DIY Spa Day Gift Basket Ideas

There’s nothing like a gift basket to make someone feel cherished. And these spa day gift basket ideas can make your gift recipient feel both cherished and grateful. It seems these days that life is so very busy–for everyone! Use …

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How I Re-Grouted My Shower For Under $50

WARNING: Gross mildew pictures ahead. If you are eating or are overly sensitive to disgusting things, you might want to skip this post.

For awhile now, I’ve been really discouraged about my shower.

You know you try this product or that to clean it, but it just NEVER looks clean? Well, that’s why I got it into my head about a week ago to re-grout and re-caulk the entire thing.

A little background, about me. I’m not a DIY’er. I usually leave tasks that involve trips to the Home Depot or power tools to the Husband. But I thought, “Angela, why don’t you do this yourself? It will be good for you. You might just learn something.” So that is exactly what I did.

I debated calling this post “How to re-grout your shower,” but it’s more “How I re-grouted my shower.” I’m not a pro (as you’ll soon discover), but my goal here today is to inspire you to take up a task or two around the house you’ve been putting off. It might not be so scary/hard/expensive as you thought.

How to Re-Grout and Re-Caulk Your Shower – Step by Step

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Yeah, folks. It was that bad. I don’t care what you say, all the baking soda, vinegar, bleach, or Scrubbing Bubbles ain’t gonna clean that.

So I started by removing all the caulking. This was a rather tedious project, but not difficult. I just used a razor and slipped it under the sides of the caulking.

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This was both disgusting and delightful at the same time. Disgusting, for the reasons you might imagine and delightful knowing I was actually finally addressing the root of the problem!

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Over the course of my blog, I’ve shared a few tutorials and recipes that would lend themselves well for Christmas and holiday gifts! Here are some of my favorites: Homemade Sugar Coffee Scrub. Easy and quick to make. Would make a …

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25 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Are you looking for some fun crafts to put together with your kids this Thanksgiving? If so, I’ve got a nice round-up of 25 different kid-friendly Thanksgiving crafts for you to consider! For the full tutorial for any of these, …

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15 LEGO Storage Ideas

If any of your children own LEGO bricks, then you know how difficult it can be to store all of those tiny little pieces. While some kits may come with boxes or a bag to store the leftover LEGO bricks …

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DIY Dollar Store Camping Kits for Kids!

Make your next trip extra special with these DIY Camping Kits for Kids – all using items from the dollar store!

DIY Camping Kits for Kids - from the Dollar Store!

DIY Camping Kits for Kids

I am all about memory making. It seems the older I get, the more I emphasize the importance of making memories with our kids.

I mean, I know we all have amazing cell phones and tablets and we use those devices diligently to capture our every moment…but, let’s face it…how often do we actually print those photos out for our later reminiscing enjoyment?

So, with that in mind, and an upcoming camping trip to Oregon, I started thinking about ways I could encourage the little ones (ages 10, 7 & 4) to capture their memories, old school style. Dollar Store, here I come!

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20 Pottery Barn Kids DIY Knock-Offs

Sure, you love Pottery Barn’s classic, clean style. But those Pottery Barn prices? Not so much.

To help, I’ve got a round-up of 20 adorable Pottery Barn Kid DIY knock-offs! Use these tutorials to make it yourself – and save a bundle of money in the process. The following projects vary by skill-level, but chances are there is something for everyone here.

To get the full tutorial of any of these, simply click the image or link.

DIY Pottery Barn Kids Nursery Mobile from julieblanner.com

DIY Pottery Barn Kids Step Stools from myfrugaladventures.com

DIY Moroccan Side Table Plans from rogueengineer.com

Personalized Sports Field Sign from infarrantlycreative.net

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Easy Mod Podge Vase Craft

My daughter wanted to make a small gift for her new teacher at the start of the year and I love this mod podge vase we came up with, and thought it would be fun to share with you! The best part is it doesn’t cost a lot of money or require a lot of supplies or skills.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Jars of any sort. We had a great big jar from Costco that was perfect, but really – any jar will do. Mason jars, pickle jars, food jars.
  • Tissue paper. You may have some already from your gift wrap closet. I bought a huge pack of 100 sheets for $6.99 from Hobby Lobby (plus, we used the 40% off one item coupon from their website.)
  • Mod Podge. You can find this popular glue-like liquid at most craft stores. I’ve even seen at Fred Meyer. I also see it’s for sale on Amazon at a pretty comparable price. (We used the glossy finish version.)
  • Brushes. We found the sponge brushes (pictured above), worked great. Hobby Lobby sold 4 in a pack for about $1.50.
  • Scissors. For cutting the tissue paper.

Start by clearing off a space to work. We used the kitchen counter which worked well!

Start by determining which colors you’d like to use for your vase. My daughter had an idea of doing all blues.

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How to Unclog a Sink {without Spending Money and without Using Chemicals}

Ah… the clogged sink. If you’re a homeowner, at some point or other you will most certainly deal with this nuisance. It may start slowly over time, until one day you realize you’ve got a sink full of dirty water that isn’t going anywhere!

If you have this problem, you have a few options. You could head for the store and buy a bottle of expensive (and really strong!) cleaners to try to get it out. I’ve also tried the route of using hot water, vinegar, and baking soda. While this natural method does certainly seem to alleviate the problem, it doesn’t tackle the root of it.

My husband has a very practical, straight-forward and effective way of dealing with sink clogs that I wanted to share with you today. It’s almost embarrassingly easy and best of all, frugal. I should warn you though: this cleaning project is not for the faint of heart! It is extremely satisfying in that you will get to the source of the problem but understand, that source is likely that nastiest bunch of nasty you’ve encountered in awhile. OK, disclosure over. Moving forward!

Start by setting up your space. Under your sink, remove any items around your drain pipes. Place down some old rags or towels and find a bucket or bowl to place under the drain. You are going to be removing the portion that bends in a “u” shape (see where my husband is pointing). 

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How to Make a Mason Jar Bug Catcher

My daughter has decided that bugs are very, very cool. So cool in fact that she hopes to become an entomologist when she grows up! For awhile now, she’s been begging to craft a bug catcher so she can trap and observe this special little creatures.

I figured that surely we could assemble something ourselves without a spendy trip to the craft store. I came up with a very simple, but fun solution that I wanted to share with you today using mason jars.

In fact, I bet you have most of these items lying around your house right now!

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How to Replace a Toilet Seat

Warning: the following post contains graphic, unsightly images of a very gross toilet. Viewer discretion is advised.

No matter what I’ve tried, nothing – and I mean nothing has been able to get my toilet seats nice and white again. I’ve tried so many products and I’ve even had a couple housecleaners come. It occurred to me recently, “hey, maybe I should just replace it!”

I started to think about the fact that the toilets are original to our house, which was built in 1994. That’s over 20 years old. I started to feel queasy. Before I bolted out the door, I made sure to note the current seat: it was oblong in shape and white, or almost off-white. Check.

I popped by my Fred Meyer store to peruse the selections. There were quite a number of choices. Some had fluffy padding. Others were wood. Some promised to close quietly and others still had toddler seats built into them.

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15 Nifty Uses for Shoe Organizers

Over the past year, I’ve noticed a number of post ideas using simple shoe organizers. Turns out, these nifty, inexpensive organizers can be used for more things than just shoes.

What do I mean by “shoe organizer,” exactly? Well, something like this one at Amazon for just under $10:

Now that you know what I’m referring to, I’d like to share a short collection of ideas for how you can use them to organize your home. Simply click through the links for the tutorial!

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How to Freeze Your Greens {and a couple ideas for how to use them!}

What do you do if you end up finding a tremendous deal on leafy greens or end up with a surplus from your garden? Well, one simple thing you can do is freeze them! Yes, that’s right – greens such as kale, collards, and spinach can be frozen.

I found several nice bunches of greens at my local grocery store recently – they had a few varieties of organic kale, plus rainbow chard, and spinach, all at very good prices, and I couldn’t resist.

Now there are two schools of thought when it comes to freezing greens. First, you can freeze them as-is, raw. This is going to be the easiest, quickest way to achieve your goal. The second way involves blanching them. This helps the greens last a bit longer in the freezer. As you’ll soon see, this method also helps reduce the space in the freezer your greens will take up.

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How We Made Our Summer Bored Jar

Summer Bored Jar

The kids have been getting excited about their upcoming summer break. However, it always seems after the first few days, the newness has worn off and the “b” word starts to get thrown around. BORED.

A few weeks ago, I found my kids had made their own individual “bored” jars with bits of paper they’d thrown into random jars. After a brief discussion, we decided to make one master family bored jar. It was a fun project and I wanted to share how we did it.

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After church, we stopped at the store where we bought a large box of craft sticks. Popsicle sticks could also work, but I liked how nice and wide the craft sticks were! They just had plain ones at our store, so we decided to paint them. However, you might be lucky and find the sticks in a variety of colors and then you could avoid this step.  

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The Time My Daughter Needed a Sloth Costume

How to Make Kids' Animal Costumes - Particularly if you're NOT Crafty!

About a month ago now, my daughter came home off the school bus with a big smile on her face. “Guess what, Mama? Our class is doing a play about animals, and I picked a sloth!”

This made me so very happy because if you know me, you know that my most favorite animal in the world is the sloth. And, I can proudly say I have loved them long before the hipsters did. (Friends that have known me since high school and college can verify!)

But then my daughter uttered these terrifying words… “and you need to make me a sloth costume.”

ACK?!

Now I can do crafts, but truth be told, I don’t particularly enjoy them. It’s even more pressure when your daughter’s potential happiness hinges on the outcome. A quick search for “sloth costumes” on Amazon produced this:

SLoth Costume

Yup, not quite what we’re looking for.

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How I Cleaned My Car’s Upholstery for Less Than $10

How I cleaned up car's upholstery for less than $10 - Shopping the Dollar Store

I drive the classic Mom Car. You know the type – it’s crusted with spilled drinks, the crumbs of fishy crackers,  and those annoying bits of black turf from soccer practice. Quite frankly, it’s almost always a hot mess. While I do periodically take the time to empty it out and vacuum it, the truth is it needed some more TLC than that.

The Internet is no short of solutions. Just head to Pinterest and you’ll see all these DIY type posts with make it yourself cleaners with oils or vinegar or Blue Dawn (which seems to be the cleaning solution to just about everything). Today I’d like to share what I decided on. Is it the most amazing car clean you’ve ever seen? Probably not. Will I be putting car detailers out of business? Unlikely. Are there products likely better than the ones I used? Sure.

But here’s what my method gets you: it’s cheap. REALLY cheap. In fact, just about everything I’m using in my post today I purchased at the Dollar Tree. This is a good kind of car cleaning method if you want good results that will make you feel a ton better about your car but you don’t want to pay squat for it.

Here’s what I picked up at the Dollar Tree to prep for my monster car clean sesh:

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Why this? Well, I found a comment someone left on a random YouTube video suggesting its use for car upholstery. At $1 a bottle, I decided it would be AWESOME to try. I also picked up some Awesome Orange All-Purpose Degreaser to use on the tougher, ground-in dirt stains on the floor.

Scrubbers at the Dollar Tree

The Dollar Tree has a plethora of scrubbing devices. I chose the pink one at far right. I wanted something with stiff bristles to scrub away the grime.

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I found some empty spray bottles as well and picked one up. You could use this if you end up making one of those fancy homemade upholstery cleaners. Me? I was just planning on using it for water.  

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How to (easily!) create a family portrait wall (with help from Fred Meyer!)

How to {easily} create a family portrait wall - avoid the frustration and multiple nail holes and get it done right the first time!

Last month I completed a major goal that I’d been procrastinating on for far too long: I organized all of my family’s digital photos! I did this by creating simple computer folders by year, and then sub-folders to name the event or time of year. Finally, I purchased an online back-up plan for peace of mind should anything happen to my computer.

One of the main reasons that I wanted to do this is so I could update some of the photos we have on display in our home. My kids are 6 and 8 right now and sadly, most of what we have hanging in the hallways are baby photos!

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I decided to update one of the walls in our master bedroom with some of the newer portraits. This is the “before” view above our tall dresser. I love the dresser and the wall color, but the hodge podge of knick knacks were just not cutting it. Furthermore, that wall was screaming for some decor!

For today’s post, I’m going to take you from start to finish through this project and show you how easy it was to accomplish thanks to Fred Meyer! Through trial and error (mostly error) I’ve also developed an easy method for hanging a collage of photos that will have you actually enjoying the process instead of dreading it. This is saying a lot because I generally avoid even modest home projects like the plague.

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My first stop: Fred Meyer’s frame section. Have you ever been? You’ll find a variety of styles, colors, and sizes – and they are almost always on some sort of sale. The week of my visit, there was a “buy one, get one 1/2 price” store coupon. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and they’ll also put out a 10% off home decor extra bonus coupon you can stack with any store sales or coupons!

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