3 Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas that Take Less Than 5 Minutes to Make!

One of the drawbacks to living far away from family is that our holidays are rather quiet affairs.  Every other year or so family or friends come to visit but this year it will just be my husband and I and the kids.  However, that doesn't mean I don't want the holidays to be special!  These Christmas candle decorating ideas are inexpensive and easy to put together.  That means I get plenty of holiday spirit without going broke or stressing out about fancy centerpieces!  If you find yourself without guests this holiday season, don't skimp on the … [Read more...]

DIY Dog Treat Cookie Jar and Healthy Natural Dog Treats from Wellness

This DIY dog treat cookie jar and healthy natural dog treats discussion has been sponsored by Wellness.  All opinions expressed here are my own.Halloween is almost here and that means there will be plenty of treats to be enjoyed.  From pumpkin pie to pumpkin ginger snaps, everyone in my house enjoys treats occasionally, even my dog.  Of course, sweets are definitely NOT good for dogs!  Know what else isn't good for dogs?  A lot of the stuff you find in many brands of dog treats. I have used Wellness brand products for my dog for years. I … [Read more...]

Solutions for Teen Acne Struggles and a DIY Bathroom Organizer

This discussion about teen acne struggles and my DIY bathroom organizer craft is part of the #ClearlyConfident campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.My teens go back to school on Monday and we are busy getting ourselves ready.   Clothes shopping has been challenging, the back to school shopping list is way too long, and teen acne struggles are making them worry about their first day of school complexion.  Teenage acne is something we all suffer through, no matter what generation you are! … [Read more...]

Upcycled Dog Treats Jar to Keep Fido’s Treats Fresh!

Up until now, I have been keeping the dog's treats in the box they come from the pet store in.  It rarely closes properly and her chewy treats end up crunchy very quickly. This week I decided to make an upcycled dog treats jar to keep her treats a bit more fresh.  Not that SHE is all that picky.  This is the dog that likes to eat bunny poop and drink out of the toilet.  But, since I love the often annoying little canine that rules this house, I think she deserves fresh dog treats!  So, if you have an empty jar or two lying around, try making an … [Read more...]

Terra Cotta Coasters Give Your Table a Fresh Look for Spring!

Now that the pollen has finally been (mostly!) washed away, I am ready to start getting my patio ready for spring.  I spent some time scrubbing the patio furniture and bought a few  new plants to add a pop of color.  Next on my 'to do list' for spring entertaining is to start finding inexpensive ways to spruce up my patio table.  Occasionally, we like to have guests over to enjoy the fire pit and having tableware I am not embarrassed to seen using is always a plus.  Of course, I don't want to spend a fortune on decorating my patio.  I have … [Read more...]

Orange and Ginger Simmering Spices

Remember right before Christmas when you were baking all those luscious cookies and candy?  Remember how warm and inviting your house smelled?  The aroma of cinnamon and cloves that wafted up from the oven as your pumpkin pie or snicker-doodles baked inside?  I love that smell.  There is something so cozy about a house that smells like something delicious has just come out of the oven.  Of course, if I want to fit in my pants, the holiday baking has to come to an end eventually! Never fear though....your house can still smell good! With these … [Read more...]

Frugal Christmas Centerpiece Idea for Your Holiday Table

I enjoy decorating my house for the holidays but I really don't like to spend a lot of extra money on decorations that will only be used once a year.  My money is much better spent on things other than blow up snowmen or plastic nick knacks. Despite my lack of desire to spend money in the Target holiday isles, I do like having the house decorated for the holidays.  I try to find ways to decorate the house that are inexpensive yet still attractive. I usually go with scented candles, baskets of pine cones and a few Christmas crafts from the … [Read more...]

Four Easy Salt Dough Crafts

Last year my daughter was given a school project that, of course, needed parental assistance.  Her job was to make a model of the ocean flour using salt dough.  Honestly, I had never worked with salt dough before and was a little intimidated.  I am not usually the most crafty of individuals.  I usually end up with glue gun burns and paint in my hair!  But, I was really amazed at how easy salt dough was to make AND how incredibly easy it was to mold into the shape of an ocean floor!  A little bit if paint and some plastic sea creatures and she … [Read more...]

Easy Fall Craft: Tin Can Pumpkins!

Fall is almost here!  Despite the God awful heat and humidity, we have been experiencing here in Georgia this week the calendar says fall is on the way.  I am starting to see leaves drop off from the trees and it is darker in the evenings earlier that it was last month.  Soon we will have crisp, cool mornings and piles of leaves in the yard to rake up.  Okay, that part of fall I am not looking forward to! I decided to try my hand at an easy fall craft and turn some leftover tin cans into decorative pumpkins to adorn my table.  If you are … [Read more...]

How to Make a Beer Bottle Flower Vase

This beer bottle flower vase was inspired by two things...my husband's love of good beer and my need to find a new purpose for all of the empty bottles!  We are passionate recyclers but every once in a while I get inspired to check out the internet in search of a few recycled craft ideas.  Recycling things is great but finding new uses for old things is even better.  If you are entertaining and don't want to spend a lot of money on vases for flowers just ask friends and neighbors to start saving their old beer bottles.  The only other thing you … [Read more...]