Free Laundry Cheat Sheet Download

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One way to save money is to not ruin clothes. However, every time you turn around it seems that a stain wins this never ending battle.  At least until now!

We’ve put together a great FREE sheet you can download and put right near your washing machine.  We have tips on how to remove all sorts of stains from food to win to grass!  You might even just put this right through your laminating machine (or visit your copy store and get it done).  Add magnets to the back and it will stick right on your machine so you never lose it!

Penny Pinchin' Mom Laundry Sheet Printable

Click HERE to download your free Laundry Cheat Sheet

 

The Coin Discipline Method

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Trying to find a new way to keep your kids from fighting, keep items picked up and just listen?  Try the COIN discipline method - it may be the answer to your prayers!

I’ve been at this parenting thing for nearly 11 years now.  And you know what?  I am still trying to figure it out! We’ve tried many things with our kids to help them pick up toys, not fight and just listen to us.  We tried the ticket reward system (which worked while they were a bit younger).  We even used toy jail for them.  We were successful in implementing these tactics, but as our children are getting older, it means that my husband and I have to stay ahead of the curve.

With summer vacation starting here very soon, it means 3 kids will be home.  They will fight.  They will leave messes.  They will not listen to me.  After all, they are kids – right?  Well, yes they are kids, but we are doing something new with them this summer to try to keep the fighting, bickering, sassing, messes, etc from taking over.  We are instilling the coin method of discipline method.

The idea is similar to what we’ve used with our kids when traveling on vacation.  Before we leave in our van, we hand them a roll of quarters (which gives them $10 to spend on anything they want).  Every time they fight, ask if it is much longer, etc, they owe us a quarter.  When they see that roll getting smaller and know they have less to spend, they really think long and hard before they ask the question or fight.  It really made for a pleasant trip (and was SO worth the $30 we spent for our sanity).

Of course, since we have 12 weeks of summer, I am not giving each of them $10 a week.  Instead, we are going to use rolls of dimes.  Each time that they have to be reminded to pick up the cheese stick wrapper, or put their Nintendo away or to stop fighting, they will owe me a dime.  At the end of each week, I will take them to the Dollar Store (their favorite place to shop) and they can spend what is left over.  They remember the fun they had with the quarters from vacation so this is motivation in the same manner to behave during the summer.

The entire idea is to make them THINK before they act.  This will help them remember that I need to be nice to my sister or I need to pick up my toys.   It also teaches them accountability for their actions.  They know that if they do the wrong thing they will lose money.  The same way in life – if you do the wrong thing you may have consequences for your actions.  This is NOT about the money.  This is about giving it thought before you do something.

Some of you may feel that this is “bribing” your kids. I do not.  I look at it this way — do you WORK for free?  No, you are not being bribed to show up and do what you are asked — but isn’t your paycheck your motivation in doing so?   The same concept can be used for our kids.  Sure, they know that they are suppose to do the right thing, but if we can sometimes dangle that motivator (call it a carrot if you will) in front of them, we can often get a better behavior out of them.

This will certainly NOT replace their responsibility charts.  If anything, the chores we choose may take them longer, as they have more time to give back since they no longer have homework and other responsibilities.  My kids know what is expected of them, but after spending so much time around one another, they tend to get a little out of sorts.  This is mom’s way of helping them think before they speak.

My kid are really good kids (I am a lucky woman), but again, after too much time together, they tend to fight more (as siblings do) and this just might help mom keep her sanity this summer.  I figure that giving them dimes is better than me losing my own temper with them.  It is a complete win-win situation.

CopyCat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

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Have you tried the new Frosted Lemonade at Chick-Fil-A yet? If not DON’T! 😉 It’s totally amazingly addicting! So instead of spending $3 each at Chick-Fil-A on this totally amazing cold, milkshake style lemonade – try out this super simple copycat recipe. The total cost for is less than $0.75 a cup and honestly it taste exactly the same! NO JOKE!

Ingredients

  • 4 lemons
  • 2 1/2 cups ice cold water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream

To start, you will need to make a pitcher of fresh lemonade (or you could buy Simply Lemonade from the store). To make homemade lemonade simply mix the juice of 4 lemons, 2 1/2 cups water and the 1/4 cup sugar in a pitcher. Stir well. Next, scoop up about 2 cups of vanilla ice cream and put it in a blender. Pour in 1 cup of your freshly made lemonade and blend.

I know this recipe sounds so simple, and yes it is that easy! But I can promise you this you are going to LOVE the results!

DIY – Rosette Lamp Shade

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You can easily turn a boring lamp shade into an expensive looking Rosette Shade - at a fraction of the cost!!

Do you have plain old boring lampshades in your house that are begging for a new look? This simple DIY Rosette Lamp Shade upcycle project could be the perfect remedy. Whether you are using a lampshade you currently own or you choose to buy one from a thrift store (or even Walmart for $4.97), you are going to love how budget friendly these unique designer shades cost.

I was able to pick up about 2 yards of muslin from Walmart for just $1.97 a yard (you may already have some fabric you can use from old sheets, shirts or even left over fabric from previous projects.) The only other expense is the hot glue and previously mentioned “old” lampshade.
***If you don’t have an “old” lampshade to upcycle, I found lampshades for under $5 each at Walmart.

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Directions

Cut slits in the fabric about 1 1/2 inches apart. Once a small cut has been made, simply tear the fabric to make long “raggedy” strips. The fabric will tear straight so no need to worry about that. You will need to about 50-75 strips of muslin to make enough rosettes to go around a small/medium sized lampshade.

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Take a strip of muslin and begin by balling up a small section on the end. Continue around the ball by wrapping around and around, until theentire strip of fabric is used up and the finish product looks like a rosette.

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Seal each rosette with a dab of hot glue. Once all of the rosettes are made, glue them one at a time to the lampshade. You can apply them starting at the bottom in a row and then continuing around until the entire lampshade is complete.

You can easily turn a boring lamp shade into an expensive looking Rosette Shade - at a fraction of the cost!!

DIY – Customized Glitter Stem Wine Glass for Mom

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Sometimes mom just needs a little something to call her own! These customized wine glasses are super easy to make and a ton of fun. You can make this customized wine glass for your “queen mom” to use or to display as a decoration. If she plans on using her special glass, make sure she know’s to hand wash only.

Supplies

  • Mod podge
  • Glitter
  • Sponge paint brush
  • Paper towels
  • Silhouette Machine
  • Vinyl (color of choice)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Directions

  1. Place a paper towel directly under your wine glass.
  2. Starting from the top of the stem (where the stem meets the wine glass), generously paint a coat of mod podge.
  3. Evenly pour the glitter over the painted section of the mod podge. Let sit to dry for about 15 minutes.
  4. Again generously paint the glittered stem with a second coating of mod podge and re-glitter. Let sit to dry for about 15 minutes.
  5. Fold your paper towel in half and pour excess glitter back into container.
  6. To seal the glitter on the outside paint one last coating of mod podge over top of the glitter. Let sit for 30 minutes.queen mom silhouettecrown
  7. Now for the customized vinyl with a Silhouette machine, simply type of the words you would like on the glass. If you want the same saying, font and size I used – Mom/Queen is in Lucida Calligraphy size 79 and the remaining font is Centaur size 49. To make a crown I have included an image you can “trace” via your silhouette program or simply look for your own crown design you like better.

 

DIY Alphabet Blocks (Upcycled Mega Bloks)

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Upcycle those old MegaBlocks into a learning tool!

It seems like everyone has a pile of left over Mega Bloks from when their kids were little. If your kids are like mine, they probably didn’t even play with the really BIG blocks like these ones nearly as much as you had hoped. Well now there is another excellent way to use those building blocks to help your kiddos learn their letters!

So get out those old dusty Mega Bloks, dust them off and turn them into a learning tool. This project is super easy and a great way to upcycle blocks once your kids have moved on to the next stage of legos. Even if your kids still enjoy building with these blocks you can get them started early on their letters and watch as they build and learn.

Supplies

  • Mega Bloks
  • Silhouette Machine
  • Black Vinyl
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton Balls

Directions

  1. Wipe down all blocks with a little rubbing alcohol. This removes all dirty, grime and oils from little hands, so that the vinyl can stay on better.
  2. Using the Silhouette program write up all of the letters of the alphabet in capital letters. Use font IMPACT, font size 116, if you are using the same sized Mega Bloks as pictured. * The “W” needs to be in size 110 to fit on the block perfectly.
  3. Weed the excess vinyl and transfer each letter to a freshly alcohol swabbed block.
  4. Viola!

This project only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish and your kids are sure to love them!

Upcycle those old MegaBlocks into a learning tool!

Mother’s Day Photo Box (Easy To Make)

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This Mother's Day Photo Box is a simple way to let mom know she is loved!  In just a short time, you can have a custom gift she'll treasure for years to come!!

 

I’ve got a special treat for you today! My friend Leanne Lee, aka Diva of DIY, is sharing with you this super cute Mother’s Day Photo Box. This is a great gift that can help Mom treasure what is near and dear to her heart <3. I’m sure she’ll be pleasantly surprised to receive this Mother’s Day gift made by the ones she loves most!

This Mother's Day Photo Box is a simple way to let mom know she is loved!  In just a short time, you can have a custom gift she'll treasure for years to come!!

 

Supplies Needed:

  • A small box (I featured a couple of options that I am using. Notice…I like vintage boxes but you can purchase an unfinished wood box from Michael’s craft store for a couple of dollars.
  • Scissors or a paper cutter
  • Double-stick tape, glue dots or my favorite…Aleene’s Tape Gun
  • Assorted Card stock
  • Assorted embellishments such as: stickers, buttons, felt, etc…
  • Family photos (I printed mine from my computer on regular printer paper)
  • Glue gun (optional)

This Mother's Day Photo Box is a simple way to let mom know she is loved!  In just a short time, you can have a custom gift she'll treasure for years to come!!

 

Begin by taking the measurements of the opening of the box you are using. You will want to take a measurement of the height and the width. Once you have the measurements, subtract 1/4″ from each direction.

For example: If the box opening is 5″ wide x 3″ deep, you would subtract 1/4″ from each direction so your new measurement will be 4 3/4″ wide x 2 3/4″ deep. I will use this measurement for the rest of this tutorial. This will be the size you cut your paper.

This Mother's Day Photo Box is a simple way to let mom know she is loved!  In just a short time, you can have a custom gift she'll treasure for years to come!!

 

Begin by taking a full sheet of card stock and, using your scissors or paper cutter, cut strips equal to the new width measurement you figured. For this example, the width measure is 4 3/4″.

Using your double stick tape or Aleene’s tape gun, attach your card stock strips lengthwise.

The more strips you cut and attach, the longer your photo dispay will be.

 

This Mother's Day Photo Box is a simple way to let mom know she is loved!  In just a short time, you can have a custom gift she'll treasure for years to come!!

 

Once you have your card stock strips attached, its time to add the folds. Take your other measurement, in this case, it’s 2 3/4″ and mark your paper strip every 2 3/4 inches. Starting at one end, start folding at each tack mark, alternating the direction of the fold to create an accordion-fold.

This Mother's Day Photo Box is a simple way to let mom know she is loved!  In just a short time, you can have a custom gift she'll treasure for years to come!!

Then it’s time to add your own personality to your Mother’s Day photo box. I cut a smaller piece of card stock in a contrasting color to create a “matte” effect. I chose to include photos on every other fold. On the other sections, I added “family” stickers and colorful hearts (that I cut from extra card-stock).

Attach the bottom fold to the base of the box. I used a glue gun to ensure it would be super-secure.

And for the cherry-on-top, I glued a couple of buttons to the top fold to make it easy to lift up out of the box.

This Mother's Day Photo Box is a simple way to let mom know she is loved!  In just a short time, you can have a custom gift she'll treasure for years to come!!

 

Last but certainly not least, I glued turquoise felt to the top and bottom of my box to finish it off.

 

This Mother's Day Photo Box is a simple way to let mom know she is loved!  In just a short time, you can have a custom gift she'll treasure for years to come!!
I also encourage you to head over to DivaofDIY.com for more inspirational Mother’s Day Gifts, tips on upcycling and turning your home into a haven. You can also follow the Diva of DIY on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook.

DIY – Crayon Vase (Teacher Appreciation Gift)

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This crayon vase is a perfect thank you gift for your child's teacher for Teacher Appreciation Week!  Best of all --- it is SUPER simple to make!

Did you know that Teacher’s Appreciation Day is May 4-8th? Teacher’s pour so much heart, love and time into our kids – it’s only fair we show them just a little appreciation. This adorable Crayon Flower Vase is the perfect gift. I was able to make this gift for less than $3 and it only takes about 15 minutes to construct! Even better it is totally unique and something that you and your kids can make together – making it more memorable!

Supplies

  • 2 boxes of Crayola 24 count crayons (you will only use 1 box and about 5 from the 2nd box)
  • 12 inches of Ribbon (I used 1  1/2 inch ribbon)
  • 1 pint sized mason jar or cleaned out food can
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • 1 piece of scrapbook paper
  • Real or Fake flowers

***I got all my supplies from the dollar store for less than $3 total (and used a few odd’s and ends from my craft drawer)

Instructions

  1. Pick a piece of scrapbook paper and cover the mason jar. Glue it to the jar.
  2. Taking one crayon at a time hot glue the crayons to the jar. Make sure to pick the colors at random so you don’t end up with too many similar colors next to each other.
  3. Finish the vase with a simple piece of ribbon tied around.
  4. Finally add your real or fake flowers to the vase and viola!

DIY Washi Tape LEGO Upcycle

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Upcycle those LEGOS into something adorable with Wasabi Tape!!!

I love washi tape and I love LEGO’s, so what’s better than combining the two to make fashionable duplos to build with? Seriously you can take those dull boring LEGO duplo’s that your kids no longer play with and fancy them up with a little added character. You will be surprised how your kids will simply LOVE them! Those blocks that once had no life will once again be placed with.

Supplies

  • Washi Tape
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • LEGO Duplo’s
  • Mod Podge (optional)

Directions

  1. Clean the LEGO’s with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Once dry carefully wrap washi tape around the center of each LEGO.
  3. If you are worried that the washi tape may come off too easily, wipe on a light coating of mod podge and allow to completely dry.
  4. Build something fun and unique for your kids to demonstrate their new designer LEGO’s.

Upcycle those LEGOS into something adorable with Wasabi Tape!!!

Raspberry Cashew Overnight Oatmeal

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Treat yourself in the mornings to a healthy, nutritious and absolutely delicious breakfast. Overnight oatmeals are not only extremely easy to make they are addicting. Try this sweet Raspberry and Cashew no bake overnight oatmeal, you won’t regret it!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (oatmeal)
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (Almond, Soy, ect)
  • 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 TBSP Raspberry preserves
  • 2 TBSP Cashews, slivered

Directions

  1. In this order place raw oatmeal, yogurt, chia seeds and milk in a pint sized jar or container. Place the lid on tightly and shake until mixed well.
  2. Tighten lid and place in the refrigerator to sit overnight. When you wake up in the morning the oatmeal will be soft as though it was cooked!
  3. Add raspberry preserve, fresh raspberries and cashews. Mix well and enjoy.

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