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Mother’s Day 2013 is almost upon us. Those who celebrate the day often create more way stress trying to find the perfect gift. Relax ! As a Mom & Grandmom……..let me spill a secret. Our children and grandchildren are the best presents that keep on giving. All we want as mom’s is for our children to be happy ! A hug & I love you once in a while wouldn’t hurt either !
Some of our Personal Frugal Family Stories 🙂
A unique frugal, funny thing Roy does when traditionally a card may be used is so much more fun ! He goes to the store and takes pictures of all sorts of cards he likes with his iPhone. Example if it’s Mother’s Day……. I get a text with a picture one of the cards. During the day I get several texts with several cards 🙂 I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT 🙂 It could be a funny card followed by a lovey card followed by so on.. I never know when I am getting one throughout the day 🙂 I can easily share my cards with those far away! It doesn’t take from our budget ! NO TREES ARE HARMED 🙂 Nothing puts a smile on your face more than when your lying on the couch feeling yucky and you get a text with a cute picture of a card saying, “I hope you feel better soon”
My daughter Tylia who is now 11 has made me breakfast every Mother’s Day of her life 🙂 I record it each year in a little notebook as it makes me smile when I look over the years!
Year 1- Baby bottle of Milk served to the side of my head
Year 2- Plastic Waffels, imaginary tea served in beautiful thimb size china cup, play dough bacon, plastic toast, plastic block of butter
Year 3- Unknown liquid in sippy cup, dry cereal in bowl, bag of milk all over kitchen floor
Year 4- Cheese slice, apple, juice pack
Year 5- Toast with holes in it and globs of butter in center, tea bag in cup of milk
Year 6- Eggos & juice pack
Year 7- yogurt, banana, orange juice
Year 8- Scrambled eggs (I just helped with stove and told to sit down)
Year 9- She got money from her dad and she told him she wanted to “Treat” me for mothers day like big girls do 🙂
Year 10- Instant Oatmeal, blueberries on top, hot tea.
Year 11- ……………I guess we will see!
My Grandmother, as most grandmothers when they hit their late 80’s, they are tiny little people and many are diabetic. Due to her age she was unable to bake and do things she use to enjoy. We would do her up a basket with a variety of things. There would be some muffins, slices of banana bread, some homemade diabetic jam (when I say home made I mean home made by someone else not me lol ~ not store bought ~ Love Farmers Markets~ ) Sample sizes of hand creams (as you get older those bigger bottles are very heavy) A few bags of frozen home made (yes by me) chilli, a few bag of strawberries from the freezer from last year that I picked at that U Pick (she would only ever eat local berries ~ if they weren’t local she wasn’t eating them) She LOVE IT! A nice variety of all her favorites. “Treats” she would call them.
Everyone in our house is under the same idea when it comes to flowers. If you feel it necessary to purchase flowers; purchase a plant that can continue to grow instead of cut flowers that will die.
Great Mother’s Day Frugal Gift Ideas for all ages!
What you will need:
- Uncooked Rice
- Elastic Band
- A Sock (I prefer a soft one)
- Pour uncooked rice into the fuzzy sock until the heel part of the sock
- Put elastic on the sock 1/2 way between the heel & top
- Wrap elastic around sock multiple times until it gets tighter (but not too tight)
- Fold top of sock down to bottom of elastic
- Grab sock by elastic (now covered by sock) and roll down the sock until you can no longer roll.
- This prevents the elastic from siding off the sock and any of your rice escaping.
- Add instructions:
Place in a clean microwave for 1-2 minutes (depending on your microwave). Place a glass of water in the microwave with the heating pad to prevent the rice from burning. May be used repeatedly!
You now have an amazing microwavable heating pad. This is the perfect size to rest on your neck or top of shoulders after a stressful day. This is a wonderful gift! No cost out of pocket, Reusable multiple times 🙂
Another Amazing idea ~ We’ll a few~ I’ll just post the pictures you’ll see what I mean 🙂 Use what you have, pick the one that best suits your mom 🙂 Does she need a great place for her yarn? How about a place to hold those plastic bags? Does she hate trying to find a cleaning cloth? You’ll see 🙂
Which one will you choose for your mom 🙂
These are just a few suggestions 🙂
The “Get Prepared” campaign encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, enabling first responders to focus on those in urgent need.
Basic Emergency Kit Items:
Easy to carry; Think of ways that you can pack your emergency kit so that you and those on your emergency plan can easily take the items with you, if necessary.
- Water two litres of water per person per day (Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)
- Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods don’t forget pet food (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
- Manual can opener
- Flashlight and batteries
- Battery-powered or wind-up radio Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Special needs items: Prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
- Extra keys for your car and house
- Cash Include smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
- Emergency plan Include a copy of it and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact information
The basic emergency kit will help you get through the first 72 hours of an emergency. In addition to this kit, we recommend you also have the following additional emergency supplies. Then you will be well equipped for even the worst emergency situations.
Additional emergency supplies:
- Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning
- Candles and matches or lighter, place in sturdy containers and do not burn unattended
- Change of clothing and footwear for each household member
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
- Toiletries Hand sanitizer Toilet paper Utensils Garbage bags
- Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets
- Basic tools hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, pocket knife
- Small fuel-operated stove
- Whistle to attract attention
- Duct tape
Emergency Car Kit:
If you have a car, prepare an emergency car kit and keep it in the vehicle. The basic emergency kit for cars should include the following items:
Emergency car kit
- Food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars
- Water in plastic bottles so they won’t break if frozen (change every six months)
- Extra clothing and shoes
- First aid kit
- Seatbelt cutter
- Window Shatter
- Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
- Candle in a deep can and matches
- Whistle in case you need to attract attention
- Copy of your emergency plan and personal documents
Also keep these inside your trunk
- Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
- Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
- Tow rope
- Jumper cables
- Fire extinguisher
- Warning light or road flares