Do you have a Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie yet?
Nope, me either.
Our gift budget is tight right now and I am the queen of procrastinators. There are a million things I’d love to buy for Jed, but unfortunately they all cost money. The Cirque du Soleil tickets I’d really love to get him are WAY over our budget. He doesn’t really care about Valentine’s Day, but I want him to feel loved. I’ve rounded up a few fun ideas for last minute Valentine’s Day gifts from blogger friends to share with you with permission from the creators. Feel free to pin this post for the round up but always pin individual projects from their blog of origin through the links below. I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with love. Check out my frugal date night ideas here for a little more V-day inspiration.
With two small children galavanting around our house, date nights are hard to come by. I love dinner and a movie, but sometimes you want a little something different even if you don’t have wiggle room in the budget. Today I’m sharing ten frugal ideas for your next date night (or day) that are cheap or free after polling my girlfriends to get some fresh ideas for our own marriage. These dates would be perfect for your Valentine’s Day celebration or any night you can get away with your sweetie. If you need a frugal babysitting solution so you can afford to go on a date, check out my post on cheap/free babysitting options here. Read on and please share your frugal date night ideas in the comment section.
Winter weather combined with high energy toddlers can be a recipe for cabin fever. The Bear needs to run, so I make little indoor obstacle courses for him on a daily basis. We run laps around the loop (living room-kitchen-dining room), and climb over pillows and under chairs.
For the last two weeks I’ve been hard at work switching this little site of mine from the blogger platform over to wordpress. I’m making the switch tonight after agonizing over the transfer and the design details and a million little things. If you subscribe by RSS or Bloglovin’, nothing will change for you but it may take a day or two for everything to show up on the new site. I just want to give a heads up in case you visit and things look wonky. My site address will not change, you will still find me here at barefeetonthedashboard.com. Thanks for your patience and support.
With this change comes a bit of a refocus of the ole blog. I hope to bring more frugal living posts, and possibly a frugal living link party hosted with some other thrifty bloggers. I will tell more of our own story of getting out of debt and living on one income. As my life now is focused on raising my kids, I’ll more posts about kid activities and family entertainment. I’ll share stories about our travels and DIY projects (some with tutorials from my handsome handyman husband), as well as my own crafts and creations. Meal planning is a huge component of our food budget, so I’ll share more about that subject as well. As always, my own faith is the backbone of everything I do, so I’ll continue to share my quest for Life to the Full in Jesus. I hope you will continue to visit Bare Feet on the Dashboard as I make this transition.
I want to talk about the listing of sins and why we as Christians feel the need to do that to ourselves and especially to other people. I’ve heard too many times the excuse, “but we are supposed to speak the truth in love” when a fellow Christian speaks about one type of sinner or another. I think we need to think long and hard before we try to point out anyone else’s sin. Are we truly doing it in love to try and help that person? I hope so, but often that isn’t the case. In my opinion, we feel the need to call out someone else for their mistakes and sin for two reasons.
American food and burger joints are often family friendly but can run the gamut from fast food to gourmet. Here in Dallas there are a million options if you are craving a burger and fries, but some of them will break the bank. If you’ve read about our financial story, you know our dining out budget is TIGHT. This list will give you the top ten burger and American food restaurants where a couple can eat for under $20. At a few of them you can even feed a family of four for under $20. From plain jane to funky toppings, however you like your burger you will find great prices and quality food at all the restaurants on this list. Step away from the golden arches and head for one of the great options below.