Holiday Budget Planning with Itsums.com

Good morning friends! I hope you are well and preparing your stomachs for some Thanksgiving goodies!

{disclaimer: this post is graciously sponsored by itsums.com but all opinions are my own}

I don’t know about you but if I don’t plan out my Christmas shopping AND budget I tend to go a little crazy, mostly because I’m not organized or haven’t been keeping up with my purchases. Heck, half the time I will buy sometime for my son, hide it, then forget where it is or if I even bought it at all! Well, I have found a tool that is going to solve this problem for me this year!

I want to share with you a new site that is helping me organize my holiday shopping budget. Itsums.com is an awesome resource for creating visual pinboards for an event or project that keeps up with your pre-determined budget. It’s an easy way to help you understand where your money is being allocated as well as bringing your vision for a gift list, project, room makeover or party to life.

To get started you simply add the itsums bookmarklet to your bookmark bar and create and name your board. Set your max budget then head to the retailer’s site where you will be shopping. When you find the gift or product simply click the bookmarklet to enter any descriptive information you like, including the price, and it will be added to your board and adjusts your budget accordingly.

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I’m using itsums to manage my son’s Christmas list (and Santa’s budget). You can see my list below. I’m able to see my budget, what I have spent and how much I have left. Once I purchase an item I can mark it as purchased so I don’t forget anything.

Itsums also automatically saves the retailers website link to each item making it easier to return when you’re ready to purchase.

And I love that I can easily email the list to my mom with the share button since YaYa will be buying half of the gifts anyway, right?!?! lol

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The site is incredibly user friendly and you know that’s important to me because I’m a huge tech DUMMY!!! Another cool feature is that boards are shared as a community, like other platforms such as Pinterst and Hometalk. User names and budget information aren’t public but you can search other users boards by topic for ideas and inspiration.

You can also hide items from your total to see how they affect your budget or compare multiple boards and budgets. For example if I am planning a room makeover and I have more than one look in mind I can create several different boards and compare side-by-side the look and budget of each.

And this leads me to the reason I’m most excited about this tool! As a DIY/home design blogger I constantly have my hands in lots of different projects. With itsums.com I can create a board and budget for each project to make sure I stay on track. I can’t tell you how bad I am at budgeting my projects so I was thrilled to find this site.

Here is a board I created for a mini kitchen reno that I’m considering this spring. I can quickly and easily save my selections and input my budget which keeps all my information in one place. If I change my mind about a selection I can just delete it and shop around for something else.

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I could go on and on about how excited I am to put this baby to work for my next project but I suppose I’ll let you go check it out for yourselves now :) The site has lots of great features but is not at all complicated use. You can find out more about how it works here.

I’d love to know what you think! How do you manage your Christmas lists and budgets? I’m always on the hunt for more organization suggestions :)

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***Before I take off I want to congratulate Melissa M., the winner of our Blogger’s Favorite Holiday giveaway. You will be receiving all 10 items from us! We are so excited for you and hope you enjoy!***

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Have a wonderful day friends!

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Nate Berkus Knock Off: Lion Place Card Holders

Happy Monday morning friends!!!

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So, y’all know I love Nate Berkus as much as the next girl, especially his Target line, and my heart skipped a little beat when I saw his gold lion place card holders. Such a fun and elegant way to invite your guests to their seats. And I imagine they would be a great conversation piece too!

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I mean how cute are these? Unfortunately I don’t have $9.99 (ea.) extra for place card holders in my holiday decorating budget and I’m guessing some of you might be in the same boat! Well, you’re in luck because this is a super easy DIY and I think they turned out almost as good as Nate’s!

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When I saw the picture of the lions on the @targetstyle Instagram site I know that I could DIY this, but for how much was the question. These animal figurines can run on the expensive side sometimes but I knew if I could hit the jackpot at the dollar store I’d be on my way.

Sure enough they had several different animals to choose from. I was even going to use a different animal than a lion but these guys were actually the best ones from the selection at our store.

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All I had to do was saw a slit into the top of the lion’s head deep enough to hold a place card. I tried using my X-acto knife but mine was too dull so I just used a hack saw and it was pretty simple. The hardest part was keeping my fingers away from the blade so be careful.

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Once the slits were finished I put a piece of paper in them and spray painted the lion’s gold.

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What do you think? I actually like the way these lion’s heads are angled to the side instead of straight ahead.

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These would also be a great Christmas gift or hostess gift for someone who loves to entertain!

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If you don’t have the time or desire to DIY they are actually on sale right now for $7.99 with free shipping at Target. You can find them here.

My love runs deep for Nate Berkus and everything Nate touches turns to gold (pun intended) :) Have a great week y’all!!!

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You can also check out my Target gold desk accessories knock off here.

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I hope you have a wonderful week! Don’t forget to enter our Blogger’s Favorite Holiday giveaway, there is still a few hours left! AND the item I’m giving away is the Nate Berkus angel wing bowl!

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DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging: Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Are you all as happy as I am that it’s FRIDAY?!?!

It has been record cold here in NC for November and I think I’m already over it, lol! But I’m so excited to be taking part in a fun holiday blog hop with some fabulous bloggers today! We’ve been challenged to purchase an item or items from a thrift store under $25 to makeover or repurpose to use in our holiday decor.

Make sure to check out our lovely host, Alice of Thoughts from Alice! She is incredibly creative and has such a beautiful blog!

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Here is my:

DIY HOLIDAY WALL HANGING

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For my project I decided to hit Goodwill first but after two different ones I moved on and finally scored at my local Habitat Restore. When I pulled up to the store they had just put out boxes and boxes of fabric on the sidewalk for $1 per yard! I grabbed several yards that I knew I could use in my Christmas decor this season including this white fabric.

When I was browsing inside I also found this giant embroidery hoop for $3 and I knew it had potential! I mean people do some creative projects with these things don’t they? Then right before I left (actually I had already checked out) I saw this navy blue yarn for $1.25 so I grabbed a couple and checked out….AGAIN.

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If you can’t already tell, I’m going with a nautical Christmas theme this year and I found this adorable saying on Pinterest! Isn’t it fun and catchy? My love for coastal decor is definitely coming out again. You can check out last year’s Organic Coastal Home Tour here.

So here’s what I did: I spray painted the hoop gold, fit the fabric into the hoop and laid out my yarn where I thought I would start the words. Once I had a starting point I slowly hot glued the outline of the letters (one or two letters at a time) and then gently pushed the yarn into the glue.

Once it was complete I hot glued the gold starfish that I had in my office to the hoop, grabbed some twine to hang it up and added the tassel that I also made out of the yarn. I followed this tutorial if you want to see how I made the tassels. Hmm…I see another garland in my future!!

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I just got this glass and mirror cabinet from my parents (they cleaned out their storage container and offered some things they didn’t want to me! yay!) and I plan on using it for holiday entertaining/storage.

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I pulled out some of the ornaments I made last year and filled my clam shell bowl. I think the glass, gold and mirrors are so pretty together.

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So, that’s a wrap friends! What do you think? I think I’m actually going to use the wall hanging as a wreath on the front door once I pull all of our other decorations out.

I literally have a $0 budget for Christmas decorating this year so outside of a live tree and maybe a couple trips to the dollar store I’m working with what we’ve got. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with thrift store deals or items already in your home if you really put Pinterest your mind to it!

The list of all the participants and projects are below! Make sure to check out all the awesome creations my fellow bloggers came up with. This really is a creative bunch! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice

 

 

 

A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

 

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies

 

 

 

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters

 

 

Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

 

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House

 

 

DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss

 

 

 

 

 

Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling

 

 

 

DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame 365 Days of Crafts

 

 

DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age

 

 

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Make sure to check out last year’s Organic Coastal Christmas Home Tour

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and my Thanksgiving Table Setting and Wildflower Centerpiece.

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 AND don’t forget to enter the Blogger’s Favorites Giveaway!!!

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Have a great weekend friends!!!

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