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Vanessa Hamlin

Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she's not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you'll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.

$300 Budget Girls Bedroom Makeover

$300 Budget Girls Bedroom Makeover My girls share a bedroom. A very small bedroom. And sometimes, the walls clothes in. Yes, I meant to spell close with clothes. Because, as any mother of daughter’s knows, in a girl’s bedroom…there’s new walls built with clothes every day. Recently, the clothing lined walls became a little overwhelming …

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Homemade French Fries with Balsamic Dipping Sauce

Today is National French Fries Day! In honor of this special day, I’ve prepared this delicious post of Homemade French Fries with Balsamic Dipping Sauce. Around here, we love french fries and we eat them quite a bit. But, because we love them so much, it’s nice to switch up the recipe now and then. …

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4 Ingredient DIY Floor Cleaner

DIY Floor Cleaner Cleaning the floors is likely one of your most dreaded household chores. The nasty, chemical smells that come from store-bought floor cleaners probably make it a whole lot worse, too. Especially if you have allergies or sensitivities to strong smells. Plus, those same chemical smells are toxic to you, your family and …

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Free Weekly Menu Planner & Grocery List Printable

Since we’ve recently talked about ways to save money on groceries and why you should keep a running grocery list this week, I thought I’d share a new free printable with you today. I shared a variety of DIY menu planner ideas not too long ago and many of them would be just perfect to …

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8 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Are you spending too much at the grocery store? The rising cost of groceries, is one of the main things stretching America’s already stretched budgets. I’m sure that’s why you’re here now…because you’re trying to save money on groceries, right? I wish I could wave a magic wand and tell you that saving money on …

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Free Printable Cash Envelope System – Strawberry Lemonade

Sick of overspending every week? Start budgeting better with this free printable cash envelope system! This past week, we talked about why you need a budget, ways to save money and how to get out of debt. So, I thought this would be the perfect time to share a free printable cash envelope system with …

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Create Your Own Debt Payoff Plan and Get Out of Debt Fast!

How to Get Out of Debt: Create Your Own Debt Payoff Plan Congratulations on taking the first steps toward learning how to get out of debt! It sure isn’t easy, but it is so worth it! The first thing you need to do is create your monthly budget, then, you’ll be able to figure out …

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7 Ways to Save Money Even When You’re Broke

Sick of not having any extra cash? Need to start saving for a big goal? Here’s 7 ways to save money…even when you’re broke! It seems to be impossible to save money these days. The cost of household expenses, groceries, clothing and everything else you need just continues to go up and up. Somehow, the …

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Free Printable Kitchen Art – Sweet Tea

Looking for a cheap way to decorate your kitchen? Why not use some free printable kitchen art? Here’s a gorgeous “Sweet Tea” print that’s perfect for summer! I have a fun freebie for you today! This free printable kitchen art featuring my “sweet tea” doodles is perfect for adding a little summer fun to your …

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Make Your Own Personalized Notepads – Here’s 3 Ways!

3 DIY Personalized Notepads Using personalized notepads is a pretty and personal way to keep track of all the things you need to do. Plus, they make the perfect gift for anyone at any age, too! Moms and Dads love custom stationery because they can easily keep track of to-do lists, shopping lists and family …

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How I Remodeled My Whole Bathroom With Just a $100 Budget !

$100 Budget Bathroom Remodel ~ The Reveal ~ Holy cow! When I started this project, I had intentions of doing the bathroom vanity makeover, painting the walls and maybe updating some of the decor. I never imagined that 2 1/2 weeks later, my entire bathroom would be remodeled! But, it is and it looks gorgeous. …

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5 Free Printable Bathroom Designs

Redecorating your bathroom? Here’s 5 Free Printable Bathroom Designs to help you make it pretty! Since I’ve been sharing so much about the bathroom remodeling I’m doing, I thought it would be fun to share some of the free bathroom designs that I’ve found while researching decorating ideas. Maybe you want to give your bathroom …

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How to Turn Pickle Jars into “Granite” Storage Containers

How to Turn Pickle Jars into “Granite” Storage Containers When I started out with the bathroom vanity makeover last week, I had simple plans of redoing the sink and painting the bathroom walls. But, somewhere along the way my inner designer jumped out and I haven’t been able to stop remodeling the bathroom! I have …

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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

Save hundreds of dollars each year by making your own homemade dishwasher detergent! Did you know you could make your own homemade dishwasher detergent tablets? I was surprised to find out that you can and it only costs pennies per batch! In fact, if you buy dishwasher tablets just twice a month, that’s an annual …

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Make a 6 month supply of homemade laundry detergent for only pennies per load…Just imagine the scent possibilities in making your own homemade laundry soap! I’ve noticed that a lot of people have been jumping on the homemade laundry detergent train lately. Personally, I’ve tried it a few times over the years and I really …

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Spring Cleaning: 10 DIY Cleaning Product Recipes

No matter how much we’d all like to quit doing it, cleaning the house is absolutely necessary. Make it easier on yourself with some natural DIY cleaning products! I hate the idea of filling my house with the chemicals and toxins from most store-bought cleaners. Since we’ve been talking about spring cleaning inside and outside …

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Spring Cleaning Tips: Outside the House

Did you use any of my Spring Cleaning Tips for inside of the house, yet? Yes? Awesome! I’m still working on checking off the list. But, today we’re going to move outside. Hopefully, it’s warm enough where you live to get out there and start cleaning up the mess that old-man winter left for you. …

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Free Printable Bathroom Wall Art

Free Printable Bathroom Wall Art Hang this adorable free printable bathroom wall art to remind your little ones to always wash their hands before leaving the bathroom. This multi-colored bathroom print is the perfect addition to any bathroom at home, school or daycare. Click here to download the Wash Your Hands – Free Printable Bathroom …

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