Tiny Bathroom Update: Added Wallpaper, Trim Work and Board & Batten Work (Whew!)

 

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Our powder room is just about done . . . woohoooo! I’m so thankful that my husband encouraged me to dream of what I really wanted instead of just settling for something done halfway, and by starting on a small room I was able to see something marked off our list.

 

The only thing that isn’t finished is adding a small piece of trim around the chair rail – we’re looking for one like this that’s in our dining room . . .

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but so far haven’t found that match, so my husband’s headed to the local lumberyard to hunt it down. Because the room is so small, it was hard to get good photos that would really let you see it, but here’s the best peak I can share!

 

 

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Here’s what we tackled:

  • My super talented husband added molding to the ceiling as well as from the chair rail down
  • I wallpapered the walls. (Note, if you ever hear me mention papering another room, please leave a comment letting me know I’ve clearly lost my mind. I survived it, but it was not easy, and it’s far from perfect. I do love the results though, and am pretty sure a small bathroom is just about the only place I’d ever like wallpaper in our home . . . whew!)
  • Painted the trimwork and walls behind the molding.

 

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Here’s what we ended up spending:

  • Trim wood = $151
  • Nails & caulk = $10
  • Wallpaper = $96
  • Total = $257

 

I can’t even tell you how pleased I am with this little room (although I’d just love to see the extra molding finished up soon!) We definitely could have saved even more by simply choosing to paint it, but I’m thrilled with the way it turned out.

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Have you done any fluffing up in your home this week? I’d sure love to hear about what you’re up to, and if you have any thoughts on where we might find that molding, leave me a comment to share that too!

This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday - thanks for the opportunity to link up!  I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!) If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Five Minute Challenge: Clean The Shiny Surfaces




Here’s today’s five minute challenge for the day . . . you can do this!  Stand up, walk away from your computer, set your timer for just five minutes and wipe down on all the shiny surfaces in your kitchen. 

 

Grab a bottle of Windex or  your favorite cleaner and an old rag, wipe down the front of your fridge, your oven, dishwasher, and microwave (although that microwave’s already clean right?) It’s amazing how good it feels to get any fingerprints cleaned off!

 

And, to motivate you just a wee bit more, each time that you comment on any of this week’s five minute challenge posts, you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card. (I’ll pick one lucky winner on Friday night.)  So, hurry and get to work for just five minutes, then come back here and let me know how it went!

 

Do you know an unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share those too . . . I’m always looking for new ideas. See previous five minute challenges.

 

 

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5 Minute Challenge: Scrub the Kitchen Sink




Here’s today’s five minute challenge for the day . . . you can do this!  Stand up, walk away from your computer, set your timer for just five minutes and scrub your kitchen sink, then lay out fresh dish cloths for the morning.

I promise, there is no better feeling in the morning than to come into a kitchen with a freshly cleaned out sink, especially if you leave out clean dishcloths and towels (it always makes me feel like I’m walking into a hotel!) Go ahead and get it done . . . I promise you’ll thank me for it. ;)

And, to motivate you just a wee bit more, each time that you comment on any of this week’s five minute challenge posts, you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card. (I’ll pick one lucky winner on Friday night.)  So, hurry and get to work for just five minutes, then come back here and let me know how it went!

 

Do you know an unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share those too . . . I’m always looking for new ideas. See previous five minute challenges.

 

 

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Five Minute Challenge: Clean Your Microwave (And Enter To Win A $10 Amazon Gift Card!)




Here’s today’s five minute challenge for the day . . . you can do this!  Stand up, walk away from your computer, set your timer for just five minutes and give your microwave a good scrubbing. Clean off the plate at the bottom if you have one, wipe down the front and sides, and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!

 

And, to motivate you just a wee bit more, each time that you comment on any of this week’s five minute challenge posts, you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card. (I’ll pick one lucky winner on Friday night.)  So, hurry and get to work for just five minutes, then come back here and let me know how it went!

 

Do you know an unique cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment to share those too . . . I’m always looking for new ideas. See previous five minute challenges.

 

 

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25 Meals From Aldi For Less Than $150 (+ Gluten Free & Slow Cooker Options!)

 

 

I’m so excited about this new printable offer available, especially since I know so many of you are looking to start putting together menu plans each week now that school’s back in session! Right now you can learn how to make some incredible menu plans from Aldi, all for $150 or less. Here’s what’s being offered right now Lauren at I Am That Lady:

If you don’t have tons of time to clip coupons and menu plan, this is for you. Just print your list, head to your local Aldi, and you’ll have as many as 25 recipes ready to go without much planning on your part. Included in the system are recipe cards, a shopping list, and a calendar to last for one full month. Love that!

Here are just a few of the recipes included in the lists. . .

  • Honey Garlic Chicken
  • Chicken Piccata
  • Crockpot Lasagna
  • Korean Pork Tacos
  • Blackened Tilapia
  • Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
  • Caramel Apple Pork Chops
  • Turkey Chili
  • Black Beans & Rice
  • Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
  • And so many more . . .
You can also just check out the recipes for FREE, even without purchasing the printable packet. But, for $1.97, you’ll get all the printables, including recipes cards, grocery shopping list, and meal plan calendar. Go HERE to take a peek, and let me know what you think!

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Burlap Wreath

I’m loving this week’s Friday Fluff Up project! I’d really hoped to finish up the bathroom (the wallpaper’s done ~ now I’m just waiting on my hubby to finish the trim work . . .hopefully that will get done this weekend?) But, I’ve been wanting a new wreath for our front door, and this morning after looking around Michaels (and seeing prices upwards of $50), I decided to try my hand at making a burlap wreath. I’m so glad I did!

 

 

It was a little more work for than I anticipated, however burlap is very, forgiving so if you make a mistake or two as you go it’s not the end of the world.  Here’s what I used . . .

  • 3 Burlap 6″ Ribbon Bolts on sale $4.99 at Michaels (I think I could have maybe just used 2, but did need a bit of that third roll)
  • 1 wire wreath frame $3.99
  • Used 10% off coupon 
  • Total =  $15.56

I followed the instructions over HERE and HERE, and my best tip is to twist the burlap well between each loop. 

I already had the blue chevron ribbon at home, but ended up using another bit of yellow chevron instead because it felt a little more summer-early-fall-ish. ;)  I did use a bit of wire to attach that onto the wreath, but that’s about it!

I’m not sure that I’m going to leave just the Chevron ribbon (it was all I had on hand, and matches our local high school colors so I think it’s kind of fun for football season?)  I really do love the ribbon on this one, so the next time I’m at the craft store that’s what I’m going to look for. ;)
It wasn’t quite as simple as this Christmas Wreath (those were so easy!), but it’s definitely doable, and so much smarter than paying for one. (I saw them priced at up to $85 on Etsy. YIKES!)

Here are a few more easy wreath ideas if you’re looking for a way to inexpensively fluff up your home too . . .

This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday - thanks for the opportunity to link up!  I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

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Easily Organize Kids School Outfits

I’m hoping to have an update next Friday with more woodwork and wallpaper in our powder room, but in the meantime thought I’d show you my quick (easy!) solution for organizing my kids’ clothes for the school year! While my older children usually pick out their outfits each day on their own, my youngest always begs for me to help, and since her room is upstairs I’m always behind getting ready for school.   So, I decided this year that I’m going to set out a week’s worth of clothing over the weekend, and she’ll be all ready to go!

 

There are so many cute ways to do this (I love this idea and this one), but since we already had clothespins I decided to keep it simple.   I’d planned on just folding the outfits in her drawers (like this), but since Reagan noticed these white hooks that haven’t been re-hung from our old laundry room, they were the perfect easy answer.

 

(I’m in love with the orange top in the middle that I found at Gymboree for $4.99 last week. Apparently it was left over from last year’s sales and was the only thing like it.  She’s not as in love with it as I am, but I’m crossing my fingers she’ll wear it next week!)

 
Hopefully I’ll stay on top of this to make school mornings go a wee bit more smoothly, and it was so easy to add. I’ll let you know how we do! ;)

 

And, since we were in her room anyways, I thought you might enjoy a peek of her room in our new house. (Remember her tiny room in Alabama that we just loved? She has a normal sized room now, and it really is so nice for her to have a little more space!)   I haven’t done much yet to fluff it up, so she’s just enjoying some great deals we;ve picked up here and there, and while it’s far from a very Pinterested room, it’s working for her just fine right now. ;)

Here’s what’s in her room right now (in addition to a small dresser that we’d already had):

  1. We ordered the bookshelf from Amazon a few weeks ago using Swagbucks. So far we’ve been very pleased with it and I would highly recommend this one!
  2. The bed was a hand-me-down Ethan Allen bed from my sister-in-law Yvonne, and the Pottery Barn lamp was a hand-me-down from my sister-in-law Terri. (There are benefits to having the youngest kids in the family by a few years!)  I’ve had the Mary Engelbreit print for years but the frame was brass, so I spray painted it in silver while working on our breakfast nook to match the new colors in her room. I bought the bedding at TJMaxx a few weeks ago which work great for summer, but she’ll need a heavier comforter this winter (if you know of any great deals on those, I’d love to hear them as I’ve been struggling to find one!) And her monogrammed throw pillow was a baby gift for her (probably one of my all time favorite baby gifts because we still enjoy it.)
  3. I found the lamp for my older daughter at a consignment sale – I’d seen the same lamp new in a store priced at $50, but snagged that one for $10. Love it!
  4. The pink trunk that holds her American Girl treasures (all received as gifts from grandparents and aunts and uncles) was from Hobby Lobby and was also a gift. (Asking family members to give your kids great items to fluff up their rooms is such a good way to save on things they’ll actually use!)
  5. Goodness, my favorite deal I post each year is when American Girl puts out their special sale one time only in November or early December. We bought both the bed and American Girl doll for Reagan as Christmas gifts two years ago – definitely one of my all time favorite deals (I think they were priced at $50 – and she still loves them!)

 

The only thing I forgot to take a picture of was a great soft pink throw rug that’s just feels yummy on your feet. I found it for $20 at Maple Rugs in Scottsboro, Alabama (it’s about a 5×7 rug), and it’s just the coolest thing. I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture. . .

 

So, there you have it! Have you come up with a great way to organize your child’s outfits for the school year? I’d love to hear any other recommendations, for whatever reason this is something I always struggle with, but I’m determined to be on top of it this  year!

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

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How to Save on Medical Expenses

 

If you’ve been trying to figure out how to save on medical expenses, here are a few ideas worth trying out! Just last month as I was picking up a prescription I reminded myself that I needed to try a few of these out again as well, and I’d love to here your suggestions also.  Here are a few ideas:

 

  1. Use generic prescriptions when you can. Many prescription medications are available in a generic form, and it can help you pinch quite a few pennies by opting to use the generic form instead of the brand name prescription.
  2. Search the internet for coupons on regular (non-generic) prescriptions. Just this morning I googled one of the prescriptions we regularly purchase, and found a coupon for $15 off each prescription for the next six times I pick up this certain medication. While that doesn’t sound all that exciting, that’s a whopping $90 off ~ not too shabby for two minutes worth of searching!
  3. Find which stores offer your prescription at the most discounted rate. Some medications are less expensive at warehouse stores such as Sam’s or Costco, so it’s worth finding what the price is on your medications there rather than overpaying at a local pharmacy.
  4. Consider trying out CVS. Right now CVS has some fantastic bonuses for filling your prescriptions there, and if you’re a regular CVS shopper you can really benefit from these since you’re filling prescriptions anyways.  Basically, fill 10 prescriptions at CVS and get $5 ECBs, plus find out more ways to earn extra care bucks which are definitely worth checking out.
  5. Ask for a discount on your bill when you pay it off in full. I received this great tip from a reader yesterday who had to pay a fairly large medical bill to her local doctor’s office. Oh a whim, instead of just paying the amount, she asked if they would give her a discount for paying it in full immediately when calling to make her payment. Sure enough, they gave her a 10% discount which saved $50. It never hurts to ask, and it might help you save a little extra money!

 

Your turn now! What tips do you have for saving money on medical expenses? I’d love to hear your ideas, so take a minute and leave a comment to share what’s worked for you.

 

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Small Bathroom DIY (I’m So Excited!)

My rock star husband started working on fluffing up the powder room on our main floor, and I’m so stinkin’ excited about it! Remember when I shared how he encouraged me to dream big? Well, I started rounding up my “big” dreams for this tiny room over on Pinterest, and he’s started working on the trim work. The project’s still in process this week, but hopefully in the next few weeks I can show you the finished results.

 

We had just a basic powder room to start with – here in Ohio trim fancy trim work is hard to come by (although our home has more than some, it’s still not in most of the rooms like we were lucky enough to have in Alabama.) Because we had so much pretty molding there, we knew the minute we closed on this house it was something we’d like to add, and I’m so glad I have a husband who has the patience to work at it. (It is not as easy as it looks, but he stuck with it.  I keep telling him he’ll be an old pro by the time he finishes all the projects I have lined up for him!)

(Here’s the molding that was throughout our home in Alabama – he’s got quite a bit of work ahead of him! See how we furnished that dining room ~ including curtains ~ for $150. One of my favorite projects ever.) ;)

Here’s the before picture of the bathroom before he started (I was in a hurry and just snapped these with my iPhone, sorry they’re pretty blurry but you get the idea!).

To add bulk to the molding, James put in traditional crown molding at the top of the ceiling, then added an extra piece of trim 4 inches below the molding, and painted the drywall in between.

 

It gives the appearance of being incredibly thick molding, but saves on material, and was the same way that our molding was hung down South.

I found this wallpaper over on Amazon (I haven’t hung wallpaper in years, but just love the look of it in a small bathroom!) It will go above the wainscoting we’re adding to the bottom half of the room (hopefully will look like these when it’s done.)

Already I’m in love with that paper, and can’t wait to see it all finished! 

Here’s what we’ve spent so far:

  • Trim wood = $51
  • Nails & caulk = $10
  • Wallpaper = $96
  • Total = $157

 

If I’d chosen to use paint we could have saved a bunch (and I’m betting I could have found more discounted paper if I’d looked harder for it, but this was easy and during this season of our lives I’m going for easy!) What helped so much is that my husband has been collecting tools as birthday and Christmas gifts since we were in our first apartment eighteen years ago, which definitely keeps our cost down.

 

So, that’s all for now! I absolutely can’t wait to see it all done, and am so glad I have a husband who enjoys this stuff with me. (He’s always happier when he has a project in the works – I’m so lucky!)

 

Are you working on any fun projects in your home? I’d love to hear what you’re working on! And, if you’re going through a difficult season in your life right now, I can’t tell you how much just dreaming about what we really want has helped us in our move. Check this out if you need some encouragement in that area too. ;)

Love seeing penny pinched decorating ideas? Here are a few more to check out . . .

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Ohio State Fair Fun

We had so much fun this week at the Ohio State Fair, and I thought you all might enjoy a peek! We haven’t gone to a state fair since living in Kentucky almost ten years ago, so it was fun to check out the food, rides, and (my favorite!) the exhibits. (I’m telling you what, next year I’m coming up with a recipe to enter in the fair – my family’s already debating what they want me to bake so that at least once a month for the next year they get to test it!)


I will tell you that the fair is far from penny pinched. If you have little ones, try to steer far from the rides (which is tough to do!), because just the exhibits are neat to see and don’t cost anything more than the fair’s admission. (We found discounted tickets at our local Kroger store.) We ended up purchasing $45 in ride tickets which was more than enough for my kids (thankfully they’re not big riders), and I kind of wish we encouraged them to just pick a ride or two, because they really would have been content with that.

 

My husband and I have always loved visiting the fair for the people-watching, to see what kind of ridiculous food’s being concocted, and I love checking out the cake competitions and handwork items. It’s just fun to see what people can do!  Okie dokie . . . here’s what we saw ~ on what had to be the prettiest night I’ve ever seen in July. ;)

 

 Tried out Fried Buckeyes – they were so good! Fried Grilled Cheese . . . um, not so good ;)

Noticed the Sloppy Donuts ~  yikes ;)

My Reagan who’s always been fascinated by pigs (hence the pig overalls her Uncle Jack got for her) got to see her first piggies up close and personal. 

After petting this one, she said “They’re so sort ~ that makes me love piggies even more!”

 Then we saw this monster boar~ at 1440 pounds, it was not what we think of when Reagan says she loves piggies!

We also checked out a few pigs and bunnies (and made those goofy faces for some reason?)

Saw huge tractors . . .

and a few little ones too.

Checked out some fantastic train sets, 

milked Buckeye Bessie,

 and loved seeing the cookies, cakes and mode towns on display.

My son is convinced I’m making him that cake next year for his birthday (I promise to post pics when I do . . . ) :)

 And I loved looking at the quilts and handiwork on display.

All in all it was a fun but-not-so-penny-pinched afternoon, and we loved seeing all Ohio has to offer! Hope you’ve been able to do something extra fun this week with your family too. ;)

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