Homemade Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub

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Homemade Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub

Wake your skin up for Spring 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:

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.  This John Wayne Travel Mug is a fun one – and an add-on item for only $4.58!  Or get a custom photo mug from York Photo for only $2.99 with code DRANK (through 4/14)

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Photo courtesy of whimsicalkidscanvas

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.  York Photo usually has a deal for one on their Special Offers page – or at least a 40% OFF Photo Gifts code.   If they’re not currently offering any good mouse pad specials, 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 from Family Christian.

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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!)

 

 

20 Best Patio Garden Plants

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When perusing the gardening center, you might be wondering which plants are *best* if all you are working with is a small space such as a patio.

Patio Gardens are really perfect places t0 try your hand at growing your own food, as they are typically sunny and allow you to get water to them easily via a watering can or water bucket. If you are debating about planning a patio garden, take a look below at the perfect plants. These plants are not only the ideal size to grow in patio planters, but easy to care for.

The Perfect Patio Garden Plants:

  1. Tomatos & Cherry Tomatoes
  2. Potatoes (with these cool potato planter bags!)
  3. Peppers
  4. Strawberry plants
  5. Blueberry bushes
  6. Miniature fruit tree varieties
  7. Zuchinni & Summer Squash
  8. Spinach
  9. Pickling cucumbers
  10. Radishes
  11. Mint
  12. Sage
  13. Oregano
  14. Basil
  15. Chives
  16. Parsley
  17. Cilantro
  18. Rosemary
  19. Chives
  20. Thyme

The herbs mentioned above often need little space and actually do very well in a stacked pot like this one.

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For those with a tiny patio – go vertical to allow you to grow more plants!  Hanging wall planters like this one make it simple!

When you arrange small pots and even trellised varieties of these plants together, the end result is a lovely assortment of plants on your patio that offer color, convenience, and of course an abundance of food. All of these varieties are ideal for small spaces or to be grown in pots or by the use of trellis.

No matter what time of season it is, head to your local gardening center and see what varieties of these plants may be available. They are fool proof starter plants not only perfect for a garden patio, but perfect for a gardener who is just getting started out.

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If you’re looking for decorative patio plants – check out our post on making the perfect DIY Flower Planters!

Mothers Day Quotes (For Cards & DIY Gifts)

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Mother’s Day is a time to tell mom how much she is loved, cherished and appreciated.  It’s time to pause and think back over all the sacrifices she’s made and the ways she’s made your life better.  But sometimes, it’s hard to come up with the right words to adequately express just how much mom is loved.

Here are 23 Mothers Day Quotes to help inspire you.  Many of these are great to add to DIY gifts as well!  (Like these DIY Themed Gift Baskets)

A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love. ~ Author Unknown

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” ~ Cardinal Mermillod

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. ~ Jewish Proverb

Mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible ~ Marion C. Garretty

Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together ~ Susan Gale

“[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” ~ Emily Dickinson

Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart. ~ Author Unknown

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~ Author Unknown

“Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” ~ Ambrose Bierce (I think this one is so cute)

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~ Honore de Balzac

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Mitch Albom

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher

“The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” ~ Jodi Picoult, House Rules

“It is never easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” ~ Anon

“Mother’s love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. If it is there, it is like a blessing; if it is not there it is as if all the beauty had gone out of life.” ~ Erich Fromm

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~ Tenneva Jordan

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” ~ Victor Hugo

A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done. ~ Author Unknown

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~ Sophia Loren
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone

Your arms were always open when I needed a hug.
Your heart understood when I needed a friend.
Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson.
Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly.
~ Sarah Malin

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving

 

 

Easter Egg Dye Ideas

 

 

Getting ready for Easter by dying eggs?  Here are a few helpful Easter Egg dye ideas that will make this family activity a little more fun and a little less mess!  Of course – you could skip the dye altogether and get artistic with these Sharpie Easter Eggs

But if the traditional colored eggs are calling your name – here are our top tips:

1. Lay down paper bags or newspaper

One thing I always do is save my paper shopping bags from Aldi to lay out in front of each kid – like an egg dying placemat.  It controls the drips and drops that are bound to happen.

2. Dry off eggs before dying – it will help the color stick

For tips on hard boiling, check out how to make perfectly hard boiled eggs every time

3. Have a place ready for the dyed eggs

For drying the eggs – use empty ice cube trays!  Once the eggs are completely dry, store them back in their carton until you want to display/eat them.

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

For some fun twists on the tradition dye kit – see this post on 25 Easter Egg Dying Ideas

 

You might also like our post on 14 Easter Dessert Ideas!

 

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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DIY Flower Planters | How to Choose & Arrange Flowers for BIG Impact!

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Jamie here, if you’re wanting to try your hand at DIY Flower Planters this year (rather than buying the super-cute-but-crazy-pricey arranged pots at the garden center) I have a super-simple 3-Step Rule to share with you ;)  You need to purchase each of these types of flowers for maximum impact:

1) BOOM

2) FILLER

3) SPILLER

You’ll want to begin putting together your DIY Flower Planters by searching for these three types of flowers/plants to fill your pot.

*Keep in mind that they each need to have the same sun requirements

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The BOOM!

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