Bugs Ruining Your Picnic? Try These Homemade Hacks

Homemade fly paper. Courtesy of Liesl Clark of Trashbackwards.com

 

 

 

If you are someone who enjoys spending time outdoors, you’ve probably already been accosted by a bug or two already this summer. Now you may want to reach for bug spray, but before you do, why not try some of these less toxic suggestions:

No More Ants

Ants can be bothersome or even harmful with their bites. Here are a few suggestions for keeping them away:

Vinegar and Windex Spray – According to Melromanczak on HomeTalk, this little mixture works instantly. They measured a half a bottle of Windex with a half a cup of vinegar to kill them on contact.

Create a Barrier: Sprinkle one of the following around your patio: Cayenne pepper, Cloves and Cinnamon, Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, Lemon Juice,  and more are suggested from Mother Nature Network.

Tell Bees, Wasps, and Flies to Buzz Off

Stinging insects flying around can ruin a day of outdoor enjoyment. These tutorial hacks can trap them, deter them, and even kill them.

Keeping Wasps at Bay: Although Science World is still undecided in this technique, many people believe if you hang a puffed up lunch paper bag nearby, certain types of wasps will be deterred. Bob Villa offers a tutorial on building a trap from a soda bottle and Natural Living Ideas suggests using spearmint or peppermint oil on cotton balls and placing them strategically around your area.

Deter Bees Instead of Killing: Since bees are now on the endangered species list, it’s better to deter them, or even have nearby hives removed for free. Bees and other insects are known to dislike mint scents. Many people have suggested spraying the yard with dollar store mint mouthwash before a gathering. PestKill suggests sprinkling generous amounts of garlic powder.

Block Flies From Ruining Your Picnic: EHome Remedies offers over 15 solutions for your fly problems, including burning camphor candles or making a yard and patio spray of 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper to 1 1/2 cups of water.

An Ounce of Prevention

Taking steps to ensure your yard is not a bug magnet is half the battle. Make sure your area is clear of garbage, empty beverage cans, and standing water. Tightly lid garbage cans and remove them from the area of your social gathering. Strategically plant herbs that deter bugs: Eucalyptus, Lemon Grass, Mint, Citronella, Lavender, Basil, are a few to mention.

With a little prevention and planning, you’ll be able to focus on friends and family, rather than shooing insects.

 

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!

 

 

 

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

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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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

 

Part 2: Minecraft Madness!

 

Using a girl skin helped us make our simple invite work for our daughter. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow, All Rights Reserved.

We chose a skin that emulated Megan in the Minecraft world. The simple graphics gave us the space needed for info to parents. Invitation image courtesy of Debbie Morrow, All Rights Reserved.

This post is part of a series of how we successfully pulled off a Minecraft gaming party for over 45 people. Follow the link to Part 1: Minecraft Madness, if you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the first tutorial.

When we first mulled over the idea, we knew we wanted the party taken to a new level. Yes, some may feel it is a bit extravagant, but looking at other options of bowling parties, activity zones, and other options for 9-year-olds, it only cost a few hundred more for THE party of a lifetime. You know, if a husband gets excited about a kid’s party, there’s credence to it. Continue reading

Last Minute Appetizers

Tortilla Pinwheels are visually appealing, easy to make and you can't eat just one! Image courtesy of appetizerrecipes.blogspot.com

Tortilla Pinwheels are visually appealing, easy to make and you can’t eat just one! Image courtesy of appetizerrecipes.blogspot.com and the Frugal Gal’s own recipe is below.

 

 

We’ve all been there…more people show up at our party or the food is going quick. Maybe it was a last minute effort to have a party. No matter which reason fits your scenario, you can make a fabulous spread quickly.

The Biggie: Asking for Help

No matter what, it won’t help you feel any better if you’re frazzled with stress because you’ve done it all yourself. At least one of those friends and family members that are at the party or coming can help. Understandably, some of us have more pride than others, but swallow it and face reality that you deserve a good night too.

You can also avoid everything on your shoulders by asking people to bring a dish to pass. Yet, this doesn’t always solve the problem since not everyone gets that a dish to pass means one large enough for a crowd. So here are some last minute appetizers that can save the night. Continue reading