Last week our family did our first grocery trip of our no spend month and we had all agreed that we would only buy what was on the list, so I made sure to put a couple small treats that we don’t normally get on the list. The first of those treats was a box of generic Fruit Loops.
I am all about stretching a dollar and I couldn’t help but wonder, “how much could we do with a single box of generic Fruit Loop cereal?”
We had a ton of fun answering that question!
Here’s what we came up with…
When we lived in the UK, LittleMan got hooked on a popular British book series known as the Mr Men books. There’s Mr Happy, Mr Greedy, Mr Bump, Mr Bounce, Mr Tall, Mr Small and a whole slew of other Mr’s. LittleMan’s personal favorite is Mr Tickle.
Every holiday my husband and I try to give each member of the family at least one homemade gift. One thing that says, “I love you enough to spend time and thought to give you something special.” In the past we’ve made stuffed animals, board books, I-spy games, magnetic travel games, clothes, blankets, bedroom decor, extra special sensory bins, etc.. and usually these gifts are a favorite of our children.
Well, this year for Easter I wanted to give my daughter some peg dolls. (more…)
I’ve always prided myself on the fact that I’m a bit adventurous with my children. Whether it be a cross country trip by train or a simple afternoon craft project at home, I’m easily excited and up for just about anything. Any excuse to have fun will do. Generally speaking, I’ve been lucky that the things I try usually work out well. Maybe not always as planned but we have alot of fun.
This Easter was no different. I had my crafts bookmarked. New egg dye ideas were found on Pinterest. I read up on all the local egg hunts and picked the best one to attend.
Then, failure hit. Big time.
Its been a long time since we played with contact paper. In fact, here’s a picture of the last time we played with contact paper…
I came across an idea on Pinterest, which lead me back to Mess for Less: painting popcorn. Crazy, right? So crazy it just might work…
Awhile back I saw a post on Dirt and Boogers about painting on bubble wrap and thought to myself, “that seems like alot of fun!” We always have an excess of bubble wrap laying around the house so I thought I’d give it a go with LittleMan and SunnyGirl. I cut out a big piece of bubble wrap and laid it out on the creative table with some paint. I called LittleMan over to check out the prospective project before him and he couldn’t be less interested. I didn’t get it. Two of his favorite things put together and he had *zero* interest. What the heck, man?!
I figured it just wasn’t for him that particular day. So I put up the bubble wrap and the paint, didn’t push it. Laid them out again a week later. Still no interest. I just couldn’t understand (still can’t understand) how he could pass up such a fun activity.
I realized I needed to put a spin on it if I was going to get him to try this out. I pondered for a time. Then I came up with this (more…)