Saving Time and Money with Walgreens Paperless Coupons- and an Easy Summer Craft Idea!

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I love saving money. Doesn’t everyone? When Shane was a baby, I briefly dabbled in “extreme couponing”. I learned how to use coupons, spent a lot of time clipping and sorting and looking up sales, then putting him into the car seat and heading to the store. My favorite store to shop at was Walgreens, because they were close to my place, had a friendly staff that didn’t roll their eyes at my stack of coupons, and of course, had great sales!

I still love Walgreens and shop there quite often, but I stopped couponing long ago. Like they say, time is money, and once Shane started crawling my time was more precious to me than my money. I stopped checking ads, stopped clipping coupons, and never looked back.

Paperless Coupons available at Walgreens #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

That all changed last week! I found out that Walgreens has a new section on their app for paperless coupons. Say what now? Paperless coupons are coupons that you “clip” on your phone. Using the Walgreens app, you can browse the coupons that they have available and with the touch of a button, add them to your linked Balance Rewards Card. All you have to do to save money is save your favorite coupons to your card via your phone, go shopping at Walgreens, and then use your Balance Rewards Card at checkout {either by scanning your actual Balance Rewards card, scanning your Balance Rewards Card barcode from your app, or just punching in your phone number}. It’s that easy!

Use Walgreens Paperless Coupons to save on craft supplies! #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

One of the coupons currently available is for Ziploc bags, which was perfect because I needed them for a fun summer craft I had planned to do with Shane. I’m not very crafty so believe when I say it’s incredibly easy! Here’s how to do it:

Supplies needed for Tissue Fish craft #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

Supplies:

-1 Ziploc bag {I used the gallon size because Shane wanted a big fish}

-1 pack of tissue paper in your choice of colors {about 6 sheets for a large fish}

-1 rubber band

-Tape

-Permanent Marker

Easy Summer Craft Tissue Fish #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

Directions:

1. Let your little one help you tear the tissue paper into lots of pieces. The pieces can be large or small, whichever your child prefers or is capable of. This part of the activity is great for fine motor skill development!

2. Tape down one bottom corner of the bag. This will become your fish’s face.

3. Together, stuff the bag with all of the paper until it’s completely full.

4. Seal the bag, bunch up the top part, and wrap the rubber band about an inch below the opening of the bag as shown.

5. Fan out the top of the bag to form the tail.

6. Draw a face on your fish friend! You can do this for your little one or let them do it themselves, depending on their age and your trust in them using permanent markers.

Two-faced fish #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

We made a “two-faced” fish because Shane wanted to draw a face on one side and asked me to draw one on the other. Feel free to have fun with it & make it your own! It’s a simple craft idea but it’s a fun way to spend time together!

Crafting with Shane #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

I love the new paperless coupons on the Walgreens app because I can still spend my precious time with my son {whether we’re making tissue fish or just reading a book on the couch} while still saving money on things we need at Walgreens!

What shortcuts do you take to save money?

Making Packing Lunch Easier with #DixieQuicktakes

This post is brought to you by Markerly and Dixie Quicktakes. All opinions are my own.

Next month, a new school year will start and parents will go back to the daily routine of making lunches for their children. Shane is just going into half-day kindergarten, so he doesn’t eat lunch at school, but my husband eats his lunch on the road at work every day so I understand the stress. Every night before bed {or at 3:30 am if I haven’t gone to bed yet when he gets up for work}, I put a dozen ingredients onto the counter and get to work making salads, washing fruit, rolling up lunch meat and gathering snacks. The worst part of the whole thing? Having to dig through our cabinets to find the right lid for each storage container!

Dixie Quicktakes with attached lids make lunch packing easier!

That’s changing now though, because I ordered a box of Dixie Quicktakes on Amazon. They’re disposable {but reusable} containers with attached lids and they are solving a ton of problems! Now, I don’t have to search for lids- they’re attached to the container. Not only that, but they are so much more organized in my cabinet- they all stack within each other, and I don’t have to have a totally overflowing, total mess of a bin for wayward lids {some of which no longer even have a match}.

Dixie Quicktakes are dishwasher safe!

It’s nice having disposable containers, too, because while we’ve been washing them and reusing them to cut back on waste, we have the option of using them to give food or leftovers to family members without worrying about getting back the pieces of our matching set of more expensive storage containers. I could even use these as containers for food gifts for the holidays or another occasion- just add a few stickers and a bow and you’re set!

Packing lunches with Dixie Quicktakes is a breeze!

At just $10.99 for a box of 25, they are a very affordable storage solution, too! Since the boxes are clear, you can easily see with just a glance what’s inside, making it a perfect storage solution for kids who can’t read labels or for items you need often. We’re using a few around the house to store some of our art supplies and even some baby items. I’m having Shane help me decorate one tomorrow to use as the designated “binky box”!

If you have a tendency to lose lids or just want a great flexible product that you can use for any lunches you have to pack {or just for around the house!} be sure to check out Dixie Quicktakes. They are currently only available on Amazon and Amazon is currently offering a 25% off coupon! Just click here to buy them, or click here to read more reviews before buying.

What are your time-saving secrets when packing lunches?

Easy Homemade Baby Food with Cuisinart

Thanks to Cuisinart for sponsoring today’s discussion.

When I was pregnant with Zac, I made a list in my head of all of the things I was going to do differently than I did with my first. Don’t get me wrong, I think Shane has turned out pretty great so far, but there are things that I know now that would have made things easier or better if I knew them the first time around.

Zac with Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer

One of the main things I decided to do was make my own homemade baby food. There are a lot of great baby  food brands out there now {with many more organic and natural varieties than when Shane was a baby} and I do plan to use them sometimes. But for us, homemade baby food is preferable in so many ways- I can control the ingredients and give him nothing but the best, save money, and even be more eco-friendly by not using all of that packaging.

Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer

Even though there are a ton of benefits, making your own baby food can be a huge pain without the right tools. We recently received the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer and it makes food prep as easy as a few pushes of a button! Once Zac is a little older, I’ll be able to put pretty much anything we’re eating for dinner directly into the baby food maker and just puree it for him to eat- I won’t even have to make him a separate meal! For now, though, he’s just beginning solids so he has to have one or two ingredient only meals.

I made him some banana baby food in the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and it was so easy!

20 Second Homemade Baby Food

1. Take one ripe banana

2. Tear it into 3 even pieces.

3. Place it into the baby food maker and pulse three times. Continue to puree until it is the desired consistency.

4. Remove from bowl and serve!

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Now, bananas are a super easy food to prepare, but even those that take a little more work are so much easier with the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker. You can easily steam foods using the same appliance- saving on time as well as dishes! If your little one takes bottles, you can even use the unit as a bottle warmer.

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Of course, the ultimate test is what baby thinks- and clearly, he’s a fan!

Zac is just starting out on solids, so he hasn’t tried many different foods yet since we have to wait between new foods to watch for reactions. As his list of “safe foods” grows, though, we’ll be using the Cuisinart website to search for yummy recipes- from the purees in Stage 1 to the combination foods in Stage 2 and 3. I can’t wait to make the Peaches with Bananas and Rice this weekend! The site even has a Menu Planner so you can make sure baby is getting a good variety.

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Top Tips for Organising a Teen’s Small Bedroom

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Organising a teen’s bedroom isn’t the easiest job in the world, and keeping it tidy and organised is an even more difficult endeavour. However, if you get space-savvy and smart from the get-go, they’ll soon find keeping it organised surprisingly easy.

Therefore we’ve put together some tips for how you can do just that, especially when faced with another difficult factor – the small bedroom space. We’ve come up with some simple ideas for how you can utilise space and keep things organised all at the same time.

Tips for Organising a Teen’s Small Bedroom

Make the most of the wall space

Making the most of the walls in any small space is a good idea, and it’s great in teen bedrooms as they can be a game-changer when it comes to keeping things off the floor! Whether it’s making simple changes like mounting the TV onto the wall instead (there are some great wall-ready TVs from Electric Shop) or getting more clever with things like shelving, use the walls to help give the room a sense of organisation. Encourage them to be ruthless when it comes to getting rid of things so they don’t have the whole world on display on their shelves, too.

Create a space-saving study area

Teens need somewhere where they can get their homework done and where they can start to organise their own lives. If you’re limited in space, the idea of having a desk and chair in the room can seem impossible. However, there are space-conscious solutions you can look into. For example, this corner desk from IKEA is ideal for making the most of corners, and it also has lots of storage space included, too.

Top Tips for Organising a Teen’s Small Bedroom

Look for space-savvy beds

Beds are the main part of a bedroom which means they’re also likely to take up the most space. However, many designers have worked on creating organisation beds that are so clever you’ll find yourself wanting one! This article here discusses some of the best teen space-saving beds that we’ve seen that shows you what’s possible. Therefore the days of squeaky bunk beds are long gone!

Invest in good storage solutions

Investing in some storage solutions such as attractive boxes, bags or bins can be great for encouraging your teen to help keep their room organised as well as saving space as it eliminates clutter which will automatically close the room in and make it feel smaller than it actually is. Storage boxes don’t have to cost you a fortune either, as these ones from Wilkinson’s prove.

Top 5 Tips for Organising a Teen’s Small Bedroom

Make the most of the wardrobe

Encouraging your teen to have a clear out and donate unwanted items to charity is a great start when it comes to making the most of the wardrobe or closet. Hang things like shoe racks on the sides of the wardrobe, hammer hooks onto the side for a great place to store jewellery and have designated hangers for things like belts and scarves. Making the most of the top shelf of the wardrobe and bottom shelf is a good idea, too.

How do you keep your teen’s room organized?

 

5 Ways to Decorate Your Rental Property {Without Losing Your Deposit}

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If you’re currently in a rental property, it can be quite difficult to make someone else’s house feel like your home…especially if you want to get your tenancy deposit back, anyway!

Luckily, there are things that you can do to help personalise and update the space without sacrificing your money and without upsetting your landlord. We’ve put together a list of 5 of the most effective – and surprisingly easy – things you can do to decorate your rental property. Win win!

5 Ways to Decorate Your Rental Property {Without Losing Your Deposit}

1. Update your windows

Chances are, the curtains or blinds in your rental property are unlikely to be the ones you’d have chosen yourself. However, these don’t have to be the ones you stick with throughout your entire tenancy. As long as you store the existing curtains effectively so they don’t get damaged, you can replace them and just hang them back up when your contract is over! Blinds are great as well as they’re modern and fresh. You could even opt for patterned, floral blinds for an instant personality boost.

2. Look into temporary wall covering options

New curtains or blinds can be a great way to update a wall or two in your room, but what about if you do want something a little more than that? Luckily there are loads of amazing and innovative solutions for just that problem, including things like temporary wallpaper and tile ‘tattoos’ – ideal for the kitchen or bathroom. There is a huge collection of self adhesive wallpaper here.

5 Ways to Decorate Your Rental Property {Without Losing Your Deposit}

3. Customise the furniture and fittings

If you’ve moved into a furnished pad where the furniture is not exactly your cup of tea, there are things you can do to give the pieces a bit of a makeover without the need to replace them which is unlikely to be possible. You could go as simple as you like, by changing things like knobs on draws, to slightly more complicated craft ventures, like wallpapering the shelves on a bookcase. There are some fantastic ideas for updating your furniture on this article.

5 Ways to Decorate Your Rental Property {Without Losing Your Deposit}

4. Add colour through textiles

If your new place is particularly plain and is the standard white/magnolia palette that seems to be a firm favourite amongst landlords, instead of reaching for the paintbrush and saying goodbye to your deposit as a result, get colour clever by making it a colourful space by using bright textiles. Things like colourful curtains, rugs, throw cushions and throws are great for transforming a room’s colour scheme and will mean that it’s easy to update it again if you change your mind.

5. Have a simple rearrange

The layout of a room can have a huge impact on how the space feels, so why not give rearranging it a go? As long as you put everything back where it was before you leave and are careful not to scratch the walls or carpet, there’s no rules against moving the furniture. Try out new layouts to see how they affect the atmosphere of the room.

How do you make your rental feel like your home?

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