Skip to main content

5 Budget Friendly Mommy and Daughter "Date" Ideas

My two older girls are of an age where mommy/ daughter time is so important and can be very special if done correctly. There are lots of options to planning a special time with your daughter that cost little or nothing. Here are some ideas that are both inexpensive and fun. The idea is not how much money you spend, but the quality time spent with them and the memories you will make together. The following are ideas for preschool and early school age girls, but could be adjusted to older and younger children as well.

DIY Mother/ Daughter Spa & Glam Night.  This is an evening of relaxation for both mom and daughter(s). Paint each other’s nails, get out the avocado mask, give each other makeovers, and even get dressed up and have a fashion show.   

**If you have little extra money to spend, go to a nail salon together. Most salons will charge a discount fee for children. I have tried this before with my girls. It was so much fun.

Tea Time.  Find your best table cloth and china or plastic tea set for younger girls.  Decorate your table with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Next, get dressed up. Then serve little cucumber sandwiches (or just fancy cookies) while practicing proper tea conversation and manners.  More tea please.

Take a walk. There is something to be said for spending time with one another, while soaking up one another’s presence. Some of the best memories I have of spending time with loved ones involved doing this. This might involve walking around your neighborhood, or the grounds of a local historic site.

Slumber Party. Most girls I know love a good slumber party. So put on your PJ’s, grab some snacks, and every available pillow in the house.  Play an exciting game of charades, and finish off the evening with a movie. It’s likely by the time the movie is done everyone will have fallen asleep, hopefully.

Picnic. One of my best memories I have growing up is having picnics with my   grandparents. I still remember lying in the tall grass staring at the clear blue sky.  All you need are some sandwiches, snacks, dessert, and drinks in a cooler. Then go to a special location to have your picnic such as the park, or the beach.

  I want to give a shout out, and big thank you to a new friend I made last week, Aegean Chantal Thompson, over at the She has been doing an amazing job encouraging mom’s to spend some time taking care of themselves. Last week, I have been participated in her Mom. Me. Love. Challenge.  She inspired me to spend little more time on myself.  I plan to keep putting into practice the things that I learned, so I have more of myself to give to my family. One of the challenges this week was to pamper myself. I ended up sharing the pampering with my two girls, and they loved it.  We definitely need to do this more often.


Popular posts from this blog

Pantry Challenge and Meal Plan

This week I am starting  pantry challenge. The way it works is that I have  a list of items that I definitely want to use in my meals this week.
Here is a preview of my dinner from last night. I made  enough salad for rest of the week and stored it mason jars in the fridge.

Pantry Basket Items

mango chipotle salad dressing
stuffing mix
apples ( we have lots of apples)
frozen turkey breast
chicken thighs
Ground beef

Here is what I came up with

Monday- Mango Chipotle chicken salad, and rice
Tuesday- Goulash
Wednesday- Tacos
Thursday- Leftovers
Friday- Sandwiches
Saturday-  Roast turkey and potatoes

So what is your plan for the week?



Frugal Friday- Cutting the Cord on Cable

I used to love watching cable, but the truth was that I only watched about three or four channels, along with the cartoons that my kids watched almost constantly. Seven months ago we cut the cord on cable and have not looked back since.  Here are some tips that made life easier for everyone while cutting the cord on cable.

1.) Internet
Though we cut the cord on cable, but didn't go completely "off grid". We discovered that with high speed WiFi there still are many options for entertainment if you are willing to be flexible.

Movies and TV**

The obvious options for movies and TV shows online are Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.  All of these are paid subscriptions if watching recent shows is important to you. So far we have tried to stay away from a subscription and have opted for free services such as and is a website that hosts older TV shows, I was surprised to find a few shows that I used to watch on cable, and many more I had never heard o…

Liebster Award and Nominees

I am so excited to announce that Home Sweet Home Team has been nominated for a Liebster Award..

The rules for the Liebster Blogging Award are as follows:
* Thank the blog that nominated you and link back to them..
*Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you.
*Tell readers 11 random facts about yourself...
*Nominate up to 11 bloggers to receive the award next..
*Give your new nominees questions to answer about themselves.

A Liebster Award is given by the blogging community to recognize and support new bloggers like ME!! I am so honored that Amy from Third Shift Livingnominated me.. Her blog is so awesome and I can sooo relate to many of her blog post.. As I read her articles, I can hear her "voice" just as if we are sitting in the same room together talking. One of my favorite posts of hers is "My New Daily Routine for Third Shift Workers”.  I am not a third shift worker, but I always enjoy seeing  what people do for their routines, especi…