If you want to download some free Star Wars Vanentines cards to print you can go HERE and do that. These are super cute and best of all they are free!
Just take a soap container and I know you guys all have some cheap, print off this FREE printable HERE, on some card stock, and viola, you have a darling gift!!
I posted last month about a little project I had going… How to make a DIY American Girl Doll Bed from an old End Table! Most of you guessed what I was up to and I wanted to show you the finished product!
First you will need an old end table. The fancier and more gaudy the better! You want some FLAIR! I looked on Craigslist mostly and even drove to a few used furniture stores, but I ended up getting mine from a reader!
Second, sand it up a bit lightly with fine sandpaper. Wipe it down really good when you are done. Make sure to have the kids help!
Next I went to my Home Depot and looked to see what they had as far as discounted paint that was returned or messed up. I found some cream for only $4.
I gave my table a few coats over the next few nights.
Using some thin plywood board we had, I cut out a “headboard” and added some decorative trim to the top. I painted this and antiqued it, and nailed it to the back.
I added ball feet to the top of the table, this will now be the bottom of the bed. I had a lot of choices with the ball feet at my home improvement store. There were some very expensive and inexpensive ball feet to pick from, and I went with about $4 each, this was my biggest expense at $16.
I added “slats” which were the big paint stirs (free) from my Lowe’s over the open space, so that the little mattress I made would not fall in. The nails went through to the other side and would have prevented the drawer from going and to I had to hammer the ends over.
The ends of the legs were bare and I wanted them fancier, so I found some finials in the same section as the ball feet, and spent about $2 each on them. I think this made a fancier touch!
I changed out the knob handle to something a little fancier and prettier, there are so many choices! This drawer, put in upside down from the way it was as an end table works perfectly as a storage drawer for the doll’s clothing!
Total cost of this project, about $40!
My Mom has got beautiful long hair. Last fall she started using homemade shampoo. I was skeptical at first, but watching her for 7 months, her hair never looks greasy, it is always really shiny and healthy looking. I wanted to let her explain the method that she uses.
* She does live in China, so they pay quite a bit more than we do for shampoo. But when she is in the states she still washes her hair this way!
This is the cost:
Vinegar 64 oz $1.82
Baking Soda 2 lbs $1.24
Gallon Water $.88
Cost per shampoo: $.15 a shampoo!
1/4 cup baking soda
1 quart water
2 T vinegar
1 cup water
Dissolve baking soda into water, you can double or triple batch. Terry makes hers in a large jug to keep in the shower. She uses a smaller bottle to keep just enough in for a few washings so she doesn’t have to pick up the big container. Run the mix over your hair and work into the scalp. It will NOT suds up, you are just cleaning the scalp. When you are done you can let it sit in your hair as you finish showering. Rinse.
The vinegar solution is a rinse to soften your hair and add shine. As your hair dries the vinegar smell will go away, you can add scents to this if you want. Just before you get out of the shower, rinse your hair with about a cup of the vinegar solution.
I have posting a ton of stuff over at Eat This Up this week. Make sure to head on over there and not miss anything! The kids LOVE the RootBeer Reindeers, and we give them to teachers with a gift card. Go HERE for supplies and instructions!
My sister Anna made the cutest “toy” for her little boy! She bought a cookie sheet at Dollar Tree and ordered these Magnetic Number’s from Amazon for $.67! For under $2 she has a great educational toy for her son to play with!
Tonight the kids and I made a quick Halloween treat for their friends and our neighbors. We often make craft and food projects but tonight I was working with 2 left hands! For some reason nothing was working for me! Thank goodness I have self sufficient children who know how to use a microwave. I am talking about the 5 year old!
This is what they were supposed to look like, thanks to a darling blog called Living Lucurto.
This is what ours looked like:
:: FAIL!! ::
We decided that instead of “Owls” we would make Looney Birds, or even open a shelter for Owl’s that needed a little TLC. They were super fun to make, really easy and they taste good!
Have you wanted to know how to make a homecoming mum? WAIT, back up… Do you know what a homecoming mum is?? In Texas we have this CRAZY homecoming tradition where guys give girls who they are taking to the game and dance a “mum” and the girls give the guys a “garter” which is a smaller version of the mum they got.
I really didn’t know that the rest of the country didn’t do this until I was in college. I thought everyone did.
Mums started back sometimes in the 60′s. Some guy gave a girl a small mum flower with a ribbon in it to wear to school the day of the homecoming game. Her friends must have thought it was cool and the tradition caught on. It exploded in the 80′s with tons more ribbons and larger fake mums, and is still going VERY strong now.
These are the boys during filming
Mums can be store bought or made at home. Go to any craft store in the fall in Texas and they are loaded with mum making supplies. The cool thing about making your own is that you can save some money and you can make them more personalized.
Recently, the guys have been getting together and actually making the mum for their dates. My son had some friends coming over to make theirs so ABC 13 came over to film and you can see that segment HERE. It is very typical for Moms to help their sons make the mums as well.
Head on out to your local craft store, I went to Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Don’t forget your coupons. These are some of the items I bought:
- Mum flowers
- Mum base
- Ribbon ( a med – large mum had 40-50 strands)
- Teddy Bear
- Homecoming Trinkets
- Hot Glue Stapler
- Thick cording for neck strap
- Personalized items per girl (like basketball or dance )
They sell mum bases for the top part that the mum attached to. They come in packs of 2 and I bought 1 for each boy. Then at home I cut out a piece of cardboard to go in-between the 2 in the package, this will add some sturdiness.
You will also need some solid colored ribbon in the school colors. I chose a 1 inch blue, and 1/2 inch green and white. Out of this ribbon I cut 20 3 foot lengths to start the mum off. This is the majority of the ribbon. I bought silver and some sparkly sections to add in. Do the fancier ones more on the top, so they show.
I stapled as many on the cardboard base as I could.
Like I said above, I used the solid colors more on the bottom then added the nicer and fancier ribbon and items to the top. When I got to the beads and heavy items, I had to hot glue those on.
Then I used some heavy cording for the neck strap. When I was in high school we were able to pin them to our shirts and bra strap and they were fine. These are heavy enough that you wear them around your neck. I just used myself to measure the length and stapled it on.
Now that it could hang, I can start adding on the heavy stuff. This is also where I took some Christmas garland and around the brown cardboard you see, I stapled it to give a frame to the mum section. People often use ribbon for this, but the garland was MUCH faster and cheaper even.
I took the Mum and the base and hot glued them on. Well, actually this is where the boys got home from school and started helping.
We used a zip tie to attach the teddy bear and hot glued his body in the position that we wanted it to stay in. Traditionally a lot of mums have teddy bears either in the center of hanging off the bottom. My son’s date loves dolphins and so he did a dolphin instead.
I used a LOT of hot glue!
This is when the boys really started to personalize their mum, from things the girls like to do to school colors and the year they are graduating.
They were actually pretty good at using the hot glue and were having a lot of fun. They are much more creative then I give them credit for. I had overbought on purpose, so that they had a lot of options, I just returned things we didn’t use.
The cost of a mum at a grocery store is about $40 – $250. You can have them personalized for additional money. But of course like anything, you don’t get something as nice as if you make it. They use less ribbon and they are not as big.
The mums that we made would have cost anywhere from $150 – $200 in the store. We made them for about $75 each.
Try to save some money by thinking outside the box. I shopped the dollar stores and the Christmas section at the craft stores. Many of the items sold as homecoming items are priced more but are really just Christmas garland marked up. I used coupons and looked for clearance items.
For example, above you will see the Party and Spirit basketball that was $7.99. I just bought a foam basketball from Dollar Tree and cut it in half for $1. Now I have 2 basketballs for the mums and saved $17!
The boys did an awesome job and even more fun was how proud of themselves they were. They are all so excited to give their dates their mums it is so fun!
One of the guys has not asked his date yet, he is doing that this weekend. He is so nervous and worried she will say no. I am seriously nervous for him! He didn’t put her name on the mum, but took stickers with him so he could after he was sure she said yes. How cute is that?!
If you are in Texas and need a mum, make sure to make one yourself or contact some of the Moms who make them this time of year to save yourself some serious money!
Do you have a tween or teen in school with a locker? Have you wanted to know how to decorate a school locker for less seeing all the crazy ways kids are decorating lockers now days?!
My older girls have decorated lockers for a few years. The first year I about had a heart attack and said, “no way!” and had them figure out how to do it for less!
You can see a news segment my daughter and I did for ABC 13 in Houston on saving money on lockers HERE.
For the expensive lockers:
- Wallpaper Sheets – Target for $15 for 3 sheets ( it will take 6 sheets to 1/2 way do a locker)
- Black Zebra Locker White Board – PBTeen $19.50 (on sale now for $15.50)
- Mini Photo Frames – PBTeen $29
- Locker Carpet – Walmart $9
- Locker Shelf – Walmart $5
- Locker Lamp – PBTeen – $24.50
For the budget locker:
- Roll of Wrapping paper – Dollar Tree $1
- Basket - Dollar Tree $1
- Locker magnetic baskets - Dollar Tree $1
- Magnets for the wallpaper - Dollar Tree $1
- Locker Shelf – Walmart (not shown in picture) $5
- Locker Mirror - Dollar Tree $1
- Locker Black Board - Dollar Tree $1
- Microfiber cloth used as locker carpet - Dollar Tree $1
Paige honestly could not tell the difference between the high end locker and the budget locker. According to Paige, either would have been just as cook at school!
One thing that we did not have time for in the video segment was to laminate the wrapping paper. In the past for the girls I have taken the wrapping to a school supply store and paid a few dollars to laminate it so that it held up better through the school year.
:: Locker on a budget $17::
We use magnets to attach the wrapping paper to the locker walls. You can use tape but Paige has told me horror stories of trying to get it off at the end of school. Magnets worked well for us last year.
This locker also had a locker shelf in it that you can find at Walmart for $5.
For Paige the most important thing to have in her locker was a mirror, shelf, and the magnetic containers on the wall to hold pens and pencils.
:: High End Locker $107::
The wallpaper sheets in the high end locker came from Target. They are really nice and easy to work with, but we used 2 packages ($15 each) on this locker and you can see we needed even more.
The thing that FREAKED me out the most was $29 for the magnetic frames. ARE YOU CRAZY!?
The other tip from Paige is that she thinks the locker lights and locker chandeliers are cute and had one last year. But it only lasted a few days. See they block the hook at the top of the locker where the kids hang their backpacks and it was a hassle to try and maneuver around the lamp and she took it down (along with all her friends) after a few days.
In conclusion, you are more then welcome to spend $100 on your kids locker for school. But acording to the kids we interviewed, they couldn’t tell a difference between items from Pottery Barn and ones from Dollar Tree!
Plus, as we were doing the segment a teacher walked by and asked about the shoot. I explained to her what we were doing and she told us that at the end of the year they line up trash cans all along the hall for kids to clean out their lockers and place trash in. After school was done and the kids were gone, the teachers would pull out all the HIGH END nice locker decorations that all the kids just THREW AWAY!
They use them in their classrooms and save them for kids next year who can’t afford to decorate at all. I almost cried. But the teacher said NO WAY would she spend more then $20 on a locker as she watches the kids just toss it all when school is out!
Do your kids decorate lockers? What so they ask for? What do you spend??
This is a guest post from my friend Danielle at Motherhoodmania! Have you wanted a better way to store your cans than stacked all over? Plus, you need to keep them rotated so that the last one in, is the first one out!
I am totally crazy about this and have a set up that I love and works well for me. You can see it here.
But if you want to make your own it is really easy!
Cardboard Can Rotator:
Supplies: You can use any cardboard boxes you have but I have found those that are used and bent are harder to use. You can easily purchase a 14x14x14 box in the office section of Wal-Mart for approx. 67 cents. They are perfect to use for this project!
- Need cut and have: Also will need:
- 2- 14×14 cardboard pieces Utility (Exacto) Knife
- 2- 7×14 cardboard pieces Elmers Glue
- 2- 5×11 cardboard pieces Popsicle Sticks
- 1- 2×7 cardboard piece Ruler
- 1- 5×7 cardboard pieces Pencil
- 1- 2×5 cardboard piece
To see the directions and more photos visit Motherhoodmania!
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Baseball Star DudePart comedian, part Dad, part athlete. He will boss around your children while they play ball.
Baby Sitter Doll!Just as angelic as she looks, this girl could easily raise a Village by herself, and all the children would grow up to be President.
Webkinz Pup!Self proclaimed, she would be a webkinz dog. Because, "they're cute, and puppies are too. And they're sweet and they always get along with other puppies."
PrincessThis mini-Martha Stewart can handle ANY craft you send her way. She isn't all bows and rainbows, she's got karate kid moves!
Pick-Me-UpNot "Pick-Me-Up" like caffeine, she wants you to pick her up! AND NOW!
Supercute DestroyerAnything that can be destroyed WILL be destroyed!
Mary PoppinsPractically Perfect in Every Way for now! Nicknamed "The Panda" she is rolly polly and lives by the motto, "the little one, is KING!"
Miller DogThe resident Labradoodle, Miller got his name because Mom won and got to name the baby! Need something chewed up? He'll take care of it. Especially if it's expensive..