Photography Tips – DIY Inexpensive Backdrops

DIY photography backdrops

I know that a lot of us are trying to save money, but don’t want to miss out on getting beautiful portraits of our children.  There are so many inexpensive and easy ways to photograph your children at home that you can easily eliminate those trips to expensive photography studios.  You don’t need an expensive camera either.  Here are some great tips for getting those great portraits using different backdrops:

1.  First and foremost, consider your lighting.  I like to use natural light as much as possible.  I rarely shoot with my flash.  Just find a space in your house with lots of natural light and take advantage of it!!

2.   Consider draping a white sheet over a piece of furniture or along the wall to create a “backrop”.  I love doing this in my own home to get that professional portrait feel.  Eliminating the background by using a plain sheet turns the focus onto your subject. [click to continue…]

Kids Frugal Fun: Angry Birds Bean Bags (National Bird Day is Jan 5)

Do you have an Angry Birds fan in the house? Mom on Dealz had fun making these and playing the word game!

Each week I bring you a craft to do with your children that is fun, educational, and frugal. January 5th is National Bird Day and January 6th is National Bean Day so I thought I would combine them both to have some fun with the very popular Angry Birds.

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Angry Birds Bean Bag Learning [click to continue…]

Kids Frugal Fun: New Year’s Shakers

Each week Mom on Dealz brings us a craft to do with your child that is fun, educational, and frugal!

Wondering what to do with some of the boxes your child’s toys came in? Here are a couple of ideas!

Craft # 1: New Year’s Eve Shakers [click to continue…]

Terrarium Craft

Christmas vacation is upon us and Mama Bargains and I were looking for a fun and easy craft to do with the kids. Terrariums!!! After doing a little research I decided that this would be the perfect kid friendly craft. Not to mention, all the supplies can be found around your house! There are TONS of terrarium sites out there with tutorials and information. We decided to go with a low maintenance moss terrarium and purchased a DIY kit on Etsy through Miss Mossy. She was so friendly and helpful. Her kit arrived with all the supplies we needed (minus the jars) along with an e book on the assembly and care of the terrarium. Here’s how to make one of your own. Supplies:

  1. Gravel
  2. Activated Charcoal (found in pet supply store near aquariums)
  3. Garden Soil
  4. Moss
  5. Decoative Stones
  6. Clay Or Plastic Figurines
  7. Cute Glass Jars With Lids

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Crayola Glow Book #Giveaway

With all of the different ways kids can create things these days, it isn’t surprising that a lifelong favorite brand of mine has added a little bit of technology to their creative line of products- I’m talking about Crayola, and their Glow Book.  This book is REALLY cool and allows kids to create so many things- including in layers- so that they can create their own animation, right at home!!  How cool is that?  I love gifts that inspire creativity and this is definitely on the short list for when I have an art lover to shop for.    There are extra tracing sheets available right on the Crayola site if your child wants some practice before starting on their own, original designs.

Layers of Glowing Fun!

Create glowing, moving, animated art! Design your own cartoons, multi-message signs and sequential drawings—the possibilities are endless! Glow markers wipe clean with a damp cloth. Create new images as often as you like! [click to continue…]

Kids Frugal Fun: Brownie in a Jar

Each week Mom on Dealz brings us a craft you can complete with your child that is fun, educational, and frugal! I am trying to make December crafts to be geared toward gift giving and since December 8th is National Brownie Day, this craft was perfect!

Brownie in a Jar

2 1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup Hershey kisses
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 small plastic baggie
Mason Jar


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Kids Frugal Fun: Paper Bag Stockings

Each week Mom on Dealz brings us great kid crafts that are also inexpensive (or free!).  It’s December and time to think “Christmas”. Also, November 30th marked St. Nicholas Day. Christmas stockings originated with St. Nicholas, so this week’s craft is centered around these traditional items!

Brown Paper Shopping Bag
Hole Punch
Desired Decorations
Desired Gift Contents


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Kids Frugal Fun: Thanksgiving Place Cards

Do YOUR kids have off a lot this week?  We have half days all week in town, which leaves ample room for crafts and baking (in theory).  These are just SO CUTE and I can’t wait to make some for our table!!

Thanksgiving is just over a week  a few days away so I wanted to squeeze in one more Thanksgiving themed craft before it’s too late! Plus, November 15 is America Recycles Day so I didn’t want that day to pass without some recognition as well. Each week momondealz brings us a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. This week’s craft recycles those baby food jars many of you have in abundance! Don’t have a baby food jar, use a yogurt or butter container! If you have missed past Kids Frugal Fun crafts, be sure to check them all out!

Thanksgiving Place Cards [click to continue…]

Kermit the Frog Cupcakes! Just in time for Thanksgiving!!

I LOVE Kermit the Frog.  LOVE him.  He’s my very favorite of the Muppets, although I love them all.  In just one week and 2 days there’s going to be Muppet mania nationwide…because the new movie opens!!

Who else but Disney would find fun uses for Mentos, too!!

Thanks to the folks at Disney for sharing!

Kids Frugal Fun- Thankful Turkey Countdown

Every week  MomonDealz brings us a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away! I know making turkeys may seem “old school” but I really like this one because it can serve as a count down to this holiday! If you’ve missed past crafts, be sure to check them out. Remember to read all the way to the bottom to read the educational activities.

Thankful Turkey Countdown [click to continue…]