Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Chalkboard Savings Jar

Loose change becomes a bit of an issue around here, as the silver coins just seem to pile up in little stacks on the bench tops and tables and it never really has a place to go. If this is the case for you too, this chalkboard savings jar is a fun way to save it up for something fun for a special occasion (or when the jar gets full).  It could be a fun way for your family to work towards a particular treat or just a good way to keep all that change in one place! You could even have one for each family member and race each other to the top!

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Chalkboard Savings Jar (before) on Style for a Happy Home

What you’ll need:

  •  A Mason Jar (this is Quart Size) or jar of your choice
  • Chalkboard Spray Paint I used a spray can but brush painting would also work
  • Frogtape for a show line
  • Drop sheet for any overspray or paint drips
  • Optional: Masking Tape if you don’t want to use Frogtape around the top (as it’s more expensive)
  • Optional: Newspaper for stuffing the jar

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Chalkboard Savings Jar (step by step) on Style for a Happy Home

How to:

  1. Take the lid off your Mason Jar and leave it to the side and take the Frogtape and cut a piece that will cover from the base of where the lid sits to the bottom of the jar. Stick it firmly to the jar. If you have a marked jar you could stick the tape over the measurement markings for fun, as I have done using the mL side. Also: Take some more Frogtape, or masking tape and stick it over the screw top where the lid sits. This will stop your lid from sticking later.
    Optional Step: stuff the inside of the jar with newspaper so no excess spray paint gets in by accident. More important if you are spray painting than brush painting
  2. If you’re using spray paint, shake the can according to the instructions on the side of the can. If you’re brush painting, prepare your paint and skip to brush painting instructions
    For Spray paint: Go into an open space that is safe to spray (whilst wearing clothes and gloves that it doesn’t matter if they get spray on), put down a drop sheet and then the jar upside down (on the lid end – the lid should still be off) and begin spraying. Spray slowly and a little further out than you think you need to at first and slowly move in with even spray. Continue spraying until the jar is covered. It may need two coats.
    Leave to dry for the amount of time suggested on the can. Mine was touch dry in 15 minutes.
    Once dry, pick up the jar and check that all of it is covered. If there are gaps near the lid area, put the jar down with the base on the ground and re-spray the gaps at the top
    Leave to dry for the full amount of time suggested on the can, not just the touch dry time if possible.

    For Brush Painting:
    Lay out your drop sheet, take your brush and paint all of the jar including the base until it’s completely covered.
    Leave to dry completely.
  3. Once completely dry, remove the newspaper and then carefully peel off the Frogtape and masking tape
  4. Now you can start adding your coins and put the lid back on
  5. Optional: If you like you could use chalk or a chalk pen to write your jar with what your goal will be (or who’s jar it is). This would be a great way to remind everyone why you’re filling the jar!

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Chalkboard Savings Jar (after) on Style for a Happy Home

Thoughts on the project:

This is a fun way to get everyone involved in saving their spare change and can help keep your benches and tables a little bit neater. This is a pretty easy DIY to try as there aren’t too many steps and most of the time is in waiting for it to dry. If you happen to get some good sunshine it can dry quite quickly. I do recommend always spraying outdoors as this paint can get quite stinky, especially to sensitive noses.

This could be used to help keep everyone on track for a family holiday or a special purchase and is a great way to put that spare change to good use. If they start to get a bit heavy, most banks will give their customers those bags for banking change and you can take it in and bank it or exchange it for notes. Place any receipts or notes back in the jar though, so you know what’s already been saved! It’s amazing how quickly all that change that weighs down your wallet can turn into a substantial purchase!

Do you have savings jars in your home? Would you like to try this?

If you do try this, I’d love to see a photo or hear about how it went! Tweet me your pics at: @danniellecresp or instagram me at: @dannielle with the hashtag: #styleforahappyhome

Half Marathon Training Part 2: For the Love of Running Gear

It’s week 9 of Half marathon training and I guess I’m half way there. Progress is being made and I’m having a lot of fun with it. I’ve also been reminded just how prone to injury I am, and am treating my body with as much care as possible. The one thing that this running ‘journey’ (for lack of a better word) has taught me so far is that: I actually quite like clothes shopping.

Half Marathon Training Part 2: For the Love of Running Gear on Style for a Happy Home

As someone who really isn’t into fashion, clothes shopping has always been one of those annoying things I have to do when my clothes are not really appropriate for wearing out anymore or I have an event that requires something new. But with running gear it’s different. I really love it. Lululemon especially. I was talking with a friend about it, and we couldn’t work out why the sudden shift from selector to someone who quite happily spends in a store and wants to return often. But I figured it out: running makes me feel good and the running gear that I wear makes me feel strong and capable. It’s like a cape for superheros!

I’ve got myself some lovely t-shirts with the sweat wicking fabrics and some great running crops (capris) and now even an operation move running hat! I’ve even bought myself some skirts to try when the weather warms up. The running gear is probably worth more than all the rest of my clothes put together. But it’s so worth it to feel comfortable when I run.

When it comes to actually running, I’ve had more down time than I would have liked, but the long runs on Saturdays seem to be going well. I’ve let go of the crazy time that I first thought I wanted to meet and am now happy with crossing that finish line as my reward. It will be a PB no matter what, and I really want a race this year that I can actually run. (I’ve just been diagnosed with a calf injury that will need attention before I can run again, but I will do all that’s required to help it recover as quickly as possible).

I’ve switched to the Galloway method for my training. It’s a 2:1 ratio of running then walking and it’s working for me so far. I program the intervals into my watch and it beeps at me when I need to run and it beeps again for those walk sessions. Last week I ran further in my area than I had before and I actually ran out of footpath to run on and had to turn around. Whilst I’d love to have kept going on the road, it has no shoulders and the cars are all doing 80km (or more) and I’m still nervy about being cleaned up by one. Safety is a priority when I run (as I’m sure it is for most people), so if it means that I have to do some doubling back on the same paths, then that’s what I’ll do.

I really feel like I’m finding my feet with running now. It bothers me to miss a session but I know it’s a long term plan. A byproduct of all the running is that I’m getting slimmer, but more importantly fitter. For me it was never about losing the weight, though I’m happy that I have as it makes running easier. Weight loss isn’t something that I am motivated by, but I do love fresh air and the chance to get out and just do something for me. It’s my few hours a week to clear my head and just not think about anything but the lyrics in my ears and keeping up the cadence. As an over thinker, it’s a dream.

I’m also beginning to love the hills. Rather than curse them, I’m starting to enjoy the challenge of running up them and the thrill of zooming down the other side. It’s like you get to be a kid again for a moment without a worry in the world. Last week I ran up one hill that had been defeating me for a long time. I may have fist pumped at the top! haha I’m now at the stage where the long run distances will all be longer than I’ve ever run before. I’m really excited to see how far I can go and how to keep well fueled along the way.

Since I really wanted to tell you about my new love of running gear, here’s a list of my current faves:

  • Lululemon Bang Buster Headbands (the only headbands ever to stay put on my head)
  • Lululemon Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve tops
  • Lululemon Mod Moves Crops (5 pockets!! pockets are hard to get in exercise gear)
  • Injinji Toe Socks (Mid Weight for cold days and Light Weight for warmer days)
  • Hoka OneOne Bondi 3 running shoes
  • Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra (She Science is where to find them)
  • Garmin Forerunner Watch with HRM (I have the 210, but I’m dreaming of getting either the 220 or the 620)
  • Apple iPod Nano clip on (I need new headphones, but clipping this to my sports bra makes it easy to reach and it doesn’t move when I run)
  • Operation Move Hat (as an alternative to the headbands)
  • 2XU Compression Race Socks (I wear them for recovery because they are come in prettier colours than the recovery socks – I’m not even kidding)

I’ve found that having the right gear helps me feel comfortable and confident to get moving. I see it as an investment in something that I want to do long term. And I spoiled myself with a pair of lululemon crops when I first started running in 2012, and I find it hard to switch brands now, especially as they seem to be the only ones who have the side pockets. You don’t have to spend a whole heap to get running, but this is my hobby and it’s nice to treat myself to things that I know will get a lot of use. I also shop at the outlet, where most things are 30%-40% off. The outlet is awesome!!

I can’t wait to see how the next month goes. I’m taking my running gear with me to the Problogger Training Event on the Gold Coast next week and I’m hoping to get a nice long run in the glorious Queensland sunshine! So fun!

Part 3 coming late September x

If you missed it you can read Part 1 here

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Fun for Everyone Outdoor Games

Hello! Happy Saturday! August is just zooming by, but in this part of the world it means that Spring is on it’s way! Hooray! No matter if you’re in Summer now or still dreaming of those lazy outdoor days, I’ve got a great pinterest round up for you today with Outdoor Games that the whole family can play!

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Fun for Everyone Outdoor Games on Style for a Happy Home

  1. Twister This would be fun for a party or just for getting everyone outside for some fun! Original Post HerePin It Here
  2. Bean Bag Toss This one might be aimed at the little ones, but could make for a fun family game, especially if you team up! Buy It HerePin It Here
  3. Giant Jenga Here’s a great one for a spring/summer barbeque! Original Post HerePin It Here
  4. Ring Toss This one is easy to make from what you already have at home and makes a great summer boredom buster! Original Post HerePin It Here
  5. Yard Dominoes As a lover of dominoes I couldn’t go past this! Would be great to play on a warm afternoon (and a fun DIY too!) Original Post HerePin It Here
  6. Kick the Disk  A fun outdoor game that could be played in teams in the driveway on a sunny day! Original Post HerePin It Here

Do you like outdoor games as a family? Which of these would you try?

You can follow my Summer Fun Pinterest Board for more inspiration! And you can also follow me here, if you’d like!