pinterest+3 pallets=bed

Andre’s new bed.  My husband is becoming very handy.  He even installed a dishwasher, a dear friend gave us, this week as well.

Just as soon as we get more twin mattresses I have a sinking feeling that Desmond and the girls will be getting the same setup.  I think we’ll white wash the girls’ beds, but the clear coat Nick put on this one is perfect for a boy’s more, don’t you think so?

Nick has a couple of places around town that he finds great condition pallets, that are free.  I have a bunch more pallet ideas on my Pinterest page. (Click on the side bar link)

He used leftover 4×4 to support the middle, and make the legs.  He joined them with scrap wood, and used metal “L” braces we had to sure it up.  I love it!  Now, Andre is no longer on a mattress, on the floor.  Yay!

Aren’t free things so much more fun?

Back with thriftiness

Hello strangers…miss me?  I missed you.  I did.  Really.  So many things here are changing besides the seasons.  I really needed to “get focused” on organizing and priority-straightening…if you know what I mean. 

But, now I’m back again.  Like I said I will me blogging a little more infrequently, but I will be blogging…fear not. 

So, dear friends, here is a little bit of thriftiness I’ve included in my life since last we met.  Bar soap.  Yeah, It’s pretty simple really.  I have this theory that we will go through far less soap if the kids can’t squirt it out at 10 pumps per second.  Also, it seems to me it will last longer and cost far less.  I just bought the regular Ivory bar soap that I remember using when I was young. 

I have often looked into making soap, but the inital start-up cost of lye has kept me from doing it.  $20 or so.  It’s not that bad, I just haven’t wanted to fork over that much at once.  I do want to make some for Christmas gifts, but we’ll see how far I get on my already too long list before I add in another item. 

And so there you have it.  I’m back.  I love all you dear sweet readers, and I’m still obsessed with finding more and more ways to save money.  I guess nothing has changed too much ;)

Thrifty Thursday

Ok this week has been a little busy, but I did want to share with you a little something we did for our trip to save a bunch of money.  Before we left I sat down and planned out all of our meals.  I made a lasagna, egg salad, and bought some tuna lunch kits.  Also we had lots of snacks and drinks.  We knew that being around family, we’d probably go out to eat or have a family dinner. 

It was also nice that we had leftover snacks which I gave to my aunt who has kids the same ages as our kids.  We only had one cooler, the rest was non-perishable.  It was a little more work than buying when we got there, but we only bought food there 2 times.  Thanks to grandma making some killer food, we had our lasagna left and we ate to for dinner when we got home.  It was very nice not to have to cook  after a long drive.

So, from now on I think we’ll be bring our food wherever we go…even just a day trip.