Tuesday, April 18, 2017

DIY Vapor Rub Shower Melts

I am so in love with vapor rub. You may remember my post 10 Uses for Vapor Rub, or 5 Chest Rub Hacks for Babies, and this Vapor Rub Scented Candle. And if those aren’t enough to convince you I am back with more! One of the littles was sick this week and just as stuffy as could be. Insert sad face here. After she was pretty sure I was the Wicked Witch for making her take medicine (side note…Hey pharmaceutical companies, it’s the year 2015. Medicine should be tasting like bacon now. Stop making it taste like rancid fruit juice.) I made her a peace offering of these homemade vapor rub shower cubes.
Now before you go thinking I Betty Homemaker, think again. These are so stinking easy to make, and you can whip them up in about 20 minutes. The end result is a vapor rub infused bath cube that you can place in the shower for instant relief from nasal congestion. Want to make your own? Let’s get started!
Here is what you will need to make your own Vapor Rub Shower Cubes:
Ice cube tray 

3 tablespoons of vapor rub (Maty’s makes a petroleum free, all natural variety with eucalyptus, peppermint, and wintergreen found here for around $5. It is amazing, it is safe for use with children, and I highly suggest it!)

1 cup of corn starch
2 tablespoons of water
Mixing bowl
Blue and green food coloring (optional)

Once you have your supplies, you are ready to roll. As you can see, chances are you already have these items in your home. Oh and when you are done with this recipe, check out my recipes for Vaporizing Bath Bombs and Vaporizing Bath Soak too!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Painting Furniture

Improve a less-than-stellar piece with paint, patience, and my tricks. I had the oops moments; now you can learn from them.

There's no shortage of tutorials about painting furniture online. And I've used a lot of them to paint dressers, console tables, chairs, mirrors, and more. But I have found problems/issues with a lot of the tutorials—paint chips, finishes aren't smooth, and paint peels. I have had to redo several furnishings, so I decided to compile all the mistakes I've made to help you give your furnishings a makeover that will last.
Here's how to paint a piece of furniture—without making a major mistake:
1. Sand it. There are lots of tutorials out there that claim you don't need to sand. There are also lots of primers and paints promising no sanding necessary. From what I have learned, sanding is a must. Sand all surfaces with 150-grit sandpaper. (I use this orbital sander with variable speeds.) Be careful not to gouge the surface. You're just looking to rough it up a little so the primer has something to adhere to; you're not trying to strip the surface. Use 80-grit if you are sanding a furnishing with an existing varnish.
2. Remove residue. Wipe down the surface with a tack cloth to remove any residue. Do not use a paper towel. Don't speculate on whether something is a lint-free cloth. Just use the tack cloth.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Nesting Bunny

Oh my I don't have any words for this very cute little bunny. I found this a couple of years ago and I feel deeply in love with how cute and simple this is. I love that the whole thing has a vintage spring look to it. I feel that the vintage Easter/spring look is so beautiful and I have been slowly changing all of my spring collection to be vintage. 

I can't wait to get this made for my own home. I feel bad keeping this beautiful secret to myself so I thought that I would share this even though I haven't made my own yet. 

What do you think? Is this cute or what!

Friday, March 24, 2017

What We Mean When We Say We Need a Break

As a stay-at-home mom of two small children, when I say that I need a break, I’m not talking about wanting a vacation or a treat as a reward for doing my job. Needing a break doesn’t mean that I’m seeking a respite from my responsibilities or that I want to put my feet up. It means that I need a moment to feel like a human being in the midst of a relentless life where I don’t belong to myself anymore; where I give my love and energy away, every moment of my existence, and can’t figure out how to keep any for myself.
We’re all very aware of men who don’t understand the point of giving the mother of his children a break. They go to work all day and they don’t have fun at work, do they? When they come home and their wives say, “I need a break,” they think,When do I get a break? I just worked all day and now I have to come home and give my wife a break?
Read full article here

Monday, March 13, 2017

How I Easily Organized My Junk Drawers

We all have them, no one is immune. That one or two drawers that everything gets put into when it doesn't have a home. I happen to have a few of these drawers in my house, and here is the proof!

This is one of the 'junk' drawers in my kitchen. Do you remember those cute I Spy books that you would spend hours looking at when you were younger trying to find all of the items in the picture? Well that's how I felt every time that I would open this drawer. I could never find what I was looking for. I keep my instruction manuals for all of my appliances in this drawer and it had become so over run with 'stuff' that they would always fall out the back of the drawer into the cupboard below. There are playing cards, wax for candle warmers, push pins, a light bulb, a golf ball, lots of magnets that I made, and even garbage! It was pushing me over the edge every time that I needed something and I couldn't find it because this is what I had to deal with, so......

Can I get an AMEN! I am new to the de-junking thing and getting rid of unnecessary things that just bog me down and clutter up my life. My sister-in-law Heather (you can check her our at her blog here)was in town this past week and helped me get started on cleaning things out and de-cluttering my home. At first it was hard, like ripping a bandage off real slow. It stung and the hoarder in me had a hard time letting some things go, however as we kept going it became freeing and I soon became excited to go through my whole house. 

I am not a professional organizer at all and Heather had gone home so I decided that I would try something small to start off with. Baby steps. And this is what I came up with.

Ah so much better! It is so nice to be able to get into this drawer and be able to find things. My kids get into this drawer all of the time to find batteries and odds and ins and now they can find things easily and without destroying everything.

Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Grow a Lemon Tree from Seed Easily in Your Own Home

I love to have fresh lemons and limes in my fridge at all times. No never really know when you will need one when you have a craving for a yummy recipe that calls for fresh lemons or limes. I think that this is the best idea ever and I can't wait to try it in my own home.

We all are aware of the fact all citrus fruits are rich in magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium vitamins. They are also rich in sugar – so managing how much citrus fruits you are eating is imperative when you are trying to maintain a balanced diet. Some citrus fruits are very easy to grow than others. Fortunately, two of the best fruits can be grown in your own yard. If you grow them all by yourself, you can notice the difference in the fruit’s freshness and quality.You will be able to keep your body very healthy and away from chemical contamination which is usually associated with non-organic growing. In the following part of the article we will present you how to grown citrus fruits in your own yard.
Read full article here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

A few cute door hanger's for Valentine's Day!

Ah the day that has been set aside for love is just around the corner! Are you ready? I have to admit that sometimes I don't want to even decorate for Valentine's Day. I mean it is just after the holidays and I feel like I am all decorated out. Plus my birthday is at the end of January and I don't like to have holiday decor out during my birthday. Sometimes it feels like my house is always decorated for something and it can feel overwhelming sometimes.

However alas, it is for a very special holiday after all. I think that celebrating your love for your special someone and your family and friends should get the most attention. Valentine's Day should be every day. We need so much love in this world full of hate and pain, and when you think of it that way then pulling out my love decor isn't that hard to do after all.

First of all I think that a beautiful front door is not only catchy for the eyes, but it is inviting and I don't know about you but I smile when I see cute doors all decorated for the holiday's.

Here are a few of my favorites.

I couldn't get a link for this one because it was sold on Etsy and is no longer there, but isn't this so cute! This would be so easy to make as well.

The cute lady who made this wreath Christine said, “I took a wire hanger and took it apart and shaped it into a heart, having the twisty ends meet at the center of the heart top. I then took strips of the Hello Luscious fabrics and tore and cut them into 7″ strips. I varied on the width of the strips from about an inch to a half inch. You don’t have to be too precise. Also some of the edges were cut with pinking shears and I loved the affect. Then you take your strips and just start tying them around the wire. I just went until I didn’t have any more room to put the fabric on. And you’re done! find a ribbon and tie it to the center of the heart and hang it on your door!”

via twoinspireyou

This beautiful wreath might be a little bit harder to make for so, but it can be made and I think that the idea is so cute! I will be making one of these for sure.

This is a cute idea. I've made three felt heart wreaths like this before but I hang them separately instead of stacking them like these ones. I think that this is a cute idea. This is a easy project, but it does take time.

I love the look of these berry wreaths. The pink and white berries in this heart wreath mix well together and the fact that this is a heart grapevine wreath makes it even cuter! 

I love everything about this wreath. The grey and soft pink are my favorite. You could easily change the colors on this wreath to make a birthday wreath or even a cute 4th of July wreath with a flag instead of the white sprigs. 

There are so many cute ideas out there that I can't decide which one is my favorite. 

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