Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

In The Mix

Holiday crafts on a budget – Reindeer Paper Bag Puppet

I love crafts. I remember as a child looking forward to Christmas because that meant I got to go over to my grandparents’ house and make ornaments and other holiday crafts. About a year ago, my grandma gave each of her grandchildren a small tin filled with about a dozen or so ornaments we each had made during our childhood years. Looking thro...

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Holiday crafts on a budget – Snowman Magnet

Snowman magnet Supplies needed: Three circle wood cut-outs in different sizes (can be purchased at any craft store) White acrylic paint Small paint brush Black foam sheet or construction paper Orange foam sheet or construction paper Red foam sheet or construction paper Small twigs collected from outside Beads or other decorations that can be used f...

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Foam tree ornament

Supplies needed: Gold ribbon (or color of your choice) Green foam sheet Brown foam sheet Jewels to decorate (ones with flat backs work best) Tree-shaped cookie cutter or other template Scissors Glue Hole puncher Directions: Using a tree-shaped cookie cutter, trace the tree on top of a green foam sheet and cut it out. Cut out a trunk for the tree fr...

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When is too early for Christmas?

For the past two weeks, I’ve been thinking about Christmas. I’m not the only one. Local radio stations are playing “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Stores have all their holiday merchandise displayed. Get in the car at night and you’ll even see Christmas lights on houses already – though I’m certain the warmer-...

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My animals have an identity crisis

My animals have an identity crisis. It all started when last night I walked into my laundry room and discovered my greyhound with her head in the cat food bag, and my cat standing right next to her with his head in the dog food bowl. It’s not the first time I’ve caught them eating each other’s food. I compare it to two siblings wanting what the oth...

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A milestone

Today, I’m officially an adult. OK, well not really. But I feel like it. Today was the first day I drove my new car. Big deal, right? Every day people go out and get new cars. But not me. I’ve been driving the same car for 11 years – up until yesterday. It was time. My poor ’98 Dodge Neon had just had enough. It had started ...

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Try local festivals as entertainment this fall

Looking for ways to get out of the house without spending a ton of money? You might not have to walk farther than your own backyard to find local entertainment. Check out some of these upcoming festivals: • Sweet Corn Festival (Millersport) – From Sept. 2-5, enjoy hot buttered flavored sweet corn in Millersport, a community located about 30 m...

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A great wedding site

Tis the season of weddings … this week is the big week for me. I’m getting married Thursday (the nerves are setting in). While talking about it to an old friend, she pointed me toward the direction of a Web site that’s perfect for those wanting to save money on a wedding, but still enjoy the occasion with family and friends. While...

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Keep money in your pockets while keeping cool

During these hot and steamy summer days, it’s easy to want to set the thermostat low. But when you’re on a budget, your monthly bill can bring unwelcomed surprises. Here are some tips from AEP Ohio and some tips from my own personal experiences on how you can save a few bucks while keeping cool. For more tips, go to www.aepohio.com. The company als...

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Samples, samples and more samples

Who doesn’t love freebies? Especially nowadays, opening your mailbox and seeing a little gift waiting for you is a fun break from the daunting bills that most of us see. Samples are not only fun, they’re economical. Sure, a small bottle of detergent or a free granola bar might not cut down on your grocery bills. But how many of us have ...

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