Simple. Frugal. Fabulous.

Simple. Frugal. Fabulous.

I try here at this little blog to share thoughts on simplicity and frugality. I hope that what I share here ends up showing the fabulous not as blatantly but that it appears in the details. Maybe? I hope so. My family has a lot going on between home remodeling, jobs, and busy schedules. But we always have time to have family fun that is uncomplicated and frugal.

My daughter and I have a weekly date night. One night a week, she and I head out to have our time together with no boys allowed. It almost always involves ice cream. To celebrate our return back home to Florida, our date night a couple weeks ago not only involved a trip for ice cream, but we went to the beach together too.


Sitting in the sand eating ice cream with the most beautiful, creative, curious little girl while watching the sunset behind us on the Atlantic Shore is a sure way to feel blessed and lucky.

There were sticky sticky ice cream hands


Our requisite photo of ourselves

After ice cream, we went for a stroll. There was no movie-like holding hands and calmly walking while philosophizing about life. There was racing into the waves and having them splash us while pretending we didn’t want to get wet.



I was afraid she wasn’t having as good of a time as I was while I walked along, waves lapping at my feet, watching my daughter run through the waves while giggling with delight and seeming to grow up before my eyes. I think my fear was unfounded.


For $4.79 for 2 ice creams and a 3 minute drive to the beach, I have an evening to remember forever. It doesn’t get much more simple, frugal, or fabulous than that.

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  1. Those are the days that you live for. Drink them up!

  2. I love this post! I love that you have a weekly date with your daughter. I should do that a little more often. These days I only seem to do it when she’s bored and I feel guilty. :o (

  3. That’s how we spent the weekend before our son was born with our daughter. Just walking on the beach, waves licking our ankles, knowing it was the last time we’d be only three. It was beautiful, melancholy, and I’ll never forget it. (although I have forgoton the flavor of the ice cream)

  4. So beautiful!

  5. This is beautiful, I love spending time like this with my girls. I love your idea to schedule a once a week “date night,” my oldest would be so excited about that. We will put that in our calendar today. Thank you for the idea!

  6. loved this. “these are the moments….” is playing in the back of my mind after reading your post and seeing your beautiful pics. You and your daughter are a joy to behold.

  7. Thank you everyone, all of your sweet comments made my day! I’ll have to get creative and make a list of new ideas for us for date nights now.

  8. I use the sports card and bneidr method also. I organize them according to categories. Breakfast, dairy, meat, ethnic, snacks, desserts, etc. I probably have about 26 categories total between food and non-food items.I can’t just keep the inserts because there aren’t any blog for the grocery stores in our area so I need to find the coupons on my own. Plus it helps when I encounter an unpublished deal at a store and I know exactly where to find a coupon. I usually can find a coupon I need in about 10 seconds.


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