I love trash to treasure diy projects. I love to take unwanted trash and give it new life. Not only is it very frugal but it is super duper fun for me. I found this chair below on the road side in a neighborhood with a free take me sign on it! I had been desiring a chair like this for a long time. It was badly messed up, stank and had a loose leg, but that did not scare me away.
I first cleaned it up. I fixed the loose leg. I set out next to paint it. After painting I scuffed it up a bit with sand paper to give it that old time chic look. I then recovered the seat with the rest of what's left of some sailing ship material I had gotten a few years ago for free from a dear friend. I totally got the chair for FREE and re- did it for FREE. You can not beat free. I am in love with my new chair treasure!
Welcome my guest writer today Jane Blanchard!
It seems like more than any other place in a home, the kitchen has the potential to turn into a serious disaster seriously fast. A mountain of dirty dishes, remnants of last night’s dinner still on the counter, items randomly stored in the cabinets — a messy kitchen is no fun. The best way to combat this? Organize! Once your kitchen is organized, you’ll have a much easier time keeping it looking fabulous.
The first step to organizing your kitchen involves tossing out any items that you no longer use. If you find gadgets that do not work, you should replace them.
Store your frequently-used objects in an easily accessible location. A roasting pan is an infrequently used item because it is commonly used during the holidays, so store it in the back of your cabinet or on an elevated shelf. If you have an attic, basement, or garage, consider storing some of the items in one of those locations.
Design activity areas so that you can store your utensils, products, and gadgets in the most efficient locations.
Periodically clear out any items from your pantry that are old and replace them. Store similar items like cereal and oats, or chips and snacks, on the same shelves.
Your preparation area should have a clean cutting board, various mixing bowls, and different sized measuring spoons and cups.
Pots, pot holders, pans, spatulas, and spoons must be stored near the oven and stove. To save storage space on your counter, place your spatulas and spoons in a utensil jar.
Storing sugar, baking powder, flour, measuring spoons and cups, and mixing bowls in one convenient spot can be quite handy if you are a baker.
The Serving Area
All of your important meal items belong on the table, such as napkins, serving dishes, tableware, and trivets. You can also store your silverware and dishes near your dishwasher.
Your gloves, soap, dish pan, towels, and cleansers should be stored near your dishwasher and sink.
A large number of objects should never be placed on your counter because the counter requires cleaning often. Instead, place your decorations in another spot.
Maintain an Efficient Kitchen
Make a list of the supplies and gadgets that are worn out. In addition, write down any side projects that must be completed, such as repairing a wobbly table leg.
How to Tackle Paper
Newspapers generate a lot of clutter in a kitchen, so make a paper-sorting area. There should be a bin for recycling, a bin for sorting, and a standard trash can.
How to Maintain a Clutter-Free Kitchen
Although decorative sugar and flour containers are stylish, you should hide them in a cabinet to make the counter cleaner. Hiding your utensils and knives is also recommended because they take up a lot of space. Most chefs attach their knifes to magnetized strips to reduce clutter, and they place their other utensils on the wall.
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Submitted by Sue Page:SUPER MASHED POTATOES
8 medium-sized potatoes
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
8 oz. soft cream cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder or 2 fresh garlic cloves
1/4 cup green onions
4 tbsp. butter (at least)
Peel potatoes, cube and cook until tender. Drain and place in mixing bowl. (If mixer is not large enough, do in two batches. Whip all ingredients until creamy. Place in greased casserole and top with butter slices. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 - minutes or until bubbly. Optional ingredients: chives or paprika to top.
I was given by Antenna's Direct the Clearstream Amplified Eclipse to review for free. All opinions are my own.
You know my main theme of my site is to be frugal. Well one extreme way to be frugal and save a lot of money is to not have cable tv. Instead having an antenna will save you hundreds a year. You will get some great basic programming with out all of the filler channels. Our family is so happy we cut cable years ago to save money on our monthly budget. You can view my very firstAntenna's Direct review of the Long Range ClearStearm 2 here. Today they sent me the Clearstream Amplified Eclipse. This little antenna has a 35 mile range.
You can clearly see in the picture above why they call it the Eclipse! This surprised me at how super thin & flexible it was. It almost made me wonder could it get the job done? Well to my surprise it did. You simply peel off the back of the disk and stick on a window or wall near by your tv. It does not leave a harmful residue! I found this out after doing the standard channel search and needing to move it to adjust. This is the most light weight antenna I have ever held and easiest to use. I love that about it.
We live in an apartment that has sliding glass doors everywhere. So placing our antenna on the glass door near our tv unit was a natural given. I was so thrilled at the ease of hanging it and very quickly finding channels. This was so light weight I just can't get over it!
I also want to point out it is not really intrusive to look at on the window. I typically keep my shade pulled and opened only slightly and as you can see in my picture below you can barely see the antenna! Long gone are the days of ugly rabbit ears!
Antennas Direct is an amazing company for so many reasons. Here are some of my favorite reasons why & why I love their Eclipse.
I am awarding Antennas Direct Clearstream Eclipse the Homemaker-Mom Seal of Approval!
I was contacted by Shutterfly. They wanted to share with us today how to hang pictures on different types of walls. I think it is great. Enjoy the information below.
Do you have teens? I do. I wanted to set out to make a log of links for you & your teen to mill over and get freebies to try that is trusted. I just want to help you find freebies ( AND help me I have teens) save money. I have spent money on products before on my teens only to of wasted money because they didn't use it or like it. With samples you can try it before you buy it! So enjoy the log of links today! Since links online do expire after a while I will be deleting this post in the future to make a new one with updates so enjoy while it is here.
Happy freebie hunting!
I was given a shipment of Kidecal labels to review. All opinions are my very own!
I just love Kidecals. I was asked to review their water proof labels. I ordered some that said Hand Made by and my name to put on all sorts of crafts I am doing to sell in a fall craft fair. Below is my hand made sugar hand sugar scrub you can keep by the sink to scrub dirt away or exfoliate your skin. You can view my original post with instructions on how to makeMy Country Girl Sugar Scrub HERE. So since this is a product you keep by the sink I truly needed labels to handle water well. Well these labels are amazing! They are extremely durable. I messed up once on placing a label but it came off without major fuss... yet keep in mind they stay in tack as they should perfectly when you do place them where you want! They are little miracle labels. They really added a personal & cute touch to my jars. At Kidecals you can customize your labels as you wish. These labels are great for so many things such as kids lunch box items, crafts, winter coats you name it! They also offer free shipping no matter how much you buy.
These labels are rock solid durable. They do well. I put some water on my jar to show you & let it sit a while, the water just sits on top and will not harm your label art! The label will not get moist and peel off. That chevron print is so cute by the way. I think my buyers will like it!
Kidecals water proof labels earn my Homemaker-Mom Seal of Approval for having an outstanding product!
Ok this post is not all that thrilling. But I love to share my frugal tips with you as a homemaker. This is so very simple what I am about to share. I buy the cheapest largest bottle of dish soap I can find normally. But it is so big and bulky on my sink with a few other things too & not so pretty to look at. I took a plastic hand soap pump ( I was about to put in the recycle bin) that had just became empty and peeled the stickers of the soap brand off, then washed it out well. I then filled it with my dish soap! Next, I retired the big ugly bottle under the sink until I need a fill-up. Since I did this to simplify and save $ I will no longer put hand soap by the kitchen sink as well. Dish soap is great for hand soap too. This will save me money to not have to buy kitchen sink hand soap! I used to keep both and they got in the way! Now I freed up space and my sink looks much better & saved cash in the future! This did not cost a thing extra to achieve. I hope this inspires someone who wants to make their sink area look less cluttered. Happy homemaking friends!
I just love frugal crafting. And one of my favorite sources to find great items to craft is actually the Dollar Tree or some sort of Dollar Store. I saw a wine bottle version of the craft I am showing you today on pinterest. But since I do not have wine bottles in abundance I went to the dollar tree for cheaper one dollar vases. I love the shorter wide versions anyways. You can fit a lot more flowers if you wish in them over time verses the skinny wine bottle neck.
Originally as seen in this picture I was going to go with cream colored yarn & white too. But my teen girl helped me a lot with the project ( I was so grateful for her helpful hands with applying the yarns!) said we should do gray & white. Well I love gray so she sold me fast to it! As you see all you really need is the vases , yarn & clue. Now it looks easier than it is , I will be honest. It takes some time to wrap it carefully while getting it to stick. We tired both methods of using Elmer's glue & tried out hot glue but be patient they do eventually stick & very well. Both work but both you simply need time to work with it. I love the way they turned out but this will be the last time I tackle so many at one time. I will stick with one at a time if I ever give as gifts! Speaking of which this would make a great frugal birthday gift or holiday gift. We decided to add the word love in mixed media. Button, a flower I painted gray & yarn. I love the way they turned out!
I received a copy of Where Can I Flee By A.M. Heath to review. All opinions are my own.
Where Can I Flee By A.M. Heath
Where Can I Flee is a story set in civil war times. A time in our history where our nation was tore apart at the seams. Trust was something hard to come by in the north & south due to the battles that raged all around. But also for Claire Harper & her brother Frank, trust in a loving God was not easy or in site after growing up without their mother and a Father who was resentful towards God. In a time you need more strength to keep going to have some sort of peaceful life and you struggle to find it in the mist of the chaos , they wonder is there more to life than this? Join Clarie, Frank & other loveable characters in this adventurous, romantic quest of finding that peace & love that is full of hope & trust in the mist of surrounding chaos as the men go to war. You will see from the war side perspective and the home front. One character in particular Ralph leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat to find out more in the next book. This book is a wonderful mixture of issues of the heart with triumphant courage & prayer with bitter sweet victories in the end. A great historical tale that will leave you wanting to time travel back to such a time as that in spite of the war.
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