Laundry Room Makeover: The Before…

Sometimes you need to see how messy a space has become in order to really
be able to appreciate how much you love your before and after.

I have pondered this just-before-you-leave-the-house-and-walk-thru-the
garage-drop-zone so many times…
I usually just shut the light off, close the door and go make something pretty.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP…
 But now this is the next project on the list, and while I have a few loose
ends on the front porch, I am excited to begin working on my laundry
room makeover as soon as possible.

So, I am going to be sharing with you over the next few weeks some
easy DIY projects for my new laundry space, as well as the progress.
And I hope I can get it done quickly, because the reveal is the best part!

Here is what I have come up with so far for colors, fabrics, bins,
and inspiration, what do you think?

A little pretty, a little rustic, throw in some clean, modern industrial.
And I cannot wait to roll up my sleeves and start!
Do you have a space that you are working on right now, or need
a little inspiration to get going? I found a ton of ideas on one of my
favorite online addictions tools:
It is fun, and I am hooked on creating idea boards for different areas in
my home.  It’s like going shopping and creating a dream room, then figuring
out how I can pull it all together.

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Friday 

The BEST Dollar Tree Items You Should Be Buying

Have you ever wondered if you are really saving money by shopping at your local Dollar Store?
I had never really checked out the entire inventory until a few years ago, and I will let you in
on a little secret…

It is the place to stop before you head to your regular discount retailer or

grocery store.  I make my local Dollar Tree my first stop every time I need to stock up on 
office supplies, gift wrap, household items, seasonal decorations, and much more.
The key is to remember how many of each item I would have purchased if I was buying an
item at Wal Mart etc…If I would typically pay $3.97 for a bundle of silk flowers for a craft 
project, then the goal is to not load 8 of them into the cart and feel great about my purchase.
Unless I really need that many, then I know I am at the right store when buying a large quantity.
Here is my must-buy list for the Dollar Store.  By adhering to a thrifty budget, shopping 
discount stores, thrift stores, making homemade meals and utilizing my local library I am 
able to stay home with my kids, home school, and have fun sharing projects and ideas 
here with you!

Back-to-school Supplies/Office Supplies: 
envelopes, heavy duty shipping envelopes, brown craft paper, Scotch tape,
paper clips, stretchable book covers, hi-lighters, Sharpie pens, 3-ring binders, acid-free
photo printing paper, scrap booking supplies, and so much more.

Party Supplies/Gift Wrap:
tons of tissue paper, gift bags, wrap, bows, shredded paper filler, greeting cards, and most
recently American Greetings cards, plastic flatware, paper and plastic tableware.  I could go 
on and on.  If you are planning any kind of event or party, from a kids birthday to a wedding,
check out how much money you can save by shopping here instead of a party store.  It’s crazy.
Household Tools/Craft Supplies:
I have purchased many small carpets to stencil and use as doormats, basic tools, tape, 
sandpaper, zip ties, hex key tools, wire, floral supplies, metal shelf brackets.  The Dollar Tree
is the first place to stop before you head to the craft supply store for sure!
Cleaning Supplies:
Spray bottles to make your own homemade cleaning supplies, ingredients for homemade
cleaning supplies like baking soda, vinegar, and peroxide.  The Dollar Tree carries many 
brand name laundry and cleaning supplies as well.  Many times we don’t want a container
that holds a gallon of Windex.  A small container fits in an apartment, small bathroom, 
cleaning bucket or camper much better.  And my favorite cleaning item to buy here is
the 2-pack of magic erase cleaning pads.  I like them better than the name brand and 
they are less than half the price, yes!!
Home Organizing:
Plastic is plastic.  Unless you need new laundry baskets, I would buy just about any other 
plastic organizer here.  Colorful bins, baskets. drawer organizers, fabric collapsible bins,
over-the-door laundry hooks, lint rollers, wire racks for organizing canned goods and 
spices. Non-slip underlay to go under your rugs too.
Kitchen/Cooking:
I am cooking for five people most of the time so I do not usually purchase a lot of food 
at the Dollar Tree, I will tell you that the whole wheat bread (my kids) is a great deal,
as well as good sized containers of spices and bags of dried beans.  Dollar Tree carries
a huge line of Betty Crocker kitchen items.  I think I have every single one.  Great storage
containers, measuring cups, you name it.  I also like to pick up the two-pack of flexible
plastic cutting mats as well.  Shelf liner, drawer liner, chip clips, disposable baking pans,
kitchen scrubbers, dish soap, dish drainers, coasters, place mats and so much more.
Health/Beauty:
We always buy large containers of hand sanitizer, and refill our small containers for car,
backpack and purses.  I buy their generic allergy relief, and it works great.  First aid supplies
like band-aids, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, shampoo, brand name body wash
and soaps, body poufs, and I have found great hairbrushes and barrettes too.
Books:
I have been very surprised by how many quality books I have found at Dollar Tree.  Not
only great kids reading and coloring books, but quite a few fiction and non-fiction books
for myself.  One of my best finds was a wonderful Country Living Book a couple years 
ago.  Score!
Since many of the items found at Dollar Stores are wholesale remnants, you can expect 
to be pleasantly surprised by the selection, brands and quality to be found.  Here are some
of my favorite projects I have made with one or more items from my local Dollar Tree:
I was not compensated to write this post, I just love this store and wanted to share
how much shopping there has helped my budget 🙂

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Friday 

Union Jack DIY Wall Art

 
I have been wanting to make this for months, and while the design was in my head, the right materials had not come along yet.
Until I unearthed a large framed cork board
from my garage, a treasure from a neighbor’s yard sale.
And, the fabric I had been
looking for was discovered this weekend.
Beautiful charcoal gray and white cotton ticking…
  Next aisle over, a bolt of a pretty grayish-khaki linen. 
And for the background, the perfect go to: muslin!
I began by measuring my cork board and it ended up being exactly 24″ by 36″, which is a perfect size for my idea.
Giving myself a few extra inches around the edges
I cut enough muslin to cover the cork board. 
I pressed the fabric well and pulled each section taut,
hot gluing in place as I went around the edge of the board.
I folded the fabric around the corners and tacked each down,
 giving the front of my board a smooth surface as the background.
 Next I measured, clipped and tore long strips
of the darker linen first, laying them in the pattern they would go.
I did the same with the cotton ticking, making the strips a bit more narrow so the linen would be a nice contrast behind the ticking.
I stretched each piece, measuring to make sure I was exactly in the center of each section.  Next I attached first the series of darker linen strips, then the ticking last.  I went in the same order with both fabrics, ending with the vertical piece on top.
After they were all in place and glued down, I used a few very fine lines of hot glue in a few places to hold the fabric strips in place.
I am really enjoying my Union Jack diy wall art,
and was even able to work in a little history lesson
with my 1st grader as well.  I wish every day of creating,
blogging and homeschooling came together like that. 
When they do I have to write about it for those days
that don’t go so um…smoothly or planned 🙂
Thank you so much for creating with me today!
xo, Tanya
I would love for you to hop over and
 join me as a decorate my home on
a stay at home mom budget!
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How To Make Laundry Detergent

 
Are you spending your spare time organizing, cleaning and dreaming of Spring? I have devoted a chunk of time each day to evaluating my home management systems, expenses, and areas  that could use improvement.
 
One of them is how much I spend on cleaning supplies and laundry detergents.  While cleaning and organizing my laundry room I stopped and counted how many big plastic jugs of laundry soap were sitting on the shelf.  Too many.  Not to mention how many have gone into my recycling bin since I made my last batch of homemade laundry detergent.
 
I have made both powder and liquid detergent before, and from a standpoint of time and storage space, I prefer the powder form.  The liquid was good too, but I was able to make this in about 10 minutes with supplies I already had on hand.  Less time than it would take me to run to the store for laundry soap right?
 
Here is what I used:
(This recipe makes about 1 1/2 quarts
of dry powder laundry detergent)
 
Lavender Laundry Detergent
*use 2 T. to a large load*
1 1/2 cups of Borax
2 cups of Washing Soda (not baking soda)
2 bars of finely grated Yardley’s English Lavender soap
(Ivory and other mild soaps also work well)
 
I mixed my Borax and Washing Soda well in a large mixing bowl and set aside.  Using a sturdy cheese grater, on the finer of the two shreds (I am one of the last people without a food processor, I just would not use it enough to justify buying one.  But if I was to receive one as a gift I would be totally ok with that hee hee) I grated both bars and added them to the Borax and Washing Soda.
 
 I blended them together and put them in a cute glass jar I found at Wal Mart for about $5.  I keep a pretty vintage tablespoon handy and every time I do a large load of laundry I add 2 T. to the water while it is filling up.  Our clothes smell amazing and this batch will probably outlast a couple of those huge jugs of laundry detergent.  Plus they are usually about $18 a piece, yikes! I have a top loading machine, however I understand that this works well in front loading machines as well.  But please check with the manufacturer if you are concerned.  I have heard no negative feedback from friends who have made this so far. 
 
Also, don’t be worried if you do not see a lot of suds, those are added to make us feel like we are really getting our clothes clean by the manufacturer.  They do not assist in removing dirt, stains or help our clothes get clean.  They are more of a laundry placebo.
 
And that’s it, my kitchen smells sooo good as I made a batch of this today.  And the laundry room? Well it smells like I would think my great grandmother’s laundry probably smelled after she pulled it off the clothes line, ironed and folded a few sprigs of dried lavender between the linens for good measure.  I feel connected with the women who came before me when I am able to make things myself, and manage my home with the technology I love, and a dose of resourceful living.
   
 
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Hugs & Blessings
xoxo, Tanya  
 
 

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Green Oven Cleaner That WORKS!

I am going to share some pictures with you today that I hope will not do the following:
 
1) Scar you for life because they are so shameful
2) Make you think I am gross
 
I have saved TONS of DIY cleaning tips and ideas from Pinterest for a while now, and tested quite a few out.  But I have only shared my laundry soap with you which I loved.  Along the way there have been a few fails.  When you see an idea on Pinterest about How To Clean Your House In 5 Minutes A Day.,Get Your Kids To Listen By Thinking Positive, Or Homemade Mozzarella you wonder if they work.  And so do I, so when I try one I am going to share it with you. 
 
My oven.  Also known as the thing I never clean and caught on fire after Thanksgiving.  Yes, it was SO nasty that when I tried the self-clean setting it started a fire.  That was a oven’s way of crying for help if you ask me. 

You need:
Large box of baking soda
A bottle of vinegar
A good, sturdy scrubber, rubber gloves and towels

Cover your oven door and bottom of your oven (racks removed) with a 1/2 inch layer of baking soda.
Pour vinegar over the baking soda so it fizzes and absorbs into the baking soda and let it sit about 30-40 minutes with the door open.

 

 
This photo is the after picture it makes me happy
 
 
 
This was the before, this is just the tip of the iceberg of grossness, trust me
 
After about 30 minutes I could no longer wait to see if it was working and boy was it.  Here is a shot of the before/after on my oven door glass, yuk.
 
 
 
I am in love with my “new” oven
 
After I scrubbed the dirty areas, I cleaned up the leftover grey-gunk with a few towels, rinsed them well then wiped out the entire oven a couple times rinsing the towels in between until all the soda was gone and the oven was shining.
 
 
 
Yay! A Door I can see through, amazing!  It was so clean it was pretty hard to get a shot of it with no glare.  And now I am showing everyone who comes over because I am so excited to redeem myself with anyone who actually does this more often than I have. 
 
I like the idea of cleaning my home naturally and making my own cleaning supplies.  I am not a fan of the chemical cleaners, or even the self-clean setting (it stinks and takes hours to finish) so I will be doing this every so often to keep my oven looking good!
 
Thank you so much for reading friends, and I would love to know if you have tried this and loved the results as much as I have.
 
Hugs & Blessings
xoxo Tanya

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Peppermint Mocha Milkshake

 
 
While I enjoy grabbing seasonal flavored coffee in the fall and winter at Starbucks, I like to make some yummy drinks at home too. Not only are they easy on the budget, but I can make them anytime, and can make them for guests too. This weekend I was craving something sweet and minty, but with a little coffee kick to it and came up with this little shake. I think I will make these for a cookie making party, or cookie exchange to go along with festivities. The coffee could be left out for the younger crowd too. And the coffee could be omitted if one wanted to add some mint liqueur as well.  I am already thinking about how much fun these could be to make on Christmas Eve.  Yummy!
 
Here is what I used:
 
Peppermint Mocha Milkshake
Makes 1 regular sized shake or 2 kid’s shakes
 
In a blender combine the following and blend on high until mixed well:
2 cups of vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup of milk (1/2 cup for a thick shake)
2 T. instant coffee granules
2 T. chocolate syrup
1/8 t. peppermint extract
 
I topped mine with some whipping cream and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint candies.  It was a wonderful late afternoon pick me up.  Sweet, decadent and enough coffee to help me keep crafting and wrapping presents into the evening.
 
I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Wishing you a wonderful day, hugs from my kitchen to yours…
 
xoxo, Tanya
 

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Homemade Dry Skin Body Butter



If you have dry skin or suffer from dry skin during the winter months, you know how frustrating it can be to find something that really helps.  Everyone in our family seems to deal with dry and/or sensitive skin all or part of the year.  I have come across a few different recipes for homemade body butter, and dry skin creams and always wondered if they actually worked.  I found this recipe recently and while I used a bit less lotion than it called for I love the results. 
After using this homemade cream for a few days I have seen a difference and will be making it again.  Not to mention that all of the ingredients were less than $10, and I was able to make a good supply for myself and enough for 3 eight ounce jars for gift giving as well.  The recipe filled 4 1/2 small mason jars (8 oz.)

Homemade Dry Skin Body Butter
Makes 4 1/2 Eight ounce containers

In a large mixing bowl I combined the following, using my hand mixer I blended it well and filled my clean containers.  I was a bit concerned the cream would stick to the bowl etc, but clean up was very easy.



  • 8 ounces of petroleum jelly with no fragrance
  • 8 ounces of Vitamin E Cream (a 2 jar pack-4 oz each can be found at WalMart-around $4)
  • 21-28 ounce bottle of body lotion of your choice.  I used a formula with oatmeal for sensitive skin

After you have combined your ingredients you can fill the airtight container(s) and you have a fabulous, thoughtful gift for friends and loved ones.  Most of us typically think of the women in our lives when we think of gifts like this, however if you use a fragrance-free lotion, this would also be great for guys and gals who garden, or whose hands get very dry.

Thank you so much for taking a moment to stop by today, hugs & blessings to you and your family!
xoxo, Tanya 

Pretty {and FREE} Gift Wrap

 
Each year I watch at least two large garbage sacks of gift wraps, ribbons, tissue and bows head for the garage to mostly be thrown out.  I save every bag, flatten and reuse the tissue, but there is still so much leftover.  Not to mention what good quality gift wrap can cost for a pile of presents.  So in an attempt to see if I could create pretty gift wrap from found objects in my home, or free items while I am out running errands, here are a couple ideas I came up with.
 
 
I used brown kraft paper (can be found at the Dollar Store or WalMart) to wrap one gift, and it would have looked really pretty with twine or raffia around it.  But I realized something.  By taking a very basic item and adding an over the top flourish to it, it looks pretty high-end and unique don’t you think?  I pulled some trims and fancies from my sewing bins and found some inexpensive lace that I have had for-ev-ah.  Not only would this look gorgeous under a Christmas tree, but what about birthday’s, Mother’s Day…we can be creative and thrifty when we wrap all year.

 
Next I wrapped a book in some newspaper I picked up while leaving the library last week.  Again, really basic wrap with a pretty ribbon and little silk flower hot-glued on.  The ribbons, lace and flower could all be used again for crafting, and the kraft paper could be used to color on.  My kids LOVE it when I tape a large piece of kraft paper or butcher paper to the kitchen table.  They color on it for days!
Some other items that you can wrap gifts in that are free or can be used again are:
  • fabric
  • a fun cereal box with yarn and crayons tied around it for a child’s gift
  • burlap and pretty ric-rac
  • book pages taped together to form a small sheet of gift wrap
  • spray paint a coffee can and place a plant or cellophane wrapped goodie inside with ribbons on the top
  • scrap book paper for small boxes
  • a square cut from an unwanted sweater , hot glued in place and baker’s twine wrapped around it
 
I hope this has inspired you to make the outside of your gift just as creative and thoughtful as the contents on the inside.  And, if you can make something gorgeous on the cheap {or free} you are awesome.  As always, thank you for reading, I appreciate you so much.  Hugs from me to you 🙂
 
xoxo, Tanya



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Turkey Leftover Recipe: Turkey Noodle Yum Yum

One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving is the turkey butt.  I know, sounds a bit off however, the most amazing stock, tender meat and soup base is waiting in that turkey that has been set aside after being carved. 
The cooking of the leftover turkey in the slow cooker has become a tradition in our family.  I keep the leftover turkey bones and all in a big zip lock (or four this year, I had to have the largest turkey sold on the market) and while everyone is out black Friday shopping, the slow cooker is doing the work for me.  I place the turkey in the slow cooker and cover it with water.  It is already so tender that it is usually fairly easy to separate into smaller pieces so it all fits.  After I cover it with water I cook it all day on low or for the afternoon on high.  If you have leftover turkey meat but no turkey carcass, just use chicken stock in place of the turkey stock.  And next year keep that turkey butt!
 
I place a larger colander in a deep mixing bowl and pour the contents of the slow cooker into it once it has cooked all day and smells wonderful.  I let it cool a bit so I can remove the colander from the bowl which then strains the turkey broth.  I pour the turkey stock into a stock pot. 
 
Now that you have your stock pot full of yummy broth (I usually have 8-12 cups), add the following and cook until tender:
 
2 cups each finely chopped celery and carrots
1 chopped onion
1 T. dried parsley
1/2 t. pepper
 
Once your carrots are tender, add the meat you pulled off the bones from the slow cooker, and any additional leftover turkey meat you would like.  Some people use egg noodles next, some rice.  I use elbow noodles make from white rice so this is gluten free.  I use about 2 cups of uncooked pasta, and add it to the stock, along with the remaining meat and cook until tender.  The noodles will taste AMAZING since they absorb some of the stock. 
 
We devour this over the weekend while we hang our fresh garlands, dig out the ornaments, and play as much Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole as possible.

 
And that is what I do with my leftover turkey every year, Turkey Noodle Yum Yum.
Hugs & Blessings to you and your family, as always thank you so much for reading!
 
xoxo, Tanya

Dollar Store Christmas Crafts: Pool Noodle Christmas Wreath

 
I don’t know about you, but I have the Christmas bug this year.  I am having so much fun making presents and decorations.  I need to stay away from Dollar Tree and JoAnn’s, or at least set a weekly limit of visits.  It’s a good thing the Christmas stuff is buried deep in the garage.  Otherwise I think I would have wanted to put up a tree before Halloween.  I try to wait until Thanksgiving or the day after.  Maybe the day before this year since I will be busy cooking on the day of.  I think that is a fair compromise.  Anything sooner would be for the blog of course. 
 
 When are you decorating this year? Have you started, or do you have a day or weekend that marks the beginning of the season?
 
If you have some old magazines and a pool noodle, you have the basics for this fun Christmas Wreath.  I love gingerbread house colors for Christmas, and originally inspired by a yarn wreath, I decided to make this out of strips of Christmas fabric.  I really like how it turned out, and I will tell you a couple secrets that save a lot on this project!
 
 
I used a Dollar Store pool noodle donated by fabulous friend Donna (you rock Chica, thank you soooo much I was running out and it’s November!) and after pricing Styrofoam balls at the craft store, dollar store and even Wal Mart I decided I could make them.  I found a couple old magazines, a handful of paper grocery sacks, and some Scotch tape, and got to work.
 
 
I scrunched up pieces of paper grocery sacks, and magazine pages into a variety of different sizes, securing each with a few pieces of tape as I went.  You could also use old gift wrap, plastic grocery sacks, the recycling possibilities are endless.  To make the base of the wreath, I pulled the ends of the pool noodle together and connected them with strong painter’s tape.  Next I used about one yard of pretty green cotton fabric, tearing it into 5 inch strips, I wrapped each around the noodle until it was covered.  I used a dot of hot glue to secure the ends of each strip.  To this I added a lighter color green ric-rac, wrapping it around the fabric covered base and attached the ends.
 
 
Next I used about five different types of Christmas fabrics torn in 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide strips (a great way to use left over fabric odds and ends from past projects) and using a dot of hot glue on the end of the first strip, just wound them around each ball, gluing the ends down, and saving a piece to tie around each in a knot.  I then trimmed the edges and frayed them slightly by pulling on them.
 

When I had enough fabric covered balls made. I glued them to the wreath in a zig-zag pattern, knowing that I wanted to alternate them with the other little dollar store find, silver ornaments.


After adding the silver ornaments, gluing each down here are there around the wreath, it just needed a hanger on the back.  I used a little scrap of fabric, and secured it well on both sides on the back of the wreath to create a hanger.  And voila! our new, and thrifty Christmas wreath was done.
 
Thank you as always for reading, your sweet comments make my day, and I love to hear what you are up to.  Hugs & Blessings
 
xoxo, Tanya

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Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style, Someday Crafts, Ginger Snap Crafts, Clean & Scentsible, The Trendy Treehouse, Uncommon Designs, Southern Lovely, Lil’ Luna (button below)
Family Home and Life, Practically Functional, Vintage Gwen, Rae Gun Ramblings, The CSI Project, I Gotta Create, Tales Of A Trophy Wife, Pincushion Creations, Adorned From Above, The Style Sisters

Thursday
Delightful Order,The Shabby Creek Cottage Somewhat Simple
Embracing Change, House Of Hepworths, 52 Mantels, Thrifty Decorating, Not Just A Housewife, Beyond The Picket Fence, AKA Design, Crafty Scrappy Happy,Christina’s Adventures, The 36th Avenue,Johnny In A Dress
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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties