Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Make your own, homemade foaming hand soap. This is such an easy way to cut harmful toxins from your daily routine.  The anti-bacterial stuff you buy at the mall is awful for you and your family. Be healthy and make your own for cheap!

Fun Fact: Did know you antibacterial hand soap is one of the most toxic items in most homes? It’s true. Triclosan, one of the more harmful ingredients used in anti-bacterial soaps has been linked to liver and inhalation toxicity and has also been shown to be a thyroid and hormone disrupter even in small doses. It may also encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Yup. Not so fun fact, huh? Even the FDA has come out with warnings about using anything labeled antibacterial, because of these nasty ingredients and the affects they have on the human body.

Actual Fun Fact: Making your own homemade foaming hand soap is frugal, fast, and insanely easy! And you can feel good about the fact that you’re taking an easy step to protect your family from toxic chemicals.

How many times do you wash your hands in a day? Between cleaning chicken coops, diaper changes, potty helping, preparing food, running errands, etc.. etc.. I feel like I’m washing my hands aaaaaaaall day long. Think how many times you expose yourself to those nasty chemicals! Umm… No thanks. And especially no thanks for my kids.

We love foaming hand soap around here, so I was excited to find this super easy recipe to make your own. Foaming? Check. Kills bacteria and germs gently? Check Toxic level? Zero. Homemade for the win! MAKE YOUR OWN HOMEMADE FOAMING HAND SOAP people. Trust me, you’re gonna love it.

Recipe for Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

It's so easy to make your own foaming hand soap. This recipe is even moisturizing. 75% cheaper than the toxic ones at the store!

2 T Castille Soap
2 t Coconut Oil, Fractionated
5 drops melaleuca essential oil
5-10 drops other essential oil for fragrance (optional)
water
foaming hand soap dispenser

Directions for making Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Add castile soap, coconut oil and essential oils to a foaming hand soap dispenser. It’s important to use a foaming dispenser, since the dispenser is what creates the actual foam. They’re kind of pricy online, so just use an old empty one, or ask your neighbor for their used ones. I guess you could always go dumpster diving, but that’s probably not first choice. Gently swirl ingredients together. You can see below how far the non-water ingredients come up on the bottle I used.

It's so easy and waaaaaay cheap to make your own foaming hand soap. I hate the effects of all of those crappy toxins found in the soaps from the store. This works great and only takes a minute to make.

Add water to the top of the bottle and twist on the lid. Gently swirl ingredients together again. I pulled the label sticker off of my empty dispenser. It came off really easily. Someday I dream of accessorizing my naked bottle for my guest bathroom and making it all cute and stuff, but today is not that day. Mommy-hood calls.

And that’s it. Push the dispenser a few times and just like magic, homemade foaming hand soap appears! Bam.

The fractionated coconut oil provides some moisturizing benefit and the melaleuca oil is naturally anti bacterial. I chose Citrus Bliss essential blend as my fragrance because I love citrusy scents for my hand soaps.

Honestly, you could even bag the essential oils and coconut oil and go with just the castile soap and water. It would still foam just fine and come out even cheaper. You can even buy already scented castile soap. My hands get super dry and I love to shake up the scent of mine every once in a while, so that’s why I use the coconut and essential oils.

Also, sometimes I find my ingredients have separated, so a quick swish around and it’s good to go again.

So, how does our homemade foaming hand soap cost compare to what you would find in a store?

Castille Soap: $0.60
Fractionated Coconut Oil: $0.35
Melaleuca Essential Oil: $0.38
Citrus Bliss Essential Oil: $0.30
Water: Free
Empty Foaming Dispenser: Free

Total Cost: $1.63

Bath and Body Works sells their foaming hand soap for about $6.50, so our version is 75% cheaper!! And the best part, our version comes toxin free.

Make your own homemade foaming hand soap for cheap. Sooooo much better than that nasty toxic stuff you buy in the stores.

Homemade for the win again!

4/24 Amazon Deals / Angel Soft Toilet Paper, Quilted Northern, Olaf Plush, Screwdriving Set

Howdy, happy readers!  It’s ToiletPaperPalooza here today! It’s a real holiday…or at least should be one!  I have two toilet paper deals that will knock your socks off and deals including an amazing tool to aid in those rough feet, a new hairdryer and even a toolset for that handy person in your life–maybe that’s even be you!

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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!

Have I got another great deal on toilet paper for you?! Angel Soft, Double Rolls, [4 Rolls*12 Pack] = 48 Total Count are on sale for $19.89–$0.43 a roll when you click the coupon and use Subscribe and Save!  Great deal and a great time to stock up!

In addition to this deal the Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Bath Tissue, 48 Double Rolls (Packaging May Vary) is still on a good sale, too!  $22.74 with Subscribe and Save and free Prime shipping!  That’s $0.47 a roll!

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 $0.47 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.

Microplane Colossal Pedicutre Rasp Brown is the item that will change your life–okay, it will change your feet!  In two minutes your feet will go from scaly to smooth!  For only $11.10 down from $24 with free Prime shipping it’s so much cheaper than a pedicure.  Now if you are looking to do a manicure

Has Frozen been as big of a hit at your house as it has at mine? This Disney Frozen Exclusive 9 Inch Plush Figure Olaf is the perfect addition to any child who loves this movie.  It’s $5.02 down from $43.  It does have $5 shipping which normally I don’t like but because the price dropped so low and my kids love him so much it just might be worth it!

Father’s day is just around the corner and I am starting to look for great deals on things he will like! DEWALT DW2176 37-Piece Screwdriving Set is a great starting point at $19.99 down from $35 with free prime shipping!

Revlon RV544PKF 1875W Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic Dryer is $19.99 down 20% right now!  Besides being an awesome blow dryer it comes with a concentrator and diffuser.  Free Prime shipping!

These Keeble Outlets Kitchen Dish Towels, White With Royal Blue Stripe, 25.5 inches by 14.5 inches, Professional Grade 24 Ounce Tea Towel, Pack of 12 are $17.99 (was $40) and are a great asset to any kitchen!  It’s Amazon’s lowest price and has 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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4/23 Amazon Deals / Gain Detergent, Wahl Haircut Kit, Breadmaker, Kid’s Garden Set

Good morning everyone! We are having some of those beautiful April showers here today so hopefully it will bring those promised May flowers!  Here are today’s Amazon Deals for your online shopping pleasure.

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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!

Gain With Freshlock Original Liquid Detergent 32 Loads 50 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) is on a GREAT sale for $10.94 (was $29) when you clip the coupon! It’s more than 60% off and has free Prime shipping!

Pyrex Prepware 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, Clear are the perfect basic essentials all kitchens should have!  Lucky for you they are down 26% for $9.59 with free Prime shipping!

I love cutting my little boys’s hair.  The Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit is a great tool to help you get started.  It is only $17.99 (was $41) and free Prime shipping!

This Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker is one of the premier appliances especially for gluten free bread!  Take this baby home for $83.98 (was $185) with free Prime shipping!  It is down 55% right now!

During your spring cleaning of your closet you may want to get the Whitmor 6060-3510 Chrome Supreme 50 Pair Shoe Rack!  It’s marked down from $80 to $49.88 with free Prime shipping.

Toysmith 2296 Kid’s 3-Piece Garden Tool Set is the perfect way for your little one to help in the garden!  For $6.53 it’s a bargain with free Prime shipping!

Perky-Pet 710B Elegant Copper Glass Hummingbird Feeder with Free Nectar is the perfect addition to your yard!  For $14.38 you can watch hummingbirds feed from your window!  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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Which Homemade Tortilla Recipe is Best? See the winner.

Homemade Tortilla Test to see which recipe was best! See this post for the BEST Homemade tortilla around.

I have always wanted to make my own tortillas and I finally did!

A few weeks ago I invited some girl friends over and had a homemade tortilla test together where we learned how to make them. I had 5 different recipes that I had found around the web, each using different oils and flours. Some used coconut oil, some used shortening, others used olive oil and butter. Not knowing which was the best  method, we made them all! Getting together with other women and learning a new skill in the kitchen was so much fun.

Test to see which homemade tortilla recipe is best.

After trying all 5 delicious recipes, there was a clear winner. Want to know the verdict? Here it is…

Homemade Tortilla Recipe Test - Coconut Oil took 5th place!

Coming in at #5 was the coconut oil flour tortillas by the Fresh Idea Mama. These tortilla were by far the most beautiful. We loved the color of this one, it was whiter than all the others. We also loved that it used coconut oil. The flavor was great but it got last place because it turned out a little too crispy for our likings. We were looking for a softer tortilla.

Homemade Tortilla Test - 4th place was Shortening made tortillas.

Coming in at #4 was the Shortening flour tortillas by Grumpyshoneybunch. We were very pleased with the consistency of these tortillas. They seemed a bit more authentic than some of the others which was a big plus. The tortillas were able to be rolled out quite thin but still keep that tender soft tortilla consistency that we all love. What it lacked in was the flavor, which is pretty important.

Homemade Recipe Flour Tortillas TEST - Olive Oil got 3rd Place. See the #1 Winner on this post.

Coming in at # 3 was the Olive Oil Flour Tortillas by thebakerupstairs. These may have possibly been my very favorite tortilla of the bunch. See how the tortilla in the picture is shaped like a heart? Yeah, I loved this recipe. They were the easiest tortillas to make out of all the others. I love that I could whip these up 20 minutes before dinner. 20 minutes to fresh homemade tortillas? Yep! The dough only needed to rest 10 minutes. Also, there was no cutting in any of the fats because it was already in liquid form, just add the olive oil and the water the to dry ingredients and stir. It was incredibly easy and quick. These turned out very similar to our shortening tortillas except that these were easier to make and had a great flavor, thanks to our yummy friend olive oil.

Homemade Flour Tortillas - Whole Wheat made 2nd place for great texture and flavor!

Coming in at #2 was surprisingly the Whole Wheat & Flour Tortillas by Confessions of a Homeschooler. We were all a little worried we wouldn’t like just straight whole wheat tortillas but we for sure wanted to try a tortilla recipe that had some whole wheat flour in it. This recipe we found was perfection! We just used half  all purpose flour and half whole wheat flour and they were so good that this recipe almost took the gold. We imagined they would be a tougher tortilla almost like eating card board, but these tortillas surprised us. The fact that it has whole wheat flour gave it almost a nutty flavor and made us feel like one of those cool moms that only makes healthy foods for her kids. Also, these rolled out the easiest of the bunch which we really loved.

AND… drumroll please….

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe Test - Butter Flour Tortillas WON first place! See the recipe that won here!

Coming in at #1 was the Butter Flour Tortillas by A Sweet Pea Chef. We adapted this recipe a bit because it didn’t actually call for butter, but instead lard, which we didn’t have on hand.  This recipe also called for half all purpose flour and half bread flour. Maybe that and the butter combo created the magic. All I know is that these tortillas had the best flavor by a long shot and they were the softest tortilla of the bunch, overall making it the winner. You can tell just by looking at the picture just how soft and tender these tortillas were. The only down fall of this recipe was how hard it was to roll out the dough, but we all agreed it was very much worth the extra effort for the ending result. Also, after storing all the extra tortillas for a couple days, these were the only ones that stayed soft and tender. A definite winner!

Things I learned…

I learned that there is nothing like a hot fresh homemade flour tortilla! They are ridiculously good and so much better than store bought. They do take some time to roll out and unless you are some magical genius, getting that piece of dough into the perfect circle will NEVER happen. But I do think it is worth the time and money to make them if you want your tortillas to have a more authentic taste and feel. You want to know what I learned most from this tortilla making day? It was that learning something new in the kitchen is much more enjoyable with some good friends by your side. If you have a new recipe you’ve been itching to try, invite some friends over to do it with you. It’s a fabulous way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Below is the adapted recipe for the butter flour tortillas. Don’t forget that Cinco de Mayo is coming up! This would be a great recipe to incorporate into your festivities.

Homemade Flour Tortillas made with BUTTER are the BEST! This blogger tested 5 recipes first and this recipe was the clear winner!

Butter Flour Tortillas
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Serves: 14-16
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • 1¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ cup salted butter (at room temp)
  • 1 cup hot water
Instructions
  1. Sift together the all purpose flour, bread flour, baking powder and sea salt into a large bowl. Add the butter to the bowl and using your hands mix the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Slowly pour the hot water into the crumble mixture and stir together until the mixture become moist and sticks to itself, forming a ball shape. Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes or until the dough can hold its shape better and is less sticky.
  2. Cover bowl with tea towel and let rest for 1 hour.
  3. After dough has rested, break the dough into 14-16 smaller balls. Cover the balls and let rest an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Using a well floured rolling pin, take a ball of dough and roll out to a thin round circle, or whatever shape you can manage. Try to roll the tortilla as thin as you can. Carefully place tortilla on hot skillet. Cook for 30-40 seconds or until bubbly and golden. Flip and cook the other side until nice and golden. Repeat with remaining dough balls.
  5. Wrap the cooked tortilla in a clean tea towel until ready to eat.
  6. Eat right away or once completely cool you can reheat by wrapping tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 20-30 seconds or wrap in foil and warm in the oven.

 

4/22 Amazon Deals / Pampers Diapers, Pull-ups, BlenderBottle, Tool Bag

Happy Earth Day!  Today’s bargains include diapers and pull-ups galore…but you got to get them when they are on sale!  I also found BlenderBottles which I love and cooking, crafting and sewing tools, too!  These deals are too good to miss!

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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 Cruisers Diapers are on sale for $32.30 for 96 diapers size 5!  Make sure you click the coupon and use Subscribe and Save.  You also get Prime shipping! Save 15% more if you are an Amazon mom!

Pull-Ups Training Pants with Learning Designs for Boys, 2T-3T, 74 Count are on sale for $22.69 (was $30) with Subscribe and Save and clipping the $1 coupon!  It also has free Prime shipping and free returns!  Great price for a staple!

BlenderBottle® Classic 28-ounce Black is just the thing to use to mix protein drinks, pancake batter, sauces, dressings and more by shaking bottle with patented BlenderBall.  It’s down 40% for $5.99 (was $10) and has Prime shipping!

No more hauling that big old toolbox around!  Stanley STST70574 12-Inch Soft Sided Tool Bag is the perfect gift for that handyman (or woman!) at your house!  It’s an Amazon lowest price of $9.97 (was $16) and is ideal for carrying hand tools in a comfortable bag.  Free Prime shipping!

For all your crafting needs this Swingline ClassicCut Lite Guillotine Trimmer, 12 Inch Cut Length is a time saver.  It can cut up to 10 sheets of paper at a time and even cuts cardstock!  For $26.44 (was $52) it’s 50% off right now and has free Prime shipping!

Michley Sewing Kit with Sewing Basket, 41-Piece is found for the lowest price on Amazon $19.99 (was $40) and is perfect for the sewing beginner.  It comes with 16 thread spools, 16 metal bobbins, 1 measuring tape, 5 needles, 1 seam ripper, 1 thimble and 1 needle threader and is big enough to store small projects in it.  For 50% off and free Prime shipping it is a bargain!

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet is one of the best on the market!  For $9.97 (was $19) after clipping the coupon below you can get it shipped with free Prime shipping.  These pans are heavy duty and stand up to professional pans for a fraction of the price.

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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4/21 Amazon Deals / Little Tikes Basketball Set, Kleenex, Magic Erasers, Personal Coffeemaker w/Mug

Hope everyone had a great Easter holiday!  I had a amazing day which I posted about on Facebook and Instagram under happymoneysaver!

Now onto the deals–Little Tikes Basketball set, Kleenex, Grass Trimmer, Personal Coffeemaker with a travel mug and even some cooking essentials we only like to buy on sale! Let’s get to 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!

Have you been waiting for a Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set to go on sale?  It’s $24.97 (was $37) and creates hours of fun for those little ones.  Free Prime shipping!

Is anyone else getting hit with these allergies like I am?  The solution is Kleenex Ultra Facial Tissue (8 Boxes) for $15.09 (was $20).  Perfect remedy for those stuffy noses and watery eyes!  Get this in two days with free Prime shipping!

Have you tried Mr. Clean HomePro Extra Power Magic Eraser, 8 Count Box yet?  They last longer than the originals and are on sale for $11.38 (was $31).  That makes them $1.42 each using Subscribe and Save saving 61%!  Free Prime shipping!

Black & Decker DCM18S Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug is on sale for $13.19 (was $20) after clipping the coupon.  This personal coffeemaker brews directly into 15-ounce travel mug–perfect for your morning commute!

If you have to get rid of weeds or edge your freshly cut grass GreenWorks 21212 4 Amp 13″ Corded String Trimmer is just what you need.  For $29.98 (was $50) with free Prime shipping you can’t beat that price!

Weber 6492 Original Instant-Read Thermometer is on sale for $9.99 down 25% and has free Prime shipping.  This digital face makes checking the temperature in the oven or on the grill so easy!  It’s one of the top products on Amazon!

I use Pyrex Prepware 1-Quart Measuring Cup, Clear with Red Measurements every time I cook.  I love this measuring cup and that it’s on sale for $6.49 (was $11) and has 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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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!

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