Low Budget Easter Buys

I’ve been really close-fisted about festive decor lately. As much as I want to walk into my local Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods, I just don’t want to fall into the trap of buying Spring decorative pieces that are over priced. Check out a few purchases I’ve made within the past month, from candies, Easter decor, and other Spring seasonal accessories.

Easter Decor – Spring Signage | Target

Target’s selection is fairly cute in with their Spring & Easter items. I’m guilty of purchasing this super cute Spring wooden sign, which cost me $3. I really held it down this year going to Target, and not purchasing every single Easter item in sight. I seriously deserve an award.

Easter Decor –  Little Accents & Sweet Treats | The99CentOnlyStore

Besides buying everything from Target for Easter basket items, I wanted to check out the 99CentStoreOnly. This place, always surprises me. After checking out my local 99CentStore, I spotted these adorable bunny figurines for how much……$0.99 girl! So I just bought 2. Just two. I had to hold myself back….


A few favorite things I also like purchasing from the 99CentStore are candies and treats. I was able to score some Ghirardelli Chocolate, Mini M&Ms, and also Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Mini Easter egg carton. All great and favorited chocolate brand named candies, the kids are familiar with, at affordable prices!!

After the 99CentStore, my budget saving booty wanted to check out what Walmart had in store for the Easter season. Boy was I blown away!!!!!!

Easter Decor – Festive Garland | WalMart

From decorative Easter eggs, chalk craft eggs, to Welcome signs, and so many other baking, and crafting items at affordable prices, I didn’t know where to begin. I went ahead and purchased the spring carrot garland, which was about $5, but it was something different that Target didn’t have. So of course, I snatched it – and is currently hanging on my fire mantle. I honest to god love this garland.

Paired with my carrot garland, I noticed I was missing some greenery on the top of my mantle, so I checked out Michael’s to see if there was anything I could purchase, that could balance out the carrot charm from Walmart.

Easter Decor – Faux Greenery | Michael’s Craft Store

Michael’s usually has a 40%-50% off their spring florals during this time, so purchasing a $14 faux green foliage garland at $8, is totally justifiable. Purchasing a green garland to accent my Walmart burlap carrot garland, pairs perfectly together, as it brings the spring feeling into my home, sitting right within my family living space.

What have been your favorite spots to shop for the Easter holiday? Any places worth checking out, that won’t break my wallet?!?!

Simple Christmas Style

When it comes down to holiday decorating, I like to keep it simple, and easy to manage. I’m not one to be called a full minimalist, but I like to practice a few traits and habits of one. We all know it’s so easy to fall into the habit of buying more and more. Especially us American’s. We love the satisfaction of purchasing merchandise. And when it comes down to the holidays, we all go over the limits of gifts and also holiday decor. This post, I’d like to share a few small purchases I made for this years Christmas season, as well as some changes I’ve done to adapt to our new home here in Sacramento.

  • The Living Room

With having a new space for “living,” there actually isn’t enough living in this area. I’ve come to realize, that having a 5 bedroom home, with multiple living spaces, and a backyard that connects to the garage, there’s a few living spaces that just don’t get love and attention they fully need. The main living room as become the main focal point for Christmas this season. It’s the room that has the most windows, the staircase connects to it, as well as the front door and garage door entry.

Musical Tunes

During the process of putting up our Christmas tree, my husband and I also decided to add in one of our record players. Adding the record player, was our excuse to add in more life, as it will project musical tunes towards the dining table.

Small Accents/Low Effort

I also added a few little tiny accents to the living room sitting on the bookshelf of the record player. All things I already owned, that just needed a spot to be displayed.

  • The Staircase

I’ve utilized the staircase banister to hold our stockings. Previously in our last home, we unfortunately did not have a fireplace to place the usual garland of string lights, and stockings. I’d simply, push pin them into the main wall of our main living room. This year, I wasn’t so inclined to utilize our fireplace to display the stockings.

  • Craigslist China Hutch

We currently have an IKEA China Hutch, which I purchase on Craigslist 3 years ago. It was needed for our previous house, but I currently no longer have an attachment to it in our current house. This year, as I figure out how to use it, or entertain the thought of letting it go, I’ve used it to display our holiday cards.

  1. Using a piece of twine and mini laundry clips (Purchased at Daiso/Michael’s Craft Store)
    I did the same thing above my buffet table using string lights (Purchased from Target, earlier this year)
  2. If you’ve seen my Fall Decorations, you’ll notice have a group of birch wood branches. I used them again for the holidays, keeping them above my china hutch again, mixed with my light garland, a holiday branch, and stacking decorative boxes from my mom. Oh! Not to mention, pinecones! Lots of pinecones were sprinkled around too!

  • Christmas Cards

My Christmas cards were hung on string lights, that I use year-round. I pinned them using snowflake laundry pins I purchased at the DollarTree this year.

  • Buffet Table

My buffet table, also known as our board game storage, holds a few picture frames, a gold candelabra (Purchased this year from Ross for $12.99), as well as a set of candelabra/ Deer candle holders (also purchased this year from Michael’s Craft Store using a 50% off Coupon!!)

Here’s what the buffet table and mirror looks like at night…

So that’s all

Low Budget Spooky Style

Get inspired to create simple and easy Halloween decoration accents on a dime with these Dollar finds!! Holiday decorating inside and outside doesn’t always mean going to HomeGoods and Michael’s. Aim high for do-it-yourself, low budget ideas by shopping at thrift stores and the Dollar store!

Low budget halloween decor can be found anywhere from dollar stores, thrift stores, drug stores and any retailers that have dollar sections! Take advantage of those dollar areas at your local drug store! You’ll be surprised on all the cool clearance items you can used for the spooky holiday!Skulls1

Bottom Pic: Skeleton placed in a metal shaped pump tea light holder I purchased at a thrift store, styled with a fake decorative pumpkin. To the right of it, is a leaf candy dish also thrifted.

Achieve spooky style with small accessories. Check out my tombstone figures and skulls I purchased at the Dollar Tree. These are placed in random spots around my household. It creates that Halloween ghosty feel, without taking up too much room.

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The Dollar Tree skeletons were originally part of a garland, with a total of 5 skeletons. I simply, cut them off the twine, and add them randomly around the house.

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Here, I’ve styled Halloween books and a scary sound soundtrack that I’ve collected as child (from Scholastic Book Orders!), and placed them in a old candy bucket. I’ve set an old spooky net rag, also from the Dollar Tree, and added another skeleton for that special spooky touch!

Check out the blog for more low budget Halloween decor and more!

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DIY Memo Board

Autumn is usually the busiest time of the year for families! We’re a month and a half into the school year, fall sports and activities are have began, and there are tons of harvest festivals, and pumpkin patches to check out!! Memo boards help the busiest of all families get organized and set everyones schedule on one command board!

Check out my DIY Memo Board which I made from a flea market $0.50 cork board, and a thrifted white board I purchased at GoodWill for $1!!!

That’s a total of $1.50 just for the main supplies!

The rest of the supplies were provided by items I’ve already owned, prior to this project.


I’ve been in the middle of brainstorming for a family command center. I want to create an area in our home kitchen where my entire family can go to, and place everything from mail, incoming and outgoing school work, grocery lists, and all the random constant moving paper documents, and bags that go in and out of our home.

This memo board was super inexpensive and easy to make. There are tons of great wired baskets, wall organization compartments and systems on the market, but spending $100 on an espresso rimmed cork/chalk board is not an option for me. Being the casual crafter that I am, I want to create every component and piece myself!!! I not only want to save money, but also be creative with the secondhand treasures that I can find! Starting off with a memo board is a great building block to create my family command center!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Scissors

-Paper/Or Craft Foam Sheet

-Glue Stick or Glue Gun

-White Board (Mine was Thrifted at GoodWill, $.99)

-Cork Board (Flea Market Find, $0.50)

-Scrap Book Paper, or Wrapping Paper with a desired pattern or print you like!

I used these patterned fabric remnants, which I had purchased last Spring Break visiting the Pacific North West!

It’s it a great pattern?! Fabric

Directions:

  1. With your printed paper/gift wrap or fabric, place it on the side you want to place your scheduling system board.
    This will divide the board in two separate areas. One for the schedule area, the other side for the thumb-tacked/post-it notes, and grocery lists.
  2. Eyeball the width of how much your want your scheduled size to be. You can have both sides equally even, but I like one side to larger than then other. I went with and 8″inch width for my left/schedule side.
  3. With a blank piece of printer paper or thin foam sheet, simply glue it to the back side of your patterned print.
    That will just create support to the fabric/gift wrap or whatever chosen print medium.
  4. Glue, and tuck in the edges of the print into the border of the frame.
    Velcro
  5. Take you white board/scheduling board and attach it to the printed side. My white board came with velcrp patched to apply on the corners. (I was considering using a hot glue gun, but this gives me to option to move around the white board incase I get tired of the arrangement of my memo board.)
  6. Place directly on the printed side of the memo board, and secure.

And that’s it! Easy an easy and inexpensive way to create a family memo board. This is definitely a start to my future family command center! Stay tuned as I will be posting more parts in creating it! Do you have a family command center in your home? Comment below!

Happy Saturday!!

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