How To Make A Candy Bouquet!

candy bouquet

So my husband and I told each other we wouldn’t give each other gifts this year but I couldn’t resist at least making something!  Since he loves candy and we have a lot around the house (from birthday favors, etc) I thought a candy bouquet would work out great!

How To Make A Candy Bouquet

1 piece of styrofoam
popsicle sticks
Hot Glue Gun/Glue

1.  Hot glue big boxes of candy to surround the piece of Styrofoam to form the base.

2.  Hot glue various pieces of candy to popsicle sticks and arrange them in the styrofoam.
3.  Add any other decor (I found the red heart stick for $1 at AC Moore).

Homemade Valentine Gifts + Valentines Quotes

Homemade Valentine Gifts + Valentines Quotes

There are tons of Valentine’s gifts that you can buy at the store, but we really try to make ours homemade each year.  Here are some of our favorite ideas and also a list of “cute” quotes that can go along with treats and goodies!

Valentine’s Gifts For Everyone

Water Bottle Fish (pictured above) – “I’m Hooked on You”

Popcorn Hearts-“You Make My Heart Pop” or “To A Pop-U-Lar Kid”

Dinosaur Popsicle Puzzle- “You’re Dinomite!”

Painted Ladybug Rock-” Won’t You Be My Love Bug?”

Shaving Cream Fun & Painting-Reasons I Love You

Goldfish-You’re Ofishally my Valentine

candy rocket

Valentines Candy Train and Candy Rocket 

moon love

I Love You To The Moon And Back

eye patch

Pirate’s Treasure Eye Patch

Re-vamp this How To Make A Sombrero craft with a Valentine’s theme

How about Dinner? Make a Heart Shaped Meatloaf and please everyone-including yourself since you can throw it in the Crock-Pot and forget about it!

Valentines Quotes

  • Bubble Gum- I “Chews” you as my Valentine
  • Jelly Bracelets-You make my knees jelly
  • Crush Soda-I’ve got a crush on you
  • Kool-aid-You’re Kool
  • Matchbox Car-I wheelie like you
  • Deck of Cards-There are 52 ways I like you
  • Bouncy Ball-You make my heart bounce
  • Swedish Fish-You’re a great catch
  • Hammer (for the guys)-You make my heart pound
  • Candle-You light up my life
  • Keychain-You hold the key to my heart
  • Nerd Candy-I heart nerds
  • Tea (teacher gift)-You’re the T in my ValenTines
  • Gummy Bears-My life would be unbearable without you
  • Map or globe-You mean the world to me
  • Chap Stick, Lip Gloss-Read My Lips-I’m yours
  • Antibacterial Hand gel-You can count on my when things get sticky
  • Crayons-You color my world
  • Ruler-You rule
  • Lotto Tickets-I love you a whole lotto
  • Tootsie Rolls-Happy Valentines Day Toots
  • Sucker decorated like a Super Hero-Have a Super Valentines
  • Donut Holes-I love you a whole lot


And if you’re looking for an easy slow cooker meal, check out my Slow Cooker Turkey Heart Shaped Meatloaf recipe!

What are some other cute ideas you’ve seen for Homemade Valentine Gifts + Valentines Quotes?



Homemade Diaper Rash Treatment


diaper rash treat

Ok, we’ve all been there…a nasty diaper rash on our baby. We wonder how it got there and how to make it go away. My son never got one until we started solid foods; specifically apples and tomato sauce (to the horror of my italian husband). I tried everything from Desitin to breast milk (suggested by the doctor; it actually worked a little) but nothing would make the rash go completely away. So I did what many of us do, I hit the internet. While searching I came upon a home remedy chat room and found my cure to diaper rash.

Mix equal parts of vaseline and corn starch to make a paste.

It’s that simple and inexpensive! My son’s diaper rash was gone in 24 hours and now anytime he looks like he may even be getting a slight one, I use the mixture and it’s gone after that diaper change! Not only do I love love love this solution because it works and makes his little bottom all better, it costs next to nothing when compared to popluar products such as Desitin (although I still use Desitin as a preventive). For those of you wondering, this mixture is doctor approved. It is a little messy to make but the benefits far outweigh the mess!

Looking for other DIY type items? Check these out:

Home Remedies For Children Coughs

Christmas Ornaments DIY

DIY Pirate Costume

DIY Children’s Wall Art



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FREE Books: Recipes, Kids Books, & Saving Money!

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Normally I only post 1 free book a day but there were so many today I just had to post more!

How to Save Money at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Cut Spending

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Morning Goodness: Tasty Low-Calorie Breakfast Recipes (a Scrumptious Low-Calorie Recipes Cookbook)

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Children’s Bible Comic Book Kings and prophets

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Barbeque Chicken Quesadilla-Easy Recipe!

Barbeque Chicken Quesadilla


Earlier this week I asked readers on my Facebook page if they had any ideas on what to do with a very large amount of leftover slow cooker beer bbq chicken.  All of the ideas sounded delicious but I just had to go with the barbeque chicken quesadilla idea!

Barbeque Chicken Quesadilla


BBQ Chicken ( see my slow cooker beer bbq chicken recipe)
2 Tortillas
Chedder and Mozzerella Cheese
Lettuce, Sour Cream, Salsa, and other desired toppings

1. Heat your skillet over medium heat until it warms.
2. Spray pan with non-stick spray and lay 1 tortilla down.
3.  Cover with a mix of cheese and allow to slightly melt.

4.  Add BBQ chicken and sprinkle more cheese.

5.  Lay other tortilla on top and then flip the whole quesadilla over.  Be sure to not let it “slap” down on the pan, the bbq chicken sauce will splatter!
6. Continue cooking and flipping until it reaches your desired color brown.


Top FREE Kindle ebooks-Download To Kindle, Phone, & Computer!

Usually I only post one free book a day, but there were quite a few I thought you’d be interested in that popped up as free today! These books are 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.

60 Days to Self-Love for MomsFREE (save $10.95)
A moms guidebook to increasing your self-love in order to create a family life filled with an abundance of joy, happiness, health & love. ’60 Days to Self-Love for Moms’ is the only book to have on your nightstand. It’ll validate you, make you giggle and help you to feel great about yourself and your parenting. You’ll breeze through powerful, yet simple techniques to increase your self-love with: State of Heart practice, Loving Affirmations and Gratitude Practice to name a few. You’ll smile at how easy it really is to give and receive love.

First, the Soup: Healthy Soup, Stew, and Chili Recipes (a Scrumptious Low-Calorie Recipes Cookbook)
This cookbook has soup recipes which are generally lower in calories than their full-calorie counterparts. Avoiding fillers such as cornstarch and including healthy ingredients makes them more nutritious and less fattening. Even better, the recipes taste great, too! Time after time I’ve received compliments on these recipes from people who are watching their weight, and people who aren’t (and seem surprised that they’re eating a lower-calorie recipe).

Practical Household Uses of Honey
This accessible handbook offers an introduction to all aspects of honey, its history and many applications. The book opens with a guide to the honey bee, as well as an overview of how to keep hives and bees as a productive hobby. There follows a glossary of the different types of honey and their properties, distinct tastes, and suggested uses. Next, there are practical recipes for health and beauty, with all kinds of honey scrubs, masks, toners, cleansers and nourishers for skin and hair. Last but not least, the unique taste and benefits of honey can be enjoyed in the kitchen, and there are recipes here for a wealth of exciting dishes and drinks.

FREE Kids Book: Miss Brain’s Cool Math Games!

I am always on the lookout for educational games so this is a fantastic book I plan on getting!  My kids aren’t in 1st grade yet but I am sure I will be able to adapt the games to their level!

Right now you can get the book Miss Brain’s Cool Math Games for kids in grades 1-2for 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:
These kids’ card games, dice games, and other fun games are specially selected to help kids learn the math skills first and second graders need most: number sense, counting, place value, addition, subtraction, money, fractions and multiplication.
It works like this. When your child is struggling with math, needs a little more practice, or is just feeling bored, turn to the math area you’d like to work on. Pick a game that sounds like fun. Grab a deck of cards or other simple materials, and invite your child to play for 15 minutes

How To Organize Your Home: 20 Pocket Shoe Organizer Only $9.89 (normally $49.99)!

Are you on an organizing kick?  Maybe you got too many toys and games under the tree and are wondering where to put them?  One idea is an over the door shoe organizer!

Right now you can order a B&E Home Essential – 20 Pockets Shoe Organizer for only $9.89!  They are normally $49.99 so this is a NICE savings!

Wondering how you’ll use them for games?  The pockets fit video games, small hand held game systems perfectly!

Another way I use a shoe organizer is for my spices.  I have one hanging on my pantry door and it holds straws, spices, and lots of odds and ends that would otherwise clutter my very small pantry!

Thanks, Time 2 Save for deal and video game photo! 

Free Book: 50 Fitness Tips You Wish You Knew!

Are you already planning your New Year’s Fitness Resolution? I know many people are and this FREE book should help!

Right now you can get 50 Fitness Tips You Wish You Knew: The Best Quick And Easy Ways To Increase Motivation, Lose Weight, Get In Shape, And Stay Healthyfor 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.

Do you wish you knew…
• A way to have enough motivation to get your dream body even if you’re stressed out, busy, or have a million excuses? Tip #3 reveals the truth about how to tap into your brain’s motivational drives to make sure you never fail to reach a resolution again!
• The #1 cause of failure that almost no other fitness programs even mention? Tip #4 reveals the one thing that keeps people from losing weight and getting healthy more than anything else along with a step-by-step method to make sure this one thing never sabotages your results!
• How to get your best night of sleep ever? Tip #5 reveals something that modern research has just discovered in the past couple years and normalize your circadian rhythms and help you sleep like a baby your first night using it – Hint: It’s NOT a supplement!

You’re about to discover how to have all of these things and more with these 50 valuable tips you’re not going to find in all the other “me too” generic and boring health and fitness books that rehash the same old tips you’ve heard a million times before.

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Do you know anyone with a duct tape obsession? I know several!

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Book Description

Duct Tape Bags! gives you full step-by-step instructions for 18 amazing ways to carry things with duct tape. Learn how to use duct tape to make beach bag, a purse, a laptop case, a camping backpack, and even a tool tote! All projects are written by duct tape experts, and contain pictures for each step so you can easily do it yourself. Make it stick!

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Fall Fitness Week 4: Declutter

Welcome to my new series: Fall Fitness!  If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, check them out here!

If you pay close attention to my Facebook page, you know I enjoy running as my main form of exercise. Unfortunately I hurt my back a few weeks ago and have been unable to do very much physical activity-which has driven both my body and mind NUTS! Also, it’s made me a bit lazy on menu planning since it’s been difficult to move from my heating pad! Sadly, this has led to way too many take out meals. I am pretty much 95% healed so it is time to get back into shape-both physically and financially! I will be writing this series “Fall Fitness” to hold myself accountable and to hopefully gain some team mates in the process (that would be you)! I will share my goals, menu, and tip each week that will hopefully keep us fit thru the fall!

Update from Last Week’s Goals:

Fitness:  I was able to meet both goals last week.  I completed Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 5 times (which is 1 more than my goal) and I was able to run 4 times.  However, on my “long run” day, I upped the miles and my back paid the price.  I was in a lot of pain and am going to have to go visit the therapist again; so unfortunately, I will be taking the week off from running.  I am continuing taking measurements and weighing myself-this week I only lost 1 1/2 inches but I did lose 1 pound…not much but it’s still a loss!

Fitness Goals Week 4:

  • Complete Jillian Michaels’s Ripped in 30 5 times
  • Go walking at least 2 miles 4 times (This is to replace the running. Since I have 3 races coming up, I need to be doing something).
  • Cut back on soda.  I know, soda is HORRIBLE for you, but I don’t drink coffee and generally allow myself 1 soda a day…but with the baby cutting teeth I’ve been indulging in more to pep myself up from lack of sleep.  I will only have 1 a day this week and then starting weaning myself from that one down to none (eventually).


Menu Plan Week 4:

  • Monday:  Mexican Monday-We grilled chicken and pork over the weekend so we’ll be using the leftovers to make soft tacos.
  • Tuesday:  Zucchini lasagna-I have a recipe I am playing around with and making some changes so I will post the results.
  • Wedneday:  Baked chicken with brown rice and broccoli
  • Thursday:  Grilled Cheese and tomato soup (soccer practice so needs to be easy)
  • Friday:  Whole wheat pizza using a store bought crust and adding lots of veggies.
  • Saturday:  Husband’s choice
  • Sunday:  Turkey Chili


Tip of the Week:

Clean out the clutter!  Not only will this help you feel better about your home, but you may be able to find some items to sell.  You can also donate items and receive a tax deduction-that’s a win win!


FREEBIE: 57 Natural Beauty Recipes For Flawless Skin


I am definitely interested in reading this freebie!  Natural is the way to go and this book promises to help your skin with no chemicals!

Right now you can get Back To Beauty: 57 Natural Beauty Recipes For Flawless Skin And A Radiant Glow (Natural Home)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.

Product Description

Return to natural beauty! The harsh chemicals, harmful toxins, and disgusting ingredients in your store-bought beauty products are damaging your health and the environment.
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How To Get Free Coupons!


I want to make sure you know how to get Free coupons! has changed their formatting and I want to make sure you can still print the money saving coupons I sometimes post with specific zip codes. Here’s how to grab the zip code you would like to check out!


Coupons Zip Code

  • Head over to and click on the words Local Coupons on the homepage
  • In Local Coupons you will see the “old” zip code area to the left. Enter in your zip code or any zip code.
  • Click on either the orange arrow, Coupons on the top menu or from the left side menu. This will take you back to the printable coupons on the homepage and you will see any new coupons for that zip code!

Coupons Zip Code1

 There have been a TON of new printable coupons released for September.  Here are some of my favorites:

$0.75 off ONE (1) Breyers product 1.5 qt
$1.00 off any ONE (1) Dove Body Wash
$1.00 off one GARNIER FRUCTIS STYLING Product
Save $1.00 when you purchase any 2 Post cereals
$0.50 off any 44oz Ajax All-Purpose Cleaner
$0.50 off any 20ct Ajax Auto Dish Packs
$0.25 off any 30oz or larger Ajax Dish Liquid
$2.00 off 2 packages of KOTEX Natural Balance
$0.40 off six Yoplait Yogurt
$0.50 off one Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour™ Dessert
$0.50 off one Bisquick Baking Mix
$0.50 off ONE BOX Cookie Crisp cereal
$0.50 off select salty snacks
$0.50 off 2 boxes Fruit Flavored Snacks

Thanks, The Centsible Family

How To Make A Diaper Cake


I’m attending a baby shower this weekend and volunteered to make the diaper cake.  I’ve only ever made 2 in my life so I am not sure what possessed me to do this (I’m blaming Pinterest) but I actually think this one turned out great!  I am super excited to see the reactions from the parents to be.

Although it looks complicated, this cake was very easy to make. The longest part of the process was deciding on what I wanted to include in the decorations!

Here are the steps that I took to make this cake:

1.  The base of this cake is a big box of wipes.  I simply took a box and wrapped it with one of the blankets from the couple’s registry.

2.  Next I started rolling up diapers and securing them with individual rubberbands. This part is time consuming so I advise doing it in front of the TV or soliciting help.

3.  Wrap a big refill bag of wipes with a rubberband. Then insert each rolled diaper in the rubberband until you’ve surrounded the wipes.  I did two layers like this.

4. Next I rolled 2 of the blankets from the registry and secured them with a rubberband.  Then I laid them on top of the wipes as the bassinet “wheels”.

5.  Next came the bassinet.  First I wrapped the wipes refill bag with another blanket. Then I wrapped a rubberband around it and inserted rolled diapers all around.  Then I cut a thin layer of cardboard and curved it to create the bassinet opening.  Finally I took another blanket and wrapped it around the entire bassinet and tucked the edges into the rolled diapers.  The picture below has the ballet shoes inside the bassinet because I was still deciding what I liked best. :) 

6.  Finally I added the ribbon, bows, and other decor.  The bear and letter A are secured by the hair bows and I used Scotch tape to adhere the ballet slippers.

Free Baby Stuff from Everyday Family

How To Save Money On Easter Baskets

Today I will be on the local news Channel WGNT and discuss ways to save money on Easter Baskets.  I presented 3 different baskets:

1.  Homemade BasketThis basket was completely free for me.  Everything was made by materials found around my home.

Basket Directions

Edible Play Doh

Homemade Crayons

Homemade Bubbles

Angry Birds Bean Bags

Bath/Water Fun: 1. Cut sponges into shapes or letters. 2. Cut 2 sponges into 4 long strips and layer them, then tie them together to create a “sponge ball”.

Personalized mini-book

Watermelon noise maker

You can also add print outs of free Kindle books or games you have downloaded for the person!

2.  Coupon/Sales Basket:  This basket was bought entirely by utilizing sales, coupons, and the $ section of stores.  I also used items left over from birthday party favors and prizes/books from fast food meals.

Some of the items in the basket were bought in the past and but some of the deals and coupons are still available:

Free Personalized Placemat Use code Placefree (will have to pay shipping)

Aquafresh Kid’s Toothpaste from Target: 
Priced at $2.19
-$1/1 Target printable 
$1/1 Aquafresh Fresh ‘n Fruity printable
Final=$0.19 after coupon

Target Toy Deals:

The Hasbro toy coupons are available from your newspaper insert or you can print them here.  Unfortunately the Target coupons you could stack with them for the free deals are gone, but you can still get some of the board games for around $2!  The Thomas Train figurines are priced at $5 until Saturday.

Candy Deals:

Toys R Us has candy on sale for $1.99 a bag and there are several candy coupons available right now to use for this sale.  Don’t forget you can always price match at Walmart if you don’t have a TRU near you.

Easter Candy Printables Coupons

 3.  Themed Easter Basket:

There are endless themes you can use for baskets. I combined  “outdoor” and “rainy day” themes to create mine.  It contained sidewalk chalk, bubbles, crayons, stickers, Play-doh, and beach toys. Some other themes you can try are:

  • Gardening
  • Manicure/Pedicaure
  • Beach Fun
  • Trains
  • Super Heros
  • Crafts-get free coloring pages from Crayola!
  • Reading