Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Frugal Under 10.00 Garden Makeover.

This is the flower garden in front of our house, A.K.A The weed pit. When we purchased our home over ten years ago, we thought this area had so much potential. Originally, it was lined with azalea bushes that were so beautiful when in bloom. Unfortunately, every year the bushes brought with them lots of little caterpillar type worms. We would be coated with them by merely walking by the bushes. Upkeep with azaleas can also be time consuming and with all this combined, we decided it was best to remove them. Once removed I fell in love with all the natural stone removed and dreamed of having a flower garden one day.

Reality now steps in. My name is Crystal and I have a confession to make.....I am the original Farmer Black thumb. I have been killing innocent plants for the past decade. When I walk into Lowe's plants shake and actually push other plants in front of them to be purchased. I read books, ask advice, and I have even joined gardening forums and to no avail, I still manage to kill nearly everything I plant.

This year I was bitten by the gardening bug, yet again. So, imagine to my good fortune when I found some lovely statues in the trash down the street from our home.

Although they were a bit faded and dirty, I saw some really great potential and for FREE, you could not beat that deal!  Barry, the girls, and I stopped to pick them up. Once home I got to work on a garden challenge. These motivated me to invest the time and a little budget into giving our garden a frugal makeover.

My lovely assistant, Nero, helped me set up things up on our back porch. 
Here's a price break down for my under 10.00 garden challenge:

Garden statues: Free in trash.
Spray paint in flat white from Walmart: .96.
Flowers are annuals from Walmart: 1.82
Potted plant holder: Free. This was from a Valentine's day gift Barry gave me many years ago.
Frozen flag: Free. We already had it, but we did purchase it from Dollar general last year for 1.50.
Monogrammed M sign: Free. It's another item we already had and we purchased it from Kirklands years ago.
Potting soil: 1.00 from the Dollar Tree. Had it left over from another project.

First, I gave all items a good scrubbing. Second, I just spray painted each item. I actually like the shabby chic type look. Flat white just seems to make things seem so refreshed, renewed, and modern looking.

I let everything dry overnight and then started to work on the garden the next afternoon. It was quite a rainy day, but that's just the good Lord's way of helping me out. The dirt turned out the perfect texture for digging around in. Here's the after photos:

All in all I absolutely LOVE our new garden! For under 10.00 if my black thumb starts to show again, I haven't lost a huge chunk of our Summer budget. It also makes me feel great knowing that we saved some items, that might otherwise ended up in a landfill, and upcycled them. We made them our own and with our own style. I'm also not as anxious if they get accidentally damaged in some way as well. From what I read annuals are a really great plant for beginner gardeners to start out with. They seem to thrive very well with little effort. I also like that our garden is a bit small and I do not feel so overwhelmed with upkeep. 

I feel like our home is more welcoming and inviting to visitors. I know I will be enjoying my view from my rocking chair, as I wait for the girls to get off the bus in the afternoons. The girls even commented that they feel so happy getting off the bus and seeing such a beautiful garden. Barry even added that when he comes from work it just seems so cheerful, even on a dreary and gloomy day like today. The purple just pops from all the white decor. 

I know not everyone will be lucky enough stumble upon such great finds as these treasures, but think of the endless possibilities you can do with items you already have and just a can of spray paint. A few bright flowers planted and suddenly your front yard goes from drab to cheerful. This is what I challenge you to do this summer....take 10.00 and see what you can transform in your yard. Do your own frugal garden makeover, I would love to see what you transformations.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Radha Beauty Intensive Youth Eye Gel Review

I recently received this product for free in return to give my honest review.

Radha Beauty intensive youth eye gel covers a broad spectrum of eye related issues one may have. The gel really focuses on those dark circles, puffy areas, eye bags, wrinkles and fine lines. I myself have issues with dark circles and the on set of fine lines, so I was very excited to review this product for you guys!

First, a little about the ingredients of the product itself. It contains an innovative combination of plant stem cells, Hyaluronic acid, Matrixl 3000, Cucumber Hydrosol,Vitamin E, Organic Aloe, MSM and much more. Here's a run down on some of the healthy benefits of some of the ingredients:

Plant stem cells: Protects against the sun and other aggressors.
Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates the skin and helps give it a more plump appearance.
Matrixl 3000: Helps firm the skin.

Aside from being one of the top seller's of eye treatments on Amazon, this gel is Non-comedogenic, does not contain parabens, sulfates or alcohol.

I have to say that it left under my eyes feeling very hydrated. After a week of use I did notice a difference in the dark circles under my eyes. They do in fact seem lighter in color. The fine lines that have developed near the corners of my eyes seemed to be more hydrated. This gave those lines a more filled in and plump look. I am happy with the results so far and looking forward to seeing the results after a month's use. 

Vita Sciences Maxasorb Melatonin Cream Review

I was recently asked to review Vita Sciences Maxasorb Melatonin Cream. I was sent this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

This product is wonderful for those that may have sleep disturbances, as I do. I find that is very hard for me to fall asleep at night and just turn everything off in my brain. When I do take an over the counter medication it leaves me feeling very sleepy the next morning and can really put me behind for my whole day. That's one of the great benefits of Maxasorb Melatonin Cream, it contains all natural ingredients and aides in helping you fall asleep faster. It even helps with your alertness during the day and reduces the amount of fatigue you may have during the day.

One of the best benefits, in my opinion, to this product is no pills!! You simply rub the cream on your skin. Very simply to apply and the bottle delivers measured amounts of product (3mg of Melatonin in every pump), it's fool proof. Each bottle contains 1.7 oz and that equals out to 60 applications.

The lotion itself is grease less and very moisturizing to the skin. It's scent free and hypoallergenic. Which is great for those of us that have Eczema issues.

All in all I would say this product could be a great asset to those that suffer from insomnia or even delayed sleep. For more information on this product, please visit their website at http://www.vitasciences.com/maxasorbmelatonin.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Frugal Girls' Bedroom Makeover.

Recently, the girls wanted to give their room a makeover. One wanted puppies and the other wanted kittens, so we met in the middle with both. We found these really cool wall decals on clearance at Walmart for  3.00 each (We decided to get one pack of kittens and one pack of puppies).

Here's a better view of all the decals and puppy/kitten mixture. The wall color was the only thing we had to purchase for this makeover. Then we used some old paint we had left over from another project as the trim.

We then took the trim paint and repurposed some different pieces of furniture in the girls' room.
I previously bought this desk at a thrift store and served it's purpose well for homeschool preschool. Now it's been made over to be used as a homework desk.

This is my favorite piece of furniture that we gave a make over to. We had this hall tree for many years and we decided to paint it in the color of the trim. The bins are from the Dollar tree (The Dollar Tree has some wonderful bin selections near the closet section). The letters we bought many years ago and they needed a makeover, so we painted those with the wall color. This has got to be my absolute favorite piece. The girls have a place to hang their jackets and book bags. The bins provide for perfect storage of their shoes.

Just a look over head at their favorite spot. This is where they like to keep their beloved stuffed animals.

I would really put this in at around an 80 budget, if that.  We simply used things we already have around our home and they love their new room.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cake Pop Station.

Last Christmas I was very blessed with a Michael's gift card from my secret Santa (In a coupon group I am in). I was able to purchase a cake pop maker and it has come in so handy!! Last night we had a meal at church after service and the girls helped me make cake pops. We decided we would make a cake pop station and let the kiddos decide what they would like on them.

I bought some really cool paper straws on clearance at Walmart and used them for the sticks. I then took a piece of tissue paper, the kind you would use in a gift bag, and added it to the inside of a mason jar. We then put 2 different types of sprinkles, extra cake bites (I put the extra straws in a cute cupcake cup), and went with marshmallow fluff for the icing. With frosting the sprinkles fall off easily, but with marshmallow topping...everything stays put and less mess.

I hope this idea helps when you are in a pinch and looking for something fun to make for a get together. If you are interested in purchasing a Cake pop maker you can click below.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Frugal Owl Bathroom Makeover!

Recently, I repainted and decorated our bathroom on a frugal budget. Many years ago a tree fell through our bathroom ceiling and while we repaired the damage...our wallpaper was ruined. Over the years we tried wallpaper remover, the "claw", steaming it, and many other techniques. We just could not find one that would remove the wallpaper without removing the top layer of our sheet rock. Needless to say our bathroom was an eyesore for quite some time.

After a little Youtube researching I found that you can indeed paint over wallpaper and quite nicely. So here's the tour!

 We were originally stuck between owls or peacocks, but in the end went with owls. This is the main bathroom in the house and the girls' bathroom, so I figured it's fun and would grow with them. The laundry basket was a giveaway win last year with the Petersboro basket company. The rug is out of a set I already had.

We picked up a shower curtain and owl hooks at Walmart. The shelf was a Christmas gift from Barry's parents many years ago and the wall hanging is an old print I bought from Kirkland's many years ago. The owl accents were sent to the girls by a friend as a gift.

 The wall color is actually left over trim paint from the girls' room makeover and the trim is left over from a touch up job we did to the outside of our home.

Another view point of our tiny and cozy little bathroom. As I have mentioned before...the great part about having small spaces is it takes less time and money to do a total makeover.
As you can see the dark color covered up the wallpaper quite nicely and the blue really is sort of a neutral color. I feel like the girls can change from theme to another without any issues in the future.

In the end the girls absolutely loved their new bathroom. I think it feels more open and just bright in general. By redecorating it really motivated me to declutter this small space and pick more functional items to stay. Since the paint was left over from the girls' room, shelf was free, we already had the print, laundry basket won in a giveaway, rug was already in our home, and the owls were a gift. Our only cost was the shower curtain and hooks from Walmart.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vintage 50's Inspired Kitchen for less than 50.00!!

I thought I would take you on a tour of my new frugally decorated, vintage 50's inspired, kitchen!

Recently, I repainted and decorated the girls' room. In the end I had some left over paint and thought I I would paint the kitchen. It took me a couple of days to rip off most of the wallpaper and some areas I actually had to paint over (which turned out better than expected and I found a lot of pointers on Youtube). Since their paint was a little too bright for my taste I took a bit of white and mixed with their pink paint. The outcome was a rich and pretty vibrant pink that was perfect for our tiny kitchen. I have to say that since the makeover I find the kitchen a very cheerful and encouraging place to be. Right now it has to be my absolute favorite room of the house. So, let's get started with the tour!

Here's the first corner of our kitchen. My inspiration was actually that cute wax warmer to the left (I purchased from www.scentedbaskets.com and I believe she has a clearance going on at the moment). It's my favorite wax warmer in our home and I love the 50's look it provides. The plate and tea cups were found at a local thrift store for well under a 1.00 (I painted those with the trim paint). The tea cup decals are from the clearance aisle at Target for 3.00. I purchased 2 packs and had plenty to decorate the kitchen. That's the great part of owning small spaces, the cost of redecorating and time to do so are minimal.

This is my window ledge looking out into the back yard. Again, I have more decals and found these cute Ramekins at Tuesday morning, I believe, they were 4 for a 1.00.

This is the coffee station I set up. I even painted the little radio Barry and I have had for about 13 years now. I added a little scripture for encouragement in the mornings. The K cup basket I won from Petersboro last year. You may be wondering why I have two machines? How much coffee can one girl drink..lol. I actually won the Tassimo machine last year and still have cups for it. The Keurig was a 13th wedding anniversary gift Barry got for me. So we use the Tassimo for harder to find beverages (I.E. Cadbury hot chocolate, Twinings teas, etc.) and the Keurig for their great selection on different beverages.

Here's a better look at the scripture I have hanging up. I bought this on clearance at Kirkland's a couple of years ago for around 2.00 and love that it's tin.

This is an area next our stove. I decided to display more functional pieces we use daily. Another scripture tin for encouragement from Kirkland's, our fruit bowl, and all our cooking items for easy reach. This was actually a tea pot I bought for about a 1.00 at a thrift store and it was in the blue willow design. I just painted it with the trim paint and wall paint. The decals are from the same Target pack.

This is a decal above our stove and out of the same pack of decals I purchased at Target.

This is our bread making and baking corner. I put my mixer there (I love the color) and a bread box I purchased a yard sale years ago. I just painted with the trim paint and painted the latch with the wall paint.

Another look of the bread making and baking corner, but at a different angle.

If you are like me and have a small pantry, here is a really neat idea. You can buy a shelving unit to attach to the back of your pantry door to maximize that space and it's adjustable. Fortunately, for us this was already assembled and here when we bought our home ten years ago, but I just updated it with a little paint.

If anyone asks, this is my "Shabby chic" look pantry..lol. I didn't have time for the second coat of paint and will do that soon. For better organization I bought these adorable bins at the dollar tree. It's so much easier having like items divided up Vs. randomly sitting on the shelf. I used one bin to house juice boxes and another to house school snacks. It's easy peasy now for the girls to grab the bins and pick out their daily snacks in the morning.

Just another angle of the kitchen and you can see the paint color just a bit better in this photo.

I hope you guys enjoyed my tour of my tiny 50's inspired vintage kitchen. All together it cost less than 50.00 to give our kitchen a new makeover!!! Tomorrow I will post about how we gave our bathroom a frugal makeover and it's adorable, guys. Think owls!

You can also take a video tour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fsgJdigbHg
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