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Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn for $0.25!


I’m 18 weeks pregnant and my stomach has not been my friend for the past 14 weeks.  I learned with my first pregnancy, however, that the more often I eat, the less nauseous I am, so I graze all day long until I finally go to bed.  Some of the baking posts that I have posted on here were the ... Read More »

DIY Crib Sheet from a Flat Sheet


Materials I used: a flat, flannel, queen-sized sheet, cut to 70″x45″ (you can make two crib sheets out of 1 queen sheet!) four 14″ lengths of 1/4″ wide elastic thread scissors sewing machine  My husband and I use a duvet on our bed, so when I buy sheet sets, I never really have a use for the top flat sheet ... Read More »

Stuffing the Freezer


Well, after a luxurious 13 months of maternity leave (well, ok, 11 months of luxury and 2 months of babysitting craziness), I returned to work this week.  I leave the house with the little guy at 8am, and we get home at 5:15pm.  He goes to bed at 6:30pm (right now, at least – we’re gearing up for that upcoming ... Read More »

Earache Remedies – Natural Care for Sore Ears


Because of all the interest and discussion about the Homemade Cough Remedy, I thought I’d share our remedies for earaches. We were away for the weekend and didn’t have much with us to treat any problems, but my 4-year old came to us, crying about his ear.  I gave him some Tylenol and hoped that would help – I really ... Read More »

Homemade Cough Remedy


Our house in the winter time is constantly full of coughs.  We have puffers for 3 of the boys, and a diagnosis of “possible asthma.”  That just means that they end up pretty sick from a common cold, and their coughing is constant.  Even throughout the night I hear them coughing and coughing.  The puffers seem to help sometime, but ... Read More »

Travel Toothbrush Holder Tutorial


The first time I saw this pin for a travel toothbrush holder, I thought it was a brilliant idea.   Every time we go somewhere, I find a plastic bag, throw everyone’s toothbrushes in it, and they all touch and share germs.  The bag gets all sticky and I throw it out after because it’s so dirty.  With this genius idea, each toothbrush gets ... Read More »

Toilet “Learning” Strategy


I’m so used to using the phrase toilet training,  but apparently the correct phrase is “toilet learning.”  Either way, we’re working with our 3-year old who has absolutely no interest in sitting on the toilet (“I’ll do it later, Mommy.”). I came across this guest post on the blog, I Can Teach My Child  I love this blog, and the idea ... Read More »

Reusable Wipes


We have been doing cloth diapers for the past 6.5 years, most times having 2 in diapers.  Someday, soon, we’ll be done.  When we first started, I wanted some sort of reusable wipes to go with the diapers.  The easiest, cheapest solution was to make my own.  I started with any old recieving blanket (this is a good time to ... Read More »

Displaying Children’s Artwork


Another thing I’ve loved on Pinterest is all the great ways to display and preserve your children’s artwork.  The ideas I liked the most were the ones where you could display a few pieces very professionally, and change them very easily.  I took a few thrift shop frames, painted them all white, and hung them up.  I put an extra ... Read More »

Mason Jars


So with all the bad press plastic has been getting lately, I’ve been using my mason jars more and more.  I got rid of my old plastic canister set and used two sizes of mason jars.  I like the square-based jars, because they fit nicely in rows in the cupboards.  The wide mouth is great for scooping out measurements.  And ... Read More »