Thursday, March 10, 2011

Frugal Use what you have home spa treatment

 Saturday is My BIRTHDAY!! I'll be 33 years young!!!

To celebrate here are some tips I have for treating yourself to a spa weekend at home.  Using what you already have at your house!

Full Spa workup: Facial, Hair treatment and body exfoliant and moisturizing.

Cucumber astringent:

1 cucumber- peeled and puree'd

apply to your face with a cotton pad, rinse with cool water--Refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 days.

Oatmeal Exfoliant:

2 heaping tsp oatmeal -breakup in food processor so it's fine
1 tsp baking soda
lukewarm water

mix into a paste consistancy-rub onto clean face, gently scrubbing, wash face and pat dry

Facial Cleansing Mask (good for oily skin)

1 pk dry yeast
3 drops lemon juice
1 tsp water

mix vigorously into paste, pat on face, let sit for 10-15 min, rinse with warm water


Creamy Citrus Moisturizer:

1 egg yolk
2 tbs lemon juice
1 cup olive oil

wisk together, massage into skin, making sure to get fingers, cuticles, toes, feet--entire body--RELAX let soak in for 10-15 min (can do while you have your mask on!)  wipe away and shower..  can refrigerate leftovers up to 2 days

Almond Exfoliating Body Scrub:

1/4 cup sea salt (must be coarse)
1/4 cup baby oil
1/2 tsp almond extract or vanillia, lavendar etc

mix salt and oil well, stir in extract, use in the shower.

Simple Sugar Scrub (for dry skin):

1 cup brown or white sugar or a mix of both
1/2 cup olive oil
2 drops extract (any kind) -OPTIONAL-

Mix and use just like the other scrub, can store in refrigerator in GLASS air tight container for 6 months to a year.


Salad Dressing Conditioner

2 tsp olive oil
1 tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 egg

mix together in blender or food processor, use the entire batch after shampooing.  Leave in for 10-15 min, rinse clean.

Dandruff Treatment:

2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp dried thyme
2/3 cup Boiling Water
2/3 cup cider vinegar

Place herbs in ceramic bowl, pour boiling water over, seep covered 15-20 min, strain liquid into a 10 oz bottle, add vinegar-shake-store in cool, dark place

after shampooing, rinse hair, massage mixture into scalp. Between shampooings, massage into scalp at bed time.

There you have it.. a frugal spa weekend at home!!!

I do not credit myself with coming up with these recipes.  I had help.. :)

"Homemade-how to make hundreds of everyday products fast, fresh and more naturally"  by Reader's Digest.

I checked this book out at the library and LOVE it..  You name it, it's in there.

Have a great weekend.. Happy Birthday to ME :)


ps don't forget to let me know you want one of my "Support Troops and Families" magnets!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Custom made banners and signs... product review and giveaway

Megan from BuildaSign contacted me about doing a product review for her company.  Of course being a military family I jumped at the chance to be able to make the above banner.  It will always come in handy.  It is such high quality both my self and my daughter we so excited when we actually opened it.  It is thick and will last a long time, and is HUGE.. it's as long as ME, I LOVE it!!!

Buildasign offers these Welcome home banners for FREE, to get yours go HERE they have many designs to choose from and you can customize with names and photos even!  OR you can customize a banner for your business or anything you may need a banner for.  Design your own or choose from the designs they offer,  Check out all of the banners they offer.

Megan, also gave me the opportunity to choose anything they offer and customize it for myself and YOU my readers.  I chose Bumper Magnets I prefer these to bumper stickers because you can remove them no problem.  Here is the Bumper Magnet I designed.

I absolutely LOVE my bumper magnets they turned out great!  If you want one of my bumper magnets just leave me a comment make sure to include your email.  I will not use your email for anything other than to contact you for this giveaway.  Also when you leave your email use the following format so you won't be spammed.  afr_kar at yahoo dot com or afr_kar (@) yahoo (.) com either works.

I have 18 bumper magnets to give away (I have 20 but I am keeping one and a giving one to a family member).  If I have more than 18 people that enter I will chose randomly using a random counter online. offers many more products than the banners and bumper magnets, they offer signs, window clings, bumper stickers, license plates and so much more, ALL customizable, you can use your own design or chose from one of the many they offer.  If you need help one of the employees with help you design something.  Great for Birthdays, grand openings, yard sales, promoting your blog or business and so much more.

Join me in supporting our troops and families by getting one of my bumper magnets for FREE..
again just leave me a comment and make sure to include your email so I can contact you.

Have a great day

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

FREE 8x10 canvas from the Canvas People..

The Canvas People are having a promotion right now.  You can get a FREE 8X10 canvas (pay shipping) or $55 off of any size!  You can also get other canvases on your order 50% off.

Deal idea:
Get your first 8x10-FREE ($14.95 shipping)-Check out-  I got a cute picture we took this winter, it will either go in my daughters room or in one of the bathrooms.. it's a snow heart on a tree in our yard.

Go back to the website, do the same thing for the 8X10, at checkout use PROMO CODE: FAMILY55, get $55 off your order.. pay ($14.95) shipping.  This one is a picture of K playing guitar for my parents for Christmas.

There you have it 2 quality canvases (all be it small but great for mothers day, christmas, etc for bathrooms or kids rooms or in a collage), for less than $30 out of pocket (for shipping).

I am thinking about going back and doing another picture I took that turned out great..  I think I will want that on a bigger canvas though so I'll wait..


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

I'll admit I am not very organized this week.  I am going to just throw together stuff I have and use up leftovers.  My Birthday is Saturday and Hubby will be home late Friday YIPPEE!  (all be it short lived before he deploys *SAD FACE)

Monday: Pasta with red sauce (maybe meatballs if I feel like making them) and garlic bread with fresh baked bread and salad

Tuesday: Leftover pasta and garlic bread and salad

Wednesday: Leftover Pasta E Figioli

Thursday: Pork Chops, rice, veggie or salad

Friday: Leftovers if we have them or Sandwiches or home made pizza

Saturday: SUSHI going out for my birthday

Sunday:  Grill something, brats, hotdogs, burgers, steaks, whatever hubby is in the mood for...  or kabobs :)

Have a great week.. PS Don't forget to "Spring Forward" before you go to bed Saturday (MY BIRTHDAY).. so not fair that my birthday is cut an hour short... lol

FREE beauty bag with $25 worth of products and coupons in it From Target

HURRY go HERE while supplies last.  Thank Michelle at Military Wives Savings for the heads up!


Gardening on a budget and practically FREE

Gardening can be expensive, however, if you are willing to be patient you can save a LOT of money by joining a local Plant Swap/Exchange.  These are groups of people that get together at least once a year and bring what they have to swap ( say you grow Basil and you have a LOT of it and maybe some extra bulbs leftover) You can in turn take home for FREE some flowers/plants of your choosing for your yard or house.  Some also support local Charities and if you bring some items for the charity you still get to choose items you want even if you have nothing to bring to exchange!

If you keep up with the message boards on some of the sites you may find,you may even find that some people are just giving away some items and wanting/asking nothing in return.  Plant and flower lovers would rather give away ones they can not use as opposed to throwing them out and letting them die!!

I found a local flower swap/exchange message board through a google search.  Just search Plant Swap (an your area).

ALSO If you live in my area-Southeast Virginia- and would like to participate in a plant swap with me leave me a comment and your email and I'll contact you!

*note* I have even seen people giving away plants/flowers on craigslist.  However, please be cautious using websites like this..

Have patience and grow your garden over time for FREE or almost FREE!


Friday, March 4, 2011

FREE Chick-Fil-A Waffle Fries TODAY ONLY

Today ONLY!
On Friday, March 4, 2011, from 2 to 4pm get one free medium order of Waffle Potato Fries™ when you mention you're there to try the new Heinz Dip&Squeeze ketchup.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2 american troops killed at Frankfurt Airport--pray with me

For details you can check out any news website.  CNN has a good video you can watch.

I am writing this post not to give details but to ask for my readers to pray for and keep the family members of those troops in your thoughts.  As well as all of the other troops, that are in that area and/or going to that area for any reason.

We sometimes lose sign of the troops in the "friendly" nations and concentrate on the ones "deployed".  Lets take this time to think and pray about our troops everywhere.

Thank you for Supporting our troops and their families.


Busy days...Spring is on the brink--make your own greenhouse

I have been so busy lately.  Spring brings new things:
-Longer days
-more sun shine
-time to plants
-Spring cleaning
the list can go on and on and on.

Lets start with Allergies.
K has had an awful cough going on 2 weeks.  I took her to the doctor Monday.  She took one look at her and said "she has allergies".  She could tell by her eyes.  I don't have allergies so I don't know this stuff.  She was also running a low grade fever.  However, the doctor is treating the allergies for now and if her fever spikes or the cough gets worse of not better, we need to go back.

Last night was the first night in 3 nights that BOTH of us have been able to get a full nights sleep!  YAY for SLEEP!

Have you started your garden?
I have since I do a container garden (plant everything in pots) and I am starting from seeds this year, I have already planted.  I just transplanted the other day :)

How to make your own greenhouse and recycle while you are at it.

You will need the bottom of an egg container (I used a 1 dozen one and the cardboard one instead of the Styrofoam one)
Starter soil (or peat) I got a bag at walmart for $2 (I will last you a long time)
Plastic sealable storage bag

Fill each of the "egg holders" with the peat-starter soil
Add 3-4 seeds in each and barely cover up (I used an old christmas card cut up to label what seeds where where)
water well but not flooding the seeds (this is best done with a spray bottle)
Put inside a plastic storage bag, seal.
Put it in the sun during the day and leave it alone.
No more watering  or anything, the condensation is all it needs.

Transplant when you have 3-4 good leaves on the seedlings, make sure to water well when you transplant.

Here is my current one-- I just transplanted my seedlings from my first batch and I am growing more. :)

Have a great day!