Friday, January 12, 2018

Dare to Share #296

It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

I hope wherever you are located you are safe tonight.  The weather has been a bit crazy all around the country.  Today we had our 4th day called off of school because of icy/snowy/frigid temps.  I was supposed to work today, but had an unexpected day off.  It was very icy this morning, and then it snowed several inches on top of that, so it was the right call. 

This week I started a new series called The Dollar Store Challenge where I will be sharing different crafts, party projects, and home projects using items from the dollar store. In today's post I shared some of my favorite party projects.  

My co-host Kim, from has some fun ideas this week. I especially like this Troll Seeds Bag Topper Printable

Now it is time for this week's party.. 

Link up and HAVE FUN! 


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The Dollar Store Challenge

I have had an idea in my head for over a week now. If you 
have followed my blog for awhile, you will know I LOVE the dollar store.  There are just so many ways you can use things from the dollar store to save money.   

I am going to start a new series where each week where I will share a post with ways you use items from the dollar store for parties, crafts, home decor and more.  I do have a lot of posts that I will be re-sharing, in addition to a lot of new ideas as well.  The challenge part will be keeping the budget to $5 or less. 

As I was going through my old posts, I found I have hundreds of dollar store party ideas.  I thought I would share a few my favorites here today.  

A few years ago I shared a Snowman Themed Snow Day Party that could be thrown together with items you already have at home.  One of the crafts I made for the party was this Snowman Centerpiece. I can not remember if the styrofoam balls were sold in sets or individually but all of the supplies were from the dollar store.  I made him before the movie Frozen was released, he could be altered slightly to look like Olaf for a Frozen themed party.    

We have love unicorns in my family way before they were cool. Fourteen years ago, my oldest daughter wanted to have a Purple Unicorn Party for her 7th birthday.  She invited all of the girls in her 1st grade class.  One of their favorite things of the party were the unicorn headbands we made for the party.  I used headbands, yarn and felt.  There were multiple headbands in each package making them about 10-15 cents each. They occasionally have yarn at the dollar store. I believe I bought a skein of pink yarn at the craft store for about $2.  They have packages of colorful craft foam which would also work for the ears.  It cost less than $5 for 15 headbands.  

A few years back I threw a Spring Chick Garden Party for a good friend's milestone birthday.  I made a couple of  Flower Topiaries using mostly dollar store supplies.  The floral form, the flowers, the flower pot and ribbon were all found there.  The originals were made awhile back, maybe in the spring I will make some new ones with updated supplies. 


I also made a Cupcake Stand for my friend's party. I used silver platters, 2 candlesticks, and gorilla glue all at the dollar store.  What I like about this craft is you can mix and match different colors plates, dishes, and candlesticks to customize your stand.  

One of my youngest daughter's parties was her Beach Bash Birthday.  Her party goody bags were a big hit with her friends.  Instead of just giving out plastic bags with candy and small toys, she gave out beach bags with useful summer items.  Since everything was bought at the dollar store, each bag came to a total of $5.  

I have many more dollar store party posts I can share. I hope to make this Dollar Store Challenge a year long project, so I am sure that there will be more opportunities to share them.  

Do you have a favorite project that you made from the Dollar Store?  Share below in the comments.  

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Dare to Share #295 and 2018 Goals

There is nothing like the new year to get you thinking about how your life is going.  Every year people make resolutions, and declare that they are going to cold turkey make changes starting on Jan 1.  I have done that in the past, but I have gotten to realize as I get older, that I rarely stick to resolutions made that way.  I am going to do something different this year. I do have a few goals that I would like to complete, but I am doing them in baby steps, and in FAITH. There are a couple of things that I would really like to see happen this year.  I am not going to post about them here, but they are things I have been praying about for awhile.  I need to BELIEVE that they will happen while working toward my goal. While working to my goals, I also know that when things are "too big", I do much better with baby steps.  Everyone will get too busy or have a bad day from time to time, but that's okay.  I will not give up, and just try again the next day.   Here are a few of my goals that I can share with you. 

I hope to earn more "side hustle" money.  I will be honest while I love substitute teaching, it does not cover all the bills. I need to supplement my income in other ways.  I do so with varying apps, survey sites, and saving money on super deals.  I will share soon on some of the ways that help me pay the bills. 

As you saw in my last statement, buy spending a lot less, my money goes farther.  I hope to save even more this year. I follow several deal sites, and match sales and coupons with my grocery lists. I am also saving a lot with coupons (digital and paper), and savings apps. 

 I just do not have the organizing gene, and I know my limits.  I hope to take more steps in that direction though.  Each day I plan on doing a few smaller easy to do tasks to get things done.  I know what works for me, so I will play to those strengths.  

You may have seen on  Instagram , the awesome Unicorn planner super deal I got a few weeks ago.  I have been using it for 5 days now, and I LOVE it.   I plan to use it all year long.  One thing that I am going to start doing this year is be more aware of my gratitude. There is a box beside each day in this planner.  At the end of the day, I have been writing something good that happened that day.  It will only take a few seconds to do, and at the end of the year, I can look back at all the blessings I received.  

If you have followed my blog for awhile,  you may have realized I took a rather long blogging break in 2017. I have been blogging for almost 10 years, and I really needed it. I will be posting a lot more this year.  This morning I was given a fun assignment which I can't wait to get started on, and you will see in a few weeks. That assignment got my creative juices flowing, and soon my brain was on overload with a bunch of new post ideas that I will be sharing soon.  

Along those same lines, I also kind of took a social media break.  While I would post from time to time on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest,  I stopped posting regularly. In the last couple of months, I started posting again, and it now feels more fun, and not a chore.  I hope to continue to share a lot more in 2018.  

Do you make resolutions or goals?  I would love to hear about them.  

Now since it is Friday night, it is time for the first Dare to Share party of the new year..  

Link up and HAVE FUN!! 

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