Thursday, November 1, 2012

Green Giant Seasoned Steamers

I received these coupons from myinsite.  I used my free coupon to get a bag of the Mediterranean Blend Steamers.
I decided to serve it for dinner on Halloween so my kids could get a dose of vegetables before all of the candy.  It was really good.  My kids liked the carrots, I loved the potatoes.  It was a great chance for them to try some vegetables that we don't usually have at our house.
I will definitely be buying more of these.  It was such a convenient way to add vegetables to a meal.
To find out more about these go to

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Orajel Single Dose Cold Sore Treatment

 I was lucky to be chosen for a smiley360 mission.  I received a free sample of Orajel for Cold Sores.  I absolutely HATE cold sores!  I am excited to have another weapon to fight them with!
I love the fact that it comes in a one-dose applicator and it instantly relieves cold sore pain.
When I used it on a developing cold sore, it definitely reduced the healing time and relieved the pain.  I will for sure be buying more to be prepared for any other cold sores that may come up.
New Orajel Single Dose Cold Sore Treatment:  Get a $1 off coupon Single Dose Cold Sore Treatment here!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Jute Webbing Growth Chart

I found the idea for a cute Portable Growth Chart at WhipperBerry.  I really wanted to make some for my kids.  I looked for the jute webbing at Wal-Mart and JoAnn's, with no luck.  
I then tried to order off the internet to be told it was more than a month out.  So, I gave up on the project. A few weeks later I wandered by the Wal-Mart fabric department and there it was!
I followed WhipperBerry's instructions, but decided to make mine 7 feet tall so that there was room for the names, grommet and 6 feet plus of measurements.
Instead of using safety pins, I removed the ring from the key tags and sewed them on with a few stitches.
You could even attach them with a stapler or cute brads.
I decided to make one for our family.  I stenciled our last name at the top and bought the colored key tags at Office Max.  I assigned each kid a color and wrote their name on one of their colored key tags and attached them to the top by our last name.
 I love that I can fold them up and take them with us, or keep them in a box until their annual birthday measuring.
They are also very cute hanging.
I decided I wanted to keep the supplies on hand to make one more, in case we have more kids.  This time I couldn't find the webbing at Wal-Mart again, but I did find it at JoAnns.  Go figure...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Random Reviews

A while ago I was trying to find information on an Ikea bunk bed.  
 I came across this blog that had a review of the bed.
She hasn't updated it in a few years, but I love her idea of reviewing products, with specific information, like how big the box is and how they fit in her van.  It was definitely a good source of information.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

PVC Loft Bed

I have always liked projects made out of PVC.  Some people are so creative!
The idea for a PVC Loft Bed from Mark Rehorst is amazing!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Cut Above the Rest Scissor Gift

I tried to make the Super Cute Scissors that were shown at Skip to My Lou, but I was having really bad luck.
I couldn't get my paper to stick to the scissors well enough or sand the paper down close enough to the scissor blade.
So, I decided to eliminate the paper from the project all together.
I had my kids draw designs and write their teacher's names on the blades of a pair of scissors with Sharpie markers.
I put a layer of Diamond Glaze on the sides and let dry. 
 We then attached the scissors to a cute tag.
The teachers seemed happy to receive these as an end of year gift.
And now, they will always know which scissors are theirs!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tension Rod Bunting

This Tension Rod Bunting from Country Home is really pretty.
 I like that you don't have to put any holes in your walls to hang it.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I am so FORTUNATE to have YOU Teacher Appreciation Gift

I saw this cute idea at Skip to My Lou, and decided I would make these for my kids' teachers for Teacher Appreciation next week.  The school asked for money donated for new chairs, but I still wanted to send something little for the teachers to enjoy.
I found some cute, colorful take out boxes at Michaels.  They were less than 50 cents a box, because I used a coupon!
I decided on La Choy fortune cookies because I liked that they were individually wrapped.
I made up tags in my digital scrapbook program.  I fit 6 of them on a 5x7.
I stuck them to the filled take out boxes with double sided tape.
A cute, easy gift, that I think the teachers will like.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Chow Mein Noodle Bird's Nest

During Spring Break, we decided to make a little Spring/Easter treat. 
I had all of the things on hand to make Bird's Nests.
You need:
1 Bag Large Marshmallows
1 12 oz Bag of Dry Chow Mein Noodles
3 Tbsp. Butter
and candy to fill the nests with (We used Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs)
Over low heat melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan.
Once melted, stir in the chow mein noodles.
Coat your hands (I coated my kids' hands) with Pam.  We sprayed every one's hands twice.
Grab a clump of noodles and form into a nest shape.
Place nests on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper to cool.
 Fill with the candy of your choice.
This was a fun recipe to make with my kids, I let them do all the sticky parts!  
And even if they don't turn out pretty, they still taste good!
Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Eggs Goldenrod

Here is a great recipe that will help you use up all of the boiled eggs you colored for Easter!
I triple the recipe for our family of 5 and I usually use a whole loaf of bread.
 My kids love it!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cookie Jar Bags

Dana Made It shows how to make these adorable Cookie Jar bags!
 I love felt food and her cookies turned out SO cute!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hot Dog Cookies

I have got an inbox FILLED with cute ideas that I want to try out some day.  Time to post some of them on here, so I have one place to go back to and be inspired!
These Hot Dog Cookies were made by Making Memories.  So cute!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Super Cute Valentine's Ideas

I LOVE these super cute Valentine's ideas from a few different sites.
The first is from Jacolyn Murphy.
The second is from Design Mom.  I also saw another version of it at Disney's Family Fun.
The last idea is from Skip To My Lou.  Now I definitely want a paper crimper!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Zevia All Natural Soda

I received my Zevia sample kit from Moms Meet last week.  After searching for it at a few local stores with no luck, I checked the website and realized I had to go a little further to use my coupons.  When we found it we decided to try every flavor the store carried, so we bought 4 six packs .
My kids loved it.  I don't usually like them to drink soda so they thought this was great.
I also shared our samples with a neighbor who really cares about health and giving her girls natural products.  They were as excited to try Zevia as my kids were.
Each kid has their favorite flavor, my daughter likes the Black Cherry.
My son likes the Dr. Zevia.
And the youngest liked the Cola.
They were so excited to have some left over to take to school in their lunch, and because it is all natural I don't have to feel bad sending it!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Secret Hollow Book

On a rainy day this weekend, we decided to try making secret hollow books.  We went to the local thrift store and picked up a couple cheap, thick hardcovers.  After looking at a couple of tutorials from How To Do Stuff and The Art of Manliness.  This is how our project turned out.

It was a messy project and I will probably be vacuuming up paper for a week, but my kids love them!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Paracord Bracelets

My son saw some of these paracord bracelets for sale at the local Scout shop.  He wanted to buy one for $10.  I told him to wait and we would see if we could figure out how to make one on our own.  We found this great tutorial by Stormdrane.  All of the information is there.  Everything from where to buy the supplies to pictures of each step.  We were able to buy a bunch of different colors and my daughter loves making them for her brothers (she even chose some pink cord, pictured above, for herself)!  For less then $2 a bracelet, I think that we did pretty good!