Vegetable Garden Raised Bed Tutorial

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Vegetable Garden Raised Bed Tutorial

 

If you want to have a vegetable garden this year without the trouble of tilling, why not try out this Vegetable Garden Raised Bed project?  Using a raised bed garden means you have control of the soil quality, you’re able to reach the plants easily from all sides, and you can better protect your little garden from pests.  You can simply purchase one online or at a local hardware store – or you can build your own in just a few easy steps.

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Sharpie Easter Eggs | Easy & Mess-Free!

Sharpie Easter Eggs

If your family’s getting tired of the same old Easter dye kits, try using Sharpies for fun new way to decorate this year’s eggs!

Sharpie Easter Eggs can be as artsy – or a simple – as you want.  It’s something my older teens would enjoy, since they love to draw more intricate designs.  But so easy that my 8 year old would have fun too.  While doing a trial run, I traced a chevron pattern with a pencil and went over it with black sharpie.  My silver oil-based paint sharpie was great for shiny accent dots.

Another way to approach this project is to dye the eggs first and then use Sharpie as an added layer of personalization :)

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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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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!

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