries are great inexpensive ways to make the day special. With these Valentine meals, you can get into the holiday without getting too sweeted out.
Egg in a Basket & Cottage Cheese Toast
Use your heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut a hole in your bread. Butter a spot on your grill. Center your bread on the buttered spot. Crack an egg into the hole. Once the egg is cooked about halfway up, flip it over and toast the other side until the egg is done. Toast the heart centers. Top with cottage cheese and deli meat (not shown). Serve with orange juice. [Read more…]
Welcome Halloween! It may be a little early for most people to start thinking about Halloween, but I put a lot into it. At least I’m more reasonable than our drug store. They start prepping for Halloween as soon as 4th of July is cleaned up!
My husband and I are fairly divided when it comes to Halloween. He’d much rather buy the candy, keep the candy, and stay up with a movie. For me, however, Halloween is all about the costume! It is a great opportunity to showcase creativity and play a little.
Actually, I love costumes so much that when my mom said I was too old to go out trick-or-treating (High School) and there were no activities for me to go to I got creative. I convinced my brothers and some friends to dress up and go Christmas caroling with me on October 31st. My mom gave us credit for creativity and let us go so long as we weren’t accepting candy. It was such a good experience. We had 4 part harmonies and brightened quite a few doorsteps with “Joy to the World”, “Far Far Away on Judea’s Plains”, and other favorites that year and the years to come.
Now that I have toddlers, I can resume trick-or-treating. For the last few years, I have done coordinated themes for the family and have made the costumes from scratch. I have a few strategies to make them super cheap. My family has been winning costume contests for less than $1/costume (on average) every year with this 6 step process. [Read more…]
My husband and I are fairly divided when it comes to Halloween. He’d much rather buy candy, keep the candy, and stay up with a movie. For me, however, Halloween is all about the costumes! Since we are divided on the topic, I decided to do an experiment and let Halloween fund itself. That way, there can be no complaint.
It turns out pre-made costumes sell REALLY well. In fact, I might start making two of future costumes for extra profit. So here’s the formula: make cute costumes, sell them 10-11 months later, use the net profit as your Halloween budget for candy and such. [Read more…]