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Favorite Apps!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

One of the best things about the Intel Tablet I was sent  awhile back is the ability to have some useful apps!

My iphone is very old and I can't use most apps with it. So, it's been fun to have some useful, fun and educational things on my tablet. Here are some of my favorites and some that I would like to have in the future!

 Educational: PBS Parents Play and Learn, RAZ Kids (reading app)Teach Me Kindergarten, Little Writer (tracing app)

Miscellaneous: Pippit (kind of a combination of Pinterest and Bloglovin') Good Budget - This is probably my most used app. We track every single dollar we spend and each thing comes out of different "envelopes". This is a great alternative to the cash envelope system that we were always terrible at.

Shopping: Cartwheel - always always always check Cartwheel when you are at Target! Most likely something you are buying has a Cartwheel coupon for it! Groupon - if we go out to eat (which is rare), we usually go somewhere with a Groupon! Joann & Michaels Apps - never buy anything from either of these stores without a coupon!

Photography: A Beautiful Mess - I would love to buy this app for only $1. It lets you add handwriting to photos and other fun stuff! Rhonna Designs - Another amazing photo editing app that I want to get!

I hope you found at least one app that might interest you! Some of these that aren't free would make great little gifts.  And if you haven't already seen it, go check out how I made a tablet cover out of a shopping bag.

#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include the Intel Corporation providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

DIY Stamped Gift Wrap

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wow,  I have been totally out of the blog scene this month! December is always so busy and on top of that we had the stomach flu at our house for a full week. I had it the worst and it took so much out of me! I hope to be back to blogging regularly until Christmas.

I've loved sharing easy gift wrap ideas in the past and I have a super easy and quick one for you today that the kids will love to help with!

I made some stamps out of a sponge and created a scalloped design on some plain gift wrap. That's it! You just need a few simple materials that you probably already have on hand.

Cut a half circle or whatever shape you want out of the sponge.

And just stamp away. My lines are far from straight or perfect, but I kinda like it that way.

Try it on all different colors of wrapping paper and with different colors of paint. Let the paint dry and then wrap away! This is great because you can use it for any occasion, not just Christmas.

Well, that was short and sweet! BUT..don't worry I have more! Check out all of these other gift wrap tutorials from Homemade Ginger past:

Anthropologie Inspired Gift Wrap

DIY Pom Pom Gift Bows

Chalkboard Gift Tags

Brown Paper Packages

November Favorites

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I haven't done a favorites post in a long time and I thought it would be fun to change it up from the usual craftiness! I had a few fun things that loved using/eating/reading/watching in November that you might like to know about.  None of them are too exciting, but here we go...

1. Sleepytime Peach Tea: I love tea and this one is so yummy and soothing to drink at night. It's a great switch up from the regular sleepytime tea which is also a favorite.

2. Rosehip Seed Oil: My skin is super dry in the winter and I had heard that Rosehip Seed Oil is an all natural miracle product full of viatmins, anti-oxidants, anti-aging properties and very moisturizing. I found some at Marshalls for very inexpensive and I love it! I have been using it in the morning and at night before I put on my moisturizer. It smells amazing too.

3. Rose Salve: Going along with the rose theme, I picked up this stuff and it also smells so yummy. You can use it on your lips, hands and anywhere else that's super dry.

4. Gluten Free Crackers: Yes, super random...but it wouldn't be a favorites post without something from Aldi, right? I love these Gluten free crackers from Aldi. They are nutty and made mainly from rice. I like dipping them in hummus or eating them with cheese.

5. Ikea straws: I found these at Ikea for only $1.99 and I love them because they are nice and big, perfect for smoothies. And they are cute.

6. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown: I starting reading this book last year (I may have even mentioned it before) and stopped halfway through. I picked it up again and am loving it.  I can't wait to read The Gift of Imperfection next.

7. Ashley from Makeuptia on Youtube: If you are in to all natural skincare and beauty products, this is a fun Youtube channel. I think I found Ashley because I was searching for something having to do with redheads and I found her. She's a natural redhead and beauty guru but focuses on natural products. It's different and fun!

DIY Leather and Gold Bracelets

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pssst...scroll to the end of this post for an exciting Christmas giveaway!

It's time to start thinking about what Christmas gifts you want to buy and which ones you want to DIY.  I 'm loving delicate jewelry right now and I thought it would be fun to try to DIY some. I had an old gold necklace that I deconstructed, combined it with some leather that I cut into geometric shapes and viola: a modern yet delicate bracelet that any girl would love to have in her stocking. 

You will need some simple jewelry tools for this project. Borrow some if you don't have any or use a coupon to buy some at the craft store. They are inexpensive and great to have around for repairing broken necklaces and earrings!

You will need:
A Gold Chain (You can purchase one at the craft store or use an old necklace)
Round nose pliers
Awl or Sharp tool
Gold clasp
Gold jump rings

First, cut your leather shape. Then, using the awl, make 2 small holes on either side.

Attach your jump rings to the leather.

Cut chain to desired length and attach to the jump rings.  Using 2 more jump rings, attach the closure.


Now, don't go yet! You might need an adorable custom stocking to put your DIY bracelets in...so I've got you covered! Leslee from Knit and Lit is giving away one custom stocking for a reader! These are so cute, I wish I had some.

They are all handmade and come in tons of colors and variations. I just love that they come in non-Christmasy colors. I love decorating for Christmas in non Christmas colors.

If you don't win the giveaway, you can still purchase some stockings using a 10% discount through Christmas. Yippee! The coupon code is: homemadeginger

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8 Ways to Display Photos During the Holidays

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fall is over and Christmas is around the corner which means that all of those fall family photos are waiting to be printed, displayed and gifted for the holidays. I always struggle to know what to do with photos or how to display them, so I came up with 8 different ways to do just that!

We set up our tripod and took some photos a few weeks ago when the leaves were still pretty. I was pleased that a few of them turned out well despite the fact that we took them ourselves. These are 2 of my favorites:

I know I wanted to send out photo Christmas cards. In the past, I've made them myself on Photoshop but I would love to get some printed through Minted.  If you have no idea what Minted is, where have you been? I love everything from there.  Here are just 4 of my favorite Holiday photo ideas from Minted:

1. Joy to the World Card. You can customize the colors on most of these cards. This is one is so pretty.
2. Watercolor Bunting Card. I love the watercolor detail in this one. So beautiful.
3. Holiday Ornament Card. These are just genius! A card and ornament in one? So cute.
4. Winter Brights Holiday Minibook  This would be the ultimate holiday photo card. It would be great just to print a few for Grandparents. Absolutely adorable!

There are also millions of DIY projects involving photos which make the best gifts. I have rounded up 4 of my favorites!

1. DIY Waterless Photo Snowlobes / The Gold Jellybean.  These look super easy and just the cutest!

2. Sewn Instagram Garland / I made this a few months back and it's still a favorite!

3. Homemade Photo Ornaments / The Crafting Chicks.  I'm thinking of making these this year. They are super cute!

4. Christmas Holiday Card Display / Lolly Jane.  I love this so much. I would be adorable sitting on a mantle or an empty wall. Much better than just throwing all of those beautiful cards in a stack somewhere.

There you have it! Hopefully you have some inspiring ideas to go put to use this weekend.

Make a Tablet Cover From a Reusable Shopping Bag

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I do not have a laptop, my iphone is very old and we have never owned a tablet. I'm of course so blessed to have our desktop computer but I know blogging could be a little more convenient with a tablet or laptop. So, when Intel sent me a new little tablet I was thrilled! I didn't have a cover for it, so I came up with a very easy and fast way to make one out of reusable shopping bags!

I found these little reusable bags for $1 and thought they would make the perfect tablet cover. The beauty of using these bags is that they already have a built in soft "lining", they don't fray like fabric so you don't have to worry about finishing seams and they are somewhat waterproof.

Cut your bags down to size, you want to make 2 rectangles about 1 inch bigger than the width of your tablet and one rectangle should be about 1 inch shorter. You also want another smaller rectangle for the flap.

The dimensions of my 3 pieces were:
5.5 X 8.5 inches
5.5 X 7.5 inches
5 X 5.5 inches (flap)

First I sewed the flap on the taller rectangle, right sides together.

Then I simply top stitched around the 2 rectangles, sewing them together. I also top stitched the seam of the flap down so that it would lay better.

I decided it needed a closure, so I sewed on a button as well as a little loop of elastic to the flap. I put another button on the front rectangle a few inches down. If I planned ahead better, I would have sewn this button on before assembling the cover, but it still worked.

I love my little cover for my tablet and I can't wait to make more! These would make the easiest and cutest gifts or stocking stuffers. Or if you are planning on gifting an Intel tablet to someone, make a cute cover to go along with it. I love the size of mine. It's small enough to stash in my purse but big enough to get some real work done on it!

#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include the Intel Corporation providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

DIY Gel Manicure

Monday, November 17, 2014

I'm definitely not a gel manicure expert my by any means especially considering the last time I got a manicure was when I get married and the gel kind didn't exist back then.  But, I'm type of person that paints my nails and it lasts maybe 2 days. Usually it's 1 day.  So I did a little Pinterest research and came up with a DIY gel manicure that lasts about 5 days for me!

If you aren't as hard on your nails as me, yours might last longer. I found this gel manicure method  from A Beautiful Mess on Pinterest and tried it out. I loved that it didn't chip, but the nail polish peeled off all my nails in one giant piece. Maybe I did it wrong, but I decided I needed a different base coat. So, this is the method I came up with!

Step One: Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat - I've tried a few different ones and this is by far the best. And it's cheap!

Step Two: One coat of Gelous nail base coat.

Step Three: One coat of your nail color. I used Essie's Chinchilly in these photos.

Step Four: One more coat of the Gelous Nail.

Step Five: One coat of nail color.

Step Six: One coat of Gelous Nail.

Step Five: One coat of Seche Vite fast dry top coat.

Yes, that's a lot of coats. But it goes fast.

Try it out and tell me how it goes!


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