Make Your Own Scented Wax Cubes {DIY Tutorial}

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:: My episode aired! I missed it though :( You can see my segment HERE ::

About a year and a half ago I had the chance to do a DIY tutorial for Disney’s LiveWell station, with host Kat Cosley on how to make your own scented wax cubes. We filmed at my house for a few hours and I taught them how I reuse and make my own scented wax for my Scentsy wax warmers.

They were awesome and Kat is SUPER cool and really nice.

I have a TON and really I have a TON of Scentsy warmers, I am not telling you how many because my husband would flip! :) A Scentsy warmer is a name brand wax warmer that basically melts a piece of scented wax using a light bulb, that makes your whole house smell awesome. You can buy cheaper versions of these from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart from $5 – $15. They are really cute, and make nice gifts. I like them because I don’t like having an open flame with a lot of kids running around, and I like the way candles make my house smell good.

After the scented wax has melted and the smell is gone after about 12 hours, you are left with disks of hard wax. You can toss them or you can remelt them and add some more fragrance. This is one way to reuse the wax, I have 2 different methods I taught them.

Scentsy sells the scented wax of course, and you can buy off brands at Walmart, Target and even the Dollar Stores. Personally, I think Scentsy smells the best, but it is pretty expensive.

Scentsy also says that by using any other wax in their warmers you void your warranty on your warmer somewhere in the fine print. Just FYI.

When new, the scented wax comes in little plastic trays and you break them apart and pop them out like you would a ice cube tray. When my trays are done I save them to use as mold to pour more melted wax into.

The first tip is to save your wax when it has lost it’s smell and add more scent to it. I melt the wax either in the microwave or on a warming tray (below) in a bowl and pour it into the saved wax trays. You can get a warming tray by the candles at Walmart for $5. Many places sell scented oil and you only need a few drops. After adding the melted wax to the trays place it in the freezer for a while to harden, then use like you would new wax!

  • Melt the wax
  • Add scent
  • Pour in trays
  • Harden in freezer
  • Use again

reuse scentsy wax for tart burners

The second way I make these is with leftover candles I have OR with new candles I am given that I don’t want to have burning in my house. I get a lot of the Yankee candles and don’t want to light them so I make them into scented wax so I can safely use them.

Again I melt down the wax, either in the microwave (be careful of the metal tab on the bottom of the wick) or on a warming tray until the wax is completely melted. Then I pour them into the trays or into ice cube trays.

Put the trays into the freezer and when they are solid you can pull them out and you have scented wax from your candles that you can use in your warmers! This is the method that I use the most. I have found the Yankee candles when melted down and made into scented wax cubes smell better and the smell lasts longer then the Scentsy scents. But overall it is just safer in my home to not have an open flame.

As much as I love the Scentsy scents and buy them often, I love other candle brands as well that don’t make the scented wax. This is a great way to stretch your budget on the extra things in life by making your own. I would rather spend my money on the darling designs of name brand warmers, then on the scented wax.

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National Park Day – FREE entrance this weekend to more than 100 parks!

America’s Best Idea – the National Parks – gets even better this summer with three fee-free weekends at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees*.

Mark your calendars for fee-free weekends this summer:

  • April 18-19 opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25 National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26 National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 Veterans Day

Here’s a tip – many national parks never charge an entrance fee, so you can plan inexpensive visits year round!

You can see a list of parks in each state that are participating, these are the ones in Texas:

Texas
Big Bend National Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Padre Island National Seashore

How to make Frosting Carrots + Best Carrot Cake Recipe!

Carrot cupcakes are just fun, and good to eat! Every year for Easter I always make a 3 layered carrot cake. Carrot cake is one of the things that I forget that I can make all year long and don’t have to wait for Easter. I love it loaded with raisins, pineapple and coconut, but the kids freak over the raisins so I normally leave them out. BUT with cupcakes, I can add in anything I want to a few of them!

The carrots on the top are so cute and so fast to make I wanted to tell you how really quick.

First, either make your own cream cheese frosting or use canned. If you use canned make sure to add some powdered sugar to thicken it a little.

Frost the cupcakes normally. Now divide the rest of the frosting into 2 bowls and color one orange and one green.

I like the Wilton Icing Colors you can get at Walmart. But you can use any kind. Next  you will need both the #9 round frosting tip and the #116 leaf tip. These can be purchased for really chap, around $1 a tip, and you will need a frosting bag.

Load your frosting bag with the orange frosting using the round tip. At the top of the cupcake, make a zig zag motion back and forth getting smaller and smaller as you go making the carrot shape. At the end pull up with the frosting so you get the point of the carrot. Load another bag with the leaf tip and with the green frosting. This time position the tip at the fat part or top of the carrot, use the most pressure and make the widest part of the leaf, tapering off just like the carrot. The leaf tip is AWESOME and basically does the work for you.

This time I made both mini and regular size cupcakes. The small ones I just added a milk chocolate pastel egg, and the regular size ones I added the carrots. I think they turned out really cute!

The BEST carrot cake recipe is the one from Southern Living.


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Summer Movie Express $1 Movies For Kids!

regal cinemas summer 2015

If you are looking for something to do this summer make sure to look and see if the Regal Theaters have the $1 movies for kids in your area.

The 2015 Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. Please see your local theatre for program start date. Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Go HERE to check your state and city!

Here is the line up for Summer 2015:

  • Week 1
    Nut Job
    Annie
  • Week 2
    Earth to Echo
    The Boxtrolls
  • Week 3
    Paddington
    Turbo
  • Week 4
    Rio 2
    How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • Week 5
    Mr. Peabody & Sherman
    The Book of Life
  • Week 6
    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
    Penguins of Madagascar
  • Week 7
    The Lego Movie
    Dolphin Tale 2
  • Week 8
    Muppets Most Wanted
    Alexander and the Very Bad Day
  • Week 9
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    The SpongeBob Movie

How to shop a Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale!

victorias secret semi annual sale

We are getting ready for the Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale. If you like to shop VS but find it pricy, this is the time to think about checking them out!

When is the Semi-Annual Sale:
There are 2 Semi-Annual Sales yearly. Typically they will start in May (online) and June (in-store) or December/early January (online) and January (in-store).

There are a few tips to shopping this sale and few things that you need to know. First, the sale starts with items about 50% off. BUT, they will be marking items lower a few days later all the way down to 75% or more. If you take a look at your receipt you will see that they have a “price adjustment” policy which means if the price goes LOWER within 14 days of purchasing your item they will give you back the difference.

What does this mean for you? 

  • Get in their early, shop, and then follow these directions:
  • Shop within the first few days of the sale. This is when all the good sizes ( XS, S, M,L ), and the good colors are available.
  • Realize that you are buying the item hoping it will go lower then the 50% off. You might have to out the money out ahead of time and then be willing to return it if it doesn’t go lower.
  • Head into your store a few times. They out items on sale at different times and bring our more items throughout the sale. The first few days are items they want to get rid of fast. Such as a lot of the PINK items and college items.
  • Save EVERYTHING. Leave the tags on the clothes and leave them in the bag WITH the receipts. You don’t know if you will be returning it, and you need to have your receipts.
  • Check back at your store in the last few days of the sale and see when they go 75% off! Every store is different as to what is the last day of their sale. I am GUESSING that they will be marking down more items around January 9th this year.
  • If you purchased your items within 14 days of the day your store going 75% off, all you will need to do, is take in your receipt, go to the register and ask for a price adjustment. They scan the receipt and give you a refund for any price difference between then and now! It’s super easy and takes no more than 10 mins depending on how much you bought.
  • If your purchase exceeds 14 days you need to take all the unworn clothing and your receipts back with you. You will do a full return, and get a full refund. Then repurchase all the items back at the 75% off price!
  • HEADS UP: Sometimes at the 75% off time, occasionally an item will go back to full price! Be aware of this while making a return or price adjustment, you will need to pay attention. If you are ok paying the price you did, keep it. If not, return it.

Some cashiers get grouchy about doing the price adjustment, you are not doing anything wrong, just look at the back of your receipt for the details and maybe remind them at this is their policy.

* Also you can NOT use coupons with this sale. Just a heads up.

Here are a few more tips: 

  • The sale starts online first, in fact it has already started but is much better in-store.
  • The first day is CRAZY, just be prepared for madness in the store.
  • If you like matching sets, get those first. They will sell out.
  • The winter sale is always better then the summer sale. Just my opinion…

Let us know what you find and feel free to ask any questions. We are a community here and can help each other!

52 Week Money Challenge Savings Plan

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Have you see the 52 Week Money Challenge Savings plan? It is a fun way to save a little extra money this year and this time in 2015 have an extra $1378 in a savings account.

The idea is to deposit a little money each week into a separate savings account. OR you can do an account for each of your children, this will help get them saving too!

There are 3 ways you can do this: 

1. The basic 52-week money challenge – On week 1, you save $1. On week 2, you save $2. On week 3 save $3 and so on. When you end on week 52, you will have saved a total of $1378! Try to deposit your money on the same day every week to make it easier for yourself.Can you set up a direct deposit each week? My bank will let me and I just scheduled mine out for the entire year!

2. The backwards plan – If you are broke during the holiday season and can’t imagine the biggest chunk coming out during November and December, start backwards! The first week of January you will be depositing $52 and so on.

3. The BIG TIME Saver – Have some extra money but have a hard time saving it? Try doing this same idea DAILY. That means each day you deposit the same amount of money as the date of the day. For example, Jan. 1st you deposit $1, Jan. 15th it is $15 and the 20th $20 and so on. At the end of the year, you will have close to $6000!!

There are so many ways to save a little extra money that can really add up! Remember Paul’s Walmart savings plan? He rounds up his totals and adds the money to a gift card every time he buys something at Walmart. Hey! It works!

You can print off a 52 week challenge HERE to get you started!

Nutter Butter Halloween Ghost – Instructions and Recipe ( $1.15 each bag decorated!)


Nutter Butter Halloween ghosts are a long tradition in our home. I remember my Mom making these when I was a teenager.

They are really easy, inexpensive and the kids can help do everything!

You will need Nutter Butters ( $3.47) Almond Bark ($2.98) and either Mini Morsels ($2.28) for the eyes or Mini Reeses Pieces ($1.98).

Chop up the Almond bark and melt in a double boiler or in the microwave. I don’t have a double boiler and so I do mine in a sauce pan.

You have to do this on the LOWEST heat possible and it will take a good 10 minutes to start melting good, but any higher heat and you will ruin the chocolate.

In the mean time, try and keep the kids out of the cookies!

Once the chocolate is smooth and all melted you are going to start dipping the cookies. I remove it from the heat because I let the kids do this. Every now and then you have to stick the pan back on to keep it melted.

Dip each cookie about 2/3 the way in. Shake them a little to get the excess off and sometimes I dip them a second time.

If you have any candy left…

This is where I grab kids and they can help either dip cookies or stick the eyes on.

We did one ghost with mini chocolate chip cookies and one with mini Reeses Pieces. Then we voted. The mini Reese pieces won because they were a little bigger.

After dipping, place them on wax paper, parchment paper or a surface where they won’t stick. You can make the chocolate harden faster by sticking them in the freezer or fridge, but I just let mine harden for about an hour on the counter.

Then you can place them in little gift baggies or boxes and give them away!

I used clear plastic gift bags ($1.99) from Walmart, ribbon from Dollar Tree ($1) and pumpkin and cat cut outs ($1.50 for 12)  from Targets Dollar Spot.

Total cost for 3 cookies in a bag with decoration: $1.15

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Halloween Decorating from the Dollar Stores


This is what I’ve done in the past. I am positing my Instagram picture because it looks cooler than the original!

I was at Dollar Tree one year and thought they had some really good decorations this year and for $1 each I could afford to have some fun!

My mini Christmas trees ended up as Halloween Trees. My husband thought it was a little sacrilegious, but the kids loved it! :) I thought the witches hats as the toppers were really cute. I bought every single thing at the Dollar Tree but the green netting. I got that at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off.

I figured it cost me $18 to decorate the front door. I already had the green netting from last Christmas and the mini Christmas trees.

  • 4 Spiders
  • 3 Black Creepy Cloths
  • 2 Skeleton Sets
  • 2 Spider Wreaths
  • 2 Rolls of Halloween Ribbon
  • 2 Witches Hats
  • 2 Halloween Picks ( flowers)
  • 1 Plastic Rat

Not quite as cool looking this way huh?! Instagram makes everything look cool! Anyway, I am sure some of you much more crafty people could have made this look better, but the kids love it and that is all that matters.

Don’t forget to look at the costume and party supplies. You can make some good costumes with what they have available. Plus, the party stuff is really cute!

Have you decorated with Dollar Store finds before? What did you do? 

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How To Decorate A School Locker For Less

Decorating a school locker

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 last year on saving money on lockers HERE.

Price comparison lockers

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
  • 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 cool 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.

Budget Locker Teen decorating

:: 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.

Pottery Barn Teen high end locker

:: 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?? 

How Does Fiverr Work? Buy or Sell Online Services for Just $5.00

How Does Fivver Work

Fiverr has been taking the Internet by storm recently. It’s a great way to make a little extra money or to get something done on a budget. But, it can be a little confusing and there are some things you should know going into it, so that’s where this How Does Fiverr Work guide will come in handy for you.

Fiverr lays it out like this: Sounds pretty simple right? It can be. But, like anything on the Internet, please make sure you are reading ratings and full descriptions of services before you buy and are very accurate in your own descriptions if you sell.

How to Buy Fiverr Services

  • Sign up for an account here
  • Search for what you want done – There really is EVERYTHING available. From professional services like online marketing for your home based business, graphic design and the like – to voice recordings for online personalized birthday greetings, pranks, personalized comic strips and much, much more.
  • Read what you get – Make sure you know what is being offered and all the terms of service the provider has set out.
  • Order – Commit to the purchase and pay.
  • Give your specifications – If you are having graphic services done you may need to provide a sketch. Having voice work done you may need to give names and details for the product to be completed.
  • Receive your service – Some services take longer than others, again READ the terms and know what you expect.
  • Ask for corrections if needed – But do it quickly, Fiverr terms say you only have 48 hours from the time you receive your order completion notice to request any changes, after that you are done.

How to Sell Services on Fiverr

  • Sign up for an account here
  • Know what you are selling – Be specific. Be detailed. Include anything you can think of one way or another to be very clear. The better your description, the less likely confusion will be with your buyers.
  • List it
  • Share & Wait – Let your friends and family know you are offering services and people will start to find you.
  • Fulfill orders – You will get notices alerting you to orders. Do what they ask within the guidelines you said you would and keep in contact with the buyer.
  • Complete the order, collect your money.

How does the money part work?

  • For Buyers – You pay $5.00 for what you ordered. Done.
  • For Sellers – Fivere takes a $1.00 fee from the $5.00 purchase price. You can get your money via Paypal (with additional fees) or a Fiverr Revenues Card (mentioned, but no details given on their site).

More cool services you can buy on Fiverr:

Buy gifts Buy Online Marketing Services Buy songs, voice overs and more Now that you know how Fiverr works? – Will you be trying it? Or have you before?