No Sew 4th of July Flag Bunting DIY Craft

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It’s not too late to make a fun (and super cute) DIY Craft project for the 4th of July!! I love the 4th of July and all the happy childhood memories it stirs up. When I was little we always spent the holiday with my grandparents and other extended family. This usually meant a big old potluck picnic and often going to a local parade. Another favorite was for us kids to put on our own parade. We would march along my grandparents circular driveway pulling a wagon decorated as a float and playing whatever we could find as marching band instruments. Since there were only about a dozen of us and we thought our parade should be bigger when we got to the back of the house where our parade audience (our parents) couldn’t see us, we would change up our costumes or the way the float looked and then circle the driveway again as the next segment of the parade.

No Sew 4th of July Flag Bunting Original

In the spirit of those DIY parades, we have this fun and easy No Sew 4th of July Flag Bunting project. The bonus is that it requires no sewing skills! I think that hot glue is a lot easier than a needle and thread or running a sewing machine. You can use your finished 4th of July Flag Bunting to decorate for a backyard barbecue, a float for your local 4th of July parade – or just to decorate your front porch or living room to celebrate the holiday.

No Sew 4th of July Flag Bunting DIY Craft

**This bunting was cut to make 8 flags.  It measures a little over 8 feet 3 inches long. If you want your bunting to be longer or shorter the fabric yardage may need adjusted.  If you would like a short bunting, we recommend making the flags smaller.**

No Sew 4th of July Flag Bunting Process Start


½ yard Red and White Strip fabric
¼ yard denim fabric or you can use an old pair of blue jeans
hot glue
hot glue gun
white acrylic paint
small paint brush

No Sew 4th of July Flag Bunting Stars


  1. Cut your red and white stripe fabric to approximately 9 ¾ x 5 ½ inches.  I cut out 8 flags for this bunting.
  2. Next, cut your denim.  I used an old pair of jeans that my son had outgrown and they had too many holes in them to donate.  You will need to cut out 8 rectangles.  Mine are not all exactly the same size (that’s part of it’s charm) but they are between 3 ¼ and 3 ½ inches long and 2 ½ and 2 ¾ inches wide.
  3. Using a small paint brush draw a star on each of the blue jean patches.  You could leave them as just the outline or paint them in.  It’s all personal preference!  Let the paint dry. No Sew 4th of July Flag Bunting Burlap 
  4. Cut 4 long strips of burlap.  Don’t worry about being straight or perfect.  The burlap will fray a bit.  The strips should be about 25 inches long each.
  5. Tie them together to make one long strand.
  6. Now comes piecing everything together.  Fold one side of each of your flags.  I folded mine down 2 ½ inches making each flag the same size. No Sew 4th of July Flag Bunting Piece Together 
  7. Using the hot glue gun, glue on your star patches on the top right hand corner.
  8. Next, flip over your flag to the back.  Lift the ‘flap’ open and place your burlap leaving yourself enough room on the ends to hang it, hot glue the burlap to the flag.  (I hot glued each side of the burlap) Then close shut.
  9. Repeat.  I did 2 flags before each of the burlap knots on mine.
  10. Hang your flag bunting!

 No Sew 4th of July Flag Bunting DIY

Lots of Freebies with Samples, Slurpees and More

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Happy holiday weekend! We’re kicking it off with a bang with this list of great freebies thanks to Amanda at Simple Saving Savvy. What do you have planned to celebrate the 4th of July?

Top Freebies


Complete the short form to request a FREE Chaco sticker. If you have a daughter who loves Chacos, this will be fun surprise!  !


Head on over to the Mr. Tire website to grab their new monthly coupons redeemable at any Mr. Tire Auto Service Center.

  • Free Tire Rotation and Inspection
  • FREE TPMS Light Check
  • FREE Flat Tire Repair
  • FREE Battery & Charging System Test


Freebies from Allure magazine. The Allure freebies are awesome, but you have to get there IMMEDIATELY at the start time each day for a chance to snag one. Starting at noon ET from July 6-9, enter to win a Cover FX (7/6), Juice Beauty moisturizer (7/7), Shu Uemura leave-in conditioner (7/8), and Simple cleanser (7/9) from Allure. The first 500 readers to sign up at noon each day will win the daily featured product.

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Get a free small Slurpee drink at 7-Eleven on July 11th, between 11am and 7pm. More details here.

Huge List of Fabulous Freebies!

NEW! FREE Bag of Simple Truth Chips for Ralph’s shoppers. (expires 7/6)

NEW! Framesi Color Lover Shampoo & Conditioner Sample
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Listen to Your Grandpa – Avoid #SwitchersRemorse

As a member of an awesome team of influencers for Verizon Wireless I received compensation to share my personal  of this story of #SwitchersRemorse.

After four decades or more of living, you find out that lots of things that you thought were the absolute truth might not be so true after all. The so called facts that led you to make decisions in the past, might not be so factual. For instance, you might have decided to wear a scarf over your face in the middle of summer because you knew that if your face was exposed your uncle would be able to say “Got your nose” and actually steal your nose right off your face. You now know that scarf wasn’t necessary.

While the decision to wear a scarf in the summer isn’t all that serious and one that we learn early on is just plain wrong, other areas are more tricky – especially when it comes to health, nutrition and fitness. It’s not only our personal knowledge about these topics that grows with age and wisdom, but the general science and cultural knowledge about how we take care of our bodies is always evolving too.


Waaaay back in the 90s (in my head the 90s always seems like 10 years ago, but I know that’s not the case), I had my first office job. To be frugal and “healthy” I would usually bring my work to lunch. About 90% of the time my lunch would consist of a turkey sandwich on “light wheat” bread, with low-fat cheese, fat-free mayo or margarine, and iceberg lettuce. For sides I would have either reduced-fat chips or mini rice cakes and grapes with fat-free cookies for dessert. Remember how popular those fat-free cookies and cakes were in the 90s? You know the ones – they were in green boxes and in every vending machine.

While it’s true that my lunch didn’t have a lot of fat in, it also didn’t have a lot of nutrition. But it DID have an abundance of chemicals thanks to all those low-fat concoctions. In those days, fat grams were the enemy and to be avoided as much as possible and we took whatever means necessary to do it. I remember my Grandpa expounding on how ridiculous the whole idea of fat gram counting was. He was a farmer and lived his whole life drinking whole milk, using the cream off that milk in his coffee, eating eggs with bacon every morning – along with butter on toast. The thing was that my Grandpa was always thin and super strong. He could do pull-ups on the track that held the manure carrier in the barn when he was 80+ years old!

Grandpa and Me

That is the same diet that I grew up eating as a kid through my teens. And when I think about it, I was always a healthy, strong and thin kid and teen too. Somehow I bought into that whole 90s fat-gram fad. How did that happen? I certainly wasn’t any healthier because of it.

Luckily, I later learned that the best way to eat is to not count the fat grams, but to eat REAL food and concentrate more on giving my body what it needs. I can’t remember the last time I bought margarine or fat free cookies. I have switched back to the diet of my childhood. And while I don’t go gobbling up lots of fatty foods just because they are “real”, I enjoy my butter and eggs and know they can play a part in my healthy diet. I don’t do nearly the amount of exercise Grandpa did while working on the farm loooong hours every day, so I know I can’t eat exactly the same diet that he did. BUT, I do know that the farming tradition of eating real foods was good for Grandpa and is good for me too.

We all have made lots of changes in our lives and later realized we needed to switch back. If that’s the case with you and your cell phone service, Verizon has made it easy for you to cure your #SwitchersRemorse by helping you to switch back to Verizon with a $300 incentive

Have you ever made a switch you regretted and decided to switch back?

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Crispy Garlic Ranch Chicken Recipe with Garlic Ranch Potatoes and Peppers


Crispy Garlic Ranch Chicken Recipe with Garlic Ranch Potatoes and Peppers

My 7-year-old nephew loooooves to cook. He is an expert smoothie maker and he has wonderful food presentation skills. He is also a BIG fan of cooking shows on TV. He has picked up a pretty impressive amount of knowledge about cooking terms and concepts. I’m really interested to see if this cooking interest continues. With this head start he could be a great chef by the time he reaches adulthood!

Hidden Valley Ranch at Walmart

Yesterday my little chef went to Walmart with me to pick up some ingredients and then helped to create this yummy Crispy Garlic Ranch Chicken recipe along with a side of Garlic Ranch Potatoes and Peppers. He is actually very good at (and careful about) cutting vegetables and handled all of that, which is really the most time-consuming part of either recipe.

My nephew obviously enjoyed this cooking experience because my sister texted me this message late last night:


I had to laugh because that “fancy pan” was nothing more than a baking rack placed over a 9×13 cake pan. Very fancy indeed!

Crispy Garlic Ranch Chicken Recipe Ingredients

Crispy Garlic Ranch Chicken Recipe


1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Roasted Garlic
2 cups panko crumbs
1 tsp paprika
salt and pepper

Crispy Garlic Ranch Chicken Recipe Process


Crispy Garlic Ranch Chicken Recipe Coating

Crispy Garlic Ranch Chicken Recipe Cooking


Cut chicken into “chicken tender sized” pieces. Place in a bowl with Hidden Valley Ranch and mix well. Let sit at least an hour, but the longer the better (preferably overnight).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place panko crumbs in a shallow bowl and stir in paprika, salt and pepper.
One by one, place the chicken pieces in the crumbs to coat both sides. Place on a greased baking rack.
Bake approximately one hour or until cooked through and golden, turning once.

We made the potatoes recipe at the same time. To save space in the oven I placed the rack with chicken right on top of the pan with the potatoes. That’s what turned it into the “fancy pan”.

Garlic Ranch Potatoes and Peppers Recipe Process


Garlic Ranch Potatoes and Peppers Recipe


1.5 pounds young red potatoes
1/3 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Roasted Garlic
1/2 medium onion
1/2 red pepper
1/2 green pepper
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
olive oil


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously coat the bottom and sides of a 9×13 baking dish with olive oil. Quarter the potatoes and slice the onion and peppers. Mix potatoes and veggies with Hidden Valley Ranch and the salt and pepper and cilantro if using. Pour into pan. Bake approximately one hour or until potatoes are tender and starting to brown.

Crispy Garlic Ranch Chicken Recipe with Garlic Ranch Potatoes and Peppers

Coupon: Are you ready to make your own? You can find Hidden Valley Ranch in the salad dressing aisle of your local Walmart. You can also save $1 on your next purchase of Hidden Valley Ranch with this printable coupon:

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Crispy Garlic Ranch Chicken Recipe


  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Roasted Garlic
  • 2 cups panko crumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper


  1. 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  2. 1 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Roasted Garlic
  3. 2 cups panko crumbs
  4. 1 tsp paprika
  5. salt and pepper
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Pink OtterBox for iPhone 6 Plus just $30.68 (Reg. $59.95!)

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If you have an iPhone 6 Plus you know that it is HUGE.  And it is EXPENSIVE.  My husband has one and I cannot even imagine how much my heart would drop if he ever dropped it. :)  We’ve found a nice deal on a highly rated case that fits the newest iPhone model:  Regularly $59.95, right now we can purchase a Pink OtterBox for an iPhone 6 Plus for only $30.68 on Amazon!

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Try MorningStar Farms on the Grill and Save with Target Cartwheel

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Do you like to cook on the grill? One of the problems we run into every summer is “grill fatigue” of grilling the same things over and over again. It’s always fun to change it up with new foods or foods we just hadn’t  thought to grill before. When there is a DEAL on those foods, it’s even better!

Summer has arrived, and with its arrival brings the perfect weather for grilling! Make sure all of your guests at the grill out have something for their own dietary preferences by incorporating the deliciousness of MorningStar Farms. MorningStar Farms provides a healthy alternative but still brings great flavor to dishes by helping hosts and hostesses #GrillWithATwist.

For a limited time receive extra savings on MorningStar Farms products by using the Cartwheel app at Target stores nationwide.

Cartwheel Offer: Available 6/28-7/4. Save 20% on MorningStar Farms products:

Minions Snack Mix Recipe + Reader Giveaway

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Minions Snack Mix Recipe

We are getting soooooo excited about MINIONS arriving in theaters July 10th! We have loved these little yellow guys ever since we first saw them in the original Despicable Me. They so totally deserve their own movie! To celebrate, we have a super fun Minions Snack Mix Recipe. It’s fun and easy to make. The kids can get involved too, especially if you start with a bag of mixed colors M&Ms they can help you sort out the blue and the yellow to make your mix look nice and “minioney”.

Minions Movie Poster

Some notes on ingredients: You can get more involved and make your own Muddy Buddies to start the recipe, but to make it nice and easy, you can buy it pre-made. For this mix we used the peanut butter flavor and the brownie flavor. When it comes to M&Ms, as we mentioned above you can use regular M&Ms and sort them out, or else you can buy bags of blue M&Ms and yellow M&Ms.

Minions Snack Mix Recipe Ingredients

Minions Snack Mix Recipe


2 Bags of Muddy Buddies
1 Cup Pretzel Sticks
1 Cup M&M’s Blue and Yellow M&Ms
1 Container of Wilton Candy Eyes
Yellow Candy Melts (optional)

Making Minions Snack Mix


If you are using the optional candy melts, melt according to the package instructions.
Mix the Muddy Buddies and pretzel sticks together.
Drizzle the melted candy melts.
Sprinkle with the Wilton Candy Eyes and M&M’s.

If not using the candy melts, simply mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Serve and enjoy!
Minions Gift Cards

MINIONS will be in theaters soon, so plan ahead and save your seat by pre-ordering your tickets from Fandango! They also have super cute collectable Minions gift cards that would make a great gift for any Minion lover (or to keep for yourself!)

Reader Giveaway:  Two (2) lucky Thrifty Jinxy readers will each win a $100 Fandango Gift Card. (Note: It may not be a Minions gift card,but you CAN use it to see MINIONS – or any other movie – in participating theaters.) To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 7/20/15. Good luck!

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Enter the Cap’n Crunch Quest for a Chance to Win!

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Final Chance for Fourth of July Fashions!

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Calling all Amazon Prime members!  Today is the FINAL CHANCE to pick up some adorable Fourth of July Fashions and have them shipped to you for free before the Fourth of July!  If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can score a FREE 30 day free trial right now, and if you decide to keep your membership it is just $99 a year.  Amazon Prime has saved my rear end a time or two when I’ve forgotten to order something – especially around Christmas! 😉  Here are a few of our FAVORITE Fourth of July Fashions that you can order and have delivered in time for the Fourth of July!


4th of July Flip Flop Sandals and Patriotic Stars & Stripes Tattoo Bundle – $16.77


American Flag Chiffon Scarf – $8.99


David & Young American Flag Kimono – $19.95


Goson American Flag Mirror Aviator Sunglasses – $9.85


Anna-Kaci Red White and Blue American Flag Zip Up – $34.90

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