My Low-Cost Gallery Wall

Time for another house update!

I’ve been wanting a gallery wall for a long time. When my mom came to visit last fall, we decided to attempt it. Neither of us had ever designed a gallery before, but we got lots of inspiration from Pinterest.


I don’t have my receipt from Hobby Lobby, but I used a 40% coupon to purchase a small frame, and the clock and cross were both 50% off. I already owned everything else we used to create the gallery wall. We began trying out arrangements- lots of arranging and re-arranging, believe me! We placed larger pieces in the center and tried to keep the edges even in size and color. We painted a few of the wooden frames to fit the color scheme.


We spread art paper on the floor and placed all the frames exactly where we wanted them. Then, measuring the distance between frames, we marked the nail holes on the paper. Using a level, we then taped the paper to the wall and put nails in the wall exactly where the paper indicated.


Here it is…


gallery original



After living with the wall for a few months, I decided that it was just too dark for the room. It was also a little too large for the wall. I removed some of the smaller pieces from the outer edge and I used some white paint I had on hand to paint a few of the largest black pieces. It actually took two days because everything took a white to dry and needed two coats.


gallery wall 1




I am so pleased with the final product! It fits the space on the wall and the color scheme of the room so much better. I love the “family” theme and the use of both real pictures and art.



gallery wall 2


gallery wall 3


See more of my fun, low-cost DIY projects in our “new” home here.


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Be sure to give them a quick look. You won’t be disappointed!




Weekend Retail Coupon Roundup: March 27-29, 2015


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

Need shoes for Easter or spring?

There is a great deal on shoes at Famous Footwear- in store or online! Use Promo Code: FFSPRING15. The coupon is valid from March 27th to April 5th. There is a limit of 21 pairs of shoes for this coupon and it cannot be used on gift cards or previous purchases.


More retail coupons:

24 Hour Fitness Coupon – 24 Hour Fitness Free 7 Day Pass (exp: 6/30/2013)

Carters – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015)
Express – $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015)
Kirklands – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/29/2015)
Kohls – $10 Off $30 Juniors Apparel (exp: 4/1/2015)
Lifeway Christian – 30% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 3/31/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 15% Off Regular & Sale Price Items (exp: 3/31/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015)
Party City – $10 Off $60 Purchase + More (exp: 3/29/2015)
Rue 21 – 20% Off $50 Purchase + More (exp: 3/30/2015)
Sherwin Williams – 30% Off Paints & Stains & 15% Off Painting Supplies (exp: 3/31/2015)
Staples – FREE 5 lbs Shredding + More (exp: 5/2/2015)

Thanks, Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup: March 27-29, 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 $10.  Note: Shop through Ebates and get 10% cash back on your certificate purchase, making your certificates just $9 after cash back!


  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:


Bertuccis – $10 Off $25 Carry Out Purchase (exp: 3/29/2015)
Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/31/2015)
Buca Di Beppo – Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015)
Carrabbas – $3 Off Any Dinner Entree (exp: 3/29/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream – $1 Off Any Cup or Cone (exp: 3/31/2015)
Cocos – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 4/10/2015)
Del Taco – Free Turkey Taco with Any Purchase (exp: 4/2/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/5/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 3/29/2015)
Monicals Pizza – $3 Off Any Family Pasta (exp: 3/29/2015)
Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 4/1/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 4/1/2015)
Village Inn – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 4/10/2015)
Wendys – Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag for $1 (exp: 6/1/2015)

Wendy Treat 2015

Thanks for help with the list, Surviving the Stores!


Free Family Fun this Weekend: March 21-22, 2015


There are lots of fun, free things to do with the family this weekend! Check out this list:


Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.


:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During March, they include Grace’s Macaron French Dessert Notecard Craft, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Bright Highlights How-To, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Grace’s Travel Tags, Bunny Brunch, Meal & Memories with Mom, and more.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores. Call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

barnes & noble storytime

:: Barnes & Noble

Saturday, March 21st at 11 AM

Storytime featuring Edmund Unravels plus related activities at many B&N locations

Most stores have free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events – find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

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