Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Frugal Family Fun

When I divorced I created a couple of traditions in my family to strengthen the relationships between my daughters and I, as well as between themselves. I started a weekly family night and regular hang outs where each of them get to spend time one on one with me.

Being a single mum there isn't always a lot of money to go around so for family night we started playing more games. I loved board games as a child and want my children to experience them as well. Recently I was sent Fibber and Googly Eyes to review.

My kids adored Googly Eyes. It's a simple game covering all the aspects kids love such as drawing, a timer, a humorous way to do it all and the competitiveness of teams. We've played with friends of theirs too and it is perfect for their age grup of 4 - 7 year olds. It's funny to see how people think they are drawing and the guesses other make about the picture. There are 3 levels of difficulty for the googly glasses to make it harder for older ones.

 Fibber was much loved too except my kids are not so great at lying, which is fine by me. They giggle hysterically when they have 'fibbed' so I did a lot of pretending in this game. They loved the concept of their noses growing from fibbing, much like Pinocchio. These two games I will get a lot of use in our house I suspect.

Have you tried them? What are some favourite games in your household?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Picture changed to whiteboard

We have wanted a whiteboard for a while. I'm stingy though and kept planning on turning a picture into one. This weekend I finally did it and it was so easy!

Here is the before picture:

I got this picture from my sister in law about 4 years ago and loved it. Frangipanis have been my fav flower for ages, but I am changing things up in my house. 

It was really easy to turn the picture and fram into a whiteboard of sorts.

I took out the glass and picture so I could easily paint the frame

Next I gave it a good clean so there was no dirt, dust or grime on it then laid it on a sheet outside so I could spray paint it. Realistically I should have sanded it beforehand, as my husband kept telling me, but I am so impatient and decided I wanted it done now.

Once the paint was dry I picked 2 sheets of scrapbooking paper I had (I would have chosen pink ones, but since the board is not just mine I went for 2 more gender neutral colours) and laid them on the glas and put the glass back into the frame.

It was a super easy project. As you can see from the paint cans we are in the process of painting too, so my new whiteboard has not yet made it to the wall but I already love it.

One side is for things that are coming up/stuff we need to remember. The other side will be for things (excluding groceries) we feel we need or want. This way we can decide after 30 days if they are still a need/want and look out for them on special.

I already had whiteboard markers which work great on glass. So I finally got my whiteboard for free.

(I had left over paint from another project, the scrapbook paper was from my mother in law when she was doing a clean out ages ago and the picture was giving to me 4 years ago).

It is so easy to repurpose items you already have into something you will use. I have kept the frangipani picture in the frame behind the scrapbook paper if I want to use it as intended in the future.

Originally published May 2012