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Christmas Tree Ornaments

I love my studio. Actually, I guess what I love is the quiet alone time I have in my studio, lol. Recently I have been on a diy Christmas ornament kick. I saw this adorable Etsy listing for a fabric Christmas tree ornament with the trunk being a cinnamon stick. Granted at $9.00 a pop I thought – meh – I can make that, and so can you! I was well underway on the trees and the Dala horses before I thought of doing the tutorial so my pictures aren’t in order, but you will get the idea. Supplies needed: …

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The Scent of Christmas

I am absolutely in LOVE with the website (and the Facebook page!) called My Little Norway. Recently I saw their advent calendar idea article pop up on Facebook and staring at me was this fantastic idea of using an orange and cloves as a countdown to Christmas. Well, I already have a gorgeous Maileg advent calendar so didn’t need another one, instead I decided I needed to have the scent of Christmas. I followed the directions from My Little Norway’s website, except used a lot more cloves, and ended up with this beauty! The scent is amazing and it is …

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Playdoh Valentine’s for Toddlers

Since I had such a great time making Kim’s playdoh recipe, I decided that I wanted to make another batch for Thomas and Fern’s Valentine’s exchange party. I made three batches of playdoh in about 1 hour. This made 26 balls. However, I needed 33 balls now told 39 balls! so I ended up making a fourth batch. I made a vanilla color, pale pink and hot pink. I used Avery’s bag topper template to create the customized header. I ended up using their online program to do the design work since it had a collection of clip art and …

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Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

Now that my kids are getting a little older, I wanted to make a little treat for them. Ok, a little mailbox to hold their treats. When I saw these plain mailboxes at Target, I knew just what I would do! I first thought that I would only put these out on Valentine’s Day, however, the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of having them out starting February 1st so that the kids could leave little notes for each other and for Daddy, not for Mommy is what I was told. (insert, sad, crying face) …

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Perfect Playdoh Recipe

My cousin Kim is probably one of the most amazing women I know. Not only does she have three kids, she runs a preschool from her home! OMG!!! With my two rugrats there are times when I have zero energy to move; I just don’t know how she does it. I recently asked Kim to send me her super awesome playdoh recipe. And, being the amazing, kind person she is – she sent it to me immediately! Kool-Aid Playdoh By Kim McCarthy 2 1/2 cups white flour 1/2 cup salt 2 packages kool-aid (unsweetened) 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used …

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Toddler Busy Bag Activity: Mr. Potato Head

For this swap, I decided to go a little more intensive and I made a Mr. Potato Head project. When I looked on the web and Pinterest for ideas, there was one which really jumped out at me; it was the laminated Mr. Potato Head where you change out the velcro body parts. What a great thing for a 2 year old to practice with! Mr. T is learning his body parts now and I know he is going to love this game!!! (Everything is “eyyyeeess” or “nosssse” right now.) Supplies Needed: Laminator/Pouches Printed Parts Velcro (normal strength, peel stick …

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My Freecycle Obsession

Yes, it’s true. I have an obsession. It’s called Freecycle. You’ve never heard of it?!? Freecycling, or free recycling, is the act of giving away usable unwanted items to others instead of disposing of them in landfills. It is a super cool FREE online forum which allows you to give away and receive household items, gardening supplies, plants, food, clothing, toys, etc. for free! I list all of the kids’ stuff on there when I am done with it and I receive a lot of books, toys and clothing through the generosity of others. Some of the things I’ve Freecycled …

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The Green Grass Program

Recently the hubby and I decided to participate in the “green grass” lawn program through Virginia Tech. A Master Gardener came out to our house, took soil samples from our yard and sent them to the lab for testing. The results: we have good grass, it just needs a little love. This program is really cool. For $20.00 you get a whole slew of information about your lawn’s soil and can be better prepared for spring and fall’s nutrient requirements. If you want the best looking lawn on the block, you should sign up! To receive the one page survey …

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Repel Pests and Grow Gardens The Natural Way

Spring came early here in Warrenton, Virginia.  Now I wake up dreading the hot, humid days, knowing that very soon all of the bugs will be out and eating not only me, but my plants. I dislike pests. I dislike bug bites. I have started researching “green” methods for eliminating these pests and was introduced to companion planting by my darling hubby (what a great man!). Here is a cool little blog post that was sent to me from the Lifehacker blog.       Companion planting is a natural way to enhance your garden, control pests, and attract beneficial insects (like …