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Parties and Holidays on a Budget


Birthday parties, celebrations, holiday entertaining, backyard BBQs can be so much fun!

They can, also, be expensive, time consuming, and stressful.

But they don't have to be!

There are so many ways to stretch your entertaining dollar.

I'm always looking for new, inventive ways to save money and still have a wonderful experience for your guests.  I'm going to share with you some of the tips and tricks I have learned over the years.

*Page is being updated as I have new posts ready! If you have a party idea that you are wanting to explore, let me know!

Now let's party on!

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The Ultimate One-Stop Shop, 49 Antique & Flea Market

You can find flea markets scattered all over the South. Some are warehouse size, some small, some cater to antiques only, some to homemade goods and resale items. But the one I revisited recently caters to everyone and has everything! All under one roof!

Right here just south of Hattiesburg, MS, stands the 49 Antique & Flea Market. Now this is your ultimate one-stop shop where you can find something for everyone (including yourself!) on your list!

The market has been a fixture here for years, and hosts a multitude of various vendors, over 200!

It is located at 19 Dewitt Carter Rd, directly across from Paul B. Johnson State Park on HWY 49. Nearby is Camp Shelby and a little further south would be our beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. 
Open hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9am - 5pm. Plan on spending a couple of hours, so you can see and visit with all the wonderful vendors on site! And don't worry if you get hungry or need some coffee, there is a cafe inside (I'…

Fighting Cancer

In today's world, most everyone knows of a person suffering from cancer. It may be a loved one, a close friend, or just someone you know at church or from your kids school. The closer they are to you, the harder that initial punch is to the gut.  For me, the hardest punch came from my sister. She said "I have stage four breast cancer." I thought my heart was going to break. Then I said, "Well, let's start fighting".
And fight she did. She underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. For a year and a half, it was a constant battle for her. Just to muster enough energy for the therapy appointments, living on popsicles because that was all she could keep down, trying to keep up her spirits and keep smiling...when all she wanted was for life to feel normal again.  Her life was forever changed. She had to find her new "normal".
But she made it. She had beat it. She had won and life was getting better. Then, it returned. This time in he…

Insanely Easy (and cheap) HALLOWEEN Costumes

Halloween costumes can be quite expensive! Wow, have you been shopping for one yet?!
As a mom with a very tight budget, I am always on the lookout for an easier and cheaper option!
Halloween is a blast for the kids and they can celebrate it in style without breaking your wallet!
Here are a few ideas to save some change for all those glorious bake sales that are springing up this time of year!

PirateWhite T-shirt Red or black vest Red sash Red bandana Play foam sword Solo cup Play hook




This was so much fun to create!
I painted stripes onto a plain white T-shirt (actually, I stole that white T-shirt from his Daddy's drawer! Shhhh, don't tell!)
Next, I found some black girls capri pants and a man's reversible muscle T on a summer clearance rack.
As you can see, I cut up the pants and the bottom of the white shirt to look ragged.
I cut a vest out of the reversible men's shirt! All that was left was a red bandana around his head (which he refused to wear!), a sash made easily usi…