Frugal Summer Activities For Kids

Frugal Summer Activities

 

 

 

Summer is here and the three dreaded word that every parent hate to hear their children say, “Mom, I am bored”. If you are like me you are trying to save money and not spend a whole lot of time and energy on finding activities for your kids to do.   I am here to give you tips and ideas on how to find frugal but fun summer activities for kids.

 

Frugal Summer Activities For Kids

1. Check Your Local Library

The library is the perfect source to have fun activities for your kids. I know at my local library they have reading program throughout the summer. This is great because it ensure that my kids keep reading while school is out. At some library they have different activities throughout the week and weekend. Guess what it is absolutely free.

2. Local Community Activities

Check your local newspaper or city Facebook can offer free summer activities for kids. My local city  have movie on the lawn one Friday a month and it’s free. We bring our lawn chair and blanket and pack a dinner and watch movie on the lawn. Sign up for your city Facebook page to get free family activities. Some city Facebook will announce different organization that are having free or inexpensive family activities.

 

3. Arts and Craft

Doing arts and craft is one of my favorite activities. I am always on Pinterest finding ways to make slime or homemade bubbles. I have a craft bag that my kids can go in to make their own craft project. These simple products can be bought at our local dollar store or bough in bulk online at Amazon. Some of the amazing craft my kids enjoy making is:

Slime: Check out Sugar, Spice and Glitter homemade fluffy slime recipe here

Homemade Bubbles: Check out Artful Parent homemade bubbles recipe here

Homemade Moon Sand: Check out Lesson Learnt Journal moon sand recipe here

This is some just a few art and craft I do with my kids.

4. Movies

During the summer months my local movie theater offer discount movies. The movies are in the afternoon and they are previous movies that came out in the past. The cost is usually about $6.00 and it include the movie, popcorn and drink. This is a great way to have family time and staying cool at the same time.

 

5. Water Day

This is one of my kids favorite. Water Day consist of inexpensive pool or sprinkler and my kids go to town. It get really hot in Georgia and this is a great way for my kids to school off. Plus this wear them out. I got my pool from Wal-Mart and we is been in good use year after year.

 

I love the summer months it is a great way to spend time with you kids. If you are budget savvy it is easy to find frugal ways to have great summer activities with your kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Favorite Cookies Recipes

Cookies

 

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I can not tell you how much I love cookies. I love, love, love cookies. Maybe that is why my nickname is Cookie because I love cookies so much. There are those days that I just have to have a good homemade cookie. Don’t get me wrong I will buy store bought cookies but something about homemade cookies are just the best. So what I decided to do is list some of my favorite cookies that me and my family have enjoyed.

Some of the things I used to make these delicious cookies:

The Basic Tools

Cookie Sheet

Mixing Bowl

Measuring Cups

Glass Measuring Cups

 

The Cookies

Blueberry Cheesecake:

I know the name alone sound crazy but let me tell you these are some good cookies. This recipe is so different that I have made these cookies quite a few times. My husband is really not the chocolate chip cookie can of guy so he absolutely love these cookies. Even though the name may fool you in thinking that it will take all day to make this cookies but you will be pleasantly surprise as how easy these cookies are to make.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate  (flourless, no butter)

The only reason I tried these cookies because they have two of mu favorite ingredients peanut butter and chocolate. I am not a gluten free person but I am here to tell you that these are some of the moist and yummiest cookies I have ever eaten that does not use flour or butter. I hate oatmeal, I really do but these cookies right here had me eating them straight from the pan while still hot. Yeah they are that good. So trust me on this one when I tell you that these cookies right here ROCK.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

Okay I did this recipe because I just could not believe he did not use white sugar for this chocolate chip cookies recipe. Yep you read it right NO WHITE SUGAR. But, baby let me tell you these cookies right here, honey they will not make it to the cookie jar. I was pregnant when I made these cookies and let me tell you that I ate a whole pan of cookies by myself. Nope I am not embarrassed to say that. The moist factor and the whole texture of these cookies is off the meter. I promise you that once you try these cookies your whole chocolate chip cookie baking experience will never be the same. Cookies

A Twist on Traditional Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Can you see the chocolate chip theme going here. Well any who, I made these cookies for my daughter class for Valentine Day and I have never seen so many little kids asking me for more of these cookies. Heck, I haven’t seen so many adults asking me for more of these cookies. What I love about this recipe that it is super duper easy and yes they are moist. I love a recipe where the prep time is not long because I am going to be honest with you if it take me more than 15 minutes to get the ingredient together I can guarantee you something is going to get left out. So that alone should make you want to try this recipe.

Banana Bread

Okay trust me when I say these are so GOOD. I don’t like spending time making banana bread so I made banana cookie.  OMG I can not describe how good these cookies are. Okay, I lied, I can. these cookies right here has everything that you will find in banana bread but it is in a cookie form. Even though this recipe does not call for nuts I use about 1/2 cup of chop walnuts in my and trust me when I tell you it is yummo. These cookies did not have chance coming out of the oven. If you like me and you like your cookies a little warm with some cold milk well these cookies here hold up well in a nice cup of milk. TRUST ME when I say you have to try these cookies Just because they are different from your normal cookies.

Conclusion.

Well there you have it my list of some of my favorite cookies. Trust me my cookies list does not stop there but I know you don’t want to keep reading about my cookie craving. I think better go because I really want some cookies right now.

Well Until Then Friends

Tootle Lou

Cookie

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Simple Tips To Managing Your Home

 

Managing

When I became a work from mom no one told me the task and responsibility that came with it..  First of all, I am not a list writing, meal planning and schedule writing kind of girl. Having to do some type of home of management totally shocked me. There was no class on how to be a work from home mom.  Through A LOT of  trial and error I am still learning how to manage my household. So I know how it feel for the new mom that feel overwhelmed with the never ending chores and wondering how in the world did time fly and it time to pick up the kids from school and you are still not dress. So I have complied a list of simple tips to managing your home for the working mom.

Keep Home Managing Simple

When it come to home management it best to keep it simple. Don’t fuss with the minor things such as dusting the floor boards or washing the walls. Your goal should be to get you home to look presentable for guest and comfortable for your family.

Time Management. I am not a morning person. Managing my time is something I am still working on. The only reason why I get up in the morning is because I have to take my kids to school and go to work.  So I have learn to go ahead and plan my day. One habit I had to break is distraction.  I would start a project and not finish it.  What I do now is I start a project and I finish until the end. I set up a timer for 30 minutes to complete my task.

Chore Days. I had to learn this pretty quick after I had my last child. I was notorious in taking five days to wash clothes or all day Saturday event to clean out the refrigerator. My cure for this nasty habit was to set up chore days. My chore days are pretty simple compare to the normal chore days some people have. Monday and Tuesday I wash clothes. Tuesday and Wednesday I clean the bathroom, wash and fold the remain clothes and sort out old mail. Wednesday is cleaning mirrors, windows and knick-knack. Thursday is mopping the floors and vacuuming. Fridays is cleaning out the refrigerator (if needed) and shopping. Allow some flexibility in you chore days just in case something comes up. If something come ups you can move your chore that particular day to the next day.

Plan Ahead

Put on Clothes. I know his sound crazy but it is true. Being a work from home mom I put on clothes everyday. I get dress as if I have somewhere to go. Plus it motivate  me to move and to get things done.  When I get my kids dressed and ready for school I go ahead and get myself dressed. This allow me to feel like I have accomplished something and I not in the house all days in my night clothes.

Plan the night ahead. Like I said early I am not a morning person so anything that will help me out the door a little more easier I will do it. So I plan a lot of my stuff the night before. I lay out mini me and big man clothes, pack book bags, sign papers,etc. I do everything the nigh before that I know will suck up my time  in the morning. This help me to make sure that I have a smooth morning for me and my kids.

Expect The Unexpected

5) Expect Hick-Ups. I also made room to expect hick-ups. Life is not perfect so I know there are going to be days that I may not get to one of my chores because that is life. Or I may forget to pack something the night before because I am spending some quality time with my kids. If that happens just go with the flow and start over.

I hope this home managing tips help out the working mom.  There are still somethings I am still learning and so will you but enjoy your time being with your kids because trust me you will never get back those moments with your kids again.  If your have something you would like to add let me know.

 

Until My Friend