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My Frugal List: Week of June 11, 2018

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day! We spoiled Hubby yesterday. He had waffles with strawberries for breakfast, hot dogs and mac n cheese for lunch (his request as I HATE hot dogs) and we grabbed burgers from his favorite burger place for dinner. We went to see Solo: a Star Wars Story. He had a great day and did some things around the house that he wanted to do. 


I ended up working 5 days this week so my week was busy. I did get into the garden 3 times to weed. It needs a ton more weeding so I will hopefully get in there some more. Peas are growing like crazy and we have been snacking on them. The lettuce looks great and I can start picking the outer leaves soon. I have 2 hot house peppers that are getting big. I have to look up how big they get because this is my first year growing them. We have been enjoying all of our fresh herbs again. 


Hubby took everything out of the shed and restained the floor. He then put the new shelves that our neighbor gave us to organize it be…

Vanderbilt Mansion, Museum & Planetarium part 3

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William Vanderbilt II loved to travel the world and he collected thousands of specimens over the years. He displayed some of these collections at his summer home. They are still there today. YD, her friend and I went to the Vanderbilt Estate recently. You can read about part 1 and part 2

One of the things I love about the mansion is that they really focus on preserving the past. They take excellent care of all of the different collections. Something is always being restored to help keep its original beauty. 

 On the main floor of the main house are all bird, butterfly, shell and bug collections. I have lived on Long Island my whole life. I have traveled but not all over the world. Now a days you can see almost everything on the internet to learn about other places.

In the early 1900's you could not. Imagine people's awe when they would see all of these species of creatures that they didn't even know about. Mr Vanderbilt helped educate so many people. He allowed people onto …

Friday Freebies

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Hubby wanted this as my first item this week. Our neighbor gave it to him because they are moving and will no longer have a garage to store it. He was very excited about it.

We got free admission to The Vanderbilt Mansion thanks to our library. I also grabbed a bunch of movies from the library. Something for everyone. 



I picked up last weeks Friday Freebies from Stop & Shop. The chocolate is gone and I gave my friend that has 2 cats the cat food.

I got some free samples in the mail. My son will be happy to try out the coffee.

Oreo is happy to try out the dog food.

My sister dropped off some goodies when she picked up Lip.

I grabbed this from the sample basket while hubby had his teeth removed. He grabbed 2 more when he went for his follow up. I never pay for toothpaste. 
CVS was doing a free 8 x 10 photo for father's Day. I got  a great picture that I am giving to Hubby.

Hubby found this rag in a parking lot. I washed it and added it to our rag pile.

My son brought us home lots of bag…

Vanderbilt Mansion, Museum & Planetarium part 2

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The Vanderbilt Museum is one of my favorite places on Long Island. My first part is here. The architecture is amazing. There are arches everywhere. I wish they still made homes with the details of the past.  This is the court yard after you walk in. 

This massive gate would keep out any trouble. It has the family crest over the arch. It is seen throughout the property.

This is a favorite nook of mine. It leads from the courtyard out to the back of the house by the water. What a view!

This is some of the stone work on a pathway. 

 There are all different designs. There is still some of the original cobblestone on the roads and in the courtyard. It makes for an interesting walk. I always were sneakers. They do have golf carts that they will drive you on if you have walking issues or you are a guest at the wedding pavilion. High heels would not go over well on the stones. 

I love the old man sitting on his perch. The details in the masonry is outstanding. You can see the different colors where…