Friday, May 16, 2014

Frugal Things I Did Last Week

Evangeline and I before heading to the Mother/Daughter Tea Party at church.  
Our super busy month of May has begun!  In our family we are celebrating two graduations, my brother's wedding, mother's day, and attending a conference.  Let the fun begin!  Here are a few of the things we did to save money last week:

Evangeline and I attended a Ladies Tea Party at our church.  I helped by making and sending all of the invitations.  I designed the invitations using the program Print Shop (gift from my mother-in-law).  In order to save money on postage the invitations were designed as postcards.  :)  All of the ladies from our church pitched in and made different food items so we did not need to charge a fee for the tea.  I made Vanilla Biscotti Cookies and Egg Salad Sandwiches.  They were both easy to make.  My sister, mother, and grandmother all attended the tea party.  They even had a hat contest where I wore a hat that belonged to my great grandmother.  I think every woman in attendance had a lovely time.  It was extra special having my own daughter Evangeline attending.

I also made mother's day gifts for my mother, mother-in-law, and grandmothers.  I haven't passed them all out yet so I will share about them next week. ;)

I harvested loose leaf lettuce that I had planted in a pot on the front porch.  I just wish now that I had planted more.

I received free magazines and a sample of coffee in the mail.

The happy hubby was kind enough to stop at a yard sale this past week while we were driving.  We purchased a shirt for Eli, a toy for Eva, and a $5 exersaucer!  I was SO excited to find this.  Eva has really been enjoying this and I anticipate that we will find it useful this summer.

We all went to the zoo and took along my youngest sister.  It was lots of fun and we were able to use our zoo pass which also has a free guest on it.

I actually went shopping with my mom and sister this past weekend.  (My mother needed to buy a dress for my brother's wedding.)  My mother bought me a skirt while we were out that I absolutely love.

The bouquet of flowers we left on a neighbor's porch on May Day.  

I also wanted to share something fun that our family did to celebrate May Day.  We made the bouquet in the picture above and placed it in a glass mason jar.  I used the ring to attach ribbon to the jar.  We walked to a neighbor's house as a family.  Then Elijah and Brandon quietly placed the flowers on the door knob and RAN!  We hid for about five minutes but the neighbors weren't home.  Eli still thought it was just the coolest thing ever.  :)  Eventually our neighbor did call to see if we were the guilty party.  This was such a fun memory that I hope to make it a tradition in our family.  What a great way to welcome the month of May and bless a friend!

What frugal things did you do last week?  Have you planted any vegetables or flowers yet?

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