30 Days of Valentine’s Fun: Valentine’s Advent calendar

This is such a fun idea to do with your spouse or significant other.  I love the idea of taking the two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day to reminisce and fall in love all over again.  Thanks to Pocket Full of Posies for the idea!

Here’s where to go to find templates and detailed directions on how to make this -> Valentine’s Advent Tutorial


FREEBIE ALERT: 18 homemade Christmas craft ideas!

I’ve got two kids who LOVE arts and crafts projects, and unfortunately I am not “crafty” by nature. Thankfully, there are MANY resources available for craft ideas and there are lots of cute Christmas crafts available!  Right now, you can download a free eBook with 18 homemade Christmas decorations!  The eBook includes great pictures and step by step instructions!

I think these Santa frame ornaments are SO cute!

These snowmen are cute, too!

Click here to download your free eBook–>free eBook with 18 homemade Christmas decorations 

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Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just 6 days away!  If you still haven’t decided on a costume for your child, Family Fun has 40 unique DIY costume ideas to help get those creative juices flowing.  My favorites are the paper doll for girls and monkey business for boys.

Here is what you will need to make the paper doll costume:

diagrams and templates

  • poster board
  • paint
  • black marker
  • headband
  • duct tape


  • foam core
  • hot glue (an adult’s job)
  • elastic and Velcro straps
  • white t-shirt and shorts (concealed by the
  • frilly socks and Mary Janes

Here is how to make it -> Tutorial for Paper Doll Costume

Here is what you need to make the Monkey Business Costume:

  • templates
  • wire hanger
  • brown faux fur
  • brown duct tape
  • hot glue (an adult’s job)
  • headband
  • tan felt
  • rectangular box
  • scrap cardboard
  • poster board
  • ribbon
  • craft foam
  • office clothes and tie
  • face paint for details

Here is how to make it -> Tutorial for Monkey Business Costume

Here is the link to see all the other great costume ideas -> Family Fun DIY Costume Ideas


Hobby Lobby: 40% off printable coupon + Frugal Flower Flip Flops!

I LOVE flip flops and in Texas, I love that I can basically wear them for almost nine months out of the year!  I also have a 7 year old daughter who love any craft project I can find for her (and sometimes she comes up with some on her own).  This week, I’ve found a project that will be the best of both worlds for us:  Frugal Flower Flip Flops!

This week, the flip flops are 50% off at Hobby Lobby!  Plus, there is a printable Hobby Lobby coupon for 40% off any regular-priced item here.

I found a great tutorial here on Frugal Girls that explains how to make flower flip flops! All you need are:  flip flops, silk floral stems, and jewels.  We’ll get the flip flops for 50% off and I figure we can each use a 40% off coupon to buy the flowers and the jewels!    I’m guessing it will cost us $2 (possibly less) per pair!

UPDATE: We had SO much fun making these today!  We decided that we’re going to get back and get more flowers and flip flops while they’re on sale!

Here’s the breakdown on expenses:

Kid flip flops – $1.59 (regular price – they are 50% off this week)
Adult flip flops – $1.99 (regular price – they are 50% off this week)
1 stem flowers – $1.99 (regular price – they are 50% off this week)
Jewels – $3.47 (we used the 40% off coupon on this, since it was the only thing that was full price!)


Total OOP = $4.52 (including tax!) and we we still have jewels left to do more!

Here’s a picture of our 4th of July-themed flip flops!

What frugal, crafty projects do YOU have going on this week?

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