{Lightened Up} Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

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I’m so excited about this new recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread that I tried out this week! While I love my usual pumpkin bread recipe (it’s so good), I love that this one calls for only whole wheat flour, substitutes the oil for applesauce, and tastes oh-so-good.

 

Most of the recipes that I bake with whole wheat flour call for half whole wheat and half regular white flour, so I wasn’t quite sure how this one would do. It definitely is a little more dense than our regular recipe, but it still tastes delicious. It has 155 calories per serving and 2.9 grams of fat per serving (assuming 12 servings per loaf), which is half the calories of my regular recipe that has about 319 calories per serving and 12.6 grams of fat. I’m pretty sure I won’t make my old recipe again after tasting how yummy this one was!

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started . . .

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin pie filling (I think I may try substituting it with canned pumpkin next time to cut down on some of the sugar)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 and grease 9x5 loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together pumpkin pie filling, applesauce, sugar, egg, egg whites and cinnamon.
  4. Add flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until combined, then add in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into pan and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
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Thanks All Recipes for another great recipe to try! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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$2.50 Goodwill Chair Makeover

 

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Goodwill Chair Makeover

Oh my.

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I have never (ever?) been so in love with a $2.50 purchase.

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If you ever (EVER) come across a chair for $2.50, I expect you to buy it. Not cute enough for you? You can send it right on over to me.

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I’ll even pay the shipping. (Ummm, let me know though first.) ;)

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When I saw this chair at Goodwill a few weeks ago for $2.50, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. The lines were pretty basic, it was solid (legs were all in good shape), so I snuck it home in my trunk. (My poor husband – he doesn’t ever complain about my garbage day finds but I do think he wonders what on earth I’m thinking some days!)

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(I found the cute poof yesterday at TJMaxx on clearance for $32 – I think it was worth it for extra seating by our fireplace when it gets cold outside!)
 

And, since I’d made a few donations at Goodwill that day I had a coupon for 10% off my purchase, making the grand total on the cost of my chair just $2.25. (Seriously, how awesome is that?)

 

So, I let it sit for a few weeks in my car, finally brought it in and set it in our kitchen, and this morning at 8:15 pulled out my Annie Sloan paint. (Remember the piano I painted a few weeks ago? That meant I didn’t even pay extra for more paint. Love. that.)

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Because I didn’t think you’d believe me, I even included some pictures of our clock so you could see just how fast this project went. I started just before 8:15, was finished by 9:00, and fluffed it up a bit in time to share these pictures with you.

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(I have next to no patience at all, so I couldn’t wait to finish!)

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All I did to prepare it was sand down the rough spots a bit, then layered two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint. I still need to add some wax to finish it off, but wanted to let it dry for a day before adding that in.

 

img_0088The chalk paint was a little pricey (read more HERE), but after using dozens of cans to spray paint items at home I think in the long run it may be your best bet. One small can has worked a ton for me, and I still have probably half a can left.

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Seriously, never (ever!) underestimate the beauty behind a Goodwill or thrift store find. You may not find something fun like this every time you shop, but every once in awhile you come upon something just perfect!

 

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(Goodness, I keep moving it to different spots and love it everywhere I see it ~ amazing what a little $2.50 happy will do!) ;)

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(I also fell in love with this wreath yesterday at TJMaxx – it reminds me of cotton in Alabama when it blew everywhere each fall!)

 

Have you found anything fun recently at Goodwill or a local thrift store? I’d love to hear what’s been fluffed up this fall in your home ~ I love hearing from you!

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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Slow Cooker Meat Lovers Spaghetti

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Looking for a new way to spice up spaghetti night? While I love (love love love love love love ~ did you catch that?) my favorite recipe ever for this Heaven Sent Cheesy Baked Spaghetti, I don’t have time for fancy spaghetti every weeknight. So, this one comes in at a close second. ;)

 

It was so easy to pop in Mrs. Potts in the morning, and nice to come home at the end of running kids around town to dinner already done. The best part is it makes a ton (like, L.O.T.S), so you can freeze the leftover sauce and have dinner done on another busy night. (Don’t you just love that?)

 

Here’s how to get dinner on the table (easily) in your home today too.

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Slow Cooker Meat Lovers Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 1/4 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 29 oz can tomato sauce
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15.6 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Instructions

  1. In skillet, heat olive oil.
  2. Cook and stir onions and Italian sausage until browned, then add those to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook ground beef in same skillet, along with Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  4. Transfer beef to slow cooker.
  5. Dump remaining ingredients (except the sugar) into crockpot and cook for 8 hours on low.
  6. Add sugar and cook an additional 15 minutes, and serve over cooked pasta.
  7. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/22/14):

  • Meijer Ground Beef $3.49/lb.
  • Target Market Pantry Ground Beef Buy One Get One 20% off
  • Publix Italian Sausage $5.79 20 oz
  • Kroger Johnsonville Italian Sausage $4.99, use $1/1 Johnsonville product
  • Kroger or Dollar Tree Hunt’s Tomatoes $1, use $1/4 coupon from the 9/21 SmartSource insert

Recipe adapted from All Recipes. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 10/18/14

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! I’m actually on my way to North Carolina for a conference this weekend, and since I won’t be home until Tuesday night I’m pretty sure my husband will be feeding my kids frozen pizzas, but I figured I’d put together a menu plan for him anyways. (And maybe he’ll head to the store for me?) ;)

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

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Shopping List
  • 4 bone in pork chops
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 26.5 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cans rotel
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 onions
  • green pepper
  • 2 cans low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 oz pasta
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • small can French’s onions
  • eggs
  • bacon
  • frozen biscuits

Side Dish Extras

  • salad
  • garlic bread
  • fresh fruit
  • baked potatoes
  • canned, fresh or frozen veggies

Pantry Staples

  • garlic powder
  • seasoning salt (I use Lawry’s)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • Worcestershire
  • liquid smoke (optional – I probably won’t use this for the pork chops)
  • chile powder
  • cumin
  • cilantro
  • butter
  • parmasan cheese (for topping spaghetti)

 

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Slow Cooker Chili Colorado Burritos

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I’m always so excited to find a new way to fix something in Mrs. Potts! So, when I noticed this recipe for Slow Cooker Chili Colorado Burritos, I knew I had to try them out.

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Goodness, this was e.a.s.y., and a great meal to add to our slow cooker rotation. (If you’re a busy momma, you  know how much it helps to have some slow cooked meals up your sleeve!) Literally it took 2 minutes to dump everything in Mrs. Potts in the morning and another five minutes to make the burritos before dinner, and dinner was done. 

 

I love that.

 

Here’s how to get dinner on the table at your house tonight too. ;)

 
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Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 19 oz can mild red enchilada sauce
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes (do NOT add water)
  • can refried beans
  • 7 burrito size flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • green onions (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put stew meat, enchilada sauce, and 2 bouillon cubes in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
  3. Once meat has cooked, shred beef.
  4. Heat refried beans in microwave for about two minutes.
  5. Cover the bottom of each tortilla with small layer of refried beans, then add 1/2 cup meat mixture.
  6. Repeat on all of the burritos and roll up, then place in 9x13 baking dish.
  7. Spoon remaining enchilada sauce from slow cooker over the enchiladas.
  8. Top with cheddar cheese.
  9. Broil in oven for 2-3 minutes, long enough to melt cheese.
  10. Top with sour cream and green onions if desired - enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/10/13):

  • Beef Stew Meat $4.99/lb at Winn Dixie
  • Old El Paso Tortillas $1.25 at Kroger, use $1/3 Old El Paso Tortillas
  • Or Ole or La Banderita Tortillas $1.50 at Publix
  • Kraft Cheese $2.29
  • Kroger Sour Cream $1.50, or Daisy Sour Cream $2 at Giant Eagle, use $.45/1 coupon from the 7/13 Smart Source or $.60/1 coupon from the 9/7 Smart Source insert

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Recipe adapted from Food Pusher.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

 

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Menu Plan & Grocery List: Week Of 10/12/14

Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! I’m a little behind after having my in-laws visit this weekend, but we had just the best time with them.

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See? ;)

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

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Shopping List
  • Ritz Crackers
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds stew meat
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 19 oz large can mild red enchilada sauce
  • artisan loaf bread (may check the day old bread section for this – our local Kroger carries quite a bit and it’s usually still fresh!)
  • 8 slices swiss cheese
  • 1 lb. sliced ham
  • 2 onions
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 4 cups canned tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • banana peppers
  • can refried beans
  • 1 16 oz cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • package chili seasoning mix
  • package burrito size flour tortillas
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (one for enchiladas, 1/2 cup for Red Lobster biscuits and 1/2 cup for topping chili)
  • sour cream (optional – for enchiladas and chili

 

Side Dish Extras

  • potatoes for mashed potatoes
  • fresh, canned or frozen veggies

Pantry Staples

  • Bisquick
  • eggs
  • butter or margarine
  • garlic salt
  • olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • beef bouillon cubes
  • chili pepper
  • paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • milk
  • water

 

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Free Boo Printables: You’ve Been Boo’ed!

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 Free Boo Printables

My friend Cheryl put together the most fun free printable for you all todayIf you have kids, I’m betting you already “boo” in your neighborhood, but if not, this is a great year to start.

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Visit your local Target or Dollar Tree dollar bins and grab a few fun items to share with your neighbors, then “boo” them by sneaking a treat at their front door. This is one of our children’s favorite Halloween activities (they love picking which neighbor gets the surprise!)  Go HERE to download your free “Boo” printable today, and share with your friends too. Happy Haunting!

 

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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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Pepperoni Pizza Braid

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We tried out this Pepperoni Pizza Braid last night for dinner, and it was a huge hit! Other than thawing out the bread ahead of time (be sure to give yours a few hours to thaw out), it took just a few minutes to throw together and was a great penny-pinched alternative to frozen pizza.

 

My kids loved it, and we doubled the batch so there would be plenty for leftovers for my husband to pack for lunch at work. I love the idea of making these ahead and freezing them too, so if you need an easy way to get dinner on the table on a busy night you may want to try that out! Here’s how to get started . . .

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Thaw bread completely.

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Roll out dough and spread tomato paste and seasonings in the center of the dough.

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Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.

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Cut small strips along the sides of the dough using a pizza cutter.

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Fold the dough to make your “braid”. (My kids did this – so it wasn’t made all that fancy!)

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Bake in oven at 350 for 25-3o minutes.

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Enjoy!
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Pepperoni Pizza Braid

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough (I use Rhodes or Kroger brand, could also use Publix dough found in the bakery)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp crushed oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • sliced pepperoni
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • butter
  • parmesan

Instructions

  1. Thaw bread completely.
  2. Roll out dough and spread tomato paste and seasonings in the center of the dough.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Cut small strips along the sides of the dough using a pizza cutter.
  5. Fold the dough to make your "braid".
  6. Bake in oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Brush with a little butter or margarine and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  8. Enjoy!
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Recipe adapted from Must Have Mom – thanks so much for the great recipe idea! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 10/4/14

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! My in-laws are visiting later in the week (which will be a pretty big accomplishment for them), so I needed a few gluten free/soy free/dairy free recipes for my mother-in-law. I decided to stick with items that were just naturally gluten free as much as possible, so hopefully it’ll make for a smooth trip for them! Here’s a peek at what we’re having . . .

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

  • Monday – Buffalo Chicken Sliders, carrot sticks, chips
  • Tuesday - Pepperoni Pizza Braid (I’m doubling this one to have extra leftovers)
  • Wednesday – leftovers or pb&j sandwiches
  • Thursday – Slow Cooker Beef Stew (I’m going to substitute the flour with corn starch and think that should work out perfectly – reviews on this one are great!), gluten free bread
  • Friday  - Gluten Free Chicken with Orange Sauce (you could easily make this with or without gluten), rice and broccoli
  • Saturday – steaks, baked potatoes, corn on the cob
Shopping List

4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 3-4 steaks
  • 10 oz Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • dry ranch dressing packet
  • slider rolls
  • ranch dressing for topping
  • onion
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • carrots
  • celery
  • bag of potatoes – 3 potatoes for stew and enough to bake on Saturday
  • loaf of frozen Rhodes bread dough
  • tomato paste
  • 2 cups pepperoni
  • 2 cups Mozzarella
  • butter (I’ll substitute with Almond milk due to dairy allergy)
  • orange juice
  • bay leaf

Side Dish Extras

  • potatoes for mashed potatoes
  • broccoli
  • bag salad
  • bread for stew night or Homemade Bread (may also want to try out some Cinnamon butter)
  • rice (I’ll use brown rice)
  • carrot sticks
  • corn on the cob

 

Pantry Staples

  • flour
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • clove garlic
  • paprika
  • Worcestershire
  • oregano
  • garlic powder
  • dry mustard
  • cinnamon
  • ginger

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

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College Care Packages {From The Dollar Bins}

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Here’s just the simplest little fluffing, because I can’t seem to manage painting a piano or wallpapering a bathroom every week like I’d like! ;)

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We have four nieces and nephews in college, in the military, and in their first apartment, and I try to send out a little care package twice a year. It’s so easy to let these get pretty pricey, but thanks to some coupon savings and a few Target and Michael’s Dollar Bin finds, I can usually score a deal or two!

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I went to Michael’s yesterday (who have my favorite dollar/bargain bins ever, which a PPP reader also told me worked with the current 25% off coupon), and grabbed everything above for less than $3. (WOW!)

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I’d also purchased the items above at the Target Dollar Bins a few weeks ago (except for the M&Ms)IMG_9816

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My total spent on each package was less than $5 (I even included some free shaving creme from Kroger’s sale a few weeks ago and a 25¢ Cadbury Egg from Walgreenssacrifice I tell you),
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And now just have to pop them in the mail.

Sending college kids free samples also is a great way to surprise them with a treat – it’s amazing how those little free samples really add up, and just by adding a few items from your stockpile you can easily send a fun and frugal care package!

Have you come up with fun ways to surprise someone special recently? I’d love to hear about it! You can also check out how I made a few teacher gifts using items from the Dollar Tree ~ love it!
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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