The Family Budget – May 2015 | Allowance Lessons

SimpleKids.net The Family Budget

In this series I share our family budget, which includes the care and keeping for our household of seven (4 kids, 3 adults) as well as our debt free journey. This is what is working for us. Your mileage may vary.

This spring was tight for us budget-wise but we met our financial goals, including saving up for some travel later in the summer. We also went through room by room and made a list of needs and wants, and now we are working our way through that list, trying to find solutions that are workable but frugal.

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Worthwhile Reads, Lovely Things

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Welcome to my new readers and to those of you returning to this space! Once a week I like to sit down and share with you some of my favorite things.

Here are this week’s worthwhile reads and lovely things …

Books: ever since she found out he lives in Indiana, Jillian (age 13) has been wanting to read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. It finally became available at the local library and she grabbed it up. She’s been enjoying it, especially when the characters are at local landmarks that she knows.

Lucy (age 6) continues to love Salad People and we’ve been having a good time creating with this book. It is due back to the library soon and I think this mama might have found the “read” for her upcoming birthday. (We do Want, Need, Wear, Read for gift giving occasions like Christmas and birthdays). I was thinking of maybe pairing it with another book by Mollie Katzen, Pretend Soup. Do any of you have that one?

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Knitting for kids: Bonbon Bunny, Tube Socks, and Wash Cloths

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It might be spring and the weather warmer, but this mama’s knitting needles are still busy and my works-in-progress basket is as full as ever, even if I’m not making mittens and hats and scarves for snowy days.

I don’t have any recently completed kid projects, but I’ve got a few works in progress to share with you.

BonBon Bunny

This little bunny was all over Instagram a few months ago and I purchased the yarn from Gnome Acres fully intending to make a bunny or two for my littlest girls for Easter. But, that didn’t happen (thanks for nothing, three week flu of March 2015).

However, this little bunny is SO cute and I know will be appreciated no matter when I finish knitting, so I cast it on this week and maybe, but not really pressuring myself to get it done, it will be part of Lucy’s seventh birthday gifts in a few weeks.

Bonbon was designed by Susan Claudino and the yarn I’m using is Squishy Gnome worsted in the Little Bunny Foo Foo colorway from Gnome Acres.

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