Category: Frugal Living Tips

DIY Ideas: Repurpose Old T-Shirts for Spring & Summer.

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DIY Ideas: Repurpose Old T-Shirts for Spring & Summer. Start by going thru your shirts that are maybe old and warn or maybe even stained to repurpose. If you dont have any T-shirts you are looking to repurpose you could always go to the thrift store or a garage sale and pickup some gently used T-Shirts for cheap. Then you will be on your way to repurposing those T-Shirts.

A Few things that you can repurpose those old T-shirts into.
1. Head Band
2. No Sewing – Hand Bag
3. Dip Dye T-shirt
4. Easy DIY Scarf

For the Full Details watch the video above.

Make an Earphone Holder! So Genius!

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Make an Earphone Holder! So Genius!

Do you listen to music with your earphones on a daily basis? If so, we have a genius DIY to show you! You can make an earphone holder with an old mint container. Isn’t that great? I am going to make this DIY project pronto, because it can clip on your purse or gym bag. You’ll need:

  • Fabric or Scrapbook Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Key Chain Link & Fastener
  • Goo Gone Spray (to remove any sticker residue)
  • Drill
  • Cup/Lid/Bowl (to cut fabric circle)
  • Scissors
  • Empty Mint Container

Let us know how your project turned out and what you thought! I am super excited for this project! For additional directions, be sure to visit the Make It Love It Webpage.

Easy Easter Rice Crispy Desserts

Rice Crispy Treats are always so much fun to make and eat.  I have gathered 5 recipes that gives a creative twist on the average Rice Crispy Treat.  All the ideas are Easter themed, no bake, and all are pretty easy to make.  Use these for a dessert for a party or an activity to do with the kiddos.  I can’t wait to try the Cadbury Egg Rice Crispy! Send me pictures (via Facebook msg)  if you make any of these, I would love to see them!

Easy Easter Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • 4 cups of miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies
  • ½ cup of turquoise candy melts
  • candy sprinkles
  • easy kids easter party food sprinkles

Directions
1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.

OR

1. Microwave butter and marshmallows on HIGH for about 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes; stir until smooth.

2. Pour the mix into a 9” x 13” x 2” pan that has been coated with cooking spray. Put a sheet of parchment paper over the mixture (to keep from sticking) and roll it out until it is about ½” thick.

3. Use an egg-shaped cookie cutter to make egg shapes (periodically dip the cookie cutter in water to keep the marshmallows from sticking to it).

4. Lay the egg shapes on a cooling rack until they’re firm enough to handle.

5. Heat the candy melts in the microwave in a small bowl. Dip one end of the eggs into it.

6. Return to the cooling rack momentarily, with a cookie sheet underneath to catch any drips.

7. Dip the treat ends into sprinkles and return to the cooling rack until they’re firm.

For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.
To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. -Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

 

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Hidden Surprise Easter Egg Treats

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Butter or Margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular Marshmallows OR 4 cups of miniature Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal
  • ½ cup M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies (plus some for snacking)
  • Canned frosting or decorating gel (optional)
  • 12 plastic snap-apart 3×2-inch Easter eggs

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly clean Easter eggs then coat inside of plastic eggs with cooking spray. Set aside
  2. In large saucepan, melt butter or margarine over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  3. If your saucepan is large enough, add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal and stir until well coated. If your saucepan is not big enough, add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal to a large bowl and pour marshmallow mixture on top, stirring until well coated.
  4. Using greased hands, firmly press ¼ cup of cereal mixture into each plastic egg half. Use fingers to make hollow center in each half. (TIP: Use a rounded tablespoon measuring spoon and press firmly in the center of each egg. This will make hollowing out the center much easier.) I used a mini muffin pan to hold the egg halves upright while I was finishing the whole batch.
  5. Once the eggs have set, remove from molds and place on wax paper.
  6. Place about six M&M’s in each egg half. Gently press two halves of each egg together until they stick.
  7. You will have to have patience and keep pressing and molding around the seam.
  8. Let cool completely and decorate with frosting and M&M’s, if desired. I used melted semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkles for ours.

 

Marshmallow Peeps in Crispy Nests

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Ingredients:

  • 12 PEEPS® marshmallow chicks
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows or 10 oz. regular marshmallows

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat, add cereal and stir until well coated.
  2. Scoop out a handful of the mixture and shape into nests with lightly dampened hands. Set on a parchment-lined sheet, press a PEEPS® chick into each nest, and let them sit until set. Makes a dozen.

 

Coconut Cadbury Rice Krispies “Scotch Eggs”

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Cadbury Creme Eggs, refrigerated overnight and unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 3/4 cups crisped rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
  • 1/4 cup sweetened or unsweetened dessicated coconut
  • 24 marshmallows
  • sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter over low heat in a large pot.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until nearly completely melted. Removed from heat and stir in cereal and coconut.
  3. Quickly and carefully cover each egg in the coconut mixture and form into an egg shape.
  4. Roll or sprinkle with sprinkles.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap or store in an air-tight container.

Note: If you’d like to make more than four, make them in batches rather than doubling or tripling the recipe.

 

Chocolate Easter Egg Baskets

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Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces good-quality dark chocolate, broken or chopped into small pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 4-1/2 cups Ricke Krispies
  • 72 mini chocolate eggs (I used Cadbury mini eggs)

Instructions:

  1. Place the chocolate in a microwave safe container. Heat at 50% power for 1 minute Remove and stir well.
  2. If chocolate is not melted, return it to the microwave and continue heating, stopping to stir it every 10 to 20 seconds to avoid scorching.
  3. When only small lumps remain, remove and continue to stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Add the Rice Krispies and stir to coat well with the chocolate.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly among 24 paper baking muffin cups.
  6. Flatten each “nest” a little to make a well in the center.
  7. Fill each cup with 3 Cadbury mini eggs.
  8. Let them set until firm.

Thanks! spaceshipsandlaserbeamssimplybeingmommybabble, coconutandlimesimple-nourished-living

 

Vicks Vapor Rub Shower Disks DIY! Great For Helping With The Flu!

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Vicks Vapor Rub Shower Disks DIY! Great For Helping With The Flu!

I am pleased to announce that I’ve done this DIY project and it is amazing! Make these Vicks Vapor Rub Shower Disks and save them when you or your family have a sickness like the flu. From experience, I love using these shower disks when I have body aches from working out as well! You’ll need:
Baking Soda, cornstarch, Vicks (Can use baby Vicks for a more gentle smell), water, and Mold tray (ice cube, chocolate).

How did you think of this DIY project and how did yours turn out? Let us know, we love to hear from our readers! For additional directions on how to make these shower disks, visit the Our Kids Mom Webpage!

DIY Pallet Coffee Rack!

DIY Pallet Coffee Rack!

The wood pallet has revolutionized decorating recently.  Here is just one of the many ideas that you can find swarming around the internet and decorating homes.  This is a coffee mug rack that is super simple to make.  Scroll down for more instructions.  If you make this I’d love to see a picture!

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Materials and Equipment:

  • Pallet
  • Hooks and screws
  • Paint, letter stencils, sponge brush (Optional
  • Sandpaper
  • Right angle ruler
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Screwdriver
  1. This is a fourth of the pallet, so first decide which fourth has the best-looking wood.
  2. Mark where you want to cut using a pencil and right angle ruler.
  3. Next cut along your pencil markings using a circular saw. ****Make sure to wear safety goggles**
  4. First, a couple of notes:

    (1) You may want to power wash your pallet before you dive into this project since you’ll be hanging things that you drink out of on it!

    (2) I added the COFFEE detail on the top, but this is obviously optional! The top board was longer, so I decided to add some words instead of hooks.

  5. Once you have your mini pallet, sand it down! How much you sand is up to you, but make sure it is smooth enough that you won’t get splinters when you hang up your coffee cups.
  6. Next I painted COFFEE on the top. I used letter stencils and a sponge brush. I’m really happy with how it turned out! (Sorry I didn’t get a picture while I was doing it!)
  7. Putting on the hooks was probably the most difficult part. Use a ruler (or tape measure) and pencil to mark exactly where you want the hooks to go, then drill them in. My hooks weren’t totallyeven, but once we hung the coffee cups you could hardly notice!
  8. Lowes sells these hooks for $1.50 each.

Here are a few additional facts and tips:

  1. The final “mini pallet” is 20.75″ x 25″. The top board is 5.5″ and the other 3 are 3.5″ tall. The stencil letters I used are 3″ tall.
  2. Here are a couple of pictures of how we hung it up. As I mentioned in the comments, we kept one of boards on the back of the pallet and rested that on two nails in the wall.

If you are wanting more wood pallet crafts click here to find 23 Awesome DIY Wood Pallet Ideas !!

Thank you, littlebirdblog!

 

Baby Chicks Cupcakes! Perfect for Easter!

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Baby Chicks Cupcakes! Perfect for Easter!

Want to make Easter even more fun for your kids? If so, why not make a holiday-themed treat?! You can make the  All-in-one Cupcakes & Frosting – Baby Chicks Recipe! I have not yet made this sweet treat with my kids, but I know they’d love the adorableness! Do you think your kids would enjoy this? If so, you’ll need the following:

  • 6 oz. – cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup – butter or margarine, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 tablespoon – vanilla extract
  • 1 – (2 lb.) pkg. Domino® Confectioners Sugar
  • 2/3 cup – milk, divided
  • 4 – large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups – all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon – baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 2/3 cup – water

Decorating Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 oz.) bag – shredded coconut
  • yellow food coloring
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag – mini candy-coated chocolates
  • 24 – orange jellybeans or gumdrops

Let us know how your recipe turns out and if you enjoyed it, we’d love to know! For additional details on how to make this sweet treat, be sure to visit the Domino Sugar Webpage!

Cookies And Cream Popcorn Recipe!

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Cookies And Cream Popcorn Recipe!

Love popcorn and want something sweet today? If, so make this delicious Cookies And Cream Popcorn Recipe! I’ve made this exact recipe with my family and they’ve loved it, so do not miss out. I know that I’ll be making it again, because it is so easy and inexpensive. Ingredients:

  • 9 cups popped popcorn
  • 20 Oreos, finely crushed
  • 24 oz. White Vanilla Almond Bar

Let us know what you thought of this recipe, we love to hear from our readers. For additional directions on how to make this tasty treat, click here!