For a while now I’ve been noticing that my kitchen has so many mis-matched things and I’ve looked into buying new things but it’s going to cost me so much money for something that isn’t a need but a want! Luckily I’ve found the perfect things that cost so little yet look so cute!
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Head to the dollar store
- Get wooden utensils
- Get some paint *desired color & white*
- Create an area that’s okay to be messy.
- Get paintbrushes!
Now you’ll need to mix the color of paint of your desired choice with white creating a ombre look. Doesn’t matter what utensils colors get what, but creating the look will appear the kitchen to look more together and matching!
Have you ever made your own marinara sauce?
I didn’t ever even think to make my own until I was given a bunch of freshly picked tomatoes from my neighbors’ garden! I usually make homemade tomato soup, but decided to try something different this time and instead opted for marinara sauce! The recipe is super easy, and so yummy. You’ve got to give it a try!
12 cups of blanched, peeled tomatoes
2 large onions – chopped
7 cloves of garlic – minced
2 Tbsp. dried Italian seasonings of your choice (basil, oregano, thyme, etc)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Heat the oil in a pot. Add the onions and cook slowly until they are golden and begin to caramelize. Then, add the garlic and dried herbs. Cook for about 5 minutes. Then, add the tomatoes.
Once everything is in and mixed well, bring to a simmer and let it cook on low for about 2 hours. Afterwards, puree the mixture with an immersion blender, or carefully add to your blender, a couple of cups at a time.
There you go! Easy, healthy and yummy!
Tired of the bathroom clutter that no matter how many times you re-organize, just still seems to pop back into your life? Want a way to fix it? Here’s the cure!
So many times in my life have I been tired of cleaning and re-organizing the drawers day after day. I have tired sectioning off the items and categorizing them countless times, and I’m finally happy that I found the way to fix it!
*The dollar store has each of these objects.
1. They have little drawer organizers that are perfect for makeup, bobby pins, clips, and anything you put into those little drawers.
2. Ice tray can be the perfect use for your little earrings that seem to go missing one-by-one!
3. A candle holder can be used for keeping Q-Tips in, and Cotton Balls!
4. Lastly, a tier tower to keep on the table for all your random things that you just don’t have enough counter space for.
Heading to the jewelry store to get your jewelry professionally cleaned is a pain, and frankly for me, doesn’t happen very frequently. So I went out a bought a jewelry cleaner about a year ago, but was terrified when I read reviews on it stating that it stripped jewelry of its coating after time!
I am one of those people that never takes off her ring (because I am also one of those people that loses EVERYTHING) so it always gets dirty. Whether I’m baking cookies, applying lotions, or doing yard work, my ring takes a serious beating on a very frequent basis. This led me to research DIY jewelry cleaners that were made with less chemicals, and luckily I found the perfect solution!
All you need is…
- 1 tbs salt
- 1 tbs baking soda
- 1 tbs Dawn dish soap (this is my all time favorite dish soap)
- 1 cup hot water
Mix the ingredients together, and let your jewelry soak for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then take the peices out and gently pat them dry. And that’s it! No scrubbing, no driving to your jeweler, and no expensive cleaners!
Countless times I’ve always had a craving for something sweet, and chocolate-y. But along with that craving is not wanting to make the entire pan of brownies! Annoying right? Well I have the perfect idea, called brownie-in-a-cup!!
- 1 microwave safe mug
- 4 Tbs flour
- 4 Tbs sugar
- 2 Tbs cocoa
- 2 Tbs canola oil
- 2 Tbs water
- 1/3 tsp vanilla
- Combine all ingredients in small bowl and mix together till smooth.
- Spray the mug with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick.
- Pour into the mug
- Microwave for 1 minute!!
Then WA-LA! You have your own personal treat that took under 5 minutes.
Some kids love to take baths. For others, bath-time can be a real struggle. If your toddler does not get excited at the prospect of getting into the tub each night, you should give a few of these ideas a try!
Homemade & Natural Bath Crayons
Your kids will love these. They get to color all over the tub, their toys, themselves, and the best part is they’re actually getting clean at the same time!
All you need for this easy creation is:
- natural bar soap
- a few tablespoons of water
- non-toxic food coloring!
- Grate the bar soap into a medium bowl
- Add the water and a few drops of food coloring
- Stir, and once incorporated, knead into a paste
- Invite your kids over to help you mold these into fun shapes (placing the mixture into a cookie cutter or other mold for at least one day will help the crayon keep its desired shape)
- Let dry for an additional 2-3 days
- Once they’ve fully dried, they can be played with in the tub for hours!
Creative Bath Toys
A few new toys can work wonders in motivating your little man or lady to hop into the tub. If there are specific toys used exclusively for bath-time only, they may be more excited to take a bath if that’s the only time they get to play with that particular toy.
Make sure that the bath toys you do buy for your little one are PVC, phthalate and BPA free. So many bath toys on the market now contain harmful toxins that can easily be ingested by a toddler who loves to try drinking the bath water, or who often places the toys in his or her mouth.
Bubbles may be all you need to entice your kiddo to take a bath! Make sure to look for a Bubble Bath that is natural and free from harmful ingredients, or try making your own!
All you need is:
- 1 cup liquid Castile soap (make sure it’s the tear-free version)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp. vegetable glycerin (this makes for more bubbles, and moisturizes their skin!)
- essential oils of your choice (lavender is great for soothing crazy kiddos before bedtime)
Here comes the hard part… add the ingredients to a bottle and shake a few times to incorporate. (Just kidding, that’s not hard at all. Unless you don’t have the cap screwed on tight enough and you end up with a luxurious-smelling slippery mess…)
Add a couple tbsp. of your bubble bath solution to the running bath, and BOOM! You’ve got a relaxing, all-natural bubble bath for your toddler. He or she will love playing in the bubbles, and you’ll love that they’re playing in safe water that is cleaning and moisturizing their sensitive skin.
Give these ideas a try and see just how quickly your toddler finds that taking a bath can actually be a lot of fun! 😀
**Remember, never leave your child unsupervised in the tub. Even just a couple inches of water and a few seconds alone can prove to be fatal.**
Stocking stuffers don’t need to break the bank.
It seems like even when you start out with good intentions and get most of your items from the dollar store the stocking ends up costing you way too much money. Before I get into a list of inexpensive items to fill the stockings with, look at these 2 tips to help you get the most bang for your buck:
Tip 1: Fill it with larger items. Not only will this fill the stocking up faster and with fewer items, but you’ll also avoid some of those tiny knick-knacks that never actually get played with anyways.
Tip 2: Add a few things from around the house. Already have an apple in the pantry? Maybe some leftover boxes of crayons from your back-to-school stock up? You certainly don’t need to purchase everything from the store. You could even check out local yard sales for gently-used items!
Check out these creative ideas…
- An apple
- An orange (for some reason, kids get so much more excited about fruit if they find it in their stocking)
- Slime (it is THE hottest trend lately)
- Small hand-sanitizers/lotion
- Watercolors (this Crayola 24ct set looks like lots of fun!)
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Toothbrush (this was always a staple in our stockings, and we loved it!)
- Free printed coloring pages
- Playing cards (UNO, Go Fish, Pokemon…)
- Mini Play-Dough (make your own with this recipe!)
- Small stuffed animal (Disney Tsum Tsums would be a big hit!)
- Bath toys
- Fluffy socks
- Chapstick or lip gloss
- Hot Wheels cars
- Finger puppets (divide this adorable finger puppets 12-pack between a few stockings for a great value)
- Silly putty
- Kinetic sand
- Flash cards
- Rubiks cube
As long as you follow those tips and then just choose a few of these items, you’ll be set! And of course, balance it out with some candy, too. If you’re trying to limit the candy you could always include snacks like Goldfish crackers, granola bars and fruit snacks! They’ll take up some space and be much healthier choices.
What do you like to fill your kids’ stockings with for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!