Gift Guide for Book Lovers

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Book Lovers

I adore books!  I love the feel of one in my hands, how they can transport me to a new place or a new way of thinking, enjoying different writing styles, and I last but not least I love how they pique my interest and make me desire to learn new things.  I’ve always enjoyed reading but since having my daughter learn to read I’ve found a new love for it.  Together my daughter and I have enjoyed scouring old book sales to look for the classics (e.g. Heidi, The Secret Garden), old children’s encyclopedias (e.g. Childcraft and Little Golden Encyclopedia), and old series’ that we can delve into together (Betsy Tracy, The Bobbsey Twins).  We’re building our home library of living books one book at a time and I couldn’t enjoy it more.

Because books are always on my mind lately, I thought a gift guide for book lovers would be fitting.  Do you love books as much as I do or know someone who is?  If so, I hope this gift guide will help you in your search for the perfect gift!

Library Embosser

1. Want to leave your mark on your books in a classy way?  Look no further than this personalized library embosser on Amazon ($32.99).


Book Darts

Book Darts Bookmark

2. Book Darts are where it’s at!  If you want to mark your place or several passages you liked in a book without worrying about creasing the pages or hurting the binding you’ll want to grab a tin or two of these.  They’re metal, fit snuggly, and make retrieving past material a breeze.  I’ve tried a few and the Book Darts brand is worth the few extra pennies.  For under $11 on Amazon you get 125 darts.


Book Thong

3. Book Thongs.  Oh, how I dislike the name but it is descriptive and I love these too much not to include them.  The thin string fits well in between the pages without much bulk and the pretty beads on the end make me feel fancy. 🙂  You can make this gift yourself or buy the handmade one pictured above from a crafter on Amazon for under $9 shipped.

Page Anchors

4. Page Anchors are a great way to read hands free.  They’re great for cook books too!  You can buy the one above on Amazon for $150.


Weighted Bookmark

5. A less snazzy but more economical way to hold a page open is with these leather weighted book marks.  They retail on Amazon for $25 shipped.


Page Holder

6.  This is one that is on my personal wish list.  I would love to have this Page Holder to help me hold the pages open so I can read one handed.  This is $26.95 on Amazon.



7. Oooh, I also love this one!  It’s called the PagePal and has a cute little saying engraved on it.  “A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”  Maybe I need both, one for upstairs reading and one for downstairs. 🙂  This one retails on Amazon for $14 shipped.


Book Seat

8.  The Book Seat is a flexible book holder and travel pillow in one!  Note: not intended to be used for both purposes at the same time. 🙂  The Book Seat is filled with Polystyrene beads enabling it to sit into any position.  This should help make reading even more relaxing.  There is a clear perspex page holder that enables you to read Hands-Free!  The Book Seat retails on Amazon for under $40 shipped.  I just love that it also doubles as a travel pillow.

Personal Library Set

9.  This Personal Library Kit is great for those who lend books out to friends a lot.  I’m thinking it would be great for my kids who love to make believe and would love to use this to pretend to be a librarian.  For only $16 shipped (through Amazon) I think it’s a great deal!

Card Catalog

Card Catalog Cards

10. Card catalogs may be a thing of the past but with this Card Catalog Reproduction Set you can relive the good old days…or at least feel a little nostalgic while explaining card catalogs to your kids.  “Enclosed in a keepsake replica card catalog box with tabbed dividers, each card features a different beloved work of literature straight from the storied collection of the Library of Congress.”  This set is currently $15.72 on Amazon.


Book Sleeve

11. A Book Sleeve is a must have to those who like to go about their day and bring their books along.  No more accidental pen marks or crushed pages as your book bounces along inside the bottom of your purse or bookbag.  I would have loved to have had this for my Bible in college and my daughter will love this for her books now.  They come in different sizes and a wide variety of different patterns on Amazon.  The one pictured above is 8×10 inches and is $11 shipped.


Book Journal for Kids

12.  A Book Reading Log for Kids is a great way to keep track of the books they read.  I would love to get one of these for my daughter now that she’s devouring chapter books.  When both of my kids were reading picture books this would have been too much of a hassle to keep up with because we read so many books a day but now this will be a nice way to look back and remember what we’ve read.  It’s $11 shipped from Amazon.


The Book Lover's Journal

Book Lover's Journal

13.  A Book Lover’s Journal is a reading log and journal for adults.  I love the thought provoking questions it asks and the room for notes.  I often forget things from past books (and TV shows for that matter) so it would be nice to have a record of my thoughts on a book that I can refer back to before I recommend a certain book to a person.  This hardcover spiral book retails for less than $13 shipped from Amazon.


Book Scented Candle

14.  It could be argued that any candle would make a great companion for a reader but this one that is scented to remind you of a library has to be a great gift! “The main theme is an older leather bound book accord mixed with a woody desk character of cedar and sandalwood. Hints of balsamic and vanilla finish the complex scent.”  This Book candle will burn from 60-80 hours and will only set you back $30 shipped from Amazon.


Amazon Gift Card

15.  Last but certainly not least….gift cards to buy more books!  I love old books so Amazon, ebay, and ThriftBooks are my favorite gift cards to receive.

I hope this list was helpful!  If you’re a book lover and know of anything I left off the list please let me know in the comments below.

Tips on Financing a Car

This sponsored post on financing a car is written by me and brought to you by Mr.Ed Auto Approved Loans.

Financing a Car

The aroma of a new car smell, the soft seats, the clean nooks and crannies are only a few of the benefits of a new car.  What? Clean crevices aren’t what excite you about a new car?  lol  Be it the engine, or the fresh start on keeping crumbs at bay it’s important to be well armed with knowledge before buying a car.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when financing a car…

Car Shopping

Research Your Auto Loan Financing Options


While I can guarantee that you’ve probably spent hours online researching potential car options and polling friends on Facebook about which van to buy (What? Just me again?), did you do the same thing on getting your loan?  Dealers are allowed to make money on a loan so it’s important to do your homework.  Everyone should do this but especially if you’re young or you have bad credit you need to check online lenders to get the best rate possible.  Dealers, credit unions, and even your auto insurer may offer a competitive rate.

Check all around and choose the best option for you.  Once you’re prequalified elsewhere it’s a different scenario at the dealership.  You can go in and tell them the rate you’re prequalified at and see if they can meet or beat your rate.

Car Financing

Know the Worth of The Car


I’m not good at negotiations, I’m not. If I want it and can afford it, I’ll pay what they’re asking. If I don’t, I won’t.  I can’t be this way when it comes to cars so I always take someone else with me who can handle the negotiation process.

I’ve heard it said though that the worst time to negotiate the price of a car is after you’ve test-driven the vehicle and given it a good inspection.  Rumor has it that the salesperson will leave and pretend to haggle for a better price for you and come back saying that the manager couldn’t budge on the price.  The salesmen hope you’ll agree to paying more than it’s worth.  When it comes to buying a car, they have the home field advantage.  They sell cars for a living while you may have only bought a handful of cars in your whole life.  They know what “fees” are baloney.  They’ve mastered the best sales techniques.  They can read you.

It may appear that you’re hopeless but here’s what you can do…know the worth of the car you’re looking at.  Get an honest, direct, no hassle, no strings attached price online at websites such as,, and USAA.

Once you have that price quote in hand make a promise to yourself to not pay a higher price at a dealership.  Tell the dealer your price and see if they can offer a competitive price.  Make them play in your field and not in theirs.

Car Downpayment

Don’t Finance More Than 42 Months


Money guru’s say that you shouldn’t take out a car loan longer than 42 months.  If you can’t afford the payment on a 42 month car loan then you should probably buy a cheaper car.  That’s what the financial genius’ say so who am I to argue.

I prefer to pay cash for a used car by saving but sometimes cars may break down suddenly and paying for a brand new car in cash would probably be challenging for most people (I think I remember reading somewhere that only 1% of Americans are able to do so).  However, even if you’re buying a new car, saving for a down payment can shorten your loan length and will save you on interest in the long haul.

There you have it, my three tops on financing a car.  I hope it will help save you money as you spend your hard earned money on a new ride.

7 Ways to Save Money in the Fall

This post is brought to you by Central Avenue Chrysler Jeep.

Before the holiday season picks up and cold weather hits, you have the fall season. This somewhat cooler season brings about the temptation to turn your furnace on at night and start baking to warm up the home. While you may be tempted to spend more to keep warm this fall season, you may want to think twice. Today, I am sharing a few tips on how to save money in the fall season so that you can stay within budget.

7 Ways to Save Money in the Fall

How to Save Money in the Fall

Car Pool with Friends


The sports and recreational season is just heating up.  Kids are being toted to and from 5 or 6 locations a week.  Team up with some fellow parents and take turns ushering kids to their practices.  Be there for the games but save gas money on the practices.

Hold off on A/C and Heat Use


Keeping the A/C off during this somewhat cooler season is a great win. While the evenings get cooler, turning the heater on this early in the season will cost you quite a hefty price. Leaving the A/C and heater off for the fall season will ultimately save you a bundle of money.

Unsubscribe from Email Lists


As we all know, the holiday season is just around the corner. During the fall time, you will see that those marketing email lists you are on start pushing holiday promotions. Unsubscribe from any email lists that you are on to avoid the temptation of unnecessary spending.

Reevaluate Monthly Spending


Fall is a great time to rejuvenate your spending habits. Reevaluate your monthly electric, cable, internet, and car insurance rates. See if there are any current bundle deals or discounted rates that you can take advantage of. Doing this helps offset the budget so that you are prepared for heating fuel season costs.

Cook at Home


Cooking from scratch during the fall season is an easy way to warm up the house as well as save costs on groceries. You may have started to dine out more often or cook less during the warmth of the summer season but use the fall time to start cooking hearty meals for the family.

Open the Curtains


Take advantage of the natural heat source of sunshine. The sun usually shines pretty brightly during the fall season. Open the curtains and blinds during daytime hours to take advantage of this natural heating source. This is an easy way to save money in the fall so that you keep that heater off just a little longer.

Furnace Maintenance


Last, but not least, fall is the time to make sure that furnace has been tended to. Call to get your furnace maintenance done so that you save cash during the heating season. A furnace that gets an annual maintenance done will save a lot of money off your heating bill.

There you have it a few simple tips on how to save money in the fall. This time of year is a joyful one with cooler days that still have that sunshine beaming brightly. Take advantage of my tips shared today so that you can maintain a proper household budget and prepare for the extra costs that will arrive in the winter season.

Why You Shouldn’t Top Off Your Gas Tank

This post on why you shouldn’t top off your gas tank is brought to you by Fred Martin Superstore.

Top Off Your Gas

I just heard that you shouldn’t top off your gas tank.  Did you know that?  I’ve never heard of that before so I did some digging on the internet and it turns out they were right!  To think that I was the one who converted my husband into my topping off the gas tank ways.  Oops!  I just love seeing $40.00 even or $23.45.  It always gave me a little high to hit the number right on the mark.  Well, it turns our that it’s not only bad for your wallet and your vehicle but also for the environment!  Oh boy!

It’s Bad for Your Wallet


BP’s website says, “Gas nozzles automatically click off when your gas tank is full, so topping off the gas tank can cause you to pay for gasoline that’s fed back into the station’s tanks. In some areas, gas station pumps are required to recover gas vapors to prevent them from contributing to air pollution. In these cases, any additional gas you try to pump after the first click may be drawn into the vapor recovery line. Source:”

It’s Bad for Your Vehicle says, “Joel Carruso, owner of Caruso’s Auto Repair in Schenectady, N.Y., adds that these systems manage fuel vapor.

Overfilling the gas tank can cause liquid gas to enter the charcoal canister, or carbon filter, which is designed only for vapor. Gas in the system can affect your car’s performance by causing it to run poorly, and damage the engine, he says.

“When we overfill the tank, it sends all of the excessive fuel to the evaporation/charcoal canister and kills the life of that canister,” Carruso says.

Huddleston adds replacing a charcoal canister can cost anywhere from $200 up to $1,500.”

It’s Bad for the Environment says, “Gasoline that spills, as well as fumes that escape, react with nitrogen oxides and sunlight and create smog.” says, “This will help keep fumes from escaping and absorbing into the air. Tighten your vehicle’s gas cap all the way to prevent gasoline and pollutants from evaporating and damaging the air.” has an article (you can find it by clicking here) that was written by Catherine Magliocchetti, who at the time the article was published, was a chemical engineer of the federal agency.  She says, “Topping off is a loser three ways.

First, you lose money when you top off because you pay for gasoline that you don’t get. When the gas pump automatically shuts off, a vapor lock blocks more gas from entering your car. After the tank is full, the gas you pump gets sucked back through an outer “vapor-return” hose into the station’s underground storage tank. The meter may be running, but your not getting the gas.

Secondly, you personally pollute the air because topping off clogs the vapor-return hose with liquid gasoline, so it can no longer return excess vapors. It works on the same principle as the water-filled trap on your kitchen sink, except at the pump, you want gasoline vapors to float back down the hose, not get stopped by a liquid-filled trap that you created by topping off.

Even worse, once you plug up the vapor-return hose, it stays plugged up until someone clears it by lifting it overhead to drain all the liquid back into the underground storage tank.

And thirdly, a gasoline-filled vapor-return pretty much guarantees that you and everyone after you will be breathing in a cloud of volatile gasoline molecules — invisible but harmful — while you pump gas. Excess molecules under pressure can’t float back down the return hose, so they get forced out around the nozzle and into the air. That’s when you smell gas.”

Yikes!  Know better, do better, right?  It looks like some good reasons not to top off your gas but even if it’s wrong, I’d rather err on the side of caution.  I guess from now on I’ll try and resist the urge to get an even dollar amount!  In the past, did you top off your gas tank?

Meal Planning Tips for Families

One of the easiest ways to save money and stick with a budget when raising children is to start meal planning. You can easily plan out a week of food for the entire family and end up saving quite a bit of cash. If you’re looking for some easy to follow meal planning tips for families, then you’ve come to the right place. Today I am sharing the best meal planning tips for families to help you save money and get your weekly meals organized to alleviate stress.

Meal Planning Tips for Families

Make a Master List

You will know best what meals work great for your family and what meals are not so popular. Create a master list of 10-20 meal ideas that your family will enjoy. This master list will be your go-to whenever you start to make up that weekly meal plan. It helps save time and stress involved with prepping for your weekly family meals.

Save Easy Recipes

While you will want the master list of meal ideas that have worked for your family in the past, consider looking up new easy recipes. When you add a few more new meal ideas that cost less and are easy to whip up, you’re helping to use meal planning to the best of its abilities. This will save you time and money which is usually the sole purpose of learning how to master meal planning.

My Favorite Of All Meal Planning Tips – Plan to Eat

I use Plan to Eat and absolutely love it!  Click my referral link here to learn more about it.  It’s an app that saves all my recipes so easily (just a few clicks if I’m saving a recipe from a blog or a recipe website), it automatically creates a shopping list that I can click off as I shop (or find that I already have that item on hand at home), and I can easily add additional items as I think of them through the week so they’re already on my list when I’m ready to shop.  My husband introduced it to me a few years ago and it has been life changing.  If I don’t know what I want for the week, I pull up the app and add them to my week with a few clicks and my store list is ready.  It does cost a little after the free trial but it saves us so much where we eat out less and do less grabbing whatever while we walk around the store that it easily pays for itself within the first month of using it.  Of all my meal planning tips, this is the best!  Plan to Eat, check it out. 🙂

Consider Meal Prep Sunday

There are many meal options online for families who are perfectly okay with taking Sunday to meal prep. You can use your meal planning menu to have homemade frozen meals. You will need gallon size freezer storage bags, the ingredients for each meal and room in your freezer if you try to cut corners with this method of creating meals ahead on Sundays.

Predict the Meal Mood

Sure this may sound silly but if you think about, it makes sense. Your family may not be in the mood for hearty soup recipe at dinner time if the weather has been warm all day long.  I’m really bad about wanting a hearty soup in the middle of summer and it never goes over well with my family.  (I should try a cold soup but the idea of one doesn’t sit well with me.  One day, I’ll try one, one day!)  Consider what each day holds for weather patterns and prepare your meal plan for the week based on the appropriate weather patterns. This ensures you make lighter meals on warmer days and heartier meals on colder days. (Like this Crock Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe)

Chocolate Pie Recipe

This Chocolate Silk Pie is always right no matter the outdoor temperature! 🙂

Use a Calendar

Whether it’s a white erase board calendar or one that you have for use in your purse, you will need to keep a calendar that organizes the meal planning for each week. This will help you stay on track and prepare properly each day for whatever is on your meal plan agenda for the day. Having a family calendar on the wall with your meal plan is even better to keep everyone in the loop.

The last few tips I have to lend to you when it comes to meal planning for families is to always use a grocery list when you head to the grocery store. You will want to ensure you stay on track and on a budget when it comes to meal planning success.

How to Curb Spending Habits

This post about curbing spending habits is brought to you by Atlantic Lexus.

Are you sinking into debt? Do you have a spending habit that you simply cannot break? We all fall into the trap of overspending from time to time and then need tips on getting back out of that cycle. If you are facing the reality that you have a spending problem, then please read this article for tips on how to curb spending habits.

6 Ways to Curb Spending Habits


How to Curb Spending Habits

Set Long-Term Goals


You will only succeed in curbing spending habits if know what goals you have in mind. Set long-term goals to save towards something you want, this can be as simple as saving to have an emergency fund. Figure out what you want to do with the money saved from breaking your spending habit and write it down.

Know Want vs Need


The biggest reason many fall into the spending habit is that they stop the recognition process of a want vs a need. Make a list of needs that you have within the household, and then evaluate what you have been spending money on that isn’t a need. Make a commitment you will not spend any money on wanted items.

Shop with a List


I don’t know how many times I have ventured into the grocery store without a list. This is the easiest way to curb spending habits. Make a list of items that you need before you head out the door, this will keep you on track and spending less with every store visit.

Use Cash Only


We live in a society where debit and credit cards are easier to use than cash, but that is what creates a spending habit. Learn to use cash more often and cards less. Consider giving yourself a weekly cash allowance, so that you can only spend that cash on wants and when that cash runs out, you don’t replenish until next week.  Buying a new to you car with cash is an empowering feeling.

Avoid Spending Triggers


If you really want to curb spending habits then you must take time to evaluate where you are tempted to spend the most money. Write down what you have for spending triggers and use this information as a means to curb spending habits without much effort. This is a great way to know your weaknesses too.

Look for Savings


Lastly, you will want to be smart about what you do spend your money on. One way to curb spending habits is to start learning how to spend frugally. Look for savings, digital coupons, and deals prior to going shopping. If you have a smartphone, there are many apps to help you find the best savings.

There you have it a few easy to follow tips on how to curb spending habits. These tips will leave you feeling refreshed, less broke, and able to take back control. When you have control of spending back in your life, you will find you have some extra cash to spend elsewhere.

5 Simple Shortcuts for Moms

This post of simple shortcuts is written by me is brought to you by DCH Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Temecula.

Meal planning, grocery shopping, dropping kids to and from school, teaching kids, being the mom of the house means that you are always busy.  Always.  When there’s a need for mom at every moment, it’s no wonder moms are searching out shortcuts. Every mom needs to learn a few simple shortcuts to make their chaotic days easier. Today, I am featuring 5 simply shortcuts for moms so that you can feel a bit more relaxed while juggling everything.

5 Simple Shortcuts for Moms

Think Smaller Sizes

While you do want to make sure that your family is eating healthy, you don’t have to go all out. Think small proteins such as wheat toast, eggs and smaller cubes of meat. If you cook meat for dinner, take a hint from the Chinese restaurants, smaller size meat cooks faster. You are still feeding the family healthy but ensuring the meal cooks faster by cubing it up in smaller pieces.

Delegate Chores

This is a no-brainer, when you are raising kids they should have some responsibilities too. The older the kids get, the more you can delegate. Whether you believe in paying for chores or not, each kid should have some responsibility. You can easily lessen your load by delegating chores to other family members so you don’t have so many little things to focus on.  Right now my kids are dust mopping the floor.  No, it won’t be perfect (and I might touch it up when they’re napping and can’t see me) but they’re learning how to do it better and better each time.

Prepackaged Meals

Let go of having to cook from scratch every single night of the week. When school and work are in session, there’s not much time to be a chef in your own kitchen. Take a few hours every Sunday to prepare meals ahead of time. This involves looking up freezer meals, getting the ingredients and placing them together in the freezer within separate freezer storage bags to pull out and cook during the week.  My recent favorite go-to isn’t a full meal but is a bunch of grilled and seasoned chicken that my husband makes for me.  We slice it in baggies and I pull it out to put on top of salad’s for lunch and sometimes dinner.  It’s easy, cost effective, and gets my family eating more salads!

Stock Up on Favorites

There’s no end to the way convenience store trips can suck up time as well as money. Try stocking up to ensure you always have an extra on hand for the most used products in your home. Shampoo, toilet paper, conditioner, soap, air filters etc. are all items that you should have a stockpile of somewhere to ensure you never have to run last minute to the convenience store or worse, to the grocery store that could be miles away.  My favorite is having an Amazon Subscribe & Save subscription for these things and having just a few extra on hand in case we go through something faster than usual.  My favorites are Mrs.Meyer’s hand soap refill, Kiss Me Honey lip balm, Charmin, Bounty, Colgate, and filters for our refrigerator and air vents.

Say No Often

Start to fall in love with the word no. (I’m still working on this…so much so that I hate to even mention it.  It’s important though, even if it is a constant struggle.  One day it will get easier…I hope…)  It’s okay and sometimes necessary to say no to the little things that your kids or friends are asking you to do. For example, if you have a kid who constantly yells for you to get something for them when they are capable, make them do it.  (This one isn’t hard for me. ha)  Let go of trying to be everything for everyone and learn to say no when you can.  Remember, just because you CAN do everything doesn’t mean you SHOULD, and you certainly can’t do it all at the same time.  It’s okay to say no to some things so you can say yes to others.  Priorities and balance, the hardest words in life.

These shortcuts are sure-fire ways to help you start getting your life back in gear with less chaos and stress. Be sure to follow these shortcuts in a way that switches up your day to day life so they become part of your routine.

Lilla Rose Flexi Clip Review and Giveaway

This post contains the review of a Lilla Rose product given to me in exchange for sharing my opinion.

There I was, minding my own business, half-heartedly browsing a Facebook group for homeschooling parents.  I was trying to plan what extra “fun” things I’m going to try and add into this year’s curriculum when there it is.  It hit me like a pretty piece of metal. Umm,  Like a flexi clip.  Okay, I don’t have the words but it hit me.  And in a good way.  There it is, a beautiful head of hair pulled back with a single metal clip and a note that said something to the effect of, “I opened the doors this morning and I closed them late this afternoon and this hair clip hasn’t needed adjusted.”

Lilla Rose Flexi Clip Review

Boom! Right?  That would grab any woman’s attention.  Especially, this mom who (let’s be real) lives in a ponytail or twist up do with a boring black plastic clip most days.

I needed that secure clip in my life even if it was a little more glamorous than would naturally appear in my life.  I inquired to know more and found out that she has a Help for Hair facebook group (you can join it here if you’d like).  Brilliant name for her group, right?  It turned out that the group was very helpful.  Once accepted into the group I asked a lot of questions, found the correct size for my hair, and quickly added $70 in hair clips to my cart.  I loved the clips and had to have them in my life.  I wanted some for my daughter too, not all $70 worth was for myself (don’t worry, they aren’t that expensive!).

I saved these items to my cart and went about my day waiting for my daughter to wake up so I could ask her which of the clips I had saved were her favorites.  I’m usually good about guessing these things but she’s getting older now and it’s always best to double check.  While I was waiting, I noticed the stylist who shared this rescuer of my hair had requested to join my Live With Less Facebook group (you’re welcome to join here too!).  What a coincidence, I thought!  A little while later we were chatting and she suggested giving me a hair clip in exchange for hosting a giveaway on my site.  Now, normally I don’t do those but as I just told you, I had added quite a large list of items to my shopping cart and I thought why not save a little money….besides, I love to support small businesses and talk about what I’m passionate about and I was sure I would love these.  And I do.  I LOVE them!  Truly, truly.

Celtic Knot Hair Clip

Here I’m wearing the celtic knot in a large flexi clip.  It’s the one I chose to try out because it’s simple but fancy at the same time so it will go with a wide selection of clothing styles.  Plus, I just love celtic knots, don’t you?

This hairstyle was the first of many attempts to try new things.  I’m excited for the wide world of Lilla Rose hair style video tutorials.  The stylist I mentioned earlier, Kristi Bothur, has several great video tutorials in her Facebook group.

Mini Flexi Hair Clip

I bought my daughter a mini flexi hair clip and she loves it.

She was so proud that she wore a hair clip like her mommy.

Flexi Clip for Kids

Each month, Lilla Rose has a special they promote and this month is a free bobby with a $40 order and two with a $50 order.

Lilla Rose August Sale


Click here to shop and see what beautiful flexi clips and bobbies they have!

This pineapple is a new flexi clip (and messy bun pins) will only be available in August while supplies last.   The monthly clips usually sell fast (from what I’ve read in groups- I tell ya, I’m a hard core Lilla Rose flexi clip user now!).

Lilla Rose Hair
Okay, now for the giveaway.  You can win a free flexi clip from sizes XXS-Medium (Value up to $16).
Here’s the link to the giveaway —> Enter Giveaway Here!
The main giveaway entry is a simple form with optional other means, like commenting on this post for example and checking out Kristi on social media.  By entering the giveaway you’ll be signing up to get monthly specials and can unsubscribe at any time.  The giveaway will end August, 14, 2018.  Good luck!

Ocean Slime Recipe

This post contains affiliate links.

Blue Glitter Slime DIY

This ocean slime is a perfect way to cute your kid’s boredom this summer.  I’ve made slime for years!  We love it in our household.  My son needs the sensory exposure and my daughter just thinks it’s fun to play with and to create new concoctions.

I shared a picture of this slime recently on my personal facebook page and I had so many moms message me how I did it that I decided to write a blog post about it.  I love slime and I love precise recipes but slime isn’t an exact science.  (Well, it is science and that’s a whole fun science lesson in and of itself!)  Because it’s not an exact formula I can share I’ve hesitated to share my slime creations.  I’m afraid someone’s won’t turn out and I’ll feel awful.  If it doesn’t turn out please message me and we’ll work through what went wrong and help you fix it.  Just don’t leave a nasty comment please. 🙂

How to make ocean slime:

Basically, start slow, mix in the starch, add a little more, mix again, and keep doing that till it’s no longer sticky.  Toward the end of mixing you may have to knead it with your hands instead of a spoon.  There we go, now that my disclaimer is out of the way, let’s begin!

This ocean slime needs a few specific ingredients, so let’s talk about that first. 

Elmers Glitter Glue

In fact, here’s a bundle pack of Elmer’s Glitter Glue to save you money and allow you to make a rainbow of slime options.

I’m a liquid starch slime fan but usually more glitter will show through when you use a contact lens solution plus baking soda instead.  This is because contact lens solution is clear and liquid starch has a kind of white-ish blue tinge.  However, because this glue was already blue I felt it was okay to use starch.  Both of these options will make a great activator.
This one is a glitter glue so be prepared for it takes way more starch than a white glue would.  We used around 3/4ths of a cup but always add 1/4 a cup at a time and mix it in well.  When you get a consistency that no longer sticks to you and feels like you want it too you’re done.  Again, it’s not an exact science.
Let’s begin!
Glitter Glue
Here’s the glue.
Glitter Glue Slime
Squeeze it all out into your bowl or cup.  I prefer bowls but I have friends that love red solo cups.
Blue Glitter Glue
Isn’t it pretty?
Mixing Glitter Slime
It looks almost good enough to eat, doesn’t it?  But don’t!  This isn’t an edible slime.
Liquid Starch Slime
Next add roughly 1/4 cup of liquid starch and stir.  Repeat a time or two based on the consistency.  If it’s still sticky, keep adding and mixing.
Making Glitter Slime
When it gets close to the consistency you want you have to knead it and play with it by hand.
Sticky Glue SlimeIf it’s still stick pour some liquid starch into the bowl and dip the slime into the starch and knead it some more until it’s not. (*insert it’s snot joke here*….or at least my husband would lol)
Blue Glitter SlimeWhen you get the consistency you want you’ll know it!  It will be fun, slimy, and not sticking to your hands and everything in an annoying way. 🙂  You like how technical I am?
Stretchy Slime
A good consistency will be smooth and stretchy.
Blue Glitter Slime DIYIsn’t it so pretty!?
Ocean Waves Slime
Ocean waves!
Ocean Wave Slime
A big ocean wave!
Stretchy Ocean Slime
There you have it folks!  Pretty easy, right?  Well, remember if you have any problems feel free to message me and together we can work through your slime troubles.  Have fun with your kiddos!

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