Thank you to the blog “An Awesome and Amazing Life” for being the stop on Day 9 of the $5 Family Fun Blog Tour.

An Awesome & Amazing Life

Check out blogger Stacey Valley’s post about the $5 Family Fun Take A Hike project which includes an affordable Trail Mix recipe.

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$5 Family Fun – Spirit Games

Spirit Games – $4

Games – using household items, all are $0
  • Opening Ceremonies – create your own tournament torch using a leftover paper towel roll and aluminum foil for the flame. If you happen to have red, orange, or yellow tissue paper in the house, you can upgrade to a more colorful flame.
  • Three-Legged Race – partner up and use belts from the closet or rope from the garage to bind legs.
  • Individual Sprint – no props needed.
  • Relay Race – use leftover paper towel rolls as batons.
  • Egg Race – spoons from the kitchen and plastic eggs from your Easter decor.
  • Discus – if you have a Frisbee lying around the garage or backyard, this is all you need for a fun and competitive discus toss.
  • Closing Ceremonies/Medal Presentation – make medals out of aluminum foil and anything you have around the house to make a medal strap such as giftwrap ribbon or twine.

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Feast like a Champion – $4
After the closing ceremonies, go for the gold with these two snack ideas. Only microwave cooking and assembly required.

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Popcorn Torch Treats – $2


  • Ice cream cones from the dollar store – $1
  • Microwave buttered popcorn from the dollar store – $1


  1. Microwave the popcorn according to package directions.
  2. Fill each ice cream cone with popcorn to create your torches.
Gold Medal Goodies
Gold Medal Goodies – $2
  • Vanilla sandwich cookies from the dollar store – $1
  • Candy rope or candy straws from the dollar store – $1
  1. Gently twist apart the two sides from each cookie sandwich to separate.
  2. Into the cream center of one half of the cookie, firmly press the candy ropes (but not so hard as to break the cookies).
  3. Top with the cookie’s other half and plate your gold medals.


Thank you to the blog “The Gifted Gabber” for being the stop on day 2 of the $5 Family Fun blog tour.

The Gifted Gabber image

Blogger Amy Gramlich reviewed the e-book and posted the Gold Medal Cookies food craft project in honor of the upcoming games in Rio.


$5 Family Fun – National Teddy Bear Picnic Day (July 10th)

July 10th is National Teddy Bear Picnic Day.  Pack a teddy-bear themed lunch and head outside for a whimsical afternoon of fun and frolic.
Open-Faced Teddy Bear Sandwichv with text

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

Teddy Bears with text

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$5 Family Fun – UFO Day (July 2nd)

Keep your eyes to the skies on July 2nd because it’s World UFO Day. Believers and skeptics alike will have blast with these  out-of-this-world $5 Family Fun balloon and food craft projects.

Directions to these and other frugal fabulous projects can be found in the $5 Family Fun e-Book.  To purchase, click the “BUY THE EBOOK $5 FAMILY FUN” page tab.  Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books & Things (soon available on iBooks too).

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UFO Cookies

Glowing Alien Balloons

Glowing Alien Balloons

Mommy Movie Reviews – Finding Dory

Finding Dory

Rated PG

3.5 out of 6 star


New to theaters this weekend is Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory”, a family adventure/comedy (rated PG).

It was a cute film, good but not great. It’s hard for sequels to capture the magic of the original. That won’t stop studios though from trying in pursuit of the all mighty box office dollar, not to mention merchandising opportunities.

The plot was a little too close to “Finding Nemo”. It would have been far more interesting if they went in a completely different direction. It also was heavy on adventure, light on laughs.


With Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) & Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) along for the ride, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) travels the ocean to make her way home to California in search of her parents. Dory, a blue tang fish who suffers from short-term memory loss, got separated from her parents as a small fish and due to her condition couldn’t remember how to find her way home. Through a series of events, Dory has flash backs of her parents and her home providing enough info for Nemo and Marlin to help her find her way back. But of course, nothing goes smoothly or as planned. Along the way Dory makes many new friends who aid her in her journey, the most interesting being Hank a curmudgeon octopus (voiced by Ed O’Neill).


What made me the happiest is that unlike “The Good Dinosaur”, this was not another Disney Pixar tear jerker. Kids movies should be happy in my opinion, not boo-hoo fests!

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