Before I get started, I want to mention that I am not sponsored by either Silhouette or Cricut. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I'm telling you that I got both machines for free. My Silhouette Cameo and my Cricut Explore were given to me for free to use. But as always all opinions are 100% my own.  I think that if I had paid $300 for one machine and had gotten another for free, my opinion could have been … [Read more...]

pumpkin tools every family should own

I have a challenge. I want every family to carve at least 1 pumpkin this year. Are you down? #youcandoit Speaking of hashtags, last year we started the hashtag #carvethatjack. Share your pumpkin carvings with us! We are pumpkin nerds and proud.  Ummm yeah. We are known in our local town as the pumpkin people. It’s pretty embarrassing cool. We've embraced it.  We love Halloween. In fact, the week … [Read more...]

gold foil tutorial with a laminator

Gold foiling is big and although most of my friends don't know this, you can use a regular laminator to create foil projects! I decided after talking to friend after friend after friend who didn't know that a laminator was all you needed to create these fun foil projects, I needed to do a post about it here on All Things Thrifty too.  I promise I will teach you step by step how to create gold foil projects. All … [Read more...]

Kid Friendly Candy Corn Coctail-2

Do you need an easy and inexpensive treat to take to a Halloween party at your child's school or to a Halloween party in your neighborhood? This drink idea is PERFECT!  All you need for this Candy Corn Cooler is four ingredients: Orange Flavored Syrup {affiliate} Pebble Ice Half and Half and Club Soda.  Instructions: Fill your cup about half full with pebble ice. Pour syrup into the … [Read more...]

school bulletin board ideas

School is back in session. Out of my four kiddos, three of them are back in school and my preschooler will start after Labor Day. He is being ridiculous because he misses his siblings, but I don't blame him. I'm definitely not as fun as they are. After all, when he licks my face for the fifth time in a row, it's not likely that I'll react the way they would.  Over the past week, we have had three birthdays in our … [Read more...]

pinterest back to school

Schools here in Southern Utah head back to school soon.... Like next week! {It starts on the 13th!} Ahhhh! Anyway, every year I try to take my girlies down to Vegas to get the bulk of our shopping done! We went a few weeks ago and had a blast which in turns help with all the back to school craziness! Too bad it doesn't eliminate all of it...Ha! I've put together an amazing list of some fun and helpful tips to help … [Read more...]

girls camp craft ideas

One of my top five fights ever with my husband was about a Super Saturday where a bunch of ladies from our ward get together and do projects all day. I had a major meltdown because I took over leading a project for someone else who went into preterm labor and for the life of me I could not get it to work. Granted, the projects we were making were not for beginners, and I had learned how to make the item too … [Read more...]

what to do in the event of a scorpion sting

Let me start off by saying that I am not a doctor, but my son got bit by a scorpion last week, and this is what we learned from experience.  We live in Southern Utah and scorpions are common in our area. We get our home sprayed at least every six weeks to prevent them from getting into our home. But two weeks ago, me and the kids were home alone and around 11 pm, I heard a blood-curdling scream from … [Read more...]

Father's day gift ideas (1 of 1)

The struggle is real. I don't think of creative things 3-6 months in advance. My brain does not work like that. I do admit that I bought a 12 pack of "Dad's Root Beer" a few weeks ago from Costco because I thought it would be fun for the kids to take a few neighborhood dads a drink on Father's Day. BUT, those didn't last. {Ahem, thanks to my husband who started swigging them approximately 2 hours after I told him what … [Read more...]