San Antonio summer coupons

Get out with the kids, family and friends and take advantage of all these great deals in and around San Antonio to make some great memories.

Print out these coupons and start filling up your calendar with summer fun!

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reuse your coffee grinds

If you’ve been following me, you know that I love finding hidden uses for things and reusing what I have.  (check out my uses for hairspray and vinegar)

Today, I’m doing reuses for your morning (or if you’re like me, your morning, afternoon and evening) coffee grinds.

I’ve been a full fledged caffeine addict since probably about 12 or 13 when I used to go skiing in the Alps with my dad and we’d stop half way down the slopes at the restaurants to grab a snack and dad would get me a giant cappuccino all warm and freshly frothed. So needless to say, there are always coffee grinds in my coffee maker.  Here are some of the ways that I reuse them.

  1. To fertilize plants – coffee grinds are very nutrient rich and when placed in your potting soil or mixed in your garden, it time releases nitrogen.  Or add it to water to make it a liquid fertilizer.
  2. Keep odors out of your fridge – Use a little tray of the grinds in place of baking soda. change out the grinds every week or so.
  3. Neutralize kitchen odors – boil in a pot of water to remove burnt or smoke odors from your kitchen. (i used this last week when plastic fell to the bottom of my dishwasher and burnt.  took the smell away in a few minutes!)
  4. Stain wood – mix with water to the color you want and brush onto wood to stain it or cover up scratches.
  5. Repel ants – spread around the perimeter of your house, yard or wherever you have ants to deter them

Before you go to dump your coffee grinds, try one of these uses!

tastiest hushpuppies ever!

When I decided to fry up some catfish for dinner the other night, hubby suggested cornbread to go with it, but I was thinking hushpuppies! I’ve never made any before, but we did have a box of jiffy cornbread mix so I thought, how hard can it be to take that and turn it into hushpuppies?

So here is my little recipe that I whipped up, and that turned out to be THE BEST TASTING HUSHPUPPIES that I’ve ever had!

  • 1 pkg jiffy cornbread mix
  • 8 oz. can of corn
  • 1 egg
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • few big pinches of salt
  • few big pinches of garlic powder
  • 2-3 tbsp of flour

 

Just grab a big bowl and mix all that together.  The batter should be slightly thick and sticky, it needs to be able to hold together in the fryer.

Heat up your oil and start dropping rounded spoonfuls in.  Fry them up for a few minutes until they’re a dark golden brown and enjoy!

They were sweet, cheesy, spiced right and very addicting.  I think I only ate a piece or two of the catfish and let the hushpuppies be my real dinner.

Try different add ins like bacon, shredded zucchini, honey, etc…Customize away!

Try the recipe, you won’t be sorry.  And be sure and let me know!

DIY manicure of the week: split decision

This is another one of those DIY manicure that I’ve been doing since I was a teenager.  It’s a pretty easy way to get the done by a manicure artist look without the price.  Pick 2 of your favorite colors paint the top color first with a diagonal line across your nail and then finish with the bottom color and set it all with a clear top coat.

Use this double pop of color to show off your school colors, fav sports team colors, holiday colors, etc…

Let me know what color combo your gonna go with and if you have any questions 🙂

remember…

champagne is delicious, gorgeous shoes are a must, family fun is important, but the piggy bank still has to be fed 😉

DIY all natural bug spray

Raise your hand if you hate bug sprays.  This can be a huge problem if you’re like my 2 year old son River and I and you seem to be particularly allergic to their bites while somehow attracting everyone of them to your flesh. Do I put out some kind of unknown mosquito hormone that flashes like a neon sign?

I’m pretty anti bug spray; the chemicals and the especially the smell are enough to have steered me away my whole life. The latest result of that aversion is about 20 giant welt like bites that are all over my body.  After waking up in the middle of the night with an unsatisfiable itch on the bottom of my foot of all places, I knew that I had to find a way to make my own repellant.  So after scouring the net for what naturally repels the pests, I found that essential oils can come to my rescue.

The best oils to use are citronella, lemongrass, peppermint and lavender.  You need to mix your oils in with a carrier, either and oil or alcohol.  Now the thought of an oil based spray didn’t appeal to me, so I chose witch hazel. I’ve used witch hazel before and I know all of it’s amazing qualities for soothing skin (more DIY witch hazel tutorials to come!)

Feel free to use the oils in any combination that you like to find a scent and mix that works for you. I do, however, recommend using a majority of citronella though as I feel it works best to deter the bugs.

Gather your witch hazel, essential oils (important to use the essential oils, not fake scented, filled ones), and a spray bottle.  Try mixing 1 cup at a time.  1 cup witch hazel, 15 drops of citronella, 5 or 6 of lavender and 5 or 6 of peppermint.  Pour all together, shake and start spraying.  Take that mosquitos!

You’ll have your own all natural, chemical free, not at all obnoxious smelling bug spray! Keep some next to your back door, in the diaper bag, wherever and spray before all your summer outings to not have to worry about getting itchy later!