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Small-Budget Crushes 12.11.16

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Notre Dame Wine Glass

notre dame wine glass (pick a map of your own!)

Cozy Parka Jacket

cozy parka jacket

Jane Austen Books

jane austen books

Jensen Turntable With Radio

jensen turntable with radio (perfect for NPR in the morning!)

Weaving Loom Kit

weaving loom kit

fantastic cities coloring book

fantastic cities coloring book

fair isle sweater

fair isle sweater

library card socks

library card socks

On Your Bust Behavior

on your bust behavior

alexander hamilton book bag

hamilton book bag

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2016 MomAdvice Unique Holiday Gift Guide

Friday, November 25th, 2016

MomAdvice Unique Holiday Gift Guide

Each year I look forward to sharing a few unique gifts to add to your holiday wish list.  If you haven’t caught our It’s the 3 Little Things or our brand new Small-Budget Crushes features, you should tune in weekly to find weekly recommendations of great stuff to enjoy and share throughout the year. Today’s list includes a few I have shared before and LOTS of new things that I think you will love. My promise to you is that I only share gifts that I believe will add value to your home and life, not more items to junk it up.

There are gifts at all price points so I hope you find a few gift ideas that will inspire you for the giving season!

I am dividing this year’s list into categories for your holiday shopping! I can’t wait to hear what you think of this year’s selections!

For Her

 

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book of the month club membership (get or give a gift!)

Heated Throw

heated throw

Children's Drawing Necklace

children’s drawing necklace

DIY Cinema Lightbox

diy cinema lightbox

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

amazon kindle paperwhite (on sale for $99.99 today!!)- pair with a Scribd membership!!

Custom Kindle Book Covers

custom kindle book covers (loads of options!!)

 

Personalized Portrait Pendant

personalized portrait pendant

Canon Rebel T5 with Lens canon rebel t5 with 18-55mm lens, today only $350 SAVINGS!)

ugg slippers

ugg slippers (this style is on sale today for $63.91! check all ugg deals here)

monogram mousepad

monogram mousepad

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foldable exercise bike

Pioneer Woman Tea Organizer

tea organizer

Library Card iPhone Case library card iphone case

Sorel Boots

sorel boots (on sale today for just $108.71- pay attention on recommended sizing!!)

Instant Pot

instant pot (my FAVORITE household gadget- on sale today for $68.95!!!)

Tom's Tassel Booties

toms tassel booties (on sale today with nordstrom!! most comfortable shoes I own!)

 

flannel-drawstring-pants

flannel drawstring pants

single initial clay necklace

single initial clay necklace

hunter-boots

hunter boots (on sale today for $112.50!!!- don’t forget boot socks on sale today for just $37.50. check all hunter deals here)

northface-wind-resistant-jacket

northface wind resistant jacket- marked down to just $71.50 today!!! Check all northface deals here.)

For Him

Bike Taxidermy

bike taxidermy

Work Meeting Mug

work meeting mug

Bicycle Repair Kit

bicycle repair kits

flannel-lined-gloves

flannel lined gloves

bar-tool-set

bleeker ball tool set

Personalized Pocket Beard Comb personalized pocket beard comb

Leather Laptop Messenger Bag

leather messenger bag

Amazon Fire Stick

amazon fire stick (on sale today for $29.99!!)

Standing Laptop Desk

standing laptop desk

Ribbed Cardigan Sweater

ribbed cardigan sweater

 

For the Kids (All Ages)

Giant Steve Coloring Poster

giant minecraft coloring poster

Just Dance 2017 just dance 2017

Amazon Kindle Fire

amazon kindle fire (on sale today for $33.33!!)

Reverse Charades

reverse charades

Personalized Bar Necklace

personalized bar necklace

Personalized Trophy Rack

personalized trophy rack (lots of different sports options)

Picturesque Planning 2017 Coloring Calendar

picturesque planning 2017 coloring calendar

Instamax Mini

instamax mini

Personalized Book Stamp

personalized book stamp

Really Bad Art Board Game

really bad art board game

Beanbag Chair

beanbag chairs (many colors and prints!!)

Weaving Looming Kit

mini weaving looming kit (with classes on Craftsy for learning!)

Spy Gear Video Walkie Talkies

spy gear video walkie talkies

soundPEATS-wireless-bluetooth-headphones-review

wireless bluetooth headphones

knitted-animal-tails

knitted animal tails

Razor Scooter

razor scooter

canvas superstorage lapdesk

canvas superstorage lapdesk

Suspicion Board Game

suspicion board game

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big fat notebooks series (for middle school kiddos!)

 

Unique Gift Offerings For Everyone

National Parks Explorers Guide

national parks explorers guide

Vintage Camper Bird House

vintage camper bird house

Teacher Gifts

personalized-starbucks-cup

personalized starbucks cups

Grammar Pillow

grammar pillow

Teacher Print

teacher print

One Big Gift

Many families opt for a single gift for the whole family so I did want to provide a few great options for a fun family gift.

sk8swing

Sk8Swing

joola outdoor ping pong table

outdoor ping pong table

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Xbox One S Bundle

Choose Your Own Adventure

choose your own family adventure

MomAdvice Unique Holiday Gift Guide

Happy holidays!

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Small-Budget Crushes 11.20.16

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Son of a Nutcracker Sweater

son of a nutcracker sweater

Little People Big Dreams Book

little people big dreams book

Eiffel Tower Scissors

eiffel tower scissors

emily & meritt hanging toiletry casse

the emily & meritt hanging toiletry case

Wood Chess Board

wood chess board

Bike Repair Kit

bike repair kit

Golden Elephant Bookends

golden elephant bookends

Milestone Photo Prop

milestone photo prop (months & years!!)

Snow Bunny Pillow

snow bunny pillow

Sea Captain Embroidery Kit

sea captain embroidery kit

library-neck-ties

library neckties Polka Dotted Puffer Vest

polka dotted puffer vest

Faux Fur Stocking

faux fur stocking

Divers Art Print

divers art print

pride and prejudice coloring book

pride & prejudice coloring book

 

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Small-Budget Crushes 11.13.16

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Origami Kitchen Cart

origami kitchen cart (many colors- this is the one I got) PS- FOLDS FLAT FOR STORAGE!!

holiday-sack

holiday sack

Home Is Where the La Croix Is

a la croix welcome

Camel Cape

camel cape Feminist With a To-Do List

feminist with a to-do list pin

Tassel Earrings

tassel earrings

Fit & Flare Dress

fit & flare dress

Rolling Pin

rolling pin

Faux Fur Scarf

faux fur scarf

Leather Laptop Messenger Bag

leather laptop messenger bag

Dip Dyed Stools

dip dyed stools

Cuddle Weather Pillow

cuddle weather pillow

Silver Cat Stitch Markers

Silver Cat Stitch Markers Kit

necklace

single initial clay necklace

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Small-Budget Crushes 11.06.16

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Rustic Wooden Ladders

rustic wooden ladders for your blankets

Monogram Mugs

monogram mugs

Vintage Camper Birdhouses

vintage camper birdhouses

heeled-mule

heeled mule

Canvas Anorak

canvas anorak

Mini Reversible Tote

mini reversible tote

Wooden Bottle Caddy With Opener

wooden bottle caddy with opener

Antler Doormat

antler doormat

Classic Tote

classic tote

Suede Mid-Heel Pump

suede mid-heel pump

Multi-Strand Beaded Necklace

multi-strand beaded necklace (lots of cute colors!)

 

Men's iPhone Case

men’s iphone case

Go-Dry Ear Warmers go-dry ear warmers

 

cake-stand cake stand in gold

Striped Turtleneck

striped turtleneck

Perfect Knit Blazer

perfect knit blazer (I want one in every color!!)

wake. pray. slay.

wake. pray. slay.

 

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Small-Budget Crushes 10.30.16

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Just Handle It T-Shirt

just handle it t-shirt

 

Oversized Flannel Scarf

oversized flannel scarf

Modal Joggers

modal joggers (loads of prints/colors)

Flannel Fleece Pom-Pom Throw

flannel fleece pom-pom throw

Personalized Starbucks Cups

personalized reusable starbucks cups

Faux Fur Slippers

faux fur slippers

Pintucked Swing Dress

pintuck swing dress in yellow

Marbled Vase

marbled vase

Rubber Boots With Removable Liner

rubber boots with removable liner

Taco Rack

taco rack

Saddlebag

saddlebag

If You Can Read This Socks

if you can read this, bring me a glass of wine socks

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Small-Budget Crushes 10.23.16

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Winter is Coming Doormat

winter is coming doormat, $39.99

Mustard Necklace

mustard necklace, $19.99

Faux Leather Crossbody Mini-Tote

faux leather crossbody mini-tote, $44

Antique Brass Call Bell

antique brass call bell, $5.99

Textured Twill Blazer

textured twill blazer, $34

bone and gold bracelet watch

bone & gold bracelet watch, $19.99

christmas-gift-beer-caps

beer cap map of the usa, $16.94

double-breasted-pea-coat

double-breasted peacoat, $37.90

Buffalo Checked Socks

buffalo checked socks, $13

Ask Me About My Cats Sign

ask me about my cats desk sign, $29.99

cow-hide-pillows

cow hide pillows (set of 2!!), $36.54

Star Wars Rolling Pin

star wars rolling pin, $26.77

Small-Budget Crushes 10.02.16

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Rib Knit Tunic

long & lean rib-knit striped tunics, $16.94

monogrammed meadow trinket dish

monogrammed meadow trinket dish, $12

Soup Bowls

souper mugs, $10

Blanket Scarves

blanket scarves, $10.99 each (or buy 2 get 1 free)

When In Doubt Go to the Library

when in doubt go to the library, $29.99

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How to Paint a Kitchen Table: Our Kitchen Table Makeover

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Originally posted in 2011, I thought this would be perfect for our Transforming Your Space M Challenge since it was a fairly simple project (after I learned a lesson!) that made a huge difference. I love paint and it’s power to transform!

How to Paint a Kitchen Table

I never dreamed that I would ever paint my kitchen table when we bought it. For ten years though we abused it daily, it survived a brutal move with a terrible moving company, and the polyurethane coating never did look right after it was damaged in route to our house on the day we bought it. The table was loved to pieces, literally, and that is why we had to paint it.

Passing through our kitchen, you might not have noticed the table’s beat-up appearance. From far away or cleverly covered with a tablecloth when it got really embarrassing, the table just didn’t look that bad.

Upon closer inspection though, your eyes are assaulted with the damage that has happened to it. The polyurethane coating was flaking away, the ends were terribly damaged on the table, and a huge gash went right through the center of it that I never thought the table would ever recover from.

We decided that we would stain the table and restore the tabletop with a nice deep and rich color. We bought lots of supplies to stain the table and I couldn’t wait to get started.

For two days I sanded the table to within an inch of its poor little life. The polyurethane coating remained. I bought polyurethane stripper and left it on the table for twenty-four hours. The polyurethane remained. I sanded the table more. The polyurethane remained.

I cried.

I rocked in the fetal position.

I kicked myself for starting a project that I didn’t feel as confident in.

I gave up.

We ate at a sad folding table and chairs for an entire week, only to discover this staining would not happen at my novice level of furniture staining.

At this point, I had nothing to lose.

We decided to paint the kitchen table.

The chairs were in good condition other than a quick reupholster to the tired fabric that had been on them. The table legs also happened to be in decent condition so we made the decision to leave the table legs and chairs in their natural wood color (partly out of laziness and partly because we needed our kitchen table back) which definitely cut down on the work.

I am no expert on painting furniture so I consulted with my best friend who has been painting her furniture recently and the ever amazing and wildly talented Kate, from Centsational Girl, who has this amazing tutorial on how to paint furniture. Between the two of them, I felt a tad more confident than I did before.

Once the table was sanded and wood filled in the spots that were really rough on the table, we applied two coats of the Zinsser Cover Stain Primer over the table. Between each coat, once the tabletop was fully dry, I gave it another good sanding and wiped it clean with a cloth. I had to admit, even with just the primer, the table was already looking better.

Once the primer was dry, I applied two coats of paint to the tabletop. We wanted our tabletop to match our kitchen cabinets so we chose Valspar Blanched Pine (7005-15) for the shade of white we were looking for. Two coats of paint were applied to it. The first coat was applied with a brush and then the second coat, I used a roller and then used a brush to smooth out any roller marks.

I did take Kate’s recommendation and added Floetrol to the paint (as directed on the packaging) which really did seem to help cut down on the mistakes that I usually make when painting. This paint conditioner will definitely be used again when I tackle another painting project.

After the paint was dry, we then applied two heavy coats of polyurethane to the tabletop with an angled brush. We allowed the polyurethane to set on the tabletop for four days with no use. I think this was one of the hardest parts about the process, but we wanted to make sure that the tabletop would really be able to withstand our daily abuse once we brought it inside.

The table legs were reattached, the new-to-me chairs were slid under it. We were in business.

Here is our newly painted kitchen tabletop.  It is not perfect, but we truly did the best we could to improve upon something we already owned.

I am so happy to have a tabletop that I don’t have to cover with a tablecloth and my husband is thankful I am done with this project, I am thankful to have reclaimed the garage, and we are all thankful that we didn’t have to purchase a new set of furniture for this room.

DIY At-Home Hair Coloring Savings & Tips

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

DIY Hair Coloring Savings and Tips

I have been coloring my hair at home for years now, but only in the last few years has it started to become more necessary. I will peek at my hair in the mirror or my hair will catch the light in the sun and I see those wiry gray hairs coming through. Ah, the signs of old age are upon me.

Hair color in the box has come a long way, though, and I have been able to experiment with different brands and products that have come out when I have a coupon to go with them. I have found that I rarely have to pay for the regular price on my hair color.

How to Save on DIY Hair Color

1. Hair color is always on sale. If you look in CVS or the Walgreens flier, you will find that on almost any given week, they are running a special on hair color. Walgreens & CVS often will either give you a rebate on these products or some type of register reward. Wait for the sales on your favorite brands and try to stock up in conjunction with these.

2. Hair color coupons abound. Make sure to check your Sunday coupon inserts for coupons and cut these out to apply towards your purchase. If you can combine those coupons with a rebate/Extra Care Buck reward, you can often get your hair color for less than $5 a box.

3. Sign up for mailing lists. Sign up for the mailing lists for coupons and tips on coloring your hair. Clairol, for example, offers the Color Source Club where they send an email newsletter out with coupon savings towards your purchases and updates on their new products. By visiting the Garnier website, you will find they offer a newsletter with updates on free samples and special offers. Likewise, Revlon offers a website where you can sign up for a similar type of program and be notified of savings and samples.

4. Look inside & outside the box for savings. Often on the directions page, there is a coupon to take off money on your next purchase. Make sure to scan all over the outside and inside of the box for coupons and use these on your next color purchase.

5. Don’t forget savings in unlikely places. One week my hair color was not on sale and I was not stocked on any extra boxes. Our local Bed Bath & Beyond though recently added a beauty section that is fully stocked on all of my drugstore needs. I walked in with a manufacturer coupon and combined that with the 20% off a purchase coupon and was still able to score my favorite hair color for about $5.00. I don’t know if all of the stores offer this, but this is another option for coupon savings.

6. Check eBay for coupons. Coupons abound for the products that you use and it is a great resource for savings on the things you use most. When my children were babies, I often used eBay to get coupons for savings off our baby food. Now that they are getting older, I am now looking for hair color coupons. My, how the circle of life continues!

Hair Coloring Tips

Perfect-10 hair color

I recently happened upon a product though that has had me shouting it’s praises from the mountain tops and I doubt I will use anything else since I have become so spoiled. It is the Clairol Perfect 10 Hair Color.

I had a coupon for this product and since I have used it, I can never picture using anything else ever again. There are two reasons why I love it.

  1. The applicator makes it a lot less messy. I am one of those people that is a constant disaster and I can’t tell you how many things I have ruined while trying to get hair color on my head. It almost became a joke because every time I would color my hair, we would have to buy a new shower curtain because I had slopped color on it.
  2. It is done in ten minutes. That is it. By the time I get it on, it is time to rinse it off. It colors my hair that quickly.

It is not the most frugal choice always, but regularly priced at $12.99, it is still a huge cost-savings over the $50-100 charge that is being charged at most salons. And if you can apply the cost-savings above, you can still get this hair color for the $5-8 price.

Too scared to color your hair at home?

Don’t be! It is really hard to fail at at-home hair coloring unless you are trying to color your hair drastically. If the look is drastic, go to the salon and have them do it, but for just covering a few grays, it can be easy to do at home.

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But what if you fail or you get a bad color job at the salon? 

I have found the best product for you for that too! I once had a botched color job at the salon and I was desperate to tone down my bright hair. I found this great product that you can buy at Walgreens called Color Oops. Within five to ten minutes of putting this on your hair, it will tone down your color. If you leave it on too long though, it will strip your hair down to your baby hair. I would be very careful using a product like this, but desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures and this will work in a pinch.

Your best bet if you get a botched job at the salon? Going back to the salon and asking them to put a little toner on it. They should do this for free for you and guarantee their color services so make sure you ask this before getting your hair done somewhere how long their color-guarantee is.

After Coloring Tips

Don’t forget that no matter where you choose to color you hair, that the most important thing to do to maintain it is to use color-safe shampoos afterward.

The same tips for savings on hair color apply to those hair color shampoos too. It has been a long time since I have paid full price for any hair care items by taking advantage of coupons and savings at the drugstore.

If you are looking for an affordable brand option, Suave corners the market on inexpensive hair products. They have an arsenal of hair products that won’t put a dent in your wallet. For example, Nexxus shampoo costs more than $8 for 14.5 ounces. Suave makes a knock off of this same shampoo for $1.92-2.49 for 14.5 ounces. Combine that with a coupon, and you have practically free shampoo that will keep your hair looking great!

I hope these at-home hair color tips will help keep your lovely locks looking great for a lot less!

Do you color your hair at home? What products do you love? How do you maximize your color savings?

(Photo Source: Compact Collection)

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