How to get free stuff for baby

I had just quit my job to focus on my senior year of college when I found I was pregnant for the first time. My husband had a good job but that didn’t stop me from constantly worrying about money. (I guess you could say it’s one of the side effects of growing up poor. I don’t mean “I didn’t get the Gameboy I wanted for Christmas kind of poor” I mean the kind of poor where you are using the oven to heat the house kind of poor.) The thought of  “how in the world are we going to afford all of the stuff a baby needs?!” kept crossing my mind. Then I started digging around and found some codes that allowed me to get free things for baby. Because I now have another little one on the way, I thought I’d share with ya’ll how to save on stuff for baby and some codes to get free or discounted things for baby!!

Photo Courtesy of EskimoKids.com


THE CODES:

Carseatcanopy.com CARSEAT for $50 off

Uddercovers.com UCOVER for $35 off

Sevenslings.com SEVEN for $40 off

Nursingpillow.com NPILLOW for $40 off

Bellybuttonband.com  ONEONLY for $40 off

Babyleggings.com ONEONLY for $50 off

Breastpads.com ONEONLY for $35 off

Babiesfirstbooks.com BABYBOOKS 5 free books

Rufflebuns.com   ONEONLY for $60 off

Eskimokids.com WILDTHING for $35 off

 

The codes above either covers the cost of the product or greatly discounts it. There is a little catch to these deals though, the shipping on these items can be little high. The most I’ve ever paid was $15 and the least I’ve ever paid was about $7. However that’s way less than what you’d pay for the actual product so it’s still a really awesome deal.

 

Tips On Saving for baby:

1. Buy used:

There are plenty of second hand baby/toddler/kid high end consignment shops now. You can find name brand clothing, cribs, carseats, strollers, bassinets etc. Keep in mind however if you buy a carseat from a consignment shop you need to check the expiration date on it. Most stores do this but it never hurts to take a look for yourself. (I wish there would have been a baby consignment shop open before my son was born, luckily though one opened up right after. Now there are two great consignment shops in my area that I get to shop around before this new little one makes his arrival.)

2. Buy Not Only for Now but Also the Future:

Before Deklin  was born I decided to buy this crib/mattress/dresser/changingtable combo from Walmart.com. It was only $250 for the entire thing which is a fantastic deal considering that it transitions from a crib to a toddler bed into a full size bed. For the first year it  was great and it’s even been okay as a toddler bed. However there is no way in the world I transition it into a full size bed, I just wouldn’t feel comfortable with my son sleeping in it. It just isn’t sturdy enough to hold the weight of a full size mattress and the weight of a growing boy. My husband and I plan on striping it down, repainting it, and reinforcing it turning it back into a crib. (If it’s durable enough) For what we paid for it and everything that came with it, I really shouldn’t complain. The cribs done it’s job over the last 3 years, I just wish that I would’ve thought about all of the stages of the crib and if it was truly going to last. Had I known what I know now I definitely would have bought something a lot sturdier than I did. If we do end up having to buy to a new crib, you can bet your sweet buns that I’ll be buying it from a consignment shop.

One smart thing we did do the first time around was buy one convertible carseat (a carseat that grows with the baby) and an infant carseat. The convertible carseat was placed in my husbands truck and the infant carseat in my car (considering that Deklin would with me for the majority of the day). We went with a cheaper infant carseat because we knew that he wouldn’t be in it for very long. (He was in it maybe 8 or 9 months, if that. Then we bought a convertible carseat for my car.)  The convertible carseats cost a little more up front but we probably won’t have to buy another carseat until he’s 4 or 5 years old.

3. Buy Gender Neutral:

     When we were shopping around for a pack-n-play and a baby swing there were all of these adorable blue and green boyish ones or these adorable little girl ones with the little canopy drops.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to get those. But I knew I had to be smart. We knew we wanted more kids someday and I didn’t want to have to go out and buy these things over again. I probably wouldn’t have done that but I would’ve felt bad. So instead we went with gender neutral on everything big. Then we packed it away for the next baby.

4. Save as Much As you can from your First Baby

My husband called me a hoarder for saving so many clothes and all of the big stuff. I didn’t save every outfit but I did save all of the really adorable ones. (There are outfits that I saved that Deklin never even wore because he grew so fast)  Now that we know we are having another boy, he’s thankful I did. Saving the big stuff also saves us a lot of money because lets face it the price of things aren’t going to decrease, they are just going to continue to get higher and higher.

 

So there you have it my tips on how to get free/discounted stuff for baby. Please leave me a comment letting me know if these tips and promotional codes were helpful.

 

 

 

 

The Dos & Don’ts of Building a Fireplace Mantle

A few weeks ago my dear sweet friend asked me to help her build a mantle for her fireplace, so naturally I said yes. (I should mention that neither of us had ever built a mantle before.)  Today I’m going to share with you a few of the Dos & Don’ts of Building a Fireplace Mantle.

Do your homework (Hello, Pinterest)

Don’t follow the exact lay out another person posted. (Your fireplace will be different, so there will need to be some adjustments made. If you don’t you’ll be making to two mantles and one of them will end up being a wine rack.)

Do find the most experienced carpenter in Home Depot and talk to them about what you’re doing. She or he can give you some helpful hints to make your project go more smoothly. (Shout out to Mark at the Home Depot in Hattiesburg, MS!!)

Don’t forget to charge your tools the night before.

Do make a list of ALL of the supplies you’ll need.

Don’t do your shopping the day you plan to complete the project. (The shopping took a lot of time.)

Do this project with a friend it makes it so much fun and a lot easier. Enjoy!!

 

 

How to Clean a Dishwasher

Lately I’ve noticed that the inside of my dishwasher looks a little dirty and it’s made me question how clean my dishes are actually getting. So I decided it was time to clean my dishwasher and today I’m going to show you how to do the same.


Here’s what you’ll need:

1/4 Cup of Baking Soda

1 Cup of White Vinegar

First you’ll need to remove the filter and the filter tray and soak them in warm soapy water for 10 minutes. Using a wash cloth lightly remove any debris that may be caught in the filter. (You don’t want to be careful because these pieces are delicate.)


Then you’ll want to replace the filter and the filter tray.


Then sprinkle the baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher.


Next pour the white vinegar on bottom of the dishwasher and turn the dishwasher on the deepest clean cycle you have. After the cycle is finished your dishwasher is clean. There you have it.

DIY Spring Wreath

I think it’s safe to say that Spring is in the air!! (My allergies confirm this. haha.) I decided to celebrate the change in seasons by making a beautiful Spring Wreath. Today I’m going to show you how you to can make a beautiful wreath without paying the big price tag.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Grapevine Wreath

Artificial Flowers

Wire Cutters

Hot Glue Gun

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Start by cutting the each flower from the bunch it’s attached to using the wire cutters. (I strongly suggest using a bigger pair of wire cutters than I used because it will take F.O.R.E.V.E.R. if you don’t)

Next you are going to take the flowers and slide the steam through the wicker wreath in a pattern that you like. Once you have a pattern that you like glue the back of the flower to the wreath using the hot glue gun.When it’s dry cut off the excess flower steams from the back of the wreath. You’ll want to cut them close to the wicker wreath to make sure your wreath sits as flat as possible, once it’s hung.

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Then hang your cost effective Spring Wreath and enjoy!!!

Helpful Tips:

1.) Buy more flowers than you think you’ll need. Trust me half way through mine I had to run to the store to get more. Needless to say they were out of one of the flowers that I used, which lead me to rearrange my wreath.

2.) Use more durable wire cutters than I did. Using those little tiny things was like a cruel punishment.

3.) Buy your supplies from the dollar store. I bought all of my wreath on a whim from Hobby Lobby because it was half off ($4). When I took my weekly trip to the Dollar Tree they had wicker wreaths for a dollar. They also had some really cute flowers, so I wasn’t about to miss that opportunity. The total cost of making this Spring Wreath (with the cute little butterflies I added) was $15 dollars.

 

 

About Last Week

I’m a planner, I always have been. I have backup plans, for my backup plans and even backup plans for those plans. Last week though no matter how well I planned and executed my DIY projects and recipes they failed miserably. I began to become aggravated and started questioning my ability. Then I took a deep breath and stepped back for a moment. I realized that I needed a week off from doing crafts and cooking. I needed a week off from blogging.

I know taking time off from blogging isn’t what a lot of popular bloggers would suggest. Especially, if you want to turn your blog into a business like I do. But sometimes you just need a reset so you can come back at your best. I love blogging and I enjoy making DIY crafts and food. I don’t want to ruin it by stressing myself out about it.

After taking a week off to just hangout with my husband and my little boy, I feel great I can focus creating new things. I have a ton of new blogs planned and can’t wait to share them with you. I guess sometimes you just need to take a break to return to something you love. Until next time.

Liebster Award


I’m extremely honored and flatter because I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. I was nominated by the lovely and talented Connie@BohemienArt. Y’all should check out her blog. She’s always posting something new and interesting! Thank you, so much Connie!!!

The rules of the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
  3. Nominate 10 new bloggers.
  4. Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  5. Create 10 new questions to ask the bloggers you nominate.
  6. Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog.

 

Here are Connie’s questions:

Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog because I wanted something just for me and I enjoy making crafts and cooking. (Even if I’m not perfect at it. :D)

If failure were not an option what would you attempt to do?

If failure wasn’t an option I would start all of the  businesses, I’ve ever thought about. (Here’s a few I’ve considered: An ice cream shop that is open at night and delivers, a children’s museum, a restaurant just for kids, a children’s theatre, an outdoor movie theatre that has couches,etc. There are many many more but I don’t want to bore you with all of those.)

If you could live in any place of the world where would that be and why?

If I could live any place in the world I wanted, I would live in Tennessee. I know that may sound crazy to some of you but I feel as thought it is the best of everything. You get to see all for seasons, it has the mountains, and some country life. However, there are still some amazing cities to explore. The only thing that would make Tennessee even better is if it had an ocean near by.

What is your greatest phobia and why?

My greatest phobia is snakes. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because they can sneak up on you and bite you, leading to your death.

If money were not an issue what would be your next purchase?

This is a tough one but I think it would be a house. But not just any house but my dream house.

If you had to leave in a hurry for a trip, what would be the “must have 3 items” to take with you?

My must have 3 items if I had to leave in a hurry for a trip would be, flip-flops, deodorant, and conditioner for my crazy curly hair.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to own my business and I’m hoping through my blog I can achieve that.

If you have a really bad day, what’s the thing that can brighten it up?

When I’m having a really bad day the thing that brightens it up is hearing my son and husband laugh.

What’s your favorite cooking recipe and why?

My favorite cooking recipe is Homemade Candied Pecans because they taste wonderful and they also make the house smell amazing. So it’s a win, win.

What would be the appropriate soundtrack for the movie of your life?

The appropriate soundtrack for the movie that is my life would be  “What a Wonderful World” By Louis Armstrong

Here are the blogs I nominate:

Home Grown DIY

Buffy The Writer

Peas Romaine Calm

Thirties Flair

Sandra McCall

Southern Belly

Failing Up In The Kitchen

Miss Artsy Crafty

The DIY Chick

Beauty and Baths

Here are my questions:

Why did you start your blog?

What is you’re favorite book?

What does a perfect weekend look like to you?

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

What is your favorite holiday tradition? 

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

What is your favorite Disney movie and character?

What advice would you give your younger self?

What’s your biggest fear?

Which do you prefer: A brand new car or a restored vintage car?

 

 

 

DIY Spring Welcome Sign

It’s officially Spring! In honor of Spring I decided to make a new Welcome sign. Today I’m going to share with you how I made it.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

String or Ribbion

Staple Gun

A Wooden Plaque (I bought mine from of Walmart for $4)

Piece of Chalk

White Paint Pen

Variety of Paint

Masking Tape

Flower Stencils

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Start by painting the wooden plaque. When it’s dry take a piece of chalk and write the word “Welcome”on the plaque. (I don’t have bubbly cheerleader handwriting, so writing in chalk allows me to erase it and rewrite it. Until I get a version that’s legible and that I don’t absolutely hate.)

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Once you’ve written a version of the word “Welcome” in chalk that you actually like, grab the paint pen and trace it. You’ll need to go over it a few times.

 

Next place one of flower stencils on the wooden plaque, where you want them, and secure them with masking tape. Then paint. Repeat this step as many times as you’d like using different stencils. Allow sign to dry. When the sign is dry flip it over and staple the string to the back of it. (The length of the string will depend on the size of plaque and the level at which you’d like it to hang. Then ENJOY!! Happy Spring Everybody!!!