Educents Back To School Blowout Sale

If you are a teacher, homeschool teacher or parent looking for educational items, be sure to check out Educents biggest sale ever going on from July 30 – August 2, 2014.

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I love the deals I can often find on Educents and think you will too.

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Reading PDF Documents and Ebooks On Your Kindle, Tablet, Smartphone or PC

This post was previously posted here, but now includes some updated information due to changes on Amazon.

Did you know that you can read all those ebooks or pdf documents that you download on your Kindle, Tablet, Smartphone or PC by using a Kindle app?  Sure you can purchase or find free ebooks on Amazon, but what about all the other ebooks you download from your favorite bloggers?

PDF Docs and Ebooks

If you’re like me, you may do most of your reading while waiting at appointments or kids activities, and who wants to lug the bulky laptop all these places.  You don’t have to.  You can send these ebooks to your Kindle or Kindle App by email with these simple instructions and read them on the go.

Maybe you don’t have a Kindle and want to read these books on your computer.  You can do that too?

First you will need a Kindle or a Kindle App.  The Kindle App can be downloaded to many smartphones, tablets and PC’s by searching for the Kindle App in your app store.  For more information on Kindle reading apps, you can go here.

Next you will log into your Amazon account and click on “Your Account” at the top right of the page, to be taken to your account information page.

Now scroll down and find the digital content area and click on “manage your content and devices”.

content and devices

Next you will look to your right and find “settings” and click on it as shown below.

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Scroll down to “Personal Document Settings” and find the device you want to send documents/ebooks /PDF’s to.  Jot this email address down (it will end with kindle.com) or add it to your contacts in your personal email account.

Now scroll down to “Approved Personal Document E-mail List” just under where you find the email list.  Make sure the email address you will be using to send these documents/ebooks /PDF’s to your Kindle or Kindle App is listed.  If it is not listed, be sure to use the “add a new approved email address” feature to get your email address listed.  This is a security measure to help prevent spam on your device (I have never had any spam).

SENDING TO YOUR KINDLE OR KINDLE APP

Place the kindle or kindle device email address in the “to” field on your email or select it form your contacts list.  Remember this email address ends in kindle.com.  Place the word “convert” in the subject line and your documents will be changed to kindle format. Now attach your document (ebook) to the email as you would any other file. Making sure to do only one ebook/document at a time.  Now it may take a bit for these to send, but when you open your Kindle app on your device, you should find the items in your cloud under books or documents. Your app must be open for the files to download.

Keep in mind that the documents/ebooks that you send to your Kindle will be in the cloud. This means that any Kindle or kindle app devices on your amazon account will be able to download this ebook/document to their device as well.  Generally this is not a problem, my kids don’t want to read frugal ebooks, but you should know in the case of reading important or private documents.

That’s it!  You can now read those ebooks on your Kindle or device with a Kindle app.

I’m so happy to be able to take all those ebooks I have collected over the last few years with me wherever I go.  I can read about frugal living, homeschooling, faith, recipes and so much more while on the go.

If you have any questions you can feel free to ask me, I can try to help you out, or you can go to Amazon for help with the Kindle Personal Documents Service.

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Using What You Have, but First You Must Find IT

One of the biggest tips in living a frugal lifestyle is to use what you already have.  Well that’s all just fine and dandy if you can find it!

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Not long ago I was ready to add page markers or flags to my grocery list when I realized that a few years ago I got a bunch of post-it products on clearance combined with a coupon, making them almost free.  Not long after that there was a rebate that when combined with coupons resulted in more free or almost free post its.

At the time my oldest was infatuated with these types of things, so they were often included in gifts to her or just given to her for her desk.  I wasn’t working at home at the time, so I didn’t need them.

Fast forward a few years, big girl is off to college, I’m homeschooling the little girls, I work on this blog, and I need some page markers.  I remember all of those freebies I got and set out to find them in her room.

I found the mother load!

Score one for momma, she won’t need page markers for a long time, and the little girls were so excited about those cute little pads!

Just don’t tell big girl!

Getting Organized

So what do you do if you cannot find some of the things you already own?

It’s time to consider working on getting organized.  A lack of organization is as big of a frugal train derailment as a lack of planning.  I mean really, if you can’t find the things you know that you already own and you end up going out and buying more, you’ve spent money that could’ve been used somewhere else.

Take some time each day (15-20 minutes) to work on areas in your home that need help getting organized.  Tackle a little bit each day until that project is complete.  I promise you will feel so good when you get one area organized, and you know where things are.

You will most likely find things you forgot you had.

Be sure to sort things into piles for trash, donation, yard sale, ebay or even craigslist ads.

Take a look at a series I did a couple years back on Taming The trash with Organization.

Have you ever spent money on something you knew you had but couldn’t find?  

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Our Homeschool Room Makeover

This post is so long overdue, that I hesitated even posting it today, but I decided that in order to show you any future improvements to this room, I needed to catch you up to where it is now.

Our dining room is where we have our homeschool most days, unless the sun is calling us out to the deck.  We only use the table for the kids to eat on holidays, so using the table in the dining room doesn’t conflict with meal times.  We use our big bar that is between the kitchen and dining room for all other meals.

My future house (we are hoping for a big move in next year or two) will have an area for a big table, not a formal dining area since we are just not that formal, but a place to fit a table like this.  I already have hubby looking for just the right wood!  I just love that table!

Back to the makeover now.  It’s time for the before pictures.

wall 1 before

The dining room is situated where it is the main traffic area through the house, making it a poor choice for a dining area, but a great area for a school room.  This opening leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom.

wall 1 corner before

This is the corner of the first wall and the second wall.  The one section of wall has the return air vent and the thermostat, making it harder to hang big items on the wall.  To the left is the opening into the living room.  The opening is large, which gives this house a nice open feeling to it.  It originally had french doors on it that swung into the living room, but they just didn’t have a purpose and they covered valuable wall space.

wall 2 & 3 before

A view of the other corner, our table and our big window.  I considered recovering the fabric on the chairs, but it is in great condition and it kind of gives the school room a retro funky happy feel.

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The rug, it definetly needs to go, but rugs are a tad bit expensive, so maybe I will find a nice one on sale or at a yard sale.  We will see.

wall 3 & 4 before

This photo is a tab bit blurry, but I wanted you to see this last section of the room.  This is the view looking into the kitchen.  I bet you get that point.

We need some color.

ceiling before

My ceiling.  No light.  A few years ago I was dusting the ceiling fan and it fell off the ceiling. Fortunately nobody got hurt, but I decided to take the fan to another room that needed its broken fan replaced.  We didn’t use this ceiling fan in here, but we did need a light.

Fast forward a few years, we still needed a light.  I hate picking these things out and they are so darn expensive.

THE MAKEOVER 

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I started this makeover by researching ideas for the color of walls for north facing rooms.  I decided that I needed to get something with blue tones in it.

I found this paint at Walmart that I liked called Wishful Thinking (shade of gray) by ColorPlace.  It was only around $18 a gallon compared to the excessive prices elsewhere, and I am all about saving money, or spending less of my hard earned money.  You know what?  I can’t tell that it is any different than many other paints.  I even have enough left over to paint that hallway that comes into the side of the room.  Just gotta get on that one.

Next it was time to find a light that I liked.  I am really a fan of school house lights, but I didn’t really want to pay the price of some of these lights, so I went to looking online at Lowes.  I ended up finding this one and figured I could paint it to look like one of those high dollar school house lights.

I haven’t painted it yet, but will probably do it after we get some more color in the room.  I’m thinking about what exactly I want to do with it.

Don’t worry, I will try to be more prompt with my room updates from now on.

lightIt’s not huge, it’s not as pretty as those others, but its functional and only cost me $44.97. Since we aren’t planning on being in this house for too much longer, that is all I really wanted to spend, otherwise I would have to tell potential buyers “you get the house, but not the light”!

So now I have a bunch of pictures of the after.  Keep in mind, it’s still in progress.  We have a few more things we want to do.

wall 1

I switched out my cabinets.  This black one was in the living room, so I just moved the brown one into the living room and brought this one in for school supplies.

school cabinet

It was nice to get things organized and give them a place.

spice cabinet

I love using things that I already have, which makes for a frugal project.  Using this old spice cabinet that used to belong to my grandparents fit in perfectly.  It also holds many small things that would normally be in a desk drawer.

brown cabinet

This vintage child sized wardrobe remained where it was in the room, but it got a good cleaning and organization.

brown cabinet inside

I love being able to store my printer inside.  It works great for printing and I don’t have to look at it when it’s not in use.

small cabinet

This small cabinet was in my attic for a future building project, but I decided that the theme didn’t really work for me anymore, so I was gonna sell it at our yard sale.  Well I had it out, but luckily nobody wanted it for $10.  So I had a light bulb moment (I don’t know what took me so long) and decided that I would keep it and paint it.

little cabinet after

I just took the door off, took it outside, taped it off and sprayed it with a few coats of chalkboard paint.  The paint cost me $4.97, but will be able to be used on a few projects.

I may eventually paint the sides a different color, but for now it’s really cute.  It stores more books too!  Every school room needs more book space.

wall 2 & 3 after

This is the corner next to the window.  It’s the 3rd before picture above.

I found this great little dresser at Goodwill for $20 and thought it would be a great addition to our room for daily supplies.  The girls have the top drawer for pencils, rulers, notepads, markers and more.

The second and third drawers hold each of their books, notebooks and binders they use each day.  They love having their own drawer.

The bottom drawer is for the teachers books.

I couldn’t find a before picture of this dresser.  It was brown, scratched and ugly, but it had great potential.  It’s is solid wood though, and who doesn’t love solid wood?

The two black picture frames above the dresser came from Hobby Lobby and hold art made by my girls.  They cost $5 each during a 50% off sale.  I need another one now.  I have a picture made by each girl, but only have 2 of them hung.  I cannot be a bad momma!

If you’ve been around these parts you might remember that plant sand/stool, but if not you can see how and where I got it and it’s friend.

dresser top

I spent $2.99 on the little basket I found at Savers.  It holds the crayons we need each day and looks so cute atop this little dresser.

The lettered basket on the left holds many of the phonics helps that we are needing right now.  I used a coupon at Hobby Lobby and scored it for only $5.99.  I just love how the letters on it add to the theme of this room being a school room.

The other items you see in the rooom are things we already had.  So I included only the items we bought for the total cost of this project.

I realized after writing this post that I don’t have pictures of some areas of the room, so next week I will take pictures of where we are at right now.  So you can see the big picture.

I will have a new camera, so the pictures will be much better quality!  I’m so excited.

Right now the total spent in this room is at $124.92.  Pretty darn good to me.  Now I could have done without a few things and it would be a lot cheaper, but I had certain things I wanted to achieve.  I still don’t think that is a bad amount at all.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Do you have any suggestions for our room?  What do you think about our updated room?

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5 Frugal Ideas For Bag Clips

If you are like my family, you are always searching for a bag clip to close something up, but it seems you can never find one.  I’m not really sure what “eats” those bag clips, but they seem to disappear for a while only to reappear later.

Instead of buying bag clips at the store, that most of the time end up breaking because they are made of cheap plastic, why not use some items you already have around your home?

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5 Frugal Bag Clips that may be hanging around your home.

Rubber bands

Don’t go running out to buy rubber bands for this reason, but instead look around your home.  Many people get rubber bands on their newspapers, bulk green onions, broccoli bunches and many other things that come into your home.  Start collecting them in a place you will remember in your kitchen, like that ever so popular junk drawer.

Clothes Pins

Use those clothes pins you thought you would use for hanging out laundry for something else like keeping bags closed.  At least they will be serving a purpose or two (if you sometimes do manage to hang out clothes).

Paper Clips

We all have paper clips hanging around the house in the office, desk or even that popular junk drawer.  Paperclips work well to hold many bags closed.  If you can’t find any, just wait a little while and you will notice some start coming into your home on important papers and such.  Keep them in that junk drawer and you will have them to help keep your bags closed.

Tape

You can also use a small piece of tape to hold down many bags when rolled or folded. The great thing is that if you use them on coated bags and boxes, it becomes just like peal and stick, allowing you to use it over and over a few times.

Hangers  

I figured this out by accident a few years ago.  I was hanging up clothes and one of those pant hangers I got from the store broke of right next to the clip.  As I was looking at it I realized that I could keep it to use for bag clips.  I then went to cutting on the other end to use it as well.  Since I have quite a few extra pant hangers around the house, I decided to make several more.

To do this you will need a knife or box cutter and a cutting board.  I just carefully scored a line across the hanger right next to the clip.  Do this on front and back.  After doing this you should be able to easily bend and break it at that spot.  Be careful because if the plastic gets a jagged edge (you didn’t score deep enough) it can cut you.  You can also cut all the way through if your box cutter or knife will do it.  Remember to be safe at all times.  

pant hanger clipsNow you have two more bag clips in your home.  Time to run and find more hangers!

Be proud for you have not only repurposed something, but you saved money by not buying something.  You made do.

What do you like to use for bag clips?  Have anything to add?  

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Warm weather, Goodwill Finds and Lambs

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.

The weather here today in our part of Arkansas is supposed to be a wonderful sunny 69°, and tomorrow a not so wonderful 38°.  Welcome to Arkansas weather.

So what are we doing today?  We are taking the day off from school to enjoy this warm day.  We are going to play outside until the dark and cold, or for me ….. a night at work, forces us inside again.  Today I will forget about the laundry, and anything else that needs to be done to enjoy this beautiful day we have been given.

Yesterday we were close to a Goodwill (k had practice), so I popped in to see what I could find.  I managed to spend $7.50 on some pretty cool finds.

This great metal file bin was just the thing I needed for our completed school papers.  It will look great in the school/dining room after hubby paints it for me, because you know he begged me to let him paint it after I showed it to him.  I think he lacks confidence in my patience for spray painting, or something like that :-) .

I love how the edges are at an angle giving the bin a cool unusual shape!  I’m thinking some of that turquise paint I have from K’s Christmas gift project will look great, but you never know.

file binI also picked up these adorable picture frames.  They are shadow box (3D) frames with these cute little pictures in them, but the pictures are in sad shape.  I am not sure where I will be using them yet, or what I will be putting in them, but they were too cute to leave at the store.

I love not only the deep frames on these but the cute little metal tab at the top.  They too will get a coat of paint after I decide what I will be using them for.

yellow frames

The girls have been taking care of some baby lambs that belong to a neighbor a few miles down the road.  There are three to bottle feed as of last night!

They are not only having a blast, but are learning about these animals.  We are hoping to have some of our own in the next few years, so it’s been a great experience for them and they are earning a bit of money for their “metal detector fund”.

lambs

Aren’t they the most adorable little things you have ever seen?

Anyone that has chickens will know what I am talking about, but these little guys are so much fun to watch, much like chickens are.

What are you up to lately?  Do you have a bit of cabin fever?  

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