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Message Board Upcycle!


We really needed a place to hang our keys when we came in the house.  Now a normal person would have just gone to Target and bought the first set of key hooks they found and been done with it.  Of course that wasn’t the route I wanted to take, and I spent an abnormal amount of time searching for the perfect key holder – only to come up empty.

Then I went to Habitat For Humanity’s ReStore and found this gem for $4.  Okay, maybe it wasn’t a gem yet, more like a diamond in the rough.

Your grandma's message board keyholder

I started with a coat of my trusty Zinsser primer.  Then I scavenged around the house to find leftover white and blue spray paint, clear acrylic paint to seal it up and some leftover chevron fabric.  Put it all together and you’ve done away with your grandmother’s message board and have a new upcycled piece for the mudroom.  No more excuses for lost keys!

Keyhold Message Board with Chalk paint

Here they are side by side:

Key holder chalkboard message center

This was the first time I’d been to a ReStore and I have to say that I was totally impressed!  I’ll definitely be going back if I take on anymore home improvement projects, though it is hit or miss if you are looking for something specific.  But if you have rental properties or just need something to get by, it is like digging through a garage- only a lot cleaner!


Sending Expired Coupons To Overseas Military Members


Each month I go through my coupon book and sift out a mound of expired coupons. Instead of just tossing them, you can spread the savings love and send them to our Expired Coupons to Military familiesmilitary heroes overseas. They are able to use these expired coupons up to 6 months past the printed expiration date.

– You can send only manufacturer coupons. Obviously they don’t need American store and restaurant coupons overseas.  They also can’t be store specific coupons, like Target or Walgreens coupons.

– Please neatly trim the coupons.  If you are sending coupons printed from a computer, make sure the printing is very legible and not faded.

– Do not send coupons more than 30 days expired.  It takes time to mail, sort and receive the coupons, so they need the lead time.

– They do ask that you sort the coupons into Food and Non-Food. This is because on base there is the Commissary, which sells groceries. Then there is the Post Exchange (PX) or Base Exchange (BX) which is more of a general store. Sorting helps ensure the coupons are sent to the right type of store. Please put each type of coupon into one of these two groups and place the bundle in a baggie labeled as such.  No paper clips or rubber bands please.

Where to send them, once they are bagged and labeled, The Krazy Coupon Lady is helping to coordinate efforts.

From her site:

If you would like to donate your coupons to one our adopted bases, please send your coupons to our volunteer, Amanda Brumbaugh, currently heading up our donations! Amanda packages many boxes each month for shipment overseas and takes care of the customs forms so you don’t have to!

If you live West of the Mississippi:
KCL Overseas Coupon Program Amanda Brumbaugh 10960 W Bridgetower Dr Boise, ID 83709

If you live East of the Mississippi:
KCL Overseas Coupon Program Brandy McDowell 2930 Aubrey Dr Paducah, KY 42003

Or if you prefer to send your coupons directly to the overseas military base of your choice, you can read all the details on how to do this at

Great way to spread your support and savings!