Friday, October 24th, 2014
Spring has always, hands down, been my favorite season. But I have to admit, the last couple of years that fall has slowly been enticing me and I’m almost getting worried I’m going to soon have to change favorites! There is just something about the cool, crisp weather, the wearing of sweaters and scarves, all things pumpkin and apple and the slowing down that happens after busy summer days that is just, well, rather nice.
The last couple of days I’ve been trying to think of ways that we can celebrate and enjoy fall together as a family. Things that will help us make memories without breaking the bank, because let’s face it, most young families don’t have much in their bank accounts anyway! Here’s what I came up with!
15 Frugal Fall Family Activities
1. Drink apple cider
2. Have a leaf raking party (and jump in the leaves of course!)
3. Make caramel apples
4. Enjoy a candlelit dinner together
5. Make and play with pumpkin pie or apple cider playdough
6. Have a hot dog/smores roast
7. Do some fall themed crafts
- here are some great fall craft ideas for toddlers
8. Decorate a pumpkin
- I love this family hand print pumpkin idea and also this thankful list pumpkin
9. Snuggle up on the couch and read a bunch of fall themed books
10. Enjoy a hike and admire the changing leaves
- use this free leaf identification printable to turn it into a learning experience
11. Make a scarecrow
12. Visit an orchard and pick some apples
13. Make a fall dessert
- Pumpkin Crunch Cake is always popular or try this Applescotch Dessert
14. Explore a corn maze
15. Go on a fall themed scavenger hunt
- this free free scavenger hunt printable is awesome
What are your favorite fall activities?
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Thursday, August 14th, 2014
This past week we’ve been enjoying a little family vacation and it has been absolutely lovely! This is the first family vacation that we’ve ever taken just for fun (as opposed to going to visit family, which is what we’ve typically done) and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. The last year has felt incredibly busy and hard in a number of different ways and we felt like we needed some time to just relax and breathe and reconnect as a family.
We’ve been in Northern Kentucky at a lovely little guesthouse that I found on Airbnb.com. It’s been just perfect for us; it’s small enough to feel cozy and yet big enough that the children had room to play. The kitchen is nice sized too which has allowed us to make our own meals and save money in the process.
It’s beautiful where we live in Pennsylvania, but there is something about the rolling hills, all the trees and the rugged beauty here in KY that just made me fall in love with the area. I honestly think I could live here and that is not something I say very quickly!
This man of mine insisted on giving me a true vacation. He’s been so sweetly getting up early with the children, doing dishes and even making a lot of our meals! I feel quite undeserving….but am grateful all the same. And the break has been so glorious and refreshing! He’s so good to me and oh how I love him!
The two oldest kids and I. What’s with little boys and goofy faces on pictures?!
We spent a lot of our time simply relaxing but we also headed to the Creation Museum one day. In addition to the museum, they also have a lovely botanical gardens that we enjoyed walking through. The gardens were the perfect spot to eat our packed lunch. So much beauty there!
Another evening we headed to Dairy Queen and got $1 medium cones, their weekly special here, and then headed to the local park. They had the coolest playground with this huge slide. We all had fun going down it- yes, even me! It was crazy fun!
And this evening we enjoyed a small taste of Cincinnati, Ohio. They have an amazingly beautiful waterfront there. See all that nice green grassy area along the river? That’s all part of a park and it’s so very lovely. We enjoyed walking along the river and around the various sections of the park.
In the park there was this row of huge swings along the river front. Such a great idea! It was so peaceful to sit there and swing, looking out over the river. Well, at least it was peaceful when our rambunctious 2 yr. old would sit still long enough to swing!
We also walked across this bridge and the children thought it was the coolest thing!
Sometimes I forget that you don’t have to spend a lot to have a great time and make wonderful memories. It’s easy to think that in order to truly enjoy your vacation you really must do all the touristy, expensive things that you see advertised everywhere.
But obviously, some of us need to remember that little things like drinking from a water fountain and splashing your sister the process are obviously a blast too! And the bonus? It’s free!
All told, our evening in Cincinnati cost us just $7, which was for parking. But we had a beautiful evening full of enjoying each other and making memories together. It was such a good reminder for me that sometimes the simple things are truly the best things!
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Friday, August 1st, 2014
Hundreds of museums across the country will be offering free admission as part of Museum Day Live! on September 27, 2014.
To see what museums are participating and to get your free tickets, visit the Museum Day Live! website. There is a limit of one free ticket per household and each ticket is valid for 2 free museum passes.
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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
Update: Jessica left a comment on my Facebook page saying that these coupons are all gone now. I’ll be sure to post again if I see any similar coupons!
Wow, it’s not often that you see such high value coupons for Crayola products! Print these now and you should be able to get some great deals when you combine them with back to school sales. I’m guessing they might reach their print limit pretty quickly though, so don’t wait.
My coupons printed with an expiration date of 6/30/2015! I think that should definitely give me plenty of time to watch for a good sale to match them with!
Thanks For the Mommas!
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Friday, July 4th, 2014
Mark your calendars! Next Friday, July 11, is Chick-Fil-A’s Annual Cow Appreciation Day. When you dress head to toe like a cow you can get a free meal or if you just wear a partial costume you’ll get a free entree.
Use this Cow Starter Kit to help create your costume or just use some creativity and cut out white or black spots from paper and tape or safety pin them to the opposite color clothing to get the cow look.
It didn’t work out for us to enjoy the Dress Like a Cow day last year but two years ago I decided last minute to go get in on the fun. I created our “costumes” by using safety pins to attach white spots (cut out of regular paper) to our black clothing. Then I quickly fashioned headbands and attached some black construction paper ears to it. The poor ears wanted to flop a bit but it got us our meal- and my son thought it was a blast!
If you go, definitely be prepared to wait a while. This is a popular event!
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