Name the Fox Friend!

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I asked over on Frugal Find Facebook Page for your input on what the name should be for our Fox Friend ;) So wontcha come on over and leave a comment with what names you come up with? Be sure to “like” each name that’s in the comments. The one with the most votes by Thursday, July 3 will win!

I can’t wait to see some of the name you creative folks have for us ;)

You can head over here to play along!


The Most Adorable Soda Bottles Ever !

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Many of my friends have been posting pictures of their children at their pre-K or high school graduations on Facebook. And seeing these pictures reminded me of something I did when my own son was graduating from high school! When Phillip was 5 years old  he had a pre-K graduation ceremony complete with cap, gown, and a diploma! I have to be honest with you that at the time I thought it was a bit much … But now when I look back, I treasure those memories and pictures so much. I think I must have been overwhelmed at the time and didn’t fully appreciate the moment.

Then two years ago when Phillip was about to graduate from high school and I was looking for cool ideas to make his party a bit more personal, I suddenly had this stroke of genius :)  ! How about if I used his pre-K picture to get some personalized soda bottles made for the party? I already knew that you could do this with labels from Jones Soda, so I went to their website and an hour later, it was all set. I placed my order and a few weeks later I had the coolest soda bottles I could have ever asked for. Most of my friends agreed that it was the sweetest idea ever, and those with younger kids said they wanted to do get their personalized labels for their own kids’ graduation!

As your kids are growing up, remember to take lots of pictures and think of different creative ways you might be able to use them in the future. You can use these pictures for soda bottles, mugs, collages, mouse pads or even pillows. And something else I would encourage you to do is  to get prints of your best photos. I personally  love holding an actual picture in my hands much more that seeing it briefly on a computer or phone screen. And in all likelihood as your kids get older, they too will cherish going through that shoebox of photographs and reminisce about the memories of their childhood.

Life goes by so quickly. And those moments we think we will never forget, do get forgotten unless you make an effort to somehow preserve the memories!

 


Seeking Positive Thoughts and Prayers for Maria

Hey ya’ll!

I know you’ve “seen” me around and I haven’t formally introduced myself. I promise to do that this week along with introducing you to the other Team Members of TFF. But, in the mean time I’m asking for positive thoughts and Prayers for Maria and her family right now.

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I will let Maria give you the details in her own time, but, she has lost a member of their family, her German Shepherd Daisy, of 8 years. If you’ve learned anything about Maria it’s that she LOVES her dogs like her children. Loosing a loved one hurts, no matter if human or our furry friend.

Maria has put her blood, sweat and tears into this website and I’m asking for your Positive Thoughts and Prayers for Maria and her family as she would return them for you. I’ll be taking over TFF this week so please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns by sending me a email to Media@TheFrugalFind.com.

~~~ Marci


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Welcome to the NEW The Frugal Find

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I want to Welcome You to the New Frugal Find!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to Thank You for stopping by and supporting The Frugal Find. It’s because of you that I have found a passion that I wouldn’t have otherwise have found. I strive to help you live your best Frugal Lifestyle possible and with this New Frugal Find it will help me do it better!

I ask for your help during this time. If you see something that isn’t working properly, a deal you landed or one that has expired, if you would like to see something on the site itself changed, PLEASE  let me know. You can leave me comment on the blog or on The Frugal Find Facebook page or send me an email to Deals@TheFrugalFind.com.

There are several changes that needed to be made and I’ve struggled with doing it, because I did not want to upset you. But, in the end, I knew in my heart that the blog needed this change in order to reflect me and my personality. There will be more “steps” in this process of the new website  and we are going to be focusing on buttoning up the “new” look and then making changes to make the site run faster. Please bear with the inevitable glitches that can happen during these growing pains!

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR SUPPORTING MY EFFORTS! I SO APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!


The “New” Frugal Find ~ It’s About to Happen!

You might remember that a few weeks ago The Frugal Find’s site went down. We immediately jumped into emergency mode and with the help of Marci and Candace (thank you, ladies!), we were able to get the blog up and running again. However, it soon became apparent that the site needed some major work done in order for this not to happen again. And realizing that this meant changing it up significantly, I decided to “go for it” and do a complete overhaul.

I initially thought the new design would be ready in a matter of a few days, but this was wishful thinking. It takes a lot of work, planning and designing to come up with a new blog. But thanks to my right hand Marci (your are awesome!) and my great designer Laura, we are now just days away from unveiling the new “The Frugal Find”.

You will see a slightly different layout of the categories and tabs. But don’t worry, all of the information is still there. If you are having trouble finding something, please let me know and I will point you in the right direction. Also, if you find something that isn’t quite working or if you have any suggestions to make the site even better, I welcome all your feedback :)

I thought it would be kind of fun to include a mascot in the new design, and after searching high and low I settled on the most adorable baby red fox you’ve ever seen. There is something about the look on this young fox cub’s face that made me fall in love with her. If you would like to see her before the official unveiling, check out TFF’s Facebook page and look at the new profile picture. Oh, and we will be having a contest to name her! Stay tuned …

You might be wondering why I chose a fox, so let me explain. When I moved from Guatemala to Boulder almost 6 years ago I remember seeing a fox in my backyard taking a nap. This was my first time to ever see one in the wild and I was  thrilled and excited beyond words. So when I came across the picture of the red fox cub in a basket, it brought back a flood of memories.

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Fox in my yard!

You see, so many things have happened since August 2008 … My marriage fall apart after almost 20 years. My father’s health has declined significantly. My dog Rex who I loved more than words can say passed away.

However, some good things have happened as well. My son Phillip graduated from high school, took a gap year and is now  enrolled in college. He is now an amazing young adult who has been such a rock and always there for me. My daughter Annette has blossomed from a child into a lovely kind and caring teenage girl that any parent would be proud of. I have made new amazing friends who have been there to support me through all these big changes. I did a complete 180° in my career when I started running this blog. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to bore you.

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My children ♥

So in a nutshell, what all this has taught me is that you should be open and flexible for change. I had been afraid of change until I realized that this fear was limiting so many aspects of my life. Once I decided to let go of my fears, everything  fell into place and I haven’t looked back. So I would encourage you to reflect on your own life. Question yourself often and make sure you are living your life to it’s full potential.  I came across this quote by Bob Marley that really sums it up so I will leave you with this final thought to keep in mind:

“Love the Life you Live, Live the Life you Love” ~ B.M

I truly hope you will love the new “The Frugal Find” as much as I do.

XOXO

Maria


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TFF is back online!

Good morning!

I am so excited that we have the website running again. The blog had some major technical issues that were just resolved a few minutes ago.

It was so frustrating that I couldn’t even log on to let you all know what was going on. If you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw my updates. Unfortunately there was no way to update the main page of the blog in order to let everyone else know what was happening.

The good news is that I can start publishing new deals again. And I will also unveiling a brand new look in a few days. I am so excited :)  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now, and this glitch  we had a few days ago was the push I needed to make that big step.

Thank you for understanding, and stay tuned for some changes in the days to come!

Maria

 

 


The Best April Fools Prank

April Fools is quickly approaching. My daughter has begun plotting her pranks and I can wait to see what her antics are this year. What is the Best April Fools Prank that you have pulled or someone has pulled on you?

I’m excited to read your comments and see if we can help each other out with the Best April Fools Prank this year!


10 Foods to Never Feed Your Dog

We all love our pets and want to do our best to take care of them to the best of our ability. Sometimes foods can be overlooked and a small piece of food we share could be very harmful to our furry friends. However, there are lots of foods to never feed your dog.

I have a neighbor who you used to train her pup by rewarding him with M&M’s. I was surprised to hear that she had no idea that chocolate is a no-no for dogs! And just the other day I was at the vets and a puppy who had snuck into the picnic basket and eaten grapes had to have his stomach pumped…poop pup!

So potentially harmful foods are all around us. I thought it would be good to share a list with our readers just in case there are items on this list that you had no idea were dangerous to feed your pup. Some might be seem like common sense (like alcohol), but others might be news to you.

So here’s the top 10 foods (and beverages)  that you should never – ever – give your dog.

10 Foods to Never Feed Your Dog:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Artificially Sweetened Foods
  3. Avocados
  4. Chocolate
  5. Coffee/Tea
  6. Dough
  7. Garlic and Onions
  8. Fatty Foods
  9. Grapes/Raisins
  10. Macadamia Nuts

Also, we have a great post containing a DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe with completely safe ingredients. And with all the dog food recalls happening lately – more and moree are turning to homemade DIY foods!

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Grandparents Poem

This Grandparents Poem is in memory of my grandparents who were amazing people, all four of them. I was blessed with having my grandmother around for 100 years! She was sweet, loving and kind up until the day she passed away.

GRANDPARENTS

Grandparents are special people
with wisdom and pride.
They are always offering love and kindness
and are always there to guide.
They often make you feel
so confident and strong.
Their arms are always open
no matter what you did wrong.
They try to help out
in every way that they can.
They love all their grandchildren
the same whether you’re a child, woman or man.
They are always there to listen
and to lend a helping hand.
They show you respect
and they try to understand.
They give their love, devotion and so much more,
that’s easy to see.
Grandparents,
what perfect examples
of the kind of person that we should be.

~By Stacy Smith~

You can print this off and let your children give to their Grandparents for Grandparents Day on September 7, Mothers or Father’s Day or just because…it’ll melt their heart!


Help! The lid of my Pyrex is stuck half way. Has this happened to you?

Do you own one of those neat pyrex bowls that have a glass lid with a rubber vent? I bought one a few months ago and have loved using it. However, the other day I was re-heating some rice and the lid got sucked INTO the pyrex and got stuck! I’m not sure why this happened but I’m guessing I didn’t open the vent enough or maybe the lid was off center to begin with?! Whatever it was, I sure wasn’t expecting to find this when I opened the microwave door.

I really needed to use the rice for our lunch, so I went ahead and scraped it out and figured I would be able to dislodge the lid afterwards. Boy was I wrong! I tried gently pulling trying to ease the lid out. No such luck. I tried with a knife, thinking that if I wedged it between the lid and the container, I could somehow manage to get it out. Nope! I used all my strength up to the point when I thought I might break the lid, the bowl or both. But that darn lid is still stuck in the bowl, like this:

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I have tried everything I can think of to get this lid out, but as you can see, nothing has worked. Before I throw out the pyrex I thought I would give it one last chance and ask you if have any thoughts on how to solve my problem? PLEASE if you have an idea of what I can do, send me a comment. I will try anything (within reason). I will let you know how it goes and hopefully post pictures of my pyrex without the lid permanently attached!


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40 Date Night Questions for Married Couples

40 Date Night Questions for Married Couples

Date Night Questions for Married Couples

Have you ever scheduled a night out (or date night in?) and looked across the table and couldn’t think of a thing to talk about? In my experience, the conversation usually revolves around the kids, the family, work, house, etc. These talks are necessary, for sure, but sometimes it’s nice to be transported away and think of more personal/intimate things!

This is a list of questions that you might want to consider asking each other on your next date night with your spouse. If some of these don’t apply (or you think they will start a controversial conversation), then don’t use it :)  You could play a game of calling out random numbers and then take turns answering the question. Once you get into the flow, conversation will be a lot easier and the evening out (or in) will feel a lot more relaxing and fulfilling!

  1. Where was our first kiss?
  2. What is my dream vacation?
  3. What was my best childhood memory?
  4. What street did I grow up on?
  5. What’s my favorite movie?
  6. What’s my first memory of you?
  7. What are my top five favorite recipes, listing in order?!?
  8. What kind of gift(s) do I like to receive?
  9. What kind of toppings do I like on my pizza?
  10. What do I fear the most?
  11. What is my biggest accomplishment?
  12. What is my dream(s) in life?
  13. What is my weakness?
  14. What is my most favorite memory from when we were dating?
  15. What do I look forward to the most?
  16. What is my favorite day of the week?
  17. What do I do that irritates you?
  18. What do I enjoy doing with you?
  19. What 5 things can I always count on you for?
  20. What frightens me about the future?
  21. How can I make your life easier?
  22. What desires or wishes do you have that I can fulfill?
  23. What personal trait(s) do I have that you would like changed?
  24. What area(s) in life do you seek my support?
  25. How much one on one time do you need from me each day?
  26. Are we prepared for the future? If not, how can we become prepared?
  27. What is your greatest motivation for getting up every morning and going to work?
  28. What do you see in other marriages that you’d like for us to do?
  29. What are your favorite traits/qualities about me?
  30. What’s been weighing on your mind lately?
  31. What makes you feel great about yourself?
  32. What inspires you the most?
  33. What do you need from me romantically?
  34. What changes need to be made to our parenting?
  35. Are we setting a good example in our marriage for our children?
  36. What do you see for our retirement?
  37. What’s one place you’d like to visit in the next year?
  38. What three changes need to be made to our lives?
  39. How happy are you in our marriage?
  40. What do you need from me?

I am pretty sure that after asking only a few of these questions, you will be engrossed in conversation. At the end of the night I’m sure you will have learned quite a bit about your spouse that you didn’t know (or never thought of asking!).  If you have any date night suggestions or ideas, please share in the comments below.


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What Does “Frugal” Mean To You?

Why We Chose a Frugal Lifestyle

I often struggle with finding a balance of being Frugal and paying retail because it’s just so much simpler. So I wanted to know your thoughts on What Does Frugal Mean?

I think we all all can agree that we often find ourselves going back and forth between 2 types of Frugal living. While they both are dear to my heart and both bring me joy life tends to get in the way and I loose my focus.

1. Frugal Living means making your own bread, avoiding the stores, cooking from scratch, reusing as much a possible, etc.

2. Frugal Living means shopping stores and stockpiling for free or as close to free as I can. Not to mention adding in the occasional Thrift Store or Garage Sale stop!

When trying to define Frugal in Wixipedia here’s what it comes up with: Frugality is the quality of being frugal, sparing, thrifty, prudent or economical in the use of consumable resources such as food, time or money, and avoiding waste, lavishness or extravagance.

Here’s how they also defined Frugal Living: Frugal living is mainly practiced by those who aim to cut expenses, have more money, and get the most they possibly can from their money.

So What Does Frugal Mean To You?


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Things I Wish I Knew As a High-School Freshman

I am sixteen and growing, but I used to be thirteen and terrified. New friends, new school, college plans, deadlines… high school is a frightening time for most of us. The time I’ve had in these short years have shaped me more than I can even comprehend. I know that I am nowhere near done with my experiences and learning lessons, in fact, I’m at the thick of it all. I’m looking at colleges and majors and essentially I’m picking out the rest of my life before I can even legally drive my friends to Starbucks. Or at least that’s how it feels sometimes. I could fill every page in a library with the things I’ve had to learn since I first entered high school, but I won’t do that. I will, however, fill a few lines on this blog with what hopefully doesn’t turn out to be cliches and mom-like advice (no offense, Mom!)

Friends WILL come and go.

You’ve probably heard this many times, but I can attest to this. The only person you have at the end of the day is yourself, and that has to be enough. I spent several nights in a burrito of blankets with a bowl of ice cream in hand wondering why Friend A would say that to Friend B about me – what had I done? The answer is nothing. You can blame it on the Niagara Falls of hormones that seem to run rampant through the bodies of high schoolers or on the slow news day for the gossipping network, but that doesn’t change anything. Do not be afraid to up and leave at any time. But, we have bracelets that say Best Friends Forever, doesn’t that mean anything? It certainly can, but before you make that promise to yourself, you need to make a first agreement: never let yourself be treated poorly. Friends are only friends as long as you make each other mutually happy. You must be in control of your own life and your own happiness. Enjoy every moment with those who make good company, but embrace change if and when it comes knocking on your door.

Respect yourself.

Before I say another word, I must make clear: this does NOT mean what you’ve probably heard before: “Don’t kiss the boy with the tattoos!” “Cover yourself when going out!” “Always act like a lady!” You can, at the end of the day, do whatever you want to do. Respecting yourself means you must treat your mind and body well. You can eat as much cake and ice cream as your heart desires, but do not berate yourself for it. I learned that I have to talk to myself as I would to a dear friend. I used to catch myself talking to my body in a way that no one would ever want to be spoken to (we’ve reconciled since). Your heart beats about 103,680 times a day to make sure you can keep going. You owe it to yourself to do all you can to keep going, too.

Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s okay.

It used to be my mission to make sure that every person that I ever encountered at school or otherwise thought I was simply great. It was really stressful and time consuming trying to say the right things at the right times, but not to talk too much. I formed a type of list in my head of who I should approach whenever I saw them and who I shouldn’t speak to unless spoken to. It was a mind game of hundreds of names and faces, and I tried to remember what ticked people off, or what topics they loved to talk about. At the beginning of my sophomore year, I just completely stopped. I was getting exhausted and it wasn’t doing me much good. I came across a quote that has been in my head ever since I read it. “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches”. Save yourself the trouble I went through, and don’t waste time on people who will not be a positive part of your life.

Chances are, you’re not going to know what you want to do any time soon.

I know, I know. High school is supposed to be all about dating the star quarterback while doing hours of service and also maintaining a 4.0 GPA and making plenty of lifelong friends. ALl the while, you’re supposed to figure out what you want to do for, wait for it, the rest of your life. Let me tell you something I never even considered in my early high school years: you have no obligations except to make yourself happy. Your parents will not be going to college for you, and your teachers won’t be there to do the work at a job they recommended that you absolutely despise. These years should be used to find yourself and think or talk about different options for your future. You honestly don’t even need to know what college you’re going to until the end of senior year. Do not let this stress you out. Instead, take a deep breath whenever you feel your anxiety level rising and commend yourself for the miles and miles you’ve gone to get where you are now. You will have to put in some work, but things will work out some way or another, even if unexpectedly. The only thing you can ask of yourself is to do what you can. You are capable or much more than you might think, and with a little self motivation, you’ll get to places you never imagined. Hell, even adults still don’t know what they want to do with their lives a lot of the time.

 Most importantly, you will be okay.

There will be nights where you think you can’t handle everything that’s thrown at you. Sometimes you will fail a test or disappoint someone. There’s never going to be a guarantee of things going as you planned. This is all trivial, believe it or not. Take a look at yourself for a moment and think about all you’ve been through. Heartbreak, pain, loss, and sleepless nights are probably all stamped on your adolescent résumé. You’re here now, and you’ve made it so far (you go, Glen Coco!). Be excited about all the things you’ll encounter! There are so so so many people you haven’t met, and every day gives you the opportunity to change your life however completely you want to. Take chances and most importantly, take it all in. This is the youngest you’ll ever be again and you’ve got so, so much ahead of you. Good luck, and go make this whole thing worth it.

                                          Love always, Annette Marie.


Letting Go Is Often What You Need In Order To Grow

This is a reprint of an article by Mastin Kipp from one of my favorite blogs The Daily Love. I have always  loved how Mastin sees the world and I enjoy starting my morning reading his insights. As I was reading this morning’s Daily Download, I knew I had to share it with my readers. I agree with him that it’s so important to  reflect on one’s current situation; in relationships, jobs, family, and life in general. I hope you enjoy Mastin’s perspective as much as I did!

I’ve had many growth spurts in my life. Many. Some have resulted in massive growth, some have been a precursor to temporary defeat. Either way, growth – if we want to be happy – is the name of the game. I’ve always known this to be true, but it was hammered home for me by my friend and mentor Tony Robbins. Tony says that, “Progress equals happiness.”

This means that we are happy when we are making progress toward our own outcomes, goals and most importantly, feelings. One of the patterns I’ve noticed within the growth cycle is that before a major expansion comes the need to let go of certain people, places of things in your life. Think of it like a rocket ship. When the ship takes off, it has powerful rockets and boosters to get it to break away from Earth’s gravity. But once it’s in space, it has to jettison some of the equipment that it used to take off because it doesn’t serve the rocket on the rest of the journey.

This isn’t to sound cold or harsh, but rather to point out that when you grow, sometimes what’s holding you back isn’t your potential, but what’s around you. The seed outgrows the shell. The butterfly outgrows the cocoon. And in life, we are either growing together, or we are growing apart. This is true in romantic relationships. This is true in business relationships. This is true in friendships and all forms of human relationships.

There’s nothing wrong with growing apart. It could simply mean that your work with those in your life that are moving on is done. And it could mean that there’s new work to do with new people who have yet to enter your life. Don’t judge it and don’t stop it from happening either.

There’s nothing better than a clean break. And don’t get all spiritual ego on me either. Just because someone might be leaving your life doesn’t mean they are “less” spiritual than you are. It just means they are now on a different path and in a different place with new work to do.

 How can you identify people you should let go of?

 Here are some questions:

Who do you find yourself having to not be yourself around?

Is there anyone in your life that you used to have a bunch of things in common with but now you don’t?

Do you find yourself just being polite around certain people and not telling them how you really feel with a sense of emotional intimacy?

Does anyone in your life make you feel badly about things that light you up or make you happy?

 Chances are it might be time to move on, or at least get a little space.

~ Mastin Kipp, from The Daily Love

I hope this “Food for Thought” helps you in your journey to live your life fully. This is one of my goals for 2014. I have spent too long holding on to things and now is the time for a fresh and clean start. I love the way Mastin puts this into perspective and I hope you did too. Did this article make resonate with you? I would love to hear your thoughts on this!