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StellaBell


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Hi! I am Stella. My extended family and I run Thriftyfun. Thriftyfun is a homegrown business, started by my mother and my brothers. I am so proud to be a part of the Thriftyfun team. I enjoy being outdoors, dancing, music and making things. I strive to live a frugal and sustainable life and am always looking for tips to improve.

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A child wearing a witch hat next to a yarn spiderweb.

Halloween Spider HuntI have been trying to think of trick-or-treating alternatives that will make the holiday still fun for the kids this year. One of my ideas is to do a spider hunt. For this Halloween game, we have been making different spiders like this Pom Pom Spider in preparation for this game.

 

Pom Pom Spider - glue on eyes

Pom Pom SpiderYou can make cute and simple spiders using pom poms, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes. This craft can be done with kids and used in the spider hunt game!

 

Washing a Sunbeam Heated Blanket - blue and white heated throw

Washing a Sunbeam Heated BlanketI received a heated throw for Christmas and recently my kids spilled some food on it. I assumed that all I could do was wipe it with a damp cloth, but it turns out you can wash them! You do need to be careful when washing and drying and you can not wash as you would a regular blanket.

 

A bowl of Halloween Chex party mix.

Halloween Chex Party MixHere is an easy way to make Chex party mix into a fun Halloween themed treat. This recipe is for a double batch. I mostly stuck to the original Chex recipe but instead of bagel chips, I added Bugles, which remind me of cornucopias. I also added Halloween peanut butter M&Ms.

 

A small jar containing hot chocolate mix.

Homemade Hot Chocolate MixThis hot cocoa is chocolaty with a hint of cinnamon. Not only is making your own hot cocoa mix delicious, but it can make a great gift for the holidays. My friend is a chef and he had to make special hot chocolate mixes each year for the hotel attached to the restaurant he worked at. We based this recipe on one of his favorites. This is also quite inexpensive.

 

The completed advent calendar on the wall.

Wall Tree Activity AdventThis advent is simple to throw together using Ikea's wall tree, and cardstock. Our family likes to do activity-based advents like this one and when I saw IKEA was selling this decoration, I knew I had to make it into an advent calendar.

 

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