March 17, 2017

Easy Irish Beer Cheese Soup- tutorial included!

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This is not only one of the easiest meals to make for St. Patrick’s Day, it is also one of the most delicious! While corn beef and cabbage is a meal reserved for only St. Patrick’s Day in most American households, beer cheese soup is a quick and easy meal for any day of the week, any time of the year. This easy beer cheese soup recipe is made even easier with the tutorial video below from Man Cave Munchies.

Easy Beer Cheese Soup Recipe

I chose this video over several others because Mr.  Man Cave gives the ingredient measurements in addition to easy-to-follow instructions (some videos actually skipped the measurements!). Also, some cooking tutorials out there have really detailed instructions but they are waaay to long. This video shows every step of the soup-making process and still keeps the video length to under four minutes!

Beer Cheese Soup Bread Bowl

Bread bowls are great for rich, creamy soups like clam chowder, lobster bisque, and broccoli cheddar. This video tutorial from PopSugar shows how to quickly and easily make bread bowls for soups or dips!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

 

 

March 11, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day ideas for food, fun, decor and more!

St. Patrick’s Day used to be one of those holidays I did not pay much attention to. I mean, I dressed in some green to avoid getting goosed at school by a perverted boy, and then later in life by a perverted co-worker, but I wasn’t much for decorating or seeking out green-colored food or decor. Then I married a man who is part Irish, and my whole paradigm on St. Patrick’s Day changed. Now I need to represent yo! But you know me, my darling Faking Fancy readers, I don’t just throw out some green M&M’s and call it a day. Nooo sir. I have to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a fancy way! But I needed  St. Patrick’s Day ideas for clothing, food, drinks and decor that was cheap and easy, like my cousin Cheryl…(Just kidding, she’s married now. And what happens in Lake Havasu…)

Cute, affordable St. Patrick’s Day outfits

First things first I’m a realist..(my blog’s fight song!) and I know that NO ONE looks good in head-to-toe green. I’m also not big on buying holiday-themed” clothing you can only wear one day of the year. Using the pieces below for inspiration, you can get all gussied up for St. Patty’s in style, without purchasing specific St. Patrick’s themed wear.

We all know the St. Patrick’s Day clothing rule, as long as you are wearing something green you are good. I love this outfit inspo collage above from Shoes & Tricks on Tumbler. Her site asked me for a password so I couldn’t get to the sources for each piece. But I found this super cute long sleeve blouse and this flirty cap sleeve blouse, both green and both only $11! If you aren’t going to wear it often try your local Goodwill or consignment store for green clothing that is even more affordable.

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This outfit from Polyvore is St. Patty’s Day perfection to me, minus the Tom’s. I hate those shoes. I’ve got some gray slip-on Vans I’d pair with it instead. Brown riding boots or white espadrilles would look super cute too, depending on your local weather.

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Beauty

Last year I took some green-colored hair powder my stepdaughter had and threw a streak in my under layers. It looked cool, yet totally mom-appropriate. (You can see it in my profile pic on Facebook this month!) If you don’t have green eyeshadow or nail polish on hand don’t sweat, cheap versions of each are found at the Dollar Store or even at Walgreens. If you are doing a green eye keep the rest of your face neutral, no matter how many people tell you a red lip is totally Irish. Unless you are twenty-three and dancing at the Irish festival, it’s just tooo much.

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How great is this Irish flag eye look? If you have hooded eyes like me the look is even more subtle and only shows when you blink or look down. The link went to sunfrog.com t-shirt shop, but the look doesn’t really require a tutorial.

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I also loved this subtle St. Patrick’s eye from iheartmakeupart at makeupgeek.com.  This look is pretty and versatile enough to wear out on a non-holiday as well!

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With the nail art pens they have on the market now it’s possible to create all kinds of cool and creative nail looks, but I usually don’t have the time for anything too intricate. The fun and sparkly green & gold mani above is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and doesn’t get any easier!

Quick and Delicious St. Patrick’s Day Food

I’ve never been a fan of the cabbage and corned beef dinner that is the normal dinner fare for most St. Patrick’s celebrations. But I found a few ideas and recipes for meals and snacks that are delicious AND use the same elements found in more traditional St. Patrick’s Day meals.

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Who doesn’t love sliders? These genius little sandwiches from realhousemoms.com look totally amazing, and, if you use potato rolls as the buns, they could not be more Irish!

This recipe for corned beef Reubens caught my eye for two reasons. One, I love Reuben sandwiches! And two, these are made in a crock-pot so you don’t have to slave over a hot stove all day.  An added bonus is the house will smell sooo good all day long!

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Dessert doesn’t get any easier than this scrumptious puppy chow! Just set some plastic cups and a scoop next a big bowl of it and let people scoop their own chow. Less mess and only one bowl to wash!

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Unless you want to hike it on down to McDonald’s sometime after dinner, making your own shamrock shakes is a MUST for St. Patrick’s Day dessert! Add some Irish cream to a separate pitcher for the grown-ups!

Fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day decor

I’m still not big on decorating for a holiday that is celebrated for only one day (versus Christmas, Halloween, and Easter). But I’ll frame some cute free printables like these ones and throw out some easy DIY decor with items. Most of the decor below can be made last minute and with items you probably already have around the house!

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Irish decor doesn’t get any cuter than these beer mug centerpieces filled with gold water gems and mint carnations! Carnations are super cheap and you probably already have the mugs, so the only investment is the water gems which can be found at any at amazon, any craft store and even Walmart.

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The beauty of pillar vases and candles is you can use a huge variety of cheap items to fit the St. Patrick’s Day theme. The vase filler above is just dried peas, but you could also use green candy or beads. I once filled a couple of vases with coins from our vacation jar and added green candles. You could also grab a bunch of small pebbles from your neighbor’s xeriscaped lawn (shhh) and spray paint them gold. Add some green Dollar Store candles, et voila!!

St. Patrick’s Family Activities

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The Leprechaun toilet visit above is totally happening at my house! My kids are all teenagers but they will still find it hilarious. Check out diyprojects.com for 22 other fun and easy ideas for kid-friendly activities.

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Yep. Again this leprechaun beard game is definitely happening at our house. I don’t care HOW messy it gets. And knowing my stepsons, whip cream is guaranteed to get everywhere. But laughing until my stomach hurts and the resulting photo opportunities will make it well worth the mess!

I hope these fun, easy and affordable ideas help to make your St. Patrick’s Day the best ever!

xoxo,

Missy

February 14, 2017

Pretty Valentine’s DIY Decor for pennies!

I went to unpack my Valentine’s Day decor and realized that, because it is the traditional red and pink, it didn’t quite match the color scheme of our kitchen and dining room. (Insert gasp and look of horror here!) I knew I needed to come up with a clever DIY decor solution for two reasons. One- finding Valentine’s Day decor in an aqua/blue color scheme was going to be impossible. And two- I didn’t want to spend the money on more Valentine’s Day decor, especially since I only have it up for a few days anyway.

So I hiked on down to my craft area and found some (as sheer coincidence) pale aqua, lime green and light blue scrapbooking paper I had leftover from a wedding I staged last year. I also grabbed some glue and my scallop-edged scissors. Not finding any string or twine in the craft room, I headed to the laundry room and took some white thread out of my sewing kit. My final stop was my dining room table where I eyed my supplies and started brainstorming Valentine’s DIY decor ideas.

DIY Decor for pennies

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I looked up from my dining table and it hit me! Nothing is prettier or has more impact than hanging chandelier decor. For Xmas, I hung leftover metallic ornaments from my dining room chandelier and they had such a lovely and dramatic effect! My supplies not so neatly in place, I began cutting hearts out of the scrapbooking paper with the scalloped scissors. I have zig-zag-edged scissors also, both of my special-edged scissors work really well to create a more finished look when cutting out paper crafts. Once I had about 30 hearts (and a cramped hand) I got down to business in making the heart garland. I set a heart on a 12 to 15 inch piece of string and glued another heart on top. I repeated this process down each piece of string and then tied the hanging garlands to the chandelier. The whole process took me less than an hour and the result is so pretty!

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The cost of this craft was free because I already had all of the supplies on hand, but even if you don’t have the right color scrapbooking paper you can still get 4 sheets (the amount I used) for about $.25- .50 each. You also don’t have to use scalloped scissors for this. Most people have scissors, thread, and glue at home already, which is what makes this craft extremely cheap and perfect for a last minute decor craft!

Is your house lacking pretty Valentines’s Day decor? Try this simple and fun DIY decor project above!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

February 1, 2017

Glam Up Your Small Office Or Cubicle!

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Working in a small office or cubicle can be depressing by itself, forget that most corporate offices and cubicles have the design & color scheme of “super-neutral meets uber-bland”.  Luckily, there are a TON of unique and creative ways you can glam up your workspace!  Even if you work in a corporate environment where the walls, carpet, and furniture colors are already picked out for you, you can still give your office or cubicle a pretty makeover with some gorgeous, yet functional desk accessories and office supplies.

Below are my favorite small office and cubicle design ideas. I’ve also linked up to several resources for super cute desk accessories, because as Trudy says in the movie “Steel Magnolias”, “The only thing that separates us from animals is our ability to accessorize.”

Pretty Design Ideas for a Small Office


I love this pink and gold color scheme! It’s girlie and sophisticated at the same time. It looks like this office area is in a hallway or on the side of a guest room.  Proof you do not need an entire room in order to have a proper, functioning office!

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I also love this pale aqua and silver color scheme. How clever is this closet-turned-office idea! It’s tiny but sooo pretty, and again, FUNCTIONAL!

Pretty Decor Ideas for Cubicles

Even if you are working in a cubicle versus an actual office you can STILL transform your workspace from dull and boring to pretty and chic. Here are a couple of glamorous cubicle makeovers:

I don’t know what’s more impressive- the overall transformation of this corporate cubicle from “drabby geek” to “shabby chic”, or the fact that they did it for only $50!

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Talk about another amazing transformation– I can’t even tell this gorgeous workspace was once a cubicle! I mean, standing in the hallway surrounded by other cubicles you might get wise to it, but step inside and you are instantly transported to a gorgeous and zen-like oasis.

Affordable chic desk and office supplies

So where do you find desk accessories and office supplies that are affordable, useful AND fun to look at? Your local hardware store is the first place to stop! A $4 can of spray paint can magically transform Dollar Store or thrift shop items into some very expensive and designer-looking office decor.

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These fancy looking bookends are just large rocks spray painted gold. Talk about frugal design genius!

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Another cheap crafting item that can have amazing transformative powers is washi tape! These plain, white file holders become positively Kate Spade-esque when some gold washi tape is added.

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Not into crafting or DIY? The gold stapler above from Hobby Lobby is only $4- throw in one of their 40% off coupons and it’s almost free! The Threshold, Sugar Paper and Nate Berkus lines from Target also have some very cute and affordable desk accessories and office supplies.

You don’t have to be a trust fund baby to have an office so glamorous it looks like you work there just to keep from getting bored. Simply incorporate a few of the super-cool and creative decor ideas above and start calling everyone “dahhhling”. (Don’t really do the last part, unless your boss is a huge Green Acres fan…)

xoxo,

Missy

January 15, 2017

Easy and delicious Valentine’s dessert idea!

Okay ladies, I am about to rock your world with the easiest, creamiest, chocolatiest dessert ever. And then to top it off I am going to tell you how you can make this dessert in an almost infinite variety of flavors! This easy and delicious Valentine’s dessert idea came to me a few years ago after making chocolate covered strawberries for my husband as a romantic Valentine’s gesture. I didn’t think they would be that complicated to make, and in a way they really aren’t. But it was insanely messy. I got chocolate everywhere. I needed something quick and simple. (Read: I don’t want to be cleaning the kitchen for an hour afterward..)

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My solution? A dessert that tasted like chocolate covered strawberries, but much, much easier to make. When I started noodling on this idea, I knew right away I wanted to make a no-bake cream pie. Pies are some of the easiest desserts to make, especially no-bake pies. Below is the recipe for my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie. I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I did!

Other easy and delicious dessert ideas

Looking for an easy pie recipe that isn’t chocolate or strawberry? Try mixing lemon curd and Cool Whip and pouring it in a premade graham cracker crust..boom, Lemon Chiffon Pie! Or mix banana pudding and Cool Whip and pour it into a graham cracker pie crust, then top with Nilla Wafers for an easy Banana Cream Pie. The possibilities for a quick and easy pie using Cool Whip and a premade graham cracker crust are almost as limitless as your imagination! Well, maybe not that limitless. Don’t go mixing cut grass and Cool Whip for a Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Pie or anything. But you get what I mean…

See below for the recipe (and printable recipe card) for this delicious pie!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie
Print Recipe
A quick and easy cream pie that tastes just like chocolate covered strawberries.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
delicious valentine's dessert
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie
Print Recipe
A quick and easy cream pie that tastes just like chocolate covered strawberries.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Slices
Instructions
  1. Slice the strawberries and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, make the chocolate pudding according to package directions. Spread the strawberry jam on the bottom of the chocolate pie crust. Top with the chocolate pudding. Top the pudding with the sliced strawberries and drizzle with the chocolate sauce. You can enjoy it right then or chill it in the fridge until it is ready to eat!
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Recipe Notes

Notes: You can even buy premade pudding cups and skip all that whisking! Also, I have 3TB of chocolate sauce listed, but I never measure it, I just drizzle it over the strawberries until a lovely swirl pattern partially covers them. To make this pie more "romantic" arrange the sliced strawberries in a heart shape on top of the pie!

 

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January 14, 2017

The easiest Valentine’s date night dinner ever!

easiest valentine'sRecently, I was looking up recipes for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with my hubby. Now, I love to cook and bake, but even I panicked at the time and effort involved in some of the recipes I found. Valentine’s Day is on a weeknight this year, which means that even if I am willing to get complicated, I’m not going to have time for some fancy schmancy recipe like Beef Wellington or Steak Au Pouive.  What I need, and what I suppose most women need, are recipes for the easiest Valentine’s date night dinner ever! The recipes need to include few ingredients, be simple to make, and come together quickly. And let’s not forget that even if you are married, avoiding garlic and onions is a good idea! After browsing through hundreds of recipes, I had an epiphany…

Easiest Valentine’s Day dinner idea

My epiphany? Men like meat. (Okay, so it’s more of a realization of the obvious, but whatever, I heard angels singing and I was only one glass of wine in….) Now I ask you my Faking Fancy readers, what’s meatier than a thick, juicy burger? Hamburger also has the added bonus of being one of the most affordable meats available as well. What’s so romantic about a hamburger you ask? Well, if you shape the burger into a heart, draw a ketchup heart on top, and set it on a heart-shaped bun, it’s super romantic! Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the out the heart buns. You can also cut the cheese (yeah, I see what I did there) slices and tomato slices into hearts with the cookie cutter as well. If you have a few extra minutes, grab a paring knife to carve the pickles slices into little hearts as well. Aww….

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Hamburgers are one of the easiest meals to make, even easier if your “recipe” is to add a handful of breadcrumbs, seasoning, and an egg to some hamburger (nothing wrong with that!). But if you don’t have a “go-to” recipe, or you want to try something new for this special dinner, look through the mouth-watering hamburger recipes below. I can’t really pick a favorite- they are ALL delicious.  Tasty note: If I cook hamburgers on a skillet instead of a grill, I like to brush one side with liquid smoke when cooking to give them a rich and smoky flavor.

4 Easy & Delicious Hamburger Recipes

Don’t bother with making homemade french fries. Ore Ida makes thin cut fries called, “Fast Fries” that, as the name implies, taste almost like they came out of the fryer at McDonald’s. They will seriously change your life if you’ve never had them. Change. Your. Life.

You see? A lovely date night dinner really doesn’t get any easier than this! And trust me when I say that unless he’s a vegan your man will LOVE this meal! (And if he is vegan by chance, try this black bean walnut burger recipe, it’s actually really good.)

Looking for a crazy easy dessert recipe for Valentine’s Day? That’s tomorrow’s post…stay tuned!

xoxo,

Missy

 

December 28, 2016

Best Small Space Organization Hacks

My house was built in the 1970s, which apparently was before the advent of the walk-in closet or open floor plans. There are actually quite a few closets throughout the house, the problem is they are all insanely tiny. My three and a half bathrooms are also on the smaller side. Because of these small space issues, I started researching and collecting organizational ideas and tips for making the most out of a small space about a year ago. Below are (in my opinion) the BEST small space organizational hacks.

Top Small Space Organizational Hacks
Small Bedrooms

Design blogger MinYang Lu of Haive shows us the incredible power of paint in a small space through her compilation of small bedroom makeovers. She also illustrates the optical illusion certain patterns can have. Check out the difference wall-length curtains do to expand the room below. I’d think it would make it smaller but it’s the opposite!

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I also like this “closet to changing room” idea for a small nursery from Charlie & Chooka, and the corner desk and floating shelves from Shanty to Chic that turns a tiny teen room into a multi-functional and fun space!

Small Bathrooms

This over-the-toilet shelf idea below from Rachel, a contributor for the online DIY mecca Hometalk, is just one of many brilliant ideas in her small bathroom makeover.

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If you have a towel rack over your toilet like I do in my kids’ bathroom and powder room, consider moving it to the back of the bathroom door, as blogger Lilly from Listotic has done below. (Lilly is so amazing she’s got two ideas in this post!)

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Small Kitchens

Not a lot people can afford to renovate their kitchen, and for some people with loadbearing walls lining their kitchen, it’s structurally impossible to make a kitchen bigger. The latter was the case in our kitchen, so I had to find ways to make the most out of the space we already had. Luckily I found some creative ways to make our smallish kitchen much more organized and functional! Below are my favorite solutions for a small kitchen.

I love this under cabinet shelf below from DIY blogger Jen Caputo. While under cabinet shelves are not a new idea, the fact that these shelves match the cabinets in material and color makes the overal design much more seamless and chic!

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When I am frustrated with a small space I tend to fall back on hanging things inside of cabinet doors with 3M peelable hooks. But when I saw this idea from Listotic for hanging sandwich bag boxes with simple thumbtacks I was almost embarrassed I hadn’t thought of it on my own! I also love the pretty simplicity of this baking rack storage idea from Amanda at IamBaker. My favorite kitchen space saver, however, is this outer cabinet shelf idea from Ashley at MyPerfectNest. When she ran out of space in her kitchen she simply created more space with floating shelves and baskets…genius!

Small Closets

Built-in closet organizers can be a godsend for those of us with small closets. Take a look at the impressive transformation of this small closet before and after from Abby at JustAGirlAndHerBlog. It really highlights the point that sometimes the best space saver (or finder) is proper organization, pure and simple.

Another favorite source of home design and decor inspiration comes from Lela at InTheNewHouse. Her linen closet makeover is an example of how sometimes organizing does not always lead to more space, but it can make a normally cluttered or sloppy space look much more streamlined and clean. As you can see from Lela’s after shot below, you can even have some wasted space, but still make a space look better. I don’t know about you gals, but my linen closet can look very pretty lined with my neatly folded towels and sheets, but it all becomes a flaming hot mess once one the kids rummages for a washcloth or pillowcase. The basket solution is perfect- everything looks so pretty and sorted, I don’t care how messy the inside of the baskets are!

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While it’s true you can’t put lipstick on a pig (although seriously, who would want to?), you can transform a small space from cluttered and unsightly to smart and orderly by using just a few of the amazing organizational hacks above.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and organized 2017!

xoxo

Missy

 

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December 26, 2016

Get out of debt in 2017! Top 5 budgeting blogs

Are you one of the millions of American’s who put at least 50% of their Christmas expenses on credit cards? Or perhaps your debt has been slowly adding up the past year(s)- to the point of being overwhelming, all-consuming, and just plain SCARY? If you said yes (or simply nodded) then this post is or you!  The following 5 budgeting blogs helped me crawl out of debt and learn how to be smarter with money and personal finance in general.  I know they can do the same for you!

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Proof that debt ages you…this was me six years ago, before I learned to budget.

Top 5  Budgeting Blogs
  1. Living Well Spending Less: blog founder Ruth Soukup is a self-proclaimed former shopaholic. She started her site as a way of maintaining accountability with her new, smarter money habits, and as a resource to others who are also looking to clean up their financial act. She is also the founder the Elite Blogging Academy (EBA), an absolute must for any blogger looking to grow their blog from a hobby to a business.
  2. The Busy Budgeter This is one of my favorite blogs overall. Blogger Rosemarie Groner’s paradigm on money and how it should be spent changed my life. She is also big on staying organized in order to save money, and her organizational ideas and tricks are killer. She also has a blogging series with articles and online courses for starting, growing and earning an income with a blog. Visit her website and sign up for the 90-day budgeting challenge – it’s free!
  3. The Budget Mama: Need a budgeting planner for 2017? Check out blogger Jessi Fearon’s 2017 Real Life on a Budget Planner for only $20! In addition to a 2017 calendar, this comprehensive planner has monthly budget pages, monthly expense tracking pages, goal tracking, monthly check-ins, debt repayment tracking, savings tracking, bill pay tracking, holiday budget planning and more. Be sure to check out the rest of her blog- she’s so savvy and sincere it almost makes budgeting less “blech”!
  4. Barefoot Budgeting: Blogger Kim Elizabeth posts all kinds of tips, tricks, and tools for both saving and making money. Her “Daily Deals” series is a GREAT resource for online and in-store discounts and freebies. Barefoot Budgeting also has a Facebook group where even more helpful resources are shared!
  5. Thrifty & Chic: This is a great site if you are into home renovation and decor DIY projects. Blog founder Alicia’s favorite places to shop are Target & Home Depot, and her projects are always both super chic and super easy!

It is NEVER too late to start a budget, learn how to save and/or make more money, and get off the “my debt makes my chest tight” train. If I can do it, anyone can!

xoxo

Missy

December 19, 2016

Beautiful and affordable gift wrap options

 

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Gift wrap seems to be one product (among many) that is increasing in price and decreasing in quality. A $2 roll of gift wrap doesn’t seem that costly, until it splits and tears as you are wrapping the gift, making you need to roll out twice as much as you need. Below are some beautiful and affordable alternatives to traditional gift wrap. Instead of my normal M.O. of featuring items that are under $50 ( which is kind of silly for gift wrap unless you are using chinchilla fur),  I looked for options that would be less expensive per gift than the average $4 roll of wrapping paper (which wraps about 6 gifts on average).

Kraft Paper Gift Wrap Ideas

Kraft paper comes in much larger rolls than most gift wrap, and it is normally made of much stronger paper as well. Its plain brown appearance can be quite deceiving. You can dress it up in as many ways as your imagination (or someone else’s imagination via Pinterest) will allow!

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How adorable is this gift wrap idea from The Shady Acre! The only supplies you’ll need are a hot glue gun and a couple skeins of yarn. As you can see from the simple designs displayed, you don’t need an art degree to successfully pull this project off. I think some of the easiest options, like the initials and yarn tree, are the prettiest!

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I love the chic simplicity of this polka dot wrap idea from Stylecaster! My one caveat to this craft is the size of the dots.  If I used something as small as a pencil, I’d run out of patience about halfway through the third first package, so maybe grab a larger circular foam stamper or use something around the house with a larger lid/top to do the stamping.

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This idea from On Sutton Place is of my favorites! Just take some red and white twine and/or ribbon, along with some greenery and small holiday themed accessories from the dollar store…et voila- the most charmingly festive wrapping paper ever!

Other gift wrap ideas

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I’ve heard of people using old newspaper for gift wrap before, but I never saw the appeal until I came across these sweet examples from Indulgy. It shows how simple, pretty accessories in a specific color scheme can turn non-holiday gift wrap into a gorgeously themed gift assortment.

Even More Ideas!

Other ideas include old roadmaps, paper lunch bags, and mason jars, but only if you already have them lying around. None of these items, with paper bags being the exception, are cheaper than wrapping paper- and you are limited to wrapping small gifts in the latter two.

If you have a creative, non-traditional way of wrapping gifts that is cheaper than traditional store-bought gift wrap please share it in the comments below – I would love to hear about it!

xoxo

Missy

December 15, 2016

Gift guide for those “hard to buy for” people in your life!

I consider myself an excellent “present giver”.  I try to make sure that every gift guide I create contains unique, useful and fun items for a wide variety of recipients. But sometimes figuring out the perfect gift, or ANY gift, is made almost impossible by the following two types of people:

  1. People that seem to have no hobbies or interests. They aren’t a foodie, a sports fan, a gardener, a crafter, an avid reader, a Comi-Con enthusiast, etc…
  2. The people who make more money than God. What the heck do you get these people that they cannot get themselves?

I’ve run into these issues enough times to develop a tried-and-true gift guide that includes items that almost anyone (except dead people, duh)  can appreciate.  Are all these items in this list under $50 like my other gift guides for ladies, guys, and teens? Heck ya they are! Creative, unique gifts for under fiddy bucks? You can thank me by signing up for my Faking Fancy newsletter. Your checkbook will thank you after signing up, so you’ll just be paying it forward…

Gift ideas for “hard to buy for” recipients

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Personalized popcorn bowl, $27. EVERYONE likes popcorn, and this personalized bowl makes eating it even more special! The only exception to this rule would be your low-carbing buddies. That’s okay because ALL of the other gift ideas have zero carbs! To “jazz up” this gift I would add some popped corn as filler and nestle a few flavored popcorn salts in the bowl before tying in up in a clear cellophane bag.

Nordstrom Rack Plush Throw $25. You can never have too many super soft, luxurious throws lying around your house. Especially since the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting this winter to be the coldest in a decade. Add a lovely tin of hot cocoa to boost the “cuddle factor” of this already cozy gift.

F in Exams book $10. This hilarious book is filled with actual answers from students who’s incorrect answers on tests were so hilarious it almost made up for the fact that they were wrong. Don’t worry if your picky recipient does not have a sense of humor or eat carbs – you still have many more options to choose from in this list!

Amore Beaute Customized Pillow Case $39.50. This is advertised as a great gift for newlyweds, but you can use other important dates, like a graduation date, prison release date (I’m sure ex-cons like pillows, don’t judge) or even birth dates to make it a great gift for anyone.

Hot Cocoa & Cream Candle $11. I know candles can be a tricky gift because what smells “good” to some people can smell like a dead hamster to others. But, if you know someone who does not like the delicious and homey smell of hot cocoa you should be worried…because that is not normal. Those people don’t really deserve a gift because they also probably don’t like kittens, macaroni & cheese, or chocolate cake. Weirdos.

Other gift ideas for “hard to buy for” recipients

Other great gifts for the person who has everything- name a star after them, or adopt a unique animal like a manatee in their name! The star thing is kind of a scam as about 10,000 other people also have that same star, but I still think they are kind of cool. The recipient gets a print-out of where their star’s constellation is with the star highlighted, so they can look into the night sky and see your gift on any clear sky night -forever!

I hope the ideas in this gift guide help you in your search for the perfect present for everyone on your list this holiday season!

xoxo,

Missy

 

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