milk and cookies for santa

Christmas, DIY, Food, Gift Ideas, Household, Parties

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies….

Comments Off on Cookies, Cookies, Cookies…. 20 December 2016

Here are some great resources for last minute Christmas cookies for Santa – and for cookies all week long between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  I am going to a New Year’s Day party potluck and believe me,I’ll be bringing a plate of some of these along… Three ingredient cookies: King Arthur Flour guide to […]

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Santa Mugs

Christmas, DIY, Gift Ideas, Parties, Shopping, Thrift Stores, Uncategorized

My Dollar Store Christmas Party

Comments Off on My Dollar Store Christmas Party 20 December 2016

I just hosted a very nice holiday cookie party. I have been doing this party with the same group of women for years and years – each year at a different house. This year it was at mine – and because I do not have a lot of storage space right now, I do not […]

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Christmas gift cards

Christmas, Gift Ideas, Shopping

Great Deals Happening Right Now!

Comments Off on Great Deals Happening Right Now! 20 December 2016

Here are some awesome deals happening right now… Starbucks Reward Members who have the Starbucks App: Link a Visa checkout account to your Starbucks app.   Load $10 and Visa Checkout and Starbucks will match you $10.  Offer Good until 12/22 . Here’s how: Whole Foods App: Lots of interesting deals when you sign in, the best being $5 off […]

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woman holding a cactus

DIY, Gardening, Gift Ideas, Green, Household, Thrift Stores

Mini Succulent Garden in a Mug

Comments Off on Mini Succulent Garden in a Mug 10 February 2016

Make a fun DIY succulent container garden using an ordinary dish like a cup or a mug! If you frequent thrift stores, chances are you could find a mug with a heart on it for Valentine’s Day, or Christmas or birthday themed mugs for a great gift. Or just imagine a collection of these on […]

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Spring wreath

Decorating, DIY, Garage Sales, Gift Ideas, Household, Thrift Stores

Five Minute Dollar Tree Spring Wreath

Comments Off on Five Minute Dollar Tree Spring Wreath 06 May 2015

This cute little spring wreath literally takes five minutes and delivers a big impact. It’s also possible to find artificial flowers on sale at craft stores and at thrift stores.

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DIY Gift Box

DIY, Gift Ideas, Hobbies, Tips

DIY Gift Box

1 Comment 29 June 2014

This is just the greatest idea – a DIY Gift Box.  You can use all sorts of interesting papers – like wallpaper samples, gift wrap, the comic strips, old maps, just to name a few. The video is very clear and easy to follow – have fun!

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cookie mix in a jar

Food, Gift Ideas, Green, Household, Kitchen, Tips

15 Uses For Glass Jars

Comments Off on 15 Uses For Glass Jars 15 March 2013

Glass jars are easy to clean, readily accessible, come in multipile sizes and are usually free (If you buy them already filled with food). Writer Erika Kerekes blogs about 15 uses for glass jars, including storage, cooking, mixing, and baking. I want to add four more uses: Sprouting: I have used old jars for sprouting beans. […]

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Christmas, DIY, Gift Ideas

Green Gift Wrapping Ideas

Comments Off on Green Gift Wrapping Ideas 05 December 2012

In the case of gift wrapping, being green equals savings.  You can wrap with recycled items like comic strips, architectural drawings, calendars, magazines, or brown paper bags.  You can also use other items, like re-usable shopping bags, beach towels, scarves to wrap your gifts.  My gift wrap of preference are gift bags, because I can […]

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Christmas, Gift Ideas

Eco and Budget Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Comments Off on Eco and Budget Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas 04 December 2012

This article talks about using recycled materials for gift wrapping. A cousin of mine works for an architectural firm and uses discarded plans for gift wrap.  They look spectacular.  One idea that I saw in another article suggests using dish towels as wrapping paper, which would be a terrific idea, especially if you were giving […]

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Christmas, DIY, Gift Ideas, Hobbies

DIY Sewing Patterns for Christmas

Comments Off on DIY Sewing Patterns for Christmas 30 November 2012

It’s not too late to start creating gifts for Christmas – it’s a great activity in the evening, it’s peaceful and calming. And although a sewing machine is handy, it is not necessary for every project. While surfing the net, I found this great compendium of DIY sewing patterns for Christmas. This Felt Flower Barrette […]

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Bills, Christmas, Events, Finance, Gift Ideas, Household, Kids, Money, Shopping

Five Reasons to Skip Layaway

Comments Off on Five Reasons to Skip Layaway 27 September 2012

“Layaway has been making a comeback since the recession. In fact, it’s been in the headlines recently because several stores that offer this installment-payment program are reducing or dropping layaway service fees.” Layaway can seem like a great idea for the holidays. You can start your shopping now,  take advantage of great deals on store […]

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Freebies, Gift Ideas, Home Business

How To Make Your Own Cards

Comments Off on How To Make Your Own Cards 17 May 2012

Interested in making your own cards right off your printer? Red River Paper has tutorials, templates, instructions and even a cost calculator for figuring out your cost per card.

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Gift Ideas, Recipes

Cookie Mix in a Jar Recipes

Comments Off on Cookie Mix in a Jar Recipes 08 May 2012

A really great gift idea which is practical and thrifty are cookie mixes in a jar.  They are really suitable for all occasions and you can customize them for personal taste and for food allergies / sensitivities. Personally, I am a big fan of gifts that I can actually use, and cookie mixes are definitely […]

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Events, Freebies, Gift Ideas, Mother's Day

Mother’s Day DIY Gift

Comments Off on Mother’s Day DIY Gift 08 May 2012

Mother’s Day is almost here, and it doesn’t have to be an expensive outlay to please mom.  We liked this particular article because it came with a free downloadable template for “all about mom” which your child can fill in.  Wouldn’t it be fun to do this every year and keep them in a scrapbook? […]

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