Lidl has come to Northern Virginia

Grocery Savings, Uncategorized
I'm a huge fan of Aldi, the german discount supermarket.  I have been going to my local one for over 11 years and most friends that know me, know that it is my favorite grocery store in the area.  It is one of the closest stores to my house and it has 98% of what I need.  I have written a couple posts about Aldi in the past.  I plan to write some more.  I adore Aldi and I know you will too. If you already know Aldi then you might have heard that Lidi - Aldi's competitor is now in the US.  Lidl is a German global discount supermarket chain, based in Neckarsulm, Germany.  It now has arrived in the United States and in 2017 will establish over 20 stores…
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Holly’s Challah Bread – Easier then you can imagine!

Holly’s Challah Bread – Easier then you can imagine!

general, Recipes, Uncategorized
I've been making this Bread as a tradition in our family since 2004. Yes! 10 years! I'm feeling old typing that. It was shortly after I got "my" bread machine. This recipe came from my bread machine cookbook and I have adjusted it so it works for me. I'm happy to share this with everyone! This is the best bread! I like to make a large loaf as you can see from the picture above. Ingredients: 2 Eggs, room temperature plus enough Water 80 degrees to equal 1 1/2 cups Oil 1/4 cup (I've used all types of vegetable oil and it all works great.) Sugar 2 TBL Salt 2 tsp Bread Flour or All purpose Flour 4 1/2 cups Active Dry Yeast 2 tsp OR Bread Machine Yeast 1…
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My ELF Order and Mystery Box Spring 2014

My ELF Order and Mystery Box Spring 2014

Cosmetics, general, Uncategorized
On occasion ELF will have a Mystery box special.  After you put $20 worth in your cart you can qualify for a FREE Mystery box using the coupon code.   My total was $26.95.    I placed my order and the next day they shipped it out via Fedex Smartpost.  It took a couple days.   I was shock at how big the box was! Don't forget to use Ebates!  You do get a percentage back even from ELF.   Win win! Just the bag of what I purchased was big!   This is what I purchased: Pencil Sharpener $1 Crease Brush $1 Large Stipple Brush $3 Concealer Palette Light $3 Concealer Palette Medium $3 Mineral Eyeshadow Primer $3 Makeup Remover Cloths $3 Eye Brow Kit Medium $3 Total =…
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How we are dealing with Mosquitoes this year!

How we are dealing with Mosquitoes this year!

DIY, Recipes, Uncategorized
Homemade Mosquito Repellent Thanks to a friend last year introduced me to this awesome recipe for a Homemade Mosquito Repellent.   I can spray this on my clothes or on my skin and I won't be bit.    It is amazing stuff.  Materials: 15 drops lavender oil 3 Tbsp of vanilla extract 10 drops of citronella oil or lemon-eucalyptus oil 1/4 Cup lemon juice Spray bottle Directions: Combine above ingredients in spray bottle. Fill remainder of bottle with water, water/vodka or water/witch hazel mixture. I used water and vodka and it worked great.   I purchased this Essential set from Amazon it is perfect for this application. If you would prefer to purchase a good insect repellent I strongly suggest this AVON skin so Soft with picaridin   This has worked very well for me. Prepare…
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Biglot: Cheap Makeup Finds

Biglot: Cheap Makeup Finds

Beauty Products, Uncategorized
  Thanks to G from Nouveaucheap!    I love G's blog because she has some great tips and tricks on drugstore makeup.   She found out that Big Lots has some Loreal lip gloss, Wet N Wild eyeshadow and Revlon Lip Butters for a half the price or less than at the drugstore.    I also found the new Covergirl makeup for $4.   That isn't a bad price.  I don't think I could get it for that price with sales and coupons at CVS. Most of these items are seasonal, which means it was in the drugstore for a couple months then returned to the manufacture who sold it to Big Lots  or sold from the retailer to Big Lots. What impresses me is I can do my makeup…
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ReStore – Habitat for Humanity – DIY Home projects

ReStore – Habitat for Humanity – DIY Home projects

DIY, Uncategorized
One of my favorite places to buy cheap discounted house materials is the ReStore – Habitat for Humanity.  If you haven’t been to one of the local locations in NOVA, I strongly suggest you do. They have a location in Alexandria, and Chantilly. ReStore – Habitat for Humanity has donated materials that come from home owners and builders.   Materials including tile, cabinets even paint that was used once.  You can donate just about anything to them too.  Light fixtures, ovens, and dishwashers are available.   We’ve found electrical material that my hubby was looking for and couldn’t find at any other store. Click HERE if you are interested in donating items to the ReStore.   You can even schedule a pickup. For our current house we bought some beautiful Bruce (named brand)…
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Dollar Tree: XXL Bulk Stor It Bag for $1

Cleaning, DIY, Dollar Tree, Organization 2014, Uncategorized
  I've been working around the house to re-organize as my 2014 goal.  I have to share this.   I've been going to a couple different Dollar Tree stores and finding some great products to help.  I found this XXL Bulk Stor It Bag.   You can see here it is pretty big.  I have it next to a regular gallon Hefty bag in the picture above.  This is holding my extra slip cover for my Ektorp sofa.  I can then store it under the sofa perfectly.   The best part is this seems to seal better than the Space Bags that easily cost $2-$4 each.  This is only $1!   Imagine all of the other things you can store in these type of bags.
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My Laundry Schedule

Cleaning, DIY, general, Uncategorized
Back in 2012, I asked about how others did their laundry and heard several different responses.  In December 2013,  I asked my friends on Facebook how they handle all of their laundry and the responses got me on a mission.   I had to figure out a new system for my family. Step 1:    I got everyone in my family a laundry hamper that fits ONLY 1 X-large load of laundry.   This is key!  If the hamper is too big then the loads get overwhelming.  If they are too small then it just seems like a waste of water and time.   The Jall hampers from IKEA work great and the price is right currently $4.99 each. Step 2.  I also created a hamper system for towels and delicates.…
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How to make yummy cupcakes?

Recipes, Uncategorized
I'm a huge fan of Georgetown Cupcakes.  My sister-in-law introduced them to me a couple years ago and whenever there is a special occasion I ask her or others for at least one. This evening we spent some time over at a friend's house and I offered to bring over some desert so I tried at my stab at a yummy cupcake and icing. I found this really good Allergy Free cake recipe - no dairy, and no nuts - called Wacky Cakes Allergy-Free Dessert Recipe: Kathy P's Wacky Cake Recipe Information Category: Cakes Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara Ingredients 1 1/2 cup flour (see below for gluten-free options) 3 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional) 1 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 Tbsp vinegar 5 Tbsp oil…
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