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🍪Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

by Freebies4Mom on May 22, 2020 8:04 pm

It takes a pandemic for companies to reveal top-secret recipes like the Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. My mom shared this recipe with me, so now I have to try it. The fact is since I’m staying at home I have more time to try new recipes. If you remember being handed a warm, chocolate chip cookie – then you were probably staying at a Doubletree. I remember eating one when I stayed in Hoboken, New Jersey for work.

Do you have a cookie recipe I should share on my blog? Please share it with us by leaving a comment with a link to the recipe!

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🍎Free Printable DIY Summer Camp

by Freebies4Mom on May 21, 2020 6:00 pm

Bestow offers some great tips on creating your own DIY summer camp, including themes, games and free printables to get started. Make your own camp experience from the comfort of your living room or backyard! With just a little imagination and planning, you can create a DIY camp experience that will help your kids experience the fun of a summer camp without breaking the bank or social distancing rules. 

Read on for tips and free printables:

Step 1: Theme

You can choose the traditional route of log cabins, canoes and campfires or choose a more unique theme that aligns with your child’s interest. The beauty of a DIY summer camp is that it can be totally yours. 

Traditional 

The traditional theme is all about recreating a traditional American summer camp from the comfort of your own home. Think log cabins, canoe rides, stargazing and hiking. Don’t forget the campfire songs! 

Activities for this theme include: tag, tug-of-war, swimming, building a campfire, climbing trees and birdwatching. 

You can also download this welcome sign and coloring page activity to help create the ambiance of the outdoors in your very own home. 

A Pirate’s Life

For kids who love the ocean and dream of life on the Seven Seas,  a pirate-themed camp is a must. Complete the experience with bandanas, eyepatches and some hidden treasure. 

Activities for this theme include: crab walk races, foam sword fights, water balloon fights and a hunt for hidden treasure. 

You can also download this welcome sign and maze activity to help get the ideas flowing. 

Storybook

For kids who love to dream of fairytale adventures, a storybook-themed camp is the perfect time to let them live their magical fantasy. Think princesses, knights, dragons and a challenging quest. 

Activities for this theme include: dress up, a royal relay race, a dragon’s egg scavenger hunt and face painting. 

You can also download this welcome sign and fill-in-the-blank word game to give your house and DIY camp the royal treatment. 

Animal Kingdom 

Kids who love animals will love this animal-themed camp! Recreate a safari, rainforest or jungle from your backyard. 

Activities for this theme include: pin the tail on the donkey, animal walk races, tag and scavenger hunts. 

You can also download this welcome sign and scavenger hunt activity to get yourself in the wild mindset. 

Step 2: Budget 

At-home summer camps can be tailored to your family’s financial needs and are typically more budget-friendly than regular camps. Keep track of your camp’s costs by using a printable budget tracker

Remember: your summer camp doesn’t have to be extravagant! The true summer camp spirit is all about togetherness, fun and creativity. 

Step 3: Enjoy

Once you’ve got your theme, decor, activities and budget squared away, you can begin your camp experience! Consider having a welcome ceremony for your kids to make them feel like they’re participating in something special.

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✂️DIY Face Mask Resources: Sew, No-Sew, Hacks & more

by Freebies4Mom on May 13, 2020 1:25 pm

Need a face mask? You can make one (even if you don’t have a sewing machine)! Please share this post with friends, I hope it is a useful resource.

DIY Face Mask Resources

No-Sew Face Mask with Fabric Ear Loops

No-Sew Face Mask with Fabric Ear Loops

Make using a t-shirt (cut with Cricut or scissors)

No-Sew Face Mask with Hair Ties

No-Sew Face Mask with Hair Ties

Make a face mask using a bandana and elastic hair ties

Face Mask with Filter Pocket

Face Mask with Filter Pocket

Face mask I am sewing with a filter pocket and using bias tape I made as the ties (or you can use ribbon). I like this pattern the best because of the secure fit, the filter pocket is the same size as the mask and the pattern was developed by consulting with a hospital employee.

Fabrics & Filters

Fabrics & Filters

Discover the best fabric to use to make a face mask. Plus what can you use to make a filter? This is how I discovered that reusable grocery bags can be used as filters (the material is similar to that used to make masks)

Ear Savers made with Cricut

I am making these Ear Savers from plastic school folders for my brother who has to wear a mask all day at work.

Make Bias Tape to use as Face Mask Ties

Make Bias Tape to use as Face Mask Ties

How to make bias tape from fabric. This is the best option to secure your face mask after I explored using elastic, hair ties and ribbon. Fabric is the easiest material to obtain (if you don’t have it, start cutting up tablecloths or bedding like duvet covers), it gives your face mask a more secure fit (it’s adjustable) and it resolves the issue of any discomfort due to elastic going over your ears.

Filter Materials for Face Masks

Filter Materials for Face Masks

Filter fabric I’m using plus a long list of different types of filters you can use. Add a filter to your mask whether it’s sewn or no-sew to provide extra protection.

Face Mask with Elastic Hair Ties

Face Mask with Elastic Hair Ties

How to easily sew a face mask with elastic hair ties.

Face Mask using Brother ScanNCut

Face Mask using Brother ScanNCut

How to make a face mask using a Brother ScanNCut.

Million Mask Challenge

Million Mask Challenge

Resources to make masks including face mask kits and donation address.

Donate Face Masks, Get Gift Card

Donate Face Masks, Get Gift Card

Donate 25 face masks and Tieks will give you a $50 gift card for shoes.

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💰Free Budget & Productivity Boot Camp

by Freebies4Mom on May 11, 2020 12:04 pm

💰Free Budget & Productivity Boot CampGet your free month of access to Budget Boot Camp & Productivity Boot Camp from Jordan Page, creator of Fun, Cheap or Free. Access to both programs will be free for the entire month of May (ends May 31). There is no credit card info required and no canceling required to end your subscription. 

Budget Boot Camp is a compilation of all Jordan’s best tips, financial principles, and ideas in one place. It shows you budgeting, family finances, spending and saving money, debt, and more.

Productivity Boot Camp is an engaging, online video program that will walk you the process of unlocking the secrets to productivity in your own life. It will target your pain points, break down how you are currently spending your time, organize it better, cut out unnecessary tasks, help you tackle necessary priorities more efficiently and effectively to help you find more time in your schedule.

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