Silhouette America Birthday Sale with 40% Off Just About Everything

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If you own a Silhouette electronic cutting machine, what a great way to stock up on your favorite Silhouette supplies and products. Last month, they introduced a new Pixscan mat that looks really fun and a vinyl roll feeder that helps feed the vinyl to your machine easily. I needed a replacement part for my machine, so I was happy to see the 40% off sale! Just about all products at Silhouette America are 40% off now through October 1st, 2014. This does not include cutting machines, but there are lots of great deals to be had! Click below to be taken to the Silhouette America store and once you sign in, you can use coupon code BIRTHDAY at checkout.

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Easy Healthy Salsa Recipe

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Looking for an easy healthy salsa recipe? Here is my favorite. It is so so easy to make but tastes incredible. The fresh flavors blend together so well.  You can use this salsa as a dip with chips but it is also fantastic on tacos or an other Mexican inspired  meal.  You are going to love this so much that you will never want to buy store bought salsa again. It really can’t compare. [Read more...]

Plan Your Summer Party – Easy Party Plan

Check out this easy party plan with menu, shopping list and more. Recipe for pineapple chicken kebobs. Host 12 people for under $100!



I love to entertain at my home but I also love to get most of the work done before the party so I can enjoy my time with my guests. I hosted 12 family members at my home for my youngest daughter’s birthday. Aldi offered to sponsor the party with one of their summertime party plans. Since I already love Aldi, I could get everything in one spot, and they even helped with the menu planning, I was all in. [Read more...]

Silhouette America 40% Off Designer Edition Software, Plus Discounted Machine Bundles

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If you have been thinking about taking the plunge and buying either a Silhouette Cameo or Silhouette Portrait electronic cutting machine, Silhouette America is offering some great machine and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software bundles at a discount. If you already own a Silhouette Machine, they are offering 40% off their Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software.  The upgraded designer edition software usually is priced at $49.99 and with the coupon code you will get it for just $29.99. Use Coupon Code BARGAIN to get the Designer Edition software at this price from July 22-31st, 2014. [Read more...]

Veggie Recipe – Green Beans with Lemon Nutmeg Dressing

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Today’s garden veggie is green beans. I absolutely love green beans. These are amazing from the garden and farmer’s market and you can grab great fresh green beans at the grocery store now when they are in season. Green beans are easy to make and you can really taste the flavor up a notch with a homemade dressing.

 

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Check out this Fresh Green Bean Recipe with Lemon Nutmeg Dressing. It is so easy and looks so yummy too. Sometimes just adding a few little ingredients can take your vegetables from good to great.  This recipe can even be used with frozen green beans.

 

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Veggie Recipes – Grilled Kale with Bacon

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Here is the second installment of the “Using the Garden Veggies” series. Sometimes it is hard coming up with recipes and meals for all these veggies. Over the next few months, I will be sharing ways to use garden veggies in new and fun ways! Along with over a dozen other blogs we are going to be sharing great new recipes and tips on using your fresh garden vegetables.

The veggie for today is kale. I know is is healthy and good for you. I made kale chips awhile back but they were not good. Not sure if I made them wrong or we are just not a kale family.  That is why I was excited to see this Grilled Bacon and Kale recipe featured today.  Everything is better with bacon right?

 

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Be sure to head over and check out the Grilled Bacon and Kale recipe here.  So do you like kale?  Any tips on making kale chips?

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Veggie Recipes – Bacon and Mushroom Sautéed Spinach Recipe

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One of my tips in how to save 50% off on your groceries in under an hour a week article  is to meal plan around items in your stockpile. If you have a garden, you will want to make sure that your are planning meals around the vegetables in your garden.  If you don’t have a garden, produce in season is still usually cheaper plus you could even check out a farmers’s market.

Sometimes it is hard coming up with recipes and meals for all these veggies. Over the next few months, I will be sharing ways to use garden veggies in new and fun ways! Along with over a dozen other blogs we are going to be sharing great new recipes and tips on using your fresh garden vegetables.

The veggie for today is spinach. It is a pretty easy plant to grow and is a nutrient powerhouse!

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Check out this yummy recipe for  Bacon and Mushroom Fresh Sautéed Spinach over on A Frugal Chick’s blog. If that doesn’t make you crave spinach I don’t know what will.

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Getting Started with Vinyl for Electronic Cutting Machines: Vinyl Graphics Supplies, Tips & Tricks

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Tips and Resources for Creating with Vinyl with Electronic Cutting machines

 

Crafting with different types of vinyl in my electronic cutter is one of my favorite things to do. Vinyl is so fun to work with and I have created lots of cute personalized party favors, teacher gifts, straw cups for sports, t-shirts and more. My kids and their friends love to receive their own personalized items with their name, initials or favorite characters on them. Soon you will find yourself personalizing anything with a blank spot on it!

I have used many different vinyl products and a few different cutting machines. It took me a while to figure out what products and machines work best. I am sharing my favorite tips, tricks and resources below on vinyl graphics supplies to use with your electronic cutting machine.

 

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Adhesive Vinyl

You can buy both removable/indoor and permanent/outdoor adhesive vinyl. Temporary vinyl can be removed easier than the permanent variety and works great for walls and other items that will remain indoors. I actually prefer permanent or outdoor vinyl for things like car decals, straw tumblers, water bottles, decorating my kids’ school supplies and more. It holds up well through washing. Once your item is cut, you will need transfer tape to apply your vinyl. You can buy either paper tape or clear transfer tape. I prefer clear so I can easily see where I am placing my design. Once your design is cut, remove the negative of your design and cover the top of your design with transfer tape. Peel off the backing and apply your vinyl.

Craft stores do not sell the quality of vinyl that I like to work with. It is best to order your adhesive vinyl graphics supplies online. My favorite brand of vinyl is Oracal Vinyl made by Orofol. There are also a few other brands that work great like Greenstar, which is similar to Oracal quality. If you are in a hurry to get started, I highly recommend the outdoor vinyl variety pack in the links below. Oracal 631 is the most popular indoor or removable vinyl. Oracal 651 is the most popular permanent or outdoor vinyl. I love my 100 yard roll of 6 inch transfer tape. The clear is easy to use and it will last a long, long time. Once you invest in your transfer tape, there is no need to constantly purchase more.

 

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Some of my favorite vinyl resources:

1. Expressions Vinyl – Oracal 631 and 651

2. MyVinylDirect.com for Affordable Vinyl by the Sheet

3. H&H Sign Supply-  Rolls of Vinyl   (Use coupon code TENOFF for 10% off your first order of $50 or more)

4. Variety Pack – 12 x 24 inch – 30 Sheets of Assorted Glossy Colors of Permanent Adhesive-Backed Vinyl for Craft Cutters  (ships free and fairly quick from Amazon)

 

Transfer Tape

1. Expressions Vinyl – Transfer Tape

2. H&H Sign Supply – Transfer Tape

 

Heat Transfer Vinyl

For t-shirts, you need something called heat transfer vinyl (HTV). HTV can be applied to shirts or other fabric either with a heat press or with a home iron and comes in many different colors, metallic and even prints. If you are using a home iron, be sure to use extremely firm pressing (not gliding) motions with your iron and make sure you have a very hard surface underneath, like smooth tile or a metal cookie sheet.  HTV comes on its own carrier sheet (like transfer tape). When cutting HTV, make sure you put the shiny side down on your mat and mirror your design, so the writing or design appears flipped or backwards. After you remove the negative part of your design, place the whole carrier sheet on top of your t-shirt or fabric and press or iron according to the product directions. It is also recommended that you place a Teflon sheet on top of your carrier sheet to help the heat to be evenly distributed on your design.

Heat Transfer Vinyl is very expensive and hard-to-find in the craft stores. Also, many brands will not last through a washing, so it’s best to order quality HTV online. My favorite brands of HTV are Siser Easyweed or Thermoflex. They are the easiest to work with and give the best results.

 

Regular HTV:

1. Expressions Vinyl – Siser HTV

2. H&H Sign Supply Siser Easyweed 5-pack, 1 foot each

3. MyVinylDirect – HTV  Vinyl by the Sheet

 

Glitter HTV:

1. Expressions Vinyl – Glitter HTV

2. H&H Sign Supply Siser Easyweed Glitter HTV by the foot

 

Teflon Sheet

1. Teflon Cover Sheet 16″X16″

 

Heat Presses

If you plan to create tons of t-shirts, personalized bags or other designs on fabric, you might consider buying a heat press. Heat presses use an exact temperature and pressure to set your HTV easily. There are several smaller machines that work for home use.

 

Heat Presses with good reviews:

1. PowerPress Industrial-Quality Digital 15 x 15-Inch T-Shirt Heat Press

2. GECKO 15×15 T-Shirt Heat Press Machine

 

Electronic Cutting Machines

 

I personally have own several Cricut machines and a Silhouette Cameo. My Silhouette Cameo is my absolute favorite crafting machine. I am able to design all of my vinyl cuts right on my computer and then easily cut them out. The Sizzix Eclips 2 is another new electronic cutting machine on the market for home use that would work great for vinyl cutting. It’s features are similar to the Silhouette Cameo and this new and improved model has gotten excellent reviews so far.

Cricut has a new Cricut Explore machine that is computer-based. Although pricier than the Silhouette, it’s worth checking out. Keep in mind that you will need internet access at all times to use this machine. I love that my Silhouette machine works without Internet Access.

 

Click to See Any of these Machines:

1. Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit

2. Silhouette Portrait (smaller cutting area)

3. Sizzix eclips2 Starter Kit

4. Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine

 

 

Tools for Vinyl

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If you are planning exploring vinyl cutting, you will need just a few simple tools. If you are cutting adhesive vinyl, you will need transfer tape to easily transfer your design from the carrier sheet and place your design on your item. For example, if you are cutting a name, the transfer tape keeps it straight or just as you designed it and you are able to transfer entire names, words or phrases all at once. Other tools include a hook for “weeding” out the negative vinyl around your design or those little shapes inside letters like “A and R”. I also own a great scraper or squeegee tool to help stick the vinyl to my transfer tape and to the item. After placing the transfer tape on top of my decal, I go over it with my scraper to make sure it picks up every detail of my design before I peel off the backing paper to apply it.

 

Some of my favorite tools for vinyl

1. 3M Vinyl Squeegee

2. Silhouette Hook Tool

3. Silhouette Digital Cutter TOOL PACKAGE

4. Transfer Tape

 

 

Tips for Using Machine Mats and Blades

It is best to make sure your mat still has plenty of adhesive to hold your vinyl in place to avoid sliding. Your mat should be free of paper debris so it will cut properly. Be sure to start with a new blade for vinyl for a clean cut. To prolong the life of your blade, keep a blade specifically for cutting vinyl. I mark my Silhouette blade with a metallic sharpie with a “V” for vinyl and save it to only use with my vinyl graphics supplies. I keep a blade for every type of medium that I cut whether it’s vinyl, paper, stamping material or fabric. I find that the best prices for mats and blades seem to be online.

 

Mats

1. Silhouette Cameo Replacement Cutting Mat

2. Silhouette Portrait Cutting Mat

3. Sizzix eclips Cutting Mats

4. Cricut StandardGrip Adhesive Cutting Mats

 

Blades

1. Silhouette Replacement Blade

2. Sizzix Eclips Blades

3. Cricut Replacement Blade

 

 

Machine Cut Settings for Different Types of Vinyl

Different types of vinyl require different cut settings in your machine. Below are some guidelines for cut settings, but it is always recommended to do a test cut before wasting any of your precious vinyl. Also, machines may vary, so use these settings as a starting point with your cutting machine.

 

1. Silhouette Vinyl Cut Settings

2. Silhouette Version 3 Software Cut Settings

3. Cricut Vinyl Cut Settings

 

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake Recipe with Strawberry Flower

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake Recipe with Flower Starwberry

 

 

I love strawberry shortcake and decided to make an easy  strawberry shortcake cupcake recipe in honor of Strawberry Shortcake day on Saturday, June 14th. To make the cupcake even more special I arranged the strawberries in the shape of a flower and added a blueberry for the center.  These cupcakes are ridiculously easy to make but they look special. No one needs to know how easy they were. That is Everyday Savvy living at its best!

I used a boxed angel food cake mix and then just topped with Reddi wip. I then arranged the strawberries in the flower shape. I will say that the whipped cream starts to melt a bit so you will want to serve these immediately. If you want to make them ahead, I would use a whipped frosting that will hold for longer.

 

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake Recipe with Strawberry Flower

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Love this simple strawberry shortcake cupcake with flower strawberry. It is so easy to make but looks and tastes fantastic!
Ingredients
  • Angel Food Cake Mix
  • Whipped Topping (or other whipped frosting)
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Fun Cupcake Wrappers
Instructions
  1. Make Angel Food Cupcakes from boxed mix. Use directions on box. ( If you have your own Angel food cake recipe, you could use that instead)
  2. Wait for cupcakes to cool
  3. Slice strawberries. You will need full slices for the outer layers and half slices for the inner petals.
  4. Top each cupcake with whipped topping.
  5. Place 4 full strawberry slices in a circle on each cupcake
  6. Add 3 half strawberry slices on each cupacke
  7. Place blueberry in center of each cupcake
  8. Serve immerdiately

 

 

 

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 Disclaimer:  Driscoll’s strawberries were provided for creating this recipe. All opinions expressed are exclusively mine.

DIY Quick Easy Father’s Day Gift -Free Printables Necktie Bottle Tags & Cupcake Toppers

Father's Day Free Printable Bottle Tags from BargainShopperMom

 Father’s Day is coming up soon. It isn’t too late to make these cute printable ties!

Are you looking for a simple way to make Father’s Day special for the Dads in your life? Then check out these adorable, free printable necktie-shaped bottle tags and cupcake toppers . I included four different tags. Some are more elegant and some are more playful and you can choose which ones fit the Dads in your life. These are so easy to make that even the kids could help cut these out or help assemble them. Plus, you probably already have most of the supplies to complete this project at home! [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

Easy Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

 

There is just something about homemade coleslaw that is wonderful at a picnic or cookout. Making coleslaw vs buying a pre-made doesn’t have to be hard. Plus you control the ingredients and freshness. I promise once you use this easy homemade coleslaw recipe you will be hooked.

 

You only need a few ingredients to make this coleslaw and it takes just a few simple steps.

 

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Easy Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

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  • 5 cup Shredded Cabbage (green, red or both)
  • 1 cup Julienned Carrots
  • ¼ - ½ cup thinly sliced Green Onions
  • 4 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • ½ tbsp Mustard
  • Pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Cut off cabbage (leaving the core) and slice on mandolin slicer.
  2. Julienne carrots.
  3. If you want to make this recipe even more quickly you can buy the cabbage and carrots already shredded.
  4. Mix vegetables in a large bowl.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  6. Serve right away.

 

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