Thrifty Tip: DIY Baby Shower Gifts

Thrifty Tip: DIY Baby Shower Gifts

Check out the spring edition of From Our Nest Magazine! There’s lots of tips for parents (and even us non-parents, too)! Here’s my most recent Thrifty Tip column.

Let’s Get Creative | Baby Shower Gifts

Be sure to check out all the great articles in the spring edition of the From Our Nest Magazine!

DIY Baby Shower Gifts | Thrifty Tip

Everyone I know is turning up with a new bundle of joy. As much as I enjoy smothering all the new, tiny humans with love, it can be an expensive venture when you are invited to baby shower after baby shower.

Recently I have turned to my rudimentary sewing and crafting skills to come up with some great do-it-yourself projects that make wonderful (and useful) baby shower gifts. Particularly if you’re adept to using coupons, you can save big when you make some common baby shower gifts at home. Continue reading

Never Buy Salad Dressing Again!

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Here’s Harold the Turkey, our Thanksgiving mascot.

Over Thanksgiving I was put in charge of handling “leftover day” and appeasing 25 different people. We had quite the hodge podge of a leftover feast after it was all said and done. We ended up with mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, turkey soup, and a nice salad.

After more than a year of a paleo lifestyle, you’ll never catch me buying salad dressing from the store. It’s way more delicious (and super simple) to just make it yourself. At the request of a number of family members, I give you two of my favorite salad dressing recipes. Continue reading

#2 Dad. He’s the shit!

#2 Dad. He’s the shit!

You know you want to purchase this birthday card. Click here!

You know you want to purchase this birthday card. Click here!

I’m pretty sure when my parents decided that I wasn’t allowed to be an only child anymore, they purposely made a kid that complemented me well. (We sure didn’t think so until we had gotten through those rough teen years.) Laura has got hilarious wit for days and I have a keen eye for graphic design. Together, we have launched our first Etsy shop, SwaterColors. When our powers combine, we hope to bring unique, hilarious greeting cards and handmade items to the masses!

For our first trick, we give you the greatest birthday card ever made. Does your dad have a great sense of humor? Do you think your dad is ‘the shit’? Well if so, this card is definitely for you!

10366248_900647465225_3956835521100178830_nJust in case you don’t get the joke and subsequently think I’m a jerk, here’s how we came up with the idea. For Father’s Day, we took my dad to Boulevardia, a beer festival in KC. As we were walking through one of the vendor areas, we saw a guy with a booth with some Father’s Day cards and one of them said, “#2 Dad. Still pretty good.” My dad thought that was hilarious, and as my sister and I were walking by we decided that it would be more hilarious if it said, “He’s the shit!” The moral of this story is we find poop jokes hilarious and we find puns hilarious. Put the two together? Magic.

Seriously. Go buy your dad a card. Because hilarious.

Green Bean Casserole [with a kick!]

Green Bean Casserole [with a kick!]

Ah, Thanksgiving. The holiday that will ALWAYS come before Christmas. I’m no Scrooge, but Christmas lights, trees and music do not belong in existence until November 29.

Anyway, green bean casserole is, and will always be, my favorite Thanksgiving side dish that I will inevitably eat three helpings of. It is super easy to make and exceptionally dummy proof, and *bonus* it’s really cheap to make. I’ve spent my college years perfecting the recipe that I take to all of my “Friendsgiving” holiday parties. As always, it was a hit this year! Continue reading

Thrifty Tip: Sale Cycles

Thrifty Tip: Sale Cycles

Even though this post is just a little late coming, Oct. 1 was the first day of fall, so I would say I’m right on time! Here’s the next Thrifty Tip installment from the Fall edition of From The Nest, a southwest Missouri magazine for parents. It’s rockin’ and rollin’ on it’s third issue! Check out all the great stories in the Fall issue, of course, after you have read this season’s thrifty tip. Continue reading