Drafting A Pattern

Old Swim Shirt

*This post contains affiliate links. Most times when I want to make something I dig out a paper pattern that's close to what I want (or if I'm lucky, exactly what I want) and go from there.  I've mashed patterns together with some success.  Occasionally I'll use a PDF pattern from one of my favorite shops (currently Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop and … [Read more...]

Using Applesauce for Eggs plus M&M Cookie Recipe

M&M Cookies Recipe using applesauce

I recently bought four bags of M&Ms because there was a free movie ticket rebate...which I think I mailed in too late.  *sigh*  Anyway, I figured I should use them before we just munch through all of them!  I wanted to make M&M cookies, but my recipe called for two eggs...and I only had three - two of which I needed for breakfast the next … [Read more...]

Homemade Ant Killer

Homemade Ant Killer

This post contains affiliate links. Shortly after we moved to Florida, we noticed lots of tiny ants in damp spots around the house - near the kitchen sink and in the bathrooms.  We would see trails of them and even though we would kill the ones we could see (by stomping on them), they never really went away.  The previous tenants had left behind … [Read more...]

Homemade Dishwasher Soap

Homemade Dishwasher Soap Ingredients

I've been wanting to try making dishwasher soap for a while and finally got around to buying the necessary ingredients.  There are a lot of recipes out there, but I went with simple - Borax, washing soda, coarse salt, and citric acid.  All items that can be found at your local store.  I paid about $9 for everything but the Borax (which I already … [Read more...]

Making An Outfit from T-Shirts

Finished Angry Bird Shirt

My son found an angry bird shirt in the old shirt pile and wanted it remade to fit him.  That's easy enough.  I took the sides in and shortened the hem up.  I cut binding from the shirt to hem the armholes.  He loves it! Then I had quite a bit of t-shirt leftover.  What to do?  Add some decoration to a pair of shorts made from another … [Read more...]

Making Shorts From Old T-Shirts


Do your kids shorts look like this? Or maybe you've tried to fix them? Either way, it's time for some new shorts!  I looked at some in the store, but even on clearance, they're $3 and I was sure I could make them cheaper.  My husband had recently culled his t-shirts and I had a pile of t-shirts that weren't quite bad enough to be turned into … [Read more...]

Gardening – Southwest Florida Style


My garden is doing so-so.  I'm not sure what happened to my carrots - the original ones never came up, the ones I replanted never came up, and now it's getting too hot for them.  I'll try again towards the end of summer. My honeydews and watermelons are growing like crazy!  If all the watermelons actually make it, we are going to be eating … [Read more...]

Where To Find Money

Finding Money

*This post contains affiliate links. Sometimes you need to find money, just a little bit to get you through until the next payday.  If you need more than that then you need to do something bigger like a yard sale which requires advance planning.  Although I have heard of yard sales being pulled off in a short time and being successful.  However, … [Read more...]

Sewing A Simple Dress with Kids

Sewing A Simple Dress with Kids

*This post contains affiliate links. My daughter loves to sew!  She's always asking to make something.  Recently, she wanted a lightweight robe so she dug through my material and found some she liked.  We found a pattern in my stash and I helped her make it.  Now, she has it in her mind that she's going to make dresses for three adorable little … [Read more...]

Amazon Subscribe and Save vs CVS


This post contains affiliate links. I'm taking a short break from my Feeding My Family of 5 for $80/Week posts.  In the meantime I'm checking out Amazon Subscribe and Save.  I've ordered some stuff in the past and while it is easy, I'm not sure it's the best deal for me.  I have CVS and Walgreens within 10 miles of me and I think I can do better … [Read more...]