7 Frugal and Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts

7 Frugal and Thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts 

Mother's day is right around the corner and it is time to plan. I have noticed over the past few years, I am usually stopping in at a flower shop or picking up something last minute for mother's day. It's not that I don't love pampering my mom, and appreciate everything she does for myself and my family, I just find it hard to buy for her.  (more…)

Earth Day Craft – Recycled Tree

 

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After making the Coffee Filter Earth craft we started looking for other items to use to make crafts. I keep old cardboard boxes cut up and ready to use for crafts, as a surface to work on, or just to build with. Egg cartons are another thing we have on hand all the time. So, we decided to make a recycled tree!

The only paint we had on hand was finger paints in red, blue and yellow. We mixed blue and yellow to make our green, but when I added the red to try for brown, well, it didn't work out! As you can see, I used brown marker for the tree trunk. It actually looks better than the paint would have.

You Will Need:

  • Egg Carton
  • Paper Towel Tube (or a couple bathroom tissue rolls)
  • Markers and / or Paint
  • Glue
  • a piece Cardboard big enough to glue tree to

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  1. Start out by separating the egg cartons and painting green. If you have a very young child, you can leave the carton in tact and they can paint the outside all as one piece.(separating it after the paint dries) I did not cut the cartons just broke them apart, leaving jagged edges. No precision needed for this project.
  2. Set the egg cartons aside to dry and paint or colour the tree trunk brown.
  3. Glue the trunk and egg cartons to the cardboard to create your tree. We then added some green paint to fill in the greenery of the tree.

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Another successful, unplanned Earth Day craft. I love crafting with our preschooler. He is sometimes hard to keep focussed, but paint is almost always a winner with him.

Don't forget to check out the other Earth Day Craft we did: Coffee Filter Earth

For more ideas, check out my Pinterest Boards, and be sure to follow me.

 

Earth Day Craft – Coffee Filter Earth

Earth Day Craft - Coffee Filter Earth

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As a mom who has a closet full of supplies, and every now and then is organized with planned crafts, I found myself on Earth Day with no plan. Wanting to make a couple quick crafts with my preschooler though, I put on my thinking cap and tried to recall some crafts I had seen online, or from playgroups.

I remembered seeing marbled earth crafts using shaving cream and food colouring that looked like lots of fun. Honestly, I didn't feel like dealing with the mess, but will try that sensory craft another day, maybe with rainbow colours! Just as I was reaching for the paint and a paper plate, I remembered an easy coffee filter craft that would be perfect. We used Blue and Green to represent water and land, but this can be a fun craft any day of the year, using variations of colours. You could even make various sizes and colours to create the solar system.

This craft for Earth Day, or any day of the year, is easy and perfect for all ages.

My 3 yr old loved making this Earth Day Craft. It is quick and very simple. Keeping younger children's attention through this project is easily accomplished, as each step in the process is short. Most children will love the last step the most! What child doesn't like a spray bottle with water?

You will need: • Coffee Filters • Blue Marker • Green Marker • Spray Bottle • Water • scrap cardboard or plastic table cloth   FilterEarth03 Using blue and green markers, draw and fill in the entire surface of coffee filter. FilterEarth04 On protected surface, cardboard or plastic table cloth, spray filter lightly with water. Allow to dry.  These look great hung in a window or on the fridge. My son had a great time with this craft and was very excited to show it to his dad at the end of the day! FilterEarth02 Don't forget to check out the other Earth Day Craft we did: Recycled Tree For more ideas, check out my Pinterest Boards, and be sure to follow me.

Easter Basket Ideas

Easter Basket Ideas

Easter Baskets On A Budget Here are some ideas for themed baskets and frugal options to fill your family's Easter baskets.

Here are some great ideas from Heather at Mmm...Is For Mommy:

Hop To It! What's In Your Easter Basket Heather offers some fun ideas to add to your Easter Baskets. Walmart-Easter-1

Check out these ideas for filling plastic Easter eggs (no candy).

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Easter Egg Fillers (No Candy)

Easter Egg Fillers (No Candy)

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Food Options: Use these fillings for little children, or as a fun idea for a Easter theme lunch. Serve in an egg carton!
    • Grapes
    • Mini Carrot Sticks/ Celery Sticks
    • Berries
    • Raisins
    • Cheerios
    • Healthy Fruit Snacks
    • Goldfish or Other Mini Crackers
    • Cheese or Sandwiches cut with a cookie cutter
Little things that fit in the eggs but are not food:
    • Easter Erasers
    • Fancy Socks
    • Hair ties, clips, bows
    • Stickers
    • Lipgloss
    • Small bottles of nail polish
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    • Easter Theme Stamps
    • Play Dough (Make Your Own)
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    • Army men
    • Finger Puppets
    • Headphones
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    • Temporary tattoos
    • Small toy car
    • Mini yo-yo / slinky
    • Shoelaces
    • Whistle
    • Puzzle pieces (a few pieces in each egg)
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Maybe your kids are teens or tweens and find everything too fast? Why not try to make it more of a challenge.
Egg Scavenger Hunt Keep it simple and have a basket at the end as the "prize". Hints can be as simple as: Note taped to door knob of their room: "Are you ready to find the first egg in your hunt? Look under your pillow (or bed)" Hint #1 "As I hopped around hiding eggs, I needed a cold drink to keep me going" Next clue is in the fridge by the milk. Hint #2 "I heard a noise in the driveway and went to the window" And so on.... Another idea from Gina at East Coast Mommy Bedtime Passes (free printable) bunny bedtime passes Easter Basket Ideas

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

One of my fondest memories of childhood is drawing with chalk...or in some cases finding "soft" rocks to draw hopscotch on the pavement. Chalk was a treat and rather boring compared to the vibrant colour choices available today!

Although it can be costly having chalk on hand daily, you can make your own and included your children in the process. It is so much fun, and you could make the colors that you want or use the most of. Initially the cost may seem high, but once you have the ingredients, it is easy to make multiple batches.

Supplies you will need:

  • Cardboard tubes (toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes cut in half)
  • Duct Tape
  • Wax Paper
  • 4-cup Plastic Container for mixing (Old ice cream tub works well)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 cups Plaster of Paris (purchasable at Michaels, watch for the 40-50% off coupons!!)
  • Tempera Paint
Steps:

1. Tape one end of the cardboard tubes with duct tape so that it is sealed completely. Go over the hole twice (making a cross shape over the hole) to make sure there is no way for the chalk mixture to leak out. That can be messy!

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2. Roll up a sheet of wax paper into the tube. This step will prevent the chalk mixture from sticking to the cardboard. There should be some wax paper showing on the top of the tube. Cut slits down the remaining wax paper until it reaches the cardboard and fold it to hold the wax paper in place.

3. In your plastic container, mix 2-4 tablespoons of the tempera paint, depending on the colour intensity your would like, with your 1 cup of water. Once the color is diluted, slowly add in your plaster of paris, mixing with a spatula. When you’re done, the mixture should be about the texture of soft frosting.

4. Fill the tubes with the mixture. You should be able to make 2 tubes worth with one mixture. Tap the filled tube on a hard surface so as to remove air bubbles.

5. It will take about an hour for the plaster to harden. After an hour has passed, you can remove the chalk by peeling the cardboard. Let them air dry completely for 24 hours before using. 

Enjoy!

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