Blog Tour - $5 Family Fun

About the book: Doing fun activities with the family gets expensive, but now with Meggan’s $5 Family Fun, you can make, bake, and do incredibly fun things with your young family for under $5. Using dollar store finds, free local services, generic bands, and common household items, you can make every day an adventure. Gather your whole family together for inexpensive family fun activities and memories that last forever.

My review: What a great idea this book is! I love the way that Meggan Spicer went out of her way to come up with fun holiday's and even more fun crafts that you can do for them. And each of these craft ideas is under $5! 

I loved looking through the book and finding ideas for days like UFO Day (July 2) and National Teddy Bear Picnic Day (July 10.) The book is set up chronologically with ideas for days like these and the standard ones: Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc. Then after those there are days you can use whenever, things like Take a Hike, Under the Sea and Once Upon a Time which Meggan has graciously allowed me to share with you here. Make sure to check out this great e-book, so much fun!

I was sent an e-book of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Once Upon a Time - $4.89 

“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), You’ve Got Mail 

Once upon a time, there was a frugal fabulous family looking for fun and affordable activities to do together. They all piled into the car and went to their local library, where they enjoyed a story time and also checked out some great books, all for free. 
Then they went home and together savored some themed snacks based on a couple of their favorite children’s books, all for $5 or less! The two they chose on this particular day to pair with some tasty munchies with were Green Eggs and Ham and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. 
To go with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, simply buy a package of chocolate chip cookies ($1) from the dollar store. But for Green Eggs and Ham, head into the kitchen to make Deviled Green Eggs. 

Deviled Green Eggs - $3.89 
Mayonnaise from the dollar store - $1 
White vinegar from the dollar store - $1
Yellow mustard (generic brand) from the grocery store - $0.89 
½ dozen eggs from the grocery store - $1
Green food coloring from starter kit - $0 
Household zip-top baggie - $0 

Put all eggs into a pot of water. Bring to a gentle boil and set timer for 10 minutes. 
Remove from heat and wait until eggs are cool. To speed the cooling process, you can pour out the water from the pot and replace with ice cubes and cool water. 
Once cooled, remove shells, slice eggs in half, and remove the yellow yolks. Place yolks in a bowl and set aside.
Submerge the white egg halves into a water/green food coloring solution for 30 minutes. 
To create the deviled egg filling, mash the yolks with a fork. 
Add ½ cup mayo, 1 teaspoon yellow mustard, and 1 teaspoon vinegar to the mashed yolks. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. 
Add drops of food coloring and continue to mix until your filling reaches the green color of your preference. 
Place filling into a baggie and snip one of the corners to create an impromptu piping bag. 
Remove the eggs from the green dye water and rinse off with cool water. 
Pipe filling into the egg halves and enjoy. 

If you’re like this frugal family and story times at your local libraries often occur during the workday, consider a couple of online options: 
Barnes and Noble’s online story time 
Storyline Online by the SAG Foundation (Screen Actors Guild) – children’s books are read by well-known actors 

After a day of good books, good snacks, and good fun, the family went to bed as happy as could be. And they lived happily ever after! The End.  

Check out Meggan Spicer's website here!

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