$5 Family Fun – Gingerbread Joy

Hard to believe that Christmas is just 8 days away!  For just $5, create a little holiday magic with you kids over the break by making individual gingerbread houses.

Directions can be found in the e-Book $5 Family Fun. Available on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Books & Things.

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BLOG TOUR – 12th & Final Day

Today is the 12th and the final day of the $5 Family Fun Blog Tour. Many thanks to our final blogger Leslie of “Storeybook Reviews” for reviewing the e-book. If you are a self-proclaimed book junkie like she is, I recommend you check out her blog. She reviews a variety on genres.

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Not only to Leslie, but as this blog tour comes to a close, thank you to the many bloggers who participated and introduced their followers to $5 Family Fun.  I hope everyone enjoys the e-book as much as I enjoyed the two years writing it.

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Publishing Agreement for $5 Family Fun!!!

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The New Year is here & 2016 is going to bring many new & exciting adventures for me.  I’m excited to finally share that I’ve signed a Publishing Agreement with Cedar Fort Publishing to bring $5 Family Fun to life!!!

It will initially be available only in e-book format but if it does well, then Cedar Fort will produce a print version too.  The first of 5 steps in the editorial process will begin next month and they’re anticipating a June 2016 release date.

I’m thrilled for this opportunity and will continue to share $5 Family Fun updates as we get closer to June. Thank you to all who have encouraged and supported this project & me during this process. For that, I am eternally grateful!

– Meggan

New Year’s Eve Bash…from $5 Family Fun

New Year’s Eve party for you and the kids for $5?  Yes!  Here are some fun and festive ideas to ring in 2014.

Since the real celebration happens after the kids go to bed, celebrate with the kids at noon.  That way they get to count down to 12:00, it’s just p.m. instead of a.m.

Here’s how I spent my five dollars.  I got all five items for $1 each at the dollar store:

  • Crème Filled Chocolate Cookies
  • White Icing
  • Construction Paper
  • Balloons
  • Party Noise Makers

Countdown Clock Cookies

Crème Filled Clock Cookies

Pull out 12 cookies from the package for your clock.  Then fill a baggie with the white icing to act as a pastry bag.  Clip of a very small amount from one of the bottom corners of the baggie and write numbers 1 through 12 in icing on the top of each cookie.

Next, find a round plate or serving tray.  If your serving tray had a print or theme like mine did (it had a Christmas theme), then cover it with aluminum foil.  Place the cookies around the tray in the correct clock positions and then use the remaining icing to make the clock hands.

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Time to Celebrate

Blow up the balloons and using a marker you have around the house, write numbers 1 through 12 on the balloons.  Either have them covering the floor or do a balloon drop at noon using either a sheet or trash bag.

Use the construction paper to make confetti for everyone to toss at the end of the countdown.  I used a paper shredder but you can also use a hole punch if you have one.  Make sure everyone has a noise maker to blow at noon too.

Family Time Capsule

A fun activity that the whole family can participate in is making a time capsule.  Find an empty shoe box from the closet and cover on the outside with some of your construction paper.  Write something on the top such as “Spicer Family Time Capsule – December 31, 2013.  DO NOT open until December 31, 2023!”

Here are some suggestions on what you can fill your time capsule with:

  • Front page of newspaper to reflect the date
  • A picture of each family member from the past year or a group photo if you have one – I used our Christmas card
  • Have the kids draw a picture of their favorite memory from the past year
  • Party items from your New Year’s Eve celebration
  • Include a list of how things are in 2013 such as: current prices of commonly purchased items (a gallon of gas, loaf of bread and gallon of milk), who is the current president & vice president, what and who are popular TV shows, movies & stars, what your kids’ favorite toys are, what your kids want to be when they grow up, what is your kids’ favorite thing about the age they currently are, who is your kids’ best friend(s) name(s), who is your kids’ teacher, etc.

It will be such fun for both you and the kids to look back in five or ten years and see how your lives have changed.

Total Cost: $5

Happy 2014 from $5 Family Fun!!!

 

The Great Indoors – from $5 Family Fun

The Great Indoors – $4

 Baby, it’s cold outside!  It is 34 degrees outside today where I live so I’m thinking of indoor activities to do on a chilly day.  Indoor camping is always fun for kids of all ages (indoor picnics too but that’s for another post). 

Indoor Tent – $0

Grab flat sheets and blankets from the linen closet and drape over household chairs and other furniture to make an instant tent.  Be sure to make it big enough for the whole family to crawl into.  Use pillows from the couch or bed to make your space comfy cozy.  Lastly, grab flashlights or LED candles from around the house to illuminate your space and dim the overhead lights to create a true camping atmosphere. For safety reasons, do no use real candles or any open flame in or around your tent. 

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From inside your cotton covered fortress, watch TV, tell ghosts stories or just hang out.  You can also drag in sleeping bags or make a pallet of blankets and sleep in your tent overnight. 

If you have a fireplace in your home, build your tent close by (but not too close for safety reasons) for additional ambiance.   

Campfire “Ovenfire” S’mores – $4

What camping experience would be complete without s’mores?  If you have a fireplace, you can always go the traditional route but oven s’mores are a great alternative. 

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Ingredients:

1.       Graham Crackers (generic brand) – $2

2.       Jumbo Marshmallows (from dollar store) – $1

3.       Hershey bar broken into squares of two or I found individually wrapped chocolate squares specifically for s’mores (from dollar store) – $1

Lay 6 graham crackers on a baking sheet and place a jumbo marshmallow on each.  Place under the broiler until golden brown.  My broiler has a low and high setting (I selected low) but not all broilers do so just keep a close eye on them.  I took the s’mores out and then rolled each marshmallow over so I could brown the other side.  Repeat until this side is also golden brown. 

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When done, remove the baking sheet from the broiler and place a piece of chocolate on top of each and then finish with a second graham cracker.  Smoosh it all together and enjoy while your marshmallow is still ooey and gooey. 

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Happy camping!!! 

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