#DIY: Gumball Filled Mason Jar Flower Vase – Mother’s Day Gift Idea

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#DIY: Gumball Filled Mason Jar Flower Vase – Mother’s Day Gift Idea

yellow daisy mason jar vase 1 #DIY: Gumball Filled Mason Jar Flower Vase   Mothers Day Gift Idea Now that Easter has come and gone the next special event on the calendar is Mother’s Day.

I know many of you are probably thinking what I’m thinking:

“Isn’t everyday mother’s day?

Well yes, it kind of is because you have kids, but it sure does feel nice to get a little more recognition for all our hard work and efforts throughout the years. I know there are a lot of dads out there too who work just as hard-your month is coming up too!

In light of Mother’s Day which happens to fall on May 1oth this year, I thought I’d share a little easy DIY with you all. I love making my own crafts and gifts because I have tons of supplies I have acquired throughout the years, and giving unique gifts is just fun.

I guess you could say I “hoard” mason jars in all different shapes and sizes. I love them for canning, foods, storage, and of course crafts. Mason jars hands down make the best craft starters! That is why I used two wide mouth jars for my Mother’s Day Gumball Filled Mason Jar Flower Vase gifts.

They sure are cute huh?

mason jars and hole lids #DIY: Gumball Filled Mason Jar Flower Vase   Mothers Day Gift Idea Here is what you need to make your own Gumball Filled Mason Jar Flower Vase:

  • Mason jar(s)
  • pink shimmer gumballs  #DIY: Gumball Filled Mason Jar Flower Vase   Mothers Day Gift Idea Colorful Gumballs-I used SweetWorks Celebrations Gumballs
  • Raffia for bows
  • Daisy Stems *coordinate your colors from the stems to the gumballs
  • Pre-drilled Mason Jar lids (can do these yourself
  • Wire cutters (to reduce flower stem size)

mason jar flower vases  #DIY: Gumball Filled Mason Jar Flower Vase   Mothers Day Gift Idea Directions: 

Clean your mason jars with hot soapy water, and then dry them

Fill them up with your gumballs-leave some wiggle room for your flower stems

Cut your flowers stems so that there is about 2-3″ of space for the flower to bend while the mason jar cap is screwed on. You want the flower to be able to flex.

After your gumballs are in the jar, insert your flowers, and pose them

Mothers Day jar vase 1 #DIY: Gumball Filled Mason Jar Flower Vase   Mothers Day Gift Idea After the cap is screwed on, tie a matching raffia bow, and there you have it-your very own Gumball Filled Mason Jar Flower Vase-perfect for Mother’s Day!

FREE Apparoo™ App of the Week: Manilla #apparooapps

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FREE Apparoo™ App of the Week: Manilla #apparooapps

“This is a sponsored post on behalf of Apparoo Apps. My desk is really a mess, and all views are totally my own.” 

Are you drowning in bills?

…ok, so who isn’t these days?–wrong question 

Manilla Screen shots FREE Apparoo™ App of the Week: Manilla #apparooapps Let me rephrase that, is your DESK literally drowning in bills? I know my desk is so overloaded with paper work that I could fill an entire recycle bin, or shredding machine with paper; twice over.

I’m actually a little embarrassed that yesterday it was Administrative Professionals Day. Why? Well because my friend who is secretary, popped on over and was shocked when she saw all the stacks of receipts, bills, coupons, and notes I had stacked on my washer, dryer, and office desk. I was the epitome of a professional..that is for sure!

My defense is that I am organizing stuff, but my version of organizing is really just a bunch of sorting, shuffling and transferring stuff from one place to another. I’m not afraid to admit that I need help in the paper hoarding department.

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Why you need Manilla

 manilla1 FREE Apparoo™ App of the Week: Manilla #apparooapps Hey, whatever happened to this ‘paperless desk’ we were all supposed to have by now? The endless influx of bills can be overwhelming – and buried bills mean late fees (ahem). Manilla is a simple, secure and free way to de-clutter your desktop. It retrieves and organizes household bills, bank, credit card and healthcare accounts, travel rewards – even offline accounts like rent or babysitters. It reminds you when bills are due and files old statements so you don’t have to. So save a tree, reclaim your desk, and never pay a late fee again!  Download it here for free.

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle #CleanFreeWeekend Review and Giveaway!

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Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle #CleanFreeWeekend Review and Giveaway!

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and MrClean. I was provided the featured product free along with a gift card to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

Mr.Clean Liquid Muscle  Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle #CleanFreeWeekend Review and Giveaway! One of my favorite things to do around my home is clean.

No, I am not even joking here people!

Cleaning is an escape for me and helps me to take my mind off work and stresses. I love a clean home that smells fresh, and looks great. My kids, husband, and dog are usually my worst enemies when it comes to keeping a tidy home. However, when I decided to get married, have kids, and adopt a dog I accepted these challenges and signed on the dotted line.

Kids make messes

Husbands make messes

Pets make messes

soap and water bucket  Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle #CleanFreeWeekend Review and Giveaway! Thankfully, there are tough cleaners that help to combat kitchen and more importantly; bathroom messes. Sadly for some, bathroom chores are not the highlight of their day. There are not many people who enjoy scrubbing a toilet bowl, or tub! I am however, part of the minority because I love smelling a fresh Mr. Clean scented bathroom!

sponges and gloves Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle #CleanFreeWeekend Review and Giveaway! That’s right, I am one of those people who get excited when Mr. Clean comes out with new cleaning products. Their new Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle is not only great smelling,  but it effortlessly clean floors, tubs, sinks, walls, and toilet bowls with ease. I Like to fill up a bucket with about a gallon of hot water, slip on my gloves, pour some Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle in, and get to work.

With Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle, less is more! The auto-stop cap means you’ll get the right amount of product each time, while the new formula ensures that each drop packs a lot of muscle to remove even the toughest stains with much less elbow grease is needed. And, we all know less time cleaning equals more free time to actually do the stuff you WANT to do this weekend.  #CleanFreeWeekend

Waverly cleaning gloves  Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle #CleanFreeWeekend Review and Giveaway! I was so excited when I received a brand new bucket, Waverly Gloves, sponges, and Mr Clean Liquid Muscle. I pretty much had all of the above already, but it is always fun to get new supplies! I am in love with the scent of the Febreze Freshness Meadows & Rain scent! It lingers for hours and makes the whole bathroom smell crystal clean.

Want a chance at winning some awesome prizes? Check out the #CleanFreeWeekend Twitter Party, hosted by @DoubleDutyDivas &@RealMrClean on April 29th (4/29), at 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST ( 9-10 PM EST).  RSVP here.

So, now that you know I love to clean, the question is: Do you love to clean?

Tell us how MrClean Liquid Muscle helped you enjoy a Clean Free Weekend by Tweeting MrClean @RealMrClean using #CleanFreeWeekend or showing us at Facebook.com/MrClean.”

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Get the Family Up and Moving Outdoors with RingStix Lite #Review

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Get the Family Up and Moving Outdoors with RingStix Lite #Review

RingStix Lite Get the Family Up and Moving Outdoors with RingStix Lite #Review Now that the weather is finally starting to feel like Spring around here in New England, I’m already starting to feel the urge to be outdoors. The grass is starting to slowly creep in, and I see the slightest of buds outside on my maple tree. It really is an exciting time because Spring is the birth of many of nature’s beautiful gifts. We have already planted a few vegetable plants and cant wait to see their progress.

With the warmer temperatures coming in, my kids want to be outdoors. We have a good sized, and safe yard for them to play in so that is a plus! I remember loving the outdoors when I was younger too so my kids definitely take after me.  They could spend hours digging in the mud, and collecting bugs. I love their love of nature, and the outdoors so it makes me smile to see them outside, and enjoying themselves.

Ring Stix  Get the Family Up and Moving Outdoors with RingStix Lite #Review We recently had the chance to receive and test out two sets of RingStix Lite. We were not familiar with the product, but after discovering that it was a simple, yet effective way to enjoy family time outside; we were excited to learn more.

RingStix and little girl Get the Family Up and Moving Outdoors with RingStix Lite #Review To play with RingStix, players simply each hold a pair of Stix and propel the Ring to their opponent who then must catch the plastic Ring with their Stix. It sounds simple enough, and really is! The colorful sets have been bringing a ton of fun to our backyard this spring. My girls may not play 100% correctly, but RingStix are keeping them busy and active.

RingStix can be purchased at stores like LL Bean, and Amazon .

You can like RingStix on Facebook.

Kristi Yamaguchi #LifeIngredients Prize Pack Giveaway!

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Kristi Yamaguchi #LifeIngedients Prize Pack Giveaway!

Kristi Yamaguchi Kristi Yamaguchi #LifeIngredients Prize Pack Giveaway!

Image credit: Tsu.Ya.com

About two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a live #LifeIngredients webinar with former athlete Kristi Yamaguchi. I have always loved watching her figure skating as a young child, right up until she retired. Now, Kristi is busier than ever as a wife, mom to two girls, and business woman. However, Kristi really does have it altogether because she knows how to prioritize her daily schedule, and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Amazingly, Kristi is so laid back, soft spoken, and pretty much adorable! She really does look amazing and credits daily exercise, and eating healthy snacks like Alpine Lace Deli Cheese for her svelt figure. I really enjoyed listening to her speak about her daily life as a mother, and business woman. She is so down to earth and truly an inspiration for moms across the country! It was really awesome of her to even answer our questions at the end of the webinar.

Aside from being a mom to two lovely little girls, Kristi created the woman’s active line called Tsu.Ya (pronounced sue-ya). This line of woman’s active wear is inspired and designed around cuts and outfits found on the skating rink. It really is probably the most stylish  woman’s active wear line on the market! It consists of bras, skirts, hoodies, tees, shirts, and more! A portion of sales also benefits Kristi’s “Always Dream Foundation“.

Thanks to #LifeIngredients, we get to give away a  Prize Pack complements of Kristi & Alpine Lace Deli Cheese. This special prize pack comes complete with a xl black  jacket from the Tsu.Ya collection, a One Line a Day Journal, and a FREE product coupon for Alpine Lace Deli Cheese!

To enter, please use the form below. Ends 4.29th at 11:59 pm est. Jacket color/size subject to change. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. We are not responsible for lost or stolen packages. 

Home Depot: Save $10/$100 and a HUGE $3,000 Sweepstakes!

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Home Depot: Save $10/$100 and a HUGE $3,000 Sweepstakes!

Onion seedlings Home Depot: Save $10/$100 and a HUGE $3,000 Sweepstakes!

Some of our onion seedlings waiting for warmer weather to be transplanted

As a home owner I find myself shopping at stores like Home Depot all too often! If it is not for a renovation project indoors, it is for something outdoors. Regardless, I totally do not mind at all because Home Depot is now one of my favorite stores! I used to get annoyed shopping there before owning a home, but now it is one of the highlights of our week!

organic container gardening  Home Depot: Save $10/$100 and a HUGE $3,000 Sweepstakes!

Some of our fancy lettuce in containers from last year

This week, my husband and I have been working in our garden. We love to grow vegetables organically, and love shopping at the Home Depot for seed starters, soil, and growing supplies. We typically start our seeds indoors and place them under grow lights. This year we are growing peppers, onions, tomatoes, beans, peas, lettuce, and squash to name a few. I love that our Home Depot store was the best choice to buy pretty much everything we needed to make our future “dream garden” a reality.

Since my husband and I love to save money by DIY, we typically spend a good chunk of change at our local store. We both just love when coupons come about for the Home Depot. We really lucked out this week because there is a very valuable coupon for $10 off a $100 Home Depot purchase! This is Home Depot’s most valuable deal of the year that can help you save big!


 Home Depot: Save $10/$100 and a HUGE $3,000 Sweepstakes!

 Savings.com has a HUGE $3,000 Sweepstakes! To enter to win one of 150 $20 Home Depot Gift Cards it really is so simple! Head over to Savings.com and enter your email address! At 7pm EST each night the sweepstakes is running, 50 winners will be chosen, and YES you may win more than once!!

This awesome Savings.com sweepstakes ends tomorrow, 4/23 at 7pm EST so please make sure to enter to win one of 150 $20 Home Depot Gift Cards by heading over to their site, and entering your email!!

You can use the $10/$100 purchase Home Depot coupon now through April 27th!! Now is the perfect time to head over to your local store because they now have all the awesome outdoor flowers, mulch, and landscaping materials you will need to make your home look awesome this Spring! They also have quite a few grills out already that are perfect for all types of grilling enthusiasts!

 

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