Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shark Pool Party

Shark Birthday PartyBoy Birthday Party Idea
Shark Pool party invitation
Boy Shark Party

Here is the last party I helped my friend with before we moved away. He wanted to do a pool party so the shark theme was easy! I loved how it turned out but unfortunately, didn't get very many good pictures.  We changed the location from the pool to her house then back again to the pool on the account of forcasted rain.  And then low and behold it didn't rain so back to the pool we went. Whoo setup finally was complete.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Autumn Chalkboard Idea

My chalkboard has officially changed to autumn even if the Texas weather is not cooperating. One thing I do miss about Virginia is the fall. It is absolutely beautiful there. It was my favorite season of all. Watching the leaves blow off the trees from the woods behind our house was mesmorizing.

I found this chalkboard inspiration from Pinterest. Here was the picture I used for my inspiration. It was originally posted on by Katie at Clarendon Lane but as far as I can tell the blog is no more. Boo. Since there was no directions or tutorial I went looking for an image close to the quote "Autumn is the year's last loveliest smile." To my surprise I found one.  I cleaned up the image in Photoshop and stretched it a bit to fit my chalkboard dimensions.  Then took it to my office supply store printed a transparency and used my handy dandy overhead projector to project it up on my chalkboard and traced away.  I was going to take pictures of the steps but I get so carried away that I forgot. I'll try for when I change it for Halloween.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How to Keep Your Plants Alive While Away on Vacation

Have you ever wondered how to keep your plants alive while your away on vacation? Me too!!! I searched high and low and found this method. I wasn't sure it would work, but it did. Insert happy dance here. Plants and flowers for some reason make me happy:) I really enjoy them and when my husband decided on a vacation this summer I thought how in world am I going to keep my flower baskets watered? I was seriously about to buy one of those shirts that say "I can't go....My plants need me."

So here it is.
  • You'll need a big container (I used the largest kitchen pot)
  • Twine 
  • Scissors to cut the twine
  • Screwdriver, optional. I used it to poke a hole into the soil where I put the twine into.
So, I think the pictures make it pretty self explanatory. Fill a large container to the brim with water, soak the twine in the water until thoroughly wet, then put one piece of the twine in the pot and another end into the soil. Space out the twine so equal parts of the plant will get watered. I was gone 10 days and noticed that a little bit on the end of one plant got a tinge of yellow (meaning that part got over watered). I never imagined it would get over watered.

plants water themselves
It was really hard to get a good shot of the plants in my tiny bathroom. But this should give you an idea since you'll have a different size of plants than I have anyways. I have flower planters that hang over my deck railing. I wanted to originally put them in the bathtub to create less mess but they needed something to support them from falling the bathtub was a fail. I then thought I might be able to put each one in front of each sink and (the faucet would be the brace) to keep them from falling over. Bingo bongo! Then, I need something to elevate my pot of water. The pot needs to be elevated to wick the water down through the twine. I used my 4 year old's step stool but needed more height so I got a skillet and put that under the pan. I also covered the stool with a towel since it was wood and she'd totally freak out if it got messed up.

self watering plant system
Here you can see the water soaked twine that ran from the water pot to the plants. I put approximately 8-10 strands of twine for each plant and my planters are 3 feet wide.

I used a screwdriver to poke holes in the dirt and place the twine as far down as I could.  The roots is where the water needs to get to.

plants that water theirselves

This is a close up of what my plants (coleus and sweet potato vines) looked after 10 days of the self watering system.

how to water plants while on vacation

My pan of water was bone dry so I should have used a bigger pan but didn't have one. I'm not sure when the water ran out but do know it did a great job of keeping my plants alive while I was away. There was NO WAY they would have survived in the 106 degree temps we were having in Texas. I'm sure also the cooler temps inside also added to the survival but you can believe next time I go out of town, which is quite often this is the system I will use. Sometimes you just don't have someone to water the plants or want to bother them for that many days. This way the plants water themselves!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

General Mills Brings Minions Buddies in Your Cereal Box & $25 Fandango Gift Card Giveaway

General Mills has partnered with the Minions. For a limited time in participating boxes of General Mills cereal you can collect miniature minions like the one shown on the box. To me they resemble little christmas tree ornaments. You can also see their cute faces on the Betty Crocker fruit snack boxes. My kids absolutely love Betty Crocker fruit rolls. As soon as the box came out they were devoured. Hence, no picture of those. Minions In the City movie is currently showing in theaters.

In exchange for this review we were given a $25 Fandango gift card to view Minions in the city. It is super hot here in Texas right now so my kids were absolutely delighted when I asked them if they want to chill out in the cool theater to watch one of their favorite movies yet. 

Our sponsor is giving away a prize pack containing:

  • A participating General Mills cereal
  • 1 box of participating Betty Crocker fruit flavored snack
  • An exclusive Minions Buddy
  • $25 Fandango gift card
To one of my Keeping My Cents readers. All you have to do is enter below leaving a comment on which General Mills you would buy.

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