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Outdoor Summer Fun!

July 18, 2011
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Outdoor Summer Fun
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Frozen Fruit Pops
Free E-Book!


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In the Kitchen With Molly  



Need a hand in the kitchen? Molly can help.


From planning meals to putting them on the table, feeding a family is a big job. In the Kitchen With Molly is the next best thing to having a personal chef.


This new E-Book contains 12 weeks of menu plans, one for each month of the year, plus shopping lists and printable recipe cards. With the planning done for you, you'll have more time to spend enjoying your family or tackling other projects that need your attention.


And with Molly, the focus is always on frugality. These recipes not only save you time, but they also save you money. Trimming dollars from the grocery bill can add up to a significant difference in the family budget, and having meals planned means you'll eat out less often. That's good for your wallet and your waistline.


A Look Back . . .
July 2010 Digest:
Summer Fun July 2010

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


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

July 2009 Digest:

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 . . . Frugal Fashion!

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Molly Makes $7 Slow Cooker Suppers ~ Quick & Easy
140 deliciously simple recipes --
140 wonderful ways to feed your family!
Our daily lives often seem to run on overdrive. Too frequently a healthy, home-cooked meal is one of the things sacrificed. If only you had more time! Okay, maybe you really like to cook and it's worth all the effort it takes. But every day, day in and day out, perhaps two or even three meals a day .  .  .  14 to 20 meals a week, whew! A homemaker needs a reprieve!

Molly Goes Camping

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


Want to make that special connection with your kids?


Don't let a few varmints, mosquitoes, or mishaps spoil your fun.  Go camping!


For the price of spending a night or two in a motel, you can outfit your family for adventure and make memories for a lifetime!


Get ready for an unforgettable experience as Molly and her fellow campers show you how, in  

Molly Goes Camping. 



Molly's Super Summer Fun Pack



Make your summer spectacular with

Molly's Super Summer Fun Pack. This collection of E-Books will help you save time and money on every aspect of summer, and you'll have a great time doing it!


All six for only $15!  





Organize With Molly- Organization Bundle


 Since our organization-focused Digests have been reader favorites, hands-down, we've decided to put together a special "organization bundle" just for you. 





"Mom, I'm so boorrrrred!"


I'm sure I'm not the only one who hears those words from my kids around this time of the year. We have a rule in our home. If I hear them say they're bored, I get to give them something to do . . . and usually in the form of housework! So, we created a "boredom jar" full of slips of paper. Each piece of paper has an idea with an activity on it. When they can't think of anything to do, they just go and pull out an activity from the jar.


In this newsletter, I provide ideas for summer boredom busters to help keep Mom relaxed and the kids entertained all summer long.

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P.S. If you have an inspiring story you would like share about how you've saved money, made a little extra income, or used what you had creatively to get by, email Toni at If your story is picked, you could be featured in one of my Money-Saving Digests!


From the Blog

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Outdoor Summer Fun


Here are some ideas to help you keep your kids entertained this summer!

  • When I was a child, my brother and I would spend hours running through sprinklers, playing squirt gun tag, or having water balloon fights to cool off. You can make your own sprinklers, water weenies, and squirt guns, or you could have a wet sponge fight using a bucket of water and few sponges.
  • Here is an easy and inexpensive sandbox.
  • Make your own sidewalk paint.
  • Build a fire pit to roast s'mores or tell stories around in the evening. Or you could roast s'mores over your grill!
  • I love picnics--they are free, and you could have one in your backyard!
  • Head over to the dollar store for inexpensive sports equipment. The one we go to has mini golf, badminton, frisbees, footballs, baseball bats, and other outdoor games.
  • Go geochaching or go on a scavenger hunt.
  • Build an outdoor theater.
  • Make a "motor" for your child's bicycle. My kids love this!
  • Set up a tent or treehouse in the backyard to camp in. For an ultra-frugal tent, tie a piece of rope or twine between two trees, hang a tarp over it, and then use tent stakes or large rocks to hold the four corners of the tarp down. Set up furniture made from lawn chairs, boxes, or other things around the house.
  • If that's not enough, here are 15 ideas for frugal family fun.

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Molly Members
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 Hi, Molly Members,

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this month's Digest. The ideas and examples are unbelievable. Even if you don't have a baby in your life, this issue is jam-packed with useful tips and tools. Not only that, your member pages are filled with additional freebies and resources as well. If you haven't done so yet, visit your Member Page to download the July Digest and freebies. (Get to your Member Page by visiting and logging in at the top of the blog.)

Once there, be sure to download your FREE copy of Beating the Summertime Blues, by Kim Kautzer!

July '11 Digest 



Not a member yet? We'd love you to
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Frozen Fruit Pops




2 cups of fresh fruit
2 cups of vanilla or plain yogurt
1/4 cup sugar
8 small cups (empty yogurt containers or disposable drinking cups)
8 popsicle sticks




1. Add the fruit, yogurt, and sugar to your blender and blend until the fruit is at the desired consistency.


2. Fill the cups 3/4 full with fruit mixture and cover the tops with a strip of aluminum foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the center of the foil in each cup. This helps keep the popsicle stick upright.


3. Place the cups in the freezer until frozen. Remove foil and peel off the paper cup. If you used a plastic cup or mold, sit the cup in warm water until the popsicle loosens.




Free E-Book!


This free Sunflower E-Book has some fun and educational sunflower activities for your kids.


Molly Saves! In the Nursery!   


Get sweet dreams for a song!


It's lullabies and good buys in

Molly's Money-Saving Digest

for July!


Outfit a nursery for less, welcome babies with handmade gifts, and celebrate impending motherhood with the ideas you'll find in this month's Digest. From diapers to décor, we have it covered. But the Digest doesn't stop there. You'll find plenty of other useful advice to get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Learn how to make a punch that's pretty and inexpensive, too.
  • Make a frugal and fuss-free meal your kids will love.
  • Get expert advice on pet medications and online pet pharmacies.
  • Find help for teens who are looking for a car.
  • Follow our tutorial to make your own lap desk from items around the house.
  • Explore the physical and mental benefits of walking for exercise.
  • Bring your blender out of the cupboard and put it to work again.


July's special feature is:

Molly Saves! In the Nursery


For such small sweeties, babies sure do need a lot of stuff! Clothing, food, diapering items, toys, creams, lotions, powders, shampoos--whew! The list goes on and on, and the cost goes up and up. Besides those daily essentials, you also have the expense of a nursery and its furniture. But beautiful rooms and baby's necessities can be had on a budget. Molly and friends offer up great ideas for frugally feeding, clothing, and decorating for the newest member of the family.

  • Learn where to find online tutorials for making everything from baby furniture to baby shampoo.
  • Check out Eleanor Joyce's ideas for special baby gifts that will be treasured for years to come.
  • Read all about the diapering choices available to families today.
  • Get some tips on throwing a fun and frugal baby shower.
  • Learn how to treat a rash, both for babies and for bigger people.
  • Find out which baby food resource Molly recommends.
  • Be inspired by five moms' ideas on outfitting nurseries inexpensively.

Read full details and see a sample here.