Hiring a Professional Versus Do-It-Yourself

At our house, I’m the handywoman and I take care of most home renovation projects.  I’ve learned many things, from how to paint to how to install hardwood flooring.  A month and a half ago, I decided that our master bedroom needed to be painted and updated.  I primed the room, painted the walls, and stopped.  The trim in the bedroom includes crown molding, trim around the windows and doors, and a large bay window that extends the length of one wall.  My project has stalled, and I’m tired of sleeping in the guest room.

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Today at work I ran into two painters.  I got one painter’s number but I’m not sure I’m going to call him.  I just can’t justify paying someone to do something I can do.  It’s just something I don’t want to do.  I’d rather spend my time on things that are more fun!

I’ve thought about calling to see if he’ll give me a free quote and then going from there.  If it’s not too expensive, it probably would be worth it!  I’d rather spend a little money and save the headache.  However, if it is more expensive than I think is worth it, I’ll end up painting it myself.

I think it’s funny that I’d even consider using a professional when I’m so focused on saving money.  I think there are times when it’s worth spending money to save sanity. 😉

Have you considered hiring a professional versus doing something yourself even though you knew how to do it?


Embroidery Wall Hoops- Frugal Wall Art!

One of my favorite things about owning a house is being able to make it into my own. I’ve spent the last three years painting, replacing flooring, tiling, and doing all the other fun stuff that’s necessary when you own a house. I’ve just now been able to start decorating and making it feel more like home.

The only problem that I’ve run into is that a lot of home goods are expensive!  Wall art is probably the biggest piece of the puzzle as far as bringing a room together.  It’s just not in me to spend $50 or $60 on a piece of wall art.  I try to make do with what I have and come up with creative ways to make my house look good without raiding my bank account.

This weekend I went through my fabric stash and decided I was going to use some of it to make embroidery wall hoops.  I did have to go buy the embroidery hoops (they were $1.00 each).

I took the fabric, stretched it over the embroidery hoops, trimmed it in the back to go around the hoop, and glued the pieces over the edge in.  It was so simple!  I think they go well with the quilt, which is a handmade quilt from my aunt.  The only thing is that it took me forever to get them on the wall right!

Mr. Money is undecided on whether or not he likes them.  I just think they may be too girly for him.  I’d love to have your opinion!

Do you like my frugal wall art?


How to Make Shampoo

If you’re interested in how to make shampoo, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’ve tried the No Poo Shampoo Method and it just didn’t work for you, don’t worry. I’ve got the perfect shampoo recipe you can make yourself that’s all natural and won’t break the bank. This is a tried and true recipe; Mr. Money uses it exclusively and loves it!


  • 1 Bar of Soap (I used homemade but you can use something like Dr. Bronner’s or Ivory.
  • 1/4 Cup of olive oil
  • Your favorite essential oil (I used peppermint)
  • Water or tea (I used mint tea)


Grate your bar of soap on a cheese grater. Mine looks suspiciously like cheese. It’s not; I promise it’s just beer soap.

Put your grated soap, olive oil, and a little bit of water in the blender. I started with about 1/4 cup of mint tea.  Add in about 10 drops of your essential oil.

Blend until it is the consistency that you’d like. You may need to add more liquid.

(Ignore the bubble that looks like a butt. Bubble butt!)

When it’s the consistency that you like, put it into an old shampoo bottle. I like to use a funnel. Now you’ve saved money by making your own natural shampoo and you’ve also kept a bottle out of the landfill.

That’s it! It’s so simple.  Lather, rinse, repeat as usual. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making your own shampoo, the most natural brand I have found out there is Aubrey Organics.  I love their Egyptian Henna Shampoo.

And that’s how to make shampoo!

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