Nifty ways to watch TV & movies on the cheap

When we lived overseas, we barely watched television because we didn’t understand the language well enough to enjoy the effort involved. Any time we wanted to veg, we either played a game, read, or popped in a DVD.

Once we returned to the States this past March, though, we were eager to get our hands on the “new” technology that arrived since we last lived in the U.S. Yeah, so some of these options aren’t exactly new anymore — but big picture, things have changed so much so rapidly, and technology provides myriad ways to customize entertainment for each family.

Sure enough, it’s become so much easier and cheaper to enjoy movies, television, and other forms of media — to be honest, I don’t feel like there’s much of a need to have satellite or cable service any more (though I understand there are exceptions).

I’ve mentioned before, both here on Simple Mom and in my book (especially in chapter 4), that we’re not big television watchers. I have no problem with the occasional show or movie, so long as it’s intentional. It’s just that I’d rather do 20 other things with my time.

That said, we do like watching quality entertainment. Here are easy to use (read: you don’t have to be a geek), frugal ways to stream it into your home.

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Chaotic blessings

Yesterday I was on (in)courage, talking about my three little tornadoes. From the post: “The minutes go by, and the volume doesn’t diminish. Then Kyle and I find a supernatural second of silence, so one of us starts with, “So I got an email today–,” wherein we are quickly interrupted with, “Hey, there’s Chuck-E-Cheese! They’re (read more…)

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10 (cheap and easy) ways to pamper yourself

Let’s face it. If you’re a mom, you’re busy. It doesn’t matter what you do with your time: whether you work or stay home, volunteer or home school, cook up a storm or craft, not to mention driving the kids from activity to activity. Being a mom is the definition of being busy. That means (read more…)

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6 natural remedies you probably already have

Natural spices in the kitchen cabinet have been ingredients of home remedies for several generations, and in this post, I want to share some of these spices that I have grown to love and respect. I am not a doctor and do not claim any of these can cure you of sicknesses. I have however, (read more…)

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Weekend links

Blissdom Time :: Nesting Place (read the posts linked at the end) Fabric Valentine Hearts Pattern :: How About Orange Meatless Meals That Taste Great :: Life as MOM Adoption: A Beautiful, Broken System :: Steady Mom Valentines for Adoption :: The Foxes “Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, (read more…)

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