Football Party Favors Bag

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on September 19, 2017

We love Fall! Our son is playing football again this year and I gotta say I love to watch him do his thing each week. As we look ahead to the season-end party, these Football party favors bag will be an easy DIY for post-season goodie bags.

Football is the reason for the season!

Football Party Favors Bag Supplies

  • Brown Paper Lunch Bags
  • Thin Blue and White Ribbon (or coordinating team colors)
  • Thin White Duck Tape
  • Scissors
  • Hole Puncher
  • Decorative Scissors (optional)

Football Party Favors Bag Directions

  1. Cut a 1/4″ inch off the top of your paper bag using decorative scissors or regular.
  2. Cut the following pieces off your Duck Tape roll:
    1-6″ inch piece
    5-2″ inch pieces cut in half lengthwise
  3. Apply the tape onto your bag like football laces with the 6″ piece vertical, taped towards the bottom of your bag with the 2″ pieces horizontally across the 6″ piece of tape.
  4. Fill your bag up and fold the top over to the front.
  5. Use a hole puncher to punch 6 holes through the folded edge.
  6. Weave 1 or 2 pieces of ribbon through the back far right and left holes and in and out the others, then tie in the center.

Do your kids play Football, or are you just a die-hard Football fan? I'd love to hear from you!

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Easy Walking Tacos

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on September 14, 2017

Our family loves Mexican dishes! This is one of our favorites to make, especially when we have so much going on throughout the week. Just brown some ground beef  and quickly chop up the tomatoes and lettuce. Let the kids make their own “bag” with whatever their hearts desire! Easy peasy and everyone is happy!

Walking Tacos Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb, Ground Beef
  • 2 TBS, Taco Seasoning
  • 7 Lunch Size Bags Nacho Doritos, Cool Ranch Doritos and/or Fritos
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno Slices
  • Taco Sauce
  • Sour Cream
  • Any other fixins!

Walking Tacos Directions

  1. Brown ground beef and drain.
  2. Add seasoning and 1/4 cup water.
  3. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Gently crush chips in each bag.
  5. Open top and roll down edges of bag.
  6. Add a meat and cheese and your favorite toppings and gently toss with a plastic fork.

This is always on our menu! I hope your family enjoys it too!

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These easy walking tacos will be on the menu rotation weekly! Super easy and always a family favorite!


Grow Plants from Seeds with this Seed Starter Hack

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on May 22, 2017

Seed Starters from Toilet Paper Rolls

If you still need to get your seeds started for the planting, try this gardening hack using old toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls! If you use paper towel rolls, you will need to cut to size (as mentioned in directions below). Whichever you decide to use, it will work the same!

Seed Starters Supplies

  • Organic Seed Starting Potting Soil
  • Herb Seeds of Choice (parsley and oregano are in these pics)
  • Empty Toilet Paper Rolls or Paper Towel Rolls
  • Water
  • Empty Clean Plastic To-Go Container
    a clear reusable sandwich container works great too

Make Seed Starters from Toilet Paper Rolls!

Seed Starters Directions

  1. If using paper towels, cut roll into 3 to 4 inch sections.
  2. Place them upright into your empty plastic container.
  3. Fill each paper towel roll up three quarters the way with loose soil, water, and press your soil down.
  4. Place about five seeds into each paper towel roll and top off with loose soil.
  5. Water and place in a window sill in the sunlight.
  6. Water morning and night but do not flood.
  7. Seedlings should start to grow after 7-10 days (may be different according to which seeds you planted).

It doesn't take long before you can plant into your garden for the spring/summer planting season!

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Mickey Mouse Popsicle Stick Craft

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on May 15, 2017

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Craft

Want a fun craft for the little disney lovers in your family? Look no further! This inexpensive craft is kid-friendly and will make them super excited to have a little piece of Mickey Mouse at home with them!

You can get all of the supplies at your local Dollar Tree. You will have plenty leftover to make several of our other kid-friendly crafts as well so be sure to take a peek!

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Craft Supplies

  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Yellow Buttons
  • Black Felt
  • Black and Red Craft Paint
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Painters Tape
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper/Scrap Paper

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Kids Craft

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Craft Directions

  1. Lay down a piece of old newspaper before you get started.
  2. Cut a craft stick into three pieces carefully with scissors.
  3. Placed two of the pieces horizontally about an inch or two apart and glue three jumbo craft sticks vertically onto the smaller pieces.
  4. Place a piece of painters tape across the middle, press the edges, and use your foam paint brush to paint one side red and let dry.
  5. Remove your tape and place another piece over the red paint right at the edge.
  6. Now paint the top portion black and let dry.
  7. Cut out two 1 1/2-2″ circles from your black felt and glue to the back top of the black side of your craft sticks.
  8. Then glue two yellow buttons where the red and black paint meet.

Stay tuned as we have a few more Disney crafts that you may want to try as well!

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DIY Twist and Scrub Polish Remover

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on March 08, 2017

One of the more annoying parts about manicuring my nails is getting the old polish removed! It doesn't matter what I do, it seems to take forever. Well, this DIY remover jar helps speed up the process quite a bit.

Twist and Scrub Polish Remover Supplies

  • 2 Household Sponges (new)
  • 1 (8 oz) Mason Jar with Lid
  • Nail Polish Remover

Twist and Scrub Polish Remover Directions

  1. Cut 1/4″ off the longest end of your sponges (or more if your Mason jar is shorter).
  2. Roll your large sponge piece from short side to short side and place that sponge on top of your other large sponge and roll that sponge around your rolled sponge.
  3. Push your rolled sponges into your glass jar with the rolled side facing up.
  4. Cut your scrub sponges small enough to fit in the empty spaces and place into the jar.
  5. Fill your jar halfway up with your Polish remover.
  6. When you want use, shake the jar with your lid on. Take the lid off and stick your polished fingers into the center and twist.

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DIY Twist and Scrub Nail Polish Remover Tutorial


Harry Potter Golden Snitch Ornament

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on November 30, 2016


One of the most identifiable icons from the Harry Potter Series is the Golden Snitch. If you have a Harry Potter fan in your house this easy Golden Snitch Ornament is a must do for your Christmas tree. Super simple and fun to make it is a great project for kids or grownups to get their hands into.

Golden Snitch Craft Supplies

Golden Snitch Craft Directions

  1. Start by removing the hanging cap from your ornament.
  2. Hold ornament by the neck where the cap was and quickly paint it with a thick layer of craft glue all over.
  3. Dust glitter around the entire ornament, repeating as necessary until it has a thick even coat of glitter.
  4. Carefully replace the cap and hang your ornament to dry for a few hours.
  5. While the glue is setting up you can move onto the wings.
  6. Fold your gold sheet over and cut 2 shapes like feathers/ leaves. I found that 4”-5” is a great size for the golden snitch wings.
  7. Cut halfway through on each side of your feather shape to define the feathering.
  8. Gently tap excess glitter off your ornament and if desired, spray your ornament with a coat or two of clear sealant to keep it from shedding glitter.
  9. Use hot glue to firmly secure the wings to either side of the gold glittered ball. Hold the wings in place until the glue is cooled and set.
  10. Add a hanger or ribbon.
  11. Your Golden Snitch is now ready to take its place of honor in your family tree!

This would be something fun to do with a school class for a holiday project! Or, have a Harry Potter day to watch the series and make your golden snitch for the tree!

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Essential Oil Accessories under $20

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on November 28, 2016


I am a lover and user of essential oils. If you're curious about how I'm using them, check out my essential oils guide that answers tons of questions. I also love to diffuse and wear essential oils so the benefits stay with me longer than just simply applying to various touchpoints.

If you have someone on your shopping list that loves essential oils, you have lots of great options for inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers with the products below!

Aromatherapy Necklace with Leaf Charm

diffuser necklace essential oils from The Oil Collection

You can't go wrong giving this beautiful diffuser necklace as a gift! You can diffuse your oils all day long when you wear diffuser jewelry. Just add a drop of oil to the pad and place in the locket. Your oils will be nearby at all times.

Essential Oil Travel Bag

With this essential oil travel bag you can take up to 10 oils with you in your purse! The individual mesh pockets provide each bottle gets their own pocket so no oils are rolling around or banging into each other. Keep your Essential Oils safe also make you easy to identify the oil bottles.

Essential Oil Car Diffuser

Diffuse in your car with this aromatherapy car diffuser that plugs right into your car charger. This one also includes a usb port so you can charge your electronics and diffuse your oils at the same time.

Diffuser Bracelet Set

pair of aromatherapy bracelets diffuser jewelry

Diffuse on the go with this braided diffuser bracelet set. Place a drop of oil inside the bracelet and you can take your oils with you no matter where you go. This casual braided style is great for teens and adults. We like to layer them with other bracelets for a fun look!

Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

These stainless steel drinking straws are perfect for drinking water with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. These hypoallergenic straws won't react with your oils and are reusable!

Glass Roll-on Bottles with Stainless Roller Balls

These glass roll-on bottles are perfect for use with essential oils. Use the roll-on bottle to apply the perfect amount of product each time. The Amber glass provides protection from potentially harmful light and the convenient size makes it perfect for travel.

Aromatherapy Jewelry Refill Pads

aromatherapy jewelry

If you already have diffuser jewelry these refill pads are the perfect stocking stuffer. Includes 25 pads for use in diffuser necklaces.

Essential Oils Keychain

With this TSA approved keychain you can take your oils anywhere! Includes bottles and lids.

Essential Oils Roller Ball Cap Opener

Avoid using teeth, knives, fingernails, or other unwieldy tools to remove roller bottle or reducer caps. These universal keys work with all essential oil bottles and great for replacing orifice and roller bottle caps without damage.

Stainless Steel Diffuser Wrap Bracelet
aromatherapy jewelry

This diffuser wrap bracelet is slightly over our $20 budget, but it's so beautiful I had to include it! Diffuse your favorite essential oils all day long in this hypoallergenic bracelet with double wrap leather band. Comes in rose gold or stainless finish and a variety of bands. Save 20% (and get the price down to $20) on this bracelet with the code IV65O3Y3.

Thanks The Oil Collection!