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DIY Felt Flower Pillow (UpCycle a boring old pillow!)

 DIY Flower Pillow

This cute DIY Felt Flower Pillow would be such a cute Fall craft to cozy up your nest!

 

 

Hi! I’m Amber Anderson, I am a pastors wife, mom of 2 lovely boys, and an avid DIY’er. I post regularly about DIY projects, crafts and family life – and you can visit my Etsy Shop here!

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Halloween Costumes on a Budget

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Halloween Costumes on a Budget

As Halloween draws near – it’s time to start thinking about costumes.  I have 4 boys who always want to be a popular superhero or cartoon character – never something easy like…. a mummy.  (Hello?  Stockpile of Toilet Paper all ready to go!)

But store bought outfits can be over-the-top expensive, starting around $20 and some going upwards of $50-$100…   If you want to stay within your budget while still coming up with something your kids will love – it’s going to take some creativity and a little research.  Here are some of my favorite ways to do Halloween Costumes on the cheap:

Buy Used:

Check local consignment sales, Yard Sales, Craigs List, Ebay and more to find gently used costumes for sale.  Thrift Stores put out all their costumes in September and you’ll find princess dresses, capes, clone troopers and tons more – but they go quickly so get there now!

See our post of 13 Thrift Store Shopping Tips!

 

Be like Sandra-Dee and make it “Semi-Homemade”:

One of my favorite ways to save on Halloween Costumes is to head to the thrift store and check out their selection.  Or wander around and look for inspiration.  The costumes will likelly be a little tattered or outdated – but they’ll make a good Starting Point!

Let’s say you find a black graduation gown – thats’all you need for a cape for Batman, Vampires and all sorts of other characters.  Maybe they have an old brown jumpsuit that looks pretty non-descript and may have once been Scooby Doo.  You can easily turn this into a bear, a lion, a puppy dog,etc….  Just get out your hot glue gun and add things to it to bring it to life.  The point is – at least with this method,  you don’t have to start from scratch and you’ll only spend a few dollars!

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Homemade Costume Ideas:

If you’re really going to go gung-ho and have decided to make your own Halloween Costume – then make sure you read my post chock-full of Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas!  Find a list of DIY Kids Costume, DIY Group Costumes, and DIY Last-Minute Costumes.

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Buy AFTER Halloween:

I know – this may not solve your problem this year, but take your kids to the store with you after Halloween, when costumes are up to 75% OFF, and let them pick out what they’d like for next year.  It’s true – they may change their minds by next year – but at that point you can present them with the following choices a) Last years store-bought costume  or  b) a Toilet Paper Mummy.

There are actually deals going on all year on costumes and dress-up clothes, if you know where to look.  Luckily – we do!  And we’ll do all the looking for you – just sign up to get your Free Newsletter HERE.

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Shop Online Specials:

Check Amazon, Daily Deal Sites and more for big markdowns.  I’ve found great  deals on Zulily,

For instance – right now on Amazon, there are several deals on Frozen Dresses. you can pick up this DC Comics Boys Costume Trunk with (3) Super-Hero Costumes for only $23.34!  *I have this at my house – and my boys play dress up with it all the time – it’s great!  

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We’d love to hear your ideas too – how do you get costumes without breaking the bank?

 

 

Scarecrow Crunch Recipe (Festive fall treat!!)

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Scarecrow Crunch Recipe

Fall is in the air – and you may want to keep this yummy snack in mind for upcoming parties!

Jamie here!  I had some extra Brach’s Autumn Mellowcreme mix that was left-over from a fall party at youth group.  Since I can’t be trusted around that stuff, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try to make Scare Crow Crunch for the kids! [Read more...]

Make a Costume Chest for Imaginative Fun!

 Make a Costume Chest for Imaginative Fun!

Halloween is coming, which means pretty soon you’ll be able to find some awesome deals on costumes.  ESPECIALLY keep an eye on thrift stores, as they pull out all their dress-up clothes for the upcoming holiday!

Costumes make great gifts, they bring out kids’ imaginations and get them away from a glowing screen for awhile.  Make a costume chest and you’re kids will always have a go-to place to let their imaginations run wild.

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Ham & Cheese Sushi Rolls Recipe (Makes Cute Pinwheels!)

Ham & Cheese Sushi Rolls

With the kids back in school this week – I thought I’d remind you guys about a fun lunch you can pack them!  It’s sure to bring a smile :)

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Shark Cake for Shark Week!

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Shark Cake for Shark Week

As you might know if you have any little boys (or husbands) in your house – it’s Shark Week!   Let the kids know you’re super cool this Shark Week, by making a Shark Cake.  It’s not as hard as you might thank – here’s how to make a shark cake:

 

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Family Free Events this Weekend!

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Every weekend you can find several free family events to attend all across the country.  Here are a list of the upcoming free family events (or almost free) – if you know of any others to share, please send me a comment or email!  Happy Weekend!

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The biggest thing going on this weekend is that it’s FREE Museum Weekend and FREE National Park Admission Weekend.  Now here are some other events:

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Saver Tip Tuesday | End of Summer, Start of School Tips

Come link up on Saver Tips Tuesday

Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday!

This week we’ve got some ways to end summer with a fun bang and start school smoothly.

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