Valentine Ideas For Your Spouse that won’t break the bank

Valentine Spouse ideas

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Remember mixed tapes? This Valentines Day, make your husband or wife a cd with all their favorite music.

Send them a You-Tube video with a song or a poem singing their virtues!

Send a special Skype video message instead of a traditional love note, listing all the reasons you love them still.

No sitter?

Take a family walk – be sure to hold hands and talk about the good old days.

Put the kids to bed early and share a candle light dinner with your favorite foods.

Love Notes

Bring them breakfast in bed with a handmade card.

Place sticky notes around the house – like on the bathroom mirror, by the coffee maker, on a breakfast tray, in a briefcase – all with different messages telling them why you love them.

Coupon Book 

Create a coupon book full of favorite date night ideas and romantic notions that can be redeemed monthly, weekly, and daily.  These don’t need to be expensive to be appreciated. Think: evening picnic, a foot rub and a favorite movie,  a drive in the country, or a stroll through downtown and out for coffee.

Create a practical book with redeemable coupons for the chores they hate to do. How about: wash the car, cut the grass, or weed the garden? Use whatever may be a small sacrifice on your part, but will mean the most to them!

homemade chocolate peanut butter cups

Homemade Goods

Bust out the apron and get to baking! No need to spend lots of money on chocolate candy when the homemade kind is even better.

Get a recipe HERE for Giant Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Lotion

Women aren’t the only ones who need good moisturizer! Using natural ingredients and essential oils, you can create lotion and bath/shower products your man will love.

See recipe HERE for a manly lotion

Go HERE for homemade scrubs

homemade lip balm

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Do you have more ideas to share? I’d love to hear about them – in the comments!

Frugal Friday: simple, frugal, crafts for Christmas

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Happy – Almost – Christmas

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be “wrapping up” the last of my Christmas crafting and maybe even a little shopping this weekend. I’ll also be putting some final touches on the Christmas decor and doing a bit of deep cleaning before our company arrives.

If you are feeling a overwhelmed with your cleaning list, be sure to read about how I’m tackling mine here.  Soon enough, we’ll all be Merry and Bright!

About those Christmas crafts . . . .  here’s a terrific collection to inspire you this weekend!

Super quick gifts to make from Better Homes & Gardens 

quick and easy gifts to make

Fine Craft Guild –  Sea Shell Printing 

shell printing

From Good and Messy – a new twist on the Sharpie Mug

new sharpie mug idea

Diary of a Quilter – Great neighbor gift of homemade potpourri 

homemade potpourri

Wrap it all up with this sweet little candy cane craft – It makes a great decoration on a package, and it’s a beautiful ornament that is a gift in it’s own right!

From Sweet Miss Daisy

candy cane craft

For more ideas and a little “how-to” check out my dollar store crafts here 

I’d love to see pictures of your crafting projects for Christmas, or your favorite Christmas recipes!

You never know . . . you could be featured in a magazine or blog post – Share using the links below.

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest –  here - I’ve been collecting wonderful ideas for all year long

 

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, New Molly – Green Tuesday!

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Happy Monday Y’all!

 

I do hope all your Thanksgiving plans are falling into place.

Today we get a sneak peek at the Molly Green Black Friday – Cyber Monday – Green Tuesday SALE! (It’s a mouthful for sure)

Although I cannot yet spill the beans on the exact nature of the sale price – I can tell you it will be fantastic and that it may have a little something to do with slashing annual membership prices with my gardening shears! 

We are so very thankful for you,  and on that note, we will begin our “knock your socks off” special on Thanksgiving and continue right on through to the brand new  holiday named after – yours truly. . . .

I know! I was just as surprised as you are to hear that the whole world will be celebrating the brand new Molly Green with the upcoming . . . . . GREEN TUESDAY!  Although no one has called yet to officially tell me about this great honor – someone online let it slip that GREEN TUESDAY is all about natural living,  sustainability, with a Green simple lifestyle, so, they might as well have mailed me the invite!

We are loving the new materials, writers and resources for the upcoming launch. January will be over the top exciting, but this . . . . .

a whole holiday called GREEN TUESDAY –  is truly quite an honor.  I’m off to practice my acceptance speech and peel some more potatoes.

See a great Thanksgiving kids craft here 

Decorate a festive table with items found in nature HERE

Be sure to check out the current BOGO Molly Christmas bundle HERE

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Frugal decorating for the holidays: Using items found in nature

nature decor

 

One of the most frugal and beautiful ways to decorate your home during Thanksgiving and Christmas time is by using items found in nature.

It makes sense, as they were created by the ultimate Designer.  The results can be simple elegance or elaborately detailed creations.

table decor

 

Where you live will likely play a major roll in the types of items you have access to. Keep your eyes open throughout the year for things that can be transformed into table decoration, accents for the mantel or shelves and even for the Christmas tree. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box or to look for things while away on vacation.

nature decor

 

If sea shells are to your liking, they make a whimsical fun design. Adding white or silver paint to shells, pine cones, or acorns can transform them. Glitter can be added and ribbons for hanging or to accent.  Shells, acorns, and pine cones are beautiful in their natural state or painted.

Try adding real fruit to a platter and round up other items such as this hurricane lamp to fill up, or candle sticks for a pop of color.

The idea is to use what you have on hand, dress it up, pair it with something new,  and be creative!

 

Don’t miss the Molly BOGO Christmas Bundle – see it HERE

 

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We’d love to see your homemade gift and other frugal ideas! Grab the button above or from the sidebar and link your post up below. Be sure to visit others to see their lovely projects. We’ll be Pinning and sharing your links!

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Frugal Friday~ Linky Party

There are so many different ways to live a frugal  lifestyle . . . this is a great place to learn new things and encourage one another! Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others. Be sure to come back each Friday and link-up to this great community of frugal followers!

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about my favorite copycat restaurant recipe (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to see my response.  Molly

Dear Midge,

I have to confess, I didn’t really have many “copycat” recipes in my collection until I looked at today’s freebie! Yummy! Thanks to that great E-Book, I now have quite a few to add to my collection! I have to say that of the recipes in the E-Book, my favorite is the “copycat Cinnabon cinnamon rolls.” I’m planning on making those this weekend for Father’s Day! :)

For your birthday dinner, why not try something you have never eaten before? You know my favorite cuisine is Mexican (and that’s where we usually end up!). If you try a type of cuisine that you end up not liking very much, you could always end the night with ice cream! Ice cream always saves the day, doesn’t it?

You could always make a reservation at one of those cute Hibachi grill places. Have you been to one of those yet? I love watching the food prepared right in front of me (and all the fun tricks the chef does while cooking!).

If you were brave enough to prepare (and EAT!) frog legs, I know you’ll come up with something great for your birthday dinner!

Happy eating!

Love ya, Molly

Frugal Friday Linky Party www.Econobusters.com

To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first. . .

 

1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything  related to DIY projectssaving money, frugal living, made from scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable livinggardening, organic, and anything else related to homemaking! You can also  include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like  Midge!)! Show us about how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget!

 

2. Please, no link-ups to giveaways or blog topics in which you are just selling a product.

 

3. Link directly to your frugal post, not to your home page.

 

4. Grab our linky graphic (from the sidebar) and put it on your blog or on your linky post.

 

5. If a linked up post does not meet the above guidelines, it will  be removed.

 

6. If you link-up, please click on other’s links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!

 

Living frugally means living, learning, and growing from each other. We can’t wait to see what you are going to share (to see other blogs who have linked up, click the link below)!  Ready, set, link!

CLICK HERE TO LINK-UP!

Frugal Friday~ Linky Party

There are so many different ways to live a frugal  lifestyle. . . this is a great place to learn new things and encourage one another! Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others. Be sure to come back each Friday and link-up to this great community of frugal followers!

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about my favorite appetizer to serve at parties (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to see my response.  Molly

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Dear Midge,

I have to admit, I used to enjoy making appetizers or fancy hors d’oeuvres more before having children. This is ONLY because it seems I had more time and I needed less of them! Now whenever I bring food to a party I find myself thinking quantity over appearance- LOL! One of my favorite appetizers to make (or bring to a party) are chicken wings. Who doesn’t love chicken wings? It’s a fairly inexpensive food to purchase and prepare and they’re yummy (and messy!). It’s true chicken wings aren’t very fancy but they’re almost always a hit! You can choose many different flavors and sauces to coat your wings, what about GARLIC AND PARMESAN? BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS are one of my personal favorites! Maybe you’d like to try baking your wings, HERE’S a yummy recipe. Looking for something a bit different? ROASTED ASIAN CHICKEN WINGS may be your new favorite.

Ok, I know that was a bit of a chicken wing rabbit trail. . . I’m back to thinking about your love for different kinds of dips. Have you ever tried serving them in a bread bowl? Check out THIS RECIPE, you could totally do this and impress the crowd! Remember that punch bowl you bought last year when we were garage sale shopping? A pretty and tasty punch is sure to steal the show! Check out THESE YUMMY PUNCH RECIPES.

Now I’m thinking we need to plan a family get-together so we can make some of these foods! Grab your calendar. . .

Love ya, Molly

 

To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first. . .

 

1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything  related to DIY projects, saving money, frugal living, made from scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable living, gardening, organic, and anything else related to homemaking! You can also  include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like  Midge!)! Show us about how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget!

 

2. Please, no link-ups to giveaways or blog topics in which you are just selling a product.

 

3. Link directly to your frugal post, not to your home page.

 

4. Grab our linky graphic (from the sidebar) and put it on your blog or on your linky post.

 

5. If a linked up post does not meet the above guidelines, it will  be removed.

 

6. If you link-up, please click on other’s links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!

 

Living frugally means living, learning, and growing from each other. We can’t wait to see what you are going to share (to see other blogs who have linked up, click the link below)!   Ready, set, link!

CLICK HERE TO LINK-UP!

Feedback Friday~ Easter Brunch

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about a chic, Easter brunch on a dime (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to read my fun (and frugal!) ideas. Molly

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Dear Midge,

You had my attention at the word “chic.” Immediately my mind went to the “shabby chic” method of decorating, I’ve loved that look for years! So for once, I’m going to chat about decorating FIRST. . . before food. I know, it surprised me too. :)

Decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive, creativity can go a long way! Shabby chic (in my opinion) is all about taking what you have and reusing it to make your space beautiful. When it comes to Easter and decorating your home, why not start with an Easter wreath on your front door? THIS SITE has 9 easy, DIY Easter wreath & garland ideas. There are kid friendly wreath ideas here as well as some sophisticated (chic) ideas. What are your thoughts on this shabby chic, EASTER WREATH?

Looking for some Easter themed decor to use as a center piece for the table or for around the house? Check out THIS SITE, you’ll find many Easter-inspired crafts there using eggs as the main attraction. THIS EGG SHELL ART is one of my favorites. While I think it would take some time and patience to complete this project, how beautiful would these be in a small bowl as an Easter decoration?

Now. . . on to chic, brunch ideas. One of my favorite things to say is “be fabulously frugal!” That statement is the exact thing that came to mind when I saw THIS SITE and all of the yummy, (and cute!) Easter brunch ideas.  If you scroll down the page a bit (#18 and #19), you’ll come across certain foods that may be on your mind. :)

Sometimes the kiddos in your group may enjoy tried-and-true recipes such as: pancakes, french toast, breakfast sausage (did you know you can make your own?), fruit cups and/or donuts, muffins and yummy, quick breads. THIS SITE has some simple yet scrumptious recipes for a beautiful brunch.

Happy planning!

Love, Molly

 

 

Feedback Friday~ Simple as a Shamrock

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about a simple way to explain the St. Patrick’s Day holiday (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to read my thoughts! Molly

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Dear Midge,

I think a simple explanation followed by a fun craft is definitely the way to go! Just use your own words to describe who St. Patrick was and what he did. Simply put he was the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. Ireland chose the Shamrock as their national flower because St. Patrick used it to describe the Holy Trinity when explaining the foundation of Christianity to the people. St. Patrick’s Day has become associated with anything Irish: the colors green and gold, luck and shamrocks. As far as leprechauns, rainbows and a pot of gold. . . well, you’ll have to decide how you want to approach that. :)

I found THIS NEAT SITE that provides all sorts of St. Patrick’s Day activities. Take your pick and get the glue sticks ready!

Love ya, Molly

Valentine’s Day

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to say “I love you!” There are simple, creative ways to show loved ones how much they are appreciated without spending a lot of money.

Do you know the history of Valentine’s Day?

There are many stories and legends surrounding the story behind Saint Valentine. Valentine was known to be a Catholic priest who was performing secret marriages without Emperor Claudius II’s approval.

When the emperor found out, he had Valentine put to death on February 14th 269 AD. The night before his death, Valentine sent a note to his loved one and signed it, “From Your Valentine.” Over 200 hundred years later, Pope Galasius instituted the celebration of Valentines Day in 496 AD to commemorate the day that St. Valentine was martyred.

Practical Ways to Say ” I Love You”

Give your loved one a special gift without spending a lot of money. Here are a few ideas:

  • Buy a set of candles, bubble bath, or potpourri.
  • Bring home dinner and a movie.
  • Arrange for a babysitter,  for your children to go to Grandma’s house or somewhere else for the night.
  • Forgo eating out: save money and cook dinner at home.
  • Clean the kitchen after cooking dinner for your wife.
  • Bring home your spouse’s favorite ice cream.
  • Leave post it notes with words of love and affection in various spots throughout the house.

Red and Pink Construction Paper and Doilie Heart Valentines

Those who were born in the 1970s or before might remember creating simple Valentines from red and pink construction paper, paper heart doilies, and remnants of lace, foil, tissue paper, or whatever was on hand.

School children made Valentine boxes from recycled shoe boxes or a grocery paper sack. Wives wrote love notes to their husbands and stuck them on his pillow, the bathroom mirror, or in his lunch sack with his sandwich. Husbands may have arranged to take wives to a movie or out to dinner so she could have a night off from her domestic duties.

Why not get back to those days of yesteryear when things were more simple? Let’s be sure to remember that it is the thought that counts.

There are thousands of trinkets and cute little gifts that are available and can purchased from local retail chains. However, gifts from the heart may be more graciously received and treasured for years to come. Why not give a gift that comes straight from the heart?

Do you have a creative way to show loved ones you care? Do you like to prepare a special dish or dessert that says, “I Love you?”

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Feedback Friday~ Sharing the Love

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about simple ways to show love to others this Valentine’s Day (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to find out some of my ideas! Molly

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Dear Midge,

My mind always goes to the practical things, here are a few ideas that came to mind:

  • bake a few batches of cookies and leave on your neighbor’s doorstep with a kind note
  • shovel out a neighbor or elderly person’s driveway/sidewalks
  • have your children make homemade cards, deliver to a local nursing home and hand out to the residents
  • bring a dinner (or some freezer meals) to an elderly shut in, single mom or a family who has a new baby

The gift or gesture doesn’t need to be big, sometimes the smallest things mean the most. Pick a person or people and try to determine something that might help them or that they might enjoy. Happy imagining!

Love ya, Molly