Saturday, March 22, 2014


While visiting our local zoo yesterday, our children were BEGGING for ice cream.

Dippin's Dots to be exact.

Where it is $4.50 for JUST 1 dish.

Far be it from me to deprive my darlings of an ice cream treat.  HOWEVER, this is a request that happens EVERYTIME we visit the zoo. Which is MULTIPLE times per month.


I said time for a lesson in economics.

We can buy a half gallon of ice cream for $2.89

and cones for $1.19

So for a total of $4.08 we can ALL enjoy ice cream for the ENTIRE WEEK!  Instead of $9 for just Olivia and Logan, 1 time.

I realize there are special times when an ice cream treat is ABSOLUTELY a must!  And when those times arise, I am all in.  But most of the time, I would rather save the money and enjoy Fruglicity ice cream treats.

Hugs and happy sweet treat savings!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dinner :)

Last night's dinner:

Sauteed in cocnonut oil:  
baby portebellos
 freshly grated parmesan (from Italy of course!) 
lime juice  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

Logan (very calmly): "Momma, they gave me a shot in my mouth at the dentist yesterday"

Oh my word. Do you even KNOW how hard I have tried to hide the fact that they do that? How is he so grown up and brave?

Olivia: "Momma, my mansion in heaven will have a room made of chocolate, and I will have pink tigers for pets. And I will have wings. Will you have wings too?" 

Seriously  her thoughts. And yes, I will ABSOLUTELY have wings, sweet girl. 

Fruglicity Travel Tip

How to see the sights without paying the high price?

Stop into a Starbucks (or any other nearby establishment), 
ask some locals  
how to see the sights off the beaten path.

We "saw" Rock City without paying $70 to "see" Rock City.

We didn't get the $70 view, but we got to see some  

Without the Crowds

For Free.

Yay!  Love free

Monday, March 17, 2014

Favorite Things

Kids doing their favorite thing:  Climbing trees

While they do my favorite thing:  Reading

{happy sigh}

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Fruglicity - Breakfast (Stretching Eggs)

At our house, we can QUICKLY go through a dozen eggs  (if we have scrambled eggs).

So pairing them with toast is a GREAT way for us to stretch them.

We buy Organic, cage-free eggs (when we can find them) and they are pricey.

When the toast is Ezekial Bread (sprouted grains) it is SUPER healthy.

I feel British when I eat it.

Sort of my version of "Toad in the Hole"

Hugs and Happy Egg-Stretching

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Today's Fruglicity Lunch

Cilantro-lime rice 
Pico de gallo

Just veggies and rice



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Little Hands

I LOVE little hands.

Hard to imagine they will be as big as his daddy's one day.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Olivia and Gracie

Olivia and Gracie (Aunt Nancy's dog).  

So sweet.

Color? nope.

While preparing for a recent trip, I hung up my outifts to take in the bathroom to be packed.

Then I noticed

No color! 

 At all!

I knew I was drawn to muted, neutral tones, thinking my style could be described as "classic", but I was actually surprised to see it this way.

So I bought a BRIGHT pink sweater (Hollister, $4 from Goodwill {of course}, in GREAT shape)

Let's see if I actually wear it :)

Hugs and happy bargain shopping for color!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Frugilicity - Cleanliness

You know I hate to brag, but I'm pretty sure my family was SINGLE-HANDEDLY keeping pump-soap companies in business.

Insert children.  

In the bathroom.

By themselves.

Making a bunch bubbes in the sink while they "wash" their hands.

Super cute.  

But NOT affordable.

So we switched to bar soap.

In the kitchen (to wash hands) and the bathroom.

I really am amazed how long a bar of soap lasts versus pump-soap.

Our favorite bar soaps are the pretty, scented ones from TJ Maxx.

Luxurious money saving :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fruglicity Breakfast

One of our favorite Fruglicity breakfasts


Cilantro-lime rice

Homemade Pico de Gallo

stretches the eggs, the rice is filling and the pico tastes so fresh!

Frugal.  Simple. Breakfast!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I am often asked why we choose to homeschool our children.  
(We do the K 12 program)

Honestly, this is the #1 reason.


Periodically we have to opportunity to travel with Tommy and the kids LOVE IT!  

We (kids and I) have fun swimming and exploring whatever city we are in.

Unlimited learning experiences. 

Love our little swimmers:)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fruglicity - Aldi Love {again...}

Another one of our "go-to" SUPER QUICK meals from Aldi

This $2.99 box of goodness keeps us out of the drive-thru line :)

Done in 8 min (in 425 oven)

Olivia dips hers in marinara sauce

Logan's are dipped in ranch dressing

Throw some broccoli on the side and its a meal!

 A cost-effective alternative to eating out when I would rather not cook (which seriously doesn't happen very often, but there are nights it just isn't going to happen)

Hugs and Happy Fruglicity Meals!