Homemade Flower Sachets

Make Your Own Flower Sachets
Make Your Own Flower Sachets

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Daisy here with another fun craft. This one is so simple you can probably do it all on your own – and it will make some great gifts.  We’re going to make our own summer flower sachets.

  1. First you need to pick some flowers or herbs.  Lavender is a great plant to use – you can even buy dried lavender at a craft store if you don’t have any growing at home.
  2. Next strip the stems off the blooms and then set your flowers and herbs to dry in the sun.  You can place them on newspaper or on a mesh drying rack – just be sure to anchor them down so they don’t fly away in the sun.
  3. Once the flowers have dried, pack them into a small, airy fabric bag and you have homemade potpourri sachets.  Mesh bags can often be found online or at craft stores, or you can make your own out of old nylon stocking

Then you can pass out the backs as gift for your friends, stash them in your drawers or closets or even hang in them in your locker at school.

Posted by GirlMogul Daisy
Posted by GirlMogul Daisy

Posted by GirlMogul Daisy

Back to School Clothing Shopping Tips

Back to School Clothing Shopping
Back to School Clothing Shopping

Many parents dread back to school time because of fights with their tweens over clothing shopping.  Using these simple tips, you can have a stress-free shopping experience.

Tip #1: Look through Your Tweens Current Wardrobe – Go through your kid’s closet and see what’s already in there.  Donate or discard items that don’t fit or are worn out and get a sense for what can be worn in the new school year.

Tip #2:  Discuss Shopping Strategies – Before you head out to the mall, sit down and talk with your child about what new back to school clothing items are on their must have list and what is on the need list.  They will naturally want the coolest new looks, and designer labels, but you may be thinking more about a basic pair of blue jeans.

Tip #3: Make a Shopping List – Make two lists – once of items your tween needs and one of the things she wants.  Then allocate your overall budget to the wants vs. the needs.  Your tween can pick out her own back to school clothes from her wants, but when her portion of the budget is all used up, it’s gone.

Back to school shopping can be filled with tension between you and your tween, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these tips above and you can have an easy clothes shopping experience this year.

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How To Save Big on Back to School Supplies

Save on back to School Supplies
Save on back to School Supplies

Like most moms are you fearing back to school time because of the expense of school supplies?  Here are some quick tips on saving big money on academic supplies

  • Use the List – most schools and teachers will put out a list of required and suggested supplies for the school year  – you can either download these on the school websites, or find copies in the local stores.  Get this list as soon as possible and map out your spending priorities.  See what you need to buy new and what you can re-use from last year.  Make your “new” shopping list before heading out to the store
  • Stick to the list – Once you have your essential list, make sure you stick to it – just having a list will prevent impulse purchasing but if you go with your tweens, make sure they know they have to stick to the list.  If there is something not on the school supply list that they really want, allow them to purchase it with their own money, or a special back to school stipend.
  • Tax- Free holidays – make use of the fact that many states now have a tax-exempt week just prior to back to school time.  This could mean that many, if not all, of your school supplies will be tax free – and this could save you up to 10% off your total bill.
  • Shop Online – Use the internet to scour for deals at the big retail chains.  You can sign up for e-coupons on school supplies or even find out if there are any free shipping deals – saving you a trip to the store entirely!

With these simple back to school money saving tips, going shopping for school supplies with for your tween can be easy and cost effective.  And soon, you’ll be looking forward to the rumble of school buses in the morning – without the fear of blowing your budget.

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Win a Roxy Duvet Set

Win A Be True by Roxy Duvet Set
Win A Be True by Roxy Duvet Set

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Daisy here and we have an awesome giveaway sponsored by Roxy – they’ve given us one  Roxy Be True bedding duvet set to giveaway to a lucky reader… (LOVE IT!)

This bedding collection is totally fab and cool – and normally you would have to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond and pay $99.99 for it – but you can win it here…

The collection includes a duvet cover in twin/twin xl, pillow sham, and pillow case.

You can also get it in the Full Duvet Cover Set (129.99) or the Queen Duvet Cover Set (149.99), plus decorative accessories like pillow and dust ruffles – check out http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=124264 for more details..

How to Win…

To enter to win tell us why your room deserves a makeover – we’ll pick a winner at random and send them the Roxy Be True Duvet Set – just post your answer in the comments below…

*Note we can only ship to US addresses for this one….Thanks!