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Water Bottle Craft – Encouragement

Send Encouragement with this Water Bottle Craft

water bottle craft

I love surprising people with little gifts to show that they matter. Sometimes a person just needs a little encouragement to help get them thru a rough patch. I created this Encouragement Water Bottle Craft with some great pick-me up presents from my “Stock-Up” Presents Bin!

Water Bottle Craft Instructions:

  1. Drink some water or another beverage in a plastic container/You can also buy a reusable water bottle.
  2. Wash it out and remove the label
  3. Find items that will fit in your bottle based on your theme/idea
  4. Place items in the bottle
  5. Close the bottle by screwing on the cap

If you are mailing:

  1. Then you will need to create a label
  2. Secure the label with duct tape
  3. Head to the post office
  4. Mail your gift

If you are gifting in person:

Place Gift with a little note in a “wine-bottle” Gift Bag.

Encouragement Water Bottle Craft Included

water bottle craft

1 Reusable Water Cup with Straw

Mini Bath and Body Works Lotion

Revlon Nail Polish

Wet and Wild Lip Gloss

Emery Board

Thirty-One Wristlet Keychain

Earring and Necklace Set

**For Fun-Blue Leopard Clip In Hair Extension**

The option are endless with Water Bottle Crafts. You are only limited by your imagination.

Check out all our water bottle crafts on our water bottle craft page. Don’t forget to pin this post for me, please! 🙂


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Topic: Water Bottle Craft

March 11, 2013

Water Bottle Craft: Back To School (Student) Edition

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Water Bottle Craft Back to School (Student) Edition

Today, I am going to show you how to make a great Water Bottle Craft, for a student starting a new school year. This is the latest installment in our Water Bottle Craft Series. This is the Water Bottle Craft: Back to School (student) Edition!

 

Water Bottle Craft Instructions:

  1. Drink some water or another beverage in a plastic container
  2. Wash it out and remove the label
  3. Find items that will fit in your bottle based on your theme (In this theme, anything that you think would be perfect for student for their new school year)
  4. Place items in the bottle
  5. Close the bottle by screwing on the cap
  6. Then you will need to create a label
  7. Secure the label with duct tape
  8. Head to the post office
  9. Mail your gift

 

Water Bottle Craft Back to School Content:

back to school student

 

#2 Pencils, Eraser tops, Glue Stick, and Erasers

Every student could use a little extra school supplies when they are on the go. What a great gift to get from a grandparent that is wishing a grandchild a wonderful new school year.

 

What other Water Bottle Craft ideas do you have?

Check out our Water Bottle Craft page for more ideas!

Topic; Water Bottle Craft

Thought for the Week from Karla’s Korner: Powerless

Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Powerless

This past week was one of many challenges. Due to inclement weather and a scheduled day off I only worked two days. While some may think that having such a long break I would feel refreshed and ready to hit the ground running on Monday morning; that is not the case. With a rather large snow storm predicted for mid-week, my anxieties rose when I realized that my husband would be leaving for a three day work trip the day the snow storm was to begin. As a precaution, I asked him to bring the generator to the house and show me (and our son) how to start it so that we could run a heater and hopefully save the food in the freezer and refrigerator. Feeling pretty confident that this storm would not be severe, I kissed him good-bye and went about my daily routine and looking forward to my Friday off. Rain began to fall and quickly turned to ice and then snow before midnight. I began to think that this might be the big one of the winter season; my thoughts were correct. By mid-afternoon on Wednesday approximately 10 (or more) inches of heavy white snow lay across everything including power lines causing thousands to lose electricity in their homes. It was at this point that I knew we were in for a long couple of days. Time passed slowly and it became evident that my son and I would be spending the night without electricity cooking our dinner on a camping stove (which by the way has never been used on a camping trip) and piling extra blankets on our beds to stay swarm. With the temperature in our house dropping, I found myself welcoming the mid-life hot flashes that I experience quite often.

Day one turned into day two and day two turned into day number three. After shedding a few tears (actually a lot of tears) we decided to throw in the towel and make a reservation at a local hotel; at least we would be warm. At the eleventh hour, the power came on I cancelled the hotel reservations and the clean-up of extension cords, blankets, cook stove, board games and dirty dishes began. That night as I crawled into bed and curled up next to my husband I realized that I truly suck at roughing it. I am dependent on the luxuries that make life comfortable and easy. It was as if I lost power when the lights when the lights went out. When did this happen? When did life become so easy that I am unable to function without electricity? When did we as a society become so dependent on “stuff” to survive?

As a young girl growing up on a poultry farm with other farm animals as well, my brothers and I had chores. We were required to perform certain tasks to ensure that the farm was taken care of. Looking back at that time in my life I realize that those chores helped us survive. It was the responsibility of each one of us to work together to keep things going. As much as we complained that it wasn’t fair that we had to shell feed corn into a coal bucket in the dead of winter for the animals, work in the chicken house, mow grass, feed the pigs or the milk cow it was a necessary part of life. When the power went out we kept the wood stove in the basement burning and sat by the gas oven in the kitchen to get warm. We used an oil lamp for light and slept in our beds under piles of heavy blankets. It was just the way it was; we dealt with it. Now, forty plus years later I find myself stuck in a place where I complain if I don’t have electricity to run my Keurig, take a hot shower or use the microwave oven. This week I was cold, tired, and selfish; even though I had a generator and a camp stove that allowed me to heat water to make hot tea, cook meals, run the electric heater, keep my refrigerator and freezer running and watch television. Technology and convenience has taken over and we (society) have forgotten how to live simply.

So what does all of this mean? Should we eliminate all of the conveniences that make life easier for us and return to the days of long ago? No; that’s not possible. What is possible is that we take time out of our lives once in a while to unplug from all of the “stuff” that we depend on and just “be” in the moment. Taking time out of our day to spend in quiet without the buzzing of a cell phones, emails, social media etc., we will be able to rest our minds and rejuvenate our souls. This week as my son and I sat playing cards by candle light we found ourselves laughing and making jokes; we had not done that in a long time because we are always distracted by other things. Now that life has returned to normal it is up to me whether I take time to play cards again or wait until the next power outage. My goal is to play cards.

What keeps you distracted? Is there something that keeps you from taking time to be quiet or spend time with your family and friends without life’s conveniences? I encourage you to excuse yourself from reality once in a while to ease your mind and settle your soul. For me, I plan on trying to find that balance between the convenience of life and the ability to cope with the occasional loss of power; both electrical and within myself.

Peace,
Karla

Check out all of Karla’s Korner articles for more thought for the week here. Also, please visit Karla’s Lifetime Moms page and read her articles.

Topic: Thought for the Week

March 10, 2013

Water Bottle Craft: Back to School (Teacher) Edition!

Water Bottle Craft Back to School (Teacher) Edition

Today, I am going to show you how to make a great Water Bottle Craft, for a student starting a new school year. This is the latest installment in our Water Bottle Craft Series. This is the Water Bottle Craft: Back to School (teacher) Edition!

 

Water Bottle Craft Instructions:

  1. Drink some water or another beverage in a plastic container
  2. Wash it out and remove the label
  3. Find items that will fit in your bottle based on your theme (In this theme, anything that you think would be perfect for teachers for back to school)
  4. Place items in the bottle
  5. Close the bottle by screwing on the cap
  6. Then you will need to create a label
  7. Secure the label with duct tape
  8. Head to the post office
  9. Mail your gift

 

Water Bottle Craft Back to School Content:

#2 pencils, Pens, Erasers, Eraser tops, Permanent Markers, and Glue sticks

We all know Teachers will help their students out when they come un-prepared. Gift this gift as a just in case stash for Teachers to have on hand when needed for their students.

What other Water Bottle Craft ideas do you have?

Check out our Water Bottle Craft Page for more ideas.

Topic: Water Bottle Craft

March 6, 2013

Spring into Savings: Free Yourself from Cable and Satellite

Free Yourself from Cable and save big!

free yourself from cable

Spring is approaching faster than I would like but it is not the weather I dread but the Spring Cleaning. I always make my list of things I need to do and it seems to be Fall before I get them all done. This year I have decided to take a different approach to Spring Cleaning and will not be focusing on my house but my checkbook.

I am very detailed when it comes to our monthly financials. I know when everything is due, how much is due, what check it comes out of and how much is budgeted for that expense. Most people would say I am good to go BUT there is a lot of fat I could trim. The one area I am always drawn to is our ATT Uverse Bill. We have had cable and satellite over the years and to be honest for 5 TVs, Internet, and Home Phone ATT Uverse has been our cheapest option. They actually lowered my bill in the fall because I asked.

I just hate paying for something that is not a necessity. I think if most people were to be honest with themselves they would admit that cable is not a necessity. We have been lured into thinking that it is. I grew up most of my childhood without a TV in the house and survived. I actually developed a great love of books that a lot of kids my age did not have. I am not suggesting you give up TV all together but instead follow my tips to Free Yourself from Cable. In the end you will have extra money in your pocket and be able to tell others how you were able to Free Yourself from Cable.

Why to Free Yourself From Cable:

  • You will find more hours in your day because you won’t be tied to your television.
  • You will have more time to spend with your family.
  • You will lose weight because you won’t be mindlessly eating in front of the TV. You will be up and moving instead.
  • You will Save over $1,000 a year. That is enough to take a family vacation or pay off some debt without cutting back in other areas.

Even if the first 3 reasons aren’t important to you the fact that you can save over $1,000 should make you stop and consider if you should Free Yourself from Cable and Satellite.

How to Free Yourself from Cable (with minimum suffering)

  • Explore the options available before you cancel. **I will list the current options below**
    • Warning: Don’t go Cold Turkey because you will end up going back.
  • Realize that there is life after TV. I have 90 shows on my DVR right now that I haven’t watched. Obviously it is not life or death to watch them or they wouldn’t be sitting there waiting.
  • Decide on the option(s) you are going to go with.
  • Sit your family down and explain to them that you going on a mission as a family. Your family mission is going to be to Free Yourself From Cable. Promise a surprise for the family member who doesn’t complain or make a goal for what you are going to do with the money you save. Kids and husbands are motivated by money.
  • Take action on the option you selected. Have it in place and all the kinks worked out.
  • Cancel your cable and/or satellite.
  • Enjoy knowing that you were able to Free Yourself from Cable and Satellite.

Options when you Free Yourself from Cable

  1. Netflix  Streaming and DVD Rental Service – starts at $7.99 month.
  2. Redbox Instant Streaming (enjoy 4 free DVD rentals a month and unlimited movie streaming for only $8) (FREE TRIAL)
  3. Amazon Prime Membership – allows you to watch hundreds of TV Shows and Movies for Free. (Annual Membership is only $79 and you can get a 1 month Free Trial)
  4. Hulu-a free service online but not all shows are current episodes and you have to watch commercials
  5. Hulu Plus -offers current TV shows for $7.99 a month but you still have to watch commercials ( Free Trial)
  6. Blockbuster DVD Rental – plans starting at $4.99 (1/2 price for the 1st 2 months)
  7. TV Network Websites-stream your favorite shows right from the networks website.(you may have to wait a week or two but you will be able to watch them for free.)

Alternatives when you Free Yourself from Cable

Attach your Gaming System to your TV and the Internet

This will allow you to do any of the above options on your TV when you Free Yourself from Cable.

Gaming Systems with this capability include: Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 and XBox 360.

Purchase a Roku HD Box.

Roku HD streams 600+ channels to any TV easily and wirelessly, all at an amazing price. Features 720p HD video quality and one-stop search.

Get an antenna and a digital converter box to hook up to your TV for local channels.

 

***Before you switch be sure to make sure you have an adequate internet speed and that there is no monthly limit on how much data you can use.  Most home internet companies do not limit the data usage.***

Topic:  Free Yourself From Cable

Thought for the Week from Karla’s Korner: Who Comes First?

Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Who Comes First?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately surrounding a statement made by Giuliana Rancic regarding the way she views marriage and children. Rancic has stated that her husband comes first before her child. In trying to explain this theory Rancic says “We’re husband and wife, but we’re also best friends, and it’s funny because a lot of people, when they have kids, they put the baby first, and the marriage second. That works for some people. For us, I find, we put our marriage first and our child second, because the best thing we can do for him is have a strong marriage.” When I first heard about this I did not agree; after all my children are my life and I would do anything for them. Throughout the week I found myself thinking about the “pecking” order of our family and where we all fit in. My son, who is almost six years younger than his sister has accused me over the years of playing favorites. To be honest, there are times that I have played favorites or taken one side over the other. I believe that that is a normal element of parenting; and with their age difference it is necessary to allow her to do more than him. (Now that she is an adult, I don’t wrestle with that issue as much.) I have come to the conclusion that I may have to agree with the Rancic’s because quite frankly it makes perfect sense. And before you decide that I deserve the horrible mother of the year award, let me explain.Continue reading