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Roll the Marble Game, quick and easy game perfect for family reunion or parties #FamilyReunions, #Games, #Parties, #partyWhen our family gets together for a weekend, or for a family reunion we like to play games.  We have little kids and adults, so we try and play games that all age groups can play and enjoy.  A few weeks ago we spent a week in a cabin in McCall Idaho.  After roasting marshmallows on the fire we came in and played ROLL THE MARBLES. It is a simple but very fun game.Roll the Marble Game, quick and easy game perfect for family reunion or parties #FamilyReunions, #Games, #Parties, #partyTo play this game all you need is:

Marbles (in a bowl)

Double sided stick tape

A hard flat surface, (sidewalk, hardwood floor, counter top)

Put your marbles in a bowl to keep them all together.  You need to make a “lane” to roll your marbles down. At the end of the lane put down a long strip of double sided stick tape.  The goal of the game is the roll your marbles down to the end of the lane and see how many of them you can get to stick on the tape.  If you roll to fast they will not stick, if you roll to slow they will not make it to the tape.  You can only roll one marble at a time, but can roll them one after another as fast as you can. You only have ONE MINUTE to roll the marbles. Take turns rolling the marbles. The person who gets the most marbles stuck on the tape is the winner.

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Fall Crafts and Decor Ideas, Soup Can Upcycle, Low cost Fall decorations #Fall, #Crafts, Things to make out of a soup canFALL CRAFT ~ Frugal Fall Utensil Holder

Add a little fall flare to your cooking space when you give this frugal fall utensil holder a try. Using just a few basic crafting supplies, you can create the perfect space for your spoons and other kitchen utensils to rest. Or use it as a gift filled with goodies. It is so simple, so take a look below at how to get started!

Here is what you will need:

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Directions:
1. Begin by applying a coat or two of white craft paint to the jar or can. Apply as many coats as you wish for the coverage you desire. Remember, the holder will be mostly covered with the leaves, so you don’t need the paint to be perfect.
2. Snip the leaves free from any branches or stems they are on. You will only need the leaf itself for this craft. Apply some glue generously to the back of the leaf, and press it to the can or jar. Hold it in place until it is secure.
3. Continue layering on leaves until the jar is coated all the way around. As you can see we left a little space at the top of the jar.
4. Finish the utensil holder by wrapping a length of twine or ribbon around the jar and tie it into a bow.

Once your glue is dry, your frugal fall utensil holder is ready to be used. Simple slide in any spoons, utensils, even office supplies if you wish. It is the perfect tool for staying organized while being festive at the same time.

Gather your supplies and give this frugal fall utensil holder a try!

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Personalized Pumpkin ~ Low cost, Fall Decor Ideas #Fall, #Pumpkins,#Crafts

08/28/2014 11:42 am · 0 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Fall Decor ideas, Easy fall Decorations, Personalized Pumpkins, #Fall, #Pumpkins, #Hacks,#CraftsEasy Personalized Pumpkin

Perfect for your front porch, kitchen table or fall party. Personalizing a pumpkin is the perfect way to add some character to your fall décor. You can buy personalized pumpkins, but who wants to spend that kind of money? Instead, take a look at how we made our own personalized pumpkin, using materials from our local dollar store. It is so easy!Fall Decor ideas, Easy fall Decorations, Personalized Pumpkins, #Fall, #Pumpkins, #Hacks,#Crafts

Here is what you will need:

We found these materials at our local Dollar Tree store. Our Dollar Tree carries a variety of peel and stick letters in various colors and sizes. Buy what appeals to you. You can also find them online.

Fall Decor ideas, Easy fall Decorations, Personalized Pumpkins, #Fall, #Pumpkins, #Hacks,#CraftsDirections:

1. Take a ruler and make small dots to measure out where you want your letters to go. Using the ruler will help you keep the letters straight as well as properly spaced.

2. Apply a thin layer of craft glue to the pumpkin. Make the layer thin so when it dries it can’t be seen.

3. Working quickly, start peeling and sticking the letters. The glue will help them adhere to the pumpkin well.

Once your letters are in place, your easy personalized pumpkin is ready to be displayed. Make one for yourself, or make one as a gift and really get into the Halloween mood for less!

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Lego Party Decor, Make Your Child’s Age Out Of Legos! #LegoParty #Legos

08/20/2014 4:46 pm · 0 comments

by Tami

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Lego Party Decor, Make Your Child’s Age Out Of Legos!

Recently I had a son ask for a Lego Movie party.  We are all about legos in our house!

As much as I love my kids having birthday parties and celebrating their big day with their friends, financially over the top parties are not an option.  I have to get creative and I spend very little on their parties.  For me personally, I would rather use that money on their birthday gifts rather than decorations for a party.  Anywho, I will climb off my soapbox now! ;)

When he said he wanted a Lego Movie party I was relieved!  That is pretty easy to pull off without a lot of extra money being spent.

If you have many legos, this should be simple!

You will need:

A lego baseplate (if you don’t have one already, Amazon has an awesome price here!)

legos

time to put it together

I really can’t say a whole lot about how to assemble this one.  Since my son had just turned 9, I used the legos we had to put a number 9 on our baseplate.  It wasn’t really popping though, so I added the frame around it.  So simple, yet cute and better yet, free!  Who doesn’t love free?!

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Lego Door Thrifty Lego Party Decorations #LegoParty (Lego Party Ideas)

08/18/2014 12:00 pm · 0 comments

by Tami

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Lego Door Thrifty Lego Party Decorations

My kids are obsessed with legos.  Really obsessed.  I know I am not the only parent with kids that love legos, because seriously the brand is huge!

So it wasn’t a huge surprise to me when my 9 year old picked Lego Movie for his birthday party theme.   I was kind of excited about it, because there is so many thrifty, fun things you can do to decorate for a lego themed party!

Here is one of the party decoration ideas we came up with.

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You will need:

plastic party tablecloth (color of your choice)

small paper plates in the same color as tablecloth

packing tape or something that is strong enough to hold the plates on for the length of your party

Even better, you should be able to get everything at the dollar store, or in the party section of your favorite store for cheap!

Begin by trimming your table cloth down to the size of your door, if it is a door that will be being used.  If you aren’t using the door, it is even easier.  We did our coat closet and so I was able to just tape it onto the inside of the door.  I wasn’t worried about that part being pretty!  However, if you are doing a door that the inside will be seen, be sure to trim it down and tape it along the top, bottom, and sides where the tape will be hidden.  Also poke a hole for the door knob.

Once you are done taping up your tablecloth, put a piece of packing tape on the back of your paper plates so that they will stick to the front of your tablecloth.  For our normal sized door I used 8 plates.

Easy enough, right?  As the boys came in for the party they thought it was awesome that there was a giant lego!  This would also make a great backdrop for a photo booth!  Include some fun props and watch the party guests ham it up for the camera!

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Cut The Flour Game ~ Easy games for a family reunion or party #Games #FamilyReunion

08/13/2014 12:00 pm · 1 comment

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Cut the flour game, Family Reunion Ideas, Party games,  Games for a family reunion #Games, #FamilyReunionIdeasAre you looking for a fun but simple game to play at your family reunion or party?  Cut the flour game is quick and easy, and budget friendly too.  We played this game at our reunion this summer.  Both the kids and the adults had fun playing it.  But after we were done the kids played with the flour for HOURS…. who knew flour could be so entertaining.

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To play this game you need:

  • 2-10 players
  • 2 butter knives (plastic or metal)
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • 1 cookie sheet
  • 1 -2 cups of flour (extra for spills)
  • 1 dime

Cut the flour game, Family Reunion Ideas, Party games,  Games for a family reunion #Games, #FamilyReunionIdeasPack the flour into the measuring cup. Set it on the cookie sheet and slowly take the cup off  to allow the flour to come out. Set a dime  on top of the flour carefully. Take turns cutting away sections of flour. Have everyone take a turn cutting away the flour, the first person to make the dime fall loses the game and has to pick it out with their teeth.  Pack the flour back in the cup, and set the game back up to play again.

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