Holidays

Valentine’s Day Tree

I’m in the process of decorating my home with Valentine’s Day decor and wanted to share my Valentine tree I have in my kitchen.

After the new year, I take all my ornaments off of my gingerbread themed tree and decorate it with Valentine ornaments. It’s a great little transition and an excuse to keep my little tree up just a bit longer!

I found my tree a few years back at Dollar General for $12.00. They still carry them so be on the look out next Christmas season. Here’s the one I bought.

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Once it’s set up you can start to decorate! I made some felt hearts and re decorated some old Christmas ornaments I had.

Felt Hearts:

The felt hearts are really simple to create. All you need is some felt sheets, fiber fill  (stuffing), embellishments, needle and thread, or a glue gun.

1st, make a template of a heart any size you want, then trace it onto your felt sheet. You will cut two of these out (front & back pieces).

2nd, glue the edges together leaving an opening big enough for you to be able to add stuffing. If you are handy with a needle, you can sew the edges together and leave an opening.

3rd, add your stuffing and be careful to not overfill. Glue or sew your opening shut.

4th, now you can embellish them. I added an assortment of glitter, bows, and buttons to mine. Add a loop of twine or ribbon to the back for hanging or you can hang them with hooks like so.

Old Ornaments:

1st, take some old ornaments (I used plastic)  and paper mache small pieces of newspaper to the ornament until it is completely covered and let dry.

2nd, once dry add glitter or paint to the exterior. I brushed mine on with a light coat so the paper would show thru. Be sure to let these dry after painting.

3rd, you can start embellishing. I made some gift tags with cardstock and Valentine’s Day themed stamps. Add these to your ornaments with pretty ribbon or twine and your ornaments are ready to be hung.

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These were picks I found at Dollar Tree and I just removed the stick and hot glued some hooks to the top.

Add a bow or embellishment to the top of your tree and your tree will be complete!

I’ve linked some fun options below If you’re not into DIY and you can have your tree up in no time!

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Purple glittered heart ornament Hobby Lobby $1.39
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Set of 6 Valentines Day Mini Heart Ornaments $15.00
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Felt Heart Ornaments Set of 6 $10.00
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Pink Glitter Heart Ornaments $2.99

I hope you have fun creating your own tree decor. Let me know if you put one up. I’d love to see it.

Thanks for reading

~The Dimestore Gypsy

DIY · Holidays

Vintage Halloween Card Tree

Hi friends, It’s been forever! A lot has changed in the past month….I recently started working full-time again and my blog/creative time has been put on the back burner. I sure do miss having my craft & blogging time! Now that I’ve gotten into a routine and the craziness has slowed down a bit, I would like to start making time to share my crafts and stories with you again.

So why not start with a craft for one of my favorite holidays…Halloween! I found these cute, vintage Halloween images online and thought they would be fun hanging on my little black Halloween tree.

All you need is a few printed images, some self laminating sheets from the dollar store, and a little bit of ribbon to make these fun little hanging cards.

To make these cards, start by printing out your images at about 3 x 5 size. Follow the simple instructions on the self laminating sheets and trim off the excess. Be sure to leave a small 1/8 in border so your sheets stay sealed. Punch a hole at the top of the card and string your choice of ribbon thru. That’s all you need to make these cute little cards!

 

 

 

 

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There’s so many ways to use these cute little cards…scrapbooking, planners, attach them to cute goody bags, or even use them as postcards/cards! I hope this gives you some ideas for ways you can add to your Halloween decor with just a few inexpensive supplies.

 

Thanks for all the support, likes, and comments!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

Home Decor

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen for Target Kitchen & Tabletop Collection

Hey friends! If you’re a fan of Chrissy Tiegen then this post is for you!

She is officially launching a kitchen & tabletop collection with Target. This collection “Cravings by Chrissy Teigen” will be available exclusively in Target stores & online starting September 30th. There will be more than 40 pieces to choose from and with prices ranging from just $4 to $140, you’ll be entertaining in A-list style with out the hefty price tag!

The collection features serving utensils, dishes, cutlery, pitchers, glassware, and cast-iron Dutch ovens. According to the press release, a few of Chrissy’s favorites are the “go to’ Santoku knife, which is the perfect all-purpose knife, & the organic plates and bowls which have raw edges & flecks of glaze for an extra touch of character.
Get excited and mark your calendars, folks! I know I am! Take a peek below at the collection before it drops. Let me know what your favorites are… Happy Shopping!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

Recipes

Rustic Roasted Red Pepper, Chicken & Cheese Ravioli Casserole

That’s a mouthful right? Let me tell ya, it is delicious! I needed a quick, hearty dinner this week so I put this together. It was really good and my family enjoyed it.

 

For this recipe you’ll need:

-ready made ravioli ( I used Buitoni sweet bell pepper & roasted chicken stuffed ravioli)

-your choice of marinara

-shredded mozzarella & grated parmesan cheese

-Italian bread crumbs

 

First you’ll want to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, and boil your pasta per the instructions on the package. Once that’s done, turn off the heat on the pasta and set aside. (I left my pasta in the water so they wouldn’t stick to each other).

Pour about a 1/4 of the marinara sauce into the bottom of the casserole dish and spread evenly.
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Next, transfer the ravioli with a slotted spoon (draining excess water) to the dish overlapping each other like so.

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Once you have arranged your pasta, pour the remaining marinara on top and spread evenly.

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Now you can go as light or heavy as you want on the cheese! First I sprinkled about 10/4 cup of shredded mozzarella, then about 1/4 cup of grated parmesan. Lastly, I sprinkled 3 tbsp. of Italian bread crumbs evenly on top of the cheese.

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Place it in the oven and bake for about 20 min. or until cheese is melted. Serve this up with a side salad or bread sticks and dinner is done!

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Let me know what you think and if you guys enjoyed this recipe.

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

Beauty

Beauty Finds First Impressions Update

Hello friends! As promised here’s the update for my July beauty finds.

 

Ok. First up…I love the gold infused mask! Whenever I use it my skin feels hydrated after and I notice a difference in the texture of my skin in the morning. My skin feels good and I have a dewy glow. Definitely a great find.

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Next, the Almay eye makeup remover. I can’t complain. It’s quick, easy & doesn’t require a lot of “scrubbing/rubbing” which is great on the delicate eye area. I love that it doesn’t irritate my eyes. Great find and love that I got 2 for the price of one!

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Lastly, the charcoal tooth whitener. I have to say I’m not that big a fan. Yes it does seem to make your smile appear brighter, but I didn’t notice a dramatic change in color. It’s also a bit messy. I have a regular tooth-brush and the over spray gets every where!  If I had a battery-powered tooth brush maybe it wouldn’t be so messy, or if it was in a paste form. The good thing is it’s pretty easy to clean up and doesn’t stain so that’s a plus. Also, you get a ton of product and you only have to use a little. This will definitely last a good while. If you don’t mind a little clean up after using, then this product is alright. It was fun trying it out.

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Hope this was helpful in some way and if not, at least entertaining!

Thanks for stopping by!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

Recipes

My Family Dinner Favorites: Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a family dinner favorites recipe so I thought I’d share one today. It’s a good one… Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole!! Can we same yum?!

It’s pretty simple and comes together quickly , and you can lighten it up by using low-fat/no fat ingredients. Serve with a side of cilantro white rice and you’ve got a complete meal. These are my favorite kind of week night dinner recipes!

Check out Liz over at realhousemoms.com for this delicious, printable recipe!

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This casserole was a big hit and has become a week night favorite of ours. I hope you enjoy it too!

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

Beauty

Beauty Finds First Impressions

Hi friends, hope you had a great week and a wonderful 4th!  I was out and about shopping last Friday and I found some beauty products I’d love to share with you. I figured I’d start a “beauty finds” post series sharing my thoughts & first impressions, then follow-up in a few weeks to let you know how they work out.

One of my favorite discount stores to shop is Burkes Outlet! They offer a 15% off discount on Fridays so I always check them out to see what deals I find. Here’s what I picked up.

 

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Global Beauty Gold Gel Face Mask & Applicator

I saw this little kit and it reminded me of the gold infused sheet masks I’ve seen everywhere. It’s infused with gold extract, and is supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It also says it offers “intense hydration to revitalize, smooth and soften your skin.” I have combination skin and occasional Rosacea flair ups on my cheeks. Anything that is soothing and hydrating is a plus for me. I also liked that it came with the silicone applicator.

First Impression:

You can definitely see the gold shimmer in the gel! The applicator helps smooth the gel on mess free, and it’s a nice, light consistency. You just scoop out a little at a time and “paint” it on your face. All together I think I used a quarter sized amount on my face. Once I applied the gel all over it’s not as dark-colored on my skin tone as the woman pictured, but I’m more interested in the benefits and not so much the color.

I started with a fresh clean face and I left the gel on for 10 minutes and then rinsed off with warm water. My face did feel really refreshed and soft after rinsing. I followed up with a small amount of Vaseline sensitive skin moisturizer and headed off to bed. In the morning, I noticed my face was pretty smooth and moisturized. I don’t think any wrinkles went away over night, (lol) but I feel the overall texture of my skin was better.  I give this a thumbs up and will definitely be incorporating this into my skin care routine.

 

 

 

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Olivia Care Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish

 

The next product I found was this charcoal tooth polish. It claims to whiten your teeth the natural way with Activated Charcoal. It says, “the charcoal binds to stains on teeth, such as coffee, tea, and wine, to help remove them, leaving teeth whiter and brighter. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of Activated Charcoal promote good oral health by helping to fight against cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. It’s naturally abrasive White Clay gently scrubs and polishes teeth while stimulating the gums.”

First Impression:

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That’s the charcoal there ready to use. You dip your wet toothbrush into the powder and then brush your teeth and gums the way you normally would with toothpaste.

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So…When you start to brush your teeth the charcoal gives off a somewhat unpleasant odor. After about a minute into it, it goes away. Imagine eating a mouthful of Oreos…that is exactly what your teeth look like while brushing them. You get a tiny bit of a warming sensation while brushing and you do feel the grit polishing your teeth.

This can get super messy if you’re not careful. I made sure I leaned down into my sink so there wouldn’t be a big mess. The good thing is, I was able to rinse the sink & my hands with soap and water and there were no stains. The packaging says the charcoal has a peppermint extract in it for freshness which you get a hint of, but I definitely wouldn’t leave the house without brushing with regular toothpaste or using a mouth rinse!

I feel like my teeth looked brighter but it’s too early to tell. I will definitely use this a couple of times a week for the next month and see if it makes a difference.

 

Lastly, I found this twin pack of Almay eye make-up remover. This was a score because normally one bottle is about 4.99 and I got 2 for the price of one!

 

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Almay Liquid Eye Make-up Remover

It’s oil-free and infused with aloe, cucumber and green tea. It says it’s Dermatologist & Ophthalmologist tested, and safe for contact lens wearers (like me).

First Impression:

My eye make-up came off pretty easily and there was no oily residue after. My eyelids and under eye area feel really moisturized! It smells similar to other eye make up removers and it didn’t irritate my eyes. I really like this eye cleanser and will continue to use it.

 

That’s it for today. In a few weeks I will do a follow-up post and let you know how these worked for me. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Let me know if you’d like to here more first impressions!

*Also, I just want to add…I am not a Dr. or Beauty Professional. I’m just a gal sharing my thoughts and opinions on products I love and find good deals on. I love reading reviews and hearing other ladies stories about products they use and what works for them.