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DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece plus Save with Smart Coupons at Family Dollar®

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I love decorating for Halloween and I’ve got a new sofa table in my family room that’s just screaming for a DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece. I shopped at Family Dollar Stores® to save money using the new Smart Coupons on laundry essentials and all of the supplies I needed to create an affordable DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece by reusing an orange Tide PODS container. Smart Coupons are digital coupons that you can load to your account to use at Family Dollar® and they are helping customers save an average of $10 per order.

I want to help you save money at Family Dollar® too, so create your Smart Coupons account and clip the Tide PODS laundry detergent and Downy Liquid Fabric Softener/Enhancer coupons plus register to receive more savings via email. It’s easy to redeem your coupons at checkout when you type in your phone number into the keypad. I saved $2.50 on Tide PODS and Downy Liquid Fabric Softener/Enhancer and a total of $8.75 on my shopping trip by using Smart Coupons. Family Dollar® is dedicated to providing you home essentials while saving you money with Smart Coupons.

I’ll walk you thru the steps to save money at Family Dollar® on everything you’ll need to make a DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece.

Smart Coupons at Family DollarStep 1Login to Smart Coupons on Family Dollar®. Or create a free account if you don’t already have one. You can start clipping the Smart Coupons that will help you save money at Family Dollar®.

Clip Smart Coupons at Family DollarStep 2 – Click on any coupon to get the coupon details then “Clip It” to your account. It’s like your virtually clipping out the coupon!

Be sure to clip these Family Dollar® Smart Coupons:

  • Save $2.00 on ONE Swiffer Refill or Wet Jet solution (excludes trial/travel)
  • Save $0.50 on ONE Downy Liquid Fabric Softener/Enhancer 40 load (excludes Downy Libre Enjuague and trial/travel size
  • Save $0.50 on ONE Crest Toothpaste 3oz or more or Liquid Gel (excludes Kids and trial/travel size)
  • Save $2.00 on ONE Tide Pods or Gain Flings Laundry Detergent (excludes Tide Simply and Gain Flings/Tide Pods 5 ct and trial/travel size).

Clip Smart Coupons at Family Dollar

Step 3 – Print your list of clipped coupons so you can take your list to Family Dollar® and have all the coupon details handy.

step-4Step 4 – Shop at Family Dollar® for your favorite brands. I shopped the laundry aisle for Tide PODS and Downy Liquid Fabric Softener using my Smart Coupons to save a total of $2.50 on these laundry essentials.

step-5Step 5 – I needed to restock my laundry essentials with Tide PODS which I love for their convenience and no-mess. I needed Downy Liquid Fabric Softener/Enhancer to help my clothes feel soft and smell fresh.

step-6Step 6 – While I was shopping at Family Dollar®, I also picked up Fall decor to help me make my DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece including Fall placemats, Fall floral sprigs and LED tealights.

step-7Step 7 – In order to turn my Tide PODS container into a DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece, I had to remove the stickers on the container. I did this by soaking it in warm soapy water then using an adhesive remover and a plastic scraper (like one you use to clean stoneware with). I just kept squirting the sticker with the adhesive remover then scraping the sticker off with the plastic scraper. It took some time to get all the stickers off, but the end result was a beautiful orange container ready to be made into a pumpkin!

step-8Step 8 – I drew the outline of a pumpkin face using a black permanent marker. Remember that your pumpkin face doesn’t have to be perfect!

step-9Step 9 – I colored in the outline with a black permanent marker to get my pumpkin face.

step-10Step 10 – I put LED tealights inside the pumpkin so that we can illuminate it at night.

step-11Step 11 – Lay out your Fall placemats to be the base of your centerpiece by overlapping them slightly. I used placemats instead of a table runner because it’s easy to adjust the length and they are multi-purpose.

step-12Step 12 – Place an additional placemat in the center to set the pumpkin on top of if you’d like. I liked this coppery leaf placemat that I found at Family Dollar®.

step-13Step 13 – Place pumpkin on top of the center of the placemats.

step-14Step 14 – Surround pumpkin with Fall floral sprigs. I love the contrast that these sunflowers provide to my DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece.

DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece plus Save with Smart Coupons at Family Dollar®Step 15 – Place your centerpiece on the center of your dining table or sofa table. I always have a seasonal centerpiece on my sofa table for the holidays.

DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece plus Save with Smart Coupons at Family Dollar®Step 16 – My kids love this DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece and they are in charge of lighting it up each night by turning on the LED tealights that are inside. After Halloween I plan on using it to store some of my small Halloween decor.

I would love for you to pin my DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece so you can refer to it later when you make one for your home!

DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece plus Save with Smart Coupons at Family Dollar®

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Purina Treat Coupons and DIY Mason Treat Jars for Pets

by Freebies4Mom on December 28, 2015 8:29 pm

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Visit Purina Pet Park on for pet treat coupons and DIY pet gifts. Scroll down and click on the blue “Save Now” button to print your pet treat coupons. Plus you can make these fun DIY Mason Treat Jars for Pets like I made for my puppy!

Pet Treat Coupons

Purina Treat Coupons from WalmartTreat your pet to something special! I shopped at Walmart to find new treats for my german shepherd puppy. She loves her treats, and lately has been hiding them so that she can enjoy them at a later time. Our favorite new dog treats to discover are the Purina® Beneful® brand Dog Snacks, especially the Snackers that are shaped like different vegetables.

Pet Coupons at WalmartI made DIY Mason Treat Jars as a fun gift for my puppy as well as a great hostess gift for our friends with dogs. It’s super easy to make and you can use materials you probably already have in your house.

DIY Mason Treat Jars for PetsDIY Mason Treat Jars for Pets


What you’ll need:

  • Purina® treats
  • glass mason jars with lids
  • hot glue gun
  • fabric squares
  • ribbon
  • printable pet gift tags
  • twine, string or thin ribbon
  • small hole punch for gift tag
  • cardstock to back gift tags
  • scissors
  1. Print out your gift tags, cut out and back with cardstock to make them more sturdy.
  2. Fill mason jars with treats, one kind of treat per jar. If gifting, then label the back of your gift tag with the type of treat inside the jar.
  3. Place fabric square over lid, then secure by twisting metal ring over fabric. I actually used inexpensive cloth napkins to get the color of cloth squares I wanted.
  4. Measure and cut ribbon to wrap around lid and tie on the gift tab. I love the rustic look of burlap ribbon and it’s just the right width to cover the metal rim.
  5. Apply hot glue around metal ring then secure ribbon to it. Be careful when using hot glue!
  6. Your DIY Mason Treat Jar for Pets is ready to gift!

DIY Pet Gifts from PurinaThere are other DIY Pet Gift ideas on Purina Pet Park as well including Paw Print Stencils and Paw Print Ornaments. I love the idea of creating the paw print ornament every year starting with your puppy so you can see how much their paw grows in one year!

Look for a great selection of Purina® pet treats for dogs and cats at Walmart at everyday low prices.

What #SeasonsTreatings are you treating your pets to?

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Posted by Freebies 4 Mom on Monday, December 28, 2015

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I’ve got so many festive DIY Holiday Hostess Gifts to share with you, but first I want to tell you how to save up to $4.00 on Viva®, Kleenex®, Cottonelle® and Scott® products at Walmart using the free Ibotta app. You can save $1.00 on each product plus when you redeem two offers you’ll get an extra dollar back! Download the free Ibotta app to your phone today so you can save money too!

It’s especially important to me to stock-up on holiday necessities like Kleenex® Holiday Ovals and Canisters, Viva® Vantage® paper towels, Cottonelle® Clean Care Toilet Paper and Scott® 1100 Bathroom Tissue because the last thing I want to do during the holidays is rush to the store because we ran out of something! I love that you can money on all of these holiday necessities with the Ibotta app on your phone. It’s so easy to unlock your discounts, upload your receipt and get your cash back.

Get Cash Back with Free Ibotta App and Save on #HolidayNecessities at Walmart

DIY Peppermint Bark Viva® Vantage® Pockets

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During the busy holiday season I love to make edible treats for my family, neighbors and friends. Here’s an easy Frosted Peppermint Bark recipe that becomes the perfect hostess gift when you gift it in Viva® Vantage® Folded Pockets. Because Viva® Vantage® paper towels are so durable and have a cloth-like texture, they are perfect for your gifting and entertaining needs. They also look really pretty when folded. Shop at Walmart and save $1.00 on Viva® Big Roll Paper Towels (6-ct or larger) with Ibotta.

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Frosted Peppermint Bark


22 oz. white chocolate (broken into pieces)
1/2 cup heavy cream
40 soft peppermint candies (crushed)
13.6 oz. dark chocolate (broken into pieces)


1.  Cover a 9×13 metal baking pan with aluminum foil
2. Melt half of the white chocolate in the top of a double boiler on the stovetop to gently melt the white chocolate while stirring frequently.
3.  Spread the white chocolate into the baking pan and sprinkle 10 crushed peppermint candies evenly over the white chocolate.
4.  Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
5.  While the white chocolate is chilling, melt the dark chocolate and heavy cream in the top of a double boiler on the stovetop to gently melt the dark chocolate while stirring frequently.
6.  Pour the dark chocolate onto the chilled white chocolate and gently spread. 
7. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
8.  Pour the dark chocolate onto the chilled white chocolate and gently spread. 
9. Melt the remaining white chocolate in the top of a double boiler on the stovetop to gently melt the white chocolate while stirring frequently.
10. Spread the white chocolate over the chilled dark chocolate and sprinkle 10 crushed peppermint candies evenly over the white chocolate.
11. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
12. Break apart and serve in Viva® Vantage® Folded Pockets.

How to make DIY Viva® Vantage® Folded Pockets

It’s easy to make Folded Pockets using Viva® Vantage® paper towels with just a few folds and I show you how in my step-by-step tutorial. They are great to serve holiday candy in because it gives you a way to hold the candy for a pretty presentation.

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Step 1 – Trim your Viva® Vantage® towel to a 10 inch by 10 inch square. I used a paper cutter to measure and trim it.

Step 2 – Fold your towel in half to make a triangle.

Step 3 – Fold down the top corner to meet the bottom edge of your triangle.

Step 4 – Take the right corner of your triangle and fold it across to match your fold line.

Step 5 – Take the left corner of your triangle and fold it across to match your fold line. Now you have two flaps, one on each side.

Step 6 – Open up all of your folds so you again have a triangle shape.

Step 7 – Now fold in the right and left sides first.

Step 8 – Fold down the top triangle last to form your folded pocket.

Step 9 – Put something like Frosted Peppermint Bark inside your pocket, you may tape the edges to secure the pocket shape.

I’d love a retweet or a share on Facebook of my DIY Viva® Vantage® Folded Pockets and Frosted Peppermint Bark recipe!

Kleenex® Holiday PomPom Covers

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I saw a photo of a Christmas wreath made with colorful pompoms and I loved the look reminiscent of brightly colored holiday lights and multi-colored round ornaments. I decided to recreate this look with Kleenex® Holiday PomPom Covers. You can stock-up on Kleenex® Holiday Ovals and Canisters at Walmart for an everyday low price of $2.74 (price may vary by store). There are so many fun designs! The Kleenex® Holiday Ovals feature a red Santa, green Reindeer, blue Snowman and purple Penguin. Kleenex® Holiday Perfect Fit Canisters designs feature stripes, ornaments and trees. I keep Kleenex® in almost every room of my house: living room, kitchen, home office, bedrooms and bathrooms so that my family and guests always have Kleenex® within reach.

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I love the shape of the Kleenex® Holiday Perfect Fit Canisters because it’s easier to fit them into my holiday decor because they take up so little space. Here’s how I made my festive Kleenex® Holiday PomPom Covers:

DIY Kleenex® Holiday PomPom Covers Directions

What you’ll need:

  • Kleenex® Oval or Canister.
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • PomPoms (multi-colored, large and medium sizes)=
  1. Punch out (or cut out) the bottom of a Kleenex® Oval or Canister.
  2. Remove Kleenex® tissues
  3. Find the seam and use scissors to cut along the seam to the top then cut thru the plastic frame around where the Kleenex® is dispensed
  4. Your cover is ready to decorate then slide over a Kleenex® Oval or Canister
  5. Using hot glue, place a small amount on each pompom then stick the pompom to your cover
  6. Place large pompoms on the edges of your cut in order to conceal the small gap after you slip the cover on
  7. Be careful when sticking pompoms to the bottom edge because you want your cover to still stand up straight
  8. Continue gluing pompoms to your cover in an overlapping pattern until it is entirely covered

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I’d love a retweet or a share on Facebook of my Kleenex® Holiday PomPom Covers!

Cottonelle® Christmas Crackers for Hostesses and Kids

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I love gifting Christmas Crackers during the holidays because of the joy that the surprise inside brings to it’s recipient. Now usually we think of Christmas Crackers as gifts for kids, but I found a fun way to make Christmas Crackers a useful hostess gift too! Shop at Walmart and save $1.00 on Cottonelle® Clean Care toilet paper (12-ct or larger) with Ibotta.

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DIY Cottonelle® Christmas Crackers for Hostesses and Kids


What you’ll need:

  • Cottonelle® toilet paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • white wrapping paper
  • twist ties (the kind you get with garbage bags)
  • wide red ribbon (wire-edged works best)
  • red washi tape
  • hostess gift filler treat ideas:  tea light candles, mini paper baking cups, mini cookie cutters, peppermint candies
  • kid gift filler treat ideas:  mini yoyos, stickers, mini erasers, mini toy pop-ups, chocolate gold coins, peppermint candies
  1. Fill the tube of Cottonelle® toilet paper with filler treats placing a round treat (i.e. tea light candles or chocolate gold coins) at both ends then taping to secure the treats while wrapping
  2. Wrap in white wrapping paper so that your toilet paper looks like a giant peppermint candy
  3. Crimp both ends of white wrapping paper and secure with twist ties
  4. Cut off both ends of wrapping paper so that both ends are about the same length
  5. Use red washi tape to wrap around and create red strips to make your Christmas Cracker look like a giant peppermint candy
  6. Use short piece of red ribbon to wrap around both ends
  7. Gift your Cottonelle® Christmas Crackers  to the hostess of the next party you’re invited to and their kids!

I’d love a retweet or a share on Facebook of my DIY Cottonelle® Christmas Crackers for Hostesses and Kids!
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I’m all about giving hostess gifts that are useful as well as beautiful. That’s why I put together these three hostess gift ideas for you so that you can gift something edible with my Peppermint Bark Viva® Vantage® Pockets, gift something decorative with my PomPom Holiday Kleenex® Covers or gift something fun with my Cottonelle® Christmas Crackers. As an extra bonus you can get up to $3.00 cash back with Ibotta at Walmart. Happy shopping for your holidays!

DIY Hostess Gift Ideas using #HolidayNecessitiesWhich hostess gift will you make with #HolidayEssentials?

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Posted by Freebies 4 Mom on Saturday, December 19, 2015

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DIY Washi Tape Flower Vases #UnileverSavesMore

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Learn how to upcycle your personal care products into a DIY Washi Tape Vase and take advantage of this great Safeway deal to Save $5 when you spend $15 on participating Unilever Personal Care products (thru 8/28/15). Unilever wants to inspire you to recycle and upcycle more in the bathroom to bring more sunshine to the planet. When you think about how many personal care products you use every day, there is a huge opportunity to upcycle and recycle more.

Safeway Deal: Save $5 when you spend $15 on participating Unilever products

Visit your local Safeway, Albertson’s or Vons Pavillions to save money on your favorite products like Suave, Caress, Dove, TRESemme, AXE Degree, Simple, Dove Men+Care and more Unilever brands. When you spend more than $15 on participating Unilever personal care brands, you’ll save $5 on your purchase. When you buy Unilever personal care products, you are saving more than you think. That’s because the packaging is made from commonly recyclable plastics. Consider adding a small container in your bathroom for recyclables so it’s easy to separate them from the trash. Or better yet, try an upcycle project like my DIY Washi Tape Vases. Find more bathroom recycling tips at the Project Sunlight website.

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What did I do with my Unilever containers after rinsing? Instead of recycling them – I upcycled them into something new, useful and pretty. I created DIY Washi Tape Vases to put flowers in.  For this DIY project all you need are a few clean containers and washi tape. Ok – it’s also handy to have a hacksaw because ideally you’ll cut off the tops of your containers (but you don’t have to). Luckily my hubby was excited to volunteer his skills and sawed off the tops of my Nexxus and Simple containers for me. If I had to do this project over again, I would have asked him to cut the top off my Pond’s container too.

Create a Brighter Future starting in the bathroom #UnileverSavesMore

When selecting your washi tape, I recommend darker colors with a texture or pattern to them. My favorite DIY vase was the turquoise one because the color did a great job of covering up the lettering on the package and the pattern made it more difficult to see the “wrapping”  lines.

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Next I started wrapping my vases in washi tape. I found that starting at the top and placing the tape diagonally across the container worked the best. I experimented a little and found that wrapping in one direction only worked the best. In some areas the lettering on the container showed thru the washi tape so I just covered those areas with two layers of washi tape.

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Aren’t my DIY Washi Tape Vases fun to look at? If you love how your DIY vases turn out, I recommend applying modge podge to them in order to more permanently “fix” the washi tape to the container. Add your favorite flowers – I couldn’t resist these Crazy Daisies!

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Please take the pledge by clicking on the orange “I’m in” (top right) and go green in the bathroom. What will you upcycle? How will you recycle more? Leave a comment or reply to my tweet!

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Leave a comment on Facebook and tell me what are you recycling or upcycling in the bathroom?

I made DIY Washi Tape Vases ~ so easy & fun to make! adHow are you upcycling or recycling in the bathroom? Get more recycling tips at #UnileverSavesMore

Posted by Freebies 4 Mom on Saturday, August 22, 2015

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DIY Tub & Shower Cleaner ~ 25 Ways To Use Palmolive

by Freebies4Mom on August 20, 2014 11:13 pm

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Time for me to share my favorite new use for Palmolive! I’m cleaning my bathroom with this DIY Tub & Shower Cleaner that I made by mixing 1 cup of Palmolive with 1 cup of warm white vinegar in an empty spray bottle. Label your spray bottle so everyone knows that it’s a bathroom cleaner (a Mr. Yuk sticker helps children who can’t read). Spray on your shower and tub surfaces and let sit for one hour before wiping and rinsing with water. I picked out Palmolive Lots Blossom because it smells amazing and I wanted my cleaner to be purple. I love how the Palmolive mixes perfectly with the white vinegar and it does a great job of cleaning my bathroom surfaces!

Giveaway 520x700Giveaway has ended, but there are more Giveaways to enter.Would you love to win a $50 Walmart gift card? Five lucky readers will win this gift card prize to try a new way to use Palmolive. You are going to be so amazed by how many creative uses there are for Palmolive – it’s not just for dishes! And everyone can enter the Palmolive Dish Liquid Sweepstakes where the Grand Prize is a $2,000 Walmart Gift Card!!!

Fill out this mobile-friendly form to enter this giveaway daily thru Thursday, September 11. Follow the instructions below to enter daily. You’ll receive email confirmation after you enter. Entries are being collected from several blogs. I’ll include it in my Sweeps 4 Mom list to help remind you to enter daily! If you have any problems entering, please email Heather.

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Enter Palmolive Dish Liquid Sweepstakes (10 winners)

When you enter my giveaway, you’ll be prompted to visit 25 Ways To Use Palmolive page to gain a daily entry. Go ahead and click the green “Enter Sweeps Now” button to fill out that sweeps form to enter daily for a chance at winning the Grand Prize of a $2,000 Walmart Gift Card. But wait – there’s more than just one huge prize! There’s a Palmolive Kitchen Essentials Prize Basket ($275 value) given away each week! This sweepstakes ends on October 11, 2014 and you can enter daily. Want to win a $50 Walmart gift card? Only five people will win, but you have to enter before this giveaway closes on September 11 to have a chance to win. Better yet – enter daily for an even better chance of winning!  Retweet this giveaway and share this lucky giveaway and sweepstakes!

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