Bluebonnets To Peaches

A Cute Gift Idea
May 20, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Craft Ideas

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I’m not taking credit for this idea, I totally stole the idea from my neighbor Jill!  It is so cute that I just have to share it with all of you!

The idea is to have the kids spell out letters with their bodies and photograph each letter.  Next find a frame (I got mine at Michael’s for about $20, half off) and frame out a word.  I could only find a frame with 3 or 4 picture spots so I framed the word “LOVE.”  Other words you could frame are hope or joy.  If you can find a 5 picture frame you could do the words faith or peace.

Another mom and I took advantage of the teacher enjoying lunch for teacher appreciation week and were able to photograph the kids without the teacher knowing!  We are giving this gift to our first grade teacher as an end of the year gift and the best part is that she has no idea!  I think she will love it!

Another idea is to auction the picture at your schools silent auction – this is how Jill got her picture of her sons preschool class!  What parent wouldn’t want this framed art?


May 18, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Publix Deals

I have not posted about my Publix deals in some time, so I’ll share this weeks grocery trip.  I did score 2 free items this week! One free box of wheat thins (using a coupon for a free box when you purchase a box of Ritz crackers, which were BOGOF this week) and a free package of sister schubert rolls.  The rolls were marked on “clearance” for $1 (they are frozen rolls!) as an in store special and I had a .50 coupon that doubled making them FREE!

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  • Bag of Salad $1.99
  • Tombstone Pizza BOGOF $2.90
  • 3 Pilssbury Crescent Rolls, less .40 and .25 coupons, both doubled = $1.23 each
  • Milk $2.00
  • Sister Schubert Rolls (in store special) $1, less .50 coupon doubled = FREE
  • 2 Yoplait Gogurt, less .75 coupon = $2.42 each
  • Bread $2.00
  • Eggs .99
  • Doritos BOGOF = $2.00
  • 2 Ritz Crackers BOGOF, less $1 coupon = $1.25 each
  • Keebler Snack Sticks BOGOF = $1.99
  • Nabisco Wheat Thins = FREE
  • Wesson Oil = $2.00
  • Publix Window Cleaner (mystery coupon item) = .01
  • 2 BBQ sauce, less $1 coupon = .65 each
  • Oilve Oil BOGOF = $3.50
  • BIC Grill Lighter BOGOF less $1 coupon = .75
  • Garlic Salt BOGOF, less .50 coupon doubled = .85
  • 3 Lipton Tea, less $1.75 coupons = $1.40 each


TOTAL SPENT = $38.73

TOTAL SAVED = $46.95

Another Great Auction Find!
May 13, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Frugal Deals/Ideas

I mentioned to hubby a few days ago that we were down to only 5 dinner plates.  After 11 years some have broken, chipped, etc . . .   

On Saturday he came home with a box full of Pier One dinner plates, salad plates and bowls!  The kicker was the price – $1 for the whole set!  Unbelievable!

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Cute and Pratical Aprons!
May 11, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects

While my mom was here helping me make window treatments for our home, we talked about how her apron needed a magnetic spot for pins.  After she left, I decided I could make one for her for Mother’s Day!

Of course I needed to make myself one to “practice” the pattern!  Here’s mine:


Here’s mom’s:


The pockets can hold nails and other supplies needed while hanging window treatments and the black magnetic pad is a great spot to hold all the pins!

May 9th Update
May 9, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Frugal Deals/Ideas

We finally turned on our air conditioning yesterday!  I’m still amazed that we made it into May before we felt the need to turn it on, of course having the basement to retreat to did help!  Even with all the rain we’ve had, it has started to heat up in the afternoons and become a little muggy.

Teacher Gifts
May 8, 2009, 11:30 am
Filed under: Craft Ideas

One of the benefits of living in a new location is that I can “reuse” gift ideas!  Nick and I have been enjoying our Bible Study Fellowship(BSF) class this year and I have been really impressed with the children’s program!  Nick LOVES to go to Bible Study and his teachers have been terrific!  One of the things I love is that the children are taught the same class as the adults, but on their level.  For example, this year we have been studying the life of Moses by reading Genesis through Deuteronomy in detail and Nick has been studying the life of Moses by learning the basic facts, Bible verse memorization and singing songs about Moses.  I wanted to give his teachers a small gift to show our appreciation.

I thought of these flower pots that I had made several years ago.  The “flowers” are actually pens and the “soil” is coffee beans.

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They are super easy to make and inexpensive.  I use to have one sitting on my desk in Texas and we used the pens when our church team met at our house – the guys really loved using the flower pens!

First you need to gather your supplies:

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I found the above pots and bunch of flowers at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.  The pots were $1.50 each and the bunch of flowers were $3.50.  I got the pens out of my supply closet – I bought these for cheap when school supplies were on sale.  I also already had the flower tape and wire cutters.  I did purchase one bag of whole coffee beans (I picked vanilla flavor) from Publix for $4.99.  You could choose to use pinto or  black beans instead of coffee beans for a less expensive option.

I first cut 6 flowers (3 for each pot) from the bunch using the wire cutters leaving about 2 inches of the stem.

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Next, line up the stem next to one of the pens and wrap the stem to the pen (leaving the flower above the pen) using flower tape.

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The end result will look like this:

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Repeat for all your pens.

Next, pour coffee beans into your pot and stick inside!  Enjoy!

Our Veggies
May 6, 2009, 7:45 am
Filed under: Gardening

As promised, here are some more pictures of our garden!


We planted green, yellow and red bell peppers:








The boys really wanted to plant some strawberries, so we got this hanging basket kit and planted a few strawberry seeds.


I also planted some cilantro and basil in container pots on the deck.



Publix sent us a free wildflower kit, so we planted those in this container and they’ve already started to sprout!