Friday Night Savings.

Posted by Michelle on March 5th, 2016

Happy Weekend, y’all!

I thought I’d pop in today with a little Friday night save.
We have a road trip coming up for Spring Break and we’re going to need some provisions.  We keep our expenses down on our road trips by bringing lots of snacks and food for the road.  Some healthy, some not.  But hey, if my kids are going to be in the car for over 30 hours, I’m down with cookies to keep ’em quiet.

Walgreens has a reward program where you earn points when you buy certain promo items, and you always get points for prescriptions.  I’ve accumulated $20 and stopped there last night on my way home from work to cash it out and get sandwich baggies because they were on sale for 99-cents (we needed them) and then was going to use the rest of the money to get stuff for the trip.

99-cent sandwich baggies, 88-cent cookies, $1 sugar-free drinks to add to water, 99-cent Pringles, 69-cent cheese and sausage, $1 cheese & breadsticks, 15-cent Cajun snack mix, 29-cent raisin & cranberry mix, 19-cent Slim Jims, and 39-cent Maria’s cookies.

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I also found these Warheads which were a pack of 10 for 69-cents, and the Smarties for 49-cents and I’m going to use those to put in to party bags for my daughter’s birthday in June.  Everything in the top picture, plus the candy below cost me a total of $3.80 – mostly the tax.

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Redbox had a promo code yesterday and it was good for 5 free movie rentals.  We all watched 99 Homes last night, then my son watched Everest in his room while the husband and I watched Straight Outta Compton.  We have 2 movies to watch today.

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Did you know there are coupons out there for medications?  I’m on 3 maintenance medications for my Thyroid Cancer, and other medications for random problems that come up (it happens when you’re old and fat) and every time I am prescribed something new, I google the prescription name with “coupon” and see if there’s anything out there.  One of these prescriptions I paid my $15 co-pay for and the other was free.  I registered with the manufacturer and they sent me a card to use and I get it free; the retail price was $438.99!

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Have a great weekend! 
It’s raining today, and we have baseball tryouts for the boy, opening day of spring soccer for the girl, and a hockey game to go to tonight.

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♥ Valentine’s Day ♥

Posted by Michelle on February 14th, 2016

♥♥ Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥♥

I sent off some happy mail in packages just like this and had enough supplies to make one more, so I used it to package up a Valentine’s gift for my son.  A little gingham kraft sack, a torn out page from a book, a vintage Hallmark doily, a sheet from a Kate Spade notepad, topped with a little Be Mine heart from Target’s Dollar Spot.

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I also made cards for my little family. I bought 3 new collections at Christmastime for cardmaking and I don’t think I made any cards with the new stuff.  So I was not about to buy new product for Valentine’s Day.  I worked with what I had on-hand: Dear Lizzy’s Serendipity collection by American Crafts, and My Story by My Mind’s Eye.

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My daughter made French toast and bacon for breakfast, set the table, and set out everyone’s Valentine’s at their spot.  We love love!

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Craft Table Makeover.

Posted by Michelle on January 24th, 2016

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My craft table, and let’s be honest, my entire craft area, is nothing to brag about.  I’ve got a small corner in my bedroom where my husband has put up some shelves and a cabinet, along with a ribbon organizer and some lighting, and a little table from Walmart for me to craft at.  It works for me, but it’s still a pretty small, dark area.  So I’m always looking for ways to glam it up. 

The tabletop is vinylish, and has some knicks and some stains on it from years of wear.  So my husband offered to cover it for me. And I just so happened to have the perfect covering materials:  Hazel & Ruby DIY Decor Tape in Floralicious, Golden Dots, and Gold Confetti Dot.

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He laid out the larger strips side by side, using one of my Big Shot plates to press out the wrinkles as he went along, and then covered the seams in the smaller Golden Dot Tape.

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I gotta be honest – I kinda love how it turned out.

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It kinda made working on Valentine happy mail that much more fun!

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Crafty Christmas Wrap.

Posted by Michelle on December 11th, 2015

Hey Girls!
Long time no chat.
I have been a Christmas wrapping fool for the last few months. I saved a few gifts to the end because I wanted to do something crafty with the wrapping. So today I’ve got some fun crafty Christmas wrap to share with you featuring one of my most favorite papers from Hazel & Ruby: Wrap it Up, Glassine & Gold.

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I started by diecutting a little gift bag/pocket out of my Glassine & Gold paper using my Big Shot.

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And then I die cut from cardstock the word Merry to go on the front of my package.
And then decided that it needed something added to it, so I added a strip of Hazel & Ruby washi tape to it.

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I needed a tag, so I cut a little piece out of a remnant page from my Hazel & Ruby Crafternoon Mini Keepsake Book Kit.

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I filled my gift bag with some Candy Apple & Polka Dot Pass the Tissue paper, and my package was complete and now on the tree for my mom!

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Thanksgiving Placesetting.

Posted by Michelle on November 23rd, 2015

The Holidays are in full swing with Thanksgiving just a few days away.
I always like to add a piece of handmade crafty to my table setting, and put together this piece to serve as a placecard, and also express gratitude to the person whose name is on it.

I started by diecutting these little pockets from Hazel & Ruby’s Crazy for Chevy Wrap it Up paper in coral.
This paper is on sale for 75%-off in the shoppe, so get it while you can!

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I had some remnant pieces of cork laying around and thought it would work well on a fall piece, so I die cut thankful and grateful from it to add on.

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This pretty coral washi tape from Hazel & Ruby went well with the paper so I used it to accent my word.

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And then I had my little girl write a note for grandma that’ll go in to her little pocket.
This kinda stuff means the world to grandmas.

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And then I tied it all together with a clothespin, some fun twine, and a coordinating chunky button.

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