Home Depot: Trade in your old/broken Christmas lights to receive exclusive Coupons!

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Starting tomorrow through 11/15, you can bring in your old, broken or used incandescent holiday light strings to your local Home Depot store for recycling. Get a discount for each recycled string on a single receipt, in-store purchase of LED lights.
Get more details on this promotion HERE!
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Mason Jar Sewing Kit DIY {Practical + Cute Gift!}

Mason Jar Sewing Kit DIY

Jamie here!  I’ve always got guys losing buttons, ripping seams and generally needing a mend.  I made this Mason Jar Sewing Kit to keep in the kitchen drawer, and it is the cutest and handiest little thing!  The top is a pincushion and the bottom holds the day-to-day essentials I may need for mending. (Including a couple spare buttons).
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Here’s how to make one for yourself, or a cute gift!

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Halloween Restaurant Deals & Freebies 2015

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There are SO many Halloween Restaurant Deals and Freebies going on around town this weekend – here are the best ones we’ve found!

Wendy’s Frosty Booklets$1 for a Booklet with 5 Free Jr. Frosty Coupons, exp. Jan ’16! (participating locations, note lucky Central Ohio locations booklets only have 10 coupon inside!).

McDonald’s Halloween Booklets: $1 for a booklet with 12 FREE food Coupons (Milk, Apples, Ice Cream)

Also – FREE Minion Trick or Treat bucket with Happy Meal.

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Papa Murphy’s Jack O Lantern Pizza: Get a JackOLantern Pizza to take and bake for only $6 through Oct. 31! ($7 in some areas)

Bob Evans Trick or Treat Tuesdays: Kids Eat Free (with adult purchase) on Tuesday 10/21 and 10/28 after 4 pm.  Come in costume for fun, games and prizes!

Steak Escape: Buy One, Get One Half Off , exp. 10/31/15

Krispy Kreme Freebie: Wear your costume to any of participating US or Canadian Krispy Kreme shops on 10/31 and score a Free doughnut!

IHOP: Kids 12 and under get a free scary face pancake on 10/30/15, 7 am-10pm.

Frisch’s Big Boy: $1 for booklet with 6 Free Mini Kids Meals.

Chipotle Boorito: $3 Burrito from 5-close on Halloween Night when you wear a costume AND add an “unnecessary additive”! (proceeds go to charity)

Sabarro: Kids in costume get Free Slice of Pizza with purchase (10/31).

Sonic: $0.50 Corn Dogs on Halloween (10/31)

Outback Steakhouse: $2.99 Kid’s Meal (with adult purchase) 10/30-11/1 or 15% off bill with coupon.

Olive Garden: $1  Kids Meal with adult purchase thru 10/30.

Thanks, MissiontoSave for sharing your list with us!

Pumpkin Patch Finder: Locate a pumpkin patch or corn maze near you!

(I updated the link – thanks for the heads up guys!)

Are you hoping to head out to a nearby pumpkin patch this fall with the family?  Here’s a great resource I used to find local pumpkin patches when we moved to this town – it’s called PumpkinPatchFinderandMore.org - and it’s a free service.

For a great deal on pumpkin patch/corn maze admission, make sure to check Groupon and Living Social listings for your city – last year at this time there were several deals offered throughout the Fall!

 

Oreo Turkey Cookies {Recipe & Step-By-Step Directions}

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I love fun and creative recipes for Holidays. Since Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and so much of the celebration is centered around food these Oreo Turkey Cookies are the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving feast or Thanksgiving party. It could even be a fun activity to gather all the kids together and make. You would probably want to substitute the Reese’s candy for something else that is peanut free since there are so many food allergies. I’ve included step by step directions below for your convenience.

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Turkey Ingredients: 

  • Package of Original Oreo cookies
  • Package of  Whoppers chocolate malt balls
  • Package of mini Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • Package of candy corn
  • Mini candy eyes
  • Royal icing, yellow, orange, and red

Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 C powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • Yellow, orange,tan, and red gel food coloring

 Icing Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
  2. If icing is  not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
  3. Divide the icing into 5 small bowls.
  4. In the first bowl add several drops of red gel food coloring. Stir to mix.
  5. In the second bowl add several drops of tan gel food coloring. Stir to mix.
  6. In the third bowl  add several drops of orange gel food coloring. Stir to mix.
  7. In the fourth bowl add several drops of yellow gel food coloring.  Stir to blend.
  8. Keep this bowl of icing white.
  9. Spoon each color of icing into individual  frosting bags with a #2 tips.
  10. Twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.

Turkey Directions:

-Refer to the picture of the Oreo turkeys when assembling your own turkeys.
-The directions for the turkey will depend on how many Oreo Turkeys that you will be making.

-For the tail fan, you will separate an Oreo into two pieces in order to make the tail feathers (candy corn) keeping the filling in these cookies.
-Using the white royal icing as”glue” apply thick layer of the white icing on the bottom of the separated  Oreo cookie. Oreo turkey inprocess 2
-Begin to lay the candy corn on the white icing with the  white end of  the pieces of the candy corn on the inside of the  cookie arranging each piece of candy corn next to each other.
-Arrange the candy corn in a half circle on the separated Oreo cookie.
-Lay the top half of that Oreo cookie on top of the bottom half of the cookie (the one with all of the candy corn on it).  If needed apply more white icing as glue.
-Allow time for these to dry. Set asie.
-Take out the mini Reese peanut butter cups.  Cut about 1/4 of the cup off allowing the candy to sit flat on another Oreo cookie. (These Oreo cookies will be the base of the turkeys).
-Use the tan icing as the “glue” to hold the cut Reese peanut butter mini cup to the Oreo cookie.
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-Allow the “glue” to dry.  Set aside.
-Check on the tail fan to make sure that it is dry.  If it is then glue (with tan icing) the “whooper” to the tail fan.  The whooper will be the head of the turkey. Set the tail fan down when gluing the head on it.
-Allow for the head  to dry completely.
-Apply the mini candy eyes to the head (the whooper) of the turkey, then using the orange icing add a small nose.  Allow the nose to dry for about 30 seconds.  When the nose is dry add the red waddle with the red icing.  Allow time for this to dry also about 30+ seconds.
-Set aside for until all of the turkey heads are complete.
-Using the tan icing (a thick layer of icing) sit the turkey tail fan on the bottom Oreo cookie (the base). Prop the turkey against a filled bottle, jar, can or other stable object until it drys.  This may take several hours.
-After the turkeys have dried add the two pieces of candy corn with the white pointing down and outward for the turkey’s front legs.  Allow time for the icing (glue) to dry. Turkey oreo 3-3
-Using the yellow icing draw the turkey feet on the bottom cookie by making a small line and adding two shorter lines pointing outward.
-Allow at least one hour for the completed turkey and all icing decor to dry.
-Always refer to the picture for more instruction.
Oreo Turkey Cookies
 
Ingredients
Turkey Ingredients:
  • Package of Original Oreo cookies
  • Package of Whoppers chocolate malt balls
  • Package of mini Reese's peanut butter cups
  • Package of candy corn
  • Mini candy eyes
  • Royal icing, yellow, orange, and red
Icing Ingredients:
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 C powder sugar
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • Yellow, orange,tan, and red gel food coloring
Instructions
Icing Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients except food coloring in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes.
  2. If icing is not stiff enough add ¼ C powder sugar.
  3. Divide the icing into 5 small bowls.
  4. In the first bowl add several drops of red gel food coloring. Stir to mix.
  5. In the second bowl add several drops of tan gel food coloring. Stir to mix.
  6. In the third bowl add several drops of orange gel food coloring. Stir to mix.
  7. In the fourth bowl add several drops of yellow gel food coloring. Stir to blend.
  8. Keep this bowl of icing white.
  9. Spoon each color of icing into individual frosting bags with a #2 tips.
  10. Twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.
Turkey Directions:
  1. Refer to the picture of the Oreo turkeys when assembling your turkeys.
  2. The directions for the turkey will depend on how many Oreo Turkeys that you will be making.
  3. For the tail fan, you will separate an Oreo into two pieces in order to make the tail feathers (candy corn) keeping the filling in these cookies.
  4. Using the white royal icing as"glue" apply thick layer of the white icing on the bottom of the separated Oreo cookie.
  5. Begin to lay the candy corn on the white icing with the white end of the pieces of the candy corn on the inside of the cookie arranging each piece of candy corn next to each other.
  6. Arrange the candy corn in a half circle on the separated Oreo cookie.
  7. Lay the top half of that Oreo cookie on top of the bottom half of the cookie (the one with all of the candy corn on it). If needed apply more white icing as glue.
  8. Allow time for these to dry. Set aside.
  9. Take out the mini Reese peanut butter cups. Cut about ¼ of the cup off allowing the candy to sit flat on another Oreo cookie. (These Oreo cookies will be the base of the turkeys).
  10. Use the tan icing as the "glue" to hold the cut Reese peanut butter mini cup to the Oreo cookie.
  11. Allow the "glue" to dry. Set aside.
  12. Check on the tail fan to make sure that it is dry. If it is then glue(with tan icing) the "whooper" to the tail fan. The whooper will be the head of the turkey. Set the tail fan down when gluing the head on it.
  13. Allow for the head to dry completely.
  14. Apply the mini candy eyes to the head (the whooper) of the turkey, then using the orange icing add a small nose. Allow the nose to dry for about 30 seconds. When the nose is dry add the red waddle with the red icing. Allow time for this to dry also about 30+ seconds.
  15. Set aside for until all of the turkey heads are complete.
  16. Using the tan icing (a thick layer of icing) sit the turkey tail fan on the bottom Oreo cookie (the base). Prop the turkey against a filled bottle, jar, can or some other stable surface until it drys. This may take several hours.
  17. After the turkeys have dried add the two pieces of candy corn with the white pointing down and outward for the turkey's front legs. Allow time for the icing (glue) to dry.
  18. Using the yellow icing draw the turkey feet on the bottom cookie by making a small line and adding two shorter lines pointing outward.
  19. Allow at least one hour for the completed turkey and all icing decor to dry.

How to Fix Slouchy Furniture for Cheap

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Do you seem to have a slouchy couch that won’t perk up? There’s nothing more embarrassing then a couch or a chair that seems to have a posture problem. We spent a lot of money on our couch and chair twelve years ago and although I don’t particularly care for the color anymore the quality is going to be hard to replace. We plan on getting it covered in the next year or so, but until then it looked really rough. So, I decided to do something about our slouching problem, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.

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As you can see from the before picture, this chair is very slouchy! When someone would sit in it, you would sort-of sink into it because there was no support.

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And now you can take a good look at our couch. The same situation. The cushions are looking sad and need some help quickly.

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So, I went to work! I headed to my local craft store and picked up a bag of Poly-fil. This stuff is awesome and is perfect for filling various items around the house! I used the 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby to get a fabulous deal. Obviously I’m going to fill my couch and chair with it.

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I spent about five minutes stuffing the back cushions and was very pleased with the end result. I just added stuffing around the couch cushions.

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Here is the chair. You can surely see the major difference in this chair since I added the Poly-fil.

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Here is the couch. I am in love with how the couch turned out as well. I still don’t love the color or pattern, but this will work until we get it covered.

Didn’t they turn out fabulous? This is something you can do in your home too. Especially if you are on a budget and buying new furniture really isn’t in the budget right now. All in all, this project cost less than $20. I used one of the 40% off coupons at Hobby Lobby and grabbed a bag of poly-fil each time I was out running errands. I love doing things like this for my house because it doesn’t take much time, effort, or money but it looks a whole lot better. Not to mention, it’s way more comfy!