10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters!

10 creative uses for Coffe Filters


10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters

Jamie here, being frugal often means being creative – making do with less, and making it into more!  I told my husband that if I could get a gold medal for only one thing – it would probably be the ability to “Make Do” when I don’t have something that I need. :)

Case in point – the Tinfoil Heart Pancake Molds I showed you recently!

Coffee Filters are one of those handy things that have lots of different uses – here are 10 of my favorite creative uses for coffee filters!

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I am a sock genius! (Kids’ Sock-Matching Hack)

I’m not a good housekeeper.  I try – honestly I do – and sometimes I do it well, and the kids lunches are made the night before, the rooms are all tidy, the dishes washed and the laundry done.  But lots of times the laundry is NOT done – or at least is not folded – and I blame that entirely on the fact that my laundry room is in the basement and the basement has a door I can close.  (Out of sight, out of mind)  :)


So this inevitably leads to a school morning sock free-for-all, where my four boys dig through a MASSIVE pile of similar looking socks, trying to find a pair.  I also have one sock-obsessed 6 year old who will only wear 3 of the 200 pairs we own, because “those 3 don’t get lumpy”.

After they left for school this morning in the usual whirlwind, I sat down guiltily to fold enough socks for the rest of the week.  They all look so similar, but are all different sizes/ankle heights and it took me a good long while to match up 7 or 8 pair.  I even tried to get my 4 year old to help me – by telling him we were playing a matching game (He loves those) That’s when inspiration grabbed me!

I ran to the kitchen to grab some colored sharpies. I drew shapes on the feet-part of matched pairs, so they will be easy to spot in a pile.  My 4 year old yelled out which shapes he wanted me to draw, and I just went at it.  Here are a few:

I think this will help the kids find their matches in the morning – when mom’s dropped the ball (Let’s just be honest, it’s going to happen again).  Not only that – the little ones will think it’s fun to dig out matching pair and hand them to me – like a game!

Heck, I might up the ante and throw some alphabet letters on the next batch – so we can practice our letters!

Do you have any little tips you would like to share that help you in everyday life?  I thought it might be fun to post some practical reader-tips once in awhile, so leave your comment and I might contact you to do a post like the one I just did above!

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Tree Cupcakes

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Aren’t these the most adorable Christmas tree cupcakes? I thought they were so cute. I think they would be so fun to make with my kids. I’ve included step by step instructions below for your convenience.




Yields: 24 Cupcakes / Time: 60 Minutes


1 box white cake mix (plus required ingredients listed on the box, i.e. eggs, oil & water)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons milk
White Sugar Sprinkles
Round Colored Sprinkles
Green Food Coloring
Sugar Cones


1. Prepare cake batter according to box directions and bake in cupcake pan using liners.

2. While cupcakes cool, make frosting. Start by using an electric mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3 minutes.


3. Place two cups of white frosting in a piping bag with a round frosting tip. Mix green food coloring in remaining frosting until you reach desired shade of green.


4. Place one sugar cone upside down onto each cupcake. Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of green frosting to completely coat each cone.


5. Fill a piping bag with remaining green frosting and use a small closed star frosting tip to make Christmas tree branches. Start at the top and turn the cupcake, continuing adding branches to fill the entire cone.


6. Using the white frosting, pipe a thick layer around the bottom of the cone to look like snow.

7. Add white sprinkles to the “snow” and add round colored sprinkles to the “tree”.

Don’t miss out on any of our nightly posts in our 25 Days of Christmas Fun Series. Join us tomorrow night for more Christmas Fun!


25 Days of Christmas Fun: Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses on Milk Cartons!

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Jamie here, if you have ever tried to make Gingerbread Houses with your kids – I hope you had fun… because when I did it – I turned into a terrible person.  Several years ago, with 4 boys aged 2-8, things were wildly unlike what I had imagined in my Martha-Stewart-Picture-Perfect plan.  The Gingerbread House kit I’d bought on clearance the year before would NOT stay together, and the boys were poking the walls down and caving the roof in trying to fit as much candy as possible onto it.  I went into control-freak mode, and I’m pretty sure I ended up finishing it by myself while they pouted off to another room.  FAIL! [Read more...]

Advent Calendars for $6.49 Shipped!

Advent: The arrival of a notable person, thing, or event

Every year, we get all the kids an Advent Calendar to count down the days until Christmas.  Each day they open one door on the calendar to reveal a piece of chocolate and a Bible Verse – it’s a “sweet” reminder that the days leading to Christmas are days to prepare our hearts for the most special gift ever.  It helps keep the excitement and awareness of Christ’s birth fresh in their minds – a daily remembering that has become part of our Christmas tradition.

They actually wake up every morning and can’t wait to open that day’s door  to see what it says – and of course they want chocolate with breakfast.  What other time of year can you get that?  ;)  I remember doing the same thing when I was a kid – I love passing this on to mine!

It’s sometimes hard to find good Advent Calendars – they’re either just covered with elves and presents, or they have truly horrible chocolate inside (think waxy and tasteless).  I found some great ones made by Vermont Christmas on Amazon today – there’s a good selection and it’s good chocolate too!


Peaceful Prince Chocolate Advent Calendar – $6.49

The Stable Advent Calendar (Special Chocolate Series) – $6.49

Newborn King Chocolate Advent Calendar - $6.49

Christmas Day Advent Calendar (Special Chocolate Series) - $6.49

Find more ways to Keep Christ in Christmas with your kids HERE!

Restaurant Roundup: 9/27 (Pizza Hut, Subway, Logan’s, Carraba’s)

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Headed out to eat this weekend?  Here are some restaurant coupons and deals to save you a little dough!

  • Einstein Bros. Bagels

    • Free bagel & shmear with drink purchase
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 9/30)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Friendly’s Ice Cream

    • $2 off any of the five new menu items
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 9/30)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Carl’s Jr.

    • $1 off Mile High Bacon Cheeseburger Thickburgers Combo
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 11/2)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

    • 20% off Adult Lunch with purchase of beverage, good from 11 am to 4pm
    • $11.29 Dinner with beverage included Valid after 4pm
    • Family Deal for $15.99 including meal for 1 adult and 1 child
    • $29.99 for 2 adults and 2 children Family Deal
    • 2 Breakfast for $17.99 with drinks good for 9am to 11am
    • Click HERE to print these coupons (exp. 10/1)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Boston Market

    • $1 off any meal
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 10/3)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Logan’s Roadhouse

    • $5 off $20 purchase
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 10/8)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Souper Salad

    • $5.99 Adult Buffet
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 10/4)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Huddle House

    • FREE Mozzarella Sticks with $5 Purchase
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 10/19)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Bruegger’s Bagels

    • $1 off Any Breakfast Egg Sandwich
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 10/2)
    • Find a location near you HERE


    • Select Footlong Sub Sandwiches only $5
    • Click HERE to check this out!
    • Find a participating location near you HERE


    • FREE small cup of McCafe coffee (no purchase necessary)
    • Click HERE to check this out! (from 9/16 to 9/29)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Burger King

    • 2 Sandwiches only $5
    • Click HERE to check this out!
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet

    • Buy One Get One Lunch Buffet (purchase of 2 beverages required)
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 10/2)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Steak Escape

    • FREE Kids Meal when you buy sandwich, fries and drink
    • FREE Small fries when you buy any sandwich and soft drink
    • Buy Large Fries and we will load them free
    • FREE small drink when you buy any grilled salad
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 9/30)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Pizza Hut

    • Large 2-Topping Pizza only $7.99 when ordered online for pick-up
    • Click HERE to check this out!
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Del Taco

    • Free cinnamon Churro with Epic Burrito and Free Hashbrowns with 2 Breakfast Tacos
    • 2 FREE Grilled Chicken Tacos (when you join club)
    • Click HERE to print these coupons
    • Find a location near you HERE
    Hardee’s Restaurant
    • $1 off 1/3 Thickburger Combo
    • Free Cinnamon & Raisin Biscuit with Country Fried Gravy Platter
    • $1 off Breakfast combo
    • 2 for $3 monster biscuits
    • FREE Biscuit & Gravy with Breakfast Combo
    • $1 off $6 Burger
    • $1 off Any Size Combo
    • $1 off Charbroiled Chicken Combo
    • FREE Small Fries & Small Beverage with Purchase of 5 Piece Chicken Tenders
    • FREE Medium Beverage with Purchase of Turkey Burger
    • $1 off 1/3 lb Low Carb Thickburger
    • FREE Small Beverage With any Purchase
    • FREE Small Coffee with any Purchase
    • $1.29 Beer Battered Onion Rings
    • $1 off Large Natural Cut Fries
    • Click HERE to print these coupons
    • Find a location near you HERE


    • FREE Dessert with Purchase of Adult Buffet or Entree (birthday club)
    • Click HERE to sign up (exp. 12/31)
    • Find a location near you HERE


    • FREE MINIBON Cinnamon Roll + FREE MochaLatta
    • Click HERE to Join the Club Cinnabon® and this coupon
    • Find a location near you HERE

    Carrabba’s Italian Grill

    • $10 off 2 dinner entrees
    • $5 off 2 lunches
    • Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 9/30)
    • Find a location near you HERE

    - See more at: http://www.smartcouponing.com/index.php/2014/09/26/restaurant-deals-round-up-926/#sthash.ZgBstkyM.dpuf

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Talk Like a Pirate Day Freebies | FREE Krispy Kreme, Kids Apps, Eyepatch Tutorial & More!

Just a reminder that today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! We’ve added a couple fun new Talk Like a Pirate Day Freebies to our Pirate Day Freebie Roundup List – so make sure you take advantage of all the excitement! (Please leave a comment if you hear about any other freebies or deals happening today)

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