I am sure you have hear of some the uses for vinegar like disinfecting, cleaning and freshening. But I bet you didn’t know that it can also be used for helping you remove wallpaper or get rid off fruit flies ! Print this ‘cheat sheet’ for a list of ” 20 Household Uses for Vinegar” and keep it handy next time you have some extra time on your hands are looking for frugal and easy ways to get some cleaning done!
Many of my friends have been posting pictures of their children at their pre-K or high school graduations on Facebook. And seeing these pictures reminded me of something I did when my own son was graduating from high school! When Phillip was 5 years old he had a pre-K graduation ceremony complete with cap, gown, and a diploma! I have to be honest with you that at the time I thought it was a bit much … But now when I look back, I treasure those memories and pictures so much. I think I must have been overwhelmed at the time and didn’t fully appreciate the moment.
Then two years ago when Phillip was about to graduate from high school and I was looking for cool ideas to make his party a bit more personal, I suddenly had this stroke of genius ! How about if I used his pre-K picture to get some personalized soda bottles made for the party? I already knew that you could do this with labels from Jones Soda, so I went to their website and an hour later, it was all set. I placed my order and a few weeks later I had the coolest soda bottles I could have ever asked for. Most of my friends agreed that it was the sweetest idea ever, and those with younger kids said they wanted to do get their personalized labels for their own kids’ graduation!
As your kids are growing up, remember to take lots of pictures and think of different creative ways you might be able to use them in the future. You can use these pictures for soda bottles, mugs, collages, mouse pads or even pillows. And something else I would encourage you to do is to get prints of your best photos. I personally love holding an actual picture in my hands much more that seeing it briefly on a computer or phone screen. And in all likelihood as your kids get older, they too will cherish going through that shoebox of photographs and reminisce about the memories of their childhood.
Life goes by so quickly. And those moments we think we will never forget, do get forgotten unless you make an effort to somehow preserve the memories!
Do you often find that it’s hard to relax? Our world is filled with more than we can handle in a 24 hour period. I am often finding myself asking for more hours in a day, because, I can’t get it all done.
I mean between working, volunteering at school, soccer, gymnastics, swim lessons and the craziness that comes with the warm weather I’m warn out thinking about it all! When is there time to relax?!? But, these past few months, I’m learning it’s alright to be selfish. If I can’t take care of my family, I can’t take care of myself. So take a few moments out of your busy schedule and find time to relax with this Relaxing Sugar Scrub Recipe….you can Thank Me later!
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat the coconut oil in 20-second intervals until it is completely melted.
- Add the essential oil, then stir in the sugar until you have a thick paste (you may need to adjust the amount adding more or less to suit your taste).
- Add a pretty ribbon or piece of washi tape to decorate the jar.
Are you giving this Relaxing Sugar Scrub Recipe as a gift? If so, place these super Relaxing Sugar Scrub Gift Tags on the top of your jar or attach with punching a hole in them and attaching a ribbon to make this an extra special gift!
Depending on the type of flooring you have, the maintenance may be quick and easy or it may just be a giant pain in the butt for you! No matter which types you have in your home, with a few simple steps and tips, maintaining the beauty of your floors can be a breeze.
Sweep or mop daily to remove loose dirt. Don’t ever use sponge mops, they will drag dirt into the grout and and stain it. A microfiber mop or rag picks up dirt best. If using a rag, be sure to use a circular motion.
Sweep daily. Steep 4 tea bags in quart of water for about 5 minutes. This is because Tannic acid in tea will make your hardwood floor shine. Put the tea in a bucket and use a damp mop or rag to clean the floor and watch it shine! Don’t get the floor too wet as it will leave water marks.
Sweep daily. Mix your choice of cleaner in a bucket of warm water and wash the floor.
Vacuum daily, it doesn’t take long and it makes a major difference in the amount of dirt that gets ground deep into the carpet. If something spills, clean it immediately, don’t give it the chance to set. Use baking soda or a carpet deodorizer twice a week when you vacuum.
Here’s a quick tip: If you move the furniture and it leaves dents in the carpet, use the edge of a spoon or a coin to re-fluff those areas.
TIP 1. Use doormats to cut down on the amount of dirt that settle on your flooring.
TIP 2. Use area rugs to protect high traffic areas from wear and tear.
If you take a few minutes every day to sweep and vacuum and tackle any spills or stains right away, you will be able to better maintain your flooring and have it looking great for years to come.
Our pets are part of the family too. Just like every other member of the family, they contribute to clutter. Your cat or dog may almost have as many toys as your kids. We pamper our pets, spoil them and if we are not careful, our little fur babies can take over the whole house. Before that happens, we are going to make some changes to prevent that from happening.
TIP 1. Give your pet space
We all need a private comfortable place to call our own, so do our pets. Set up an area that will be your pet’s “room”. Things that should be in this area are their bed, a few favorite pet toys, a non skid mat to put food and water bowls on, plastic bins with lids for food storage, a litter box if needed and a peg rack to hang on the wall for leashes, collars, pet clothing (don’t judge me) and any other items that can be hung up and out of the way.
Keep a small bin for hair brushes, nail clippers and other grooming supplies in a nearby area for easy access, preferably under the bathroom sink or in the hall closet.
TIP 2. Decluttering is the goal, even for our pets!
Did you get Princess or Rover a new toy? Then you should be getting rid of an old one. Did Old Navy have a great deal on a hot pink winter puffer coat for your dog? (once again, don’t judge me!) That means it’s time to retire another item from her wardrobe. Don’t allow pet supplies or pet toys to accumulate and you won’t have to worry about clutter.
TIP 3. They are just like our kids
Ask your Veterinarian for copies of your pet’s immunization and health records. Keep them in a folder with your family’s other important paperwork so that in case of an emergency they are easy to find.
Today’s assignment is a pretty easy one! You are going set up your pet’s living space. Make sure all bedding is clean, get rid of old toys, and give them an area away from household traffic. Even our pets need a little bit of peace and quiet sometimes and it will also help to keep your home clear of extra clutter. When you are done, take a few minutes to introduce your pet to their new living area and help them get accustomed to this new part of their routine.
Our 30 Days of Spring Cleaning is now at Day 2! Did you get your Spring Cleaning Coupons printed yesterday?
These Printable Signs are going to help you with your 30 Days of Spring Cleaning. To utilize these Printable Signs all you need to do is find a spot in your house to place each sign. These can be placed in the same room or designate a spot where you will have enough room for your expected items.
The Printable Signs are two pages and contains of a Donate Sign, Garage Sale Sign, Throw Away Sign and Keep Sign.
In your Donate are be sure to keep boxes and bags that way you can stick items to be donated in them and easier to load into your car to drop off!
In the Garage Sale pile consider using plastic bins (like a Rubbermaid bin) and keeping them organized. This will help your Garage Sale set up go smoothly.
With the Throw Away section keep garbage bags and cans on hand. In doing so, taking the trash out will be less messy.
Now for the Keep Section, take the items to their home. Everything should have a home, whether it’s on display, in the medicine cabinet, a hall closet or in the kitchen. If the item doesn’t have a home, consider putting it into one of your other piles.
The next printables are a Spring Cleaning Checklist and a Monthly Cleaning Checklist. These are a must to have so that you can see what is needed to be done and what you have completed. This is also great for assigning tasks to the other family members in the home!
We have a question today from Melissa M.:
Over the past few months I have begun to eat cleanly. That means no dyes, GMO’s, processed foods, etc. While we feel amazing I’m beginning to notice it’s a bit more expensive! I know that I don’t want to go back to eating like we use to and looking for ways to save. Do you know where I can begin ordering in bulk on things like cacoa, flax seed, whole wheat flour, unbleached flour, coconut oil, etc.?
If you have any insight for Melissa please leave her a comment!
One of the ways we are “frugal” in our household is we save money on haircuts and cut the kids hair at home. For a while this meant a nice clean buzz cut but I’m learning the trade and getting better each time. I think I can finally do a “little boy’s cut” which is what my youngest requires – now don’t start inspecting his hair, lol. He’s got super fine blonde hair – a buzz cut just wouldn’t work on him. Not to mention he is VERY picky about his hair. This child sleeps with a comb, I kid you not. Now my daughter and I still go to have ours done at a salon, I’m not ready to take that scary leap yet. I think it’s a very different story with long hair.
All that to say a good pair of clippers is definitely needed. I learned this recently when during our move I packed up our clippers too early and everyone needed cuts – badly. So we went to Supercuts (way overpriced imo). I did however learn that it should NOT take 30 minutes per person! My clipper blades were dull, very dull and the motor on my clippers was very weak. I got them at CVS during a Conair ECB promotion. Well, they just didn’t make the cut….
We recently upgraded to a Wahl set and they are SO MUCH better! I’d highly recommend Wahl clippers, sure you can get a $100 clipper set but really any of the Wahl clippers will do. There are a few really good deals on Amazon right now…
Wahl 79524-2501 Chrome Pro 24-Piece Haircut Kit – $25.99 (Reg. $40.95)
Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit – $17.99 (Reg. $40.99)
There’s LOTS of other great deals on Wahl Clippers on Amazon.com.
Do you cut your families hair at home? I’d love to hear your tips!
This is a guest post from my friend Leslie who is a whiz when it comes to decorating on a dime! Read on and learn how she made this great wall hanging that she now has hanging in her dining room. It is so pretty and really adds such a nice pop of color to that room.
Born from the need to decorate my new condo on a dime, I created an easy way to add a big splash of color and texture to a wall in just an afternoon. This fabric project is a no-sew marvel and really quite easy. (Not an artist you say? Not to worry…if you can read, you can do this project! This project cost me about $10 (the fabric I used was on sale).
What you will need:
- heavy fabric the the size of the wall you want to cover, plus about 6 extra inches in each direction (I like outdoor canvas the best)
- double stick tape – the stickier the better
Good to know: - this project is loosy-goosey – in other words, nothing needs to be perfect. The measurements, cutting, ripping should all be done as if a cute little being was on your shoulder whispering sweetly into your ear, “Don’t worry, don’t worry….it looks good no matter how you do it.”
What you do:
- cut or rip the fabric into approximately 3/4″ strips
-hint: Make a few test strips and tape to wall and twist just to make sure you like the look. Some fabrics rip well and some don’t, so experiment. The loose threads add to the texture which I like….but you decide.
- stick 4-6 inches of the double stick tape on the wall where the top of the fabric strips will sit
-hint: start in the center and work your way out
- stick on one strip at a time, firmly pressing the fabric onto the tape. (let the ends hang loose)
- repeat until the wall art is as wide as you would like
- starting on one side, twist a strip as much as you’d like and put 4-6″ of tape down where it ends. Repeat until all strips are used up
-hint: some strips. may be shorter than others…these can be trimmed after they are all up.
More good things to know:
- this project can be done with either solid or patterned fabric. Remember that the pattern will probably only be printed one one side, so when you twist it you will see both sides. This is actually a good thing. In fact, any idea you come out with is a good thing…so experiment, experiment, experiment!
- this can be customized to fit into any unusually sized spaces…so take a fresh look at your home and see what could be brightened up
- when you are done you can impress your visitors with your newfound artistic talent…and talk just how wonderful the effects of light and shadow play on the piece are (see? you will even sound like an artist!)
Voila! Now thank your cute little shoulder-whisperer and say ‘Yes, it doesn’t pay to worry! It all works out!’
The more and more I’m over at Crafsty.com I’m beginning to not want to leave! You can grab complimentary mini class at Craftsy.com that include a FREE Knife cutting class, longarm quiliting, photo basics, bsaic quiltmaking skills, painting flowers in acrylic and so many more.
There are also TONS of online classes that are just $39.99…so if you have a New Years Resolution to learn a new hobby or trade this is the site for you!
What hobby do you enjoy doing?
Let’s face it! Leave in conditioner is more expensive than conditioner and I don’t think I’ll ever understand why. I mean all it is is conditioner that’s been liquified with water. So after my hair was feeling a little dry and looking a little frizzy this past summer; not sure if it was the sun or hair color or what, I decided to try my hand at making my own Homemade Leave In Conditioner.
- Spray bottle
- Conditioner of Your Choice (or whatever was on sale!)
It’s pretty simple really…Fill the spray bottle about 1/8 of the way with conditioner and then the rest with water. Shake it a little to ensure the conditioner dissolves within the water. You will being to enjoy softer, smoother hair for less! This also works great as a detangler for the kiddos!
You may also wanna check out the Homemade Dry Shampoo recipe. This works really good!
Have you ever made your own Homemade Leave-In Conditioner or other beauty products?
Please, do tell me how cute this Reupholstered Shabby Chic Chair is?!? I’ll show you how to reupholster a chair is simple and will save you hundreds of dollars. Plus you’ll get the look you want!
Cute Desk Chair – $5 + $2.99 for materials = $7.99 total!
We’re on a very tight budget, but I’m determined to (re)furnish several rooms in our home including my daughter’s bedroom. She has never had a “theme” and now that she’s 10 we’ve pinned down her style as shabby chic. She’s an old soul and would have loved to have been born during the times of horse-drawn carriages and chivalry. So when she said she loves roses, antiques, and lace I knew that the popular shabby chic style would fit her well.
I’m a part of a community Facebook group started by local moms who buy and sell from each other, it’s an invite only group so it keeps the Craigslist flakes at bay. Yesterday a sweet lady posted the adorable chair pictured above for just $5 and I knew I had to have it! I picked it up today and stopped by Goodwill with Haley in search for some material to recover the seat.
We found a fabric shower curtain for $2.99 – it’s the perfect material, sturdy and thick! This was my first time reupholstering anything and I can’t believe how easy it was. It literally took me less than 15 minutes which plays into my appreciation for a simple DIY tasks. Let’s just say that patience for long term projects isn’t one of my strong suits.
Here’s how you reupholster a chair in 6 easy steps…
- Turn the chair upside down
- Remove 4 screws
- Remove lots of staples holding down the current fabric
- Roughly cut the new fabric using the old as a template
- Pull the fabric back over the seat cushion and staple it down
- Screw it back to the chair frame and you’re done!
If you hadn’t read in our previous posts, we’re very excited to be in the process of buying our very first home! We have moved a great deal in the 12 years (and 4 kids) of marriage and we are very eager to settle into our “forever” home. Moving to Bend has been such a blessing in so many ways for our family, and buying a home is just icing on the cake – something we could have never done in CA.
Being frugal is great, but I’m still a woman who wants to decorate and furnish her first home! So on that note, I’ll be sharing a few posts this summer about frugal ways to repurpose, redecorate, or refurnish your home on a budget. So stay tuned for more Frugal DIY posts!
If you are an avid crafter, you know about Mod Podge. And if you are like me and love to craft, but only pull out the decoupage about 2 or 3 times a year, the lid on your Mod Podge may be impenetrable because it’s been glued shut for who knows how long. That is the situation I found myself in when I sat down to make my own Advent Ornaments. I needed decoupage and I didn’t want to break my crafting stride by going to the store, so I made my own Homemade Mod Podge!
Supplies you will need:
- A jar
- Elmer’s Glue
- Empty the glue into a jar. My jar is just an old pickle jar and a great way to recycle!
- Add Water 1/4 cup at a time. Essentially you need it to be 50% glue and 50% water.
- Shake it up!
And you are done!!
- Mod Podge 16 oz. $7.37
- Elmer’s Glue 4 oz. 4-pack – $4.40
One 4 0z. bottle of Elmer’s will make 8 oz. of homemade decoupage. So, for $ 2.20 you can make 16 oz. of the homemade kind.
Have you ever wondered how to make h0memade laundry detergent in your own home? If so, you are in luck! The initial investment is about $11 for the first 5 gallons, but after that, you will have Borax and Washing Soda left over and will only have to buy the bar of soap. To make it easier to stir, you may want to try a drill attachment for stirring paint.
Here is what you will need:
- 4 Cups – hot tap water
- 1 Fels-Naptha soap bar – $0.97
- 1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda *It must be sodium carbonate!! – $3.24
- ½ Cup 20 Mule Team Borax – $2.98
- 5 Gallon bucket with lid (about $2.75)
We have found all these at Wal-mart. If they are out, Ace Hardware is the next best place to find look.
Here’s how you put it all together:
Shred bar of soap (we like to use a cheese grater) and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
- Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken. (It will gel.)
- Stir once again and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser. Shake before each use.
- Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
- Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
- Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
There are so many things you can do with Antique Paper. But, it’s hard to find and often pretty expensive. I found a way to do my own DIY Antique paper and it’s with something the vast majority of us have ever morning!
Supplies you will need:
- Brewed coffee (or tea) – I used left over coffee from earlier this morning
- Paint Brush or sponge
- Desired page(s)
- Cookie sheet
- Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.
- Choose the page(s) you want to “antique”.
- Lay the page(s) on cookie sheet. (You can crumple up and then straighten your pages as this will give a crinkle effect.)
- Brush on a light coat of coffee or tea, covering page completely.
- Bake on 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until dry.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you achieve the desired color.
One of the projects I completed with the DIY Antique Paper was the Advent Calendar Ornaments. What crafts have you done with Antique Paper?