Archive for July, 2013

Cheapo Notebooks

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I love this time of year when the stores are lined with school supplies, eeek time to stock up!

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My list is always: paper, glue sticks, containers, pens, and sharpies

But top of that list is something I can’t live without, 1 subject notebooks, or as I like to call them my cheapo notebooks. I use them everyday, they keep me on track with all my lists and then when everything is checked off, rip…it’s in the trash, and onto the next page.

They usually priced at just $1, but tend to go on sale too. I usually pay around 10¢ – 20¢, so when they’re low I stock up.

Another good use is, I have one for each of my nephews so when they come around, they can get it out and do some drawing, I think it’s fun to have something here waiting for them.

So little and so simple :)



Holler Dollar: Tiny Brown Glass Bottle

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Brock thinks this is way over the top, but I HATE the look of his allergy pills. I try and put them in the medicine cupboard but he says if they’re not out, he forgets to take them.

On a recent trip to a health store (Good Earth) I saw these cute little bottles for just 90¢, and knew it was a solution to our little issue.

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Now we’re both happy, cute bottle for me and accessible for him. Another simple pleasure and problem solved!

Wouldn’t it be cute to redo your whole medicine cabinet? Brown bottles all lined up…


Sold online HERE

*Disclaimer: this lid isn’t child proof so use with care if little ones are around*

DIY Sunburst Mirror

Monday, July 29th, 2013

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When I first came up with this idea I thought I was genius, but then I showed Em and she was like “that’s already all over pinterest!”

Boo. I hate not being as original as I think I am, but I still love this project and can’t believe it cost under $2 and only took about an hour. I’m really loving it above our bed.

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To Make You Will Need: 

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glue gun

glue sticks

10″ cardboard circle (just cut from shipping box, free!)

7″ mirror (got mine HERE, and used 40% off coupon so about $1.25 per mirror)

About 40 paint stir sticks (just ask for them at Home Depot, I offered to pay, but they were happy to give for free…yippee)



Glue mirror onto cardboard circle

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Then start glueing the sticks onto the cardboard, aline with mirror as much as possible

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If the last one is a tight squeeze, just sand down to fit

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First layer all done looks like this:

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Then just start the next layer, trying to center between 2 sticks at a time…

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And that’s it! All done, and looking beautiful!

If you wanted to it would look great painted, but I was loving the natural wood look.

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 Worthy of an hour don’t you think?!

Come Visit Us Over at Lil Luna!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Today over at Lil Luna we’re sharing a Christmas in July craft, a Service Advent Calender…

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Come over and see us!

Gluten-Free Martha Stewart Macaroons

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Baking gluten free can often be complicated and expensive, so I am always thrilled when I find a delicious recipe that is simple and inexpensive.

You can whip these Martha macaroons up in 5 minutes for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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What You’ll Need:

3 egg whites

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c sugar

140z bag sweetened coconut flakes


Whip egg whites, salt, and sugar until frothy and then stir in coconut flakes.

Bake at 350* for 25 mins until golden brown.

* My new oven is baking way too quick, I get the best results at 300 for 25 mins.

See Martha’s full instructions HERE. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!