Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DIY Red Magnolia Wreath for $5 in 5 Minutes! [Valentine's Day Craft]

So we still have a lot of Christmas clearance floating around everywhere, and if you hurry, you may be able to scoop up some of the deals like we did to make some adorable Valentine's Day decor!
When we moved into our new house, hubs and I were both super excited because we would each have a 'cave'.  I'm a SAHM though, and finding that time to truly get lost in a craft project uninterrupted is few and far between.  I don't have an hour to loop burlap into this intricate layered wreath that would look beautiful on any door.  I just don't.  And even if I did, burlap wreaths really start to piss me off about ten minutes in anyway.  They get snagged on errrythang, amiright?  Our local Walmart is such a devil's advocate though and is always marking seasonal wreath materials down to $0.10/each, so alas, I now have almost 100 rolls just of different burlap.  Its a love/hate relationship.
my haul last time. The whole cart was like $5!
THIS time, though, Walmart marked down a lot of the florals too.  I love these because they're so easy to work with and shape into garlands for the doors, outdoor lamps, etc.  I grabbed a few of the fun noodles from the summer clearance to make a giant ornament wreath and just never finished in time. Scored all the ornaments to do it (and for only $2!!), its just that time part that gets me everytime.  
All this for $0.25!
We literally got shopping carts full of Christmas-y decor for next year (we have a very competitive neighborhood LOL), but I noticed these red magnolias seemed more fitting for a Valentine's Day wreath than a Christmas one. They were $0.25/bouquet, but I've seen posts of others finding them for up to $0.10/bouquet so price will vary by region.  **I've also seen reports of these still being found in many of the Walmart floral departments regular line up, so it may not even be marked or set aside (but still ringing up clearanced) so be sure to check them out and price check first**
So, materials are as follows:
Pool noodle 
(cut to desired length)
duct tape
red magnolia bundles 
(or another full flower)
scissors or floral sheers

Now, the reason why this wreath style is my new favorite is easy:
You simply tape the noodle into a circle.
Then cut the flowers off with short stems (about 2-3")
And, stick them in! Thats it! No hot glue or straw cleaners necessary. Make it as full as you desire. Ours has been up for the last two weeks of storms and nothing has fallen off yet, so this method seems to work perfectly! For all the flowers we used, it was also only $2 in bouquets. Plus, we're using the leftover leaves for a summer lemon bouquet :)
If you choose to add a sign or embellishment like we did, just superglue it where you choose :) We got this sign below in the craft department for $1.97, and the chalk pen we got a Target forever ago for a $1.
Now, adorn your door with your new beautiful wreath :) If you're like us and have a notch on your door for wreaths and don't need the extra hanger, you can actually cut the little opening into the pool noodle itself. Viola!



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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Zulily Steals! Aden + Anais, Hudson Baby, Organic Woven Wraps, and more! [week of 1/18]


I honestly used to think Zulily was pretty lame, and nothing was really a good deal. Everything was advertised like it was half off, but I would know the true advertised store price because I would have just bought the same item at a store or offline...and it was usually the exact same, or less. So where's the deal?  Well, I think Zulily has caught on to customers knowing that, and they've finally started posting some real deals!
Here are some of my favorite and real steals this week. The first will have a link to the item and all related items, followed by other products offered by the same company. Just click the first link and it'll direct you to any that are below it :)
Unfortunately, many of the Aden + Anais have sold out, because well, these are actually discounted for a change! So, if you see anything be sure to buy it ASAP!
***ENDS IN 11 HOURS***

Captain Silly Pants
(organic, modern geometric swaddles)

48"x48" Black Geometric Cascade Organic Swaddling Blanket Set
$21.99 (reg $38)

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More Captain Silly Pants swaddles available for $21.99

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(We bought this set!! LOVE!)

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Aden + Anais (my favorite!)


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Mod About Baby bibs 3 pk 
$11.99 (reg $20)
(We got these too :)  )


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Splish Splash Hooded Towel and Washcloth set
$16.99 (reg $32)


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Bathing beauty hooded towel and washcloth set
$16.99 (reg $32)
 (AND this too.. if its A+ A, we probably ordered it LOL)

UPDATED! These are now sold out. Sorry guys, I warned you!
And yes, we snagged one of each too LOL!

Night Sky 3pk, $11.99


Lovely Ellie, 3 pk $11.99

Hudson Baby

Sorry, all the other designs sold out almost immediately!
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Vintage Airplanes
$22.99 (reg $40)

Bebe au Lait

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Piper + Tea Rose 4-layer Muslin Snuggle Blanket
(like A+A dreams)
$29.99 (reg $40)


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Monroe Petit Wet + Dry Bag
$9.99 (reg $14.99)


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Chateau Silver Grand Wet + Dry Bag
$12 (reg $20)

(We have one of these in the car at any time! Even though our son has been potty trained fully, both day and night for over a year now, he's still suuuuuper messy with food so these are handy! We keep a spare outfit inside, and if he gets what he's wearing messy, we switch them out)

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Get $10 from Ibotta for a limited time!!

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Right now, you can get $10 when you sign up for Ibotta! No hoops or awkward items to purchase that you normally wouldn't. Its super simple, just:

1. Sign up for Ibotta (new members only, sorry!)
2. Download the app and log in
3. Redeem ANY rebate, like milk!

BAM! You've earned $10 on top of any other rebates you choose to redeem.  If you redeem 6 rebates before the 10th, you'll earn an extra $2 as well ON TOP OF the rebates you are redeeming :) Rebates vary from $0.25-$10 per item and many are 'any brand' or items you buy already. Why not make some money from it? I know many people who do this for easy Paypal 'fun money' for BST boards and groups, or for gift cards (we personally are fond of the Regal gift cards for date nights! Combine with the Regal Crown Club to get free popcorn, drinks, and movie tickets too). Many people also redeem for Amazon gift cards to save on gifts. 

So, if you're going to be buying milk, eggs, carrots, etc anyway, why not get paid for it? 

FYI, if you're currently sick (our whole household was last week!) and in the market for some Mucinex, they have a $5 rebate right now (normally $10 at Walmart). If you sign up for the $10 rebate, buy the Mucinex ($10), and redeem on ibotta, you'll get $15 back! Can't beat that, amiright?



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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

DIY Felt Tree {for under $10!}


Like every other stay at home mom I meet, I struggle to find that perfect balance with our days.  I typically spend an hour every day tidying, then another two hours deep cleaning (every day is a different room; I HIGHLY recommend this too! Its so much easier to maintain a guest-ready house than it is to let it go to hell and then catch back up), an hour or two prepping and cooking all three meals, at least two hours of outdoor play and with the pups (usually more, I mean c'mon its beautiful outside!), and then a couple hours of one on one time with our son.  Some days there's more cleaning, on other's hubs is home so I only have to clean a fraction (yay for three sets of hands on deck!) so play time is tenfolded.  Finding a nice balance and routine has made me ten times happier and far less stressed.  Its truly been wonderful.  

Another thing that I've just really fallen in love with lately is spending some quality time with our son and doing a craft a day. I used to be a mom who tried to do everything and ended up not really being present like I should be, so doing only one good craft or discovery play a day has really help change that. Getting mostly off social media has helped a ton, too -wink-

I've really impressed myself with some of the ideas I've come up with too, so I'll be sharing them with you all whenever I find the time! :) Below is one I did a few weeks back on a whim.  All you need are:

Black felt - 1 yard ($3.97)
Brown felt - 3/4 yard (2.98)
felt leaves - package of 40 ($0.99)
tape

We honestly got three packs of the leaves for a variety of shapes. Each package includes all the different colors, so you can buy just one and still have a beautiful and colorful tree :) 



Our son adores playing with his tree, and with all of the leaves leftover we have been ab le to create fun counting and spelling games! I free-handed the tree itself, so you can make it as thick or thin of branches as you'd like.  We plan on adding a big pumpkin with different shapes he can use to arrange its face and a turkey with numbered feathers to interchange with this tree and his Christmas tree later.  Let us know if you decide to try this craft! Tag us in it on Instagram: @Brittchelette

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