Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's Been A While...

So sorry I haven't posted in a while.... I have been extremely busy (and lazy lol).. also I have been out of town. I went to Kentucky this past weekend for a family reunion.. and boy did we have a blast! We had family there from Chicago, Fort Payne, Memphis, and Arkansas. It was so great seeing family that I haven't seen in a long time and also meeting family I had never met. Bentley sure did have a great time... He didn't sleep very well, but he was super friendly and rode extremely well. I oculdn't have asked for a better child! Anyways, I have still been working on a few crafts and I can't wait to finish them so I can post them on here for all of you to see! Hopefully, by this evening I can have one of them finished.. but I really doubt it lol. Something that I have been working on is a "vision board" for our home. I have been making this so my husband and I can "improve" our home and make it how we want it. It is only a little over a year old, but there are tons of things we want to do to it. We are almost finished fencing in the backyard, getting the ditch in front of our house tiled so we can extend our yard, and hopefully going to get our fountain/pond done next weekend (wish we could do it this weekend, but Joey's family is coming in for a reunion). Some other things I have on our board are building an arbor type thing over our back patio so we can use it more, getting grass to grow and planting flowers/a small garden, and finally finding the perfect furniture for our porches ( joe and I hardly agree on things like this lol). Hopefully before long, I can get some of things accomplished and put on here... I really suggest making a "vision board" for whatever you want- whether it be yourself, your children, your home, etc.- so you can see your goals and it makes it easier for you to reach/accomplish them! I hope everyone has a great day! Enjoy the first day of summer and the longest day of the year :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Coupons and Savings

So, my wonderful husband got up early this morning and went to get my papers. He got me 2 Huntsville Times and 2 Chattanooga papers (no, we don't steal lol) He got home and said to check the HT bc people have been complaining about not getting their coupons... evidently, someone has been stealing them at the warehouse where Huntsville stores them here in S'boro. Mine weren't in there, so you can bet tomorrow I will be calling them bc I don't pay $3.00++ to not get anything lol Anyways, I am doing this post bc I have had tons of people ask me about saving money, coupons, etc. I posted this on Facebook, so if you are my friend on there, you have prolly seen it :)

So, I have had tons of people ask me for sites for coupons, freebies, etc. Just to make it easier on myself I will just put them in a note so anyone can see and use them. I'm not a pro at this but I have been saving money and getting freebies in the mail :)
www.extremecouponing.com (this may not be the right site, but look them up on fb)
www.allyou.com (great magazine with toooons of coupons!)
www.heyitsfree.net (might be .com but I think this is right)
These are just a few. Some advice from myself is:
1. set up an email address only for coupons/freebies bc majority of the time they ask for email.
2. do what feels right for you. If you want to use a binder, box, accordian file, etc. do what you like, not what others do/use.
3. if you can't find a coupon you need, use google. Just put in EX: free printable coupons for gerber baby food
(you can't go wrong with google lol)
4. Alot of people have said set up a special FB for "liking" places, but I didn't... once again do what you want.
5. "LIKE" brands, stores, sites, etc on facebook.... they keep you updated and often give coupons and freebies to their fans :)
That's about all that I have, but if you have any questions please let me know! I'm def not a pro, but I'm kind of addicted to this stuff now... no I don't dumpster dive, beg for coupons, or hoard up stuff lol I'm just trying to save money for my family so I am able to stay home with my sweet baby boy!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fun Things For Father's Day

Good afternoon! Yesterday, after I finished with my latest post, I thought about doing another one last night on some things you may want to get for Father's Day... but with an almost 10 month you never know when you will get a little time to do something (the only reason I'm getting this done now is bc he is napping lol) Anyways, yesterday I ordered 2 free father's day cards and brought my terra cotta pots in to paint so my husband can make us a fountain (suuuuuper excited about that :D) Anywho, thought I would share some of those sites with you, so you can get in on the "goodies" too!

www.tinyprints.com Make your card and use code FREEFD totally free, personalized card! (I love this site and they have great customer service! I ordered a mother's day card that never arrived, so I called them. They gave me 5 free credits and resent the card)

www.cardstore.com  use code FREECARD

I plan making another post later about some fun ways to spruce up things/places in your household without spending tons of money... I'm about to get started on some of them myself and I'm beyond excited! Hopefully, pics will come soon with some of the posts so you can see if you would like to try them or not!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Few Things For Your Household

Hello All! Today is my first day back to the "real" world after a nice, family weekend at the beach with my boys. We had an amazing time... beautiful weather, visit with my brother-in-law that lives in Pensacola, and of course, some shopping :) Bentley did not particularly care for the sand or the waves, but we all enjoyed the pool and most of all, spending time together. I decided while I was away, I would come home and post a blog about some things you can make and use in your household. I have some recipes for homemade laundry detergent, baby wash, and a few others. I hope that you all will try them and enjoy them. They are very easy and work extremely well. Plus, it will save you money and who doesn't want that?!?

Foaming Tear-Free Shampoo

What You’ll Need:

Empty Foaming Soap Dispenser {Bath & Body Works, Dial, Johnson’s, etc.}

Tear-Free Shampoo

What You’ll Do:

Clean out your empty foaming soap dispenser

Then… add about 1 inch of Shampoo to the dispenser…

Fill the bottle the rest of the way up with water {leaving a little room at the top}

Then, gently turn side to side to mix together.

There you have it ~ you’re all done… and that was seriously easy!

Give it a try ~ it’s a simple way to save $$ and stretch your dollars on Tear-Free Shampoo!

Homemade Laundry Detergent  
   What You'll Need
1/2 Cup: Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda {not Baking Soda}
1/2 Cup: Borax {print a coupon here}
1/3 Bar of Fels-Naptha Soap {you could also use Ivory soap, but if using Ivory… use the whole bar}
Bucket {2 gallon size or larger}
Empty laundry detergent containers or bucket with lid to store detergent.
What You’ll Do:
Grate 1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha Soap (or Ivory) over large pot or saucepan…
Add 6 cups of Water.
Heat over medium-high until soap dissolves and melts.
Add Washing Soda & Borax, and stir until dissolved.
Remove from heat and set aside.
Pour 4 cups Hot Water into bucket, then add Soap Mixture.
Stir, then add 1 Gallon + 6 Cups of additional water. Stir.
Transfer to a bucket with a lid, or pour into empty laundry detergent containers.
Set aside, and let it sit overnight, or up to 24 hours, to thicken and gel up.
Consistency and color will vary depending on your soap & water ~ it may be lumpy and watery… kind of like a watery gel, but it works great!
Stir or shake before each use, as it will continue to gel.
Good job… you did it!
Don’t forget… to save more money, you can cut your dryer sheets in half and make Homemade Fabric Softener!
How Much Will it Cost?
Borax, 76 oz. box ~ $2.98 at Wal-Mart
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, 55 oz. box ~ $2.99 at Kroger/Fry’s.
Fels-Naptha Bar of Soap ~ $1.79 at Kroger/Fry’s.
Total Cost to make around 2 gallons: About $1.00!!
This recipe makes a low-sudsing detergent, and I know several people who use it in their HE machines, too! 

Homemade Fabric Softener

What You’ll Need:

6 cups HOT water
3 cups white vinegar
2 cups Suave Refreshing Waterfall Conditioner {or other favorite scent}
What You’ll Do:
Mix conditioner & hot water well, until conditioner is dissolved completely.
Add the vinegar, and mix well.
Store in a large container {empty fabric softener container, empty large vinegar bottle, etc}
Pour into a downy ball… or the fabric softener spot in your laundry machine… then wash!

Homemade 409
What You'll Need:
2 Tbsp. Distilled White Vinegar
1 Tsp. Borax
1/8 cup Dawn Dishsoap
1 cup Hot Water
Triggered Spray Bottle {16 oz.}
What You'll Do:
Pour vinegar, borax and hot water into spray bottle.
Then continue filling spray bottle with cool water.
Add Dawn Dishsoap last. {no need to shake}
It’s as easy as that!

Glass Cleaner
What You’ll Need:
1 cup Water
1/4 cup White Vinegar
2 to 3 drops Dawn Dish Soap
Empty Spray Bottle
Combine water, white vinegar, and dawn dish soap in an empty spray bottle, and… that’s it! You’ve just made Homemade Glass Cleaner!

How to Save $$ on Dishwasher Rinse Aid   
  fill your rinse aid dispenser with white vinegar. Vinegar does a great job at removing spots and disinfecting, too!

 Homemade Weed Killer   
 Simply fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, and spray generously on all parts of the weed ~ leaves and root area.
The combination of the vinegar and sunshine will make those stinky weeds shrivel up!
Be careful to spray only on the weeds you want to kill, and keep away from your plants that you want to live!

Dryer Sheets
One way to save money on dryer sheets, ir by cutting them in half. I do this everytime I use dryer sheets, and it still works the same and gives the same fragrance! My husband thinks I'm silly, but oh well lol (love you babe!)

***A few other things that I have read is to not use the recommended amount of laundry detergent on your clothes. Use half of it, because the manufacturers are making it so strong now that it can discolor or ruin your clothing.
*** You can always use a shower curtain to hang and dry clothes on to cut on electric bills. (or hang a clothes line)

Hope this helps and works for you!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Letter "W"

Ok, so I thought I would post a new blog on something that I got finished yesterday. I'm so excited about it bc I finally have one I'm in love with.... and that's bc I made it :) I have searched and searched for a door hanger with our last initial... needless to say, I have found some I really like for $50+++ dollars. AND I THINK NOT LOL so I finally made one... for dirt cheap. My husband like the gree and white, so I figured bright colors for summer! Hope you guys like it!