DIY Marble Racetrack

Pinterest Fail?

It has been extremely hot this week, high’s in the 100’s! So, in an effort to have some fun indoors I looked on Pinterest for some ideas. When I found a picture of a DIY race track I thought an idea using marbles. My son can watch those Youtube videos for hours.

The problem with using Pinterest for inspiration is that most of the time you don’t have the exact materials to replicate the projects. In most cases, I end up improvising. Which is what happened this time 😀

Materials that I used:

1 small cardboard box

4 crayons

4 craft sticks

4 mini clips

Hot glue gun

marble

I have to admit the videos are very entertaining to watch. But he only played with this for about ten minutes and then moved onto something else. Maybe if it was bigger it would have held his concentration longer?!

Have you tried any DIY projects from Pinterest? Let me know below 📌

Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

Happy Friday!

Halloween is tomorrow 🙂 Me and my husband have very different views on this holiday and the way it should be celebrated. If it was up to me I would decorate my whole apartment in a spooky theme and set scary traps. My siblings know I have somewhat of an obsession with witches and magic. We have had some memorable years in the past scaring each other half to death. Like me, if you are late getting to the store this year, your choice of decorations might be scarce. This year we settled on a few things from the 99 cent store to help make things easier on our pockets. We loved the results so I had to share. You can find a TON of other ideas on Pinterest.

You will need:

  • Spider webbing  
  • Red food coloring 
  • Clear tape
  • Eyeball Ice cubes

Spread the spiderweb out in the shape and form you want for your door. Stick the tape on the edges and place on the corners of the door. Additional tip: To make fake blood, use red food coloring. If you have a spray bottle handy, fill it with water and add red food coloring. Spray the mixture on the decorations and let air dry.


At the dollar store, my son also picked out a tray of fake eyeballs to freeze and put in our drinks. They were priced at $1 and the idea seemed cool so I bought them. I had no intention on actually using these eyeballs as real ice cubes, but I knew they would come in handy. Since they glowed in the dark we figured it would be great to place them on the ceiling like you would glow in the dark stars stickers. From the door decorations, we had left over spiderweb, so that went on top for added effect. I’m sure if I had another bag of that spider webbing I could go more extreme with the decorations. But my son loves how it turned out so I’m happy.

Another idea I got from Pinterest was to make a Halloween Survival Kit. I have seen variations of this idea over the years. I like to be prepared for anything that can happen so this year we decided to make one. This survival kit is more for first aid than anything else. Your child can also keep these items in a zip lock bag at the bottom of their trick or treat bag.

Our survival kit contains:

  • Bandages
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Small Flashlight – make sure you check the batteries first
  • Water bottle
  • Plastic Bag for loose candy

For about $5 this was a steal!

We are ready for Halloween! Are you?! 

DIY Nail Art

I like to keep myself busy with DIY manis once or twice a month at home. Normally, my reasons for getting my nails done are weddings or other special occasions where I’ll be taking professional photos. Naturally, my nails grow quite fast, but they always break or chip after a few weeks. So on occasion, I’ll get tips instead of doing my own regular manicure.

Being me -a frugal fashionista, I didn’t want to pay the money to take off my fake nails, so this time around, I decided to buy a $5 nail remover instead. In my head, I figured this product can be used more than once so I’d be getting my money’s worth. I get tired of the same nail color after about a week. I always try to stretch out my fill-in another week or two by painting them myself in a different color.

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After about 30 minutes sitting with my hands in this stuff, it still didn’t take the tips off. All of the nail polish was removed, but that was about it. Needless to say, I was highly disappointed. The nail techs know how to make money, they glued those things on so good you have no choice but to pay money for to remove them.

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A while back, I bought some nail art. I was feeling extra creative, so I decided to try it out. YOLO 🙂 I forgot the store I got them from, but I know I picked them up in the clearance rack for about $3. I got an extra week of well-maintained looking nails by using my own polish and these stickers.

Check out the before & after below.


Can you believe this diy mani was done for less than $10 dollars? How do you extend your manicure (either real or fake nails)? I’m open to suggestions!

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