When I heard about the book “Frugal Family Fun” by Amanda Mawhinney, I was so excited as it fits exactly into the idea of what we usually try to do with our family – having the greatest family fun we can have, on a budget.

This book is full of great ideas that I will borrow from Amanda, definitely.

For us, one of the problems sometimes is deciding what to do when we have free time. We are often torn into different directions. Should we go bowling or shopping today? We do have chores we need to get done, but maybe it is best to simply go have fun? Sometimes it is a hard call, and we often cram everything into a day of running around, and we hope that we don’t end up with multiple meltdowns. Our kids have trouble leaving the house unless they are going to be having fun, and store runs is definitely not their idea of fun. Amanda in her book comes up with an idea of writing down a list of what every person in the family likes to do, and finding that compromise so that everyone would feel happy and try to have fun.

It is also so important to look at the frequency of family activities. Amanda gives suggestions as to how to plan activities well without losing your mind. I have been known to write down minute by minute schedules for family trips to be able to make it for all restaurant reservations booked months in advance – yes, even I am able to stick to a rigid schedule with my family but it can be quite taxing on everybody.

Some of the greatest activities my husband and I have done while growing up were the cheapest old-fashioned games we played outside, in parks, and backyards. Now, with all of the devices we have at our disposal it is hard to get the kids leave the couch and make 3 steps to the dining room table to eat sometimes, so going back to active games that Amanda describes is something I am looking forward to doing with my kids in the coming summer – it may be a struggle in the beginning, but I hope to have my kids come around.

There are so many activities in the book, and I am so excited to be spending this summer home with my kids to enjoy that time together, and I will be sure to be ready with plans of things to do together. We often pick up craft supplies and make something artistic quietly at home with my kids, and I think we will be doing lots of projects like that this summer. One of the great activities that Amanda describes in her book is meditation, and I think this will be something that we could also practice with my kids outside some time.

I am going to use this book as a list to follow, and I will probably be highlighting activities in it as we finish them up throughout the summer. I think this is going to be a lot of fun! Stay tuned for lots of blog posts throughout the summer about what we are going to do as a family!

If you are looking for a resource guide on what do plan for the kids for this summer, and onwards, I recommend reading this book, as it will give you ideas and quick tips as to how to plan your days. What I like about it is that all of the activities are described very briefly, but very clearly, so everything is easy to find and follow. Some books have very intricate and lengthy activities in them, and my attention span is simply not able to grasp what to do that quickly, but I find this book is quite good in steering me towards great options without having to dedicate a lot of time to getting prepared, looking for strange ingredients or components for activities. The activities that have been picked out in this book are pretty much what I already have in my craft supplies, and my pantry, so it is a great source of inspiration!

Here is some information about the author of this book, and how to find the book –

Amanda Mawhinney is the author of My Koala Pouch where she writes about creating healthier families and fun activities for kids and adults. Amanda holds a degree in Psychology. She has professional experience in HR at a company with over 11,000 employees worldwide. She designed, created and implemented many developmental courses and an orientation program. She trained management, developed employees, facilitated mentorship programs and strengthened interdepartmental teams. Before having children of her own, Amanda was an AmeriCorps volunteer where she taught disabled and at- risk youth about giving back to the community and the environment. Amanda currently homeschools her two delightful daughters and spends her days enjoying the great outdoors, reading, writing and doing fun activities with her family.

I have received the book free of charge for reading and a review.

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