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I Can’t Get Rid of That! How to Repurpose Sentimental Clothing via @detroitmomsblog #motownmoxiemom

I Can’t Get Rid of That! How to Repurpose Sentimental Clothing

MANY of us are guilty: we allow worn out pieces to take up prime real estate in our closets. Whether it was clothing worn by a loved one, or it has ties to a special time in our lives, we are emotionally invested in material items. While I am unable to explore the deep psychology behind why we are attached to these things, I am here to offer repurposing solutions for the sentimental pieces we simply cannot get rid of.

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Wednesday @Wisebread: 25 Cheap, Multi-Purpose Beauty Products @MyschaTheriault #motownmom

I’m not cheap. Honestly, I’m not, but I am frugal and not afraid to admit it. I LOVED this article and wanted to share this with my readers so much. I also forwarded the article over to my sixteen year old daughter because I know how she likes to talk about fashion and make up. You can check out her youtube at:

Now let’s find out more about 25 Cheap, Multi-Purpose Beauty Products by Myscha Theriault

woman removing makeup

We all want to look our best, but let’s face it. Our financial bottom line often takes priority over the season’s hottest shade of nail lacquer. These 25 cheap beauty products serve multiple uses while also being extremely cost-effective.


(See also: 5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home)

Wednesday @Wisebread: Sock It to Me: 15 Uses for Old Socks via @mikeyrox #motownmom

I’m all for multi-uses of any product in the house and with the sock troll always stealing his supply around my house, we have a lot of odd pairs just floating around.

What I’ve tried to do is buy the same type or brand or color of socks so if one goes missing, the children can use another right out of the random sock bag. It’s worked for years and trust me when I say before that, we were going through a lot of socks.

Today @Wisebread gives us a crack at what else we can do with those mischievous objects the sock troll has left us with.

Sock It to Me: 15 Uses for Old Socks


Woman with a sock puppet

As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, so too will the dryer eat one of your socks. What can you do with the lonely leftover? Of course you can make a puppet — but if you’re not nine years old, these ideas will suit you better. (See also: 15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts)

1. Make a Potpourri Bundle

Want your undies to have the fresh scent of apples and cinnamon? Stuff an old sock with potpourri, tie up the end with a rubber band, and pop it into the drawer. You can put the potpourri-filled socks wherever you want. For instance, I have very smelly shoes because I rarely wear socks; the potpourri helps make my stinky sneaks a bit more bearable.


Wednesday: @WiseBread: 15 Alternative Uses for Nail Polish #motownmom

I’m all for taking things and reusing them and I found this article too good! I knew about the run in the pantyhose and the jewelry thing, but the others were incredible. You must read this!

15 Alternative Uses for Nail Polish

Woman painting her nails

Remember that time you glued your fingers together with Super Glue? Don’t be embarrassed — we’ve all done it at least once. What did your mom tell you she needed? Nail polish remover, right? And you were probably like, that’s not gonna work. Except it did.

Before there was nail polish remover, however, there was nail polish — a predecessor of multifunctional proportions. What, pray tell, can a tiny bottle of liquid paint do besides make millions of women (and some men) feel beautiful? You may be surprised. (See also: 51 Uses for Coca-Cola: The Ultimate List)

1. Seal an Envelope

You know when you seal an envelope but realize you forgot to sign the check or left something out all together? You can still open it without tearing the envelope immediately after licking it, but it’s hard to reseal it again with another lick; by now the glue has transferred to the other side. Instead of throwing it away and grabbing a new envelope, brush clear nail polish on the flap to seal it even better than before.

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A Dinner Party for 6: Feed ‘Em for Under $20 via @wisebread #motownmom

In this financial crunch, we tend to deny our want to have people over or have “dinner parties.” I haven’t been invited to a good dinner party in a long time and I wondered how we can throw events or small gathering, which can be affordable fun for everyone – especially the hostess.

Even if you have kids, you can transform these ideas into a great gathering for your family and friends.  Mix in a fun board game or a great 80’s movie and you have fun for everyone – no matter the age.

A Dinner Party for 6: Feed ‘Em for Under $20

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21 Disposable Products You Can Reuse via @wisebread #motownmom

When I saw this series on WiseBread, I knew it was just what my readers would love to know, so this is my way of alerting you to:

21 Disposable Products You Can Reuse


aluminum foil

It’s said that we live in a disposable society. But the word disposable is a misnomer. Disposable is considered throwaway, something you use once and dump, regardless of the life that may be left in it. As a frugal shopper with a concern for the state of our environment, that just won’t do.

I often reuse many so-called “one-time-use” items, and I asked friends, family, and colleagues to tell me which disposable items they squeeze more life from. Here’s my list, including some of the surprising ideas I was given. (See also: 25 Things to Throw Out Today)

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Article: Secrets to Entertaining on a Shoestring #mmm

With Mardi Gras and Easter coming up, we start looking away to SPRING into the year with hosting parties.

Being on a budget around the household or just trying to save money is always on the forefront of our mind.

 offers great tips to help us out!

Secrets to Entertaining on a Shoestring

Expert Author Christine Szalay Kudra

Parties can still be great successes even if you do not have a big budget. You do not need fancy silver serving trays or crystal goblets. Even the simplest fare will look delectable when you present it nicely. You do not need fancy dishes to make your food look great.

You do not need fancy trays to make your food look good, but you do need to pay attention to how you present your food. You can make a simple piece of cardboard into a beautiful backdrop for food by covering it with aluminum foil and a couple paper doilies. Be sure to put the shiny side of the foil down so the duller side shows. It makes it look more like pewter. Arrange your food on the doilies so the lacy parts show towards your guests.

When you serve sandwiches, you may want to make a sandwich board. This easy serving piece is made from a 1 x 4 lumber scrap. Make it somewhere between three and six feet long so it fits your table and the amount of sandwiches you want to serve. Clean the wood well with a mild detergent and let it dry completely. Cover the board in waxed paper. Secure paper doilies onto it before adding your sandwiches.

The easiest way to make sandwiches is to use those long loaves of Italian or French bread. Add a spread and top it off with lettuce, tomato, and cold cuts. Other ingredients you may want to consider include onion, cucumber, or avocado. Drizzle a simple oil and vinegar dressing on top of your sandwich filling to give it a gourmet taste. Place decorative toothpicks in the sandwich every inch or so to keep the sandwich together. Slice into 1 inch wide pieces and serve.

You can find some amazing baskets at the craft store. Line them with a pretty towel and fill them with rolls, pastries, cookies or other baked good. If the items need condiments, serve the butter, jam or cream cheese on small plates set around the basket within easy reach.

Crackers have gotten very expensive to buy. One way to get a crunchy appetizer without the cost is to make toast points. Toast your favorite bread then cut them on the diagonal. Cut each piece diagonally again. This gives you four pieces for each slice of bread. Serve them with spreads or toppings like cream cheese and olives, or a spoonful of chopped tomatoes and basil.

Add this cold appetizer recipe along with any others you may like to your recipe file. You will be amazed at how simply you can throw a party your friends will rave about. Presentation is the key to making even the simplest appetizers look scrumptious.

Do not forget to serve enough beverages. You can simply serve coffee or tea or you can make fruit punch or lemonade. If you are really keeping it simple, offer soda. Match up paper cups with napkins and your party will be all set for your guests. Parties should be enjoyed, not stressful.

Cold appetizer recipes make a nice change of pace from ordinary appetizers and will fill out your party meal perfectly. Many people like to put out summer appetizer recipes when everyone gathers for the big meal. These can be as simple as a blue cheese dip to more elaborate seasonal favorites. You Make the Appetizers, We Help You Make Them Delicious.

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10 Smart Things to Do With $25 via @wisebread

Man counting money

So, you’ve got $25 burning a hole in your pocket. Or, you just found it in an old pair of jeans. Maybe it represents the contents of your piggy bank, or a check you got from an aunt in another state for your birthday. However you came by this $25, you’re trying to figure out how to spend it without blowing it.

Here then are 10 ideas, some fun, some serious, that will help you make the most of your 25 buckaroos. (See also: 15 Fun Things to Buy for Under $5)

1. Go on a Goodwill Shopping Spree

The bargains I find at Goodwill never cease to amaze me. I recently purchased a mint-condition, sealed Sopranos jigsaw puzzle for $2. I sold it for $10 just a few days later. OK, not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but if you could do that with $25 worth of Goodwill stuff, you turn it unto $125. Rummage through the collectibles and glassware, and check out all the pictures, CDs, and garments. Every Goodwill store holds gems, you just have to know where to look. And remember, the money you spend in there goes to a very good cause. It’s win-win.