DIY Fall Centerpieces

Posted 11-17-2017 at 12:57 AM by Kat Weeks

A decoration that is always so over priced and over looked in my opinion are center pieces.. As sad as that sounds but as true as it is, I have created my own and will share these amazing secrets with you!

Option 1.
Things  you’ll need:

Instructions:

  1. Get the vase and place all the pine cones in it.
  2. Place the flowers into the pine cones, using them as a base to keep the flowers from falling over.
  3. Once you have the flowers arranged to your desired look, wrap the ribbon around.

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This is the end look for option #1.

Option 2
Things you’ll need:

Instructions:

  1. Get the hot glue, vase, and sticks.
  2. Glue the sticks onto the vase all around and make sure they’re touching so you cannot see the inside of the vase.
  3. Once you’ve done that, hot glue or wrap the ribbon around.
  4. Now that the exterior is done, place the Styrofoam on the inside and arrange the flowers to your desired look.

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Easy DIY Recycled Items Crafts

Posted 11-15-2017 at 01:20 PM by Jessica

Male and female figures made by kids with simple materials

Crafting with children doesn’t have to be expensive. Most paints, play dough, and even crayons can be made at home. There are other things in our homes that make great crafting supplies. Unfortunately many of them get thrown away. The next time you throw out one of these items stop and think about its crafting potential.

Toilet Paper Rolls

If you’ve got a large family, you’re sure to have lots of these ending up in the trash. Instead of simply throwing them away, let the kiddos decorate them!

Milk Cartons

Milk cartons are great for making bird feeders or making a planter. They are sturdy enough to be hung from a balcony or tree. The are fun to paint and easy to poke or cut holes in. If you have the type with the twist cap top, that part can be used as a funnel when filling other items. A carton with top cut off can even be used as a storage container for craft supplies like paint brushes, colored pencils, chalk, and crayons.

Soda Bottles

Soda bottles can also be made into bird feeders and planters, but they are more versatile than that. They can be cut as scoops, with the top as a handle. They can be taped together top to top to make the soda bottle whirl pool. This can be made even more fun by adding a few drops of your favorite color to the water in your bottles. With a little  paper mache, paint, and a pair of scissors they can even be made into creative piggy banks.

Cardboard Contraptions

A cereal box can be turned into a robot with toilet paper roll arms and legs. If you cut them up you can use them to create buildings and props in shoe box dioramas of farms, cities, or what ever your heart desires. Or you can use the inside of boxes to create bedroom signs or create homemade picture frames. Toilet paper or paper towel rolls can be cut to create play dough cookie cutters or rolling pins.

Egg Cartons

Egg cartons are a good way to store an egg shaped amount of play dough without mixing the colors. They are also a great way to separate and store paints you are using during crafting for a quick clean up.

Jars

Saved and cleaned up jars are great for jar gifts, storing homemade laundry soap, and other jar crafts. Just clean them out and keep the lid. Take off the label and whatever adhesive was holding it on. Decorate them as you see fit and use them in your jar craft the next time you use one.

 

Thrifty Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted 11-14-2017 at 09:08 AM by Jessica

Traditional Holiday Stuffed Turkey Dinner

If you are anything like me, you’re hoping that you won’t have to walk into a grocery store until after Thanksgiving! But if you have put off or have not been able to do your Thanksgiving shopping until now, it’s still possible to save money on what’s probably the most expensive meal you’ll make all year.

Here are just a few tips to carry you into the final preparations for  your big holiday meal.

1. Ditch store bought gravy. Make your own gravy. It tastes better and is significantly less expensive to make. This year, I am making my gravy early. I happened to already have some homemade chicken broth on hand. So, I made the gravy last night and will simply add the turkey drippings from the roasting pan once that bird is roasted! Gravy will keep in the refrigerator for one week. So, it’s a nice thing to cross off your list a little early.

2. Don’t use paper plates. Those fancy paper plates and plastic cups can be pricey. Use your nice plates and just plan to also use your dishwashing machine. It’ll end up cheaper to run the dishwasher than to buy all those plates and cups that you’ll just throw away. There is one exception, though. Yesterday, I met a lady who said that her mother-in-law called her and told her that she had a bunch of those nice paper plates sitting around in her pantry. She asked if she could bring them over on Thanksgiving. “Yes!” was the answer! So, if someone else offers to bring those fancy paper plates, you’ll get the best of both worlds: no dishes and no cost!

3. Use nature for your decorations. Walk outside your door and pick up some beautiful leaves to decorate around the house and the dining table. It’s beautiful and free!

What else do you do to keep your Thanksgiving thrifty?

4-Ingredient Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

Posted 11-12-2017 at 03:56 PM by Jessica

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I’m not sure if there’s really a person out there than can turn away from a sugary donut. I’m really not sure it’s possible! Especially with how delicious these are.

They’re everything you want in a dessert: sugary, simple and scrumptious! (Yes, I did just find three words that started with an ‘S’, but they all fit perfectly!) Go ahead and give these donuts a try. You will be chowing down on them in only a matter of minutes!

Ingredients:

  • Any can of Biscuit Dough
  • Enough Vegetable Oil to fill pan 1-1/2 inches
  • Cinnamon and Sugar to roll the dough in after it’s done frying (you could also use powdered sugar)

Directions:

First, cut the biscuit dough into quarters.

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Turn the oil to med-high and place one bit of dough in to test if the oil is hot enough. The dough should fry up pretty quickly. Once you’d determined that the oil is hot enough, add as many dough bits as you can to the oil so that they are fully submerged.

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It should only take about two minutes before you need to stir them up and flip a few of them around. After that you should only have to let them fry for another minute until they turn a nice dark golden-brown.

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After they’ve been scooped from the oil, roll them in a cinnamon-sugar mix. If your mouth isn’t watering at this point, I think there may be something wrong. ;)

Bon Appetit!

Moisturizing Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

Posted 11-10-2017 at 11:10 AM by Jessica

Body scrub of oatmeal, sugar, honey and oil, top view

I used to love to buy either salt or sugar scrubs to use in the shower. Quite frankly, though, nowadays sugar scrubs seem like quite a luxury. There are so many other things I’d rather buy than scrub for myself….

However, I’ve been dealing with dry skin lately, and have read over and over that exfoliating with a scrub and moisturizing with a good oil (like coconut oil) can make a big difference. It’ll at least feel great! So, I decided to make my own sugar scrub seeing as I already had all of the necessary ingredients handy!

For this sugar scrub you can use olive oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil. For sugar, you can use white or brown or a combination of the two. Then, you can add fun extras like oatmeal, vanilla extract or cinnamon to make it even yummier…I mean, better smelling ;)

Here’s how I made mine:

1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup dry oatmeal
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

That’s it. Mix it all up. Put it in a container you can seal. Then, enjoy!

Spice up your work desk, without breaking the bank!

Posted 11-9-2017 at 01:01 AM by Kat Weeks

Tired of the boring look that you see all day every day while working? SAME HERE! It’s so blah and it makes work not very fun to go to, am I right? Well lets change that! Here are some ways…

Change up the mouse pad! 

Things you’ll need:

  • fabric mod podge
  • fabric of your choice
  • round cork
  •  scissors
  • sponge brush
  • pen

Instructions:

  1. Get all your materials together and pull out the round cork. Once you have that place the fabric under it and trace around (lightly) the circle, and give an extra 2″ for overhang.
  2. Next, get to cutting. Make sure to follow the circle you drew to make sure it fits.
  3. Now that it’s in the same shape and size as the cork, get your mod podge and your sponge brush.
  4. Start spreading the mod podge all around the cork. * Not too much though *
  5. Then once it’s placed all over the top, turn over and cut the bottom off so it’s completely flat.
  6. Let dry over night!

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Click here to see the full tutorial!!

Easy DIY Fall Wreath

Posted 11-8-2017 at 04:28 PM by Jessica

I have wanted a nice fall wreath for a few years now. Two or three years ago, I bought a very inexpensive wreath that I have not loved. But, whenever I’ve looked at the ones I like best, I can never justify the price. And, when I have attempted to get them on clearance after Thanksgiving, I haven’t had much luck with the selection. All that to say that I have had visions of having a nice fall wreath for a number of years now. That’s what got me searching for either a good deal or a DIY project that I could actually do…and I found one!

Here’s what I did. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought natural grapevine wreath for $3.99.

Then, I bought some silk flowers in fall colors. There were less expensive ones. But, I loved the flowers I picked out. They were 50% off. So, I got them for just under $3 each.

That was it. I simply glued the silk flowers onto the wreath and within minutes, it was done! We love it!

 

Staying Calm When Nothing is Going Right

Posted 11-7-2017 at 03:27 PM by Jessica

Car Travel with Children

It’s one of those days. Everyone in the house is upset. Kids are crying, the dogs tracked mud through the kitchen, the husband can’t find his car keys… You are feeling the full effect of  “When it rains, it pours.” Mom is longing for a time when she made people happy and the world was quiet.

We have all been there and it’s not the Disney Land of parenthood. So how do we get through the gauntlet of tears without losing our own minds?

Remember You Tried

It’s so easy to forget that five minutes ago you were helping your kiddo with their homework, and all was okay with the world. Or that you took the dogs on a walk, or had just found a different lost item. Some days the storm is coming no matter what you do. You tried anyway and responded in love.

Find Humor

During the season of tantrums it’s difficult to find your funny bone, but when you do you can turn all those tears to laughter. Pretend to cry, too. Throw yourself on the floor. It often throws you children off guard and they begin to laugh themselves. When all else fails start a tickle war. You may not have a whole lot of time, but this could make the rest of your day easier for everyone to get through.

Hold Your Ground

If fighting is happening, make sure your kids know that they have to face the consequences of those actions. Enforce a quick time out and tell them that anger or sadness doesn’t buy rude or violent behavior. Then hold on until the storm blows itself out.

Some days are just no fun, but keep in mind that tomorrow can be the best day ever! You’ve got this!

Easy brownie in a cup recipe!

Posted 11-7-2017 at 12:55 AM by Kat Weeks

Countless times I’ve always had a craving for something sweet, and chocolate-y. But along with that craving is not wanting to make the entire pan of brownies! Annoying right? Well I have the perfect idea, called brownie-in-a-cup!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 microwave safe mug
  • 4 Tbs flour
  • 4 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbs cocoa
  • 2 Tbs canola oil
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 1/3 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl and mix together till smooth.
  2. Spray the mug with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick.
  3. Pour into the mug
  4. Microwave for 1 minute!!

Then WA-LA! You have your own personal treat that took under 5 minutes.

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Cutest DIY storage for kids toys!

Posted 11-6-2017 at 01:00 AM by Kat Weeks

We all have a dream on how we want our kids’ toy rooms to look like. Full on storage with labels and fully organized to the max! Unfortunately our kids think otherwise. They think it belongs all in one big tote! Looks like the comprise is going to be made..

Now we all know how annoying it is to have the kids toys just scattered all over the floors because the kids just believe that’s the place for them. This is a way to decorate the cluttered toy room, while adding more storage that the kids can understand! Click HERE to see the full article.

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