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DIY Lucky Lollipops.

Who doesn’t love lollipops…and money? Sign me up right?!!So that makes this little craft perfect for anyone! My daughter and I were playing around with some crisp dollar bills awhile back and thought we would make this little lollipop plant as a gift for a relative. What is so great about this…is you could make it for any occasion..any age…and totally make it unique each time. For a child, you could place the “plant’” in a sand bucket…and fill it with beach toys; maybe for a teen boy you could use a basket filled with golf balls; or for Mother’s day you could place the lollipops in a real plant. The possibilities are endless! So, here is how you go about creating a one of a kind lucky lollipop plant…For this project, you will need dollar bills, tape, lollipop sticks (we used long and short), lollipops, a container, small piece of Styrofoam or floral foam.
Begin by folding the dollar bills. Start on the short end and fold back and forth until you reach the end. Connect the two ends together (the dollar will fan out to create a lollipop shape). Tape and secure to the stick. Place foam on the bottom of container and be sure it fits snug. Poke in the lollipops and fill in with candy or other filler.
So who will you be making a lucky lollipop for!?!?!Lucky-Lollipops-Gift

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DIY Doctor Play Kit.

Hunter and Hope are really into pretend play at the moment, so I thought it was time to introduce Him and her to my favourite roll play toy as a child, the Doctor Play set. I had a Fisher Price one as a girl, and it really got a workout. Instead of buying her a whole lot of plastic stuff, I rummaged around in a few drawers and cupboards and put together a fun set that cost me next to nothing.
Apart from gathering supplies, I made a gauze surgical mask.
-Plastic Syringe
-Plastic Tweezers from a dressing kit
-Tongue Depressor
-Stethoscope (I bought this off ebay for $4, it’s not excellent quality but it does work. Make sure you supervise your child as yelling or banging on stethoscopes can cause hearing damage.)
Other items you may want to include:
-Cotton Balls or swabs
-Eye Patch
-Note pad and Pen
To make the surgical mask
You will need:
Cotton gauze 8″x10″
2 x elastic pieces 10″ long
safety pin
Sewing machine and general sewing supplies

This size suits a small child, you may want to adjust the measurements for older kids.
How to:
1. Cut your gauze square and elastic.
2. Fold the gauze in half and sew along the dotted line.
3. Turn inside out and press.
4. Fold open sides over twice as pictured and press.
5. Stitch along dotted line.
6. Fasten your safety pin to the end of the elastic piece and thread each through the side tubes.
7. Tie off the ends.
8. Move the elastic around to hide the knot.
To decorate the case:
-This was an old case I had kicking around the sewing room, if you don’t want to buy one you can use a lunch box or even a biscuit tin.
-Trace a circle around a bowl or plate onto some adhesive paper.
-Draw a large cross and colour in with a marker pen.
-Cut out and stick onto case or tin.DIY-Doctor-Play-Kit

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DIY Art Caddy.

I originally thought when making the boy’s their art caddy for their bedroom, that I would use a combination of pails and a wooden cutlery caddy. But before I even got there, I found a utensil caddy at Target for $11.99 {which was my back-up plan anyway}, and I knew it was by far the best solution and would be moved to my main plan!

Target had a plethora of utensil caddy’s in their summer seasonal section, and the caddy’s were a GREAT size to be used as a caddy for far more than just utensils!
have to use up all that extra chalk board paint some how! One little project at a time! This one really couldn’t be more perfect for chalk board paint though, I mean it’s a kid’s art caddy after all!!
Talk about an easy peasy project! Painting was fun, but more fun ensued when it was time to fill it up with all the kiddos randomly placed art supplies!
The divided portions of the caddy are great for keeping markers, crayons and color pencils in their respective sections!I snagged some small canning jars for the other odd shaped crafting items:
And tucked those inside the other side of the caddy:
Along with scissors, paint, glue and wiggly eyes! You can’t have an art caddy without wiggly eyes!!
The end result is something that I can tuck up on a shelf in the boys room, and they can easily snag it and carry it to the kitchen table or floor to work on their creative crafty projects! Score, 1 point MOM!
OK, time to spill a secret. I picked up two more of those utensil caddy’s for two more organizing projects that I can’t wait to share! Any guesses as to what they might be?

What other ways have you been whipping up fantastic art storage for your little artists?ArtCaddy1ArtCaddy14ArtCaddy15

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DIY Cookies In A Jar Gift.

http://youtu.be/oM52ruhNUcE Just thought I would share this video of DIY cookies in a jar gift! There are so many frugal jar gifts you can make for pennies.People also love these gifts.

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DIY Fruit Cups.


I found this idea on one of my favourite websites these are great for school lunches.
Just mix 4 cups of your favourite fruit diced,2 tablespoons of lemon juice,3 cups of orange juice.Then combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.Mix together well.Then spoon fruit and juice into a mason jar an 8 ounce one until it reaches just below the tip of the jar.You can then freeze these as well and use as needed.Makes 8 jars.These are so convient and easy for kids to eat out of.

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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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Cupcake Craze.

http://youtu.be/BaGcCxJoJ-Q I thought I would share two links on you tube for rainbow cupcakes.I tried these and it is really easy to do.Cupcakes are so popular and easy these days.People are serving cupcakes over cakes at parties more and more.

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Super Deals At Walmart For Back To School.

This will be my four kid’s first time at school,so shopping for four is not easy,unless you can hunt down all the sales.I have been homeschooling them all for 5 years now,but I need some time for myself.
Anyway at Walmart today I found a few back to school items cheap enough to stalk up on for the year.It was like shopping back in 1960 which was great for my pocket book.Pencil crayons are 50 cents,8 packs of pencils are 10 cents,2 sticks of glue for 10 cents as I said yesterday 150 paper is 15 cents,and 80 page books are 10 cents,packs of four notebooks 10 cents.
Also there is 5 piece back pack sets for 10 bucks.
Giant Tiger has some great sales today too pot pies ,bread,cheese slices,cavendish fries,tatertots all a dollar.
If you want a complete list of all the sales and coupon match ups go to http://www.mrsjanuary.com ,and http://www.simplyfrugal.com.

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Free Coupon Deal’s This Week.

Secret deodorant is on sale at Rexall two for 4.00 dollars use your two dollar off coupon from the P&G insert,it’s free.Also Old Spice deodorant is on sale at Rexall as well for 2.00 dollars use your four dollar coupon when you buy two and it,s free.That coupon was in your P&G insert as well.
Go to http://www.mrsjanuary.com for everything you need to know about couponing.She is also on you tube.

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WalMart Coupon Deals.


Clean and Clear shampoo is on sale at Rexall this week for 3.99 use your 3.00 0ff coupon and get each bottle for 99 cents.I picked up 12 bottles,for 12.56 saved 45.00 dollars.Degree deodorant is also on sale use your 2.00 off coupon and get it free.I grabbed five saved 11.50.Those coupons were in the red plun and smart source coupon inserts in your newspaper.
There will be another insert in your paper on July 29.The p&g insert came out two days ago.If you want a preview of these inserts go to http://www.mrsjanuary.com you will find how to coupon in Canada check her out on you tube s well.
Also another great site is simply frugal helping you save money in Canada.

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