Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vacation Rocks!

Yes, vacation ROCKS - it totally does. I love vacation! But this is a post about MAKING vacation rocks. My darling children collect rocks on vacation (lots of them) and then we get home and I really don't know what to do with them. This idea from Quarry Orchard is simple and meaningful. Mark the rocks with the city or country and date and then you will always remember that special moment. I'll have to pick out a couple to do this with and "discreetly" find a way to get rid of the dozens of others that the kids bring home. These rocks can be collected over the years and will bring back lots of happy memories. Nice idea, huh?

Make this unique wall art!

I love to find new ways to make wall art. Framed artwork and mirrors are great - but it's nice to add a little variety and creativeness to your home! Plus, it's fun to come up with inexpensive (or free) ways to create your own wall art. When I came across this idea from OhWrite, I knew I had to share. This is such a creative idea. She just used a tree branch from the yard and hung leaves cut from various papers. I think this would look so cute in a baby's room with the leaves in pink, blue, green or yellow. Your baby would love looking at it! I could also see it in a craft or game room in lots of fun, bright colors. The best part is that the art covered a large space for FREE! I love it! For the how-to, click HERE.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Yummy and Pretty 4th of July Desserts!

Need some dessert ideas for  the 4th of July? Take a look at these recipes - they'll make your mouth water and you'll be in the kitchen whipping one up in no time!

Independence Cake from Nestle Tollhouse. Yes, that means there are chocolate chips in the cake...yum!

I'm dying over these Patriotic Cheesecake Bars from The Recipe Girl.

Use this idea from Martha Stewart and top vanilla cupcakes with red and blue fresh fruit. Easy Peasy!

Ok - each slice of cake shows an image of the flag? How cool! Learn how to do this from Elissa at 17 and Baking. She is 18 now and she is incredible.

Here's another easy idea from Better Homes & Gardens: Layer blue and red fruit with homemade fresh whipped cream. Yum.

I love this idea for dipped strawberries from Rachael Ray! So cute!

These Pretzel Sparklers will make a yummy treat and a cute centerpiece as well! Get recipe HERE.

So creative, yet so simple. My kind of dessert! The kids will love these stained glass jello stars from Brown Eyed Baker.

Using ready-made pound cake makes this beautiful dessert super simple! Go HERE for the how-to.

Try this "starry" idea from Taste of Home using blueberry or cherry pie. Click HERE for a blueberry pie recipe and directions for the star cutouts!

Smores on a Stick! Another fun one for the kids from MelaniesCrafts.

Free Princess Coloring Pages, Invitations, Games & More!

While searching for coloring pages for my sickie little girl, I came across this useful site for princess coloring pages, printable games, invitations, etc. Everything is free to print. You can search by category. I searched for Cinderella and found plenty of fun stuff to print! Wish I would have seen the invitations back in March, though...
Click HERE.

Crabtree & Evelyn: Free Hand Therapy Lotion!

Here is a coupon for a free 50 ml tube of Hand Therapy Lotion (a $7 value) from Crabtree & Evelyn. If you are headed to the mall, take this coupon with you! There is also a coupon for 15% off your entire purchase. Print HERE.

Little Tykes Patrol Car - $39.54 + Free Shipping!

Amazon has this super cute Little Tikes Patrol Car on sale for $39.54 with free shipping! This is for kids 18 months to 5 yrs old. What a fun thing to wake up to on Christmas morning! Yes, I said Christmas. Always buy things when they are on sale even if you have to hide it in the garage for 6 months! The regular price for this is $59.99 and it has great reviews on Amazon. Great deal! Click below.


Woman's Day Magazine subscription - $3.69!

Yay - another great magazine deal! Best Deal Magazines has Woman's Day for $4.39. Enter code "PXCJ74" to lower the price to $3.69. That is for a year subscription! Click image above.

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Littlest Pet Shop!

Don't forget to print this great coupon for B1G1 free Littlest Pet Shop toys. These would make great stocking stuffers! It's never too early to start shopping for Christmas. Get them now while you can get 1 free! Check out the coupon site for lots of other great savings as well. Might as well print some other coupons while you are there :) Go HERE and click on "toys and games" in left-hand column for Littlest Pet Shop coupon.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Star Spangled Rice Krispie Treats!

My kids and I are definitely making these for the 4th. Easy Peasy! All you need is Rice Krispie Treats, a star cookie cutter, popsicle or craft sticks (I get these at the dollar store) and some icing/sprinkles! You could wrap these up individually in clear cellophane bags and tie with red or blue ribbon. What a fun project to do with the kids - or just surprise them with these yummy treats!

Sparklin’ Rice Krispie Treats
Recipe CourtesyKraftfoods.com
  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 bag (10-1/2 oz.) Miniature Marshmallows (6 cups)
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 24 wooden popsicle sticks (optional)
  • 1 tube each: red, white and blue decorating gels
  • red, white and blue sprinkles
  • Large star cookie cutter
- Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. (Or just butter the pan like I do)
- Microwave butter in large microwavable bowl on high 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted, stirring after 45 sec. Add cereal; mix well. (or you can use your stove – melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows; cook until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add cereal; mix well. 
- Press cereal mixture firmly onto bottom of prepared pan; cool.
- Remove cereal mixture from pan, using foil handles. Cut into star shapes, using large star-shaped cookie cutter. Insert wooden stick into side of each star to make star pops. Decorate with gels and sprinkles. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

$1 Movies every Tuesday at AMC Theaters!

Looking for a cool getaway for the kids this summer? Take them to AMC Summer MovieCamp and enjoy the magic of movies! Summer MovieCamp will be offered at 10 a.m. each Tuesday morning this summer at participating theatres, from June 15 through August 10.  At only $1 admission, it’s an affordable option for summer fun. All admission and concession proceeds will benefit two AMC charities, Variety – The Children’s Charity and the Will Rogers Institute. For list of movies and info, click HERE.

Free P&G Samples and Coupons!

Sign up for P&G Brand Sampler and you will receive free samples and coupons for a variety of products. You can request the samples every quarter. They send you some really good stuff! Click HERE.

Chucke E. Cheese's Coupons!

I LOVE Chucke E Cheese's..... ok, I lied. For me - not so much fun. But my kids love it and I like to make them happy :) So, we go there occasionally and I always take coupons! Here are some for you to print from Minute Maid. Click HERE.
Also, if you sign up at Chuck E Cheese's website, they will email you coupons on a regular basis. Click HERE.

No Artwork? No Problem!

There is a new trend that I am starting to love. Instead of framing a piece of artwork, the frame actually becomes the art itself! It really looks cool when you group a bunch of them together. The frames really add an architectural element to the room. In the last example below, ordinary objects (greeting card, handbag) are placed inside the frame - very original! You can find all different kinds of frames at stores like Goodwill. Give them a good coat of paint and they are as good as new! If you have a big blank wall and not a lot of cash to spend on art, give this unique idea a try!

Free "Keep in Touch" Cards!

I made these "Please Keep in Touch Over the Summer" cards for my kids to hand out at school on the last day. But I am finding other uses for them now. They are meeting kids at sports camp, dance class, etc that they may never see again. Now, I keep a few of these in my purse to hand out if they want to keep in touch with a new friend. It has their name, phone number and my email address on it so a friend can stay in touch. I tied the cards onto lollipops for their end of school party but now we just use them as little "business cards". I wanted to share them with you guys - so feel free to print as many as you like! Be sure to print on heavy card stock. Click HERE.

Free Happy Birthday Tags!

Here are some cute Happy Birthday tags from GotCrafts that you can print for free. Is it just me, or do birthday cards keep getting more and more expensive? I always find one I like in the store, turn it over to see the price and go "WHAT??"
I like to add cute tags instead or make homemade cards. My kids always make a card a friend's birthday. Print these on card stock, add a pretty bow and you've got it made! Aren' they fun? Print HERE.

Target "Arts & Wonder" Free Family Event!

Target invites you and your family to see more of the arts while spending less. As part of their efforts to support education in the communities they serve, Target sponsors free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events nationwide.
Don't miss the Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Event, July 16-18, at a museum or performing arts institution near you. Take your family and enjoy the arts with Target. Sounds like fun! Click HERE to find an event near you.

Send stylish E-Cards for Free!

I love to send e-cards, but they can look a little bit "cheesy", if you know what I mean. I found a site where you can send simple & stylish invitations, cards and thank-you notes called Paperless Post. I love this site! It's free to sign up. You will automatically get 12 stamps in your account to send 12 free e-cards. You will also get 10 "coins" added to your account. Coins allow you to add your personal logo to cards and choose special envelope liners, etc. So cool! Click HERE.

Crocs Polliwalks for Kids: $7.95!

Wow - this is a great price. These Crocs Polliwalks usually sell for $29 - now you can get them for $7.95 at 6pm. I just found out about 6pm - great site for shoe discounts! Click 6pm image below and then do a search for "polliwalks".


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Rimmel Mascara - 24 cents at Target!

Target has Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara for $2.24. Use this coupon for $2 off making the final price 24 cents! Cool beans. Click HERE for coupon.

Friday, June 25, 2010

$10 Welcome Credit at Beyond the Rack!

Here's a great deal! Get a $10 credit on your account when you sign up at Beyond the Rack! Beyond the Rack is a great site that offers designer products at lower prices. Clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags, decor - look through the site, they have a ton of stuff! You'll see designers like Nautica, BeBe, LaCoste, Puma, Christian Audigier... and the list goes on and on. If you like designer stuff but don't want to pay the high prices - you should really check out this site. Go ahead and get your $10 credit now even if you save it for later. This offer is only good through June 30th. You have to receive an invitation to join this site - so I'm inviting my readers!  Click HERE.

AMF Bowling: $5 off per person (up to 10 people)!

Bowling is such a fun family activity on these HOT summer days. Here is a great coupon to use at AMF. Click HERE.

Free "Handmade by You" Gift Tags!

Has this happened to you? You spend hours creating a handmade gift or baking a cake for someone and it looks so good that they don't realize you made it? You really want to tell them...but is that rude? You don't want to brag or anything (at least out loud). Well, here is a solution. These gift tags from SewMamaSew will "subtly" get the message across with a line like "handmade with love". Then of course, your friend will be astonished that you could make something so wonderful and you will get all the credit you deserve!  You can put the tags on food items, crafts, whatever you like to make. Print on nice, heavy cardstock and tie on with pretty ribbon. Print tags HERE.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Make your own Fondant!

I'm sure you have seen the beautiful cakes on TV and in magazines lately. What is the one thing they all have in common? They all are covered in fondant!  I don't know about you but I have never attempted to make fondant - it scares me. So, I was very happy when I came across a post on Make It and Love It that shows how to make and color fondant. She shows you step by step how to make this easy, marshmallow fondant.
If you have a birthday in your family coming up, why not give it a shot? Click HERE.
After you make and color the fondant, go to the Wilton site where they show you how to apply it to the cake. Click HERE.

Walgreens: $10 of $30 Purchase!


Right now you can get $10 off a $30 purchase at walgreens.com. That is an excellent deal! Just use coupon code "SUNNYDEAL". Hurry - only valid through 6/25! Click image above.

Make your Own Bubble Blowers!

I recently saw a post on HowDoesShe that I just had to try. The bubble blowers looked like such fun. Well, the kids and I tried them out yesterday and they were a huge hit! They worked much better than I thought they would! Here is the proof:

All you need are some water bottles, dish soap and some dish rags or other fabric. Here are 2 tips from experience:
 - Make sure your kids know to "blow out" instead of "suck in". We had a slight incident :)
 - Be sure to add water to the dish soap. 

Be ready for some HUGE bubbles - it's so much fun! For complete directions, click HERE.