10 Ways to Say “I Love You” Beyond Valentine’s Day

Love and gratitude are priceless gifts. Image courtesy of ChineseMedicineLiving.com.

Love and gratitude are priceless gifts. Image courtesy of ChineseMedicineLiving.com.

 

 

With Valentine’s Day less than 48 hours away, some of us are still scrambling to get our loved ones a gift. But why do we have to wait for a holiday to show people how much we care? It doesn’t cost a penny to show kindness every day.

 

Ideas That Change People’s Lives

When we are grateful each day, the people around us thrive. Our smiles can engage strangers to pass on the goodwill and although it may seem like a small gesture, for others it will be huge.

Examples of Showing Love Without Pulling out Your Wallet

  • Offer to drive an elderly, disabled, or just any person without a car to the store.
  • Invite someone who is single/divorced/widowed to dinner.
  • Shovel a neighbor’s driveway or rake their leaves when you do yours.
  • Call someone you haven’t spoken to for awhile ~ and really listen.
  • Spend time with family members instead of on your devices.
  • While cooking for yourself or family, put aside a meal for a friend and delivery it.
  • Volunteer at your local charity or child’s function.
  • Surprise your loved ones with breakfast in bed ~ even if you can’t cook.
  • Use your unique talents – e.g. wipe someone’s computer, fix something, etc.
  • Help with chores – parents/spouses will rejoice.
  • Use your crafting talents and re-purpose an item for gift giving. Nothing says I love you more than homemade ingenuity.

So without a penny spent, show your family and friends how much they mean to you ~ everyday. Tomorrow is not promised and money cannot buy love.

To help get your creative juices flowing, see the links below:

 27 Weekend Breakfast Ideas

221 Upcycling Ideas that will Blow your Mind

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

Snowfall and Ice Calls for Creative Southerners

Transform your pool float into a sled. Image courtesy of Funboy's video, found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkd0j658dfQ

Transform your pool float into a sled. Image courtesy of Funboy’s video, found at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkd0j658dfQ

 

 

The move is over and little did we know how much snow was possible in the South. Thankfully, we kept the winter gear to visit family in New York. But now it’s here, we need to have some fun.

Don’t Have a Sled? No Problem!

Many of us don’t have a sled taking up space in our non-basement houses or apartments. Fear not! Instead of trying to find a store that has one, transform what you already have.

Idea 1:

Use your beach and pool gear to ride the hills. Blow up plastic rafts, alligators, Boogie Boards, and even a hard shell (or blow-up) kiddie pool can offer a quick fix when a sled isn’t available.

In NY, we used our blow up, glow-in-the-dark chairs on big hills at night. They provided a cushion to the often unexpected rugged terrain and when “charged” correctly under a lamp, provided visibility. If you have a fabric-coated beach raft, just add a large garbage bag and you’ll be slipping and sliding ASAP.

Idea 2:

I wish I could say this was my idea, but a friend mentioned she saw kids riding cookie sheets. Those large ones would work pretty good for a single, small child. Think of them as smaller saucer sleds. To make them really take off, I bet you can use the techniques from Living Strong to make them glide faster.

Idea 3:

Cardboard sleds can be made from leftover pizza boxes, refrigerator boxes, or even a leftover school project made on foam board. To lengthen your use time, cover the cardboard (multiple sheets stacked are best, but not necessary), with a large garbage bag or plastic from gardening/window insulation. Take duct tape and secure it together.

Idea 4:

If you lack cardboard, beach toys, or large cookie sheets, all is not lost. Big pieces of plastic used in gardening or insulation can be used on their own in a bind. Just sit on them and roll the front up like one of those plastic roll-up sleds. But be prepared to feel every bump.

Warning to Newbies About Sledding

People who are not seasoned snow daredevils need to heed these words: Getting hurt while sledding is easier than you think. Even with real sleds. If you’re unfamiliar with the terrain of the hill (rocks/holes hide easily under snow) or are not gauging the speed of your descent, you may find yourself seriously injured. This is not to scare people off of the idea of sledding, but just a fair warning to use any sled with caution. Especially when you don’t know how your sled will react to the snow conditions(yes, it varies).

The first few trips should be taken on a small hill. Jump or roll off your sled if you see a head-on collision about to occur with things such as trees or people. I’ve seen a few accidents over the years that necessitated a call to 911.  With that being said: Be safe, dress warm, have fun, and don’t forget cups and a Thermos of hot chocolate!

Looking for other solutions for sleds? Check out Bob Vila’s DIY Sled Making.

 

An X-File Investigation Needed? Not Quite Yet…

No, I've not been abducted. I moved. Image courtesy of Fox and Daily Mail.com.

No, I’ve not been abducted. I just moved to another state. Image of Mulder on the Xfiles courtesy of Fox and Daily Mail.com.

Didn’t Fall Off the Face of the Earth – Just Moving

Many of my followers and friends may be questioning: Where is Debbie from Frugal Frights and Delights? Did she fall off the face of the earth?

It sorta felt like that when I took the challenge of moving from one state to another.

deb cast

The lovely cast acquired. Copyright D. Morrow.

Imagine packing about 4000 sq. feet of household and hobby supplies, such as Sally, the Mayor, and props – with a cast on (that’s another story, LOL) and mainly by myself. My husband had to quickly leave for another job, which left me with moving and selling a house – not a small task, indeed!

The Bright Side

We’re slightly settled into our temporary apartment until we buy a house ( oh no, another move? LOL). Yet, it is in a warmer climate which has many perks. Almost every prop I brought with us survived. Jack Skellington and Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin did not make the trip and will be remade from scratch. So I look forward to making them even better than previously created.

I’ve already been eyeing new ideas for future projects; I’m just waiting for the space to do so. I hope my faithful followers will still check back at my sites from time to time. I should be up and ready to begin new feats by early Spring/Summer.

I’ll shortly start adding content that many of you will still enjoy. So fret no more. Thanks!

A Humble Honor is Added to Frugal Frights and Delights

Samara from "The Ring" prop. She still scare me. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow, All Rights Reserved.

Samara from “The Ring” prop. She still scare me. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow, All Rights Reserved.

It has come to my attention that this Frugal Gal ( under my old website name DebsDreamThemes) has been highlighted in Haunted Attraction Magazine and Inventorspot.com has recognized one of my props as 10 Epic DIY Halloween Decorations Sure to Make Your Guests Freak.  For me, this is like getting an Emmy. Continue reading

Heat Wave Survival

PVC homemade mister by IamGutter on Instructables.com.

PVC homemade mister by IamGutter on Instructables.com.

Who would have thought that the first week of September would bring a heat wave in the 90’s for many states? With many of the public pools closed after Labor Day, people have to be a bit creative. Especially if they lack air conditioning. Continue reading

Last Minute No-Cook Picnic Recipes

Easy red, white, and blue Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries. Image/detailed directions at: thekitchenismyplayground.com

Easy red, white, and blue Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries. Image/detailed directions at: thekitchenismyplayground.com

 

 

 

Scrambling for get-togethers can be daunting. Especially on super picnic weekends like July 4th. Here are a few last minute no-cook recipes that can save you time in the kitchen:

 

 

Star-Spangled Mini Trifles

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Make Father’s Day Gifts He’ll Actually Love

A refrigerator transformed into a Tardis. Image courtesy of bitrebels.com

A refrigerator transformed into a Tardis. Image courtesy of bitrebels.com

With Father’s Day around the corner (June 21st), it’s time to get snapping with ideas for what to give your husband or dad that will make him grin from ear to ear.

Since this frugal gal is into making rather than buying, here are some awesome ideas that will surely deliver a bit of happiness.

For the Man Cave

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12 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts to Make

Gifts made from the heart are priceless, especially when it comes to moms. Below are 12 easy gifts to make that will melt her heart. Better yet, most take less than an hour to accomplish and use supplies you might already have at home.

To all the mothers who are reading this blog:

Happy Mother’s Day!

Ideas for Using Leftover Easter Candy

After receiving a plethora of Easter candy from relatives, neighbors, friends, and the Easter Bunny, it’s easy to understand how one might wish to never see a jelly bean, Peep™, or chocolate again. You may be even thinking of tossing those plastic eggs.

Yet, think re-use instead of heading to the garbage can. Most of the candy is freeze-able, even Peeps™. Save your bounty of goodies/plastic eggs for recipes, craft projects, and more. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Re-using Chocolate

Re-using Malt Balls, M & M’s,™ and Reese’s Pieces™

Re-using Plastic Eggs

Re-using Peeps™

Don’t forget those little candies and jelly beans can also come in handy the next time you’re make gingerbread houses. Do you have an idea you’d like to share on re-using your holiday bounty? We’d love to hear it!

Part 5: Minecraft Madness!

This cookie cake was simple and a huge hit will all the guest. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow.

This cookie cake was simple and a huge hit will all the guest. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow.

 

 

This is the last installation in the Minecraft Madness series. We’ve gone over an easy game to make, our gaming trailer rental, schedule and glitches, food presentation, DIY favors, and more. You’ll find many different printables on each of the posts within this series.

For part 5, we’ll go over the Minecraft cake, decorating ideas and other printable/idea links that were helpful.

The Cake

Made from a cookie cake recipe, it was topped with green frosting and chocolate bars broke into bricks for the eyes, nose/mouth.

Since so much effort was put into decorations, appetizers, and snacks, it was the perfect ending to an amazing spread of food.

More Inspirational Minecraft(MC)

I’m sure most people reading the MC Madness series are either interested in throwing a party or making something cool for your loved one. After looking at a plethora of pins, images, and more, I can guarantee a mind or two has been swimming from all the possibilities. Yet, below are a few more ideas worth mentioning:

 

Not overdosed with Minecraft info yet? Check out the links below for more MC  printables,ideas, and even coding classes for Minecraft too!

20 Minecraft Projects
Oh My Fiesta
JB Cookie Cutters
Minecraft Food Tutorials
Simple Minecraft Party Ideas
30 Awesome/Easy Minecraft Party Ideas
Youth Digital: Learning to code Minecraft