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DIY Elsa Pinata

My daughter is turning 5 in March and she wants a Frozen party. I am excited to begin my decor and make her party memorable because party planning, DIY, and decor are some of my favorite things. First I knew she wanted a pinata, I am not going to spend $25 on a piece of cardboard the kids are going to smash open anyways. So I went on and created my very own Elsa pinata. Here's how: Take a cardboard box and make a pyramid out of it. You can use hot glue or tape to secure it, you are also going to be using glue to hold the tissue paper on top, so it will have a strong hold eventually. Next begin making small slits in your tissue paper roughly an inch apart but do any size you like. You then need to cut strips about an inch above where the slits stop. Start from the bottom and work your way up pasting the strips all the way around the pyramid, overlapping as you go.  When your finished you will have something like this to be her dress. Mine is not

Simple and Cheap Dinners

Finding meals that are cost efficient, simple, and delicious can be a very challenging aspect of any persons life. With the rising cost of food this can become even more challenging. I have compiled a list of super frugal meals that are fast and tasty!The great thing about these meals is you can easily double them or add and remove items to suit yours and your families needs! Ground Beef Casserole under $20 for 4-6 servings! Poor Mans Jambalaya under $10 for 2-3 servings! Easy Meatloaf under $10 to $15 depending on added sides.  Honey Garlic Drumsticks under $10 for enough chicken drums to serve 4. Make Ahead Chicken you can use leftover chicken to keep cost down! Chili Pasta Skillet can be as low as $2 a serving! These meals are all so simple, and can be prepped and frozen in advance so you can pop them in your freezer, slow cooker or oven when your ready. Add a simple loaf of garlic bread, side salad, and a tall glass of milk and you have some frugal fillers!

Clip Clops Review & Giveaway!

Teaching your kids to put their shoes on the right feet takes a lot of patience and a ton of reminders, for some reason they just can't feel that uncomfortable curve in their shoes that we as adults can feel instantly when we slip into our shoes. That being said having my kids be able to put on their own shoes on the right feet is a real time saver as well. When I am getting 6 or 7 kids ready to go outside it can take a good 10 minutes to make sure everyone is properly dressed but with Clip Clops I can actually save a few of those minutes, and trust me every minute counts! What are Clip Clops exactly? They are adorable little shoe accessories that have a meaning or purpose. Next to being stylish they help direct which shoe goes where. For more information I suggest you watch this video:   And then this one: Now that you know what these amazing little products do it is time for you to order your own here ! Or enter to win 5 pairs of Clip Clops right here!

Are Multivitamins A Waste of Money?

The other day I went in the cupboard and found I was out of multivitamins for the kids, as well as a few of my choice supplements. As I sat there staring at the bottles I realized I didn't know very much about the very things we were putting in our bodies everyday, the only reason we ever take them is because we are told from birth that vitamins are good for you. So what exactly do these so called "healthy supplements" do for you? Well lets start by saying multivitamins are great if you are in need of them, say you have a B12 deficiency or are lacking Vitamin D then yes by all means take those vitamins but when a healthy person who is not lacking takes multivitamins filled with an alphabet arsenal you are just pumping your body full of excess. The best way for a person to get vitamins is through what they eat, not only is the source of the vitamin natural this way but the body absorbs what it needs naturally. Our bodies actually only absorb a fraction of what the

How To Survive A House Full Of Coughing, Snotting, Fever Struck Kids

This is the arsenal I have been equipped with during the past 3 weeks of this nasty cold that has spread through our community like wildfire. There is a terrible cold attacking all of these young kids where they are continuously hacking to the point of throwing up. But do not fear it is just a viral sickness and mother nature will surely kick it to the curb in due time, but how in the world do you get through the constant hacking, snotting, fever, etc.? I will tell you, besides patience here is all the information you need to know.  Do not jump to the conclusion that your child has pneumonia unless your child is having trouble breathing, is vomiting, dizzy, has a frequent headache, a stiff neck,  as well as a fever over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. More symptoms here ! There are two kinds of pneumonia, the viral kind where the doctor simply tells you to take the child home give them plenty of fluids, rest and some pain relievers. It will run its course and be done. Then there is bact

DIY Valentine's Warm Packs

Valentine's Day is closing in fast and I just completed my gifts for all the kids. I decided to make warm packs for all the small ones in my life because at their age growing pains can cause long sleepless nights. If I can create a soothing bit of relief for them I am most definitely going to do it. Making them is super simple, all you need is some fabric, lentils, and essential oil if you like. I hear Lavender is a great essential oil for sleepy time. Other essential oils that are great for a good nights sleep are: Vetiver Chamomile Ylang Ylang Bergamot Sandalwood Marjoram Simply add a couple drops of oil to your lentils before completely sealing the warm pack and each time you place it in the microwave it will activate the essential oil and help your little one get some rest. I warm our packs up for 2 minutes in the microwave, be careful and check the temperature after warming yours because microwave ovens are all different. 

Sore Throat Popsicles - Soothing Tropical Pops

My kids have gotten a cold over the past couple days with snotty noses and sore throats. Being a true DIY'er I knew I had to whip up a healthy delicious treat to soothe their sore throats. I call these Soothing Tropical Pops! Catchy right?  Soothing Tropical Pops 1 cup Chopped Fresh Pineapple (canned works to) 1 cup Fresh or Frozen Peaches  2 Tbsp Honey 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil 1 Cup Milk  1 Cup Vanilla or Plain Yogurt 1. Simply pour your milk, yogurt, peaches, and pineapple in the blender. Blend until well combined and fruit is no longer chunky. 2. Pour your honey and coconut oil in a microwave safe cup or bowl and pop it in the microwave for 35 seconds or more depending on how powerful your microwave is. The ingredients need to be melted and combined before hitting the blender or they will not combine properly with the cold ingredients. 3. After adding the honey and oil mixture to the blender pulse until the mixture is smooth, no lumps. Pour the mix into popsicle mo

Homemade Detangler Spray

My daughter absolutely hates getting her hair brushed. She fights with me every time and then screams bloody murder if the brush snags even a bit. She has blonde curly hair that gets super knotty very quickly. I have promised to get her a spray to help with the knots so our hair brushing moments won't be so dramatic and then I realized, as a homesteader who wishes to be self sufficient I am not going to buy anything I can make myself. Detangling spray is actually quite simple and some people will simply use just conditioner and water. I tried that and her hair became greasy, I can't let her have greasy hair. So I began experimenting with what I had on hand. I tried multiple conditioners and a few different oils until I found the right ones. It turns out Pantene Pro V Ultimate 10 BB Creme and coconut oil are the perfect combination. Detangling Spray Recipe 2 cups Boiling Water 5 Tbsp Pantene Pro V BB Creme 2 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil 1. Begin by adding you

The COVERPLUG™ Review and Giveaway

Safety is always a big concern when raising little ones, it would seem they can turn almost anything into a hazard. The most dangerous and easily accessible is electricity provided by those lovely outlets that are placed right at baby level. There are lots of different products that you can use to cover them but this one seems to be the easiest and most effective. COVER PLUG ™ covers the entire outlet as opposed to a small clip that only covers a portion. Believe it or not there are babies determined enough to pick those ones off, I have seen it done by my own child. The Coverplug keeps little fingers safe and small objects out by covering the entire unit tightly and securely. The COVER PLUG ™ is a durable, molded, and paintable plastic panel that plugs right into an electrical socket to cover the entire outlet. This innovative outlet cover is held securely in place by posts on the back that align with the ground openings and require no tools for installation or re