40 Things to Look for at the Grocery Store

It can be difficult keeping kids busy while you shop the aisles of the grocery store. After all, there is so much to look at and both you and your child can become easily overwhelmed. Luckily, there are ways to keep kids occupied while you shop. A scavenger hunt of sorts is a great way to keep kids busy while you check off your own shopping list. Look at these 40 things to look for at the grocery store, perfect for turning into a checklist for kids to keep them occupied!

Now, let’s look at 40 items your kids can keep an eye out for at your local grocer. How many of these items do you think they can spot and check off? You can print off this list for easy reference and checking. Or, print the items off, cut them into strips, and let children pull a strip out of an envelope as you shop. They can then look for each item as they pull it. There are so many ways you can use this list!

40 Things to Look for at the Grocery Store

1. A shopping basket
2. A bunch of bananas
3. Produce bags and ties
4. A produce scale
5. Fresh herbs
6. Roses in a color other than red
7. Jelly in a flavor other than strawberry or grape
8. Sprinkle donuts
9. Someone shopping with a list
10. A squeaky shopping cart
11. A delivery man
12. Strawberry milk
13. Cereal with a cartoon character on the box
14. Potato chips in a red bag
15. A box of jello with fruit on it
16. A meat butcher
17. A bakery employee
18. Paper coupons
19. Cheese that isn’t orange
20. A bottle of root beer
21. A patron shopping with a baby
22. Baby diapers with a baby on the package
23. Sale signs
24. Produce sprinklers
25. Price tags
26. Clearance stickers
27. Rentable Rug cleaners
28. Bulk candy bins
29. Dog treats with a dog on the package
30. Fresh fish
31. Balloons
32. Nail polish
33. A fruit that is green.
34. A vegetable that is red.
35. Any kind of pie
36. Magazines
37. A receipt
38. Shopping bags
39. Cashiers
40. Baggers

Are you ready to get hunting? Consider these 40 items to search for in your grocery store and see how much fun kids can have hunting these items down!

Dollar Store DIY’s that Will Make Your Home Look Fantastic

Dollar Store DIY's that Will Make Your Home Look Fantastic

We’re 5 months into living in our new house. Everything is unpacked and it’s feeling more like home every day. However, we’re still missing some personality in most of the rooms. I’ve been waiting to hang pictures and add decor items until after we’ve painted the walls. Well, we’re nearing that point so I’ve been having fun looking for inspiration on Pinterest!

BUT… decorating a home isn’t always easy or cheap. In fact, making a house feel more like home with decor items can be downright expensive! So, I’ve been looking for really simple and budget friendly ways to decorate. There are some crazy creative people out there that have turned everyday dollar store items into near works of art.

From practical to pretty, I’ve rounded up my favourite Dollar Store DIY’s that Will Make Your Home Look Fantastic.

DIY Hurricane Lanterns

From Grosgrain

Seriously, how beautiful are these hurricane lanterns? One of these would look so nice as a table centerpiece or on a shelf.

Metallic Rope Basket

From Lydi Out Loud

Can you believe this basket is made out of a laundry basket, some rope, paint and felt? So pretty and practical!

Industrial Wire Mail Baskets

From A House Full of Sunshine

Here’s a quick and simple transformation that is sure to get your important papers more organized. Find some similar chalkboard signs on Amazon here.

Metallic Flower Pots

From Listotic

Your house plants will be blingin’ on a budget with this simple terra cotta planter makeover.

Patio Table

From Hometalk

This is going to be the very first thing that I am going to make. It will be perfect outside by our front door!

Dollar Store Wreath

From The Crazy Craft Lady

Once again talking about the front door, I think that a DIY wreath like this would look so pretty!

Elephant Book Ends

From Love Grows Wild

Have you got a few books to wrangle? These elephant book ends are so cute and simple to make!

Dollar Store Craft Caddy

From Simply Frugal

This DIY craft caddy isn’t just for craft supplies! Stylishly round up your cutlery, cooking utensils and so much more with this easy DIY.

Succulent Planter

From Craftberry Bush

I’m a big fan of succulents and I happen to think this DIY would look so pretty on a shelf or tucked in a kitchen corner. Or maybe the seldom decorated bathroom?

Check out these dollar store decor ideas and let me know which one is your favourite in the comments below!

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.


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:



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 You Really Want to See

25 New Uses for Old Things Your Really Want to See. Repurposing ideas.

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 Whimsicle
  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?