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Nicole

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2011-02-26

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Welcome to a place to get thrifty ideas for living in an expensive world! My life is a little crazy.. trying to mix homeschooling with crafting and decorating....so there's always something.. happening!

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  • my word for 2013....
    on Dec 31, 2012 in thoughts
    I don't often jump on the bandwagon of New Year's resolutions..... it's just too easy to set unrealistic goals and expectations and  never meet them. How many people make New Year's resolutions only to forget where they put the list the fol...
  • "Gourmet" Muffins from a $0.50 Mix
    on Dec 4, 2012 in recipe recipes
    I am a bit embarrassed to confess this, but there are moments when I  feel like I just don't have time to even cream butter and sugar together.... The pace of this season in my life feels a little frantic, so making an array of home-baked g...
  • Muslin-Wrapped GarlandI recently saw this muslin garland idea at Down to Earth Style and was impressed by the ease and price to make it. I tore my muslin into strips that were about  12 inches long, folded them, and tied them into knots. Total co...
  • Amazing Art Blog
    on Nov 28, 2012 in crafts homeschooling
    {Winter Tree Art} I recently stumbled across an amazing art blog that is just too good not to share with you all.... Since I am more of a science/math person, art tends to be my homeschooling weakness. I didn't take many (any) art classes be...
  • Dropcloth Ruffle Pillow
    on Nov 22, 2012 in decorating sewing living room paint
    Using THIS as my inspiration, I used dropcloth to make more neutral {inexpensive!} pillows for my living room chairs. Remember the before..... Here's the after..... Instead of buying new furniture, I spent about $35 on a 12 x 9 d...
  • Faux Grainsack Pillows
    on Nov 21, 2012 in decorating sewing living room paint
    I love dropcloth! It is just so inexpensive to decorate with! Recently, I have been continuing to work on my family room furniture.  It's about 10 years old and the fabric is falling apart! Armed with drop cloth, heavy-duty needl...
  • Inexpensive Fall Wreath Idea
    on Oct 23, 2012 in crafts fall decorating wreath
    Have you decorated for fall?   About 2 years ago, I made a wreath using materials from The Dollar Tree and I am still using it on my front door! The whole project cost about $3.00! 1 piece of foam board:  $1.00 2 packs of le...
  • Fall Mantle Reveal
    on Oct 18, 2012 in crafts mantle ideas fall decorating
    I'm staying out of any political discourse, but the reality is......with  gas prices pushing $4.00 per gallon, life is expensive! So when it comes to decorating, my options are to {mostly} use what I have. One thing that I've had for ma...
  • Fall Mantle Peek
    on Oct 17, 2012
    I know that I have been missing for months.....it has been a much needed break from blogging.  I realized that I had some evaluating to do about why I was actually blogging. During this break, I've been doing minimal crafting and...
  • On the Grill Potato Packs
    on Jul 31, 2012 in recipe recipes
    I have been a little AWOL....but I have been loving my break from blogging! As I have mentioned before, my boys have been swimming....and swimming...and swimming! It has, by far, been the most exciting summer of swimming!They each made it as fa...
  • Contest Winners!
    on Jul 30, 2012
    A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in "It Pays to be Cheap Contest"!  We had SO many awesome entries, it was really hard to choose winners. Be sure to check out all of the amazing projects under $10... you will be inspired! HERE ARE...
  • It PAYS to be Cheap!
    on Jul 23, 2012
    Are you a thrifty crafter? Well this contest is for you! Brought to you by some of your favorite "creative on a budget" blogs: We want to see your all-time best projects for under $10! Here are the fabulous prizes: (each hostess will c...
  • Thrifty Thursday....
    on Jul 18, 2012 in Thrifty Thursdays
    I have been avoiding this post for a couple of weeks now.... I have loved hosting a Thrifty Thursday link party for over a year, but Iam just not able to keep up with it..... I have loved looking through your links and seeing your creativity....and s...
  • DIY Sidewalk Chalk
    on Jul 16, 2012 in crafts summer fun kids crafts
    Here's a quick and easy idea for "bored" kids....DIY sidewalk chalk. All that you need is cornstarch and water. I mixed 2 cups of cornstarch with 2 cups of water until I got a thin enough consistency to paint with.If you don't add enough water, th...
  • Thrifty Thursday #68
    on Jul 11, 2012 in Thrifty Thursdays
    I'm late....I'm late!!We had a big swimming invitational last night and then our huge meet thatwe hosted today....translation....a tired and over-committed mama! All-in-all it was highly successful.....one son brought home 3 medals andone son brought...
  • Beef Wonton Cups
    on Jul 6, 2012 in recipe recipes
    I am trying to get myself organized and make some freezer meals for my daysin the fall that I know are going to be busy. For inspiration, I have been using the A Turtle's Life for Me blog post on freezer cookingand football freezer cooking.
  • Thrifty Thursday #67
    on Jul 4, 2012 in Thrifty Thursdays
    Happy Fourth of July!!! I have been absent around the blog because I have been enjoying a lot of this... My boys spend the summer swimming and I spend the summer cheering! We've just been having a lot of family time and it has felt GREAT...
  • Thrifty Thursday #66
    on Jun 27, 2012 in Thrifty Thursdays
    Less than 24 hours till hubby is home.....I think I can, I think I can........ Truly, my kids have been amazing, but there's just something about not havinganother adult in the house that wears....me....down! I think it's because I have to answer eve...
  • Kitchen Cleaner for a lot less....
    on Jun 26, 2012 in kitchen cleaner recipe recipes
    Things have been quiet around the blog this week because they have been BUSY at home! My hubby is in Northern Ireland on a mission trip and has been gone for over a week.It's usually about this point that I start feeling a....little....bit.
  • Nikon D3100 Giveaway from GroopDealz
    on Jun 22, 2012 in giveaways
    About 18 months ago I switched from a point and click camera to our Nikon D3100....I can't even imagine what life was like before! I LOVE my camera.  It is easy to use and takes great pictures...the error isusually on my part! :) If you wou...
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