How to Make a Hair Bow Picture Frame Holder

By Extreme Couponing Rudy on July 29th, 2014
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Picture via Thrifty NW Mom

Here is what you will need:

  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (enough to cover the picture frame)
  • Spools of ribbon (all sizes & textures)
  • Spray paint (your choice of color)
  • A sturdy picture frame

*Choose whatever size you want, I chose a big one because we have so many bows to put on it.  I also have several smaller ones throughout the house.  The basic wooden frames at the dollar store will work if you want to keep it simple.  I found mine at a thrift store and it was falling apart when I bought it.  See pic*

*You will also notice my fabric and ribbon aren’t matchy matchy :)  You can choose a theme color, or you can be crazy.  Ex. Hot pink and Zebra.

  

Here is a picture of my picture frame before I did any work to it.  Yes, it was falling apart when I bought it!  I still knew it would work for what I wanted.

The first thing you want to do is take your frame apart and sand it.  After you sand it and wipe it down, spray paint it.  I gave mine several coats and because it was an old frame with a lot of dings in it, I used a sand paper strip to give it a distressed looked after the paint dried.

The next step is to get your fabric and cut it to size.  Place the fabric on the ground and place the inside of the frame (whether it’s the cardboard, glass, or wood) on top.  You want to leave a few inches all the way around so it will fold over to the back where you will hot glue it into place.

After you have cut fabric, make sure the front of the fabric is facing the ground.  Have the inside of the picture frame on top and start to hot glue.  You will go through several hot glue sticks depending on the size of your frame.  Put the glue on the edge and press the fabric to it.

Once the hot glue has dried and the fabric is secured, you can start putting the ribbon on.  The purpose of the ribbon is for the hair bows to clip to it for show.  You can place the ribbon horizontally, vertically, crisscrossed, or all of the above.  Be creative.  I did my ribbon crazy!  Place a dab of hot glue on the back, put the end of the ribbon on it, then bring it across the front.  Put another dab of glue on back and place the other end of the ribbon on it.  Repeat this step until the frame is full of ribbon running across the front.

Place the center back into the frame and secure it.  If you are using a small frame, place extra fabric or felt on the back to cover          the ribbon ends.  (It gives it a polished look!)

Now you are ready to add the bows!  Check out my hair bow tutorials so you can constantly add to your collection!

  

Recipe: Lemon-Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

By Jess on July 28th, 2014

Lemon-Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread Recipe

For a refreshing change from regular zucchini bread, bake this lemon-poppy seed version from Southern Living Magazine. It’s perfect for summer and rated 5-stars!

Ingredients (Makes three 5- x 3-inch loaves):

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each egg is added.
  2. Stir together flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in zucchini and next 2 ingredients. Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 5×3-inch disposable aluminum foil loaf pans (about 1 1/3 cups batter per pan).
  3. Bake at 325° for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Picture via Living Rancho Deluxe.

Homemade Air Freshener Gel

By Jess on July 27th, 2014

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This homemade air freshener gel is so easy to make and would make a great gift!

What You’ll Need:

  • 3-4  jars, capable of holding 1/2-cup of fluid each (this site used 4  baby food jars which hold 1/2 cup of mixture)
  • Food Coloring
  • Essential Oil or Room Fragrance drops
  • 2 cups of water, divided into two 1 cup amounts
  • 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • Kitchen equipment: whisk, a pan to boil water, funnel, and spoons

Directions:

  1. Pour a few drops of food coloring into each jar.
  2. Pour 1 teaspoon (minimum) of essential oil into each jar. The more you pour, the stronger the scent.
  3. Bring 1 cup of water to a rapid boil.
  4. Add all 4 of the gelatin to the water and whisk until fully dissolved (about 1 minute).
  5. Add the other cup of water to the pan and the salt. Stir to dissolve the salt.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the mixture into the jars within a couple of minutes of removing from the heat.
  7. Use a funnel to pour an equal amount into each jar.
  8. Stir the mixture quickly before it solidifies.
  9. Let cool and solidify for at least 24 hours. The gel air freshener should last between 4-6 weeks and you can do it again!

Thanks to Instructables for the awesome idea and instructions!

Homemade 3-Ingredient Toilet Bowl Cleaner

By Jess on July 26th, 2014

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A lot of people use bleach or other cleaners in their bathroom, but some feel that they want to control the ingredients they use around their families. By combining the fizzy power of baking soda and tea tree oil in this toilet bowl cleaner recipe from All You, you can clean your toilet naturally, in about 2 minutes, and spend almost nothing (only $.48 per cleaning)!

What You’ll Need:

Directions:

  1. Pour baking soda directly into the toilet. Immediately add oil  then vinegar—in that order exactly.
  2. Let water fizz for several minutes.
  3. Scrub bowl with brush until clean.
  4. Flush.

Recipe: Easy Jello Rainbow Cookies

By Jess on July 25th, 2014

Jello Cookies Recipe

These Jell-O rainbow cookies are such a hit with kids!  The cookie will take and become the flavor and color of the Jell-O you choose. Fun as a party snack and would be great for a party favor, too! Here is the super simple recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • pack of any flavor Jell-o or store brand gelatin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix together the butter, sugar, gelatin powder and eggs until creamy.
  3. Mix in rest of ingredients until fully blended.
  4. Roll dough into balls, place on a greased cookie sheet, and flatten balls with a fork.
  5.  Bake for 6-8 min and enjoy!

Homemade Weed Killer Recipe

By Jess on July 24th, 2014

Homemade Weed Killer Recipe

Depending on where you live, weeds are a really big nuisance and buying weed killer can start costing you a lot over the summer season, especially ones that are safe around kids and dogs. Here’s one that you can make at home that has a lot of positive reviews.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Gallon of Vinegar
  • 2 cups of Epson Salt
  • 1/4 cup Original Blue Dawn Dish Soap

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large container by stirring so it will have less suds.
  2. Pour into a spray bottle or watering can.
  3. Pour or spray the weed killer over the weeds in the morning after the dew has dried. By evening, the weeds should be dead or wilted significantly.

Homemade Orange Cream Pops

By richel on July 23rd, 2014

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When I spied these yummy pops this morning on Pinterest, I almost fell over.  I had found this recipe last year, tried it, loved it and then lost the link to the site!  I was so excited to see it pop up today on one of the pages that I follow.

These are so good.  I mean, you will want to eat a couple of them good!  Make sure you let them freeze really well before you serve them!  Thanks to OvenLove for the great post…and to whom ever out there in the Pinterest landscape for pinning it for the world to see! I made a slight change to the recipe but it is good either way!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice (fresh or frozen. you could also use orange juice concentrate for a stronger orange flavor)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (you could also substitute melted/very soft vanilla ice cream, Dreyer’s Slow churn works really well)
  • 3 tablespoons honey, use a mild flavored honey sage or wild flower is best
  • ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (you can also use vanilla bean paste…it’s amazing!)
  • 3/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips (optional but amazing)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Then add the chips if you are using them.
  2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds. Let set for 30-60 minutes, then add popsicle sticks. Freeze for another 4-6 hours or until frozen.
  3. When you’re ready to serve, run some warm water along your popsicle mold to loosen the popsicles and serve immediately.

One of my friends melted the chocolate chips and then coated the insides of the popsicle molds with melted chocolate drizzles before pouring in the mixture.  This also worked well!

Make Your Own Make Up Remover

By richel on July 22nd, 2014

homemade eye make up remover

Removing your makeup can be be a pain and some of those products just seem to dry your skin out. This gentle recipe is great for removing your makeup with out being irritating. Use cotton balls or a washcloth with the makeup remover and rub very gently to remove all the makeup off your face.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups warm  water
  • 1-2 Tbsp of liquid coconut oil (not the same measurement as in its solid form)
  • Face wash soap or baby body wash
  • Container  for storage

Directions:

  1. Start by pouring warm water into the storage container.
  2. Add a tbsp. (or two) of coconut oil that has been melted in it’s liquid state.
  3. Next, add a squirt of face wash and stir everything together.
  4. You may need to shake the container before each use, but it will keep for several months.

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe

By Jess on July 21st, 2014

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Its finally warm outside and the kids can get all their energy out by playing outside. Use this to your advantage and your whole family can make ice cream in bags by running around! Note: This recipe is enough for ONE serving, so you’ll need all of the listed ingredients for each person.

Ingredients & Other Things You’ll Need:

  • Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup salt (The bigger the granules, the better. Kosher or rock salt works best, but table salt is fine.)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint-size ziplock bag (this can also be done in tupperware type containers)
  • 1 gallon-size ziplock bag
  • Your favorite ice cream toppings or ingredients, like chocolate chips, cereal, fruit, marshmallows, etc.

Directions:

  1. Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag and seal it tightly. Double check it’s sealed completely.
  2. Place the salt and ice in the gallon-size bag, then place the sealed smaller bag inside as well. Seal the larger bag. Now shake the bags and/or have the kids run around while shaking their bags until the mixture hardens which is about 5 minutes. Feel the small bag to check when it’s hardened enough.
  3. Take the smaller bag out of the larger one, add toppings, and eat the ice cream right out of the bag. Toss the bag when you’re done eating – super easy cleanup!

Recipe: Creamy 3-Ingredient Nutella Popsicles

By Jess on July 20th, 2014

Recipe Creamy Nutella Popsicle

Change up the ice or fruit popsicles and makes these SUPER easy Creamy Nutella Popsicles instead. Just make sure you have popsicle molds (you can even get them at some dollar stores!), a blender, and patience to wait for them to harden in the mold. Thanks to 52 Kitchen Adventures for the recipe!

Ingredients: (Makes 3 Popsicles, so you will probably want to double the ingredients)

  • 1 cup of Cool Whip (or other whipped topping)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 3 Tbsp of Nutella

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Process until blended.
  2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze for several hours (overnight or from morning until evening are easiest way to know they’re fully frozen), serve and enjoy.