How do you use your Fry’s Fuel Points? {Fry’s Fuel Crew Tips and Savings}

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I am super excited to be working with Fry’s Food Stores to share with you some fun tips to save money on gas this summer.

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It’s summer time and Fry’s 2x Fuel Point Weekends are back! What does that mean? That means  you can earn double Fry’s Fuel points when you shop on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. By simply taking advantage of fuel points, you can save money without trying. Everyone loves easy savings, right? And it can not get much easier than this!

One way the Fun On a Dime crew likes to earn Fry’s Fuel points is to use the ads for meal planning and then take advantage of the double fuel point earnings when we shop on Friday and Saturday.

We have a friend who is an ultimate saver and a while back shared with us some additional tips that we have been trying to implement. She takes advantage of her shopping on the weekends, too, but she will also buy gift cards to restaurants (which also get double fuel point earnings) that she knows her hubby and her are going to eat at for their date night that weekend.

This smart friend also taught us that in order to take full advantage of all her fuel points she will take full advantage of all the gas she can get. So, when she has earned $1.00 off per gallon of gas, she will meet her husband at a Fry’s gas station on his way home from work and will fill up to the maximum of 35 gallons allowed for points per transaction. I have yet to be this awesome, but was told this is easiest to do this is to have your hubby park on one side of the pump at the end and you on the other. Then you are able to move the hose easily from one vehicle to the other.

Check out this video from the Fry’s Fuel Crew to get some more great ideas and tips on how you can maximize your fuel points earnings. Every little bit helps, right?

 

How do you like to spend your fuel points?

 
 

How To Save Water and More with Jimmy’s Green Challenge Starter Kit

I am always looking for ways to help my children become more aware of their surrounds and more responsible. I think they are finally old enough to understand the importance of turning off water or the light when they leave the room and with the help of the Jimmy’s Green Challenge Starter Kit, that we were able to try out, I think we were able to really help them get the idea.

Jimmy's green challenge review

 “If you ask Jimmy, every day is Earth Day. His rhyming picture book encourages kids as young as 6-years-old to think about living “green” from the moment they brush their teeth in the morning to when mom turns off the bedroom lights at night. The book Jimmy’s Gone Green is part of a new conservation kit that also includes a poster, green wristbands and a refrigerator magnet. The award-winning book features a green boy who happily shares ten simple steps for kids to improve the environment, starting today.”

Jimmy's Gone Green Challenge Starter Kit

I am a firm believer that you can teach almost every lesson you need with a good story or book. Jimmy’s Green Challenge Starter Kit includes just that. It took a few times reading it to my kiddos for it really sink in, but they started to take the ideas to heart. The kids were excited that we already were doing some of the steps, such as recycling. But we all knew we needed help in the spending less time in the shower department, so we made that our goal to work on.

 

How To Take Less Than a 5 Minute Shower and Save Water

One of the steps is to take less than  a 5 minute Shower. When we first tried this, we used a timer and I let the kiddos go for it. Telling them to take a fast shower. It did not take long for them to start day dreaming and forget all about the timer. FAIL!

Then we tried it again the next time with me reminding them as every minute passed. “5 minutes left, 4 minute left, etc.” My eight year old son did pretty good, but my six year old daughter who does not like to be rushed was quite upset about speeding through everything. SLIGHTLY SUCCESSFUL!

But then I remembered my scouting days and one of my Professor’s telling me that when she visited Sea Base (a BSA High Adventure Base Camp in Florida), that she had to take 3 minutes or less showers and she shared her secrets on how to do it fast. I always thought it was great idea, especially for camping, and thought my kiddos would appreciate it. Especially my “don’t rush me” daughter. SUCCESS

The Easiest Way to Take a Fast Shower for Children

So this can be used by everyone. My kiddos wanted to show how they are now able to take quick showers in as little as 3 Steps under 5 minutes, but they chose closer to 5. If they had combined steps 2 and 4,  they would have been able to get it down to 3 steps total! Between each step they turned off the water and made sure they were ready to rinse off and went as quick as possible when the water was turned back on. (FYI: Swimsuits were worn on both kiddos for these pictures.)

How to save water when taking a shower.

 

My son ended up with a shower after 1 min ute and 45 minutes and my daughter,because she had to do conditioner received, 3 minutes and 25 seconds, but both were under 5 minutes. This was a lot of fun for them and a great idea to help them find ways to conserve and more aware of their shower habits.

They have also been having fun with the wrist bands and remembering when they need to switch wrists. Overall, I’m excited to have the book and the challenge as party of our book collection to help encourage and remind my kiddos how they can save a little more energy and resources.

Check out Jimmy’s Gone Green Facebook page for more tips that help families become more earth friendly or stop by his other media outlets on Twitter and Pinterest

 

 

Unique Father’s Day Tie Complete

Looking for a unique Father’s Day gift? Look no further! Starting early will save you the “Last Minute Stress Bug”…I must get bit all the time! But, even starting within a week of Father’s Day should give you plenty of time.

Here is the final product for our Father’s Day Tie I created in 2011 for my hubby. (check out the Father’s Day Tie tutorial).  He likes it so much that he wears it year round to church and not just on Father’s Day! The total cost to make the tie, including the cost of the tie and printing at my local copy center who works with transfers = $14.50. I paid another $3 because my printer ran out of ink, so I emailed the copy center the file and they printed it there for an extra cost. I think their ink looked better than my printer’s so it was fair!

 

The first time I made it (5 years ago) I did 1″ squares. With this tie I did .75″ squares and I think it looks better with smaller squares.

 

When he first got it, he wore it to church and work within a couple of days of getting it. Now, that is one proud Papa!  Needless to say, he really likes it, which makes it even more fun and that is all that matters, right?!

 

TIPS

Last year I made a few more ties for a few Dads who really deserved a fun gift like this and discovered only one copy center in Mesa in the entire Phoenix valley that was comfortable working with file transfers. So make sure you call around first so you have the right supplies needed ahead of time. It took them 2.5 transfer sheets to make the pictures on the tie long enough for my husbands neck.

I almost made these via Artscow, but had a very difficult time loading my design onto their template. It would only let me do one sheet per tie and I discovered when you print at Artscow, they claim a right to any images given them. I was not comfortable doing that with families’ pics I was working with. So, just make sure you are aware of the terms and policies of the companies you work with.

 

What are your favorite Father’s Day Gifts to give?

Summer Car Boredom Busters Age 7-12 {Review and Giveaway}

*Product was received to help facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own!

Hope you enjoyed the first round of our summer boredom busters for the car; now to move on to the big kids. I think they can be harder to entertain because they are more vocal about their boredom and they typically don’t take naps anymore. Man, naps sure make car travel fly. If only I could nap while traveling. Fat chance of that happening with 6 kids in the car. HAHA

Anyway on to our 7-12 year olds! There are endless activities for big kids and I would love to hear your ideas, so please leave me a comment and share away!!!

 

Ages 7-12

Books: Most kids are readers at this age so a new book can be fun or a book on tape to listen to can be fun for the whole family. You can rent books on tape from the library and even download them to your IPODs for free. Kids can listen to and understand books beyond their reading level so its a great way to introduce something new.

 

Games, Games, Games: My family loves board games but they can be tricky in the car. But Super Duper Publications has some great games that are totally portable and perfect for the car. They are great for restaurants and keeping kids quiet at church too! My favorite part is they are educational and the kids don’t even notice because they think they are fun!!

I recently got three new ones that my kids really like. Their favorite is Understanding Sentences Fun Deck because it has a little remote that you use to light up the answer. Anything with buttons is fun!! The other games they are enjoying right now are Auditory memory for WH questions and Sentence Fill-In the Deck! They are all games that are good for Kindergarten to 6th grade.

Travel Games for 7-11 year olds

 

Mad Libs: My kids love mad libs and they all can play together.  Hours of laughter and entertainment for a couple of dollars!

 

Car Games: Remember all the games you used to play as a kid in the car way before T.V.? Guess what kids still love them you just have to introduce them! I found this car review that has 10 fun games to do in the car and they are perfect to introduce to kids of any age! Check out theses 10 road trip games.I promise you wont be disappointed!!

 

Activity Books: Never underestimate a new coloring book for an older kid either. Even my 11 year old loves a new coloring book! A word search or soduko book is another great alternative for kids who don’t like to color.  All of these things can be picked up at the $1 store.

 

Giveaway

One lucky reader will get to win their very own Super Duper Publication game! You can choose from Say and GlueSentence Fill-In the Deck, or Understanding Sentences (our personal favorite)! Enter below and good luck!!!

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Summer Car Boredom Busters Age 2-6

Summer is quickly approaching and before you know that means summer vacations and long car trips. My kids have been lucky enough that as long as they can remember we have had a t.v. in the car but we recently got a new van or bus as my kids like to say that holds 12 passengers and it did not come with a t.v.  I have been coming up with fun things for them to do in preparation for our vacation in a couple of weeks and thought it would be fun to share them with all of you. I will be sharing this in a two part series. First, we will have activities for ages 2-6!

Ages 2-6

Band aids: what you might be asking?? Get a box of cool band aids (princess, super hero, Finding Nemo, etc.), give them to your child and let them have a blast. I guarantee this will entertain them for a minimum of a half an hour  and much longer sometimes.  It does make a little mess with the trash but trust me the entertainment factor wins out! For two year olds, I have opened the box and started opening them to make it a little bit easier on them. Sometimes they can be a little hard to get open for teeny tiny fingers.

 

Camera: This could be a toy camera or an old camera you do not use any more. Put batteries in it and let them have a blast.  This works with older kids too!

Travel Game Tips for 2-6 year olds

 

File Folder Games: File folder games can be oodles of fun to make and to play. I put mine in a three ring binder and hold the pieces together with magnets, which makes it super car friendly.

Summer Car boredom Busters

 

Search and Find Bags: I made this one a few years ago and my kids still love it. Come to think of it I should make a tutorial, maybe that will be coming soon!!

Travel Games for 2-6 year olds

 

Coloring book and colored pencils: Nothing is more fun than a new coloring book and crayons! I have found crayons are not so user friendly in the car because if they drop they can melt and markers are just messy so colored pencils are our car coloring choice. I made my kids lap desks a few Christmas’ ago that are perfect for car trips. I see another tutorial in my future!! They make coloring and playing games so much easier in the car.

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Check back tomorrow for more activities for ages 7-12!

I would love to hear any ideas you have to keep your little ones entertained in the car!

 

 

Master Bedroom Makeover On a Budget

My husband and I take turns being the one in charge of what we do for our Anniversary. A couple years ago it was my turn and my husband was unable to get time off work to leave town. In addition to that, I was 7.5 months pregnant. Since we had just moved into our house earlier that year, I decided to take the money we would have spent on a trip out of town and use it to do a surprise room makeover on our Master Bedroom. I ‘ll have to see if I still have pictures of the before, but it was 3 different shades of green on 3 walls and paper bag brown on the 4th until my husband painted all the walls bright white. It really did need a facelift!

How to make a Room makeover

 

So, with about a month to plan ahead of time, a pinterest board to collect my ideas and some help from my mom to paint and move the heavy stuff, we were able to put it together in a 24 hour period. We told my hubby that he had to stay somewhere else the night in between, so we had the night to let everything dry and air out.

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Thanks to my planning, shopping around for good prices on the computer ahead of time and using gift cards, borrowing painting supplies and a lot of elbow grease from my Mom we were able to do our complete room makeover for under $200.

 

Supplies Needed

What We Used:

The bedspread: from Target

The chair cover: I believe was from IKEA. A little big, but  we tucked it in to fit.

Wedding wall art: From our wedding. I worked for a sign company that accidentally made us gigantic pictures. We finally had space that they fit in perfectly!

Tree Art behind bed: Canvas was from Michaels and was bought in a 3 pack for 40% off.

Paint for the wall: From Home Depot. We tried 4 different colors before we got the right one.

Bed Pillows: from a “little” store that is a mix between Hobby Lobby and Lowes but for a great price called Garden Ridge. I lied! It’s like a warehouse of anything and everything you could want to do basic decor…bedding, pillows, scrubs, baskets, kitchen accessories, tables, benches, chairs, art (lots of art)…you get it. It’s awesome!

Curtains: Also from Garden Ridge (see above).

 

What We Reused: 

Bed and regular pillows

Over stuffed chair: my mom brought it to my house from my old room growing up

Dressers – We’ve had them our whole marriage

TV – We got rid of the TV shortly after these pics, it was just way too heavy for my mom and me to move…mainly my mom, since I couldn’t lift anything. Ha!

Hope chest – we brought in from another room in the house.

 

How To Get Started

Step 1: Create a space where you can gather ideas of what you want your makeover space to look like. You can use a bookmark bar, a Pinterest board or clippings from magazines. I was not a fan of Pinterest until I started this project. It was a perfect way for me to get my ideas, come back to them later and even link to actual items I wanted to purchase later.

Step 2: Once you decide on the “look” you want, search for discounts and the best price. I only spent a couple days looking and finally made my decisions. Luckily, my mom introduced me to Garden Ridge because the throw pillows and curtains were the only things I was having a hard time finding because of the prices. I got a great deal!

Master Bedroom makeover on a budget

 

Step 3: Prep ahead of time as much as possible, especially if you are going to make it a surprise. I think if I didn’t plan ahead of time to do this all in one day, that I would have been putting our room together for months…actually, it would probably still be unfinished. Ha!

Step 4: Clean up, make it look nice and enjoy your fresh, clean space!

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This room is now everyone’s favorite space, especially my son’s. I am almost tempted to paint his room the same colors because being in this room really calms his soul. He will fall asleep immediately!

Master Bedroom makeover - Comfort and soothing

 

What are your room makeover steps?

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