Three Uses for an Outgrown Pair of Blue Jeans

Three Uses for One Pair of Blue Jeans at

With five growing children we surely have to find ways to stretch our money. Here are three easy ways to use one pair of blue jeans. Hand Me Downs We of course pass down blue jeans to a sibling. Oh the money we’ve saved with three girls and two boys – just in hand me […]

Hundreds of Ways to Enjoy Your City on a Budget


Yesterday I shared an Ultimate Atlanta Staycation with you. Today I have the pleasure of sharing hundreds of ways to enjoy your city on a budget with the fabulous bloggers below. So pin this post for always. And enjoy your STAYcation! Mid Atlantic NW (or all), Connecticut :: Parenting Miracles Boston (or all), Massachusetts :: […]

Ultimate Atlanta Summer Staycation Guide: Free and Frugal Family Fun

Super Summer Staycation - Atlanta

Some of our very best summer memories are made with family right close to home. Today I offer up ideas for a super staycation in Atlanta! Plus, you can win tickets for a trip to the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, and tickets to see the Atlanta Braves. Don’t miss this ultimate giveaway at […]

Homemade Gifts

Homemade Gift Ideas

(my brother’s homemade gift tags – small, free hand pieces of art we look forward to each year) Part of the fun of giving gifts each year is making them! We set aside some afternoons – spread apart in December – to spread out supplies and make gifts. Permission to paint and create! Sometimes we […]

Review of Vicki Bentley’s EveryDay Cooking

Everyday Cooking - Review at Hodgepodge

Do you have one of those tried and true cookbooks? I do. The cookbook my Mama wrote down all the family recipes in – in her very own handwriting. And Vicki Bentley’s Everyday Cooking is coming alongside that favorite, becoming a go-to resource for practical, frugal and easy meals for my family. I wanted to […]

Edible Sand and Other Allergy-Friendly Birthday Cake Ideas

edible sand dessert

How’s a bucket of sand for a 13-year-old birthday cake? Edible sand that is. It was just right for a birthday at the beach. All the ingredients are allergy-safe for our nut-free, egg-free crew. Plus it is just downright fun to make! This is our second year making golden Oreo sand. Be sure to click […]

Simple, Frugal Ways to Celebrate an Anniversary

blue hydrangea

This past weekend Hodgepodgedad and I celebrated 17 years of marriage! It was a simple celebration spanning a few days. Because celebrating need not be elaborate and doesn’t have to break the bank. Picnic at the Park. Friday night we went through the Chick-fil-a and the Starbucks drive-thrus. We took our picnic of chicken cool […]

Homemade Graduation Card


This is one of those fun little ideas I came up with after an internet search for quotes. I wanted something more than the typical store bought card. A cap and rolled up diploma, of course. An appropriate quote from Dr. Seuss, of course. We start out with Dr. Seuss don’t we? Why not graduate […]

DIY Hand Soap Dispenser

DIY Hand Soap Dispenser at Hodgepodge

You may remember our pretty hand soap dispensers with initials? Well, in our house some things need to be super-sized. See, how much bigger this warehouse-sized hand sanitizer is compared to one that would sit by the bathroom sink? Nana taught us this fun craft and helped us make hand soap gifts, personalized for teachers. […]

Duct Tape Purse Tutorial

duct tape purse

I’m back for another duct tape tutorial! One afternoon, I searched on Google for how to make a duct tape purse. I found a link to the duck tape brand duct tape tutorial. So I watched the video and this is what I made. Take a look at the inside! Didn’t it turn out pretty? […]

Slow Cooker Recipes and Egg Substitutes


Truly the easiest way I have found to feed my family of seven is to put the slow cooker to work for me. Whether I am out for the day or busy with homeschooling our age range, I can serve up slow cooker deliciosity. My slow cooker history will prove my love. My regular Saturday […]

Homeschool Makeover: The Most Used Bookcase

IKEA Expedit bookshelf

Former, wonderful, overflowing and overused bookcase in our most central location. My husband and I have been blessed with hand-me-down furniture. There is just an abundance of pieces on my side of the family. And, in the almost seventeen years of our marriage, this furniture has served us well. However, never, in the past, has […]