Your Toddler Bathtime Survival Guide

Posted 11-26-2017 at 04:37 PM by Jessica

Time for baby's bath

Some kids love to take baths. For others, bath-time can be a real struggle. If your toddler does not get excited at the prospect of getting into the tub each night, you should give a few of these ideas a try!

Homemade & Natural Bath Crayons

Your kids will love these. They get to color all over the tub, their toys, themselves, and the best part is they’re actually getting clean at the same time!

All you need for this easy creation is:

  • natural bar soap
  • a few tablespoons of water
  • non-toxic food coloring!

Directions:

  • Grate the bar soap into a medium bowl
  • Add the water and a few drops of food coloring
  • Stir, and once incorporated, knead into a paste
  • Invite your kids over to help you mold these into fun shapes (placing the mixture into a cookie cutter or other mold for at least one day will help the crayon keep its desired shape)
  • Let dry for an additional 2-3 days
  • Once they’ve fully dried, they can be played with in the tub for hours!

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 Creative Bath Toys

A few new toys can work wonders in motivating your little man or lady to hop into the tub. If there are specific toys used exclusively for bath-time only, they may be more excited to take a bath if that’s the only time they get to play with that particular toy.

Make sure that the bath toys you do buy for your little one are PVC, phthalate and BPA free. So many bath toys on the market now contain harmful toxins that can easily be ingested by a toddler who loves to try drinking the bath water, or who often places the toys in his or her mouth.

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Bubble Bath

Bubbles may be all you need to entice your kiddo to take a bath! Make sure to look for a Bubble Bath that is natural and free from harmful ingredients, or try making your own!

All you need is:

  • 1 cup liquid Castile soap (make sure it’s the tear-free version)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable glycerin (this makes for more bubbles, and moisturizes their skin!)
  • essential oils of your choice (lavender is great for soothing crazy kiddos before bedtime)

Here comes the hard part… add the ingredients to a bottle and shake a few times to incorporate. (Just kidding, that’s not hard at all. Unless you don’t have the cap screwed on tight enough and you end up with a luxurious-smelling slippery mess…)

Anyways…

Add a couple tbsp. of your bubble bath solution to the running bath, and BOOM! You’ve got a relaxing, all-natural bubble bath for your toddler. He or she will love playing in the bubbles, and you’ll love that they’re  playing in safe water that is cleaning and moisturizing their sensitive skin.

Give these ideas a try and see just how quickly your toddler finds that taking a bath can actually be a lot of fun! :D

**Remember, never leave your child unsupervised in the tub. Even just a couple inches of water and a few seconds alone can prove to be fatal.**

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Use Coffee Filters for this Cute Christmas Craft

Posted 11-26-2017 at 03:53 PM by Jessica

Coffee Grounds Filter

What you’ll need:

  • 3 basket style coffee filters
  • 2 cotton balls
  • 6-8” length of silver or gold ribbon
  • 1 white chenille stem
  • 1 gold chenille stem
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

How to make it:

  1. Place two cotton balls in the center of one of the coffee filters .
  2. Hold the coffee filter with your fingers, gathering the cotton balls in the center to create the angel’s head.
  3. Place a second coffee filter onto the open end, tucking the filter in a bit into the head area. This will produce the layered effect on the dress .
  4. While still holding the filter together, tie a piece of gold or silver ribbon around the “neck” and tie a tight bow. Trim ends and set aside .
  5. Take the third coffee filter and fold it in half, then fold the filter up length-wise accordion style. Wrap a white chenille stem around the center, and then fan out the wings . Fold the excess chenille into a loop for your hanger and twist together at the end.
  6. Make a halo from the gold chenille by wrapping it around something circular, such as the top of a paint bottle. Twist the ends to form the halo. Trim the long end of the chenille, leaving approximately 3”
  7. Have an adult hot glue the halo to the back of the angel so that it is positioned above the head.
  8. Glue the wings in place behind the angel, hiding the gold chenille from the halo

Healthy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Posted 11-26-2017 at 12:23 PM by Jessica

Mariana sauce simmering in pan

Have you ever made your own marinara sauce? I didn’t ever even think to make my own until I was given a bunch of freshly picked tomatoes from my neighbors’ garden! I usually make homemade tomato soup, but decided to try something different this time and instead opted for marinara sauce! The recipe is super easy, and so yummy. You’ve got to give it a try!

Ingredients:

12 cups of blanched, peeled tomatoes
2 large onions – chopped
7 cloves of garlic – minced
2 Tbsp. dried Italian seasonings of your choice (basil, oregano, thyme, etc)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. olive oil

Heat the oil in a pot. Add the onions and cook slowly until they are golden and begin to caramelize. Then, add the garlic and dried herbs. Cook for about 5 minutes. Then, add the tomatoes.

Once everything is in and mixed well, bring to a simmer and let it cook on low for about 2 hours. Afterwards, puree the mixture with an immersion blender, or carefully add to your blender, a couple of cups at a time.

There you go! Easy, healthy and yummy!

How Saving Money Can Help Save Your Relationships

Posted 11-24-2017 at 11:50 PM by Jessica

Father and daughter

Financial problems have a habit of bleeding into every other aspect of your life. It hurts your marriage, work performance, strains other relationships, and more! When those money problems are reduced or even eliminated, those problems can subside drastically.

Less Marital Problems

A lack of money is not the cause of all marital problems, but it doesn’t help. If you don’t know how you are going to pay for this month’s rent, medical bills, or your child’s class field trip, it causes stress. A couple starts blaming each other. One should have made more. The other should have spent less. They say things they don’t mean. Eventually they figure it out, but next month is coming and they both know it.

A frugal lifestyle may not fix all money issues, but it reduces the amount of bickering it can cause. Both work hard, while clipping coupons and finding deals. They are in this together rather than trying to figure out where to lay the blame.

Children Have Healthier Money View

It’s nice that our children know that money doesn’t grow on trees. We also want them to know that money is not a defining factor in their lives. Money does not make them better or worse than anyone else. It is a tool that helps us get to where we are going. They will know better than to bury themselves under a mountain of debt in their twenties. They will also know how to enjoy a small splurge within a budget rather than go overboard and live in denial about their money reality.

Creative Solutions

When a frugal family is light on money you can really feel it. They don’t fall back on loans and credit cards unless there is no other way to meet their family needs. They will also go to great lengths to avoid that position. They will sell crafts, raise chickens, plant gardens, and even find ways to make money they hadn’t known were possible. Being short on money does not have to mean being short on solutions and there’s no better way to learn that than to live it.

Need simple Christmas present ideas? Look no further!

Posted 11-23-2017 at 12:56 AM by Kat Weeks

For those of you who love to give gifts to others, but don’t have the budget for that, this article is just for you!

Every year we all have those neighbors, family friends, teachers, and coworkers we want to give presents, but don’t want to spend lots of money on, but you can’t just keep giving cookies every. single. year… Trust me, we all know where you’re at. We’ve all been in that same exact boat!

I’m going to share what I’ve found to be the best for those special people!

1. Hot Cocoa Kits for the cold season, yet so simple and easy to make! Don’t forget cheap too!hck

2. Homemade Caramel Apple Gift for those who love to cook!

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3. Gift Baskets for those who you can’t find just that “one thing” for!

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4. Plus many more Mason Jar Presents!

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Clean Those Makeup Brushes with This Easy DIY Cleaner

Posted 11-22-2017 at 07:29 PM by Jessica

Makeup Brushes, workplace makeup artist

When was the last time your cleaned your brushes?

This is something that is so easy and so important. If you simply clean out your brushes even once a month, you can keep them from wearing down from all of the makeup that is usually caked on them. You’re also doing your skin a huge favor by reducing the bacteria that you’re exposing it to each time you do your makeup.

Think about it, your brushes have tons of dirt, makeup, oils and bacteria on them right now. When you use your dirty brushes, your skin is the one to suffer. But don’t worry, I have just the solution for you! Simply follow these directions to create your own makeup brush disinfectant!

  • Mix roughly two parts dish soap with one part extra virgin olive oil on a plate.
  • Swirl your brushes into the mixture and gently massage it into the bristles.
  • Rinse them under warm water and let them dry on a paper towel.

The dish soap will disinfect while the olive oil will keep the bristles moisturized – making your brushes last longer, and helping to keep your skin clean as well. A total in-win situation!

Three Tips for a Successful “Fall Cleaning”

Posted 11-20-2017 at 02:57 PM by Jessica

Play time is over

“Spring Cleaning” gets way too much credit. Personally, I’m on team Fall Cleaning! While most people do most of their cleaning and organizing during the March and April months, I usually feel more inclined to most of my cleaning in October or November.

Sure, “Fall Cleaning” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but it works for me. During the colder months you’re often stuck inside the house more, meaning you have to actually live in your cluttered house. If you took care of de-cluttering in the fall, you’ll feel so much better when you’re inside on a snow day. Also, because of the holidays, you’re likely to have more guests coming into your home in the next few months than you do during every other month combined! Don’t worry about aunt Josie seeing your messy closet when she goes to hang up her coat – clean it out now!

I also like to get organized as we head into the holidays so that I can make sure I know where our decorations are located, and it feels nice to get rid of all the junk I’ve accumulated during the year so far (mostly to make room for all the additional junk we’ll accumulate during the next few months of holidays). ;)

As the weather gets crisper there’s less of a need for water balloons and beat up flip-flops, so those types of seasonal items get stored away for next summer (or thrown away if they’re too beat up, like the above-mentioned flip-flops). We also often have items laying around that are still in good use, but no longer our style or useful to us, so those items get donated. That’s just about it when it comes to how I “Fall Clean.”

Here are my best tips for getting through all the clutter without losing your mind:

  1. I make it my goal to tackle one area or room a day (I cleaned out my medicine drawer, and called it a day!)
  2. I take 3 bins with me. One for storage, another for donating (or to sell in a yard sale if you prefer), and the last for trash.
  3. Go through drawers, under the bed, everything! And throw away anything that doesn’t belong into one of those 3 bins.

If you stick to those three steps, in only a matter of weeks you’ll be totally de-cluttered and ready for the fun and stress that accompanies fall and winter!

DIY & add spice to the kitchen!

Posted 11-19-2017 at 12:54 AM by Kat Weeks

For a while now I’ve been noticing that my kitchen has so many mis-matched things and I’ve looked into buying new things but it’s going to cost me so much money for something that it’s a need but a want! Luckily I’ve found the perfect things to cost so little yet look so cute!

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Head to the dollar store
  2. Get wooden utensils
  3. Get some paint *desired color & white*
  4. Create an area that’s okay to be messy.
  5. Get paintbrushes!

Now you’ll need to mix the color of paint of your desired choice with white creating a ombre look. Doesn’t matter what utensils colors get what, but creating the look will appear the kitchen to look more together and matching!

kitch

 

Three Important Beauty Product Hacks

Posted 11-17-2017 at 05:45 PM by Jessica

makeup products

Beauty products cost so much money! Because of how expensive these products are, we always want to extend the life of them so that we can get the most bang for our buck. Below are five “hacks” that I have found most useful in getting the most out of my beauty products.

Heat up your mascara

Just as you think your mascara is all used up, you’ll find that you can actually get a few more uses out of it! It’s pretty simple: take your mascara bottle and make sure that the lid is sealed shut. Run some hot water in your sink and hold the bottom of the bottle underneath the hot tap. Hold it there for about 30 seconds. You could also fill up a container with very hot water and set the mascara inside. Once it’s gotten warm enough you’ll dry off the outside and when you go to use it (because of all the humidity inside the bottle) you’ll  find it works just like new! This can save you from having to run to the store before an event if you have gotten down to your last dried-up bottle.

Cut up your old products

There is more lotion hiding at the bottom of the bottle, or around the sides, than you know. If you simply cut whatever container you have in half and use something to get that last bit out, you are probably looking at another one or two uses! (Another product that often has another use or two leftover after it looks like it’s gone is deodorant. Take the container apart and scrape out the last bits, you can then rub that on, extending the life of your deodorant!)

Rub Vaseline On Your Pulse Points Before Applying Perfume

Make your perfume last longer by rubbing a small layer of Vaseline on your wrists before you spray your perfume. That way you won’t have to reapply as often!

I hope at least a few of these “hacks” can help you to extend the life of a few of your beauty products. If you get in the habit of doing these, you will find that your products may last longer, meaning less trips to the store to replenish your supplies.

DIY Fall Centerpieces

Posted 11-17-2017 at 12:57 AM by Kat Weeks

A decoration that is always so over priced and over looked in my opinion are center pieces.. As sad as that sounds but as true as it is, I have created my own and will share these amazing secrets with you!

Option 1.
Things  you’ll need:

Instructions:

  1. Get the vase and place all the pine cones in it.
  2. Place the flowers into the pine cones, using them as a base to keep the flowers from falling over.
  3. Once you have the flowers arranged to your desired look, wrap the ribbon around.

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This is the end look for option #1.

Option 2
Things you’ll need:

Instructions:

  1. Get the hot glue, vase, and sticks.
  2. Glue the sticks onto the vase all around and make sure they’re touching so you cannot see the inside of the vase.
  3. Once you’ve done that, hot glue or wrap the ribbon around.
  4. Now that the exterior is done, place the Styrofoam on the inside and arrange the flowers to your desired look.

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