DIY Foaming Hand Soap

I know y’all have been waiting patiently for me to post something interesting (insert tone of sarcasm, since I don’t really think many people read my blog other than a few faithful family members) but, once again I have found myself completely overwhelmed with that little thing we call life.  I’m so busy with life, in fact, that I’ve been out of my homemade eye make-up remover for at least a week or more and couldn’t find the time to run into the kitchen to make some.  Well, actually I had to make it to the big W to get some witch hazel, which I finally accomplished on Wednesday…and yes I’m finally making it on Friday!  You know how every time you want to make a recipe these days you have to go to Pinterest to look it up…well, I had to look up my own recipe, haha!  So, I figured while I was making up stuff, that I better get this one for DIY foaming hand soap in there so I’ll have it next time I need it!  So here ya go…

 

Teacher Appreciation Week-Camping Theme

teacher appreciation week camping theme

Y’all…I love themes!  When you give me some sort of event to do my first thing to do is to go to Pinterest and find a theme!  With May coming up in few short days I thought I would share with you what we did for our teachers this year.  No…it’s not the magic of the internet…our school board changed our teacher appreciation week to March.  So, that works out great for you because I can share with you the wonderful ideas we came up with!

First, we had a schedule:

…Monday was a campfire breakfast where we cooked everything up in the kitchen and then rolled it all on a cart to serve the teachers breakfast in their room.

…Tuesday was a catered BBQ lunch that everyone said was delicious.

…Wednesday was a picnic, an actual picnic outside with hot dogs on a “grill”.  This was my favorite day!

…Thursday we always watch the kids while the teachers go out to eat lunch.

…Friday we had a self serve trail mix bar.

Now that we had our schedule figured out we needed some décor!  Luckily we have some very talented and creative parents that helped out and we decorated with things people already had so that didn’t cost us much at all!

Please enjoy the pictures and use them for ideas for your own teacher appreciation week.  I wish I had taken more, but I had to drag my two youngest children up there with me every time I went and let’s just say they weren’t so fond of it (especially the 3 year old).  But be sure to check out the printable at the end with the schedule for the teachers.

FYI…all the teachers said that they LOVED the theme!

 

 

Here is an example of the schedule we gave out to our teachers so that they would know what to be looking forward to.  Feel free to print out for your use.

We Need Smore Teachers Like You:

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday:

Campfire Breakfast: Please look for the breakfast cart to be coming around to your room that morning to serve you breakfast at your desk!

Tuesday:

BBQ Lunch: Please join us in the teachers lounge during your lunch time for a BBQ lunch!

Wednesday:

Picnic: We would like you to join us outside for a picnic lunch (inside for inclement weather)!

Thursday:

An Adventure Out: We will be providing all our teachers with money for a lunch off campus while we watch the kids!

Friday:

Trail Mix Treats: Please stop by the teachers lounge at your convenience to make yourself a bag of trail mix!

PTA will be placing a basket in your room for the students to place presents in through out the week. We ask that you do not peek until they are presented to you on Friday. Hope you enjoy TAW!!!!!

Print Here

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Baby Wipes

Printable Recipe Here

 

I love homemade stuff and making things from scratch because 1. I know where it’s coming from and what it has in it and 2.  I feel like SUPERMOM!  But, I also struggle with feeling overwhelmed.  I’m one of those “if I can’t do it perfect, I don’t want to do it at all” kind of people.  Which is REALLY annoying!  So, my guilt consumes me when I don’t have time to make up whatever it is and I end up using the store bought kind.  And then I go into this “I’m not perfect” depression and just use store bought for about 3 weeks…it’s a vicious cycle I know!  Well, anyway, this is one of those things that I LOVE to make at home, but I’m learning to let go and just use my store bought kind when I need to and not be so hard on myself…I mean, after all it’s just baby wipes for good grief…it’s not like I’m letting them jump off the roof or something…yet…

Ok, so first things first…

Ingredients and Supplies Needed:

  1. 2 Cups distilled water (I use distilled for bacteria reasons, but I have accidentally used tap water and didn’t have any issues.  I think as long as you use them quickly, it’s ok)
  2. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil (not pictured because I buy a big gallon and just put it in jar with no label so I figured you could use your imagination for that)
  3. 2 Tbsp. Dr. Bronners Baby Unscented Liquid Pure-Castile Soap (ok, I’m going to give you a link for this on Amazon because ingredients that I’m not familiar with make me nervous and I shy away from a recipe or project that includes them, and sometimes the only reason I did try something is because I had a direct link to the product) Castile Soap
  4. 1 roll of papertowels cut in half (I use Brawny select-a-size and love it, but try whatever and experiment until you find the texture, thickness and size you prefer)
  5. 1 empty baby wipes box
  6. *10 drops Lavender or Gentle Baby essential oil (this is optional, especially if you aren’t comfortable with essential oils, however I used gentle baby and lavender on my now 3 year old and my 9 month old and I have not had any issues.  In fact using these wipes cleared up my middle child’s diaper rash and my baby has never even had a case of it so far.  I believe that is from the lack of chemicals and from my personal experience the scent’s of these oils have not caused us any problems.)

Alright, Now for…

Directions:

First cut the paper towels in half and place in box. (This is your hardest part! But, be smart like me and make your husband do it for you and then it’s pretty simple!

  1. Warm up the water, just enough to melt the coconut oil.  I do mine in the microwave about 1 minute.
  2. Put coconut oil in and stir until melted.
  3. Add castile soap and stir
  4. Add you drops of essential oil if you wish.
  5. Pour over the paper towels.

6.  Pull the cardboard roll out of the middle and squish down and close the lid.

 

7. Flip upside down and let sit for 5 minutes and then flip over and let sit another 5 minutes.

8. Then reach down into the middle and pull out the lose end and pull through the opening on the lid.

And That’s it!  You’ve made…

Now, I’m not going to sit here and lie and tell you that these come out perfect because…they are homemade…and they aren’t perfect.  It may take a little trial and error.  I never get the roll started right for the first 10 wipes or so. Just be prepared, they didn’t come from the factory, but I think you will find that the pros outweigh the cons!

Storage for Toy Cars

If you are anything like me then you L-O-V-E any ideas on how to store and organize!  So, I thought I would share this little idea with you.  Now, I think I’ve mentioned that I live in a house full of boys.  I am slowly getting use to all things boy trying to take over my house, however, these little toy cars (who shall remain nameless) are taking over my life!  My middle child is obsessed with these, and bribery of getting a new one of these is the only way we make it through a trip to the big “W” (who also shall remain nameless)!  Now, if you aren’t familiar with this kind of case let me explain…it’s a thread organizer box.  It is double-sided and has slots to hold 48 cars.  We double stack and currently hold about 60 in ours (this depends on if it’s truck or cars-most cars can be double stacked).  I bought mine from Amazon (they won’t remain nameless bc I am adding a link and you will figure it out anyhow)… Thread Organizer Box  Now, I need everything to be monogramed, so I had this vinyl made and put on for around $3 I believe, and viola…A super cute toy car organizer!

DIY Eye Makeup Remover

 

Turns out I was right about how hard it would be to keep up with a blog while raising three kids!  I have so many things I want to write about and share, but some days it literally comes down to sleep? or blog?…and honestly sleep usually wins!  I have some things from our recent spring break trip I want to share, recipes to be exact.  I’ve been slowly working on them, but I’m pretty sure recipes won’t be my topic of choice to blog about.  While I like to cook and I love to eat…blogging about food is quite time consuming!  Having said that, I need to add that blogging is my calm place, I enjoy it very much, just not when between 1 to 4 people are needing my attention! Today has been an especially demanding day…including but not limited to…baby with fever due to shots and/or teething, three year old with some sort of sickness (don’t worry I did take him to the doctor, but they couldn’t give me a straight answer either, so another antibiotic it is) who decided to lock me out of the house in the cold misty rain while I went to check the mailbox, and the eight year old who thinks screaming at his brother from the time he gets home from school actually keeps him from messing with his stuff…So, instead of working on a very time consuming food post I’m doing a quick post on another kind of recipe…DIY eye makeup remover.  I went to a party a few weeks back where we did a few make and takes and this was one of my favorites.  So, if you are in the midst of a chaotic day like I was, just go shut yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes, wash your face, sniff your DIY eye makeup remover with lavender…and relax!

 

DIY Eye Makeup Remover

Ingredients:

1 TBSP Filtered Water

1 TBSP Witch Hazel

1 TBSP Olive Oil

3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil*

Directions:

1.  Pour all ingredients in a 2 oz bottle (glass is preferable if using essential oil)

2.  Shake well before each use.

 

*If you’re like I was at one time, I would see a DIY recipe for something and get all excited until I saw an ingredient that I didn’t have or wasn’t familiar with using.  Then I would dismiss the recipe altogether.  So, I do want to point out that the lavender oil is optional.  Your eye makeup will come off with ease even without it!

 

 

 

Organizing your CD/DVD collections

 

So, we recently moved into “town”…yes, country came to town…and I discovered that we have amassed a lot of junk over the years!  Now, I mentioned in a previous post that we moved a few years back from our hometown to our current location.  Well, that was about five years ago in 2012, and literally…just a few months before deciding to put our house on the market in September of 2016, I finally had my husband sit down with me and open the box of our cd collections and go through them.  I ended up just putting them all back in the box so would could get them moved again to our current home.  CD’s and DVD’s in my opinion are some of the biggest space takers and quite frankly…they’re ugly.  If you put your book collection out for everyone to see it’s considered art but movies and music…not so much.  Our new house has these beautiful built-in shelves on both sides of the fireplace and I was determined that those ugly things were NOT going on my shelves.  However, I didn’t want them sitting around in a box for another five years.

See…not so pretty…

I did a little research, on Pinterest of course, to get some ideas.  I came across some good ideas.  One thing I embraced immediately was the idea of getting rid of the cases!  Who would’ve thought…makes perfect sense for me.  Not sure why I’ve never thought of this before but, honestly do we really need all those cases?  The resell value on CD’s and DVD’s, for the most part, is not enough to even worry about keeping the cases. I would like to point out here that I haven’t done my kids DVD’s yet because I know I’ll get rid of them one day and hate to not have the cases for the next child that gets to enjoy them.  So I am preaching to myself also!  Oh, and the best part is, I took out all the covers and put them in the recycle bin and then donated the cases to our church for the kids VBS crafts!  Now there’s no guilt in getting rid of them!!!

The next thing after freeing yourself from the cases is figuring out the best way to store them.  There are some post that talk about buying individual sleeves for each one and storage boxes where you can alphabetize or categorize.  This might be a great option for you, it would definitely save space however, that still wasn’t working for me visually (remember my beautiful built-ins).  I eventually came across a post that talked about using binders.  I was a little hesitant at first because binders usually aren’t all that appealing either, but after clicking on the link to some on Amazon I realized this was my answer!  They actually have several nice options on Amazon…DVD/CD Binders so be sure to shop around! They are a little pricey but you can get about 48 in one binder and the end result is wonderful.  They are camouflaged on my bookshelves.  You would even know they were there if your weren’t looking for them!  I bought two sets and have 1 and 1/2 binders worth of storage left to use (possibly for some of those kids dvd’s).

Look how much space that saves…

Now isn’t this better…

   

I would also like to add that I am not in any way associated with Amazon nor do I receive any money from them (although I should as much as I have spent with them).  This is solely just me trying to help others out and directing them to the right product(s) for whatever subject we are talking about!  I am definitely addicted to Amazon though and if they were to ever offer me any money for my opinions I wouldn’t think twice about taking it, haha!