Pallet Bathroom Rack

Friday, August 31, 2012

A while back one of my best bloggy buddies, Danni from Silo Hill Farm wrote a post about how she was challenging herself to come up with a project for a pallet she had. She gave herself a goal date of September first to have something done and posted. 


I commented that I myself had a pallet (shown above) that I should figure out something for. Danni replied back and suggested that I join her on her pallet challenge. I excitedly accepted. I love a good challenge!

And so the Pinterest pallet project search began. There are so many super cool things to make and do out there! I searched and brainstormed for almost a whole month about what I should do and still couldn't come up with anything specific. 

Eventually, I decided on a paint color and went from there.


I love things that have the rustic look, so I wanted my pallet to look old. I gave it one coat and then rubbed the whole things with a rag to take some of the paint off and give it that old paint look. You can still see some of the wood grain in it. 

I used these brushed nickle hooks that I picked up a garage sale not long ago. Lined across the bottom of the pallet there is one hook for Mom, Dad, and the little guy to hang our towels on in the bathroom.



I also had these two baskets on hand. I decided to attach them to the middle portion of the pallet for wash cloth and hand towel storage. 




To attach the baskets, I used some wide head screws and went right through the basket material. I did this for each corner of both baskets.




It's a little plain but it's functional. It offers me some much needed storage and that is something you can never have too much of!

Make sure and stop over to Silo Hill Farm on September 1st to see Danni's pallet project too. She's so awesome, I can't wait to see what she came up with!

Thanks or reading! Have an excellent day!

Weekend Wonders Link Party #5

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Hello (link)party people! It's time for another Weekend Wonders! Last week we had just over 80 links. Can we get to 100 this week?? I think we can do it!

Help promote the party by giving it a Tweet. 


The more exposure the party gets the more views all of the links get too. 

If you missed last week's features You can Click Here to see my picks and Click Here to see Shatzi's.


As always, we are so very appreciative of everyone who links up with us. We just can't say thank you enough!

The Weekend Wonders party will run until Tuesday night and features will be announced on Wednesday. We will also be sharing our favorite posts from the party on Facebook and pinning them on Pinterest, into our Weekend Wonder Features board


Weekend Wonders Guidelines...

1. Follow your hosts, Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will make sure and return the favor.

2. Link to a specific post, not your homepage. 

3. Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of! 

4. Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.

5. Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback.

Grab a party button for your sidebar and posts to help spread the word!



Now let's party!

Weekend Wonders #4 Party Features

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


We had another awesome Weekend Wonders party ladies! Thank you so much for linking up with Shatzi and I! Every week the party grows and we owe that to all of you bloggers who link with us and help promote the party. 



This last week we had so many great link ups!

The most viewed link of the week was Homemade Cheese Crackers from Healthy Kitchen Guide. These crackers look amazingly simple to make and tasty to boot! Not to mention they have no preservatives. You can't beat that.



I love a good make it your own project and that's exactly what Gen from Color Me Domestic did with these Custom Laundry Shelves that her and her dad installed. When a space isn't working out for you.. Make it!



Hungry anyone? You will be after you check out this recipe for Chile Relleno Casserole from Dishing With Leslie. I think she explains it best herself when she says "Simple ingredients (and instructions) that yield AMAZING flavor!" I cannot wait to make this dish!



As a sewer in desperate need of a pin cushion, I'm loving the thrifty aspect of this Pin Cushion Jar made from a re-purposed jam jar from The D.I.Y. Dreamer. She offers a great tutorial to show you exactly how to make one for yourself too.



I really (really really) want to make one of these DIY Grocery Sliders that Linda from With A Blast made. With some materials and her husband she put together this custom made pantry to roll right into the space next to the refrigerator. Another great make it work for you project. 



Feel free to grab a feature button to sport ladies and thanks again to everyone for linking up to the Weekend Wonders party.



Don't forget to stop by Love and Laundry and see which links Shatzi picked from last week's party. We will both be pinning our favorites into our Weekend Wonders Party Board too. 

I hope to see everyone back tomorrow night for Weekend Wonders #5! Have a great day.

Freezer Food Fun: Homemade Breadcrumbs

Monday, August 27, 2012


Ok guys, as promised here is my post to show you how to make your own homemade breadcrumbs. If you missed my DIY Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables post you can click the link to see it. That's where I got all the crusts to make my breadcrumbs. 

These are as easy to make as pulse, bake, freeze! Anyone can make their own breadcrumbs at home for a healthier (tastier and cheaper) alternative to store bought.


You will need...

- Bread (slices, a loaf, cut off crusts, anything works)
- Food processor
- Zip lock freezer bag
- Oven

Step 1 -  Pulse bread crumbs in a food processor until you reach a desired consistency.


You'll want you bread crumbs to look something like this...


Step 2 - Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 for about 5 - 10 minutes until the crumbs are slightly toasted. If you want to season your crumbs, do this after they come out of the oven. 

I added a light amount of salt and pepper but otherwise kept my crumbs plain. This way I can change up the flavors by adding whatever seasonings that I'm using in the dish. 


Step 3 - Freeze your crumbs in a freezer zip lock bag. Make sure that you get as much air out of the bag as you possibly can before you close it.

Breadcrumbs will keep fresh in the freezer for about a year, provided the bag is kept relatively air tight. 

I wrote the date on the bag for the sake of the post but there's no way these will last a year. Honestly, they probably won't last a month! I use breadcrumbs in so many different recipes.

*If you don't have a food processor you can always toast your bread first and then grate it into crumbs.

I hope you liked my homemade breadcrumbs recipe. Thanks for reading!

Freezer Food Fun: PB&J Uncrustables

Sunday, August 26, 2012


I don't know what it is lately, but for some reason I feel the need to store food away. Maybe it's the changing season and I know I have sooo much to do in the upcoming months. Or maybe it's just more thriftiness kicking in. Either way, making up foods to be stored in the freezer is a win-win.

After some research and meal planning I realized just how much money, time, and sanity that you can save by doing this. It's amazing! The meal planning and preparation takes a bit of time initially but it saves you so much time and energy later, that it's well worth setting aside a couple hours to cook.


For my first freezer food stash, I made my own peanut butter and jelly uncrustables for my little guy. I really like to have these on hand for an easy lunch on the go or a quick snack when I'm too busy to make something up.

He loves the store bought uncrustables but there's a few reasons that I don't...
  1. They're expensive! $4 a box for 8 not even whole pieces of bread and a sauce packet worth of peanut butter and jelly is pretty outrageous when you break it down to serving size.                                          
  2. They only offer wheat bread with grape jelly and white bread with strawberry jelly. My son doesn't like grape jelly so he's not eating the whole wheat bread like I'd like him to. 
  3. The generic brand doesn't even compare to the name brand and the price definitely doesn't make up for the lack in quality either.
  4. Did I mention they're expensive?
By making my own I control the ingredients that my son eats. I used Aunt Millie's whole grain white bread and Smucker's Simply Fruit instead of jelly to control the sugar content.

Also, I get a whole bag of breadcrumbs from the cut off crusts. That's like a coupon! Buy super cheap pb&j uncrustables and get a free bag of homemade breadcrumbs with it.


1 loaf of bread
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup jelly, preserves, or spreadable fruit
Something circular to cut the bread such as a large cookie cutter, a small bowl, a glass, ect.
Spoon

These are actually very easy to put together once you get a system down. I did mine assembly line style.

Step 1 - Lay out all the pieces of the bread in twos. Save the end pieces for breadcrumbs later.


Step 2 - Add a tablespoon of peanut butter to one piece of bread.


Step 3 -  Add a table spoon of the jelly, preserves, or fruit spread on top of the peanut butter.


Step 4 - Place the second piece of bread on top of the other. Using your cookie cutter, glass, or bowl cut out the middles of the bread where the peanut butter and jelly is.



The glass (or whatever you use) crimps the edges of the bread closed and prevents the sandwich from opening. 

Throw your sandwiches in individual zip lock bags and put them in the freezer right away. This ensures your bread won't get soggy or stale.

To thaw, take one out and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Stay tuned for my post on how to turn those cut off crusts into a bag of healthy homemade bread crumbs.


 I'll be posting that soon.

Thanks for stopping by guys! Have a great day.















Boys Potty Seat Redo

Friday, August 24, 2012


It may seem a little early for me to start potty training my 21 month old but I've been picking up on some ques he's been displaying and I'm going to see how it goes.

The last couple of times I've changed my little guy's diaper he took off running to a specific corner in the dining room and peed on the floor. I've also noticed that when he's in the bathtub, he'll stand up to pee so he can see it.

I think this shows that he has some control over his bladder and that he's realizing that he has to go to the bathroom before he actually does. I figure any potty training encouragement can't hurt right?

When we had our son, an amazing coworker of my guy's gave us a ton of really great stuff. She gave us our crib, lots of big toys, and tons of really nice clothes and shoes. We are so thankful for all she gave to use.. Thanks Lindsey, you're an angle!

One of the cutest things ever was this little wooden potty seat, complete with a TP holder and a magazine rack!





It was in the garage for almost two years so it needed some cleaning up first. Then I just picked some colors and gave it a new paint job. My sister suggested blue and green so that's what I went with.

I painted on the words using the tracing method. I printed the words in a fun font and then measured and taped the paper onto the chair. Then I traced over the letters which leaves a small indent in the wood to paint over.



Add some TP and books and the seat is complete.




Now wish me luck in getting my little guy to use it...




Weekend Wonders Link Party #4

Thursday, August 23, 2012



It's that time again my friends! Time for another Weekend Wonders link party, hosted by Shatzi from Love and Laundry and I.

If you missed last week's features You can Click Here to see my picks and Click Here to see Shatzi's. 

A quick reminder before we get to the party

Have you heard that I'm throwing a big Halloween bash this October? 


I'll be running Halloween post from October 1st to October 31. I've got some great stuff lined up for you and a giveaway to kick it all off. 

The other great thing is that myself and some lovely ladies will be hosting Halloween link parties throughout the whole month! Who are these lovely ladies you ask... I'm pleased to give you my Halloween line up. We have Amy from Amy's Cooking Adventures, Kyetra from Sweet Pea and Lollipops, and Morgan from Ms. Morgan's Reality Check

I've also got some great guest post for you too!

I'm still looking for a guest post for Costume Week and for Halloween Parties week. If anyone is interested you can email me at Thriftymssmith @ gmail . com.


Now back to the party...


As always, we are so appreciative of everyone who linked up with us last week. We just can't say thank you enough!

The Weekend Wonders party will run until Tuesday night at Midnight and features will be announced on Wednesday. We will also be sharing our favorite posts from the party on Facebook and pinning them on Pinterest, into our Weekend Wonder Features board


Weekend Wonders Guidelines...

1. Follow your hosts, Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will return the favor.

3. Link to a specific post, not your homepage. 

4. Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of! 

5. Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.

6. Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback.



Grab a party button for your sidebar and posts to help spread the word!




Now link them if you got them and have fun! I can't wait to see what you all have for us this week!





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Hello there Thriftiness Miss Readers. I'm so happy to be here with you today to share some great information on a fabulous resource for online glasses.

Recently I was contacted by GlassesUSA to do a sponsor post for them and I graciously accepted. They have an amazing website that offers a wide variety of eyeglasses for men, women, and children in tons of styles, colors, and sizes.

As you may know, I'm a big fan of being thrifty and with GlassesUSA you can save some of your hard earned cash! There are many different styles of cheap glasses to choose from. Quite a few pairs are even priced under $50.

Here are some examples...


I myself wear glasses, so I know how expensive they can be to replace. One year when I was a child, my sister broke her glasses three time during one school year. Having a resource like GlassesUSA.com makes it easy to get what you need for a great price.

One of my favorite things about the website is the Virtual Mirror. This feature is very user friendly. It lets you upload a picture of yourself and try on all the different glasses to see how you look before you buy. Plus, you can send all of your pictures to your friends and have them help you decide on the best pair for you! It's so much fun to play around with.  Try it for yourself below.


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Thanks for stopping by and have an excellent day!

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