Laptop Lunches bento lunch box Giveaway

Hi Friends!
I’m super excited to be giving away a $25 gift certificate to Laptop Lunches for one lucky Fancy Frugal Life reader.
Have you jumped on the bento box lunch craze yet?
Laptop Lunches sent us a bento box to review and we loved it! I love the compartments and convenient lids. This is such a great way to create a fun healthy lunch by using odds and ends in your fridge/pantry.

Safe! NO lead, BPA, phthalates or PVC

Reusable – lasts for years
Easy to Clean

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Here’s one example of a lunch I made for my son!

I do have to admit since our move I’ve been sorta lazy and letting my son buy school lunches. Fortunately we are in a school district with good lunches made from real food and local produce…but still I want to do better! 🙂 
But don’t think this is limited to kids!! My husband has used it as well.
Laptop lunches has a website with a ton of lunch ideas! There are seriously so many variations you can come up with!
Iberico Cheese, Multi-Grain Crackers, Sugar Snap Peas, Blueberries, Mini BrownieVanilla Yogurt, Granola, Mixed Fruit Salad, Steamed Asparagus Spears
Giant White Bean Salad, Wakame Seaweed Salad, Tamari Almonds, Plum, Carrot MuffinSandwich Wrap, Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced Mango, Strawberries

Kids tend to eat more veggies when they are served in a fun creative way…Don’t you agree?

To Enter:
Visit Laptop Lunches and tell me how you’d spend the $25.
Extra Entries:
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(if you already follow either just tell me so.)
So there is a total of three entries per person. Please leave separate comments!
Good luck!! I will pick a winner next Friday Oct. 12 in the A.M.

Old Headboard to Craft Nook (My New Craft Space)

My new work space is complete and I’m excited to share the details with you today.
As many of you know, I created a craft closet in my home last spring.
It brought some exciting attention/press to Fancy Frugal Life.
Six weeks ago we moved to Central California for my husband’s job and found a house with this “nook” area. It is located under the stairs and is a pass through from the living and dining room. To the left is the sliding door to the backyard.
A few months earlier I found this headboard on the curb of our old neighborhood and rescued it thinking I’d make it into a puppet theater or something creative for my kids.
Well my husband had the genius idea of using it as craft space storage and together we made this space happen!

After lots of priming, filing wholes, sanding, and white paint I got this result.
My husband also shortened the piece by 6 inches.
Yay for a hubby who knows power tools since I don’t! 🙂
When we went to Lowe’s to buy pegboard, they told us we could have anything for free in the scrap pile next to the saw!! There was a huge piece of pegboard and other wood in there! Whoohoo..
I painted the pegboard with Valspar Crystal Blue in satin… 
We attached that to the back as well as a towel bar in the front of the cabinet.

Here we are drilling circles in the sides for two dowel rods to hand across the inside of the cabinet for wrapping paper and ribbon storage.

A family that sands together……

Here’s a pic of one of the dowel rods…
I bought some pegboard pins to hang craft supplies.
Also my husband framed a small strip of molding around the top of these inexpensive bookcases that used to be in the garage…It makes it look polished I think.
Here’s another before pic. So there are two inexpensive book cases on both ends of the cabinet, and then we built a counter coming out from the wall. I did buy a new cabinet from Lowe’s with square shelves to make a desk appearance.
Here’s a shot of how my husband made a the counter.
I primed and painted it.
There are quite a few mini color transformations in this space.
A thrift store tray for my mason jars…
I used leftover pegboard to hang my painted clipboards with whiteboard adhesive, and hung a dollar store bucket for markers.

 This was a random chair left in the garage when we moved in.
Cute Pier One Imports clearance pillow..$9.
That big white basket now holds sewing projects that need to be completed.

My husband made me this shoe organizer about 5 years ago and in this house the master closet isn’t big enough for it (which also meant two boxes of high heels from my previous office environment job gone!)
Anyway, I painted this piece white as well.
It makes great craft storage now!

 Here’s another thrift store tray makeover with paint and contact adhesive paper.

I made over some random boxes in my garage as well for a more uniform storage look.
I do love making labels with chalkboard adhesive.
Also some file holders..
My shelves are covered with the adhesive paper too. I bought two rolls at TJ Maxx for $5.99.
Mason Jars and painted thrift store items are my favorite ways to organize!

I was able to use all of the key items from my craft closet, like chevron fabric bins via Target, the yellow magnetic paint message board I made, pant hanger ribbon storage, and just expand my work space.
So what do you think of my free headboard, free wood, and thrift store painted items?! And who wants to come over and hang out in the craft nook? 🙂 

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