Here are Little Miss’s 2015 Easter Eggs!
Hope you had a wonderful Easter Weekend!
I am trying another version of a homemade scrub. Here is the first one that I made.
The salt will act as a scrubbing agent and the coconut oil will hydrate and will leave the skin smooth and soft. The lemon juice just brightens up the whole experience and leaves just a hint of a citrus smell. This scrub is just the perfect tropical touch that I need to get through this dull winter. Spring is so close and I am more than ready for it.
Little Miss loves notebooks of any shape, color or size. The more the merrier. She carries them around the house, takes them on car rides and brings them into restaurants. She will color, practice her letters or even play tic-tac-toe with me.
I thought it would be a good idea to take some of the material that we had around the house and turn them into a homemade notebook.
We gathered an empty cereal box to use as the hard front and back covers. Various construction paper, an envelope from a valentines card. Tissue paper from one of my Baublebar orders. Brochures that she has collected from farms. (she likes the maps in them). Even tin foil for something different. I have also scissors, string, decorative tape, and a whole punch.
I cute up the cereal box, and kept the front and back which are the largest.
I then cut the cereal box down to the size that I wanted the notebook and also used it as the template to trace out the remaining paper.
Once I had all the paper cut to the size I wanted, I lined it all up and started adding wholes a few layers at a time that I would use to bind them all together.
Here are all the layers stacked up that have been whole punched.
I used the string to bind all the layers together.
I then used the decorative tape, to cover the string binding as an extra layer to hold it all together.
Here you can see all the layers that we added. The envelope was the last page which she can use for secrets maps and such.
Little Miss loves this notebook because it’s a notebook and because we made it together. I will be saving up more paper and junk mail to turn into another fun notebook for her.
I love a good recipe for homemade body products, because they tend to be very pricey at mall stores. This recipe is so simple, 2 ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry. I keep Mason Jars on hand because they are perfect for storage reasons. We also use Mason Jars as our drinking glasses.
I used this scrub everywhere but my face. It felt oily in the shower, but after I towel dried off, my skin was left feeling soft and moisturized with just the faintest hint of coconut smell.
This year I wanted to add some homemade treats to my gift giving. First I made Oatmeal and Lavender Bath soak. My second DIY treat is Peppermint Scrub. I love how a coarse salt or sugar scrub leaves my skin smooth and refreshed, with the added crushed candy canes this scrub is festive and pretty.
This year I wanted to add some homemade treats to my gift giving. First up, I made Oatmeal and Lavender Bath soak. So easy to make and who doesn’t love a good hot bath?
Whole oats, Epsom Salt and Lavender Buds.
I also made Peppermint Scrub, you can check it out here!
Little Miss and I recently made salt dough ornaments which are perfect for painting. I wanted to make hand prints but the sat dough is very grainy from the salt so it doesn’t make the perfect canvas for hand prints. I found many recipes on Pinterest which people claimed it was better than salt dough, so I had to try it.
This dough is very smooth and easy to mold which made for a better canvas for handprints. I made paw prints of the two pups and Baby Z’s hand and foot prints.
Each year we seem to lose a few christmas tree ornaments to basement casualties and the tree was looking rather bare after decorating it. Instead of buying a bunch of new ornaments that have no sentimental value, Little Miss and I made our own. We had a ton of fun cutting out the shapes and painting them and now our tree is full of homemade ornaments and love.
I have very thick and coarse hair which I often straighten, needless to say my hair is always dry, brittle and full of split ends. I’ve tried other homemade hair masks that have not been successful. Since I had a jar of coconut oil in my pantry that had yet to be opened at all, I figured I would give it a try.
Start with dry hair that is free from any hair products.
I used Sonoma Harvest Coconut Oil. Take about 1/2 teaspoon of solid coconut oil at a time and rub through your hands till it melts from the heat. In total, I used around 4 tablespoons of solid oil for my hair.
Start at the ends of your hair giving them the most attention and work your way up.
Making sure to saturate all of your hair.
Comb through your hair just to make sure that your hair is completely saturated.
Cover your hair in a shower cap and let it sit for 30-40 minutes. (I could not find a shower cap, so I used a plastic bag instead). After 40 minutes wash your hair like normal, it may take a few washes for it to no longer feel greasy.
After just one treatment, my hair was very shiny and smooth. I also found that it was easier and much faster to straighten my hair after the treatment. Now that I’ve washed my hair a few times since, my hair is starting to become very dry again. I plan on working this hair treatment into my beauty routine to keep my hair soft and shiny especially now that we are heading into the winter months.
Little Miss has been saving the empty toilet paper rolls to use for arts & crafts. This pas weekend we decided to put some to good use. She wanted to turn them into a bird feeder. We made things up as we were creating and putting things together.
We gathered some sticks that were roughly the same size.
I hot-glued two sticks together to make an X, so we could slip on the four toilet paper rolls.
Next, we needed to cover the rolls with peanut butter then the bird seed.
Here is Little Miss spreading the peanut butter.
I poured the bird seed in a baking dish, to make it easy for her to cover the roll in the bird seed.
We covered four rolls.
On each line of the X, I put a thick line of hot glue and slide the roll onto the stick into the glue to hold it in place.
Here is the complete X.
Then we tied string to the center of the X so we could hang it. Once we picked it up, the weight distribution was very en-even, so I had to add some sticks to even out the weight, so the birds could actually stand on it.
Once it was complete, we hung it on our front porch.
Little Miss enjoyed making this, and loves being able to peek out the window to see which birds are visiting and eating off of her bird feeder. She wants to make more, so we may try a bird feeder made out of an empty milk carton next.