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Sewing Tutorial: D.I.Y. Essential Oils Travel Pouch

My family and I are headed to California next week. Exciting stuff! It's time to start thinking about the most effective way to pack for 4 people. And I'll be honest, I have a hard time bringing more than I need... Right now I am able to keep all of my essential oils in a small tin. I only have like 11 bottles, but I have friends whose collections are much bigger. While discussing travel plans and essential oil packing, one friend of mine decided she needed a rather large pouch to protect and contain her EOs. So, after several trials and errors, I came up with this. My pattern piece is a trapezoid with the top, shorter side at 11 … [Read more...]

From Student to Teacher: How I Compiled My Teaching Portfolio

Ya'll, I graduated! It is the most wonderful feeling in the world to finally be done after all this time. I can barely put it into words, but being done with school [for now] was an amazing adventure. This is the end of the beginning for me, and I'm so grateful for all of the love and support I have received. Technically I'm still finishing up my last class, but all of my assignment have been turned in and graded (because I'm a baller like that) so I'm just waiting for the clock to strike twelve, so to speak. I've also passed all my certification exams! Now I'm just on to the hard part: finding a job. When I was researching my final … [Read more...]

Making Expired Breast Milk Lotion (Revised)

A year ago I posted a very exciting and popular article that detailed how to make expired breast milk lotion. I received several inquiries on separation issues. Since I'm such a nice person, I wanted to fix this for my mama friends. I want those of you making this recipe to enjoy it fully with as little issues as possible. I did more research and I've revised my recipe to account for some issues. Breast milk is a great resource for healing skin ailments. Paired with shea butter, coconut oil, and honey this concoction is sure to leave your skin feeling healthy and new. This lotion is great for eczema, rashes, and dry skin. In my … [Read more...]

Christmas Savings at the Dollar Tree

The holiday seems like it's sneaking up, doesn't it? I'm scrambling to get sewing finished and gifts wrapped, not to mention having to actually mail things so they get to their destination in time for Christmas morning festivities. With working, school, and home life I'm actually very proud of my progress so far and I'm confident it'll all work out. And thanks to stores like the Dollar Tree I'm able to save money while making sure everything is in place. I had big plans to make a Santa inspired wreath from tulle and such, but alas I am also overly ambitious. As things began piling up I realized I was the only one without decorations on ym … [Read more...]

The Dollar Tree has all your Thanksgiving kid craft needs!

You know I like to recycle toilet paper rolls. In fact, throwing them away makes me feel really super guilty so I'm constantly trying to find ways to use them in various crafts and activities. I honestly was waiting for the time to come to do the following project because I knew it would be so easy for me and so fun for the kids all at the same time. It's pretty cheap too, considering that the Dollar Tree has all of the basic essentials you need for a day of basic crafting at home. Because we're Floridians and aren't used to winter (What's a winter?), we're cooped up inside fearful of the 50 degree weather that has cursed our land. This mama … [Read more...]

Salt Dough Craft: Egyptian Cartouche

I love Egypt and I love being able to share my love for this part of history with my daughter. If homeschooling has taught me anything it's that everyone needs space and everyone needs to slow down sometimes. I admit I'm not perfect, and I fell behind a few weeks ago in my well thought-out (if not overly ambitious) lesson plans. I was trying to hurry up and I was frustrated because my daughter was not learning at the same speed that I was teaching. I felt like a failure and I managed to find the strength to walk away from my failures. We were learning about Egypt and I was trying to get Gaia to recognize the complexity of hieroglyphic … [Read more...]

Making Expired Breast Milk Lotion

This recipe has been revised to account for separation and spoilage issues. Please hop over to the revised version to get your expired breast milk groove on! I have been blessed to spend most of my breastfeeding days at home with my son. Although I did recently decide to go back to work, there's no need to pump much since he's in full toddler mode with the solid food and almond milk consumption. I do, however, have plenty of milk in my freezer taking up space. It's a good thing, too, because that patch of dry skin I thought was pregnancy mask is hanging around making my face look all scabby and blah. Try to ignore the fact that … [Read more...]

Gift Idea: Gum Roll Ups

My little sister's birthday is today. At 23 she's not so little anymore, but I still will always think of her as a petite princess lost in the crazy world. (She's pretty much a princess.) Anyhow, Princess Ashton loves gum. So for this birthday I supplemented some of my favorite beauty supplies with a creative throwback from my days at summer camp. It's really easy to put together and adds that special "I love you" flare I like to include in gifts that need a handmade touch. You just need Big League Chew and your favorite flavor of stick gum. I like Juicy Fruit, but you can use any flavor. Grab a marble sized chunk of Big League and mold … [Read more...]

Summertime Sun Catcher Craft (inspired by The Dollar Tree)

Summer is out, and for me it's quite the adjustment having both kids all day long. My daughter is under some impression that every single day has to have either a field trip of huge, messy science experiment. She is so crazy! Luckily Florida summers have tons do rain so I can force her to sit inside and do arts and crafts instead. We had a big storm come through central Florida earlier this week, so we needed something to keep us busy most of the day. Luckily The Dollar Tree has tons of neat things to choose from. After just one inexpensive outing we were all set for our Summertime Sun Catcher craft. For this activity you will need the … [Read more...]

No Poo and Hard Water… It’s “Harder” Than It Looks!

I've been no pooing off and on for the better part of four years. It all started with a desire for less maintenance overall. I had just gotten officially separated from my ex-husband and I was rebelling against his idea of the the perfect woman... who happens to also conform to all of the normal society expectations like wearing make-up, shaving, and spending hours worrying about what everyone else thought of you based on appearances. If you know me at all, you might have a clear picture as to why we couldn't possibly fall in love. Go figure! Anyhow, I just dove in one day and was like "Yeah no poo!" I started with the regular regime of … [Read more...]