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!)

 

 

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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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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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Pantry Organizing {At The Dollar Tree}

 

I’m so excited about today’s not-all-that-exciting Friday Fluff Up! But, every time I open my pantry door things are so nice and peaceful, and I’m loving that. ;)

 

(Clearly that wasn’t the case when I started . . .)

In our old house we had a huge set of deep cabinets as our pantry, and I couldn’t imagine we’d ever be able to fit as much in our new pantry. But, with a little organizing I was able to get even more in than I ever expected! My husband added an extra shelf way up high last weekend . . .

perfect for things like our bread machine, iced tea maker, and some of the kids crafting stuff that I like to keep in the kitchen.

We had Dollar Tree bins that I’d used in our last house to organize our play room as well as a few more I found here at our store yesterday to organize most of the items we had – goodness I love the Dollar Tree for organizing on the cheap!

I’m still using a plain cardboard magazine file that my kids brought home from school several years ago to store our pasta in (I love how easy that makes things!)

And am tickled to have a spot for school supplies close by.

But the thing I’m most excited about is there’s now room on the floor to (easily) store our donation bag. We didn’t have space before for that in our pantry, so I was constantly hauling it back to our guest bedroom closet until it was time to donate everything. I’m tickled to have an easy place to store stuff in easy reach!

Do you have any other tips on organizing your pantry? When I went yesterday our Dollar Tree had a ton of great organizing items, so this would be a great way to save if you’ve got some organizing to do too! And, if your pantry could use a little tidying, determine to tackle that over the next few weeks. I promise you’ll be so glad you did. ;)

 

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!)

 

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Mod Podge Monogram

 

My girls and I had so much fun fluffing up their bathroom this week with Mod Podge monogram letters! I’ve always thought a jack-and-jill bathroom for them would be so fun, so when my husband picked this house where they had their rooms joined by a bath I was pretty excited to fluff it up.  (They sleep so that they can see each other through the bathroom each night – I love that!)

When we were picking colors for our new house I stuck with Sherwin Williams Rice Grain throughout most of the house, and picked this Sherwin Williams Sea Salt in our office and dining room, our bedroom, and their bedrooms and bathroom. I love the Sea Salt color, and almost wish I’d painted it throughout the entire house!

 

Starting with basically good bones for this room made my job way more penny pinched. (If you’ve got a bathroom that needs some TLC, just a little paint on the walls and even the cupboards can make such a difference!)

Here’s our before pic (taken from my iPhone so that I could stand far enough away!)

And here’s the after picture, taken this morning again from my phone (the light was bad, but you get the idea!)

Other than the expense of the shutters (we had those put in this week and love them, they’re not all that penny pinched but it’s one of those reasons clipping coupons is worth it to me!), the only other things we changed were adding a few fun crafts. Here’s what we did . . .

At Hobby Lobby, we stocked up on basic supplies to make the monogram letters for the walls. Here’s what we used (I had most of it already at home which definitely helped my cost, but a lot of it goes so far!):

  • Mod Podge
  • White paint so the letters would be white on the sides of the initial 
  • Large wooden letters $9.09 each after 30% off sale at Hobby Lobby
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Paper plates for paint
  • Scrapbooking paper (we used this pack – on sale 50% off at Hobby Lobby for $9.99)
  • Large ribbon (we ended up only using the Chevron ribbon pictured above – on sale 50% off at Hobby Lobby for $1.99)
  • Total = $30.16, and I’ll have plenty of scrapbooking paper and ribbon leftover to use for other projects!)
After the girls painted the letters, I traced the letters onto the back side of scrapbook paper so that we could cut out the paper. 

 (I chose a few coordinating papers and then lined them up prior to cutting.)

Once the paper was cut, we double checked to make sure it fit before using mod-podge to adhere it to the initial

Then the girls covered their letters in mod podge

(this was their favorite part) ;)

Then we glued the paper down and let it dry before gluing the ribbon in the middle 

I used some extra scrapbook paper to make these simple pictures to hang ~ I already had the white frames (those frames that I bought years ago on sale were the best purchase!)

 

All done, and so much better for just a few dollars! 

 

Have you done any fun (frugal) fluffing lately in your home? I’d love to hear about it – leave a comment to share! You can also join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!) to find more penny pinched decorating ideas.

 

 

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The Friday Fluff Up: Our Breakfast Nook Gets A (tiny) Facelift

 

I’m so excited to share the first room that’s done (at least for now) in our home! You all know I love pretty things, so having a corner of our home that just feels a wee bit finished makes this momma feel good. (Note, I am not a decorator at all, so I’m sure there are things that aren’t right here but I’m okay with it!)

 

When we moved, I really thought we’d think about getting a new kitchen table and chairs (I love this set that we found on clearance years ago at Lane furniture, but it’s taken a beating from my kids over the years!) However, once we moved in and set the room up, I decided that for now the kitchen table is just fine, we just needed to change out the rug and a few of the decorating items around it.

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I’d gotten the rug in the picture above at Maple Rugs in Scottsboro (if you’re in North Alabama and need a rug, you’ve got to check them out), but it was too small for the area, and much darker than what I wanted. 

 

 

So, when I saw this rug a few weeks ago on our Cincinnati trip (it was at the Frontgate Outlet), I knew it was perfect! It was a sample rug, and cost right around $120, which while not the most penny pinched deal ever, sure wasn’t a bad price for a rug that large. (It’s an 8’x10′ rug though, and is priced at $229 online, so I’m pleased with my deal!) The only thing bad about it is my (very) messy eaters – so far I’ve had success cleaning up spills with this homemade carpet cleaner but I sure wish I had found something a wee bit darker!

 

The best change we made was this lamp in the corner (I’m so much happier with it!) It originally had this shade on it, but at the Ballard Design Outlet I fell in love with the blue shade above (on sale for $21 ~ had been $69.)  I grabbed it but knew I needed to update the base of the lamp, so grabbed a can of spray paint yesterday at Hobby Lobby and in about five minutes that project was done.

(One good thing about having no grass outside? You can paint right out your back door without having to do any prep work!) ;)

Here are a few other things I added and pictures of the room . . .

Hobby Lobby had this print on sale for $14 - perfect, don’t you think? The piggy salt & pepper shakers are my daughters’ – the girl loves her pigs and I think they’re pretty cute. ;)

I just re-arranged a few pillows we already have (I’m not sure those will stay, but it’s a start)

(We’re supposed to get landscaping that will hide those electric boxes you see in the window below as well as the house going in next door today – I’m so hoping they get here because it will help out our view so much!) 

Added the large blue plate in the corner (that made such a difference – on sale $20 at Hobby Lobby yesterday too)

Of course, the lamp (a friend told me a few days ago about a cord concealer you can find at Lowe’s – I’ve got to check it out!)

 And we had this chalkboard in our old house – so we just hang it up and my girls did the decorating since I’m no chalkboard artist like my friend Julie is ;)

Here’s the grand total of what I spent to fluff up the room (thankfully we re-used what we had already, which definitely helped):

 

  • Rug $120 at Frontgate Outlet
  • Spray paint for lamp $4
  • New lamp shade $21
  • Dream picture $14
  • Large plate wall hanging $10
  • Total = $169

 

Okie dokie folks, if you’ve got something just begging for a can of spray paint, I’m challenging you this weekend to go tackle that project (you can do it!) And if you’ve done any fun fluffing in your home recently, I’d love to hear about it. ;)

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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$379 Ikea Bedroom Makeover

Remember my recent trip to Ikea with my fun 11-year-old?

 

(If you’re debating a trip to Ikea, you should definitely read this post for a peek at what you’ll find.) 

 

Well, we finally finished getting her bedroom put together, and wanted to show a few pictures. (I’m so pleased with how everything turned out!)

 

Now, I’m normally not an Ikea-furniture-kind-of-girl. I love beautiful (heavy, hardwood ~ traditional) furniture, but Caroline really wanted a loft bed. She had a pretty white Ethan Allen bed that we’d gotten from my sister-in-law a few years ago, but since Reagan finally left her tiny room for a real room in our new house, she managed to snag the bed. (Caroline was thrilled – she’d been hoping for a new “fancy” bed!)

 

After looking around online and at a few local stores I didn’t see what we were looking for, so when she fell in love with this set (and I fell in love with the price), I knew it was meant to be. Here’s the cost breakdown:

 

  • Loft Bed $129
  • Metal Desk Top $99
  • Junior Chair $34
  • Blue Night Stand $49.99 (my favorite)
  • Magnets for Metal Boards $5.98
  • White Lantern Lights (we have to work on these still) $7.99
  • Artificial Plants $3.99
  • Bedding from Kohl’s $50
  • TOTAL = $379.95
We’re going to still use the dresser she had for now – it was one that I had growing up that’s been re-painted in white with silver drawer pulls (I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture while I was in there!) Here’s a peek of how her room looks now . . .



(The cords on those little lantern lights are about to drive me crazy ~ we’ve got to get them hung up somehow!)

I love (love, love, love!) this night stand – it’s got a whole in the back for an outlet so she can charge her Kindle at night, and it’s just so cute!

Have you gotten any fun furniture recently at Ikea, or come up with other great ways to save? Bedroom furniture can get expensive, so I’d love to hear your tips.

 

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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The Friday Fluff Up: Our Bedroom Furniture (Worth The Wait)

My husband I have been married for eighteen years this month. (Craziness!) When we first were married we had a very basic bedroom set that was just fine, but I dreamed (and dreamed, and dreamed) of having a prettier set. However, what we had really was okay, and new bedroom furniture was pretty low on the list of priorities when it came to major purchases. (Read more on how we started out HERE.)

 


So, I waited. And waited, and waited, and waited. 

Finally, about five years ago (after exactly thirteen years of waiting), we bought bedroom furniture for our home. We ordered it from a place similar to Furnitureland South, which is a store that allows you to find furniture at your local furniture store, then call them to see if they can offer you a better price. You typically pay a lot to have them ship the furniture to your home (it comes in a truck specifically delivered to you), but when purchasing higher end furniture (especially a lot of it), you can get some incredible savings. (Note – it’s been five years since we’ve purchased from them and I’m not positive that the savings are what they were at that point, but it’s worth making a phone call if you have a certain set of furniture you’ve been hoping for!)

 

It was hard waiting so long for something I wanted so badly, but looking back I’m so glad I waited. My style has changed (so much!) since we were first married ~ I was only 21 then and had no idea yet what I really loved! By waiting though I was able to get exactly what I wanted, and I’m pretty sure I’ll love it forever. (Thankfully I like pretty traditional furniture, which makes the chanace of it becoming very dated hopefully a little less likely?)

 

Other than the furniture, the only items I’ve bought for the room are the bedding (TJMaxx of course) and picture frames. One of the lamps was a gift at our wedding that I re-painted from brass to silver using Rub ‘n Buff (I love that stuff!), and I found the other one at a yard sale. (Truth be told, I’d like a new set of lamps and am kicking myself for not looking for a set last weekend when we were at the Ballard Designs Outlet ~ they had some incredible prices on lamps that were just beautiful, so one of these days I’ll need to go back!)

    

Here’s our view from the bedroom in our new home – eventually I’m sure the farm behind us will have more homes on it, but at least for now we’re loving the view each morning. (The blinds are just temporary shades that our blinds company gave us to use until we figure out what we really want ~ if you’re looking for someone to do blinds in the Columbus area, let me know ~ I’ve been so pleased with this company!)

 

 

The moral of the story? It is hard to wait on something you want so much that you can almost taste the goodness of it. But, (I promise!) I’m so glad we had to wait a few years to get exactly what we wanted, because ~ at least for us ~ it’s perfect.

This was the professional shot of our bedroom from our home sale a few months ago ~ the color in this picture is a little more blue than it really was, but you get the idea!  The chair in the corner was a hand-me-down, and my friend Misty and I spent hours re-upholstering it. I gave it to my niece to use in her first apartment since we don’t have room for it now ~ gotta love furniture that keeps on going!

 

Have you been waiting for new furniture or something special in your home that just feels so hard to wait for? Be encouraged that it is so worth the wait (promise) ~ and if you’ve waited for something that’s finally turned out just the way you’ve wanted, I’d love for you to leave a comment to share.

 

Here are a few more posts you may want to check out. . .

 

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Our Sweet Home In Alabama

(We’ve had so many people ask about our hammock ~ my husband just installed two large 6″x6″ posts deeply into the ground, and added a hammock that we found in Key West two years ago – that hammock has held up so well and was the best souvenir we’ve ever purchased!)

In lieu of this week’s Friday Fluff Up, I thought I’d share a little virtual tour of our backyard (mostly so that I’ll have a way to remember it myself after we move!) When we moved to Alabama 9 years ago there wasn’t a single tree out back (our neighborhood is in an old cotton field), so we’ve slowly added some landscaping, and I’m just amazed at what a little Miracle Gro, water, and 9 years of growth can do. Here’s a peek . . .

We updated the deck a few years ago and my husband added a simple swing set for the kids . . .

 but eventually added the pull up bar for my two gymnasts (they’re out there all the time!)

We put in a small pre-made pond and then my husband added stone around it (I love this spot!)


My husband added this hammock between the trees out back two summers ago – I didn’t think it would ever feel all that secluded, but it’s pretty peaceful back there now!

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My husband was determined that we needed a deck (not a covered porch like I would have picked), but was sweet enough to add an arbor over part of it to help with the summer heat. At the time I didn’t think the trees would ever grow to shade the deck, but they’re just about there.

I’ve loved the crepe myrtles here in Alabama, and we’ve added a few roses beneath too. I’m not all that great at keeping roses happy, but this Old Fashioned Rose keeps making it each year.

And of course, there’s the front porch which I’m pretty sure will always be my favorite (our porch is majorly downsized in our new home ~ I’m so going to miss this spot!)

 

Here’s my husband’s crazy watering dripper system – when he adds one in our new house I promise to share lots of details on how to do set it up. It only cost about $100 initially to put together, and is just the most wonderful way to water all your baskets without too much work!

Here’s our Sweet Home Alabama. ;) (~sniff~) After two major fixer-uppers during the early years of our marriage (which helped us financially so much to get to this place), we fell in love the minute we laid eyes on that front porch. My hope is that the next family who gets this home loves it every bit as much as we have, and makes just the best memories here too.

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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Penny Pinched Easter Baskets

I had two great emails this week asking how I frugally fill Easter baskets, as well as what to add to a teenager’s Easter basket, so I thought I’d share a peek at what our baskets look like this year! Several years ago I bought the buckets at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars and added a monogram to them ~ definitely re-using the basket from year to year will help you pinch those pennies. 

Normally we include candy and a few items from the dollar bins at Target or the Dollar Tree, but this year since I’d scored such great deals on board games last week at Target, my kids will get those too. I was pretty excited when I saw Target had their $1 Spot items on sale 6/$5, and was tickled because they had quite a few fun items for my girls!

 

I went to CVS and Target yesterday for the Easter candy deals (I loved being able to use the $10 off $50 grocery coupon at Target towards the candy I had to purchase!), and that’s about it. Nothing fancy or all that exciting, but my kids always are pretty excited to wake up bright and early to a morning full of chocolate and a few fun treats!

Because I didn’t get a game for my 14-year-old, I’m going to add in a $5 iTunes card (he’ll be thrilled with that!)

 

What other items do you add to your child’s Easter basket? Leave a comment to share- I’m always up for new ideas!

Haven’t started shopping for Easter candy yet? See the best Easter Candy Deals 2014 over HERE before heading to the store, and be sure to print these coupons to easily pinch a penny or two.
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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