I have been looking for table lamps for my bedroom and family room. On a recent trip to the thrift store, I came across the two lamps above. They were $10 each. Regularly they are about $30 each.

The second photo shows how it matches the floor lamp I already had.

With the prices of many things continuing to rise it is more important than ever to find ways to make you money go further. Jessica from GoodCheapEats.com is doing a series in October on ways to save money on groceries. Each day she will have a tip or idea of how to save money.

One way I save money on groceries is to purchase items I use regularly when they are on sale. A couple of things I usually have a few extra of are ketchup and mayonnaise. Last week, I noticed I was out of Miracle Whip and this week it is on sale at Hornbachers for more than half price. It is usually almost $5 and on sale from today thru Tues, Oct 7 for $1.98. A couple dollars may not seem like a lot but the savings can add up over time.

I recently attended at Creatively Uncorked painting party. At a painting party, an instructor walks you step by step through the process of painting your own work of art.

All supplies are included and set up ready for you to paint. Parties are normally 2 hours long and cost $40. Some paintings take longer and are a slightly higher cost. There is a calendar of upcoming parties on their website and Facebook page. The company caters to the Fargo/Moorhead, Grand Forks areas and surrounding areas. You can also book private parties where you can choose the painting you want to do. The minimum attendance for a private party is 10 attendees. You can have fewer than 10 people, but the fee you pay will be the fee for 10 people. There are also children sessions available from time to time.

The website contains all of the paintings that are currently available and new paintings are being added weekly.

It is a great opportunity to try painting without investing in supplies of your own and you get detailed instructions and assistance.

The photo above is the painting I painted.

Friday, September 26 is the 5th Annual Fargo Airport Outdoor Movie featuring PLANES. The event starts at 6:30 and movie starts at dusk. Bring a blanket and chair. The movie and popcorn are free along with aircraft on display and classic cars parked on the ramp. There will also be concessions including $5 burger or brat, chips and a drink.

Proceeds from the event go towards United Way of Cass Clay.

Library Lego Events
The Fargo Library is hosting a new monthly “LEGOs @ the library” events for kids 12 years of age and under. Scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month, the first session is set for Saturday, Sept. 27, at the downtown Main Library. The library will provide the LEGOs; the kids provide the imagination. All materials and LEGOs must stay at the library, and youngsters are asked not to bring their own LEGOs from home. Call the Children’s Services Department at 241-1495 or email askchildrens@cityoffargo.com for details.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old.

If you are looking for a recipe to use zucchini you may have left, try this
Chocolate Zucchini Cake.

It is more of a dessert than normal zucchini bread and the chocolate adds a different flavor.

Yesterday I was looking for a new recipe to make and came upon a recipe for Chewy Peanut Butter Bars.

They were quick and easy to put together and tasted great. I used 1/2 cup oatmeal instead of the coconut. I used 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup peanut butter chips.

If you have prescription drugs that you no longer need or are expired, there are proper ways to dispose of them.

Saturday, September 27 is considered National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Type in your zip code or city to locate a drop off location in your area.

In the Fargo/Moorhead area it is the Moorhead Police Department at 915 9th Ave N, Moorhead from 10 am – 2 pm.

I recently saw an idea on Pinterest to make a stand from legos to help hold a number of playing cards. A search came up with a number of other ideas using items you may already have on hand.

Lego card holder

Use a pool noodle

Wood card holder

Use an egg carton or chip clip

If you are available Saturday morning, September 27, you may want to consider volunteering for a few hours with Hands4Serving.

Most of the openings are from 9 am to noon. The Celebration with lunch and music will be held at Dakota Medical Foundation at 4141 28th Ave S, Fargo from noon to 2:00.

The entry for each location includes where to meet, what is planned to complete at that location, and minimum age of participants. Some allow participants as young as 4 years old. This may be a great opportunity to include your children in volunteering.

The following is from their website:
On Saturday, September 27th, volunteers will gather in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Casselton and Arthur, ND for a morning of service to make our communities more beautiful and better places to live. There will be many projects to choose from, something for everyone! Box lunches will be provided for all volunteers – stay for the Celebration from 12:00-2:00pm! REGISTER TODAY and share your Hands4Serving!

Heirlooms is having a sale of 25% off furniture Friday and Saturday, Sept 19 & 20.

The store is located at 3120 25th St S, Fargo, next to Village Inn and is open Monday – Friday 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.

They also have donated art, household items, magazines and womens clothing. Proceeds from the store go towards the Hospice of the Red River Valley.