Thursday, May 14, 2015

My Fru-Gal Trips: 26 Cents Total

Using some free points that Kmart and Sears gave me unexpectedly this week through their Shop Your Way Program, I was able to get a Craftsman canvas tool bag for 26 cents for my hubby and a completely free Nerf gun for my little boy's upcoming birthday!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Fru-Gal Trips: Little girl shoes and Easter clearance at Walmart!

Somebody got new kicks! :)

This little, active girl is rough on her shoes. Thankfully, with some Christmas and Easter gift money from family that I've been saving for when there was something we needed, I was able to get her a pair of new shoes and church sandals. Our family of five has a fru-gal resolution to keep a zero dollar clothing budget for 2015 and so far have been able to meet our goal!

90% off Easter clearance at Walmart!
I also excitedly stumbled upon 90% clearance on Easter items at Walmart! Granted, the selection had been picked through pretty well, but I did find the above items for a grand total of 86 cents! The girl's Easter basket was 50 cents (it includes various candy, stickers, bracelet, and a purse), and the bunny and chick sippy cups/purses were 9 cents each. Perfect items for Operation Christmas Child!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My morning cup

"By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:16 (emphasis mine)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Home School Kindergarten: Making Resurrection Eggs!

Easter has snuck up on me this year and, midway through the week, I realized we hadn't really done anything for this essential holiday in our home school. I wanted to incorporate the Easter story into our lessons this week and since we had a bunch of plastic easter eggs laying around the house after participating in a local egg hunt last week, I thought that making resurrection eggs would be a perfect way to recycle them!

I found this free Resurrection eggs printable from and had Anna color and cut out the pictures. She also decorated a brown paper bag with Spring stickers to hold her eggs. Then she numbered 12 eggs with a marker and filled the eggs with the appropriate picture.

After all the assembling was finished, we got my Bible and went through the Easter story using the 12 eggs, starting with the palm branches that were laid down for Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and ending with the cloud that covered him as he ascended into heaven. Now, she can pull out her eggs and tell others about the Easter story, too!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I chopped my hair again!

It's been over 4 years already since I last grew out my hair to donate. In 2011, I donated 8 inches to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. This time around, I'm donating 10 inches to Locks of Love! This was the longest I've ever had my hair! I learned from my previous donation to not try to cut my hair myself....

The lady at the salon asked me if I had intended on donating my hair from the start. I told her I guessed I had that idea in my head, but actually, after it gets to a certain length, I think, "Might as well keep going and donate it."

My five year old was kind of shocked when she saw me with short hair. She said later that evening, "I've warmed up to your hair and it's cute." I'm glad to have her approval. My two year old boy didn't seem to notice.

This is definitely a commitment to grow out my hair so long! It is very thick and takes forever to style/dry. I'm not sure if I will have the patience to donate it again, but who knows... maybe it'll get long enough to where I decide to just keep going again. :)

Plus, as a cancer survivor who thankfully didn't need chemotherapy, it is the least I can do.