Dollars & Sense, Tip #10: Halloween Costumes on a Budget

 

It’s been awhile since my last Dollars & Sense post, so I figured it was about time! With Halloween coming up in just a few weeks, I thought I would share with you how we save money on costumes. Halloween costumes really don’t have to cost a fortune. When I was growing up, we mostly made our costumes from items around the house. We hardly ever got to go out a buy a brand new costume! Dressing up for Halloween can totally be done without spending a ton of money. We already have to buy candy, so we shouldn’t have to stress over paying for costumes as well right?

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Bedtime for Frances…fun activities with my Kindergartner

 

For this school year, 2017-2018, I am going to be doing The Frances Study Guide by Valerie Bendt with Princess. This will be her Kindergarten year of school and I thought it would be fun for both of us. This study guide covers the 6 books in the series about the little badger named Frances: Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister For Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, Best Friends for Frances and A Bargain for Frances. These books are wonderful and the study guide is laid out somewhat like Five in a Row/Unit Study approach.

I have scheduled to cover one of these books with Princess each month and we will be doing them only about 2 days a week, about 1-2 activities each day. The activities are so neat and I think Princess will have a great time and it can be her one-on-one time with Mommy.

Our first book was Bedtime for Frances. We worked on this book during the month of August and Princess loved it.

 

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The Best & Easiest Crockpot Ham Bone Soup Recipe in the World!

It has been a really long time since I’ve posted a new recipe, so I thought it was about time! With Fall and cooler weather just around the corner, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite recipes for Ham Bone Soup. You are going to love this one, it is so easy and it takes no time at all to throw this in the crockpot! I found this recipe online more than 5 years ago and have been revising it ever since to suit our tastes and sometimes depending on what I have in the pantry.

Whenever I cook a ham, I always save the ham bone for this soup. Even if I’m not going to make the soup right away, I will freeze the ham bone and it works just as well. It’s almost like getting a free meal when you take it out a few weeks later and just add the veggies! Plus with our family, we usually have leftovers so this can even last for 2-3 meals!

 

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What you need to know before adopting a kitten

Back in April we decided to take the plunge and adopt a kitten. This is our first time being pet owners, aside from a short time we had a dog for a few months a long time ago. That experience was too overwhelming and we didn’t have him for very long. Since this was all new to us, we tried looking for advice on what we would need and what to expect when adopting a kitten.

We went to an animal rescue organization and ended up adopting not one but two kittens! They were so small and they were sisters and we wanted them to have each other. We had also heard that it’s better to have two so they can keep each other company.

So we carried home Lucy and Ethel. That was back in April. We’ve had them for 4 months now and we’ve learned a lot along the way. I thought I would share with you some tips for what to expect when adopting a kitten.

 

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Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices for School Year 2017-2018

I’ve been planning for our next school year for quite awhile now. As of right now, our plan is to start our new school year the first week of August. I can’t believe how fast summer has been going, it seems like it just got here! I thought I’d share with you the Curriculum that we’ve decided to use for each of the kids for the School Year 2017-2018. I have linked each one of these to online stores where you can look at them, if you want to click on the links.

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