Clothes are some kind of issue in my family, it turns out. I’ve got kids who out grow them almost before they’re in them; and I’ve got a husband who wears through clothes like he’s one of the kids too. And, you know, clothes are expensive. I like to shop as much as the next girl, and I especially love to buy fancy things for my littles; but I’m always looking for ways to save money in the clothing department.
Enter a stack of my husband’s neglected t-shirts. I weeded through and eliminated the gross ones; but I found those inevitable never-worn gems too. That’s when I had a brainstorm.
Rather than buy new jammies for my daughter, I make nightgowns from my husband’s old t-shirts. Really, it was as simple as that. I’m not a seamstress by any means, and anyone with a sewing machine can do this. You have just to sew one (semi) straight line.
How to Make a New Nightgown Out of an Old T-Shirt…
Having planned a few parties and weddings on a tight budget, I’m always looking for ways to cut costs. This takes some creative thinking and bit of flexibility when it comes to party traditions. For example, every bride wants her darling groom to have a fitting boutonniere to compliment her bouquet, but a wedding flower bill can add up fast! So when one of my good friends suggested we throw a party with spray-painted silk flower boutonnieres I was like “Holy Duh! Why didn’t I think of that??” And I swear to you my reaction was that theatrical.
So I messed around with some silk flower boutonniere designs and my consensus was:
A. They looked AMAZING
B. There are super CHEAP, and…
C. Easiest boutonniere to make, ever.
So today I’m sharing with you my first DIY Wedding craft: Homemade Boutonnieres!
After starting the Spending Fast I found that I had stockpiled A TON of canned foods so I really need to maximize them as much as I possibly could and really, more than anything, I just had eat them all up rather than buying more new groceries.
The benefits of having canned foods around are plentiful. Canned foods are convenient, easy to store, have a long shelf life, and probably most important to me, are typically priced very, very well. I love that canned foods help make life a little bit easier while also helping us save money! Keeping canned foods on hand is vital when you want to make quick, inexpensive meals. Utilize store-brand canned foods to cut costs even more at meal-time, and you’ll quickly see the savings add-up!
National Parks are the best slice of natural wonders the United States has to offer. The U.S. is richly diverse when it comes to geography. Deserts, mountains, great plains, tropical forests, frozen glaciers. You name it, somewhere in the Unites States, you can find it. The variety and beauty that each park offers makes the car-load fee more than worth it!
I love National Parks, and have visited 35 out of the 59 National Parks in the U.S. My goal is to see them all in my lifetime. There’s no doubt that some are better than others, but I have never been disappointed in any of the parks I have seen. It’s hard to pick a favorite because each one is so uniquely different.
If you are looking for uniqueness, try watching 400,000 bats pour our of Carlsbad Caverns.
For a more urban park, try Cuyahoga Valley in Ohio. It’s the closest national park to a major city, Cleveland.
For pure amazement, go the Grand Canyon. It’s hard to imagine until you see it.
For the unexplainable check out the “moving rocks” of Death Valley. While you are there stop by the bad water basin, the lowest point in North America (-282 below sea level). You may want to avoid the park in the summer though…the hottest temp ever recored on earth (137 degrees) was at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley.
Want to swim in the deepest lake in the USA? Then take a dip in Crater Lake. Be warned though, in order to access the lake it’s the equivalent of waking up and down the empire state building….remember going doing is easy!
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