Tot Tuesday: Countdown to Halloween Friendly Witch Activity!

Halloween Countdown Activity
Halloween Countdown 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 children that really helped our children build up anticipation for Christmas, so I figured why not do the same for Halloween?

I was browing on Pinterest one day and found this adorable Halloween Countdown Calendar and just had to make it!

(are you on Pinterest? If you are, definitely make sure you are following me, and if I see you follow me, I’ll follow back!)

It’s super simple, this is all you need:

  • Black and green construction paper for the hat and face(I just cut two triangles. In hindsight, my hat triangle should have been wider then my face triangle); also I made a pointy witch nose from the green paper.
  • Purple and yellow construction paper (for the hair, just cut long thin strips)
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • tape
  • black marker

Make enough hair “ringlets” as there are days left until Halloween and begin the countdown! Each night, allow your kids to cut (or tear) off one lock of hair!

My kids LOVE our witch and we have our displayed on our refrigerator right next to our magnetic Jack O Lantern!


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Thanks Baby Center for the fun idea!

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


Well hello there Mr Pumpkin.

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 fears and loudly assure us (as well as himself) that it was all just pretend and oh so silly!

Still, he’s 4. A lot of Halloween decorations are a bit too spooky for him. I also have a 2 year old girl, who is mega tough, but not a fan of ghosts and ghouls (unless they have fabulous shoes of course).

This left me with a bit of a dilemma. I want to deck the FFF Family halls with awesome Halloween decorations, but I want them to be cute and fun for my kids. Not scary or spooky.

So I Swagbucks searched ( 😉 ) some kid friendly Halloween decor craft ideas and came up with a bunch of goodies! I went armed with a coupon to my nearest crafting store and bought the supplies. Today we did our first craft. Oh boy was it a blast!

My kids love playing on the fridge with magnets. They have an older version of this LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set  and they love to put in the letters and listen to the sounds and the alphabet song. Really though, they look that it’s MAGNETIC. What is it with kids and magnets?

Regardless, when I saw this awesome Happy Jack tutorial on Disney Family Fun…I had to try it out!

It’s basically just a magnetic jack o’ lantern that you make from super simple supplies:


How to:
Gather Your Supplies
Glue the orange paper to one sheet of magnet. You can make your pumpkin more pumpkin shaped…or you cheat like me and just round the corners. Cut a bit of a triangle out for the stem.
If you are lucky enough to find magnet that is black on the front…you won’t need to cover your magnet with black construction paper. Otherwise, cut out a few different eyes, noses and mouth (and a stem!) and glue them to the magnet. When the glue dries, cut out the pieces.
Stick it on the fridge
Make a cute face on it before you call the kids over.
Watch what they come up with!

If you have older children, they can probably help with the cutting and drawing of eyes, noses, mouths, etc. Since mine are so young, they mainly watched and enjoyed the finished product! I’m so excited for this craft and can see us making something like this for every holiday!

FYI: This craft uses magnets. Magnets are VERY harmful if swallowed. Use caution if you have little ones in your home.

If you decide to attempt this project, I’d love to hear about it! Either leave me a comment or send me an email with a link to where you blogged about it at heather @

DO YOU have a great Halloween craft, tip or tutorial you’d like to share with the Family Friendly Frugality audience? Shoot me an email and if I love it, I’ll share with my readers! 

Halloween Activity: Make Your Own Friendly Cone Witch!

She watches over our key and sunglass basket 😉

Okay, I was going to post this craft on Tot Tuesday. The only problem?

My kids couldn’t help with this baby at all. I actually found this craft a bit challenging, and didn’t want to mislead anyone into thinking it was easy peasy and kid friendly. The after results are awesome, and your kids are sure to get a kick out of it, but you might want to do a run-through of this friendly witch on your lonesome before you get the kids involved.

With that said, this witch is SO fun! The kids love her and I do too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 sheet each black and green construction paper
  • Tape
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • ½ sheet each white and purple construction paper
  • Red marker, paint pen, colored pencil, or crayon
  • Glue stick
  • Gold paint pen
  • Miniature green pom-pom
  • 2 medium yellow wiggle eyes
  • Black fine tip marker
  • This Pattern

You can find the instructions for how to make this craft over here on Caboose, but I do have some tips for you:

:: I recommend using craft glue to glue your cone together. The tape showed too much on my first draft and just didn’t look nice. The glued version looks much better.

:: They suggest this: “If you prefer that the back of the witch be a bit neater, after creating your black cone, create a cone from green paper the same size. Cut the face and belt      section from the green cone and slide down onto the black cone just as you did with the hat.DO THIS. This is a much simpler & neater way to get the look you want.

:: Like I mentioned above, I highly suggest you do a run through of this craft before you decide to let your kids do it. Otherwise you might all end up getting frustrated. Maybe you should even pre-make the cones for them.

This witch is super fun and a great addition to your Halloween Decor!

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Be sure to pin this super fun activity to do later and to show off to your followers on Pinterest!
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Make Your Own Frugal Chlorine Tab Floater

This DIY Easy Chlorine Tablet Holder is made with simple supplies you probably already have in your house! Use this chlorine tablet holder to keep your pool fresh and clean all summer long!

I posted recently on A Southern Mom about how we had purchased a new pool (kind of like this easy set up pool). It’s a small little thing, but it does have a filter and it has enough water in it that we can’t fill it up and empty it out each time we use it.

We’ve been using the filter plus chlorine tabs to keep the pool clean and it’s been working well!

Related: Hot Summer Toys On Sale! 

We also bought a larger filter for our pool because the one it came with couldn’t quite keep up. Now our pool is pristine all the time!

That said, pool stuff is expensive! Even for a tiny pool like ours.

When I read that I might want to use 1″ chlorine tabs and that I’d need a floater/dispenser for them I was frustrated by how much STUFF I was buying for this “cheap and easy” pool.

I’m happy to report this works PERFECTLY. We had everything on hand already, so we were not out of pocket for any of the supplies needed to make our Frugal Chlorine Tab Floater.

Related: 10 Resource for Learning to DIY “Do It YOURSELF!”

You will need (and you probably have all of this on hand, if not I have linked where you can get these supplies):

(Just fyi…chlorine tab floaters are NOT very expensive. You can save yourself a bit of work and just buy this one for under $5

Making our frugal chlorine tab floater was a as simple as cutting a few small holes in a cheap plastic cup, finding some old foam and cutting it to snugly fit as a “ring” around our cup, and plopping a chlorine tab in!

We’re happy as fish 😉 

You can use this in smaller kiddie pools as well to make the water last longer. Just be sure you buy a small testing kit to make sure your chlorine levels don’t go too high.

The site where I found the instructions for this diy chlorine floater has since gone offline, but I think the pic above is fairly self explanatory!

Take your plastic cup and cut up some slits. Make 4 evenly spaced so the cup floats evenly. Take you styrofoam ball and cut it to fit your cup snugly. Slip the foam on your cup, throw in the chlorine tablet and let it float!

Be sure to pull this out and put this in a high out of the way place while your kids are enjoying the pool. You don’t want little ones playing with or ingesting the chlorine tab!

Related: 10 Quick and Fun Summertime Crafts & Activities for Kids

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DIY Unclog a Stubborn Drain Using 2 Simple Ingredients

DIY Unclog a Stubborn Drain

We recently had a horrible clog in our bath tub. We tried good ol’ Drano, but it simply wasn’t cutting it.

One night, my husband was about to give the kids a bath. I was in the other room getting the kids undressed when all of a sudden I heard him yell out.

Apparently our drain had gotten so bad that it was now turning on us. As soon as he turned on the water, junk started coming up the drain and into the bathtub!

I don’t even want to try and describe the gunk that was coming up, suffice to say we had a feeling it was time to call a plumber.

However, I’m frugal by nature and I honestly hate spending money on things that I think we can handle ourselves!

I googled a few things and came across a few forums that suggested I pour baking soda followed by boiling hot water down the drain.

I figured as a last resort it was worth a shot, so this is what I did to DIY Unclog our Stubborn Drain:

(This was all after we had used a straightened out wire hanger to get any hair or easy to grab gunk out)

First I poured a good amount of baking soda down the drain. Probably about 1/2 a cup!

I let it sit there in the drain and I went to the kitchen to boil a pot of water.

Next, I walked the pot VERY carefully (be sure to call out to anyone in your house to let them know you are walking around with boiling water. If your house is anything like mine, little feet can turn corners at any time!) to the bathroom and poured the boiling water down the drain.

It kind of fizzled a bit with the baking soda and I left the drain alone for about 20 minutes. Than I ran some regular tub water through it and was shocked how quickly it went down the drain!


I did see some other tips to incorporate vinegar as well, but I didn’t end up needing to do that. The baking soda + boiling hot water did the trick on our stubborn clogged drain!

Do you have any tips for DIY home repairs or cleaning?

Free eBook: Easter Eggs–Designs, Tips, and Recipes

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Do you dye eggs each Easter? Here’s a great FREE eBook with some neat tips and tricks!

Download “Easter Eggs–Easter Egg Designs, Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs, Egg Recipes” today!!

If you’re tired of coloring Easter eggs the same old boring way you have been for years, our Easter Eggs: Easter Egg Designs, Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs, Egg Recipes free eBook has tons of unique Easter egg coloring ideas! This eBook is full of fun ideas for Easter.

Have fun!


FREE eBook–How to Make Easter Crafts: 7 Cute Easter Craft Projects

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You still have time to create some great Easter crafts with your children! Download this FREE eBook “How to Make Easter Crafts: 7 Cute Easter Craft Projects” today and get started!

This collection includes Easter basket ideas, Easter egg crafts, Easter wreath tutorials and more adorable easy to make Easter decorations.

I love the “Grass is Greener” wreath featured in the eBook!


Craftsy: FREE Patterns for Sewing, Crocheting, Knitting, and More!

Craftsy: FREE Patterns

Do you sew, knit, crochet, embroider, or do some other craft? Have you heard of Craftsy?

Craftsy is a site where you can find online classes, workshops, projects and even great deals on crafting supplies.

They also offer some FREE patterns!

Breda's Cowl Pattern for Crochet

Needle Felting Basic Pattern

Head on over and check out Craftsy!

Enjoy the free patterns!


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