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Swear Jar – Part of my Financial Fast Challenge

Hi-Lo everyone. The weekend is here and the first week of school is over! What was back to school week like at your house? This is my third post in three days, talk about post overload. This is a super quick, super simple project but one that I hope will have a positive impact on me. I have a REALLY bad habit that I need to work on… I know I have the capacity to overcome my bad habit and now is a really good time to do it. Sometimes I swear and the other day I heard my younger son repeat a word I’d rather not have him say. So I decided to implement a swear jar, at first I was going with a quarter a swear but then I decided on a dollar a swear thinking the ouch factor would really compel me to breath and find a different word to use. Since I still have a day left in my financial fast challenge the jar had to cost $0 and that wasn’t a problem.

swear jar, upcycle

I grabbed a washed out spaghetti jar from my stash, spray painted the lid, added some stickers for decoration and put it on the windowsill so it could be fed easily when i slip up.

The swear jar has been in effect for a few days now and it’s been fed but i already see an improvement and find myself swearing less. I’m going to leave the jar out until the end of the year and see how much money it collects. I’m not exactly sure what to do with it but I was thinking about buying something for myself… I Know, I know, that seems counterproductive but I feel like if the jar is successful there shouldn’t be a lot of money in there anyway and it’ll be a small reward for my effort.

swear jar, repurpose

Frugal Friday’s – Hydrogen Peroxide Extraordinary Uses

Hello everyone!! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but I was on vacation with my family last week and I spent this week getting my tween ready for school. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been crossing stuff off my list of things to do. I plan on posting the projects and crafts I’ve been working on soon. How’s everyone doing? I’m hoping things slow down a little now that summer is over, school is back in session and fall is on the horizon.

I’d like to talk about Hydrogen Peroxide  and all it’s extraordinary uses in this weeks Frugal Friday post. Just like vinegar and baking soda you can use hydrogen peroxide around the house.

  • Remove stains of unknown origin – Dont know what it is and still want to remove it? Mix a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a little cream of tartar or a dab of non-gel toothpaste. Rub the paste on the stain with a soft cloth and rinse. The stain, whatever it is should be gone.
  • Add 1 cup to your load to whiten whites in place of bleach.
  • Mix equal parts blue Dawn and Hydrogen peroxide, apply to stained clothing and let sit for 30 minutes, launder as usual.
  • Remove fresh blood stains by applying hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain, rinse with fresh water and launder as usual.
  • Hydrogen peroxide is a bacteria-killer and can be use to sanitize your cutting board.
  • Remove mildew by spraying directly on the offending area and wipe clean.
  • Soak stained plastic food containers in peroxide overnight to remove stains.
  •  Clean toys with hydrogen peroxide to sanitize.
  • Mix 50/50 with water to clean windows.
  • Make a paste using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to clean dirty baked on pans, allow to sit for 15-20 and scrub clean.

Hydrogen Peroxide is a great all natural cleaner with multiple uses in and around your home. Go grab a bottle, chances are you already have one.

Hydrogen-Peroxide-hydrogen peroxide extraordinary uses


TAKE CARE: Hydrogen Peroxide is considered corrosive – even in the relatively weak 3% solution sold as a household antiseptic. Don’t put in your eyes, around your nose or swallow.

Information obtained from Reader’s Digest extraordinary uses for ordinary things; 2005

Circus Birthday Party

Hi-Lo! I heard Leonard say that while watching an episode of the Big Bang Theory and now I can’t get it out my head. This past weekend we had a birthday party for my Luv Muffin who turned 3; I’ve mentioned before that he’s got a thing for animals so I thought a Circus Party would be a fun way to incorporate animals. I wanted to keep things simple so the plan was to take advantage of the warm weather and have a water play party outside. There was going to be a water table and a small pool for the kids to play in. I picked up a bag of water balloons and we had a bubble machine. But Mother Nature didn’t cooperate so there was a change of plans. We still filled up the water table and the kids had a blast, the bubble machine was a huge hit. I mean what kid doesn’t love bubbles?! We also had a bucket of sidewalk chalk for them to draw with and that kept the kids busy, happy and entertained for a while. It was actually chilly in NY this weekend so the kids came inside for a while, we played a game of pin the nose on the clown and had some fun with a pinata. After that it was pizza time, I had considered a BBQ but my sister said “just get pizza” and I thought what a great idea. After pizza we sang Happy Birthday and had some cake, then we opened gifts.

I made most of the decorations myself with some inspiration from Pinterest, you can check out my board here. I had a really hard time finding circus themed decorations, games, goodie bags or themed party prizes at Party City, Wal-Mart and the dollar store. I saw some stuff online but I decided to have this party eleven days before his birthday so that didn’t leave much time to order anything. Not to mention I didn’t want to pay for shipping and handling so rush delivery was out of the question. I felt like this was a pretty popular theme so having such a hard time finding stuff kinda blew my mind.

I made the banner with paper plates a stencil, red paint and a red streamer.

circus party banner

The center piece was simply a piece of cardboard and a printed elephant cut out and placed on a styrofoam circle

circus party center piece

The gumball display was a washed out jar filled with gumballs and a #3 candle (TIP – I put a small cup inside to help fill it up)

circus party gumball display

I made the goodie bags with brown paper lunch bags, animal themed duct tape and animal pictures printed and cut out

circus party goodie bag

I made the lollipops with some Wilton molds and melting chocolates. I displayed them in some popcorn buckets filled with candy.

circus party lollipops

By the time I was done decorating I was actually happy that I had such a hard time finding anything. I DIY’d for half the cost since I already had a lot of the supplies at home, the rest came from the dollar store. The kids had a great time and my son was so excited about his Circus Party that he talked about it hours after everyone had gone home.

I meant to take a picture of the table fully decorated but i’m still new to blogging and was so  busy with our guests that i didn’t remember until the party was almost over and by then the table was a wreck… I’ll get better, I promise.