*updated with a question at the bottom of post*

I’ve been accumulating several links that I want to share with y’all.

I’ve found them interesting, entertaining and helpful.

For my money-saving readers (aren’t we all??):
Printable Coupons – this blog lists coupons that are available online for you to print and redeem (hence, the obvious name!) They link you to coupons from stores and let you know when they expire. There are coupons for Stein Mart, Sam’s Club, Food Lion, Betty Crocker and many many more.

Like Merchant Ships – this blog really falls under this category as well as the crafty reader category. Meredith has such helpful ideas for around the house – organizing, reusing, and saving money. She has inspired me on MANY occasions.

For my crafty readers:
Skip to My Lou – I love this blog! She has fun, inexpensive craft ideas, recipes and kids activities. One helpful way she has her site organized, is that if you click on the category on the upper right hand side of her home page, it takes you to a page that shows an image of each of the projects under that category. Lately, a lot of her posts have been related to a blanket drive for an orphanage in China.

For anyone who needs cool tips for everyday living:
Daytipper – (Barb, I think of you a lot when I am visiting this site). There are tons of helpful tips, PLUS you get paid $3.00 for each submitted tip. They are rated and categorized and there is a search engine for the site, so it is easy to find what you are looking for.

Parent Hacks – their tag line is “daily parenting tips from the real experts: actual parents”. And that is exactly what it is. There are so many many helpful ideas for parenting. Some examples: buy different sock brands for each child (for easier sorting), how to avoid locking keys in your car, keep important medical and legal documents safe on a keychain USB drive… I can’t say enough about the info on this site. (An added benefit: when I see stuff I already do, I feel so validated ;0) It is also very well organized – there are categories for age groups in addition to the larger categories.

For my “I have no idea what to cook” readers:
I Kiss Better Than I Cook – Another well organized site with lots of yummy recipes. Most have pictures. And you can contribute your favorites as well.

Let me know some of your favorites and I will be sure to add them next time I post Favorite Links.

**UPDATED to ask: Are any of you aware of a place to buy nice, quality slipcovers for furniture, that don’t cost as much as the couch itself?? Or even, how to make one yourself?
We have a lovely leather couch and matching chair and ottoman that has taken a bit of a beating from our moves. The frames and stuffing are all in excellent shape and the leather is in good shape, but it has some marks on it (pen, scratches, fading etc). With 3, almost 4 kids, plus 2 cats and myself and my husband wallowing around on it, it could use some sprucing up…

I’ve seen some at L.L. Bean, Sure-Fit, JC Penney, even Wards (I forgot that they even had a website!) And Pottery Barn even has slip covers!! However, they say they are designed to fit their furniture) of course… I wonder if they still work on mine?

Do any of you have any experience with slipcovers?

We had one for a love seat when we were first married. It did the job, but is was a huge hassle to keep straight!


  1. Wonderful links, Karla! Thanks!

  2. Meredith says:

    Thanks for the link, Karla!
    What a nice surprise!

  3. Thanks for mentioning me! You are too sweet! Thanks also for the other links—-very helpful!

  4. Cindy Swanson says:

    Karla, thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog! I have Bluebird Blogs to thank for my new look. Susie is awesome! :)

  5. peggyvb says:

    Karla, I saw slipcovers at Ollie’s. I’ll check to see the sizes. Have also seen them in a catalog. I think the name is Brylane. Liz has used them for several years and they look good.
    Love you.

  6. Karla, I bought slipcovers for some chairs in my family room, which claimed to be “suitable for all shapes and sizes”. Unfortunately, they weren’t. They’re WAY TOO BIG for my chairs, and I thought my chairs were enormous to begin with. What I did is I washed them in hot water and dryed them in the highest heat, hoping to “shrink” them in size. It shrank them a bit, but not enough to make me completely happy with them. Unfortunately, they’re non-returnable (since I tried to shrink them) and I’m sorry I didn’t spend more time researching the appropriate size and shape required for my particular chairs. I hope you are able to find some that work for you!

  7. I know some of my friends have purchased (inexpensive?) slipcovers at IKEA. If I hear of anything, I’ll keep you in mind!

  8. Meredith says:

    I had to stop back over and add my thoughts on slip covers.

    They are SO hard to keep straight with kids! The only chance is if you have a slipcover custom made (or purchased) to fit your exact model. That can be as expensive as reupholstering a sofa. I always end up buying a “new” used sofa for the same price.

    If you have a shiny-surfaced leather or a leather-look sofa, you might try a test of the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Done lightly, it can take off some of the scuffs and marks. However, on super-soft markable leather or with too much force, the Magic Eraser could cause damage.

    I mention it as a last-ditch effort before slipcovering!

  9. Boy & Girl says:

    Thank you so much for the links. I went to one and it had a link to They buy your old cell phones from you. You type in the make and model and it will tell you how much they will give you for them. They say they just send a pre addressed envelope to you and you ship them and get a check. I’m so pumped…I had 2 phones I was just going to sell in a garage sale, but they are going to buy my 2 phones for $20!! Whoa…that’s a great night out!

    Thanks again Karla for all the great information you listed!!

  10. Great links, Karla, especially Daytipper.

    My only experience with slipcovers is Sure Fit. They’re a little pricier but the quality is good and the fit is good. They’ve finally come out with slipcovers where the cushions are covered separately which would make them fit even better.

    But I’ve been told Target actually has decent slipcovers, too.

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