DIY Bath Paint for Kids

By Michelle on September 15th, 2014

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Have you spent tons of money on buying fun things to do for your kids or grandkids in the bath tub? With all the fancy toys, coloring crayons, paints etc they have on the market now. You could probably spend a pretty penny on just bath entertainment for kids alone. Here is a fun, quick, and of course frugal way to letting your kids have some bath time fun, and saving your money. Mommy is happy = Everyone is happy.

DIY Bath Paint for Kids

Needed:

1. Inexpensive Shaving Cream – buy whatever is on sale, or get some at your local Dollar Store.

2. Food Coloring

Directions:

1. Mix chosen food coloring into a small bowl of shaving cream. Or if you are going to make up more than one color a muffin tin works perfectly.

2. Give to child to have fun.

That’s it! How simple was that!!!!

Have fun!

DIY 5-Minute Fashion Pearl Statement Necklace

By Jess on September 15th, 2014

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Statement necklaces are so popular right now, and the pearl ones are super expensive. They are obviously faux, but even then, they can be upwards of $30 or more. Make them into a statement necklace by yourself with just a few inexpensive pieces that you can find at craft stores, thrift stores, or even around the house in only 5 minutes! Thanks to A Matter of Style for the super cute tutorial!

What You’ll Need:

  • Two pearl necklaces about 26″ long (or a long string of pearls cut into two 26″ long strands and a double string clasp, both from craft stores)
  • Two fashion costume rings (at least one adjustable in size)
  • 2 pieces of metallic wire

Directions:

  1. Put a strand of pearls through one of the rings (doubled up). Then put the other necklace through the same ring, so there are four lines of pearls through one ring.
  2. Do the same on the opposite side of the strands with the other ring.
  3. Fasten the rings to the strings with the metallic wire.
  4. If you are making the necklace yourself, attach the strings to the clasp, otherwise make sure that the necklace is long enough to fit over your head.
  5. Wear the necklace and keep the rings slightly asymmetrical, one lower than the other.

DIY Threaded Rhinestone Hoop Earrings

By Jess on September 13th, 2014

DIY Flossed Rhinestone Hoop Earrings

You can buy your own pair of fun threaded rhinestone earrings for $5-$15 each pair, but that gives you just ONE pair. If you want to get a pair for many different outfits or for different seasons, then you’ll go broke! Spend a few minutes and make them yourself with this tutorial from Just B.

What You’ll Need:

  • Rhinestone chain (can be purchased at art supply or craft stores)
  • Hoop earrings (in the same metal color as whatever the rhinestone chain comes on)
  • Embroidery floss (whichever color you’d like!)
  • Hot glue gun

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Directions:

  1. Cut the rhinestone chain into 2 strips of the length of about half of the hoop earring.
  2. Lightly apply hot glue to the rhinestone chain and place onto the bottom half of the hoop (or if you’d like to show more rhinestone, then put it more toward the front of the hoop). Doesn’t need to be neat since the thread will be going over the glued part.
  3. Tie a knot around the earring on the BACK of the hoop with the floss. Put it between the first 2 rhinestones.
  4. Wrap the floss between each rhinestone (back and forth) making sure to wrap the side of the floss that sticks out from the knot back into the rhinestones. You don’t want to cut the end because the floss will unravel.
  5. When you reach the end, switch directions and go back toward the other side of the rhinestone chain. This should cover the whole chain.
  6. When you’re back to the other end, double knot the end of the floss and snip. Since this is the back of the earring, it will be barely noticeable.
  7. Put them on -TAH-DAH!!! Makes a great gift. So easy you could make DOZENS of them.

Recipe: Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes

By Jess on September 13th, 2014

Oreo Peanut Butter Brownies

These VERY yummy little brownie cupcakes are so easy to make, you may never go back to regular brownies or cupcakes again. Make them for your next party or potluck! Big thanks to FoodSnots on Instructables for the recipe! Ingredients:

  • 1 box brownie mix, 8×8 inch size
  • 24 Oreo Cookies
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 muffin cup baker with paper liners and spray generously with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions, then spoon just enough brownie batter to cover the bottom of the liners completely.
  3. Spread a teaspoon of peanut butter over 2 Oreo cookies, stack them, then place them in the lined cups. Repeat.
  4. Spoon 2 tablespoons of brownie batter over each of the stacked Oreos and let it run down the sides of the cookies.
  5. Bake cookies and brownies for about 14 minutes or until brownies are cooked through (don’t be fooled by the “shiny” top, they may already be baked fully).
  6. Let cool completely then serve or store in an airtight container with a slice of bread to keep them moist for up to a week.

DIY Elastic FOE Headbands Tutorial

By Jess on September 11th, 2014

DIY Elastic FOE Headband Tutorial

You can either spend $3 or more for one headband on Etsy or other shop, OR you can follow my directions to make adult and/or children’s sized elastic headbands for about $1 or less and in the design of color of your choice. I chose to do it on my own when I found an epic deal on Frozen and Disney Princess FOE for literally less than $1 per yard shipped on a Groopdealz or Jane steal, so I had to figure it out to surprise my girls and use my own pictures as the tutorial!  The headbands literally took me less than 2 minutes to make 2-3 and look exactly like what you buy at the stores – and this is my first time making them :)

You can also make your own elastic hair ties with the tutorial I posted previously, and you can make ties with leftover FOE.

Note: Some shops take a long time to ship, so order in plenty of time if you are (or your child is) going to need to wear the headband for a special occasion.

What You’ll Need:

  • Fold Over Elastic (FOE) ordered with the designs or colors you want (1 headband: 18″ for big kids & adults, 16″ for baby/toddler)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Optional: Lighter or matches

Directions:

  1. Gather all supplies and decide which sized headbands you are making – adults and kids 4+ wear 18-in long FOE, while toddlers and babies wear 16-in long FOE. Use your best judgement on each. It’s better to cut too long then crop down than to cut too short and have to make them into hair ties.
  2. Measure out your first length of FOE. DO NOT STRETCH THE ELASTIC WHILE MEASURING! This will make the length inaccurate. Double check the length measurement again, then cut the elastic.
  3. Using the elastic you just cut as your guide, cut as many pieces of the FOE as you’d like to make into headbands.
  4. Fold in half the first headband and line up the edges. If they aren’t straight, cut them into a straight line.
  5. Now is the time you can decide to use a lighter or a match to melt the edges together to prevent fraying in the future. I didn’t do it, but I may choose to do it later.
  6. Holding both ends, tie the headband ends together as closely to the end as you can and tighten into as small of a knot as you can.
  7. Repeat 4-6 until you are finished with all your headbands. This should only take you a few minutes to make 10 or more headbands!

20+ Recipes for Homemade Flavored Coffee Creamer

By richel on September 11th, 2014

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My hubby and I love coffee in the morning with that lovely and oh so expensive flavored coffee creamer.  It is super expensive and it seems that prices are continuing to rise.  You can make this for just over 1/2 the cost of those that you buy in the store.  If you can grab the ingredients on sale, grab it for less than half the cost.

Ingredients for the Base:

  • 14oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 3/4 cup milk or cream (whole, lowfat, skim, almond, soy, heavy cream, half & half etc – whatever your preference, however the more fat, the more creaminess)

Then you need to choose which is your flavor choice.  If the flavor your choose has an ingredant that is powdered (like cinnamon or cocoa) then heat about 1.2 cup of the base and disolve the power in that first…it helps so that your creamer is not grainy!

Choose Your Flavor

French Vanilla Creamer

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR vanilla coffee syrup (most grocery stores have this now where they sell coffee or get it at Stabucks)

Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (vanilla extract will not work)

Chocolate

  • 2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup (any brand, I like Hershey’s)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Almond

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

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Recipe: Apple Pie “French Fries”

By Jess on September 9th, 2014

Apple Pie French Fies

Okay, so maybe these Apple Pie “French Fries” aren’t the healthiest snack, but how cute are they? They look like real French fries with salt and shape. These would be really fun to have at a birthday party. The recipe below from Oh Bite It! serves 25-30 “fries”, so you may need more than that for parties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (2 ct., but brand doesn’t matter)
  • 1.5 cups of Apple Pie Filling
  • 1 Egg
  • Sparkle sugar for sprinkling “salt” onto the fries
  • Caramel sauce and/or ice cream for dipping
  • Optional: Food processor, Decorative edge roll-cutter

Directions:

  1. Chop up apple pie filling as best as you can, or use food processor and save tons of time.
  2. Unroll the 2 pie crusts. On 1 of the crusts, spread the apple filling around leaving 1/8″ at edge, then lightly press the other crust onto the top of it to secure it.
  3. Make egg wash by combining an egg with a splash of water.
  4. Brush egg wash across the entire top of the crust and sprinkle with the sparkle sugar.
  5. Cut the crust into  1/2″ strips then again into “fries” shape and size. Place very carefully onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350-degrees for 12 minutes or until slightly golden and firm.
  7. Serve with caramel and/or ice cream for dipping.

Fall Owl Wreath Tutorial

By Jess on September 9th, 2014

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Try something new for your Fall decorations this year by making this simple owl wreath from Country Living. Here’s how:

Wreath base: Wrap burlap ribbon around a 16″ Styrofoam wreath form.

Eyes:

  1. For the first eye, using utility scissors, cut a 5″ circle from a sisal linen doormat.
  2. Trim a 2″ strip from the edge of a raffia table skirt, then hot glue along the outer edge.
  3. Next, hot glue the outer ring of a 4 1/2″-inch Mason jar lid inside the raffia, securing it to the sisal circle.
  4. Hot glue a metal bottle cap at the center of the ring and glue the circle with dried pumpkin seeds.
  5. Hot-glue a red wood bead inside bottle cap.
  6. Repeat for second eye.

Wings: Cut two 8″x 5″ teardrop shaped pieces from the sisal linen doormat.

Beak: Cut a 3″ triangle from the doormat, then hot glue with dried pumpkin seeds.

Assembly: In this order, attach the beak, then the eyes, and then wings, with hot glue. Enjoy your new Fall wreath!

DIY Cloth & Disposable Baby Wipes Tutorial

By Jess on September 5th, 2014

DIY Cloth & Disposable Baby Wipes Tutorial

Did you know the average parent uses 4,400 baby wipes and spends $150 or more EVERY YEAR on a baby? That alone is crazy, but also a majority of baby wipes aren’t biodegradable, so they are harmful to the environment. Also, they can contain chemicals like chlorine, synthetic preservatives, fragrances, and dioxin. To save money, baby’s skin, and the environment, you can make your own washable wipes with just a few ingredients and cloths.
See below for DISPOSABLE wipes directions.

What You’ll Need:

  • 15-20 pieces of  approx. 10″x 10″ cloth cut from old receiving blankets or shirts (many use husband’s old white undershirts)
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 cup baby wash
  • 2 tsp baby oil
  • Plastic container with lid or old plastic wipes container OR Spray bottle
  • Optional: Lavender oil for fragrance
    Note: Other recipes use  ingredients like aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar, other essential oils, soap, and more. Experiment with what you like best.

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, add ingredients and mix gently. 
  2. Next you have the choice:
    1. In the container to store wipes, stack all the cloth into it, pour the mixture over them, then close the lid, OR
    2. Put the mixture into a spray bottle, then just spray baby’s bottom and use a clean, dry cloth to wipe them clean.
  3. When wipes are dirty, store in a plastic or wetbag, then wash with cloth diapers or as a load by themselves.

If you do not want to use cloth/reusable wipes, or you want to have disposable ones in case of really big messes, you can put all the ingredients in a large cylindrical container with a lid (i.e., washed out cleaning wipes container, like Clorox wipes, or cleaned 4 qt ice cream container), mix the ingredients, take the cardboard out of the center of a roll of paper towel of your choice and place the paper into the solution. Cover the container, shake to get the ingredients into the whole paper towel.

DIY Recycled T-Shirt Bag Tutorial

By Jess on September 5th, 2014

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This GENIUS and nearly free recycled t-shirt bag from One Good Thing by Jillee and Instructables would be a fun thing to make for gifts, to use at the grocery store, or just to carry a lunch instead of a paper bag.

What You’ll Need:

  • Heavy weight cotton T-shirt (heavy weight fabric is best)
  • 3- 5 straight pins
  • Pencil or pen
  • Dinner plate
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Here is a picture tutorial. If you want the full step-by-step tutorial, visit Instructables.

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