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.

 

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