Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas Under $40

Wedding season is here! Here are some great affordable wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank. This post is sponsored by Dayspring. I was compensated to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas

 

Wedding Season is here!

Wedding season is here! There are a number of people we know who are getting married this year. It seems like the season sneaks up on my each year and I am never quite prepared for gift giving. It’s hard to think back to being a new bride, things have changed since we got married nearly 27 years ago!

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Things seem simpler now with the internet. It’s so easy to order a pretty gift and have it delivered to the recipients door.  I recently discovered a new website for meaningful gifts, Dayspring. They have the most beautiful inspirational items, all at great prices! There are gifts for Weddings, Mother’s Day, Graduations and so many other important family events, you will have a hard time choosing which ones to order first.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gifts for under $40

The first thing I picked out was this darling wooden sign. I loved it’s compact size, perfect for putting on a shelf or in a cubby with a wedding photo. The sign retails for just $12.99. Adorable!

You can order one here.

The cards were my next find. Rarely do I make it into a store to shop for a pretty card. Just too much to do and not enough time for little things like that. I prefer to buy my cards in large quantities, it is cheaper and then I always have spare cards on hand.

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Dayspring has boxes of cards with several classic wedding designs. So hard to choose which one is the best!

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The cards can be given with a gift, or with money. What a lovely wedding day token! You could even frame one of these cards as a gift! The box of 12 cards costs just $6.99.

Order your wedding cards here.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

My favorite item, was this lovely tray. It just spoke to me. This bible verse is referenced at just about EVERY wedding. What a lovely memento of their special day to have this verse on a tray! The tray would be wonderful for serving drinks or entertaining, on a coffee table, or sitting on a shelf. Neutral colors are great for any type of decor! This tray is just $36.99 on Dayspring.

Get your wedding tray here.

Here are some more popular gift ideas that won’t break the bank!

Wedding Gifts Under $40.00

1. Wooden “love” sign, as described above from Dayspring.

2. Wedding card with cash enclosed. Many couples use cash for downpayment on apartments or for their honeymoon. Cash is always appreciated!

3. Hotel Gift Cards: Great idea for giving a night or weekend away to the happy couple. Perhaps they could even use it on their honeymoon for an extended stay!

4. Crystal Bowls: Probably not as popular as they once were, but glass bowls are lovely for any occasion. We still use those that we got for our wedding so many years ago. They are great for serving salad, pudding, fruit, vegetables and more. I even keep my receipts in a crystal bowl until I file them.

5. Silverware: Most people don’t give real silver anymore because of the price. However, you can find vintage sets quite reasonably. Pickup a set from your local thrift store, pawn shop or antique mall. Polish and it will look like new! It’s not hard to find additional pieces online if you need a larger set.

6. Picnic basket: We love the picnic basket we received as a wedding gift. During the summer we make frequent trips to the park or beach with it in tow. The basket is complete with stainless silverware, non-breakable plates, plastic wine glasses, cork screw, table cloth and napkins, small cutting board and cheese knife. Include a bottle of your favorite wine for a memorable gift!

7. Personalized Frame: Every couple wants to frame photos from their special day. I love these Mr. and Mrs. frames from Dayspring.

8. Keepsake Linens: Good quality linens cost a fortune. A set of quality 100 % cotton or bamboo sheets is a lovely gift any couple will adore. Look for deep pocket sheets that have a thread count of at least 500 for the softest hand. Not sure what size to get? Get the King Size, even if they have a queen bed it will be a generous fit. Pillow case sets start for as little as $20.00, often you can find complete sets at discount stores.

9. Bar Ware: A basic set of glass goblets can be used for wine, cocktails or water glasses. Opt for a set for a set of 6 for entertaining. Bonus if two of the glasses are engraved Mr. and Mrs!

10. Family Treasures: This is the perfect opportunity for passing on those family heirlooms that you don’t use anymore. Think silver, crystal, small appliances, wool rugs vintage quilts or furniture items. Most couples will have to make large purchases during their first years together, this can save them money. Also, an heirloom piece makes a new house feel more welcome like home.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas

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Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New, No Sew!

Make an ugly old tote bag look like new with a few craft supplies! This post was sponsored by Therm-o-web. I was compensated in some way to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New

This Ugly Old Tote Bag was a spur of the moment project. I was unpacking my bags from my recent trip to the SNAP blog conference and was excited to try some of the new products we were given. Love them all!

This burlap bag caught my eye in a heart beat. My grandmother always carried a burlap bag in the summer months, and it reminded me of her classic style.

Tote Bag Supplies Needed

•Old Burlap tote bag, can be a thrifted item or grocery store type fabric bag (Buy now affiliate link)

•5″ pack of printed or solid colored quilt squares, cotton (Buy now  affiliate link)

•Therm-o-web Fabric Adhesive (Buy now through this affiliate link) (Buy now affiliate link)

This pile of colorful quilting squares was the perfect thing for this project. The colors caught my eye when I saw them, and I was immediately lost. My unpacking was forgotten, and I was deep into creating. Who needs to unpack anyway?

Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New

The burlap bag we received at the conference from one of the vendors at the conference. I didn’t love the name on it, so I came up with a way to re-style it. It was easy! You would never know how it started out!

It’s exciting that Facebook now allows us to embed videos here on the blog. I made a Facebook live demo of this project, since it was such an impulsive craft. I have lots more fun ideas, so check back soon for more videos!

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How to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

Here’s how to make your own cleaning supplies and save money in your household budget. Using a few simple ingredients you can clean just about anything in your house!

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How to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

Have you ever tried to make your own cleaning supplies? We have found that we are very allergic to commercial cleaners. They make our noses stuffy, we sneeze, our eyes water and we even get rashes at times from coming in contact with them. It’s shocking how these everyday chemicals can affect our health without us even realizing it. We have never been healthier since we did away with all the chemical cleaners in our home. Here are my top three favorite homemade cleaning recipes.

First of all, my cleaning kit has a pair of rubber gloves, several spray bottles, a microfiber dusting cloth, microfiber towels, and some essential oils in it. I keep all these items in a handy plastic tote to carry from room to room as I am cleaning. Here are a few other great ideas for cleaning just about anything with simple ingredients!How to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies with Natural Ingredients |Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

1. All Purpose Cleaner

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

2 tsp. Borax

1 tsp. Dish soap such as Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

Lemon or Orange Essential Oil

2 cups hot water

Mix all ingredients in a large bucket. Use with a sponge, microfiber towel or mop. This mild solution is great for washing floors, walls and general cleaning. If you prefer a scented batch, add a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil to the batch. You can purchase Borax in the laundry isle at the grocery store or through my affiliate link here.

2. Heavy Duty Floor Cleaner Solution

2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Unscented HE Laundry Detergent

2 tsp. powdered Oxy-Clean Brand Stain Remover

4 cups hot water

Non-Abraisive Cleaning Scouring Pads

Mix all ingredients in a large bucket, the hotter the water the better the cleaning power is with this recipe. For really stubborn dirt, apply to soiled area with a cloth or sponge and let sit for 5 minutes. Finally, use a non-abrasive Scotch Brite scouring pad for scrubbing the dirt away, or even a putty knife to scrape up unwanted material. Repeat as needed to clean the surface entirely.

In our home with 4 boys, we often have cleaning problems that are larger than the average family. I am pleased to say that this recipe is my go to fix for BIG BOY DIRT PROBLEMS. Made with extra heavy duty stuff to clean the heavy duty crud. This also works great on dirty kitchen cabinets and greasy range hoods.

3.General Spray Cleaner

1 quart rubbing alcohol

1 cup ammonia or lemon scented ammonia

1 tsp. dish washing liquid

3 cups water

I keep a bottle of this spray solution in each bathroom for quick touch ups. In addition, it also works great for tasks in the kitchen such as greasy stoves and counter tops (do not use on stone or granite), hand rails, tile and painted woodwork. 

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Kitchen Pantry Organization

Organizing isn’t my favorite thing to do, but it sure does help! Here are my top tips on keeping your pantry organized.

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Pantry too Small?

We are blessed with a big Kitchen Pantry storage space for our food supplies. This big pantry was one of the things that sold us on the house, since the kitchen is rather small. It is an illusion that a big space holds more stuff. I have found that it’s easy to fill it with junk and unnecessary items. More space isn’t necessarily better. After cleaning and organizing my shelves I know how much space I have been wasting.

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Top 10 ways to add storage to your kitchen pantry

  1. First of all, remove dry cereals from their boxes and put into tall plastic storage containers. The storage boxes are taller and hold more than a regular cereal box does. This one change has saved me a ton of space and money. My kids seem to eat less cereal (Why I don’t know), and the leftovers aren’t stale so everything gets eaten. Who knew it would be such a game changer?
  2. Dry goods such as flour and sugar can be stored in large glass jars instead of being left in the original packaging. This keeps them fresh longer and saves shelf space by going vertical.
  3. Stack cans in a wire can organizer. This works great for small cans, not so good for large ones, but it does help free up shelf space.
  4. Keep large items on the floor. Big bulk cans of food, large pots, big potato and onion bins, large paper towel rolls, etc. can be kept down at the bottom of the shelves or on the floor underneath them. It is more visual appealing and makes things easier to find.
  5. Group small bags or boxes together either in a wooden crate or wire basket type container to save shelf space. Grouping them also makes things easier to find, plus you can grab the entire basket off the shelf when you need something. Baking supplies are all in the wine crate in the photo above, when it’s time to bake it can be grabbed off the shelf and taken into the kitchen.
  6. Eliminate duplicate items. There are always a few of these lurking on the back of the shelf, forgotten and unused.
  7. Check expiration dates. We seldom remember to do this, but items on your shelves could be expired and need to be thrown away. If food has been sitting on your shelf and is older than 6 months, it’s best to just to get rid of it.
  8. Get rid of pots or pans that you don’t use. If you haven’t used it in the last 6 months, it’s time to let it go.
  9. Keep seasonal items in the basement. If you have too many faux flowers, empty glass Mason jars and other decor items on the shelves they can waste valuable storage space. It’s not so hard to go and get things from the basement when needed.
  10. Finally, be careful what you buy.  Keep a note pad in the pantry to write down things that are needed for the shopping each week. Much easier than guessing what’s needed at the grocery store and ending up with supplies you didn’t really need.

Other storage solutions?

Do you have storage idea that works for you? I would love to hear it! Share it in the comments below!

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What To Do With An Old Bicycle

Finished bicycle basket

I love bike riding. We used to bike for miles and miles during the summer months. I especially loved riding the long trails that are refurbished old railroad beds here in Wisconsin. You can bike through the entire state on those flat, groomed trails. They are well maintained and take you through some of the pretty countryside in the Midwest. There is no better way to see the state than to bike through it.

However, it’s been years since I owned a bike, and even longer since I took the time to go for a ride. Until now. #Iamcheap

 

bicycle before painting

One of my girl friends passed this bike on to me. She doesn’t ride it anymore and it was just collecting dust in her garage. It was over all in good shape, but had a bit of rust here and there. I loved the old fashioned character of it. However, it was just sort of a blah color. It needed PIZAZZ.

Rustoleum spray paint

You know me, I have a basement full of PIZAZZ fixers, including a ton of spray paint. I rummaged around and came up with some Rustoleum Spray paint in Gloss Key Lime Green and Seaside Blue. By the way, if you spray paint at all, you simply must have one of these Comfort Grip tools to add to your spray can, it makes a nice even coat and saves your fingers from getting tired. It also gives you a very streamlined jet of paint, which is a lifesaver for doing fine detail work on such as this bike. Trust me, you need it! I also use plastic gloves to protect my hands when I paint, it’s so much easier than scraping your hands til they are raw!

Time to DIY!

bicycle in progress

The first step was to cover the larger parts of the bike that I didn’t want to paint with plastic grocery bags. I covered the seat, the handle bars, the pedals and the basket on the back of the bike with bags. It’s not scientific, but it works.

3M Scotch Blue Tape

Then I started covering the finer details with 3M Scotch Blue Painters Tape. I covered the break pads, the fenders, the brake wires and a few things that I have no idea what they are but they looked important.

I found some cardboard circles in my basement that were just laying around, and used those inside the tire and wheel spokes to keep paint from getting on them.

3M Sandblaster_

The next step was to rough up the paint with a 3M Sandblaster sponge. This coarse sponge is the best tool ever, it easily fit between the smaller parts of the bike and made the sanding go really fast. Then I wiped the grit off with a dry towel and I was ready to paint.

painting the bike

I laid the bike down to paint, then waited for it to dry before turning it over. The spray paint made the painting go really fast, and it covered in one coat. How awesome is that??

I painted the basket at the very end, using the cardboard to shield the rest of the bike from the sprayer. I chose the Key Lime color for the basket, I love it!

It looks rather silly, but it worked quite well. I would say 98% of what I didn’t want to paint stayed clean, there were one or two areas that I had to scrape paint off in the end with the sanding block, but you can’t really tell where they are in the finished product.

After I started I also realized that the front wheel of the bike could come off, so I ended up removing that completely. I am sure that you can remove the back one too, but I don’t know how to do it and it seemed too complicated to bother with. #Iamnotmechanical

Blue bike finished

The blue color makes me HAPPY!

Bicycle Pin

The new color reminds me of the good old days when bikes were all the rage. Yes, I am that old! Now, I need is a tune up and I will be on the road! I can’t wait!

See you on the trail!