Frugal Family Linky April 2 and the Best of March/Featured Host

Lots of new stuff going on this week! We are thrilled to announce our new Voted Top Blog Post and an exclusive monthly badge to display for that blog poster as well. The Voted Top Blog Post for the month is awarded to the one post that stood out for being not only Frugal but also for its ingenuity and its simplicity too.

The Voted Top Blog Post for March 2015

Mama Goes Frugal for a wonderful DIY Lime Kitchen Spray ideal for Spring cleaning! best of march frugal family linky

This month we are launching our new monthly round up and we will be sharing our top featured posts from all the participating co-hosts. These featured bloggers will be invited to display the exclusive ‘I’ve been featured on’ badge on their blogs!

Things to Make

How to Make Garden Markers from Rocks – Adventure in a Box

Night Stand Transformation from blah – Altered Artworks

DIY children’s winter wrist warmer protectors – RU Supermom

Reurposed Sweater Craft Ideas – Junquere Thunque

A Scavenger Hunt Exploring Texture in Nature – Hodge Podge Craft

Frugal Ideas

Improve your Garden Soil without a Compost Heap – Whole Food Home

8 Steps to Creating a Family Budget – Just Another Mom

15 reasons to Love the Library – Syncopated Mama

Meal Planning tips for Busy Moms – Super Mommy Club

Shamrock Pretzel Pops – Mommys Bundle

Frugal Things to do with the Kids

Inventors Box Play Date for Preschoolers – Little Worlds

DIY Chalkboard Easter Eggs – Study at Home Mama

Bubble Runway Popping – Hands on as we Grow

DIY Geography Boxes – Child Led Life

Fine Motor Play with Pom Poms and Plastic Bottle – Best Toys 4 Toddlers

Musical Shapes Insulating Tape Activity – Milk Craft and Honesty

PreSchool Activities Invitation to Play Rainbow – Learning 2 Walk

Pin the Tail on the Bunny – From ABCs to ACTs

Montessori Sand Tray Tips to Promote Writing – Planting Peas

How to Make Coloured Pasta –  My Bored Toddler

If I ran the Zoo Crazy Animal Activity – Mommy Crusader

Find Out About this Month’s Co-Host

Every month we will be featuring one of our co-hosts to let our blog readers get to know us better.

Hi I’m Helen and I run the Frugal Family Linky with my co-hosts on a weekly basis.  I am quite lucky as far as being frugal goes having learnt lots of thrifty things from my parents.  My mum taught me to cook at an early age and by the time I was a teenager I was cooking the family evening meals twice a week.  I am so glad that she took that time to show me some basic cooking skills.  this means that most of the time I make the family meals from scratch!

Last September I set myself the Frugal Family Challenge of living on £100 a month for food shopping only, feeding two adults, one teenager and a 4 year old daughter.  It was a challenge but I was able to keep to our budget on most occasions.

This year I am looking to grow more food and I am hoping grow some organic crops in containers.  We will continue to support the local plants and wildlife through sympathetic and companion gardening that will hopefully attract the bees again this summer.

You can find out more about the Frugal Family Challenge by clicking here.  You can also find out more on my website Witty Hoots, on the Witty Hoots Facebook page and on Witty Hoots Twitter as well.

Don’t forget to check out the links to all these wonderful frugal posts and of course if you write a blog then feel free to join in with our weekly Frugal Family Linky.

This Week’s Featured Posts frugal family picks april 2

What do you really need to cook good meals? The La Vida Frugal family has been traveling around the United States by car, so they know what they really use and need. Check out their list of essentials, and how they get by with just one pot and one pan!

I’m really intrigued by this recipe for homemade apple cider vinegar from Whole Food Home. I don’t know if I would ever do it myself, but it is cheaper than store-bought and you can use your apple scraps to make it (I’m thinking maybe you could freeze them until you had enough?).

Non Toy Gifts has a great DIY Bird Watching Kit that may not be completely frugal because you do have to buy the components, but it’s still a really great idea for a gift that a nature-loving kid would really enjoy. And you could throw in upcycled materials to make a bird house out of instead of a purchased kit to make it both frugal and eco-friendly if you wanted.

This Week’s Linky

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