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No Carve Pumpkin Decoration

8:24 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Halloween No Carve Pumpkin Decoration

I dread the idea of carving a pumpkin at Halloween.  It’s messy and they never turn out how I want.   I found a new way to decorate a pumpkin easily!  No carve pumpkin decorations is WAY easier than trying to carve a real pumpkin.  I found this in a magazine from years ago and it has been such an easy, no-fuss and fun way to decorate pumpkins.

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorations!

Gather these supplies

  • newspaper
  • black spray paint (optional)
  • real pumpkin or get a fake one from the craft store
  • package of adhesive googly eyes in assorted sizes
  • craft glue or colored glue

In a ventilated area, cover floor with newspaper.  Spray-paint pumpkin black and let it dry.

Put the googly eyes all over pumpkin. Use glue to secure eyes if adhesive doesn’t hold.


Spider Web Pumpkin

Get Colored Glue and make a spider web on the pumpkin! See these web stencils.


Scarey Pumpkin

Pick up spider stickers or other creepy stickers and decorate the pumpkin.   Or use a stencil of a spider and spray-paint a spider on the pumpkin.

See these spider stencils.



popsicle lindsey

 Homemade Popsicle Recipes

In summertime homemade popsicle’s are SO yummy!  Pictured is #11 Lemondade Strawberry Blueberry Pops.  The twins like these yogurt pops and they are super easy, but I have been trying my hand at other frugal homemade Popsicle’s.   These frugal popsicle’s cost pennies each and are healthier than store bought.   It’s a good project to let the kids help with to break up a summer day with some fun.

Get The Molds — Find many styles and prices of Popsicle Molds

See the Tips below for making the perfect Popsicle.

1.  Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle – Puree strawberries.  Add an equal amount of lemonade

2. Strawberries and Cream Popsicle– Puree strawberries with equal amounts of vanilla yogurt.

3. Orange Creamsicle – Mix orange juice and yogurt in a 40 to 60 ratio

4. Orange Creamsicle #2 –  Blend vanilla ice cream and orange juice in equal amounts

5. Orange Mango Creamsicle – Mix orange juice and yogurt in a 40 to 60 ratio, add finely chopped mango

6. Watermelon and Grape Popsicle– Blend ripe watermelon with white grape juice until smooth

7.  Strawberry Banana Popsicle– Blend strawberry yogurt, equal amounts of pureed banana, and a teaspoon of lemon juice.

8. Orange Ginger-ale Popsicle – Mix flat ginger-ale and orange juice. Cherry, watermelon, and honey dew all work really well with ginger-ale, too

9. Root Beer Float – Fill Popsicle mold 1/2 full of vanilla ice cream.  Pour cold & flat root beer in to finish filling.   For a creamier popsicle, blend the ice cream with flat root beer.

10.  Pomegranate Banana Popsicle – Puree banana and add equal parts of pomegranate juice.

11.  Lemonade Fruit Pops  (pictured above)-  Lemonade with blueberries, strawberries, peaches!  Delicious!

BONUS #12  Fruit Pops – Any combination of fruit & juice.  Pack the Popsicle mold with fruit and fill with favorite juice.


BONUS #13  Fruit Salad Popsicle
Pictured above & featured on Martha Stewart and the recipe is below.

1 peach, cut into 1/2-inch slices (1/2 cup)
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
3 ounces blueberries (1/2 cup)
4 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved ( 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 to 2 cups 100 percent white-grape juice

Arrange some of each fruit in eight 3-ounce ice-pop molds, making sure pieces fit very snugly. Pour enough juice into each mold to just cover fruit. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, 6 hours (or up to 2 weeks).


Making Popsicle Tips:

Freezing juice by itself can make ice-hard popsicle that could be hard to eat.  For a flakier easier to eat popsicle add some powdered jello to the juice or liquid of choice.

The stick falls over!  Insert the stick popiscles are half way frozen so that the top layer (which will freeze first) can hold the sticks in place.

Get Molds — Find many styles and prices of Popsicle Molds


Unique Uses for Coffee Filters!

1:21 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

coffee filters

Coffee Filter Uses

Some pretty amazing uses for coffee filters you may have never considered.  These awesome lint-free, tear-resistant holders are fabulous!

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave
2. Clean windows and mirrors; they’re lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling
3. Protect China; separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between them
4. Put a few in a plate to soak up grease from fried bacon, french fries, chicken fingers, etc.
5. Filter broken cork from wine
6. Protect a cast-iron skillet; place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust
7. Ball it up and use to apply shoe polish
8. After frying, strain through a sieve lined with coffee filter to recycle frying oil
9. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale to weigh chopped foods
10. Hold tacos; coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods
11. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes
12. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping by poking one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter

Oh yeah, they’re also great to use in your coffee makers! 🙂

Here are a couple of amazing coffee filter crafts that some pretty crafty folks have done — check these things out using coffee filters.

coffee filter pumpkin

Coffee Filter Pumpkin by The Happier Homemaker

coffee filter butterflies

Coffee Filter Crafts:  Coffee-Filter Butterflies


Free Summer Bowling!

8:55 am

by Shannon

Free Summer Bowling

Start planning your free summer kids activities. Take your kids bowling!  Across the country there free summer bowling programs for the kids. We have been bowling with the twins a couple of times this year and have had a blast!  Seriously — it’s hours of cheap fun!

Find participating bowling alleys  Free Summer Bowling Program

Find your state and check out the participating bowling alleys.  You will be responsible for tax and shoe rentals.




Get some great free and cheap deals around town, and the catch is…these are only for today!! Hot deals to enjoy with the kids.

Free Jamba Juice: They’ll be handing out FREE Jamba Kids smoothies on Thursday, October 31 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Kids age 8 and under will receive a free Jamba Kids Smoothie.

Sonic Drive-in:  Get  corndogs all day long for only 50-cents each! Fill ’em up before trick or treating.

Free Krispy Kreme Donut:  It’s true you can get a delicious warm sweet donuts for free!

P.F. Chang’s: Get 20% off your online order through Halloween. Use the code TREAT at checkout.

Outback Steakhouse: FREE kid’s meal with purchase of any adult entree on Halloween.

What other deals are around town that we all need to know about?  Do share in the comments below!


School Lunch Messages with Bananas!

7:26 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Banana Love Notes

Show a little extra love to your kids and family today.   Make your kid’s lunch noteworthy & fun by writing a message on your kid’s banana or orange!  They will have a nice surprise in there lunch.  Or make sweet notes and comments on the bananas and oranges that sit out on the cabinet and each time a person grabs one to eat they will have a nice sweet and encouraging message from you.

I use a marker to write the messages, but I found the cutest way to write on the banana using NO markers -just a toothpick.  See that idea here.

  Have you left banana messages before?