Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homemade Play Dough - Under $5

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Homemade Play Dough

A great no-cook recipe involving the children and non-toxic household items that won't break the budget. Kids have fun making this recipe as well as playing with the finished product. Be prepared for a mess as well as lots of smiles and giggles. Make as much or as little as you like and have fun mixing many different colors.
Serves: 1


  • 4 cup flour
  • 1.5 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 6 tsp cooking oil
  • food coloring optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt to create a dry mixture.
  2. In four small bowls, combine 1/4 cup warm water, 1.5 teaspoons of cooking oil, and food coloring to create four wet mixtures.
  3. Add one cup of the dry mixture to each of the bowls. Mix well and knead until soft dough forms.
  4. Ta da! Play dough. Now go make something cool.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Perfect Crockpot Applesauce Recipe - For UNDER $5

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Perfect Crockpot Applesauce

The perfect homemade crockpot applesauce.
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 3 Hr
Total Time: 3 Hr 10 Min
Serves: 8


  • 9 Gala apples
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3/4 Cup Water


  1. Peel, core, and chop apples.
  2. Add all ingredients to crockpot, stir to combine.
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 6 hours.
  4. Remove apples and juices from crockpot and purée in a food processor or mash with s potato masher.
  5. Store in a glass jar for up to one week (if it lasts that long!)
  6. Makes about 4 cups.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Product Review: Kids N Pets Stain and Odor Remover

My sister, Brittany, bought a "new" used car this week. It's a 2006 Honda Civic. This is her first car out of college that she purchased specifically for the amazing Honda quality and excellent gas mileage. Her new job is about an hour drive from the house, so she needed something that'll make a dependable commuter car.

Little Brother and I have spent the week detailing it and getting it ready for Brit to drive. The previous owner bought it brand new and drove it daily to and from school and work. She owned the car through college, various jobs, and two kids. Needless to say, it needs some TLC.

All of the seats were covered in various stains and we've already ordered fancy new seat covers for it, but in my cleaning frenzy I decided to attack the seats anyway. I purchased a bottle of Kids N Pets Stain and Odor Remover at the recommendation of my good friend, Buffy. She said it works great on all kinds of stains and odors. I bought it specifically for urine stains and smells in the house, but I figured I'd try it in the car. All I can say is, "Thank you, Buffy!"

As the first spritz soaked in, most of the surface stains disappeared. The deeper stains needed a few extra minutes to soak and a lot of blotting (and some vigorous scrubbing). I'm not sure if the stains were mostly coffee or soda, but they caused a pretty good discoloration. You can still tell that the seats are stained, but they look, smell, and feel much cleaner than they were.


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