DIY: How to Plant a Succulent Garden Video Tutorial

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Jamie here! Kasey did this great little tutorial below a couple years back for how to plant a succulent garden – and I totally had to go watch it this week since I decided I wanted to decorate with succulents this Spring.  She gives some great tips – looks like I need to go out and get the right pot fillers before I transplant my little guys to a bigger container :)  

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How to Make a Rug out of Carpet Remnants

Jamie here! We just finished having carpet installed in our basement, which left us with a nice large piece of leftover carpet.  When you spend the money for quality carpet, it’s not likely you’ll be willing to let a nearly room-sized piece be tossed out without trying to come up with a use for it. (Am I right?)

Our installer gave us some tips on how to use the scraps – and I immediately started calling around town and researching how to make a rug out of carpet remnants.  What I found was a great frugal way to make a large area for very little money!

You can also purchase carpet remnants at flooring centers near you.  We found some nice pieces of discounted carpet remnants while in the process of searching for ours.

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There are three ways to make a rug out of carpet remnants - Gluing, Stapling or Professional Binding.

Let’s look at each of these to see which is most cost-effective, with results you’ll be happy with.

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1. Bind it yourself with a DIY Carpet Binding Tape

This product is a VERY good DIY solution to make rugs out of carpet remnant.  You basically flip the carpet over and hot glue a binding onto the the back.  The reviews on this carpet binding tape are all good, in fact, many reviewers post photos of their finished project that are nice and professional.  The video tutorial here is extremely helpful and full of tips. You’ll want to consider that the $54 pricetag gets you about 50 ft of binding – so that comes out to about $1 per linear foot.

Other than a little patience and a big space to spread out the carpet, you’ll need a decent hot glue gun with a high wattage + long, pointed tip if you plan to take on this project.  Also, have several glue sticks at the ready.

To decide how many feet of tape you need, add together all the sides of the remnant to be used.  Final cost = About $60.

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2. Bind it yourself with a Carpet Edge Binding Stapler

This process involves stapling a binding tape to the edge and the gluing it to the bottom with hot glue.  It’s not as easy, and will set you back a good chunk for the stapler, staples and binding tape.  The first method is much easier and cost-effective, and looks better in my opinion.

Final Cost = Between $60 – $80

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3. Professional Binding

A local flooring center or carpet warehouse will offer professional machine-serged binding – for a price.  I called around 6 places near me and found prices between $1 (Sweet!) and $2.75 (Yikes!) per lineal foot.  It really pays to be thorough, the Carpets of Dalton warehouse I called first was who I really thought would be cheapest – but they weren’t.

Since I just want a 4 x 6 living room rug, having it bound at $1/ft will only cost me $20. (Remember – just add each side together for lineal footage).  If you were doing a big 10 x 10′ rug, your cost would still only be $40. A 12 x 12′ rug would be just $48.  Guys – I have never in my life heard of a 12 x 12′ area rug for $48.

If you live in an area where you can find an inexpensive carpet binder, then this is DEFINITELY the way to go.  (There are some things that just aren’t cheaper to DIY!)

Check out more posts on How to Save Money – on everything from electric bills, to television, curtains and coupon tips!

 

Graduation Quotes | 20 Sayings to Motivate, Encourage & Inspire

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20 Graduation Quotes

Graduation season will be here soon …  Those of us waiting proudly in the wings are now set with the task of presenting our graduate with a card filled containing the perfect encouraging words to send them off into the world. In case you need a little help being “memorable”, here’s a list of 20 graduation quotes to motivate, encourage or inspire a graduate.

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Printable Valentines Play-Doh Labels (FREE Printable!)

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Printable Valentines Play Doh Labels

Looking for some cute printable Valentines ideas for this year’s class party?  Many schools are asking that NON-food items to be brought in for class parties and holidays – especially with all the food allergy issues that come with candies and baked goods.

A fun and creative solution are these Printable Valentines Play Doh Labels you can cut out and affix to Play-Doh cans!  Walmart has the 20-Pack of Play-Doh for only $14.96 with FREE Store pickup, which comes to around 75¢ per child.  Perfect cheap and fun solution – plus it works great for boys OR girls!

 

Vday Playdoh Labels sm Simply click the printable template above to print a whole sheet of labels to stick on your Play-Doh Can Lids.  Print on sticker paper to make stickers, or just put on with a glue stick.

Thanks to RandomThoughtsofaSupermom for the cute idea!

Check out more Valentine’s Day Ideas Here!

How to watch the Super Bowl without Cable (FREE Live Streaming online!)

Wondering how to watch the Super Bowl without cable?   We found the answer!

UPDATE: This year we also get to have all the Super Bowl Commercials with the live stream – that’s much better than last year where they recycled the same 4 lame commercials over and over ;)

To save money last year, we began using a Hulu/Netflix combo that serves most of our tv needs – and we thought a quick trip to Walmart to buy a satellite would solve our Super Bowl problem.  Unfortunately, for some reason we still can’t get NBC.

I was starting to mentally run through a list of all my friends who wouldn’t mind hosting us (and 4 extra kids) for their Superbowl hangout, when my smart hubby went searching for answers.  He found out how to watch the Super Bowl online using NBC’s free live stream – and will be setting it to connect to our television so we can watch it in the comfort of our living room.

Just head over here to watch the live stream – or download the app here.

To watch it on other devices – mainly your television:

You can watch the Super Bowl on your big screen (instead of hunching over your laptop or phone) if you have any of the following.

Head over to TechHive for more details about exactly how to do that ;)

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Now that you’ll be comfy cozy on your own couch for Super Bowl Sunday – it’s time for party prep.  Check out our post on Fun Football Recipes for Game Day!

 

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You may also want to check out our library of Slow Cooker Recipes for more meals to warm up to!  

These Crockpot Pork Chalupas are always a hit when people come over and I don’t want to slave away in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun :)

Oscar Party Ideas: Free Printables, Recipes & Decor

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Oscar Party Ideas | Decor, Printables & Recipes

If you’re searching for some last-minute Oscar Party ideas – here are several free printables, recipes and decor suggestions to take your little soiree from drab to fab!

 

Make an Entrance

First of all this Oscar Party Wreath is TOTALLY FABULOUS – and would make such a fun entrance for your guests.  You can DIY one with the help of a Deluxe Black Feather Boa.

Follow it up with a Red Carpet for them to walk in on – a great chance for a photo op!

Use some sparkly Free Oscar Party printable invitations for your guests to gain VIP Admission.   Deck out the walkway and door with VIP Entrance Signs.

Party Fun

Provide guests with the essential Printable Oscar Ballots  – and help while away the time with this Oscar Bingo Printable!

Party Food

Popcorn Bar (Duh – Movies = Popcorn)

Cupcakes using black licorice as film reels on top

Round Cakes decorated like Film Reels

Concession Table:

Oscar Statue (of course) for Photo Ops and fun

Dollar Store Trophy Placecard Holders – Cute!

Movie Themed Gift Basket as a Party Door Prize

Printable Oscar Party Cupcake Toppers

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DIY Baby Shower Gift Basket {on a Shoestring}

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As part of our ongoing Themed Gift Basket Ideas series – I want to share one of my favorites… this awesome DIY Baby Shower Gift Basket Idea!
This is a great way to present several inexpensive gifts in a pretty package – also a winner of an idea if you’re going in on a gift with a group of people.  I especially like that this makes a shoestring budget feel less…. shoestring ;) I had spent under $20 on this gift, but it was greeted with more excitement from the shower than many other more expensive gifts.
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Start with a colorful laundry basket from the dollar store – this one was only a few dollars and I went with pink for a baby girl shower.  It will be useful for mom either for baby’s laundry, or to store toys.
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Next, choose something big and bulky to be your focal point – a big stuffed animal, a nursing pillow (I got mine FREE here using code ENBABY!) or maybe a nice diaper bag.

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Add a couple packs of diapers and wipes – these are ALWAYS appreciated – to fill in the middle of the basket.  If you’re using coupons, and tracking sales – you can easily find a pack of name-brand diapers for around $4.  (Find the current best deal on diapers and wipes this week here)
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FREE Valentine’s Printable Coupon Booklet!

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Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away - and if you’re still racking your brain to think of something special to do for your sweetie-pie, this Free Valentine’s Printable Coupon Booklet might be just the ticket! Honestly – what could be a more perfect gift than your own time & talents?

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