My $20 Mantle/Bookshelf Update

My $20 Mantle/Bookshelf Update

I love Christmas decorations, and I really dis-like taking them down in January. The house always looks a little sad and bare ...

Aldi-licious: Pilgrim Meatloaf

Aldi-licious: Pilgrim Meatloaf

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from ...

Four-Legged Stars to Stream on Netflix #StreamTeam

Four-Legged Stars to Stream on Netflix #StreamTeam

Our family recently adopted an amazing dog from a couple who was moving out of town and couldn't take her to their ...

5 Ways to Stash Away for Christmas (for FREE!)

5 Ways to Stash Away for Christmas (for FREE!)

  December is an expensive month every year, especially if you and your spouse come from large families (like we both do!) where ...

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup: January 17-18, 2015

Tips to help you save when dining out:


  1. Check your city’s daily deal for restaurant offers: Weekly Promo Offer 300 x 250

  1. Get a Certificate (our family saves as much as 60% on our total bill when we use these certificates): $25 Gift Certificates For $5.55.  Note: Shop through Ebates and get 10% cash back on your certificate!
  1. Purchase an Entertainment Book: Eat out in your area for at least 50% off with BOGO coupons and other great discounts!


    1.  Use one of the following restaurant coupons:


Top Restaurant Coupons:

Au Bon Pain - $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Black Angus Steakhouse - $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak & Grilled Prawns Meal (exp: 2/12/2015)
Blimpie - Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)
Corner Bakery - $3 Off Corner Combo (exp: 1/23/2015)
Daphnes Greek Cafe - $2 Off Any Entree (exp: 1/31/2015)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sandwich Plate (exp: 1/28/2015)
Huddle House - Free Waffle with $5 Meal Purchase (exp: 2/15/2015)
Jacks - $1.99 Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit + More (exp: 2/8/2015)
Macaroni Grill - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Express Lunch Entree (exp: 1/18/2015)
Maggianos - $5 Off Lighter Taker Menu (exp: 2/10/2015)
Marie Callenders - $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 1/31/2015)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 2/1/2015)
OCharleys - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/18/2015)
Old Country Buffet - $8.99 Dinner & Dessert When You Buy 1 Drink + More Coupons (exp: 2/22/2015)
Papa Murphys - $5 Large Pepperoni, Cheese or Sausage Pizza (exp: 1/31/2015)
Quiznos - $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 1/21/2015)
Smashburger - Free Side with Any Entree Purchase (exp: 1/18/2015)
Smokey Bones - $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 1/18/2015)
Souplantation - 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 1/21/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes - $29.99 Family Combo Including Beverages (exp: 1/21/2015)

Thanks for help with the list, Surviving the Stores!


Weekend Retail Coupon Roundup: January 17-18, 2015


Here is a roundup of printable retail coupons for the weekend. Be sure to check this list before you head out to shop!


Ace Hardware - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Ace Hardware Air Filter (exp: 1/31/2015)
Aeropostale - $10 Off $40 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Bloomingdales - 20% Off Select Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 1/19/2015)
Carters - 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/21/2015)
Dress Barn - 20% Off Already Reduced Items 50% or More (exp: 1/25/2015)
Express - $25 Off Every $75 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Kohls - 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Lord and Taylor - 20% Off Regular, Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 1/21/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh - 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/21/2015)
Rue 21 - $10 Off $30, $20 Off $50 or $30 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Ulta - $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 1/24/2015)
White House Black Market - $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 1/20/2015)



Thanks, Surviving the Stores!

My $20 Mantle/Bookshelf Update

I love Christmas decorations, and I really dis-like taking them down in January. The house always looks a little sad and bare when the decs come down. I decided to use the occasion to spruce up my den a little! I have these wonderful built-in bookshelves on either side of our fireplace, and I have been using them to store…well, books. Very plain and boring, but functional! After a little over a year in our “new” home, I decided to tackle the bookshelves. My mantle needed help, too.


This is what the mantle and bookshelves looked like after the Christmas decs came down:

Bookshelves before


I headed to Pinterest and searched both, “mantle styling” and “bookshelf styling.” Lots of ideas there! I didn’t spend a penny, just took books down, moved things in from other rooms, arranged, and re-arranged. I put the DVDs and CDs on the bottom shelves in baskets that weren’t being used well in another room.

This was my first attempt, using only what I had in my house:


Bookshelves first try

I thought this was a HUGE improvement, but the look was much darker than I wanted. We have LOTS of books, and for the most part, their covers are very dark. I knew I wanted more white on the shelves, and Linda over at Mulberry House agreed that the shelves looked a bit cluttered.

While I was at Mulberry House, I picked up a set of rooster book ends ($12) and a white pitcher ($8). I especially l.o.v.e the roster book ends!!!  Here they are…




So, I took down more books, added my white Mulberry House finds, and moved in a few more white pieces from around the house. My goal is to eventually add white shutters to either side of the mirror on the mantle and re-arrange it a bit more. I also need to move the mirror up the wall a little. Here’s how the mantle looks for now…




And here are the bookshelves…


Final bookshelves


So, there you have my $20 mantle/bookshelf update! I’m loving it!!



Four-Legged Stars to Stream on Netflix #StreamTeam

Charlie 2014

Our family recently adopted an amazing dog from a couple who was moving out of town and couldn’t take her to their new situation. Charlie (short for Charlene) entered our family in August of 2014 with absolutely no drama and quickly moved right into the hearts of our three little boys- especially our one-year-old who calls her “Cha!!” “Cha” puts up with lots of lovin’ from little ones, does her job of watching over the boys while they play outside beautifully, is an awesome traveler, a great snuggler, and an all-around awesome family dog!

Here’s a picture of Charlie with her greatest admirer:

 charlie and luke

 There are lots of four-legged stars to stream on Netflix! We’ve compiled a list to get you started! Before you check it out, though, here’s a list of some favorites we’ve been streaming on Netflix since the new year…

(Oh, and guess what?! I got a 46 inch flat screen TV for Christmas, so we are now streaming Netflix in STYLE!! Woo-hoo!!)

Cool Runnings

#1 Cool Runnings

Absolutely favorite! My three boys had never seen and it they LOVED it! Does the idea of a Jamaican Bobsled team actually making it to the Olympics make you laugh? Then you’ll laugh your way through this whole movie! It’s a huge favorite of mine! And it’s a true story!


#2 Arrow

Hubby and I are working out way through this action/adventure series as we have time. I LOVE it! EVERY episode keeps me on the edge of my seat!

Counting on Lemonade

#3 Leapfrog Letter Factory: Counting on Lemonade

New to Netflix and an instant favorite with my preschool and 1st grade boys! I love all the Leapfrog episodes on Netflix- a go-to for me when I need to entertain the kids but want them to learn something in the process!

Now for the Four-Legged Stars to Stream on Netflix!


Be sure to check out the four-legged-themed craft and snack at the end of this post for more fun!

For your little kids:

Pet Party
Littlest-Pet-Shop EN DE 571x800
Snow Buddies

For your big kids:

Puss in Boots
Step Dogs
Air Bud
Monkey Trouble


Kitty Bank


Guard your treasures from sticky paws or save up for your first pet with this DIY kitty bank. Click here to learn how to make your own.


Hot Chocolate with Marsh-Meows


Channel your inner milk connoisseur with this homemade hot chocolate recipe featuring cat-shaped marshmallows — the purr-fect winter treat! Click here to learn how to make your own.



Note: As part of the Netflix Stream Team I am given movie suggestions, crafts, and recipes each month, as well as a complimentary subscription. This does not affect my opinion in any way. I have enjoyed Netflix as a frugal family entertainment option for years prior to joining the Stream Team.

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