Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pregnancy perception vs reality!

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Hair clips aren’t just for hair!

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Today I was looking through some things my mother-in-law and I were putting together for my kid’s Easter baskets, when she handed me some really cute hair clips.  I was pretending to put them in my baby’s (non-existent) hair when I got the idea to put them on her sleeve.

Here’s what came out of my idea:

Make long sleeve shirts into short sleeve shirts for summer by scrunching up the sleeves and then put the hair clip on the outside of the sleeve.  The picture explains it better:ImageImage

 

Here’s what I did with my cereal boxes!

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Here’s what I did with my two cereal boxes that I wrote about the other day:

Box #1

1. cut the box in half


#2. Take the top 1/2 of the box and cut one inch slits on every corner

#3.  Fold in all four sides, small sides first and then long sides next.

#4. Using packaging tape (mine happens to be leftover Christmas tape), tape the

bottom of the box.  DONE!

 

#5. What to do with the box…I found a great idea!  My boxes that the baggies come in always falls apart so…

#6. Take baggies out of old crummy box and put them in your “new” box!  When the baggies run out use the box again for

the next baggies you buy.

For the other half of box 1- follow the same instructions except cut out a square on the top for straws to stick out (you will

see what I mean in the ‘AFTER’ picture below)

For your second box, cut a rectangle out of the front of the box.  I used mine for napkins and a place to put my baggie of twisty ties.

HERE ARE THE BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES OF MY KITCHEN DRAWER:

Who would’ve thought that not tossing a couple of cereal boxes in the recycle would end up helping me organize a drawer!

Think twice before you throw away or recycle something- maybe there’s a creative idea just waiting to happen!

5 things to make with a pair of newborn baby tights!

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Just when you thought baby tights were only to be worn by babies……

Here are some unique ideas for how to re-purpose a cute pair of cotton, stretchy baby tights!

1. a ring

I cut one color strand off the tights and then wound it up, folded it in two and then tight it…I wear it with the tied part showing.

2. a bracelet or hair tie

cut about 2 inches of the tights (on these I cut 8 stripes).  Tie a knot on one end and wallah! Or don’t tie a knot and then use it as a hair tie

3. Barbie hats

I don’t know about you but my daughter’s barbies get really snarly hair.   These cute beanie looking hats are made from the sock part of the tights and are great for my daughter to put on her barbies for playing and also for when she stores them in her Barbie drawer so the hair doesn’t get all mangled.

4. diaper cover/underwear, swim bottoms, baby bloomers

once the “legs” are cut off the tights the seat of the tights can be used for many different things.  My 5-year-old put them on and they fit her great-she could wear them as undies, with a swim-top, for dress-up play or in place of bloomers under a dress.  These tights were newborn, but with the legs cut out they fit up to a size 5! HAHA 🙂  I also think they would work could as a diaper cover for babies who wear cloth diapers.

5. sweat bands

cutting 2-3 inches of material off the leg makes for really cute sweat bands to wear for fun or to the gym!

These pictures show all the different ways I was able to use ONE pair of newborn tights:

So, head on over to the thrift store or into your babies stash of tights and CUT AWAY!

Little Blessings

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It’s those little unexpected blessings that make me look up and say,” THANK YOU LORD!”

I notice a lot of little ways in which God blesses me and my family and I want to share them as they come up so that I can continually remember to have a thankful heart, even in the small stuff.  So, as these odd but neat blessings come my way I am going to share them here…it’s more for myself to look back on over time- but you are welcome to read them and maybe be blessed too 🙂

1. VBS apron

I just said at our vbs leaders meeting a week ago that I thought it would be really cool if we could get aprons (like waitresses wear) to use for our Amusement Park themed VBS.  My room is going to be decorated like a carnival so the idea for the aprons was most applicable to me.  After leaving the meeting, I was not all that enthused about how I was going to fulfill all my crazy ideas for my room, but on I went day-dreaming.  I stopped by Goodwill a few days ago (on my husband’s and my 7th wedding anniversary date night to be exact.haha) and lo and behold, as I was looking for curtains, sheets, and pillowcases to re-purpose…WHAT DID I STUMBLE UPON?!?!  A brand spankin new red apron! It was exactly what I was picturing in my mind….AND that’s not all!  It was green-tag 1/2 off week.  What color was the tag? GREEN!!  That never happens to me when I find something I really want.  So, needless to say I was jumping around the store all excited over a red apron.  Like I said, it’s those little unexpected blessings that make me look up and say, “THANK YOU LORD!”

2. Unexpected Dinner

We hosted bible study at our house a couple nights ago…in preparation I was doing a little “extra” cleaning because the house was already picked up, but was in desperate need of a grocery run.  You know, when there’s no bread AND no milk.  Yeah.  Well, it was getting to be 4pm and unlike my usual meal-planning-self I had no plan and no food…I decided to HURRY over to the grocery because friends would be arriving in 2 short hours.  Did I mention I still needed to make a dessert for the evening too?  Well, the Lord had my tiny little situation in His perfect care- just as I was telling my husband about my plight and need for a rushed trip to the store the phone rang.  It was a close friend calling to ask if it would be okay if they could come early for bible study AND bring dinner with them.  WOW! I was blown away…I almost had to pinch myself to see if it was really happening.  I thanked them 20 times over and mentioned that if I wasn’t home when they got to our house just to go ahead and start eating with my husband and kids because I needed to run to the grocery store.  My friend then proceeded to offer me her gallon of milk and full loaf of bread she had just bought! So, needless to say, I didn’t need to run to the store AND I didn’t have to cook dinner!  Like I said, it’s those little unexpected blessings that make me look up and say,” THANK YOU LORD!”

(and I did a happy dance around my house after I got off the phone with my friend!)

Home tips we’ll all love!

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Tip #1: LETTUCE AND SPINACH 50% off!

Don’t spend $4-$5 for a bag of lettuce, spring greens, or spinach at the grocery store!  How is that possible??? Well, here’s the tip of the day…

If your grocery store has a salad bar, you are in luck!  Take one of the clear salad containers and load it up with all of the greens you’d like for:

  • sandwiches
  • hamburgers
  • salads
  • calzones

the cost will be 1/2 the price of buying bag salads, lettuce and spinach in the fresh produce department!  Most times I spend $1-$2 per container!  AND unlike a bag of lettuce the container is re-seal-able and re-usable after the greens are gone!

 

Check back tomorrow for another home tip!