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Free Kiwi Crate project! Just pay $3.95 shipping! *NEW PROJECT*............

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**The free trial includes a sample activity. The Kiwi Crate regular crates include 2-3 hands-on projects.

Try Kiwi Crate for free! Enjoy a free sample-size project from one of our most popular crates! Only $3.95 shipping. You will be automatically enrolled in a Kiwi Crate monthly subscription*, and may cancel at anytime.

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Your free trial includes: My Starlight Lantern

Create your very own lantern for a fun camping adventure under the stars! Learn about all the glowing animals that can light up the dark in our explore! magazine filled with bonus projects and activities!


  • All the materials to build your starlight lantern
  • Full set of colored vellum sheets and glow-in-the-dark star stickers to personalize your project
  • Kid-friendly star hole punch
  • Tea light included to help illuminate the night
  • 16 page explore! magazine filled with puzzles, DIY activities and a bonus firefly project

Free eCookbook – The Best Dinner Recipes, Delicious Desserts & More............

Free eCookbook – The Best Dinner Recipes, Delicious Desserts & More: 20 Must-Have Recipes  Packed with delicious, summer-inspired recipes from companies you know and love, this eCookbook has something for everyone. Come join our new eCookbook celebration at with daily giveaways, recipes, and a grand prize giveaway worth more than $2,000.00!

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Parents Magazine Just $3.04 for 1 Year at Best Deal Magazines!............

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Check out the deals in today’s The Screaming Penny email newsletter!............

Check out the deals in today’s The Screaming Penny email newsletter!

Lots of New Febreze Coupons + Kellogg’s, Glade, and EcoTools!

Ragu Pasta Sauce $.47 Each at CVS Starting 7/27!............

Ragu at CVS

Starting next week, Ragu pasta sauce will be on sale 3/$5 and you’ll get $3 ECB when you buy three. That’s a pretty nice deal by itself, but there’s also a $.60/2 Ragu coupon coming in this Sunday’s Red Plum insert, making it even better.

Buy THREE Ragu pasta sauces – 3/$5

  • Use ONE $.60/2 Ragu pasta sauce (7/27/14 RP)
  • Pay $4.40 out of pocket
  • Get $3 ECB

    Final Price: $1.40 wyb 3, or $.47 each!

Pop-Tarts Just $1.66 Each at CVS Starting 7/27!............


Grab a good deal on Pop-Tarts starting next week at CVS! These will be on sale for $1.99, and we have a coupon for $1.00 off 3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts toaster pastries.

Buy THREE Pop-Tarts toaster pastries @ $1.99 each ($5.97)

A PYP Best Blog! Painting Laminate Furniture!............

Just in case you missed this article on painting laminate furniture the first time we shared it a couple of years ago, we are republishing it. After Sharon wrote this blog originally, we got an awesome response. This is one of the PYP Best Blogs!


If you google “How to paint laminate furniture” you will get dozens of different results.  Being able to paint cheap laminate furniture and give it new life is the hallmark of the DIY blogger.  I will admit that until recently I usually ignored these posts.   I’ve been painting laminate furniture since before most of these bloggers were out of diapers – back in the day when everyone said it was impossible to do!  I got great results – I have a cheap WalMart shelf in my kitchen that I first painted 19 years ago and it still looks great – but it was labor intensive with days of sanding, priming, painting and more sanding to get the desired results.

Well, I am glad that this old dog finally paid attention to some of those DIY bloggers and learned a new trick; I’m converted!  I have always used Kilz brand primer, and I’m sure I still will, but what I have learned is that some primers are gripping primers and some are not.  If you want to paint a surface like laminate that the paint won’t adhere to, you’ve got to give it something to stick to.  Enter this wonder:

It grips to the surface to be painted with NO SANDING. I bought this straight off the shelf at Home Depot (have them shake it up for you while you’re there!).  It is pretty pricey stuff, but it seems to go a long way.  It comes in both white and grey; get white if your paint is light and use grey if it is dark.

I had a laminate Ikea wardrobe that I have been wanting to paint forever, but I knew all that sanding was going to be a pain so I kept putting it off.  I thought this was the perfect project to try out the Gripper on.

I forgot to take a picture of it before I took the doors off, but you get the idea…

Take the doors off, tape around the mirror and remove or tape all the hardware.   I chose not to paint the inside, so I taped around there too.  Give everything a good coat of the Gripper with a regular brush or roller.

You can see here that I wasn’t even too careful about getting the coat even.  Here are my thoughts on this – I wanted this finished project to be something I could sand back into and expose some of the “wood” underneath.  Usually when you try that on laminate furniture, the paint will just lift right off.  I was curious how it would work here, so I only did one coat of Gripper.  I have a dresser that I used it on that I wanted to be solid and smooth so I used 2 coats of Gripper and I was more careful to brush it on smoothly.

Let that dry according to the directions on the can, then cover with the paint of your choice.  I didn’t get a picture of this step, but I used 2 coats of pale blue Satin interior house paint

Once that is dry, I went over the whole piece with a fine grit sandpaper on a small detail electric sander, roughing up the whole surface and concentrating (holding my breath!) in a few spots along the edges to wear the paint down to the wood.  The paint came off very worn and natural-looking just as if it had been on raw wood!  Wonderful!

Next I put on a wood stain.  Just brush it all over with a paintbrush – working in small sections -

and then rub it back off with a rag.  If you want it darker, then leave the stain on longer.  If you want it lighter, continue to rub and buff it off with a rag until you get the desired results.  Be sure to leave more stain in the crevices and cracks, where age build up would naturally occur.

Replace the doors and hardware – I got these cute little white ceramic knobs on a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby for $2/knob.  I saw the exact same knobs at Anthropologie for $7!

This has been sitting in the middle of our massive-messy remodel now for 3 weeks waiting patiently for us to finish the floor in it’s eventual home.  It has been bumped, scraped, brushed up against and generally abused and it still looks great and COULD NOT have been easier to do.

Roommates Mickey And Friends Peel & Stick Wall Decal, 30 Count – $7.99!............

Another great deal for the kidlets or for a gift! So much fun!

Roommates Mickey And Friends Peel & Stick Wall Decal, 30 Count
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Uncle Milton Wall Friends Minnie Mouse, Talking Room Light – $11.49!............

Fun! Perfect for the kidlets or for a gift!

Uncle Milton Wall Friends Minnie Mouse, Talking Room Light
List Price: $39.99
You Save: $28.50 (71%)
Price: $11.49

Eligible for free shipping on $35+ orders or on ANY order with Amazon Prime.

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