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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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Smash Planner Divider Giveaway!!

I accidentally ordered the wrong size of dividers from Blitsy (You can join or visit the site by clicking here http://blitsy.com?code=109538&ref=1 ), so I thought you guys might be able to use them. Easy peasy entries and feel free to check out my video on Youtube for more information here (I also have a small Yankee Candle haul and decorating the girls' room on a budget tips in the video):


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Recipe for homemade stir fry with whole grain rice.

This recipe will serve 4 people and is a big favorite in my house!

About an hour before preparing our meal I will marinate our sliced sirloin in a mixture of:

1 Tablespoon of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon of either veg. oil or olive oil
1 Teaspoon of pepper
1 Teaspoon of onion powder

-I would not add any extra salt to the mixture.

1 Cup of whole grain rice. Follow the instructions per brand, but general rule is 5 cups of water or
   broth per cup of rice. I also add a hint of ginger to my rice.

As rice is boiling I pop in the "Eat smart" (These can be found at Publix and are on sale for 3/5.00 this week!) stir fry veggie mix to steam in the bag in the microwave.

In  skillet combine the following:

1 Tablespoon of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon of either veg. oil or olive oil
1 Teaspoon of pepper
1 Teaspoon of onion powder
(Your basic marinade sauce, as above, but this will be used in combination with your already made marinade with steak. The excess liquid will work as a sauce over your rice and add seasoning to your veggies that you have steamed)
1 Teaspoon of ginger powder
8oz of beef sirloin diced

Once all of the above is cooked to your liking, you can then plate it. I usually make a bed of rice first and then mix the veggies with beef/any excess liquid.

If you have anyone in your home that's looking for a carb friendly stir fry...this would be an excellent choice for them!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Novica GC Giveaway!!!

Recently, I was given a gift certificate to Novica (which is in association with National Geographic.) After searching the store, which I wanted everything I looked at, I finally decided on this beautiful
When my package arrived, it was wrapped so beautiful and I received a card thanking me for supporting the Thai arts.

After wearing my shirt on a few occasions I can say that I really enjoy the detailed embroidery around the neck and sleeves, it's quite beautiful. The fabric itself is a heavy cotton and would be wonderful for Winter. The sleeves flow outward and just the right amount of shape with the elastic waist.

Now for the giveaway!!! Novica has been very kind and is offering one of our blog readers a 37.50 online GC to Novica. The only two requirements for entering are liking their Facebook page and my Facebook page. Easy peasy and I will announce the winner May 23, 2014. After announcement I will verify your entries, email for verification, and email your GC to you! Just enter with the Rafflecopter form below.

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