Food Fun Friday: 4th of July Pie Crust Cookies


4th of july Pie Crust Cookies

This time of year always has me feeling patriotic. I was trying to think of something fun I could make with the kids that would help us celebrate the 4th. When I looked through my refrigerator I noticed some pre-made pie crust that would be expiring soon. I was in no mood to make a pie so I turned to faithful pinterest and typed in "pie crust." Most of the images that came up were actually for pies - go figure - but one on Stick to Your Hips was for pie crust cookies. Hmmmm... 

Fun with Magnet Letters and a Cookie Tray


Some people ask me where I get my ideas. I get inspired in a variety of places but the very best inspiration comes from my three daughters. The other day I noticed them huddled around a cookie tray and some magnetic letters. 
Magnet letters and a cookie tray
I am very excited to share my kids' idea with you all today. Who knows, maybe this is the start of the future blog of the Mess For Less kids.

Popsicle Stick Patterns


Popsicle Stick Patterns

Here is a fun way to get your kids to practice copying and creating patterns and the best part is that it only requires a few basic supplies. You can tell that our family has just been through a move since one of the items I consider a "basic supply" is packing tape.

Food Fun Friday: Fruity Popsicles


It was pretty hot here in Northern California this past week and I was looking for ways to cool off. I was also unpacking as we just moved into our new home. I happened to unpack a Popsicle mold that I had bought a while ago but never used. I decided to try to make healthier Popsicle than you find at the grocery store. 
You will need:
  • Popsicle mold
  • Fruit juice
  • Cut fruit
Making fruity popsicles

Painted Keyboard - Guest Post from Doodlecraft


Hello Mess For Less readers! Today we have something i know you will love. Natalie from Doodlecraft is here and she will be sharing an awesome painted keyboard she made for her kiddies. You can find more kids crafts and projects on her blog along with recipes, sewing and general DIY goodness. Please visit and say hi!

Hi, I'm Natalie Shaw from Doodlecraft!
I am thrilled to be guest posting at Mess for Less!
As a mother of 3, I am constantly looking for fun activities, ways to teach
and things to make...all within my budget!
Here's a relatively simple project for hours of entertainment!

Ten Little Beasties Paper Craft: Guest Post from 3 Dinosaurs

Today I am excited to introduce you to Cassie from 3 Dinosaurs. Cassie is a mom of 3 girls like me, so she has a special place in my heart. She does so many engaging projects and activities with her girls and she really tries to reinforce concepts they have learned at school. Cassie recently did a great extension of a favorite children's book and she is sharing it here today. Please welcome Cassie!

Hi, Mess For Less readers. I'm so excited to be here and show our latest book and craft!

Food Fun Friday: For the Love of Fruit


Like many moms I am trying to get my kids to eat more fruit.  Of course they love some fruits like pineapple, strawberries and oranges. But other fruits can be a tougher sell for my little ones. That is why in the past I have tried "dressing up" fruit. Here are some of our favorite ways to do that.
Yogurt Covered Berries on a Stick
Frozen Yogurt Covered Berries

Review and Giveaway: BEEhaving is B-E-S-T, Hermie DVD from Max Lucado

My kids recently watched BEEhaving is B-E-S-T, a new Hermie DVD based on Max Lucado's Hermie books. This DVD, put out by Thomas Nelson, contains two classic Hermie episodes that little ones will love.

My kids love the Hermie series of books and so I knew they would be excited to see them come to life in a DVD. BEEhaving is B-E-S-T does not disappoint. Hermie and all his garden friends are here, teaching kids the importance of manners and following the rules. My kids can certainly use some guidance in these areas!

Bird Seed Wreath - Guest Post from Sweet Home in Idaho

Today we have Dana from Sweet Home in Idaho here to share a wonderful activity that you can do with your kids that will teach them about nature and get them outdoors. Sounds like what we are all looking for this summer. I hope you will visit Dana's blog and get to know this woman who absolutely loves being a wife and mom. She is a photographer, homeschooler and woman of faith. Please welcome Dana!

Food Fun Friday: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats


cinnamon toast crunch treats

If you are looking for a quick no-bake dessert or treat, you've come to the right place. I know this is quick because I prepared it in 15 minutes. Faithful Mess For Less readers know that my family is currently residing in temporary housing while we wait for our home to close. We didn't take a lot with us to the new place, so creating something to share with you all was a bit of a challenge. When I opened up the cabinets I noticed I had brought marshmallows here for some reason. Very odd, but I started to get an idea. We did not have Rice Krispies, but we did have Cinnamon toast Crunch. Hmmm...

Make Your Own Crackers - Guest Post from Create, Play, Teach

Shawna is here today visiting from Create, Play, Teach. Shawna blogs about her fun ideas for crafts, activities and recipes - all kid centered! She is here to share how she made her own crackers. This recipe is totally kid friendly, so your young chefs can help you in the kitchen. Thanks to Shawna!

I have an easy and kid-friendly recipe today to share with you. Have you ever considered making your own crackers? If not, go in your pantry and look at all the ingredients that are on the box of crackers and you might change your mind. I did. I didn't realize how easy they were to make until I  saw this. These crackers are dairy free, gluten free, kid-friendly, fun to make, and use 3-4  ingredients.  


Make Your Own Bouncy Balls - Guest Post from Adventures of Home Life

I am delighted to have a guest post from Adventures of Home Life. If you haven't checked out this blog yet, you must head over as soon as you finish reading this. In it, a mom shares her crafts and projects, easy recipes and parenting experiences. I think you will find yourself encouraged and inspired as you read her stuff. Today we will be learning how to make bouncy balls which I never even knew you could do at home.

I don't know about your house, but mine is filled with those small rubber bouncy balls. The Older collects them, and it seems like anytime we go to a restaurant with vending machine games, he gets a pocketful of them. I can't stand him spending money on these things, so I've told him no more. He loves them though, so I decided he could have them if we made them ourselves. Setup was pretty easy, and I had all of the supplies here at home.

Fave Five Food Fun Friday Features


As some of you know, we moved into temporary housing a few days ago while waiting for our house to close. We don't have a lot of supplies with us for cooking, so I thought you might enjoy a stroll down memory lane with my Fave Five Food Fun Friday Features. Say that 10 times fast.

Apple Pie Crescents