Chevron Room Decor!

I finished one of my projects from last week, and was going to post it a few days ago but I ended up going out of town for the weekend. We went and visited family back home so I went a little off the grid and didn’t get online while we were gone. There isn’t much cell signal or internet there so it’s pretty easy to go technology free for a few days! (Sometimes without a choice!) So now that I am back to the real world I can go ahead and post the pictures of my project! I hope you like them!

Chevron picture frames handcrafted and found at Adventures of Amy Lou!

This was one of those projects that was just so easy a monkey could do it! But I understand not everyone has the time! In any case if you do decide to try this on your own here is a little explanation of what I did! I had the large frame just lying around with my craft stuff, so I went and bought the smaller frames at the dollar store ($1 a piece), got some chevron fabric from my favorite fabric store ever (FM Stores in Springfield, MO! I LOVE mom and pop shops! Support local businesses!), got some spray paint, and then I grabbed some cardboard I had set aside for crafts, some hot glue, scissors, and ruler, and I was GOOD TO GO! I went to town measuring the placement for the cutouts where the frames would go on the cardboard background so you can still take the back off and put the picture in it. After I cut my holes I hot glued the fabric onto the cardboard. Of course you can use any print you like but I just LOVE chevron right now! I spray painted some of the frames and left the others black. After they dried I glued on just the frame part over the edges of the hole and then assembled the back of the frames back on and placed the large cardboard piece inside of the large frame and VOILA! Cute and fashionable decor for only a few dollars! I only used a couple of dollars worth of my fabric, plus spent around $3 on spray paint, and $6 on the small frames! So this project only cost me about $10-$12 total! Pretty great considering if you bought something like these at a retail store there’s no telling what you would pay! Maybe $15 a piece for the two small ones and say $30 for the large one?! You’re looking at about 60 bucks if you buy this instead of doing it yourself! Just think of all of the other cute things you could spend your extra money on to decorate your room from what you save by doing it yourself! Good luck doing this yourself! It really was simple and fun!

~Amy Lou

Welcome Spring! Come on in and stay a while!

springI am SO excited that today is the OFFICIAL first day of spring! It is one of my favorite seasons of the year! Especially since I hate the cold, it is such a nice welcome change to finally have warm weather all the time again! Unfortunately just because it is the “first day of spring” doesn’t mean that it is our “first spring day”! OR that it will continue to be spring from here on out!

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Our weather here in southern Missouri is a beautiful, sunny, mid 60’s! The PERFECT weather for the first day of spring! However they are calling for some light snow possibly on Saturday… uggh! I’m just ready for spring to be here to stay! Any of you out there having a cold and nasty first day of spring? Maybe like this one pictured below? Lol!

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I am SO glad that’s not what it looks like outside of my house right now! I have plans to take my daughter to the park this afternoon after her nap! We are going to meet a friend of mine and her two sons and we are going to fully enjoy the wonderful weather now that it is here!

By the way I found a post from Money Saving Mom letting everyone know that you can get a free italian ice today, for the first day of spring, from noon-9pm at Rita’s Ice! If we had one here I would totally be going to get one to enjoy while we are at the park! Maybe I will have to swing by Sonic’s Happy Hour for a half price real fruit slush! If you would like to check if you have a Rita’s near you here is the link to their site for locations and other offers you may be interested in!

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Well, that’s it for now! I am going to shut off this computer and spend my day enjoying the beautiful sunshine and my sweet daughter! Plus a few craft projects while she naps probably! 😉 I hope everyone has a gorgeous day today also! Happy Spring!

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This is exactly how I feel today too Snoopy! I hope you all enjoy also!

~Amy Lou

Tuttie Fruitie Mania, Money Follow up!

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Now that I posted my recipe for my tuttie fruitie smoothie and also how I prepare them to save myself time I would like to explain the money saving aspect to this article! Here is an itemized list of what these items typically cost:

Large bag of frozen fruit- $8.77

Small bag of berries- $3.88

2nd small bag of berries- $2.96

Frozen chopped spinach- $1.48 x 2

Bunch of bananas (about 6)- $1.47

Kiwis (also 6)- $2.10

All of these items together equals $22.14

Now if I take that total of $22.14 that would be spent on the fruit and divide it by 30 since that is how many individual baggies we got out of it, it comes to approximately .73 cents per baggie! But then we also need to take into account the juice and yogurt that also goes into each smoothie. You can typically get a 64 ounce container of juice for about $2.00 and the yoplait yogurt is .55 cents each. I use about 4 ounces of juice per smoothie so if I divide the cost of the juice per smoothie it comes to about .12 cents worth of juice in each smoothie! All together we have –

.73 cents for our baggie of fruit,

.55 cents for our yogurt,

and .12 cents for our juice,

which comes to $1.40 per smoothie!

If you go buy a smoothie through the drive-thru somewhere you will pay around $4 a piece! Imagine if you wanted to have a fruit smoothie every day! At THAT price it would cost you $120 by the end of the month! But if you make your own you are looking at only $42 a month! That’s a HUGE savings! AND you know exactly what has been added to your smoothie! That’s an extra bonus!

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Now I also want to point out that if you would like to save even more and get the price of these smoothies even LOWER you can utilize coupons, store sales, and off brand products as opposed to more expensive name brands!

You may have noticed the difference between the two bags of berries listed above? One was name brand and the other was off-brand. (I chose to skimp on the savings that time in order to compare what is included in each respectively so I would know next time which is worth it. I will definitely get the one that did not have strawberries since I had plenty of those in the big bag.) Also you can get the off-brand of yogurt instead of yoplait and save some there, etc. I actually caught some great deals on some of the items that I bought this time that will make mine even cheaper than the amounts listed above! I got my bananas on sale so they were .29 cents a pound instead of .49 cents a pound. I got 3 pounds so I got them for .87 cents instead of $1.47! I also caught a sale on my yogurt this week so yoplait yogurt is .39 cents a piece instead of .55 cents a piece! And then I used a coupon from coupons.com that I printed that was an additional .40 cents off of 6! So as you can see there are MANY ways to save money and get things much cheaper than we would normally pay! You just have to keep your eyes open to prices and minds open to new ideas! Good luck if you decide to prepare your own smoothies! And let me know if you do, if you find any other great deals to save more, or how you change up your smoothie flavors! I would love to know!

~Amy Lou

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Tuttie Fruitie Smoothie Mania!

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~Amy Lou

 

A new year, a new me! Sooner rather than later!

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