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20 Homemade Valentine Ideas

There’s something magical about a kitchen table covered in glitter, glue, and hearts made from paper doilies. The valentines of the store-bought variety have become so commercial. They’re more about characters, and less about extending a gift of friendship. This year, why not spend an afternoon crafting and creating with your kids, making truly unique and special valentines for their friends at school?! Have fun making valentines as you make MEMORIES with your kids! Here are 20 ideas to get you started.

Unexpected Uses for Common Baby Products

Your little ones are no longer babies and you have all this baby stuff that you don’t use anymore. Do you have a yard sale? Give it to a friend? Wait! Some of those things can be used in other ways. Check these out in Lisa’s Home School for today.

9 Must-Have Household Items Every Savvy Woman Needs

Since the New Shine.FM’s Bekah got married over the weekend and will be setting up a household, I thought this information be of use to her and maybe you too.

From Savvy Sugar 

We all love saving money, making these budget-friendly items must haves around the house. You might be surprised with the ways you can use these basic things to save you in a pinch while keeping a few dollars in your pocket at the same time. Plus, you probably already have a few of these savvy items already in your home. Click through for our favorite tools and more that will help you save time and money around your house.

  • Needle and Thread: Not only awesome for attaching buttons and mending clothes, a needle and thread comes in handy for fun DIYs and crafts. Having an assortment of needles and thread at your house is much cheaper than paying a tailor for quick hem touch-ups and tightening loose buttons.
  • Baking Soda: A box of baking soda only costs a few dollars and does much more than help your baked goods taste good and freshen your fridge. There are tons of money-saving ways to use baking soda. Instead of using a name-brand cleanser, use it for scouring tubs, sinks, and hard-to-clean pots and pans. And you can sprinkle it under sinks and along baseboards to repel cockroaches and ants, which is more budget-friendly than paying for an exterminator.
  • Black Permanent Marker: For less than $1, you can get a black permanent marker that will help you save money around the house. Use for fixing scratched black paint on appliances or window frames, instead of busting out black paint and a brush, and for touching up your worn black heels.
  • Hot Glue Gun: Used for fun DIYs and simply holding things together, hot glue guns are reasonably priced and a whole lot cheaper than a sewing machine. Repair hems, hold together frayed edges of curtains, and fix the busted seams of your couch cushions. The glue is durable and waterproof and will fix just about anything in a pinch.
  • Binder Clips: Binder clips are great for holding important papers together, but they also keep your cords organized, close up bags of food, and even help you get the very last squeeze out of your toothpaste. Use a white permanent marker to personalize the clips. They’re perfect for helping organize your home, too.
  • Power Drill: Sure, a power drill is a bit of a splurge, but investing in one that comes with a collection of drill bits means you won’t be paying a handyman when you need some help. From putting up your own curtain rods to predrilling holes to hang pictures, the power drill is a pro tool that you’ll get comfortable with quickly.
  • Duct Tape: Used for everything from patching leaks to helping to remove broken windows, duct tape is helpful in so many ways, so having more than one roll in the house is seriously smart. Duct tape is also a savvy home essential when it comes to quick wardrobe touch-ups and cute DIYs.
  • Vinegar: Vinegar is the base for tossing together tangy dishes but can also be used for cleaning around the house. Instead of paying big bucks for brand-name cleaners, mix equal parts white vinegar with water in a spray bottle and use it as a general cleaner. The mixture also works wonders on eliminating mildew and freshening old carpets. To help unclog drains, pour one half cup of baking soda down the drain followed by one cup white vinegar. Once the mixture finishes foaming, wait five minutes then flush with hot water, followed by cold water.
  • Hammer and Nails: A hammer isn’t just a hammer. Along with helping you to hang pictures and maybe allowing you to build something cool, a hammer can also be used to measure things, dig holes in the backyard, and break ice in an emergency.

 

What do you think? Would you add anything else to this list?

What To Do With Unwanted Gift Cards

Hey, it’s Lisa. I found this great place to buy, sell and trade gift cards. It’s amazing. Check it out here.

Winter Driving Tips

Well, the snow and ice are finally here. Were you slipping and sliding this morning? Here are some tips to help you drive safely during these winter months.

4 Quick Ways to Boost Your Energy — Without Coffee!

Click Here if you want to read about 4 simple things you can do to give yourself a pick-me-up!

Eight Ways to Ease into a Natural Home

Eight Ways To Ease Into a Natural Home