Jul 152013
 
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Homemade face scrub

Don’t get me wrong, I love to visit my local spa to get a facial, or pick up products for exfoliation, however since I am frugal and mindful of my budget, I do try to make what I can at home for skin care.

A few years back, I did some research on Do It Yourself Face Scrubs. I read that Honey and Olive Oil naturally moisturize and Sugar helps your skin rejuvenate its cells. After reading this and looking at other recipes, I created my own exfoliation mix.

I suggest doing this scrub before you go to bed.  If you apply this to your feet, afterward make sure you put on some socks so you don’t slip.

DIY Face Scrub Exfoliation

Here is the recipe:

1/4 cup of Sugar
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
1 tsp of Honey
1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract

Directions: Mix all these together and apply to your skin. How I applied this is further down the page.

Tip: Before you apply this all over, you should test a small area to make sure you don’t have a reaction. This mix works for me, however, I am not a dermatologist so if you have sensitive skin definitely keep that in mind before your apply anything to your face.

DIY Face Scrub Exfoliation Mix

I rubbed this mix onto my face in circles and kept it away from my eyes. (Be careful of your eyes, since that skin is very sensitive and you don’t want to get sugar in them). I then let the mixture sit on my face as I applied it to my hands, feet, and elbows. I then rinsed it all off.

DIY Face Scrub Exfoliation on Hand

My skin is soft after I do this, and my pores look great.  It feels so good to spoil myself, and it feels great that I didn’t spend a fortune on pampering.

Looking for other ideas for scrubs, tips, hair treatments, and much more? Check out the links below:

Natural Living For Women

Skin Care Recipes and Remedies

Do you make your own scrub at home?  What ingredients do you use?

If you try it out, let me know what you think.

FFM

Jun 282013
 
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This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.

Milk Jugs into Flower pots decorating

Summer vacation is here, and I have been trying to come up with some crafts that the kiddos and I can do together.  Since I am never at a loss for milk jugs, I decided to keep a few, and turn them into some type of frugal upcycling project.

After some brainstorming and a look at the supplies I had on hand, my daughter and I would transform these jugs into flower pots.

Milk Jugs into Flower pots

To complete this project, all you need is the following:

- Milk Jug

- Utility Scissors

- Screwdriver or Ice pick

- Markers

- Garden Soil 

- AND Creativity!

Tip: To remove the label from the milk jug, tear as much as you can off and then soak in water for a couple minutes.  Then, rub dish soap on it, and scrap it off with your nails. It should come off pretty easy.

Milk Jugs into Flower pots decorated

I made a template so my daughter would have an idea of what this would become, and I made up a little design.  Of course she had her own ideas. I think they are beautiful ideas.

Milk Jugs into Flower pots finished

Once the artwork was finished, I cut off the top of the jug by removing the lid and just going along the side.  I kept the handle in the back for easy transport.  In addition, I used the screwdriver to poke holes in the bottom for drainage. I put around 10 holes. FYI, I did all of the cutting and poking to keep my little one safe.

Milk Jugs into Flower pots planting

After this, we headed outside and I let my daughter add in all of the soil. If you are looking for a brand of garden soil, check out Miracle-Gro for your gardening needs. I then dug up shoots of plants I already had in my yard. 

Milk Jugs into Flower pots plants in

Check out our finished project!  

I think these pots would also be great for herbs. And yes the holes do work for drainage! I guess now I'll need to pick up some Shake’n Feed All Purpose Plant Food to keep these plants alive.

Looking for your own garden inspiration?  Visit Miracle Gro's Pinterest board for fun garden projects or check out Miracle-Gro on Facebook at The Gro Project.

You can also watch the following video to get motivated!

What special garden projects do you have planned with your family? If you try this one out, let me know what you think!

FFM

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Jun 022013
 
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When we moved into our house back in October 2011, my son’s bathroom had a border with a beach scene and some beach related decor over the toilet.

My son wanted to keep with this theme, and in the meantime, my sister-in-law gave the kids some sea shells.  So, I went out and bought a glass vase from Walmart for $3 and put the sea shells in it, and I asked my son if he would like to paint an original water-color picture of a beach scene to decorate his bathroom as well.

Of course my kids jump at any opportunity to paint, so I gave him a little direction of what I was looking for and he painted original artwork for his bathroom.  In addition, I picked up a distressed looking picture frame from Michaels for $5.00 to place it in.

I already had the supplies on hand, so for $5.00 I now have an original priceless piece of artwork hanging in my son’s bathroom.

I also had him sign it as all artists do, and I put the date and his full name on the back of the picture. Of course he is extremely proud of this accomplishment and I think it is beautiful!

Have you done anything similar to this with your own children? I would love to hear your stories.

FFM

Apr 262013
 
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list for meals

 
O.K., I have to admit it, I have been a bit of a frugal slacker. 

Since the birth of baby #3  we have been eating out a little more, and although it was yummy on many occasion, we have been spending money that we could have been saving. I don’t mind going out for a treat now and again, or taking advantage of a kids eat free deal, but the reality is I could have been duplicating many of these meals at home for a fraction of the cost.

So to help get us back on track to eat at home, I enacted the Weekly Dinner ListThis is not a new idea and I’m sure you have seen it other places. This is not high-tech by any means either, I just jot it down on a piece of paper and hang it on the fridge. You may have even done this yourself. Don’t get me wrong, this is not set in stone either. I have changed the menu up a few times when I realized I was missing an ingredient.

Kids Salad Bar 003

I also got the kids involved in this process. On the car ride home from school we brainstorm for meal ideas, and I then write it down. My 7 year old son is really excited about this since he gets to help choose dinner, and after we eat, he even makes sure to scratch out what we had (just in case I forget what day it is).  He told his grandma one night, “I have to get home, it is Meatloaf night and I love Meatloaf”. 

This has also put me on a personal mission to try new recipes.  I even tried my own version of a few I saw at the Publix Aprons display in store. In the process, we have also had the Kids Size Salad Bar one night and Spinach and Apple Salad as a side. Plus, the list allows me to plan in advance, which makes me more likely to stick to it.  

What are your children’s favorite recipes?  Is there a restaurant favorite that you have learned to duplicate at home? (Feel free to share the recipes below.)

We only went out for pizza once so far, so I think it is working. I’ll just have to keep at it.

FFM

Dec 082012
 
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I wanted to do something fun with the kids this afternoon, so I put together this Snowman craft. I had seen something similar to this as a free craft event and thought, I bet I can I figure out how to do that myself at home. It was really easy to implement and the biggest part was cutting out the pieces to be glued onto the body of the snowman.

 

All you need for this craft is:

  • scissors
  • pieces of construction paper in orange, brown, black, and red.  You can use any other colors as well
  • cotton balls
  • glue
  • hole punch
  • craft sticks (aka popsicle sticks) and if you don’t have craft sticks try using pencils or sticks from a tree.

I went ahead and made an example in advance for my kids to follow.  I simply glued three cotton balls to the top of the popsicle stick and attached the various items for clothing to the cotton balls with glue. After this, I then cut out some more scarfs, hats, skirts, and arms from the construction paper for the kids to use.  However, I let them use the hole punch to make circles for buttons, mouths, and eyes.

I had to supervise my 4-year-old with the glue, but I did let my 6-year-old do it all by himself.  They each made a Snowman and a Snow-woman. Both kids had a blast making this craft.

As a suggestion, you could easily turn these Snow people into magnets by gluing a strip magnet to the back.  Also, they could be an ornament by tying a ribbon on before you put all of the parts on the stick, or gluing a ribbon to the back. I think my kids are going to use them as puppets. They’ll probably end up in a potted plant for me to enjoy.

I hope you and your family enjoy this craft, and Happy Holidays!

FFM

Dec 042012
 
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I am a huge fan of Bar Keeper’s Friend when it comes to cleaning my home.  It has a light smell, and it is extremely effective.  I use it to scrub the shower, my sinks, and I even use it on my kids play table when they get crayons and markers on the surface.

Right now there is a coupon for .50 available for print! If you are a fan as well, I figured you might be interested! FYI, they carry it at Walmart and Target.

CLICK HERE–>$0.50 off ONE (1) BAR KEEPERS FRIEND Cleanser. Only available while supplies last.

Plus, check out these ways I Use It For Home Improvement!

I Got My Grout Clean Today! A Frugal Living Tip!

I Got My Smooth Top Range Clean Today! A Frugal Living Tip!

FFM

Nov 042012
 
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Before

We moved into our house back in October, and one of the challenges I have faced is keeping the almost white surfaces, almost white. Off white tile, grout, and white Berber carpets would not have been my first choice of colors with the traffic we produce, but the house had so many other great features I was willing to deal with it.

Well, it is almost a  year later and needless to say with 2 dogs, a cat, 2 mobile kids and 2 adults, the grout is not as pretty anymore. And since I really don’t want to pay a professional to come in and clean it unless absolutely necessary, I figured I would give it a try.

 

 

Not to long ago, I had tried using Bar Keepers Friend on my Smooth Top Range, and it did wonders, so I figured I would try it out on the grout.

So first off, I tested a small area with the Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Polish, to verify that I would not ruin it, but it worked fine.  I also checked their site to see if they recommended it for this surface, barkeepersfriend.com/tile-and-groutand they did.

 

 

 

Here are the tools that I needed to complete the task; A thin scrubbing brush, a cup with water, Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Polishand paper towels.

 

 

How I did it:

I poured a little bit of the Bar Keepers Friend on the grout, wet the brush, scrubbed until clean, and then used a damp paper towel to clean off the dirt and the left over cleaner.

After

It did an awesome job and Hubby even mentioned how nice it looked. I am really excited about this outcome!  Now, keep in mind this may not work for everyone’s surface so I definitely recommend testing a small area first.

Do you have any tips as well for cleaning a Grout?  I would love for you to comment below, so it can be shared with others.

FFM

Jul 242012
 
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It is nearing the end of summer and my pregnancy, and I am getting the “I am bored” looks from my kids, so I decided to come up with a couple activities using Froot Loops to keep them entertained, at least for a little while.

FYI, depending upon your child’s age, you may need to monitor them with these activities to avoid choking and making a mess of the glue. Use your best judgement.

1. Rainbow Craft -

This is a great way to teach colors and hand-eye coordination.

 

They are ready!

All you need is paper, glue, and Froot Loops. Plus you need to either write out the order of the colors, or use crayons to show the younger kids what order they should go in.

Then let them go to it.  I had to help my 3 year old with the glue, but my 6 year old knew exactly what to do.

2. Edible Froot Loop Bracelets or Necklaces -

Again, a great way to teach hand-eye coordination.

All you need is Froot Loops and fishing line or yarn.

Let the kids string on the Froot Loops.  Helpful hint:  Tie the bottom Fruit Loop to the string so the others don’t fall off.

The reward of course is eating the bracelet.

3. Counting the O s -

This is a  great way to teach numbers and hand-eye coordination.

All you need is to print off these sheets at First- School.ws , crayons, and Froot Loops. I use First School as a resource for kids activities all the time.

Have them color the sheets first, trace the numbers or words, and then count out the number of Froot Loops they are learning.

Again, the reward is, they can eat them.

 4. The Froot Loop Toss Game -

All you need is markers, some type of container or containers, and Froot Loops.

I used some packing material I received (FYI, a great way to up-cycle), but you can use cups or other containers and just color code them with either the markers or strips of paper.

The object of the game is to try to land as many of the Froot Loops into the correct color.  Who ever gets the most, receives a reward.   In our case, we used 10 Froot Loops for each child and the winner got the left over Froot Loops that I had poured into the cups.

The kids had a great time with all of these, and hopefully you will find them entertaining as well! Of course the best part of these activities for the kids was they got to eat as they played!

Looking for Froot Loops coupons?  Check these 2 pages.

Printable Froot Loops Coupons (under foods) or Kelloggs.com.

Enjoy!

FFM

Jul 222012
 
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I have a set of 4 chairs that are family heirlooms which were handed down to me by my Mom 10 or so years ago.  These were the same chairs that we used at our dining room table when I was a little girl.

Every so often, my Mom would remove the covers on the seats and with a staple gun replace the fabric to give it an updated look or to match a new piece of furniture or decorating she was currently into.  I have continued this tradition, and every couple of years, I get new fabric to go on the chairs.

Well in the past few weeks, I went to Joann Fabrics and picked up enough material to cover all four chairs for around $9.00.  They happened to have some really pretty striped material at a great price,  and were running a coupon for 50% off.

For some reason, I thought it would cost much more than this, but to recover 4 chairs for only $9.00 was a great deal!

 

 

So my Mom came over yesterday and brought a staple gun to help me recover the chairs (actually she did all the work since I am about to have this baby any moment).

My Mom did a great job and I think the colors look great in my home. Now, I just need to have this baby, so I can start working on some other home improvement projects.  :)

 

 The before

The after 

You would be surprised how many dining room chairs you can do this to for a quick updated and refreshed look.

Have you done this before?  I would love to hear about your own projects as well.

 

FYI, if you are looking for fabric, make sure you grab an ad when you head into the store or check out the online coupons like these at Joann’s Fabric Coupons before you make your purchase. Why not take advantage of a discount!

FFM