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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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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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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4 Tips for Creating a SIMPLE Service Project #Fiskars4Kids #cfk #cbias #shop

Donating to kids in need is one of the most rewarding actions I’ve taken. I encourage you to join Fiskars and Champions for Kids in creating your own SIMPLE Service Project to benefit kids in your local community. You can help encourage creativity in kids who need basic craft supplies like Fiskars kids scissors and craft tools. I recently made a donation of kids scissors, craft tools and more supplies to Boys and Girls Country, a charity that provides a home for up to 88 children from troubled situations. They are truly making a difference in my community and have raised over 1,300 children since they were founded in 1971. Learn more about creating your own SIMPLE Service Project on the Champions for Kids website plus I have some tips to share with you to help you get started.

4 Tips for Creating a SIMPLE Service Project

1. Start with YOU – Anyone can lead a donation drive. You have the skills to organize and deliver donations. It starts with YOU because YOU can make a difference in your community!

2. Look LOCAL – Look all around you for local charities that serve children. Talk to community centers and churches to find out which charities they work with. You can also Google “Children’s Charity YOUR CITY” but be sure you do a little research on charities that are new to you to be sure they are legitimate. You can read reviews of charities at the Better Business Bureau. Ask the charity what their needs are or look for a wishlist on their website.

3. Tell Everyone – Once you’ve identified the local charity you’ll donate to, tell everyone you know. Tell people you see every day and email your friends that live in your area. Tell everyone what specifically you’re collecting to donate to the charity and when you’re making the donation.

4. Make It Happen – You can make it happen by following-up with everyone you’ve talked to about your donation drive and delivering the items you collect. Turn your donation drive into a party and get your kids involved!

Handprint Sunflowers Kids Craft #Fiskars4Kids #cfk #cbias #shop

I’m a huge fan of both handprint artwork and sunflowers, so I selected the Handprint Sunflowers from the Fiskars Crafting Projects to make with my 6-year-old. Supplies we used for this craft project included: Fiskars Kids Scissors, Fiskars Seal of Approval X-Large Easy Squeeze Punch, washable yellow kid’s paint, brown paper grocery bags, brown craft paper and green craft paper. This craft is so simple, but produces beautiful sunflowers made from your child’s handprint.

Making the handprints is fun! Just paint yellow kid’s paint on one hand then press it against the brown paper from the grocery bag. We made 12 yellow handprints then let them dry for a few hours before my son cut them out. The center of the sunflower is made using the Fiskars Seal of Approval Punch which is the best punch I’ve every used (it doesn’t make your hand hurt like other punches and it’s easy enough for kids to use). My son punched out about 50 brown circles to use for the center. I stapled the 12 yellow handprints onto a large brown circle, then my son helped me glue the crumpled brown circles in the middle of the sunflower. We added a few green leaves and then stuck our Handprint Sunflower to the front of a grocery bag full of supplies to donate. Complete instructions are available for Handprint Sunflowers plus there are more crafts to explore from Fiskars.

Buying Fiskars, Crayola & Elmer's to Donate #Fiskars4Kids #cfk #cbias #shop

I enjoyed buying basic craft supplies at Walmart as part of my donation drive. I was able to buy several specific items that were on the wish list of Boys and Girls Country. I made my money go a little further by buying Fiskars kids scissors on sale, finding large packages of Elmer’s Glue Sticks on clearance, and using coupons on Crayola products. I tried to stick to basic craft supplies because I know that with 88 kids they will surely get used!  When I purchased the craft supplies, the cashier asked me if I was a teacher. I told her I was making a donation to Boys and Girls Country and told her a little about the charity. She was happy that I was making such a large donation and told me about her recent visit to a homeless shelter that her cousin works at. The conclusion of our conversation was “It feels good to give back!”

Donating Craft Supplies to Boys & Girls Country #Fiskars4Kids #cfk #cbias #shop

With the help of my neighbors and friends, I was able to donate a lot more than just the craft supplies I purchased. In total I gathered 7 grocery bags and one large box of craft and school supplies plus paper towels and posterboard. I drove to Boys and Girls Country for the first time and I was impressed with their facility – it just felt like a great home for kids. I love the work that this charity is doing for kids and I definitely plan on donating to them in the future. I would like to thank Fiskars for helping me buy craft supplies for this service project.

You can get updates from Fiskars on Facebook and Champions for Kids on Facebook. Tell them about what you’re donating by tweeting @Fiskars_HQ and @Champions4Kids because they would love to hear from you!

I know that every one of my readers can also create their own SIMPLE Service Project and I want to hear from you: How has my story inspired you to donate to kids?

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Make a Lego Kit using a Sunsweet Ones Container

by Freebies4Mom on July 11, 2012 6:00 pm

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I wanted to use Legos we already owned to inspire my kids to create something new. Here’s how I created a Lego Kit and how you can make one too! If you like this project, then you’ll love my Lego Projects Pinterest board.

Step 1Use Clear Containers with a flat lid and flat bottom. I used a Sunsweet Ones container because we love snacking on them. There are always Sunsweet Ones printable coupons at the Sunsweet website. To take the Sunsweet Ones plastic label off just cut a small slit in one end with scissors and then can peel it off without ruining the container.

Step 2Hot Glue Legos to Lid & Bottom if you’d like to provide a small building platform with your Lego Kit. Just remember to line-up those circles if you’re gluing several pieces together to make one platform.

Step 3 – Fill With Legos by Color just to make it fun to look at. Of course the first thing kids will do is mix them all up.

Step 4 – Inspires Creativity just by using what you already have and presenting it to your kids in a new way. How are you making your Legos “new” to your kids?

Happy building and please give me your feedback on my project. If you’re on Pinterest, then I’d love your support when you Pin It.


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