May – 2015 – Frugal Novice
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May 2015

Cleaning Calendar – Free Printable!


I saw a quote going around recently on Facebook that said, “I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty mediocre at housekeeping.” It resonated so much with me that I shared it on the Frugal Novice page.

Brian and I both work full time, and we’ve got three fairly young children. We just don’t want to – and frankly, aren’t willing to – spend our whole weekends cleaning, when we could be spending quality time with the kids.

Three years ago I had the idea to create a printable monthly cleaning calendar to help myself break housework up into small, manageable pieces. It just requires a little effort each day, and it means that we’re still able to spend the most time on our priorities – namely, our family time. It’s also a way to make sure you don’t overlook something (not that I’ve ever gone months without dusting the fan blades… not me!).

Many of you probably remember my free monthly calendars; I got many emails requesting updates, and I’m thrilled to know they were helpful to others! I got behind in creating a new one each month, though, and so the idea for a perpetual cleaning calendar was born.

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Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe – Sneak Fruits & Veggies in for Your Kids!


In case you didn’t know, this is National Raisin Week! To celebrate, I thought I’d share a recipe that features a lot of raisins, and is delicious – carrot cake cookies. 

I grew up eating carrot cake, and never even really thought about the fact that it had veggies in it. I just loved the cinnamon flavor and juicy raisins, which is why I think my kids will love these carrot cake cookies. Since they’re crispier than cake, I think the texture of the carrots will be hidden even better – and who doesn’t love raisins in cookies? I even added rolled oats for a little extra fiber and texture!

Here’s the recipe for you to try:

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