Tot Tuesday: Homemade Doodle Paint Recipe

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Like it? Pin it! Pin It My kids love to paint! We go through a lot of paint in this house, so when I saw this super easy 4 ingredient doodle paint recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it out right away. First off though, I had to track down some squeeze bottles. I ended up using the Wilton Cake Decorating squeeze bottles that I found at Michael’s. Everything else I had in my kitchen already. Or {Read More}

Tot Tuesday: Countdown to Halloween Friendly Witch Activity!

Tot Tuesday is a weekly feature where I highlight a special kids activity, frugal recipe for kids, kids tutorial, etc. My kids are READY for Halloween. My son can barely contain his excitement and every day he rushes in to ask, “Is it Halloween today!?”. Seeing as he started this bit midway through September, I knew we had a long 30+ days before I could finally say, “Yes, Halloween is TODAY!“. Last year, we had an advent calendar for the {Read More}

Tot Tuesday: Fall Family Fun!

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ORIGINALLY posted in September 2010 In many parts of the country it’s starting to cool off, leaves are starting to change and fall is taking over. Now I live in south Texas so it’s still as hot as a griddle set to high heat, but we’re seeing some improvements! The pool water isn’t boiling when we get in, our car thermometers read only 2 digits instead of 3, and if you wake up early enough you can maybe wear pants {Read More}

Tot Tuesday: Magnetic Jack O Lantern For Your Fridge (Only 4 Supplies Needed!)

  Tot Tuesday is a weekly feature where I highlight a special kids activity, frugal recipe for kids, kids tutorial, etc. My son is 4. This year, he seems to be Halloween obsessed already. We recently went to a Halloween store that popped up randomly in a strip mall near us (does that only happen in Texas? Random Halloween shops taking up abandoned buildings for 2 months every year?), and it was so exciting to see him push a bit past his {Read More}

Finding Age Appropriate Chores for Your Kids

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What are age appropriate chores for your kids? Recently, a friend asked me: “What are age appropriate chores for your kids? They are still so young. You don’t expect them to vacuum or anything, do you?” We had been chatting about housework, and how I kind of hate it. (oh gosh I do) She mentioned that I had just a few more years until the kids could start helping with chores. I laughed and told her they’ve had “chores” since {Read More}

Building Self Esteem in My Children – By Failing

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Building Self Esteem In My Children – By Failing Building Self Esteem in My Children – By…Failing? You might be wondering about that title up there. Trust me, there’s a method to my madness…so stay with me for a bit. Do you enjoy trying new things? Do you enjoy failing new things that you try? Probably not. I’m willing to bet very few of us actually feel encouraged when we try something new and immediately fail. It’s rather deflating! However, being {Read More}

Tot Tuesday: Boredom Busting Busy Bags

Pin It My son has started the dreaded, “…but what am I supposed to do!” when we turn off the TV, his video game, basically stop him from doing whatever fun thing he was doing that needed a time limit he didn’t agree with. It’s frustrating because we have a playroom FILLED with toys. Too many toys. Now, I know part of this is my payback for MY OWN “I’m bored” whining when I was a kid. I can now {Read More}

Tot Tuesday: Face Masks & Reminding My Kids I Am Pretty Awesome

Bookmark this on Pinterest! Pin It Tot Tuesday is a (mostly) weekly feature where I highlight a special kids activity, frugal recipe for kids, kids tutorial, etc. Want to contribute? Email me heather @ familyfriendlyfrugality.com. Last week, my son made a dragon face mask to celebrate the Chinese New Year and my daughter made a dinosaur mask because she’s learning about dinosaurs. I was feeling a bit left out, so I told the kids that I was going to make {Read More}

Saying Happy Birthday to Lizzie with Cake Batter Pancakes (Recipe Included)!

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Want to bookmark it? Pin it! 3 years ago today, I met my little girl face to face for the first time. I remember my eyes filling with tears as I gasped when I saw her sweet face. The emotions overwhelmed me and I instantly felt a rush of love and affection towards this tiny stranger who I’d felt kicking and squirming inside me just moments earlier. It was a radically different experience in comparison with the birth of my {Read More}