It’s a Birthday Giveaway!

I LOVE birthdays.  Not just my birthday {although it’s pretty rockin’} but birthdays as a whole.  If I ever have chillin’s I’ll be that mom that keeps her kids home on their birthday to go out and do something fun and eat cake for breakfast and have an all day birthday celebration!  Because the day your mom did all the work and you just screamed a lot is a big deal!

$25 Target Gift Card Giveaway from DIYfaerie

Today it is officially October!  Also known as the BEST month of the year!  Sorry to anyone who is not an October Libra.  You’re sorta kinda pretty cool, too.  I know you know where I’m going with this.  It’s almost my birthday!!!!  Excuse me while I jump up and down with excitement.  Every year on October 1st the great countdown begins.  Even better is the fact that my sister’s birthday is exactly 14 days before mine so she gets me even more pumped up for birthday-ness.  But back to me.

This year I want to bless one of you lovely readers with a present!  It’s my birthday but I’m giving YOU a present!  Aren’t I awesome?  Don’t pause so long, the answer is yes!  Plus, who doesn’t love Target?  The answer is no one, in case you were pausing again.

Entering is easy peasy!  Just click the link below {sorry I can’t embed the Rafflecopter in the post, gotta follow WordPress rules} and follow the directions to enter!  You can come back and tweet about the giveaway once a day for more entries!  And don’t forget to refer your friends!

Meaghan’s Birthday Giveaway

Good luck and come see what I’ve got going on InstagramPinterest, Facebook, and Twitter and never miss a beat!

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Free Halloween Printables

Have we talked about how much I love Halloween?  I think my love affair with Halloween is almost as intense as my love affair with fall.  So if you understand my level of intensity about fall then you’re on the same page with how I feel about Halloween.

I have been sitting on these printables for almost 3 weeks and now that I have finally finished the frame I intend to put them in they got printed.  It’s crazy how long it took me to paint a simple frame black!  Don’t you just love the detail?

Free Halloween Printables | DIYfaerie

They all turned out so stinkin’ cute that I just can’t decide which one I want to use!  It wouldn’t be weird to use each one for 10ish days and then rotate out to the next one, right?  I originally created these for my little 4×6 frame but figured you guys would love a full size one to fit in an 8×10 frame instead.  So I went to all that trouble to fix them for you ;)

Free Halloween Printables | DIYfaerie

I even printed a full sized one for myself to swap out with the amazing fall printable I got from the lovely ladies at Home. Made. Interest.

Download your free Halloween printables here, pick your favorite, and enjoy!

Which printable is your favorite?  How do you like to decorate your space for Halloween?  Share with me in the comments below!

Do you love Pinterest?  Me too!  Pin these fun, free printables to Pinterest and share the love!

Savings Tip: Did you find a frame but you’re not quite sure it fits in your decor?  Grab some acrylic paint and give it a makeover instead of running out and buying a new frame!

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Couponing for Beginner Series: Stacking Coupons & Multiple Transactions

It’s Friday!  And that means another installment in my Couponing for Beginners Series!  Since I’ve been busy prepping to go out of town this week my amazing coupon bff, Regina is back to help me with this one!  Last week we talked about avoiding coupon fraud and respecting coupon policies, and you can read all about that very important topic here.

If this is your first time stopping by the series, welcome!  I encourage you to jump back and start at the beginning and then join us back here once you’re caught up.  Here’s what we’ve covered so far…

Couponing 101
What is a Coupon & Where Can I Find It?
Binder vs. Insert Organization
Avoiding Coupon Fraud & Respecting Coupon Policies

I kind of hinted at, and tried briefly to explain, multiple transactions last week.  But today Regina has explained it a little better and included some pictures for you as well.  She’ll also be taking you through how to stack coupons to maximize your savings.  Got a pen and paper for note taking?  Here we go!

Couponing for Beginners Series: Stacking Coupons & Multiple Transactions | DIYfaerie


Hey, y’all, Regina here again!  Today I’m going to start by explaining stacking coupons for you.  Certain stores, like Target, allow you to stack different kinds of coupons to maximize your savings.  Awesome, right?  Us couponers have gotten many a free item by using stacking to our advantage.  I’m going to break it down for you so stick with me!

We’ll be using Target as our example right now since it’s a national chain and almost everyone has one.  Here are the different kinds of coupons and savings discounts you can use all together on one item or items at Target:

  • Manufacturer coupons from the newspaper or websites like
  • Target store coupons which can be found at, but they will sometimes appear in inserts alongside manufacturer’s coupon and in the Target weekly sales ad.  Target also offers mobile coupons which allows you to text codes to 827438 for savings sent to your smart phone.  {This is a free service but you will have to register.}
  • Cartwheel is a free app for Android and iPhone that allows you to search for an item like “Glade” or “chicken” and add it to your list for an additional percentage off savings.  Usually 5%-20% but sometimes more!  The more you use cartwheel to save the more items you can add to your list!
  • Target Red Card is something you can sign up for either online or at the store with your cashier.  They have a debit card option that will link to your bank account and a credit card option.  This card automatically gets you an extra 5% off all your purchases in the store and online every time you use it and also free shipping on all orders at
  • Target Gift Cards will sometimes be included in a deal at Target.  Once you buy the required number of an item the computer will tell the cashier to scan a gift card for you which will be good to use on your next transaction.  I’ve seen gift card deals range from $5 to $20!

You will notice that a lot of Target and manufacturer coupons are for the same items.  That’s the whole point and the best part about stacking!  You can use all or any combination above on a single item at Target {as long as you’re following the rules on your individual coupons} and get it very cheap or even free!

Here’s a deal for Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner going on at Target right now that is a great example for stacking {it ends tomorrow 9/27 so if you’re interested in taking advantage of it grab your coupons and head out!}.

Couponing for Beginners Series: Stacking Coupons & Multiple Transactions | DIYfaerie

For this deal you’ll be stacking a Buy One Get One free manufacturer’s coupon with a Target threshold, or dollars off a purchase price, coupon.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • Buy 8 Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner on price cut for $2.50 each which will bring your subtotal to $20.
    • Use four Buy One Get One coupons from the SmartSource insert found in the Sunday paper from 9/14
    • And one Target beauty coupon for $5 off a purchase of $20 or more.  You can clip this Target coupon out of the Target weekly store ad from the 9/21 paper or have it sent to your phone by texting “BLUSH1” to 827438 {if you haven’t signed up for Target mobile coupons it will prompt you to do so at this point}.

Using these coupons will bring your pre-tax total to….drum roll please…$5!  $5 for 8 hair care products!!  I’ve been couponing for almost a year and it still blows my mind that we’re able to get deals like this!  And we’re respecting Target’s coupon policy completely!

One thing I do want to be clear on is when you’re using a threshold or dollars off a total purchase coupon you need to hand this coupon over first.  Handing over any other coupons first will bring your total below the threshold and your total will not be enough anymore.

Now I know you’re jumping up and down with excitement, but we’ve still got a little more to go before you can run to Target.  Let’s talk about multiple transactions.

I think Meaghan did a great job talking about multiple transactions last week but we’ll go over a few different reasons why you might want to do a separate transaction and then give you a visual so it makes more sense.

Reasons For Multiple Transactions

  • Paying with two different methods of payment.  I know when I’m picking something up for someone else I want to pay separately so it’s easier for them to pay me back or maybe I want to pay for one thing with cash and the rest with my debit card.  You’ve probably done this at some point and not even realized you were being fancy and doing multiple transactions!
  • You want to claim a purchase for a refund.  If you’re donating something it’s best to have as many kinds of proof of purchase as possible and keeping your receipts is a good way to do that.
  • Your store has a coupon per transaction limit.  Per Target’s coupon policy you can’t use more than 4 like coupons per transaction.  If I want to buy 6 of an item and use 6 coupons I’ll have to do 2 transactions.
  • Rolling a gift card.  If I’m buying 3 items that will signal the cashier to give me a $5 gift card I want to pay for the rest of my items separately so I can use the gift card I just earned on my other items and lower my out of pocket cost.

Want to see how easy it is to do a multiple transaction?

Couponing for Beginners Series: Stacking Coupons & Multiple Transactions | DIYfaerie

Just use those dividers found on the conveyor belt and tell the cashier you want to do multiple transactions.  Done!  Not bad, right?  Thanks so much to Meaghan for having me again today and good luck in your coupon adventures!


A huge thank you to Regina for stopping by and imparting some more couponing wisdom!  I learned so much from her when I first started and still do!  Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram and check out her amazing hauls and deals!

Do you have other reasons to do more than one transaction when you’re shopping?  Have any questions about what we’ve talked about in this post?  Please let me know in the comments!

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My Newest Adventure…Norwex

I think I might be crazy, y’all.  Legit, sign me up for the insane asylum crazy.  If subbing 2 to 4 days a week and getting my Grocery Shopping Plan Service off the ground wasn’t enough I’m adding another business venture to the mix.  Seriously, I don’t know how you busy momma’s do it!  But I am so incredibly excited to start this new venture selling a product I am just in love with.

My Newest Adventure...Norwex! | DIYfaerie**

Norwex.  If you haven’t heard of Norwex hold onto your seats because I am about to let you in on how awesome this brand is.  It’s amazing!  {I almost typed amazeballs but I didn’t because I have lines that I just won’t cross, but oh man I really, really wanted to!}

I was first introduced to Norwex by my cousin when she sent me a party invite through Facebook.  I had no idea what Norwex was and honestly didn’t care.  I went just to see my cousins and get out of the house for a couple days.  I love a good trip to Richmond!  I figured I’d hang out with family, eat some snacks, and smile and nod during the party.  I didn’t expect to love it so much that I’d agree to host a party of my own!

I think what really got me listening was all the chemical talk.  Did you know that in the last 50 years more than 80,000 new chemicals have been created?  Me either!  There’s even evidence that chemical levels in your house are 70% higher than if you were to walk out to your front yard.  At this point in her presentation I did a full body shudder.  And I started to pay a little bit more attention.

The second thing that hooked me was the microfiber cloths.  I know you guys have seen them in the store.  I have too.  Microfiber is all the rage right now because it can usually hold up to double it’s weight in water, resists bacteria, and they last forever.  Want to know why Norwex cloths are better than the ones you get at Target?  {Sorry, Target}

For a normal cloth to be considered microfiber the strands of the cloth need to be 1/16th the size of a strand of human hair.  Pretty tiny, right?  Norwex cloths are 1/200th the size of a strand of human hair!  1/200th!!  AND their unique weave and MicroSilver makes them anti-bacterial.  Normal cloths are just pushing the dirt and germs around.  Norwex cloths are actually soaking it up and killing the germs.  And it can hold up to seven times it’s weight in liquid.  Seven times it’s weight!!!

I was sold.  So, totally sold.  I still kind of booked my party by accident.  When she said I could roll some big fuzzy dice and possibly get a floor mop for free, in true couponer fashion I heard the word “free” and I was in.  I only fell in love with the product more when she came to my house to do a party for my friends and family, though.  After a few months of my friends and family telling me I’d be a great consultant, I decided to go for it!

I got an entire pack of amazing microfiber cloths of my very own from my hostess rewards and I LOVE using these things!  I could go on and on and on about their products but you should really check them out.  You won’t be sorry.  You can order online and once I get all my info set up and order my kit I’ll put some information over in the sidebar about how you can order from me!

Let me just finish by saying that I have never been someone interested in selling a product.  I’ve declined selling products as a consultant like this in the past because I just wasn’t 100% convinced they were a product that was worth investing my time and effort to sell.  Norwex products, however, are worth every penny, second, and ounce of gas it takes me to sell them.  I love them and I know you will, too!

Interested in learning more about Norwex?  Are you near northern Virginia and think you might be interested in hosting a party?  Please email me at or leave a comment below!

** All my Norwex cloths were in the wash so I borrowed this photo from the Norwex website.  It does not have my watermark and I am not claiming it as my own.

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Brown Sugar Scones with Maple Glaze

I love scones.  I’m just going to be loud and proud about this one y’all.  If there is a biscuit-y type thing I can have with breakfast or brunch I’m going to pick scones every. single. time.  It’s just a fact.  They’re so versatile!  And unlike biscuits than can be savory OR sweet.  Every tried a sweet biscuit?  Don’t.  Just take my word for it.

But scones.  Oh, man.  Cheddar bacon scones, sour cream and chive scones, orange scones, cinnamon raisin scones.  You could probably take just about anything and put it into a scone and be the happiest bruncher on the planet.  Like that one time I put apple pie filling into these scones.  So yummy.

The other day I woke up, like out of a dead sleep, wanting to make brown sugar scones.  My mouth is literally watering right now recalling these events.  I may have to pop downstairs and make another batch when I’m finished writing this.  But I digress.  Do you even know how easy brown sugar scones are?  Well, I’m about to tell you.  But first…

Brown Sugar Scones with Maple Glaze | DIYfaerie

Yeah, you’re welcome.



2 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg


2 Tbs maple syrup
1 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Cut in butter with a pastry cutter {or your fingers!} until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3. In a small bowl whisk together sour cream and egg until smooth.
4. Stir into flour/butter mixture until dough comes together.  I always use my hands for this step because I just think it incorporates better.
5. Separate dough into 8 equal balls, roll with your hands, and flatten slightly.
6. Place onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until golden brown
7. Combine ingredients for glaze in a small measuring cup and mix well to combine.  Pour over warm scones and enjoy!

Brown Sugar Scones with Maple Glaze | DIYfaerie


That glaze soaks into the scone when it’s still warm and the brown sugar is just.  There aren’t words y’all.  Want to know the secret?  All I did was replace white sugar with brown sugar.  Snap!  See, I told you it would be easy.  This is my go to scone recipe and when I want to make a more savory scone I just cut back the amount of sugar to about 1/4 cup and add in my savory ingredients at the very end.  Now I have a hankering for cheddar bacon scones.  Target, here I come!

Also, if you don’t have sour cream on hand {like I haven’t the last 2 times I’ve used this recipe} fear not!  You can just substitute milk.  Unfortunately I have NEVER measured how much milk I add.  In true I-have-this-recipe-memorized fashion I just add it till it “looks right” and move on.  I hate bakers like that when I’m trying a new recipe!  Sorry, guys.  But once you make it a few times with the sour cream and know how it’s supposed to look you’ll get the hang of it and be making substitutions all over the place!

Brown Sugar Scones with Maple Glaze | DIYfaerie


Do you have any favorite tried and true scone recipes?  I’d love to hear about them!  What are your favorite scone add-ins?  Let me know in the comments below!


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