Apr 11, 2014

Fun at the 4th Annual Eggfest @ Texas Freshwater Fisheries April 12th!

If your looking for something fun to do this weekend why not attend the 4th Annual Athens Eggfest at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center!  What exactly is an Eggfest? That is the question I first posed. However, did you know there are actually self-proclaimed Eggheads who use the iconic egg-shaped grills and cookers to showcase their diverse cooking skills? I learn something new everyday!
The TFFC Eggfest can be thought of as an Ultimate Tailgate Cookout where dozens of Eggheads will fire up their Big Green Eggs and bake, smoke and grill on the iconic ceramic cookers. You will be able to watch demonstrations all day as well as taste these great foods coming off the grill. The guest cook this year will be Tyron Smith known to Dallas Cowboys fans as #77.

While you are there, be sure to enjoy all that the Texas Freshwater Fisheries has to offer from feeding ducks and fish, watching an underwater live feeding, and learning about different Aquatic habitats in Texas with a tour of the fishery ponds.  

What you need to know. 

Date: Saturday, April 12th 2014 
Time: 9am to 4pm (Cooking will stop at 3pm. Tasting will continue until all food is gone)
Cost: General Admission fees to the TFFC apply. 
$5.50 Adults
$4.50 Seniors 65 and older
$3.50 Children 4-12

You will be able to purchase a "Tasting Badge" for $5 when you pre-register online at athenseggfest.wordpress.com. The fee will be $10 the day of the event. 

Get your taste buds ready to enjoy a large variety of foods from cinnamon rolls, boudin, venison sausage, shrimp and much more!

For directions or more information about the Texas Freshwater Fisheries, visit HERE.

Apr 9, 2014

Frugal Easter Basket Ideas!

Frugal Easter Basket Ideas
Adorable Easter Baskets line the shelves this time of year but they can also be quite a budget buster. This is your opportunity to get crafty and think outside the basket!

~ Look around your house to see if you have a basket sitting around. Baskets of any shape and size can be transformed into an adorable Easter Basket. Think, think, think.... maybe you will remember the basket you tucked away in a closet or storage thinking you would get around to making that crafty project you found on Pinterest. Okay, maybe that's me but I'm sure I'm not the only one...right?

~ Look around at your local garage sales. Many times you can pick up a brand new basket for just pennies.

~ Check out your local Dollar Stores or even the Target Dollar Spot. You can score a great deal on a basket, colorful bucket or container.

~ Get creative! Your Easter Basket can be a fun functional item such as a lunch box, sand bucket, flower pot, etc. Dress it up with ribbon and stickers and you have the most original Easter Basket ever!

~ Did you score a great deal on clearance Valentine's Day candy? Put it to use as a filler. That is if your husband hasn't already torn through it. Yes, that happened in my house!

~ Hobby Lobby almost always has a 40% off coupon on their website. Use this coupon to score candy or even a crafty filler.

~ Again, check the Dollar Stores for inexpensive plastic eggs and fill them with jelly beans, change, stickers, or even party bubbles.

~ Make homemade playdough with these great RECIPES.

~ Half-Price Books always has great deals not only on books, music and movies but you can pick up a nice pair of earphones and fun novelties for a great price as well. Check their website for coupons that are released periodically. Right now new subscribers to their e-mail subscription will receive a 10% off coupon.

~ Gift cards and movie tickets can be great fillers for teenagers. These can actually be a more frugal option in the long run because you know they will use them as opposed to a cutsie (is that a word?) item that will just be tossed in the closet and forgotten.

Finally, just think of your kids individuality and their interests and run with it to make a great Easter Basket!

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Apr 1, 2014

Bath & Body Works $15 Full Size French Lavender Tri Offer Valid (4/1) Only!

It may be April Fools Day but this deal from Bath and Body Works is no joke! Today only (April 1st) you can grab the NEW French Lavender and Honey trio at Bath and Body Works for only $15.  That includes a full size shower gel, body lotion and fine mist fragrance.

Visit the Bath and Body Works Facebook page HERE to take advantage of this offer.

Hobby Lobby 40% Off Coupon ~ Printable

I love Hobby Lobby because whether I am starting on a craft project or just looking for home decor to spruce up my space, I know I can find it ALL here. 

Don't forget to print this week's 40% off Coupon before you head out to Hobby Lobby.


Mar 30, 2014

FREE Fishing in Texas State Parks ~ Our Family Adventure!

Our Texas State Park Adventure

When the forecast called for a beautiful Texas weekend I knew I had to get the boys out of the house and away from the video game console. Something I knew they would enjoy is a short road trip that included a chance to drop a line in the water and catch a fish. I also knew this outing would be budget friendly.  Read on to find out just how budget friendly a visit to a Texas State Park can be.

Just about anywhere you live in Texas, you will find that a State Park is probably less than an hour away from home. A huge benefit of the Texas State Parks is their FREE FISHING program. This was a big advantage for my family because while we enjoy fishing several times a year, we do not fish enough to justify purchasing a yearly fishing license. 

Another great advantage of fishing at Texas State Parks is their "Tackle Loaner Program". This program is great for individuals or families who are just beginning to fish or who only fish a couple of times a year. This program allows you to check out fishing gear such as rods, reels, tackle boxes and bobbers for 7 days  just like you would check out a book at your local library. Find a loaner site HERE.

On to our fun family day at Meridian State Park.....

Our drive was just about an hour and ten minutes, just long enough to break out the snack bag and enjoy a scenic drive to what is described as the Top of the Texas Hill Country. The landscape of Meridian, Texas is absolutely beautiful. Just minutes before we arrived at the park entrance, the boys noticed a field with antelope, a zebra and what we could only assume was either a small camel or a large kangaroo. It has bothered me for days not knowing what the mystery animal was but that's just me! 

As we arrived, the entrance to the park was filled with a fragrant aroma. It's time for the wildflowers to bloom in Texas and I didn't know that bluebonnets could smell so beautiful. With only a short stop at the Ranger's office for our park permit ($20 for our family of four), we were on our way to a fun filled-day. 

Our excitement peaked as soon as we saw the water and fishing dock. There are several camping shelters at the waters edge which were all filled with families but the park still remained an intimate un-crowded little oasis. My youngest son began baiting our hooks with long scary worms (ok maybe I was the only one scared of the little earthly creatures) then we set-up on the dock and began our wait to catch a fish.  In the end, my oldest son caught the only fish of the day. I would tell you a fish tale that it was a monster fish, but I already included a photo of it in this post! 

Our day wrapped up just before the sun had set and I can tell you that our frugal family outing will hold memories for years to come. Just the fact that I could hear my 13 and 17 year old boys telling each other "I love you" on the ride back home made this girl a very happy mommy!

Want more information about a Texas State Park near you? Visit HERE.