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Crochet Food


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Crochet salad

I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine love to “pretend cook”.  They also love to help me cook but that’s not always feasible, as cute as they are sometimes I just need to get in and out of the kitchen as fast as possible!  I’ve been a mom for 7 years and in that time I’ve had to replace the play food multiple times.  I’m to the point where, quite frankly I’m sick of buying it!  I don’t want to spend money on inferior toys, I’m nervous about plastic period, and I feel bad about all their broken plastic toys filling up a landfill somewhere.  So I decided to make these free crochet food patterns just in case I’m not the only one who’s sick of this cycle.

I’ve been crocheting since I was a little girl and I can’t wait to teach my daughters (and my little boy if he’s ever interested).  As long as you don’t go for super soft and fancy yarn is not expensive.  I rarely have to buy it because most of my projects use up little bits leftover from past projects. 

Craft supplies are one of my favorite things to look for at yard sales and on craigslist.  Just know your prices so you don’t overpay.

crochet play food

Play food is great for imagination play!

Years ago when my first child started getting into everything I remember my sister being over for a visit and I saw her lay down on the couch (she’s a genius) and start placing orders to my little chef of what she wanted to eat.  Believe it or not if you’re playing with them your kids love to take orders, who knew!  To date this is one of my favorite ways to take a breather while still filling my kids love tanks.  If you have older children you can even keep them occupied by having them draw up menus with the food and prices!  I hope you enjoy this crochet food video and go check out all the other videos too for the patterns!  Crochet Lettuce Pattern

Crochet Food

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT -Crochet Food

Hello, this is Joquena with Modern Homemakers, and today I’m going to show you some play food patterns. I’m just doing a quick video to show you all that there is and my adorable little salad, little close-up in there. The kids are always trying make me stuff with their play food, and it’s stuff Mommy can’t eat, like glutenous pizza with cheese and bacon and stuff on it, and I can’t eat that, so this is a salad that they can bring Mommy and I can actually pretend to be excited about, you know…encouraging healthy eating, whatever you want to say the salad’s for. So I’ll put links below where you can just keep watching my channel, but I’m gonna show you how to make this cute little onion, and I know the kids don’t like to eat onions but I do, and they’re fun to play with. And these little cherry tomatoes, and they’re not even filled with anything; you can squish them and then put them right back, so that makes them pretty cheap. And lettuce, you can even make these in purple and have some radicchio, and maybe that would encourage them to actually want to eat that later. Who knows? Anyway, stick around, I think we’ll start off with “How to make lettuce.”

Jan
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How To Save Money On Cable



Getting out of debt isn’t easy.  Trust me, I’m still in the process myself.  As nice it would be to wake up one day and win the lottery I’m not counting on it.  Money probably won’t come in in a big swoop and it isn’t necessarily being spent all in one spot either.  No doubt your finances (like mine) are made up of lots of “little” extravagances.  The problem with “little” expenditures is that they add up to big piles of money.  I’ve heard stories of people going on vacations off of change they’ve saved up over the years!  Today we’ll be focusing on how to save money on cable.  It’s one expense that occurs every month and it can really add up. 

#30 per month = $360 per year  Can you really afford cable?

If you’re wondering how to reduce expenses in order to get out of debt you’ve probably wondered how to save money on cable.  I forgot to mention this in my video but it’s really important if you do decide to keep your cable to look at your list every month when it comes in.  You’d be amazed at the little things that creep on there over time.  If you’re torn about whether or not to pull the plug you can always call the company and see if they are willing to reduce the cost.  If they won’t, cut it and that’s a guaranteed lowering of the price hahah!   

You don’t have to watch all your TV on your computer!  If you don’t want to watch videos on your tiny computer screen when you have an amazing flatscreen you have two “cable company free” options.

Option # 1

Buy a Roku box.  For the cost of a couple months of cable you’ll have the amazing capacity to watch digital content on your tv.  You can install free movie channels like Crackle (watch out if you have little kids lots of inappropriate content!), connect it with your instant queue on Netflix, and even link it to your Amazon library if you want to rent or purchase digital copies.  If you buy the more expensive ROKU with the gaming remote you can get games for as low as $5 that are fun for the whole family like Angry Birds and Pacman… although make sure to get some rechargeable batteries too because the kids play the games so much that they drain the batteries :-)

 

Option # 2

You can also buy an HDMI cable and connect your TV to your laptop.  You might even have an HDMI cable just lying around from that cable box you’re getting rid of! If you have to buy a cable I recommend making sure it’s long enough for you to be able sit down with your computer all the way across the room. The one time extra cost will be worth it when you don’t have to get up every 2 minutes to be a human remote!

The best way to save money on something is to not spend it at all.  So watch my video “How To Save Money On Cable” and I’ll give you some ideas for other ways to get entertainment.

How To Save Money On Cable

The common theme among most tips on saving money is that lots of little actions add up to big savings!  What actions are you taking to save money?

Jan
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Hillbilly Housewife

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hillbilly house wifeToday I just wanted to take a moment to recommend a great website for all you frugal mommies, the Hillbilly Housewife.  If you haven’t  been there before, click on the link it’s a must see.  If you haven’t been there in awhile, go back she’s always posting new stuff.  Susanne, aka the Hillbilly Housewife is very down to earth and easy to relate to.  I love her glass half full attitude and her problem solving skills.  If she can’t afford to buy it then she’ll just find a way to make it herself, alas a girl after my own heart :-)

I’ve even got my husband excited about the Hillbilly Housewife site since I started making her awesome dishwasher powder.  I only had to go buy one ingredient to make it, which was pretty exciting.  Except for the citric acid I had everything on hand for making my homemade laundry detergent.  It does a great job, especially since I took her advice about also filling the rinse compartment with vinegar.  Before I started using Susanne’s recipe I was buying those plastic covered gel and powder combos.  Not only are commercial dish tablets super expensive they are made of scary chemicals and coated in plastic.  Yuck!

 Susanne has lots of amazing from scratch recipes, and she even has some gluten free recipes if you’re “lucky” like me and try to avoid wheat like the plague!  Just about any form of bread is exciting in our house since we cut out wheat.  Check out this recipe for Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

I don’t know about you but I LOVE hiding vegetables in my baked goods.  It’s nice to pull one over on the kiddos.  Thank you Hillbilly Housewife!

If gluten isn’t a problem for you here’s a great post on batch-cooking and freezing breakfast foods like pancakes and waffles.  Susanne even gives a great tip on how to flash freeze the pancakes before bagging them up.  If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of trying to pry apart a stuck-together block of pancakes… trust me, this is a great tip!  The advice is still great even if you’re a gluten free family… just use different recipes.

So if I have you thoroughly intrigued click on any of the links below and go pay Susanne a nice visit!

Hillbilly Housewife website

Hillbilly Housewife on Pinterest

Hillbilly Housewife on Facebook

Hillbilly Housewife on Twitter

Do you have any frugal websites to recomend?

Jan
6

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How To Cut A Bob

Here’s how to cut a bob. I’d already cut Isy’s hair before so I don’t give as much detail on haircutting techniques in this video. If you are doing more then trimming a bob you might want to watch my other video how to cut hair into a bob, and even if you aren’t cutting the hair yourself you’ll probably still benefit from learning how to style a bob!

How To Cut A Bob


Jan
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How To Remove Skin Tags Naturally



Today I roped my husband into doing my video for me, as he is now the “expert” on how to remove skin tags naturally. Sorry if this video seems a little disjointed… it was filmed over a series of weeks. We weren’t very good about filming with any sort of regular frequency, so I guess this is more of a before and after :-) If you’re interested, this is the tea tree oil that we used.

 

We’re not doctors. We’re not experts but this worked for us! Everyone’s skin is different so we can’t make any guarantees, and you should always see a doctor in health matters.

How To Remove Skin Tags Naturally

Jan
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How To Make Reusable Snack Bags


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Winnie Loves Her Girly Baggies!

It’s the time of year where we all sit around and make our New Year’s Resolutions.  If one of your resolutions was to save money then watch this video to learn how to make reusable snack bags!  It never ceases to amaze me how much money my little family of 5 can spend on food.  Eating out, groceries, whatever it adds up.

One of the food expenses that bothers me most is the stuff you buy at the grocery store that you don’t even eat.

I mean I really hope you’re not sitting around eating paper towels and sipping Windex out of champagne glasses… because they aren’t food.  So why do we spend so much “grocery” money on “non” groceries?  Do we have to?  Should we?  I guess I’m just on a documentary high lately because I just don’t think we need most of that stuff.  So this year I’m going to keep finding alternatives to these non food items.

reusable sandwich bag

She’s begging for princess fabric next…

Baggies are something I’m just plain sick of buying.  I don’t care if you are buying name brand Ziplocks, or store brand baggies.  If you have money problems you can’t afford this throw away luxury.  And even if you have the money, I don’t know if our planet can afford it.  Go watch Bag It if you want need a wake up call to see what plastic is doing to our planet and our health!

plastic free alternatives

She feels that she wasn’t given enough food

O.k. I’m done venting for the day, I promise!  Here’s your free  how to make reusable snack bags pattern, it’s a PDF so just click and print.  Don’t forget to watch the video for step by step instructions.

Click here for the free pattern if you want to make the bigger version for Sandwich/chips baggies.

How To Make Reusable Snack Bags



Dec
31

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How To Make Reusable Sandwich Bags


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Isy thinks popcorn tastes better in a dino bag

In today’s video I’m going to show you how to make reusable sandwich bags.  Don’t worry, there’s also a free reusable sandwich bag PATTERN :-)

how to make reusable sandwich bags

She’s hoping if she smiles I’ll throw some chocolate chips in with that popcorn.

If you are trying to save money packing lunches is a must!  School lunches aren’t cheap and you have no control over what your kids get to eat every day.  If you have any special dietary concerns it might not even be possible for you to use school lunches.  So what are you using to pack those school lunches?

Do you use a brown paper bag that you have to throw away every time?  I recommend a reusable lunch box.  You can do the traditional style metal box, or one of the newer style plastic lined zip up models.

Are you spending money on juice boxes?  Try a refillable stainless steel cup.  You can put juice in it if you want, but water is just fine.  Kids get more than enough sugar without having juice and water is free!

And lastly what do you put the food in so it doesn’t get everywhere?  I really try avoid plastic after watching this eye opening documentary Plastic Planet where they point out the health risks associated with plastic production, use, and “disposal”.   For liquids like salad dressing or apple sauce I recommend something like this:

If you’re sending something like a salad, pasta, or wet fruits and veggies I got these for my girls.

For dryer and bulkier foods like sandwiches and chips I suggest you print off my free sewing pattern and make some reusable sandwich bags, or click here for my pattern for snack sized baggies. If you aren’t crafty they have lots of adorable commercial versions of reusable baggies, just know it will take you a long time to reap any savings if you don’t make these yourself.
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So if you are feeling brave here’s the free printable how to make reusable sandwich bags pattern.  And don’t forget to watch the video for step by step instructions

How To Make Reusable Sandwich Bags

1 hour sewing pattern meme free sewing patternsWhat are ways you save money on your kids lunches?

Dec
28

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Crochet Slippers Pattern

Here’s a crochet slippers pattern that I happen to love!  It’s a super easy version that my mom taught me way way way back in the day.  I’m aging myself too much here… I started crocheting like at age 10 so it seems like I’ve been playing with yarn forever.  I have attention span issues so if my fingers aren’t moving chances are my MIND is off in la la land.

Kid shoes can be so expensive.  Even if you are so fortunate as to buy a cheap pair for $5-$10 the money adds up (especially if you have multiple children)  Thanks to endless growth spurts kids don’t wear anything for long. 

If at all possible I reccomend that you make your own, buy used, and only buy if you really do need it.

Even if you have to buy yarn you can easily make this slippers for under $3.  Keep your eye open at garage sales and start building up a yarn stash.  Never pay top dollar.  Even weird colors that aren’t your favorites can be used in kids crafts.  Don’t forget to save the leftover fabric paint for another project!

Crochet Slippers Pattern

Here’s a link to how to make pom poms if you want to add those to your slippers too.

Dec
27

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How To Make Pom Poms With Multiple Colors



Have you ever wondered how to make pom poms with multiple colors? Or how to make pom poms period?  I can’t begin to describe how simple this process can be… seriously watch the video.  I might go far as to dare even my sister to try these.  My sister is deathly afraid of crafts… seriously it makes her nervous even to watch ME cut fabric haha! 

All you need is some yarn and a pom pom maker.  You don’t need a lot of yarn  which makes this a great way to finish off all those random little pieces that are destined for the kids craft tub anyway!

What are some ways you like to use up leftover yarn?

How To Make Pom Poms With Multiple Colors

 


If you don’t have a pom pom maker already, this is the one I have.

Dec
24

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How To Make Pom Poms



Are you ready to learn how to make pom poms?  I’m not going to lie, these are a little addictive once you start making them.   It’s really easy to make these diy pom poms if you have a pom pom maker, but if you don’t you can even make pom poms by wrapping yarn around a rectangle of cardboard.  I’ve even used my fingers before but it’s harder to make uniform sizes that way.

You can use pom poms to make dressup rings or scarves.  Pom poms add a wow factor to crochet slippers and hats.  You can make a bunch and use them for crafts with your kiddos.  They’re just plain fun! 

How To Make Pom Poms

What do you like to use pom poms for?



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