Strawberry Syrup
Strawberry Syrup (and Strawberry Soda)
Posted 2 months ago

May is Strawberry Month!  Last year to celebrate I made Tipsy Strawberry Preserves, this year when Walmart asked me to come up with a recipe highlighting strawberries I made homemade…

Strawberry Syrup (and Strawberry Soda)
Fixing a Split Seam
Fixing a Split Seam
Posted 5 months ago

Fixing a split seam is one of the easiest mending jobs out there!

A split seam is when the stitching along a seam has somehow come undone without tearing the fabric. …

Fixing a Split Seam
Save Money on Shaving and Razors with a Saftey Razor
Save Money on Shaving and Razors with a Safet…
Posted 5 months ago

Today I'm going to talk about hair.

Not the nice, flowing mane of silky tresses kind of hair (don't I sound like a bad romance novel?!?) but the other, less glamorous…

Save Money on Shaving and Razors with a Safet…
Making Yogurt from Scratch
How to Make Yogurt from Scratch
Posted 5 months ago

I am so proud--I finally made yogurt from scratch!  I've been meaning to try this for a couple of years, but finding a "Thriftee-Yogurt Maker" circa 1974 or so at…

How to Make Yogurt from Scratch
DIY Bookshelf from Unfinished Wooden Crates
DIY Bookshelf from Unfinished Wooden Crates
Posted 6 months ago

This charming rustic bookshelf is easy to make out of unfinished wooden crates from Walmart.  Let me show you how!

I have seen a variety of attractive wooden crate projects over the…

DIY Bookshelf from Unfinished Wooden Crates
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Healthy Essentials for Summer from Johnson and Johnson

July 15, 2014

There really are some essential supplies in our house for summer, things that I we just use more of when the kids are home and spending lots of time outside.  Items like sunscreen (for all that time in the sun-at least if it ever stops raining), bandages, antibiotic ointment (the number of cuts, scrapes, bruises, […]

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Meal Plan 7/14

July 14, 2014

Long hot summer days are upon us, and to be honest I don’t feel much like cooking.  However the family must eat–so meal planning is still necessary. I’ve got several things to consider this week: 1.  I’m down one kid for half the week since Buddy is with Grandma.  That means supper is only for […]

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The Unplugged Summer Vacation

July 11, 2014

We have a family tradition here at the Frugal Upstate Village Homestead.  When we go on summer vacation to the mountains, it’s an uplugged vacation.  That means no TV, iPod, Computer, Video Games. . . no nuthin!   That’s been the rule for the last 5 years, and the kids don’t even question it–as a matter […]

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Cell Phone Meets Water. . . ( #SprintMom )

July 10, 2014

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. Recently I was selected as a Sprint Ambassador, which means over the next few I get to play with some really great new phones and accessories!  […]

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Fancy Fruit Ice

July 2, 2014

Here’s a super simple idea to dress up you next party or BBQ–Fancy Fruit Ice! Just place some pretty fruit–strawberries, blueberries and lemon slices are shown here–in a muffin tin and freeze.  When it’s time for your party you pop them out (you might need a bit of warm water run over the bottom of […]

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Summer Nailpolish

June 30, 2014

I’m not a nailpolish kind of gal.  Between digging in the garden and having my hands in a sink full of water for regular dishes, canning and preserving, and all sorts of other things, even the strongest polish seems to chip off in no time.  And I may or may not have a slight habit […]

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Meal Plan 6/30

June 30, 2014

Summer is finally officially here at the Frugal Upstate Village Homestead.  Both kids are done school and we are sliding into our summer routine-such as it is! These are the considerations for this week: 1.  Buddy has morning Summer Camp here in our village during the days all month, but Princess will be home.  That […]

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Red White and Blue Jello

June 27, 2014

Searching for a patriotic themed treat to wow your family and friends?  Look no further than this adorable and tasty Red White & Blue Jello!  Walmart asked me to share a Fourth of July treat and I knew this dessert fit the bill.  After all, Walmart’s moto is “Save Money, Live Better”–and this striped Jello is inexpensive […]

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Cooking Whole Trout on the Grill

June 25, 2014

We get some lovely fish (frequently trout)  from my brother in law.   Since the weather was heating up I decided to try cooking some of it on the grill instead of in the oven as I usually do. I had never grilled trout before, so I hit the internet to see what I could find […]

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Men’s Polo Shirts and Shorts at Walmart

June 24, 2014

Have you checked out the clothes at Walmart recently?  As a Walmart mom, I’ve had a lot of reason to pay attention and I can tell you, they really have come a long way in the last several years..  When we go down to Bentonville AR (home of Walmart) we usually get a chance to […]

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