Monday, August 11, 2014

Finding Free Summer Activities


Summer is a time of wonder for kids.  For the adults in charge of making Summer special though, it is a time of great expense.  It doesn't have to be this way though.  There are tons of free activities you can take your kids to where they can have a blast.  With a little planning, you can keep your kids busy all summer for just the price of gas.  While I can't give you direct links as they are different in every area, I can point you in the right direction.

City Website


A good place to start your search for free activities is your city website.  Here you can find links to the library website and the parks and recreations website, as well as information about any upcoming parades and festivals your city is doing.  

Library- Most libraries have tons of activities for kids.  Summer reading programs are a great form of entertainment, as they usually meet weekly.  Kids will be able to read a book or two, then have song and craft times.  It's not only great free fun, but it can also help keep your kids fresh on their reading skills for the Summer.  Apart from summer reading programs, which usually have activities for ages 2 and up, there may also be special readings, author visits, etc.  I usually add anything interesting from the library's calendar to my own calendar so that the kids don't miss out on anything.  

Parks and Recreation-  Another great place to look for free activities in your city is the parks and recreation website.  Here you can find a calender of all of the events that will be at your parks and civic center.  This can include everything from a pizza night at your civic center's gym to a great festival at the park with free admission!  Again, I usually add anything interesting to my personal calendar so I am sure to remember important dates.  

Festivals, Fairs, and Shows


Searching for festivals in your area is a bit trickier than finding your city website, but not much more so. All you have to do is do a Google search for either events or festivals in your area.  A search in my area turned up a mac n cheese festival in a nearby town!  I didn't know there was a mac n cheese festival anywhere, let alone 20 minutes away.  My point is that you never know what you may have been missing out on for years by not doing this simple search.  Many festivals have free admission, so this one is definitely worth a try, even if the event is 30 minutes or more away.  You can always pack a cooler and save even more, as venders at these events can be a little pricey.  

Church Activities


Another amazing and often overlooked place to find free things to do with your kids is your church calendar!   Apart from vacation bible school, your church may also have a church camp, or other outings for youth.  Not all of these may be free, but if you have a hard time paying for them, you can often talk to the members who are organizing the events, and something can be worked out.   

8:08 PM Christine D

Finding Free Summer Activities


Summer is a time of wonder for kids.  For the adults in charge of making Summer special though, it is a time of great expense.  It doesn't have to be this way though.  There are tons of free activities you can take your kids to where they can have a blast.  With a little planning, you can keep your kids busy all summer for just the price of gas.  While I can't give you direct links as they are different in every area, I can point you in the right direction.

City Website


A good place to start your search for free activities is your city website.  Here you can find links to the library website and the parks and recreations website, as well as information about any upcoming parades and festivals your city is doing.  

Library- Most libraries have tons of activities for kids.  Summer reading programs are a great form of entertainment, as they usually meet weekly.  Kids will be able to read a book or two, then have song and craft times.  It's not only great free fun, but it can also help keep your kids fresh on their reading skills for the Summer.  Apart from summer reading programs, which usually have activities for ages 2 and up, there may also be special readings, author visits, etc.  I usually add anything interesting from the library's calendar to my own calendar so that the kids don't miss out on anything.  

Parks and Recreation-  Another great place to look for free activities in your city is the parks and recreation website.  Here you can find a calender of all of the events that will be at your parks and civic center.  This can include everything from a pizza night at your civic center's gym to a great festival at the park with free admission!  Again, I usually add anything interesting to my personal calendar so I am sure to remember important dates.  

Festivals, Fairs, and Shows


Searching for festivals in your area is a bit trickier than finding your city website, but not much more so. All you have to do is do a Google search for either events or festivals in your area.  A search in my area turned up a mac n cheese festival in a nearby town!  I didn't know there was a mac n cheese festival anywhere, let alone 20 minutes away.  My point is that you never know what you may have been missing out on for years by not doing this simple search.  Many festivals have free admission, so this one is definitely worth a try, even if the event is 30 minutes or more away.  You can always pack a cooler and save even more, as venders at these events can be a little pricey.  

Church Activities


Another amazing and often overlooked place to find free things to do with your kids is your church calendar!   Apart from vacation bible school, your church may also have a church camp, or other outings for youth.  Not all of these may be free, but if you have a hard time paying for them, you can often talk to the members who are organizing the events, and something can be worked out.   

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I am sharing this for a reader who sent this to my e-mail addy, Christine@FrugalMommyChristine.com . I found it very interesting.   It looks great, Jaimie!

1Potty Training

The Straight Poop: Adventures in Toilet Training

This isn’t your mom’s potty training — or even yours, for that matter. Children are going diaper-free at older and older ages. Is this change a result of better knowledge about child development or simply because we have better diapers today? And how can you make your baby’s toilet-training process go — ahem — smoothly?

Toilet Training Has Changed

Age by which most children are toilet-trained
1957: 18 months
Today: 36 months
Why have things changed? 
Disposable diapers: 90% of American babies wear disposable diapers
Long-term use of disposables could help foster a sense of complacency, both on the part of parents and kids:
  • Disposable diapers are less time-consuming for parents to deal with.
  • Wet disposables are more comfortable for babies than wet cloth diapers.
Change in conventional wisdom: Most parenting experts now advise waiting until the child shows interest in toilet training to start the process.
Potential pitfalls to this process:
  • Children can become too accustomed to wearing diapers.
  • The longer a parent (usually the mother) is a servant for the child, the more difficult it can be to make the child see the parent as an authority figure.

Elimination Communication

A growing number of parents in the U.S. are subscribing to a theory of toilet training that could mean forgoing diapers altogether. Also called natural infant hygiene, potty whispering and infant potty training, supporters contend you can start training a baby to use a potty almost from birth.
How? By paying attention to the child’s schedule, body language, feeding times and verbal cues.
It may sound crazy, but it’s how about half the kids in the world are raised. About 50% of the world’s babies will never wear a diaper and are fully potty trained by a year of age.
Step by step
Here’s how elimination communication works:
Baby grunts, indicating a need to defecate, or squirms, showing he’s about to urinate.
Reading these signals, take the baby and hold him over the toilet or place him on a potty-training toilet.
As he’s using the toilet, make a special sound (perhaps a “shhh”), so the baby realizes the connection between the sound and the experience.
You can still put your baby in diapers, but when you know he needs to go (if he’s just woken up or just been fed, for instance), you should take the diaper off and place him on or hold him over the toilet.
Source: Early-Childhood-Education-Degrees.com
9:56 AM Christine D
I am sharing this for a reader who sent this to my e-mail addy, Christine@FrugalMommyChristine.com . I found it very interesting.   It looks great, Jaimie!

1Potty Training

The Straight Poop: Adventures in Toilet Training

This isn’t your mom’s potty training — or even yours, for that matter. Children are going diaper-free at older and older ages. Is this change a result of better knowledge about child development or simply because we have better diapers today? And how can you make your baby’s toilet-training process go — ahem — smoothly?

Toilet Training Has Changed

Age by which most children are toilet-trained
1957: 18 months
Today: 36 months
Why have things changed? 
Disposable diapers: 90% of American babies wear disposable diapers
Long-term use of disposables could help foster a sense of complacency, both on the part of parents and kids:
  • Disposable diapers are less time-consuming for parents to deal with.
  • Wet disposables are more comfortable for babies than wet cloth diapers.
Change in conventional wisdom: Most parenting experts now advise waiting until the child shows interest in toilet training to start the process.
Potential pitfalls to this process:
  • Children can become too accustomed to wearing diapers.
  • The longer a parent (usually the mother) is a servant for the child, the more difficult it can be to make the child see the parent as an authority figure.

Elimination Communication

A growing number of parents in the U.S. are subscribing to a theory of toilet training that could mean forgoing diapers altogether. Also called natural infant hygiene, potty whispering and infant potty training, supporters contend you can start training a baby to use a potty almost from birth.
How? By paying attention to the child’s schedule, body language, feeding times and verbal cues.
It may sound crazy, but it’s how about half the kids in the world are raised. About 50% of the world’s babies will never wear a diaper and are fully potty trained by a year of age.
Step by step
Here’s how elimination communication works:
Baby grunts, indicating a need to defecate, or squirms, showing he’s about to urinate.
Reading these signals, take the baby and hold him over the toilet or place him on a potty-training toilet.
As he’s using the toilet, make a special sound (perhaps a “shhh”), so the baby realizes the connection between the sound and the experience.
You can still put your baby in diapers, but when you know he needs to go (if he’s just woken up or just been fed, for instance), you should take the diaper off and place him on or hold him over the toilet.
Source: Early-Childhood-Education-Degrees.com

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

 21 Day Fix™ Review


This post is sponsored by Beachbody.

I have been carrying some extra weight since the birth of my first child nearly 4 years ago.  I had just started losing some of that weight when I found out I was pregnant with my son. The extra weight has made me feel self conscious about myself for quite some time.  That's why I was very excited to get the opportunity to review the 21 Day Fix program by Beachbody.  

The 21 Day Fix is both a diet and exercise program.  Unlike many diets where you end up feeling starved though, on this program I couldn't even eat all the food some days.  Each color of container represents a different type of food- protein, vegetables, carbs, fats, etc. You create a personalized plan for yourself using your calorie needs (they help you calculate this with a very simple formula).  Each range of target daily calories allows you a certain number of each container to spread throughout your day.  With my Calorie Target of 1200 to 1400 calories I was able to fill the green (veggie) container 3 times, the purple (fruit) 2 times, the red (protein) 4 times, the yellow (carbs) 2 times, the blue (healthy fats) 1 time, the orange (seeds like sunflower and dressings) 1 time, and 2 teaspoons of nut butters (such as peanut butter) and healthy oils every day.

This diet was very 'doable'.  There are tons of options for each food group, and you can use as much spices and herbs as you would like.  In addition to the food goals, you also have a daily goal for water intake.  This was pretty easy to follow too, because they give you plenty of options for dressing up your water by adding natural flavors.  The program also allows for some amount of tea or coffee each day! Being able to have my tea in the morning (my coffee maker is broken) was something I REALLY liked about this program.

Now, for the exercises. . . There is one 30 minute exercise every day. These rotate on a pre-made plan.  My fitness level before beginning this program was embarrassingly low.  The first day of this program was VERY hard, but I managed to get through it by following the modified exercises.

In each video, they break it down into 60 seconds of an exercise with a short rest in between.  The trainer in the video encourages you to push through, and reminds you to not look behind at the exercises you have done or the exercises that are coming up- only worry about the 60 seconds you are working on right then.   

At the end of the first day's exercise, I felt exhausted and was sore the next morning.  The next day was worse. The third day was no worse than the second day, but I still didn't feel great.  By the fourth day though, the exercises started getting easier, and I even managed to do some of the exercises without doing the modifier.  By the fifth day, I was adding a 30 minute walk with the kids to cool down.


Here are my before and after measurements.  I am only 12 days into the program, so I still have 9 days left, and I expect to lose even more!

                                     BEFORE                                       AFTER

CHEST                          39"                                                   37 1/2"

R ARM                         13 1/2 "                                             12 1/2"

L ARM                         13 1/2"                                              12 1/2"

WAIST                         38 1/2"                                              36 3/4"

HIPS                             43"                                                   41 3/4"

R THIGH                      25 1/2"                                              24"

L THIGH                      25 1/2"                                              24"

TOTAL INCHES           199 1/2"                                            189"   10 total inches lost!!!!

WEIGHT                      176lbs                                                170lbs     6 lbs lost!

I will update later with my full results after the 21 days are over.  I am really excited to see how much I will end up losing.  I am already having to wear a belt with my jeans!  If you would like to try the 21 Day Fix for yourself, you can visit their website ,  21 Day Fix or you can head to savings.com to enter their giveaway!

Enter Giveaway






6:05 AM Christine D
 21 Day Fix™ Review


This post is sponsored by Beachbody.

I have been carrying some extra weight since the birth of my first child nearly 4 years ago.  I had just started losing some of that weight when I found out I was pregnant with my son. The extra weight has made me feel self conscious about myself for quite some time.  That's why I was very excited to get the opportunity to review the 21 Day Fix program by Beachbody.  

The 21 Day Fix is both a diet and exercise program.  Unlike many diets where you end up feeling starved though, on this program I couldn't even eat all the food some days.  Each color of container represents a different type of food- protein, vegetables, carbs, fats, etc. You create a personalized plan for yourself using your calorie needs (they help you calculate this with a very simple formula).  Each range of target daily calories allows you a certain number of each container to spread throughout your day.  With my Calorie Target of 1200 to 1400 calories I was able to fill the green (veggie) container 3 times, the purple (fruit) 2 times, the red (protein) 4 times, the yellow (carbs) 2 times, the blue (healthy fats) 1 time, the orange (seeds like sunflower and dressings) 1 time, and 2 teaspoons of nut butters (such as peanut butter) and healthy oils every day.

This diet was very 'doable'.  There are tons of options for each food group, and you can use as much spices and herbs as you would like.  In addition to the food goals, you also have a daily goal for water intake.  This was pretty easy to follow too, because they give you plenty of options for dressing up your water by adding natural flavors.  The program also allows for some amount of tea or coffee each day! Being able to have my tea in the morning (my coffee maker is broken) was something I REALLY liked about this program.

Now, for the exercises. . . There is one 30 minute exercise every day. These rotate on a pre-made plan.  My fitness level before beginning this program was embarrassingly low.  The first day of this program was VERY hard, but I managed to get through it by following the modified exercises.

In each video, they break it down into 60 seconds of an exercise with a short rest in between.  The trainer in the video encourages you to push through, and reminds you to not look behind at the exercises you have done or the exercises that are coming up- only worry about the 60 seconds you are working on right then.   

At the end of the first day's exercise, I felt exhausted and was sore the next morning.  The next day was worse. The third day was no worse than the second day, but I still didn't feel great.  By the fourth day though, the exercises started getting easier, and I even managed to do some of the exercises without doing the modifier.  By the fifth day, I was adding a 30 minute walk with the kids to cool down.


Here are my before and after measurements.  I am only 12 days into the program, so I still have 9 days left, and I expect to lose even more!

                                     BEFORE                                       AFTER

CHEST                          39"                                                   37 1/2"

R ARM                         13 1/2 "                                             12 1/2"

L ARM                         13 1/2"                                              12 1/2"

WAIST                         38 1/2"                                              36 3/4"

HIPS                             43"                                                   41 3/4"

R THIGH                      25 1/2"                                              24"

L THIGH                      25 1/2"                                              24"

TOTAL INCHES           199 1/2"                                            189"   10 total inches lost!!!!

WEIGHT                      176lbs                                                170lbs     6 lbs lost!

I will update later with my full results after the 21 days are over.  I am really excited to see how much I will end up losing.  I am already having to wear a belt with my jeans!  If you would like to try the 21 Day Fix for yourself, you can visit their website ,  21 Day Fix or you can head to savings.com to enter their giveaway!

Enter Giveaway






Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and Chalk Preschool . All opinions are my own.

Chalk Preschool



The FREE Online Preschool!


My little Laura will be four this year, and it's time to think about preschool.  I have been battling with whether I would be able to teach her at home or if I would need to take her to a pricey preschool to receive this vital early learning.  That's why I got really excited when the opportunity to bring you a  review of Chalk Preschool came up.  

When I first signed up for my account (all free, and it isn't even a trial period!), the first thing I noticed was that in addition to the student section, there is also a section for parents.  Here you can learn about the program and what you can do to help your child along, as well as get advise on using the program, and preschoolers in general.  I also found the  Chalk Preschool Blog very useful.

When Laura saw that her new lessons were taught by real teacher in the video she got very excited!  "Is that my new teacher?" she asked.  I hadn't really thought of this when I was looking through the site on my own, but having an actual teacher on the screen holds her attention much more than any educational programming, because it gives the appearance that someone is actually talking to and teacher HER.  




This is the screen that the students see, with the video (which can be played full screen) for the current lesson playing, and the other lessons within that subject below.  You can skip around, or you can use the very handy "PLAY ALL" button, and the videos will play back to back in order.  This made the site very easy for Laura to navigate on her own.


Each day there are 4 sets of lessons- weather, literacy, math and science, and art.  Laura's favorites were the math-science and the art.  She felt so proud of herself for being able to call out answers, and LOVED the art projects.  I personally liked that included in the weather lessons are also lessons about "today"- what day, month, and season it is.  They also cover what day yesterday was, and what day tomorrow is.  I think after a couple weeks of these lessons, she will naturally learn the days of the week, and what they actually are, instead of just their names.




Each day there are printables that accompany the lessons for the day.  Laura called this her "homework" since she did them at the end of the videos for that day.   They also give suggestions on additional activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the preschool lesson plan.

The art projects are very fun and help to add a new layer to the preschool curriculum.  They all use items from their suggested supplies list.  The list is very comparable to what you would expect to see at a brick and mortar preschool- glue, safety scissors, construction paper, etc.



The first art project was a simple one that will be used in future lessons for counting, sorting, etc. We painted the ends of 25 craft sticks with 5 different colors (5 of each color) by dipping them into small cups of paint.  Laura was so excited to be playing with the paint, that she did not sit still long enough for me to get a good picture.  

So, what is my overall opinion of Chalk Preschool?  I LOVE it!  We can have the homeschool atmosphere and flexibility, with the benefit of having a teacher separate from Mom or Dad who actually explains things to your child.  Laura has been doing this program for 4 days now, and has already learned so much.  I think within several months she will be reading and writing.  She has learned to print 4 letters in both upper case and lower case, and knows all about vowels.  SO much more than I expected when I heard it was free.

Please show some love and "like" Chalk Preschool on Facebook.

For happenings and news, please visit the Chalk Preschool News Room


4:24 PM Christine D
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and Chalk Preschool . All opinions are my own.

Chalk Preschool



The FREE Online Preschool!


My little Laura will be four this year, and it's time to think about preschool.  I have been battling with whether I would be able to teach her at home or if I would need to take her to a pricey preschool to receive this vital early learning.  That's why I got really excited when the opportunity to bring you a  review of Chalk Preschool came up.  

When I first signed up for my account (all free, and it isn't even a trial period!), the first thing I noticed was that in addition to the student section, there is also a section for parents.  Here you can learn about the program and what you can do to help your child along, as well as get advise on using the program, and preschoolers in general.  I also found the  Chalk Preschool Blog very useful.

When Laura saw that her new lessons were taught by real teacher in the video she got very excited!  "Is that my new teacher?" she asked.  I hadn't really thought of this when I was looking through the site on my own, but having an actual teacher on the screen holds her attention much more than any educational programming, because it gives the appearance that someone is actually talking to and teacher HER.  




This is the screen that the students see, with the video (which can be played full screen) for the current lesson playing, and the other lessons within that subject below.  You can skip around, or you can use the very handy "PLAY ALL" button, and the videos will play back to back in order.  This made the site very easy for Laura to navigate on her own.


Each day there are 4 sets of lessons- weather, literacy, math and science, and art.  Laura's favorites were the math-science and the art.  She felt so proud of herself for being able to call out answers, and LOVED the art projects.  I personally liked that included in the weather lessons are also lessons about "today"- what day, month, and season it is.  They also cover what day yesterday was, and what day tomorrow is.  I think after a couple weeks of these lessons, she will naturally learn the days of the week, and what they actually are, instead of just their names.




Each day there are printables that accompany the lessons for the day.  Laura called this her "homework" since she did them at the end of the videos for that day.   They also give suggestions on additional activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the preschool lesson plan.

The art projects are very fun and help to add a new layer to the preschool curriculum.  They all use items from their suggested supplies list.  The list is very comparable to what you would expect to see at a brick and mortar preschool- glue, safety scissors, construction paper, etc.



The first art project was a simple one that will be used in future lessons for counting, sorting, etc. We painted the ends of 25 craft sticks with 5 different colors (5 of each color) by dipping them into small cups of paint.  Laura was so excited to be playing with the paint, that she did not sit still long enough for me to get a good picture.  

So, what is my overall opinion of Chalk Preschool?  I LOVE it!  We can have the homeschool atmosphere and flexibility, with the benefit of having a teacher separate from Mom or Dad who actually explains things to your child.  Laura has been doing this program for 4 days now, and has already learned so much.  I think within several months she will be reading and writing.  She has learned to print 4 letters in both upper case and lower case, and knows all about vowels.  SO much more than I expected when I heard it was free.

Please show some love and "like" Chalk Preschool on Facebook.

For happenings and news, please visit the Chalk Preschool News Room


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Carrie Elle Meal Planner Review and Giveaway




Disclaimer:  I received one of these planners to facilitate this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

After a search to find a meal planner with all the features she wanted turned up empty, Carrie Elle  decided to just make her own.  A few months later, she started her own Etsy shop to sell her new creations.  I was given one of these Meal Planners to use and review.

I have been using my Carrie Elle meal planner for a month now, and would probably be lost without it now.  You can see some of the benefits of meal planning on my recent blog post, 5 Ways Meal Planning Saves You Money.  What is so nice about her planner, is that the shopping list is built in to the weekly planning pages!  You can plan out your meals and your shopping list right on the same page, and then tear off the perforated shopping list before you make your store run.  

The planner also includes monthly calendars, if you want to plan your meals a month at a time, and some blank pages at the end for your favorite recipes, notes, or whatever you need.  The planner is very nicely made, with good thick pages, and a nice splash proof cover, and a nice spiral binding.  The pages are not marked with specific dates, so, if you fall off of your planning for a few weeks. . . no worries!  Just pick back up on the next page.

Carrie has been kind enough to agree to give one of you, my readers, the chance to win your own Carrie Elle Meal planner!  Simply Enter using the Rafflecopter below! Good Luck!!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

This blog is not responsible for the shipment of prizes.

If you would like to see your product or service featured on Frugal Mommy Christine, please e-mail Support@FrugalMommyChristine.com
12:07 PM Christine D

Carrie Elle Meal Planner Review and Giveaway




Disclaimer:  I received one of these planners to facilitate this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

After a search to find a meal planner with all the features she wanted turned up empty, Carrie Elle  decided to just make her own.  A few months later, she started her own Etsy shop to sell her new creations.  I was given one of these Meal Planners to use and review.

I have been using my Carrie Elle meal planner for a month now, and would probably be lost without it now.  You can see some of the benefits of meal planning on my recent blog post, 5 Ways Meal Planning Saves You Money.  What is so nice about her planner, is that the shopping list is built in to the weekly planning pages!  You can plan out your meals and your shopping list right on the same page, and then tear off the perforated shopping list before you make your store run.  

The planner also includes monthly calendars, if you want to plan your meals a month at a time, and some blank pages at the end for your favorite recipes, notes, or whatever you need.  The planner is very nicely made, with good thick pages, and a nice splash proof cover, and a nice spiral binding.  The pages are not marked with specific dates, so, if you fall off of your planning for a few weeks. . . no worries!  Just pick back up on the next page.

Carrie has been kind enough to agree to give one of you, my readers, the chance to win your own Carrie Elle Meal planner!  Simply Enter using the Rafflecopter below! Good Luck!!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

This blog is not responsible for the shipment of prizes.

If you would like to see your product or service featured on Frugal Mommy Christine, please e-mail Support@FrugalMommyChristine.com

Thursday, May 1, 2014



Welcome to our Hallmark Inspirational Women Mother's Day Giveaway~


Frugal Mommy Christine is please to promote this giveaway hosted by Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More and sponsored by Hallmark.

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Who inspires you?  For me, it is my mother.  She went through so much when we were growing up, yet always managed to stay calm and collected.  Looking back I think she should get an award for it!  I am a mother myself now, and think back to those stressful times when she held us all together whenever things get crazy around here!

You can read Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More's review by clicking HERE. I cannot wait to hear about all the wonderful stories about who inspired you with their wisdom, their courage or even just an open ear.

On to the giveaway~

This giveaway will be live from 5/1 and will end on 5/8, starting and ending at 7 p.m.

This is open to US only. No P.O. boxes.

All entries will be verified

Winner will be chosen via Random.org

Winner will have 24hours to respond.

Winner must be 18 of age or older

3 readers will win a Hallmark prize pack.

Enter below using the easy Giveaway Tools widget and Good Luck to you.

Disclosure: We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery nor did I receive compensation. Only 1 prize per household. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.
Why not join our Facebook Group to find out about the latest Blogger Opps or contact me pankuch1605@hotmail.com and see how I can promote your product for you. For any questions or problems about this Giveaway, contact Tammie at pankuch1605@hotmail.com
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6:11 PM Christine D


Welcome to our Hallmark Inspirational Women Mother's Day Giveaway~


Frugal Mommy Christine is please to promote this giveaway hosted by Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More and sponsored by Hallmark.

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Who inspires you?  For me, it is my mother.  She went through so much when we were growing up, yet always managed to stay calm and collected.  Looking back I think she should get an award for it!  I am a mother myself now, and think back to those stressful times when she held us all together whenever things get crazy around here!

You can read Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More's review by clicking HERE. I cannot wait to hear about all the wonderful stories about who inspired you with their wisdom, their courage or even just an open ear.

On to the giveaway~

This giveaway will be live from 5/1 and will end on 5/8, starting and ending at 7 p.m.

This is open to US only. No P.O. boxes.

All entries will be verified

Winner will be chosen via Random.org

Winner will have 24hours to respond.

Winner must be 18 of age or older

3 readers will win a Hallmark prize pack.

Enter below using the easy Giveaway Tools widget and Good Luck to you.

Disclosure: We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery nor did I receive compensation. Only 1 prize per household. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.
Why not join our Facebook Group to find out about the latest Blogger Opps or contact me pankuch1605@hotmail.com and see how I can promote your product for you. For any questions or problems about this Giveaway, contact Tammie at pankuch1605@hotmail.com
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Welcome to the Borrowed Planet Cloth Diaper Giveaway sponsored by Borrowed Planet Cloth Diapers and Accessories and hosted by Not Quite Crunchy Mommy!

Borrowed Planet's diaper aren't just cute, they have great features like a charcoal/bamboo inner and double gussets. You can read all about them at Not Quite Crunchy Mommy's full review. They also offer a wide selection of teething necklaces for your baby to chew on.

One lucky reader of Not Quite Crunchy Mommy and Frugal Mommy Christine will win one (1) cloth diaper courtesy of Borrowed Planet. To enter for your chance to win the Borrowed Planet cloth diaper Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good Luck every one!



 
The Borrowed Planet cloth diaper Giveaway is open to US and Canada resident 18+. The giveaway will end as 12:00am on May 14, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. Not Quite Crunchy Mommy and Frugal Mommy Christine are not responsible for prize fulfillment.
7:44 AM Christine D

Welcome to the Borrowed Planet Cloth Diaper Giveaway sponsored by Borrowed Planet Cloth Diapers and Accessories and hosted by Not Quite Crunchy Mommy!

Borrowed Planet's diaper aren't just cute, they have great features like a charcoal/bamboo inner and double gussets. You can read all about them at Not Quite Crunchy Mommy's full review. They also offer a wide selection of teething necklaces for your baby to chew on.

One lucky reader of Not Quite Crunchy Mommy and Frugal Mommy Christine will win one (1) cloth diaper courtesy of Borrowed Planet. To enter for your chance to win the Borrowed Planet cloth diaper Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good Luck every one!



 
The Borrowed Planet cloth diaper Giveaway is open to US and Canada resident 18+. The giveaway will end as 12:00am on May 14, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. Not Quite Crunchy Mommy and Frugal Mommy Christine are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Saturday, April 26, 2014



I used to think that meal planning is only for the "overly organized".  Since our food budget has tightened considerably, however, I have realized that meal planning, apart from saving you from the pre-dinner scramble to put together a meal on the fly, can help you save a considerable amount of money




1.  Planning Around Sales

     
     When you plan your meals for the week, use your sales papers from your favorite store(s).  If chicken is on sale, look around the ad to see what you could prepare to go with it to make a full meal.  If there is a better than average sale on something, buy enough to make a double batch of the meal, and freeze the extra portion to use as a filler in another week's plan.

2.  Avoid Over Spending in the Grocery Store 


     By planning ahead, you know exactly what groceries you need and how much you need to buy.  If you stick to the grocery list you make from your meal plan, you will not over buy. Also, since you have a plan for everything you buy, you won't end up with food that has ruined before you can use it, which will reduce your food waste considerably.  

3.  Use What you Have


     Everyone has weeks that are a little tighter than others.  For those weeks, make your meal plans from what you have on hand.  Go through the freezer, pantry, and refrigerator.  If you have any of the extra batches of pre-made dinners we talked about when planning around sales, then you can experience not only a lighter food bill that week but also an easier week in the kitchen as those frozen meals turn into delightful homemade convenience meals.  

4.  Plan a Weekly Leftover Night


     Plan on at least one leftover night per week.  I usually plan mine for after a pasta night.  That way, I can reheat the sauce, make fresh noodles, and have a leftover night that doesn't taste like a leftover night.  Busy nights make great leftover days.

5.  Eat Out Less Often


     If you have a plan for dinner each night you will be much less likely to make impromptu restaurant trips.  Before I started meal planning, it was very tempting to just load the kids into the car and go out to eat on those nights when I was having trouble deciding what to fix.  We have gone from eating out once a week to only once a month, saving around $75 per month.



     There are many methods you can use to keep up with your meal plans.  I started out using the notebook method, where you simply write out your plan for the week on a piece of notebook paper.  For me, this wasn't nearly ''official'' enough, and I found myself breaking plan more often than not.  There are many great printables around for free (check Pinterest) and they seemed to work  much better for me.  Recently though, I found a meal planner from CarrieElle.com that has everything I look or in a planner.  









Here is a picture of my new meal planner.  It has weekly planner pages with built in shopping list that can be torn off and a monthly planner.





7:14 AM Christine D


I used to think that meal planning is only for the "overly organized".  Since our food budget has tightened considerably, however, I have realized that meal planning, apart from saving you from the pre-dinner scramble to put together a meal on the fly, can help you save a considerable amount of money




1.  Planning Around Sales

     
     When you plan your meals for the week, use your sales papers from your favorite store(s).  If chicken is on sale, look around the ad to see what you could prepare to go with it to make a full meal.  If there is a better than average sale on something, buy enough to make a double batch of the meal, and freeze the extra portion to use as a filler in another week's plan.

2.  Avoid Over Spending in the Grocery Store 


     By planning ahead, you know exactly what groceries you need and how much you need to buy.  If you stick to the grocery list you make from your meal plan, you will not over buy. Also, since you have a plan for everything you buy, you won't end up with food that has ruined before you can use it, which will reduce your food waste considerably.  

3.  Use What you Have


     Everyone has weeks that are a little tighter than others.  For those weeks, make your meal plans from what you have on hand.  Go through the freezer, pantry, and refrigerator.  If you have any of the extra batches of pre-made dinners we talked about when planning around sales, then you can experience not only a lighter food bill that week but also an easier week in the kitchen as those frozen meals turn into delightful homemade convenience meals.  

4.  Plan a Weekly Leftover Night


     Plan on at least one leftover night per week.  I usually plan mine for after a pasta night.  That way, I can reheat the sauce, make fresh noodles, and have a leftover night that doesn't taste like a leftover night.  Busy nights make great leftover days.

5.  Eat Out Less Often


     If you have a plan for dinner each night you will be much less likely to make impromptu restaurant trips.  Before I started meal planning, it was very tempting to just load the kids into the car and go out to eat on those nights when I was having trouble deciding what to fix.  We have gone from eating out once a week to only once a month, saving around $75 per month.



     There are many methods you can use to keep up with your meal plans.  I started out using the notebook method, where you simply write out your plan for the week on a piece of notebook paper.  For me, this wasn't nearly ''official'' enough, and I found myself breaking plan more often than not.  There are many great printables around for free (check Pinterest) and they seemed to work  much better for me.  Recently though, I found a meal planner from CarrieElle.com that has everything I look or in a planner.  









Here is a picture of my new meal planner.  It has weekly planner pages with built in shopping list that can be torn off and a monthly planner.





Friday, April 25, 2014

**This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and Pill Terminator. All opinions are my own**


Pill Terminator Review and $250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


When you have young kids who are constantly investigating things by tasting them, you get more than a little paranoid (and justly so!) about disposing of medications.  The result is a medicine cabinet full of medicines that you are just too nervous to just throw away for fear that they would somehow get them and swallow them (if you are like me, anyway).

In addition to putting the safety of your kids at risk,  improper disposal can have environmental hazards.  If you flush them or put them through the garbage disposal, the medications will end up in our water supply.  If you just throw them in the trash, they can get into the ground water around the dump your garbage is taken to.

Pill terminator could not be any easier to use.  Seriously, I thought it would be more complicated.  You simply Fill with medication, fill with warm water, shake, then throw away.  By the time you get done shaking you can even tell that the pills have dissolved!  


















Now For the Giveaway!  Good Luck Everyone!


a Rafflecopter giveaway
8:56 AM Christine D
**This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and Pill Terminator. All opinions are my own**


Pill Terminator Review and $250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


When you have young kids who are constantly investigating things by tasting them, you get more than a little paranoid (and justly so!) about disposing of medications.  The result is a medicine cabinet full of medicines that you are just too nervous to just throw away for fear that they would somehow get them and swallow them (if you are like me, anyway).

In addition to putting the safety of your kids at risk,  improper disposal can have environmental hazards.  If you flush them or put them through the garbage disposal, the medications will end up in our water supply.  If you just throw them in the trash, they can get into the ground water around the dump your garbage is taken to.

Pill terminator could not be any easier to use.  Seriously, I thought it would be more complicated.  You simply Fill with medication, fill with warm water, shake, then throw away.  By the time you get done shaking you can even tell that the pills have dissolved!  


















Now For the Giveaway!  Good Luck Everyone!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, April 24, 2014

How to Add & Sell a Pattern on Craftsy

(This post contains affiliate links which means I will be compensated if you purchase after clicking these links.)


In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee! 


How do you add a pattern to Craftsy and start your pattern store? It’s easy! 


1. Make sure you have a Paypal account. All pattern transactions happen through Paypal, and Craftsy requires that you have a Student, Premier, or Business account in order to sell patterns.

2. Put your pattern in .pdf format. You can’t upload any patterns to the online pattern store unless they’re a .pdf file format, so if they’re currently saved as a Word doc, .jpg, or other file format, you must convert it to a .pdf before you upload it to Craftsy.

3. Include a photo. All patterns must have at least one photo to accompany them, but you can add up to five photos. Colorful, interesting photos tend to work the best for catching our members’ eyes!

4. Fill out the pattern description. We will ask you some basic questions around your pattern making it easier for Craftsy folk to find your pattern and know what your pattern is for. Make sure you have info about your pattern handy for this step.



For more information on how to sell a pattern through Craftsy, or to get started, visit Craftsy today!

Shop Indie Patterns
11:17 AM Christine D

How to Add & Sell a Pattern on Craftsy

(This post contains affiliate links which means I will be compensated if you purchase after clicking these links.)


In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee! 


How do you add a pattern to Craftsy and start your pattern store? It’s easy! 


1. Make sure you have a Paypal account. All pattern transactions happen through Paypal, and Craftsy requires that you have a Student, Premier, or Business account in order to sell patterns.

2. Put your pattern in .pdf format. You can’t upload any patterns to the online pattern store unless they’re a .pdf file format, so if they’re currently saved as a Word doc, .jpg, or other file format, you must convert it to a .pdf before you upload it to Craftsy.

3. Include a photo. All patterns must have at least one photo to accompany them, but you can add up to five photos. Colorful, interesting photos tend to work the best for catching our members’ eyes!

4. Fill out the pattern description. We will ask you some basic questions around your pattern making it easier for Craftsy folk to find your pattern and know what your pattern is for. Make sure you have info about your pattern handy for this step.



For more information on how to sell a pattern through Craftsy, or to get started, visit Craftsy today!

Shop Indie Patterns

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.



Little Passports 12 Month Subscription Giveaway + Melissa and Doug Toys

That's right! You can win a 12 month subscription to one of the best learning tools for your children, Little Passports. Enter now and you could have your own subscription by the end of the month as well as some of the hottest toys on the market from Melissa and Doug! 

This prize is valued at $250, but let's be serious...you cannot put a price on your child learning fun facts about the world we live in! Little Passports allows your child to develop knowledge on all kinds of different historical figures, eras, locations and traditions, turning them into a true citizen of the world. And YES...it is super fun! The deadline to sign up to win this prize is April 25th. If you miss out on this weeks opportunity, don't fret...There is one more week of giveaways to enter. Use the link below:




3:42 PM Christine D
**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.



Little Passports 12 Month Subscription Giveaway + Melissa and Doug Toys

That's right! You can win a 12 month subscription to one of the best learning tools for your children, Little Passports. Enter now and you could have your own subscription by the end of the month as well as some of the hottest toys on the market from Melissa and Doug! 

This prize is valued at $250, but let's be serious...you cannot put a price on your child learning fun facts about the world we live in! Little Passports allows your child to develop knowledge on all kinds of different historical figures, eras, locations and traditions, turning them into a true citizen of the world. And YES...it is super fun! The deadline to sign up to win this prize is April 25th. If you miss out on this weeks opportunity, don't fret...There is one more week of giveaways to enter. Use the link below:




Friday, April 18, 2014

Last week I was in the store and decided to pick up my favorite Easter treat- chocolate covered peanut butter eggs (you know the brand ;) ).  It is the one sweet  Easter tradition that I allowed myself to carry with me as I switched over to 'adulthood' .  After I got home, I put them in the fridge like I always do.  A few hours later when I ate one of them I was slightly taken aback.  THIS is the treat I always look forward to so much each year?  The chocolate was paper thin and the peanut butter was dry and crumbly.  I can do better I thought.  Below is the recipe I used. Even though my eggs have a little room to improve looks wise, it was really MUCH more simple than I thought it would be.  I will never buy another store bought peanut butter egg.




Ingredients

  • 16 oz jar of peanut butter
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extrace
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 TBSP and 1 tsp coconut oil or vegetable oil

Directions:



  • In the bowl of your stand mixer (or other large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer) , mix powdered sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, and softened butter with whisk attachment.


  • Add milk, one tablespoon at a time until it becomes a nice workable dough.  It will be a little bit sticky, but will scoop nicely.

  • Scoop 2 tablespoon sized rounds onto a large baking sheet or cutting voard lined with parchment paper.  If you find yourself out of parchment paper- like I did- you can use plastic wrap, but you will have to allow the chocolates to set up in the fridge or freezer.

  • Flatten and form into an egg shape with your fingers.  
  • When you are ready to dip the eggs in the chocolate, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil into a microwave safe glass container and heat at 30 second intervals, stirring well between each heating until melted smooth.
  • Dip the eggs into the chocolate.  I put mine on top of a spoon and dipped it down into the chocolate, lifting it up and allowing the extra to drip off afterwards.
  • Once you have all of the eggs dipped and placed on the wax paper (NOT TOUCHING), put the eggs into the fridge or freezer to set up.
10:51 AM Christine D
Last week I was in the store and decided to pick up my favorite Easter treat- chocolate covered peanut butter eggs (you know the brand ;) ).  It is the one sweet  Easter tradition that I allowed myself to carry with me as I switched over to 'adulthood' .  After I got home, I put them in the fridge like I always do.  A few hours later when I ate one of them I was slightly taken aback.  THIS is the treat I always look forward to so much each year?  The chocolate was paper thin and the peanut butter was dry and crumbly.  I can do better I thought.  Below is the recipe I used. Even though my eggs have a little room to improve looks wise, it was really MUCH more simple than I thought it would be.  I will never buy another store bought peanut butter egg.




Ingredients

  • 16 oz jar of peanut butter
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extrace
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 TBSP and 1 tsp coconut oil or vegetable oil

Directions:



  • In the bowl of your stand mixer (or other large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer) , mix powdered sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, and softened butter with whisk attachment.


  • Add milk, one tablespoon at a time until it becomes a nice workable dough.  It will be a little bit sticky, but will scoop nicely.

  • Scoop 2 tablespoon sized rounds onto a large baking sheet or cutting voard lined with parchment paper.  If you find yourself out of parchment paper- like I did- you can use plastic wrap, but you will have to allow the chocolates to set up in the fridge or freezer.

  • Flatten and form into an egg shape with your fingers.  
  • When you are ready to dip the eggs in the chocolate, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil into a microwave safe glass container and heat at 30 second intervals, stirring well between each heating until melted smooth.
  • Dip the eggs into the chocolate.  I put mine on top of a spoon and dipped it down into the chocolate, lifting it up and allowing the extra to drip off afterwards.
  • Once you have all of the eggs dipped and placed on the wax paper (NOT TOUCHING), put the eggs into the fridge or freezer to set up.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

     Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet?  Ever wondered how to make those beautiful and crazy detailed sugar flowers on the professional cakes?  What about taking a photography class?  Well now you can take the class you've always wanted to from the comfort of your own home with Craftsy.  Each course is broken up into several individual classes to help you gain better mastery of more topics within your chosen subject.


    Most classes are $39.99, which is a great price for such an in-depth class, but there are also much cheaper choices, with several options from $15-$20 and even some  FREE Classes! There are a whopping 27 free courses to chose from, including subjects that range from Perfect Pizza at Home to Professional Family Portraits and Hand Painted Cakes.  I just finished  "Master Knife Skills" and I must say that so far I am very impressed with Craftsy.


     Sign up for a free account and browse through their Great variety today.  If nothing else, the free classes offer a perfect introduction to the process. . . and helps you brush up on or develop your skills!


COMMENT: Pop on over to the site and tell me which class you would most like to take!


     From now until April 22, you can also get up to 75 % off supplies with their big Easter Sale.


Happy Crafting!

Disclaimer:  All posts on Frugal Mommy Christine may contain affiliate links, or be compensated in some way.  For bloggers, get information about shareasale.com and the Craftsy Affiliate Program.
7:04 PM Christine D
     Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet?  Ever wondered how to make those beautiful and crazy detailed sugar flowers on the professional cakes?  What about taking a photography class?  Well now you can take the class you've always wanted to from the comfort of your own home with Craftsy.  Each course is broken up into several individual classes to help you gain better mastery of more topics within your chosen subject.


    Most classes are $39.99, which is a great price for such an in-depth class, but there are also much cheaper choices, with several options from $15-$20 and even some  FREE Classes! There are a whopping 27 free courses to chose from, including subjects that range from Perfect Pizza at Home to Professional Family Portraits and Hand Painted Cakes.  I just finished  "Master Knife Skills" and I must say that so far I am very impressed with Craftsy.


     Sign up for a free account and browse through their Great variety today.  If nothing else, the free classes offer a perfect introduction to the process. . . and helps you brush up on or develop your skills!


COMMENT: Pop on over to the site and tell me which class you would most like to take!


     From now until April 22, you can also get up to 75 % off supplies with their big Easter Sale.


Happy Crafting!

Disclaimer:  All posts on Frugal Mommy Christine may contain affiliate links, or be compensated in some way.  For bloggers, get information about shareasale.com and the Craftsy Affiliate Program.

Monday, April 14, 2014



Yesterday, my daughter was begging for a craft.  I asked her what she wanted to make, and immediately said that she wanted to make a jellyfish.  After a quick inventory of my supply closet, and my recycling bin, we decided to make it out of a coke bottle.  This craft is pretty simple, and only needs a handful of supplies that you probably already have.    The hardest part of this craft for my 3 1/2 year old was waiting for the glue to try between steps.  I recommend having snack time or some other distraction ready while you wait.



You will need:
2 Liter Plastic Bottle-washed with label removed
Scissors 
Bottle of Glue
Glitter
1 Foot Long Pieces of Ribbon (I used around a dozen or so)
Hole Punch
Googly Eyes (if you don't have googly eyes, construction paper eyes would be cute)
Newspaper Page

Step 1- cut the bottle bottom off using scissors. This will be the 'body' of your jellyfish.  There is no correct height for this, but I did mine pretty long.  As long as you have enough room to put your eyes on, and to tie the ribbons on it will be adorable. Use a hole punch to punch holes around the bottom (as few or as many as you like.  I did 8 or so.


Step 2- Lay the newspaper page down on your work surface. Sit the bottle bottom on the paper, open end down.   Using the bottle of glue, let your child make a design of glue on the bottle.  My daughter did some pretty loopy type lines, but there is no wrong way here.  

Step 3- Immediately help your child sprinkle glitter over the bottle, making sure to get all of the glue lines.  Shake off excess, and try not to smudge the glue lines.  Allow to dry.  This was when we ate our snack and went outside to play.



Step 4- Once dry, help your child tie 2 or 3 ribbon pieces to each hole.  Lay the jellyfish on it's side and glue the googly eyes on.  If you leave it standing up, the eyes will slide down.  Except for drying, the jellyfish is done.  We had nap time right after this part, so she wouldn't be tempted to play with it before it was dried.


I would probably recommend this craft for ages 3 and up.  It would also be perfect for preschool or kindergarten classes!  Just have everyone bring their own coke bottle!

I have some ideas for a few more Coke bottle crafts, so be on the lookout for more of them to be put on the blog this week.  If you don't want to miss them, you can subscribe to Frugal Mommy Christine using the Widget on the right side bar of this page.  


Who would you do this craft with, and what, if any, changes might you make to yours?
7:55 AM Christine D


Yesterday, my daughter was begging for a craft.  I asked her what she wanted to make, and immediately said that she wanted to make a jellyfish.  After a quick inventory of my supply closet, and my recycling bin, we decided to make it out of a coke bottle.  This craft is pretty simple, and only needs a handful of supplies that you probably already have.    The hardest part of this craft for my 3 1/2 year old was waiting for the glue to try between steps.  I recommend having snack time or some other distraction ready while you wait.



You will need:
2 Liter Plastic Bottle-washed with label removed
Scissors 
Bottle of Glue
Glitter
1 Foot Long Pieces of Ribbon (I used around a dozen or so)
Hole Punch
Googly Eyes (if you don't have googly eyes, construction paper eyes would be cute)
Newspaper Page

Step 1- cut the bottle bottom off using scissors. This will be the 'body' of your jellyfish.  There is no correct height for this, but I did mine pretty long.  As long as you have enough room to put your eyes on, and to tie the ribbons on it will be adorable. Use a hole punch to punch holes around the bottom (as few or as many as you like.  I did 8 or so.


Step 2- Lay the newspaper page down on your work surface. Sit the bottle bottom on the paper, open end down.   Using the bottle of glue, let your child make a design of glue on the bottle.  My daughter did some pretty loopy type lines, but there is no wrong way here.  

Step 3- Immediately help your child sprinkle glitter over the bottle, making sure to get all of the glue lines.  Shake off excess, and try not to smudge the glue lines.  Allow to dry.  This was when we ate our snack and went outside to play.



Step 4- Once dry, help your child tie 2 or 3 ribbon pieces to each hole.  Lay the jellyfish on it's side and glue the googly eyes on.  If you leave it standing up, the eyes will slide down.  Except for drying, the jellyfish is done.  We had nap time right after this part, so she wouldn't be tempted to play with it before it was dried.


I would probably recommend this craft for ages 3 and up.  It would also be perfect for preschool or kindergarten classes!  Just have everyone bring their own coke bottle!

I have some ideas for a few more Coke bottle crafts, so be on the lookout for more of them to be put on the blog this week.  If you don't want to miss them, you can subscribe to Frugal Mommy Christine using the Widget on the right side bar of this page.  


Who would you do this craft with, and what, if any, changes might you make to yours?

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Welcome to our California Delicious Giveaway~

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Frugal Mommy Christine is please to promote this giveaway hosted by Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More and sponsored by California Delicious.

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Frugal Mommy Christine is pleased to help bring you this giveaway! California Delicious has some amazing gift baskets and products to chose from.  There are many different items you will be able to get with your $50 gift card.  Good Luck!

You can read Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More's review by clicking HERE. I cannot think of everything better than then finding the perfect gift basket for that special person on your list. They can be tailored to the recipients tastes or likes. I like how unique they can be.

On to the giveaway~

This giveaway will be live from 4/11 and will end on 4/25, starting and ending at 7 p.m.

This is open to US ages 18 and up only. No P.O. boxes. All entries will be verified. Winner will be chosen via Random.org

Winner will have 24hours to respond.

1 winner will receive a $50 gift card to California Delicious.

Enter below using the easy Giveaway Tools widget and Good Luck to you.

Disclosure: We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery nor did I receive compensation. Only 1 prize per household. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.
Why not join our Facebook Group to find out about the latest Blogger Opps or contact me pankuch1605@hotmail.com and see how I can promote your product for you. For any questions or problems about this Giveaway, contact Tammie at pankuch1605@hotmail.com
8:14 AM Christine D
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Welcome to our California Delicious Giveaway~

californ.jpg


Frugal Mommy Christine is please to promote this giveaway hosted by Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More and sponsored by California Delicious.

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Frugal Mommy Christine is pleased to help bring you this giveaway! California Delicious has some amazing gift baskets and products to chose from.  There are many different items you will be able to get with your $50 gift card.  Good Luck!

You can read Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More's review by clicking HERE. I cannot think of everything better than then finding the perfect gift basket for that special person on your list. They can be tailored to the recipients tastes or likes. I like how unique they can be.

On to the giveaway~

This giveaway will be live from 4/11 and will end on 4/25, starting and ending at 7 p.m.

This is open to US ages 18 and up only. No P.O. boxes. All entries will be verified. Winner will be chosen via Random.org

Winner will have 24hours to respond.

1 winner will receive a $50 gift card to California Delicious.

Enter below using the easy Giveaway Tools widget and Good Luck to you.

Disclosure: We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery nor did I receive compensation. Only 1 prize per household. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.
Why not join our Facebook Group to find out about the latest Blogger Opps or contact me pankuch1605@hotmail.com and see how I can promote your product for you. For any questions or problems about this Giveaway, contact Tammie at pankuch1605@hotmail.com

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Frugal Mommy Christine has always been a dream of mine. Okay, maybe not that particular name, but I have always wanted to be a blogger, anyway.  I began taking it seriously around October of last year.  Since then, I have received amazing support and feedback from you, my readers, and FMC has grown faster than I ever could have imagined.  




Now that I know that there are indeed people who want to read what I have to say, and to be a part of FMC, I have decided to start making three semi-major improvements on the site.  

First, I have finally purchased a domain name, so instead of being FrugalMommyChristine.blogspot.com, the new URL will be FrugalMommyChristine.com.  Don't worry, the old URL will still work for now. 

Second, I am going to be doing some layout changes.  Mostly I will be spending time organizing the navigation bar at the top of the page- the one with home, contact, etc.  This way everything will be much easier to find for you guys.  

Third, I will be working on upgrading the looks of the blog by adding personalized logos and such.

Why am I telling you all of this?  I am telling you this because each one of these things is going to take a lot of coding, and technical know how. . . which I do not possess.  It is going to take me quite a while to Google everything I need to do, and there may be times when the site may not look it's best. I also may not have much time to do posts over the next few days as I sort through all of this.   I plan on having everything done by one week from today.

I may end up wishing I had paid someone to do this for me, but, alas, I am stubborn.  Wish me luck!

***I would love your input!  Tell me what you want to see in the future!  This is the time for any comments or suggestions you may have!  Want to see more reviews? More Kitchen Hacks? More Recipes? Giveaways?  Let me know in the comments below! If you don't have any suggestions, could you please tell me something you like or dislike about the blog?***

As a thank you for your patience and understanding, we will be having a launch party of sorts as soon as everything is finished.   There will be prizes, games, etc.

Thank You

~Christine~
11:28 PM Christine D
Frugal Mommy Christine has always been a dream of mine. Okay, maybe not that particular name, but I have always wanted to be a blogger, anyway.  I began taking it seriously around October of last year.  Since then, I have received amazing support and feedback from you, my readers, and FMC has grown faster than I ever could have imagined.  




Now that I know that there are indeed people who want to read what I have to say, and to be a part of FMC, I have decided to start making three semi-major improvements on the site.  

First, I have finally purchased a domain name, so instead of being FrugalMommyChristine.blogspot.com, the new URL will be FrugalMommyChristine.com.  Don't worry, the old URL will still work for now. 

Second, I am going to be doing some layout changes.  Mostly I will be spending time organizing the navigation bar at the top of the page- the one with home, contact, etc.  This way everything will be much easier to find for you guys.  

Third, I will be working on upgrading the looks of the blog by adding personalized logos and such.

Why am I telling you all of this?  I am telling you this because each one of these things is going to take a lot of coding, and technical know how. . . which I do not possess.  It is going to take me quite a while to Google everything I need to do, and there may be times when the site may not look it's best. I also may not have much time to do posts over the next few days as I sort through all of this.   I plan on having everything done by one week from today.

I may end up wishing I had paid someone to do this for me, but, alas, I am stubborn.  Wish me luck!

***I would love your input!  Tell me what you want to see in the future!  This is the time for any comments or suggestions you may have!  Want to see more reviews? More Kitchen Hacks? More Recipes? Giveaways?  Let me know in the comments below! If you don't have any suggestions, could you please tell me something you like or dislike about the blog?***

As a thank you for your patience and understanding, we will be having a launch party of sorts as soon as everything is finished.   There will be prizes, games, etc.

Thank You

~Christine~

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Welcome to the $500 April Showers Cash Giveaway!



Frugal Mommy Christine has joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash.



What could YOU do with $500 cash?  My husband would joke that I could buy the whole store with $500, since I am a very avid sales, clearance, and deals shopper, who uses coupons to get an even better deal.  Whether you plan on buying a lot with sales, splurging on a big item or two, or using the money to help with bills, one thing is certain:  EVERYONE could use an extra $500!

Enter to win $500 CASH via PayPal.



Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.
Refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more chances to win.
Open Worldwide.
Ends at 11:59pm EDT on April 22nd, 2014.
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This giveaway was coordinated by Giveaway Promote.

*disclaimer*  I received a copy of Fitness Confidential free of charge for the purposes of this review, but was under no obligation to provide a positive review.  These opinions are my own, and were not influenced by any outside sources. 
8:59 PM Christine D

Welcome to the $500 April Showers Cash Giveaway!



Frugal Mommy Christine has joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash.



What could YOU do with $500 cash?  My husband would joke that I could buy the whole store with $500, since I am a very avid sales, clearance, and deals shopper, who uses coupons to get an even better deal.  Whether you plan on buying a lot with sales, splurging on a big item or two, or using the money to help with bills, one thing is certain:  EVERYONE could use an extra $500!

Enter to win $500 CASH via PayPal.



Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.
Refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more chances to win.
Open Worldwide.
Ends at 11:59pm EDT on April 22nd, 2014.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway was coordinated by Giveaway Promote.

*disclaimer*  I received a copy of Fitness Confidential free of charge for the purposes of this review, but was under no obligation to provide a positive review.  These opinions are my own, and were not influenced by any outside sources. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Swingline

Here is a great giveaway for any mom!  Perfect for homemade flashcards, reusable worksheets, and preserving your little one's masterpieces. 


Singline
SwinglineSwingline Laminator I have wanted a laminator for what seems like forever, so when I was asked to review the Swingline™ GBC® Fusion™ 1000L 12″ Laminator, 5 Minute Warm-up, 3 or 5 Mil (up to 4″ x 6″) I was excited. I also received Swingline™ GBC® EZUse™ Thermal Laminating Pouches to help get me started. This is Swingline Laminator is easy peasy to work. Just turn it on and let it warm up. It takes about 5 minutes to warm up and there is a green light to alert you when the warm up is complete. It laminates at a speed of 13″ per minute, and allows you a maximum document width of 12″. This is perfect for the home office or a mom who wants to laminate memories for the future. It is perfect for helping to preserve certificates, insurance policies, report cards, and even little hand prints on paper. Laminating creates the perfect display and is easy to use. The EZUse pouches are the easiest to use thermal laminating pouches on the market. These provide outstanding lamination accuracy and UV protection. The helpful EZUse alignment guides, mil thickness icon, and directional arrow on every pouch helps simplify the laminating process.




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  Rules & Fine Print
  • winterwitch@networkingwitches.com is responsible for prize distribution. Any questions? Give me a holler.
  • This giveaway is open to USA residents only
  • The winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond they forfeit the prize

*disclaimer*  I received a copy of Fitness Confidential free of charge for the purposes of this review, but was under no obligation to provide a positive review.  These opinions are my own, and were not influenced by any outside sources. 
9:11 AM Christine D
Swingline

Here is a great giveaway for any mom!  Perfect for homemade flashcards, reusable worksheets, and preserving your little one's masterpieces. 


Singline
SwinglineSwingline Laminator I have wanted a laminator for what seems like forever, so when I was asked to review the Swingline™ GBC® Fusion™ 1000L 12″ Laminator, 5 Minute Warm-up, 3 or 5 Mil (up to 4″ x 6″) I was excited. I also received Swingline™ GBC® EZUse™ Thermal Laminating Pouches to help get me started. This is Swingline Laminator is easy peasy to work. Just turn it on and let it warm up. It takes about 5 minutes to warm up and there is a green light to alert you when the warm up is complete. It laminates at a speed of 13″ per minute, and allows you a maximum document width of 12″. This is perfect for the home office or a mom who wants to laminate memories for the future. It is perfect for helping to preserve certificates, insurance policies, report cards, and even little hand prints on paper. Laminating creates the perfect display and is easy to use. The EZUse pouches are the easiest to use thermal laminating pouches on the market. These provide outstanding lamination accuracy and UV protection. The helpful EZUse alignment guides, mil thickness icon, and directional arrow on every pouch helps simplify the laminating process.




a Rafflecopter giveaway


  Rules & Fine Print
  • winterwitch@networkingwitches.com is responsible for prize distribution. Any questions? Give me a holler.
  • This giveaway is open to USA residents only
  • The winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond they forfeit the prize

*disclaimer*  I received a copy of Fitness Confidential free of charge for the purposes of this review, but was under no obligation to provide a positive review.  These opinions are my own, and were not influenced by any outside sources.