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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The Professional Pet Sitter Limerick A Crystal Stemberger Original There once was a pet sitter from Nantucket, She was asked to care for a fish in a bucket, “Sure!”, she declared (even though the fish was impaired). But now she’s so busy she can say f…ummm…no thanks… Happy Thanksgiving!!! Guess who travels on Thanksgiving?  Pet owners!  🙂 My hubby and I are SWAMPED for the next 7 days – pet sitting, hosting a Friendsgiving with an 21 pound turkey and a few of our cheap and easy side dish recipes, and visiting our families.  During any free moments stolen away, I’ll be writing and scheduling posts in advance just for you.  Woot! So unless I actually get around to writing about the big sale for the affiliate marketing course that has been helping me so much for the last few months, check back next Monday for a new piece of awesome! In the meantime, comment below for what you are thankful for right this second?  In this exact moment as you finish reading this question? My in-the-moment thanks is split between my sweet husband who just kissed me on the cheek and the peanut butter and strawberry jam fold-over I devoured 10 minutes ago…

How to Make a Yard Spider – Our Newest Halloween Addition

This is a super fun but still cheap Halloween decoration. We're going to have the best DIY haunted house on the block this year thanks to tutorials like this one. Decorating for the holidays is so much fun, but can be hard on my budget. Frugal hacks ftw!

Two years ago, I grabbed some stuff from Home Depot and created this new addition to our Halloween decoration family… My Giant Yard Spider – Elspira Meet Elspira (Elvira but a spider…get it?  Hehehe) – she makes me smile. Here is how you can make a giant yard spider of your own. Things to Gather Here are the items I bought from Home Depot (you can use my affiliate link to see their specials and get free shipping on most orders over $45) and their cost in 2014: Six 6′ foam pipe covers (enough to make sixteen 2 foot parts) – $10 Eight 1/2 inch elbow socket pipe parts – $1.75 Black electrical tape – $3 Two Black plastic bags (already had them from Costco) – $1 Filler (we used old newspaper and a spare brick for the body) – $N/A Foam plate (or something to make the eyes and extras) – $N/A Two wire coat hangers (or something to make spikes) – $N/A Total Cost = $15.75 Steps to Making a Yard Spider Cut the foam into sixteen, 2 foot sections. Join two sections of the foam together using an elbow socket pipe part and black electrical tape. Repeat 7 times. Fill one plastic bag to … Read more…

A Spring Break Break…

My pet sitting schedule this week is nutballs.  My grandma was back in the hospital and now both of my grandparents transferred to a skilled nursing facility.  My allergies are either kicking my butt or I’m getting sick.  And I am still recovering from a major sunburn (despite using and reapplying sunscreen) from last weekend’s Texas Paw Party. Good news is that pet sitting will be paying for a cruise in April.  I’m able to visit my grandparents frequently now that they are closer to me.  Ibuprofen and a hot shower has made me feel 75% better.  AND The Texas Paw Party had its best year ever – we raised $12,700 for 11 local animal rescues!!! All of that said:  

Memories of Frugal Christmases Past

I’ve hired my friend and huge blog supporter, SherryH, as an occasional staff writer here at BFS. SherryH lives near the coast of North Carolina. Her family consists of her husband, their two adult sons, and the requisite writer’s cats. In 2013, Sherry survived a brain tumor that destroyed her eyesight. She’s determined not to let that slow her down. She recently started blogging at http://www.blindnotinvisible.wordpress.com/. Christmas when I was growing up was a time of plenty. My parents were careful with their money, but they were solidly upper-middle class.  And my mom liked to make sure there was plenty to fill our stockings and the space under the Christmas tree. When we weren’t stationed overseas, we’d make the drive from Massachusetts to Michigan to spend the holidays with family, and after my dad retired from the Army and we moved to Michigan, the family frequently drove to visit us. With my grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousins on my dad’s side, we could easily have a crowd of twenty eating Christmas dinner, and nearly as many when we drove to my aunt’s for our celebration with my mom’s family. There was always plenty of good food to eat, dinner, and … Read more…

Halloween 2015 – WOOT!!!

Our annual Halloween board gaming potluck party was fun yet again.  🙂  And this one had something for everyone. Costumes On all of the emails for Halloween potlucks, I put something along the lines of “costumes requested but not required”.  Some of our friends just don’t enjoy dressing up, but we ended up with at least 14 costumed guests out of the 20+ that showed up.  Yay!!! I really enjoyed putting together my post-apocalypse outfit that will also be coming in handy for Board Game Geek in a couple of weeks.  Here’s a look at the whole costume and the cost breakdown is below it: As for cost, here’s the breakdown: Goggles – $4 Vidal Sassoon London Luxe in London Lilac Hair Dye (looks brighter with purple and red undertones in real life) – $8 Face Makeup – $1 Dog collar – borrowed Tank top – $2 Corset – $21 Gloves – $2 Utility Belt – $8 Gun holster – $8 Airsoft Gun – $5 Knife – $10 Neon purple tights – $4 Black leggings – $6 Boots – gift from friend TOTAL = $79 I actually already had the utility belt too from my Black Widow and Cat Woman costumes and several of … Read more…