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Glass jar easy upcycle  , DIY Mercury Glass Inspired Vintage Vase #EasyCenterPieceIdea, #Decorations,#DIYDo you eve need a vase to give to a friend filled with flowers…. or just want something pretty on your table.  This DIY Mercury Glass Inspired Vintage Vase project is SO easy to make, but come out looking fabulous.   If you are looking for low cost center prices for a party, garden wedding or brunch this is a perfect solution.

Items Needed:

Glass jar easy upcycle


Coat the inside of your vase or jar with Modge Podge. If the opening is wide enough you can use a foam brush to paint it on. If not, pour a little in at a time and swirl the bottle until the inside is coated well.Glass jar easy upcycle

Immediately after applying the glue, add 1 cap full of Rit dye into the vase. If your container has a lid, close the lid, if not place a small piece of cardboard over the top and hold into place.Glass jar easy upcycle

Give the container a really good shake! Shake until the entire inside is colored.

Allow to dry for 24 hours uncovered.

If there is a lot of excess glue and dye, place upside down for a few hours to allow to drain than flip it back over to continue to dry.Glass jar easy upcycle  , DIY Mercury Glass Inspired Vintage Vase #EasyCenterPieceIdea, #Decorations,#DIY

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Thanks to Tales Of An Everyday Coupon Mom for this helpful tip on how to use zucchini in baking and no one will ever know it is in there!  Tricky but I love it!  These brownies look amazing and the chocolate frosting makes me want to eat it with a spoon…lol!

Before I dive into the recipe, I wanted to share my secret to baking with zucchini. Most zucchini recipes call for shredded zucchini. As much as I loved these brownies as a kid, I didn’t like finding the occasional string of zucchini. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. Not very appetizing and I know some people refuse to eat baked goods that are made with zucchini for this reason. Years ago, I decided to use my blender to chop them up.

I peel the zucchini, slice it, and throw it in the blender with the oil for the recipe. Then I hit Puree.I do this whenever I make brownies, muffins, or bread that has zucchini. Everything gets mixed up very well and you don’t have to worry about random strings or bits of zucchini. On to the recipe!

Zucchini Brownies

  • 2 cups zucchini (I use one regular sized zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cocoa

Puree zucchini, oil, and vanilla in blender. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. I don’t use chopped nuts, but if you like them in your brownies, then add 1/2 cup to 1 cup. Mix zucchini mixture into dry ingredients with a spatula until well blended. Do not beat!

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. The brownies will be cake-like, so test them like you would a cake. Allow brownies to cool for about 20 minutes or so before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 6 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp. margarine or shortening
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

I soften butter and margarine in microwave until it is very soft. Combine all ingredients with a mixer until smooth. Frost brownies and enjoy!

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Thanks to Living life and loving every second  for this money saving tip on this fun game for children.  With my kids home for the summer I am looking for all kinds of ideas to keep them busy!  I love this one!  So simple too, which is an added bonus!

The Wiggle Worm Game…You will need 1) A bag or bowl  2) Popsicle sticks or foam sheet cut up into strips like I used  3) Sharpie marker 4) The family. You just draw the fun pictures at the bottom of the sticks and start playing!

You will want to sit everyone in a circle then start in order of youngest to oldest and have the youngest pick a stick he then shows everyone what he picked and if you get the wiggle worm everyone JUMPS UP and wiggles for 10 seconds….If you choose the Airplane then you stand up and run around the circle like an airplane and sit back down when done…If you choose the Crazy Ice Cube you all have to jump up and then freeze for 10 seconds after your done sit back down. If you choose the Crazy Face everyone has to give their best SILLY FACE one at a time..If you get the TORNADO you will hop up and twirl like a tornado. The game is just for fun and you can create your own rules and pictures so

Here is a picture of all the fun pictures I made!! You want to use your creativity make up your own pictures and choose what everyone has to do if they pick that picture.

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids.

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
 Math Games For Kids
Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
 Frozen Popcorn
Frozen Snowball Pops  
FROZEN Rice Krispy Treats
 Blue Jello Cake Recipe
Magical Moving Milk Science Experiment 
How to make Flubber
Lava Lamp Bottle
Cloud Clay -2 ingredients to make the softest clay EVER 
Firework Tie Dye Shirt 
Summer Boredom Buster Idea

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How to build a bookshelf out of a vinyl rain gutter – DIY

How to make a Rain Gutter Bookshelf

My girls have a bunk bed in their room and our oldest has the top bunk. She loves to read! Recently we took off over 127 books off her bed. These are not the beginner books, but large chapter books, science books, dictionaries, and instructional how to manuals which she loves to read. Anything and everything she will read but mainly items that shows her how to do things or fun facts about things.

This past Christmas we bought her the basic version of the Kindle so she got read books without having the mess all over her bed. Literally she would sleep on her books, she loves them so much.  She loves to read both of them now. Each night she may read for 2-3 hours before we finally tell her to turn it off  and go to bed. I really feel bad telling her to stop reading, but she will read all night long if we let her. So with all of these books on her bed, even after the consolidation effects of the Kindle tablet.

Make Vinyl Rain Gutter Book shelf cheap

So we headed to the local hardware store and looked around for things that I could put together for a bookshelf. The space I had in mind was the ledge above her rails of the top bunk along the back wall and headboard. I wanted to build a wood shelf but figured it would take too much time and cost more than I wanted to spend. So walking down the outdoor isle near the wood I saw rain gutters. The vinyl rain gutter was the perfect fit for the gap between the wall and the bunk bed, and it had the lip the books needed to stay up and not fall out. So I grabbed the end caps and hangers and a 90 degree elbow. This entire project only cost about $24.

rain gutter book shelf


Here are the items you need.

  • Vinyl Rain gutter – color of your choice
  • Hangers – at least 2 for each length, on the long section you may want three hangers
  • 90 degree elbow if you want to extend it down another wall
  • End caps for either end
  • Wood screws to attach the hanger to the wall studs
  • A hand held saw, like a sawzall or even an inexpensive hand saw
  • Tape measure
  • crayon

Rain Gutter Book Shelf kids room

First determine the length and position of where you want the gutters. We only used one 10 foot length of vinyl gutter and cut the section where we wanted it to extend 90 degrees down the other wall.

Fun thing about this DIY project is it doesn’t need to be exact or even cut pretty. Because the end caps will cover the exposed ends.

how to build a rain gutter book shelf

Carefully cut along the mark. Make sure to wear protective eyewear and cut in a safe place and on safe surfaces.

how to make a rain gutter book shelf

On the end of each upper edge you will need to remove about 1 inch of the lip the curls over. This is so it can be slid over the 90 degree elbow. See below.

If you are only making a straight book shelf then skip that part.

building a kid book shelf out of rain gutters

Next slide the hanger brackets onto the sections. These can slide up and down the gutter and can be positioned exactly on the wood stud on the wall. No need to worry about placement and positioning, simply slide it to where it needs to be. How easy!how to hang a rain gutter book shelf

Next snap on the end caps. The black gasket ring is for the rain but since this is inside, and unless you have a jungle in your kids room you wont need to worry about that! Just make sure you get it snapped on so you don’t see it and looks better!

install a rain gutter book shelf

Now you can enlist the kids to help you hold the rain gutter to the wall – close to where you want it. The fun part about this is you just need to screw in one screw per hanger bracket, so you can leave one end of the gutter hanging down a few inches without worrying about the proper position. Just screw in the screw into the stud, and move down to the next hanger.

Next add books, stuffed animals and other fun items the kids will enjoy!

Vinyl Rain Gutter bookshelf

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Thanks to Living life and loving every second  for this money saving tip on how to make your own lace head band.  Cute, trendy, useful and budget friendly… love it!

You will need:

  • Lace (mine was not stretch
  • Jersey Knit
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Elastic

First cut your jersey fabric into a strip about 6 inches wide then fold in half hot dog style and measure around your head then subtract an inch and cut. Sew along the raw edges from end to end and when your finished pull the tube right side out and slide that seam to the middle so it is not visible and flat on one side. Pin and sew the lace on. Final step you will now measure what you have around your head again and figure out the length of elastic you need cut it and tuck it into the opening on both ends and sew shut. VOILA YOUR DONE!

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Thanks to Purposely Frugal  for passing along this recipe for how to make baked potatoes in the crock pot (instead of the oven).  We have a rule in our family that we never leave the house with the oven on… so I love this idea.  Plus on a hot summer day the last thing you want is your oven on all day.  Not an issue in winter ( heck most days I want to snuggle up to my oven just to stay warm…lol.)

baked potatoes in the crock pot

  1. Scrub and pat dry your potatoes
  2. Poke a few holes in them with a  fork.
  3. Rub in oil (I used olive oil) and salt.
  4. Wrap in aluminium foil and put in your crock pot. I cooked 6 potatoes on low for 7 hours, but you may need to vary the cooking time, based on the size and number of potatoes and your crock pot.
  5. Enjoy with your favorite toppings!
No need to add water to the bottom but to keep the bottom ones from burning rotate them OR add some crumbled foil on the bottom before you add the potatoes.

Crock Pot Tip: A crock pot uses about 8 cents of electricity in 7 hours, whereas an oven uses between 16-24 cents per hour of use. I know the savings is small, but crock pots also keep your house cooler in the summer! Information from Michael Bluejay, a.k.a Mr. Electricity.

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