The husband’s birthday card.

Posted by Michelle on June 1st, 2015

I have really fallen off the card wagon this year, but special occasions for special people just require a handmade card.  Special occasions like the husband’s birthday.  Made with the Nautical collection from Fancy Pants.

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Gold Monogrammed Mason Jars.

Posted by Michelle on May 18th, 2015


Today the girls over at Hazel & Ruby and I are sharing different ways to use a mason jar.  I chose to upcycle some free glass jars that I got to take home from Joe’s Crab Shack.


“Would you like to take those home with you?”
“Heck yeah!”


I decided I was going to use these on the table for my daughter’s birthday next month, and then she could keep them on her desk after.
So I adhered stencil letters from Hazel & Ruby’s Chalk Art Alpha set (and then later a little heart from the Child’s Play set).



And then took them outside to spray with Krylon’s gold metallic spray paint.



And then removed the stencils after they were dry.



I can’t wait to use these on the birthday tablescape!


Click here to see what the rest of the girls have done with mason jars!


Happy Mother’s Day.

Posted by Michelle on May 10th, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there.
Whether you’re a mama, you have a mama, your dear mama has passed, or your sweet bebe has passed – today is a day of celebration!

I put together some happy mail to send out to some mamas I know.  As I’ve mentioned before, sending happy mail doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  For these gifts I stocked up on pretty pastel chocolates on clearance after Easter.  The packages were lightweight and yummy, and on the cheap.


I bought these gorrrrrgeous tassels on Amazon a few months ago and have been hoarding them.  There just didn’t seem an occasion special enough to use them for.  But Mother’s Day?  Gold!  Literally.
You can buy these tassels HERE, they are $9.55 for 45 of them, and shipping is free from China (so they do take some extra time to arrive).  21-cents each?  A fantastic deal!  I just ordered another batch because I can’t stop looking at them.  Gah!  Super pretty.


I bought these pretty flower paper sacks at Daiso when I was in California last month.  If you have not been to a Daiso, you are missing out.  It’s like a Japanese dollar store, but everything is $1.50.  A package of 10 bags was $1.50 which is a fantastic deal.  I also bought a smaller set of 35 for $1.50 – but they were too small for all the candy.


I stamped a Verve Mother’s Day sentiment in gold on paper doilies.


I rubbed white tags on my gold ink pad for a bit of extra detail.  And then assembled it all.
(White tags and ribbon from Inspire Lovely on ETSY, gold paper clips from Staples.)



Mother’s Day Pockets.

Posted by Michelle on May 5th, 2015

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Today I’m sharing some fun little pouches/pockets/envelopes that I made for sending some sweetness out on Mother’s Day.  We’ve all got aunts and friends and other relatives out there who could use a a little extra love on Mother’s Day, so a sweet treat it is.

For these pockets I used Hazel & Ruby’s Wrap It Up paper in Glassine & Gold and Newsprint Floral.  I used a small pocket die and ran it through my Big Shot to get my little pockets made.  I’ve seen templates on the internet for pockets and envelopes in all sorts of dimensions.

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I cut, folded and adhered my pocket together and then stamped a simple sentiment on it.  Then I filled it with some candy, and topped it off with a fun clip.

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It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to brighten someone’s day, and the gesture will go a long way – and come back to you tenfold! :)

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Adventures in Couponing.

Posted by Michelle on May 3rd, 2015

I’m back today with some couponing and savings that we scored this week.  So let’s roll.
I saw a 95-cent Little Debbie’s coupon in the Sunday newspaper a few weeks ago and knew that it would make these boxes of treats cheap.  But I had no idea how cheap until we stopped at Winco on the way home from a soccer game last week and noticed they had them for 98-cents on a weekly special.


So we went back yesterday and scored 9 boxes at 3-cents each.
(I get 10 newspapers delivered to me every Sunday but for the life of me I couldn’t find the tenth coupon.)


Fred Meyer (and most Kroger stores) does a free item every Friday.  You just have to download it on to your store card each Friday.  I don’t shop here often, but I do load the free item each week and then go in to get several at a time.



I had a $2.50 Register Reward left over from my last Walgreens run, and it was going to expire today, so I went yesterday as there was nothing great in the ad to use it on today, and I wanted to conserve gas by not going for nothing great today and adding it to our errand run yesterday while we were out.

The Colgate mouthwash was 2 for $8, I used (2) $2 coupons which made it $4, then used the $2.50 Register Reward to pay, which made it $1.50 and then got a $4 Register Reward back.  Knowing that there was nothing great to use it on this week, I decided to take that $4 and buy something with it, so I bought 3 cans of Pringles as they were 3 for $5.  I had to add the candy and the bracelet as filler items so that I had more items than I had coupons.  My out of pocket on all this ended up being about $3.


I haven’t been in to Kohl’s for a while, and I guessed they missed me because they sent me a coupon for $10 off $10.


I got this $20 shirt, on sale for $11.99, for my daughter for only $2.11


It was time to cash in my Swagbucks for Amazon credits and place an order.
All this was completely free – (just for searching and shopping online via Swagbucks)
12 boxes of granola bars, a pack of Slim Jims, 12 cans of tomato soup, and a big box of Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal that I am going to try one of those overnight Crock Pot oatmeal recipes for.
I also got some sour gummi candy and some gum that I couldn’t photograph because I put it away for my daughter’s birthday next month.



On the way home we stopped at Starbucks for their half-price Frappuccinos this week.  I had promised the fam that if they were good and helpful, it would be a treat.  (We did all of our errands after baseball, so we were out and about for quite some time.)  I had $4 on my Starbucks app, and a $5 gift card that I had won at Daiso when we were in California last month.  The total was $8something and left me about 14-cents on my app.
Sidenote:  we tried the new s’more Frappuccino.  Not a fan.  It did not taste like a s’more at all.  Just tasted like sweet milk.  What is good however, is the tiramisu Frappuccino.  Try that.  You’re welcome.