Kayla K.'s Thrifty Ways Fresh ideas for frugal living

A Beautiful Morning…

A Beautiful Morning…

Just last night I was reading Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace.  One of his lines (other than beans and rice) is that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  He said this in relation to the importance of monthly budgeting. I have gotten in the bad habit of grabbing...

It’s Waste-Not Wednesday: Scrappy Hat

It’s Waste-Not Wednesday: Scrappy Hat

My mom, Jo, from Jo’s Country Junction is letting her frugal flag fly! She says: I’m not a “save the planet girl” and I’m not a “be totally thrifty” girl.  I am just a gal who is a little of each and I like to use things that God has...

Quality Pictures for Your Blog

Quality Pictures for Your Blog

Do you prefer blogs with lots of pictures or lots of words? My mom has a very popular blog, Jo’s Country Junction.  We talk blogger business quite frequently.  We like using Google Analytics to track our traffic sources and number of guests. I have technically been blogging longer than her,...

How To Make Cornmeal Mush

How To Make Cornmeal Mush

I was so surprised at my students this past week. As part of my lesson on whole grains I fixed my students a pot each of rice and cornmeal mush. I offered several different breakfast toppings for the students to enjoy. It was so funny how much the students loved...

Food Waste in America Mini-Lesson

Food Waste in America Mini-Lesson

It is frustrating as a teacher to have so many important things to teach and just not enough time to teach them.  I do not have time for full lessons on everything I want, so I fit them in with “teachable moments.” I started class with a journal entry.  Students...

Use a line meter to measure yarn yardage.

Use a line meter to measure yarn yardage.

My dad is very much a go-big-or-go-home kind of builder. Last time I “went home” he gave me a thread holder. I wanted a thread holder to use bulk thread in my sewing machine.  (Hopefully my fussy Bernina diva will cooperate!) I have always admired my Mom’s thread holder that...

“Dirt” Christmas

“Dirt” Christmas

We have been so blessed in Iowa with beautiful weather!  We still have not had enough snow to stick!  I remember more Halloweens with snow than Christmases without snow. Mom says she has a picture of Kelli and I sitting on Santa’s lap wearing spring jackets.  There is also a...

Duct-Tape Awesomeness from Karl!

Duct-Tape Awesomeness from Karl!

My brother Karl just may be the coolest person in the world. He is studying at UNI to be a Spanish Education Teacher.  He is really excelling in his first year of college.  He has set up some great habits for himself and is becoming a stunning young man! Karl...

DIY Last-Minute Christmas Gift: Sweet Snowflake Jelly Jars

DIY Last-Minute Christmas Gift: Sweet Snowflake Jelly Jars

Apparently I depend on a white Christmas to remind me to get gifts done!  I have been running outside, driving to work with cruise control, and skipping a jacket some days. This crazy (mild) Iowa weather is throwing me off big time.  I nearly forgot my family Christmas last Sunday,...

Free Crochet Pattern: The Karlo Beanie

Free Crochet Pattern: The Karlo Beanie

My Christmas gift to my dear readers: a quick-crochet gift for anyone on your list. If you are scrambling for a last-minute gift, look no further.  I can crank out one of these hats in 45 minutes flat. I have been working very hard to find the perfect beanie pattern...