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Fancy Frugal Life: May 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Celebrating Family & Freedom

Hi Friends,
Did we all have a great Memorial Day weekend? I hope you were all able to celebrate with friends & family.
My dad was in town and we were able to soak up some sun and swim as well as a baseball game.
Instead of making a trifle like I did for last Fourth of July I decided to put it all on a stick.
 Here is the dessert I threw together for after dinner tonight.
I didn't have a smaller star cookie cutter so I made a cardboard star and used a paring knife to cut the stars out of the pound cake. Cut pound cake lengthwise three times and you'll get more stars. I added fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and whip cream. 
I had a beautiful day with my family and am grateful for every minute. 

Thanks for stopping in and sharing your time with me!


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Chalkboard Clipboard (Teacher Gift)

Here's how we presented a group gift card to my son's wonderful teacher today. Some of us pitched in for a gift card and I embellished a wood clipboard that she can use in the future.
 All I did was paint two coats of black chalkboard paint, spray painted the hardware, and added a flower on the front. I also wrote the year and all the kids names on the back with a paint pen (but forgot to take a pic.)
She loved it!!! We had a fabulous year in Kindergarten. Today was their end of the year celebration. The class sang a few songs including, "What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong style...
I was proud I didn't cry like a baby...YET..This is all moving way too fast! 1st grade here we come..:)
 Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week! :)


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PrintRunner Giveaway Winner

Congrats to lucky number 1 Marissa for winning 100 photo postcards!!! I will be contacting you.
And thanks to everyone who took the time to enter! Have a great Monday.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Nutella Crescents Recipe

Today we had a little end of the year coffee for the kindergarten moms. I sure have enjoyed getting to know these ladies. We have a great group! 
I took these little Nutella mini crescents I found via Pillsbury.com
All you do is smear Nutella on the store bought crescent dough, bake, and dip in cinnamon sugar. Seriously easy and delish.
Have a beautiful weekend.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Mother's Day Gift & PrintRunner 100 Postcard Giveaway


Guess what I got for Mother's Day?! I feel like the luckiest gal ever! My first DSLR camera! I know...I know..it's so fancy and not frugal!

It's gonna be so great for taking pics of my family and for the blog though!! Yay.....
I took a few practice pics of my daughter while we were at my son's baseball game. I love it! 

So now that I'm practicing some serious wanna be photography skills I'm gonna need some quality & inexpensive printing services! Would you like to win 100 color 5x7 photo postcards? Thanks PrintRunner for sponsoring this online postcard printing giveaway.( I will be receiving 100 cards for hosting).

"PrintRunner.com was established with little more than a small press and a dream. Ten years later our company became one of the foremost quality printers in Southern California. Our commitment to provide the best value and high quality full color printing at affordable price made our company grow.  PrintRunner is a full service high quality printing company located in Chatsworth, California."-PrintRuner

Details of the giveaway prize: Postcards
Postcard Size: Postcards 5x7
 Quantity: 100
Colors: 4/0 Front Only Printing
Paper: 14 PT. UV Coating on Front,
 Rounded Corners: Yes
Proof: None
 Ready to Ship In: 4 Business Days
 *Giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 years old and above.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below..Say hi or tell me how would you use your photo postcards? Thank Yous, Birth Announcements, Business Ads, Invites, ect.

I will pick a winner by random.org on Sunday May 20th. 
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope everyone had a beautiful Mother's Day weekend!! xo

Friday, May 11, 2012

DIY Instagram Magnets

My personal Facebook friends would agree with the statement that I am completely hooked on the brilliant photo ap Instagram. (Ha sorry FB peeps!) But I can't help it. They turn out so darn cute. Instead of having them only live in my phone I turned them into homemade magnets and am giving some to my mom and mom in law for Mother's Day gifts.
They are so easy no pics required! All I did was print a 4x6 of 1 inch instagram photos on my printer with photo paper. I used Mod Podge on black heavy card stock paper to make them thick. After they dried I cut em up. Then I used clear packing tape over the front of each one individually. Use adhesive magnets on the back. 

Now I have cute magnets for my thrift store magnetic primer board!

I wish you all a beautiful Mother's Day Weekend. Yesterday I spent an hour in my daughter's preschool painting and playing as part of their Mommy Celebration. I sure do cherish these memories...with an Instagram of course! :)


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