snowflake wedding theme idea
I’ve been posting a lot of ideas about weddings during the last few years, but most of them have been for summer weddings. Here’s a craft idea for winter wedding decorations. Buy packs of snowflake Christmas tree ornaments to decorated with. These are around two dollars per pack at Wal-Mart, and can be used to decorate almost anything. My favorite idea is hanging them on plain looking light fixtures. They make an impact and they are easy to remove. Another idea is to bundle some pretty sticks together, tie them in the center with some wide ribbon, and use them as a valance for […]

Ideas for Winter Wedding Decorations   Recently updated !





vodka 2 comments
In response to my CNET article This trick makes a cheap bottle taste like premium vodka, Tom had this to say: You did quite well on this initial review. Kudos to your tastes buds as well. I’ve been in the spirits business over 26 years (now retired) and can provide some added input to your study. As you know vodka by federal definition must be odorless, tasteless and colorless. So how does one differentiate brands, essentially so similar? Especially  premium brands that have to justify higher pricing?   It starts with the visuals like artisan packaging for one; the livery look […]

Some Thoughts on Vodka and Taste






uses for old phones
I wrote an article for CNET on new uses for old phones. Here are two more ideas. Use it as a digital picture frame for your desk I personally hate staring at the shame photo day in and day out, so I like digital photo frames that displays a slideshow of photos. If you have a small desk, though, you may not have room for a full-sized frame. The solution is using one of your old phones as a mini digital photo frame. Download a slideshow app like Dayframe or use your phone’s screensaver mode to display photos. Use a […]

Two Uses for Old Phones


catching pokemon tips
Something I do to level up my Pokemon, hatch eggs and gather items from PokeStops is have a Pokemon Go driving party with your friends. No! I don’t mean Pokemoning and driving. That’s a big no sir. Instead, have someone be the designated driver. This person will hand over their phone to someone else in the car so they won’t be tempted to play while driving. The passenger that gets the phone will play the driver’s game and their own. Then, the driver drives around neighborhoods and areas of town where the speed limit is 20 m (32.18 km) per hour […]

Have Pokemon Party to Level Up Fast



pokemon go lures
Forget milkshakes, Pokemon brings all the boys to the yard. Pokemon is a force to be reckoned with. According to Adobe Digital Insights there has been more than 8.9 million global social mentions (including all mentions of Pokemon and Pokemon GO) in July to date. This is a 2,353% increase from the 2016 monthly average of Pokémon mentions in the first half of July alone (July 1-13). You can harness this force and use it to make money if you own a brick-and-mortar business. How? Download the game, login, set up a character and do check to see if your business is […]

How to Use Pokemon Go to Get More Business


gift basket for kids
Gift baskets are a great gift to pamper the people on a Christmas or birthday gift list. Store bought gift baskets can be expensive, though. It is easy to make gift baskets at home for less, though, and it can be fun! Getting Started The average homemade gift basket will cost around ten dollars, making it a really perfect gift to give for the budget conscious. The first item required for making gift baskets it the basket, of course. The conscious shopper can find some really nice baskets at thrift stores for as little as 50 cents a piece. Shoppers […]

Over 40 Homemade Gift Basket Ideas


joseph gordon levitt 1 comment
1. Make a Sandwich College kids know that an iron can make a mean dorm room grilled cheese. Just slap a piece of cheese between two slices of bread, turn your iron on high and get to grilling. Each side of the sandwich takes around 30 seconds to get golden brown with this method. Your waffle iron can also make more than just waffles. Here’s 15 drool-worthy things you can cook in your waffle maker. 2. Fix a dent in your floor or furniture If you have a dent in your hardwood floor or furniture, don’t despair. Your iron can […]

5 Things you can do with your clothes iron



Social media marketers use this trick and you can too. Having a legion of Twitter followers is a status symbol, but it’s also a way people morph themselves from mere individuals to influencers and tastemakers. Many of the people with massive followings you see on Twitter didn’t get them organically. They either purchased followers, which I don’t recommend, or they used the “follow for followers” method. You can do the later to boost your following without any money. A little disclosure: In my other life, I’m a social media manager. Not only have I been behind the scenes of brand […]

​Steal this trick to get more Twitter followers


Summer’s here and you know what that means! Shorts, tanks and tees. I don’t like to have ghost white skin, but I also don’t like to tan. Cancer and sunburns aren’t very attractive. Self-tanning serums are a great alternative, but they can be expensive. Then, I saw a post on Pinterest that said you could make your own. I decided to give it a try. All you need to do is mix 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of mineral oil. Once it is mixed, you can rub it on your skin. Not only does it make your skin darker, […]

All-Natural Homemade Self-Tanning Lotion


be funky photo editing 22 comments
I know a lot of you want design your own visuals for your website or social media. If you listen to many website gurus, you may think you need Photoshop to create fantastic images for your content site. Not true! There’s no reason to spend almost $700 on software that will take you months to learn when there are free photo editing tools online that take no skills what so ever. You don’t need to hire a designer to create memes, website images and infographics to make your content go viral, either. Here is everything you need in one list. Free Photo […]

10 Free Design Tools to Create Amazing Website Visuals Your ...



cutting a tshirt 15 comments
For my birthday one year, me and my husband went to a video game midnight release party for the Xbox One. I got a t-shirt as a door prize and guess what? The date, my birthday, was printed on the arm. I decided to make something special out of this tee. Here’s how I did it: First, I folded the t-shirt into thirds. Then, I cut 1/2 inch slits along the folds. I unfolded the shirt and stretched it to make the edges of the slits curl.   Finally, I folded the sleeves and cut them, too. Yup, that’s my birthday! […]

How to Cut an Awesome Web T-Shirt


You can wash produce in the dishwasher 1 comment
Typically, when washing large batches of produce, you would fill your sink with water, add cleansing solution, let the produce soak, scrub the produce, rinse the produce and then move it to somewhere it can air dry. Washing batches of fruit in the dishwasher is much easier. It cleans of wax, dirt, dust and pesticides without scrubbing or soaking by blasting the food with jets of water. Surprisingly, though the water jets are strong enough to clean the fruits and vegetables, they come out of the dishwasher damage-free.   How to Wash Produce in the Dishwasher Put delicate fruits and vegetables […]

Can You Wash Your Produce in the Dishwasher?


Rug made out of a waterhose
I needed a cute little outdoor rug to add some color to my hammock area. Luckily, we were about to throw out an old hose. I snatched it out of the trash and went to work. With just some zip ties and spray paint I was able to get just the look I wanted. Basically, all you do is coil the hose around itself and use zip ties to secure one coil to the next. While you coil, make sure that the ends of all of the zip ties are on one side. The side with the ends will be […]

How to Make an Outdoor Rug with a Water Hose




where people buy Mother's day gifts
Stumped about what to get mom for Mother’s Day this year? These stats might help. Here’s where people are buyin mom presents and what they’re getting. Please enjoy this guest post by  Christina Lavingia Do you remember the first Mother’s Day gift you created with your own two hands? Mine was a potted plant. I can still picture the oddly shaped bugs and smiling suns, drawn in Sharpie, decorating the small clay pot — just as I can remember my mother’s face radiating pure delight at the simple gesture. As children, we lack the awareness to fully appreciate all the […]

How Americans Celebrate Mother’s Day, in 5 Charts


bracelet craft
This is one of the quickest fashion DIYs I’ve ever done. Ready? Let’s do this! First, gather your supplies. All you need is a yarn or upholstery needle, E6000 glue, an old belt and the buckle from the belt. You can also find small buckles at the craft store. Next, cut a length of belt that will fit around your wrist, plus 4 inches. Fold one of the extra inches on the belt in half and poke a hole in the fold with your needle. Push this end of the belt through the buckle and poke the pointy part of the buckle […]

Fashion DIY: Make a Quick Bracelet from an Old Belt



thrift store birdbath
Recently, we remodeled our bathroom.  We were left with a sink with an old sink from the demo. We tried to give the old sink away, but no one needed it, so I decided to turn it into a birdbath. First, I removed the sink from the pedestal. Then, I buried about 4 inches of it to make it stable.   I ran to the local Goodwill and grabbed some old dishes to use in my birdbath. I ended up getting a serving platter, a smaller plastic tray, a pretty glass and a little crystal bowl. It all cost me […]

How to Make a Birdbath out of Junk


vintage decorating 20 comments
Originally published April 16, 2014 The wall in my dining room was boring when you compared it to the rest of my home. I had to do something with it. I’ve always like the look of old, vintage prints. I remember my grandma had a tea pitcher with vintage ads printed on it. I loved looking at it while drinking a tall glass of sweet tea (Oklahoma, yall!). A few years ago, I rescued this old book from a 100-year-old farmhouse that was being torn down. (I got this cabinet in the same house!) Here’s my hubby tearing down the […]

Awesome Inexpensive Vintage Wallpaper Using Books


Solo Cup Craft
My daughter bought a plant terrarium kit at Hobby Lobby and loved it, so we made our own at home. Here’s how we did it. First, poke holes in the bottom of the cup using a nail. Then, fill the cup with soil and add a seed or small plant. Tape another cup on top the cup containing the plant to form a dome. Then poke holes in the top using a nail.   When it rains, little drops of water will drip into the terrarium and excess water will go out of the bottom.

Homemade Plant Terrarium: Solo Cup Craft



wall hanging using hobby lobby decoration
My friend Josh is planning on moving, so we have been scouting Hobby Lobby’s clearance isles for decorations. His theme for the living room is “autumn” so we were looking to snatch up anything we could use to give the feel of a sunny October afternoon. Low and behold, we found this metal wall decoration: And it was half-off! It was leaves, but it wasn’t fall leaves. I assured Josh that I could jazz it up with some paint so he snatched it up. At home, I broke out some acrylic paints in fall colors and got to work. First, […]

How to Transform a Hobby Lobby Clearance Item


Spring door decoration 4 comments
I love to change my decor to reflect the seasons, but a lot of the time I just don’t have time to decorate. This year, I’ve come up with a bevy of cute and super fast ways to decorate for spring. 1. Use an Old Purse! I love having something bright and festive on my front door, but I hate spending hours making a new wreath. I had a bright yellow tote that I use to carry my stuff to the gym and some silk sunflowers. I hung the tote by its handles using a wreath hanger and just plopped […]

6 Cute, Fast Decorations for Spring / Summer


homemade milk glass 20 comments
Follow my blog with Bloglovin I like to store things in Mason jars, but sometimes the things I store in them are ugly. The answer? I made faux milk glass using nothing more than household paint. The results are pretty and concealing at the same time. First, you pour about a cup of household paint into a clean Mason jar. Then, you rotate the jar to coat the inside of the jar with the paint. Once the inside is fully coated, pour out the rest of the paint. Let the jar dry over night and bam! Milk glass.  To learn more about […]

Mason Jar Crafts: How to Make Homemade Milk Glass



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Two winters ago we had a really bad ice storm here in Texas and Oklahoma (I live on the border). As a result, my mom lost all of her silverleaf maple trees. That was around 20 trees! There was a lot of logs laying around after they cut up the trees and I smuggled some away for craft projects. The first project I did was set a few up in my living room as plant stands. So simple and looks so cool! Don’t you just love the silver bark? If you do this at home, just make sure that all of […]

Log Plant Stand for Cool Green Decor


homemade china hutch
I love finding things on the side of the road or by a dumpster and fixing them up. My motto: Years ago, I found this knickknack shelf beside a dumpster. I pulled the broken doors off of it and it stayed like this for a while: Then I removed the molding around the top and painted it blue: We used it like that for years, but I wanted a china hutch and decided that my little cabinet would work great. First, I needed to find another shelf that I could stack on top. I found one on my local Facebook […]

Dumpster Diving Transformation: Homemade China Hutch


How do you know when it’s time to remodel your bathroom? When the floor tries to gobble up your child. Yep, the floor around the tub gave way. Thankfully, no one was hurt! Mind you, my house is getting close to its 100th birthday. It was more than time to redo that floor! My husband and teen proceeded to tear out the linoleum, hardwood, sub-flooring and support beams. It took a few hours, but a new floor was installed. The new flooring is waterproof Allure Resilient Plank Flooring. It was really easy to put in and is super durable. While we […]

The Floor Ate My Daughter: Major Bathroom Remodel