Homemade Pudding Pops in Paper Cups

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Homemade Pudding Pops in Paper Cups

My kids are going through the frozen treats like crazy now that the weather is warm – so I thought I’d make some Homemade Pudding Pops with them!  WhenFlavor-Ices and smoothies start to lose their appeal, try these easy, cheap, and delicious pudding pops using paper cups and a spoon.

You only need 5 things for this recipe – and it’s pretty inexpensive to make!  You can also use lowfat milk for a healthier version. [Read more...]

Pool Party Fish Cake Recipe (Great for Father’s Day too!)

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UPDATE: This would be such a fun Father’s Day cake as well, for the fishing dad!

To celebrate summer break – the kids and I made this fun Pool Party Fish Cake and invited the neighborhood kids over for cake and water games!  Check out our post on 15 water games HERE!

It turned out super cute – and would be appropriate for any pool party, summertime soiree or even Father’s Day for the fishing dad.  Here’s how to make your own Pool Party Fish Cake.

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Homemade Firestarters | Dryer Lint & Candle Wax!

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I’m re-posting this tutorial I wrote previously on how to make homemade firestarters because camping season is HERE again!  (Check out some good tent deals here)

This weekend I took my 4 boys out for our first ever family camping trip.  It was all I could’ve hoped for – they were thrilled to cook hotdogs over the campfire, make S’mores, tell silly ghost stories, and listen to old John Denver songs on the guitar.(Well – maybe not so thrilled about the last one ;) )   We swam in the lake until we were exhausted, and finally cuddled up in our tiny 4 person tent together while I lay awake hoping no critters would come looking for leftovers.

It was wonderful – memories they’ll have forever  – just like I do from when I went camping as a kid with my parents.  There was one thing, though, that I wished I had remembered to bring along – something to make the all-important campfire even easier to get going: these HomeMade FireStarters.

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The Drive-In: Go before summer’s over!

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The Drive-In | Frugal Family Fun (if you can find it)

(Jamie here!)  One of my favorite summer activities to do with the family is going to the Drive-In Movies.  For a family of 6, going to the movies is just too expensive for us. But at the Drive-In, our family can see two movies back-to-back for $10 total.  (With a healthy does of nostalgic charm at no extra charge. :) )

The Drive-In has been on my summer to-do-list for years now – and somehow or other we always waited too long and then they were closed for the year.  But a few summers ago, we finally loaded up ye old Land Rover with kids, blankets and lawn chairs and drove the 30 minutes to the nearest drive-in.

If you’re not lucky enough to live near a drive-in theater, I am so sad for you :(

See that sad face?  That is my sad face of pity for you!  Just come visit me some weekend and I will TAKE you to the drive-in – that’s how much I want you to go!  (Although you’ll maybe have to scrunch up on the floor – or we could tie you to the roof- because my family of 6 has a way of filling a Land Rover right on up)

Our favorite night to go is Sunday nights in the summer.  That’s when it’s Carload Night at the Swingin’ Midway Drive-In – where you can squeeze a whole carload of people in for just $10 total.

This.  Is. Awesome-Sauce.

When I was a kid, we would borrow my Paw-Paw’s old station wagon and take half the neighborhood with us to carload night.  (It was just $5 a car then)  Mom would pop a brown grocery bag full of popcorn to take along, and we’d lie a bunch of blankets in the back end of the wagon for movie time – cue total happiness.

 

 

Being the nostalgic sort – I insisted on backing up to the screen with our tailgate out, so the kids could lie on blankets to watch the movie.  Dad & I sat in lawnchairs with a gallon-sized cup of soda to share, and the kids happily sipped on juice boxes and munched popcorn.  Before the movie and during intermission – the kids roamed freely on the playground in front of the big screen.  Squeaking see-saws, merry go rounds, and swings kept time with the 1950′s music blaring through the bulky metal speakers.

When the show started, they raced back to the truck to throw off flip-flops and snuggle back into their blanket nest.  Somewhere between the begining of Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the end of Captain America – dad and I even got time to sneak in some hand holding…

We finished the long double-feature night by bundling the sleeping kids into their car seats and hanging our speakers back on the wooden posts.  As the tires crunched through the gravel out the drive, I smiled knowing the kids would be reliving drive-in memories for years just like me.

If you’re interested in finding a Drive-In Theater in your neck of the woods – you can search by state HERE. If you plan on heading to my very own Swingin’ Midway Drive-in, they even have a Facebook page with info on upcoming flicks.  Just remember – if you’re heading out to Carload Night, make sure to heed the following rule posted on their page:

*All vehicles are subject to random trunk search for SNEAK INS. SNEAK INS pay DOUBLE

Don’t be a sneak in!  :)

Tell me – what’s your favorite summer fun thing to do with your family?

10 Summer-Fun Ideas To Try At Home

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10 Summer Fun Ideas to Try at Home

Jamie here!  Having fun doesn’t have to cost money – or even require you to leave home.  In fact – some of my kids’ favorite things to do require only that I drop everything and dive into pretend play or poke holes in the lid of a mason jar.  Here is my list of 10 Summer Fun Ideas To Do In Your Yard – also check out the Top 10 Neighborhood Games you can play on summer evenings!

1.) Flashlight Tag.

The thrill of hide-n-seek lies in the fearfully giddy waiting period – while the seeker wanders about the yard yelling “GOTCHA” at the unlucky.  The thrill is heightened to a new level when done in the dark – with flashlights!  Grab some neighborhood kids to join in – and then sit back in your lawn chair with iced tea to supervise.

2.) Homemade Bubbles & Bubble-Makers.

 

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Make your own “Water Bombs” for the Pool with Sponges!

Make your own water bombs with sponges!

I saw this project on Pinterest a few weeks back and I ran out and bought several sponges and made them with the boys.  It was so easy and you would not BELIEVE how popular they were at the community pool!  All the kids loved them – and I sat on the edge of the pool tossing them back and forth with all the boys.  It got me wet – but hey, when it’s 100 degrees, getting wet is really not so bad is it? ;)

Photo courtesy of Make and Takes

You’ll Need:

Directions:

  1. Cut each sponge into 4 long strips and group them together in your hand.
  2. Fasten the middle with a rubber band very tightly so that the sponges fluff out all around it.
  3. Dunk in water – throw – enjoy!

For more water games – check out our post on 15 water games HERE!