Saturday, December 20, 2014

Easy Holiday Treats & Gift Ideas - Sweet & Salty Chocolate Pretzel

While the Holidays can be fun, hosting guests, while preparing meals and gifts may become overwhelming. Here is an easy party treat, that can easily be turned into a holiday gift.

Chocolate Pretzel Rods
1. Pretzels from CVS
2. Candy Melts from Michaels
3. Baking Sheet
4. Parchment Paper
5. Paper Container and Ribbon from Michaels
6. Pyrex Container

Directions
Melt candy melts in microwave, dip Pretzel in chocolate and place on parchment to cool.
After cooling serve or place in decorated paper container with ribbon for gift giving.
See below red reindeer ribbon from Michaels.

Monday, December 8, 2014

DIY Rose Bath Oil



Women, we work hard. Sometimes, between juggling the kids, career and everything else, we barely have time for taking a shower, let alone a proper bath. This DIY is meant to inspire you to TREAT YOURSELF! Budgets can be tight, especially when you have little ones, leaving very little to splurge on expensive bath products. So, I decided to make my own bath oil. Bring a candle, a good read and remember to lock the bathroom door.

Items You Will Need
1. Dried flowers
2. Soap Making Fragrance.  I used Artminds from Michaels. 
3. Bowl
4. Jar with Lid
5. Olive Oil




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Top Three Pregnancy Style Tips


When expecting your first child, the last thing on your mind is fashion. But it's important to plan ahead and purchase clothing that will work not only through your pregnancy, but also after the baby is born. Some women experience weight gain and may suffer from negative feelings and low esteem. Purchasing clothing that fits your body will not only help you feel great but flatter your newly discovered curves. 

Top Three Tips

1. Shop the plus size section of your favorite retailer. Prices here will be lower then a specialty maternity store. Try pieces on to make sure the shoulders and cross back fit properly. Your body will gain weight, but your shoulders are not likely to get wider.

2. Stretch garments are your friend. But test the garmet to ensure that the fabric stretches both horizontally and vertically. This ensures a better fit around and below the belly.

3. Long tank tops are the secret to wearing some of your favorite tops. Layer longer tanks, and camisoles, underneath your blouses. This gives your belly the coverage it needs, while still allowing you to wear your favorite pieces well into your pregnancy.



Check out my feature in Pregnancy Corner where I share other style tips!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Top Five Money Saving Tips

Suffice to say, when it comes to budgeting, there is a lot of information on the internet. Below are my top go to websites for saving my family money, while saving myself an online search headache.


1. Living Rich with Coupons provides match ups for manufacture coupons and updates local circular sales accordingly. It also provides links for all online coupons and informs you if the coupon has expired. I generally use this when grocery shopping.
Living Rich Website

2. CVS is rather generous with their discounts, especially when using Extrabucks together with manufacture discounts. Accounts are easily updated online, while ExtraBucks and other CVS coupons can easily be sent to your CVS card.
CVS Website

3. Ebates is a wonderful website for easy cash back on a large selection of consumer goods and services. Use this site, together with manufacture coupons, to maximize savings.
Ebates Website

4. RetailMeNot is a great reliable source for coupons and online codes. What I especially appreciate is the coupon expiration dates it provides along with the percentage of people who have successfully used the discount. This prevents you from wasting precious time discovering the coupon code may not work. Use this sites coupon codes in conjunction with Ebates, to maximize savings.
RetailMeNot Website

5. Coupons.com is my go to for reliable manufacture coupons. I find that coupons print easily, however often have a limit to the number one can print. Use these coupons, coupled with Extrabucks  at CVS, to maximize savings.
Coupons Website

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Easy DIY Candle & Birthday Favor

When it came to planning my daughters first birthday, I knew I wanted to make the occasion special not  only for her, but for the guests in attendance. Party favors are easy to purchase, but if you are looking for something more memorable and budget friendly, a handmade gift is the way to go. Here are simple steps to creating this thoughtful gift. Please note, I purchased all candle making supplies at Michaels.

ITEMS YOU WILL NEED
1. Soy Wax
2. Soy Wicks
3. Wooden Sticks
4. Heat proof glass jars
5. Candle scent
6. Printer friendly labels
7. Pyrex measuring cup
8. Clear bags and string/twine
9. Favorite candy








Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vintage Shopping Tips

Vintage shopping is one of the best ways to add well made clothing and jewelry to your closet, without spending a lot of money. When looking for places to find vintage items at great prices, search online and in local papers for estate sales and plan to attend several in the same area. Here are my top tips that have made my searches successful:

1. Make a day of it, bring some sandwiches and a friend along.
2. The best deals to be had on are the last day, and the last few hours of the sale.
3. Don't be afraid to haggle, also if purchasing more than one item, ask for a single price for all items.
4. Don't forget that hidden treasures are often found in piles of costume jewelry.

Here are some items from my ETSY shop that I found at estate sales;




Sunday, November 16, 2014

DIY Baby Headbands

Here is an easy DIY for creating adorable headbands at a fraction of the cost. I have a young daughter and when shopping for cute headbands in stores, I suffered from sticker shock. So, I decided to make my own. 

Materials 
1. Black Trim w/ 40% spandex
2. Fabric appliques
3. Glue Gun
4. Plastic Ruler
5. Scissors