Kids Frugal Fun: Boredom Busters for the Winter Months

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Winter months brings more time spent inside. With kiddos that can mean a lot of together time! Finding projects to do inside with the kiddos without breaking the bank can seem impossible. But there are many things you can do inside that are FREE or really cheap by using items already in your house!
Homemade Play Dough is probably our favorite project to do at home! Using items you already have in your pantry; flour, salt, oil, cream of tarter, food coloring and water you can mix together some fun time cooking with the kiddos but also hours of fun playing with their new play dough! You can make any color you want and with your cookie cutters and a few utensils, you can spend all day creating funny snowmen, wordy letters, silly faces and even scenic beaches- wishing for warmer weather!
Creating your Own Bookmarks is another great FREE project! Everyone has those paint color card stripes laying around the house after one of their painting projects. Then grab a few scrapbooking die cuts to make some fun shapes, markers or crayons, stickers or ribbon to decorate your stripe anyway that you want. Then grab your favorite book and cozy up next to the fire with some cocoa and read to the kiddos!
We all use this, so we should all have plenty of these left over! Grab a few of  those empty toilet paper rolls and some construction paper, ribbons, markers, glue, glitter, etc. and make your  very own imaginary creature. Add wings, horns, curly hair or whatever you want to make the funniest creature you can think of! This is so much fun to let the kiddos really think outside the box and be as creative as they want!
Grab the shaving cream and let the kiddos hang out in the tub to graffiti the walls. We love adding a few drops of food coloring to my hubby’s shaving cream and grab some paint brushes to paint our favorite art on the tub walls. We can then wash it all away with the shower head and then create a new one! I do have to warn you this project can becoming very addicting to your kiddos and you may have to change the water several times due to their water going cold!

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Leftover Easter Candy? Make Smore’s With It!

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I found an entire bag of Easter candy in the pantry that I must of hid from the girls after Easter. With my older 2 now having slightly higher insulin levels, I have been cutting sugar out of their diet everywhere I can – so I hid candy, sue me! With that being said I do allow them special treats every once in awhile, all in moderation!

Anyways I decided to treat the girls after dinner last night with a smore’s made with the left over Easter candy I found! No sense in wasting it! So here is what I used to make our smore’s!

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Ingredients:

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Add your chocolate and marshmallow to your graham cracker

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Place the smore’s on a plate and pop in the microwave for about 30 seconds. If you can roast your marshmallows then go for it, but we couldn’t in the rain!

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Add your top to the other side and smooch together! Pretty simple and a lot of fun for the kiddos to watch the Peep balloon up in the microwave!

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FREE Summer Bowling at KidsBowlFree.com

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Visit KidsBowlFREE.com and grab two FREE games of bowling per week for kids 15 and under. (Shoe rental not included, but they’re worth paying for.)

  •  FREE bowling times will vary by location, my local facility is different each day and is Monday thru Friday
  • Parents go here to select a participating center and complete a simple registration form
  • FREE game coupons emailed every week starting May 31-August 14 at our local facility- check your participating location for dates

Summer Pass: Great Deal for Everyone 16 and Over

2 FREE games, per week for up to four people ages 16 and up (shoe rental not included).

One $29.95 Summer Pass is good for 2 games per week for up to four people all summer long – you can add this at any time, but is not required to participate in the kids bowl free event.

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FREE Printable: Disney Tomorrowland Activity Sheets

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We get to check out the new Disney movie, Tomorrowland this evening and my girls are so excited! This movie looks amazing and very interesting!

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

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Print your activity sheets below to enjoy the movie before it hits theaters this Friday May 22, 2015- Tomorrowland is rated PG! Click each image blow to print your copies!

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Running time:                130 min.

Cast:                  George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Robinson

Director:                       Brad Bird

Producers:                                Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov

Executive Producers:     John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen, Brigham Taylor

Story by:                                   Damon Lindelof & Brad Bird & Jeff Jensen

Screenplay by:                          Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird

 

STORY SYNOPSIS:

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

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Frugal Travel: Make Your Own Crayon Box

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We are heading to Cedar Point this weekend and traveling with 4 kiddos can sometimes be a complete joy, others not so much! So I like to prepare and one thing I do is make things to keep them busy! My girls love to color and make great mater pieces so crayons are a must have in the car.

But your typical crayon box gets demolished in one trip, so I like to find alternatives to keeping our crayons together and not on my van floor! Plus finding new ways to reuse things we would typically throw in the trash, makes us extra happy to recycle!

This is what you will need:

That’s about it! Pretty simple project clean and add crayons! Great item to take with us in the car, at a restaurant or just anytime you need a crayon!!

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How To Store Green Onions

Storing Green OnionsEver wondered how you can keep those green onions without going bad? Check out here how to do just that, from It’s A Fabulous Life!

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Plant Your Romaine Lettuce Scraps To Re-Grow New Veggies!

 

Regrowing Romaine LettuceUsing your kitchen scraps to re-grow new veggies is something we love to do! So much fun with the kiddos to see how it re-grows right before your eyes! Check out here how to make your own from It’s A Fabulous Life!

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Create Art Supply Storage with Old Canisters

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We have decorated old canisters several times but they have never looked this cute! Check out Savvy Suburban Mama and how she redid old canisters to add art supply storage for the kiddos!

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Frugal DIY: How To Add Lighting To Your Home

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Lighting is everything! Adding lighting to certain areas of your home can make all the difference when decorating! Check out how Captain Fussybuckets adds lighting to 2 areas of her home!

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Plant Your Celery Scraps To Re-Grow New Stalks!

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Using your kitchen scraps to re-grow new veggies is something we love to do! So much fun with the kiddos to see how it re-grows right before your eyes! Check out here how to make your own from It’s A Fabulous Life!

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