Get Ready To Clean + Top 10 Homemade Cleaners!

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to get your home clean top to bottom? Well check out Living Well Spending Less tips on Getting Ready to Clean! And don’t miss her Top 10 Homemade Cleaners!

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Reinvent Items Around The House

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Everyone has items around the house that need to be re-invented or used again! Rejanimate is doing just that!

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DIY: Handmade Christmas Gift- Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bookmark

Simple Handmade Christmas Gifts

Looking for some last minute gift ideas on a budget? Check out how to make a Silk Embroidered Bookmark by hand from Confessions of a Over Worked Mom!

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DIY: Lighted Berry Holiday Centerpiece

Holiday Crafts - Lighted Berry Holiday Centerpiece Driscoll's Berries

What an amazing centerpiece for any Christmas table! Confessions of a Over Worked Mom show us how!

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DIY: Christmas Countdown Clipboard

Easy Christmas Craft Idea - Christmas Countdown Clipboard

Great way to help your little ones keep track of just how many days are left before Christmas with this Christmas Countdown Clipboard from Confessions of a Over Worked Mom!

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DIY: Christmas Craft Ideas- Decoupage Votive Candle Holder

Christmas project ideas using decoupageCheck out how you can use tissue paper, modge podge and a votive candle holder to make this great Decoupage Votive Candle Holder from Confessions of a Over Worked Mom!

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DIY: Cereal Candy Canes

Christmas crafts for kids: DIY Cereal Candy Canes

We love making ornaments in our house. Check out how Our Family World makes some fun ornaments with a box of cereal!

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DIY: Front Door Wreath

Festive Front Doors: DIY Wreath

I have to admit I am a huge fan of Christmas decorations and have 11 totes filled with them! With that, I love finding new ways to dress up the house in December and love how Our Family World shares their Festive Front Door Wreath!

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DIY: Make Your Own Baby Shower Decorations- Pacifier Balloon

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Looking to make your own baby shower decorations? Grab a bag of round balloons and long balloons to get started! I blew up the large balloon and tied it, blow up the long balloon and tie it to the round balloon. I then took a long balloon and only blew it up about 1/4 of the way and wrapped it around the middle to cover the ties. We then taped these to the wall so that you could not see the back where the middle part connects! Very Simple and so cute! You can use all kinds of different colors, add ribbons, draw on the balloons or whatever, get creative!

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DIY: Diaper Cake for New Baby

imageA good friend of ours had her baby shower and I was so impressed with another friend of ours gift! She made this super cute diaper cake and added some great necessities needed for those cute little bundles of joy! For less than $20 you could make your own to give to anyone that you know that is expecting! Here are some great items you can use to make your own diaper cake:

  • Diapers
  • Ointment
  • Soft Toys
  • Binkies
  • Rattles
  • Bibs
  • Blankets
  • Onsies
  • Teething Toys
  • Pretty much anything can be added, get creative!

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DIY: Homemade Chalkboard Painted Bottles

DIY Upcycled Wine Bottle Vases - Chalkboard Paint Project Idea

Our girls love chalkboard paint, they would paint the whole house if I would let them! We did one closet door and a few picture frames, but I think I may try this Chalkboard Painted Bottles from Soap Deli News for myself!

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5 Summer Stain Tips + Share Your Adventures in Clean Get Entered To Win Frigidaire Washer & Dryer


5 Summer Stain Tips from Frigidaire by Tara Aronson

Smudges, drips, drops and smears – no matter what their source, the key to keeping them from ruining your favorite shorts or T-shirt is to take quick action – before it gets a chance to dry.

For most fabrics, this means blotting up the excess or rinsing the discolored area with cold water (hot can set a stain.) Don’t rub: this spreads the spot and grinds it deeper into the fabric.

Summer spills are especially tough. Here’s how to remove the five most common:

1. Crayon.
Scrape off as much of the colorful surface as possible using a plastic picnic knife. Apply laundry detergent directly on the stained area. Gently rub the detergent into the fabric then let sit several minutes. Launder using the hottest water the fabric can handle – or the Sanitize setting of your Frigidaire Affinity washer. Dry as usual.

2. Iced coffee.
Sponge the stained area with cold water. Apply a pretreater to the blight. Wash as usual and air dry.

3. Grass.
Prewash the garment in warm water in your washing machine –the Rinse & Spin cycle on your Affinity washer – and a laundry detergent containing enzymes. Launder as usual (normal setting) with detergent and chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric. If the garment’s care label instructions advise against it, use oxygen (color safe) bleach instead. Dry as usual.

4. Juice.
Soak for a minute or so in cold water. Remove excess water, and then apply a pretreater directly on the stained area. Wash with detergent as usual. Air dry. Do not place in the dryer until the blight is completely gone – otherwise the stain is likely to set.

5. Chocolate (or chocolate ice cream).
Prewash the garment in warm water with a laundry detergent that contains enzymes using the Affinity’s Rinse & spin setting. Launder as usual, using the washing machine’s Normal setting. Dry as usual.

When people visit Facebook.com/Frigidaire and share their personal Adventures in Clean, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, as part of its $750,000 commitment to the cause. It’s simple to share your Adventures in Clean – just upload a photo and the online app turns it into your very own movie poster! Plus, to help spread the word, everyone who participates will be entered for a chance to win a new Frigidaire Affinity® washer and dryer featuring Ready Steam™.

I received this information via One2One Network and Frigidaire. No compensation was received, I will be entered into a drawing and my opinion is 100% my own.

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DIY: Keep Onions up to 6 Months

A 50 Cent Solution to Storing Fresh OnionsLearn how to keep onions up to 6 months from The Frugalette!

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DIY: Re-Use Junk Mail To Make New Envelopes

If your mailbox is anything like mine, you get tons of junk mail! So I am always looking for more ways to re-use it. Check out how Thrifty Jinxy re-purposes her junk mail to create new envelopes!!

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Monday DIY- Make Your Own Watering Can

We keep a large plastic tote in our garage that I have been collecting certain items for us to re-use for various craft projects over the summer. With our kiddos on spring break this week I figured I would go ahead and pull out something and make something fun! With all this gardening that we have been working on, I thought I would make our girls a watering can since they want to help water everything!

To make your own watering can, here is what you need:

  • Laundry Bottle (you can also use a milk jug or if you don’t want a handle, grab a 2 liter or for younger kiddos, use a 20 oz soda bottle)
  • nail
  • hammer

First rinse out your laundry bottle and lid. Grab the lid from the bottle and use the hammer and the nail to make holes in the top of the lid. The more the better seems to work best.

TIP** We did try this with another brand of laundry detergent and had some trouble. The lid had lines in the top and was a thinner plastic. The first whack with the hammer, split the top and made a large crack through the entire top of the lid. The laundry bottles with a flat top and thicker lid, seem to work best. Just thought I would share!

Then you will need to make a few holes in the laundry bottle, near the top. This way the water can flow easily through the holes in the lid. At first we did not add the holes in the laundry bottle and had a very hard time get water to come out. As long as you don’t fill the laundry bottle to the rim you won’t have to worry about it leaking from these holes.

Once you get all your holes in the laundry bottle you will have a fun watering can for the kiddos that cost you…….. absolutely nothing! These are my favorite kind of FREE!

I love finding new ways to use items that we would normally just throw in the recycling bin! What items have you re-purposed?

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