Monday, March 23, 2015

Saving Money with Rebate Apps!

I am still kind of new to the whole idea of using rebate apps on my phone to save money.  I have friends who use several apps and like them.  I must say you're not going to be a millionaire by using these but it does help quite a bit if you use them enough for your regular shopping and use coupons on top of the rebates! I just started using the rebate apps last November and so far these are my stats:

- ibotta: $75

- SavingStar: $26.81

-Walmart Savings catcher: $23.51

-Snap by Groupon: $4.75

-Checkout51: $3.25

-Ebates: $28.40

See, not bad right? I like being able to put some money back in the bank especially with a family of 5 now!  They each have their own rules and regulations but it is well worth a few minutes to check out what deals they have before shopping and scanning your receipts after.  You can find all of these apps except for Walmart savings catcher in the Google play store.

START Saving! :)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A fun fashion trend- CHAISES! Oooh LALA

Chaise lounge seating is making a comeback, and with a more modern and fun twist! More patterns and styles to choose from allow you to create the seating area any woman of today would be envious of!  Of course my choice is and I have a fun fashion idea of my own to share with you in honor of fashion week!  I am a girl of comfort and style and with that comes cute and casual shoes as well as home furnishings.  What do you think of my pairing of this One King's Lane chaise with a favorite pair of Nine West boots? Love it? Yes, me too :) Oh the many options I can create for my home and my wardrobe.....Have fun searching through their selection of great furniture and home decor, I know I do!

Hutton 74" Chaise, Gray/Pewter 

Friday, January 9, 2015

DIY Flu Remedy

I love finding new uses for my essential oils and new ones to try and add to my collection.  In light of this flu season being so gosh darn horrible and the flu vaccine being less potent than in past years, I have searched for some home remedies to treat those that are suffering from the flu or something similar.  This link post was taken from Intoxicated On Life.  I am in love with my tea tree and lavender oil and already use it for several things around the house and is included in this remedy! Check it out!
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

DIY Refurbished dresser tutorial

Well better late than never but I wanted to post about this since it's a subject that is very popular right now with the age of DIY and re-purposing projects out there.  Here is one I did just this last fall myself for the first time ever and it was a total success to my relief! (Not that I doubted my ability, but you know sometimes things don't work how you want)  A friend of ours had a big old dresser for sale cheap so I snagged it up since my daughter needed more storage for all her clothes now that she's 8 going on 14, yikes! It wasn't in bad shape but it was obviously dated just like a piece my grandmother still has in her home.  I thought it was a perfect opportunity to try a diy refurbishing project so I got a couple ideas on colors and went to work.  I cleaned off the whole dresser and unscrewed the handles from the drawers after removing them.  I used a matte white primer first over all the wood and I stood the drawers upright so that I could spray paint the front without getting it everywhere. It took about 2 light coats to cover the dark wood.  I also did this all in my garage with a sheet under the furniture by the way.  After letting the primer dry for the stated time recommended I used Krylon matte paint spray in a gray tone (it has a twinge of blue in it) I used spray because I wanted some white to peek through to give it an antiqued look.  I sprayed 2 light coats, touching up a few spots as I felt the desire.  I layed out the hardware and used Krylon metallic silver spray paint using 2 light coats drying in between of course.  After everything was dry and to my liking I used the Krylon matte clear coat spray to cover everything (including the hardware) to protect the finish and make it more durable.  My daughter was ecstatic to see her new dresser I might add! The dresser actually came with 2 heavy mirrors you could attach but I decided against it and I am going to salvage an old mirror and do the silver metallic finish on it to match the hardware! Overall a great success and I'm eager to do my next project :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Be your own family physician using essential oils!

I personally cannot say enough good things about essential oils these days.  I have been testing and using them for the last year and I must say I am finding more reasons to use them and less eager to spend tons of money on products at the store that are less potent and have added chemicals that I don't want my family being exposed to, especially with a new baby ready to arrive.  I am also a nursing student and budding herbalist/holistic health nut and my research along with my own creations with essential oils has made me a firm believer in their benefits and ease of use.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crockpot pumpkin apple butter

This is a very easy and healthy apple butter with added pumpkin because I LOVE pumpkin anything! You can adjust the amount of spices to your liking as I don't really measure for the most part!

Ingredient list:
5lb bag apples (I used Gala)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 C brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1 15oz can pumpkin
-I used an apple corer to quickly cut the apples into 8 pieces (leave the skin on)
-Put all the apple slices into your crockpot and squeeze the lemon juice over it. Next,  spread on the pumpkin puree and add your spices. Close the lid and cook on low for 6 hrs. Half way through give everything a good stir to incorporate.  Once done cooking, use an immersion blender or standard one (which I used) to puree the mixture to desired consistency.  ENJOY! What I made fit into the jars pictured below. My family loves this version and I might need to hide a jar for myself! :)