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9 Ways to Update a Hutch Without Repainting it.

You don’t have to painstakingly sand, prime and paint an old hutch in order to update it. My mom has gorgeous very large hutch. We are renovating her dinning room and wanting to update it.  We went back and forth on painting it or not, weighing the pros and cons. Ultimately repainting it was going to

Valentine’s Door Decor

You can make this Valentines door hanging by using any frame (no glass or back) and hanging an object in it. It takes 5-10 minutes to put together. I found the frame and heart wreath at a thrift store for $1.50 each. I examined how the wreath was made and took photos of the back

How To Make a Mr. Fredricksen Costume from the Movie ‘UP’.

My son, the baby Russell and Mason, the Mr. Frederickson met on Halloween through a family friends’ coworker. We had a blast doing a photo shoot with both of them. I wanted to know how he made his costume so I asked him and he made a description of How To make a Mr. Fredricksen costume

5 Everyday Luxuries that Homemakers Deserve

As homemakers we learn the meaning of 24/7. We are always on call if the kids need us. The house is never done being cleaned, meals never end, and laundry keeps accumulating. Plus, we don’t get sick-leave or weekends off. Homemakers are some of the hardest workers out there. Studies from Forbes.com and Salary.com have shown

How to Make a Badge for Kids

 This tutorial will work for just about any badge. Birthday’s, Dress-up, Super Hero Logos, Halloween costumes, or any other reason you have to make a badge. They are very EASY, quick, and inexpensive. They stick on really well and also peel right off so you can wash the outfit when needed.  In addition, I was surprised and

Top Photo of 2013 on Major TV/Radio/Weather Station

Earlier this year, our babysitter Candice told us that our son Denali looked just like Russell from the movie UP. And because he really did, the name stuck. Since then, we often call him ‘Baby Russell’. So for Halloween we wanted to dress him up like Russell. I started gathering his costume from different places

D.I.Y. Flower Centerpiece

Being the frugal gal I am, it is rare for me to have a centerpiece full of fresh flowers and real cranberries. Yet, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity when I realized this arrangement would cost me $2.50. ($4.50 if I had to buy the vase and dish, which I didn’t) and it only took me

27 Neighbor Gifts in 27 Minutes

This Christmas I was able to assemble my neighbors’ Christmas gifts in 27 minutes. (I did not include the shopping time). Not only was I able to completely assemble these gifts in under half an hour, they only cost an average of $1.47 cents each! That is 27 gifts for $39.42!! * Note (esp to

3 Simple Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

  1. Serve others. Christ’s every action and decision was based on the welfare of others. He thought not of Himself but of His Father in Heaven, His brothers and sisters, and the eternal nature of His calling. He sacrificed not only His very body and life, but each and every moment He lived, and

Easy D.I.Y. $3.50 Wreath

I made this wreath (which I think is pretty cute) for $3.50 in about 30 minutes. You can make a $3.50 wreath too, with these 3 simple steps: #1- Buy an old wreath from a thrift store (I got mine for $1.50) and take off the old decorations/things on it. If you have an old

How To Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Pro.

This Christmas we donated a tree to the Festival of Trees. It is a non-profit charity that donates all the money raised to the Primary Children’s Hospital. The trees are sold and need to look as professionally-decorated as possible. Many decorate using a theme and others just decorate based on color schemes. This year we did

Christmas Tree Ornament Guide

Ornament Guide:  For the first 8 feet of a Christmas tree, each foot needs at least 12 medium/standard sized ornaments per foot totaling: 2 foot= 24 ornaments 3 foot= 36 ornaments. 4 foot= 48 ornaments. 5 foot= 60 ornaments. 6 foot= 72 ornaments. 7 foot= 84 ornaments. 8 foot= 96 ornaments. As the tree grows

Wood Pumpkins

Fall themed wood pumpkins will work as decor from September through Thanksgiving. They are very inexpensive, and they are easy to make.  I was able to easily put them together without the help of step by step photos, so until I can add some (mine got deleted), I’ll just leave the step by step instructions.

Why You Should Shop 364 Days Early

Thrifty people look for deals any time of the year. Even if the deals are for holiday goods 364 days early. You can save big by buying holiday items after the holiday has just past. Usually stores will discount their holiday merchandise the day after that holiday has past. This is the best time to

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