Money! Money! Money! 5 Ideas for Saving It.

Money, Money Money! 5 Ideas for Saving It.

Katie_Gallup

Posted by Katie Gambone

If you missed Monday’s post, then you missed Alicia’s story about selling her house and investing in a fixer upper in a two-week whirlwind.  It’s inspiring and I couldn’t be more excited for Alicia, Randall and the kids.  In fact, you can bet that I will be living vicariously through her.  That’s just what sisters do.

piggy-bank-1595992_640

The truth is making such a big change takes money and having money requires some sort of saving strategy so that you can seize on opportunities.

Abby and I are in a similar boat as Alicia.  Each of our families is also looking for our next home.  While we each have different needs in terms of a house, what we do have in common is the need to save, save, save for such a transition.  Buying a new house is so expensive!

So, I am (actually Carlo and I are) saving.  I would say it comes a little more naturally to Carlo than it does to me.  I’m working on it.

2000px-Target_logo.svg

There are a few distractions that keep me from saving more money more quickly.  They include Target and online shopping. These are typically my budget busters.  I honestly can’t leave Target without spending at least a $100 on…I don’t even know what.  Extra gummy snacks.  A new throw pillow.  A candle.  I can’t be the only person who has this problem. Also, in addition to saving for the house, we save in our 401K accounts and Matteo’s college account. Then there’s Christmas, birthdays, etc. Sometimes it feels like it’s hard to put money aside for every event, big goal, or dream.

I’ve been looking around for ideas on how to save money “quickly” and decided to share them with you.   Here, for your reading pleasure, are 5 ideas to help you save toward your dreams.  If you have kids, try some of these with them – it’s never to early to learn how to save.  P. S.  Anything written in pink text in the 5 ideas below will take you to that website if you click on it to get the full scoop.  Okay – here we go:

1. Bargain Shop…But At the Right Time Of Year

If you love a good bargain (and I do) then check out this handy guide from Simply Savings for the best times of year to purchase everyday items at a big discount.

2. Start a 52 Week Savings Plan

Setting small savings goals each week can really add up over the year.  On the blog Women Talk, there is a handy chart that outlines a plan to save in increments of $10, doubling the amount each week to save $14,000 over the year.   You can work in different sized increments (anywhere from $1 to $50) based on your financial flexibility.  Visit the Woman Talk blog for the downloadable chart.

3. Challenge yourself with a 12 Week, $1,000 Savings Goal

If you can’t quite commit to 52 weeks (I personally think I need to start small and work my way up to a 52 week dedication), there are lots of other savings ideas to help you get there.  For example, the 12 week saving plan from the blog How Does She.   The 12 week plan provides not only a handy chart for the exact amounts to save each week to save $1,000 dollars by the end of the 12 weeks, but it also has a plethora of ideas for small ways to cut costs to help you accomplish this plan.  Check it out.

4. Give Extreme Couponing A Try

shutterstock_118722103

Some people are really good at couponing, which can save you hundreds on food costs. These dedicated folks are called “extreme couponers.” In all honesty, I am not good at coupons.  I never seem to remember them when I go to the store and/or by the time I need to use them they are expired.  Still, if you are into couponing, this is a great way to cut on costs and put that money back into your savings account.  For a description of what extreme couponing is, where to find coupons, and the best ways to save, visit the blog Thrifty Nomads.

5. The Good Old Piggy Bank

This is actually a twist on the Piggy Bank, but if you take a 2 liter bottle and fill it up with dimes, by the time the bottle is full you’ll have about $500.00.  If you want to use your piggy bank, that works too.  And you don’t have to only save dimes.  Just make sure that you actually roll the change so that it doesn’t just sit there as a decoration on your dresser.  For the dime challenge and a few other easy saving  ideas, visit Whoot.

saving_pin

SUBSCRIBE TO BUTTON JAR’S EMAIL LIST

You can make sure you get all of Button Jar’s posts by subscribing to our email list by clicking here, or by following us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  Also, sharing is caring!  If you like this post, please share it on your social media networks. Thanks!

This post was shared on the Wake Up Wednesday link party on The Organized Dream, on Link Party Palooza on I Heart Naptime, on The Creative Collection Weekly Link Party on Craft-o-Maniac, on the Pin Junkie Pin Party on The Pin Junkie, and on the Sweet Inspiration Link Party on The Boondocks Blog, on Making Merry Monday link party on My Pinventures, on Inspiration Monday on I Should Be Mopping The Floor, on That DIY Party on DIY Showoff, on Dishing It and Digging It Link Party on Life With Linda, and on the Made By You Monday link party on Skip To My Lou.

Made By You Monday

Dishing It & Digging It Link Party (med) That-DIY-Party-link-party-button Merry-Monday-Link-Party-300x300 inspiration-monday-new

The Pin Junkie Logo 330x100

Sweet-Inspiration-Link-Party-Button-1-520x650

WUW SCA CBC 250x350   link-party-palooza-button CC-Logo-16-9001-2

AB_outside

Surprise! I Sold My House on a Whim Last Week

Alicia_Sell

Posted by Alicia Sell

Last week Randall and I sold our house on a whim.  Well, not completely a whim, but we will get to that in a second.  I know what you are thinking.  “Didn’t you just finish the bathrooms?”  “Don’t you hate packing?” “Are you crazy?”

The answer to all three questions is “Yes.”

The last two weeks have been nothing but crazy.  But they have been exciting, too.  So much has happened that I have been dying to share with you.  It is a long story, but here is a bullet-pointed summary.

  • For the last year Randall and I have been actively searching for fixer upper houses in a little rural town about 15 minutes away called Greenfield. It is full of rolling fields and endless mountain views. We love it there and we are somewhat addicted to renovating houses, which is kind of an expensive hobby, but it is great fun.
  • Our realtor, Grant Cockrell (who is great, by the way), convinced us that we should consider just listing our house so that we would have more buying power if the right house came on the market. We took him up on it, figuring it would take months to sell. Any sale would be contingent on us finding suitable housing.
  • We listed our house. We had two offers above the asking price within 4 hours of it being listed.
  • I went into shock. So did Randall.  So did the kids.
  • We accepted an offer that was contingent on us finding a house within a week.
  • We put in offers on three houses we thought were sure bets. All were rejected.
  • Our contingency ran out. I cried a little and was sad a lot.
  • I gave up all hope of finding a house.
  • The family whose offer we had accepted on our house called us back and asked if we would still take their offer and keep searching for a house for another week. We, like the fools we are, agreed.
  • A day later we found a fixer upper on ten acres of land.  We put in a bid and within hours our offer was accepted.
  • We have big plans for this house.  Did I mention we may need to find temporary housing for several months while work is being completed and I am not 100% sure where that housing is yet?  Again, the answer to your question is “Yes. We may have lost our minds.”

The end.

Actually, it is really just the beginning.  And I. CAN’T. WAIT.

Tribute to Our Current House

So before I show you the new house, I would like to pay tribute to our current house, which has been a wonderful home to us.

This house will be a great home for another family and that makes me happy.  It has served us well, but our kids are getting bigger and we don’t need to be in a neighborhood anymore.  In fact, most of the kids’ friends have moved away and been replaced by younger families.

We have been craving more land and flexibility.  Still, we are so proud of this house because we basically updated everything from top to bottom. Here it is at its very cutest.

AB_outside

AB_inside9

AB_inside5

AB_inside4

AB_inside3

AB_inside

AB_inside13

AB_inside15

Bathroom_Main_front

bath_0644

Photos taken by our amazing realtor, Grant Cockrell .

Introducing the New Sell Family Homestead

So now, without further ado, let’s talk about our new fixer upper.

Before I show it to you, I need to put out a disclosure.  It is nothing sexy.  In fact, you might look at it and say “What are they thinking?”  Just go with me here.  Randall and I have optimistic, adventurous spirits and an eye for potential.

Here is our new house.

BR_before_oustide

Yup, it is one of those ranch houses I used to draw all the time as a kid.  Small, plain, and probably not updated since the 1960s when it was built.

BR_before_inside

BR_before_inside2

To be fair, I overlooked this house for the last five months because it is too small and at the time it was way too expensive.  But we kept going back to it because its location is wonderful, it has 10 beautiful acres of rolling pastures and it is a blank slate of potential.

BR_before_outside3

Last week the price dropped on the house significantly, so we decided it wouldn’t hurt to go see it.  I am so glad we did.  As soon as we pulled in the driveway I just knew it was the place for us. The other houses we bid on were great, but each had problems that would take years to be able to afford fixing and they were close to the top of our price range. I was sad those offers fell through but I also felt relieved when they did because it never felt like home.

This house may not look special, but it is incredibly well built and has been kept impeccably by the only family that has ever owned it.  It has a simple floor plan that can grow into something beautiful.  It has 10 acres of rolling hay fields (a local farmer cuts the hay for free), a small barn, big trees and endless views.   It is a blank slate that is full of potential and I can’t wait to start the next chapter of our family’s adventure there.  We have already had two contractors start up addition plans for us.

I am excited, nervous and scared all wrapped up into one.  I don’t know what the future will hold and what we will end up with, but I know it will be exciting.  And I can’t wait to share this journey with our Button Jar readers. Stay tuned!

SUBSCRIBE TO BUTTON JAR’S EMAIL LIST

You can make sure you get all of Button Jar’s posts by subscribing to our email list by clicking here, or by following us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  Also, sharing is caring!  If you like this post, please share it on your social media networks. Thanks!

This post was shared on the Over the Moon Link Party on Sandy’s POV, on the Wake Up Wednesday link party on The Organized Dream, on Link Party Palooza on I Heart Naptime, on the Creative Collection Weekly link party on Craft-o-Maniac, and on the Pin Junkie Pin Party on The Pin Junkie, on the Sweet Inspiration Link Party on The Boondocks Blog, on Making Merry Monday link party on My Pinventures, on Inspiration Monday on I Should Be Mopping The Floor, on That DIY Party on DIY Showoff, on Dishing It and Digging It Link Party on Life With Linda, and on Made By You Monday link party on Skip To My Lou.

Made By You Monday

Dishing It & Digging It Link Party (med) That-DIY-Party-link-party-button Merry-Monday-Link-Party-300x300 inspiration-monday-new

Sweet-Inspiration-Link-Party-Button-1-520x650

The Pin Junkie Logo 330x100

WUW SCA CBC 250x350

Over-the-Moon-Link-Party-200 link-party-palooza-button CC-Logo-16-9001-2

Guest Chef: Pesto Pesto Everywhere

Guest Chef: Pesto Pesto Everywhere By Carlo Gambone

Carlo and Katie

Posted by Katie and Carlo Gambone

It’s harvest time! Our small city garden amassed a serious amount of basil this year.  I credit this to the fantastic garden boxes that Carlo built last year, which give our plants the opportunity to spread out and develop a deeper route system.  Whatever the reason, our basil was seriously outstanding this year.  Here are a few pictures to prove it. To give you some perspective, many of the leaves were as big as my hand.  That makes it about as big as Matteo’s head!  Crazy.

pesto_2888

pesto_2259

So, what to do with all of that beautiful, fragrant basil?  Make pesto of course!  Pesto is not only delicious, but it is also healthy – full of good fats and nutrients.  You can make a large batch and freeze it.  And it tastes good on so many things – pasta, fish, chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese – you name it!

Pesto is a Carlo specialty so I’ve asked him to let me photograph his process and to share his recipe with Button Jar readers.  Here he is, after picking most of our basil. Yes – we still have some left!  Hard to believe, I know!!

pesto_2860

Before we get to the recipe, Carlo did want  me to let you know that he doesn’t follow a recipe – he just “eyeballs it”.  So you may need to adjust this a bit to your liking.  Our batch was huge this year – we ended up with four containers of pesto.  The recipe below is for a single batch that will serve about 4 people.  There is a printable recipe card at the end of this post if you would like to try this yourself. Okay, here we go.

Ingredients

About 2 cups Basil Leaves
1 – 2 cloves of garlic
Olive Oil (Add to liking, but about 1/2 cup or more)
Pine Nuts (1/4 cup)
Walnuts  (Optional)
Parmesan Cheese (To taste, but about a 1/2 cup or more)
Salt (To taste)
Pepper (To taste)

Get Cookin’

Pick the basil at it’s peak.  Remove any flowers. Cut the basil leaves off of the stem and place in a bowl.   Clean the leaves by letting them soak in water and then dry them using a salad spinner.

pesto_2862 pesto_2861

While the basil is drying, place the pine nuts and walnuts in a small pan and heat over medium heat until toasted, about 3 -5 minutes.  Make sure to keep a close eye on the pine nuts and walnuts while they are toasting and turn them over frequently, as they can burn easily.  Once toasted, let cool for a few minutes and then place in the food processor.  Roughly chop the garlic with a knife and place it in the food processor as well.  Pulse the pine nuts and garlic together until they are combined in smaller chunks.

pesto_2889 pesto_2890

Add the cleaned and dried basil leaves to the food processor in batches, pulsing until the basil leaves, pine nuts and garlic form a small leafy consistency like in the picture below.

pesto_2869 pesto_2892

Begin to add oil until a smoother consistency begins to form. Add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.  Continue to pulse the ingredients together in the food processor, adding more olive oil as necessary until you reach your desired consistency.

pesto_2886

Place the pesto in a bowl and add a drizzle of olive oil on top.  You can use the pesto immediately, place it in a covered dish in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer.

pesto_2880

Subscribe to Button Jar’s Email List

You can make sure you get all of Button Jar’s posts by subscribing to our email list by clicking here, or by following us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  Also, sharing is caring!  If you like this post, please share it on your social media networks. Thanks!

Pesto Pesto Everywhere

  • Servings: Several
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients

About 2 cups Basil Leaves
1 – 2 cloves of garlic
Olive Oil (Add to liking, but about 1/2 cup or more)
Pine Nuts (1/4 cup)
Walnuts  (Optional)
Parmesan Cheese (To taste, but about a 1/2 cup or more)
Salt (To taste)
Pepper (To taste)

Get Cookin’

Pick the basil at it’s peak.  Remove any flowers. Cut the basil leaves off of the stem and place in a bowl.   Clean the leaves by letting them soak in water and then dry them using a salad spinner.

While the basil is drying, place the pine nuts and walnuts in a small pan and heat over medium heat until toasted, about 3 -5 minutes.  Make sure to keep a close eye on the pine nuts and walnuts while they are toasting and turn them over frequently, as they can burn easily.  Once toasted, let cool for a few minutes and then place in the food processor.  Roughly chop the garlic with a knife and place it in the food processor as well.  Pulse the pine nuts and garlic together until they are combined in smaller chunks.

Add the cleaned and dried basil leaves to the food processor in batches, pulsing until the basil leaves, pine nuts and garlic form a small leafy consistency like in the picture below.

Begin to add oil until a smoother consistency begins to form. Add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.  Continue to pulse the ingredients together in the food processor, adding more olive oil as necessary until you reach your desired consistency.

Place the pesto in a bowl and add a drizzle of olive oil on top.  You can use the pesto immediately, place it in a covered dish in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer.

Enjoy!

This post was shared on Link Party Palooza on I Heart Naptime, on the Creative Collection Link Party on Craft-o-Maniac, on Making Merry Monday on My Pinventures, on That DIY Party on DIY Showoff, on Inspiration Monday on I Should Be Mopping The Floor, on the Over the Moon Link Party on Sandy’s POV, on Dishing It and Digging It Link Party on Life with Linda,  on the Happiness is Homemade Link Party on Love My Messy Messy Mess, and on the Wake Up Wednesday link party on The Organized Dream.

WUW SCA CBC 250x350

.link-party-palooza-button CC-Logo-16-9001-2 Dishing It & Digging It Link Party (med) That-DIY-Party-link-party-button Merry-Monday-Link-Party-300x300 inspiration-monday-new Over-the-Moon-Link-Party-200 Happiness-is-Homemade-Hosts-2016

pesto_pin

SAMSUNG CSC

Long Car Ride with Kids? Have Activity Bags, Will Travel!

Abby_bubble1

Posted by  Abby Branham

pin_activity kit

Let’s be honest, long car rides are rough, but especially rough for young kids.

Last summer we went to the OBX, which is about six hours from our home.  We drove through the night, and the girls slept like babies, quite literally because they were only one year old.  This year we traveled to New England, which was another six hour journey.  The difference this year is that they are 2, no longer sleep very well in the car for extended periods of time and we needed to travel during the day. I figured I’d better come up with a plan so that the car ride didn’t break us.

I started thinking about my own experience on long car rides as a kid.  There was one ride that I remember fondly.  I was traveling with my Dad my Aunt Shari.  My Grandma Gallup had prepared an assortment of bags with various activities in them, and she labeled them with directions on when I should open each bag.  I honestly don’t remember what activities were in the bags, but I do remember that each one was like a little treasure box. It made the long car ride bearable, even special.  So with that memory in mind and Pinterest at my fingertips, the activity bags for long car rides with the girls were created.

The Activity Bags

Here’s a look at the activity bags all finished. I stored them in a box and large reusable bag for easy access and to keep it all organized.

SAMSUNG CSC

In addition to the activity bags, I also packed the girls’ book bags with books they love, necklaces, bracelets, sunglasses, special little boxes for them to open and close, toy telephones, and a little musical toy.  Their Aunt Katie got their super cute book bags at a store in Philly called Ali’s Wagon.  Thanks Aunt Katie, Uncle Carlo, and Cousin Matteo!

SAMSUNG CSC

I also brought two cookie sheets (as seen in the picture below) measuring 13×9 at the Dollar Store.  They made a perfect lap desk for the girls for coloring, playing with play dough, etc. They fit perfectly across their laps and were easily stored alongside their car seats – brilliant.  The girls really enjoyed using them.  There are tons of great ideas for ways to use cookie sheets with kids on Pinterest – check them out.

SAMSUNG CSC

The Activities

I created eight activity bags in total.

Bag one, which I’ll call the miscellaneous bag, consisted of pom poms, plastic eggs, center tubes of paper towel rolls, and Learning Resources Helping Hands Fine Motor tools, which I purchased on Amazon.
SAMSUNG CSC

In the color matching bag (seen below), there was an activity to match the pom pom to the container that had the same color.

Another bag was shape matching (also seen below).  I created the shapes by using cookie cutters to draw shapes on foam boards I purchased at the Dollar Store.  After cutting the shapes out, I placed Velcro sticky dots on the backs so the girls could stick the shapes together and have fun pulling them apart.

SAMSUNG CSC

The art activity bag consisted of glue, crayons, shape cutters, scrapbook paper and construction paper.  I also brought some coloring books.

SAMSUNG CSC

The chalkboard activity bag consisted of black poster-board, multi-colored chalk, and a cloth eraser.  This was my personal favorite.  I’m a teacher, what can I say?

SAMSUNG CSC

In the construction site bag there were a bunch of little cars and construction equipment.  I used a dry erase marker to draw a road on the cookie sheets for the cars to “travel” on.

The Playdough bag was by far one of the girls favorites.  You just can’t go wrong with Playdough.

SAMSUNG CSC

And finally, the Lego Activity Bag.  Need I say more?

SAMSUNG CSC

Here are some more fun items we brought on the trip.

We LOVE Melissa and Doug products.

 

Are you asking yourself, “Why did she bring a bib?”  The Dauber Dawgs are paint.  I didn’t pull out the Dauber Dawgs on the trip to New England.  They were kind of a last ditch effort if all else failed, because the girls LOVE to paint!  Thankfully the activity bags were such a hit and made the trip go so smoothly that I didn’t have to pull out my secret weapon.  Whew!

SUBSCRIBE TO BUTTON JAR’S EMAIL LIST

I hope you enjoyed this post! You can make sure you get all of Button Jar’s posts by subscribing to our email list by clicking here, or by following us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  Also, sharing is caring!  If you like this post, please share it on your social media networks. Thanks!

This post was shared on Link Party Palooza on I Heart Naptime, on the Creative Collection Link Party on Craft-o-Maniac, on Making Merry Monday on My Pinventures, on Inspiration Monday on I Should Be Mopping The Floor, and on Dishing It and Digging It Link Party on Life with Linda, and on the Happiness is Homemade Link Party on Love My Messy Messy Mess.

link-party-palooza-button CC-Logo-16-9001-2 Dishing It & Digging It Link Party (med)  Merry-Monday-Link-Party-300x300 inspiration-monday-new

link-party-palooza-button CC-Logo-16-9001-2 Happiness-is-Homemade-Hosts-2016

 

DIY: Make Your Own Chalkboard

DIY: Make your Own Chalkboard!

Alicia_Sell

Posted by Alicia Sell

One of the most practical projects that we did for my mom’s home office renovation was a custom chalkboard.  It was her only design specification, and she asked that it be REALLY BIG so that she could keep track of her real estate business to-do list.

We shopped around but had a hard time finding one that was the right size and in the right price range.  So we decided to make one.  It was really easy and has a big impact on the space.  One of the things I like so much about the chalkboard is that it is both functional and pretty, which is a win-win!  Also, I am happy to report that it gets regular use and is one of Sarah’s favorite parts of the office.  Here are a few pictures to remind you what the chalkboard looks like:

chalkboard_0017

chalkboard_0002

chalkboard_0049

Chalkboard Paint Tips

Before I go into the chalkboard DIY instructions, I wanted to answer a couple of questions I have been asked about chalkboard paint.

First, I get asked if there is a brand that is best.  There are a lot of options available and although I have only ever used two brands, I think they are all fairly similar in quality.  The paint we used for this project (Valspar) cleans up really well with just being wiped down with a chalkboard eraser or a damp paper towel (just don’t get it soaking wet).

The second question I have been asked is if chalk paint is the same thing as chalkboard paint.   This is a good question because they are not quite the same thing.   There is a nice explanation about the difference between the two paint types on DIY Mommy’s blog (she even has some homemade recipes for making your own chalk paint and chalkboard paint!).  The good news is both paints are very versatile and can be used on so many different material types, including drywall, wood, metal and ceramics.  Here are a few cute ideas I found online specific to chalkboard paint to get your creative juices flowing.

Tools

Valspar Black Chalkboard Paint
Plywood
Paint roller
1×4 wood trim
1×2 wood trim
Miter saw
Nail gun
Hillman Group Hangman Picture Hanging System

DIY Chalkboard Instructions

Start by measuring out your plywood to the size that you would like the chalkboard to be.  (Our chalkboard was 2×3 feet.) Lightly sand the plywood to remove any loose splinters.  Wipe down with a slightly damp cloth to remove any loose dust.

valspar_chalkboard_brush_170x190

Using a paint roller, apply an even coat of the chalk paint to the sheet of plywood.  You can also use a paint brush for application, but the roller was fast and efficient for our project.  We applied three coats of paint to the plywood.  Make sure that you allow the paint to dry completely between coats.

While the paint is drying, measure out how large the wood frame needs to be.  Cut the 1×4 and 1×2 pieces of wood to size.  You will have four pieces of 1×4 and four pieces of 1×2 to make your frame.

Using a miter saw, cut a 45 degree angle at the top and bottom of each piece of 1×4 and 1×2. Use a nail gun to secure the 1×4 pieces together.  Once they are secured and form the rectangular frame, use the nail gun to  secure the  1×2 pieces to the outside of the 1×4 frame.

chalkboard_0014

chalkboard_0011

chalkboard_0020

chalkboard_0004

You can paint the frame or stain it to give the chalk board a look that best fits your home.  We painted the frame white for the home office renovation project.

chalkboard_0024

Hillman Group 18 Hangman Picture HangingOnce the frame is done drying, secure the plywood to the back of the frame.  Now you are ready to hang the chalkboard up! The chalkboard can get heavy, and since it is functional it is really important to have a heavy duty picture hanging kit.  We swear by the Hillman Group Hangman Picture Hanging System.  It is very sturdy and is so easy to install.  The best part?  They have a leveler built into the hanging system so you hang it up right the first time.

That’s it!  The entire project can easily be done in a weekend.  Do you have any homemade chalkboard projects in your own house?  We would love to see your creative ideas so feel free to share them with us via email at buttonjar3.com, Facebook or Instagram.

SUBSCRIBE TO BUTTON JAR’S EMAIL LIST

I hope you enjoyed this post! You can make sure you get all of Button Jar’s posts by subscribing to our email list by clicking here, or by following us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  Also, sharing is caring!  If you like this post, please share it on your social media networks. Thanks!

This post was shared on the Made By You Monday link party on Skip to My Lou and on Two Cup Tuesday on Pint Sized Baker, on Link Party Palooza on I Heart Naptime, on the Creative Collection Link Party on Craft-o-Maniac,  on Making Merry Monday on My Pinventures, on That DIY Party on DIY Showoff, on Inspiration Monday on I Should Be Mopping The Floor, and on Dishing It and Digging It Link Party on Life with Linda.

Dishing It & Digging It Link Party (med) That-DIY-Party-link-party-button Merry-Monday-Link-Party-300x300 inspiration-monday-new

link-party-palooza-button CC-Logo-16-9001-2

Made By You MondayTwo Cup Tuesday

chalkboard_pin