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DIY Mason Jar Sewing Kit

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My Mother-in-Law loves to sew. It's inspiring what she can make with a sewing machine and some creativity. Given that her four children have showed no interest in her passion, she warmly (and hopeful, maybe?) prepared a large sewing kit as a gift for me one birthday. There were so many mysterious items in the kit, ones that I had never seen before, and sadly that I have never had need to use. There were things, however, that I have found endlessly useful such as thread, scissors, needles, … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Wooden Spoons

A cute and simple craft idea for bridal shower favors!

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I found this cute idea from The Gilded Hare, and I’ve been dying to try it for a special occasion. My friends Ana and Theo are getting married in spring, and I’m providing the bridal shower favors to thank everyone for celebrating the bride! What You Need: Assorted Wooden Spoons Painters Tape Spray Paint Food-Safe Clear Sealant (I used Bull's Eye Shellac) Method: Decide on your design. For Ana’s bridal shower, I wanted to use something that fit well with their … [Read more...]

Baby Spider Plant Housewarming Gifts

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If you have a healthy, well-fertilized spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) growing in your home, you are already likely aware of its tendency to send out long stems with developing baby spider plants in the summer when the days are bright and sunny. Fortunately, those baby spider plants are easy to propagate with just a little water, a few planting pots, and some good garden soil. For an excellent guide on propagating spider plants, read this detailed guide by Amy from Get Busy … [Read more...]

DIY Home: All-Natural Baby Wipes

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Last year I officially became a Mommy Blogger. When I got pregnant everyone asked me, "So you are going to write about kids stuff now, right?", to which I responded, "No!". It's not like I'm against kids' stuff, it's just that my focus is on garden-related projects, crafts, and recipes. Then everything changed. I had no idea of what you need for a baby until I had one. I was gobsmacked by the sky-high prices and toxic chemicals in baby products. I guess I should have expected it. It's not … [Read more...]

DIY Home: Baby Bum Balm

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My little one had the most terrible diaper rash as a newborn. I think his digestive system was immature and sadly this resulted in a very sore, red bum. I tried everything to help fix the problem. I bought plenty of barrier creams, prescription creams, natural wipes and nothing worked. I was changing diapers so very often and even blow-drying his tush to make sure it was bone dry before the pants went back on. It wasn't until I realized that this munchkin very well may have my sensitive skin … [Read more...]

DIY Home: Lavender Linen Water

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In the winter months some of us are stuck inside heated buildings most of the time. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for heating when the weather is chilly but I do long for a warm, summer breeze to flow past my curtains. The summertime air smells like flowers and grass and sunshine. Remember? It wasn't all that long ago. And for those of you lucky enough to live where it is summer now or warm all year round you know what I'm talking about even if you don't miss it like I do. So in … [Read more...]

DIY Home: Orange Cinnamon Cleaner

DIY Home: Orange Cinnamon Cleaner

Distilled white vinegar is just about the most versatile cleaning product you can buy. Plus it's non-toxic and cheap as dirt. The only drawback? It smells terrible! Some people may love the sharp smell of pure vinegar, but to me it just doesn't scream "come on into my fresh clean home!". More like, "I forgot to wash my gym bag." Well, not quite, but it's just not all that pleasant. Enter oranges. Now they smell fantastic. The bright citrusy smell of the oil from the skin is refreshing in … [Read more...]

Homemade Simmering Spices

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It's the season again to come in from the cold and dark nights to warm houses filled with family and friends. The holidays are a time where many are busy entertaining and being entertained, so much so that it may be hard to catch your breath. When you do fill up your lungs with air, the aroma of fresh evergreens, warm roasts, and simmering cider on the stove announces that it is holiday season. Simmering spices are any combination of fragrant botanicals or herbs added to water to steam and … [Read more...]

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

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My niece Lucy is visiting my home in Florida for the first time! In honor of her arrival, we decided to have a barbeque and invite all the neighborhood kids to play with my homemade chalk— one stick to play with and one to take home! Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Idea from CheeriosandLattes.com Makes Approximately 10 pieces of chalk • Plaster of paris (4 or 5 pound package) • Water • Tempura washable paint (red, blue, and yellow) • Toilet paper rolls or craft tubes • 3 … [Read more...]

Homemade Super Bubbles

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A great activity for the outdoors, that all ages can enjoy, is bubbles! Denise and I welcomed a large group of family members to visit this summer, adults and children. After presenting these bubbles to the troop of kids, we were entertained for hours. This super easy recipe is adapted from Economical Mommy. Supplies: • 2 cups of Dawn or Joy Dish Soap • ¾ cup light corn syrup • 6 cups water • Large bowl • Pipe cleaners • Large spoon • Jars • Food coloring … [Read more...]