Monday, March 31, 2014

Grow a Beautiful Garden for Less


Summer is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to start planning and working on your garden. Below are some easy ways to help you plan ahead and save some money in the process.

Grow from Seeds - By planning your garden ahead of time you may be able to figure out some flowers or plants you can start from seeds and starting from seeds can save you a lot of cash. Click here to read a great article about starting plants from seeds from About.com.

Create Your Own Compost - Not only is composting a healthy idea for your garden but also for the environment. If you are new to composting, visit Composting101.com to learn everything you need to know to get you started.

Plan a Plant Exchange - Often people who garden end up with an abundance of certain plants (plants that like to spread out on their own) and are more than happy to give away some of their plants that are spreading out to far. This can create the perfect opportunity to plan a get together with some friends and family members and host a fun little plant exchange where everyone gets the opportunity to score some new plants and save some money in the process.

Water Your Garden for Free - Creating a rain barrel can be a fun project and a great opportunity to water your garden for free, however, there is more to creating a rain barrel than just putting out a container to collect the rain (if you want to avoid such pests as mosquitos). You may want to check out the video below (a clip on YouTube from HGTV), to help you learn more about rain barrel construction.





Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ditch the Paper Towel


Want to help the environment and save a little money while doing so? Try using less paper towel. Using less paper towel may be easier said than done, especially when you have children or pets in your home but with a little effort you can change your life and eliminate some of your paper towel usage.

According to Earth911.com the United States uses 13 billion pounds of paper towels every year! If everyone in the United States used one less paper towel a day, 571,230,000 pounds of paper would be spared over the course of the year.

Earth911.com posted the video below on their site and we are doing the same, the YouTube video below will change the way you view paper towels (we hope).


Repurpose with a Little Love



We did a quick little DIY project of simply turning some glass beverage bottles into fun little bud vases. We simply let the bottles soak in some warm water to remove the labels, cleaned up the bottles with a little vinegar and water, and then painted the bottles to spell out the word love. The project took next to no time and cost us nothing.

Before

After

If you are looking for a fun project to help dress up your home, the above project is a simple solution. You can decorate the bottles in many different ways to match your current d├ęcor or you could create some fun bottle vases to go with almost any holiday.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pajama Program


With the weather getting colder and colder, so are the nights and many of us get the luxury of putting on a pair of nice warm pajamas at bedtime to keep us cozy all through the night but there are many children who have never even owned a pair of pajamas.

Pajama Program is an organization that donates new pajamas and books to children in need. Many of these children are needy and abused children who are living in shelters or group homes. The Pajama Program organization works with local volunteers to bring these children new pajamas and books for bedtime.

Looking to help out this great cause, click here. To locate a Pajama Program chapter near you, click here.



Monday, November 18, 2013

Give Thanks By Giving Back


As some of you are preparing for a huge holiday feast with your family and friends this week, others worry about where their next meal will come from - many of these individuals are children. According to Feeding America.org, 1 in 6 Americans face hunger.

Wondering what you can do to make a difference? You can start by donating to your local food bank. You may think that a small donation will not make a big difference but you would be wrong. If everyone took the time and the little bit of money to make a donation, we would be able to make a strong dent in the fight against hunger. 

Not sure how to find a local food bank near you? Feeding America.org can help you with that, click here.

Take the time to make a difference and donate to your local food bank and give others something to be thankful for.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Little Free Libraries


You may have noticed some boxes appearing in the area where you live with free books for anyone known as Little Free Libraries. The idea behind Little Free Libraries is that individuals can help themselves to a free book and in turn leave a book for someone else to enjoy. The idea behind the Little Free Library was created by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin back in 2009. Todd built his first Little Free Library as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. To find out more about the Little Free Library program, click here.

Washer Pendant Necklace


Looking for some personal jewelry to add to your accessories? Try making a washer pendant necklace - they are easy to make and cost next to nothing. We made a washer pendant necklace (photo above) simply by using a washer, some pretty pink ribbon and scrapbook letter stickers. We placed the letters (one letter on each side), to represent the recipient's initials. We tied some of the pink ribbon to the bottom of the washer and looped more ribbon to the top of the washer to create a necklace. Washer pendant necklaces are an easy and inexpensive way to add some fun to your accessories and also make great gifts!