DIY Flower Arrangement Coffee Mug from Creative Contessa Designs

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I found these really cute large coffee mugs at the dollar store and wanted to find something creative to do with them.  Since the kids were still in school, I decided to make mini flower arrangements out of each coffee cup and send them to all the teachers.  They can be used for Thank You gifts, Birthday gifts, Get Well gifts , a Random act of Kindness or simply to make someone Smile.


Items needed:

Large Coffee Mugs {spent $1 on each mug)

Wet Foam (used a 40% off coupon at Micheal’s cost $3.24)

Peat Moss (found at dollar store $1)

Large Flower Bouquet with lots of Greenery  ($9.99)


Total Cost to make 10 Mug Flower Arrangements = $24.23

That is Less than $2.50 each!  What a great price for something that looks so pretty and brings so much joy to those who receive the flowers.



Gather Materials
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Cut Foam to the size of your mug
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Make sure they fit. Then pour water over the foam to keep fresh flowers moist. If you have dried flowers, be sure to use the dry foam and DO NOT Water.
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Cut Fresh flowers under running water to the size desired. Place in foam.
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Start with the largest or Focal Point Flower first then make sure to use fillers to complete your look.
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Use PEAT Moss to finish. Place a small amount around the outside of the coffee mug.
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Finished Products:
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See, it really was not hard at all.

The gifts are ready for giving.


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5 Cleaning Hacks Put to the Test

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These are 5 super simple cleaning hacks that you can try today.

1. Kool Aid to Clean Your Dishwasher
Lemonade Kool Aid can be used for more than a refreshing beverage. It can also be used as a dishwasher cleaner. The secret ingredient is the citric acid. It works to remove lime and hard water build-up from inside the dishwasher. It can even help get rid of the rust stains.
Make sure to buy the unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid. (generic Brands work the same) It has to be the Lemonade Flavor only because of its citric acid content.
Empty your dishwasher, you will want to run a cycle only with the lemonade.
Empty the entire single package of Kool-Aid into the dishwasher detergent dispenser.
Run a full cycle on normal/heavy wash. The lemonade Kool-Aid will clean as the dishwasher runs through the cycle.
After the cleaning my dishwasher has less lime build up. So, I am happy to do this every month or two, also going to try cleaning the toilets with Kool Aid.

This hack was super cheap as the store bought dishwasher cleaner runs right around $7.00. The Lemonade Kool Aid was 24 cents.


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2. Clean Sinks, Tubs and Faucets with Grapefruit and Salt

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Cut a grapefruit in half and sprinkle it generously with salt.
Wet your sink and sprinkle salt all around the part of the sink you are cleaning.
Use the grapefruit as a scrubber and clean the entire surface.
Rinse thoroughly.
Grapefruit is a natural disinfectant and while you are scrubbing you can enjoy the aroma therapy session too. The smell of Grapefruit is said to help reduce stress and have a relaxing effect on your body.

I personally, like the way it smells, refreshing and clean.
Cost would be about 55 ents for the homemade hack compared to $3.88 for the store bought.


3. Polish Stainless Steel with Cream of Tartar
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Mix 1 tablespoon cream of tartar with a few drops of water (like a paste or liquid glue)
Rub solution on stainless steel to be cleaned with a sponge and scrub
Wipe off with a damp paper towel

I found that the store bought was a little cheaper and worked better (less scrubbing).

Plus, I did not have Cream of Tartar in my pantry, I had to borrow it from my neighbor.

If you have it, give polishing your stainless steel a try.


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4. Clean Computer Screens with Coffee Filters
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Such an awesome hack!
The coffee filter will catch the dust and cut static on the screen.
Free of fibers, unlike a paper towel.
Can be used on cell phones, tablets, computers and TV’s.
Cost is Free if you already have a ton of coffee filters like I do.


5. Homemade Granite Cleaner
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DIY Homemade granite cleaner is easy and inexpensive to make.
Just grab an empty spray bottle and add
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
3 drops dish soap
5 to 10 drops essential oil
1 -2 cups of Water (depending on the size of your spary bottle)
Shake, spray and wipe clean.
Use for cleaning your marble, granite, or stone counters.
Homemade cost $1.58 compared to store bought for $5.99.

Please check out the TV segment on Houston Life KPRC Channel 2:

A special thank you goes out to Melissa and Cathy for letting me borrow their stuff for this segment!

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Houston Life KPRC 2 Saving Money with Coupons

Oh, My this was really fun!
Love being on Houston Life and sharing tips with people to save money.

Want to know how to get these deals?
Check them out HERE!

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Supermarket Secrets TV Segment on KPRC Chan 2 Houston

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Welcome Channel 2 KPRC Houston  viewers!

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Supermarket Secrets is a segment that was aired on KPRC Channel 2 Houston on  February 8, 2016.


-Look at Sales Ads before you shop

-Plan your Menu off of the Flyer – Stores offer loss leaders.  They advertise these good deals to get you into the store.  Plan your menu on these sale items especially the meats and produce that are on sale.  Shop the outside aisle of the store.

– Prepared food like cut up fruit and pre-cleaned veggies are much higher than doing the work yourself

-Sign up for Store loyalty cards and store apps – Store offer special discounts and even free items

-Look high and low:  Eye level in prime real estate – the most expensive/highly marketed brands.  Don’t be afraid of Generic brands.  They are most likely made by name brand companies anyway.

-Price match- with a little research you can save, by knowing what is on sale at other stores.  If you don’t have the time to research the items before you shop consider signing up for Walmart’s Savings Catcher.  This app lets you scan your receipt and then finds the closest competitors and price matches for you.  If a lower price is found, the money will go into your account which can be used as a Walmart E-Gift Card.

– Always check the unit price. Just because it is a larger size does not mean it is the best price.

-Don’t be afraid of Coupons – Can be found in-store or in the Sunday paper -If you have coupons, make sure you bring them to the store and then give them to the cashier. I place my coupons in the basket with the food, so that when I am unloading the groceries at check out I get all the coupons too.

These are just a few secrets to saving money at the supermarket.

What are some of your ideas?

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DIY Dry Erase Picture Frame

This is a great project for gifting.

Especially, for the person who has everything.

It can be customized to fit the decor of any room.

DIY Memo Board

Items Needed: Picture Frame Fabric Scissors Spray Glue Marker Dry Erase Marker

Disassemble the picture frame. Use the marker to

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Turkey Chili – Slow Cooker

Turkey Chili – Slow Cooker – Freezer Meal

My Cost $8.94 plus additional cost for toppings.  I already had olive oil and spices.

Ingredients 1 pound ground Turkey 1 teaspoons olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 3 tablespoons chili powder (mild) 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1

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Ground Turkey Taco Soup – Slow Cooker

Ground Turkey Taco Soup – Slow Cooker – Freezer Meal My Cost:  $9.99 Plus additional cost for your favorite toppings. Ingredients:

1 pound cooked ground turkey

1 can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can kidney bean (drained and rinsed)

1 can rotel tomatoes

1 can diced

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Italian Meatballs Made with Ground Turkey – Slow Cooker

Italian Meatballs Made with Ground Turkey Slow Cooker – Freezer Meal

My cost:  $8.43 for me to make.  I had bread crumbs, egg and spices.



2 pounds ground turkey (1 leaner than the other)

2/3 cup bread crumbs

2 tablespoons olive oil (divided 1 in meatball mixture,  1in sauté pan)

2 cloves

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Turkey and Mushrooms – Slow Cooker

Turkey and Mushrooms – Slow Cooker  – Freezer Meal

My cost:  $4.83 plus additional cost for rice, noodles or lettuce cups.  I already had Cajun seasoning. Ingredients:

1 lb 96% or 97% ground turkey

2 lb white mushrooms, sliced

1 cup brown gravy

½ tsp Cajun seasoning

1 gallon freezer bag

1 quart size

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Less than $40 for Four Ground Turkey Crock Pot Meals

Less than $40 for Four Ground Turkey Crock Pot Meals

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Total Cost of Four Ground Turkey Slow Cooker/Freezer Meals

  Ground Turkey Taco Soup

  Italian Meatballs


  Turkey and Mushrooms


  Turkey Chili



$13.31 Ground Turkey

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