Curbside find to Porch Decor

What have you found on the curb and given new life?

Many times someone is getting rid of something that someone else would LOVE to have! That was the case when someone set this worn out – wooden stand beverage holder. The lid was missing, so it wouldn’t be good for a cooler anymore, but I didn’t mind. All I had in my head was “FLOWER POT.” I’m always looking for something to plant flowers in! It was the perfect amount of chippy, old, worn out goodness for some pretty flowers to have a new home.

Our home was hit by a derecho, or land hurricane in August of 2020. We had to move to a rental home while repairs were made as it wasn’t safe for our two young girls, and what a mess it was. This curbside find was PERFECT for flowers at our rental house. I was so excited to find it for free and dress it up with some nice fall mums and pumpkins.

I’d love to know what you’ve found on the curb!

Happy hunting!


Preschool & Toddler Amazon Finds during Quarantine

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We have been home for three weeks now. One of our favorite past times, Thrift Shopping… we aren’t able to do! We are being responsible and social distancing. Dad gets groceries that mom can’t order from Target Pickup, the shop club we are members of, or Amazon Pantry. Dad still goes to work – for an agricultural company, with less than 10 people at his location. As of today he will be in a tractor by himself for a few weeks if the weather cooperates. Mom stays home with both girls except for the occasional trip to town for drive thru ice cream at DQ (owned by one of our preschool friend’s family). We also bought mulch for the flower beds by calling the store and paying over the phone. They then sent someone out to load it for us. How awesome! No contact with anyone.

ANYWAY, that’s how we are doing our part to social distance. Back to the point of this post… Thrift shops are closed and no garage sales, So…. to Amazon mommy goes.

Here is a round up of our favorite items lately!

The current staple in our household is this fold up play yard. MUST HAVE! It folds up like those lawn chairs that fit into bags. Super handy! This will be going to softball games, camping, outside while I’m gardening… everywhere with us this summer. There are two different options, you can purchase it with or without the shade, or buy the shade later if you decide you need it. Since I have red hair, I know our fair skinned babies will need the shade. 🙂 I do not have the shade yet, but its on the list to buy soon!

Summer Infant Pop N’ Play Portable Playard – Here is the one in the photo ( no shade).

They also have one that comes with a shade. Summer Pop ‘n Play SE Hex Playard, 6-Sided, Sweet Life Edition, Aqua Sugar Color – Full Coverage Play Pen for Indoor and Outdoor Use – Fast, Easy and Compact Fold

Today I put mulch on our flower beds. Our preschooler helped me, and the baby was in the play-yard on the porch right where I could see her, and she was still in the shade. Perfect for now! Soon, I will be ordering the shade to go on ours if she doesn’t get it for a birthday present next month 🙂 I can’t believe she is going to be one soon! Time sure does fly.

Shade sold separately here: Summer Pop ‘n Play Full Coverage Canopy for Playard, Grey – Lightweight Play Pen Canopy, Blocks 98% of Harmful UVA/UVB Rays, Compatible with Summer Pop ‘n Play Playards (Not Included)

In the photo:
Summer Infant Pop N’ Play Portable Playard
he First Years John Deere Massaging Corn Teether
Baby Touch and Feel: Tractor book
LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket (Frustration Free Packaging), Pink
Oball Rainstick Rattle ball

This morning the UPS man brought this awesome toy – perfect for indoor and outdoor use both! It was a “Deal of the Day” last week for $12! How fun! It came with 4 animals, washable markers and a bathtub that pumps water when you press the button. The idea is to color the animals then give them a bath, let them dry, and do it all over again! This kept my preschooler busy for 2.5 hours today! WIN!

Here is the one pictured below, but I’m going to include some others like it below as well. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets Scrub Tub Animal Toy Set, Kids Indoor Activities At Home, Gift Age 3+

Other similar options:

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets – Cats [Fiona and Missy]

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets, Vet Toy Playset with Toy Pets, Gift for Kids

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets – Dogs [Wilbur and Figaro]

Two weeks ago a family member gifted us an awesome game that we all loved playing. Its called “How does Your Garden Grow?” It works on colors, counting, strategy, and taking turns (this is what we need to work on most, haha!). We loved playing! It also allows for open teaching, what I love to do… such as the “Helper” cards show lady bugs, worms, and bees. This gives me the opportunity to each our kids more about these beneficial animals in our garden. I majored in agriculture and horticulture at Iowa State University, so you bet my kids will know all about farming and gardening! My other passions along with thrifting. <3 🙂 It also has “pest” cards – raccoons, moles, and rabbits. Our preschooler just giggles and giggles every time she draws a pest card. Such a fun game! How Does Your Garden Grow?

Do you have any fun new Amazon finds? Tell me about them in the comments below!

Did you know Amazon is giving out $3 Amazon Digital credit for No Rush Shipping? Such a good option to help the company get out necessary items quicker and give us a free family movie night!

Until next time!


How to Help Your Community, While Social Distancing

Spring time is here, yet so is COVID-19.

Here are some of the ways our family has been able to beat the blues… getting some time outside while helping out our community. Use these ideas or come up with your own. I think this time is great to teach our children more unique life experiences that may not have the opportunity to be included in school lessons.

Please remember to follow the laws and orders in place in your area. Stay safe! Don’t forget to wash your hands!

  • Clean up leaves and old plant debris out of flowerbeds.
  • Remove leaves from around gravestones.
  • Do you know of someone with gravel in their yard that may have escaped into their grass where it doesn’t belong?

Have an elderly neighbor with flowerbeds that need cleaned? What about a cemetery, nursing home, veteran’s home, fire station, police station, hospice house? Could you help them by cleaning up their flower beds?

  • Raking leaves?
  • Pulling weeds?

This is a great opportunity to talk with your children about what these places are for. You can now ask our preschooler about cemeteries and she will tell you what they are for, how we respect them, and how we can keep them looking nice to pay respects to those gone before us. I look forward to this being a yearly tradition with our children.

  • Pick up garbage.

When you stop to look, its ridiculous how much garbage you can find in your community.

  • Lend a helping hand to nature.

Grab a pair of gloves, some garbage bags & head out to clean up your roads, public parks, playgrounds, wildlife areas, cemeteries, parking lots, school yards… the list is endless. A great time to teach your children how to care for the earth, not to litter, and notice the damage it does to our environment.

  • Bake something special for someone.
  • Donate extra items or unused items to someone in need.

Celebrate the difference you have made!

Comment with your ideas. What have you done to make a difference in your community during this pandemic?

Our preschooler and I picking up trash at a local county conservation park in our area. She was so excited to explore nature and made a game of spotting the garbage in the weeds. She was so happy and couldn’t believe we picked up so much garbage. She has the kindest heart.

About The Frugal Farmer’s Daughter

Hey y’all! My name is Emily and I grew up in small town Iowa. Growing up I had a lot of hand-me-downs from my sister, family, & friends. Our family would frequent garage sales in the spring, summer, and fall. We went to consignment shops or outlet stores for our back to school shopping to find other items we didn’t find in our garage sale adventures. It was my normal and I didn’t think a thing about it. Everyone must do this.

Around high school, I noticed that not everyone shopped this way. Who knows why not, we always found awesome stuff and saved a ton of money! I decided I had to share my knowledge of saving money with more of my friends. Being involved in 4-H and FFA, I found projects that were considered junk to some and gave them new life. Something I found for pennies, now turned useful and amazing! Not to mention all of the clothing I would find for myself or my friends, or flip for a profit on eBay.

After graduating from Iowa State University with a major in Agricultural Studies and a minor in Horticulture, I still had no idea what I wanted “to be when I grew up….” and I still don’t! OOPS! Although – I have zero student debt… pretty cool huh? We can talk about that another time.

For now, I am a stay at home mom to two lovely girls. I continue to love thrift shops. Hunting garage sales. Scanning Facebook Marketplace. Shopping consignment. Saving some money along the way, just like my dad – the farmer, my mom, and my grandparents taught me.

Hopefully an idea of mine might spark an idea of your own; make you rethink buying new when you could reuse, redo, re-purpose, re-create & hopefully – save some money at the same time.