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molly goes camping

Do you long to enjoy and explore the great outdoors with your family?

Want to make that special connection with your kids?

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Get ready for an unforgettable experience as Molly and her fellow campers show you how, in her newest E-Book . . .

No doubt you'll find that camping, in whatever form you choose, can be the ideal family activity. This awesome resource (73 pages!) will whet your appetite for some frugal family camping fun!

For one low cost--only $8.95--you can begin preparations for your next great family adventure now.

Just click the above link to get yours today!

You can find more of Molly's E-Books HERE.

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What I Am Currently Reading
I get asked all the time, "Molly, what are you currently reading?"

Right now, here is what is on my nightstand:


 Positive Mom

Yard Sales

If you are interested in learning about any of these books, just click on the cover to be taken to the description page.
A Look Back at July 2009
Molly Makes

You're on a tight budget and the kids are growing out of their clothes.
What options do you have?

Are you a bit challenged in the sewing department, or do you wonder if sewing is really worthwhile?
Don't miss out on this special, fun issue of . . .

Molly's Money-Saving Digest
July 2009

Molly's special feature for July is: Frugal Fashion

Check out some great summer saving ideas--updating your wardrobe --looking your best for less --upcycled sewing projects . . .
PLUS there are three special bonus pages included at the end of the Digest. If you've ever wanted to try sewing, this would be a great place to start!

This issue is loaded with ideas, tips, recipes, checklists, and more.

Order this past Digest today by clicking HERE.


Family Travel
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I love family road trips, but I don't really care for all the questions like, "Are we there yet?" or "Are we going to be stopping soon?"

I have had so much fun putting this newsletter together about travel. By the time we finish here, you will be able to take a road trip with your family that is not only fun and educational, but also frugal.

I would love to showcase your family's favorite travel tips--whether they be recipes, boredom busters, or money-saving tips, send them to me!

From the Blog
Here is a recap of what we shared on the blog last week, just in case you missed a post or two!
Special Announcements
Molly Fresh

You asked, we listened! You want great, tasty recipes with simple, fresh ingredients. Get ready then to "freshen up" and bask in the best of summer.

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Hi, Molly Members! I hope your summer is off to a great start. And if you've had a chance to check out this month's Digest, you'll see it's full of great ways to make it even better. I just LOVE this issue. In addition to all the great tips in the Digest, we're giving you a couple of FREE WeE-Books dealing with family fun and travel. Just click the subscribe link below to download and enjoy!

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Hey, I Can Make That!

 Travel Notebook

Travel Notebook

I posted about this fun, educational notebook last year. I love it so much that I decided to post about it again!

Jamin created this notebook for her kids when they were taking a road trip. If your kids are easily bored, this would be the fun book for them!

Find the tutorial for this travel notebook HERE.

 Featured Website

Molly Makes

If you are looking for a great website that helps in planning fun road trips, then this is the one for you!

Here you can find recipes, tips, games, ideas, and more to make the most of your road trip.

Click HERE to visit Planning-Fun-Road-Trips.com.

Ideas From Around the Web
Here are some ideas from around the web to help you plan the best road trip ever.
  • Visit the newsletter we did last year on travel tips.
  • Mom's Minivan is a fantastic site packed full of ideas to keep kids happily occupied on road trips. You'll find instructions for games and activities, fun printables, and lots more helpful suggestions. Check it out!
  • Rand McNally's website shares a handy checklist for an emergency car kit. Be prepared!
  • My June  2009 Digest included lots of road trip tips and recipes for meal and snack solutions on the road.
  • Food tips for a road trip. This is a post I did during Thanksgiving, but can definitely be put to use here.
  • Learn how to use the crockpot to save on money when you reach your destination!
  • Frugal travel tips to help you save money!
  • The Kitchn offers tips on great food for road trips.
  • Our Homeschool Home has advice on places to visit when you are traveling.
In the Kitchen

When I go on a road trip, I am always looking for a snack to take that is healthy, but filling for my family. Granola is a great fit for that.

It is easy to make, light on the wallet, and can be packed in individual baggies so everyone has their own snack bag.

Mix and Match Granola

4 cups rolled oats, wheat, or barley (any combination)
cup sunflower or sesame seeds
cup honey, maple syrup, or a thick syrup made with cup brown sugar and 2-3 tablespoons water
cup canola oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla and/or other extract
cup raisins or other dried fruit (optional)
cup nuts (optional)
teaspoon salt


1. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together except for the dried fruit. Set the dried fruit aside.
2. In another bowl mix the sweetener, oil, and extract together.
3. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. The liquids will be absorbed and the granola will become darker and shinier.
4. Spread the granola in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 325F for 25 to 30 minutes or until fairly dry and starting to brown. Stir every ten minutes while it is baking to keep the granola on the bottom from burning.
5. Remove the granola from the oven and stir in the fruit.


1. Granola will become crispier and crunchier as it cools.
2. Because of the oil, granola will not stay fresh long. Store in an airtight container and use within two weeks. It will last for six months or longer in the freezer.

(This recipe was reprinted from Road Trip America website. Visit there to find more recipes and stories to help make your road trip a success!

Molly's Money-Saving Digest
Molly Makes

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."-Sam Deen

Do you know how to be respectably lazy?
To take some time to observe and appreciate the beauty and miracles in creation around us, reconnect with family and friends, and simply enjoy the company of those closest to us?

From a picnic day for someone special in your child's life to summer sales, great park activities, oven-less recipes, and more, this edition of Molly's Money-Saving Digest is superb!

If you love fun--and who doesn't?--
you will be mesmerized by the information included as July's monthly feature!

Molly's Money-Saving Digest's July feature is . . .
Summer Fun From A to Z

Does summer fun evade you? Or has your family slipped into seasonal habits that need some refreshing? Are you ready for a little excitement this July?

The alphabet takes on a whole new meaning when every letter provides another exciting summertime activity! This month's special feature can help you learn:

  • How to make the coolest bracelets ever!
  • A new use for a clothesline--they are good for far more than drying a few towels.
  • All about the wonders of the Fourth of July--from art to fireworks.
  • Great new uses for lots of things, from Frisbees to hula hoops!
  • How to find unique places to visit--from national parks to lighthouses and more.
  • And you will love what Molly came up with for the last few letters of the alphabet!
Slow down this summer and really consider the many wonderful components that make up Molly's Money-Saving Digest.

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