Frugal Family Linky: April 2 Plus Top Blog Posts from March

Welcome to this week's Frugal Family linky! Last week's link up was full of wonderful free and low cost ideas - I can't wait to see what this week will bring.

This week's features are two really great DIY beauty & baby care items.  Beauty and baby products can really get expensive - going DIY can save a lot of money.  I also love the idea of making these products yourself so that you are aware of the ingredients and reducing your use of chemicals.

Twin Talk shared a way to make Easy & Cheap Homemade Baby Wipes. I actually have all of these ingredients at home already so I'm going to try to make these this weekend!

Whole Food Home brought us a Quick And Easy Pore Minimising Skin Toner with only 4 organic ingredients! You have to check this out - it's brilliant.

Thank you to everyone who shared frugal ideas with us last week.

Now some exciting news from The Frugal Family Co-Hosts!

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!

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

Were you featured? Grab your button!

Meet this Month's Featured 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.

 -Helen, Witty Hoots

Be sure to share with us next week and you may be featured! Don't have a blog? Feel free to leave a comment with your frugal idea. We'd love to hear from you!

The Frugal Family Linky is a great place to share and find ideas that help families to save money, time, and energy. If it's free, low cost, saves money, or reuses something in a new exciting way you can find it on our link up!

The Frugal Family Linky Co-Hosts Are:

Witty Hoots - Celebrating Family Home Life with a Smile - Family orientated lifestyle website with a focus on activities for families with children of all ages. 

Peakle Pie - Creative Ideas for Inspiring Minds - Sharing creative activities for the under 7's. 

Raising Wild Ones - A Family Lifestyle Blog - Kids crafts and activities, travelling and exploring new places and photography are the focus of Raising Wild Ones. 

Nemcsok Farms - A Family Run Farm - Full of hints and tips, recipes and ideas on how to use the things around you to create a better, more natural lifestyle. 

Our Daily Craft - Crafting with and for kids, creativity for moms and other busy people and helping you create the life you always wanted. 

Sunny Day Family - Creating, playing, and making every day shine. 

Multi Crafting Mummy - Arts, crafts and messy play acitivites for kids under 7 to do altogether.

Please visit them and give them some love.

Now on to the link up.  Please link directly to your blog post. Family friendly posts only, please! Anything that saves time, money, or resources, is free or low-cost, is welcome.  

Linking up? Grab a button!

By linking up you give my co-hosts and me permission to use a picture from your post to feature you on our sites or through social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook. Pictures will only be used to feature the post that you shared and may be incorporated into a 'featured post' collage. We will always contain a link directly to your blog if you are featured on the Frugal Family Linky.

Thanks for sharing your frugal blog posts with all of us!
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