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Organizing my Kitchen Cabinets

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I have a never-ending to do list. I have been wanting to reorganize my kitchen cabinets. I finally took the time today to empty all of my lower cabinets/lazy susans and reorganized them. The lazy susans drive me crazy I love the storage but it seems like no matter what I put in there everything gets thrown all around. I have been reading a lot of posts on Pinterest trying to get ideas.

I wanted all of my baking stuff all in one place. I had most of the stuff in the lazy susan but it was really hard to get to everything and see if I was low on anything. Here is what it looked like before. Sorry for the dark picture the best I could get.

before baking cabinet

I decided to move everything over to a pull out drawer that I had all of my pots and pans on. As I pulled everything out I checked all of the expiration dates to make sure nothing was expired. I added chalk board labels and other labels to the baskets/bins and now I just love it. Oh I also lined it with a really pretty liner that way of anything spilled it would be easy to clean up.

Here is what it looks like now.

after baking area

 

Oh my gosh I love it so much it looks so nice and I can see and reach everything so much easier.

I moved the pots and pans to my other lazy susan closest to the oven. I already had the lid organizer so I used that to hold all of the pan lids. Here is the before & after:

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It looks so nice and organized now. Next on my list is to organize my upper cabinets.

 

5 Cheesecake Recipes

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I love cheesecake, in all flavors, shapes and forms! From pumpkin to cherry and everything in between, cheesecake is, in my opinion, one of the best comfort desserts a woman can find! I found 5 fantastic, amazing, scrumptious recipes to share with you today. I can’t decide which one I want to try first!

Baked Vanilla Cheesecake from In the Play Room

Sour Cream Pumpkin Cheesecake from Peace but Not Quiet

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake from Feels Like Home

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake from 3 Boys and a Dog

Lemon Pudding Cheesecake Cookies from Sewlicious Home Decor

Which of these cheesecake recipes do you think you would like best? What is your favorite flavor of cheesecake?

Tell me about it in a comment!

Ideas for Summer Fun

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As a stay at home mom I am always looking for fun ways to keep my kids busy in the summer! But, I also don’t want to go broke funding their adventures… after all they are elementary school aged. I started writing a list of ideas to keep the kids happily busy, having fun without going broke and I wanted to share these ideas with you.

Story Time At The Library
This gives the kids a chance to socialize with friends, old and new. They hear several books with the librarian, make a craft and have a blast. I get to socialize quietly with other parents. I think this is a win win situation for my family.

 

Summer Reading Programs
The library has one, Barnes and Noble has one, as does Scholastic. After story time we select one book for each program we are participating in. This insures they are reading for about 15 minutes a day all summer long to complete the programs and earn free books.
Park Picnic Day
We made an agreement as a family, if we can all be helpful, and get along with each other, every Friday we will have a park picnic day. We will take our lunch to the park, play for a few hours and enjoy the chance to be outdoors! This is a good way to remind the children to be helpful during the week so that our special Friday routine is possible.
Back Yard Camping
Last year we put up our tent. No one slept in it, but the kids had a lot of fun playing in it during the day and pretending to go camping! I can only imagine how much fun they will have when they sleep over night in the tent this year!
Swimming Lessons
We have several options in our area. $15 for 5 lessons in the next town, or $35 for 8 weeks of 30 minute lessons two times a week. The kids like the water time, and swimming is an important skill for them to develop. Some areas will have free lessons! Check around!Do you have any ideas for frugal summer fun?

By Spending More, I Spent Less

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We shop around for late deals, browse the best value beachwear and snap up our sun cream when it’s at its cheapest after summer. With purse strings pulled tighter than ever, every little helps when it comes to saving on holiday extras and making sure you spend your money where it matters most. Cryptic title aside, we’ve got some tips on how you can make your money go further, simply by spending a little more to begin with. Sometimes spending a little more short term, can mean you spend much less in the long run!

Fly Local

Flights from Heathrow or Gatwick are often cheaper than those from regional airports but factor in the added cost it will take to get you there and you are often better paying a little extra to fly from an airport closer to home.

Taxis, trains, airport hotels, airport parking; it can easily add up into the hundreds for a family holiday and that is before you have even set food on a plane. Factor in a snack stop on your way to the airport hotel, a meal in the ridiculously expensive (and often distinctly average) hotel restaurant and something to feed the weary and hungry family on your return and that extra £50 each to fly from an airport that is a 30 minute taxi ride from home doesn’t look so bad after all!

Go All-Inclusive

All-inclusive used to be reserved for honeymooners and those who like to live a life of luxury when aboard. Today however, more people than ever have cottoned on to the great value offered by all-inclusive deals. Yes, it will cost you more initially and you will often be limited to local ‘specialities’ when it comes to alcoholic beverages, but you can eat and drink to your heart’s content (or your stomach’s limits).

Self-catering holidays often appear at a price that seems too good to be true but factor in the endless requests for ice creams, cold drinks and mid-afternoon snacks and you can soon spend more on food in a couple of days than the whole holiday cost you for a week.

While all inclusive is widely available in destinations such as the Mediterranean, it is very rare in city centre hotels in places such as New York and Paris. If the option for all-inclusive doesn’t apply, opt for bed & breakfast instead. You will pay a little extra to have breakfast included but will often be so full from a good breakfast that a mid-afternoon snack will put you on until your evening meal.

Think Cruise Rather Than Multi-Centre

Multi-centre breaks are a fantastic way to see more than one destination, especially if you love to travel but are limited when it comes to annual leave entitlement.

If you are looking to save money, cruising can be a great alternative to the traditional multi-centre holiday. You will visit new destinations almost every day, unpacking just once rather than over and over again in each hotel, as you would on a traditional multi-centre. Cruise ship accommodation is often comparable to that expected in a boutique 5-star hotel and cruise lines offer all meals as part of your cruise fare, saving you a fortune on dining out. Fill yourself up with a hearty breakfast before heading out for a day exploring ashore, treat yourself to afternoon tea as a treat for all that walking and enjoy four course haute cuisine or juicy steakhouse grills at dinner; all included in your fare. You can even treat yourself to a midnight snack if you’ve still room to spare!

 

Get Insured!

It is tempting to overlook those niggling pre-existing conditions when booking your travel insurance, especially when you see your premium drop if you fail to mention them. What could possibly go wrong in a week, right?

Wrong! 3,157 British holidaymakers were hospitalised in 2014 and those who had failed to disclose pre-existing medical conditions faced a hefty bill. It may cost you an extra few quid but make sure you declare everything if you want to be sure your insurer will pay out in the worst case scenario.

Prepare to Roam

We have all heard the stories about holidaymakers coming home to a £1,000 phone bill after spending their whole holiday Facebooking, Tweeting and Instagramming to their hearts content.

Mobile calls and data cost significantly more outside of the UK, and it isn’t unthinkable to spend £15 using the internet simply to find an address on Google Maps. Downloading video can run into the hundreds! Always let your network provider know that you are leaving the country and arrange for an add-on package to be incorporated onto your contract for the duration of your holiday. You can expect to pay around £3 a day with most network providers but this is a small amount to pay compared to normal roaming charges.

 

Michael Wilson is the Managing Director of Bolsover Cruise Club who are based near Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Michael regularly writes about a variety of travel and cruise related topics.

Lessons I Learned from the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge

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I feel like I am always organizing/decluttering my house. When I found out about the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge I was all for it and excited to start and see the inspirational posts from other people participating in the challenge.

You can read more about the challenge here. There is also a Facebook group you can join to see all of the posts from other people participating. Everyone is so helpful, sweet and inspirational, you can join the group here.

I did not keep track of how many bags I got rid of, I used Walmart/Target plastic bags and as I filled them I would put them in the trunk and once it got full enough I would take a load to Goodwill.

I first worked on my kitchen because we were getting a backsplash installed so I wanted the kitchen extra clean. I went through every cabinet and every drawer and got rid of anything I didn’t use. When I went through my utensil drawer I couldn’t believe how many spatulas I had. I also cleaned out my pantry, I threw out any expired foods and organized everything.

I went through my bedroom closet and dresser drawers any clothes I didn’t love or wear I got rid of. I also went through my makeup/nail polish and got rid of anything I didn’t use or that was old. While I was working in my bedroom I decided to go through my four bookshelves full of books. I got rid of 95% of my books, I donated the books I thought there might be a chance I may someday read again. I sold the other books to Half Price Books, I didn’t make a lot of money from them but having the bookshelves look so nice and even have empty space is so nice.

The basement was the worst area in my house, it is the place where I put things that don’t have a place or that needs to be put away. It is an easy place to get cluttered no one goes down there but that is where everything gets set. We have a built in bar area. It has a huge counter that is always covered in stuff. I cleaned that off completely, it looks awesome.

My kids had a small play area down there I had them go through everything, and anything they haven’t played with in a while I got rid off. I decided to take out the play area completely because we just don’t go down there often enough. Anything that they kept had to go up to their rooms.

They even went through their movies and got rid of any movies they didn’t like anymore, or just didn’t watch anymore. I also organized their movies so now they can find their movies faster.

I learned a lot from participating in the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge. I learned that I am not alone with having a lot of stuff, reading and seeing the posts of others participating in the challenge really helped me and inspired me to keep going. It also made me realize how much I really hate clutter and how clean open space makes me smile. The challenge has also made me rethink my purchases I have been following the one in and one out rule.

I am currently reading a book called Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp, it is a really good book. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you are going through all of your stuff.

Do I currently use it?

Do I really love it?

Would I buy it again?

I now have a basket in my room that anytime I find something that doesn’t fit or something I don’t use I immediately put it in the basket when it is full I put it all in a bag and take it to Goodwill.

Are you ready to start decluttering?  Join the challenge and join the facebook page for the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.

Here is another great article about decluttering; How to DeClutter your home in 20 Steps.

“You only have one life to live. How you live that life is your choice. As far as I know, no one has ever had ‘I wish I had bought more stuff’ inscribed on their tombstone. What you own can easily blind you to who you are and what you can be.”
― Peter Walsh

I would love to hear how you keep your house clutter free.

Control The Urge – How You Can Avoid Impulse Buying

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Are you looking to save money when purchasing things? Are you being buried by Amazon orders and are the boxes filling up your house? Impulse buying is a big problem in the United States. It is the leading reason for debt, and can end up costing you far more then you would initially assume. Let’s review some of the ways that you can save money and control impulse buying.

 

 

Make Use Of Coupon Codes

 

Online coupon codes are a great way to save money on the things you love. If you can’t find one and have to wait for a coupon code to appear, you will stop yourself from impulse buying, and save money as a result. In addition, using coupon codes means that you purchase only what is listed in the code. This will stop the temptation of ordering more from the same location. If you’re new to using promo codes, I suggest you visit Discountrue and see the myriad of ways to save with coupons.

 

 

Create A List And Buy Only What You Must

 

If you really want to save money, then hold yourself to a list. On the list, write everything that you strictly need. Be sure to separate what you need from what you want. While this may seem simplistic, the line can often become blurred if we are feeling particularly impulsive. With a clear list, you can keep yourself to only what is on the list when you go shopping. In addition to writing the list, you can make a personal rule that you are not allowed to add to the list once you leave the door. This way, you can keep yourself to the list and not risk simply adding more to it to justify your impulsive nature.

 

 

Spend Only From A Buying Fund

 

Many people set aside a certain amount of money per year for discretionary funding. Done as a part of creating financial budget, allocating funds for impulse purchases will allow you to buy to your hearts content, until you run out of money. You can set up the fund to be renewed weekly, monthly, and even yearly depending on the amount of the discretionary funds you have.

 

 

Avoid Temptation!

 

What do you do when idle? Do you surf through online retailers? Do you head over to the mall? The best way to stop impulse purchases is to avoid the temptation in the first place! Pick up a hobby, find ways to relax that don’t involve making purchases, and save a lot of money.

 

This is just a handful of tips but if you follow just these few, you can be sure to save lots on your purchase and prevent the storage of of the unwanted or at least not necessary stuff from growing. If you want to learn more, pay a visit to Discountrue blog section and you’ll find plenty of more tips there.

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Cooking Healthy With Cast Iron Pans

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Most people are becoming concerned about not just the food they eat, but how it’s prepared. When you make good, healthy, food at home, the last thing you want is for it to be tainted by cookware that leeches bad chemicals or contaminants into your food.

 

Cooking With Cast Iron

 

Cooking in a cast iron pan has a lot of advantages. While it’s merely OK as a heat conductor, its strength more than makes up for that – it retains heat like nobody’s business. A cast iron pan will stay hot for a really long time.

 

Once you finally do get it up to temperature, you shouldn’t have much trouble keeping it there. Cast iron can be taken from the stove top and put right into the oven. You can even transfer it to the grill, if you want to.

 

Since it’s pretty rugged, it will even find a home over open flame if that’s your thing. Basically, these types of pans are virtually indestructible. If you’re new to cast iron cooking, start out with a good 10-inch pan from a reputable store.

 

When you’re more experienced, look for vintage pieces.

 

The Benefits Of Cast Iron

 

Cast iron cookware should last you forever. An often overlooked benefit of cooking in cast iron is that it can become a supplemental source of iron if you ever cook acidic foods in it. When properly seasoned, the pan will be slicker than teflon, and yet easier to clean than most other types of pans, even stainless steel.

 

Cast iron is also more rugged than just about any other type of pan on the market. After you’ve seasoned it, it’s also relatively maintenance free. Most of the foods you think of as problematic, like eggs, will not stick to a properly-seasoned pan.

 

How To Take Care Of Your Cast Iron

 

Taking care of cast iron can be either terribly difficult or ridiculously easy. Most of the time, when you hear people speak of the ills of cast iron, it’s because they didn’t season it correctly. Most people do not know how to season cast iron. The usual directions – slather on a bunch of oil and cook it for 2 hours – is not seasoning. You don’t want to cook oil in the pan in the hopes that the oil will “absorb” into the metal.

 

You want to coat the oil lightly and then heat it sufficiently to cause polymerization. This simple “how to” will walk you through the steps. Make sure you’re using an edible drying oil high in ALA and that you’re not using too much oil. Check the seasoning periodically to make sure it’s fully intact and then keep your eye on it – once a year it should be redone.

 

Avoiding Teflon and Ceramics

 

You should avoid teflon and ceramics at all costs. Some newer cast iron is coated in ceramic, which sort of defeats the point of cast iron, but it also introduces a contaminant into your cooking surface – lead. Avoiding ceramics and teflon coatings will go a long way towards ensuring the health of you and your family.

 

Erin Perryman loves to cook using her cast iron cookware. An avid writer and home chef, she enjoys sharing her insights with others online. Look for her appetizing articles on a variety of websites and blogs.

 

4 Ways your Family May be Impacted by Your Accident

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Being a victim of an accident can affect your entire family. This holds true even if you were the only one involved. Family members are sure to suffer to some extent, if there were serious injuries or a fatality due to the car collision. Being aware of ways people in your life may be impacted due to your accident can be helpful if you are in this situation. 

Lost Wages

It’s possible you might be unable to work, because of your accident, especially if your injuries were extensive. This means that you can’t make the necessary amount of money to support your family.

During this difficult time, other family members may be required to help fill in the earning gap and get a first or second job to help make ends meet.  This can present a challenge to any teenagers who are currently in school and may require a bit of additional commitment and sacrifice.

Medical Visits

Health care is expensive and financially recovering from an accident can be devastating. Trips to your medical provider, hospital or getting physical therapy can be time-consuming and costly, as well.

You may need to rely on help from your family to get you to and from your medical appointments. It is ideal to schedule these visits ahead of time with the individual you expect to drive you.

Pain and Suffering

The emotional distress of the injury is sure to cause family members to endure a great deal of pain and suffering. This may involve being depressed or anxious because of the financial difficulties the entire family is presented due to your accident.

Mental anxiety and stress can impact the health and life of the sufferer a great deal and is often discussed when a settlement is pending. Being able to recover a specific amount of compensation for pain and suffering is common for the person who is involved in the accident and for the family members, as well.

Property Damage

The car you were driving while in the accident may have been severely damaged. This means it could take a long time to repair or may need to be replaced.

Being without a car can impact all the family members greatly over a long period. It is likely that your teenagers borrowed the car and now are forced to be without it.

Auto accidents can affect all areas of your life and the people that you are the closest to, as well. It’s ideal to consult with an attorney who can help you build a strong case so you can attempt to recover your financial losses for you and your family.

Medicine Cabinet Clean Out Challenge

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I recently lost my mother to cancer/heart disease, we had to clean out her trailer. She was on a lot of medication due to all of her heart problems and pain from cancer. I had a bag of medicine that I wasn’t sure what to do with.

Here are some questions and tips about medicine

Know your medicine

  • Do you take your prescriptions as prescribed?
  • Do you understand all possible side effects?

It is so important to take your prescriptions as it says on the label. When you fill your prescription it comes with a pamphlet/paperwork to tell you any side effects. Make sure you read them, some prescriptions you are not suppose to drive when you take and there are tons of other side effects. Here is an example of a drug called Xarelto that is prescribed as a blood thinner to patients to prevent the risk of stroke. It has been linked to having a horrible side effect of internal bleeding! You can read more about the side effects of Xarelto here.

Secure your medications

  • Are your medicines stored in a secured location?
  • How do you monitor the amount left in each medicine bottle?

I store the medicine up so the kids can’t reach it. I can easily look in each bin to see how much is in each bottle and what I have left for medicine. When I am on a prescription I just keep it in the kitchen on the counter so I will remember to take it everyday.

Dispose your medications

I wasn’t sure how to dispose of all of my Mom’s medicine so I did a Google search and found that my local grocery store pharmacy disposes of expired/unused medication. I also called them and they said they can take most medicines except pain pills which my Mom did have. The pharmacist told me I need to crush them up and put it with kitty litter then dispose of it.

Here is an article about proper disposal of medication. You can also do a Google search for medication disposal and then your state and it will tell where you can locally dispose of it. My local police station also has a bin that you can put expired/unused medication in and they dispose of it.

There are dangers to taking expired medicine. Here is an article that explains a little bit more. You also can check to see if any of your medication has recalled at the link above.

I went through all of my medicine and disposed of the expired medicine. Then I reorganized it all and put them in bins then labeled the bins.

So now are you going to take the challenge and clean out your medicine cabinet? Make sure you dispose of all the expired medication correctly.

 

5 Crazy Ways to Save on Gas

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Just because gas prices are plummeting doesn’t mean you shouldn’t optimize your purchase. There are many ways to save on gas beyond those gas-saving apps that help you pinpoint the cheapest filling station around. Plus, also remember that with many things you get what you pay for: There’s a collection of filling stations (including the “biggies” like Chevron, Shell, 76, etc.) that are committed to providing better, more refined fuel which is why they cost more. This is a must for those with collector cars, luxury cars, and others who want to protect the integrity of their investment.

However, where you can really save on gas comes well after you’ve paid for it. Already, 2015 has started off with the cheapest gas prices in recent history, so keep that ball rolling. Once you’ve filled up, follow these tips to make your gas last as long as possible. As an added bonus, many of these tips will also help make you a better driver:

1. Let bigger cars do the tough work

It’s kind of like how a flock of birds take turn tackling the head wind: Your car doesn’t have to work as hard if there’s another, bigger vehicle taking the headwind. Drive behind larger vehicles, allowing one car space of room per 10 mph, and your gas will last longer. However, if you don’t provide enough buffer room, you’re signing up for tailgating tickets, rock chips, and wearing out your brakes. To make this tip work, you need the perfect amount of buffering.

2. Give your brakes a break

The more often you use your breaks, and the heavier your foot, the more gas you’ll waste. Lightly tapping the brakes to slow down is preferable to having a lead brake foot. Know the signs of worn out brakes, and make sure they’re checked at least once a year, but also do your part to preserve them. For those with a stick shift, coast in neutral instead of braking and shifting to optimize your fuel usage.

3. Follow the speed limit

This might not be a “crazy” tip, but most people regularly speed thinking it’s doing them a favor (by getting them to a destination earlier). However, speed limits are there for a reason and it’s not all about safety. The maximum speed is posted because that’s what you can drive without having to constantly slam on the brakes or take wild turns. Follow the speed limit and you’ll save on gas.

4. Consolidate your trips

Many people with a car take full advantage of this luxury. However, obviously the less you drive the more gas you’ll save. Spend a month tracking your driving (perhaps with an app) and see just how much time you actually waste behind the wheel and in traffic. Everyone wants more time and more money, and you can get both if you consolidate your trips. If you really want to save, challenge yourself to taking public transportation or walking once per week.

5. Get your ride maintained

Your car can only do so much when it comes to working at optimal condition. A car should get a maintenance check annually or bi-annually. If you skip one, you may end up paying much more in repairs, gas, and replacements down the road. Do your homework and find a reputable mechanic who has the same goal as you: To make sure your ride is functioning the best it can be.

It’s easy to not optimize your gas during a time when bottom barrel prices are rampant. However, if you really want to save, combine low gas prices with gas saving moves.

Homemade Pupcakes

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We got a puppy in August from a local shelter and we named him Trigger. He is the sweetest dog ever.

I was reading through Woman’s Day magazine and found a recipe for Homemade Pupcakes. I thought what a neat idea to make them for a special event such as their birthday or just because.

1 cup flour

1 egg

1 tsp baking soda

4 Tbsp butter, melted

1/4 cup unsweetened peanut butter

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup water

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350. Spray or grease a large muffin pan with nonstick spray

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, mix thorughly

3. Divide mixture among 4 of the pan’s cups. Bake for about 30 minutes.

makes 4 large treats for dogs 65 lbs or up or cut into smaller pieces for smaller dogs.

source www.womansday.com

 

6 Ways to enhance your holiday shopping experience

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The Holiday season is just around the corner and festivity is already in the air.  In the midst of the colorful streets, the awesome food and the fact that all loved ones get together at this time of the year, what everyone really looks forward to is the experience of shopping.  Be it buying gifts for your family or purchasing home decorative for your own abode, there is no better time than the holiday season to do some purchasing. The markets are full of the latest winter collection and are brimming with energy but besides this, there are many ways to further enhance your holiday shopping experience.  Read on to find out more about the same:

  1. Making use of the ongoing sales and discounts

As the winters knock on your door and the festivals are lined up ahead of you, almost all the markets and stores go on sale to woo customers into more purchasing. So why not make use of these sales to buy the desired products? Be it physical stores or online stores, discounts, offers and deals are everywhere. So make sure you visit the ‘Sale’ section and try to reduce the total amount of your purchasing.

  1. Using coupons

There is no dearth of holiday season coupons and other such discount coupons, both at physical stores and online retail outlets. Coupons really play a major role in bringing down the total cost of your shopping and are just a little too delightful to ignore. There is no dearth of websites where you can find coupons for almost all possible products. One of the best examples of such websites is Frugaa.com where you will find hundreds of brands and stores lined up with attractive discount coupons.

  1. Shopping with someone you love

Shopping alone is always fun but what really adds to your shopping experience is sharing of your enthusiasm with someone you love-like a friend or a family member.  So when you head out for shopping, make sure you ask someone to accompany you.

  1. Buying gifts for someone not on your list

Every year, we buy gifts for our close family members and some of our closest friends. But how about surprising someone who is not expecting a gift from you this time around? It could be anyone from your watchman to your car driver but when you see their faces light up with happiness, it will be totally worth it!

  1. Shopping online for a change

If you are someone who is against online shopping and prefers hitting the local market for buying holiday season items and gifts, then why not try out online shopping this time? It will be a pleasant and fun change and will also save a lot of time during this busy season. You can also grab some discount coupons on brand retailers like Kohls. Online shopping experience may never match up to the traditional shopping methods but it has a charm of its own and definitely opens doors to many more exciting offers and discounts.

Best Halloween Costumes for Dogs

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This is my first Halloween with our dog Trigger. I am excited to go get his costume this year.  This year while shopping for our family dog’s costumes, I came across these adorable Halloween outfits that are available for dogs. There are some really great options for both male and female dogs that are sure to be the talk of the neighborhood this Halloween.

Check them out by watching the slideshow of all of the costumes.

If you are going trick-or-treating as a pirate this year, you might want to get your little baby a matching costume. How adorable is this pirate costume for female dogs!

Swashbuckler Pirate Girl Dog Costume – $35.50, 8.00 shipping – Available at Frontgate

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves never gets old. This is the perfect princess dog costume!

Enchanted White Princess Dog Costume – $29.50, 8.00 shipping – Available at Frontgate

 

This outfit makes me think of the Sound of Music! It is absolutely adorable.

Alpine Girl Dog Costume – $25.50, 8.00 shipping – Available at Frontgate

 

I love the idea of a peacock dog costume. Animal planet comes up with so many clever dog costume ideas.

Peacock Dog Costume – $22.81, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

I have used this costume in the past which

Black Glow in Dark Skeleton Dog Shirt – $13.99, 3.95 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

 

It will be awfully handy to have the force with you this Halloween! Check out this super cute Darth Vader costume available at Sears.

Star Wars Collection Pet Costume, Darth Vader – $19.43, 6.95 shipping – Available at Sears.com

 

How cool would it be to go trick-or-treating as a surfer with your own pet shark?!

Animal Planet Hammerhead Shark Pet Costume – $17.14 (41% off), 5.29 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

Animal Planet has outdone themselves with their dino-dog collection. I just love these Raptor, Stegosaurus and Triceratops costumes …check em out!

Raptor Pet Costume – $23.49, 5.99 shipping – Available at Diapers.com

 

Animal Planet Stegosaurus Dog Costume – $29.29 (24% off), 5.99 shipping – Available at Diapers.com

 

Animal Planet Triceratops Dog Costume – $6.57 (35% off), 5.04 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

How cute is this Lion costume? Where is Dorothy, Toto and Scarecrow? ((laughs))

Animal Planets Lion Dog Costume – Medium – $12.99, 3.85 shipping – Available at EntirelyPets.com

 

My personal favorite from the list is the Lion costume. I can just see my dog wearing it and turning heads ((laughs)). Which one is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!

 

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Invest In A Sewing Machine And Save Money

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The modern home is filled with a myriad of appliances and machines, many of which simply collect dust. But sewing machines are very practical home appliances because they can be used to fix clothes and heavy duty work. More and more people are becoming interested in building personal knowledge and independence. This means they are able to look after themselves, save money, and exercise their creativity.
 
Why Learn to Sew: Enjoyment
 
Sewing can encompass many things. It can be as creative and original as your imagination. Designing clothing or household textiles will give you options of style and pattern that will set you apart from the monotonous offerings in your local shop. Sewing provides a creative outlet that can enrich your soul and bring pleasure while providing a practical purpose in your home. The art of sewing is in danger of becoming a lost skill, which is unfortunate as it can increase the general self-sufficiency and resiliency of life.
 
Why Learn to Sew: Practicality
 
Purchasing a sewing machine gives you more than a creative outlet, though. Even if you never sew a full outfit, learning to sew is a very practical way to save money and live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Our culture has become very reliant on convenience and we often find it easier to toss and replace an item, rather than repair it. But with a little practice, the simple skill of mending can save the life of loved garments, keep unnecessary things out of landfills, and save money. The mending of a seam takes only a moment on a machine and it ends up being far more secure than a hand stitch. Most machines now use what is called a lockstitch (Wikipedia) and it creates a stitch that will not easily be ripped out if one thread should break.
 
Investing in a sewing machine offers you the chance to be creative, resourceful, and budget savvy. The chance to work with your hands and expand your ingenuity is delightfully matched with the opportunity to save money. Not many crafts, pastimes, or jobs can offer the satisfaction all of these things.