DIY Oil-Rubbed Bronze

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DIY Oil-Rubbed Bronze

This is one of the oldest DIY tricks in the book, updating brass or gold fixtures to oil-rubbed bronze. You won’t believe how easy it is! Face it, we all have them….ugly brass or gold light fixtures, door handles, bathroom knobs, brass lamps, etc. Most anything could easily be updated to a beautiful oil-rubbed bronze in a matter of minutes.

In my case we have these:

Remedy:

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Father’s Day Gifts from Kids under $5

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11 Father’s Day Gifts from Kids under $5

My kids always want to give something to their dad on Father’s Day that’s just from them.  And since they’ve passed the phase of coloring pictures of themselves with dad, or making him a cardboard tie – they’re needing some ideas they can afford on their own allowance.  Here are some ideas to help you help them get ready – 11 Father’s Day Gifts from Kids under $5!

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Magazine Subscriptions

A great way to show dad you “get” him – just let him relax and enjoy his golf or baseball magazine in peace and quiet :)  Amazon currently has TONS of $5 Magazine Subscriptions.

For gifting, it’s best to snag the current issue at the store so he has something to open while you wait for the subscription to arrive.

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Coffee Mug or Travel Mug

Dad’s who like their coffee will like a mug that speaks to their manly side.  Especially an encouraging quote to start the day off right.  Family Christian Bookstores has some great inspirational mugs at the $5 price point – I love this Courage mug!

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Grilling Apron with Handprints

Pick up an inexpensive dollar store apron and have the kids put their handprints on it in paint.  Stencil their names, or write “King of the Grill” on the front – like this one over at rockinmama.

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Ice Ball Maker

This ice ball maker is just one of those cool things dad would open and love.  I say this because it’s been on the best-seller list for MONTHS on Amazon and my husband wants one too.  Don’t question it – it’s just a dude thing I guess.  (Some of these are $5 or under, and some are just a buck or so more)

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Movie Ticket

If dad’s a movie-lover, a pass to go see a movie one Saturday afternoon might be right up his alley.  You can get them a little cheaper at matinee prices – or search out a cheap theater near you where they show slightly older films.

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Photo Mousepad

If he works in an office – a photo mousepad is something dad can take with him that won’t claim any of the limited space on his desktop .  Personalize it with pics of the kids doing fun things with dad and pay only $1 + Shipping right now at York Photo!  The shipping cutoff to arrive by Father’s Day is 6/10.  If you miss the cutoff, you can always get one at Walmart for $9.96

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Dad’s Favorite Snacks Basket

Have your child interview dad about his favorite snacks – and then print out some coupons and head to the store to get as much goodies as their allowance will allow.  Help them put it together so it looks cute and rent a superhero movie from the Redbox for a nice evening of bonding.

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A $5 Giftcard 

Sometimes dads just need to treat themselves to a new crossword puzzle book, or some Starbucks or Baskin Robbins or Five Guys.  Knowing their child spent some of their allowance to give them that little treat is kind of heartwarming :)

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New Tacklebox & Lure

For the fishing dad, you can never have too many tackleboxes.  More places to put all those new lures you want ;)  Amazon has several smaller boxes for around $3 – $5, so your kids should have enough $$ left to pick up a new lure too!

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Inspirational Books

If you have a faith-filled dad, he might like an inspirational book.  Some of them are a little pricey, but here are a few that are just $5: The Mossy Oak Trail Guide, His Footsteps My Pathway, and Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

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Nice Framed Picture

Find a good pic of dad and the kids and let them pick out a nice new frame.  Kohl’s often has some nice frames at big discounts.

I hope some of these Father’s Day gift ideas under $5 helps you out!  And we’d LOVE to hear any you can add to the list :)

 

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And for a completely free – but utterly meaningful gift for the man you love, I highly recommend doing the Love List Challenge.  

You may also want to check out these Gift Ideas for Men (written by a man)

 

 

Homemade Firestarters | Dryer Lint & Candle Wax!

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I’m re-posting this tutorial I wrote previously on how to make homemade firestarters because camping season is HERE again!  (Check out some good tent deals here)

This weekend I took my 4 boys out for our first ever family camping trip.  It was all I could’ve hoped for – they were thrilled to cook hotdogs over the campfire, make S’mores, tell silly ghost stories, and listen to old John Denver songs on the guitar.(Well – maybe not so thrilled about the last one ;) )   We swam in the lake until we were exhausted, and finally cuddled up in our tiny 4 person tent together while I lay awake hoping no critters would come looking for leftovers.

It was wonderful – memories they’ll have forever  – just like I do from when I went camping as a kid with my parents.  There was one thing, though, that I wished I had remembered to bring along – something to make the all-important campfire even easier to get going: these HomeMade FireStarters.

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Reuse Empty Candle Jars | Seashell Display for Summer

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Jamie here, I’m always looking for new ways to reuse empty candle jars around my house.  After I’d figured out how to get wax out of candle jars (and I mean COMPLETELY!)  I had them in the window sill drying in the sunshine and they just looked so pretty grouped together like that.

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Love these!!

I decided to fill them using the seashells we’d collected during our last couple beach trips and grouped them together for a summery seascape.


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I have a little confession to make – you see all those perfect cute starfish and sand dollars and shiny conch shells??  Yeah… I didn’t find those on the beach.

We bought a bag of them in a gift shop on our way ouf of town to supplement our massive sad buckets of broken shells.  I felt like a cheater-cheater at the time, but now I’m totally good with that purchase  ;)

I love that this project is simple and clean looking.  

If you don’t have lots of seashells to reuse empty candle jars around your house – you could also display pretty rocks for an earthy vibe and nestle a tealight into the center :)

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Make sure you find out how to get beautiful, streak-free glasses in our post

How to Get Wax Out of Candle Jars

DIY Water Balloon Flip-Flops

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Dollar Tree has a summer collection of colorful flip-flop that would be perfect for this DIY!  Does anyone wear anything but flip-flops in the Summer? We spend so much time at the pool, or out playing in the sprinkler in our backyard that flip-flops are our regular attire. For a crafting project, I thought it would be fun for my daughter and I to decorate a pair of flip-flops. What better place to go shopping than Dollar Tree, where we can take advantage of their incredible already low prices during their Summer Fun flip-flop frenzy?

Flip-Flop Frenzy Details:

  • Flip-flops are available in solid colors (blue, black, pink, lime, turquoise, yellow, purple, and orange), as well as colorful patterns and styles. Colors and styles vary by store.
  • Flip-flops are available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.
  • Also check out colorful Summer Fun housewares, party supplies, and toys.

After seeing so many different fun flip-flop crafts on Pinterest, my daughter and I settled on water balloon flip-flops. I’m not super-duper crafty, so I wanted to make sure we didn’t bite off more than we could chew.

Water balloon flip-flops are fun, easy and inexpensive to make. I’ve included the supply list and details below.

What you need:

  • flip-flops
  • 1 to 2 packs of water balloons

You’ll want to begin on one end of the flip-flop. First, gently stretch the balloon, then tie tightly in a double knot. Alternating the direction of each balloon, continue until the straps are covered. Make sure to tie balloons closely together. You can follow a color pattern or change it up, depending on your preference.

You’ll have lots and lots of water balloons left over for fun summer water balloon fights. You could probably get away with one pack, however I went ahead and grabbed two just in case. Even so, I ran out of green balloons quickly. My kids are already planning a water balloon fight this afternoon after they finish their school work.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Homemade Swimmers Ear Drops

Homemade Swimmers Ear Drops

Jamie here!  My youngest was never very prone to ear infections – but last summer when we were swimming a lot he started getting them all the time.
It got so bad that we had to go to an ear, nose and throat doctor to clear it up.  He suggested drops of swimmer’s ear after each time in water, and he gave me this homemade swimmers ear drops recipe that was just as good.
You can likely find these ingredients in your home already, and the cost will be just pennies compared to the $4-6 you’d pay at the store.
Homemade Swimmers Ear Drops:
  1. Mix one part vinegar and one part rubbing alcohol into an old eye dropper bottle and shake.
  2. Use 4 drops in each ear after getting out of the swimming pool.
  3. If you don’t have a dropper bottle, soak a cotton ball and squeeze into the ear canal.
  4. The vinegar and alcohol will both kill bacteria and dry out the ear canal to prevent bacteria from growing there later.
We’ve had success with this so far – and we even use it after baths sometimes just in case.
Speaking of household items being used to replace store-bought remedies – have you tried this DIY Mouthwash and Vinegar Foot Soak yet?  If not, I highly recommend it!  Your cracked heels will feel so much better afterwards!