Frugal & Green

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We have just had a ridiculous amount of fun this summer.  It felt like the most busy summer I can honestly imagine in, well ever.  I am completely exhausted just thinking about it, but so thankful for all of the wonderful memories. I’m sure I’ll leave a ton of things out but here’s my best

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With these never-ending rainy days upon us, I am longing for some sunshine.  What better time to make some homemade sunscreen!?  I have been holding onto the recipes and ingredients so long that I can’t remember where the original recipe came from.  I love the idea of knowing every one of the ingredients and knowing

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In my recent post Simple and Frugal Ways to be Green, I mentioned how I wanted to start collecting supplies to put together a box of reusable party supplies.  Really the only time I have been buying disposable plates, cups and silverware has been for birthday parties.  Now I will no longer even need to

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There are tons of lists out there with steps to take toward living a more sustainable and earth friendly lifestyle.  Here are 12 things that we have done in our home and that have made great differences in our life.  Maybe something here will work for you too. 1.  Switch to bar soap:  I prefer

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I fell into a great deal at Staples last week and saw that it is still in the ad for this week.  If you are a a Staples Rewards card holder you get many perks as it is when you shop there or return your used ink cartridges.  Right now though you can purchase up

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By request, here is the bread recipe I use for all of our sandwich bread.  What I love most about it is that it makes 2 loaves and only requires stirring and kneading, no mixer or bread machine necessary-and it is delicious!  I make one batch every couple of weeks, unless we make French toast

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Homemade fondant and birthday cake

I ventured into new territory this past weekend when making Toby’s birthday.  In an effort to save money and really because I totally enjoy doing cakes, I have always made the kids’ birthday cakes myself.  This year I opted to give homemade fondant a try as well.  I have used a little bit of fondant

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Having been on this real food/natural living journey for quite a while now, I feel like I have come to a place of comfort with many of the everyday items we use and how I can make them from scratch.  I used to use coupons like crazy to make our budget work.  Now, I have