Category Archives: Pinterest

Honey, nutmeg, cinnamon facial mask

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I hardly ever buy beauty products. They are SO expensive and I usually don’t feel like I see much of a difference. So, I always love finding DIY versions on Pinterest. I came across a recipefor a cinnamon, nutmeg, honey beauty mask. It stated that nutmeg and honey reduce swelling and redness in your skin, as well as soothe acne scars and prevent infection. So, as I always have all three of those on hand, I decided to give it a try.

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Facial Mask
1TBS. Honey
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

Mix all together into a paste. Apply on skin and leave on for 30 minutes. Mine became kinda drippy at the end. I hopped in the shower and took it off by rubbing in a circular motion and it really exfoliated my skin as well. This recipe is a winner. My skin looks brighter, feels softer and much shiner. Let me know how it works for you!

Homemade Scented Laundry Fabric Softner Crystals

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I LOVE Downy Unstoppables. They make our clothes smells AMAZING. There’s only three minor problems:

1. They are insanely expensive

2. The girls and I are pretty much allergic to any and all fragrances.

3. They are full of all sorts of junk.

 

Because of the whole allergic issue before I started making my own detergent¬†I used a “free and clear” detergent. Which was rather boring and made my clothes smell like nothing. My homemade detergent doesn’t really have a scent either…enter this dandy little recipe I found on Pinterest. I’ve been making these for a couple of months now and I love them.

Homemade Downey Unstoppables

Homemade Scented Laundry Fabric Softener Crystals

Stuff you need:

– Epsom Salt (or Ice Cream Salt or Coarse Sea Salt)

– Your favorite essential oil (I’ve made batches of Lemongrass and Orange–they both came out amazing.)

– Something to stir or blend with (I just use a fork)

– An airtight container and scoop. (I use an old formula container and it’s scoop)

– A bowl for mixing. (I just use the container I’m storing it in)

 

Directions:

Pour salt (as much as you want to make–I used about 2lbs. the last time). Drop in 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil (more or less depending on your preference). Stir (or use a handheld blender a few pulses). Store in air tight container until use. I have an HE machine and I use two small scoops (about 2 tbs.) per load right into the drum of the washing machine. It’s not overpowering scent but it leaves a little refreshing scent.

 

 

How To Clean A Microfiber Couch/Sofa

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When we bought our Microfiber couch two years ago I figured it was the first new couch I’d ever had as an adult. I was so excited by the purchase that I never stopped to think about my kids destroying it. So, here we are two years later and it was starting to look (and smell!) not so new. When I found this tip on Pinterest I HAD to try it. My results were not nearly as noticeable as the results from Pinterest but there’s a couple reasons for that . 1. My couch is only two years old 2. It isn’t as light of a color 3. I don’t have pets (the Pinterest link photos involve dogs). Needless to say, I noticed a difference in the look of my couch and the smell! It really neutralized the odors.

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This one you could easily already own the needed materials. A vacuum, spray bottle, rubbing alcohol, a white sponge and a white scrub brush. Note: They should be white in order to insure that no color bleeding occurs.

1. Fill the spray bottle with rubbing alcohol.
2. Vacuum the couch to rid it of all loose particles.
3. Work I’m sections spraying an area with the rubbing alcohol and then using the sponge to clean it. I worked in a circular motion and it worked well and actually rather quickly.
4. Let it dry and then if your material is stiff once dry use the scrub brush to loosen it up again.

Before Picture:

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After Picture:

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Gross, but here’s the proof it worked:

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No, the sofa doesn’t smell like rubbing alcohol. It really neutralized the odors in the couch. It also got rid of a two month old formula stain.

Homemade Mattress Deodorizer

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If you couldn’t tell already–I’m on a huge essential oils kick. This next one was a super easy leap for me. I’m a co-sleeping mom to a baby with severe acid reflux. This means I get spit up on my bed nightly (among other gross baby stuff). Plus, I was grossed out about dust mites, etc. I’d never cleaned/deodorized my mattress (yes, that’s gross). So, I found this Pinterestlink and knew I had to try it.

It’s insanely simple. I used about two cups of baking soda and 10 drops of essential oil.

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Mixed this all together and use something to sprinkle the mixture all over your mattress (I used my powdered sugar shifter). Leave it on for an hour or longer and then use your vacuum attachment to vacuum it off.

Next time I’ll try lavender as it’s supposed to be calming but I must say lemongrass smells AMAZING. It just makes me happy.

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

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Rory had the typical toddler reaction to having a sister–she reverted back to having potty accidents. ALL THE TIME. ALL OVER HER FLOOR. Needless to say I’m not ready to pay to shampoo them because I’m not yet sure she’s finished with the accidents but I needed something to make her room no longer smell like a urinal. Using three of my favorite ingredients I hit the mother load of deodorizers and I owe it all to yet another Pinterest find.

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Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

1/2c Borax
1/2c Baking Soda
20-25 Drops of your favorite essential oil OR 1tsp. Ground Spices

Mix it all together, pour into a shaker or some sorts (an empty Parmesan Cheese shaker is perfect). Sprinkle onto the carpet and let it sit for 20 minutes before you vacuum up. I used lemongrass (one of my favs) and it smells so clean and fresh upstairs. I’m seriously in love with how easy this is and how clean it all smells.

Candyland Birthday Party

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I absolutely LOVE planning parties. Seriously, I do it to relax and have some “me” time scouring Pinterest for ideas. I thought I’d go back and show you Rory’s three birthday parties. This one, was actually in a life pre-Pinterest (how we functioned back then is beyond me)! I decided before I was even pregnant with Rory that her first birthday party was going to be a Candyland themed party. I LOVED that game as a kid and since all parents force things they love/loved onto their children it was a no-brainer. We had it at a local park in the middle of August (btw the Midwest, middle of August was a HORRIBLE idea). So here’s her first birthday in pictures:

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The invitation. I have this weird obsession with invitations. To me they signify the whole event, so you want one that makes people want to be there. I fell in love with this one I bought on Etsy and printed via Snapfish. Cute and pretty reasonably priced.

 

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The cake. I decorated it obviously to look like the Candyland gameboard. My favorite part are the actual Candyland playing pieces on it.

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Another view of the cake.
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The candy buffet. You can NEVER go wrong with a candy buffet. We had blow pops, smarties, gummy bears, gum balls, tootsie rolls, lemon drops, candy necklaces and old fashion candy sticks. Everyone got a Chinese takeout box to fill with their favs.

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We had to have a Candyland themed bounce house.

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Rory LOVED it. As did all the other kids.
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Instead of gifts we asked for everyone to bring a donation of new school supplies to donate to foster care kids that otherwise won’t have supplies. I was floored by how much stuff we were able to donate. Rory still got way too many gifts, but it’s nice to know that the bulk of it went to less fortunate kids.
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This is how she was the rest of that day. Passed out on the wood floor.

High praise from our girl!

Homemade Shout Stain Fighter

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I’m really into homemade cleaning products lately. Anything that saves money, is easy to make and involves mainly stuff I have on hand is where I’m at. So, when I found this homemade Shout stain remover recipe on Pinterest, I HAD to try it. Especially when I realized I keep everything on hand except Ammonia and I can pick that up for $1 at the grocery store.

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Homemade Shout

2/3c. Dish Soap
2/3c. Ammonia
6TB. Baking Soda
2c. Warm Water

Mix well, add to spray bottle. Shake bottle if solution has been sitting for awhile. Use as normal shout would be used but I’d suggest rubbing the sprayed area together.

I’ve tried it on three items so far: one with dried formula puke, one with markers and one with what appeared to be blue ink. All three were gone without rubbing but I’d suggest it for more set in stains.