Friday Freebie! Another free 8×8 Shutterfly Photo Book!

You may recall me posting about a free Shutterfly photo book last month, and I know some of you disappointed you missed it.

Well, good news! The deal is back courtesy of IKEA! You can get a free 8×8 hardcover Shutterfly custom photo book, valued at $29.99. Lock yours in asap to make sure you get one because they give out a limited supply. Perfect timing for those fun Halloween photos you took!

Here’s what to do…

Simply click here (you may have to view on desktop rather than mobile) and either create a new customer profile, or log into your existing one. It’s that easy! The free book will be automatically be added to your account, and ready for whenever you want to create the book. Just remember, you must actually create and order the book before December 4th, 2013, and taxes/shipping are extra.

Making a Happy Kitchen Window Plant with Miracle-Gro

With my love of painting and art, I grew up watching Bob Ross paint “happy little trees.” Now that I have a home, I realize that plants really do make a space feel more cheerful. I love the idea of bringing the outdoors in, which is very feng shui.

In my kitchen I still have the old window valance hung from the previous owner, but will be sewing my own soon. In the meantime, I wanted something pretty and green to add to the kitchen window sill. I stumbled upon these pretty ferns and succulents while shopping at IKEA, as well as this long, white jar. Everything was relatively cheap too. I think this total project cost me about $15 for the plants and vase, and they had a bunch of different plant pot options. If you don’t have an IKEA near you, these mini plants, succulents, and even cacti, are in season right now at home improvement stores like Lowe’s. This sat on my window looking quite messy, until I finally decided to actually plant the mini plants together.


Luckily, I didn’t have to buy soil as I had a free sample of Miracle-Gro stored in my garage. To be exact, it was the Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n GRO concentrated planting mix, courtesy of Scotts. I dumped it in my jar, then added water. In my pictures below, once I added water you can literally see the plant mix expanded up to 3X’s the amount I started with. So cool! Another benefit is it holds up to 50% more water than basic potting soil, meaning less watering/maintenance for me.




After the soil expanded, I made holes where I wanted to put my plants. I removed the plants from the jars they came in, but retained the soil around it. Then I planted them in the holes, covered with a little more Miracle-Gro, and that was that! The plants are still thriving, and making every “dish washing day” happier.


If you want to get really crafty, try painting your own flower pot like I did in this paint-pot tutorial.

I’d love to hear your comments. How do you make your house happier?


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