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It’s time to Get Clean – Get Organized and to stay that way with TheFlyLady! Turn your life and your home organization around with the wit and wisdom she is known for.  Join her newsletter HERE for free and begin with a welcome letter that will help you begin to lay out a plan for your daily cleaning and organizing schedule according to the Zone plan. Spring is the perfect time to get started

For years now, FlyLady has been training women to fly by establishing routines with daily FLYing Lessons!  TheFlyLady is on a mission to help us get clean – get organized – and to stay that way. . . . . best part of all . . . . .  it’s free! She even has FlyLady TV to help and encourage you as you begin the journey towards a cleaner and more organized lifestyle.

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You will learn to take baby steps, to stay on task, and to get the job done without being overwhelmed. FlyLady will break your home down into different Zones which hold daily projects to tackle so that you never get behind again. You don’t have to wait for a starting point – you can begin today – right where you are. FlyLady encourages you to jump right in and begin making changes immediately. You’ll have step by step instructions that will take care of the big projects in your home, as well as the smaller ones that add up so quickly. You will never have to wonder where to begin, or feel like there is too much to make a difference. You will love seeing how making small changes – will immediately make a big difference and see how those big projects shrink – right before your eyes!

Learn to declutter in 15 minutes and gain wisdom from the FlyLady’s 11 Commandments that will change your life, and your home . . . for good!

Discover more tried and true solutions for your home from articles by TheFlyLady in your issues of Molly Green Magazine. Join us to take advantage of the benefits (read more about that here) and become a Molly Member today!

 

Apples, Apples and more Apples!

Midge copyGuest blog by: Midge

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” — Jane Austen

This excerpt was taken from the SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE OF MOLLY MAGAZINE which helps you to organize your pantry, save money and more!  ALSO, be sure not to miss out on all of the fun links to recipes and learning activities I have shared at the end of the blog! 

Lately, I have been eating, sleeping, and dreaming about . . . APPLES!

apples graphicFall is my favorite time of year. The weather cools down and chilly breezes can be felt as I walk to the mailbox each morning. In the afternoon, our local park is abuzz with soccer coaches’ whistles and the quiet hum of laughter filled children playing and running. An occasional fall rain shower brings the smell of the wet street and dying grass to your senses. It is also the season of Thanksgiving and apples!

My mother and father-in-law came for a visit recently. They brought three buckets full of small apples from their apple trees at the ranch. I have never had that many apples in my home before and had no idea what to do with them!

One look at those apples and I knew that I was not going to let any of them go to waste. I opened a cookbook and picked out a recipe that called for the largest amount of apples with the least amount of other ingredients and got set to go to work. I used an apple peeler/corer we received as one of our wedding gifts (and yes, this was the first time I used it!). I peeled, cut, sliced, and then repeated the process until I was tired of turning the crank on my new kitchen gadget. Finally, I piled all of them in the slow cooker with a few other sparse ingredients; and then let it cook for about 8-10 hours.

The reason you don’t see the recipe included in this letter is because it did not quite turn out the way I intended! It was supposed to make apple butter but instead it was more like apple sauce. The good news was our little one year old Sarah ate it like a champ (unlike the CARROT BABY FOOD DISASTER)! And my husband, a big fan of apple butter, had four helpings at one setting. Compared to my one small spoonful, I started to feel like I was wimping out on enjoying those apples!

After all was said and done I still had 2 ½ buckets full of apples left over and had met at least three little worms in the buckets in addition to the worm which managed to get stuck in my dishwasher (don’t even ask). I remember drawing book worms as a kid on my reading reports. I guess I never thought that this idea had to originate from somewhere!!! It came from my apple buckets!

 

Molly,

Help! I want to make or create something special with all of these apples. Fall is the time for apples and apple pies but if I have to eat them all in the next month or two, I fear I will never want to look at another apple again!  How do you store your apples? What are a few of your favorite apple recipes? My husband keeps saying that he has a hankering for an apple crisp dessert. Do you have a great recipe to make this?

Love ya,

Midge, the real live book worm

You can find Molly’s response here: SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE OF MOLLY MAGAZINE

MORE APPLE RECIPES AND FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB…

Recipes:

Caramel Apple Salad from Life with Moore Babies

Tree to Table Applesauce with no added sugar! From Training Happy Hearts

3 apple recipes plus tips for kids in the kitchen from Kids with Food Allergies

Crafts and Fun:

Torn Paper Apple Tree from 3 Dinosaurs

Apple Pie Scented Play Dough from To the Moon and Back

Melted Crayon Leaves and Apples by Life with Moore Babies

Learning:

Nature Study ~ Apple Trees from Mom’s Heart

FREE apple calendar cards from 3 Dinosaurs

A Week with Apples from Mercy is New

 

 

The Non-Frugality of Potty Training

Midge copyGuest post by: Midge

We have a mountain of dirty clothes and my washing machine decided to wash the floor instead of the load in its belly. You can always tell when it’s going to be “just one of those days”! It was not a great day for it to break  because my little one is in the midst of potty training.  So, having a washing machine is a DIRE need. Sigh . . .

With the passing of the Mother’s Day holiday, I found myself pondering the plight of potty training mothers everywhere. Some of my friends have remarked that their children potty trained themselves ~ practically overnight! Other friends have suggested that their children struggled until they were five, and some continued past that point with overnight issues. It seems as if everywhere I look someone has an opinion (and sometimes these opinions contradict each other!)

Potty Training

What has really been on my heart is not just the trials of training your child but the COST of all of those fancy products. It appears as if I have to buy half of the diaper aisle in order to confidently lead my child on the road to being a “big kid”. Potty training, from the perspective of the consumer, can be VERY expensive. Today, my guest post is not long but more of a thoughtful inquisition of your opinions.

What has helped you out as a mom on the road to potty training your little ones? What products do you feel are necessary? And which products are more fluff and fun than useful?

Molly Saves While Keeping Healthy and Fit

Ready … set … go for health!

Molly greets the new year with tips for frugal fitness!

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Want to make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle this year? This Money-Saving Digest features recipes, workouts, and other tips for the journey to fitness, whether you’re just starting out or have reached your goal and want to maintain it. But the Digest doesn’t stop there. You’ll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Break out of the winter doldrums with our flavorful Meal of the Month.
  • Teach your kids how to keep track of their money.
  • Keep your lips luscious this winter with homemade remedies.
  • Find out about a financial book that will inspire you.
  • Learn how to stretch the time between grocery shopping trips.

This issue’s special feature is:
Molly Saves! While Keeping Healthy and Fit

You don’t need fancy equipment or a gym membership to make your way to better health. Making small changes in your everyday habits and using items you have around the house can give you a frugal fresh start toward fitness. You’re busy with your family and your work, whether inside or outside the home, but making time for health is one of the most important things you can do for the people you love. This month’s Digest gives you a head-start on the road to a healthier body.

  • Find out everything you need to know about smoothies.
  • Learn where to look for frugal and fit recipes on the web.
  • Download patterns for making your own exercise clothes.
  • Let Eleanor Joyce inspire you to make some simple changes this year.
  • Discover some small ways to increase your activity every day.
  • Short on time? You can squeeze in this 12-minute workout.
  • Start a healthy new habit this month.
  • Get some great ideas for sneaking vegetables into your family’s food.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this issue of Money-Saving Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: Make time for your favorite hobby in January, National Hobby Month. And there are plenty of foods to celebrate this month, from hot tea to chocolate cake to popcorn.
  • Begin With the Basics: Smoothies are a quick, easy meal replacement or snack, and when you make them with healthy ingredients, they can contribute to your family’s fitness as well.
  • Forms, Printables, & Links: The Internet has lots of good ideas for healthy food and inexpensive exercising. Print out an exercise log and food diary to help you track your progress. Hang on to more of your money by forgoing shopping and making your own exercise clothes with free online patterns.
  • Décor & More: Eleanor Joyce concentrates this month on remodeling our bodies rather than our homes. Get her simple but effective tips for improving your health this year—and she couldn’t resist pointing you to some cute, related projects as well.
  • Meal of the Month: KerryAnn Foster spices up January with a recipe for Chicken and Broccoli Dijon, along with blondies for dessert that have a healthy secret weapon no one will ever know is in there.
  • Molly Saves! While Keeping Healthy and Fit: Take a look at your normal, everyday habits to see where you can add in some activity and opportunities to move, from parking further from the entrance to doing without some modern conveniences.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Teach your children how to respectfully handle their money and how to keep track of it. We have tips for all age groups, from younger kids to teens.
  • Something Old, Something New: Guest columnist Claire Wolf takes away perhaps the No. 1 excuse for not exercising: putting in the time. She offers up a 12-minute workout using “equipment” you probably have right this minute in your laundry room.
  • Here’s to Your Health: Get some advice on how to make your resolution stick this time. Don’t give yourself an out!
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Wintertime is tough on lips, but no matter how chapped, yours aren’t beyond repair. We have tips for rejuvenating dry lips and keeping them that way with homemade lip balm.
  • Molly Recommends: Draw from the simple financial wisdom of the Amish in this month’s recommended book, along with inspirational stories of how that wisdom has paid off.
  • Change One Thing This Month: Get organized with the food you already have on hand and see how far you can stretch it. With inventories and purposeful cooking, it may be a long time before you need to go on a big shopping trip.
  • Inspiration! Don’t tell the kids, but there are vegetables in their favorite foods! If you have finicky eaters, you’re going to love all of these ideas to help you sneak in the healthy stuff.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Money-Saving Digest—see what’s inside!

Click here to view a sample.

Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Toni Riggs, Patricia Hunter, KerryAnn Foster, Lori Boling, Claire Wolf, Jennifer Miller,Julie Coney, Kristen Hamilton, and Wendy Hilton
Publication: 2012
Pages: 47
File Size: 3.6 MB

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You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

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Molly Saves in the Powder Room

Perk up your powder room!

Get a prettier room and a prettier you, for less!

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Wake up to a better bathroom with Molly’s Money-Saving Digest Molly Saves In the Powder Room. Whether your room needs just a tweak or an overhaul, you’ll find help. Satisfied with your décor? We still have suggestions for you: tips for everything from organization to how to save on bathroom essentials. But the Digest doesn’t stop there. You’ll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Learn how to make your own flavorful broth.
  • Find out why brining is the ideal way to prepare a turkey for roasting.
  • Read up on making sure your holiday decorations are safe for your pets.
  • Teach your kids that, sometimes, making is better than buying.
  • Get some tips on how to combat the effects of dry air in your home this winter.
  • Protect your hair—frugally—from the ravages of cold weather.
  • Find out which book gave Molly a new approach to housecleaning.
  • Use a little time and creativity to save on children’s toys.
  • Learn how to winterize your home easily and inexpensively.

Statistics say the average American spends two weeks a year in the bathroom. Sometimes, for moms, that’s the most quiet, peaceful time we get in the midst of a busy day. You’ll enjoy your bathroom “getaway” even more with Molly’s ideas for appealing décor and clever storage. And you’ll be surprised by the flood of savings when you make your own bathroom products, from cleaners to lotions to hair and facial treatments. So, grab this Digest and head to the powder room—or the recliner—and let the savings begin!

  • Use checklists to help you (or your kids) keep the bathroom sparkling.
  • Clean up on savings with recipes for making inexpensive cleaning products.
  • Click our links for ideas about storage, organization, and frugal décor.Make your own beauty products and keep your budget looking good, too.
  • Find out why dressers aren’t just for bedrooms.
  • Create lovely and useful gifts by dressing up plain bars of soap.
  • Learn more about your skin and how to care for it.
  • Make some pretty soap dispensers that are durable, too.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: The spotlight is on sweet treats in December, with National Brownie Day, National Pastry Day, National Ice Cream Day, National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, Bake Cookies Day, and National Chocolate Day all taking a spot on the calendar.
  • Begin With the Basics: Don’t throw out your turkey bones and carcass this year. They’ll help you make a delicious broth that you can use now or store in the freezer for later. Save your chicken bones, too.
  • Forms, Printables, & Links: The Internet has lots of good ideas for beautifying the bathroom and coming up with more storage space. You’ll also find recipes and tips for saving money on everyday cleaning supplies by making them yourself.
  • Décor & More: Three teenage daughters plus all of their bathroom accoutrements added up to a storage problem for Eleanor Joyce. Find out how she solved it by repurposing furniture from another room. Also, she shares how to make easy but beautiful soap gifts, plus her favorite recipes for homemade cleaners.
  • Meal of the Month: KerryAnn Foster tells the secrets of brining turkey before you roast it. She also shares recipes for Sweet Potato Souffle and Grandma Coffey’s Icebox Fruitcake.
  • Molly Saves! In the Powder Room: We have only one skin that needs to last us a lifetime, but brand-name skin treatments can be out of range for a tight budget. Molly tells you how to take good care of your skin without spending a lot.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: The last thing pet owners want during the happy holiday season is an injured pet. Dr. Tiffany Rule offers tips on making sure your decorations are safe for cats and dogs.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Molly demonstrates for your kids that it pays to compare the cost of buying versus making something yourself, especially when the task is as easy as 1-2-3.
  • Something Old, Something New: Unhappy with the quality of most store-bought soap dispensers, Sharon White takes matters into her own hands, making homemade dispensers that offer both beauty and durability.
  • Here’s to Your Health: Running the heat during the winter keeps us warm, but it takes a toll on our bodies as well as our furniture and flooring. Learn some simple ways to add some humidity back to your indoor air.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Wintertime is tough on hair, but some easy tricks can help you keep it healthy.
  • Molly Recommends: Are you a Mary or a Martha? Find out which book can help you be a little of both, offering new inspiration for keeping your home clean, as well as tasks that will help you get it up to par.
  • Change One Thing This Month: Toys don’t have to be expensive to capture a child’s attention. In fact, they don’t even have to come from the store. Check out our long list of homemade toys that would please any young child.
  • Inspiration! Are sections of your home rarely used? Save on heating bills by closing them off. Have leaky windows? We have a frugal fix for those as well.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Digest—see what’s inside!

See a sample here.

Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, KerryAnn Foster, Patricia Hunter, Sharon White, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, Kristen Hamilton
Publication: 2011
Pages: 52
File Size: 3.8 MB

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Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!
You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

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Molly Saves in the Laundry Room

Conquer Mount Washmore!

Climb to the top of your laundry heap and raise a victory flag!

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This month, Molly helps you tackle that job that never seems to end. From saving on supplies to making your laundry room a space you actually want to be in, Molly’s Money-Saving Digest Molly Saves In the Laundry Roomhas this chore in the bag. But the Digest doesn’t stop there. You’ll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Get tips and recipes for two Thanksgiving side dishes.
  • Put your slow cooker to good use during the busy holiday season.
  • Find out how to put together a first-aid kit for your four-legged family members.
  • Teach your kids how to save money at the grocery store.
  • Turn a throw-away box into a useful storage bin.
  • Learn more about avoiding colds and flu—and what to do if your valiant efforts fail.
  • Holiday stress is almost a given. We’ll tell you how to combat it.
  • Find out which book Molly recommends to help you create your ideal Christmas.
  • Stretch your dollars by purchasing items that do double duty.
  • Be inspired by one thrifty mom’s top 10 ways to save money.

You may not have 10 children, but your laundry pile can make it seem as if you do. Large or small, families generate a lot of messy clothes, towels, and linens, over and over and over again. In America, we have it easy compared to many of the world’s women, with our running water and washing machines. A little perspective is a wonderful thing—but despite our conveniences, laundry can be an overwhelming job. This month, Molly helps lighten the load.

  • Surf the Internet for some inspiring laundry room redos.
  • Save money by making your own detergent and stain remover.
  • Get help with organizing a small space.
  • Find out how Eleanor Joyce made her laundry task a bit more lovable.
  • Learn how to remove many laundry stains with items you have around the house.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: Getting revved up to buy a used car? November is a good month to make the purchase. Every day is a good day to practice kindness, but World Kindness Day on the 13th makes it official.
  • Begin With the Basics: Do something different with cranberries this Thanksgiving: Make a relish! And for many families, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without cornbread dressing. Find out how Molly makes hers.
  • Forms, Printables, & Links: The Internet has lots of good ideas for beautifying the laundry room to make the job cheerier. You’ll also find recipes and tips for saving money on everyday laundry supplies by making them yourself.
  • Décor & More: Eleanor Joyce shares a sweet laundry find: a vintage cart that she turned into a rolling hamper. Her laundry room may still be less than ideal, but the cute cart adds both convenience and charm to the chore.
  • Meal of the Month: KerryAnn Foster serves up chicken cacciatore for your slow cooker. Make your week even easier by cooking enough for leftovers. Then give your family an inexpensive and easy treat that can serve as both dessert and breakfast.
  • Molly Saves! In the Laundry Room: Molly tells you which household products can help remove common laundry stains. Got a stubborn stain? Find out how to keep battling it without giving it a chance to set and become permanent.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: Pets sometimes need first aid, too. Dr. Tiffany Rule tells us what to put in our first-aid kits and how to use them in case of a pet emergency.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Molly demonstrates for kids how a dollar saved at the grocery store can add up to hundreds over a year’s worth of shopping. This is news they can definitely use as they venture out on their own, or let them practice now by putting them in charge of the family groceries.
  • Something Old, Something New: Sharon White takes an empty laundry detergent box and turns it into stylish storage for magazines. These storage containers only look as if you spent a lot of money.
  • Here’s to Your Health: ’Tis the season for colds and flu. If frequent hand-washing and other precautions can’t keep illness at bay, try Molly’s tips for easing symptoms as you wait it out.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Bust your holiday stress with some ideas for helping both your mind and body blow off steam, from the physical release of exercise to the spiritual peace of God’s Word.
  • Molly Recommends: Do you really enjoy your Christmas routine, or are you blindly following traditions that you don’t truly hold dear? Molly recommends a book that helps you re-evaluate your holiday, taking into account what’s most important to you and your family.
  • Change One Thing This Month: Shopping for table décor and dishware at thrift or discount stores is frugal. But take your thriftiness one step further by choosing items that can perform more than one function.
  • Inspiration! One mom shares the top 10 ways her family saves money. Implementing even one of them can make a difference in your family’s budget, too.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Digest—see what’s inside!

See a sample here.

Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, KerryAnn Foster, Patricia Hunter, Sharon White, Toni Riggs, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, Angie Donnelson
Publication: 2011
Pages: 69
File Size: 4.7 MB

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Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!
You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

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Or become a monthly Molly Member and subscribe for only $3.85 per month!

Molly Saves in the Dining Room

It’s a feast of frugality!

Make your dining room a more appetizing space without spending a lot of dough!

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Transforming your dining room doesn’t have to gobble up your budget. In Molly’s Money-Saving Digest Molly Saves In the Dining Room, learn how you can make your dining space more functional as well as more beautiful-for less! A simple but lovely room can make any dinner seem more special. But the Digest doesn’t stop at the dining table. You’ll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Find out what you should do this month to keep your home well-maintained.
  • Learn how to make the perfect gravy—it’s not as hard as you think.
  • Try a versatile chicken dish that’s quick to prepare.
  • Explore the pros and cons of pet insurance.
  • Give your children a crash course in grocery budgeting.
  • Learn how to create a carafe and glass for your guest bedroom or bathroom.
  • Read about natural ways to combat under-eye circles.
  • Discover which book Molly recommends for a new perspective on weight loss.

Our dining rooms are about much more than just eating. In these rooms, we not only nurture our bodies, but also our relationships. As we share a meal, we share our daily experiences, our thoughts, and our feelings. Fussy furniture and deluxe details are not required. A simple, casual space that can serve many functions—eating, playing board games, gathering for worship and devotions, hobbies—will make your dining room a place for family as well as food. This month’s Digest gives you the ingredients to create such a space in your home.

  • Go online for creative ideas for storage, decorating, and the coming holidays.
  • Follow Eleanor Joyce as she works to transform her dining space frugally and fast.
  • Consider a philosophy of true hospitality and how to foster it in your dining space.
  • Learn how to accommodate guests with food allergies.
  • Get tips on creating inexpensive tablescapes that look like a million bucks.
  • Be inspired to feed your family spiritually at the dining table.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: Are you thinking of getting a new best friend? October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month. And here’s some sweet news: It’s also Cookie Month. Need to get your home ready for winter? Our to-do list will help.
  • Begin With the Basics: Good gravy! It’s not difficult when you know the basics. We take you step by step through the process and discuss your ingredient options.
  • Forms, Printables, & Links: The Internet has lots of good ideas for storage and décor in the dining room. Find inspiration for beautiful but inexpensive centerpieces, as well as printable place cards and other holiday helps.
  • Décor & More: Eleanor Joyce tells us how she discovered the meaning of the word “deadline” when she decided to redo her dining room in time for a graduation party. In just a week, she was able to do a whirlwind transformation, devoting more elbow grease than money to the project.
  • Meal of the Month: KerryAnn Foster serves up a versatile chicken meal that’s perfect for busy fall days. This quick dish can be easily changed to prevent boredom. Afterward, surprise your family with an easy and inexpensive pie that stars a favorite pair: peanut butter and chocolate.
  • Molly Saves! In the Dining Room: Create a welcoming dining room that meets your family’s needs and matches your taste, not someone else’s. Practicing patience along with frugality and creativity can help you get the furnishings and accessories you want at the right price.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: Do you need to purchase pet insurance? Sometimes, just one illness is enough to wreck a family’s budget, but buying insurance may be unnecessary. Dr. Tiffany Rule weighs the cost and potential benefits of pet insurance.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: This month, your children can learn about food costs, how to make a meal plan to fit a budget, and how to find the best bargains at the grocery store.
  • Something Old, Something New: Sharon White explains how you can turn two plain glass jars into a carafe and drinking glass for overnight guests. Just that small, thoughtful touch can make your guests feel more welcome.
  • Here’s to Your Health: With the prevalence of food intolerances and allergies today, it’s important to check with your dinner guests before you plan the meal. Our tips and advice on how to accommodate common food issues will help.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: The holidays are a time of food, fun, and family, but they can also be a source of stress and tiredness, which may bring under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Molly offers up some natural remedies.
  • Molly Recommends: Do you struggle with your weight? Molly recommends a book that doesn’t give the typical weight-loss advice. Instead, the author shares her own journey from relying on food to relying on God.
  • Change One Thing This Month: The thrift store is a great place to look for dining room bargains. Need furnishings? Linens? Dishes? Molly shares tips and stories of some of her own thrift store finds.
  • Inspiration! Make your dining table a place that nurtures the soul as well as the body. Our Inspiration! column tells you how.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Digest—see what’s inside!

See a sample here.

Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Sharon White, Patricia Hunter, Toni Riggs, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, KerryAnn Foster
Publication: 2011
Pages: 60
File Size: 5.3 MB

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You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

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Molly Saves in the Family Room

Focus on your family!

Create a comfortable space and carve out some together time.

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In Molly’s Money-Saving Digest Molly Saves In the Family Room, get some tips on making your family room fun and functional for less! With ideas on furniture, food, and family entertainment, this Digest will help you foster an atmosphere your family will love to come home to. But it doesn’t stop there. You’ll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Having guests over? Make our featured meal mostly ahead of time.
  • Find out which pet problems need emergency care—and which don’t.
  • Help your kids get serious about their “fun” money.
  • Learn which foods can give your brain a boost.
  • Pamper your feet without treading on your budget.
  • Find out which book can help you with hospitality.
  • Get inspired to craft your own greeting cards.

September’s special feature is:
Molly Saves! In the Family Room

It’s back-to-school season, and that usually means busier schedules. Don’t let your family pass you like ships in the night. Get them involved in a family room makeover, grab them for a fun game, or start a new family tradition. Create a welcoming space that won’t drain your wallet with the ideas you’ll find in this month’s Digest. Pull up a comfortable chair and make your plans for some frugal family togetherness.

  • Pick up some fresh peanuts and turn them into healthy, homemade snacks for family time.
  • Go online for inspiration, with fresh ideas for fun and furniture.
  • Think outside the box to find your perfect coffee/game table.
  • Learn how to buy entertaining electronics on a budget.
  • Outfit your family room with stylish practicality.
  • Try your hand at an upcycling project that’s top-drawer.
  • Change your attitude, change your mind about hospitality.
  • Create memories for your children with a family hobby/fun/movie night every week.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: Step out into square dancing in September. You’ll need some energy for all that activity, so it’s a good thing this month is also Better Breakfast Month. If you’ve always wanted to talk like a pirate, you can try that on the 19th.
  • Begin With the Basics: Celebrate National Peanut Day with your own fresh, oven-roasted peanuts. The process couldn’t be easier! They’re good for eating straight out of the oven, or use them to make two more delicious snacks for your family.
  • Forms, Printables, & Links: The Internet has lots of good ideas for seating, storage, and organization in your family room, plus printables and inspiration for fun family time. Want to make your own beanbag chair? How about handing out movie night tickets to your family?
  • Décor & More: Eleanor Joyce tells us how she turned a child’s train table into a beautiful and functional coffee table for her living room. It has plenty of room for games, puzzles, food, and even relaxed feet!
  • Meal of the Month: KerryAnn Foster serves up a meal that can be made almost entirely ahead of time, letting you enjoy your family or guests instead of spending all of your time in the kitchen.
  • Molly Saves! In the Family Room: Get some tips on shopping for used electronics and when you should buy the item new (but on sale, of course). Molly also has some advice on flooring and décor that can help you stay neat and organized.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: Which types of pet medical problems need to be dealt with immediately, and which can wait a day or two? Sometimes waiting can let your pet heal, avoiding the visit—and the expense—altogether. Other times, waiting only makes things worse. Dr. Tiffany Rule helps you walk the fine line.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Kids just want to have fun, but fun isn’t always free. Molly helps teenagers learn how to budget for their entertainment expenses, including events they’d like to go to months from now.
  • Something Old, Something New: Sharon White tells us how she took an old drawer that nobody wanted and turned it into a useful, rustic coffee table complete with storage.
  • Here’s to Your Health: It’s school time again, so we explore some ways to jump-start the brain through food. Sugary breakfasts such as kids’ cereal and doughnuts won’t do it. You and your family need protein and fiber to keep you going.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Treat your feet to some tender loving care after a hard summer of sandals, swimming pools, and strolling barefoot. Make your own soaks and scrubs for a frugal do-it-yourself pedicure.
  • Molly Recommends: Are you fulfilling the Christian mission to be hospitable? Sometimes the heart is in the right place, but the hostess in us just does not have the mostest! Find out which book has helped Molly become more enthusiastic about having guests.
  • Change One Thing This Month: Create a family tradition—frugally! From movie nights to milkshake nights, it doesn’t take a lot of money to create a lot of memories.
  • Inspiration! Have you ever added up the dollars you spend on greeting cards? Exercise your creative muscles by coming up with your own designs. They’ll be more special for the people who receive them, too.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Digest—see what’s inside!

See a sample here.

Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Sharon White, Patricia Hunter, Toni Riggs, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, KerryAnn Foster
Publication: 2011
Pages: 61
File Size: 5.4 MB

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Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!
You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

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Molly Saves in the Closet

Be a frugal fashionista!

Reduce, reuse, and buy used to save money on clothing without sacrificing style.

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In Molly’s Money-Saving Digest -Molly Saves In the Closet, learn how to outfit your family inexpensively, make your own closet organizer, and even turn a spare closet into an office. But the Digest doesn’t stop there. You’ll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Make a cool summertime treat with a few minutes of your time and a few ingredients you probably already have at hand.
  • Add a versatile Mexican meal to your recipe box.
  • Explore your options for making sure your pets are well-cared-for when you’re away.
  • Teach your kids an important financial concept for businesses.
  • Discover the many benefits of drinking water.
  • Learn how to protect your hair from the ravages of summertime.
  • Find out which book stays on Molly’s shelf year after year.

Molly Saves! In the Closet

It’s easy to get carried away with clothing. From the temptation to overspend to the burden of having more clothes than storage space, wardrobes can be worrisome. In this society so focused on having it all, frugal families must hold to the belief that less is more. With a foundation of neutral basics that really fit, a smaller wardrobe can cover all the bases. This month’s Digest offers up tips on practicing contentment and getting the most out of your clothing budget and your closet space.

  • Find free patterns online to make your own clothes.
  • Learn how to repair damaged clothing or turn lost causes into something useful.
  • Thin your clothing collection to make room for a frugal and fabulous “cloffice,” an office in your closet.
  • Read Molly’s tips on the best places to buy clothing, how to make good purchases, and how to stock your wardrobe with essential pieces.
  • Learn how to turn an inexpensive cardboard shoe organizer into an organizer/storage unit with drawers.
  • Explore the ins and outs of buying used.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: August is Family Fun Month, and it’s a great time to plan an outing. Don’t forget the peaches, watermelon, and s’mores, which are also celebrated this month. Plan to make any Christmas gifts? Now is the time to get started.
  • Begin With the Basics: With two zip-lock bags, some rock salt, and some pantry staples, you can manufacture smiles with quick, cooling ice cream. Spice up plain vanilla with some cocoa or other add-ins.
  • Forms, Printables, & Resources: Your husband’s dress shirts can have new life as a blouse, a wallet, or a child’s dress. Those are just a few ideas you’ll find on the Internet for recycling old clothes. Want to try your hand at making new ones? Get sewing help and patterns online.
  • Décor & More: Find out how Eleanor Joyce was able to turn a closet into office space for just $6. If you have a closet that’s filled with things you rarely have need of, make it a cozy and functional home for your computer and put it to good use.
  • Meal of the Month: KerryAnn Foster serves up a recipe for tostadas, which can be adapted to lunch or dinner and is versatile enough to serve with salad, rice, or tortillas, as well as the usual tostada shell.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: Dr. Tiffany Rule discusses the options for pets when the family goes away on vacation. Read about the pros and cons of boarding, pet sitting, and taking your pet along.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Whether young people want to start a lemonade stand or a more involved business, there’s something they need to understand: profit.
  • Something Old, Something New: Sharon White takes you step-by-step through taking a simple shoe organizer and turning it into something more: a wonderful place for organizing craft supplies or other small items, complete with drawers.
  • Here’s to Your Health: Make sure your body is getting the hydration it needs. Drinking an adequate amount of water affects everything from your blood pressure to your skin.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Like your skin, your hair needs protection from the sun. Molly tells you how to ward off damage. Do you swim in a pool during the summer? Find out how to diminish the effects of chlorine.
  • Molly Recommends: Find out which book is one of Molly’s favorites when it comes to managing home and family. You may not be running a Fortune 500 company, but you can use that analogy to help run your home.
  • Change One Thing This Month: Buying used not only saves money, but it also allows you to buy higher-quality items than you would normally be able to afford. Learn where to look and form the habit of researching used sources before spending the big bucks.
  • Inspiration! Gather a last bit of inspiration for using consignment stores, special department store programs, and thrift stores to keep your closets well-stocked.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Digest—see what’s inside!

See a sample here.

Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Sharon White, Patricia Hunter, Toni Riggs, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, KerryAnn Foster
Publication: 2011
Pages: 54
File Size: 4.2 MB

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Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!
You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

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Molly Saves In the Nursery

Get sweet dreams for a song!

It’s lullabies and good buys in Molly’s Money-Saving Digest-MollySaves In the Nursery!

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Outfit a nursery for less, welcome babies with handmade gifts, and celebrate impending motherhood with the ideas you’ll find in this month’s Digest. From diapers to décor, we have it covered. But the Digest doesn’t stop there. You’ll find plenty of other useful advice to get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Learn how to make a punch that’s pretty and inexpensive, too.
  • Make a frugal and fuss-free meal your kids will love.
  • Get expert advice on pet medications and online pet pharmacies.
  • Find help for teens who are looking for a car.
  • Follow our tutorial to make your own lap desk from items around the house.
  • Explore the physical and mental benefits of walking for exercise.
  • Bring your blender out of the cupboard and put it to work again.

For such small sweeties, babies sure do need a lot of stuff! Clothing, food, diapering items, toys, creams, lotions, powders, shampoos—whew! The list goes on and on, and the cost goes up and up. Besides those daily essentials, you also have the expense of a nursery and its furniture. But beautiful rooms and baby’s necessities can be had on a budget. Molly and friends offer up great ideas for frugally feeding, clothing, and decorating for the newest member of the family.

  • Learn where to find online tutorials for making everything from baby furniture to baby shampoo.
  • Check out Eleanor Joyce’s ideas for special baby gifts that will be treasured for years to come.
  • Read all about the diapering choices available to families today.
  • Get some tips on throwing a fun and frugal baby shower.
  • Learn how to treat a rash, both for babies and for bigger people.
  • Find out which baby food resource Molly recommends.
  • Be inspired by five moms’ ideas on outfitting nurseries inexpensively.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: This month, America celebrates some staples of summer: hot dogs, ice cream, and blueberries. Need new furniture? Or a new computer? July is a good month to purchase it.
  • Begin With the Basics: Serve party guests a cold, refreshing, and frugal punch this summer. Starting with just four ingredients, punches can be elegant without being elaborate. Add a beautiful touch with a simple-to-make ice ring.
  • Forms, Printables, & Resources: The Internet is a rich resource for everything baby. Get plans for furniture; ideas for nursery décor; patterns for sewing, knitting, and crocheting; and gift ideas that won’t break the piggy bank.
  • Décor & More: Diapers are great, but no one’s going to save them for posterity. Eleanor Joyce unearths beautiful, heirloom-quality gifts you can make for the baby on the way, whether it’s yours or someone else’s.
  • Meal of the Month: We introduce our new Meal of the Month provider, KerryAnn Foster, who offers recipes that can be adjusted to accommodate allergies and intolerances. First up: Pizza in a Pot.
  • Saving Money on Diapers: Explore your options for diapers. Disposables are convenient, but they’re also expensive. Cloth diapers have come a long way in recent years, and we tell you about the advancements.
  • Fun and Frugal Baby Shower: Read how one friend gave a mother-to-be a darling shower for just $50. Here’s a hint: Don’t take on all the food preparation yourself. There’s an army of family and friends just waiting to help.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: Dr. Tiffany Rule offers help for keeping pet medication costs down and tells you how to make sure you’re getting a safe product if you order medications from an online pet pharmacy.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Young people who are buying their first car can use Molly’s Car Comparison Worksheet to help sort out all the options and considerations.
  • Something Old, Something New: Sharon White takes you step-by-step through making your own lap desk, with choices for an easier version or a more elaborate one. If you love books, you’ll especially love this handmade and useful project.
  • Here’s to Your Health: Walk your way to better health, and do it with your family! Gentler to the joints than running, walking improves cardiovascular health along with your mood. And best of all, it’s free.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: This month, we get to the bottom of rashes. Most will go away on their own, but while you wait, you can ease their symptoms (itching, burning, pain) with items you may have in the pantry.
  • Molly Recommends: Need help feeding your baby or toddler? Whether you want to make your own baby food or just want the details of what your child should be eating when, this recommendation is for you.
  • Change One Thing This Month: Bring out the blender and stir up some savings. Take advantage when fruit goes on sale and have the ingredients for yummy smoothies on hand in your freezer. Have a little one? Making her food will shave big bucks from your budget.
  • Inspiration! Let five moms inspire you with their ideas for saving on nursery basics, from economical paint to trendy but wallet-friendly curtains.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Digest—see what’s inside!


Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

View a sample of this product here.

Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Sharon White, Patricia Hunter, Toni Riggs, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, KerryAnn Foster, Heather Ferguson
Publication: 2011
Pages: 72
File Size: 5.7 MB

Need to economize? Subscribe to a Molly Membership!

For only $3.85 a month (cancel any time!) you receive not only the monthly Molly Green Magazine, but also much more!
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Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!
You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

For just $4.95, download this Molly Green Magazine now!
Or become a monthly Molly Member and subscribe for only $3.85 per month!