Monthly Archives: April 2011

Frugal Kid Fun: Earth Day Crafts

Are you looking for something Cheap and Fun to do with your kids? Well Madame Deals will be adding a weekly column written by Sharon at Mom on Dealz and Heather at Living on Love and Cents. I will occasionally add my 2 cents since I am a certified Special Education and Regular education teacher. If you want or need modifications let me know in the comment section. Thank you for the great idea!

Each week I bring you crafts to do with your child that are both frugal and educational. With Earth Day this week, I thought it would be appropriate to have that as a theme.

Craft #1
Coffee Filter Earth
-coffee filters
-green and blue markers

1. Have your child color the coffee filter with blue and green markers.
2. Cut out a circle to represent the Earth.
3. Spray the coffee filter with water and allow to dry.
4. The final product is very delicate-use this to discuss with your child how delicate the Earth is and list ways to take care of it ( reduce, reuse, recycle, etc).

Craft #2
Nature Binoculars
-2 Toilet Paper Rolls
-Square Piece of Cardboard (from cereal or other food box) cut 2X6
-Decorative Accents (markers, glitter, sequins, feathers, pebbles, etc)

1. Decorate the toilet paper rolls and square in your own designs.
2. Glue the rolls to the edges of the 2X6 cardboard piece.
3. Explore your back yard with your child and their new binoculars. Discuss all the plants and animals and the things we can do to protect them (i.e. don’t litter, use less water, etc).

Thanks to Sharon at Mom on Dealz for this idea!

April 19, 2011

Chutzpah: Strange or a Stranger?

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment.

I often wonder about the social norms found in the bar scene. I haven’t frequented bars in over ten years so the lively engagements are long ago memories. I had the opportunity to embrace and relive the wonders of “people watching “at a bar while on my girl’s weekend. I have training in “people watching” during my years of teaching and my education in Special Education. I often evaluate behaviors and determine if the appropriate social cognition was implemented. I actually saw more than one example of misread socially acceptable behavior while in the “bar”.

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April 18, 2011

Karla's Korner: Silence

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!


While sorting laundry and checking pockets, I pulled out a tiny piece of paper from the pocket of my jeans. (Usually I pull out money, guitar picks, gum, paper clips and other assorted trinkets from everyone else’s laundry, not my own) It was the fortune from my fortune cookie from this week’s Friday lunch date with my husband. Lately David and I have been setting aside every Friday afternoon for a date. We look forward to our lunch together on Fridays because usually he has been gone several days and going out gives us some time together to reconnect and catch up on the happenings of our week. It is a tradition that I hope we continue for a very long time. Knowing so many people who have not had successful relationships we know that we are blessed and make every effort to cultivate and nurture our relationship every day. Our Friday lunch date is just one way we do that.Continue reading

Frugal Kid Fun: Easter Project

Are you looking for something Cheap and Fun to do with your kids? Well Madame Deals will be adding a weekly column written by Sharon at Mom on Dealz and Heather at Living on Love and Cents. I will occasionally add my 2 cents since I am a certified Special Education and Regular education teacher. If you want or need modifications let me know in the comment section. Thank you for the great idea!

A friend of mine wrote me this email and I thought I would share it with you all for this weeks Frugal Friday Post!

Here’s a fun little Easter project. Growing up, we always grew our own live grass in our baskets. It was so much fun to be able to plant the seeds and wait and watch the grass grow. I loved this tradition growing up, so I decided to pass it down to my own boys. This year we just did one basket. I lined the basket with a plastic grocery bag, and sent my son out to fill it with dirt. Then, together we sprinkled it with seeds and watered the seeds. Since this is his first planting experience, I don’t think he’s quite sure what we are doing, but he will soon find out! Today was the first day we started seeing a little green sprout up!!  It also makes a nice decorative centerpiece on your table or counter…fill it with some eggs, and you have a live Ester decoration!  Don’t waste time getting started though, as the grass will take 7-14 days to begin growing and Easter is right around the corner.

Thanks Sarah!

Thanks to Stretching Your Budget for this post!

April 15, 2011

Fashion Friday: Packing for a trip

I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!


The worst part of a trip is packing. The what ifs are overwhelming. What if it is hot, cold, raining or snowing? How do I get it all in that little suitcase? How do I look cute and dress appropriately? I am on my way to Chicago for my annual girl’s weekend. I am gone Friday- Sunday. I will not be eating anywhere with coloring books! I am going to tell you my husband says I am not the lightest packer. I am however fashionable and frugal. I always bring a bag that I can bring stuff home in if I need them.


3 Dresses The red one was $4 Goodwill, Green $12.99 Ross, Black $29.99 Ross

Under garments and swimsuit (hoping for a steam room or hot tub)

raincoat $29.99 Sam’s club , zipper sweater Jcrew outlet $20, cardigan $4 Goodwill, Shiny coat $20 Jcrew outlet sale

Black pants $30 Plato’s closet normally $160

Jeans $42 normally Plato’s closet $187

Yoga Pants $10 Sam’s club

2 short sleeve shirts $25 mint ebay, HM $4 goodwill



2 pairs of ballet flats $50 coach Tj Maxx,  $10 Jcrew sale

1 go out purse

Dooney bag $50 Goodwill

1 pair of girl shoes meant to get you to dinner but not tour the city



Winter coat


Cashmere sweater

Button down with a print

ballet flats

under garments


Tip to save money- Bring a bag that you can use as a purse on the way home for items you pick up.(I pack my clothes in the bag to save room on the way there) I always bring a travel umbrella and reusable shopping bags to put my souvenirs in.

NOTE: I only bought two dresses for my trip. The rest of the clothes were from my closet!


April 13, 2011

Working Mom What's For Dinner: Garlic Porkchops

I added in the carrots to this recipe. I found this recipe was easy to make. I have to say all of Erin’s recipes so far have had limited amount of ingredients that I am able to pull right out of my freezer and stockpile. I am also able to look like a super cook on a limited budget with limited time. If you haven’t seen Erin’s  $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook it is under $10 on Amazon. This is a great book to teach us all how to cook and stay under our budget.

The best part is our contest so that you too can have you very own signed copy of Erin Chase’s $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook.