The Summer Bucket of FUN!

Say goodbye to the "I'm bored" or "There's nothing to do!" sayings once and for all this summer. Spend half an hour or so gathering supplies for your summer bucket of FUN, and you'll be ready to go with at least 23 activities at a moment's notice.

I’ll be honest in saying that I’m sort of dreading this summer. My oldest daughter will be finished her two days a week preschool and swimming lessons so she will be home a lot more. As with most five year olds, she has a lot of energy and likes to keep busy. Normally this is okay, but the littlest is still napping quite a bit so during this time, we’re stuck at home. (and boredom usually strikes…)

With that in mind, I had to figure something out. Especially since I wanted to figure out some easy activities I could do with my oldest to make her feel like mommy isn’t just around for the baby’s needs.

Enter… The Summer Bucket of FUN!

I’m so so excited about it! This summer bucket of fun is loaded with supplies, mostly from the dollar store, that can be used to create an almost endless supply of activities. I think it’s going to be a hit!

The idea is that when Sienna is looking for something to do, she’ll pull something out of the bucket and we’ll get to work doing something fun. Some of the activities she can do on her own as well. I hope that this bucket will create some fun memories for her and remind her that life isn’t all about her little sister. 😉

Here’s what’s included in the bucket:

  • Bubbles
  • Chalk
  • Plastic Shower curtain
  • Dry erase markers
  • Popcorn
  • Birdseed
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Fly swatter
  • Spray bottles
  • Paints
  • Rocks
  • Toothpicks
  • Skewers
  • Nature scavenger hunt printable (search Pinterest or use the one in my ebook)
  • Book
  • Little plastic farm animals
  • Fishing rod with fish
  • Magazine
  • Glass jar
  • Ice cream image
  • Bouncy ball
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons

In order to complete some of the activities, I’ll have to gather some supplies that I most likely have on hand already. Mostly pantry staples that don’t really have to go in the bucket! In total, I spent about $25 at the dollar store to fill the bucket, so I think each activity will end up being quite frugal too! (Especially since the list below is only a small list of possibilities!)

Here are some of the possible activities that we can do with the supplies from the bucket:

  1. My Summer Adventures book
  2. Spray Chalk painting
  3. Hand print Octopus
  4. Flip Flop Footprint picture
  5. Bird Feeders
  6. Shower curtain drawing
  7. Rock candy experiment
  8. Ice cream in a Bag
  9. Marshmallow and toothpick building
  10. Nature scavenger hunt
  11. Make a bouncy ball
  12. Go to the library
  13. Paint rocks
  14. Movie night/day
  15. Ice block treasure hunt
  16. Fishing game
  17. Blow bubbles
  18. Chalk drawing
  19. Magazine art
  20. Melted crayon art
  21. Fly swatter art
  22. Decoupage vase
  23. Popsicle stick basket

Now, you can purchase The Summer Bucket of FUN ebook that includes a list of all the activities, a supply list and instructions for all activities in one convenient downloadable book! I’ve made it really affordable at only $4.97.

BUY THE SUMMER BUCKET OF FUN EBOOK HERE.

DIY Twist & Scrub Nail Polish Remover

Removing nail polish isn’t one of those things that is necessarily hard to do, but when you’re in a hurry (or you have children who want to do it all by themselves), these “twist and scrub” nail polish remover jars are just so convenient! Just twist and scrub!

No need for cotton balls or drippy messes… just insert your finger into the center of the sponge and twist to remove polish. Perfect for when you want to do a quick polish change.

Here is how to make your own quick and easy version of the store-bought nail polish remover jars:

YOU NEED:

  • 2 New Household Sponges
  • 1 – 8oz Mason Jar with Lid
  • Nail Polish Remover

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut 1/4″ off the longest end of your sponges (or more if your Mason jar is shorter)


2. Roll your large sponge piece from short side to short side and place that sponge on top of your other large sponge and roll that sponge around your rolled sponge


3. Push your rolled sponges into your glass jar with the rolled side facing up
4. Cut your scrub sponges small enough to fit in the empty spaces and place into the jar
5. Fill your jar halfway up with your Nail Polish remover


6. When you want use it, shake the jar with the lid on. Take the lid off and stick your polished fingers into the center and twist.

DIY Twist & Scrub Nail Polish Remover

25 New Uses for Old Things

One aspect of the frugal lifestyle is using things you already have on hand, even if they don’t work perfectly for the task. Rather than running to the store to buy something (and most likely spending a ton), you could try improvising using something you already own. It’s amazing how much stuff we already have to work with, once we’re able to train ourselves to stop running to the store for every thing we think we “need”.

In today’s post I hope to help spark creativity and give you new ideas for looking at the things you already own in a new way. With the ultimate goal, of course, making you rethink your normal spending habits.

Is there something you need right now, that you were planning to buy, that you could possibly create a solution for using something you already have?

I rounded up 25 amazing and creative ways to use old things in a new way. I am very inspired by these upcycling ideas, and I hope that you will be too!

  1. Single Earrings used as Push Pins – via Real Simple
  2. Upcycled Crib into an Art Table – via a Little Learning for Two
  3. Cheese Grater as an Earring Holder – via Simply Frugal
  4. Empty DVD Case into a Coloring Kit – via Stacy Vaughn
  5. Rake Wine Glass Holder – via Country Living
  6. Egg Cartons for Ornament Storage – via Apartment Therapy
  7. Empty Pop Boxes into Can Storage – via Then She Made
  8. Cookie Sheet Serving Tray – via Martha Stewart
  9. Cookie Sheet Magnetic Tray – via Fave Crafts
  10. Wooden Crate as decorative Shelving – via Curbly
  11. Upcycled Sweater Pillow – via Infarrantly Creative
  12. Old Drawers into a Book Shelf – via Country Living
  13. Old Door into a Coat Rack  – via Pinterest
  14. Old Nightstand into Kids Work Bench – via The Frugal Granny
  15. Whisk into a Tea Light Holder – via Minha Casa (use with caution!)
  16. Upcycled Books into Shelves – via Real Simple
  17. Altoids Tin into Pin Cushion – via Felt Magnet
  18. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art – via Imperfectly Perfect
  19. Shutter Magazine Rack – via My Repurposed Life
  20. Rain Gutter Kids Bookshelves – via Sunshine on the Inside
  21. Plastic Spoon Chrysanthemum Mirror – via Addicted 2 Decorating
  22. Mason Jar Herb Garden – via Camille Styles
  23. Wine Cork Bathmat – via Crafty Nest
  24. Upcycled Spoon Ring – via Through the Front Door
  25. Upcycled Blue Jean Tote – via Denim Do Over

Have you ever upcycled or re-purposed anything?  What did you make?  Which of these 25 projects inspires you the most?

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Statement Tote Bag

I think today’s homemade gift idea would be a fun way to gift wrap a few new books! Learn how to make this statement tote bag over at Knobz.

 

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A Homemade Christmas Gift: DIY Picnic Basket

I happen to think this DIY picnic basket is not only a great Christmas gift, but a perfect wedding present! Learn how to put this DIY picnic basket together over at Lovely Indeed.

 

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A Homemade Christmas Gift: Chalkboard Cheese Stone

Oooh, I know a couple of people that would love this gift! It looks expensive, but it’s really not! It’s easy to do too!

Learn how to make an inexpensive chalkboard cheese stone over at Frankie Hearts Fashion.

 

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A Homemade Christmas Gift: No Sew Rope Coil Basket

This looks way more complicated than it is to make! Perfect gift idea for the organizing enthusiast. Learn how to create this DIY No-Sew Rope Coil Basket over at Alice and Lois.

 

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Easy DIY: Gift Card Envelope

How to Make a Gift Card Envelope Final

Robin from Frugal Family Times sent along the link to her tutorial explaining how to sew a simple gift card envelope!  So cute!

For those of you that give gift cards, how do you like to present them?  Any unique wrapping ideas you can share with us?

Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

Looking for a frugal Christmas craft to do with the kids? Try making Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments! I think these could even make great gifts for the grandparents. 🙂

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Snowman Donuts

Now this is a cute last minute gift idea! An edible so it’s sure to be appreciated. Learn how to put together these snowman donuts over at I Heart Arts and Crafts.

 

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