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TOP APPLE POSTS ROUND-UP

apple roundup

 

Get ready for a new Fall Series!

Together with my friends from Mavens of Money we bring you our hottest posts this fall. This week we’re sharing all about APPLES.

The Mavens of Money group is comprised of 11 bloggers: MadameDeals | The Coupon Challenge | Mom On Dealz | Coupons are Great | This Mama Loves | A Frugal Chick | The Centsible Family | Stretching Your Budget | Penny Filled Pantry | Freebie Spot | Saving Toward Better Life | [Read more…]

DIY Children’s Wall Art

space collage with text

What’s a frugal mom to do when she buys a quilt on clearance for her child and the wall art that goes with the quilt is all sold out?  Create DIY Children’s Wall art herself-with coupons of course!

We recently moved (see our moving story here) and one of the rooms in the new house was painted a very bright green.  While I planned on painting it a more neutral color, my 4 year old claimed the green room as his bedroom.  The problem with this is that his room had a Boston Red Sox theme prior to moving.  So this mommy had to find another plan.  Off to Target I went! On clearance was a space quilt and pillow that I knew would be perfect.  Then I searched and googled space wall art and found nothing my budget would approve.

Armed with coupons, I went to AC Moore.  I got a 2 pack of canvases and took pictures of space ships on his quilt and got to work!

the quilt

the quilt

 

I drew them in pencil first….Will thought it was  a bit fat.
pencil canvas

The Completed room

wills room

Looking for other Do-It-Yourself ideas?  Check these out!

How To Make A Fireplace Hearth Guard

How To Make A Tricycle Diaper Cake

How To Organize Puzzles

How To Make A Jewelry Holder

How To Make A Candy Bouquet

Homemade Diaper Rash Treatment

Home Depot & Lowe’s Kids Workshops-Register Now!

lowes build and grow

My kids absolutely LOVE the Home Depot & Lowes Workshops!  They are so much fun and a great bonding experience with their daddy.

Here are the future workshops you’ll want to register for-they fill up fast-and they are FREE!

Home Depot:

September 7th-Football Ring Toss from 9AM-Noon

October 5th-kids can build a Fire Rescue plane made out of Legos

November 2nd- Tabletop Ship

Lowes:

September 14th:  Classic Fire Truck (my kids made this last year and it’s pretty awesome!

Thanks, Hip2Save

How To Make A Tricycle Diaper Cake

bike collage with words

 

When Kristen from WGNT saw a diaper cake I made last year, she asked if I could come on and do a Parent’s Corner segment. Since I LOVE creating anything for babies, I jumped at the chance.

How To Make A Tricycle Diaper Cake

 

Materials:
Diapers (about 22)
2 Baby Bibs
2 Baby Blankets
1 Paper Towel Roll
1 Toilet Paper Roll
Rubber Bands
Ribbon
Socks
Baby Bottle
Scissors
Tape
2 Pipe Cleaners

Directions:
1.  Roll 6 diapers up and wrap them in a rubber band.  Put a rubber band around a toilet paper roll and insert the rolled diapers in between the rubber band and roll.

bike front wheel

2.  Take 6 more diapers and cover the “wheel” with these diapers by inserting them unfolded in between the rubber band and rolled diapers.

3.  Repeat this process around each end of the paper towel.

bike wheels no ribbon

4.  Cover all 3 “wheels” with riboon of your choice.

bike wheels with ribbon

5.  Roll one baby blanket and insert it inside the toilet paper roll wheel and set aside.

bike front wheel with blanket

6.  Attach the 2 pipe cleaners together and insert them inside the back wheels.

bike back wheels

7.  Bring the blanket ends from the front wheel to the back wheels and attach using the pipe cleaners.

8.  Roll another blanket and insert inside the front wheel (yes this will be hard) and bring up to create the handlebars.

9. Lay one bib over the front wheel and place the bottle on top of it.  Take the rolled blanket and rubber band the two ends to come together over the bottle, holding it in place and making it look more like handlebars.

bike done

10.  Roll 2 more diapers and insert one into each end of the “back wheels” to make them more sturdy.

11. Roll 2 additional diapers to create the “seat”.  Cover with the remaining bib.

12. Add any embellishments.  I added skull socks to the handlebars and a bear with a skull bandana.

How To Organize Puzzles

mesh bags

I hope I’m not the only one who has the problem of organizing puzzles!  If you’re wondering how to organize puzzles, I have a solution!

My boys love puzzles but one problem we have are the flimsy boxes the puzzles come in!  They don’t stand a chance against my boys!

So what’s an organized frenzied mommy to do?

I have found that mesh or laundry bags are the best way to organize puzzles.

I was able to go from this:

puzzle boxes

 

to this:

organize puzzles

To make things easier, we cut off the part of the puzzle cardboard box that has the puzzle name and completed picture so we still have that as a guide.

These are the puzzles I bought-you get 8 bags for only $9.99!

 B&E Home Essential Laundry Mesh Wash Bag Set (Small * 2, Medium * 2, Large * 2, Bra Wash Bag * 2) – Set of 8

Free Book: How To Cook From Scraps! What?!

scraps

When I first saw this title I was like what?!  But after looking at it, the book seems pretty helpful!

Right now you can get the book How to Cook From Scrapsfor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:
With more than 50 recipes and lots of tips, How to Cook from Scraps is the perfect book for anyone who wants to go beyond meals that come out of a box or the freezer aisle. Learning to cook from scraps is about cooking efficiently and throwing away less. Sometimes cooking from scraps is learning to reinvent leftovers. Sometimes it is making your own broth. Cooking from scraps is always about making the food you already have in your house go further.

Cooking efficiently means saving money, creating less waste, and making meals entirely at home. Using the recipes and advice in How to Cook from Scraps, you will utilize every part of your food (even vegetable peels) and run your kitchen in a way that caters to this kind of efficiency. This book focuses on the recipes that are both from scraps and from scratch, but you will find as you make the meals that the tips for cooking this way will make you think differently about how your kitchen is organized.

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

Free Book: 200 Natural Cleaning Product Recipes!

natural cleaning

I love cleaning with natural products so this free book excites me!  I can’t wait to find some new recipes!

Right now you can get the book It’s Only Natural: 200 natural cleaning product recipes to have a green, healthy and allergy free home and garden:for FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:

By using natural cleaning products, not only will you be saving potentially hundreds of dollars each year but it is also an environmentally sound alternative to toxic, allergy producing house hold cleaning products. These cleaning recipes will not only leave your home and garden chemical free but are safe for children, pets, friendly for those who suffer from chemical allergies and ideal for those who just want to be more environmentally conscious.

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

Free Book: Make Money Online-Companies That Pay You To Work In Your Pajamas!

money from home

Who doesn’t want to make money at home?  It definitely has it’s perks!

Right now you can get the book Make Money Online Volume 2 – 67 More Real Companies That Pay You To Work In Your Pajamasfor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

There are also some other great companies I have listed below that can make you money at home too!  I have family members who use several of them!

Do you want more money, a better job, a job you love, a job you can tolerate better than the one you have now? The best job in the world is the one you create because your passion comes with it. The key to happiness is engineering your life so you wake up each day happy to work, happy where you are and just plain happy to be. Working online for a company or creating your own home-based business can erase debt, allow you to travel and in some cases make you very rich. This book will help you.

plink quizno

Free Book: The ABC’s of Freezer Cooking

freezer cooking abc

Freezer cooking is one way that busy parents can save time and still provide nutritional meals for their families!

Right now you can get the book The ABC’S of Freezer Cooking, A Quick, Basic, Introduction To Make Ahead Mealsfor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have an extra hour in the evening to yourself and not have to worry about the dreaded question, “Hey Mom, what’s for dinner?” then freezer cooking just might be for you. The “ABC’S of Freezer Cooking” covers all the basics to teach you how and how not to prepare freezer meals for your family. From cooking all your meals for a month in just one day, or preparing just a few extra meals for when you’re family is particularly busy, this book is full of helpful tips and tricks to help you make it happen.

Included is how to write a meal plan, money saving strategies, 15 basic recipes, and there is even a section on how to utilize freezer cooking as a weight loss tool. If you’re looking for a quick read, and an introduction into the world of make-ahead meals then this book is the perfect place to get started. Written with the beginning freezer cook in mind.

Remember, Amazon can and will change at anytime.

Free Book: How To Grow Your First Strawberry Garden

strawberry garden

My kids are NUTS over strawberries!  In fact we just went strawberry picking last week.  If you love strawberries you won’t want to miss this free book and don’t forget about my post How To Make Strawberry Jam!

Right now you can get the book How To Grow Your First Strawberry Gardenfor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:

From choosing the right spot to soil preparation to harvesting, How To Grow Your First Strawberry Garden shows you the right way to grow big strawberry’s no matter the size of your plot.You’ll learn the best way to plot your Strawberry garden and how to get your soil in the best shape; how to plant your seeds properly; and how to care for them the right way as they grow. You’ll also know the best time to harvest your strawberry’s and the best ways to enjoy them.

 

FREE Book: Eating Clean To Stay Young

eating clean

The “Eating Clean” craze has gotten quite huge and I must admit, I too have jumped on the bandwagon.  I mean, who doesn’t want to eat more healthy with less additives in their food?  It only makes sense for good health!

Right now you can get the book Eating Clean to Stay Young: for Youthful Energy, Ideal Weight and Disease-Free Healthfor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:
No dieting, no starving, no crazy exercise routines – just by rescuing your natural love of healthy foods.

Simple shifts in the way you look at your food, how you choose it, how you cook it and how you enjoy it. Not with fanatical revolutions – only with small adjustments that make the big differences.

Adjust as and when you are ready; because any improvement is a good improvement.

When you achieve any improvement, you feel energized to keep going and not slip back to the life you WANT to leave behind.

You will see a big difference in your first week and that’s why you get the best hand-holding First Week Recipe Guide. It’s so much more than recipes; even if you’ve never cooked before, the Guide takes you from start to finish through your first week with nothing left out.

Prepare your meals quickly and easily and know they will taste great

Add flavor and variety to your clean eating meals with small, proven twists

Slash your risk of cancer, diabetes, and other health problems

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!
 

Free Book: Declutter Your Life: Reduce Stress, Increase Productivity, and Enjoy Your Clutter-Free Life

declutter life

 

Who doesn’t want a clutter free life?  Reducing clutter can reduce stress and stress free is the goal right?

Right now you can get the book Declutter Your Life: Reduce Stress, Increase Productivity, and Enjoy Your Clutter-Free Lifefor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About this book:
Michelle Stewart, author of Declutter Your Life, draws on her professional and personal experiences to craft an easy-to-follow book on reducing clutter in all aspects of your life. She shares personal success stories regarding home, office, and mental clutter and talks about how living in a modern culture can lead to anxiety and depression. Declutter Your Life is full of tips for decluttering physically and mentally, and Stewart provides advice that can be implemented with minimal time and money.

Whether the piles of stuff in your dining and bedroom areas are beginning to drive you crazy, or you need to make some changes to your office space, this book can help. If you are tired all the time because you never have a minute to yourself, or racing thoughts about what you need to do the next day are keeping you awake at night, this book can help. From dealing with social situations and managing your calendar, to learning to relax and reduce mental stress, Michelle Stewart walks the reader through actionable steps toward a more organized, low-stress life. With information on how to get the entire family involved in decluttering, this is the perfect manual for living a clutter-free life.

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

FREE Book: How To Draw Collection 1-12

how to draw

When I taught 3rd grade, the “How To Draw” Books were some of my students’ favorite books to check out from the library!

Right now you can get the book How to Draw Collection 1-12 (over 400 pages) (how to draw collections)

for FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

In this collection you will learn how to draw:
how to draw pirates
how to draw wild animals
how to draw vehicles
how to draw fantasy
how to draw fashion world
how to draw prehistoric world
how to draw the farm
how to draw the garden
how to draw “the beetle that wants to be – and friends”
how to draw birds
how to draw sea world
how to draw Noah’s Ark

Thanks, A Few Short Cents

Free Book: The Busy Woman’s Guide To Getting Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous!

fit and fierce

Who doesn’t want to be fit, fierce, and fabulous?  I do!

Right now you can get the book The Busy Woman’s Guide to Getting Fit, Fierce, and Fabulousfor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:
The Busy Woman’s Guide to Getting Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous” is certified personal trainer and fitness writer Daniel Wallen’s Amazon debut. Daniel is a trainer specializing in female fat-loss, and in this book he discusses:

-Why you must know your desire or Why to get fat loss results
-The metabolic power of pleasure and nourishment
-Dealing with toxic people
-Why aiming for perfection is a perfect way to set yourself up for failure
-The importance of loving yourself for who you are today (your scale does not define you! you need to realize this!).

Free Book: Homemade Body Sugar Scrubs

body scrub

I love saving money by making homemade products at home and this body scrubs sound like a lot of fun!

Right now you can get the book Homemade Body Sugar Scrubsfor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

Here is a review of the book:
I would recommend this book to anyone that is into DIY and wants super awesome soft skin! Recipes are easy to read and understand and turn out oh so yummy! Do yourself a favor and make some! they are great for gifts too especially with mothers day coming up.

Remember, Amazon prices can and will change at anytime.