Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Project Pink Dresser

So recently a friend of mine gave me this awesome dresser.  As you can see, it needed some love. 

Friends don't let friends have ugly dull pink dressers....

I was soooo excited when I got it.  I couldn't wait to make it over for Anya's room.  This was my vision:

But you know kids and their darned opinions.  My daughter wanted a pink dresser. 


If we were going to have a pink dresser, it was going to be bright.  Like, pepto bismol bright.  Rust-Oleum makes such a color, so we picked up 2 cans of spray paint from Home Depot.

I started by removing the drawers and sanding them down.  Then I started painting. 

New color vs. old color

Drawers removed, dresser sanded and painted

I got some really nice silver knobs from Target for $16.99.  I tried to find some vintage ones on etsy but I was too inpatient.  If I do find some I'll put them on and post a new picture.

Overall I am very pleased with the outcome.  I really wanted a teal dresser, but down the road I can always sand and paint again.

See the pink paint on the garage floor?  My bad.  I messed up my husband's man cave.

The pink actually looks really good in Anya's room, so I'm glad I let my 4 year old choose. 

Total cost for project was less than $20.00!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Homemade laundry soap

I got this recipe from none other than the Duggar Family website.  Hey, they're nuts in my book for having that many kids, but they sure know how to be fantastically frugal!

Here's what you will need:

5 gallon bucket w/lid
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda*
1/2 cup Borax
1 bar of soap (they suggest Fels-Naptha soap, I used Yardley on my first try)
Hot tap water

See my coupon inserts on the table?  OMG I love my coupons.

First you will grate the bar of soap.  I don't have a food processor so I used and old fashioned hand grater.  It didn't take that long and my hands smelled super when I was done!

Add the soap curls to a small pot of boiling water, stir until they are dissolved  and the mixture is nice and bubbly.

Fill your 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot tap water.  Then add the pot of soap mixture to the bucket.  Fill the bucket to the top with hot tap water. Stir well (or if you have a 4 year old you can make them do it).  Put the lid on it tightly and leave overnight.

**if you let your kids do this PLEASE make sure they are careful.  That's hot water right there, folks

The next day, remove the lid from the bucket and give it a good stir.
Note: The first time I did this I used Yardley soap and it turned out much different.  Not sure why it looks like this, but I'm sure it has something to do with the soap.

This is how it should look once stirred completely.

Now use an old (cleaned) laundry soap dispenser, fill it half way with the soap mixture and the rest of the way with cold tap water.  Give it a good shake each time you are doing a new load of laundry, as the mixture will naturally settle and you won't get the maximum amount of soap when you dispense.

*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased online here ( Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Target - 20% off Circo apparel item

Target has a printable coupon for 20% off Circo apparel!

I was at our local Target two days ago and a lot of the Circo line was on the clearance rack so I'm about to head back for some great deals!!

Sort coupons by "apparel and accessories" and print away!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Connect 4 Travel Game @ Target for .99

My daughter loves this game and when I saw this deal, I knew I had to jump on it!

Print two coupons and head to Target, pick up the travel size game for $4.99 and get it for .99 when using the $4 off coupon!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Freezer Cooking Day (recipes included)

I am notorious for playing Barbies/dolphins/felt dolls with my daughter all day and thinking that dinner will miracuously come together. never does and we end up eating thrown together left overs at 8:00 pm.

So...I shipped my little drama queen off to play with friends for the day and got down to business in the kitchen.

Hello, freezer.  Are you ready for your new friends??

Note to self: Organize freezer before starting mass cooking.  Whoops.


Here are the recipes I printed to try out:

Green Rice Casserole
Lasagna Casserole
Southwest Roll Ups
Honey Pizza Dough

Oh wait.  Hold up.  Before all this, I used Money Saving Mom's Ingredients Planner template and Master Prep List template.  These gave me a really good start.  Although I have a lot of fine tuning to do before I can whip out all my recipes without my kitchen and head exploding, these were a great help.


I started by cutting up my onions, then cooking up my meats and rice.  As those were finishing, I chopped up the green pepper (for the meatballs) and grated all the cheese.  I like fresh grated cheese better than pre-packaged.  It seems to cook up better and it's cheaper.  I then cooked my noodles and started on my lasagna casserole.

I'm not sure why, but even when doubling the recipe, it didn't seem like I had enough of the meat and cheese mixtures to layer up two casseroles.  I would suggest tripling the meat and cheese portions of the recipe, it would have saved me a trip to the store for more cottage cheese and spaghetti sauce.

Daisy helping clean the meat mixture bowl.  Good girl!!

After topping off the casseroles with cheese and popping them in the freezer, I started on my southwest roll ups.  These were extremely easy to make.  I hope they taste super yummy because I can whip them up quick!  I wanted to eat the beans/cheese/salsa/chicken mixture out of the bowl.  I will be serving the roll ups with the green rice casserole for dinner this weekend.

The last item on my list was the pizza dough.  I was thinking of investing in a $200.00 KitchenAid mixer for this recipe, but quickly realized that was a dumb idea, considering I was trying to SAVE money.  So I settled for a new hand mixer complete with dough hooks, making the process of kneading the dough so much easier.  I froze 3 portions of the dough mixture and used one for dinner.  It was delicious!

Stocked freezer!!

After 5 hours of cooking, I had produced 2 lasagna casseroles, 4 balls of pizza dough, 16 southwest roll ups, 1 batch of green rice casserole and 48 meatballs.  I used the eggs from our chickens and the tomatoes from our garden, so that saved me a nice chunk of change.  My grocery bill was a whopping $60.00 and I estimate these meals to last us 2 weeks.  Yay!!