Local Library Story And Craft Time

Local Library Story And Craft Time

Growing up, I remember visiting our local library often. My mom would take us to pick out our books. We didn’t have a TV, so books were a source of entertainment. I loved going to the library, and nowadays, you hear how important reading is for kids. I do visit the library now with my own children, although not always on a frequent basis. This week though, I took my two youngest to our local branch for the weekly story and craft time. This was a new experience for us….

Want to Save Money On An Instant Pot? Try Ebay!

Want to Save Money On An Instant Pot? Try Ebay!

There is a popular new kitchen appliance that was a hot item this past holiday season. Actually, it’s popularity seems to be still going strong. Have you heard of the Instant Pot? It’s also known as an electric pressure cooker. Amazon was having some great sales on a particular 6 quart model during the pre-Christmas shopping season. Everyone loves to save money on a hot item. But maybe for whatever reason, you weren’t able to take advantage of these sales and get an Instant Pot. Here’s an idea for you….

Thrift Store Shopping and What You Might Find

Thrift Store Shopping and What You Might Find

Thrift store shopping is cheap treasure-hunting for a frugal shopper. It’s kind of thrilling, coming upon an item that you know is worth much more, but only costs you a fraction of that. Even better if it is an item you have been wanting, but weren’t willing to pay the cost to buy it brand-new. I personally find it interesting to even just browse, without buying anything. It’s neat to see what all they have available. One time I saw an antique baby stroller at one of our local thrift…

Cake Balls For A Special Gift Treat

Cake Balls For A Special Gift Treat

I came across a book at the library two weeks ago called Cake Balls by Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon. I decided to grab it and take it home with me. Cake balls or cake pops, whichever you call them, are something I’ve wanted to try making. The book itself is small and cute, but with gorgeous pictures of so many different varieties of cake balls. Inside the book, the authors give some history behind their business The Cake Ball Company. Then they go over what basic equipment you need to make…

Improving Our Pantry Storage Space

Improving Our Pantry Storage Space

One of the disadvantages of living in a smaller house is the lack of storage. It also makes it harder to organize items as well. Throw in the lack of a basement too, and it makes it even harder to store home-canned produce, or buy food items in bulk. When we lived in a single-wide mobile home, I stored some food items in our bedroom closet! Currently we live in a double-wide, so our space has improved. But our pantry storage space only had a dismal three flimsy shelves. It really did not…

Amazon Student Prime Advantages

Amazon Student Prime Advantages

I’m sure a lot of people know about Amazon Prime membership already. It’s convenient to able to order various items and receive free two-day shipping. However, for some of us, the cost of Prime membership may not always fit with our finances. Last January, I was tickled to find out my husband could qualify for Amazon Student Prime.  *This post contains affiliate links.  I may receive compensation if you choose to click on these links. See full Disclosures/Policies. The conditions are that the person be enrolled in college and have an…

Ten Vacation Preparation Strategies

Ten Vacation Preparation Strategies

Everyone loves vacation. Freedom from work, freedom from cares, freedom to not do anything….unless you are an adult anyhow. The reality is that life goes on even while you hit “pause” to take a break from your normal routine. Here’s some practical tips or vacation preparation strategies to utilize for that week off, so you can enjoy it with less stress and expense. Plan ahead and save money for the vacation. It won’t be nearly as enjoyable if you need to worry about spending money. Or if you have to worry…

Chicken Coop Video Tour

Chicken Coop Video Tour

Last week I shared how our DIY chicken coop was built. My husband did a fabulous job on it. When the project was still in the discussion phase, I made a stipulation that, “it had to be a cute chicken house!” I think he met my mandate pretty well on that point! In fact, I have a little video walk-through that shows what a great little piece of architecture he built. I think it helps you visualize the coop design much better than just pictures.

Our DIY Chicken Coop

Our DIY Chicken Coop

Today I have a guest post from my husband Wade. He is great at constructing and bringing to life ideas that I have. Since he was the builder of this project, I asked him to write about how he built this awesome and adorable chicken coop for me!    Planning Phase The initial planning phase of our chicken coop began with determining how many chickens we wanted. We thought 6-8 chickens would be a good number for starting out, and researched what size coop we would need to house and…

DIY Rustic Sign

DIY Rustic Sign

How many people struggle with gift ideas for the men in their life? I’m pretty certain from what I’ve read, that I’m not the only one that can find this tough. I think women often handle the gift-giving in families, so of course we find it easier to buy stuff for our moms, sisters, or friends, but when it comes to the men, it might be a little harder for some of us to decide. This year for Father’s Day, our family did some crafty type gifts. For my dad…