Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Frugal Planner Pages

2010 is right around the corner! So all of you will be needing to change out your planner pages. Instead of running on down to Staples or Office Max and spending $20 or $30, I've got this simple idea for you!

Items you will need for this Project:
planner ($1- dollar tree)
scissors
hole punch

total $1

Start out with a dollar store planner of your choice. Take it out of the plastic sleeve.




















Open up to the center pages and undo the staples.



















Remove the unwanted pages. (cover, phone numbers, etc.)















Keep it open to the middle pages. Cut down the middle of the pages.




















Now you have the beginning of your new planner!





















On the step I took one page from my old planner and used it as a template for the hole punches.





















Punch all the pages.





















Now slip it into your old planner. Wallah! A new planner for a new year!





















Happy New year!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas decorations

Christmas is one of favorite times of year, the other is 4th of July. But as I get older I enjoy Christmas more and more. I learn more each year. I love hearing other peoples traditions.

I thought I'd share our christmas tree this year.





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Snowman soup tags

Tomorrow I will share my snowman soup gift bags, but for today I'll show you the tags I will include with the gift bags.

Supplies
5 pack snowman chipboard ($1 @ Michaels)
Christmas paper
Printer
Glue

Print poem(at bottom of page) in a fun font.





Trace the chipboard onto a piece of scrapbook paper. Cut it out.



Glue onto each side of the chipboard.


Next I cut out the poem with a pair of scrapbook scissors. Glued these onto one side of the snowman.



On the back side I took different Christmas themed chipboard, stickers, etc. And decorated.



Poem:
Snowman Soup
Was told you've been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You'll need to warm the spirit.
So here's a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It's sure to do the trick!

Check back in the morning for the gift bags these will be attached to!



Thursday, December 17, 2009

SUPER Frugal December Challenge!


No lights have been on during the day.

No spend day 8/15

Well.. the kill-a-watt has taken the back burner to the Christmas rush...

Yet again entertainment has been at home.

Some other frugal activities going on around the Frugal Farmhouse:

-homemade cooking spray
-all homemade breakfast, dinners and desserts
- made bread crumbs
-made HM febreeze
-used hand poured candles instead of electricity


What were your frugal achievements this week?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Plastic Loop Belt


















A few months back I found these tubes of plastic loops at Walmart for $1.

I came up with these cute belts made out of ribbon and the plastic loops.
















Line up your loops.



















Take your ribbon, loop under pink ring, back up through purple ring and repeat. Easy right?


Such a cute belt!














I also made one out of different loops.


















Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Marshmallow Snowmen



Everyone loves a Snowman right? These little Snowmen will brighten up anything!

Supplies

-large marshmallows $.96
-Halloween sprinkles- on hand
- toothpicks- on hand

Total cost $.96 +




















First put 4 toothpicks in a cup of water




















Take 3 marshmallows, smoosh on down. This will be the head.
Push one toothpick through the bottom marshmallow into the middle marshmallow.
Next push one through the head into the middle marshmallow.
Beginning of Snowman!


















Put the tip of a toothpick in the water. *This sounds weird, but seriously it makes the toothpick glide in the marshmallow so nicely! *
Start poking holes for eyes, nose and mouth. Pick out your sprinkles. The Halloween ones are perfect; orange and black!
Slide the sprinkles in the holes you prepared.
*Don't use your fingernail to push them in, it makes the sprinkle crack and then you get sprinkle dust all over the water that you just put on the marshmallow when you poked the holes, BIG mess :)*



















Continue down with buttons.


















Finished Snowmen! Aren't they just adorable!! If you fell the need you could use a jr mint, or something along those lines for a hat. Check back later in the week to see what I plan on using my cute little men for!




































Monday, December 14, 2009

Dream book

I don’t know about you but this time of year I start reevaluating my life, existence, you know the normal ordinary new years resolutions.. While I have come up with a few resolutions that I will be sharing a little closer to the end of the month. I wanted to try something a little different. I had a friend do this and she said it really helped her with motivation; it’s a Dream Book.

What I did was sat down with a notebook, cup of chai tea, and turned everything off. I wrote out 4 categories
1. Home
2. Career
3. Love
4. Extra

Then I asked myself “What do YOU want?”

The operative word being YOU. If you are like me, you don’t think of yourself often, you put everyone else first and make sure they are happy before you are. YOU are important too!! So every time I answered my above question I would then reevaluate my answer.

“Is this what (FILL IN BLANK i.e.: husband, kids, friends, family, etc.) wants, or is this what I want?”

After I went through all 4 categories and wrote down of everything I could think of, I then grabbed the siunday paper, a few magazines and a pair of scissors. You know the drill, just like when you were in 1st grade your going to make a collage!

I cut out things I could find that correlated with my list, in whatever interpretation that you want. This is your Dream Book. It doesn’t need to be fancy, neat, or perfect. Its just a blue print for your dreams. Blue prints are meant to be changed, rearranged, drawn on, cut, pasted and used to its fullest extent.

For now mine is just a page. This is what my dream book looks like. Its on a piece of cardboard that came with a scrapbook kit I got. Nothing fancy, its just simple, but to the point. I plan on revisiting this in 3 months. This is were the book part comes in, keep track of all your pages in your Dream Book. What a better way to track your growth as a person? This would be a great project for kids to do once a year as they are growing up as well!

So what’s in your dream book?



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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cinnamon Clove Air Freshener

Great Cheap, Easy way to get the smell of Christmas in your home.

Fill a sauce pan with:

3/4 full of water
1 cinnamon stick broken up
5 cloves
splash of vanilla extract

Heat on low for as long as you want the house to smell wonderful!




















*note* be sure this doesn't run out of water *which it will obviously boil down :) * it makes a lovely mess of your pan. Nothing a good scrub won't fix, but burned cinnamon doesn't smell wonderful!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Philly Cheese steak Garlic Bread Bowls

This is one of the best recipes I've found for a while.

Here are some pictures to drool over ;)













































































AND.... The finished product





















You can find the recipe here. Thank you Rachael Ray!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Noodle Bath Stamps

This is a great gift idea for little kids. I made these for my 5 year old cousin




















For this project you will need
-pool noodles (free-$1)
-sharpie (on hand)
-exacto or pocket knife (on hand)
-craft paint(on hand)
-bottle of baby shampoo ($1-dollar tree)
-nylon bag ($1)
-travel bottles ($1)

Total cost of Project- free to $5



















next cut into 3 to 4 in sections



















decide what stamps you want to make
draw out with a sharpie and cut out with exacto knife















I thought it would be fun to personalize and spell out her name. Koya is her nickname.














Next for the paint


















Squirt about a 2 teaspoons of paint into bottles. Fill the rest with baby shampoo. Shake Well.


















Put all the Stamps in mesh laundry bag.


















I also included a little bath poof that came with the bottles to clean the shower walls off with.
















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Happy Crafting!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

SUPER Frugal December Challenge!


So far its been a week of the Super Frugal December Challenge

We have mostly ate at home. DBF has wanted to eat out a lot.. I have talked him out of it about 3/4 of the time.. lol

No lights have been on during the day.

No spend day 4/15

As far as the kill-a-watt I am still reading directions

Entertainment has been solely at home, this is great!

Still coming up with “Dreams” for the dream book- check back on monday.. This will be next weeks project :)

Hope all of your Frugal Challenges are going as planned

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

Ever wonder how people make all those homemade cleaners ? Well here are a few tips!


Start out with a spray bottle and Vinegar.


























Fill the spray bottle 2/3 of the way full. Fill the rest of it with water.














And Walla!! Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. At this water to vinegar ratio you will have a clean, germ free, chemical free home!

TIP: If the vinegar smell is too strong for you in the beginning (you'll get used to it, I promise) what I did was lessen the vinegar a tad, add a 1/3 of a cup of lemon juice (also a disinfectant) and 10 or 15 drops of essential oils (lavender). Now I no longer do this, but it does add a nice scent, and helps get your family adjusted to the smell of vinegar.