Thrifty Tip: Make your own Recycled Can Planter

Use old cans to make an indoor herb garden!  SO fast and easy--you probably already have all the items to make it in your house!

Spring is coming quickly. I don’t know about you but I am itching to start spending more time in my garden! It is still a little cold outside so I am going to use a recycled can planter for my herb garden in my house. It is a great way to reuse aluminum cans that you would normally just throw away and save money by growing your own herbs. Take a look at how easy it is to turn an old can into a cute new herb garden for your windowsill!

Make your Recycled Can Planter out of an aluminum can.

These are all the things you need to make a Recycled Can Planter with an herb garden!

Old metal Can – I used a pumpkin can!
Nail
Hammer
Soil
Seeds or Starter Plant

First, turn the can over and place the nail on the bottom. Tap it a few times with the hammer so that a small hole is made. Repeat the process until you have made 5 drainage holes.

This is a great way to use an old can to make an herb garden

Next, add a couple inches of soil to the bottom of the can.

Plant your seed or add in your starter. I wanted the instant reward of my cilantro to make my freezer chicken taquitos so I used a starter but planting seeds would be just as fun to watch grow! Finish by filling up the can with soil.

Put your new recycled can planter in a sunny window and watch it grow! Be ready to reap its benefits!

Upcycled cans for herb gardens indoors

One of the best parts about having it close to your sink is every time you wash your dishes it is an easy reminder to water your plant.

Using your old cans to make a recycled can planter is easy when you use materials you already have. I’ve also seen people use old yogurt containers and even shoes as planters. What a great way to upcycle and create a cute and memorable part of your garden in your kitchen all year round!

4/18 Amazon Deals / Pampers, Zwipes Microfiber Cloths, Yogurt Maker, Hot Wheels

Thank goodness it’s Friday!  Here’s a great way to kick off the weekend with some amazing deals!  Last minute Easter additions are found with Hot Wheels cars, Zwipes Microfiber cleaning cloths and the best mascara in the universe!  Get hopping–I mean shopping!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Pampers Baby Dry Diapers Size 4 Giant Pack 128 Count are on sale for $31.53 (was $42) clipping the coupon and using Subscribe and Save!  Great deal on Pampers! Free Prime shipping and free returns if needed.

Hot Wheels 20 Car Gift Pack is on sale for $12.74 (was $22)!  I love these little cars and the smiles that follow!  This is the best price I have ever seen and definitely Amazon’s lowest price!  Free Prime shipping and a great Easter basket addition!

I love making my own Greek yogurt.  But if you want some variation use Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker which makes up to seven different types of yogurt at one time!  It’s $29.95 (was $50) saving you 40%!  A great way to make your own yogurt!

Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (24-Pack) are one of Amazon’s #1 rated items!  At the lowest price seen it’s $12.80 (was $30) for a 24 pack!  Free prime shipping!

Brother XL2600I Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine is on sale for $86.99 (was $150)!  It is perfect for beginners and is easy to use.  Free Prime shipping!

Fiskars Recycled 8 Inch Strait Scissors (01-004253J) are $3.94 (was $8) with free shipping right now!  What a bargain for a great pair of scissors!  The handles are made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic and are for left or right hand use!

One of the best mascaras of all time is Maybelline New York The Falsies Volum’ Express Washable Mascara, Blackest Black, 0.25 Fluid Ounce.  It is definitely worth a try for $4.19 (was $7.77) saving 46%!  Add some more items to make $25 for free shipping…or maybe just a lot of mascara!

Making muffins is a lot more fun when you can pop them out of this Grazia® PREMIUM Silicone 12 Cup Muffin Pan – 100% Food Grade Silicone Muffin Cupcake Baking Pan.  Clean up is nonexistent when you can throw it in the dishwasher!  It’s on sale for $17.88 (was $46) with free Prime shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and 2 day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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Cockadoodledoo Birthday Banner + Free Printable

My *amazing* mother-in-law recently had a birthday and I couldn’t help myself but make her this cute Cockadoodledoo Birthday Banner and cake! I thought I would share this for all you rooster, hen, egg lovin’ chicks out there!

Use this Cockadoodledoo birthday banner for your rooster, hen loving chicks for their special day! #happythoughts #cockadoodledoo #happybirthday

There are so many fun ideas on how to make a farm, or rooster, or nest cakes. It was really hard to narrow down exactly what I wanted to do. I finally decided to add together everything my mother-in-law loves and go from there.

Roosters+hens+eggs+birthday+chocolate cake+coconut pecan frosting= a happy mother-in-law!

This fun Cockadoodledoo birthday banner is perfect for those rooster and hen lovers. Make this easy cake and cheer up their special day! #happythoughts #cockadoodledoo #happybirthdaytoyou

My cake decorating skills are far from fabulous, but I love to try. Plus, I figured I was safe with making a nest. I mean, really, can you mess up a chocolate nest?! I made a chocolate cake and shaped it to my heart’s desire. I put on some chocolate frosting and then smothered it with globs of coconut pecan frosting. I decided to sprinkle a little coconut and then add some chocolate bar shavings. I mustn’t forget to mention the Cadbury eggs. Can I get a YUM?!

Cockadoodledoo Birthday  Banner is perfect for your rooster and hen loving friends. #happythoughts #cockadoodledoo #happybirthdaytoyou

I made up this cute little banner for the top. I had some cake ball sticks left over, so I used those. I rolled the edges of the banner around the sticks to help me when I glued it together. I ended up using hot glue, but I’m sure tape would work too.

Use this free Cockadoodledoo birthday banner for your loved ones on their special day! #happythoughts #cockadoodledoo #happybirthdaytoyou

Oh yes, I didn’t forget the kids. I made a handful of cupcakes along with the cake so they could join in on the decorating fun.

Use this "Cockadoodledoo" Birthday banner for your loved one's special day. #happythoughts #cockadoodledoo #happybirthdaytoyou

Click here to get your free Cockadoodledoo Birthday Banner!

 Enjoy!

Use this "Cockadoodledoo" Birthday banner for someone's special day! #happythoughts #cockadoodledoo #happybirthdaytoyou

4/17 Amazon Deals / Scotch-Brite Sponges, Kids DVDs, Pampers Wipes, Scotch Tape

Happy Thursday everyone!  Have I got some deals for you today–household supplies, a gardening tool that will make your life so much easier, the perfect Easter Basket fillers and even all the fixings to become the artist that we all think we are!  Enjoy!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

I love the Scotch-Brite 3M Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges – 18-Count.  They last forever especially when you cut them in half.  Right now they are on sale for $11.87 when you use Subscribe and Save! Free Prime Shipping!

If you need wipes Pampers Sensitive Wipes 7x Box 448 Count are on sale right now for $10.42 (was $15.23) saving you saving 26% using Subscribe and Save!  Free prime shipping and free returns!

Best Easter Basket stuffers ever!  Up to 66% Off Kids & Family Favorites!  Can’t make up your mind?  Go for Despicable Me (Single-Disc Edition) which is $9.99 (Regularly $30) which is 67% off!  Lots of movies to choose from and Prime shipping!

No bending, kneeling or chemicals are used to get rid of your weeds with Fiskars Uproot Weed and Root Remover (7870).  For $29.97 (was $38) with Prime Shipping this will be your favorite new outside tool!

Scotch Long Lasting Moving & Storage Packaging Tape, 1.88 Inches x 54.6 Yards, 4 Rolls (3650-4) is one of the essentials you need around your house.  I love that it’s on sale right now for $9.97 (was $22).  You save 55% and you can use free Prime Shipping!

At its lowest price ever on Amazon this LEGO City Flatbed Truck 60017 is on sale for $13.43 (was $20) saving you 33%!  Free Prime shipping!  Get it before it drives away!

Calling all art lovers!  This Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set is on sale for $17.71 (was $40).  56% off with free Prime Shipping!  It includes color pencils, oil pastels, watercolor cakes, paintbrushes, pencils, and accessories–everything any budding artist would need to get started!

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and 2 day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk – Make your own in minutes!

Making your own homemade sweetened condensed milk is so easy! And about 50% cheaper than Eagle Brand.

 

Have you ever been in the middle of making a killer dessert when all of a sudden you have that moment? You know, the “Oh crap. I thought I had that ingredient, but looks like I don’t,” moment? And typically it comes at a point in the recipe when you have to add it RIGHT NOW or the whole thing will be blown?

Sweetened condensed milk is that ingredient for me every. single. time.

You’d think I’d learn and just pick up a can whenever I’m at the store. Often I have good intentions, but then I see the price and sticker shock sinks in and I think, “Hmm self,… maybe next week it will be on sale and I’ll grab it then.” And then I don’t.

Recently I discovered I never have to buy it again. Ever. Who knew sweetened condensed milk was so quick and easy to make?

I’ve tried several different recipes and this one is the best, hands down. It’s just as rich and creamy as the original and I’ve never had any issues subbing it for its canned equivalent.

And also, you might find me hiding in the pantry licking the bowl.

Ingredients for Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

Make homemade sweetened condensed milk with 5 easy ingredients that you already have in your pantry.

1/3 C boiling water
4 T butter
¾ C sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1 C powdered milk ((Buy some here))

Note: In the picture, there is an entire cube of butter. You only need 4 tablespoons for this recipe.

Directions

In a medium bowl, pour boiling water over butter. Add sugar and vanilla and mix well with an electric beater. Add powdered milk and mix until smooth. Pour into container of choice. Makes the equivalent of a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Here’s the consistency right after I added the powdered milk:

Make homemade sweetened condensed milk in less than 5 minutes. So easy and cheap!

And here it is, less than a minute later being poured into my mason jar:

So easy to make homemade sweetened condensed milk.  Costs about 50% less than buying Eagle Brand.

I’m sure this would work equally well in a saucepan on the stove. Just bring the water to a boil and add butter, sugar, and vanilla. Mix well with electric mixer and then add your powdered milk. Mix until smooth.

I’ve also heard that sucanat subs beautifully for the sugar. We tend to eat whole, unprocessed foods for most of our meals, so I don’t feel too guilty using white sugar for a special dessert every now and then.

I used mine for a dulce de leche trifle, and used the leftovers for some dulce de leche hot chocolate when we had a random spring snow storm the other day. The options are endless!

Making your own homemade sweetened condensed milk is so easy! And about 50% cheaper than Eagle Brand.

So, how does the price stack up against store bought sweetened condensed milk?

Water: free
Sugar : $0.24
Powdered Milk: $0.85
Butter: $0.25
Vanilla: $0.04

Total Cost: $1.38

At my local grocery store, Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk costs $2.60, so that’s a 47% savings.

Homemade for the win!

4/16 Amazon Deals / Tide Pods, Ninja Master Prep, Waffle Maker, T-ball Set

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Wednesday’s Amazon’s deals are not to be missed!  Tide Pods are on sale along with a Cuisinart Waffle Maker, a Little Tikes T-ball Set and even Olay Regenerist Serum!  What a way to get over the Wednesday blahs!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

If you don’t use your own homemade laundry detergent use these Tide Pods Detergent 77 CountThey are $18.22 with a $1.00 off coupon and using Subscribe and Save you are paying $18.26 for 77 loads of laundry.  Great price and free shipping with Prime!

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum 1.7 Fl Oz is on sale for $11.99 with a $3.00 coupon!  Get rid of those lines & wrinkles and get this with free prime shipping!  This beauty product is usually $26.00 so $8.99 is a bargain!

T-Ball season is well under way and the Little Tikes TotSports T-Ball Set is a great way to practice at home.  For only $13.49 (was $20) you get the promise of a future baseball player and the unconditional love of your little one!  Free prime shipping!

This Honeywell TurboForce Fan, HT-900 is just what you need as the temperatures start heating up!  It’s $14.79 (was $35) and has free Prime Shipping!  You save 57%!

Vacuuming the stairs has never been easier than with the Black & Decker CHV1510 Dustbuster 15.6-Volt Cordless Cyclonic Hand Vacuum!  It’s at Amazon’s lowest price of $39.99 (was $70) and will keep your house clean–with your help, of course!

Easter breakfast has taken on a new life with the Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker.  Saving 46% it’s on sale for $29.95 (was $55)!

Ever wanted a machine that minces, dices, chops, blends, purees and makes the best green smoothies?  Ninja Master Prep is just the thing!  This frozen blending, food processing machine is down 20% for $39.99 with free prime shipping!

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and 2 day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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The cutest cake I have ever seen!

Peeps Easter Cake- A really cute and easy idea for an Easter cake! -- happymoneysaver.com

Okay peeps (pun intended), I am going to share an adorable idea I saw this weekend with all of you, and it’s just in time for Easter. It’s a Peeps Easter Cake! My nephew just turned 7 and bless his little heart, this is the cake he wanted for his birthday. Can you blame the boy though? A chocolate cake covered in those sugary marshmallow treats that only come around this time of year, and topped with Easter colored m+m’s. So much sugar…. could life be any sweeter?  I just loved how it turned out! Luckily she didn’t mind that I went all crazy blogger lady on her and pulled out my camera… snapping away! Here is how you can make a Peeps Easter Cake of your own.

Step 1-Choose your favorite chocolate cake recipe. My favorite chocolate cake is this recipe. It’s amazing. Bake it in two 9 inch round cake pans.

Step 2- Make up a batch of your favorite Chocolate frosting. Here is my favorite.

Step 3- Place one cake on top of the other remembering to add frosting between the two layers and frost the entire cake.

Step 4-  Take Easter Marshmallow Bunny Peeps  and stick them to the side of the cake in a colorful pattern.

Step 5- Dump a big bag of Easter m+m’s all over the top, making sure to cover up all that yummy chocolate frosting.

Step 6- Add one bunny peep right in the middle.

Peeps Easter Cake- A really cute and easy idea for an Easter cake!-- happymoneysaver.com

I think this Peep Easter Cake would be the perfect addition to your Easter dinner. I think it’s one of the cutest cakes I have ever seen. Happy Easter!

4/15 Deals / Razor Scooter, Quilted Northern Toilet Paper, Food Processor, Lego Batman

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This blue Razor A Kick Scooter is just $19.00 right now! That was last years Black Friday price so snag it up now at this price for all your summer fun.

Happy Tax Day everyone!  To celebrate the end of another tax season Amazon deals are definitely a great way to spend your refund.  The Quilted Northern Toilet Paper is on sale again and it is time to stock up!  Seriously it’s $0.45 a roll–don’t miss it!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

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IT’S BACK!!!  Amazon has Quilted Northern, Ultra Plush 3 ply, Double Rolls, [6 Rolls*8 Pack] = 48 Total Count on sale now for just $22.74 after the Subscribe & Save discount! (click the subscribe & save option on the right). Plus make sure and clip that $1.00 off ecoupon to make it just $21.74. That breaks down to just $0.45 per double roll and 0.02 cents per sq. foot. This is the 3-ply stuff folks! You will get FREE shipping with Amazon prime or with super saver shipping on orders over $35.  Go here to buy this deal at Amazon.com.

Remember, Subscribe & Save is a no obligation program and is easily cancelled once your order ships!  These toilet paper prices change lightning fast, so jump on this deal while you can.

As you can see from my Best Prices on Toilet Paper post this price of $0.45 even beats Costco prices at $0.63 per jumbo roll as well as Walmart & Winco’s prices. Read more about how to find the best deals on Toilet paper here.

This Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel is a kitchen essential!  It’s on sale for $39.95 down from $90!  That is a 56% discount!

 

If you are looking for a great present for one of those boys in your life you can’t go wrong with LEGO Superheroes 76011 Batman: Man-Bat Attack.  At $16.00 this is a low price and has free Prime shipping!

 

This Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator is on sale for $35.36 (was $60) saving 41%. It has four drying trays and will make drying your food easy as pie.  Free Prime Shipping!

The Photive CYREN Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built in Speakerphone & 8 hour Rechargeable Battery is a great product that connects wirelessly up to 33 feet away. You can stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls anywhere.  It is great at home or at a party!  It is on sale for $39.95 down from $120!  You can’t beat that price!

The Gorilla Carts GOR200B Poly Garden Dump Cart with Steel Frame and 10-Inch Pneumatic Tires, 600-Pound Capacity, 36-Inch by 20-Inch Bed, Black Finish will save you lots of trips as you are planting your garden!  At an Amazon low of $69.98 (was $110) you can use your Prime to get it shipped for free!

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and 2 day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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4/14 Amazon Deals / Angel Soft Toilet Paper, Crock-pot, Easter Eggs, Snow Cone Maker

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Happy Monday everyone!  A great way to start off the week is to score on an amazing deal!   Today’s roundup includes toilet paper for as low as $0.37 a roll (WOW!), household appliances and even an old-fashioned snow cone machine–totally needed!  Check them out!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Time to stock up on toilet paper!!  Just $21.99 and clip the $1.00 coupon below and use Subscribe and Save to make the rolls $0.37 a piece! Angel Soft Double Rolls (48 rolls) are not to be missed with Prime shipping! Great Deal!!

Planting your garden has never been easier than when using Yard Butler GKS-2 Garden Kneeler and Seat. For only $28.94 (was $50.00) your garden will look good and your body will feel good, too!  Prime members free shipping!

As the weather is heating up this is a great addition to any family gathering! Nostalgia Electrics SCM502 Vintage Collection Old Fashioned Snow Cone Maker is only $24.88 (was $84.76) so you are saving 71% with Prime shipping!

Everyone needs a good crock-pot and for $39.99 this is Amazon’s lowest price for their Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker!  Coming down from $60.00 this 6-quart capacity easy-to-use crock-pot also has free shipping with Prime!

Just in time for the big hunt these cute Easter Eggs – Hide ‘Em and Hatch ‘Em Eggs (6 Pc Value Pack) will be perfect for the Easter Bunny to leave!  They are available for $14.95 marked down 47%!  Plus free shipping if you are a Prime member.

Lowest price ever on Amazon!  $49.95 for Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick 2-Speed 200-watt Immersion Hand Blender with Attachments. It includes  blending, whisk, and chopper/grinder attachments!  It was $110.00 so you are saving 55% and you get free prime shipping.

A creative and fun addition to any Easter basket is an easy-to-fly Syma S107G 3.5 Channel RC Heli with Gyro – Yellow. Just $14.95 (was $40.00) saving 63% with free shipping for Prime members.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and 2 day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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Guess who’s on the cover of Mom Magazine?

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I was thrilled when I received an email waaaaay back in January from our local Mom magazine here in the Tri-Cities,WA asking if I would be the Cover Mom of the April/May issue. Of course I said yes and I’ve been counting down the days to get my hands on a copy so I could share the news with all of you. Have you seen it yet? I have to say, it’s fun (and surreal!) seeing my name and pictures on the cover and center of a magazine! The whole family is pretty excited too.

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The April/May issue of Mom magazine available for you all to see and read through for free at mommag.com. Go on over and check it out!

Follow me over to the blog for more homemade goodness . . .