$100 Giveaway- $10 at Target x 10

$100 Giveaway- $10 at Target x 10

In place of our monthly shopping trip to Target, the hosts of the $10 at Target linkup have teamed for a $100 GIVEAWAY for one of YOU! Enter below for your chance to win! Scroll down for the link party too!

Giveaway time! The hosts of the $10 at Target linkup have teamed up to give away a $100 to Target gift card to one of YOU! Enter for your chance to win!

If you win the $100 giveaway, what would you buy?
Here are some ideas!

Start the year off right with a free back to school teacher gift printable! It's versatile to fit with all your ideas for fun gifts!Still need a teacher gift? Here’s a free printable to get you started!

Rescue your tired feet with a heavenly foot soak! Pamper yourself or give it away- it makes a great gift!Ready to pamper those feet after all the time in Summer shoes?

 

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Giveaway time! The hosts of the $10 at Target linkup have teamed up to give away a $100 to Target gift card to one of YOU! Enter for your chance to win!

We’d love to see what you’ve been up to! Link up below!


When the day comes that your child stops believing in Santa, keep the holiday magic alive with these ideas and traditions!     Help your family see what they’re thankful for by using my FREE printables to create a Gratitude Tree.     Start the year off right with a back to school wreath! Makes a great teacher gift too!

Giveaway time! The hosts of the $10 at Target linkup have teamed up to give away a $100 to Target gift card to one of YOU! Enter for your chance to win!

50 Ways to Conserve Water

50 Ways to Conserve Water

With droughts affecting so many areas, we can each make efforts to save and conserve water and help those around us (not to mention our pocketbooks).  Every drop adds up!

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Conserve Water

In the Kitchen
50 ways to conserve water. Tips to save water inside and outside the home. Help draught areas and save money by making changes around your home.

1. Save the water from canned corn, beans, etc. to use for soups or sauces.
2. Use water saving setting on dishwashers.
3. Soak dishes to loosen particles instead of running water over them.
4. Finished your drink but have leftover ice cubes? Let them melt and water a plant!
5. Cool leftover water from cooking veggies and use as a soup base or to water plants. If still really hot, pour on weeds you want killed.
6. Choose one glass to use each day for drinks. This saves the water needed to wash multiple glasses every day.
7. Food scraps? Skip the garbage disposal and add to compost, feed a pet, or put in the trash.

In the Bath
50 ways to conserve water. Tips to save water inside and outside the home. Help draught areas and save money by making changes around your home.

8. Grab a bucket! With the luxury of indoor plumbing, we’ve gotten used to letting the water run until it’s just right. Fill a bucket or pitcher and save that water for plants, cooking, to flush the toilet, etc.
9. Shower or bath? We’ve all heard showers save water, but be aware how long you let that water run. If you’re taking an hour-long shower, chances are your tub would’ve used less.
10. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. Help kids remember too!
11. When filling the bathtub, plug it first, then adjust the temperature to fit your comfort level.
12. When showering, turn the water off or down while washing hair, lathering and shaving.
13. When washing hands, turn water off while lathering.
14. Install a shower head that helps conserve.

Toilets
50 ways to conserve water. Tips to save water inside and outside the home. Help draught areas and save money by making changes around your home.

15. When possible, conserve toilet flushes. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow…” Although not always practical, it can really save a lot!
16. Check your toilets and pipes for leaks. You can put food coloring in the toilet tank to see if you have a silent leak. If the water in the bowl has any color before it’s flushed, something is leaking.
17. Install a water fill diverter LIKE THIS in your toilet. The device diverts the last of the flush water to the tank, requiring less water to refill.
18. Install adjustable flapper on toilet.
19. Get a low-water consumption toilet.
20. Install a tank bag.
21. Invest in a dual flush toilet. (these are actually available online HERE.  Who would’ve thought?)

Laundry
50 ways to conserve water. Tips to save water inside and outside the home. Help draught areas and save money by making changes around your home.

22. Reuse towels.
23. Double check your laundry. Is it actually dirty? I find a fair number of clothes worn for a few minutes here or there that really should’ve been refolded and used again.
24. Wait until you have a full load to run the dishwasher and clothes washer. Partial loads use a lot of extra water.
25. Choose the right laundry load size and cycle. No need to run a large load for one shirt.
26. Lightly soiled clothes? Skip the extra rinse.
27.  Pretreat stains. They’ll require shorter cycles.

Outdoor
50 ways to conserve water. Tips to save water inside and outside the home. Help draught areas and save money by making changes around your home.

28. Water outdoor plants at the coolest point of the day so you lose less to evaporation.
29. Use sprinklers that create bigger drops of water. Fine mist or spray can evaporate before reaching its intended area.
30. Use gardening crystals to absorb water and continually release to keep roots moist.
31. Aerate your lawn to help water get down to the roots.
32. Use mulch around small plants to help maintain moisture.
33. Collect rain water from your roof with gutters and downspouts. (check local regulations)
34. Choose low moisture grass varieties.
35. Landscape using rocks and/or other elements that don’t require watering.
36. Wash pets and vehicles outside on your lawn using environmentally-friendly products. Choose the area that needs water the most.
37. Check sprinklers for overspray. Are you watering the sidewalk or street? Is there water running off? Adjust water flow and angles to get the best use.
38. Choose drought tolerant plants.
39. Group plants together based on how much water they’ll need. Be aware of their sunlight requirements as well. Plant those requiring more water in runoff areas.
40. Have grass areas that don’t get used?  Replace with water-free landscapes.
41. Host a neighborhood water event to share ways to conserve in your area.
42. Use a sprinkler hose to avoid evaporation in gardens. Don’t have one? Convert an old, worn out hose by capping the end and poking holes along the length.
43. Windy outside? Wait to water your lawn to avoid having your water blown away.
44. Does your lawn really need to be watered yet? Experiment to find how often and how much water is actually needed.

More!
50 ways to conserve water. Tips to save water inside and outside the home. Help draught areas and save money by making changes around your home.

45. Repair leaky faucets- little drips can add up quick!
46. Install a grey water treatment system to filter water for many more uses. Check local codes to see what’s allowed in your area.
47. Conserve electricity. Some power plants require lots of water during production.
48. Install an instant water heater on your high-use faucets. Less water will be wasted waiting for hot water and you’ll conserve energy too.
49. Be sure you’re not overwatering plants. Too much water can rot the roots and cause others problems.
50. If you don’t already have them, install faucet aerators. They reduce water flow while maintaining water pressure.

Do you have more ideas?  Please share!

$10 at Target: Outdoor Summer Fun

$10 at Target: Outdoor Summer Fun

This month’s $10 at Target is all about Outdoor Summer Fun! The warm weather is finally here! Are you ready to get outside? These awesome finds are a great start to outside adventures!

See what $10 can get you at Target: Outdoor Summer Fun

Each month I head to Target with a budget of $10 and share what I find in the $10 at Target Link-Up. I’m so excited to be co-hosting this linkup with some blogging friends. Join in the fun! Link up with us below then check out what the other co-hosts have found this month!

Outdoor Cushion

One key to enjoying the outdoors is having somewhere comfy to sit. So, I found on comfy outdoor cushion that was 75% off. It’s waterproof so I can place it on a chair or on the damp grass and relax!

Tin Bucket

This tin bucket is perfect for ice and cold drinks, or flowers and decorations. It’s a great size- big enough to be useful but not so big that it will be hard to move when it’s loaded.

See what $10 can get you at Target: Outdoor Summer Fun

Bucket and Bubbles

Next I grabbed a couple things to keep kids entertained. Bubbles are great for keeping kids busy- even bigger kids. It’s fun to see how creative they get with simple toys. The shovel and bucket can be great for building, collecting, and whatever kids can dream up. Hopefully they’ll stay busy long enough for you to enjoy a comfy seat and drink!

See what $10 can get you at Target: Outdoor Summer Fun

How did things total up for our Outdoor Summer Fun?

Outdoor cushion- $3.34
Tin bucket- $5
Bubbles- $1
Plastic beach bucket- $1

TOTAL $10.34

Okay, so I went a few cents over… It could’ve been worse, trust me!

See what $10 can get you at Target: Outdoor Summer Fun

$10 Target Link-Up Party!

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

Meet your hosts!

Check out what they’ve found for the $10 at Target Link-Up too!

Stephanie | wifemommyme.com
Beth | ourprettylittlegirls.com
Becky | bybmgblog.com
Tif | brightonabudget.com
Christine | swordfightsandstarrynights.com
Ashley | ashleynewell.me
Emily | threeboysandagirlblog.blogspot.com
Shani | sunshineandmunchkins.com
Sarah | foxysdomesticside.com
Johannah | johannahsirois.blogspot.com
Stephanie | thegiftygirl.com
Kristyn | everyonessleepingbutmom.com
Danielle | sparklesandlattes.blogspot.com
Jess | secretsofasahmom.blogspot.com

What have you found at Target recently?

Link up below!

 


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Curly Patriotic Hair Bows

Curly Patriotic Hair Bows

Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!

Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!

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Supplies Needed

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Make your Curly Patriotic Hair Bows

  1. Using elastics, clips, or clothes pins, secure end of ribbon to the knitting needles or dowel.
  2. Wrap the ribbon around the needle until you reach the other end. Secure and cut ribbon.Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!
  3. Spray thoroughly with stiffening spray, then let it dry. It could take up to several hours, depending on your climate.Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!
  4. Once dry, spray lightly a second time. Allow to dry again.
  5. Carefully slide ribbon off the needle.
    Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!  Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!
  6. Trim the ends on an angle and cut in 3″-4″ segments.
    Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!  Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!
  7. Stack up 4 lengths of curled ribbon (two of each color) by placing the middle of one ribbon criss-crossed on the next ribbon.
  8. Using your needle and thread, add a few stitches to the middle where all the ribbons cross.
    Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!
  9. Glue the ribbon to an alligator clip.
    Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!
  10. Show off your new hair accessory!

Get festive with curly patriotic hair bows! Easy to make and enjoy!

Check out the rest of our Patriotic Hair Series!

Get ready for Summer with Fireworks Hair Ribbons. They're a quick and easy project for kids and adults alike!  Patriotic Bobby Pins are fun and easy way to show your colors!

While you’re here, please look around!

Show your colors with a quick and easy patriotic wreath or photo backdrop!  Brighten your basket with these cute and easy eggs  Creating a geoboard is a fun STEAM activity you can do with your kids. They’ll quickly be designing geometric shapes and patterns while having a blast!  

LEGO Creative Challenge: My 10 week Building Challenge for you!

LEGO Creative Challenge: My 10 week Building Challenge for you!

Are you TIRED of your kids wanting nothing but screen time or hearing “I’m bored” over and over again? Try this LEGO Creative Challenge!

LEGO Creative Challenge, Get set for a creative Summer with 10 weeks of building prompts

Each week, you’ll receive 10 LEGO building prompts designed to develop imagination and creativity. Build each day or all at once.

It’s so easy to fall into the “screen trap.” Use the challenges to get your family creating and playing IRL, instead of only in a virtual reality.

If you’re ready for inventive play, sign up now
only $9.89 for 10 weeks of building!

LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge

Remember: it will be delivered via e-mail. You won’t need to go searching for it.

Join me in a 10 week challenge!

TOGETHER we will help our kids develop problem solving tools and creativity through play.

Join the Swordfights & Starry Nights facebook page to share projects and check in!

LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge

LEGOs have been found to help kids in so many ways!

LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge

LEGO Creative Challenge starts right now!

Here’s how it works

  • You’ll receive 10 emails from me (plus a bonus email at the end). They’ll come to your inbox once a week for 10 weeks.
  • Each email will include 10 creative building prompts for you to use throughout the week.
  • The challenges are guided yet open-ended, giving you the opportunity to create and invent by playing on strengths of the builder. Yay for positive building!

Need more LEGOs? Here’s a great set for starting the challenge: LEGO Classic Creative Brick Box

LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge

Challenges are more fun with friends. Please share!

LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge   LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge   LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge

$10 at Target: it’s all about the tray

$10 at Target: it’s all about the tray

Welcome to the $10 at Target link-up! I’m co-hosting this linkup with some blogging friends and each month we’ll share our recent finds from Target for $10 or less. We’d love you to join in the fun! Link up with us below then check out what the other co-hosts have found this month as well!

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

Usually when I’m walking toward the Target Dollar Spot, I might have some general ideas of what I want, but usually nothing very specific. Not the case this time! I’d seen pictures of a tray from the Dollar Spot and I wanted one! So, I headed over with a mission. And I almost failed.

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

Apparently I wasn’t the only person who liked this tray. I ended up really searching through things to find the last remaining, and hidden, trays. They were both bright pink, and I really wanted a different color. {Color change project coming soon…}

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

During the search for the tray, I found a blank sign that I loved! The color was great but the flat paint was really scuffed and scraped. I still loved the shape and it’s the Dollar Spot so nothing’s expensive. I decided to go ahead and get it for a teacher gift project.

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

Next I found some little triangle sticky notes that will work really well in my planner. I like having notes of different sizes I can move around and it’s hard to find really small ones. Usually I end up cutting up bigger ones, but this is easier and prettier.

My kids have asked various times if they could put glow in the dark stars on their ceilings. I’m not crazy about the idea because I don’t want to end up picking adhesive off the ceiling before I can paint again. (Been there, done that) I liked the variety in this pack so I thought maybe I could make them into a hanging decoration. Still fun and “glowy,” no sticky leftovers.

Last I grabbed a grow-your-own Sensitive Plant kit. In the past we had a Venus Fly Trap and my kids loved it! I thought we could try another sensitive plant and see what we get.

How did things total up?

Tray $3.00
Blank Sign $3.00
Sticky Notes $1.00
Star Pack $1.00
Plant Kit $1.00
Tax $0.62
TOTAL $9.62

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

$10 Target Link-Up Party!

Meet your hosts!

Check out what they’ve found for the $10 at Target Link-Up too!

Stephanie | wifemommyme.com
Beth | ourprettylittlegirls.com
Becky | bybmgblog.com
Tif | brightonabudget.com
Christine | swordfightsandstarrynights.com
Ashley | ashleynewell.me
Emily | threeboysandagirlblog.blogspot.com
Shani | sunshineandmunchkins.com
Sarah | foxysdomesticside.com
Johannah | johannahsirois.blogspot.com
Stephanie | thegiftygirl.com
Kristyn | everyonessleepingbutmom.com
Danielle | sparklesandlattes.blogspot.com
Jess | secretsofasahmom.blogspot.com

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

What have you found at Target recently?

Link up below!


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