Homemade Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub

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Homemade Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub

Wake your skin up and slough off the dry winter flakes with this homemade brown sugar coffee scrub!  I try to put aside some leftover grounds (or a couple used K-Cups) so I can do this scrub once a week – it works wonders when I remember to do it ;)

Did you know:  The caffeine in the coffee is a powerful anti-inflammatory?  Yep!  It helps to get rid of puffiness and redness – so if you’re prone to blemishes on your back or anywhere else… this should help some with that. :)

To make this Homemade Brown Sugar & Coffee Scrub you’ll need:

  • 1 Tbsp Leftover coffee grounds 
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • A drizzle of olive oil 
  • A couple drops of essential oil (IF you have some on hand and would like to!  Otherwise, olive oil’s just fine.)

Mix together the ingredients and keep by the bathtub for your next  little chunk of “me” time :)  After exfoliating, rinse off the paste with warm water and pat dry – the olive oil leaves your skin feeling silky soft and a little dewy.

Interesting Fact: Incorporating used coffee grounds into your soil enriches it.  So throw the rest in your garden or any potted plants you have around the house!

Check out these other variations on Homemade Sugar Scrubs:

Free Printable Valentine Cards: Mustache Valentines!

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Free Printable Valentine Mustache Cards

Here’s a fun Valentine printable card project that will work for any age child, boy or girl, and is cheap and easy!

Jamie here! This is my kitchen table last year, the night before Valentine’s Day….   we made these awesome Mustache Valentines and my kids loved them so much they asked to do it again this year.  As you can see by this photo of my kitchen table last Valentine’s Eve – I was up to my elbows in fake mustache hair and fake lips. ;)

Here’s how to make these cute valentines and also a free printable template:

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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!

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. The only problem is you are not going to have all the Super Bowl commercials that are usually pretty fun – since the live stream has a different set of ads (and probably the same ones over and over) but still.  It’s free.

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.

  • Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick
  • Chromecast
  • Apple TV
  • Roku
  • Or just a laptop with internet!

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 :)

3 Organizing Ideas from Dollar Spot at Target

3 Organizing Ideas from the Dollar Spot at Target

Woohoo!  I was at Target a few days ago and was SO glad to see that the organizing supplies are back in the Dollar Spot!
My favorite items are the magazine files (you know, the ones that are short in the front and tall in the back).  They have some extra cute ones that are solid and have a chalkboard label on the front, but friends those are $3 each.  These in the picture are only $1 each.
Decision made!
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Last year I bought several of these and went to town thinking up organizing ideas for my kitchen.    Here are the 3 ideas that are still working great for me – in case you want some inspiration!

You might also like this post on our DIY Homework Caddy!

Saver Tips Tuesday | Christmas Family Fun!

Come link up on Saver Tips Tuesday

Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday – this week we’ve got some fun Family Christmas ideas!

(Please note we’ll be taking a 2 week break from our Saver Tips posts – but we’ll be back in the new year!)

Check in each week to see lots of helpful tips for your everyday life. We will be talking about DIY projects, recipes, tips for organization, ways to repurpose items and more! You might see a recipe post that is a “time saver”, a budgeting post that is a “money saver” or a rainy day activity for the kiddos that is a “life saver”! There are so many awesome ideas out there and we want to Link and Learn from each other.

This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure! Each week, we will also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

Here are this week’s host highlights:

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Now it’s your turn! Link up your Time Saver, Money Saver, or Life Saver tip!


Saver Tips Tuesday | Christmas Crafts, Make-Ahead Holiday Breakfast, Seasonal Perspective

Come link up on Saver Tips Tuesday

Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday!

Check in each week to see lots of helpful tips for your everyday life. We will be talking about DIY projects, recipes, tips for organization, ways to repurpose items and more! You might see a recipe post that is a “time saver”, a budgeting post that is a “money saver” or a rainy day activity for the kiddos that is a “life saver”! There are so many awesome ideas out there and we want to Link and Learn from each other.

This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure! Each week, we will also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

Here are this week’s host highlights:

  • Mary cooked up this CUTE  DIY Ornament Wreath that needs no glue gun!
  • Looking for a fun new Christmas morning breakfast recipe.  I just love this idea from Lindsay.  Her Chocolate Crepe Reindeer Recipe is sure to be a kiddo pleaser.
  • Finally, Kasey has got it right when she said, “So, at the end of the day when you are decorating your house for Christmas, baking cookies, or wrapping presents remember – Everything doesn’t have to be “Pinteresty!” Release yourself from unrealistic expectations and enjoy the JOY of this season”

Here are the Top 3 Posts from the Linky Last Week:

  1. No Machine Needed Peppermint andy Ice Cream - Snail Pace Transformations
  2. Mason Jar Lid Christmas Ornament - Pre-K Pages
  3. How to Make Holiday Potpourri Jars - Rock-a-Bye Parents


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Saver Tips Tuesday | Christmas Traditions and Recipes

Come link up on Saver Tips Tuesday

Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday!

Check in each week to see lots of helpful tips for your everyday life. We will be talking about DIY projects, recipes, tips for organization, ways to repurpose items and more! You might see a recipe post that is a “time saver”, a budgeting post that is a “money saver” or a rainy day activity for the kiddos that is a “life saver”! There are so many awesome ideas out there and we want to Link and Learn from each other.

This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure! Each week, we will also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

Here are this week’s host highlights:

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  • In this age of social media and emails, I love that family and friends still take the time to send real cards this time of year.  See Mary’s simple way to display these wishes with my Holiday Greeting Card Garland.
  • I would love to see the look on your Cookie Swap hostess’ face when you tell her you brought Christmas Crack Cookies!  Kasey shares this delicious (and easy) recipe.
  • As this season gets started, I love this post from Lindsay.  Check out her 10 Favorite Christmas Traditions (and her thought on why they are important for our kids!)

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Here are the Top 3 Posts from the Linky Last Week:

 

  1. Snowman Candy Bar Basket DIY GIft Idea - Simple Saving Savvy
  2. Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies - Short Cut Saver
  3. How to Make a Really Ugly Sweater - The Vintage Sheet

 


Frozen Play Dough

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard of the very popular movie Frozen. Here is a super cute idea for homemade Frozen play dough that your little princess will absolutely love! In fact, it’s a great craft to make together as a family.  I’ve included step by step instructions below as well as a supply list so that you can make your own Frozen Play Dough. Make sure to check out our Frozen Cupcakes recipe too. [Read more...]