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Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring Beverage Station

Hello friends! Is anyone else sick of winter and
 ready for spring to get (and stay!) here? 
Yesterday was just beautiful but today it's cloudy
and raining.....typical spring weather in Ohio.

Lately I've been busy adding spring touches all over my house. The first place to get a makeover was the Coffee/Cocoa Station in my kitchen.

Here is my bright and colorful

As always, I used items I already had to create a fun and colorful Spring theme.

I went through my stash of paper straws and came up with red, turquoise and gray for the main colors. After that I just had fun using items from around my house to create something bright and colorful. 

I added some fresh lemons and oranges along with some cute napkins and drink umbrellas.

Even the chalkboard got a colorful facelift!

                     Source List:

Paper Straws - Michaels & JoAnn Fabrics
Berry Baskets - Target 
Napkins - Ikea 
Drink Umbrellas - Meijer's 
Mini Chalkboard - Hobby Lobby
Large Glass Bottle - Marshalls
Aqua Framed Chalkboard - Repurposed mirror.You can see the before here.
Wire Basket - Homegoods

Have you started decorating for spring yet? I'd love to hear from you .... please leave a comment below.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Vaporizing Shower Tablets

Hello lovely Thrifty Decor Mom readers! It's almost Friday and Valentine's Day is this weekend ... yay! 

I recently pinned some recipes for homemade shower tablets. Some call them shower bombs or shower cubes but they are all basically the same thing. I feel a cold coming on so I decided to make some and try them out!

Here is what you'll need to make your own
Vaporizing Shower Tablets ....
Recipe Found Here

• 1/2 cup of baking soda

• 1/4 cup of corn starch

• 4 Tbs. Vicks Baby VapoRub 
(This has a more gentle scent 
than the regular VapoRub)

• 1-3 Tbs. water

Instructions ....

1. Combine the baking soda and corn starch.

2. Add in 4 Tbs. of the Baby VapoRub.

3. Mix until fully combined.

4. One tablespoon at a time, mix in the water. You don't want it to be runny because it needs to harden. If you accidentally make it too runny just add more corn starch.

5. Fill ice cube tray or mold with mixture. Silicone molds seem to work the best. I used an extra silicone herb mold that I had and it worked great.

6. Let mixture dry overnight.

7. Gently remove the cubes from tray. They are soft and will break easily so be extra careful! Store them in a pretty jar next to your shower. I used a Ball jar to store mine and added some baker's twine and kraft paper so it looks pretty! This would make an awesome gift too!

• How to use the Vaporizing Shower Tablets ... use when you feel a cold coming on or have a stuffy nose. Place a tablet in the corner of your shower. The steam from the shower will release the vapors as the cube melts. Plus your bathroom will be filled with the wonderful scents of eucalyptus, aloe vera, rosemary and lavender! • 

I also want to try using essential oils instead of the VapoRub. I pinned a few recipes using essential oils on my Pinterest board here. Another fun idea is to use molds in various shapes. Hmmm....I'm feeling a Shower Tablet addiction coming on!

Have you ever tried making your own shower tablets? Leave me a comment below and tell me all about it!

Have a wonderful weekend!
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Cutting The Cable Cord.....

Today I'm sharing a big decision we recently made for our family. After a lot of discussion and research we have decided to cancel our cable TV service.

Over the past year we've talked about it but never really researched what our options were. Then last December we started having problems with our cable. The picture would cut out and pixelate over and over. We had 4 cable techs come out within 2 weeks. Each one blamed the guy before them for messing something up. 

Our cable bill was around $130 a month.... that is for internet service and cable TV - no premium channels like HBO and Showtime and no landline phone. Considering we only watch a very small percentage of the channels we had, it seemed crazy expensive to keep paying for cable. We also decided to buy a modem and stop renting one from the cable company. 

We did have to fork over some money to start this process but in the end we're going to save A LOT!

This is what we purchased ....

-Antenna for local channels: We purchased the Mohu Sky for $150
-Apple TV: Purchased refurb for $75
-Internet Modem: Purchased on Ebay for $65
Total $290.00

Our monthly fees ....

-Netflix: $8.99 (for 2 TV's)
-Hulu Plus: $7.99
-Internet $40
Total $56.98

That is about a $73 savings each month!!

Now I realize this may not work for everyone. Who knows ... it might not work out for us but we're going to give it a try. 

I think reading more and playing games would be a better choice for us instead of watching a lot of TV . Of course our kids think we're crazy and aren't too happy about this but I have no doubts that they'll survive!  : )

Do you have cable or have you cut the cord? I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas so please leave a comment below.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

On My Mind and Valentine's Day ......

Yes, I'm still alive and yes, I just up and disappeared. I'm not sure if anyone is still hanging around here but if you are, thank you! 

So here is what has been on my mind the past few months....

Last fall I was thinking about the future of my blog when "Young House Love" up and left. I wasn't expecting that at all. It kinda put everything into perspective and I knew it was time for me to take a break. As you fellow bloggers know, blogging can be very time consuming! I started feeling like I needed to post something really great all the time and it just wasn't fun any more. I've also noticed that several of my favorite blogs are posting a lot less or even stopping all together. I wrote a post last year about the changes I've noticed in blogland. Has anyone else noticed the change or contemplated ending their blog? Please tell me I'm not the only one that feels like this.

As for the future of my blog .... I honestly don't know. Right now I'm staying but I can't promise that won't change. Today is the first time in a long time that I really felt like writing a post. 

Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner I'm sharing a few ideas. I don't do a lot of decorating for Valentine's Day. Usually it's just my hall shelf and coffee bar that get changed around. As always, I try to use what I already have. I purchased 2 new items this year from the Target Dollar Spot and spent a whopping $2! 

This little glass jar with cork lid was $1. It's perfect for storing cocoa "extras" like these cinnamon candies. I added another jar full of mini marshmallows and some fun paper straws from my hoard. 
I just might have a paper straw obsession. : )

I filled some metal containers with hot cocoa mix and Valentine's Day themed napkins. I also like to keep a few mugs in a wire basket next to my Keurig.

Here is my hallway shelf all decorated for Valentine's Day .....

This wood LOVE sign is the other item I purchased from the Target Dollar Spot. I added some cute subway art and a few other accessories to my console table.

Well I guess that's it for today. Thanks so much for visiting! I love hearing from you! If you'd like to leave a comment just scroll down to the bottom of this post.

I've also added some new items to my Etsy shop. You can check that out here


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

My Etsy Shop is now open!

Hello friends! I've been MIA for the past few weeks but I have a good excuse! I have been working on opening my Etsy shop! 

My Etsy Shop ....

A few years ago I opened an Etsy shop and sold a few items. After that I really didn't do much else with it. 

Lately I've been thinking about opening my shop again but under a different name. I wanted something that represented me and what I love.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wood Banner & 50¢ Garage Sale Find

Hey friends! How are ya? We are back into school mode here. Hannah has started her second full week of 8th grade and Taylor just survived her first day of college! 
We're not going to talk about how old I feel with a kiddo in college okay? Thanks!

Lately I've been working on a few projects in my craft room. I made a wood banner and found an awesome vintage wall organizer for 50¢ at a garage sale. That, my friends, was all I needed to start creating a gallery wall!

The wood banner was super easy to make! I found the wood cut outs at Michael's and used Americana chalk paint.

After the base color dried I added polka dots and stripes on the banner pieces.