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!
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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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Nicole Urbach is a former church pastor and professional home cleaner in the Twin Cities. She likes to take cleaning off the overfull plates of busy families so they can spend more time together doing what matters most. Recently, Nicole has started to share her expertise with even more families by showing them how to clean better and faster so their homes stop feeling like burdens and start feeling like sanctuaries.
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Do you need some Interior ideas or some home decorating ideas on a budget? I want to give you some of my personal tips that have been tried tested & true for me. If you do not know where to start your in the right place.
- Declutter. Simply getting rid of extra clutter can make a room look better in no time
- Think of who you are. What would you like around you to make you happy? To bring you peace?
- What colors are your favorite .Paint if you can. What ever you can. even to save time and paint just paint one focal wall . Like for example the wall your fireplace is on.
- Find what items can pull double duty with , items you already have and repaint it or repurpose it. Make it into a new thing! Trash to Treasure is great!
- Take throw pillows and make new covers instead of buying new pillows.This is so much cheaper. Even if you do not know how to sew you can make no sew pillow covers simply by googling how to do it you will have it done in minutes.
- Make your own art if you are not artistic frame pretty scrapping paper that will match your theme! Repaint in just five minutes your picture frames before placing your art with some cheap spray paint
- Add fresh flowers if not flowers you can make an arrangement with sticks from the yard even. It works and it so pretty.. you could even spray paint the sticks first! Sticks are free.
- Got some books? Stack some in order of largest to smallest in a corner. You can recover them for free with paper bags. It looks great. OR remove the original book covers before stacking. It gives a more higher end appeal and you didn't spend a dime
- Move furniture. Bring a better balance in your room if you need to even if it means getting rid of some furniture to create a peaceful flow
- If you want new furniture on a budget visit thrift stores, yard sales or visit Craigs list for your area. OR simply buy a fresh new furniture cover for what you already have
- Spot clean your original furniture if you love it and do not want to buy a cover
- Rent a carpet cleaner or borrow one if you want to perk up & clean your carpet . Spot clean it before you deep clean it. This can give a new look to old carpet.
- Want more visual interior ideas for free? Go to your local library & get a book or two for a few weeks on decorating for free to flip through. Or visit Pinterest online to get simple ideas! Pinterest is my favorite to get inspired.
- Network. Have a friend that wants to trade a decor item with you? It is free & might be fun to swap items!
- Update cabinets in just minutes by replacing the handles & give the cabinet surface a fresh wash down. All you need is a screw driver. You can find new handles for cheap at a home improvement resaler.
- On tables have items in groups of 3 only. More than that is to much & distracting.
You have seen it before. Repainted items. But I am here to share with you my five minute redo! I wanted a new white lamp but to be frugal I bought instead a .97 cent can of white spray paint. Five minutes and I had a new lamp. I love it! And it sure feels great to save money. I want to encourage you if you want new items first see what you already have and think if it is something you can easily redo first! It might save a lot of money. And it really does give you the satisfaction of a new home decor item!
It’s that time again where your a homeschooler or public schooler, and you want to make sure you and your children are prepared. There are many ways for families to transition back into a school schedule, but why not save money doing so? In order to prepare your family for the school year this requires a plan. Start changing sleep schedules now so that you guys are used to the routine. Transitioning into a sleep pattern is easier when done ahead of time. Start to ask questions about supplies, food, clothes and whatever else may need to be purchased before beginning. Here is where you put your parenting skills to use by executing, and doing so on a budget. Shop while things are on sale, reuse any materials which aren’t damaged, even if it is just for your bills, etc. Buy snacks in bulk, and use items for both adults and children. By buying healthy snacks both of you enjoy, you will not only save money but will also be eating healthy as a team! One thing you must keep in mind as a parent is that discipline is important, to both you and your child. Before the summer ends, both parents and children should get in the routine of reading. This will get your mind back into the loop. Save money by renting library books and magazines. Everyone knows that when kids go back to school they expect new clothes and accessories. Well, theres no problem with that. Shopping at discount and thrift stores should never be out of anyone’s range of options. Many people look down upon this, but what they fail to realize is that there are plenty of new items in this store, all you have to do is look for them. Just because it isn’t new to the old owner, doesn’t mean it can’t be new to you. To all the home schoolers as well, shift things around to the way they will be for the school year. This will allow you to get a feel for things, and be accepting of what’s to come. Going back to school doesn’t have to be stressful. Make this year’s back to school activities comfortable and fun for you and your family. Instead of just doing things, make an activity out of t! Have your children set up their study areas and allow them to decorate. While choosing the best snacks, allow input on both ends and bond with your children. Make a schedule early in the game, and stick to it. This can include a sleep schedule, a reading schedule, a work out schedule, a meal schedule, a play schedule, or anything else you’d like to include. This year going back to school will be a breeze!