Monday, July 18, 2016

Do-It-Yourself Flip Flop Craft

Hey y'all! I'm Cate from Random Crafty Georgia Girl! I write about the crafts and randoms of my life! I'm a Wife, Christian, Blogger,Crafter, Vlogger,Cat Mommy, Oz Lover, Scrapbooker, Atlanta Braves Fan, Indy Colts Fan, Random Crafty Georgia Girl.


Today I'm sharing a fun craft that is so easy, inexpensive, and doesn't take long to make! Yarn scrap flip flops! I first made them quite a few years ago when my mom suggested I make something for our church craft fair. The little girls all wanted a pair and they were gone very fast! So, I'd call them a craft success! Haha! Here's how to make them: You need yarn in your choice of colors flip flops scissors Here's how to make them: Wrap some yarn around around your hand. You will need more than I used, but I only used that much to show the first step.
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Cut the yarn into strips . You can use two colors or only one, but this is about how much you will need for one flip flop.
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Tie yarn around each strap of the flip flop. You can alternate your colors or make them all solid. It is completely up to you! I alternated my colors.
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I tied the yarn in a triple knot to make sure it was secure. Keep tying yarn around the straps of the flip flop until you have it covered.
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Then trim the excess yarn off the ends. You don't want to be sweeping the floor with them. Although that would be a good idea! Haha!
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When you are done your new flip flops will look like this:
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I got so many people asking where I got mine and when I told them that I made them they were so amazed! I even told a few moms how to make them for their daughters! Thanks so much to Pam for letting me share this craft tutorial with you! I love showing off things I have made and being able to share how I made them makes it even better! Don't forget to check me out at Random Crafty Georgia Girl!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bloggy Brunch #28

You may have noticed that I missed last week's Bloggy Brunch. That wasn't intentional and I did miss getting to read everyone's posts! We've been quite busy the past week with moving from California to Michigan, house hunting, and going to Arkansas to visit the husband's family. I have a more detailed update coming later this week but let's just say my access to internet and my energy levels were less than what I predicted.


We're currently in Arkansas visiting family so my internet connection is much more stable and predictable right now. This means I plan to spend some time getting ahead on the blog again to prepare for more time on the road and hotel internet connections which aren't as reliable as this blogger would like for them to be.

While you wait for the full update about our move, take a moment and link up a favorite post. I can't wait to read them all and to get back into spreading the blog love consistently again!



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Using Groupon Coupons to Save Money During Your Move

Moving across the country isn't easy. It's also not cheap. That's why I'm here today to bring you some money saving tips that you can use with your next big move. Not moving anytime soon? These tips will help you with your next travel adventure also!

This post was sponsored by Groupon Coupons. All opinions and ideas are my own.
 
 
 
 
We have officially spent four days in a car, eating food on the road, and staying in hotels. We're no where near done with any of these items, but we are getting closer. The tips below will help you with your cross country (or shorter) travel during your move.  It's been my experience that most moves create a temporary period of living the typical luxuries of home.
 
Food During Your Move
 
One of the luxuries that are missing during a big move is home-cooked meals made in your own kitchen. There are a few ways to save money when you're on the road. 
 
1. Plan ahead and purchase snacks from the store. Groupon Coupons has over 65,607 coupons that can help you with discounts on these snacks. You can even bring cold snacks on the road by using a cooler. This helped us save money on drinks during this trip.
 
2. Tae advantage of special deals offered at different restaurants. Many places offer a 2 for $20 or kids eat free nights that can save you a little bit of money while you're travelling.
 
3. Don't forget the leftovers! If you're staying in the same place for several days, take advantage of your leftovers. All you need is a mini fridge in your room (which most hotels have now) and a microwave to enjoy a second meal out of your food.
 
4. Eat with friends or family along the way. If you're going to be passing near friends or family, take some time to visit them. Not only do you get to spend some time with great company, but you might be able to get a home-cooked meal out of the deal!
 
 
Lodging During Your Move
 
If you're like us, you're going to be spending a lot of time in hotels along the road. There's no way to fully avoid the cost of hotels, but there are ways to minimize the expenses.
 
1. Check out the Travelocity coupon page for extra deals on hotels. They have coupons for a variety of hotels. We used Travelocity when we booked our hotel for our trip to Seattle and we had a great experience with them. (You can also use Travelocity to book flights, car rentals, and a variety of other travel services.)
 
2. Research hotels in advance. If you know your route, I recommend researching hotels in advance to get the best deal. Researching in advance also allows you to read the reviews which can be helpful in avoiding disaster locations. Hotels.com is a great resource for researching hotels in advance and they offer great deals on the ones that are available!
 
3. Join a hotel chain's rewards program. We're members of Choice hotels and earn points towards free stays every time that we stay with them. If you stick with the same chain of hotels during your trip, you can rack up quite a few points towards a free night. Most hotel chains have a similar program so you can pick the one that works for you.
 
4. Stay with friends and family. This is another opportunity to visit with great company while saving money. Since we made good time, we stayed with the husband's uncle for two nights during our move. It gave us a break from the road and from the cost of being on the road.
 
 
Settling Into Your New Place
 
You've finally made it to your destination and found a roof to go over your head. Now's the time to get settled in and to get everything set up for your new place.
 
1. Start unpacking immediately. The longer you put it off, the longer you'll be living from boxes. Dive right in and get it done quickly.
 
2. Use items that you already own before you buy new things. This is the perfect time to upcycle, do-it-yourself, and re-imagine pieces that you already own and love.
 
3. Visit yard sales and second hand stores for new items that you might need. A little paint and love can go along way in upcycling an older item into a gorgeous new piece for your place.
 
4. If you do have to purchase new items, look into the offers at Groupon Coupons. They have great deals from stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Kmart that can help you save money when buying new d├ęcor for your place. Shopping around and saving money is never a bad thing!
 
 
Whether you're moving near or far, it can get expensive and stressful if you don't take time to plan ahead and do a little research. Which of the tips above will you be using during your next move or big trip? Is there a tip that you would add to the list? I love learning new tips from my readers!