Category: Frugal Living Tips

S’mores Fudge Bars Recipe! Chocolate Bliss!


S’mores Fudge Bars Recipe! Chocolate Bliss!

Nothing says family fun like s’mores! My kids adore s’mores, but we cannot always go outside due to the cold weather. If you’ve been craving this treat, then here is a recipe to make these delicious S’mores Fudge Bars. We tried this recipe and adored it and we know you will too! Be sure to pick up the following ingredients:

  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 crackers)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows

For additional details on how to make these delicious bars, click here!

Make Your Own Puffy Paint! Easy & Inexpensive!


Make Your Own Puffy Paint! Easy & Inexpensive!

One of my daughter’s favorite Saturday activities is painting! I have to watch her carefully, because paint may end up on the walls. Buying paint can be expensive, even when shopping at Walmart or Target. So, why not make your own Puffy paint at home? What you’ll need:

  • Shaving Cream
  • White School Glue
  • Food Colouring

I have not yet tried this DIY, but I will this weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes. Be sure to let us know how your kids liked this DIY project and what you thought. We always love to hear from our readers.

For additional directions on how to make this paint, visit the One Little Project Webpage.

A Little Gold Paint Goes a Long Way!!



I have stumbled upon a few DIY projects that all have the same theme – gold spray paint!  It’s amazing how a little gold paint really goes a long way in decorating.  Remember- you don’t have to do just gold, you can switch it up to your color of choice.  Let me know if you do any of these super cute DIY’s! I’d love to see how they turn out!

For the kitchen…



  • cardboard or paper
  • plastic primer spray paint
  • gold spray paint


  1. In a well-ventilated area, on a piece of paper or cardboard, start by spraying the back of your letters with the primer. (you can sprayed right over the magnets. They hold just as well with the paint.
  2. Cover both sides of the letters with two coats of the primer
  3. Then follow with two coats of the gold or until the letters are completely painted. Allow time for drying in between each coat.

For a kids/teens/play room, or holiday decor…



  • Christmas lights
  • paper towels


  1. Take your Christmas lights out of the box.
  2. Unscrewed all of the light bulbs and set them aside.
  3. Tear paper towels into 2×2 inch squares and stuff one in each socket to protect from the spray paint.
  4. Then take the wire outside to a well ventilated area and hang from a nail
  5. The paint dries quickly,  in about 10 minutes.
  6. Screw all of the lights back in and you are done

For anywhere… 



  • Terracotta pots
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Gold metallic spray paint
  • Cardboard


  1. Flip the pots upside down with the opening sitting on the cardboard
  2. Paint the pots with a base coat of white acrylic paint
  3. when bottom drys flip over pots and give the tops a good paint along with 2 inches into the inside of the pot
  4. when acrylic paint dries take outside to a well ventilated area and paint gold
  5. Paint 2 coats. Let sit until dry.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Treat! Lucky Charms Cupcakes Recipe!


Lucky Charms Cupcakes Recipe!

Need some recipe inspiration for Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th? If so, check out this Betty Crocker Lucky Charms Cupcakes Recipe! My family loves Saint Patrick’s Day and we always celebrate with fun recipes all week long. We made this exact recipe last year and loved it!  Ingredients:

  • 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow or devil’s food cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
  • 3 cups Lucky Charms cereal
  • Green edible glitter

Let us know how your recipe turned out, we love to hear from our readers. For additional details on how to make this festive treat, click here!

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Easy Gardening Hacks and DIYs!!

For some spring is already here, and for others spring is right around the corner.  Gardening season is quickly approaching.  Here are some easy gardening hacks and DIY’s to help make this years gardening successful!


Make your own garden markers using stones you found outside.


  • Round river rocks
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Scrubbie & soapy water
  • Spray paint sealant


  1. Wash off the river rocks with a scrubbie and soapy water.
  2. Once the rocks are clean, sit them out in the sunshine to dry.
  3. Paint river rocks with desired design and let dry.
  4. Spray the painted rocks with the spray paint sealant with up to about 5 coats.
  5. Lay out in your garden to label your plants!



A terra-cotta pot filled with a mixture of sand and mineral oil makes a holder for your small gardening tools. The sand is abrasive, so it sharpens your tools. The oil in the sand keeps your tools well-lubricated, protecting them from rust and dirt build-up.


  • a mid-size terra-cotta pot
  • spray paint (optional)
  • pottery sealer (optional)
  • a large bucket
  • sand
  • mineral oil


  1. Start by painting your pot (optional)
  2. Spray paint the pot with 2 coats and out to cover the pot completely.
  3. Once the paint was dry to the touch, spray a layer of pottery sealer.
  4. While the paint and sealer are drying, you can mix up your sand and oil.
  5. Pour your sand into the large bucket, along with 20-30 ounces of mineral oil. (If you can’t find plain mineral oil, you can also use baby oil – which is simply mineral oil with fragrance added!)
  6. Use a trowel or other garden tool to stir the sand and the oil together until the oil is distributed evenly throughout.
  7. If your pot has a drainage hole at the bottom, cover the hole with a couple of pieces of duct tape.
  8. Fill your pot with the oily sand, and lightly pack it down.


Coffee grounds keep pests away and also enriches the soil!!


Use an old milk jug for a makeshift watering can!


Sprouting your seeds 24 hours in advance helps the plants ready to take root and grow strong.


Catalog your seeds in a photo album.



Place washed, dried, and crushed eggshells around the base of your plans to protect them from insects and nourish the soil with calcium!!