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Diy Movie Kit For The Kid’s.

My high school job was selling tickets at the local movie theater. So when my nieces were younger (one of them is a senior in high school now – boo!) I made them a movie theater play kit for Christmas. It was one of my favorite gifts to give and it sure was fun to play with them.

Now several years later, the movie theater play kit has been reinvented and used as birthday gifts for my Avery’s little friends.

This play kit can be done for $10 or under. You could probably make it as cheap or as expensive as you want depending on how crazy you want to get with it.

I started with a canvas bag from Hobby Lobby. I used my trusty iron-on transfer paper to personalize the bags with their names.
I searched for appropriate movie poster images, printed them, and had them laminated.

In the bag were also some cardboard popcorn holders bought in the party section at Hobby Lobby. I purchased a roll of tickets at Target and some microwave popcorn. I had some nametag holders leftover from my teaching days. I printed off paper that said “my name is” and included one for the receipient of the gift as well as any siblings.

I asked my Mom to make a vest to add to the kit so the child could really play the part. (One of these days when time allows, I will learn how to do this part myself! Ha.)

I finished it off with a label printed on the computer so the parent would see what it was meant to be.

This gift usually needs explained at first but always ends up up being a hit, especially the tickets!

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow with another fun gift idea!Move-Theatre-Kit

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DIY Lip Scrub.

1/2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp granulated white sugar
1/2 – 1 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice

Instructions to make the lip scrub:

Using a tiny little dish from your kitchen mix the sugar and honey together until combined. Add lime juice and mix until it the scrub has reached a semi-runny consistency.
Use a spoon, a small paintbrush, or your fingers to cover your lips in the scrub; gently rub it all over. Repeat as needed until lips are completely smooth and buttery. The sugar acts as the exfoliant, the lime rejuvenates the skin, and the honey is a natural anti-bacterial and cleanser. Boom.
When you’re all done exfoliating, apply a coat of your favorite go-to lip-gloss or chap-stick and bask in your beauty. You’re amazing. Pretty too. Have you lost weight? There’s something extra sparkly about you right now.

It’s time to take those gorgeous smackers for a test drive, go find some gorgeous lipstick. You deserve it!bd_0107_lipbalm_l


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Childs Dress Up Box.

For kids who like to dress up you can fill up a box of dress up items from a thrift shop. Also add some accessories from the dollar store. You can also find Halloween reduced costumes in stores. For a boy a plastic tool box with a handle would be great for his items. Use your imagination for decorating the boxes. These make great christmas ideas for young children.


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Frugal Facial Care.

Do you love using those expensive body scrubs but hate paying a small fortune for them? Here is a recipe that will give you the same results for a LOT less. You can make them for yourself or give some away as gifts.

1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons honey

Find a cute jar to put the scrub in. I found some really cute and inexpensive jars at IKEA in all shapes and sizes.

Add 1 cup of brown sugar.

Mix in 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil.

2 Tablespoons of honey.

Stir all together and that’s it! Make it pretty and then either indulge in it yourself or give it to someone you care about!

This is a great tip for your skin to get ready for your wedding day ! Pamper yourself,you will have great looking skin if you start 6 months in advance.It works really well on your face as well. It can also be used as guest favours too.Wrapped with a nice ribbon in your wedding colours great gifts!
Another cheap, but great facial scrub is baking soda. Just make it into a paste and apply to your face and neck area.Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse.

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Gift Baskets For All Ocaasions.

gift_basket_2_sbth_Gift-Theosbasketbth_133719Gift baskets are a great way to make a personal gift for family or friends. This article includes many ideas of containers and themes to help you get started on a gift basket for everyone on your list. Gift baskets can be a lot of fun for you and the recipient and don’t have to cost a lot of money.
The Recipient
The first thing to consider is who you are giving the basket to:

•What do they like?
•What are their hobbies?
•What do they need?
•What do they like to eat?
The container or “basket” doesn’t have to be expensive. Pick a theme (some are listed below) and find a container that goes with the theme that can hold some items or have items attached to it. You want the container and the items to go together and for everything to be usable and practical. (This is not to say that a few fun things can’t be thrown in too.) Below are some of my ideas for containers but there certainly are many more possibilities.

•Baskets of all shapes and sizes
•Flower pots
•Watering can
•Fishing creel
•Canvas bag
•Day pack
•Waste basket
•ice, plastic or garden
•Plastic container
•Storage box
Ideas for Themes
The items that go within the gift basket should be tied together by a common theme. The themes below are gift basket recipes that can be modified to fit your needs or to get you started on developing your own themed gift basket.

College Student Gift Basket
Use a basket or usable container with some or all of the following:

•Pens and Pencils
•Printer paper and supplies
•Mouse pad
•Washcloth and hand towel
•Yummy healthy snacks
•Phone Card
•Gift certificate for a CD
•Nail Clippers
•Book light
Bath Gift Basket
Use a nice basket with some or all of the following:

•Gel eye-pack
•Epsom salts or bubble bath
•Aroma therapy oils
•Scented candles and holders
•Pumice stone
•Washcloths, scrubber or loofa sponge
•Back cleaning brush
•Relaxing music on CD or cassette
•Rubber ducky
Kids Coloring Gift Basket
Use a rubber/plastic storage box with some or all of the following:

•Assorted papers, coloring books
•Crayons or colored pencils
•Nontoxic markers
•Assorted stickers
•Paint box and brushes
•Safe scissors
Photographer’s Gift Basket
Use a basket or a camera bag with some or all of the following:

•Coupons for picture developing
•Camera Filters
•Lens cleaner
•Lens cloth
•Photo print paper
•Picture frame and matte
•Picture Album
Letter Writer’s Gift Basket
Use a square basket or plastic box with some or all of the following:

•Note paper or cards
•Envelopes (choose a variety of sizes)
•Letter opener
•Pen or pencil
•Personalized seal
•Sealing wax
•Return address labels
•Rubber stamps to decorate envelopes
Crafters Gift Basket
Use a rubber storage container with some or all of the following:

•Glue gun and glue sticks
•Acrylic paints
•Assorted brushes
•Craft knife
•Craft supplies (this will depend on the craft they do.)
•Craft patterns or how-to books
•Craft papers
Pasta Lover Gift Basket
Use a colander or bowl with some or all of the following:

•Package of gourmet pasta
•Tongs or pasta grabber
•Package of sun-dried tomatoes
•Extra-virgin olive oil
•Fancy olives
•Spices: oregano, basil, garlic powder
•Collection of your favorite pasta recipes hand-printed on recipe cards
•Pasta cookbook
•Jar of gourmet sauce
Gardener’s Gift Basket
Use a clay plant pot, bucket or watering can with some or all of the following:

•Gardening gloves
•Hand tools
•Vegetable, flower seeds
•Liquid fertilizer
•Kneeling pad
•Gardening book
•Subscription for a gardening magazine
•Plant markers
•Heavy Duty Hand Lotion
Cat Lover Gift Basket
Use a cat bowl or pet bed with some or all of the following:

•Catnip Mouse or other cat toy
•Hair ball paste
•Cat treats
•Cat Brush
•Scratching post
•Gourmet cat food
Dog Lover Gift Basket
Use a dog bowl or pet bed with some or all of the following:

•Rawhide bone
•Dog biscuits
•Squeaky toy
•Dog shampoo
•Collar and/or leash
Dogs come in all sizes so make sure you are buying for the right size dog. Also if it is for a puppy, chewy stuff is the best.

New Home Owner’s Gift Basket
Use a tool box or tool tray with some or all of the following:

•Screw drivers – Slot and Phillips
•Wrench, Pliers or Vice Grip Pliers
•Assorted nails, tacks, screws, washers
•Gift certificate for the local hardware store
•Do-it-yourself Home Repair book
•Other assorted odds and ends like:
•super glue
•light switch covers
•light bulbs
•duct tape
•paint brushes
•knobs and handles
Guitar Player’s Gift Basket
Use a basket or gig bag with some or all of the following:

•Assorted guitar picks
•Tuning pipe or electronic tuner
•Sheet music
•CDs or cassettes of great guitar players
•Guitar strings
•Polishing rag
•Guitar polish
•Chord or lesson books
Skier or Snowboarder’s Gift Basket
Use a small pack or canvas bag with some or all of the following:

•Gloves, mittens and/or warm hat
•Hot packs
•Lip balm
•Pass to the local ski hill
•Hot chocolate
•Ski, snowboard or sled waxes
Grandparent Gift Basket
Use a basket or reusable container with some or all of the following:

•Children’s artwork
•Gifts made by the kids
•Framed family pictures
•Videos of the family
•Long-distance calling card
•Candy, coffee, or tea
•Handmade Christmas ornaments
•Polar fleece lap blanket
Wine Lover’s Basket
Use a wine cooling bucket with some or all of the following:

•Wine Glasses
•Cheese and Crackers
•Cork screw
•Bottle of wine
Holiday Entertainment Basket
Use a nice holiday basket with some or all of the following:

•Holiday Napkins
•Holiday Plates
•Holiday Cups
•Whole Mixed Nuts
•Cookies or baked goods
•Holiday floral picks or ornaments for decorating
•Cheese ball or Sausage stick and crackers
Fillers for Your Basket
Once you have obtained your items here are some fillers to put around them.

•Piece of fabric
•Shredded paper, newspaper or colored paper
•Easter basket grass
•Tissue paper or newspaper comics
•Colored towels or cloth napkins
•Cedar shavings
Extra Items To Consider
For Christmas Baskets add:
•Candy canes
•scented or unscented, votive, tea lights or tapers
•Pine cones
•Cinnamon sticks tied with red ribbon
•spruce, pine, cedar, holly
•Christmas ornaments
For any occasion add:
•Hot cider, special tea bags, special coffee or cocoa mixes
•Mandarin oranges, tangerines, oranges or apples
•Unshelled nuts or packets of roasted nuts
•Wrapped candy or baked goods
•Small toys or puzzles
•Sample hand creams
•Lip gloss or Chap-stick
Finishing Your Basket
If you buy colored cellophane you can cover the entire container with it disguising what is inside. Tie a ribbon around the whole thing or paste a ribbon on top. Have fun!
These are great gift ideas for everyone in your wedding party ! Great gifts for all occassions ,that won’t cost you much.

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Snowman Kit Gift Idea.

Make a snowman kit for the little kid’s on your list.
1.Dig around in your closets (or head to a thrift store) for all those snowman essentials: a button nose two eyes made out of coal (rocks will work), a carrot nose (play food, perhaps?) a scarf, a set of mittens, two sticks for his arms, a few more buttons for his middle and a couple more rocks for his mouth.
2.Then, have some fun accessorizing. Add a wig, a crazy hat, some jewelry, a pair of shades – whatever you think will amuse the recipient.
3.Finish by sticking all the pieces in a box, and creating a fancy label for your kit,or put into a drawstring bag this gift can be used year after year.
Cute, thrifty idea for young ones.
Another really cute idea for giving money is to put bills inside a frame and add a little sign says in an emergency break glass! I love this idea

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Coffee Lovers Gift Basket Ideas.

I love a good cup of coffee, and this basket is a fun one to put together for the coffee lovers in your life!

For a great centerpiece, start with your favorite coffee and two plain mugs (I got the ones in the picture at Walmart for $1.25 each because I couldn’t find any at the dollar store). Add a set of dry erase markers and a handwritten/drawn message.

I love this idea for a couple that enjoys their coffee together each morning because they can write each other love notes, reminders or a word of encouragement as part of their daily routine. It’s fun to write a message that you know will get wiped off because there’s less pressure to choose the perfect words or write something worth saving!

You probably could stop there, but you don’t have to! Here are some more ideas for your gift basket:

chocolate-hazelnut or candy cane biscotti
chocolate covered espresso beans
peppermint candies
cinnamon sticks
ground spices
vanilla (or other flavored) extract
sugar or turbinado
chocolate-covered spoons
flavored creamers
a book or devotional
Have fun with it and customize it for the recipient for a special gift from the heart!

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Lip Smacking Fun.

You will need lipgloss pots that you can find at the dollar store.Use some nice paper to make labels for your gloss.
Put about 1 tbls of vaseline or enough to fill your gloss pots , leave a little room at the top.
Put your vaseline in the microwave only until it turns to liquid, about 2 minutes. If your making chocolate gloss start by adding about 1/2 tsp get rid of the lumps first.If you want the gloss darker add more. Then stir well and put in microwave another 20 seconds, stir again.Add to your gloss pot and glue on a nice label.
If you want flavoured, and coloured gloss just add 1/8 of tsp of kool-aid for every 2 tbls of vaseline ,and just mix it up well.Try strawberry, blueberry, or whatever flavour you like. Add to your gloss pots.
You can also just add about 1 tbls of vaseline to a bowl. Then use eyeshadow of different colours. Scrape it into your vaseline and stir until you get the desired colour.
These make great little gifts.

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Faux Bubble Gum Machine.

First you paint your clay pot,lid,and your little styrofoam ball with red acyrilic paint let dry.
Then use white paint and toothpick to add your snowflakes onto your clay pot.
Then glue your syrofoam ball to the top of your clay pot lid, let dry.

Turn your clay pot upside down and glue your glass bowl to the bottom of your clay pot. The bowl should be glued so the top of your glass bowl opening is at the top.
Place your candy into your bowl,and put on the lid.Tie a ribbon around your pot. That’s it your done. So easy!

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The Coolest Clay Pot Gifts.

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A decorated clay pot can become many,many cool things.I love these ideas.I am making the candy machine as we speak,that’s how much I loved this idea! You can do these to match your decor,or holiday themes which is great.
Use as pen and pencil holders to organize your desk,cookie jars,jewlery boxes,tooth brush holder,and use the lid as a soap holder.Pretty much anything you want to put in them.
To make the clay pot apple,frankenstein,turkey craft,polka dot pot,bell craft for your christmas tree,bird bath,clay pot stand,decoupage with candy wrappers,and crayon wrappers.I am going to try hershey bar wrappers.Clay pot winter friends,cow,bumble bee,frog,and pilgrim hat go to familycrafts.about.com.The clay pot apple is so adorable and thrifty as a teachers gift.
I get excited over these ideas.I know I should get a life right?
To make clay pot people,and clay pot butterflies and others not listed here go to http://www.crafterslovecrafts.com.
The snowmen pots are so cute just use styrofoam balls for the head this one is self explanatory.
To make the mini pots of gold party favours go to http://www.makeandtakes.com for a tutorial.
The skys the limit with clay pots.I hope these ideas have you inspired.Some of these make great gift ideas.Just decorate the pots,and fill with treats or little gift items.Put on the lid and tie on a nice ribbon.You have a real frugal gift,but nice.
The next post will be a tutorial for the faux bubble gum,or candy clay pot.

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