About Cathy

A mother of 8 who thinks there should be a "like" button at dinner time. In her pre-blogging days, she loved to read, dabble in photography, and play in photoshop. She is the founder and CEO of FabulesslyFrugal.com and loves shopping on Amazon.

Parenting Tip: How I Use Chores to Keep My Kids Motivated

How I use chores to keep my kids motivated and on task. Advice from a mother of 8.
[caption id="attachment_298041" align="aligncenter" width="560"] If you click on this pic you can find the baby bike seat I used for our bike ride... for those of you who asked. :)[/caption]As a mother of 8, I'm continually on the look out for new ways to keep my household running.  I know I'm not alone in this... even if you've only got one child at home, there are still messes to be cleaned up, food to prepare, laundry to wash, hugs to be given...... …
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Making Easter About the #PRINCEofPEACE

#PRINCEofPEACE - what is this all about? Allow me to step out of my normal blogging self and share something that is personal to me and near and dear to my heart. First of all... just what is #PRINCEofPEACE all about? Well, beginning March 31 and through out the duration of Holy Week, you can head on over to the #PRINCEofPEACE website to learn more about 8 core principles of PEACE. Why am I telling you about this?With Easter right... …
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10 Tips to Cleaning Your House Faster

Speed clean your house! For the times when you need to clean your home, whether you have guests on their way over or you just can't handle the mess any longer, but you don't have time for a deeper clean. Happens to me quite often! ;) Your house will be looking good, and quickly too, with these 10 tips!1. Have an Established System and Routine. Do a little cleaning, but do it regularly. The consistency keeps the house from getting too... …
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My Favorite Mascara and the Kroger Beauty Event!

Stock up on your favorite health and beauty products! I love when my Kroger store runs the Buy One, Get One 50% Off sale on cosmetics and health products! Seriously.You know you are supposed to throw out that mascara every 3 months, right? Sure, you can often prolong it a little longer, but the longer you go, the more you risk transferring bacteria back and forth from your eye and the mascara tube. And hey, mascara usually starts drying out... …
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Live on Less – DIY Household Cleaner Recipes

Over the past few months we've been testing out some of these homemade cleaner recipes. This is a great way to live on less: make your own household cleaners, and save major dough! Some of you may have missed them, so I thought it would be nice to put them in one easy spot!  If you're on Pinterest, feel free to pin this and share it with others!  And if you have another recipe you think we should try, email us at fabulesslyfrugal at gmail dot... …
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Copycat Recipe: Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
Years ago I was introduced to fresh cheese tortellini with Alfredo sauce at a lovely restaurant at London's Heathrow Airport. I've been a big fan ever since.  I don't indulge too often, but I'm often tempted to.  Cheesy, rich, and classic, this copycat, Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce, is the easiest sauce you will ever make!  I cringe at the pricey bottled  stuff at the market.  Even if you think you can't cook, you can make this divine sauce in... …
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How to Save Money at the Grocery Store Without Using Coupons

So as we addressed before, many of you don't use coupons anymore... in fact, we don't use coupons like we used to either.  BUT that doesn't mean we don't love to save money!    Aside from watching the sales, there is another easy strategy you can use that doesn't take much more effort to help you save money.Use Rebate Programs From Your Phone! There are so many great rebate programs out there!  Generally, all you have to do is download... …
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Tips and Ideas for Making Cold Lunches Easy and Cool {From a Mother of 8}

As I prepare for my children to return to school, I have mixed emotions (P.S. - pic on the right is out of date! My oldest graduated and my littlest is about to turn 1!). In many ways, I love having them home during the summer. But I also long for the controlled chaos and hint of structure that comes with the fall. :) Last year during registration, I heard a woman who works in the cafeteria tell someone else that hot lunch comes to about $50.00... …
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How to Eliminate the Urine Smell in the Bathroom

How to get rid of that nasty urine smell in the bathroom!
If you've got boys, then you just may be like me and have an underlying funk smell in the bathroom.  And what can be discouraging is that no matter how much you scrub, that nasty smell may go away for a few hours, but then return by the end of the day. I got fed up with it enough to do some research to figure out a solution that will work!  What I found is something that leaves the bathroom looking AND smelling clean! If you have a smelly... …
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6 Easy Tricks To Getting Younger Kids on a Schedule {and free download!}

Trying to get your kids on a schedule? Here are some tips!Most of you know that I have 8 kids. At the time of writing this post, my oldest is nearly 21 and my youngest is 2! So I've been doing this mommy thing for awhile now. While I don't want you to think that I'm this perfect mommy who has everything figured out and my kids are perfectly organized, I DO have a few things that I've done that have helped us have a little more structure in our... …
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