Saving for Date Night with #Jingit

Saving for Date Night with Jingit

Date nights are important to me. I work from home, so getting out the house with my husband is something I need. At one time in our life, we had a date night almost weekly. Um, yeah, that's not happening these days. Even with my frugal attempts at date nights, they can still be expensive! I know I'm not the only one in this position, so I thought I would share just one of the ways I've been saving for date night - I've been using Jingit which is a tech start up company that allows great … [Read more...]

DIY Craft: Decorated Metal Recipe Box


I have a bit of a compulsion with metal boxes. If I find a metal box -- with a lid -- at a thrift store, you can be almost certain that I will buy it. My favorite way of using thrift store metal boxes is by making them into recipe boxes. With a can of spray paint and Elmer's Painters Paint Markers, I was able to decorate a hinged metal box fast and easily. Here's how to do it... … [Read more...]

Elmer’s #Looks4Less Prize Pack Winners


Time to announce the winners of the Elmer's Prize Packs! My first winner is...... #3 - Renee G And, the second winner is.... #17 - Zaz Congratulations to both Renee and Zaz! I hope you have fun with all the goodies! If you didn't win this one, you still have time to enter my other giveaways! $75 Gift Card, courtesy of Peet's Coffee Chex Prize Pack - includes $20 Gift Card   … [Read more...]

DIY: Family Recipe Shadowbox Frame

DIY: Family Recipe Shadowbox

I love hearing stories about the favorite recipes in families. It's always interesting to ask someone "what was the best thing your mom cooked?" (replace mom with dad, grandma, aunt -- whatever you'd like). Almost everyone has something to share or say about those foods they ate when they were younger. The smells, tastes, and sights of yummy bites that have been etched into their memories. … [Read more...]

Kitchen Sign Craft Project + Elmer’s Giveaway


Pin It I'm was recently one of a few lucky bloggers who was invited to participate in the Elmer's Looks for Less Challenge -- my challenge was to create my own project inspired by a decor item found in catalog. I knew right away what I would do! I've always been a fan of Pottery Barn items and had recently seen a sign on their website that I would love to have in my home. You can see the product that inspired me here. Elmer's sent me an assortment of items to get started on my craft … [Read more...]

Photo Cube Candle Holder Craft


For Thanksgiving this year, I wanted to make a table decoration that incorporated family photos since there was so many family members that we wouldn't be able celebrate with this year. A photo cube seemed like a perfect way to dress up our table, while also remembering our loved ones near and far. I decided to fancy it up even further by making it a candle holder. … [Read more...]

Delicious Food Science: Candy Stages & Caramelization


We've been watching Top Chef: Just Desserts together as a family. We tend to watch quite a few competition cooking shows together as a family, but this one seems to be a top favorite. The kids will watch it and constantly make comments like "oh, that looks SO good!" or "I WANT THAT!". As someone who loves watching food shows, I enjoy seeing their enthusiasm. As we sit and watch, lots of conversations come up - discussing how the chef's do what they do, sharing our thoughts on what we think they … [Read more...]