Thursday, June 30, 2011

Albertsons Shopping Trip

Yesterday the little ones and I ran to Albertson's for milk (for the girls) and whipping cream (to make homemde ice cream) we also did some stocking up with coupons!  Here is our trip:

The breakdown:
Kraft Ranch Dressing x 2 @ 1.00 each! ($1 off 2 coupon)
Pillsbury Brownie Mix x 4 @ .49 each! (No coupons just a good price)
Pillsbury Brownie Mix x 1 @ .09 each (had a coupon for 40 cents off one)
French's Mustard x 2 @ .69 each! (30 cents off 1 coupon x 2)
Crystal Light To Go Pack @ 1.50! (1.00 off 1 coupon)
Mini Donuts x 2 @ .75 each! (no coupons)
Gallon of Whole Milk @ 3.89 (ouch!)
Heavy Whipping Cream @ 3.79 (bigger ouch!)
Knudson Sour Cream @ 1.50 (no coupons)
Breyers Ice Cream x 2 @ 2.29 each! (1.00 off 2 coupon)
Oscar Meyer Hot Dogs x 2 @ .89 each! (1.00 off 2 coupon plus in add 1.39 each coupon)
White Corn x 4 @ .25 each!
Limes x 3 @ .25 each!

Total Before Coupons & Sales: 76.37
Total After Coupons & Sales: 26.18 (my out of pocket cost)
Percent Savings: 66%

So while I may not be as good as the Extreme Couponing Show I think this helps prove that the average person can still save a significant amount plus now I won't have to buy most of that stuff for 3 months which saves me from longer trips later.  I can mostly just run in and buy produce and milk unless I see a great sale and I for one am all about saving time!

Grocery Deals June 29 - July 5th

Amazing sales this week for the 4th! (and this is my second time typing this up as the first draft apparently went into oblivion)!


  • Bush's Baked Beans @ 1.67 = Stock Up Price
  • Breyers Ice Cream @ 2.79 = Great Price (there is a 1.00 off 2 coupon out there)
  • Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce @ .88 = Stock Up Price
  • Hot Dogs @ 1.39 (w/in ad coupon) = Stock Up Price (there is also a $1/2 that you can stack)
  • Knudsen Sour Cream @ 1.50 = Excellent Price
  • Crystal Light @ 1.99 (w/10 items) = Great Price w/coupon $1.00 off 1
  •  Hormel Chili @ 1.67 each = Stock Up Price
  • Limes @ .25 = Excellent Price
  • Sweet Corn on the Cob @ .25 = Excellent Price
  • Cucumbers @ .79 = Excellent Price
  • Capri Sun @ 1.49 = Stock Up Price (must buy 10 part. items)
  • Pillsbury Brownie Mix @ .49 = Stock Up Price (must buy 10 part items) coupons avail.
  • Green Giant Canned Veggies @ .49 = Stock Up Price (must buy 10 part items)
  • Wheat Thins Assorted @ 1.99 = Great Price (must buy 10 part items) coupons avail.
  • Heinz Ketchup @ 1.49 = Stock Up Price (must buy 10 part items) coupons avail.
  • Kraft Dressing @ 1.49 = Stock Up Price (must buy 10 part items) coupons avail.

  • Thursday 8 Hour Sale 1pm - 9pm
  • 8 Hour Sale: Mission Tortilla Chips @ .99 = Excellent Price
  • 8 Hour Sale: Johnsoville Brats @ 1.99 = Stock Up Price
  • 8 Hour Sale: Raspberries: .99 = Excellent Price
  • Foster Farms Whole Chicken @ .69/lb = Stock Up Price
  • Strawberries 1lb @ .99 = Excellent Price
  • Persoal Watermelon @ 1.88 = Excellent Price (coupons available)
  • Nabisco Crackers @ 1.99 = Great Price (coupons available)
  • Minute Maid Lemonade/Punch @ 1.00 = Great Price
  • Lays Chips @ 1.99 = Great Price
  • BUY 10 SAVE 3: Kapri Sun @ 1.49 = Stock Up Price
  • BUY 10 SAVE 3: Breyers Ice Cream @ 2.69 = Excellent Price (coupons avail)
  • BUY 10 SAVE 3: Kraft BBQ Sauce @ .69 = Stock Up Price
  • BUY 10 SAVE 3:Coca Cola Drinks @ .89 = Excellent Price
  • BUY 10 SAVE 3: Eggo Waffles @ 1.99 = Good Price
  • BUY 10 SAVE 3: Oscar Meyer Hot Dogs @ 1.49 = Excellent Price (coupons avail)
  • BUY 10 SAVE 3: Mac N Cheese 5pk @ 3.99 = Excellent Price
  • Ronzoni Pasta @ 1.00 = Excellent Price
  • Van De Kamps Buns @ 1.00 = Excellent Price
  • Tide Detergent @ 4.99 = Great Price (coupons available)
  • Ralphs Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese @ 1.25 = Good Price
  • Avocados @ 1.25 = Excellent Price
  • Roma Tomatoes @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • Mango @ .99 = Great Price
  • Sweet Corn @ .33 = Great Price
  • Lemons or Limes @ 1.50/lb = Great Price

Stater Brothers
  • Farmer John Hot Dogs @ .99 = Stock Up Price
  • Sweet Corn for .20 each = Excellent Price
  • Seedless Watermelon @ .19 = Excellent Price
  • Minute Maid Drinks @ .75 = Excellent Price
  • Popsicle/Fudgsicle @ .99 = Excellent Price
  • Foster Farms Thighs or Drumsticks @ .99/lb = Stock Up Price
  • Jennio Turkey Store @ BOGO Free = Stock Up Price
  • Villa Roma Italian Sausage @ 2.99 = Good Price
  • Yellow Peaches @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • Cucumbers @ .79 = Great Price
  • Grapes @ 1.50/lb = Good Price
  • Oranges @ 1.00/lb = Great Price
  • Betty Crocker Brownie Mix @ .99 = Stock Up Price
  • Frenchs Mustard @ 1.49 = Good Price (coupons available)
  • Staters Mustard or Ketchup @ .99 = Stock Up Price
  • C&H White Sugar @ 2.49 = Great Price (coupons avail)
  • Bushs Grillin Beans @ 1.99 = Great Price
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Capri Sun @ 1.49 = Stock Up Price
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Wheat Thins/Triscuits @ 1.49 = Excellent Price (coupon avail)
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Kraft Dressing @ 1.49 = Stock Up Price (coupons available)
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Jello or Pudding @ .79 = Great Price
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Cool Whip @ .99 = Excellent Price
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: Crystal Light @ 1.99 = Stock Up Price (coupons available)
  • BUY 6 SAVE 3: A1 Steak Sauce @ 2.99 = Good Price (coupons available)
Happy Shopping!

Theme Learning: Food!

As usual we started our week out with numerous books - many more than this but these were our favorite!
We colored a food pyramid - I colored each label the appropriate color.

And she finished the pyramid.
A lot of good info here.

Little C colored a picture of vegetables!

We used our play kitchen food to have Little C sort by color.
I handed her something, told her the color, and to put it with like objects.
She is getting better at her colors - when she wants to.

Big C sorted the foods by food category per the food pyramid!
We talked a lot about eating a balanced meal but um she doesn't really care.

They also spent a lot of time playing in their kitchen.

And helping mama cook.

Not a whole lot of activities theme learning wise but we had a blast with play dates and my canning party so it was definitely worth it!  More to follow next week!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Garden Update

.0625 lbs of strawberries

.3984 lbs of squash

1.782 lbs of squash & zucchini

.781 lbs of squash and zucchini x 2
because I forgot to photograph one set
total:  1.563 lbs

.086 lbs of chilis

Total Weekly Weight: 3.892 lbs

Weight Year to Date: 22.622 lbs!

We get a ton of cayenne peppers on our little plant (the only pepper plant doing that well) and I threw them in an old Kerr canning jar at one point. They dried out perfectly and look cool - so I am trying to fill the jar as a decorative item - the hubs plans to crush them and make pepper flakes - we shall see who wins!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Menu Planning

Whew - so glad it is Monday and the busy weekend is behind us - although it was a great one!  Here are the meals I plan to make this week!

  • French Toast, Nectarines, Sausage
  • Pancakes, Scrambled Egg, Plums
  • Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Strawberries
  • Eggs, Toast (w/strawberry jam), Peanut Butter
  • Smoothies, Toast, Hard Boiled Egg
  • Cereal, Nectarines
  • Waffles, Plums

  • Quesadillas, Plums, Corn
  • Grilled Cheese & Ham, Carrot Sticks, Nectarines
  • Pasta with Sauce, Peas, Cherries
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Plums, Celery
  • My Sister's Bday Lunch
  • Bean, Rice, Cheese Burritos
  • Ham Sandwiches, Godlfish Crackers, Strawberries

  • Spaghetti, Salad, Bread
  • Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
  • Ham & Cheese Pasta Bake, Broccoli, Bread (add ham don't do topping extra cheese)
  • Pizza, Salad for Family Movie Night!
  • Thai Grilled Chicken, White Rice, Broccoli
  • BBQ Chicken, Pasta Roni, Brussels Sprouts
  • Pollo Asada, Beans, Rice, Corn
Okay I have Brussels sprouts on the menu but this will be my first time trying them - recipes anyone?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

House Party!

Today was my very first House Party and it was a ton of fun!  We enjoyed making and preserving Freezer Strawberry Jam and preserving Marinara Sauce.  My guests are all looking forward to canning again in the future and some neighbors and I plan to make a ton of different jams for Christmas presents!  Here are pictures from our day!

The Finished Product:
Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

Rinsing the most delicious strawberries ever!

Everyone hanging out and mashing berries!

The best gift ever from my super crafty friend and neighbor:
Patriotic decorations - flowers and flags - in all American Ball Jars!

Setting up the iced tea station.  Jars with bands, straws, and labels made perfect cups!

The goody bags!

Everyone munching on the:
bruschetta, chips & salsa, cheese & crackers, cookies and fruit!

Mashing 12 lbs of strawberries!

Marinara Sauce Cooking

Filling jars with marinara for the hot water bath!

Getting the jars ready to be filled!

Completed marinara sauce that is cooling!

Everyone working hard and mingling!

Phew what a successful and fun day.  Can't wait to can again - the hubs has a ton of recipes he wants to work on  and the neighbors and I have big jam plans!

What was the last crazy new thing you tried?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Book Reviews for June

Another Friday Freebie for my Nook this book was a humorous yet slightly serious book about an older teen going on a modern day scavenger hunt overseas.  This was a quick read taking only three days to get through partly because it was light comical reading and partly because it kept me intrigued enough to not put it down!  While I couldn't relate much to the character's actual experiences I could imagine myself doing many of the "touristy" things she did had I been in a foreign country at the same age (okay I would probably still do them today).  Definitely a keeper and I am looking forward to reading the sequel: The Last Little Blue Envelope

Boy am I loving the Friday freebies right now!  Let me preface this one by saying I didn't think I would use my Nook that often - uh yea right!  This novel is a big intense with some graphic imagery and some not so pleasant to think about topics - but these same topics are experienced by many around us.  While I had to read quickly through some rather gruesome sections I could not put this book down.  I really felt for the characters and enjoyed the role faith and God played large roles in this book.  The author did a great job of portraying God's ever present being during the book yet making you understand how the character's may not have felt it - something I definitely feel in my own life at times.

Lisa See is slowly making her way up my list of favored authors.  Her stories beautifully capture the lives of women in historic China - their lives, secrets, and customs.  She presents the joys, sufferings, and every day events in a realistic manner that makes you relate to the characters - a tough task on many levels.  While I don't know how her novels rank against true history I imagine that there are many pieces which portray the basic facts quite frankly.  In school we learn a lot of historical facts - names, places, wars, etc.  But much past elementary school we learn hardly anything of the day to day lives of real people.  Me - I am a mom living my day to day life - and Lisa See's books greatly inspire me to not only keep going but to document the basics for they are indeed intriguing!

I am making my way through a list of books at a rather quick pace...what can you recommend to me?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Bunch of Money Saving Ideas

We are going to skip theme learning this week since we all had the stomache flu last week and accomplished pretty much nothing other than sleeping and recouperating (which were much needed)!  So we take a break to bring a ton of money saving and money making ideas.  I will be upfront and tell you there are referral links below - if you do not feel comfortable clicking them you may always visit the sites directly however I encourage you to use them and also to create your own for future use!

  1.  I learned about this site approximately a year ago and have since earned over 75 dollars in giftcards.  You use the site to search (I downloaded the search bar to automatically remember to use it) and earn points, earn points for buying groupons, living social deals, etc.  You also earn points for taking a daily poll, trusted surveys, referring friends, and just having the toolbar whether you use it or not.  There is also a coupon section -  you get 10 points for each coupon used and sometimes they are awesome grocery coupons.  Definitely one I would recommend!
  2. This is another points based system except for this one you click through e-mails, take surveys, and make your online purchases to regular store through here.  I usually earn $125 per year through  There is currently no referral link if you would like a referral please e-mail me!
  3. I really should use this site more as they have a set "rebate" amount you receive for online purchases made by clicking throgh - I know a ton of people who order everything online and get back over $300.  For me I started getting $20 here and there and just deposited them never taking advantage of the extra money so I preferred mypoints where I could redeem it for gift cards - my goal this month is to compare the dollar earned between the two before making a purchase. Plus when you sign up through this link we both get $5.
  4. - I do not earn anything for posting this site it is just absolutely awesome!  She posts just about every deal imaginable plus great recipes, menus, crafts, etc.  It is everything frugal.  Make sure to click store links at the top and sign up to have your local grocery deals e-mailed to you once a week!
  5.  Another recent one for me this site is AWESOME.  It has allowed the Hubs and I to do more activities with the girls and to purchase amazing presents for others that we wouldn't normally have been able to.  Basically it is a group coupon offering a 50% or more savings on things like giftcards, paddleboating classes, movie tickets, massages, golf, etc etc. Also I recommend watching deals in cities you will be visiting in the future.  You get $10 for every person who signs up under you!
  6.  Much like I love this site because it allows you to post a link on Facebook or your blog and if three people purchase the same deal yours is free!  I have received free movie tickets and free amazon giftcards doing this!
  7. Grocery Coupon websites:,, and your grocery store i.e.
  8. This site offers coupon match ups - click your local store and it will show you which coupons to use on what products and the percent savings over regular retail.  I always check this site!
  9. Link your grocery store loyalty cards and/or credit cards plus those of friends and family and earn money for a 529 account.  The money can then be used for your own or others school related expenses.  They also have coupons you can download to your cards and the savings is sent to your upromise account.
  10. has a great program where if you subscribe to receive a product more than once - i.e monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually you receive 15% off.  This is a great deal for things like refrigerator filters (they are the best price around), organic coconut oil, etc etc.
  11. Sign up for newsletters galore!  Sign up for any product, store, or blog's email updates they often send great deals to their regular followers!  (Please create a "junk" email address where all of these e-mails go - it makes it much easier to keep up with the important people in your life)!
  12. Before you buy anything online and pretty much any time you are going to visit a store go to and search for coupon codes.  If you are going to Barnes and Noble type in barnes and noble coupon codes or if you are looking for Challenge Butter type in challenge butter coupon codes.  This one saves me A TON!
Now I don't suggest you just start doing all of these at once (unless you have a lot of free time and are very enthusiastic!) but I usually try to do one thing a month and see how it works out.  Don't burn yourself out and don't overspend just to get the free gifts - trust me they come much more quickly than you would expect!

Any other fun tips you have to share with us all?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

House Party!

 Here is a fun opportunity I recently learned about. is a site that lets you sign up to host a party using tons of free stuff to try out new products!  You give the company free advertising to all of your friends and they give you free products and special money saving opportunities. 

I was recently chosen to host a
Discover You Can House Party!

We will learn how to make freezer jam and marinara sauce!

I received a ton of cool items in the mail:

I have been working on the favors:

And working on decorations including my grandmother in laws original canning pot!

We are super excited to be hosting such a unique party and to have new options for preserving my garden!

 Happy learning about all the opportunities out there for you!

Grocery Deals June 22 through June 28th

  • Minute Maid Juice @ 1.00 = Excellent Price
  • BOGO Free Berries = Good Price
  • BOGO Free Hotdogs = Could be great with coupons
  • Farmer John Breakfast Sausage @ 1.25 = Great Price (coupons)
  • Red Leaf, Green Leaf, Romaine @ .99 = Excellent Price
  • Mangos @ .79 = Great Price
  • BUY 10 SAVE $5: Kraft/Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce @ .79 = Excellent Price (stock up with coupons)
  • BUY 10 SAVE $5: Pasta/Rice A Roni @ .79 = Stock up Price (coupons)
  • BUY 10 SAVE $5: Wishbone Dressing @ .79 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • BUY 10 SAVE $5: Bush's Beans @ 1.49 = Stock Up Price
  • BUY 10 SAVE $5: Welch's Juice @ 2.49 = Great Price (coupons)

  • Personal Watermelon @ 1.88 each = Excellent Price (coupons)
  • Cantaloupe @ 1.50 each = Excellent Price
  • Nectarines/Peaches @ .88/lb = Excellent Price
  • Tomatos on the Vine @ .88/lb = Excellent Price
  • Ralphs Sour Cream @ 1.25 = Great Price
  • Ralphs Cream Cheese @ 1.25 = Great Price
  • Bush's Beans @ 1.67 = Excellent Price
  • Tide Laundry Detergent @ 4.99 = Great Price (coupons)
  • Goldfish Crackers @ 1.00 = Great Price (coupons)
  • BUY 5 SAVE $5: Kellogs Cereal @ 1.99 = Great Price (coupons)
  • BUY 5 SAVE $5: Eggo Waffles (24) @ 2.99 = Great Price
  • BUY 5 SAVE $5: Juicy Juice @ 1.49 = Great Price
  • Gallon of Milk @ 2.95 = Excellent Price
  • Challenge Butter @ 3.00 = Great Price (coupons)
  • Foster Farms Picnic Pack @ 1.29 = Good Price
  • Organic Cameo Apples @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • Mangos @ .99 each = Great Price
  • Hillshire Farm Sausage @ 3.00 = Good Price (coupons)

Stater Brothers:
  • Green Seedless Grapes @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • Nectarines @ .99/lb = Excellent Price
  • Strawberries @ 1.25/lb = Great Price
  • Asparagus @ 1.99/lb = Good Price
  • Plums @ 1.25/lb = Great Price
  • Hillshire Farms Sausage @ 2.50 = Stock Up Price(coupons)
  • Foster Farms Whole Chicken @ .69/lb = Stock Up Price
  • Ball Park Franks @ 1.50 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • Milk @ 2.99 = Excellent Price
  • Ronzoni Pasta @ .99 = Stock Up Price (coupons)
  • Hunts Ketchup or BBQ Sauce @ 1.49 = Excellent Price (coupons)
  • Red Bell Peppers @ 1.00 = Excellent Price
  • Mangos @ 1.00 = Excellent Price
  • Anjou Pears @ 1.25/lb = Great Price
  • Haas Avocados @ 1.25/lb = Great Price
My tip for the week:  When buying produce look at the prices in store.  Sometime things are cheaper than in the ads based upon availability or quality - often common to find organic for cheaper than non-organic.  Also I *try* to pay less than $1/lb on produce - this allows me to buy a larger variety of items.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Garden Update

.867 lbs of yellow summer squash

.156 lbs of tomatoes and snap peas

.953 lbs of zucchini

Weekly Total: 1.976 lbs of produce!

Annual Total: 18.7301 lbs of Produce

Now some of you may be wondering what we do with so many squash and zucchini...we eat a lot of them... but we also freeze a lot of them - I chop them, lay them on a cookie sheet and freeze until hard.  Then baggie up and store until needed for a dinner side or in a soup/stew.  Another great idea is to bake muffins or breads with shredded zucchini.  Justin's Aunt is also sending over a zucchini salad recipe soon!
FYI: I only have one zucchini plant and two squash - they grow a lot!

Happy Gardening!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal!

Big C LOVES oatmeal - let me clarify - my picky eater loves maple and brown sugar oatmeal from the packet - Quaker Oats Brand.  Let me tell you even with coupons the kid could eat way too many dollars worth of packets.  So I tried to make my own and let's just say she eats it about 4 times a week either for breakfast or a snack - IT IS A HIT!

Start with the Big Tub of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
Syrup (I usually prefer real maple syrup but this was what I had this time)
Brown Sugar

Place 1/4 of Oats in Bowl
Add 1 Tbsp of Syrup
1 tsp of Brown Sugar
(this feeds my 4 year old for me I would make double or triple
but wouldn't need to double or triple the sugar and syrup)

Add water so all oats are covered and there is some water floating above the oats.
Roughly 1/2 to 2/3 cup of water.

Microwave for 2.5 Minutes
Let sit in microwave for 2 minutes
Stir and serve with two ice cubes.

She eats every last lick!

Happy Eating,
Ash of All Trades

Meal Plan & Oatmeal Recipe

Happy Monday All!  Hope you enjoyed the weekend celebrating all of the wonderful father's in your life.  We had a great time celebrating a grandfather's 90th birthday and three special dad's in our lives.

Here is my menu plan for this week (we are all healthy again -knock on wood) and will be presuming with regularly scheduled meals.  My oatmeal recipe is posting simultaneously to this one!


  • Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Raisins and Milk
  • Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Cherries, Scrambled Egg
  • French Toast, Watermelon, Sausage
  • Cereal and Fruit
  • Banana Bread, Peanut Butter, Grapes
  • Scrambled Eggs, Toast, Watermelon
  • Syrup Pancakes, Cherries, Egg

  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Grapes, Baby Carrots
  • Hatched Eggs, Cheese Grape Tomato Kabobs
  • Bean & Cheese Burritos, Corn, Grapes
  • Grilled Cheese, Salad, Watermelon
  • Bologna Sandwiches, Carrots Sticks, Watermelon
  • Chicken Quesadillas, Corn, Grapes
  • French Bread Pizzas, Cherries
  • Steak Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Caesar Salad, Artichokes
  • Pasta w/Marinara Sauce, Salad, Garlic Bread
  • Stuffed Bell Peppers (recipe coming!)
  • Mexican French Bread Pizza, Peas
  • Moroccan Chicken, White Rice, Peas
  • Grilled Tilapia and Mesquite Chicken, Garlic Orzo, Salad
  • Leftovers
Happy Eating!
Ash of All Trades

Friday, June 17, 2011

Firefly Cards

Here is a project we completed during our bug week as well!  Many thanks to I Can Teach My Child for her wonderful ideas (including this one)!

Didn't think to take a picture of me cutting an 8.5 x 11 piece of black
construction paper in half and then folding it in half to make a card but
that is the background for this project - so start there!

Using a high-lighter color in two mailing labels.
Using a pencil color in two mailing labels.

Add to pencil mailing labels in a cross over fashion to the front of the card.

Place one of  the high lighted mailing labels centered over the pencil ones.

Glue on google eyes and use puffy paints for the mouth and antennae.

On the inside use two plain mailing labels and the other high lighted one to make the cute saying.
We also used plain mailing labels to have the girls sign their names on the cards.

Add some star stickers.

Voila a completed card!

And yes we will be using these as Father's Day Cards!

Happy crafting!

Dancing Spider Craft

Using the lid off a large container and some black paper.

Trace the circle using chalk.

Cut out the circle and trace a line from the edge up about 4 inches towards the center.
Then cut along this line.

Start making legs by marking off every 1 to 2 inches with chalk on another black paper.

Do the same thing on the opposite side of paper.

Connect the lines so that you have eight strips.

Have your child cut each line to make a strip.

Add google eyes using glue.

Show your child how to accordion fold the leg strips.

Using glue add four legs to each side of the spider.

At the opening from the slit you cut - overlap the edges
and staple together (it creates a three dimensional spider)

Take an extra large rubber band.  This one was about 9 inches in diameter.

Cut the rubber band.

Attach each end to the side of the spider*
We ended up thinking it was better to staple to the tooshie end or where you
overlapped the slit and making it hang rather than having a handle.