Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pressure Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork (Carnitas)

Pressure Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork (Carnitas) Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

Want pulled pork in a hurry? With the pressure cooker, you can have tender, fall-apart pulled pork in just a little over an hour!

Elise’s low-and-slow slow cooker Mexican pulled pork is fantastic, but when I forget to plan ahead or want it to be ready a little more quickly, I make this speedy version in my Instant Pot.

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Meat and Produce Deals, 3 Store Budget Grocery Haul - Frugal Family Home

Meat and Produce Deals, 3 Store Budget Grocery Haul - Frugal Family Home

For this haul I had only planned on going to two stores, Fred Meyer and my local discount grocery store.

But when I looked over the ad for Safeway, I saw a good deal on two cuts of meat we like so I made another stop there.

This week's budget grocery haul for our family of 4.

I love it when I can find a good deal on meat. I will often really stock up but this time I didn’t have as much available freezer space, so I opted to get one package of each item instead of my usual two.

I picked up a package of London broil. With these I’ll make herb rubbed London broil which is a simple way to prepare this meat on the grill or under the broiler. We’ll eat it over a salad or with a side of mashed potatoes.

If it’s wintertime, I like to prepare the London broil in the slow cooker with a tomato sauce over top. It comes out fork tender and delicious. That reminds me, of another recipe I should add to the blog.

I also picked up a package of petite sirloin steak. We don’t each much steak but when I can get these on sale I’ll make brown sugar steaks or herb rubbed steaks and tuck them into the freezer. I like to grill or broil both of those recipes too.

What I Purchase on this Budget Grocery Haul Trip

Best Buys this Grocery Haul Trip

Wheat Thins after coupon and Checkout 51 $1.01 each
Petite Sirloin Steak $2.97/lb
London Broil $2.97/lb
Bread $1.00 a loaf
Cherries $1.77/lb
Organic Celery Hearts $.50/pkg
Blackberries $.25/pkg
Strawberries $.50/lb

This week's budget grocery haul for our family of 4.

I also neglected to mention in the video that I used a couple Ibotta coupons (my referral link) too and saved $.50 more. It wasn’t much but it was on items I was already purchasing so why not enter my receipt and save the extra $.50?!

I love that I was able to score so many great produce deals this trip. We’ll eat the blackberries fresh.

I’m hoping to dehydrate a few of the cherries and strawberries we love them for snacks and it will help keep them from going bad before we can get to them.

I’ll also dry or freeze one package of the celery hearts since we won’t eat that much before they will spoil.

What was your best buy while shopping recently?

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A Little Summer Inspired Dresser Styling

A Little Summer Inspired Dresser Styling What is the first thing you see when you wake up? Depending on how much tossing and turning takes place, I either open my eyes to our dressing room or rise and see the wall across from our bed. That wall is where our dresser is located, and up until recently, it was a very neglected part of our bedroom.


I really wish I would have thought to take a before picture, but the styling wasn't actually something I ever planned on posting in the first place. It sort of just evolved over the course of the last week and I loved the outcome and decided it was worth mentioning.

So, just picture the white dresser with the too small yet very beautiful pink and navy abstract print above it. And the lamp. And random folded laundry. That is how the dresser had been "styled" for about the last year or so.

I actually initially picked the lovely print from Minted with the intention of framing it and hanging it over our headboard. I looked for something that married masculinity and feminity in a single piece and was really drawn to this particular print for that very reason. Once I picked out the art, I taped out an area above the bed with painter's tape and took those very specific measurements online to Frame-It-Easy to customize a frame. I knew I could remove a sliver from the top of the art to elongate it a bit over the bed, so I customized and ordered accordingly. Once the print and the frame arrived, I did cut down the print a small amount, but it wasn't enough and it looked very awkward over our headboard. That didn't mean that I didn't still love the art, I just didn't love it in the intended location. #storyofmylife The next best place was over the dresser because that area was sitting empty. We moved the mirror to our master bath a couple of years ago and had yet to find a good replacement, so we hung the art and added a lamp and called it a day year.

I am always moving things around and playing with areas around our home, and when I was unpacking and putting clothes away in my closet earlier this week, I noticed a couple of hats up on a shelf. Lightbulb. Maybe they could help balance out the scale of the art and draw the eye up? Plus, the sunny hats were just too cute not to hang on the wall.

A couple of small tacks later and they were looking quite darling.


But something was still missing and the area needed more balance and even a bit more height. I held up three different frames, white, black and gold options, and liked that the brushed gold didn't compete with the existing frame. So I tacked that up as well.


I always try to be resourceful when it comes to filling our frames and do my best to get photos off of my phone. Last week I was traveling for work, and Bryan joined me during a trip to Chicago so we could also celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary. We stayed at a cozy and picturesque hotel which of course I snapped a picture of after checking out. I cropped the picture and printed it out and now it is a nice memory on display in our bedroom.

Awhile back we DIY'd a marble serving tray that I use around the house quite a bit. I grabbed it so I could create a nice little vignette on the top of our dresser. I find that trays are really great at unifying a group of smaller objects so they are less harsh on the eyes.


I have had the acrylic box for quite some time now, I actually found it at a craft store of all places. It was a steal of a deal and is a great reminder that craft stores always have little "gems" for around the home.


And how sweet is that little blue lidded dish? I found it at a local antique shop and scooped it up to hold my favorite daily jewelry pieces.


I reach for the same jewelry 90% of the time so I like to keep my favorites here. The rest I display in our closet and will layer on or swap out for special occasions.

You all know that I believe in keeping fresh greens and florals sprinkled around our home as frequently as possible, and we have quite a few plants, shrubs and trees that I have been snipping from this summer. Wanting to create a little weight to balance the lamp, I cut a large bunch of branches and arranged them in a simple clear vase.


I prefer vases that taper a bit at the top for holding branches with more weight, it makes it much easier to arrange because they don't flop around or fall out as easily. And with fresh water changes, these branches should last at least a month or two.


The dresser is a hand-me-down from our family and we have had it for years but I sort of love the history and character of it. And the clean lines and hardware have allowed it to work well with just about anything we pair with it.


It is always so much fun when something small snowballs and biggers and ends up being even better than the original plan. Just spotting those hats caused me to add a few new things, shop our home and finally give this wall the attention it deserved.


In the end I did decide to share because although I wanted to make this area look effortless, it did take a little effort to get it figured out. I would add something and it would draw my eye in and challenge me to add something else. Then I would edit and remove something or try an item in a different color or scale. I hung the hats and art and then stepped back and adjusted. But for the most part, I just used things I already owned and gave our space new life. That is always the best, isn't it?

So yes to finding accessories at craft, thrift, and antique stores, or even DIY'ing them. Yes to adding fresh greenery from the yard. Yes to displaying things that make you happy. Yes to getting photos off of your phone and onto the wall. A double yes to displaying your favorite hats and accessories. And a final yes for changing things up on a whim.

This update feels like summer to me, but I think I will keep it up all year long. I am pretty positive it will be just what I need come February when I am counting down the days until spring from under a thick pile of down blankets.


Even if my style and your style are completely the opposite, I hope that I inspired you to find a blank wall or nook in your home and challenge yourself to make something fresh and new happen there. And even better yet, do it with things that you already have and enjoy and then tell me about it when you are done.

Have a fabulous and weekend everyone!




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Friday, July 21, 2017

Recycling Old Crayons into Rainbow Crayons: Fun Art Project

Recycling Old Crayons into Rainbow Crayons: Fun Art Project

When my kids were much younger, we always had lots of crayons around the house. In fact, we got to the point where we had a container full of broken crayons or old crayons. I had been reading a lot about recycling old crayons into new, rainbow crayons, and I knew it would be a perfect project for us!

Easy and Fun Family Art Project to Upcycle Crayons: Recycling Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons | Real Life at Home

Easy and Fun Family Art Project: Recycling Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons

I have updated the post below about recycling old crayons that I originally wrote in 2008. It looks like it might be time to do this project again sometime though because when Molly saw that I was working on this update, she said that she’s seen this craft before and it looks fun. I said, “You see those little hands working? That’s you nine years ago.”

Recycling Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons: Project Directions

Gather Your Crayons

You’ll first want to gather up all of the crayons that you want to use to make your new rainbow crayons. We used to keep all of our old crayons in one tub together, so it made our gathering easier.

Prep Your Old Crayons

Broken Crayons Ready for Making Upcycled Rainbow Crayons

Peel the labels off of any crayons that still have labels on them. If your kids are very young, this might be too difficult for them. However, definitely have them give it a try. When we made our new crayons, I worked on peeling off labels while my boys were working on school work.

Everyone then enjoyed breaking crayons into smaller pieces, unless they were already small enough to fit into the heart-shaped silicone mini cupcake liners we were using. We initially gathered all of our crayon pieces into a larger bowl before putting them in the liners, however.

Shhh…don’t tell the crayon police. But, we even broke up some crayons that weren’t broken, but whose colors we just really liked.

Here’s an inexpensive set of heart-shaped mini baking cups:

If you want to try some other shapes, this inexpensive set that includes hearts, stars, flowers, and circles looks super cool:

Place Crayon Pieces into Cupcake Liners

Upcycling Old Crayons to Make Fun, New Rainbow Crayons

We filled our mini heart muffin cups with the broken crayons while our oven preheated to 275 degrees. The kids loved filling up the cups.

Crayon Placement Tip: Be careful not to put too many dark crayons in the same cup together. Too many dark colors together kind of overpowered some of our crayons.

Melting/Baking the Crayons

We left the crayons in the oven at 275 degrees for approximately 10 minutes. I kept an eye on them throughout. Here they are partially melted.

Recycling old crayons by melting them into new rainbow crayons

Finishing Your New Rainbow Crayons

Let the crayons cool down before you try to pop them out of the cups. You can actually melt them in paper cups as well — I just wanted mine to be heart shaped.

Upcycle Your Old Crayons into Heart-shaped Rainbow Crayons

Enjoy your cute new crayons! Maybe even share them with some friends, depending on how many you made.

Easy and Fun Family Art Project: Recycling Old Crayons to Create New Rainbow Crayons

Heart-shaped ones like these would be perfect for adding to homemade valentines or along with some of my free printable valentine card sets!

Step-by-step directions for making your own rainbow heart crayons


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mint Watermelon Popsicles, an Easy Summer Treat - Frugal Family Home

Mint Watermelon Popsicles, an Easy Summer Treat - Frugal Family Home

Popsicles are a wonderful summer treat and when you make these mint watermelon popsicles they can also be healthier than the store bought ones too.

How to Make Homemade Watermelon Popsicles with mint. This is a simple, easy, and healthy recipe for watermelon mint popsicles that kids and adults will love. The added mint makes them cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

We like to enjoy a wide variety of popsicles at our home. Sometimes I’ll use fruit juice and make them. Other times we are craving a cream popsicle like these raspberry cream popsicles with chocolate drizzle.

Then there are times I make popsicles when I don’t want food to go to waste.

Making Popsicles to Stop Food Waste

I’m constantly trying to make sure we use up our fresh fruits and vegetables before they get past their prime. Because any food wasted is money wasted too. I hate to throw money away.

Ways to Enjoy Watermelon

When I purchase a whole watermelon we often struggle to eat it all before it goes bad. If it’s not too hot out I’ll dehydrate part of the watermelon to make watermelon candy. It’s just like natural watermelon taffy and so sweet too.

I’ll freeze some watermelon to use in homemade smoothie packs. And then sometimes I’ll make popsicles out our watermelon.

Since watermelon isn’t all that sweet, at least not the ones I seem to pick out, I like to add just a touch of sweetener to our popsicles. To add that sweetness simple syrup can be wonderful.

The sugar is already dissolved so no need to worry about sugar crystals not dissolving.

How to Make Homemade Watermelon mint Popsicles with mint. This is a simple, easy, and healthy recipe for watermelon popsicles that kids and adults will love. The added mint makes them cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

But I thought for this recipe it would be nice to have a little mint flavor added. So I started by making a batch of simple mint syrup.

This not only works great in this recipe but works great to flavor and sweeten lemonade, fruit water, or ice tea.

If you’ve never made simple mint syrup check out this quick video tutorial and recipe, only 3 ingredients needed.

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What You’ll Need to Make Watermelon Mint Popsicles

Watermelon, cut into small chunks
Simple Mint Syrup
Popsicle Molds
Hand Blender or Blender 

How to Make Watermelon Mint Popsicles

1. Cut watermelon into cubes, smaller cubes of watermelon blend up faster with the hand blender if using a standard blender, larger chunks will be alright.

How to Make Homemade Watermelon mint Popsicles with mint. This is a simple, easy, and healthy recipe for watermelon popsicles that kids and adults will love. The added mint makes them cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

2. Blend the Watermelon Cubes, The smoother you blend the watermelon the better these popsicles are. Be sure to blend long enough to make the mixture smooth.

3. Add Mint Syrup, Add your mint syrup into the blended watermelon and blend for a few seconds to mix well.

4. Taste and Adjust, If your watermelon is pretty sweet you might not need too much mint syrup. If you want a sweeter and mintier popsicle, add more mint simple syrup.

How to Make Homemade Watermelon mint Popsicles with mint. This is a simple, easy, and healthy recipe for watermelon popsicles that kids and adults will love. The added mint makes them cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

5. Fill the Popsicle Molds, pour your blended and adjust watermelon mint popsicle mixture into the popsicle molds and place lids on and add sticks.

6. Freeze, Freeze your popsicles until firm and enjoy.

How to Make Homemade Watermelon mint Popsicles with mint. This is a simple, easy, and healthy recipe for watermelon popsicles that kids and adults will love. The added mint makes them cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

 

Mint Watermelon Popsicles
 
Author: Shelly
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons Mint Simple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Cut the watermelon into small cube and blend with a hand blender or in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add mint simple syrup to flavor and sweeten the watermelon. Blend again to mix.
  3. Taste mixture and add more mint syrup if needed.
  4. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze.
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How to Make Homemade Watermelon Popsicles with mint. This is a simple, easy, and healthy recipe for watermelon popsicles that kids and adults will love. The added mint makes them cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

What to Do with Extra Mint Watermelon Popsicles Mixture

It’s hard to gauge how much watermelon you’ll need to fill your popsicles molds. But there are many different sized molds so it can vary. The recipe is written above for six 2 ounce popsicles molds.

I use the Tupperware brand ones. Here’s an Amazon link to the newer version of the Tupperware molds.  But these popsicle molds also look like a great option and they are less expensive too.

If you end up with too much watermelon mixture give this idea a try. Add a little ice to the mixture, blend with the hand blender and you have a watermelon mint slushie to enjoy until your popsicles are frozen.

That’s how quick and easy it is to make your own watermelon mint popsicles at home. Definitely more flavorful and healthy than the store bought sugary ones.

What kind of fruit combinations do you like to add to your popsicles?

More Yummy Ways to Cool Down…

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U.S. State Facts Crossword Puzzle Printable

U.S. State Facts Crossword Puzzle Printable

Did you ever have to do projects about states when you were a kid? What about memorizing all of the state capitals? I know this may come as a shock to you, since I totally don’t come off as a nerd (wait – why are you laughing?), but I was the kid in class that already had all of the state capitals memorized before we even had to learn them. Yeah. That was me. That also means things like this free U.S. State Facts Crossword Puzzle Printable are my jam.

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U.S. State Facts Crossword Puzzle Free Printable

While I was making this United States State Capitals Crossword Puzzle free printable, I decided to make another one that was all just random facts about states. These facts are not obscure, so don’t worry. They should be able to be found through online searches.

Though I used the National Geographic Kids United States Atlas while I was making this printable, kids won’t specifically need it to do the puzzle, although I do recommend it as a great resource to have around the house or classroom. Many of the answers are ones they may know already from their history and geography studies. Other facts that they’re not sure about can be found by using reference books or Google.

Note: There is a newer version of the atlas that I used, in case you would like to have the atlas. As of this post update, here is the newest version of the National Geographic Kids United States Atlas.

This puzzle is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students who are studying U.S. History and geography. It might also be appropriate for some high school students. Since the printable is a free instant download, you can feel free to check it out and only use it if it’s the right fit for your students.

The second page of the printable is an answer key for the U.S. State Facts Crossword Puzzle that appears on the first page of the printable.

If your kids or students enjoy this United States State Facts Crossword Puzzle, you may also want to grab these other U.S. State Crossword Puzzles:

U.S. State Facts Crossword Puzzle Printable Terms of Use

This download is free for personal or classroom use. The copyright credit line must be included. The copyright line on the printable is for The Homeschool Classroom, since it was originally made in 2013, before I merged The Homeschool Classroom and my other sites into Real Life at Home.

This printable (and its contents) cannot be sold, published, or hosted on other websites.  If you want to pass along the printable, however, please feel free to share a link to this post (not directly to the printable) with others.  Another great way to share it is to pin this post to Pinterest!  Thanks!

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Download the United States State Facts Crossword Puzzle (two page document)

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Have problems downloading or clarity issues with the download?  Here are some tips that might help, but the printable should be very clear and crisp.

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Saint Pope John Paul II Printables and Worksheet Packet

Saint Pope John Paul II Printables and Worksheet Packet

It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve had a new Catholic Saint Packet, but now I have a new one today. I’m very excited to present the Saint Pope John Paul II Printables and Worksheet Packet!

I couldn’t quite decide how to go with the name wording on this one, since there’s Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Saint John Paul II, Saint John Paul II, Saint John Paul the Great, and probably more options. But, I just picked one I saw most often and went with that.

Looking for some activities while celebrating or learning about Saint John Paul the Great or just some fun Catholic printables? Perfect for preschool and elementary students, here is a Saint Pope John Paul II printables and worksheet packets set! | Real Life at Home

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Saint Pope John Paul II Coloring Page

The appropriate ages for this packet varies from preschool through early elementary school.  I don’t want to assign a specific age group to these kinds of things because there is such a variation among children and their abilities.

In addition to this, some older children still enjoy activities like coloring pages. Some activities are preschool appropriate, while others might go as high as mid to late elementary school.  In some cases, there are different levels of the same activity.

As always, I want to give a shout out to my awesome husband, Eric, since he’s the one that draws the graphics for me. Because of this Saint Pope John Paul II drawing was made specifically for my use in this packet, this is not clip art for public use.  That would not only be against copyright law, but it just wouldn’t be nice.  Thanks, Eric, for being Johnny-on-the-spot for me.  You’re a peach.

Saint Pope John Paul II Printables and Worksheet Packet Content

The 34-page Saint Pope John Paul II Printables and Worksheet Packet Includes:

  • Cover Page
  • Terms of Use Page
  • Saint Pope John Paul II Word Search (in color and in black and white)
  • All About Saint Pope John Paul II Fact Sheet to Fill Out (there are three versions of the saint report in the packet, so you can pick which works best for you)

Saint Pope John Paul II Mini Saint Report

  • Saint Pope John Paul II Maze (and Solution)
  • Two Saint Pope John Paul II Coloring Pages (one that has a larger coloring area and his name and another that has a coloring area, his name, and his feast day – shown above)
  • Four Handwriting Pages (two printing, two cursive) that also feature a small coloring area of Saint Pope John Paul II
  • Two Language Arts/Art Pages that involve cutting and pasting sentences, writing a copy of the sentence, and illustrating them
  • A Cut Apart Page Where Children Put Words about Saint Pope John Paul II in Alphabetical Order (There is also a version for younger children with the first letter of the word to help them put it in alphabetical order.)
  • Three Handwriting Pages with Quotes from Saint Pope John Paul II (six total pages, due to having each quote in two versions: three line elementary style writing paper as well as standard lines)
  • A Saint Pope John Paul II quote coloring page (featuring a decorative border that can be colored, as well as areas of the quote that can be colored in)

Saint Pope John Paul II Quote Coloring Page

  • Saint Pope John Paul II Nouns and Adjectives Page – Cut apart a group of six nouns and adjectives about this saint and categorize by type
  • Two short answer pages with six questions each about Saint Pope John Paul II (they are the same page, but one features a word bank and the other does not)
  • Saint Pope John Paul II Crack the Code Page using a Letters and Numbers Code to Find a Short Quote from Him (along with a follow up question about how students can act on that quote) – This page contains a small coloring area of Jesus

Saint Pope John Paul II Crack the Code Printable

  • Two Pages of Handwriting Cards (8 total cards; 4 per page) – These can be put together to form a mini book for kids!
  • Two Venn Diagram Pages – one to compare and contrast yourself with Saint Pope John Paul II and the other two compare and contrast Saint Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis

Please be sure to read the terms of use page on the first page of the packet prior to using any of the pages.

Terms of Use for the Saint Pope John Paul II Printables Packet (Plus Usage Options)

This packet may be used for personal use by your family or in a single classroom/co-op/small group setting for $3.00.

If you plan to use this for multiple classrooms (such as in a school or religious education program) or in a large group, please opt for the large group usage for $6.00.

Under the large group usage, you may include printables from this packet in a single church bulletin, as long as the copyright information stays on the printable page.  (“Single church bulletin” meaning – in the bulletins for one single church, or multiple churches that share the same priest.)

There are other terms of use on the first page of the packet, so please be sure to read through them before you use pages from the packet in any way.

Regardless of the usage that you pick, NO PAGES FROM THIS PACKET MAY BE SHARED WITH OTHERS ONLINE IN ANY WAY OR VIA EMAIL.

Buy Now: Saint John Paul the Great Printables Packet

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Outdoor Living Space: What You Need for Your Summer Party

Outdoor Living Space: What You Need for Your Summer Party Outdoor Living Space-Summer Party Essentials

If you’re having a summer party, you’ll want to make sure that your outdoor living space is ready. After all, you want your guests to be comfortable, don’t you? Of course, you may want to think about your neighbors and…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Vietnamese Noodle Bowls with Chicken

Vietnamese Noodle Bowls with Chicken Vietnamese Noodle Bowls with Chicken

An entire meal in one bowl is a brilliant system. That’s one reason the bowl trend has taken off and shows no signs of declining.

Another is the ease. You can put a bowl together without any heavy lifting, and at the end of your assembly line you have happy eaters.

Here is a riff that I like to do on Vietnamese “bún” – one of the original “meals in a bowl”! This is a cold salad of vermicelli rice noodles, chicken, fresh herbs and vegetables, and a tangy rice vinegar dressing.

Looking down at this bowl full of these delicious ingredients, it’s bound to put a big smile on your face.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

7 Back to School Shopping Tips to Save You More Money - Frugal Family Home

7 Back to School Shopping Tips to Save You More Money - Frugal Family Home

Inside: Stretch your Back to School Supplies dollars with these 7 money saving ideas. Get organized now and save with all the back to school sales.

Can you believe that it’s almost back to school sales time already?

It seems like it gets earlier each year. But when you take advantage of the sales, even if they are in the middle of the summer you can really save a bunch on back to school supplies.

Stretch your Back to School Supplies dollars with these 7 money saving ideas. Get organized now and save with all the back to school sales.

In this episode of the Frugal Family Home podcast, I want to help you get intentional about saving money on back to school items.

To make the most of your back to school dollars I have 7 tips to help you stretch your money, to stay focused on what you need, and to stay on budget.

Listen to the podcast below, or if listening isn’t your thing, scroll down to see the 7 tips below.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Free Printable Back to School Price List
Get Organized for Back to School

Stretch your Back to School Supplies dollars with these 7 money saving ideas. Get organized now and save with all the back to school sales.

7 Tips for Back to School Sales

1. Take Inventory Before You Shop

Take a moment to see what you need and make a list before you set out to do your shopping.

2. Don’t Shop One Store for Everything

Be sure to shop around to get the best deals on office supplies and back to school items. Don’t limit yourself to Target and Walmart. The office supplies stores have great deals for back to school too. Also, drug stores like Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid have great deals on school supplies too.

3. Don’t Do All Your Shopping at Once

Each week retailers will have rock bottom prices on some items. If you plan to shop each week to pick up those rock-bottom deals you can save the most money.

4. Clip Coupons

During back to school sales, you’re sure to find coupons to match many items. Be sure to check for printable coupons and Sunday paper coupons. Print or clip the coupons for items you know you’ll want to purchase. Keep them in an envelope in your purse so you’ll have them on hand when you go shopping.

5. Shop the Dollar Store

The dollar store has lots of school supplies and more at really good prices. If you don’t want to bother shopping the sales shopping a dollar store is a good option for inexpensive school supplies.

6. Stock Up

Don’t purchase just what you’ll need for the beginning of the school year, really stock up. The best prices of the year are during the back to school sales, so be sure to purchase enough to last all year long until the next big sales season.

7. Use Cash

With so many great deals to be had it’s easy to get carried away and overspend your budget. Make a budget now and use cash when you shop so you can avoid overspending.

I hope these 7 tips help you to stretch your money during the back to school sales.

What tip do you use that we could add to the list? I would love to have you leave it in the comments below.

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Iced Chai Latte

Iced Chai Latte Iced Chai Tea Latte

Last summer, I was all about cold brew coffee. This summer, my obsession is iced chai lattes. And my friends, I am deeply obsessed.

The size (and frequency) of my batches seems to have become larger and larger as the summer has progressed. At first, I was just drinking one or two glasses in the morning. And then another glass in the afternoon started to seem perfectly reasonable.

When I switched from water glasses to pint glasses, I knew I was in trouble.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Small Living Room Ideas: Multiple-Use Furniture for Small Spaces

Small Living Room Ideas: Multiple-Use Furniture for Small Spaces Small Living Room Ideas-5-in-1 Ottoman Bed and Papasan Swivel Patio Chair

Furnishing a small space like a living room may leave you feeling frustrated. Why? Because you may not know what furniture to use to maximize your space. The key is to use multiple-use furniture. These are pieces that you can…

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Classic German Potato Salad

Classic German Potato Salad German Potato Salad

I like all kinds of potato salads, but German might be my favorite!

For German potato salad, sliced potatoes are tossed with bacon, sautéed onions, fresh herbs, and a mustardy white wine dressing. It’s a nice change-up from the mayonnaise-based version, and you can serve it warm or chilled.

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Baked Fish with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Baked Fish with Parmesan Breadcrumbs Baked Fish

This is a lazy, day-at-the-beach type of recipe – it makes the perfect meal to quickly throw together and devour after hours of lounging in the sun.

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Skillet Dishes and Slow Cooker Meal Plan - Frugal Family Home

Skillet Dishes and Slow Cooker Meal Plan - Frugal Family Home

It’s Monday and whether you’re happy it’s here or you were dreading the beginning of the week, one way to make it a good week is to have a meal plan. If you haven’t made your meal plan yet scroll down for a few easy dinner ideas.

Menu plan with recipe links

This week we are sticking to skillet dishes, slow cooker meals or grilling our dinner. It’s not super hot but hot enough I don’t want to run the oven.

We’ll be using chicken from the freezer for the mushroom chicken skillet, sweet chili chicken bowls, and the Italian chicken.

I’ll also be using ham I tucked away in the freezer a while back for the ham and vegetable fried rice.

My husband requested pita pocket sandwiches. I usually make my own pita pockets but this time I purchase a package from the store. It’s too warm to bake pitas right now.

We’ll also be having breakfast for dinner for an inexpensive and quick dinner one night.

What’s cooking at your house this week?

Here are our Meals for this Week,

Dinners

This is a simple and easy creamy chicken mushroom recipe. It’s a one pot dish that is great for the summer because you cook it in the skillet. It’s equally delicious served over pasta or rice and it can be made dairy free too.

Mushroom Chicken Skillet with Salad

Italian Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans

Ham and Vegetable Fried Rice, Salad, and Fruit

Pancakes, Eggs, and Sausage

Quick Chicken Parmesan, Salad, and Fruit

Pita Pocket Sandwiches, Chips, and Fruit

Sweet Chili Chicken Bowls with Salad

Lunches

Leftovers most days

Tuna Sandwiches, Chips, and Fruit

Chef Salad, Crackers, and Fruit

Breakfast

This is an easy and delicious baked donuts recipe. Who wouldn’t love double chocolate donuts that are baked to help keep the fat down? Better yet, these are also dairy free donuts too. You’ll have to see how easy these are to make. If you can measure and stir you can make them too.

Toast with Eggs

Double Chocolate Donuts, Eggs, and Sausage

Waffles, Eggs, and Sausage

Where to find more menu plan ideas for this week.

Do you need help planning your menu? Find my menu planning tips here with a free printable menu planner page and here for frugal menu planning tips.


Find more menu plan ideas at Org Junkie too.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Grilled Fish Tacos with Strawberry Pineapple Salsa

Grilled Fish Tacos with Strawberry Pineapple Salsa Grilled Fish Tacos with Strawberry Pineapple Salsa

I love tacos, but if you ask for my favorite, it’s got to be tacos made with grilled fish.

The recipe I’m sharing today is one of my favorite versions. It has a bright strawberry and pineapple salsa that truly makes it taste of summer!

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15 Refreshing and Delicious Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

15 Refreshing and Delicious Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Want to cool off this summer and make family memories at the same time? One awesome way to do that is to make one of these refreshing homemade ice cream recipes! Maybe it’s just me, but there is something special that my kids really dig about making (and eating) homemade ice cream.

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15 Refreshing and Delicious Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Ice Cream In a Bag – Little Bins for Little Hands :: fun as a science experiment or just as a fun summertime activity

Reese’s Stuffed Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches – Tastes of Lizzy T :: not only do these look delicious, but I love how she wrapped them up with wax paper and baker’s twine

Cinnamon and Caramel Fried Ice Cream – Growing Up Gabel :: I love the adding of texture on this one!

Butter Pecan Ice Cream – Bunny’s Warm Oven :: this looks so easy (two main ingredients to make the vanilla ice cream and no churning or ice cream machine needed)

Blueberry Vanilla Ice Cream Cake – The Jenny Evolution :: This is beautiful and would make a dessert that everyone would talk about at a gathering!

No Churn Creamsicle Homemade Ice Cream Recipe – Mama Loves Food :: Three ingredients, no ice cream machine needed, and it’s beautiful! Score!

For recipes that don’t need an ice cream maker, a stand mixer is a plus. This is mine. I love her. She is shiny and red and does all the work for me.

Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream – Magnolia Days :: This one would be super creamy!

Blueberry Ice Cream – Simply Whisked :: Blueberries are a super food, so that makes this homemade ice cream healthy, right? (Okay, it was worth a try.)

Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream – Ilona’s Passion :: This looks delicious and would be perfect for vegans or for those only dairy free.

Smurfberry Ice Cream – Little Blog in the Country :: Smurf yourself a big smurf of this homemade ice cream. (That’s what the Smurfs would say, I would imagine.)

Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream – Gather for Bread :: If you want a more natural mint chocolate chip ice cream, this ice cream (made into homemade ice cream sandwiches later) would be perfect!

Galaxy Ice Cream – Some of This and That :: For real, this is so beautiful! I love all of the colors, and it also needs just a few ingredients. (She recommends these types of food coloring, which is what I often use when I need food coloring as well. It’s so much more vibrant than the ones we used when I was a kid.)

Cotton Candy Ice Cream – Homemade Hooplah :: You had me at cotton candy.

Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream – A Happy Food Dance :: What says summer like toasted marshmallows and s’mores? Holy yum! (If you’re making this with kids, you might love these s’mores and camping themed books and free printable set!)

Peach Ice Cream – A Happy Food Dance :: This recipe that uses fresh peaches would be amazing for a light summertime treat!

Not in the mood for ice cream after all of that? Maybe some homemade ice pops would be more your speed!

15 Cool and Refreshing Homemade Ice Pop Recipes | Real Life at Home

Here are some other posts you might love:

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Desserts in a jar aren't just fun to look at and to make, but they are also a great option for on-the-go desserts or for gift giving. Click to check out 20 awesome recipes for desserts in a jar. | Real Life at Home

These are all so delicious! Berry Trifle-Inspired Desserts {with Three Variations} | RealLifeAtHome.com

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Boy's Bedroom Update: Closet Doors and Supply Drawers

Boy's Bedroom Update: Closet Doors and Supply Drawers Our youngest boy's bedroom has received a couple of updates that are really helping his space feel more finished and functional.


Last year at the beginning of the school year, we decided it was time to give all three boys their own bedrooms. Although our youngest two will always be the bestest of friends, I think they are enjoying the process of putting their personal stamps on their rooms, and appreciating their privacy and quiet time. Although, my heart really loves that they have "sleepovers" with each other any chance they can get.

Just like any space, we try things and they evolve after living with our updates for awhile. We have actually made three changes in this space; two completely intentional and one unintentionally. You may notice that his desk has changed since we created his playful workspace last year. When we ordered his new closet storage for the right side, we wanted to take advantage of as much of the space as possible. To install everything on the right side, we pulled everything out of the left. Once the right was installed, we were unable to get his previous desk back in on the left. It was just a few inches too big, even when I tried to assemble it inside of the closet. We goofed.

So we sold the desk on Craigslist and looked for another inexpensive and smaller option to better fit the nook. Finding a petite desk wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, so I started looking at console/sofa tables and ordered this one from Amazon. And it fit but just barely, I still had to assemble it inside of the closet which was a really interesting and probably quite comical thing to witness.


I also had picked up a set of storage drawers because his desktop was always cluttered with all of his papers and collections and supplies... it made it nearly impossible to actually do his homework with everything that was always piling up there. The drawers are from IKEA and are such a great price! They are nice and small yet still hold so many things. I did have to modify the console table a small bit to fit the drawers under, I just installed the front face board flat up under the front of the desk to keep it properly supported.


The drawers originally came with silver handles, so I sprayed them black and used my computer to create the labels.


And then of course I stayed true to my methods and created some drawer dividers from the cereal boxes sitting in our recycling bin. I found some really strong blue ticking stripe paper from HomeGoods for $3, and I had more than enough to do the four dividers and line all of the drawer bottoms for a touch of playfulness!


Photos like that give me such happy goosebumps! And it was so simple!

I placed the drawers in a way that there is still enough space to open them all of the way, and was also sure that his chair would give him plenty of wiggle room.


As far as what is inside of the drawers; they are labeled Supplies, Think, Get Techy, Be Creative, Save and Play Games.



Little cupcake/baking liners are so great for dividing small things inside of larger areas! I have been using these things everywhere lately!


I like to keep a couple of grade appropriate workbooks at his desk so he has something to do on weeknights when no homework is assigned, and during the summer months. The drawers fit the books and his writing tools.


I didn't have enough cereal boxes on hand for this project, but the Dollar Store sells dividers 3/$1 and they also fit quite nicely to hold his techy items.


Another drawer for his creative items and journals. And yes, I let my kiddos paint in their rooms. I sprinkle craft supplies all over the house to encourage their creative side whenever possible. It's a risk I take, the boys are older and with some research, almost all craft supply products can be cleaned up if an accident happens.


Another drawer holds a variety of small games.

Now it is easier than ever for him to keep his workspace clear!


Oh! And I also added a small textured lamp which was a great small size for his desk and made it feel a little more comfortable.

Onto the next side of his closet. After installing his fantastic new system, we weren't sure we would want to add doors to conceal all of the wonderful storage. But ultimately I decided it would really clean up the room visually and sometimes it is just nice to conceal away everyday clutter, even if it is organized in a lovely way.


(Excuse the weird thing my camera/lens has been doing with making things look like they are bowing out, our trim and doors are actually quite straight).

I was going to detail out the installation process, but we ended up following all of the exact steps we took when we did our coat closet doors. You can find that tutorial here.


This time I purchased these primed doors special order from a local home improvement store. We split the bi-folds and gave them a couple coats of white paint. Added some black hinges and they were now able to swing open from the center.

The simple paneling on these doors is really clean and timeless and fits our boy's space so well. When we initially did this to our coat closet, I ordered some polished dummy knobs. We ended up using the same hardware that was on nearby cabinets for those doors, but I saved the knobs because I knew we would have another project for them someday. That day finally came and to keep them fitting with everything else happening in his room, I gave them a quick coat of black spray paint.



The dummy knobs just look like standard door knobs but don't actually turn or require any special installation. And nothing goes through to the back side of the door or interrupts that inside of the closet. And I don't generally like to spray paint hardware out of fear it won't hold-up, but took the risk because I had everything I needed on hand, and the paint contained a primer. #fingerscrossedtightly



It really did simplify the space a bit, with all of his belongings everywhere, it was nice to clean up this side of his room visually.

Only a few things left on our list:

  • Paint the ceiling
  • Install a new light
  • Add crown moulding
  • Add a roman shade
  • Build a bunk bed

He has really wanted some sort of cool bed in his room so he can sleep his bro or his pals. I think he has his dad convinced to get it done sometime this summer. Should be a really fun project to tackle and we are appointing Parker as the lead designer.


Little by little, day by day, I love how even the little changes continue to make a difference!

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