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Friday, April 11, 2014

Frugal Friday With Marsha 4/11/14

It's garden time!
I am ready to get my gardening on.
This year I am going to try  something different......again.  I bought 3 raised bed things from my cousin last year.  One I did use to surround a compost pile, but I will plant something in it.

I'm waiting for my paycheck in today's mail to buy good soil to mix with the compost piles (even though they really didn't compost).
I have bought the black netting to lay in the bottom of each of the boxes.
I also bought some other supplies for a couple of plant food recipes that I want to try.

Here are the links to the 2 recipes that I am going to make:

Banana Peel Plant Fertilizer Spray

Ways To Stretch A Dollar: Homemade Liquid Miracle Grow Concentrate For $0.35 A Container! 

I only have a set amount of money to spend on dirt and seeds, and plants so wish me luck that I can get a good garden going this year!

My friend paid for an ebook up Growing and Up Garden.  I read it out loud to my daughter, counting it for science in our homeschooling.  I learned more about composting so I hope I can be more successful with that this year.
I am going to turn on youtube with her and watch videos too.
This makes 3 years in a row that my compost pile didn't compost and I really don't know what I am doing wrong.

Our dirt in our yard is just not good.  That is why I am going to buy dirt to fill the raised beds.  I know it won't be too cheap, but I'm hoping I will then be able to just amend that from year to year after this year.

Do you have any gardening tips?   Link up anything frugal, money saving etc, even if it doesn't have to do with gardening!



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Squidoo Hopping 4/10/14

Happy Thursday!
I hope Spring is upon you now and no more snow!
Here in Kansas today it's the usual windy Spring Day out.

I made a sale this past week.  Woo hoo!  I don't get those often in my lenses.
Payday is right around the corner next week too.
I'm enjoying the Giant Squids google+ group tremendously......I just need to get busy updating and building so that I can do more listing.
I'm only 186 pts away from finally reaching level 70....working towards that level 75.

How is squidoo going for you?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday 4/9/14

I did make some progress this past week.
When I ran my mom around town on her payday I worked on putting more yo-yo's together on my table runner.
I got 2+ more rows on to it.  I'm thinking I may stop soon and have it only in the center of the coffee table.  Hubby keeps his laptop on one end of the table and it would be smashing down the yo-yo's.
Yesterday was sewing club at church.  I put 2 more rows together and on the quilt I am making there.
My once a month project, but I should be able to finish it next month.
I have 2 more rows to put on and then the binding.
If I hand sew the binding down that will take longer.  I haven't decided on that yet.
I've been working on and off the last week on the hexagon flowers.  I only completed 2 more flowers.  They do take longer to make than I anticipated, but I've also been on a big project of getting all of my coupons cut and into my binder as well.  There was a couple of days when I didn't work on the hexagons and worked strictly on the coupons.
I am taking my box of hexagons with me to my stitch group this afternoon.
I was given some fabric yesterday.  As I started to put it away in my craft room, I started looking through my project bags.  Oh gosh.....I had to add to my UFO and NewFO lists below as I had forgotten a few of my projects!!
I am totally serious when I say that I have enough materials to keep me busy for the next 10 years.  Imagining the things I can make that aren't already on these lists.

Log Cabin quilt
Log Cabin wall hanging
Log cabin table runner
Rectangle quilt
2 rectangle table runners (one done)
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Quilt for sewing club at church
 (Finished) Applique Bunnies quilt
 (Finished) Penny Patch Quilt
Yo-Yo Table runner
Hexagon table topper
(Finished) Spoolin' Around
Emerald Island Fusique table runner

Sunflower table runner and matching placemats
Spiderweb quilt
Easter wall hanging
Cat wall hanging
Christmas bags (total of at least 25)
Braid table runner
Sunflower pillow
Christmas wall hanging

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Monday, April 7, 2014

Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulousy Fresh Scent---Review and Giveaway

The latest from the Purex brand is the New Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabuously Fresh.  Purex is again bring a fresh sensation to your laundry experience. 

Let Purex bring a colorful escape to your day.
Your laundry will smell Fabulousy Fresh for weeks.
It will not reduce the absorbency of your towels.
It's safe for all loads, including children's sleepwear and athletic wear.

The first thing we did upon receiving our bottle of Fabulously Fresh was to open the bottle and have a smell.   My teenager said 'ah, smells like a nice spring day'.
It does have a nice scent.....not too strong, but not too weak.

I've been giving the Crystals a real test.  The heating element is out on my dryer.   I've been using the Crystals in the wash and then hanging the clothes out on the line. 
I am so very pleased with the scent of our laundry----the freshness that you only get when you hang the laundry out to dry combined with the Fabulously Fresh is sure nice.

If you have never tried Purex Crystals, the Limited Edition is a great way to try a great product.
If you are already a regular user, don't forget that Fabulously Fresh is a limited edition!

Purex is also hosting a Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh Sweepstakes!  Be sure to enter for your change to win the grand prize of $1000 and a year's supply of Fabulously Fresh.
100 other winners will receive a free coupon for Fabulously Fresh.

Enter HERE today!

Three (3) lucky Marsha's Spot readers will win a free coupon for Fabulously Fresh. Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.

Disclosure: The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Today's Freebie 4/7/14--Subscription to American Baby Magazine

Please note these restrictions:

United Stated requests only.

You must be currently pregnant.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Featured Coupons to Print 4/5/14


$2.00 off ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergent


$0.50 off one Newman's Own Ranch Dressing
$1.00 off Delizza Patisserie Products
$1.00 off any ONE (1) Newman's Own Frozen Pizza
$0.30 off any Haribo product, 4 oz. or larger
$1.00 off any Newman's Own Complete Skillet Meal
$0.50 off any Newman's Own Salsa
$0.50 off any ONE (1) Newman's Own Salad Dressing
$0.50 off any ONE (1) Newman's Own Pasta Sauce
$2.00 off ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergent
$2.00 off any bobble water bottle or filter refill
$0.50 off any one (1) Palmolive Dish & Sink 25oz
$1.00 off (1) Revlon Lip Product
$2.00 off bag of Purina Dog Chow Light & Healthy


$1.00 off of any one (1) Invisible Glass® Premium Glass Cleaner

Let Your Peepsonality Show This Spring with Peeps!

Peeps had their line of Spring Peeps in stores now!
You will find the standbys that we've loved for years as well as new Peeps products as well.

I was contacted to get crafty with the Spring Peeps and couldn't wait!  I have some pretty crafty daughters and it was a great time of togetherness.
Although they told me to tell you that the granddaughters did this with me, I'm telling you anyway that it was them.
My middle daughter is 22 years old and has 2 young children of her own.  They have a day each week that is family craft time.  They make some wonderful creations.
My youngest daughter is 17 and she loves to draw and is very good at it.

We put together this Spring Peeps diorama:

I will say that when the granddaughters did come over for the weekend, they had fun playing with our Spring scene.

Just look at the Spring Peeps!!

 I found a product that I just love!  It's the Peepsters.  Chocolate with a marshmallow creme inside.  Who could ask for anything more!  I let other taste them and they couldn't have just one.  These are on my Easter shopping list for sure.
Another of the new products is the Peeps Chick in a Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg.
This is a good sized chocolate egg.  It's hollow, but not thin!    So adorable to crack open the egg and find a marshmallow Peep inside.

You will want to make sure to check out these links!!
Peeps and Company:
Peeps Home:
Peeps and Company facebook fanpage:
Peeps Brand facebook fan page:

How about some Peepsonality pinterest boards?  These will give you some awesome ideas of the different things you can do with Peeps and really let your Peepsonality shine through.  Create your own and add them to the board.
This search shows tons of ideas!

I'm going to leave you with this infographic.  Some cool and interesting Peeps information.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  I was sent Peeps in order to get crafty with them along with information on each product.  I was not compensated in any other way.  Any opinions of the product are my own.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Frugal Friday With Marsha 4/4/14

How is Spring going?
I've worked a little here and there trying to clear dead from my flower gardens.
I'm itching to get the food garden going.
I looked at the extended weather forecast last night.  It looks like after April 10 it's safe from going down to freezing at night.
I am in hopes that my next merchandising pay check can be used to buy the black roll for under the soil, good soil, seeds, and some plants.

I have read 2 blogs that have recipes for mock Miracle Grow and plant food.  I am going to try both recipes.  One of the blog was linked here last week.  Keep up the good work!

Yesterday I shopped at the bread store, aka the day old store.  I went a little overboard.  They have some items that I don't see at any other stores around here such as the larger containers of the garlic salt that I like, larger gravy mixes, etc.  I ended up spending nearly $30, which got me 4 more marks on my card towards getting $6 in free items.
My husband gets a 15% discount at the bread store but for some reason he has to be there with me to get the discount.  I think they should give it to me too!
There really is no discount on items at the bread store except for the bread that is brought in.  As you know, it's brought in when the date won't allow it to be on the store shelves anymore.
I did get a manager's special of .50 for a bag of stuffing.  I bought 2 bags and put them in the freezer.

I'm working diligently on my coupons again.  If I can keep it up they will soon be in order in my binder and I can keep up with them.  Time to get back in to the coupon business and get the savings going again as well as the stocking up!

Until next Friday, I hope you link up lots of posts to inspire and motivate us all towards a more frugal life.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Squidoo Hopping 4/3/14

Good morning! I hope this post finds you with Spring weather.  We actually had thunderstorms last night.  It's still a bit cool out for me.

I updated one of my lenses this last that I hadn't gotten to yet to pick and choose the amazon products so there would be 20 or less.
While there I noticed that I didn't have links to the photos and such within the modules.  What I found is that I linked the picture itself.
Going to each one I found that they are all either in the public domain or in wikimedia commons.
Is this enough, or should I go back and edit it to include the information and link in the module?

In a rush today as it's mom's payday, but I hope to see many link up.
I've been having a blast this last week visiting all kinds of lenses of interest.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WIP Wednesday 4/2/14

This past week I didn't get many projects worked on.  I intended to get blocks done for my Goodnight Irene sew along.....didn't happen.

One project that I am working on isn't sewing, it's getting my coupons in order.  I hadn't cut or put any in my binder for over a month.  The first thing I did was spend a day taking out the expired coupons.  Now I'm working at getting them cut out and into my binder.
You know, it's really hard to save money with coupons if you don't even know what coupons you have or where to find them when you do need them.

I worked on my yo-yo table runner during the quilt guild meeting this week.  It's moving along nicely for how little I work on it:
Last week I showed how I had spent a couple of days trying to organize all of my pre-cut hexagons for projects.
Hexagons become kind of a slow process too when I am working on them while also working here on the computer.
I completed the top for my table topper.  I have to free up some of my pins before I can complete it.
I got 2 of the flowers completed.
I need starch.  I used Best Press but it doesn't make them as stiff as I would like for shipping purposes.

I have yet to get a post up about my finished projects so far in 2014.  Here are my UFO and NewFO lists as part of the challenge you will see to the right:

Log Cabin quilt
Log Cabin wall hanging
Log cabin table runner
Rectangle quilt
2 rectangle table runners (one done)
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Quilt for sewing club at church
 (Finished) Applique Bunnies quilt
 (Finished) Penny Patch Quilt
Yo-Yo Table runner
Hexagon table topper
(Finished) Spoolin' Around

Sunflower table runner and matching placemats
Spiderweb quilt
Easter wall hanging
Cat wall hanging
Christmas bags (total of at least 25)

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

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