DIY Mother’s Day Ideas

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Obviously your Mother’s Day gift is in the hands of your (hopefully) magnificent husband who has spent his entire week dedicated to making it a perfect day for you. *Clear Throat*. But you also have some fun things to do for your Mother, as well as Grandmas and Great Grandmothers. Here are a few things you can make at home with the kids to give all the women in your family a special day!

1) A Card – Obvious one here, but this year we opted for the famous “Butterfly Feet” card and it is so cute I can’t stand it. This one is in the beginning stages and we will be adding a few more decorations but you get the idea. It’s messy, it won’t always be perfect, but the Grandmas with LOVE it. They can even cut out the feet portion and frame it. I used water colors and card stock.

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2) A bookmark – This was hilarious. I haven’t finished it, I need to go tomorrow and buy a bookmark tassel to attach to the top, but this is the general idea. Have your little one stand with their hands up and snap a picture. Print the photo and cut around it. Glue the photo to colored construction paper and then cut around that. Hole punch the top where their hands are holding and tie in a bookmark tassel. The Grandmas will love this for their romance novels!!!! Just picture this example of 3 bookmarks with tassels and you will get the idea.

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Lastly – Here is a last one I didn’t find time for but looks so easy and you can find these wood pieces at Michaels. Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 3.20.37 PM

Wishing all you mommies out there an AMAZING Mother’s Day and hoping you get REST, breakfast in bed, a massage, a Starbucks, a cute card, a nap, lunch in bed, a movie, dinner, a foot rub, a glass of wine, a bubble bath, and any other indulgence that the female mind can possibly think up.

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

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These funny cards are easy to make at home and will make everyone who gets one smile from ear to ear. Here’s how:

  1. Take a photo of your little one holding a pole that is white. Umbrella pole, mop, whatever you can find.
  2. Put the picture on the computer and add font and hearts through some kind of photo editor. I use Pixlr Express.
  3. Print in 4 x 6 on card stock paper
  4. Cut out photo
  5. Make a small hole in the top of the pole image and slide the lollypop stick through
  6. Glue the photo onto previously cut to size red or pink construction paper
  7. That’s all folks

Hope you enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

DIY Mason Jar Christmas Decorating

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I love mason jars. We drink from them, we put flowers and plants in them, we store baby food in them, they are a staple in our home. Mostly because it is the one type of glassware we don’t break. Plus, it has a lid and looks really cute. So here are some ideas for the mason jar lover out there who feels like having some fun crafty time with the little ones.

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Homemade Bug Repellent that Works

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I am getting eaten alive. Summertime kills me every single year, and I am taking matters into my own hands. Store bought bug repellents are one of the most toxic chemical combinations you can buy to put on your skin. Like, really bad. Like you might as well just smoke a cigarette kind of bad. So I usually go with nothing and get massacred by any and all bugs. It doesn’t help that I am allergic and end up with tumor sized bites all over my body either, so brutal. But I digress. Here is a wonderful bug spray recipe that so far has worked for me and can be used in cream or spray form. If I get bit, I will follow this up with the all mighty powerful and not so great smelling alternative that will blow all the bugs (and husbands) out of the water. In a bad way.

Here is the yummy smelling version for now:

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Toddler Busy Bags

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So now that I am the proud parent of an almost 2 year old, I find the challenges have shifted from lack of sleep and free time for mommy, to constantly keeping my child from running off mommy. This means in waiting rooms, grocery stores, sandwich shops, restaurants, long car rides, wherever. Jack is a mad man and zips off before I can even blink. If we are somewhere that I need to get something accomplished it can get a bit tricky and create tons of unwanted cardio for me. And now that I am expecting a new addition to the family I ask myself “How on earth am I going to do anything for the new baby when Jack needs me 24/7?”

So is this the be all end all solution I am presenting to you now? No. But it will bide some time which is all we can hope for as parents. The Busy Bag. This is a small bag you can take on the go or use at home. You can make one, you can make 20, either way it gives your child something to keep their attention and learn while you can handle your business. It’s wonderful for stimulating their minds and giving you a break at the same time. When you are ready to give full attention to your little one again, you simply put the bag back together again and move on with your day. So, here are some great ideas I’ve stolen from random Busy Bags around the globe. Also, if you are exhausted and don’t feel like making one of your own, Etsy has LOTS you can choose from pre-made and ready to go!

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All Natural Cleaner

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When I use most floor cleaners to mop my floors, I’m usually left walking around on a sticky but clean surface. I don’t have hours to clean the floor and then rinse them all over again with water to remove any residue. I like to clean, but I don’t LOVE to clean. Not that much. And, you already know I have stopped all usage of toxic chemicals in my house as well, so I have been using Wholefoods bought natural stuff. This STILL leaves my floor a tad bit sticky after I use it. Clean, but sticky.

SO! Here is the easiest recipe of all time and it is 100% natural and won’t cause harm to your health or your family’s health AND gets your floor (and house) super clean and bacteria free!!!!!!!

1. Fill sink or bucket with warm water

2. Add 1 healthy squirt Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

3. Add 1 cup White Vinegar

4. Add 10 drop Tea Tree Oil

5. Add the juice from from 1 Lemon

That’s it folks. Clean floors, clean house, clean toilets, clean conscious, happy planet, happy baby, happy husband, and happy mommy. No sticky residue, and the combination of ingredients will have your house sparkling and germ free. Enjoy!

Diaper Genie – With a Twist

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I didn’t go for the whole Diaper Genie at first. I was like, “Why do I need that? My small trash can with the lid works just fine! Yay me!” And then Jack became older and older and his poops started smelling worse and worse and finally I was like, “Dang boy!” and I buckled and bought one. First thing that came to my mind, besides that I wished I had thought of this genius invention myself and was making millions from it, was that it seemed very un-eco-friendly and that it also seemed a little expensive. I mean, the refills are like $16 (which means about $400-$500 a year), they only last a short time, and none of it is biodegradable. I bought one anyways because of the stink, but immediately worked on figuring a way around both the cost and the anti-earth friendly aspects of my new purchase. BOOM, done and done. Here is the skinny.

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