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Six Ways to Teach Kids to be Kind

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This is off-topic, I know! But multiple readers asked about how we’ve taught our kids to work hard and to be kind. Here’s what I wrote about teaching them to work hard. And today’s post will be about teaching kindness.). Joshua and Lisey, circa 2015.

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4 things that are making my life better

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A little bit about blogging, selling, and Amazon links in emails

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This is going to be off topic, but I promise it’s an anomaly. I’m not about to become a blogger who blogs about blogging. And fair warning: this is probably going to be a little rambly. Proceed accordingly (or not!).

If you can’t do it all, do these three things.

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Laura Vanderkam often mentions that one way to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on household maintenance is to reduce your standards. If you decide that surfaces don’t have to be dust-free, you can dust less often (or never!).

What I Spent, What We Ate | Meal Box week

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The Frugal Girl uses affiliate links , which help support this blog at no extra cost to you. What I Spent. I started off with my Hungry Harvest box. I spent $31.42 at non-Aldi stores, and $42.96 at Aldi. So, I’m at $99.38. Oh, wait.

One thing I love from Grove and one thing I don’t.

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This post contains affiliate links. Hey guys! Two things: One. When I told you about the special offer Grove is extending to FG readers, I said it would end on Sunday.

What I Spent, What We Ate | And it’s September!

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September seems like a sudden change, doesn’t it? It’s not the like weather magically shifts on September 1st, but somehow, turning the calendar to September makes it promptly feel like a completely different season. Even if you ARE still wearing shorts at first. What I Spent.

End of summer bucket list update!

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Every summer, I make a list of fun & practical things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” Cook with my kids. Guys. I did not do very well with this in August at all.

Introducing…cleaning concentrates!

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Joshua is 18.

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Indulge me for a day, would you? Here’s Joshua through the years. Starting in the pre-digital era, so excuse the photos of photos!). 7 days old. Three. Seven. Eight. Ten. (I I think he was feeling nervous about Zoe, so he put his arm around her to keep her safe. Aww.). Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Did I stick to $51?

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What I Spent. Here’s my Hungry Harvest box. That melon was CRAZY good. It looked like a honeydew but was orange in the inside, and it was so sweet. I tried to stay out of the stores as much as possible this week, given my crazy spending the prior week.

Five Frugal Things | Not pictureless this time!

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I couldn’t do two pictureless Five Frugal Things in a row! I price-matched printer ink. I needed ink for my color printer, and I saw that Office Depot’s price slightly beat Amazon’s price. But when I got to the store, the price was $7 higher.

52 New Recipes | Grilled Mahi Mahi + Moroccan Chicken Salad

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I missed a few weeks of 52 New Recipes, so I’m making up for it! ( I tried two new ones last week as well.). Please picture me flexing my trying-new-recipes muscle.).

My newly painted gray bathroom | before and afters

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When we bought our house, here’s what the bathroom looked like. It’s a little hard to tell how shocking this shade of green was, but it was awful. Like, so bad that when you looked down the hallway, a green glow emanated from the bathroom. And the ceiling was green as well as the walls.

Chalkboard-Painted Tea Tins

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Though it’s not cheap, we are big fans of Harney and Sons vanilla comoro tea. ($5+ 5+ for a tin at Target. But if you compare that to, say, the cost of a Starbucks drink, it seems much more affordable.). I kind of hate to throw these tins away because they seem so reusable.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Oh geez.

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What I Spent. Last Friday, I popped by the produce stand and they had a big box of slightly bruised peaches for $15. Woohoo! Then on Saturday, I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box. Then I spent $92 on these groceries (including an unpictured $10 package of chicken).

Lisey’s bed, repainted

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I bought this bed off of craigslist years ago. and I painted it white, so Zoe could switch from her converted crib (poor kid was six at the time!) into a twin bed. A year later, we moved Zoe in with Sonia and moved Lisey into this room.

4 things I bought with my birthday money

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Amazon links are affiliate links. I guess I’m on a “4 things” kick lately. I think this is the third post in a week’s time that listed 4 things.(Although Although to make it consistent, I should probably do four “4 things” posts!

4 things that are making me happy and 1 thing that’s not

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I have a sweet new niece! There were a few scares during my sister-in-law’s pregnancy, but this little miss is here safe and sound. And perfectly healthy. She brings my niece/nephew collection to 15, so I am quite a rich auntie. She’s a perfect snuggle-able size.

What I Spent, What We Ate | I tried a Twinkie.

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What I Spent. First up, my $25 Hungry Harvest box: And here’s a $102 trip to Aldi. Do you see the Twinkies in there? When I was in kindergarten, a kid at my table always had a Twinkie for his morning snack, while I had a banana. When I was 5, I thought surely the Twinkie would be better.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Making up for last week

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What I Spent. I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box on Saturday, as always. I was in Texas at the time, so I didn’t get a good picture, but here’s part of what was in the box. (If If you want to try Hungry Harvest, use code FRUGALGIRL5 for $5 off your first order!).

Why I place rather large online clothing orders

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In the past, I haven’t been a big online clothing shopper. I like to be able to try things on and give multiple sizes a shot. Because sizing… oh man, it’s such an inconsistent thing. I have a lot of different sizes in my closet that all fit me the same!

Five Frugal Things | Thredup, blog expenses, useless tools, and more

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I really want to show you my newly painted bathroom and also Lisey’s bed, but I haven’t gotten around to photographing them yet. So, how’s about a five frugal things post today instead? I shipped back unwanted Thredup items.

I’ve been to Texas and back!

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Hey there, readers! Since I last blogged on Friday, I’ve been to Texas and back. (On On a plane, of course. My friend Beth is from Texas, and she and her family moved here about 5 years ago. We met at church and became really good friends from there.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Plus a small aside about perfect happy lives

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Before we get to groceries: When I posted my bucket list update the other day , a regular and dear reader commented that she was having trouble avoiding the, “envy the blogger’s perfect happy family life” trap, and mentioned she was having a tough summer.

52 New Recipes | Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad

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That’s kind of a mouthful. This is another recipe from my ATK Quick Family Cookbook. It’s a pasta salad dressed with homemade pesto, with tomatoes, arugula, and grilled chicken. The general vote on this one from my family and me is that it was sort of medium.

Summer Bucket List Update | It’s August!

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Every summer, I make a list of fun & practical things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” Cook with my kids. I did better this month! I taught Sonia how to make bread (we started with French bread because that is super easy.).

One of my painting projects: Soffit painting

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Amazon links are affiliate links. I didn’t actually add this to my bucket list , but I should have. Maybe I’ll go ahead and type it in so I can cross it off. SO SATISFYING. Anyway.

What I Spent, What We Ate | painting week edition

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What I Spent. I needed to spent $100 or less to stay on budget. I did awesome with that last week, but not so much this week. I started the week off with my Hungry Harvest box OF COURSE. ( $25). Then I spent $93.73 at Aldi. And I spent another $30.46 on small trips.

52 New Recipes | Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Amazon links are affiliate links. So, yesterday was another one mostly spent painting. And I didn’t really think about dinner until a half hour prior to dinnertime. Different day, same story! The complicating factor this go-round is that I hadn’t tried a new recipe yet.

stream of consciousness | painting and plumbing

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Hi guys! I didn’t blog yesterday because I was a Very Busy Painterly Person. We had a random, blessed, glorious, one-day break from summer humidity and so of course, I was like PAINT ALL OF THE THINGS!!!!

Five Frugal Things | books, paint, flowers, eyedrops, and chicken!

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Happy Monday, readers! How about we start off the week with five frugal things? I sold three books on half.com. All of them were schoolbooks we’re done using…so clutter out, and money in!

What I Spent, What We Ate | Did I stick to $100?

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What I Spent. I mentioned last week that I really need to keep these last two weeks of July at $100 or less in order to finish up the month on budget. (I I was kind of spendy for the first two weeks!). Let’s see how I did. I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box , of course.

100% whole fruit frozen snacks that taste good? Yup!

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Thank you to Froozer for sponsoring this post. All text, photos, and opinions are my own. What are Froozer frozen fruit snacks? You might remember that last summer, I introduced you all to Froozer, a small company that makes frozen fruit snacks.

52 New Recipes | A new grilled pizza

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As you know, I have a grilled pizza recipe on the blog. It’s a decent recipe (or I wouldn’t have posted it!), but in a Cook’s Illustrated magazine (which I got from the library), I saw a really intriguing recipe for grilled pizza.

We have four phones on Ting now!

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I’m a paying Ting customer and have been for years now. Ting asked me to be an affiliate after I’d already been a customer, and all Ting enthusiasm from me is 100% legit. This post contains affiliate links, but it is not sponsored.

Five Frugal Things | Plumbing Probs Edition

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This post contains affiliate links, which help keep the lights on around here at exactly $0 of extra cost to you. We are having some rather expensive plumbing problems right now (FYI, a crack in your vent pipe makes for a very smelly kitchen. So gross.).

What I Spent, What We Ate | I’m gonna have to be frugal the rest of July!

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What I Spent. Last Saturday, I got my $25 Hungry Harvest. (I’m I’m pleased to say we’ve already eaten everything here except for the radishes and zucchini!). On Monday, I spent $81 at Aldi. And yesterday, I spent $62 at Aldi. Plus I spent $18.89 at the store where Lisey works.

52 New Recipes | Pasta, tortillas, and tacos

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This week I tried three new things (which makes up nicely for the several weeks this year when I didn’t try a new recipe!). On Monday, Sonia and Zoe and their friend helped me make a pasta dish from Budget Bytes. It was a perfect recipe for newish kid cooks to make, and the girls all liked it.

I did something stupid and it cost me $50.

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